One of the most fun things for an author is getting that first look at the cover for her new book. I’m glad to be one of the “sneak peek” bloggers for Melanie Dickerson today, here with the cover for her novel that will be released in October. It’s called The Captive Maiden, and is a loose retelling of Cinderella set in Medieval Germany.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
Happily Ever After …Or Happily Nevermore? Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten—the boy she has daydreamed about for years—is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
Isn’t it a gorgeous cover? I love it — and think that Melanie’s book covers have all been really nice but have gotten better with each release. She has some great designers on her team!
This will be Melanie’s fourth book, and I’ve enjoyed all of her others so far. Even though she writes “fairy tale retellings,” they aren’t your standard stories from childhood. There’s enough from the fairy tale to make it familiar, but Melanie adds lots of other characters and plot surprises to keep it interesting. And although they’re all stand-alone books, it helps to read them in the order they’re published because you find some unexpected connections along the way.
Her first title was The Healer’s Apprentice, based on Sleeping Beauty. Then Melanie wrote The Merchant’s Daughter, based on Beauty and the Beast. Last year brought The Fairest Beauty, a retelling of Snow White, and now we’re waiting for The Captive Maiden. If you like sweet romances or are looking for romances to recommend to teen girls, visit Melanie’s website or blog to learn more about all her books. They’re a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to adding The Captive Maiden to my collection. (You can also preorder The Captive Maiden on Amazon)