Melissa is a writer who continues to work on her craft, and offers encouragement to everyone who works on theirs. I met Melissa first on the e-loop of the Romance Writers of Australia, but have really gotten to know her since Bootcamp. She was one of the presenters who helped us with our GMC (goals, motivation, conflict) and she has been with us ever since. It's so wonderful to have a writer of her calibre on the group. She has my utmost respect and admiration.
Her stories are full of complex characters, real emotions, and boy, do they bring a tear to my eye. It has such rich writing that it's a real joy to read. The first book I read of Melissa's was Her Galahad, released by Intimate Moments. Jirrah, an Aboriginal male was never seen as good enough for Tessa by her family. They are both betrayed and ripped apart but must join together on a quest to find their daughter. I admired her using a hero with a minority background, and how she dealt with the racial issues faced by the characters.
Her last release was the Sheik's Destiny (released August 2010 in Aus).
With his war-torn kingdom in tatters, Sheikh Alim El-Kanar is injured, alone and believes he has no future. Until beautiful nurse Hana saves his life and gives him hope.
Hana thought her duty would be over once Alim recovered, but then he asks her to pose as his wife! Hana knows it can only be for show - she can never truly be the sheikh's wife. But destiny has other ideas..
Her next book, The Tycoon Who Healed Her Heart, is due for release in January 2012.
She blogs occasionally at the Harlequin Romance Author blog, and has a website.
So why don't you pick up a Melissa James book today?