A Love So True Giveaway for Subscribers only

WINNER – Terra (comment made on April 3 at 9:53 am)

Thanks everyone for all the comments! I shall take them into consideration.

To enter for a chance to win an early copy of A Love So True, all you have to do is comment on this page, though I’d love for your comments to help me since you’re invested enough to be signed up for my newsletter!

**You are not required to answer these questions. You can just say “enter me,” but I’d appreciate your input.**

After I turn in the last book of this series, I’ll be giving my publisher a proposal for a new series in hopes they’ll buy it. I have many different ideas in my head, so I’m hoping your input will help me narrow them down.

This is in regards to Christian Historical Romance, of course! Of the late 1800s/early 1900s small town USA variety which I know my publisher wants.

I can’t make everyone happy; it’s impossible, but I’d like to keep my reader fan base happy if I can!

A. For subscribers who’ve read several of my books, what do you expect every time you pick up one of my stories? What do you hope I continue/don’t continue to do? What is different about my stories from other authors that makes you happy? When you describe my stories to friends you’re trying to convince to try my books, what are you telling them? (If you’d like to answer any questions from set B, feel free πŸ™‚ )

B. For subscribers who have read very few if any of my books, what do you wish you saw more of in Christian Historical fiction? What topics/cliches are you tired of? What about my writing made you excited enough to sign up for more? etc.

**Comment by 5/5/17, USA only, the winner will be randomly chosen from all comments on 5/6/17 and emailed. Winner’s name will be posted on this page, if you’d like to check.**


WINNER – Terra (comment made on April 3 at 9:53 am)

99 Responses to A Love So True Giveaway for Subscribers only

  1. Jeanette Durkin

    I’ve never read your books, but I love finding new author and I love historical fiction. I like to feel like I’m learning something as well as connecting with the characters!

  2. Diane Engelhardt

    Christian historical fiction it is my favorite genre. I wanted to read more of your books so I checked out my public library and was disappointed they did not have one of your books. I have currently asked them to start stocking them. Pray with me they will. I love when a historical fiction book takes me back to the time period and really gives me an accurate look into what life was like at that time.

  3. Annie JC @JustCommonly

    Hi! Love the new cover!!

    I like to see CF reach mainstream bookstores, and not just categorized as CF. I think cliches many readers have about CF is that it gets preachy. I appreciate your stories that dealt with real problems that readers can relate to, without going into full on preacher mode. I would like to see more diversity in the social systems in the historical settings that doesn’t stereotype one from the other for the readers. Understandable when it is through the eyes of the characters.

  4. Eldon Overstreet

    I want more stories that educate about the history of America-good and bad. And how folks lived-highlighting how their faith in God was “a” or “the key” factor that brought them happiness or the victory they needed

  5. Gail Hollingsworth

    I enjoy a little of real history along with romance of that time. Maybe a comment on something that happened by word of mouth or from a article or headlines in a paper if they had one.
    I never liked history in school much but it’s fun to read it in a fiction book as long as it’s accurate.

    • Ashley

      Orphan Trains. Orphan Asylums. I have several books on the subject. Anne Mateer wrote one awhile back. There is a new series coming out. I can’t recall the author right now. I believe it’s a red head facing a train on the cover. I have been reading about the subject for decades. Many adoptions were not legal. There is a public television special on the subject as well.

  6. Rosie

    I hope you continue to have characters who struggle with their faith and overcome the obstacles in their lives. I enjoy how you develop your characters so that some I love and some I want to shoot. I like a happy ending but not necessarily having all of my questions answered so that I can ruminate on the story.

  7. Kailey Bechtel

    I’m new to your books. But I’m not very picky when it comes to Christian historical fiction. I enjoy most of the topics.

  8. Peggy Hart

    In Christian Historical Novels not only do I enrich my knowledge of historical facts. I am a lover of tidbits. I also see how the trials of the characters, often common to modern trials, are solved by turning the issues over to Our Love. These trials frequent mine and by using the bible verses move my feet back to the right path.

    Oh and do ENTER ME!

