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Location: Byron Center, Michigan
Gender: Female
Born: June 1
Member: Standard
Joined: December 2014
I am writing a Christian Devotional for Survivors of Sexual Abuse called 'Beauty for Ash and Stone.' It will be published in 2018. Two-time Nominee for Book of the Month on FanStory.

My poetry book, 'Broken Heart: The Blessed Road to Healing' is available on

My novel, 'Sylvia: In The Cellar' is available on Nominated for Book of the Month 4 times on FanStory.

'Abuse No More: A Journey of Healing' will be published TBD. Nominated for Book of the Month here on FanStory.

I'm a Biblical counselor and the founder of Bridle of Hope, an organization that pairs broken and hurting women and children with the unconditional love of horses.

The poem "Transformation" was featured on by Jennpenn in the March 26, 2015 blog titled Winged Warriors.

The poem "Never Meant To Be" was published in Beyond the Sea: Sanctuary by Eber and Wein Publishing, July 2015. Available on

The poem "Ready to Take Flight" is featured in Eber and Wein's Top Poets of 2016, released in 2017.

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Lilin Widi Rahayu Setjo
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MelB: Thank you, Linda! Love you too:)
December 11, 2017 at 10:35PM

MelB: Thank you, Patty!
December 11, 2017 at 10:34PM

MelB: Thank you, Phyllis!
December 11, 2017 at 10:34PM

FanStory wrote to MelB: Congratulations! Enjoy the Ride is the new Story of the Month!
December 9, 2017 at 12:13AM
    Sankey: Praise the Lord! Well done Sis.
    December 9, 2017 at 12:24AM
    MelB: Thank you friend! So excited about my first win!
    December 9, 2017 at 12:26AM
    rama devi: Congrats!
    December 9, 2017 at 1:52AM
    giraffmang: So pleased this one won. Congratulations.
    December 9, 2017 at 2:14AM
    MelB: Thank you Rama and GMG! So excited about my first win!
    December 9, 2017 at 8:32AM
    MelB: Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who voted for my story! I'm so grateful and excited about my first win! God Bless!
    December 9, 2017 at 8:45AM
    humpwhistle: Congratulations, MelB. Well done!
    December 9, 2017 at 8:47AM
    December 9, 2017 at 9:55AM
    RGstar: Well done for that first happy for you. Bravo
    December 9, 2017 at 11:09AM
    Phyllis Stewart: Congratulations, Mel. Well written piece on a great service. :)
    December 9, 2017 at 12:45PM
    Ulla: Congratulations. I'm so happy for you! xx
    December 9, 2017 at 6:16PM
    l.raven: CONGRATULATIONS Melissa on a well earned ya you...Linda xxoo
    December 11, 2017 at 7:19PM
    MelB: Thank you Humpwhistle and Jan!
    December 11, 2017 at 10:32PM
    MelB: Thank you, RGStar! Much appreciated:)
    December 11, 2017 at 10:33PM
    MelB: Thank you, Ulla!
    December 11, 2017 at 10:35PM
    Dean Kuch: A hearty CONGRATULATIONS! on your win, MelB.
    Well done!
    December 12, 2017 at 12:24AM
    MelB: Thank you, Dean!
    January 13, 2018 at 12:36AM

MelB: Thank you for the wonderful birthday wishes, Margaret!
June 4, 2017 at 9:59AM

MelB: Thank you for the birthday wishes Irish Rain!
June 4, 2017 at 9:59AM

MelB: Thanks Linda! Love Snoopy and the balloons!
June 4, 2017 at 9:58AM

MelB: Thank you to those who voted for Sylvia: In the Cellar for Book of the Month! A real honor for me to finish 3rd, right behind Bob and Margaret.
May 6, 2017 at 11:07PM
    damommy: I'm so happy for you. Great story!
    May 6, 2017 at 11:13PM
    MelB: Thanks Yvonne! It's been nominated three times, but this is the highest honor so far.
    May 7, 2017 at 12:16AM
    l.raven: HAPPY BIRTHDAY you...and many to ya Linda xxoo
    June 1, 2017 at 12:27AM
    Irish Rain: Happy Birthday!!!!!!
    June 1, 2017 at 1:06AM
    Margaret Snowdon: Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaapy Birthday, my friend. xx
    June 1, 2017 at 6:20AM

MelB: Hi FanStory Friends,

Thank you so much for your kind notes, thoughts, prayers, and messages about the loss of my mom. I appreciate you lifting me up when I need it most. You are dear to me. I love you all and think of you as friends and family!
February 22, 2017 at 1:12PM
    Irish Rain: Prayers for you and your family, it is a hard time, I know.
    February 22, 2017 at 1:22PM
    Linda Engel: We love you, Mel. hugs
    February 24, 2017 at 8:22PM
    vwilks: Thanks so much, MelB. I will check out those sources.
    February 25, 2017 at 10:20PM
    MelB: Hi Irish Rain, thank you! It is very difficult.
    March 4, 2017 at 11:52AM
    MelB: Thank you Linda! Love you too.
    March 4, 2017 at 11:52AM
    MelB: Hi VWilks, I hope it is helpful!
    March 4, 2017 at 11:53AM
    vwilks: Thank you MelB. I appreciate your comment and stars.
    March 8, 2017 at 12:07AM
    vwilks: His family claimed that he could actually walk.
    March 12, 2017 at 12:19PM
    vwilks: Thank you. Just noticed that you facilitate a women's support group. I may need to speak with you.
    March 15, 2017 at 12:39PM
    l.raven: CONGRATULATIONS on your third place win had my to ya Linda xxoo
    May 6, 2017 at 10:17PM

MelB: Has anyone written a story about their life and published it? If so, I have a few legal questions for you.
December 31, 2016 at 1:28PM
    robyn corum: Melissa,

