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Video Café — coffee break & #Giveaway with Melanie Dobson

1Bonjour, Friends! Welcome back to the Video Café. This week, we chat with award-winning author Melanie Dobson for her very first time with us! (And stick around to the end of the interview for our usual #Giveaeay… Happy reading!)

If you’re new to the Video Café, Click HERE to see what it’s all about. But if you’ve been here before, you know how it works. So let’s grab a cuppa and spend some time with Melanie…


BONJOUR — and welcome to the Café, Melanie! Thanks for spending your morning coffee break with us today. So — where’s your cafe spot and what are you drinking?

We must be writing sisters, because I also move around to write in many different places. Sure wish we lived closer so we could sit in a coffee shop together! 😉 

Another thing many of us probably do is meet at coffee shops to have some fellowship time with our sisters in the Lord. What scripture can you share with us that has been a blessing to your heart as a writer?

What a beautiful reminder of God’s promises to us. And we know you write powerful stories of faith in your novels. We know you have a new book out – Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor – and we’re so excited to hear about it. Can you tell us more? 

My Europe-loving heart is just beating wildly at the thought of traveling to England with you in this latest novel. Can you tell us about your research trips? (We will try to contain the shrieks of delight. We promise….) 

This is INCREDIBLE! I was jaw-dropped listening to you describe your tour for the day. Must… Go… To… England for next book trip!  Ha ha ha! 

Thanks so much for spending your morning coffee break with us, Melanie. It’s been a delight. And next research trip — can we please go with you? Blessings, friend! You’re welcome back any time. 😉

MelMelanie Dobson is the award-winning author of fourteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels. Her first novel Together for Goodwas published in 2006. Two of her novels, The Silent Order and Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa, won Carol Awards in 2011 and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won best “Fiction of Indiana” in 2010.


Melanie is pleased to offer a  copy of Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor to one reader in our café. This giveaway is for US residents only, and runs from 6/3 – 7/9/15. Enter by commenting on this post 7/3 – 7/9/15 with an answer to the following question:

  • Where would you go if you could travel to (1) research trip location and write a book about your experience? 

We’ll draw one lucky reader’s name to win the books and announce the winner by 7/10/2015. And stick around, because we’ll have more authors visiting the café very soon. And in the meantime, stop by the Freebies & Fun page on my website — I’ll keep you up-to-date on the active #Giveaways we have running all the time!

With JOY & coffee talk,


45 thoughts on “Video Café — coffee break & #Giveaway with Melanie Dobson

  1. I’d like to travel to Nicaragua. I love going there anyway, and being in the midst of what God is up to there, spending time with my friends and family/sponsor kids, etc… but also I’d love to go and research to write about the history of the beautiful country and the tragedy that has gone on there. Pairing that with what God is doing is such a sweet story of triumph.

      1. It is in the works… Sort of. I haven’t worked on it for a while. I should pull it back out again and have a writing session. 🙂

  2. If I were a writer (which I am not) I would love to go to Ireland and just soak up the culture and history. Would be fun to stay in a castle! Great interview! Sounds like a great read.

    1. Ireland has been on my travel wish-list for years. Would LOVE to visit! (But I bet I’d come home with a ton of story ideas, so that could be dangerous. Ha ha!)

  3. Love it! I just finished reading Chateau of Secrets last night and I find Melanie Dovson in video cafe today!! Loved it by the way and looking forward to Shadows of Ladenbrook Manor!
    If I could travel anywhere for novel research I’d love to go to some quaint seaside village somewhere in Great Britain.

    1. CONGRATS! We drew names, and you’re the winner of this week’s Video Cafe giveaway! 🙂 Please share your email address and we’ll ensure you receive your copy of Melanie’s book. ENJOY!! 🙂

  4. I’ve always wanted to go to England to walk on the moors. I’d also like to visit some of the small villages and see the beautiful countryside.

