Laura Renken aka Melody
Thomas
aka Lori Morgan
About Me
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
AVON/HarperCollins Book,
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.

2004 RT Hero KISS award
2005 Yellow Rose Historical Winner
2005 Holt Medallion Finalist (Long historical)
2005 Bookseller's Best Finalist Long
Historical

2005 Romantic Times Reviewer  Nominated
for Best Action Romance
2004 RT Top Pick December 2004 and HERO
K.I.S.S Award
2005 Holt Medallion Finalist (Long Historical)
2005 Bookseller's Best Finalist Long Historical

2006 Historical Winner
WISRWA, Write Touch
Reader's Award.
2007 HOLT Medallion Winner
2007 Award of Excellence Winner
2007 Romantic Times Reviewer Nominated
best Historical Suspense and Gothic
Romantic Times Bookclub April 2006 Top
Pick
WINNER 2008 Beacon Award of Excellencel

Romantic Times January 2007 Top Pick

2008 Romantic Times Book Club Reviewer Nominated
Best Scotland-Set Historical

2008 Kiss of Death Daphne du Maurier contest for
historical romantic suspense.

October 2007

2003 Holt Medallion Finalist
Best Long Historical
Best Southern Theme

Winner: 2003 ADC Best Foreign Historical
2002 RT Top Pick and Hero KISS award
2003 Romantic Times Reviewer
nominated  for Best Historical Adventure
Winner: Affaire du Couer: Best
Swashbuckling

Jan. 2001 RT Top Pick & Hero KISS Award
Loves Romance Readers Choice: Best
Historical Finalist
2002 Romantic Times Bookclub Reviewer
nominated for Best First Book
RIO Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence
Honorable Mention
1999 RWA Golden Heart Finalist
2002: Bookseller's
Best Finalist
Winner:
2001 HOLT Medallion

Sept. 2001 RT Top Pick &
Hero KISS award
Donnally Irish Family Series
Charmed & Dangerous Series
July 28th, 2009
Brand New: Mystical Bliss Series

Nominated for Reader's Top Pick Best Historical
Romance of 2009 at
'The Season.'

A Scottish tale of passion, intrigue & a wish come true.
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Winds of Fury Trilogy
WINNER
2009 HOLT Medallion
Best Historical

Claimed By A Scottish Lord