Mmmelinda’s Enchanted Journey

Before becoming a multiple award-winning, best-selling fiction author, Melinda Rucker Haynes worked as an adult education research project director and published nonfiction. She jokes she learned to write fiction as a grant writer who moonlighted as a corporate trainer of fascinating people working at an area in the Nevada desert that didn’t exist. After gypsying around the world, living in four foreign countries—most recently Washington D.C. and Tucson, Arizona—Melinda continues to search out enchanted stories beyond her imaginary magical story pool in ghost towns, massive cities, vast night skies, and mysterious ancient sites throughout the world. Her interests and hobbies include magical thinking, frequent fantasy flying, past lives exploration, and opus magnum experimentation. Melinda keeps busy doing hot laps in her magical story pool with the menopausal vampire and her next BITTEN tale.


Writing Awards

  • Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2018 Literary Contest–Romance Category Finalist Award
  • Arizona State Library ONEBOOKAZ Literary Contest Young Adult Category WINNER
  • Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2017 Book Cover Contest WINNER – Cover by Valerie Howard
  • Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2017 Book Cover Poster Contest Finalist Award
  • Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2016 Literary Contest—Historical Category Finalist Award
  • Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2015 Literary Contest, Romance Category Finalist Award
  • Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award WINNER
  • Three-Time Finalist, Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Awards
  • RWA Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Special Interest Chapter PRISM Award, Best Light Paranormal
  • RWA Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Special Interest Chapter Sapphire Finalist Award
  • EPIC Best Young Adult Novel Finalist Award
  • International E-Book Award Nominee
  • TARA (RWA Chapter) Best Paranormal Romance Finalist Award
  • Gr. Seattle RWA Emerald City Opener, Best Contemporary Romance WINNER
  • Gr. Seattle RWA Emerald City Keeper, Best Contemporary Romance WINNER
  • RWA Best Chapter Newsletter Editor Award WINNER
  • EPIC Best Paranormal Romance Award WINNER
  • RWA Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Special Interest Chapter, Best Short Story Sapphire Finalist Award
  • RWA Historical Romance Special Interest Chapter RTTA Finalist Award
  • Sacramento Valley Rose Silver Rose Award for Website Excellence WINNER

 

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