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Heartland Skies

Jayne Morgan has a lot to learn about love. Harris McAllister has a lot to learn about tolerance. When they meet they have lots to teach each other.

Jayne feels betrayed when her fiancé suddenly dumps her for his high school sweetheart just weeks before the wedding. She’d love to leave Paradise, Oregon, but she’s signed a teaching contract and the kids in her classroom need her.

Heartland Skies

Thursday's Child

Emma has always been "the practical one" in the family. But that is about to change as she embarks on the adventure of her life. Emma Davis wants a new life now that she no longer needs to care for her grandmother. A spur-of-the-moment visit to a travel agency sets her on a journey far from her Iowa home. Emma takes a cruise to the far islands of the Pacific, but it isn't until she arrives in Papua, New Guinea, that she begins to realize her true calling. Emma regains her sense of purpose by caring for three motherless children and befriending their father, Josh Daniels. Josh's troubled past and the loss of his wife have left him vulnerable, but can the love Emma has discovered in her own heart, awaken his heart to all Emma has to offer?

Previously Titled: Awakening Heart

Heartland Skies

Built With Love

For a young widow, the stone mansion she once dreamed of owning, offers the promise of a new beginning.

After the death of her husband, Kestra returns to her hometown of Port Star. With the purchase of her childhood dream house – a stone mansion along the rocky Oregon coast – it appears she has found a way to rebuild her life.

Kestra begins to transform the old house into an elegant, yet charming restaurant. But as the renovations begin, a mysterious stranger moves into her caretaker’s cottage… and eventually into her heart.

Suddenly life is full of promise and new opportunities, until a contractor’s jealousy threatens Kestra’s new romance.

Formerly titled: “Wise Man’s House”

Built With Love

Shades of Light

First there are shades of sorrow, then shades of hope. Will Gwen find shades of light?

When her only child leaves home for college, widowed Gwen Sullivan discovers just how lonely an “empty nest” can be. How will she adjust and fill her empty days?

At the urging of friends, Gwen takes a job with an interior designer — whom she soon discovers to be domineering and jealous of Gwen’s creativity. Suddenly she’s stuck doing menial tasks. When a sleazy client starts to harass her, Gwen begins to wonder if she’s cut out for the working world.

She eventually meets Oliver Black, who gives her an opportunity to use her decorating skills, and suddenly Gwen sees herself in a more confident light. But Oliver is a man of many secrets, and Gwen wonders if she can trust her heart to him.

Shades of Light

Looking for Cassandra Jane

Cassanda Maxwell has had a life filled with pain. Her mother died too young, her father is an abusive alcoholic, and she’s a misfit everywhere she goes.

After being shuttled between various foster homes, Cass struggles to find her identity and finds herself caught up with Scott Jones (aka “Sky”) and his group of friends who start a Jesus commune in California. But before long, the group is more interested in pot and sex than they are spiritual growth.

Once again, Cass finds herself as trapped in unhappiness—and she longs for escape.

Will Cass find the life and love she craves on a California commune—with the charismatic “sky” and his followers? Or can she fulfill her dreams—and find her real future—with her childhood friend Joey?

Cassandra Jane

Armando's Treasure

Dora Chase is an eighty-year-old widow whose family finds her frustratingly independent. Her son no longer trusts her judgment and constantly pressures her to sell her rural home and rundown farm to a huge computer firm.

When a young stranger shows up, Dora is suspicious, but before long Armando Garcia wins her trust. And Armando supports Dora’s independence, causing the conflict within her bickering family to escalate. Dora's son abhors Armando's interference and is determined to send him away. He suspects the charming young man is running from something or someone. And he's not far from wrong.

The unlikely friendship that grows between the elderly widow and the young man with a past leads them both on a journey toward hope, healing and forgiveness.

Armando's Treasure

Grace Unplugged

Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago.

When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it?

Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men).

Grace Unplugged


"A compelling tale of one woman's journey from the excitement of the limelight to contentment in the twilight. When eighty-two-year-old Claudette is forced to leave her pampered Hollywood life and return to the backward town she escaped decades ago, she isn't sure she wants to continue living — especially if it means facing her estranged sister and the secret she has avoided for years. Limelight is a beautiful coming-of-age story at the other end of the spectrum."

