I just received this letter from Melanie today and I wanted to share it with you (with permission).
A few months ago, I traveled to a quaint little town in Indiana to research my first historical novel titled Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana—part of the Love Finds You series (novels set in small towns across the country). The book officially released June 1st, and it’s my first book to be carried in stores like Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club (yay!) as well as in bookstores and grocery stores across the country.
The story is about a Quaker woman in Liberty who runs an Underground Railroad station for runaway slaves and a young newspaper editor who fights for these same runaways with his pen. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed researching the real-life stories of people who helped runaways in the 1850s, and while I was in Liberty, I was able to crawl around in a few of these old homes to experience (on a very small scale) what it might have felt like to be hidden away in a cramped space while a slave hunter was pounding on the walls, intent on finding you and returning you to slavery.
These were courageous men and women who fled to freedom, and those who helped them demonstrated an amazing courage as well—risking steep fines, imprisonment, and sometimes their own lives to love their neighbors.
If you’d like to see pictures from my trip or get any more info about the Liberty book, you can find it at my website (http://www.melaniedobson.com/). Also, if you’d like to win a free copy of the novel, you can register by leaving a comment on my blog during the next two weeks (that link is also on my website). I will be giving away five copies on June 24th.
Thank you again for all of your encouragement and support!
P.S. Please feel free to forward this info to anyone potentially interested in the book giveaway.