  9. Susan

    I like the time period that you write about. I like the love/hate/love relationship that your main characters have with each other and how it turns into love at the end. I can’t point to any one thing in particular that I like about your books but when I see you have a new one out I want to read it because I know it will be good.

  10. Amanda Tero

    I haven’t read any of your work yet, but what I enjoy is a good, solid plotline apart from the romance (instead of the romance being THE plotline). This doesn’t mean NO romance, just a balance. πŸ˜‰

  11. Abigail Mitchell

    I’ve read 2 of your books, and loved them! Its been awhile though, so don’t know that I can give input. :/ Christian Historical fiction is my favorite though. πŸ˜€ And my favorite time period is the time that you set your books, late 1800s. Enter me. πŸ™‚

  12. Chery Barker

    Melissa, I loved how you tackled tougher topics and had a meatier approach with your last book A Heart Most Certain. I may not be your typical reader, though, because I do like meatier stories that are lighter on the romance element. All of the angst of the two coming together and the talk of muscles rippling, etc. tends to drive me crazy πŸ™‚ By the way, from a writer’s point of view, I can count on your books to be well-written. All the best with this new one!

  13. sharon miller

    Your novels are interesting, fast moving and not too slow, interesting plots, good romance and endearing characters. I like your books.

  14. Connie Saunders

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I love that you include hope and inspiration in your books. After reading a historical fiction book, I want to have learned something new or challenged to research more of the topic matter. Your inspiring messages woven into the story refresh and renew my spirit!
    Blessings and thank you for a chance to win!

  15. Jonella Moore

    I would like to see more books set in Bibical times, especially the times of Christs life and the early church. I enjoy reading books in that time frame.

  16. Patti Rhyne

    Melissa, I have read all your books and have a list of my favorite authors and you are definitely on it. I like the 1800-1900’s time period and you write where at the end your readers are waiting expectantly for the next book to appear! Thank you and please keep writing!

  17. Ann O'Mealey

    What I like is you can expect the unexpected. There are always new characters along with the ones we have already grown to love from previous books. The stories show the conflict within each person about their true relationship with God and how they want to make changes. You have a way of weaving unusual, but believable, situations for the characters into each story. Like in life, not everything is perfect for everyone, but there is always a HEA for the principal characters. I enjoy epilogs showing how their lives are going years down the road and the obstacles they faced. When I describe your books to friends I tell them they are a must read and the stories will have you thinking about them long after the book is complete. They make you question β€œWhat would I do if I was in that situation?” I just finished β€œA Bride in Store” great book with a lot of twists and turns.

  18. Melissa Romine

    I’ve read a couple of your books. What I really enjoyed in A Heart Most Certain is the manner that you addressed the difficult subjects and left me with questioning my own beliefs and feelings in dealing with those who are not like me, but who are loved by the same God, in the same way. I felt a lot of feelings when reading that novel and found myself looking up scriptures to help me look at others the way God does. I read both historical and contemporary, but I love a book with a message that sends me to my Bible.

  19. Kari R

    I have yet to read your books, but they are out all the time here at our library. Comments I hear about Christian fiction are: “I don’t want to be spoon fed scripture, but having it woven in the story subtly is so much better.” “I enjoy having the characters experience ‘real’conflicts and seeing how they rely on God to get them through”. I personally love Christian Historical fiction – anything before 1900 is fascinating! Good luck in the new series!

  20. Christy Maurer

    I’ve only read A Heart Most Certain, but I loved it! I think the Amish genre is over. I haven’t read any of those in years. I like Regency Christian Fiction a lot. I also like ones that are set in the early-ish days of American history. I read almost every genre, but I do think some of them get overused. If a story is well-written, it can be any genre and do well.

  21. Mindy Houng

    I have read one book and a novella and absolutely love your writing. Historical fiction is so much fun, even if many themes are used frequently!

  22. Amanda

    I also enjoy most books that are set in your time frame. I enjoy most believable romances not the ones where they go from meeting to being in love in a chapter but the ones that involve some type of conflict along the path. Mail order brides / marriage of convienence are one of my favorites because they have to learn to love each other after the wedding.

  23. Makaela Casper

    I have only read one of your books and I loved it! I would like to read more and am hoping one of my libraries gets some more of your books in. Historical romances are my absolute favorite thing to read and I am always excited to read more of them! Thank you!

