Melsa M. Manton grew up roaming the mountains of Western North Carolina. An early education of Aliens, Predator, Terminator, and Stephen King led to a love of science fiction and she began writing as soon as her fine motor skills allowed.
She studied International Affairs in Washington D.C. with the intention of diving into the political realm, but ended up diving into the ocean instead. An avid scuba diver, she spent seven summers sailing and teaching diving worldwide. For the next ten years, the wanderlust took her all over the world, from Russia to Tasmania, with many places in between, and eventually set her on a path of holistic medicine. She runs Blue Desert Hale, a wellness center and Cranio Sacral Therapy school, in the mountains of New Mexico.
Her life path has morphed considerably over the years, but there is one thing she has done consistently through it all. To write is to live.
Melsa’s personal motto: DREAM BIG OR DIE.
Watch for the first book of the “Gemination” sci-fi/fantasy thriller series, Hear No More, to release in the spring of 2019.
Big Brother is watching, but he’s quite the elusive doppelgänger, and he’s not the only one watching.
In present day Washington D.C., twenty-seven-year old Leyla Stone works as an agent for the Sedition Underground, a clandestine organization that acts as International 911, stopping injustices before the public is aware of them. When her partner is killed on what turns out to be an unauthorized assignment, she’s cast out from the Sedition. Weeks later, the enigma of all enigmas, Devlin Vail, rescues her from what he calls Geminates, genetically identical, yet superior, clones created in a radical genome endeavor initiated by an international conglomerate called the Faction. Vail is a defective of the project.
It is soon apparent that Stone is smack in the middle of a secret and relentless war between her former employer and new enemy. However, the enemy isn’t new—she only has no memory of them. She remembers every waking moment of her life…but not of what happens in the moments between dreaming and waking. A Sedition experiment fractured her propensity toward dissociative identity disorder into the perfect alter-ego assassin. This entity, Eva Fox, wakes when Stone goes to sleep, and she has her own instructions; end Gemination, disable the Faction. But after her partner’s death, Fox goes dark. Stone must follow the trail of breadcrumbs left by her missing counterpart and the cryptic guidance of her new ally to stop the Faction from launching a covert war against free will. What Stone does not realize is that the Faction is hunting her for more than just retaliation—they want her mind.
The “Gemination” series combines the amnesiac espionage of The Bourne Identity with the psychological unraveling of The Three Faces of Eve, set on the genetically manipulated stage of Brave New World. Frontier nanotech and a hint of the supernatural interlace for some truly twisted tradecraft.