On Tour with Prism Book Tours
The Piper’s Pursuit
By Melanie Dickerson
YA Fairy Tale Retelling, Christian, Historical
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 320 Pages
December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Nelson
A fairy-tale journey of intrigue and romance that reimagines the classic Pied Piper story.
A plague of rats. A giant beast outside the village walls. A host of missing children. And one young woman determined to save her people.
In 1424 Hamlin, Katerina faces threats from all sides. An outbreak of rats has overtaken the village, a mysterious beast is on a killing rampage of the village’s children, and Katerina’s evil stepfather is a dark presence inside the walls of her own home. Katerina is determined to hunt and kill the Beast of Hamlin herself before more lives are lost.
When Steffan, the handsome but brash duke’s son, comes to town seeking glory and reward, Katerina decides he might be the ally she’s been looking for—even though the only gentle thing about him seems to be the sweet music he plays on his pipe. But there’s more to Steffan than she suspects, and she finds herself drawn to him despite her misgivings.
Together Katerina and Steffan must stop the enemy from stealing the children of Hamlin. But their interference might create an even worse fate for the entire village.
Praise for The Piper’s Pursuit
“The Piper’s Pursuit is a lovely tale of adventure, romance, and redemption. Kat and Steffan’s righteous quest will have you rooting them on until the very satisfying end!” —LORIE LANGDON, author of Olivia Twist and the DOON series
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I was excited to read this one, and easily found myself captivated by Katerina’s story! I have limited to no fore knowledge of the Pied Piper, I just knew it involved a plague of mice, but I found that this story does a wonderful job of telling the story and keeping readers interested, while also telling a story of a strong young woman, who’s story is full of thrilling adventures full of action and mystery, the promise of danger, suspense, romance, redemption and love.
Q: In 10 words or less, how would you describe (Your Book/Series)?
A: Pied Piper retelling about love, redemption, and triumph.
Q: Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?
A: My love for writing probably started in the sixth grade, or somewhere around then. I started writing stories and letting my friends read them. I think it stemmed from not having a lot to do to occupy my time, from my overactive imagination and runaway romanticism, even as a young child! And from my love of books and story. I love writing because . . . it’s fun!
Q: Who are your favorite authors, and which ones have had an impact on you? Who has affected your writing style the most?
A: My writing style isn’t really a conscious thing. I just write the story and characters the best way I can! (Now you know why my critics think I’m such a hack!) Some of my favorite authors are Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Margaret Mitchell, Judith Merkle Riley, Siri Mitchell, Ruth Axtell Morren, and Mary Connealy.
Q: What are your favorite genres to read and write? What are your favorite books?
A: My favorite genre is historical romance. It’s hard to imagine writing in any other genre. My favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, everything else by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, A Vision of Light and the rest of that series by Judith Merkle Riley.
Q: What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or full-time job?
A: Writing is my full-time job. I watch movies, cook dinner, talk to my daughters, go to church, do Bible studies, and that’s about it. I know. My life is so exciting. Envy me if you must.
Q: Which genre is your favorite? If you could only write or recommend readers read one, what would your ‘go-to’ genre be?
A: Historical romance is definitely my favorite and recommended.
Q: Which character was the easiest to write, and who was the hardest to write?
A: The villains are always the hardest. The heroines are usually the easiest, because I usually try to pick out one aspect of my own character and highlight that in the heroine. So, she is kind of, sort of, me.
Q: What is your go-to cure for writer’s block?
A: Talk it out with my daughter. If I can talk out the story and what needs to happen next, that usually works.
Q: Where is your favorite place to read or write?
A: My chair in my study. And Atlanta Bread Company.
Q: Do you have any tips for any aspiring authors or writers?
A: Yes. Learn as much as you can about writing and publishing. I have a section for writers on my website, melaniedickerson.com, with a list of great websites and books on writing.
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About the Author
Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author who combines her love for history, adventure, and romance. Her books have won a Christy Award, two Maggie Awards, The National Reader’s Choice Award, the Christian Retailing’s Best Award, the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the Golden Quill, and the Carol Award. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children and adults in the U.S., Germany, and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing stories of love and adventure near Huntsville, Alabama.
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