  24. Mary Lou Kleveland

    I have only read one of your books but I loved it. What I appreciate most about any book that is read is for the book to have genuine characters. I want the characters to be real and flawed and relatable. I want to see them struggle in their faith as we all do at times but ultimately to know their hope is only found in Christ. I love reading a wide variety of scenarios and settings. What I love most in a book is to actually want to meet the characters in the book in real life (so wish this was possible sometimes) and go visit their town and participate in their activities. If I feel this way as I read and after I finish reading the book, then I know it was a winner. I guess I would sum it all up by saying “Write so I care about the characters and their struggles and life”. Thanks for letting me weigh in on future books!!

  25. Cindy Regnier

    Melissa! I am so excited about your new series! What do I love about your books? First of all I am partial to Kansas authors and read as many of those books as I can. Secondly, your heroines always have that quality of a little extra spunk. That determination that makes them go the extra mile to get what they want in a male dominated world. A Bride in Store was my favorite because of that very thing!

  26. Mary

    I enjoy Christian historical fiction where the Christian faith is a true part of the lives of the characters, not just thrown in the story as an afterthought or just so the story can be called Christian fiction.

  27. Kimberly

    I love your rich descriptions that make the rader feel like they arr actually there in person. The story lines are so interwoven and keep your attention throughout the whole book so that you never hit a “slow spot”. Each character’s faith is modeled in such a way that you can relate to their struggles and be encouraged by their actions and reactions. I look forward to each new release and wish they came out more often.

  28. Kerri

    I love the development of your characters. I really love how a relationship with Christ is key to live a full forgiven life. That’s how I have recommended your books. The unexpected bride series still swirls in my mind, especially A Bride For Keeps. I love the chemistry between your characters, yet they stay clean. I look forward to reading your newest series which is on my TBR pile. Thanks for writing.

  29. Kim

    I have only read A Heart Most Certain – which I really enjoyed. It really stood out to me because you touched on a topic that most would shy away from. You wrote it in such a way that was very tasteful yet didn’t stay away or sugarcoat from what really went on back then. I also loved the character development of both Lydia and Nicholas especially Lydia and her struggle to do what was truly right not just what looked right. Many times you don’t see the main characters develop all that much. I’m so looking forward to book two!

  30. Gloria

    I always enjoy reading your historical fiction and when I am done reading them I pass them on to our church library for others to read.

  31. Kathy Seigel

    Oh my, Melissa! It is hard to come-up with the exact words on why I love your books. First, I know the Author! It is so exciting to read your books and feel like I have a connection with the Author. Second, I love Christian Fiction and Historical Fiction–yours have both! Thirdly, You always seem to have a little different “spin” on each book. I never quite know where it’s leading me! That keeps me intrigued. I simply tell people when I’m suggesting the read your books that they will definitely enjoy it.

  32. MS Barb

    I haven’t read any of your books, yet, but I do enjoy historical fiction! I like to read about some of the customs, different words/phrases that might have been used during that time period, some of the food/meal choices, who was president, how people survived the great depression–I like suspense w/ clean romance–

  33. Darlene Ysaguirre

    I have recently started expanding my reading genres and this was by far one of the easiest to get into. I would love to see more women in a power roll i know this was not really an era for women to take charge and the lead. I would really enjoy reading about a woman in charge.

  34. CutePolarBear

    I would love to enter! I don’t believe I’ve read any of your books, but I enjoy Christian historical fiction very much. πŸ™‚ I like it when the historical era is represented well in such novels. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!


  35. Terressa T.

    Love the cover.
    I enjoy your books. The character development always draws me in as a friend. I love the reality you place on your stories.

  36. Winnie Thomas

    I’d love to win a copy of your new book. I’ve heard a lot of good things about your books and hope to read some of them soon. I enjoy reading Christian historical fiction, and I’m not fussy about the time period as long as the characters are relatable and realistic.

  37. Patty

    I think I have only read the free novella and first book of your first series, that was quite a while ago, so I don’t have a really strong idea of your writing.
    I do love historical fiction, !

