$1.99 e-book deal for A SLIVER OF STARDUST!

I’m delighted to share that the e-book version of A SLIVER OF STARDUST is on sale for $1.99 at all e-retailers from 10/3/16-10/17/16. Just in time for you to catch up before A LEGEND OF STARFIRE comes out on 10/18/16!

Happy reading. ūüôā



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Launch Party and Pre-order Giveaway!

**Thank you all so much for entering and supporting the launch for A SLIVER OF STARDUST! I’ve compiled all the entries, and random.org has chosen Jennifer Spence Mill-Irving as the winner! Congrats, Jennifer!**


Hello Wonderful Readers!

I am delighted to announce that A SLIVER OF STARDUST is out in stores TODAY! To celebrate, I have two giveaways for you!

The first is open to¬†any US readers who pre-ordered A SLIVER OF STARDUST or who purchase it between now and October 31st. You can earn extra entries for sharing about the giveaway on twitter, facebook, or on your blog. Enter at¬†a Rafflecopter giveaway¬†or by commenting on this post, tweeting me, or posting on my facebook page. On November 1st, I’ll compile all the entries and select one¬†winner to receive all of the following: a signed hardback of A SLIVER OF STARDUST, a signed paperback of STORYBOUND and STORY’S END, A SLIVER OF STARDUST tote bag, a custom journal with a quote from the book, pens, stickers, magnets, and your very own packet of stardust.


The second giveaway is open to anyone who drops by the launch party this Saturday, October 24 from 2-4pm at Parkplace Books. You’ll be able to enter in person there. I’ll draw one name at the end of the party, and you can either take the prize pack with you then, pick it up later, or have it mailed to you. This giveaway includes the following: a signed hardback of A SLIVER OF STARDUST, a signed paperback of STORYBOUND and STORY’S END, A SLIVER OF STARDUST mug, a custom tote bag with a quote from the book, pens, stickers, magnets, Wren’s favorite glow-in-the-dark constellation kit, and your very own packet of stardust.


And if you come to the launch party and purchase the book, yes! you can enter both giveaways!

I’m so excited to share this new adventure with you! Thank you so much for reading! Much love, Marissa

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Launch Party for A SLIVER OF STARDUST!


Poster option #2A SLIVER OF STARDUST hits the shelves October 20! To celebrate, join me for a launch party on Saturday October 24, from 2-4pm. Drop by anytime to say “hi”, and, while you’re at it, pick up some book swag, tasty autumn treats, and great fall reads from my favorite local bookstore ParkPlace Books! I hope to see you there!



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Cover Reveal for A SLIVER OF STARDUST…

…over at Project Mayhem today!

Make sure to stop by and see the gorgeous cover art and enter my giveaway for one of three ARCs. Happy reading!

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HBT14--The-Looking-GlassWelcome to the last stop of The Looking Glass! You made it!

In case you need a refresher: This is the first ever Halloween Book Trail, featuring your favorite YA & MG authors! This trail is based on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes presented by the Apocalypsies. In THIS trail, you’ll find all kinds of posts, and discover new authors and their work.

How do you play? Every post contains information that will lead to killer prizes! Books, swag, skype sessions, locks of hair (jk jk)! At the end of each blog you’ll find a link that will take you to the next stop in the trail. By the end, you’ll find a quiz. Now you’ll be happy you read all the posts! Submit your entry to the quiz for a chance to win a grand prize! Accuracy matters here, so take your time, or go back and refresh your memory! One quiz entry per trail.

Photo © 2011 Barry Gregg

Photo © 2011 Barry Gregg

About Me:

Hi! I’m Marissa Burt, and I write middle-grade fantasy novels¬†about readers being written in to book worlds and talking cats and alchemy and the magic of stardust. You can find out more about my books here.

When I was a girl, I would always get notes sent home from teachers about reading novels during class, and I still would rather read a good story than do just about anything else.  I live in the Seattle area with her husband, three sons, and heaps of books.

Some things I like: British mysteries, cats curled up on blankets, the smoky smell of autumn, cold rainy walks along the Pacific Ocean, and roasted sweet potatoes.

You can find me online at Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.  I also blog about all things middle-grade at Project Mayhem and post spiritual reflections at Oratio Contemplativa.


If your MC went trick-or-treating, what would she dress up as and why?

If Una went trick-or-treating, I think she might dress up as a cat just to give Sam a hard time.¬†Sam is a talking cat, and even though he’s one of Una’s best friends, he’s full of mischief and, like all good cats, never does what people expect. So on Halloween, Una could finally play some pranks on him. And Sam? Sam doesn’t need to dress up. Surely everyone always knows he’s the king of cats. ūüôā

Would you rather be covered in slime or in blood?

Ew. Slime I guess. As long as it’s good smelling slime. Chocolate slime, maybe? Or pumpkin spice slime? That’s perfect for Halloween!

If a zombie apocalypse happened (and it will), what will be your weapon of choice?


Need I say more?

What magical creature do you secretly want to be?

Oooh, that’s a tough one. It probably would depend on the book I’m reading at the time.¬†Right now, I’m re-reading Robert Jordan’s epic WHEEL OF TIME¬†series, so I’m going to have to go with an Aes Sedai. Which I’m kind of ambivalent about, because, if you’ve read the books, Aes Sedai aren’t always the good guys.

