With a focus message of intimacy, communication, trust and respect, Melina created both Love and Indulgence and Taboo Intimacy with the goal to enhance relationships and lower the divorce rate for years to come. After becoming single after 11 years of marriage Melina decided she wanted to get her own inner sparkle back. Her journey started into the world of self-discovery and adult products and was mortified at the misinformation and sleaziness of the adult industry. Breaking all the rules in the industry by putting a face to the company Melina is now the leading Intimate Lifestyle Educator in Australia today speaking as a guest speaker at various women’s events.
Melina then followed on her research into the dating world and has experienced first hand, with the use of the new technology world, how dating and relationships have changed and become like disposable mobile phones.
Combining her skills and first-hand experiences Melina has not only written her first novel on how to 'Win the Dating Game' but she has created Australia’s first complete bespoke boxsets of ‘Intimacy’ products providing a full sensory experience for the ultimate date night. Excited with this expansion Melina now operates the front end of the business direct to the public and has recently opened a new Wholesale division with her own branding of Intimacy products for Hotel Minibars.
If this isn't enough and you want to go deeper into the art of dating, love, sex, relationship & intimacy, join her in her workshops and online programs that educate women in all the 'taboo' topics everyone is scared to talk about!
How do you approach cover design?
I was looking for something clean and self explanatory. As my book is written targeting the female market I made sure I used colors that would appeal and the image clearly showed the 'king' chess piece being beaten. It signifies the woman being in control of the dating 'game' and her future.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I tend to read a lot of business or spirituality books with a touch of smutt and excitement thrown in when I need a serious brain break and want to explore my creative side. Choosing my favourite books is a hard one as I tend to read books and pass them on. I'm not one to read a book more then once unless its a travel guide of course. I tend to have a passion for authors. Once I like them I read everything they have so I'm going to answer this question that way. Anne Rice - all of her books, even those written under her pseudo name, take you into a world of mystery, darkness, lust & passion like no others. Her Vampire series leaves you wanting to have your neck sucked so you can float into a dreamy utopia of sensations. Christian Jacq - his novels are all staged around ancient Egypt and depict ancient stories throughout the dynasties in a way that is easily understood and visualised. His first books I read was the Ramses series. It made my experience down the Nile and the history lesson much easier to understand and enjoy as I have travelled there a few times. Having my ancestors from Egypt it evokes a sense of belonging as I turn every page. Who knows, maybe I was in ancient Egypt in a previous life. Jackie Collins - this was beach holiday blunt smutty time reading. Loved her books as she just got straight down to business on the first page of every novel. Janet Evanovich - another of my favourites for holiday reading. Her main character is such a klutz that you are wondering when in the novel she is going to blowup, smash or get another car stolen. It light fun reading. Derek Landy - writes the teenage novels based on Skulduggery Pleasant. I got addicted to these books when my nephews started reading them. I like to try and keep up with what they do and where they are at in their lives. I will say I was quite shocked at the amount of written traffic gore in the books but they are great! Love love love Steig Larssonand his trilogy of Dragon Tattoo books. I read them before I knew he has passed on so I was severely disappointed to hear there are other unpublished novels his family are keeping to themselves. Tony Robbins is my business mentor inspiration Lou Paget is my sex education mentor The one book however I will mention here is "Your word is your Wand" by Florence Shovel Shinn. I have bought this book soo many times and given it away as this book in my late teenage years resonated with my beliefs and made me feel...normal. Manifestation and your 'words' spoken truly can alter how your life works out!
Due to technology, dating today is much like a disposable mobile phone. Going armed with a massive checklist is no longer an option. Adult intimacy expert Melina Macdonald guides you through the dating minefield with never seen before secret short cuts to identify the 10 different kinds of guys we date, who is their perfect partner, what they are like in bed and how they like to be dumped.