Pay-It-Forward-Friday: Melissa Barker-Simpson

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I CAST A COUPLE PIECES OF BREAD ON THE WATER AND THE WAVES BRING ME BACK A HAM SANDWICH.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

My focus today is Melissa Barker-Simpson, a very talented author who also works as a British Sign Language Interpreter.

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She says of herself: “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 two beautiful daughters who bring me great joy. They also keep me grounded, because otherwise I would have my head in the clouds permanently!”

Melissa Barker-Simpson is the author of several books including Hands of Evil and Sins of the Father. She’s coming out with a new book on November 21st. It’s Sci-fi and titled The Fifth Watcher.

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Personally, I have read both Hands of Evil and Sins of the Father and loved them both. I find her writing captivating and would highly recommend her books. I have reviewed Sins of the Father and Hands of Evil.

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Her blog is: http://mbarkersimpson.wordpress.com/blog/

And she also has a site: http://melissabarkersimpson.wordpress.com

Check out this fantastic interview here.

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Sneak a peek

I’ve done it. I’ve peeked ahead.

I really, really get into books. I love the characters like crazy and when things go wrong…well, I don’t handle that well.

It’s one of the reasons I don’t read mystery very often. I just can’t handle the stress. Recently, I read Hands of Evil and bit through all of my nails. Don’t get me wrong, the book was excellent…I was just worried–actually, terrified might be a better word. And don’t get me started on Darkness Concealed. Can someone get an ulcer from reading?

I don’t always read ahead. It depends on the book. I bet with Stephen King it wouldn’t help to peek ahead…I might see something worse! **Shudder**

It got me thinking though, do you sneak a peek? Ever? Does it depend on the type of book?

(credit: collectingcandy.com)

(credit: collectingcandy.com)

Top 10 posts for August

Here are the top 10 posts according to you!

10. To start things off is my review for Hands of Evil and absolute awesome read.

9. This one was so much fun to write and you guys thought it was great to read too!

8. My first attempt at this theme was a total hit. A huge thank you to Gene’O for arranging it all.

7. I still shake my head and sigh when I read this post. You guys loved it though.

6. Monday Morsel was a twist I made up on a bookish meme. This one was a total hit with readers.

5. One of my favourites, you guys loved this one as well!

4. I think this one was a hit because of the popularity of the book. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a great read!

3. Posts I love this week is a well-liked feature of my blog. This one is August’s favourite.

2. By a very close second, this post caught everyone’s eye.

1. This one was everyone’s favourite and no wonder! The show’s amazing.

There they are the Top Ten posts for the month of August according to you, the reader. Thank you so much for reading and visiting my blog!

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Review: Hands of Evil

Hands of Evil caught me from the get go. It’s incredibly well written but that’s not what got me. What caught my interest and didn’t let it go was the humanity of the characters, their honest appeal. Add to that the fact that the book is like a fantastic version of CSI and I was hooked.

We meet JJ who’s a tough guy who is also caring and protective without losing a sliver of that meanness. JJ is the kind of guy I’d want watching my back. He’s smart, dedicated and can drop a bad guy in under two seconds. I liked him from the start and reading the book only increased his appeal.

Grace is a survivor of abuse. Not a victim. The difference is powerful and delightful. She’s a woman determined to find her wings again even if life has thrown her some tough cards. I loved that she was into self-defence and she worked out. I loved that she had a job and stood up to bullies without caving in. She was awesome.

There’s a bad guy in Hands of Evil and I won’t say too much because I don’t want to give anything away. Suffice it to say that this particular nemesis had a tragic past that gave him a touch of humanity sometimes laking in romance.

This book is rich with stories and likeable characters without taking away from the main love story. I wanted to know more about Justin and the rest of the team. I was curious about their lives and histories. They were tough as nails, smart as they come but somehow approachable and funny. I got a sense they’d be awesome friends.

I love romance and I don’t usually like mystery but this book had me. I had to find out what happened. The pace wasn’t rushed or slow, it was exciting. I had to stop myself from gobbling up the book and I know I’ll read it again to savour it slowly. A really great read, I’d highly recommend it.

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A little promo

I just finished reading a superb book by Melissa Barker-Simpson, Hands of Evil. If you’re a fan of Lisa Jackson or have liked Linda Howard’s mystery books, you’ll love this one.

Even better, there’s going to be a Hands of Evil Blog tour with giveaways, character interviews, author interviews and so much more. Check out all the details here. And for even more of Melissa Barker-Simpson’s books, check out her site here.

Personally, I’ll post my thoughts on the book Hands of Evil this Friday and remind you of my little blurb about it last Monday.

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Monday Morsel

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Despite the niggling seed of doubt, JJ could see no reason to be concerned. So, he sat back against the passenger seat, and forced himself to relax.” From Hands of Evil by Melissa Barker-Simpson.

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Spread the Word

An absolutely lovely post with a great goal. Thanks for this one, Callum! I will!

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Support fellow writers by spreading the word! Support fellow writers by spreading the word!

In just this last week alone, two fellow writers whose work I follow with much anticipation released new books! Mishka Jenkins and Melissa Barker-Simpson are authors, bloggers and all round nice, supportive people, so be sure and check out Prophecy of Stones and Hands of Evil; I know I certainly will.

I’ve read two of Mel’s books before and am currently working on my second of Mishka’s and so I already count myself as a big fan of both. They each have a unique voice and weave interesting stories with likable characters to draw you in.

They’re too modest to say but they both work very hard and would greatly appreciate your purchases and reviews, so why not support a writer and get an interesting story to enjoy for yourself, it’s win-win.

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