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Book cover for Hot Coffee, Cool Head by Melanie Tito
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Hot Coffee, Cool Head

This book started off as notes hastily scribbled in cab rides to and from hospital when my second baby was born preemie during Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. I was having to hit the ground running each day while trying to be a calm presence for both my toddler at home and baby in hospital.

This book also came about as the result of finding myself being at home with more children, and for longer than I had thought I would be a stay-at-home mum.

The finished book is about getting comfortable in your mama skin, choosing the life you have, and being content in the day-to-day fun and chaos of raising little ones. Penned by a mum of three who continues to learn about practising real self-care in order to be the wife and mum that she wants to be.

Book cover for Write from the Start by Melanie Tan (now Melanie Tito)
My first eBook!

Write from the Start

Get inspired to write!

I had long dreamed of writing a book, but it wasn’t till 2012 when I got a paid offer to ghostwrite a book for someone—that I was pushed to stop making excuses and actually finish at least one book. I decided that I should write my own, as a practice run for my ‘real’ assignment. At this stage I had worked as a writer before, but never had I completed a whole book, from start to finish.

Once I got going, I wrote in a bit of a feverish haze and finished the bones of this eBook in about 5 days. Margaret Haughey whipped my words into shape with her sharp and artistic editor’s touch and Miranda Lees made it all look better than I had dreamed it could look.

In Write from the Start you will find a budding writer’s thoughts on writing, my best tips to inspire yourself and get started ... think of this book as your personal cheerleader companion saying to you, YES fellow budding writer, you CAN do this!

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Note: This book was published under my maiden name Melanie Tan.

This is the book you want to read if you know you want to write, but find yourself lacking the inspiration or the motivation to get started.

Mark V.

It was rad. It's been awhile since I found a book that uses such economy of word and has such a nice clean layout. It really begs to be read. I specifically liked this quote "It doesn’t have to be perfect at first go. There will be time to edit it later."

Josh L.

I only need to read a couple of pages and I can’t wait to get to the keyboard.

Fiona F.

Mel provides very practical advice to aspiring writers ... A must read!!!

Jacqui W.

it most definitely inspires me to want to do more writing with some helpful tips ...

Ariel C

Book cover for How to love with a healing heart by Melanie Tito
Woman to woman

How to love with a healing heart

Everyone has a story, and I have several, yet unwritten. But this is one that I wrote as a new-ish wife and a very new mama. I was living in a season of fire, a season of joy; a season of pain, and a season of faith. I started journaling, because that is what I do to process life. Eventually it took the shape of a book.

Marriage and motherhood form the backdrop of my book, but in a wider way this book explores things that are common to us all. Mysteries of the heart, transitions, growing pains and inner healing. It is an honest and uplifting read for women (though a few men have enjoyed the read too!), especially new mothers.

2022 fundraiser

An excerpt from this book was printed in The Kiwi Diary 2021.

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The writing is compelling with a heartfelt tone that relates to every woman … I would highly recommend this one. It is inspiring and uplifting. A true gem.

Marni M.

This book is what happens when a poet writes a memoir! The author has an achingly beautiful way of describing love and heartbreak, motherhood and faith that you will come away from this book with a deeper understanding of your own heart.

Abigail W.

Love the way you write. So far I've loled and teared ...

John T.

So inspired by your honesty and clarity of expression in sharing your journey so far. I cried and laughed ... 

Ruth S.

This is an incredibly validating read for a new mother, and really a mother at any stage ... I highly recommend to all mothers out there if you want to feel heard, seen, and understood.

Dacia D.

Book cover for Twenty-six by Melanie Tito
Poetic prose


Rather than blowing out 26 candles on a cake, I decided to pen 26 vignettes.

Turning 26 in the windy capital of New Zealand, Wellington, I decided to write 26 poems/vignettes to mark the occasion. There is no central theme to them; I just followed my curiosity.

A few of these are included on Poetic Prose.

Book cover for treehousekitchen, a coffee table book by Melanie Tito
A photo of a page within treehousekitchen, a coffee table book by Melanie Tito
A photo of a page within treehousekitchen, a coffee table book by Melanie Tito
Mini coffee table book


Take a peek into my relationship with food, love and various kitchens which have nourished me along the way.

Printed in January 2018, this 6″ X 8″ glossy photo book celebrates the journey of my food blog treehousekitchen, the blog in which I journaled about friends, dinner parties, kitchen experiments and winning tickets to Rick Stein’s show.

People who bought this at the time it was released also received a 12-page Christmas letter PDF from me. In it I paid tribute to members of my family and included my recipe for a dish beloved in my husband’s Maori culture, the “boil up”.

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I received your wonderful photo book and I love it. I love the pictures and the simple text with it. Your photography skills brings the food to life. Your book has inspired me to continue my quest in writing and publishing my book. It has also encouraged me try cooking/baking new recipes.

Shirley V.

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