  5. I’m not a writer, but I wouldn’t mind going to New Zealand. My mom lives there and has since 2001. I’d love to visit all the places she’s told me about. I’d probably jot my experiences & thoughts about that for my personal memories. And of course, take lots of pictures!! I think I wouldn’t mind researching the area where they shot the Hobbit films 🙂

  6. Hi Melanie & Kristy!

    What a fun interview!

    It’s tough to narrow it down, but ultimately either the Holy Land or England/France/parts of Europe would be my dream research trip. I’d love to travel the English countryside then visit French cafés. 🙂

    The Butterfly and the Violin & A Sparrow in Terezin were both beautiful stories. I read Melanie’s *sigh* romantic Love Finds You in Macinac Island, and hope to read more of her books.

    Thanks & keep writing for the Lord, ladies!

  7. Actually, I’ve been on two research trips to Italy for my current work-in-progress. As Melanie stated, it gives the story authenticity when you’ve seen the sights, smelled the aromas, and experienced the culture you’re writing about.

    Recently I visited Ireland, and though I didn’t go as a ‘research’ trip, I’m certain some of my experiences there will find its was into a book one day. 😉

    Thank you for the interview with Melanie. Her book sounds incredible–and I love the cover art!

    Have a lovely Independence Day, Kristy!

  8. Hey Melanie and Kristy!

    Love both of your books! Especially since I’m working on my first dual time (time slip – so many different names for it! lol) novel about WWII Nazi Germany. And I have already gotten to do research in Germany for my novel.

    I have also been blessed to visit quite a few other countries that now have more book setting ideas swirling around in my head telling me to hurry up and finish this one. ha! I can’t wait to read your new book, Melanie! Great interview, Kristy!

    Happy Fourth to yall!! – Morgan Tarpley

  9. I would love to go to Mackinac Island. I’ve read so many lovely things about that area, not to mention the fudge I’m “dying” to try! Or Niagra Falls. Instead of a romantic honeymoon story, how about a murder mystery in that area?

  10. Scotland, I would love to explore a castle & imagine just what life must have been like to live in a castle. Love those stories! Better yet.. get to stay for a week at the castle 🙂 I enjoyed our coffee break time together & wish you much success on your new book!

  11. I love to travel and experience new cultures, so just about anywhere would fascinate me. However, traveling to the Holy Land is on my bucket list. I’ve found that living with a local family is the best way to learn about a new location, and I’ve done that in southern France and also in southern Switzerland.

  12. I would love a research trip to Israel! To be among the Jewish people in their beautiful land would be incredible. 🙂

  13. If I could go anywhere for research to write a book, I would go to Ireland and Scotland. I am drawn to the beauty of the land and the richness of its history. Even though I have never been across the ocean, I know that if given the opportunity, this is the first place that I could go.

  14. A research trip…hmmm – the possibilities!! Maybe Russia. Because that is where I relly want to visit and I’d love to write a book set there… 🙂

  15. I think I would travel to South America and write a missionary story. It might have to be non-fiction 🙂

  16. I would ask Melanie how she met Ellen, but it was clearly a God thing!

    Wow, how very cool to take a trip for every book. I’ve been to a lot of great (and not so great) places because of my military service. My bucket list includes a tour of the Holy Lands. 🙂 Therfore, if I had a smidgen of your tallent as writers that’s where I would chose to set my novel.

    Keep doing what you are doing ladies!


    P.S. My book club is reading Chateau of Secrets this month. I’ll share this post with them so they can meet Melanie.

    1. It was a God thing, Amanda! I asked my amazing hostess at The Old House in Calmsden if she could find me a driver for the day (I was terrified to drive on the left hand side of the road). She found me Ellen, and wow–what an experience we had. As we toured manor homes and gardens–and she began sharing her story–I quickly realized it was a God-ordained meeting. We ended up getting lost toward the end of our day and laughed together as we tried to find our way back home. I look forward to meeting your book club via phone!

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