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Melody Carlson


USA flag (b.1956)

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

Genres: Inspirational, Young Adult Romance, Children's Fiction, Historical, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
 
Series
Second Chances
   1. Heartland Skies (1998)
   2. Wise Man's House (1997)
     aka Built With Love
   3. Shades of Light (1998)
   4. Thursday's Child (2017)
   5. Looking for Cassandra Jane (2002)
   6. Armando's Treasure (2003)
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Diary of a Teenage Girl
   1. Becoming Me (2000)
   2. It's My Life (2000)
   3. Who I Am (2002)
   4. On My Own (2002)
   5. My Name Is Chloe (2003)
   6. Sold Out (2003)
   7. Road Trip (2003)
   8. Face the Music (2004)
   9. I Do! (2005)
   10. Just Ask (2005)
   11. Meant to Be (2005)
   12. Falling Up (2006)
   13. A Not-So-simple Life (2008)
   14. It's a Green Thing (2009)
   15. What Matters Most (2009)
   16. That Was Then.. (2006)
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TrueColors
   1. Dark Blue (2003)
   2. Deep Green (2004)
   3. Torch Red (2004)
   4. Pitch Black (2004)
   5. Burnt Orange (2004)
   6. Fool's Gold (2005)
   7. Blade Silver (2005)
   8. Bitter Rose (2006)
   9. Faded Denim (2006)
   10. Bright Purple (2006)
   11. Moon White (2007)
   12. Harsh Pink (2007)
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On the Runway
   1. Premiere (2010)
   2. Catwalk (2010)
   3. Rendezvous (2010)
   4. Spotlight (2010)
   5. Glamour (2011)
   6. Ciao (2011)
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Secrets
   1. Forgotten (2010)
   2. Shattered (2011)
   3. Damaged (2011)
   4. Trapped (2012)
   5. Deceived (2012)
   6. Enticed (2013)
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Dating Games
   1. First Date (2013)
   2. Blind Date (2014)
   3. Double Date (2015)
   4. Prom Date (2015)
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Novels
   Tupsu (1997)
   The Sea Hag's Treasure (1997)
   Homeward (1997)
   Lyle Lemon (1997)
   A Tale of Two Houses (1997)
   King of the Stable (1998)
   Jammin' with the Fruit Troop (1998)
   The Lost Lamb (1999)
   Take Time (2000)
   The Day the Circus Came to Town (2000)
   Blood Sisters (2001)
   An Apple for My Teacher (2001)
   Finding Alice (2003)
   The Easterville Miracle (2004)
   The Gift of Christmas Present (2004)
   Crystal Lies (2004)
   Three Days (2005)
   On This Day (2006)
   The Christmas Bus (2006)
   My Son, the Savior (2007)
   These Boots Weren't Made for Walking (2007)
   An Irish Christmas (2007)
   Thank You for Being My Teacher! (2007)
   A Mile in My Flip-Flops (2008)
   All I Have to Give (2008)
   The Other Side of Darkness (2008)
   Just Another Girl (2009)
   The Christmas Dog (2009)
   Limelight (2009)
   Anything but Normal (2010)
   Christmas at Harrington's (2010)
   Never Been Kissed (2011)
   Double Take (2011)
   The Christmas Shoppe (2011)
   The Christmas Pony (2012)
   A Simple Song (2013)
   Grace Unplugged (2013)
   A Simple Christmas Wish (2013)
   The Long Road Home (2014)
   My Amish Boyfriend (2014)
   Princess Wars (2014)
   The Waiting Room (2014)
   The Christmas Cat (2014)
   Trading Secrets (2014)
   The Christmas Joy Ride (2015)
   Perfect Alibi (2015)
   No One to Trust (2016)
   The Christmas Angel Project (2016)
   Against the Tide (2016)
   The Christmas Blessing (2017)
   A Christmas by the Sea (2018)
   Gone Too Soon (2018)
   Courting Mr. Emerson (2019)
   Christmas in Winter Hill (2019)
   The Happy Camper (2020)
   The Christmas Swap (2020)
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Omnibus
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Collections
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Picture Books
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Novellas
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Series contributed to
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Girls of Harbor View
   Raising Faith (omnibus) (2012)
   Secret Admirer (omnibus) (2012)
   Take Charge (omnibus) (2016)
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Eli Diaries
   2. Skin Deep (2017)
   6. Daily Grind (2017)
   9. With The Tide (2018)
   The Eli Diaries (omnibus) (2018) (with Jeff Gerke, Shawn Hopkins, Krista McGee, Bill Myers and Tim Shoemaker)
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Anthologies edited
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Non fiction
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Awards
Rita Awards Best Novel winner (1998) : Homeward


Melody Carlson recommends
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Ours for a Season (2018)
Kim Vogel Sawyer
"I always enjoy a story of personal struggles and eventual triumphs. But Ours for a Season takes it up a notch. Kim sensitively weaves in a contemporary social issue that we all need to care more about. Both Marty and Brooke set an inspiring example of true Christian love. Well done, Kim!"

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