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The author of fourteen contemporary and historical novels, Melanie Dobson lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her latest novels are Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor and Chateau of Secrets. More info at

Thursday, June 04, 2009

"Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana" Book Giveaway

I'm so excited to announce the release of my first historical novel, Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana. This story has been brewing inside me for decades so it was an absolute delight and blessing to be able to write it.

The book is about a Quaker woman in Liberty who risks everything to hide runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad and a young newspaper editor who fights for these same runaways with his pen. During my trip to Liberty, I visited a number of old homes that were once stations along the Underground Railroad, and I loved learning the real-life stories about the courageous men and women who escaped slavery and/or fought for freedom.

On June 24th, I will be drawing five names to receive a free copy of this book. If you'd like to be included in this drawing, please leave a quick comment below. I will post the names of the winners on June 25th and mail the books off by the end of the month.

Thanks for celebrating with me!


Blogger robin_titan said...

This looks really interesting! Love the cover it looks..mysterious haha

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Mary Ann said...

Of course I am interested in getting it (but I will get it whether I win a free copy or not). Keep them coming.

4:24 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I've never read any of your books, but would love to start with this one!

11:01 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Hi Melanie!
Please include me in the drawing. I am looking forward to reading your latest book. :)

3:05 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Hi Melanie, Please put my name in for the drawing. I look forward to reading your book. Just read Miralee's and it was great. I hope you're well. I'm writing song lyrics now and loving it. God bless, Lynn Key

4:14 PM  
Blogger Illuminating Fiction said...

Sounds like a great read, Melanie!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Hélène said...

I like the sound of the plot. Please enter me!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Xn-Woman said...

Melanie, I would like to be considered for your book giveaway. I teach in a high school where young people have undergone tramatic events in their young lives. I think your book would inspire courage.

5:58 PM  
Blogger windycindy said...

Many congratulations on the release of your first historical novel!
The cover of your book is lovely and stirring! Your travels sound amazing!
I appreciate authors that really research their books. Please enter my name in your delightful book giveaway drawing.
Many thanks and best wishes.....

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Sally Bradley said...

I love reading about the Underground Railroad. Please enter me. sallybradleywrites AT gmail {Dot} com

6:18 PM  
Blogger Kat Bryan said...

This sounds like a very interesting book. I know there were stops on the underground railroad in this area, too, and I've always found that fascinating.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Michele N. said...

Sounds like a fantastic book and your photos are really neat, thanks for sharing!

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Windy said...

Hey Mel! Looking forward to reading this one. I bet my mom would love it, too (since she is such a big quilter)! Entering my name (on behalf of my mom) in the book giveaway :)

xx See you soon!! xx


7:46 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

please enter me!! i would love to read this book!

8:34 PM  
Blogger mez said...

I would love a chance to win your new book. Finding freedom though the underground railroad is a great setting. Thanks!


4:37 AM  
Blogger David said...

Having lived in Richmond, Indiana for a number of years, I am looking forward to reading this book set in Liberty, Indiana, a short drive from Richmond.

Whether or not I win a book, it will be bought later today.


5:00 AM  
Anonymous Merry Jo Haber said...


I imagine that the research you have done has brought the history to of the Underground Railroad to life. I look forward to reading my first book written by you. : )

6:11 AM  
Blogger sugarandgrits said...

Congratulations on your newest release! YAY!

It sounds/looks like a great book. I have all of the "Love Finds You" books on my Wishlist ~ maybe I'll win yours to start my collection. :)

Thank you for sharing,


6:41 AM  
Anonymous Judyg54 said...

I look forward to reading your book (because I will purchase it if I don't win it). I lived in Indiana for many years and wish now I would have had a chance to visit the houses as you did for your book.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Sandra B said...

I am looking so forward to reading this book. Our Ladies Book Club at church is going to use it for the book of the month either August or September. Will be glad to give you our comments on it.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Sounds like a great book. I would love to read this book

8:00 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

Melanie, this is absolutely wonderful!!! I can't wait to read your new book, its exactly my style, I simply devour american history!!! You go girl!

9:35 AM  
Blogger omdahls said...

I can't wait to read you latest! You have a wonderful gift for bringing peoples stories alive. Historical fiction is my favorite - - a story about the Underground Railroad will not disappoint.

I'd love win a copy of your book - - if not, i'll get my hands on a copy somehow!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Sherry K said...

It sounds like a great book and I love the cover. Please enter me in the drawing.

Sherry K

2:13 PM  
Blogger Torri said...

Hi Melanie. I am super excited for your book. I can honestly say that as an adult, I have not read any fiction books. I stick pretty close to the non-fiction section - however your book looks so appealing, that I just don't think I can help but get it. :) (Oh, and please include me in your drawing). Blessings.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Carly Kendall said...

Hi Melanie,
I have already purchased my copy, but I would love to win a copy to give to my church library. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thank you.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the launching of your new book...I love historical settings and I am very interested in the underground railroad.

Please enter me in your contest.

Gayla Collins

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

I absolutely would love this book. Anything about the underground railroad intrigues me, especially after reading "Roots" by Alex Haley. They were brave men and women to risk their lives to help these fellow citizens start a new life. Thank you that you finally put it to life in your new novel.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's exciting, I love Historical fiction. The Undergroud Railroad is one of the most interesting topics in American History.

