Surprise Giveaway :: The Orphan and the Thief, up for grabs

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I’m giving away one signed copy of my new book, The Orphan and the Thief. I’ll be happy to make it out to you or to a special someone.

To enter: Comment on what you would call your very own dragon breed and what they look like. In Orphan, there are Spit-Fire dragons, miniature dragons that people have as pets. They are rampantly popular with the wealthy, as well as with some shop owners, as they are seriously loyal guard animals.

Giveaway closes in ONE WEEK: April 30th.

Sad note: because of shipping costs, giveaway is only open in the USA.

Good luck!

Melissa

Book Quotes :: The Orphan and the Thief

Simply Wonderful // Did You Know?

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By Candlelight // M.L. LeGette's Official WebsiteThe feature where I share my obsessions, my interests, and the little things that make me giggle — welcome to Simply Wonderful! I pin all my Simply Wonderful entries on Pinterest. Feel free to browse my collections.

Simply Wonderful Presents: Things we say today which we owe to Shakespeare

47b3fa60ad415c1329c0c95eac2bb78aI believe there are a lot more, but this is a delightful collection.

 

Monday Book Lines :: The Tale of Mally Biddle

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Every Monday I’m going to be pulling an image that showcases a moment in one of my books, along with an excerpt. None of these images (unless otherwise stated) are mine.

From THE TALE OF MALLY BIDDLE:

3cc284f0577d363b3ec6f81183f22ff1The loud click that reverberated around them made both of them jump. Swallowing with difficulty, Mally pushed the heavy door open. Lita helped her — the hinges had rusted. They gritted their teeth as the door moaned loudly enough to wake the dead. Finally, they shoved it open enough that they could squeeze through, and Mally and Lita stepped into the royal catacombs.

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THE TALE OF MALLY BIDDLE is on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Melissa Reads :: The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau

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the people of sparksSynopsis:

“it is green here and very big. Light comes from the sky….”

When Lina and Doon lead their people up from the underground city of Ember, they discover a surface world of color and life. The people of a small village called Sparks agree to help the Emberites, but the villagers have never had to share their world before. Soon differences between the two groups escalate, and it’s up to Lina and Doon to find a way to avoid war!

In the riveting sequel to the highly acclaimed The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau explores the nature of conflict and the strength and courage necessary to overcome it.

My Rank: 4 cups of coffee

An excellent read! I absolutely enjoyed this sequel — it does not disappoint. The foreshadowing throughout was heavy and delightful.

Favorite Lines

The homesick feeling swelled so big inside her that she had to cross her arms tightly and clench her teeth to keep it from coming out.

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When he came to himself again and glanced down at his hands, he was startled to see them streaked with blood. Had he scratched himself on the thorns of the vines? It took him a second to realize that what looked like blood was only berry juice, passed to his hand from Tick’s.

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He would command himself.

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“This is such an amazing world,” he said finally, putting the glass and the magnet into his pocket. “I love it here, except for the troubles with people.”

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“I didn’t feel courageous,” said Lina. “I felt afraid.”

“That makes it all the braver,” said Mrs. Murdo.

 

Letter O on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Melissa LeGette:

Thank you so much Rosie for showcasing my book in your A to Z Challenge!!

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Our letter on the April A to Z Challenge is O today. My book is The Orphan and the Thief by Melissa LeGette. Genre: Fantasy

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Book Title: The Orphan and the Thief

Author: M.L. LeGette

Description: Toad thought it’d be easy to steal from Mr. Edward P. Owl. Unfortunately for Toad, he isn’t the best of thieves. Caught in the act, he’s in more trouble than ever before. Now to save his hide, Toad must track down five rare potion ingredients for Mr. Owl. Or else.

All Melena Snead wants is her family back, but after the Miggens Street Fire, that isn’t very likely. Orphaned and miserable, forced to work in an apothecary, she’s determined to find Milo, her missing brother. No matter what.

When Melena finds Toad ransacking her apothecary, Toad gets a nasty shock: apothecaries don’t carry Mr. Owl’s ingredients. Luckily, Melena’s willing to help, for a price.

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News: A – Z Challenge

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Morning!

~ The Blog Tour is over. Thank you to everyone who participated, shared, and added THE ORPHAN AND THE THIEF to their to read list, with particular thanks to Inspired Kathy for setting the whole tour up. If you have read the book and enjoyed it, would you consider taking a moment to post a review on Amazon, Goodreads or your preferred book-sharing site? Even a short sentence helps tremendously.

~ Rosie Amber is participating in the A – Z Challenge, where you pick a theme and post alphabetically. Rosie’s theme is books. She’s already posted A through M and you can check out the awesome looking titles here. THE ORPHAN AND THE THIEF will be joining Rosie’s Challenge on April 17th!

