The Orphan and the Thief. M. L. LeGette @MelissaLeGette

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12 Days of Fantasy for Christmas Day 5: The Orphan and the Thief by M. L. LeGette

  • The Orphan and the Thief by M. L. LeGette 
  • Genre: Middle Grade Historical, Fantasy 
  • Format:Paperback & ebook, 472 pages 
  • Release Date: January 3rd 2014

From the very beginning it was all Toad’s fault. A blundering, quick-talking thief, he was the one who cut a deal with the dangerous Edward P. Owl: track down the ingredients to the Seeking Solution, or else. Twenty-five thousand gorents, he’d said to her. That was all it took for Melena, a lonely orphan with a knack for potions, to pack her bags and join in on the quest. From the majestic forest of Holly-Harp Wood to the labyrinth caves of Dunthur to the frigid waters of the Blackens, they search for Owl’s ingredients. Toad and Melena must face sea dragons, cave monsters, birds as large as wagons, kidnappers, and thieves – so many thieves. Toad’s in it to save his head – cross Owl and start digging your own grave. Melena’s in it to get paid so she can start a new life, one that includes her missing brother. But you really can’t trust thieves.



A night Toad had been sure could not become any more unsettling had taken a jarring left turn. So he couldn’t get the ingredients as easily as he’d expected. He was able to shrug that off. So what if it took time to get them. Toad felt that snatching up this odd girl had been the first thing to go right all day. Dawn was steadily creeping over the rooftops of the houses as they walked. Toad glanced at her. She was scrawny and her yellow-blonde hair was long and braided, wispy, brittle ends poking out at odd places. She was as plain as a broom with her second-hand clothes. He had been surprised to discover her to be so drab, what with her owning a Spit-Fire (they were common, but still costly) and being such a fluent reader. Then again, Wilson could read so that didn’t say much. “What’s your name?” asked the girl. “Toad.” 

She covered up a laugh with a snort. 

“What?” Toad demanded, stopping and facing her, early morning risers already moving around them on the street. 

“Well — it’s just, you don’t look anything like a toad,” she said, awkwardly. 

Toad shrugged and continued walking. “My dad’s got a sense of humor.”
  About the Author

Melissa Lee LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run the family farm.


Tour Schedule

November 30th: Launch 

December 1st: Sarra Cannon 

December 2nd: W.R. Gingell 

December 3rd: Nikki Jefford 

December 4th: K. D. Jones 

December 5th: M. L. LeGette 

December 6th: Belle Malory 

December 7th: Melissa McShane 

December 8th: Sara C. Roethle 

December 9th: R.K. Ryals 

December 10th: Jennifer Silverwood 

December 11th: Melissa Wright 

December 12th: Morgan Wylie 

December 13th: Grand Finale 

Tour Giveaway 1 winner will win a FIRE HD 8 TABLET from Amazon along with the following ebooks: 

– TRITON’S CURSE by Sarra Cannon 

– MASQUE by W.R. Gingell 


– A WHITE SO RED by K.D. Jones 


– THE TWELFTH KEEPER by Belle Malory 

– SERVANT OF THE CROWN by Melissa McShane 

– THE XOE MEYERS TRILOGY by Sara C. Roethle 

– CRAVING BEAUTY be Jennifer Silverwood 


– REAWAKENED by Morgan Wylie 
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@Ellipsiszine ONE My Review

Before reading my review of One, here’s some information about the zine: 

This issue contains 57 piece of flash fiction. 10 pieces have been previously published online at and the remaining 47 pieces have been written in response to the prompt word, ‘one’.

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 My Review
The best flash fiction, I believe, is poetic, with precise execution of its words, and not skimping on the ending. The stories compiled in this zine have their quiet moments, written are our complex relationships with friends, families, and ourselves, as well as action filled narratives, such as in Active Shooter by Kathy Lanzarotti. There are a variety of subjects: murder, haircuts, visits to Gran, pub quizzes, birds, birth, power, and friendship. Favourites, in Yard Sale Nick Black tells us a story in a few sentences. One Carriage Away by Amanda Quinn you could interpret in one or two ways. Cell for One by Daminait Monaghan is on a prison guard of grief, and Sainsbury Sorrow by Louise Mangos is as perfect as a story can be. Halt, Desist, Cease by Gaynor Jones could do with a trigger warning, as it has a graphic description of rape. 

If you wanted examples of how a story ought to be written successfully, such as Dog by Jason Jackson in One, Ellipsis zine One will serve you well.