Saturday, March 1, 2014

Dating, Dining, and Desperation (a Dear Daphne Novel)

I think that I could be perfectly happy if Daphne, aka Dear Daphne, stayed single, and remained 34 for the rest of her literary life. That way, I could enjoy the constant possibilities of new friendships, dates with potential Mr. Right's, and community events that take place in the wonderful, fictional town of Appleton. But rumor has it that there are only 2 novels left in the series and that a wedding bells will toll by the end (sigh)...

I digress. Book two finds our heroine with a new, somewhat bodacious friend, in Sabrina, who moves into the neighborhood, a fresh round of suitors, and love in the form of a needy child with a terminally ill grandmother. Opportunities for personal and home makeovers abound and I found myself thinking about some improvements of my own that might help get me through the remainder of this long, cold, winter.

And that is why I love fiction.

Thank you Melody Carlson for another delightful Dear Daphne novel. I look forward to more happy hours spent in Appleton with Daphne and her adventures!

Please read on for more information from the lovely people at B&H Publishing!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dating, Dining, and Desperation

B&H Books (March 1, 2014)


Melody Carlson


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column.

But knowing and accepting that God’s will be done becomes harder when a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, but God uses Daphne to speak His heavenly love and protection into the life of the child -- whom Daphne soon discovers has a very handsome and single uncle.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dating, Dining, and Desperation, go HERE.