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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

Monday, July 02, 2012

Giving Away Five Copies of Mackinac Island Novel

Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan releases today. This novel was an absolute delight for me to write, and to celebrate the release, I'll be giving away five copies of the book on July 18. To enter the drawing, please leave a brief comment below with your email address. I will email the winners on July 19. 

Below is more info about this story, set in 1894 on Mackinac Island. Thanks for celebrating with me!

 As the Gilded Age comes to a close, Elena Bissette’s once-wealthy family has nearly lost its fortune. The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, where they will spend one last summer in the hope of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. But Elena is repulsed by the idea of marrying for money. 

Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls, Elena spends most evenings escaping back into Mackinac’s rugged forest. There she meets Chase, a handsome laborer who shares her love for the night sky. The two begin to meet in secret at an abandoned lighthouse, where they work together to solve a mystery buried in the pages of a tattered diary.

As Elena falls in love with Chase, her mother relentlessly contrives to introduce her to Chester Darrington, the island’s most eligible bachelor. Marriage to the elusive millionaire would solve the Bissettes’ financial woes, and Elena is torn between duty and love.


Blogger Casey said...

You know how much I love your novels! And I think this one looks absolutely gorgeous! I just recently finished Cara Putman's novel set in Mackinac, so to return would be delightful. :)


12:37 PM  
Blogger apple blossom said...

Oh, I love this cover. would love to be added to this drawing thanks.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

1:17 PM  
Blogger Wendy Marple said...

I really enjoy the Love Finds You books and look forward to reading this one.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Sarah Hamaker said...

Oh, I've always wanted to visit Mackinac Island ever since I saw that movie "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Kind of hookie, but the scenery was splendid!

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Pam K. said...

The cover of this book is lovely. Mackinac Island seems like such a romantic place; I've always wanted to visit. I'd be very pleased to win a copy of your new book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


1:35 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

I adore ALL of the LFY books, and I've got a couple proposals in to Rachel for consideration. We've been trying to nail down one that clicks for 3 years now. Mackinac Island is the setting of one of my books, and I used it in a series I wrote in 2009. Adore the island...LOVE your cover. Would love to win this novel and revisit the island during the Gilded Age.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Whoops! Just in case... tiff{at}amberstockton{dot}com

1:36 PM  
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1:38 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

That cover is beautiful, and the story sounds just as good! Thank you for the chance to win!

1:40 PM  
Blogger kamewh said...

I have visited Mackinac Island and always love reading books set in places that I am familiar with. kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Celia said...

Thanks for this opportuity, Melanie. So enjoyed the LFY in Liberty, Ind. book and am eager for another one.
Celia in Missouri

1:41 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Woops! I got excited & forgot to leave my email!



1:41 PM  
Blogger h@ppE_mum2 said...

Mel...Melly...Melanie D.!I enjoy escaping into your books! I can't wait to read another one of your "can't put you down" books! Of course I have to put it down more times than not to chase after my very busy 2 year old son! I look forward to reading this new book. I LOVE the plot too!!! Can't wait!!! My email is Thanks for the opportunity to participate!

1:43 PM  
Blogger Bakersdozen said...

I would love to win. The book sounds great and I have been wanting to visit Mackinac Island. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

1:44 PM  
Blogger Marissa said...

I've never read any of your books, Melanie, but I do like the Love Finds You series, so I know I'll like this one! Btw, the cover is very pretty!


1:47 PM  
Blogger Debby Lee said...

Hi Melanie, I love, love, loved your book, Love Finds You in Liberty Indiana, I bet this book is just as fantastic. The cover is so beautiful.
My email address is sanddlee[at]aol[dot]com

1:52 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I am already being drawn into this love story! Mackinac Island is someplace I've always wanted to visit.
tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

1:55 PM  
Blogger by Pegg Thomas said...

We spent 2 days on Mackinac Island last week, celebrating our 30th anniversary. Love it there! Looking forward to reading your story.
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

2:01 PM  
Blogger Theresa N. said...

I've always heard Mckinac Island is beautiful, I'd love to visit.
Theresa N

2:07 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Sounds great and the cover is really pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

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2:17 PM  
Blogger Julia M. Reffner said...

Love reading about Mackinac Island and have really enjoyed your books.


2:21 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Knowing that the LFYs are historical, I would love an opportunity to win a copy of your book. Thanks!

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

2:25 PM  
Blogger Maureen Timerman said...

I really enjoy the LFY books...what a beautiful cover.
Thank You!!


2:27 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly Johnson said...

