Read a Book, Make a Difference Author Spotlight: Melissa Foster

I wish I had my first book published so I could join this great group of authors. They’re the type of people I admire, those who care for a cause enough to do something more about it than just talk. They donate a portion of their book profits to their chosen cause. Someday I’m going to be among this group.

Until then, my Service Sunday posts (which I write late Sunday but usually post on Monday) are all I can do to promote these authors who joined  Read a Book, Make a Difference, or RABMAD, the brainchild of Rob Guthrie. In a previous post, I told his story. Since then he’s taken a new picture. He doesn’t like having his picture taken, but I think this one turned out well.

He’s just one author on RABMAD. Now the list has grown to 29, all people who care. Here they are on this list. Go ahead and take a peek and come right back. At the top of the list is my first feature, a best-selling author you ought to recognize. I will be featuring one of these wonderful authors each Sunday on my blog until I run out of names. I hope before I get to the end of the existing list, it’s grown longer.

If you’re an author, don’t you think your name and picture would look nice in connection with your favorite charity and help your sales? If you’re a reader, which you are if you’re here, don’t you think you ought to purchase your next book from one of these authors? You can help them make a difference for charity.

Now for this week’s featured author:

Melissa Foster 

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of two novels, Megan’s Way and Chasing Amanda. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and WoMen’s Literary Café, a literary community. Melissa is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan’s Way. Melissa has written for Calgary’s Child Magazine, and Women Business Owners Magazine. She hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa is currently working on her next novel, and lives in Maryland with her family.
Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping women see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
Megan’s Way
2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama)Finalist (Women’s Fiction)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist (Spirituality)
Chasing Amanda
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women’s Fiction, Mystery)
2011 Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal)
“Megan’s Way is a fine and fascinating read that many will find hope in.” Midwest Book Review
What would you give up for someone you love?
When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist living on Cape Cod, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she’s faced with the most difficult decision she’s ever had to make. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends will be stretched and frayed.
Megan’s illness reawakens the torment of her best friend, Holly Townsend, whose long-held secrets and years of betrayal come back to haunt her. How does one choose between a daughter and a life-long best friend? Can the secret she has been keeping be revealed after years of lying without destroying everyone in its wake?
Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia’s world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there’s nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, even the paranormal connection she shares with her mother might not be enough to save her – her life will hang in the balance.
Megan’s Way is a journey of self discovery and heartfelt emotions, exploring the depth of the mother-daughter bond, and the intricacies of friendship.
CHASING AMANDA is a fine psychic thriller, highly recommended.” Midwest Book Review

Nine years ago, Molly Tanner witnessed a young girl’s abduction in the busy city of Philadelphia, shifting her occasional clairvoyance into overdrive. Two days later, the girl’s body was found, and Molly’s life fell apart. Consumed by guilt for not acting upon her visions, and on the brink of losing her family, Molly escaped the torturous reminders in the city, fleeing to the safety of the close-knit rural community of Boyds, Maryland.
Molly’s life is back on track, her son has begun college, and she and her husband have finally rekindled their relationship. Their fresh start is shattered when a seven-year-old girl disappears from a local park near Molly’s home. Unable to turn her back on another child and troubled by memories of the past, Molly sets out to find her, jeopardizing the marriage she’d fought so hard to hold together. While unearthing clues and struggling to decipher her visions, Molly discovers another side of Boyds, where the residents–and the land itself–hold potentially lethal secrets, and exposes another side of her husband, one that threatens to tear them apart.
COME BACK TO ME (To be released, November 2011)
“…a hauntingly beautiful love story against the backdrop of betrayal in a broken world.”  Sue Harrison, Bestselling author of MOTHER EARTH FATHER SKY
Tess Johnson has it all, Beau, her handsome photographer husband, a thriving business, and a newly discovered pregnancy. When Beau accepts an overseas photography assignment, Tess decides to wait to reveal her secret—only she’s never given the chance. Beau’s helicopter crashes in the desert.
As Tess struggles to put her life back together and deal with the pregnancy she can no longer hide, a new client appears, offering more than just a new project.
Meanwhile, two Iraqi women who are fleeing Honor Killings find Beau alive in the middle of the desert, his body ravaged. Suha, a doctor, and Samira, a widow and mother of three young children, nurse him back to health in a makeshift tent. Beau bonds with the women and children, and together, with the help of an underground organization, they continue their dangerous escape.
What happens next is a test of loyalties, strength, and love.
Melissa’s Cause:
Provincetown Cares (
The mission of Provincetown Cares: Helping The Women We Love, to stage a benefit performance each year during Women’s Week and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a way to promote research, education, screening and treatment for breast cancer as well as other serious health issues affecting women. The proceeds will benefit both local and national organizations committed to research, education and treatment services for women in our communities.
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Buy Melissa’s Books on Amazon!
I would like to thank Rob Guthrie for coming up with such as great idea as RABMAD. If you agree, you should join here.

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Thanks for highlighting these books and I agree with you about the authors being associated with nice charities. BTW…I think that I will take you up on having you edit a query. Thing is…I haven’t written it yet so can I take a raincheck until I’m ready?

  2. Sure you can. Whenever you’re ready. I’m working on Cheryl’s now. Don’t forget you can send your 2 page synopsis along too. I’m feeling generous so if you want to send your first 10 pages I’ll critique those now and still do your query critique later.

  3. Oy…confession. I’ve been really lazy and don’t have anything yet. I’ve just been kinda sitting around eating cheetos and commenting on blogs while watching t.v. at night.

  4. Thank you so much for highlighting me and my books on your site. Giving back is so important in all aspects of life. I think it should be everyone’s main focus.
    Honored to be on your blog.

  5. Melissa Foster keeps the reader guessing as her lead character refuses to give up the search for a missing child after being haunted by an abduction she failed to do anything about years ago. Along the way, other deep secrets of the town are uncovered, and resolution brought to several other unsolved mysteries due to the lead character’s determination. It’s difficult to say more without spoiling the journey, but it is definitely one worth taking. However, at points, so many revelations unraveled that keeping them pieced together made my head spin… but read carefully and all will become clear by the end.

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