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Melinda Rucker Haynes

Melinda Rucker Haynes holds a masters degree in secondary/adult education. The former education research projects director is the creator of Personal Time Travel and Story Compass personal development strategies and a certified neuro-linguistic programming practitioner. She consults internationally as a performance enhancement coach, presenting creativity exploration and personal development seminars. One of her favorite creative expressions is writing about the transformational power of love. Her novels have won numerous awards and she is a popular speaker at writers conferences. She lives in Renton, Washington with her husband, son and their creatively naughty Airedale terrier. Visit her website:



Visit Melinda's Creative Centre for her latest novels, ordering information, appearance and workshop schedules, inspiration, news, excerpts and publishers' links.


Currently available:
eternal_trusyThe Eternal Trust ISBN: ISBN:0-7862-4208-6
Price: $26.95, Hardcover
Five Star Publishing, June 2002 (Link--

2001 EPPIE Award Winner--Best Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

"The love of a soulmate can be the death of you, again and again."

Romantic Times 4 Star Review:
Laid off with no place to live and in need of money, Dorel Everly decides to sell the sword left to her by her grandfather. She has no idea that there is power beholden in the sword and that evil lurks until a strange encounter with Mike Gabrielli, a collector of ancient weapons, sets the wheels in motion.

Betrayed by those closest to her, Dorel has no one to turn to expect Mikewho wants the sword more than anything else in life. As death and destruction follow them, Mike an Dorel work together to learn all they can of the sword. They must find a way to break the eternal trust they are bound to and the power the sword has over them.

The Eternal Trust is a unique paranormal romance of good battling evil. Dorel is truly the heroine of the story, but Michael is definitely worth saving. A truly fascinating story.

Melinda's Awards and Nominations:
FF&P PRISM Best Light Paranormal, 3rd Place Winner
EPPIE Award, Best Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
RWA Golden Heart Winner, Best Young Adult Romance
EPPIE Award Nominee, Best Young Adult Novel
Gr. Seattle RWA Emerald City Keeper Award, Best Contemporary Romance
Gr. Seattle RWA Emerald City Opener Award, Best Contemporary Romance
TARA Award, Best Paranormal Romance, 3rd Place Winner
Three-Time RWA Golden Heart Nominee
International eBook Award Nominee
Sapphire Award Nominee, Best Sci-Fi Romance
Sapphire Award Nominee, Best Sci-Fi Romance Short Story


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