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Melanie Cusick-Jones

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After graduating from The University of Sheffield with an English Literature Masters in 2003, Melanie has been writing fiction - time permitting - ever since.

'Hope's Daughter', released in December 2011, was Melanie's debut novel and the first release from The Ambrosia Sequence. The companion book 'The Rainbow Maker's Tale' was released in late 2013 and the next novel - 'Outlanders' - is due in 2014. The Ambrosia Sequence is a dystopian series aimed primarily at young adults and hovers somewhere in the middle of sci-fi, dystopian and fantasy genres.

Recipient of the highly prestigious Amy Duncan English Literature Prize in 1996 (£25.00 book token) - perhaps not worth mentioning here...

When she's not writing Melanie enjoys the wet weather o...more

CressAfter loving Cinder and Scarlett, I was very excited for book number three. The wider story in the series (war and strife between Earth and Lunar) really gains pace in Cress, in the aftermath of the events at the end of Scarlett.

I loved the character of Cress – Lunar shell and superhacker, left on a satellite between Earth and the moon, working directly for Queen Lavinia. She was a great additi...

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Hope's Daughter (The Ambros...
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Melanie Cusick-Jones is on page 65 of 295 of A Thousand Cuts: Called it quits and returned to the library. Not really a problem with the book, which is interesting, well written and I like the multiple viewpoints. I think I'll try it again in the future when I'm in a better frame of mind.
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Australians are very unfair in this way. They spend half of any conversation insisting that the country's dangers are vastly overrated and that there's nothing to worry about, and the other half telling you how six months ago their Uncle Bob was driving to Mudgee when a tiger snake slid out from under the dashboard and bit him on the groin, but that it's okay now because he's off the life support machine and they've discovered he can communicate with eye blinks.Bill Bryson
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“Cassie: What would it cost me if I kissed him? What would it cost me if I didn’t?”
Melanie Cusick-Jones, Outlanders

“Love is having someone to do nothing with.”
Melanie Cusick-Jones, The Rainbow Maker's Tale

“You and me,” he echoed, tilting my face up to his.
I stared back into his eyes. They were clear of sleep and nightmares now.
“Always.” I told him, my lips curving into a smile. That had been his line once, now it was mine.

“Always,” Balik murmured against my jawbone the words grazing my skin as I arched my neck backwards. “You and me, always.” His whisper mingled with the kisses he brushed along my throat. I closed my eyes and drifted away with him.”
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“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”
A.A. Milne

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
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“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
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“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
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“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
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message 11: by Melanie

Melanie Cusick-Jones Sally-Anne (Amethyst Bookwyrm) wrote: "Thanks for the add!"

No problem :) hope you have a nice, book wyrmy weekend

Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) Thanks for the add!

message 9: by Anne

Anne Thanks for being my friend. Hope you have a good day.

Rebecca ♥ Kishan & Warner ♥ Ok thanks. :) I will definitely be reading The Rainbow Maker's Tale.

Melanie Cusick-Jones It is a bit confusing I'll admit and have debated how to number myself for a while. What I've gone with is:

The Rainbow Maker's Tale as Book 2: it covers similar timeframe to Hope's Daughter, but is from Balik's point of view. So if you wanted to, you could jump straight to Book 3 from 1, if you want to stay with Cassie. Outlanders is the sequel to Hope's Daughter and follows on from Book 1, in Cassie's point of view.

Not overly straight forward I know, but it will make sense when the series goes through - promise! :)

Rebecca ♥ Kishan & Warner ♥ I have a question about your books. The Rainbow Maker's Tale says it is Book 2 in The Ambrosia Sequence in the blurb. Outlanders says it is the sequel to Hope's Daughter. So, which one is next in the series? I was thinking of The Rainbow Maker's Tale as a bonus up till now, that Outlanders was #2, and that there would be a third after that (for no reason other than to make it a trilogy. Rather presumptuous, I know). So, how's this really work? :)

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Jason Melanie wrote: "Hi Jason - I'm good thanks - are you?

Thanks for the friend invite :)"

Busy with the new book that has just been released ... I wonder which brings more work sometimes, the storyline or the marketing ;)

Melanie Cusick-Jones Hi Jason - I'm good thanks - are you?

Thanks for the friend invite :)

message 3: by Jason

Jason Hi, Melanie :) Hope your day is going well.

Melanie Cusick-Jones Hi Jona - no problem - thanks for emailing me back so quickly.

I'm just about to email you - would love to do interview and will be popping you a copy of Hope's Daughter over

Mel :)

Jonababez Thanks for the add, Melanie! Hope to read your books or have an interview with you! LOL! thanks again!

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