Thursday, July 29, 2010

Giveaway and Author Interview: Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa

My guest today with a giveaway is author, Melanie Dobson, be sure and read on for your chance to win her Love Finds You book. : )

Welcome to Writing for Christ! Thank you for being with us today.


1: How long did you write before you were published?

I began journaling when I was seven and discovered early in life that God gave me a passion for words. During those younger years, I wrote a number for stories and poems, but pursued nonfiction writing and public relations as an adult. I’d always wanted to write fiction, but thought I would start pursuing this when I was “older.” Not long before my thirtieth birthday, I realized that I was indeed older and God reignited the passion in me to write fiction. It took seven years and three completed manuscripts before Together for Good was published.

2: When you held that first book in your hands, what was your first thought?

My baby has a face! For so long I’d labored to create this baby of mine, and it was amazing to finally see her beautiful cover and hold her in my hands.

3: What are you working on now?

I just finished a romantic suspense novel titled The Silent Order about a Cleveland detective who is intent on bringing down the Mafia family responsible for murdering the woman he loved—and an Amish woman who is trying to guard the secrets of her past from him. The Silent Order will be published in November.

4: Where can readers find out more about your books?

The best place is on my website (http://www.melaniedobson.com/ ) or http://www.fictionfinder.com/ . I write historical romance, suspense, and contemporary fiction, and there is a description of all my novels on both of those sites.

5: What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers?

Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa is about a man and his daughter searching for a place to belong. The thread throughout this book is integrity and the need for community. Refuge on Crescent Hill is a romantic suspence, set in an old mansion in Ohio that is filled with both present and past secrets. The message in this book unfolds with one of the twists in the plot so I better keep that a secret as well…

6: What are two things that people wouldn't normally know about you as a writer and or person?

My writing is really used an excuse for my research habit. I love to research and have to pry myself away from the stacks of book and old newspapers in the library so I can actually write a book. The second thing would probably be that I wasn’t a consistent fiction writer until I had children. Starting a family forced me to schedule my writing times and when the girls were younger, these times were often quite short so I had to pound out my words during short increments when they were napping or late at night. During that time, I learned the value in writing conistently every day, even when it was just fifteen or twenty minutes.

Thank you for being with us today.

Thanks so much for having me, Casey!


Okay readers, here is your chance to enter to win Melanie's Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa!!

PLEASE LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS! If I draw your name and there is no email, YOU WILL NOT WIN!
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And a NEW one:
~Follow my other blog, Bug's Beads

Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.
Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on August 14th.

106 comments:

  1. ohhhh! Please enter me! :)

    I am a follower.

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  2. I've wanted to read this one for a while as I'm quite interested to learn more about the Amana community. I'm in my early thirties and just rediscovered fiction writing after taking time off for kids so your journey is inspirational to me.

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  3. I'm a follower of this blog..

    I love these books. please enter me!


    Rae
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  4. I love Melanie and this one looks fabulous! Please enter me!

    Blessings
    Michelle V
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  5. I am a follower.

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  6. I subscribe to this blog.

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  7. I am following Bug's Beads.

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  12. Great post. Please enter me.Blessings.
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  13. I would love to be entered!
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  14. Please enter me in this giveaway!

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  15. I am a Google subscriber.

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  16. Thanks so much, Casey! It was a pleasure "chatting" with you.

    ~Melanie

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  17. sounds like a good read, I would love to win!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  18. I love Melanie's books. I would love to win her book!! :) Thanks.

    Torri
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  19. Sounds like a great book. Count me in I am a follower. kittycrochettwo@msn.com

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  20. I am an e-mail subscriber and a GFC follower.

    I love to read about different communities. Also, I love the name of the book because my grandmother
    homesteaded in south Dakota!

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  21. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :0

    karenk
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  22. email subscriber :)

    karenk
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  23. Book looks great. Love the cover. Count me in on the giveaway.
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  24. I enjoy the love finds me books. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  25. I am a subscriber

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    Jo
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  26. I love these books!
    I am a follower and subscriber.
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    and I am going to signup at your other blog right now.

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  27. Please enter me, this looks like a great book!
    ~Lauri
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  28. I follow
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  29. I subscribe
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  30. I'm following Bugs Beads!
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  31. Melanie, I enjoyed your interview and I know I will love your book. I love stories such as Love Finds You in Homestead Iowa with HEA.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  32. I love the Love Finds You books!

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  33. I'm a follower

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  34. I'm subscribed
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  35. I am a follower via GFC

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  36. I follow Bug's Beads
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  37. I am an email subscriber

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  38. I follow Bug's Beads

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  39. Would love to win this!
    I'm a follower and a subscriber.

