Please welcome back Melissa Barker-Simpson. This time she brings along a friend, Gina Briganti. The two put together a two-book anthology called ‘Changing Worlds’.
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!
Gina Briganti is a Holistic Health Consultant, Reiki Teacher, and author currently in private practice. She lives with her family, a special soul who masquerades as a dog, and the beautiful desert.
She welcomes you to visit her blog, http://www.ginabriganti.com, for entertaining inspiration.
She is enjoying writing several new books and being inspired!
Prequel to the Fractured Series
By Melissa Barker-Simpson
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.
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.
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Excerpt from The Contract by Melissa Barker-Simpson
The smell registered first. Slapping her awake like a handful of salts; strong enough to make her eyes water and her stomach heave in protest. The aroma of death and decay clawed at her throat. She had no idea if her captors were close by and didn’t care. Her lips moved instinctively, the chant increasing with every jagged breath until she was clear of the rancid stink assaulting her nostrils.
She didn’t open her eyes right away. Instead, she took stock of her injuries. Her head hurt, which was a given – she had been struck from behind. Her hair was sore too, which meant someone had tried to cut it. The result was a burn she felt as strongly as she would along her skin. It wasn’t the first time someone had tried to disable her power, and it wouldn’t be the last.
Reaching out with her senses, she tried to locate Tobias. It worried her that she couldn’t feel him, until she used her connection to search out Zachariah and also came up blank. It had to be some kind of cloaking spell. Testing her magic, she used second sight to explore her surroundings. The image was strong and clear; she was in a six by eight foot cell. Aside from the pit in the centre, she found nothing out of the ordinary.
Her hands were bound above her head, connected to a thick, coiling chain which linked to matching cuffs at her ankles. There was something odd about her binds. For one, she could feel the low hum of power in her hands. Her hair stretched reflexively, winding around the chains and testing the cold metal.
Someone was bound to the restraints. She felt it like a punch to the gut, and for an awful moment thought it might be Tobias. She pushed out, seeking the energy, feeling the pain. The connection jolted through her, momentary and yet stronger than anything she’d felt before.
Her eyes blinked open. It took a moment to adjust to the darkness. As she waited, she chanted softly, her hair still curled around the chain. She felt the moment the metal gave way. The cuffs on her hands and feet went with it and she was free.
A man crouched beside her. She could see an outline but nothing more. Taking one of the gold rings from her hair, she tossed it between them and waited for the soft glow to reach him.
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