~ I have joined Tumblr! It was bound to happen at some point. You can follow me here.

~ NetGalley users: If you’ve been planning on downloading THE ORPHAN AND THE THIEF, you need to do it now. The book will be ending its run on NetGalley … goodness, any day now.

~ Fellow writers, if you’re interested in being interviewed or having a book featured: Be My Guest and Books on Parade are here for you.

~ You can follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Plus Tumblr!

Cheers!

Melissa

Monday Book Lines :: The Unicorn Girl

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Every Monday I’m going to be pulling an image that showcases or represents a moment in one of my books, along with an excerpt. None of these images (unless otherwise stated) are mine.

From THE UNICORN GIRL:

Alessandro Andreuccetti "The fog in the forest"Before us lay a large, crystal-clear lake.

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Image credit: Alessandro Andreuccetti “The fog in the forest”

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THE UNICORN GIRL is on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Books on Parade ~ The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski

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books on paradeFeaturing books that have caught my eye — welcome to Books On Parade! If you are an author and would like your novel featured in Books On Parade, click here to find out how.

The Cabinet of Wonders

the cabinet of wondersPetra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it’s never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind. He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world’s finest astronomical clock.

Petra’s life is forever changed when, one day, her father returns home—blind. The prince has stolen his eyes, enchanted them, and now wears them. But why? Petra doesn’t know, but she knows this: she will go to Prague, sneak into Salamander Castle, and steal her father’s eyes back.

Joining forces with Neel, whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets, Petra finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem, and that her father’s clock has powers capable of destroying their world.

Praise

“For those who like their fantasy with a splash of history, or their history with a twist of magic, this book is ideal.” —School Library Journal


The Cabinet of Wonders is just that—a book to get lost in, to be amazed and astonished by, to explore with curiosity and delight.” —Books & Books, Miami, Florida

 

Spotlight on the Review #8

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The Tale of Mally Biddle book review

Happy readers make happy writers

Elizabeth’s full review:

 

First of all can I say how beautiful I think this cover is? I’m really not much of a cover enthusiast, but I honestly could not love this cover any more. (Although I have noticed since I started blogging that book covers DO matter to me more than they used, or more than I thought they did before. I’m guessing it’s in part every one else’s cover love and that when you start reading in bulk judging by a cover starts becoming a survival technique). It’s just…perfect really.

But we’re not here to talk about the cover, we’re here to talk about the book itself. Honestly this book was just such a delight to experience. The writing was beautiful and had the level of description and finesse that I find common in the fantasy genre and have been missing as I’ve been reading more contemporary and sci-fi at the moment. I will say that the passage of time in the beginning was quite confusing. It’s not really clear how much time has passed – I for some reason thought it was 5 years…but it’s 16. Once you get past the first couple chapters and realize this, it’s smooth sailing for the rest of the book. I especially loved how the romance was handled. I won’t give spoilers, but it was subtly done and surprising, and definitely takes a backseat to the big parts of the story (which in my book is a good thing). So if you are looking for swoons, you probably won’t find many here. There may have been a few things I wish more time had been spent on, like fleshing out the villain a bit more (why does he act the way he does??), and I would have liked more time on how she was going to figure out ruling the kingdom, but honestly the book was such a fun read that I just don’t care that much.

Overall

It was absolutely charming, fun, and addicting! This is a good book to go for if you just want a really fun light read to get you through your day.

 

 

THE TALE OF MALLY BIDDLE is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

 

Monday Book Lines :: The Orphan and the Thief

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Every Monday I’m going to be pulling an image that showcases a moment in one of my books, along with an excerpt. None of these images (unless otherwise stated) are mine.

From THE ORPHAN AND THE THIEF:

Lane Brown“Go?” The man stepped close, so close that Melena was nearly nose to nose with him. “People don’t come into my territory and go. Travelers would be better off knowing where they’re traveling.”

“She said we didn’t know!” shouted Toad.

The man with red hair didn’t even turn to look at Toad. He kept staring at Melena. Melena forced herself to hold his gaze. The eyes under his bushy eyebrows were dark. Darker than coal.

“Let’s show our travelers why it’s best to know where yer troddin’.” He stepped back and yanked his double bladed axe from the ground with ease. He turned back to Melena, cradling the handle. The last rays of the sun glinted upon the sharpened blades. The man kept his eyes on Melena, and then at the last moment, he turned and headed toward Hazel.

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Art by Lane Brown

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THE ORPHAN AND THE THIEF is on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

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