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Melody Carlson


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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, Romantic Suspense
 
New and upcoming books
Series
Second Chances
   1. Heartland Skies (1998)
   2. Built With Love (1997)
     aka Wise Man's House
   3. Shades of Light (1998)
   4. Thursday's Child (1998)
     aka Awakening Heart
   5. Looking for Cassandra Jane (2002)
   6. Armando's Treasure (2003)
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Allison Chronicles
   1. On Hope's Wings (1998)
   2. Cherished Wish (1998)
   3. Autumn Secrets (1998)
   4. Dreams of Promise (1999)
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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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Samantha McGregor
   1. Bad Connection (2006)
   2. Beyond Reach (2007)
   3. Playing with Fire (2007)
   4. Payback (2008)
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Notes from a Spinning Planet
   1. Ireland (2006)
   2. Papua New Guinea (2007)
   3. Mexico (2007)
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Girls of 622 Harbor View
   1. Girl Power (2007)
   2. Mystery Bus (2007)
   3. Rescue Chelsea (2007)
   4. Project: Take Charge (2007)
   5. Project: Raising Faith (2008)
   6. Project: Run Away (2008)
   7. Project: Ski Trip (2008)
   8. Project: Secret Admirer (2008)
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Carter House Girls
   1. Mixed Bags (2008)
   2. Stealing Bradford (2008)
   3. Homecoming Queen (2008)
   4. Viva Vermont! (2008)
   5. Lost in Las Vegas (2009)
   6. New York Debut (2009)
   7. Spring Breakdown (2010)
   8. The Last Dance (2010)
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Four Lindas
   1. As Young As We Feel (2010)
   2. Hometown Ties (2010)
   3. All for One (2011)
   4. Here's to Friends! (2011)
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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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Inn at Shining Waters
   1. River's Song (2011)
   2. River's Call (2012)
   3. River's End (2012)
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Life at Kingston High
   1. The Jerk Magnet (2012)
   2. The Best Friend (2012)
   3. The Prom Queen (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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Mulligan Sisters
   1. I'll Be Seeing You (2016)
   2. As Time Goes By (2017)
   3. String of Pearls (2017)
   4. We'll Meet Again (2018)
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Legacy of Sunset Cove
   1. Harbor Secrets (2018)
   2. Riptide Rumors (2019)
   3. Surf Smugglers (2019)
   4. Turning Tide (2020)
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Being Zoey
   1. Meet the Misfits (2019)
   2. Odd Girl Out (2019)
   3. Broken Promises (2019)
   4. Taking Chances (2020)
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Novels
   Tupsu (1997)
   The Sea Hag's Treasure (1997)
   Homeward (1997)
   Lyle Lemon (1997)
   King of the Stable (1998)
   A Tale of Two Houses (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)
   Home Sweet Tiny Home (2021)
   A Christmas in the Alps (2021)
   Looking for Leroy (2022)
   Second Time Around (2023)
   Just for the Summer (2024)
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Collections
   Friends Forever (2016)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   Angels in the Snow (2002)
   Rebel (2016)
   A Quilt for Christmas (2022)
   A Royal Christmas (2023)
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Anthologies edited
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Series contributed to
SpringSong
   20. Jessica (1996)
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Portraits
   1. Thursday's Child (1998)
     aka Awakening Heart
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Tales from Grace Chapel Inn
   1. Back Home Again (2003)
   4. Hidden History (2003)
   6. Winter Wonders (2004)
   12. All in the Timing (2004)
   39. Ready to Wed (2007)
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Eli Diaries
   2. Skin Deep (2017)
   6. Daily Grind (2017)
   9. With The Tide (2018)
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Picture Books show
 
Non fiction
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Melody Carlson recommends
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Beneath the Bending Skies (2022)
Jane Kirkpatrick
"Jane Kirkpatrick never fails to take us away on unforgettable journeys. Molly and Peter's story is no different. What amazing lives they led! Their resilience and love was a legacy that lives on--thanks to Jane's gifted storytelling!"
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Freedom's Song (2021)
Kim Vogel Sawyer
"A truly enjoyable and riveting read. Young Fanny's character captured me right from the start. A beautifully told story of the priceless value of freedom."

Anthologies containing stories by Melody Carlson
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The Storytellers' Collection (2000)
Tales of Faraway Places
edited by
Melody Carlson

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