Spotlight on the Review #10


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unicorn girl reviews #3

Happy readers make happy writers

Angela’s full review:

I loved reading The Unicorn Girl! I was entertained, excited and charmed–my husband’s reading it now, and we can’t wait to give it as gifts to a few of our young adult friends. Not only am I certain they’ll enjoy the intricate plot and endearing characters, but I also feel good about giving a book that communicates such a positive message about the “growing pains” that many young women experience. It’s inspiring to read about how Leah deals with the magical events and strange adventures that challenge her sense of self throughout the novel: through it all, she’s a character to both identify with and admire. I’d recommend The Unicorn Girl to anyone–if you’re getting it for a young friend, you’d be missing out if you didn’t read it first!

THE UNICORN GIRL is will be FREE worldwide July 25 – July 29. 


Ask Me Anything, Goodreads


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Goodreads has a new program where readers can ask authors those burning questions, and I wanted to share my answer with all of you. If you’ve got a Goodreads account, check to see if your favorite authors are currently taking questions.

Goodreads asked:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I answered:

A very large glass of wine. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

But really….

It’s my opinion that writer’s block happens when I’m out of inspiration or burnt out. The best way of dealing with this is to relax. Take a break. Take a walk. Read a book. Watch a movie. Do a puzzle. Call your mom. Play tennis. In short, have fun NOT writing. Don’t think about the book. Go on mental holiday from it. This might be terrifying. You may think that you’ll NEVER return to the nasty problem that left you stumped, but you will. You’ll find yourself rejuvenated and full of new, brilliant ideas when you’re ready. It works. Give it a go.


the unicorn girl tbtAnd also because it’s Throwback Thursday, here’s one of the first notebooks/journals/scribble paper pads I used for The Unicorn Girl. Yeah, I picked it out because of the unicorn.

Book to Picture :: The Unicorn Girl {2}


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Book to Picture is a new project I’m working on where I match an image to a scene in one of my books. This is much the same as my Monday Book Lines, but so much better. And I’m very excited to showcase the artist or photographer’s work as well as share some of my writing.



Art by dmromero


THE UNICORN GIRL is on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Magic Mirror: When Traveling, Carry a Replenisher


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magic mirrorThe feature where I talk about why I wrote the thing that I wrote — welcome to Magic Mirror! I pin all my Magic Mirror entries on Pinterest. Feel free to browse my collections. They are sorted by book title.

Remember, The Unicorn Girl will be FREE on Kindle July 25 – July 29!

Magic Mirror Presents: The Replenisher from The Unicorn Girl

When you have characters who embark on a quest, journey or just ridiculously long walk, you run into a few problems that must be addressed. One of the these pestering matters: food. Where the heck do they eat? What do they eat? How often do they eat? How do they carry their food? Do they find it, hunt it, steal it, buy it? Food is important. Without it, the characters will starve to death, or worse your reader may find their lack of need for sustenance unbelievable.

So when I first decided that I wanted Leah to go on a massively long walk through creepy, wintery forests, I knew right off that something had to be done about her food. She runs away in the dead of night, on horseback with very little premeditation. I could have had her ransack the kitchens, but the food would run out and I’d be back in my predicament of a slowly starving character. Not exactly what I wanted.

Enter the Replenisher.

the replenisher / the unicorn girl

Art by Mae Jones

The Replenisher was my quick fix and it fits shockingly well in the story. Leah’s godmother is a witch, and what would a witch, who wouldn’t want to be without a nice snack for very long, have for arduous trips? Why a nifty magical sack that is always empty until you open it. Once opened, copious amounts of food and drink are at your fingertips. So Leah takes the Replenisher with her and for a good portion of the book, neither her nor I had to worry about food. I stand firm in my belief that the Replenisher is my greatest burst of creativity yet and if anyone would like to invent one, I will be the first on the ordering list.

squire fox photography

Art Credit: Squire Fox Photography


Excerpt from the book: Chapter 23 // Light in the Dark

Twenty minutes later we sat around a small fire and I pulled out the Replenisher. I had forgotten that Ian had never seen it before. When I had pulled out two flasks of wine, four nice-sized dinner rolls, a large hunk of blue cheese, a skillet, a piece of beef, two glasses, knives, forks, and two large bags of grain for the horses, I looked up and saw that his eyes were as large as saucers.

“H-how did you—” he whispered as he pointed a shaking finger at the Replenisher.

I unwrapped the beef, put it in the skillet, and set the skillet over the fire.

“Lavena let me borrow it,” I said, handing him a flask of wine. “It’s quite handy.”

Over dinner I explained the Replenisher to Ian, who couldn’t get enough of it.

“So whenever I open it, it’ll always have food in it?” he asked in awe. The Replenisher was in his lap and he was holding it like his new-born child. “Simply amazin’, and yet it’s as light as a feather.”

“The food only appears when you open it,” I said, hiding my smile behind my glass.

“And it’s somethin’ new each time?” he asked gleefully, opening and closing it over and over.

“Yes, but you can think of something in particular that you want and it’ll appear.”

He gazed down at the weather-worn sack like it was the most valuable treasure in the world.

“I’ve gotta tell mom about this,” he whispered.


THE UNICORN GIRL is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Birthday Month = Free ebook!


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Hello all! I’ve got some great news that I hope you’ll share with your friends. July is my birthday month, my actual birthday is July 26 and I wanted to have some fun, so I’m making The Unicorn Girl FREE on Kindle from July 25 to July 29. This is open worldwide.

unicorn girl birthday giveawayIf you download it and enjoy it, let me know! I’m on twitter and facebook.

Happy reading!



Book to Picture :: The Unicorn Girl {1}


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Book to Picture is a new project I’m working on where I match an image to a scene in one of my books. This is much the same as my Monday Book Lines, but so much better. And I’m very excited to showcase the artist or photographer’s work as well as share some of my writing.



Art by Larry Vienneau


THE UNICORN GIRL is on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Summer Reading and Giveaway


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orphan_thief_legetteHello all! I’ve teamed up with Sher A Hart: Written Art and Mothers Daughters Book Reviews’ Kid Lit Blog Hop. (Phew! That was a mouthful!) I wrote a little guest post over on Sher’s blog about my favorite summer reads as a kid AND I’m giving away an ebook of my own middle grade adventure, THE ORPHAN AND THE THIEF.

If you’re interested, pop on over there and tell us what your most cherished childhood books are.

Spotlight on the Review #9


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The Orphan and the Thief reviews

Happy readers make happy writers

Abigail’s full review:

 Ahhhh, free books are great, but they’re even better if they’re actually good books. ;)

M.L. is a great author. She’s able to twist her unique fairy-tales to fit the imagination of children and the attention of adults. Her writing style is amazing.
I enjoy this book as much as my two year old niece does!

The Orphan and the Thief is a story about two people- Melena and Toad- with vastly different lives. Under the pressure of poorly crafted lies and longing for something better, they fall together and find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime. Embarking through distant lands, Melena and Toad ward of dragons, ogres, and mean spirits, but not without the help of their… Unique friend, Joe. In the end, Melena and Toad find that they have more in common than originally suspected. This tale will take you on an adventure like none other can!

Five stars to not only the book, but also to M.L., who has been very kind every time I message her. She’s not only an exceptional writer, but an exceptional person, and I am very happy to be able to read her books!

The Orphan and the Thief is definitely worth reading!


THE ORPHAN AND THE THIEF is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Have you added it to your to-read list?



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