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Mel Tavares has a unique background that makes her relatable to people from all walks of life. She is passionate about giving real hope and real answers to those dealing with life's challenges. She has been mentoring, counseling, and encouraging (particularly women) for over 30 years. Sometimes over a cup of coffee, sometimes through the printed page, and sometimes she speaks to groups. Regardless of the method, her message is the same-"Rise up and be all you were created to be!" Mel holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling.


An award-winning author who has written five books under her name, Mel is a contributing writer to several books and blogs, has served as a ghostwriter for many, and has coached dozens of dreamers who are now-published authors.

You'll likely find her at her local church serving on staff, in her writing studio or the kitchen whipping up dinner for her growing blended family of seven kids and ten grands. If you still can't find her-check the front porch. She's often seen there sipping a cup of coffee. If not there, it is likely she's somewhere along the Connecticut Shoreline catching waves or a sunset with her beloved hubby, Joe. 

You can find links to Mel's books and links to contributed works Here

If you are interested in having Mel appear on your podcast, blog, or at an event you are hosting (both virtual and in-person) please email her at

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