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Five Characters from Novels I’d Have Dinner With

8299796_origI’m really big on characters. I love getting to know them, and I especially love when other authors give you opportunity outside of a novel to get to know their characters. That’s why I have a tendency to write posts from my characters’ POV and do a lot of character interviews. So I was thinking, if I could have dinner with any five characters, who would they be?

1) Anastasia Steele from the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James – well she is an editor and eventually comes to own her own publishing house. As an author, why wouldn’t I want to have dinner with her? Even though I prefer to self-publish, I’m sure there’d be tons I could learn from her. It would also be fun to pick her brain about everything that was going through her mind when Christian first made his proposition. 😀

2) Christian Grey from the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James – he’s a billionaire and CEO of a megacorporation. It’s not my goal to become wealthy, but he certainly is successful, and who best to learn how to be successful from than someone who is extremely successful, right? I’d also like to ask him some more personal questions, but I don’t know if I’d be brave enough.

3) Amaranthe from the Emperor’s Edge Series by Lindsay Buroker – I really want to know how she can have a relationship with an assassin who had attempted to kill her on their second meeting. It’s obvious to the reader that he cares about her (eventually), but it’s kind of incredible she can so completely trust someone who has been taught to kill from childhood. I’d say I’d want to have dinner with Sicarius as well, but somehow I get the feeling he wouldn’t make a pleasant dinner companion.

4) Brad from Sins of the Father by Melissa Barker-Simpson – He’s a body guard and in my mind he’s hot. I think I’d like to weasel some self-defense lessons out of him. It would also be interesting to learn more about his past and what brought him to where he is. I think that would actually make a really good novel… hmmm… hey Melissa!

5) Kahlan from the Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind – I think she is probably my favorite female character. Anyone who could face the horrors she does and come out stronger as a result is definitely worth admiring. I would have so many questions for her, I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

What characters would you have dinner with?

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Author Spotlight: The Fallen by Melissa Barker-Simpson Available for Pre-Order!

Pre Order ButtonThe start of another awesome series by one of my favorite authors, Melissa Barker-Simpson. (I can say that even though I haven’t read it cause I haven’t read anything she’s written that I don’t like…including genres I don’t normally read.)

After the Demonic War, a battle which devastated the mortal realm, hunter cells were established across the globe to serve and protect every living soul. Maddison Wood is part of an alpha cell in the north of England. But Maddison has a new role now; her responsibilities as Watcher. She belongs to a legion of warriors assigned to serve the Fallen; guardian angels afforded the privilege of residing on Earth.

When Maddison is drawn to the city by an event which resonates hundreds of miles away, she is thrown into the path of a newly fallen angel. But Obadiah is no ordinary angel. He is a Prime, and his presence symbolizes a new threat. There is a war coming, and Maddison must form an alliance if she has any hope of winning this first battle. After all, the Fractured are a formidable enemy; a group of lost souls – powerful creatures of darkness who crave to destroy those who belong to the light.

MelAbout the Author

Melissa Barker-Simpson has been writing since  she was knee-high to a grasshopper. Melissa often looks back on those earlier stories, and apart from laughing at the heavy-handed drama, or cringing at her inexperience, she is reminded that she has always lived in other worlds.

Her first novel was published in 2008, and Melissa loved nothing more than working on a new project. The voices inside her head invariably pull her in different directions, so although she tried to work on one thing at a time, those who know her would tell you it doesn’t always work!

She works a full-time job, which does not involve writing per se, incorporates her love of language. As a British Sign Language Interpreter, Melissa gets to translate information between two languages which is (mostly) fun.

She also has two beautiful daughters who bring her great joy. They keep her grounded,  otherwise she would be stuck in the clouds permanently!

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Now for an excerpt from The Fallen!

THE FALLEN_SW_EB_COVER_6-21Donovan led him through the front, out onto the road and down another side street. They made it a hundred yards before they ran into Maddison, and she had company. Four demons circled her, their grotesque features lit by a beam of light coming from her braid. Obadiah recognised the species, but couldn’t pinpoint a name. His memories were incomplete. Pushing the thought aside he concentrated on Maddison. Her hair had a life of its own; suspended in the air to her left, rotating in what he could only describe as a taunt.