  38. Sandra Spilecki

    Such a pretty cover. I like details like that that just invite you to read. May will be here sooner that you think considering how this year is flying by.

  39. Adrienne Everitt

    I love Christian Historical Fiction, and I used to read mainly those with a western setting, but lately I’ve been finding I really like ones that introduce me to a new setting–like Jody Hedlund’s light house books. So, a fresh setting is always a good thing–even if it’s the same time period.

  40. Brenda Murphree

    Historical Fiction is my favorite to read even though I do enjoy several genres. My favorite era is before during and after the Civil War, but I enjoy other eras too.
    I did enjoyed your last book and the real life issues. I like for them to be accurate on the history and great on character development so I can get my heart and mind invested in them and you did this in your book. I love the tension between the romantic couple and for them to see each other often.
    I can’t wait to see what all happens in
    Evelyn’s life.
    I love Christian Fiction but I don’t have to have preaching or scriptures because I get that at church and reading my Bible. I read Christian Fiction because it’s clean. I will read secular books if they are clean. Now saying that, I will say I don’t mind having scriptures and enjoy the people that needs God and they find Him in the book and change their lives. But I don’t like full preaching mode as some has said.

  41. Cathy Lykens

    I have enjoyed reading books that are set in the first third of the 20th century….WWI precipitated a lot of change.

  42. Vicki Vaught

    I like how your characters are realistic & relatable. They have true to life struggles to overcome, all while challenging & strengthening their faith. I like the fact that they are not just cookie cutter stories & characters.

  43. Kristin H.

    I loved A Heart Most Certain especially because along with the love story, it included some really important and difficult topics that even though happened in the past, also happen in the present.

  44. Kathryn Voss

    When I pick up one of your books, I expect a clean read that will challenge me spiritually. I expect the characters to be complex and take me on a journey that causes me to examine my own life. So far I haven’t been disappointed!!!

  45. Lane Hill House

    Melissa, I like how the characters learn to rely on the Lord finding that it is the better way. I like to read lifestyle rather than giving words.
    This is part of my review for A Love at Last:
    I liked how the protagonists find out who they truly are by their willingness to risk sharing their weaknesses; foibles hidden even from themselves until they are awakened to the liability of them? How much of what we try to hide, or avoid, becomes the very thing that will free us, once it is revealed and dealt with? Finding they could rely on God when their own decisions waiver, becomes the very stepping stone needed to move forward.
    ~ And in A Heart Most Certain ~ part of the review: This story views how others are seen; as an onlooker or in some way extending a hand to help another climb out of an imprisonment they cannot escape on their own.
    Historical Fiction is my very favorite genre. From research, so much more is shared than we learned in school. Thank you. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  46. Carolyn Tye

    I have read three of your books. I have enjoyed each one. My favorite books have characters that have been strongly developed.

  47. Loraine Nunley

    I have not had the privilege of reading your books yet Melissa. I like historical inspirational fiction and I really love strong characters. I have stepped back from reading mail-order bride stories because I haven’t seen much new in those story lines. Best wishes on your pitch to the publishers and thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Kim

    Added to my Goodreads “want to read” list! I really like historical Christian fiction. So will either purchase a copy and/or ask my local library to purchase one!!

  49. Bonnijean Marley

    I have not read your books, but I am hoping to soon.

    Two things that annoy me in a book.
    1. When an object is described in detail and seems as if it will be important later in the the book, but that object is never mentioned again.
    2. When the author wants to have a character realize a biblical principle and has a character never seen before or after pop into the story to give advice.

  50. Sue Parrish

    I enjoy reading your books. I have read all of the so far. I like both historical and contemporary with some mystery thrown in. I find it hard to put your books down once I have started them so I have to start them early in the day or plan on a very late night. Excellent writing. I like strong characters who grow in their faith. I don’t know much about history in the Midwest since I am from Texas. I enjoy learning about other parts of the country. Keep up the good work!

  51. Dagnes Sutherland

    B. I appreciated your books’ descriptions of the scenery but also the dialogue was truthful. I prefer books that show the characters struggle and wrestle through their faith walks rather than perfect Christians. I don’t want to read a preachy book.

