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Award Winning Historical Romance Author
Updated February, 2014
Laura Renken akaMelody Thomas
aka Lori Morgan
Thomas twists and turns a Cinderella story into a delectable read
filled with sexual tension and tinged with a gothic mystery.
Readers will find this a thoroughly entertaining read.~~Kathe Robin
Romantic Times Bookclub
It was the moment she had been dreaming
of: a stolen kiss at a masquerade ball with
the dashing Camden St. Giles. He may not
have known who she was, but Christel would
never forget . . .
Nothing is what it seems in This Perfect
Kiss.  Melody Thomas has delivered a book
that is jam-packed with plot threads,
intrigue, and romance.
Joyfully Reviewed
Years after receiving my Criminal Justice degree from the
University of Oklahoma , I discovered the historical romance
genre. True legends like M.M Kaye, Kathleen Woodiwiss,
Judith McNaught, and Penelope Williamson, sparked my
love for writing and a great stories alive with grit and
passion.

In the past, I've written westerns for Leisure under Lori
Morgan and Pirate adventure books for Berkley under Laura
Renken. My books have been five times reviewer nominated
by Romantic Times Bookclub for Best Adventure and Best
Historical Suspense and Gothic categories. They have won
the Holt Medallion three times, the WISRWA Writer's
Choice Award, The Beacon for Best Historical 2008, the
Affaire de Couer reader's Choice award and will be published
in five foreign languages worldwide. My Lord Pirate, was a
1999 Golden Heart Finalist, which launched my publishing
career with Berkley.


I recently moved to the Memphis area from Chicago where I
was also the former president for the
Windy City RWA
chapter. My last historical romance,
This Perfect Kiss
came out the summer of 2011
. Currently, I am on a writing
hiatus, traveling and experiencing new and wonderful things
in the world. Life is a gift. I intend to enjoy every moment.
For more information on my books, I've listed all of them
below. Happy Reading.