“Stop playing with them, Maddy,” Donovan said. “We need to go.”

She laughed, but didn’t turn, which was a good thing because the demons moved in unison towards their target.

As Obadiah watched the elegant dance in front of him, he tried to search his brain for the missing pieces. They didn’t come. From his room in the tower, Obadiah had watched the world; monitoring progress within the mortal realm. He decided he hadn’t watched Maddison enough.

Her training was evident in the way she anticipated her attackers. Her braid struck the demon closest to her with enough power to lift him off his feet. But Maddison did not rely on her hair alone, she had a blade in each hand, weapons which moved so fast they were but a blur of motion.

It took less than five minutes, when all he could hear was the clashing of metal and the sickening crunch of bone, and four became one.

“Witch!” The curse lost its effect the moment the demon began to whimper like a cornered dog.

“Is that meant to be insulting?” she crooned, and Obadiah shivered against the sound.

He watched as her braid wound itself around the demon’s neck. “You’re going to tell me your secrets.” Maddison laid a hand against his forehead, chanting softly.

After a moment the hair dropped away, and Obadiah realised she had bound the demon with gold.

“Congratulations, scumbag. You just won an all-expenses paid trip to the abyss.” The moment Maddison released him, he disappeared.

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Author Spotlight – Cover Reveal for The Fallen by Melissa Barker-Simpson

This weeks author spotlight is a cover reveal for Melissa Barker-Simpson’s soon to be released novel, The Fallen. I’m a big fan of Melissa’s work so I’m really excited about this one. Hope you all enjoy the feature and buy the book when it’s out. You can also read a novella she’s written for this series in a bundle she’s released. Info is below! Enjoy!

MelMelissa Barker-Simpson has been writing since  she was knee-high to a grasshopper. Melissa often looks back on those earlier stories, and apart from laughing at the heavy-handed drama, or cringing at her inexperience, she is reminded that she has always lived in other worlds.

Her first novel was published in 2008, and Melissa loved nothing more than working on a new project. The voices inside her head invariably pull her in different directions, so although she tried to work on one thing at a time, those who know her would tell you it doesn’t always work!

She works a full-time job, which does not involve writing per se, incorporates her love of language. As a British Sign Language Interpreter, Melissa gets to translate information between two languages which is (mostly) fun.

She also has two beautiful daughters who bring her great joy. They keep her grounded,  otherwise she would be stuck in the clouds permanently!

Connect with Melissa

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Author Page (Amazon)
Goodreads

The Fallen

 

After the Demonic War, a battle which devastated the mortal realm, hunter cells were established across the globe to serve and protect every living soul. Maddison Wood is part of an alpha cell in the north of England. But Maddison has a new role now; her responsibilities as Watcher. She belongs to a legion of warriors assigned to serve the Fallen; guardian angels afforded the privilege of residing on Earth.

When Maddison is drawn to the city by an event which resonates hundreds of miles away, she is thrown into the path of a newly fallen angel. But Obadiah is no ordinary angel. He is a Prime, and his presence symbolizes a new threat. There is a war coming, and Maddison must form an alliance if she has any hope of winning this first battle. After all, the Fractured are a formidable enemy; a group of lost souls – powerful creatures of darkness who crave to destroy those who belong to the light.

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The Fallen is the first of the Fractured Series written by Melissa Barker-Simpson. She has travelled down many roads as an author over these last few years; genres include fantasy, science-fiction, and crime – all with an element of romance. Melissa currently has four ongoing series, with the Fractured being the most current. This is her journey into a world she has been dying to share for years.

Just a short few weeks ago Melissa released the prequel to her Fractured Series in a double book anthology with Gina Briganti, entitled Changing Worlds. The prequel, a Changing Worlds 2novella she named The Contract, began a tale which will continue on July 30th. This cover reveal is the first step on the road to promoting The Fallen. Stay tuned for her pre-order announcement, which will follow next week.

The countdown to release day begins now! Make sure you don’t miss out by signing up for Melissa Barker-Simpson’s Newsletter. All subscribers will receive a special discount for being part of her mailing list.

In the meantime, check out her novella in Changing Worlds. You can buy it now on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords and other online retailers. It’s also available in paperback!

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