Melissa Johnson


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.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Being a writer is what I knew I wanted to be long before I knew how much work it would take to be one. I started writing as a teen, but it would be a long time before I actually completed a full, novel length story. There was dark, teenage angst poetry and paranormal short pieces with a quirky, but still dark humor that hinted at what I liked from the start. In my twenties I wrote my first short story romance -- a sweet, contemporary story set in a bookstore. (In hindsight, it does seem like I was the most conservative twenty-something ever!) But it was the ideas I found most fun, including the idea of being a writer! My ideas of paranormal romance resurfaced and blossomed in my thirties, even if by then I already considered myself a bit of a late bloomer. It's a good thing no one told me it would take another ten years or so to write the first novel! Along the way, I discovered the details of the grand ideas were often elusive. The characters asked for more...more plot, more setting, more emotion tying all the grand ideas together. But I'm very glad I didn't give up...even if my motivation to finish a story has sometimes been to be tell myself I'm never doing this again. Thank goodness I did. I've begun and ended the story journey several more times since that first book and each time is a new batch of challenges. It's interesting to note my core instincts for the type of story I write has stayed much the same as it was in the early years. I love the characters that have evolved from the first inklings of my paranormal ideas...a fantasy world of guardian angels and wizards, time traveling to the Regency historical period, to writing characters who may be immortals and ghosts, but remain humans with a love story to tell. It's all part of continuing a journey I began a long time ago.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural community in Northern Minnesota where the running joke went something like, 'we live 40 miles from nowhere.' I think the isolation of my environment made me a romantic dreamer of exotic locales, even if just about anywhere seemed exotic in comparison!
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Where to find Melissa Johnson online


Worth the Risk
Pre-release—available December 15, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Getting into trouble runs in the family. In the wake of a political scandal, Carrie Riley is a witness who knows too much and it's up to Nick Fallon to keep her safe. Protecting Carrie from a killer becomes a very personal mission and he will use every resource at his disposal to keep her safe. What better way to put her out of a killer's reach could there be than to remove her to another time?
An Unsuitable Entanglement
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,350. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Romance is not on the agenda for take-charge Alison Gray. She's a time-traveling Guardian on a mission to locate her unfairly banished colleagues, and the last thing she needs is assistance from Lord Percifield, a 19th century English peer who doesn't seem to have a serious bone in his admittedly splendid body. It can only be described as an entirely unsuitable entanglement!
Ghost of a Promise
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,850. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
When journalist Ben Riley's taxi nears his house he thinks his wife must be throwing him a birthday party. But it's a strangely somber party with no one even saying hello. As soon as Beth walks right through him, he knows he's arrived in time for the after party of his own funeral. Convincing Beth he's real is the first step to unraveling the mystery of his death and protecting her future.
The Castle: Prequel to the Guardian Angel Series
Price: Free! Words: 24,630. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,980. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Regency
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!