An oversight

I realised, as I was thinking about what to write today, that I haven’t really explained what my novel is about. You know I’m participating in nanowrimo, and I’ve hinted at the genre, but I haven’t actually provided you with a background. 

So, to correct this slight oversight I’ve included the synopsis below. It’s a work in progress, written in an effort to complete that all important box. There is one which remains empty…a sample of the work. I’ve been too afraid to commit to that just yet. It means I’ll have to edit it (a least a little), and I could do without the distraction.

I managed to write a fair chunk today, in fact it’s my highest word count so far. I’m hoping it will make up for the fact I have a busy few days ahead of me (which unfortunately don’t leave much room for writing).

As long as I continue to seek encouragement and don’t get disheartened, I’m sure I’ll be cranking out those words again in no time!

I received a message from a friend earlier, a message of encouragement, which we all need when undertaking such a task. It made me realise how intense I’ve been about the process so far, obsessing about it a little too much. The words of wisdom if I get stuck, or one word to be exact…spanghew. My initial thoughts were, what a delightful word. Then…what on earth does it mean? I can’t even pronounce it. It made me laugh, and gave me exactly what I needed – a little respite. I’ve since googled the word, and I’m still not entirely clear, though it involves throwing a frog into the air? But I am determined to use it, if there’s any possible way I can weave it in. I’m supposed to be good at this sort of thing, right?

It got me thinking. A couple of years ago a well-known author rolled out a competition offering to incorporate an ugly death to one of the characters in her book, a character to be named by the competition winner. It’s an intriguing idea, so here’s my offer to you. If there’s a name, word, or particularly interesting death you would like me to incorporate, send me you ideas.

For now, I’ll leave you with the teaser for my book.


Losing her father shook the very foundations of Audrey Montgomery’s world, until she found out it wasn’t her world to begin with. Not completely.

Born to two shifters from opposite sides of the spectrum, Audrey discovers the origins of her birth after finding a taped confession from her father.

Her failure to take it seriously, to act on her father’s legacy, seals her fate.

Not only does she find truth in her abilities, she also comes to understand the reason her parents fought so hard to keep them from her.

One moment she is a grieving daughter, the next she is a fugitive; running desperately from people who want to take away all she has left. Her home.

Published by mbarkersimpson

Melissa Barker-Simpson is a multigenre romance author. Her stories are about connection, friendship, and love in all its forms. So whether in a magical setting, an alternative universe, or a world where anything can happen – and often does – there is always an element of romance. Melissa is currently residing in the North of England with her two daughters, and when not writing, is fulfilling her other role as a British Sign Language Interpreter.

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