What is your favorite paragraph from your novel?

So it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite, but because it’s Halloweenish¬†I’m going to include a paragraph from the final battle scene, where Villain-in-training Snow and her cousin Horace are surrounded by enemies:

The characters were fighting valiantly. Across the way, Snow could see fairies flitting above their foes, aiming fiery arrows at their heads. Dazzling volleys of spells halted many of the half-dead before they even reached the lines of battle. But Snow’s side was outnumbered. The sheer volume of the Enemy’s forces gave him the advantage. And his minions were determined. Like the Taleless at the Ranch, their current flesh was rotting away, and Snow had no doubt¬†that they had been promised the bodies of those they killed.

“I think it was a stupid idea to stay,” Horace grumbled, and Snow could hear the soggy sound of his fist striking Taleless flesh. “We could’ve been halfway home by now.”

“Just shut up and be a Hero, Horace,” Snow said as she heaved her branding iron at a snarling beast.


Thank you for participating! But before you go, there’s¬†a bonus contest, open to all readers.¬†I’m giving away a digital copy of STORY’S END that can be downloaded to most e-readers with the exception of Kindles. To enter, click¬†here for¬†a Rafflecopter giveaway.


For the last stop on the trail, click here.


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STORY’S END giveaway!

I am thrilled that STORY’S END will be available in paperback on April 1, 2014. To celebrate, I’m giving away three copies of the paperback. Enter to win below, and happy reading!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Story's End by Marissa Burt

Story’s End

by Marissa Burt

Giveaway ends April 26, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Holiday Bash & Benefit

Parkplace Books in Kirkland, WA is holding a fabulous Holiday Bash and Benefit, Friday, December 13 from 7-9 PM. ¬†I’ll be there with other fabulous local authors. ¬†Come join us!

From Parkplace’s website:

Tis the season to be merry…so join us for our¬†Annual Holiday Party!¬†

Mingle with a number of our favorite PacNW authors including Mary Daheim, Daniel James Brown,¬†Shannon Polson,¬†Dave Boling, John Nez, Brenda Cooper, Nina Laden and more, imbibe in holiday wassail, sample scrumptious holiday treats, listen to some jazzy music from Ostgard and Allen and…get a jump on your gift buying. ¬†This has always been a celebratory time to come together with friends, family members and others from the Kirkland community.
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Shh!…a surprise visitor will appear amongst us.
As in the past, we will be accepting donated food items and our sleigh is awaiting donations of new children books that will be handed out by KITH to children during the holidays.
So join us for an evening Holiday Cheer and Good Conversation that also benefits our neighbors in need.
Special event for Kids:
Friday Dec. 13th 6:30 pm
Storytime & Booksigning with the North Pole Postman!
Meet the main character of¬†‘Post’ Mark – Santa’s Misfit Postmanand have your copy personally autographed.
Have a grand Holiday Season everyone & a Peaceful 2014
                       Mary & Rebecca 

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A little update to let you all know that the tentative title for THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN has been officially changed:

Look for A SLIVER OF STARDUST sometime in early 2015.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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Exciting News!

I’m thrilled to announce that my wonderful editor at HarperCollins Children’s, Erica Sussman, has acquired my next two books, due out in spring 2015 and 2016 respectively. ¬†Hooray! ¬†I am so thankful to be working with Laura, Erica, and the wonderful team at Harper again!

About THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN (HarperCollins Children’s, Winter 2015):

Eleven-year-old Wren Matthews has always known she’s weird.  Unschooled, happily solitary, and obsessed with astronomy, the only place Wren fits in is the regional homeschool conference.  When a mysterious visitor appears and invites Wren and her long-time science-rival Simon Barker to join the ancient guild of magicians known as the Fiddlers, things get a whole lot weirder.  As apprentice Fiddlers, Wren and Simon have a lot to learn, but their ordinary alchemy lessons are soon overshadowed by tainted legends of Mother Goose, battling alchemists, and dreams of the dangerous otherworld, the Land of Nod.

The sequel, tentatively titled, STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT, is due out in Winter 2016.

My husband Aaron tells me that my blurbs aren’t snappy enough, so he offered to compose the one below for me. ¬†You decide which is more enticing. ¬†ūüôā

Wren Matthews has super powers that will destroy your face. Read this or else. PS: It’s the funniest story you’ve ever read but full of romance, adventure, and ninjas eating cheeseburgers. Did you like Harry Potter? Lord of the Rings? They stink compared to this.


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Story’s End Giveaway!

**UPDATE! ¬†So, while I kind of dropped the ball by not posting about this giveaway until 5PM PST – oops! that means there were GREAT odds for those of you who entered and tweeted – thank you! ¬†I’m delighted to announce the winners:

Precious Banaag

Kelly Van Duine

Congrats to Precious and Kelly! ¬†I’ll be e-mailing you shortly to get your mailing addresses.

Thanks everyone for celebrating Story’s End!
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I am delighted to give away two signed hardback copies of STORY’S END, the sequel to STORYBOUND, to two readers today!

Enter by midnight tonight and don’t forget to pop on over to the NOOK blog to download your Free Friday version of STORYBOUND!

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