Congratulations on your new release! I love the cover. Please enter me in your drawing. kimberlyj503(at)gmail(dot)com

2:30 PM  
Blogger Lane Hill House said...

1894! and people still visit today! I would love to read your book. Thank you for the offer. Historical fiction and lighthouses! I hope love wins out! Kathleen


2:34 PM  
Blogger Kat Bryan said...

This sounds very good. I've always been enamored of Mackinac Island. I agree with Maureen also, the cover is beautiful and eye-catching.

winterset AT

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Emma said...

I enjoy reading all of the Love Finds You books.Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan sounds like a great book. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Lyndee said...

Beautiful cover! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy and congratulations on the release!


2:48 PM  
Blogger pol said...

Melanie sounds like a wonderful story, have not read about this area before and know it would be a pleasure. thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book. I would love to be in your drawing.
Paula O(

2:51 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

This cover is breath taking! I'd love to win a copy!


2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to another great read!Its so much fun knowing an author!Hope all is going good!
Laurie Timberlake

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to another great "Melanie" book! Its fun knowing an author! Hope you are having a great summer!
Laurie Timberlake

3:09 PM  
Blogger karenk said...

Congratulations on your latest novel, Melanie...Thanks for the chance to read it, sounds like a wonderful summer getaway :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

3:10 PM  
Blogger Jodi Stilp said...

oh Mel - pick me, pick me, pick me!!!!!!! I love the new cover too. Can't wait to see Mighty Creator come through in this book.

3:17 PM  
Blogger John Krause said...

I am so excited, especially since I am from Michigan! I also excited because I ran out of your books to read and need more!!! Yeah!

Love, Ashley

3:21 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Can't wait to read it. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Karen Guth said...

I enjoyed both the Love Finds You books set in Homestead and Amana, IA. I grew up in that area. Moved to NM recently after living 23 years in MI and Mackinac Island was my favorite place in MI. So, know I would enjoy this book,too.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So excited you wrote another book! I can't wait to read this one!!! Love, Teri Stone

3:34 PM  
Blogger Kaye said...

There's something wonderful about the gilded age that intrigues me. Thanks for the giveaway.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Congratulations friend! I can't wait to see how God uses this book AND I can't wait to read it! :)

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melanie, looking forward to seeing you in Mt. Vernon on Sat. and to reading your new book.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Oooh this sounds super intriguing!!! I can't wait to read it!

4:42 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Melanie - Would love to win a copy of your new book. My family vacationed on Mackinac Island for several years and we really enjoyed hearing the history.
smoore at tcq dot net

4:52 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

I really enjoy the Love Finds You books and the cover on this one has really caught my eye. Thanks for the drawing.


5:43 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

I am originally from Michigan and have always loved Mackinac Island.....with the history, horse and buggies..... and the fudge !! =) Would love to read this !

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Ellen Anderson said...

How very kind of you to give away books. I have read all the LFY books and loved every one of them. Thanks for all your good words. Ellen

6:18 PM  
Blogger Nancye said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

6:41 PM  
Blogger Wendy Newcomb said...

I was fortunate enough to visit the Mackinac Island one time, what a beautiful setting for a 'Love Finds You' book.


6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy your books. Looking forward to reading this one. nanceb(@)embarqmail(dot)com

8:19 PM  
Blogger Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I love the's so beautiful.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

8:32 PM  
Blogger Barbara Shelton said...

WOW...all the way to the bottom of the comments! LOL The cover of this book is captivating it is so lovely. Melanie's writing is so natural and enjoyable. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win a great read.

Blessed by Grace,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

8:43 PM  
Blogger Katie McCurdy said...

The cover of this book is BREATHTAKING!!!! :-D I could look at it forever! Do count me in -- a cover that beautiful has gotta be good! ;-)


8:48 PM  
Blogger Anne Payne said...

This is one of the loveliest covers I have seen this year! I don't believe I have read any of your books. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy.


1:38 AM  
Anonymous Evangeline said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan.


1:48 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

I love reading all of the Love Finds You books. Would really enjoy reading this one too.


4:29 AM  
Blogger StacieHope365 said...

I was engaged on the Sheplers Boat on the way to Mackinac Island 21 years ago! I would love a copy!

5:44 AM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Melanie, how generous of you to give away LFY in Mackinac Island. There are so many places i have only visited through novels, but that's okay...although i love traveling, circumstances are such that i am an armchair traveler. i would love to visit the Mackinac Island of 1894. Thank you for the chance.

marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

6:25 AM  
Blogger rubynreba said...

