Author Melanie Dickerson & Stella’s Voice

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This is the first time I’ve hosted author Melanie Dickerson and I’m pleased to have her.  Here’s Melanie:

“Strong women make great role models.

My heroines in my novels tend to be strong women, and since I write fairy tale retellings, most of them are orphans, or at least mistreated in some way. After all, what is a Cinderella story without the mean stepmother and stepsisters? Or Snow White without the evil queen who forces her to work as a servant, in spite of the fact that she is really a princess?

But a real-life story of evil and cruelty unfolds every day

in the Eastern European country of Moldova, where there are hundreds of orphan girls who will be turned out of their orphanages, the only home they have, when they turn 16 or 17. And human traffickers, the worst sort of predators, are just waiting to take advantage of their vulnerability and desperation.

One of the poorest countries in Eastern Europe,

Moldova has a place of help and refuge called Stella’s House. This home is the only way out of the sex trade for many girls. Here they are cared for and given hope, and they are taught about Jesus.
While living at Stella’s House, the girls complete their education, learn life skills, and grow in a Christian environment that changes their mindset from “I am just an orphan,” to “I am a child of my heavenly Father, and I am greatly loved.” Instead of becoming a sad child trafficking statistic, these children are loved and given a chance at a happy life.

Can you help?

There are fifty-three girls in the homes now, and two more Stella’s Houses will be in operation in the near future. That means we will be even better able to end human trafficking, as we minister to these girls who have been left behind. The more funds Stella’s Voice ministry is able to raise, the more girls they are able to save from the sex trade. I can’t imagine a better cause! Please consider supporting the Stella’s Voice ministries,”–Melanie

ZCaptive Maiden

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Melanie’s latest book:

The Captive Maiden is a Cinderella story about Gisela, a girl whose father died when she was seven, who has been forced into the role of servant by her jealous stepmother and stepsisters. She learns to stuff down her feelings of rejection by telling herself she doesn’t care. But God helps her to realize that this way of dealing with her abusive stepmother is not a good way to go through life, and certainly not the way to deal with Valten, the duke’s oldest son and heir who is falling in love with her.
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I love fairy tales, Melanie. I’m glad that Stella’s Voice stands in the gap for these girls. I have an acquaintance who is a missionary wife in Greece. She has on several occasions tried to help these trafficked girls escape from their situation in brothels. A gutsy woman.

QUESTION: So what’s your favorite or least favorite fairy tale?–Lyn


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23 Responses to Author Melanie Dickerson & Stella’s Voice

  1. Donna Cochran says:

    My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella.

  2. Thanks for all the comments, everybody! I wish you could all win! 🙂 God bless you!

  3. Taylor Adams says:

    My most favorite fairy tale would have to be Thumbalina! I just love that story so much!

  4. Valerie Wohlschlegel says:

    Absolutely LOVE your books!! I CANNOT wait for the Captive Maiden to come out! Keep on writing!!

  5. Malloryjade says:

    My favorite is the Little Mermaid, has been since I was a little girl. I guess the young girl who wanted to be a mermaid is still a piece of me!

  6. Mama Lusco says:

    I like Beauty & the Beast the best. My girls love Melanie’s books. Thank you!

  7. Charlotte says:

    My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella. I really love your retellings of the stories. You add depth to the stories I’d never thought of,

  8. StrongWomen says:

    My favorite is Hans Christian Anderson’s The Mermaid. Not the Disney version but the original. She dances in spite of the agony it causes because her dancing pleases the man she loves. When he marries and her hope for her HEA ends, she goes back to the sea.

    This to me is a picture of parenthood. We endure so much out of love for our children. Then they grow up and leave us and we go back to the sea. Sad but beautiful

  9. Ginger Solomon says:

    I’ve always loved Sleeping Beauty, mostly because of the name Aurora. Sometimes in little girl fantasies any name is better than your own and I loved that name. 🙂

  10. Voneice Lee says:

    I think my favorite fairy tale is Cinderella, but I love all of Melanie’s books.

  11. Beckie Isenhour says:

    I have loved all of the fairy tale retelling books! They are awesome & I look forward to reading “The Captive Maiden” too! I think my favorite fairy tell character is Little Red Riding Hood – I love the idea of the girl visiting her grandmother and then battling the wolf! Reminds me of good & evil battling on a daily basis.

  12. Samantha says:

    I am very excited for Captive Maiden! I have read the other three in the series, and have been waiting since last year to get my hands on this one. 🙂
    My favorite fairy tale used to be Beauty and the Beast, but recently, I have been re-reading some fairy tales, and for some reason, Sleeping Beauty really stuck out to me. I was never a big fan of Disney’s version, but the book was so interesting.I’d have to say that is my favorite right now, but it could change. 🙂 ~Samantha

  13. My favorite fairy tale is Sleeping Beauty. 🙂

  14. Brenda Hurley says:

    Dear Melanie, and, Stella’s Voice Ministries,
    Thanks so much for sharing about this worthy cause. I cannot even imagine a life like that. Praying God’s blessing on this Ministry, and for each of the girls.
    Melanie, I would love to win a copy of your newest book , “The Captive Maiden”. Having read some of your books, I truly enjoy your writings as an author. Please enter me into the draw.
    Take care, and, God Bless, In Him, Brenda Hurley

  15. Salyna Gyger says:

    My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. My least favorite is Alice in Wonderland.*Shiver* Has anyone watched the tv series Once Upon a Time?

  16. Jamie says:

    I absolutely love your books. I always get lost in them and never want to put them down. I have two girls and it always saddens me to hear of human trafficking. I’m so sad for these girls. Stella’s House is a wonderful thing to be involved with. God bless these girls and the people who help them.

  17. suzy parish says:

    I love your books Melanie! So excited to see you promoting Stella’s House too! This is one of my all-time favorite ministries. I can vouch for their integrity. Blessings on your newest book! Suzy

  18. Maria Santos says:

    My favorite fairytale is the Little Mermaid. I was five years old when I saw the movie and I fell in love with the story. Thanks for having this great contest.

  19. Wilani Wahl says:

    My favorite fairy tail is Cinderella.

  20. My favorite fairy tale is probably what is now known as the Little Mermaid. I love the love story and as a girl I wanted to be a mermaid so badly!

  21. AmyC, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite too!
    Thank you, Lyn, for having me on your blog and allowing me to talk about Stella’s Voice! I know God wants us to help those innocents and orphans who have no power in this world. And your friend in Greece sounds amazing! God bless her for her efforts!

  22. amyc says:

    My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. Has been since I was a young child.