  52. Kim v

    Hi Melissa!

    I agree with everything another Kim stated above! What I really like from your books is when you tackle serious issues like abuse or sexual slavery in such a way that allows readers to grapple with the issues, but in an edifying and ultimately hopeful way. Weaving serious themes (and romance!) with God’s grace and redeeming love is something I admire and enjoy about your writing. As well as how your characters truly grow independently and as a couple throughout your stories. A Heart Most Certain is my favourite book from you so far and I’m looking forward to A Love So True.

  53. Melanie Backus

    Melissa, thank you for this opportunity. It is so refreshing to read a well written book with wonderful subject matter that has no foul language. A breath of fresh air. Thank you!

  54. Gracie

    I have only read one of your books before, but I am very excited to try out others.
    In Christian fiction, I like “meatier” stories, but also clean books. I like for there to be romance but not over-the-top drooling over his muscles, chiseled jaw, etc… πŸ˜‰
    I really really like books where Faith is the main focus.

    I am super excited to see how your new series turns out, and I look forward to trying out more of your books–Good Luck!

  55. Elizabeth

    Hi Melissa, I love your books! I have read every single one of them. I love your writing that gives such a clear picture of the characters facial expressions. You have a wonderful descriptive way of telling a story that keeps me interested. When I open one of your books, I wait for that “awww” moment that I have to read and re-read several times! I think your characters have a deeper connection than other authors that I have read. I hope you continue all of this becuase it makes for a wonderful escape. Can’t wait to read your next and congrats on finishing the series! =)

  56. Debra Slonek

    I enjoy when historical fiction has major events from history woven into the storyline. Examples would be The Great Chicago Fire, the Galveston Hurricane, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, any of the World’s fairs, and the sinking of the Tiranic.

  57. Brook Waddle

    My very first series I read was Love by the Letter! I wish you would have another mail order bride series or something western with a homesteading theme!

  58. Debbie Clatterbuck

    When I pick up one of your books I expect to be entertained and educated and I am never disappointed. Can’t wait to read A Love So True.

  59. Ashley Bass

    I have read all of your books and really love the time frame, Historical setting you base your books on. I don’t have any suggestions on subject material I would like to read…but I am always anticipating your next book!

  60. Kara Groat

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your books. I look forward to reading this new one. It is nice to find well written, clean books to read. Thank you.

  61. gina A

    I First read Love by the letter and then I had to read your other books:) I really enjoy historical christian novels that have a unique situation or conflict that the characters have to overcome. I get tired of stories with the same types of “spunky” heroines (E.g. I don’t need a man. If you offer to help me I bite your head off and assume you think I can’t do it myself. I’m not going to meet you half way in any argument because I’m always right). I understand that because authors are trying to appeal to a modern audience that they have to make them more “modern” in their thinking, but it gets very cliche when every character wants to be a doctor or lawyer or “can ride better than any man the hero has ever met”. There were forward thinking women back then I am sure, but it gets unrealistic when every character is like that. I like stories where the author makes the characters’ ideals and thinking more to their times but still have their issues be very relate-able.

  62. Renea

    When I read a heart most certain I had trouble putting the book down the determination of Lydia to secure his donation really kept my attention I can’t wait to read this new book. So looking forward to it. Keep up the good work your book was a pleasure to read. The only sad thing was the wait for the next book.

  63. Renea

    When I read a heart most certain I had trouble putting the book down the determination of Lydia to secure his donation really kept my attention I can’t wait to read this new book. So looking forward to it. Keep up the good work your book was a pleasure to read. The only sad thing was the wait for the next book.

  64. Raechel L.

    I love how your books are historical fiction, but still a light and pleasant read. Some HF can be really heavy, and sometimes hard to get through, but I’ve greatly enjoyed yours.
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  65. Sharon

    I am a retired librarian. I love reading historical Christian fiction. The connection between history and Christianity at that time really intrigues me. Please enter me in your contest. I love reading and would love to read your books. Thank you.

  66. Sharon W.

    I am a retired librarian. I love reading historical Christian fiction. The connection between history and Christianity at that time really intrigues me. Please enter me in your contest. I love reading and would love to read your books. Thank you.

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