We spent 3 days on Mackinac Island a few years ago. It is so beautiful! The cover of the book is lovely. I'd really enjoy reading this.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the releease of Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan. It is the perfect setting for this type of story. It sounds like your main characters have the right idea about finding a lasting relationship that will bring them happiness and contentment.
Best wishes for a successful release. I will be looking for it.

7:34 AM  
Blogger eyeballlucy said...

I would love to win a copy of Melanie Dobson's new book..'Love Finds You In Mackinac Island, Michigan....I have shared on facebook and

8:28 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I would love a copy of the new book! cmarshall8(at)

8:44 AM  
Blogger Melissa Jagears said...

I've never even heard of Mackinac island....where have I been?

rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Barbara Bingham said...

I'm new to Melanie's books and so excited to read my first one. I sent my sis a link because she as a little emerging reader to prep for as well:)We both love a good mystery!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Nancee said...

I would love to win a copy of this book based on Mackinac Island. I'm a lifetime resident of Michigan, and have been to the island numerous times. It's fun to read books where the setting is in a location I know so well. Thank you for offering this wonderful giveaway.
Nancee in Michigan

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Susieq said...

I love the Love Finds You series! Thanks for the chance to win this book!


11:31 AM  
Blogger Teddy said...

I can't wait to read your newest book! It looks wonderful, and I'm intrigued as to what the mystery will be.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Merry said...

I am another LFY fan and your novel sounds wonderful; romance, mystery, escape to another time. Please include me in the drawing, I'd love to win!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

10:24 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

This book sounds SO good and the cover is gorgeous! Please enter me in the giveaway.


12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Michigan and Mackinac Island is one of our favoriate places to visit. I would LOVE to win this book!



9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Melanie,
Just got back from Mackinac! It was beautiful. Can't wait to read this book.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Thanks for having the giveaway! I would love to win a copy!

love2laugh124 at gmail dot com

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Carla Devore said...

Would love a copy!

8:33 AM  
Blogger MelyCS said...

Love your writing!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Rachelle said...

Thanks so much for this opportunity. What a breathtaking cover ~ I would have thought all that white would look pale, but it's so vibrant. Just as the story inside is, I'm sure. :)

biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks. rldowsett(@)embarqmail(dot)com

9:13 PM  
Blogger Torri said...

As always. . . we love reading your books!! :) Definitely look forward to reading your Mackinac Island Novel. Blessings. Torri

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading this book!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Joanne said...

I can't wait to read this book! (never posted on a blog before and I posted "anonymously above!) ooops!

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My goodness, this sounds pretty good! Thanks for the opportunity, I would like to be entered please.

3:52 PM  
Blogger squiresj said...

Please enter me to win. I love the Love Found me books I have read and reviewed so far.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Mary Ann said...

Can't wait to read it. Please enter me to win.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

It looks quite interesting. Love the cover.


2:41 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I have always wanted to visit The island. One day...
In the mean time I would love to be one of the winners to feed my obsession.

Kaw5931at aol dot com

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Kyle Elliott said...

I'd love to be entered into your giveaway! Thanks! :)

1:58 AM  
Blogger Liz R said...

Beautiful cover and sounds like a good read! Thanks for the giveaway!


8:43 AM  
Blogger ZachandZoesMom said...

I can't wait to read this book!!! The cover is so pretty too!!! :) Thank-you for the chance to win this!


3:26 PM  
Blogger J-ME said...

I have not yet read one of the Love Finds You in... stories but the cover on this one makes it look like a delightful read. I'm also going to look for your other books, too.

Thanks for the chance to enter this drawing.

luvs2stmp [at] yahoo [dot] com

8:05 PM  
Blogger Melanie Dobson said...

Congrats to Sissie Prater, Casey H., Wendy Marple, Ali, and "Apple Blossom" for winning a copy of LFY in Mackinac Island. Thanks so much to everyone for participating in this contest!

3:53 PM  
Blogger MK Jorgenson said...

Love the cover! Excited to read this one :D

mkjorgenson (at) gmail (dot) com

6:20 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

Thank You for sharing your books with us!

7:07 PM  
Blogger starryblue said...

The cover looks serene.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This book sounds so good, and the cover is beautiful. Would love a chance to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Charla said...

Thank you for this very cool giveaway, Ms. Dobson :-) I'm sorry, but I accidentally entered in my contact information twice, so I think I have two entries :-( is there some way you can remove one of the entries? Thank you! & my name is Charmaine Galley!

9:33 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

I love books! :-)

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like a terrific read. I love historical fiction.

8:20 AM  

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