Magic of the Solstice – Melissa Barker-Simpson and Gina Briganti

Authors, Melissa Barker-Simpson & Gina Briganti


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Today we are luck to welcome two guests on the Magic of Solstice blog tour.


Melissa Barker-Simpson has been writing since, well…since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. She 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 she loves nothing more than working on a new project. The voices inside her head invariably pull her in different directions, so although she tries to work on one thing at a time, those who know her would tell you it doesn’t always work!

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

She has two beautiful daughters who bring her great joy. They also keep her grounded, because otherwise she would have…

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Featured Author: Rebecca Jaycox

Author, Rebecca Jaycox

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Solstice TourEnjoy this month-long tour featuring authors of all fantasy genres.  Maybe among them you will find a new favorite! (Note that I have not read all of these works, and their appearance here is not necessarily a personal endorsement.)

Rebecca Jaycox is today’s featured author from the Magic of Solstice Fantasy Writers’ Tour.

Help us get to know you better!  What do you write, and how do you describe yourself as an author?

I write YA fantasy, but I’ve also started an adult UF novel and am dabbling in steampunk.  I would describe myself as an author with cinematic taste for action scenes and tough heroines.

Of all the characters you’ve created, which one do you wish you could hang out with in real life and why?

Brwyn, my Wolf Changeling! Brwyn is fun, sexy, and unpredictable. On the surface he appears to be up to no good, but he’s the guy…

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Today’s Guest: Louise Findlay

Author, Louise Findlay

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We are over halfway through the Magic of Solstice Fantasy Writer’s Blog Tour. No fear, though, we still have plenty of interesting authors to showcase. In fact, today’s guest, Louise Findlay, writes poetry. She’s provided a lovely poem complete with illustration for her post today. Please welcome Louise and enjoy getting to know her.

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Louise Findlay writes fantasy (generally short stories) and inspirational poetry. She enjoys reading and writing about mythological creatures such as angels and demons but has a soft spot for vampires. Louise is currently in the midst of writing a vampire novella about two vampire clans whose deputy’s clash in a big way, entitled A Spy in the Sagax Vampires.

She generally writes ebooks but she’s a part of a few anthologies which are in print and plans to release a print version of a collection of poetry at Christmas time this year.

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Even the graveyards grow lonely,
stones and bones that fail to sing,
the hearts that will not pound.
It is night, night, night,
so black we can not see,
as though we are blind inside our hearts,
as though we lived falling out of our flesh and into a spirit.

Still they lie,
feet made of earthenware,
death runs in the marrow,
a runner with no marathon,
bolting out from a starting pistol, from casket tombs,
moldy dampness covers her face and she spirit dances through the cemetery.

Sometimes I am blind
but I see coffins taking off,
embarking with the dead, with women that have dead hands,
with sculptors who are ashen white,
and pensive young girls surrounded by yellow hues,
caskets flying up the vertical runway, cleared for take off,
the runway of eternity,
cruising the lane with jets filled out by the sound of turbines,
filled by…

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