Monday, June 30, 2014

Giveaway! Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Melanie Dobson, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?

 I’ve always loved exploring old houses, and when I was younger, I would make up all sorts of stories about the people who once lived in these abandoned places. My imagination is still sparked by old houses, cemeteries, and ghost towns along with the big question---what if?

What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?

Radical by David Platt

If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself? 

Don’t sweat the first draft! I actually still have to remind myself of this. I want to edit and polish as I write the first draft of a new book when I should be pouring out the story on the initial round and then clean up my words on the second, third, and fourth drafts.

5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out? Take-out (preferably Vietnamese or Japanese food)
Email or snailmail? Email
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? Online shopping
Books or movies? Books
Note-taker or memorization? Note-taker

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?

That is a tough choice since I’ve enjoyed writing all my stories, but I do have a special place in my heart for Elena Bissette, my main character in Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan (don’t tell my other characters!).

Places for readers to learn more about you?

My website is the best place ( as well as on the Simon & Schuster website here:

Thank you for being with us today!

Thanks for having me!!

Readers, enter to win Melanie's book here!

Please leave an email address! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.

For extra entries:
~Be a follower
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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- I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on July 11th
Attn Readers! If you're struggling to leave a comment on my blog, please email your comment entries (in ONE email) and I will submit it for you. But PLEASE only do this after you've failed to leave a comment. My email is: caseym.writer(@) 


  1. I'm a cover lover, and this cover art is gorgeous! I enjoyed Melanie's interview - especially how she first became interested in writing. Exploring old houses as a child sounds magical! :)

    Thanks Casey!

  2. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway for the book, "Chateau of Secrets". The cover alone would make me buy the book.
    So glad you found a friend who is just like you. I have a friend like that also. We've been friends for 40 years.
    Janet E.

  3. I love the beautiful cover because it suggests the storyline without even reading the title. I am glad to get to know Melanie through this interview and I also appreciate this giveaway.
    Thanks, Casey!
    Connie Saunders

  4. I would love to read this book. I agree with the other comments. The cover is beautiful and draws you into the book. Please enter me into the contest. I am a subscriber.
    Velma Hunsucker

  5. I really enjoyed Love Finds You in Mackinac Island too! Chateau of Secrets looks so good too!
    I am a follower.
    I am a subscriber.

  6. This looks like a great book. The cover is really pretty.
    I am a follower and subscriber.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  7. I just read Melanie's book, Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, and I really enjoyed Elena and Chase's story! (I may be slightly biased because I have a son named Chase and I pictured an adult version of him while reading :) ). Chateau of Secrets looks very good, too. Thanks for the chance to win! I'm a follower and subscriber, too.
    candidkerry (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Entry for Cherie:
    I did try to leave a comment on your page. I don't think it worked so I am entering here.
    I am a follower and a subscriber

  9. This book sounds so good! I can't wait to read it! I'll have to check out "Love Finds You in Mackinac Island" too--that is a place that both my mom and I have always wanted to visit.

    I am a follower.

  10. I've heard great things about this book, so I can't wait to read it! :)

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

    I'm a follower.

  11. I love wondering/imagining the lives of people in the old houses we pass as we travel on vacation. Chateau of Secrets sounds wonderful!
    I'm a follower.
    I'm a subscriber.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  12. Oh I've been looking forward to getting my hands on this book. I'd love to win a copy!

    I'm a follower and a subscriber.


  13. This looks like a great book. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win it! msudawgtooATcomsouthDOTcom

  14. I've been reading other posts about Chateau of Secrets during the WWII Beaches of Normandy memorial, and your book sounds fantastic. I really enjoy your books, Melanie. Love to win this contest. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. I enjoyed Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan.... I was excited when I first came across that book since I'm from Michigan, and the Island has to be one of the prettiest places!

    This book also looks quite interesting!


  16. I've read more about Chateau of Secrets on other blogs. It sounds like a fascinating book that I'd very much like to read. Thanks for the chance to win it here.
    I'm a follower and a subscriber.


  17. Please enter me for this great sounding book.
    sonflower277 at gmail dot com


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