Monday, October 22, 2012

Annabelle's Story Book Tour: spotlight, excerpt & guest post

Sprite (Annabelle's Story Part One) 
YA fantasy*Paperback, 161 pages*Published April 30th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Annabelle Walsh thought she had it all. She was the star of her swim team, had a loving family, a great boyfriend, and to top it off, she’d be starting at UCLA in the fall. One day, she’d be referred to as Dr. Annabelle Walsh.

She was living every girl’s dream – until her life was turned upside down. All starting with finding out that she's not just a human, but also a water spirit. Half-human, half-sprite to be exact. Although not just any sprite, Annabelle is prophesied to be the only one who can save both the sprites and mankind.

With a mix of current events, anecdotes from Greek mythology, tidbits of folklore, and Leigh’s own imagination, we join Annabelle in her journey to restore order beneath the sea. Each step of the way her mind, body, and soul are pushed to the limit begging the question, how much can one half-human, half-sprite take?

Kin (Annabelle's Story Part Two):
YA fantasy*Paperback, 161 pages*Published September, 2012 by Leigh Michael Books 
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The conclusion to Sprite (Annabelle's Story Part One). 

In Kin, Annabelle's struggles don't ease one bit. She's continually put to the test, both physically and emotionally. With help from Adrian, Natasha, Clemente, Shamus and some surprise additions, she trudges forward toward retrieving Triton's lost shell and fulfilling the ABA prophecy.

"Leigh has created a fast-paced read young readers will sink their teeth into."

Excerpt from Annabelle's Story

It was odd; people have always said that your life flashed before your eyes when you die. But mine didn’t. All I thought about was a story I’d heard as a lifeguard — from a guy who drowned and was brought back to life through CPR.

He said after a few minutes he gradually sunk. It was because little by little all the air had left his lungs. He felt his lungs aching to be replenished, making his heart quicken.

Then the only thing left for him to do was inhale. He had no choice, his body instinctively breathed. It didn’t matter that he was under water. But after he did, the water burned his throat as it went down, it filled his lungs, and then he died.

Right on cue, my body forced me to inhale.
"This action packed tale will give readers the feeling they are racing against 
time with the characters."
Get to Know Leigh Michael More

Leigh Michael is a debut author… so you probably don’t know much about her. Let’s change that! Take a look at the 10 facts below. To learn even more, be sure to check out The Wormhole from October 8, Read Write Reviews from October 18, and Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers on October 27. Enjoy!

1. I was born and raised in the Philadelphia area.

2. Birthday Cake Remix (with Sinless Cake Batter) is my absolute favorite ice cream.

3. My husband competed in an IronMan and I hope to do the same (one day).

4. I rarely wear socks (even in winter).

5. On my wedding day, it downright poured. A zillion people told me it was good luck.

6. I’m really picky about the types of food I eat. I like tomato soup, ketchup, most tomato sauces, but not tomatoes.

7. Rose Hathaway from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series is my favorite fictional character.

8. My character’s name, Annabelle, is the name my hubby and I have tucked away for our future daughter.

9. I played soccer in college.

10. My favorite colors include teal, navy, and cobalt. I like blue.

Do you have anything in common with Leigh? Sound off below in the comments :)

Author Bio:
Leigh Michael
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Leigh Michael is an author of YA fiction. She's worked within the advertising world for nearly a decade before writing her debut series, Annabelle's Story. Leigh lives in Washington, DC with her husband and goldendoodle. Please learn more about Leigh and her works at


  1. Thanks so much for participating in the AS Book Tour.

    If anyone has anything in common, I'd love to hear it :)