–Virginia Smith, author of Third Time's a Charm and the Sister-to-Sister Series

"Only a gifted writer like Melody Carlson could present a self-centered character in such a way that the reader can't wait to turn the page and learn more about her. Claudette's poignant, yet amusing journey from worldly has-been diva to genuine, honest woman grabs the reader by the heartstrings and doesn't let go, even after the end. Highly recommended!"

–Jill Elizabeth Nelson, author of the To Catch a Thief series

"…any story by Carlson is worth encountering."


"Melody Carlson's style is mature and bitingly funny, and her gift for connecting our heart to the character's plight also connects us to the complicated human condition and our need for one another."

–Patricia Hickman, author of Painted Dresses

"Melody Carlson never fails to drag us out of our Christian easychairs and right into the coals of the confusing culture in which we all find ourselves. She never fails to reveal that place of compassion within each of us. Excellent."

–Lisa Samson, author of The Church Ladies and Tiger Lillie

Available in the following formats:

Paperback book: ISBN 1400070821

Large print: ISBN 160285680X

Amazon Kindle edition: B002RLBKQI

iPhone/iPod Touch version from iTunes App Store


As a wife and mother, Ruth knows her prayers are crucial to her family spiritual welfare. She stands between her precious child and the evil one, doing battle in prayer. She can’t afford to be careless.

But the forces that threaten Ruth’s faith, her family—her very life—are not the ones she expects. Ruth doesn’t realize that her heartfelt desire to obey God is mingled with dangerous currents of OCD—Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Her own strategies for protecting her family may be the very thing that tears them apart.

Multnomah Books
Available in the following format:

Paperback book 1400070813

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Willing to make the necessary sacrifices–even skipping the occasional latte–to ensure career success, 31-year-old Cassidy Cantrell "invests" in a chic pair of boots, certain they'll make a spectacular impression and help seal the deal on a long-anticipated promotion from her Seattle employer.

But the boots prove to be the high fashion edge of a life slump.

This sassy and hilarious novel leads readers on a romp through the wilds of relationships, romance, career, and spirituality, revealing that, while God's plans may look drastically different than our own, it'll always be a perfect fit.

WaterBrook Press
Available in the following formats:

Paperback book 978-1-4000-7313-9

Unabridged audio from Amazon/Audible

Audio download: iTunes

iPhone/iPod Touch from iTunes APP Store

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"Melody Carlson has crafted a brilliant, kick-up-your-heels, laugh-out-loud winner. Welcome to the Chick Lit side of the bookshelf, Sisterchick. Keep 'em coming!" –ROBIN JONES GUNN, best-selling author of the Sisterchicks novels and the Christy Miller series

Praise for Melody Carlson
"... any story by Carlson is worth encountering."

"Melody Carlson's style is mature and bitingly funny, and her gift for connecting our heart to the character's plight also connects us to the complicated human condition and our need for one another."
–PATRICIA HICKMAN, best-selling author of Fallen Angels and Sandpebbles

"Melody Carlson never fails to drag us out of our Christian easy chairs and right into the coals of the confusing culture in which we all find ourselves. She never fails to reveal that place of compassion within each of us. Excellent."
–LISA SAMSON, author of The Church Ladies and Tiger Lillie

From Publishers Weekly
"...a fun specimen of Christian chick lit...introduc[ing] a charming new protagonist, Cassidy Cantrell...a terrifically likable character, and readers will enjoy following her exploits.


As One Marriage Begins,
Five Others Are Put to the Test.

Drawn to Lakeside Inn from a variety of locations as diverse as they are, Elizabeth Anderson, Suzette Burke, Ingrid Campbell, Margaret Simpson, and Laura Fairbanks–the bride's aunt, family friend, bridesmaid, grandmother of the bride, and sister of the groom–seemingly share little more than their collective joy for the couple marrying at the mountain resort. During the course of one unforgettable day, however, each woman reaches a point of reckoning in her own most intimate relationship.

As their stories unfold, the women of necessity turn to one another–upholding each other through the pain of postpartum depression, doubts about an upcoming wedding, the discovery of a husband's affair, reflections on the ups and downs of life as a war bride, and plans to end a 25-year marriage. Through it all, their connection with one another deepens and grows, as does their understanding of themselves and of the healing power of love, perseverance, and friendship.

