My favorite things in romance are often ghosts, time travel, historical settings, plots with amnesia, eccentric secondary characters, humor, and romantic suspense. These characteristics describe what I love to read and I'm drawn to include them in my own stories. (So far, not quite all have been in one story, but it's close!) I also put my love of writing and history to use in my blog and I have written The Historical Research Companion to Everything of Interest to a Romance Writer, a research/reference book.
I worked as a legal secretary in Washington, DC for many years before moving back to my small hometown in Northern Minnesota. In recent years, in addition to my writing and my role as a mom to one, I returned to college for a degree in Biology, with an emphasis in Ecology.
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The Castle: Prequel to the Guardian Angel Series
It is a dangerous game Heather must play to outsmart a power-hungry wizard. But with each choice more impossible than the last, and promises made that can't be kept, it seems the only choice left is to make her escape. Starting over, she fears, is asking too much while a past waits unfinished. A world of magic can't be left behind and eventually Heather must make the hardest choice of all.
If I Stay: Guardian Angel Series #1
When JUSTIN MONTROSE, a former captain in the British Army and the new fifth Duke of Claymore, is rescued from highwaymen by a mysterious beauty, their meeting sets in motion his search for an angel. As he will discover, the truth of ARIANA’s identity is more than most ordinary men can swallow.
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Smashwords book reviews by Melissa Johnson
- Summer Lovin'
on Nov. 23, 2011
A delightful and sexy read! A mischievous puppy in this story, aka "hellhound," had me laughing as the matchmaker in disguise and I was captivated by the sparks of Mia and Luke's instant mutual attraction. Luke is so to-die-for-sexy that Mia doesn't stand a chance of not giving in to the temptation her first no-strings fling. I enjoyed their story immensely as they figure out for themselves that there's no reason to let go of love and laughter once they found it.
- Lord Midnight
on Jan. 29, 2012
What more could a reader ask for? A dashing highwayman hero and a spirited damsel in distress on the receiving end of his enticing midnight visits. The romance between Gabriel (Lord Midnight) and Marisa does not disappoint. The emotional depths of the characters has both humor and those larger-than-life gestures and words we long for as readers. I'm tempted to relay several scenes, but I'll restrain myself from divulging spoilers better left enjoyed in the reading. But I can say that the gradual progression of the hero and heroine's intimacy was simply delicious! Lessons. Oh, those lovely lessons and Marisa's charming descriptions of her responses! So absolutely wonderful!
And Edmund, the unbalanced uncle to the hero and the unfortunate Marisa's unwanted bethrothed, is a first class villain! Outwardly charming...inwardly rotten to the core. He has fooled society and convinced them of his virtues and honor, but the reader knows better. And, the cleverness of his manipulation of Bernard, Marisa's brother, was another great and memorable scene as we get into Bernard's head for his inner conflict between his ambitions and guilt about being a traitor to his sister. I was also totally touched by Marisa's sense of being unlovable and her feelings of being trapped in her circumstances, powerless to rescue not only herself but her dear Aunt Althea, who her father threatens to send to Bedlam. This is one heroine who has been let down by a her own family, which makes Gabriel treasure her faith in him even more. Of course, this does hamper his plans to use Marisa for his revenge...
What I loved most about this story was the characters' relationships with each other, especially the chemistry and faith the heroine and heroine have in each other, but also the affectionate relationship Gabriel has with his highwaymen "family." But this is also a fast paced story with the danger of discovery at every turn!
My only hesitation about giving a full five stars is some minor thoughts related to plot I didn't totally swallow, but don't let that hold you back from a very entertaining reading escape!