AUTHORS MELISSA BARKER SIMPSON & GINA BRIGANTI
Melissa Barker-Simpson's Biography
I've been writing since, well...since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I often look back on those earlier stories, and apart from laughing at the heavy-handed drama, or cringing at my inexperience, I am reminded that I have always lived in other worlds.
My first novel was published in 2008, and I love nothing more than working on a new project. The voices inside my head invariably pull me in different directions, so although I try to work on one thing at a time, those who know me would tell you it doesn't always work!
I have a full-time job which, though does not involve writing per se, incorporates my love of language. As a British Sign Language Interpreter, I get to translate information between two languages which is (mostly) fun.
I have two beautiful daughters who bring me great joy. They also keep me grounded, because otherwise I would have my head in the clouds permanently!
CHANGING WORLDS Synopsis
After the Demonic War, a battle which devastated the mortal realm, humans now stick to the world’s major cities. To even the score, and to protect those cities, hunters joined together to establish cells across the globe. Maddison Wood is part of an alpha cell within the north of England.
Though a skilled fighter and powerful witch, Maddison can be brash, and unpredictable. She has a penchant for trouble, and is usually the first to volunteer in battle. When she accepts an assignment to protect the Hympe King, Tobias Locke, Maddison’s fate becomes bound to his. As the stakes change, and she finds herself trapped inside the bowels of an enemy camp, Maddison must fight for her freedom, her independence, and for a prisoner who has not seen the light of day for almost a century.
Gina Briganti's Biography
Gina Briganti has been writing since she could hold a pencil. It has always been a comfort that to create she needs only three things; the pencil, the paper, and her imagination.
She lives in beautiful Joshua Tree, CA, the setting for her debut paranormal romance series, Natural Gifts.
Saunders' Choice ~ A Natural Gifts Novella by Gina Briganti
Saunders finds himself in a plane of existence called the Dreaming, where he encounters Velvet, the most exciting creature he will ever meet. The answer seems obvious, but Saunders’ life has never been easy.
Excerpt from The Contract by Melissa Barker-Simpson
(Tobias Locke, the Hympe King, returns home after a major battle and takes comfort in his homeland).
He walked the grounds for a while, to anchor himself in the familiar feeling of home. Aronmyre had seen many changes since he took the throne and, if it hadn’t been for Maddison, he might never have made it back.
It was a beautiful evening. The moon cast a silver glow across the land; full and elegant in all its glory. He liked living on the edge of the Enchanted Forest, midpoint between the two realms. The forest called to him, as it often did. And, since he didn’t feel like going in just yet, he sent a signal to his guards and ventured farther into the night. He was familiar with the worn paths, so even when the moonlight could no longer guide him, he knew his way.
The trees thinned out as he neared the lake. A few more steps and the dark, still waters appeared, relaxing him in a way little else could. The water drew him, the mystery of it, and the elegance. It calmed him; from the light ripple cast by the evening breeze, to the moon’s fluid sheen.
He walked to the mound of stones laid at the water’s edge and sat against the smooth, weather-worn surface. There was no concept of time here. He remained seated, in no hurry to return home and content to allow the gentle grace of his land to soothe him.
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