WaterBrook Press
Available in the following format: Paperback book 1578568412 Read an excerpt

"Carlson deftly plays point and counterpoint among these intriguing women of contrasting backgrounds and desires. Personalities carry the story with much under the surface."
--Romantic Times

"The choice of a wedding setting is perfect, since what woman doesn't re-evaluate her marriage or dating relationship when attending another woman's Big Event? As Margaret says, "I suppose weddings do that to us, make us remember when we were young brides." The faith touches are extraordinarily light and fit seamlessly into the text. Carlson also throws in a few nice twists that will catch the reader by surprise, and doesn't feel that she has to tie up the loose ends for every character. This is a fun, enjoyable read that should appeal to women of all ages."

"...Any story by Carlson is worth encountering."

'Fans of this popular CBA author will enjoy this yarn..." --Library Journal

"The story progresses seamlessly as it moves from character to character..."
--Publishers Weekly

This book is quintessential Melody Carlson who is, by the way, one of my favorite authors. Written in a sensitive, clear fashion, it captures, with poignancy, the nuances of life experienced by women at different ages. This story illustrates the commonality of the feminine experience, the role of faith, and coming to terms with the stress of being a woman, at any age. I really enjoyed this book and its message. This is a must read, especially for fans of Melody Carlson.
--The Romance Readers Connection


Shaken by her 19-year-old son's crystal-meth addiction, Glennis Harmon is further devastated by the discovery of her high-profile attorney husband's affair. Plunging into the role of rescuer, Glennis is determined to save Jacob at any cost. Will that high price include her relationship with her daughter, her marriage---and her own sanity?

WaterBrook Press

Available in the following format:

Paperback book 1578568404

"This tale is vintage Carlson: relevant, emotionally resonant and told with a gritty lyricism that captures the truth in a looking glass for all to see."
--Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars)

"Every aspect of this story rings true. ...Crystal Lies is clearly one of the best works of Christian fiction to release so far this year, in any genre. It's the kind of book you can actually share with your non-Christian friends without cringing --- and the kind you can read with the same result."

"This story is masterfully crafted in first person...The novel is authentic and real."
--Church Libraries


On the surface, Alice Laxton seems no different from any other college girl: bright, inquisitive, excited about the life ahead of her. But for years, a genetic time bomb has been ticking away. Because of Alice's near-genius intelligence, teachers and counselors have always made excuses for her little idiosyncrasies. But during a stress-filled senior year at college, a new world of voices, visions, and unexplainable knowledge causes Alice to begin to lose her grip on reality. As Alice's schizophrenia progresses, she experiences a disturbing religious awakening, believing that God and angels and demons are speaking to her. When others attempt to intervene, Alice is subjected to a wide range of treatments even more frightening and painful than her illness. Powerfully raw and brutally honest, Finding Alice is a story of individual suffering and hope, a family's shared ordeal, and a search for true mental and spiritual healing..! ..

Also available as a Kindle e-book from

WaterBrook Press

Available in the following formats:

Paperback: 1578567734

Amazon Kindle edition B001RLBWX0

iPhone/iPod Touch from iTunes APP Store

"In a remarkable story of mental healing, Melody Carlson sweeps the reader into the mind of a woman battling schizophrenia. Amid all the voices in Alice's head, the voice of God stands out clearly, subtly, poignantly—drawing the reader and Alice into the knowledge that finding oneself sometimes means denying what seems to be real in order to see what is truly real.
--Romantic Times

"The bottom line is that Finding Alice is one of those rare finds in the Christian market, a novel that is satisfying on so many levels. To name a few, there's authenticity, plotline, characterization and --- the trickiest element of all, it seems, for most CBA authors --- dialogue. Highly recommended."


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Dora Chase is an eighty-year-old widow whose family finds her frustratingly independent. Armando Garcia is a young man who has a propensity for taking the easy way--even if it means flirting with crime. When they meet, neither realizes how much their lives will be changed. Together this unlikely pair journeys toward hope and healing.

Tyndale House


Written in first-person, memoir style, this is the heart-touching story of Cass Maxwell, a girl struggling to find her identity during the turbulent sixties and seventies. Forced to make her own way from childhood, Cass's strength of spirit lifts her above her circumstances as God calls her to a life of hope and freedom.

Tyndale House