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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Laura Renken  

Pen Name: Melody Thomas/ Lori Morgan


Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: Texas

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Illinois Connection

Lauara Renken lives in the Chicago area where she is also the former president for the Windy City RWA chapter.

Biographical and Professional Information

Years after receiving her Criminal Justice degree from the University of Oklahoma , she discovered the historical romance genre.


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A match made in scandal /
ISBN: 0060742313. OCLC Number: 61370458

Avon Books,. .

Angel in my bed /
ISBN: 006074233X. OCLC Number: 65470496

Avon Books,. .

Searching for a missing treasure on behalf of the Crown, David Donally follows the trail of a gem-encrusted earring to an enchanting thief, Meg Faraday, the wife he had thought dead, and the two discover that the irresistible passion that had once drawn them together is still there and is leading them into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy.

Autumn star /
ISBN: 0843948922. OCLC Number: 47362919

Leisure Books,. .

Beauty and the duke /
ISBN: 0061472670. OCLC Number: 262884458

Avon HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

"Once, ten years ago, they were young lovers sharing sinful touches and desperate ecstasy. But he was bound to another. Since that fateful time, Christine Sommers has grown into a headstrong beauty, the kind of woman who thinks nothing of daring travels to the ends of the world. But for all her achievements, Christine has never found anyone who makes her heart race the way Erik Boughton did. Since that fateful time, Erik Boughton, the Duke of Sedgwick, has become something of a beast, at least according to the gossips of the ton. They say he is cursed, that any woman who shares his bed will meet an untimely end. But when he comes to Christine, desperate for her help to preserve his family and his title, she does not fear the devil duke. Enthralled by his ravenous desire, she would give him anything he wished even her body-- and her heart"--Author's web site.

Claimed by a Scottish lord /
ISBN: 0061898708. OCLC Number: 456180613

Avon,. .

Raised behind the walls of Hope Abbey, Rose Lancaster's sheltered upbringing never prepared her for a man like Lord Roxburghe. The fabled "Black Dragon," Ruark Kerr hasn't been seen in his Scottish homeland for more than a decade - and now he has burst into Rose's world to take her hostage, intending to trade her for the life of his young brother. But Rose does not fear this savage, powerful lord ... and she guards a dangerous secret. Villainy called Ruark back to the borderlands, but now that he's claimed his "prize" his path is less certain. If he does not turn her over to his enemy, a boy may die. Yet gentle, lovely Rose soothes his vengeful spirit, and the longer she remains with him, the hotter his passion for her burns.

Heart of the condor /
ISBN: 0515133353. OCLC Number: 50062091

Jove Books,. .

In my heart /
ISBN: 0060564474. OCLC Number: 54859377

Avon Books,. .

Indigo moon /
ISBN: 0843947926. OCLC Number: 45469315

Leisure Books :. .

Must have been the moonlight /
ISBN: 0060564482. OCLC Number: 57196450

Avon Books,. .

My lord pirate /
ISBN: 0515129844. OCLC Number: 45751540

Jove Books :. .

Dear Reader, I never intended to become a pirate. My family name and our honor are those things dearest to my heart. But when our enemies accused us of treason, I did the only thing I could ... I took to the seas and have never ceased my quest to regain my good name. The opportunity for revenge and redemption has just presented itself. In a mysterious plot I have managed to kidnap the intended fianceĢe of my greatest foe. Unfortunately, I didn't anticipate her beauty or courage. I find myself thinking of her constantly and wondering if this marriage of convenience could ever become more. Someone should tame this passionate enchantress and who better than a rake and a pirate, a man with nothing else to lose ...

Night shadow /
ISBN: 0515131555. OCLC Number: 47860311

Jove Books,. .

Wicked lies /
ISBN: 0515134031. OCLC Number: 50932999

Jove Books,. .