7:46 PM  
Blogger carla stewart said...

Congrats, Melanie! The book sounds great, and I'd love to be in the drawing.
Kudos, too, for getting your book in Wal-Mart! They say that's when you've arrived:-)))


8:41 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Liberty looks like my kinda town! I'l bet the trip was so exciting! I have my BA in History so all of these old American towns excite me! Your books sounds terrific! I love the Love Finds You books and would love a chance to win your latest book!


8:52 PM  
Blogger Janna said...

I love, love, love the concept behind this book. Please enter me!

ryanx6 at msn dot com

9:28 PM  
Blogger bigguysmama said...

So many people entered to win your book!! How exciting for you, but a bummer for me because I'd love to win your book and there's a lot of competition. :) Please enter me to win!

Mimi B

mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

10:07 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Definitely intriguing, I would love to read this one! :-)

10:36 PM  
Blogger Martha A. said...

It sounds like a really fun book! i would love to win a copy! If not, I will be checking it out other places!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Patty said...

I would love to win a copy. I love the history of the underground railroad. My daughter was doing some research on it this year and I found it very interesting. I have also read three of the Love Find you books and I really enjoy them.


8:28 AM  
Blogger Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Melanie, This sounds like a great book, and one that I would enjoy very much. Please enter me in the drawing.
carrie (at) turansky (dot) com

11:29 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I'd love to win!

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Melissa Fidler said...

I would love to win a book! It looks very good! I've recently finished reading a book to my kids about the Underground Railroad and would love to read another!

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Nicki said...

Everyone in Liberty is waiting on your book at the library. Please include me in your drawing.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Congrats on your first historical novel. Would love a chance to win and read it!

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Sylvia said...

Hello! This sounds like a very interesting topic. I would like to be entered into the giveaway for this book.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Growing up in Liberty, and then moving away from the area, I am intrigued that someone would find a way to captivate our small quait town! There is so much history withing the area in regards to the time period of which you have written. I can't wait to read this book!, please enter me in your contest!

11:23 AM  
Blogger peachykath said...

Please enter me in the drawing for this book. I grew up in Northern Indiana and reading the description of the book really hits close to home and I would love the opportunity to read the book.


1:49 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hey, I am excited about your new book! Can't wait to read it!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Cara Putman said...

Congratulations, Melanie. They can't keep it in stock at carpenter's son in Lafayette, IN. :-)

4:05 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Sounds like a very interesting book! Please sign me up!

megan.nadalet at

9:54 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Hey Melanie - just read The Black Cloister - awesome book! Next on the list is Going for Broke :) Hope you guys are well - hello to Jon.

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Emma said...

Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana sounds wonderful. congratulations on the release of your first historical novel!
Please put my name in the drawing. Thank you. Have a good week.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

I just finished reading "Love finds you in Liberty, Indiana" and it was very good! It kept my interest all the way through and it was a page turner waiting to see what happens next. Also, Melanie, You did an excellent job of bringing in the historical facts of the 1850's into the storyline of the book. I am definitely passing this book around and telling others about it.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Abi said...

I'd love to win I grew up in Norther Indiana.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stefanie said....
I live in Liberty and my husband's Aunt and Uncle are the Logue's. I have been talking to Karen at Our Library and I can't wait for the book!!! They said you where going to ship them some. I even talked to a lady at a christian book store in Richmond (close by here) and she didn't know about the book and said she was going to order some. I'm selling them before I have one!! I hope I win!!!

7:53 PM  
Blogger lastnerve said...

I really really want to win this book. I have Love Finds you in Valentine Nebraska and can't wait to read the Liberty, Indiana book. Please enter me.

Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to win.


4:25 AM  
Blogger Christine Abernathy Macke said...

I can't wait to read this book. I am an avid genealogist and my family was from Liberty Indiana in it's early days, and many still live near there now.

Christine Abernathy Macke

7:30 AM  
Blogger Melanie Dobson said...

A huge thank you to each of you who submitted your name to win a copy of Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana! We drew the names last night, and the winners are:

Renee (steeler girl)
Bob E.
Linda (desert rose)
LuAnn (reading frenzy)

If you won a book, please email me your mailing address at comments(at), and I'll send a copy right out. If you didn't win a book, I will be posting the links in the upcoming weeks of other bloggers who will be giving away copies of it as well.

Thanks again! Happy summer reading!!

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

I almost bought this book at walmart the other day with the Love finds You in Treasure Island Florida but my budget is tight and It took all my will to put it back. Would love to win this book. Even if I don't win I am sure to buy it too.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

I just bought this book for my daughter for her birthday! She lives on the west coast now, but loves visiting her grandparents in Liberty, Indiana when she is able to. We have a long line of history of many generations growing up in Liberty, Indiana starting in the early 1800's!
I can't wait to read it also!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

A truly wonderful book. I was born and raised in Liberty and at one time attended the Quaker church which still exists. The book took me back home and gave me a tremendous appreciation for those who challenged the horrible attitude toward the black population.

5:48 AM  

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