    Doreen
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  40. Am excited about your book Melanie Dobson, you are on my list. I just purchased 20 books a few days ago, my list is short so love adding your name on. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us. Juanita
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  41. I loved the interview now I would love to win the book. Thanks for giving me the chance. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  42. I subscribe by e-mail Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  43. Public follower on Google Friend Connect. Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  44. I follow on GFC on Bugs Beads, Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  45. I live in Iowa and this book sounds like one I'd love!
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  46. I am a follower.
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  47. I follow Bug's Beads
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  48. I love the LFY books and also love Melanie's books. Please enter me.
    Thanks!!!
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  49. I subscribe via e mail!
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  50. Please enter me! I'm a subscriber!

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  51. Count me in, please.

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  52. Thank you for entering me!

    Michelle
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  53. I am an email subscriber.

    Thank you!
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  54. I am a follower.

    Thank you!
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  55. I am following Bug's Beads. The bracelets are so pretty!!

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  56. Please enter me.

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  57. I am a follower.
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  58. I am a subscriber.
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  59. I am a follower of Bug's Beads.
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  60. I would to read this book!
    Great interview!
    Maureen

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  61. I am a follower!

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  62. I am a subscriber!

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  63. Would like to be entered to win this book. Thanks!

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  64. I enjoy the love finds you series

    I am a follower

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  65. I am a follower I would love this book


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  66. Thank you, Melanie, for taking the time to do the interview with Casey. "Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa" sound so interesting - I would love to win a copy! The cover of the book is beautiful and just invites me to pick it up and start reading.

    Casey, I am a follower of your blog and a subscriber.

    Blessings to you both~
    Beverly
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  67. I'd love to win a copy of this! Please enter me!

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  68. I have read so many great reviews of Love Finds you in Homestead Iowa and can't wait to read.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    I am GFC follower
    I am email subscriber
    I follow Bug's Beads

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  69. My mom and I are fans of her work, so I'd love to win this!
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  70. Sounds like a fun read.

    Please enter me.

    A J Hawke
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  71. I'd love to win!
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  72. This book sounds like an interesting read.. Thanks for the opportunity

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  73. I love the cover art and it sounds like a great read. Please enter me and thanks for the chance.

    Smiles,
    Cindy W.

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  74. I am a follower.

    Smiles,
    Cindy W.

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  75. I am an email subscriber.

    Smiles,
    Cindy W.

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  76. I would love to read this! Please enter me :)

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  77. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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  78. Follower

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  79. I'm a subscriber

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  80. I follow Bug's Beads

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  81. Please enter me.
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  82. I am a follower.
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  83. I am a subscriber.
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  84. Sounds very interesting! Melanie is an excellent writer so I am sure it is good! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  85. I enjoy reading Live Finds you series.
    Theresa N
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  86. :-D Please enter me in this giveaway! :-D

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    I am a follower...a
    and a subscriber...
    and a follower on Bugs Bees...

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  87. The cover is very descriptive of the story, I think. The girl appears lonely in her expression. I'd pick this book up and take a look. Please enter me in this giveaway and thank you for the opportunity.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
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  88. I subscribe to this blog.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  89. I'm glad to be a follower of this interesting blog. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.

    Grace & Love in Christ,
    Barb Shelton
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  90. Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  91. I'm an informed follower because I'm an email subscriber too. Please enter my name in the giveaway, and thank you.

    Joy in Christ,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  92. Just became a follower of Bug's Beads and am very surprised to find a great site for jewelry. I am just starting to learn jewelry making, and love jewelry. Thanks for entering me into the giveaway.

    Blessed Be in Christ,
    Barb Shelton
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  93. Just visited Melanies website and her blog and find her books very interesting. I'm glad to know about you, Melanie, I've not read your work before. I'm looking forward to reading you soon. Thanks for this chance at the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  94. cool! would love to win

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  95. please enter me in the drawing.

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  96. I have been wanting to read this for some time and would love to win a copy - thanks for the giveaway!
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  97. I follow on GFC
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  98. I follow bug's beads too!
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  99. I would love to win a copy. The Love Finds You books are great.

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  100. Enter me in this one, please.

    KMParis

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  101. I would love to win this book. I have not read any of the love finds you series yet.

    Blessings,
    Kim msjmom@msn.com

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  102. I am a blog follower

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    Kim msjmom@msn.com

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  103. I am also a subscriber!
    Blessings,
    Kim msjmom@msn.com

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  104. I would LOVE a chance to win this book! I live in Iowa and this is the type of book that I love to read. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  105. I really want to read something from the Love Finds You series. thanks for the contest! this one looks great!

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