June Kato’s daughter Melanie has grown up and left the nest in this fun adventure series. Like mother, like daughter: Melanie has a way of finding excitement and maybe a little trouble. Just as stubborn as her parents, she forges a new path in life, bringing a whole new round of worry to her mother.
AWAY Maui resident Melanie Kato is ready to graduate from high school and move into the next phase of her life. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Melanie has become a first-rate student and a top athlete. Recruiters from around the country visit, all trying to lure her into their schools and programs. Overwhelmed with the attention, she explores a route of her own: the military. Melanie knows she would be throwing away once in a lifetime opportunities, but she needs to do things her own way, something she learned from her single mother. Concerned with what her mom might think, she hides her intentions for as long as she can, always hoping for the best. When her plans are finally revealed, both mother and daughter get the surprise of a lifetime.
FAITH took a team of experts in support to write, including a retired Air Force pilot, a Navy Corpsman, and an active duty Air Force Airman.
When Melanie Kato enlists in the Air Force, her trainers scrape the surface of her youthful exterior and discover hidden talents–along with a toughness and resiliency that need exploring. Instead of following the route she had decided on prior to enlisting, she is sent for advanced training as a medic. Before she can take a deep breath, Melanie is quickly thrust into the hyper-masculine world of Search and Rescue. After her long and arduous Pararescue training is complete, she gets her assignment in South Korea. It isn’t long before she is jumping into excitement from one end of the Korean Demilitarized Zone to the other.
While she develops talents and techniques to keep others alive in dangerous circumstances, she also learns a few things about herself. The hard part about working in Special Forces isn’t the risk taken during ops, but in keeping a level head and good attitude when times turn tough. And Melanie faces some pretty tough times in this thrilling adventure!
RISK Just out of the military, and with a gap year before medical school starts, Melanie needs to earn big time money to pay her looming tuition bills. One way would be to wear a push-up bra while waiting tables and pander for generous tips. Another would be to pretend to fall in love with a sugar daddy. But she was raised that hard work and dedication is what brings the best results in life.
Within days of leaving the military, Melanie is transformed from recently-discharged Air Force sergeant into model and spokesperson for an outdoors clothing company. It isn’t long before she jumps from one advertising adventure to another, always taking a secret along with her everywhere she goes. Sky diving excitement, big wave surf contests, and rock climbing in Spain await her adventurous spirit! (One of our favorite stories in Melanie’s series!)
QUEST Having slipped past her prime, an athlete takes one last shot at Olympic success. Much to everyone’s surprise, Melanie makes the highly competitive US swim team. But her trip to the Games is fraught with peril when political maneuvering threatens her participation. After calling in a favor, she lands in a courtroom fighting for her chance to represent her nation. When her chance finally comes to prove her swimming prowess, Melanie makes a sacrifice few others would ever consider.
Don’t miss this story that overflows with twists and turns, and last chances at athletic glory.
MISSION When Melanie Kato packs her bags for a medical mission in Africa, she doesn’t realize how long or busy a year can be. No sooner does she start working in a small community hospital than she is over-whelmed with unusual cultures, incomprehensible languages, and strange food. Going on the occasional day safari is the thrill of a lifetime, seeing wild animals up close and personal. Throw in big game hunters, a wayward teenager, and a witch doctor, and Melanie has something to write home about. But when those hunters turn to poaching, Melanie finally draws a line in the savanna. Would she take up arms for the first time in many years to defend the animals she holds so dear to her heart? Or will she let Africa decide for itself the fate of the wildlife that has made it so famous?
SECRETS As Doctor Melanie Kato settles into her practice as a thoracic and vascular surgeon on her home island of Maui, her life is full and robust. Except for one thing: love and romance with a good man.Dating on an island is more difficult than navigating a minefield, and Melanie has first-hand experience at both. At the insistence of her best friend, she throws her hat into the dating ring one last time. As soon as she does, she finds she’d rather tiptoe between mines than men. When they begin to come and go a little too easily, Melanie finds respite and dating advice in one of her best friends. Before long, that advice takes on a whole new meaning when it becomes motherly. And since her mother’s passing a decade before, she is sure to listen to every word.
With the help of her best friends, and maybe some other-worldly kismet, can Melanie find the right man for her?
FUTURE This is a fun story of a honeymoon where everything goes wrong, but the happy couple have fun anyway! One portion of trouble and a healthy portion of humor make their family life fun!
KAHUNA Melanie Kato has it all. She is living in her hometown on Maui with her new husband, a career she loves, and maybe best of all, a baby on the way! That’s not all she has, though.
When dreams of the future turn to nightmares of the past, she soon realizes there is much to the dark spirits that haunt her nights. On every full moon, Hawaiian nightmarching warriors descend from the mountains near her home, coming to capture her mortal spirit. Assembling an army of her own, can she ward off the battle cries of the dead and defend her family from being eternally trapped between life and death?
NANO IN THE WORKS! A murder mystery with international implications! Melanie Kato dives head first into the business of cancer research when she builds a lab at West Maui Medical Center. She is determined to find a better way of treating cancer than disfiguring surgery and toxic chemicals. Coming up with the idea of building minuscule robots that would attack and destroy tumors, she discovers the science is lacking and sets about to develop the techniques herself. But when competitors come sniffing around looking for her data, trouble starts!
Also on the drawing board is THE GOODWILL DIRECTIVE. Surprises abound in this story of politics, international intrigue, war, and human determination. Melanie travels to Syria to perform surgery on a seclusive leader of a secessionist faction battling for rights and freedom in their homeland. No sooner is the surgery done than Melanie is embroiled in combat–with guns and bullets, ideas and beliefs, and hearts and willpower as weapons! But will she be brave enough for all the contests that are waiting for her?