    I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. Praying for you at this time! Hugs-
    February 2, 2017 at 9:35AM
    damommy: I just heard about your loss. I'm so sorry. You are in my prayers.
    February 2, 2017 at 10:44AM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Dear Melissa,
    I will pray for you & your family. I am saddened by your loss. Take care in this trying time. Jan
    February 2, 2017 at 12:50PM
    Ric Myworld: Melissa,
    there are no words that can ease the pain of losing one's mother. I just pray that God will give you strength through this difficult time.
    February 2, 2017 at 1:53PM
    Irish Rain: So sorry for your loss. She is free now, and my prayers are with you.
    February 2, 2017 at 7:54PM
    Mary Wakeford: Melissa, I wanted to express my sympathies in the loss of your beloved mother. I eiss you peace and lasting memories of your love for her.
    February 3, 2017 at 12:58AM
    MelB: Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, Robyn!
    February 13, 2017 at 12:18AM
    MelB: Thank you, Yvonne! Much appreciated friend.
    February 13, 2017 at 12:19AM
    MelB: Thank you, Jan! I appreciate your kind words.
    February 13, 2017 at 12:20AM
    MelB: Hi Ric, thank you! It's a tough time for sure.
    February 13, 2017 at 12:21AM
    MelB: Hi Irish Rain, thank you! I know she's free from pain and in heaven, but I still miss her every day. She was not only my mom, but my best friend.
    February 13, 2017 at 12:22AM
    MelB: Hi Mary, thank you for your kind words. I have many wonderful memories. Just missing her terribly!
    February 13, 2017 at 12:24AM
    RGstar: So so sorry about your mum, Mel, didn't hear until now. My condolences, dear author. May timee heal swiftly.
    November 14, 2017 at 11:55AM

MelB: Wishing all of you a very Blessed Christmas and wonderful New Year! Thank you for your reviews, votes, and most of all, your friendship. I love getting to know all of you through your writing and our chats.
December 17, 2016 at 2:58PM
    closetpoetjester: Merry Xmas to you MelB...I haven't been here as much this year due to family, work and book publishing committments however I plan to return to the fold here at FS more next year. Hope you have a blessed and joyous season.
    Hugs P xx
    December 18, 2016 at 1:12AM
    damommy: How sweet. You know how I feel about you. I'm so glad we're friends. Merry Christmas! 8-)
    December 18, 2016 at 1:49PM
    MelB: Thank you closetpoetjester! Hope to see more of you in the new year.
    December 18, 2016 at 3:40PM
    MelB: Hi Yvonne, thank you! So glad to be friends too!
    December 18, 2016 at 3:40PM
    RGstar: Good luck with th epublishing,Mel. Thanks for those beautiful words. I look forward to supporting your work.
    Best wishes.
    January 7, 2017 at 12:47PM
    MelB: Thanks RGstar, I somehow missed your post. I appreciate the kind wishes.
    May 22, 2017 at 8:34PM

MelB: Has anyone published a book through Createspace? If so, I have a question for you.
December 13, 2016 at 8:39PM
    Mary Wakeford: Ideasaregems (Dawn Munro) just did! She posted about it on her profile a few days ago. She lived the process and available customer help line. Shoot her a message.
    December 14, 2016 at 11:08AM
    Dean Kuch: Gypsy Blue Rose has published two books using Create Space, Mel.
    I'm sure she'd be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
    December 15, 2016 at 6:35AM
    MelB: Thanks Mary and Dean!
    December 15, 2016 at 9:43PM

FanStory wrote to MelB: Mellifluous finished first in the contest "Teacup Dictionary"
December 3, 2016 at 10:10PM
    damommy: Congratulations! 8-)
    December 4, 2016 at 1:14AM
    l.raven: HI Melissa, CONGRATULATIONS on a well earned win my sweet Ya Linda xxoo
    December 4, 2016 at 2:38AM
    BeasPeas: Congratulations, Mel. Great job. Marilyn
    December 4, 2016 at 4:46PM
    MelB: Thank you Yvonne!
    December 8, 2016 at 7:56PM
    MelB: Thank you Linda and Marilyn!
    December 8, 2016 at 7:57PM

MelB: Happy Thanksgiving FS Friends! Hope you have a blessed and wonderful holiday! I'm looking forward to 4 days off work.
November 23, 2016 at 9:17AM
    Kingsland: Thank You for your kindness...
    A Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours...
    November 23, 2016 at 12:25PM
    MelB: Hi Kingsland, thank you so much. Blessings to you.
    November 24, 2016 at 12:53AM
    I am Cat: Happy THanksgiving, Mel
    November 24, 2016 at 12:23PM
    MelB: Hi Cat, Happy Thanksgiving! I didn't know you were back, but glad to know you are:)
    November 24, 2016 at 10:19PM

MelB: I've reached reviewer level 50! How high does the reviewer level go?
November 18, 2016 at 10:56PM
    Kingsland: I'm at level 293 if that helps your thoughts process any for this subject...
    November 19, 2016 at 9:22AM
    Dean Kuch: I am at level 150, and the seventh ranked reviewer.
    November 19, 2016 at 11:41AM
    MelB: Thanks Kingsland and Dean! I was curious how high it went. Wow! I've got more work to do, don't I? haha
    November 19, 2016 at 2:54PM
    Gloria ....: To put review levels into perspective, Adewpearl, (Brooke) has an unprecedented thirty-three (33) blue stars, Mel, you have four blue stars and I have four blue stars.
    November 19, 2016 at 3:19PM
    MelB: Thank you Gloria! I hadn't even looked at the blue stars. It's almost my 2-year anniversary, but I see I have a long way to go. LOL
    November 19, 2016 at 4:14PM

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