The Beautiful Pretender
by Melanie Dickerson
Published: May 17, 2016
From: Thomas Nelson
Purchase: The Beautiful Pretender
The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences.
Get to know Melanie...
I like my mug of hot tea, but I started a new thing in January of this year where I read a chapter in the Bible, read my daily devotion in Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and pray, with the main focus on prayer. Before this year, I read a daily devotion and usually a chapter in the Bible, but prayer was more of a guilty afterthought. But thankfully I turned the corner on that this year!
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?
The first thing that popped into my mind was to be able to grant forgiveness of sins. We often don’t realize it, but that is the thing we need more than anything else in this life, and Jesus has that superpower!
What are the names of your pets?
We have two pet guinea pigs. My daughters named the first one Cecily after a character in The Importance of Being Earnest, one of our favorite movies, and the second is named Ellie, but not after anyone in particular that I know of.
The Darkened Hope
by J.L. Mbewe
Published: May 7, 2016
From: BrokenSeed Books
Purchase: Darkened Hope
The Secret Keeper is on the run, but does she know the secret she keeps?
Ayianna is a cursed half-elf betrothed to Desmond, but her heart belongs Kael. After discovering the cure for the Sorceress's curse, she and her companions embark on a dangerous quest to retrieve the ingredients.
When dragons descend upon their party, Ayianna realizes the Sorceress is searching not just for the corrupted dagger, but a human sacrifice that will open a portal to the underworld. Battling deadly creatures and natural disasters, Ayianna is forced to confront her insecurities and conflicted heart. She must decide whether to be true to her family or true to herself.
As the nations rally for war, betrayal threatens to destroy them all, and it's a race against time to return before the curse destroys the plains people.
Get to know J.L....
I love the fall. The changing of the seasons, cool temperatures, the wind, the colorful leaves. And for some reason I’m living in Texas where none of that exists. Ha!
What are you reading right now?
I started reading Living Forward, A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want and almost started Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s newest release, A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold. But I’ve had to put most of my life on hold as I prepared to launch Darkened Hope. Although, I will be playing catch up with my reading this summer. :-)
Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Oh!! I love traveling! I’ve been to Perú and hope to travel to so many places, so I feel kind of bad that I would pick Duluth, Minnesota. I don’t know why, but I just love Duluth. It holds a special spot in my heart. The trees, the lake, the agates, the waterfalls of Gooseberry Falls. It’s Minnesota, yet feels so different. We even spent our honeymoon there, and we plan to spend our fourteenth anniversary there this summer.
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