C. Lee McKenzie


C. Lee McKenzie's background is linguistics with a specialty in intercultural communication. She's now a novelist who writes young adult and middle grade books.

ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD, her first middle grade novel, received a great Kirkus review. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/c-lee-mckenzie/alligators-overhead/.

This book now has a sequel titled The Great Timelock Disaster. A third book in the series is Some Very Messy Medieval Magic, and it publishes May 15, 2018. Take a look at the Video on Youtube [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h59dYGrVQvs] It's all about fun and magic.

Kirkus Review Excerpt: "McKenzie pens a swampy middle-grade story full of humor, hauntings, quirky characters and a mystery that continues to develop to the very end."

"A short, fun story that will excite both young and old imaginations."

Her Young Adult books include Sliding on the Edge (2009) and The Princess of Las Pulgas (2010). (Both were originally published by WestSide Book publications.) Double Negative and Sudden Secrets are her most recent young adult books, and they were published by Evernight Teen. The eBook anthology called Beware The White Rabbit (2015) published with her story called They Call Me Alice. Two & Twenty Dark Tales (2012) includes her short story, Into The Sea of Dew. The First Time (2011) includes Premeditated Cat.

Intercultural communication in the classroom and on the job. Editing and writing.

Where to find C. Lee McKenzie online

Where to buy in print


The Adventures of Pete and Weasel 3 Book Series
Pete’s a wizard, but not a very good one. And the Alligator Tribe need him to save their swamp. He tries to learn his spells, but he makes a big mistake that hurtles the two friends back in time. Can Pete fix the Timelock and get them back to Hadleyville? Between the two of them, can they find the last missing Time Traveler and save the history of the world?


Sign of the Green Dragon
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 39,690. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Three plucky sleuths. A crumbling skeleton. A buried treasure. Sign of the Green Dragon gets a high five for fantasy, fun and some fearsome adventure. If you like intrepid would-be knights on impossible and dangerous quests, you’ll love this story. As one reader says, this book, “has more twists than a dragon’s tail.” Buy now and jump into the adventure.
Lost at Devil's Table
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying
(5.00 from 1 review)
Getting new braces is always uncomfortable, but Casey's are miserable and driving him crazy. Suddenly, a ghost is pleading for help. He's not ready for his Back To School Night guitar performance, and Dylan makes him dread going to school more every day.
The Great Time Lock Disaster: The Adventures of Pete and Weasel Book 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,050. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men
No YouTube, no smoothies, no Manga. Not ever again. Not unless Pete figures out how to reverse his bad spell and free Weasel and him from Victorian England.
Sliding On The Edge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,700. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Scarred. Scared. Alone. Can sixteen-year-old Shawna Stone overcome her inner suffering and transcend the past? Shawna spent her first 16 years in Vegas, learning to handle anything from a Vegas hustle to skipping out on rent. Damaged, she's survived . When her mom abandons her with only a bus ticket, she ends up on a CA horse ranch with a grandmother she's never known. Can they heal each other?
The Princess of Las Pulgas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,430. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Sixteen-year-old Carlie Edmund has everything, and then suddenly, after her father's death, almost nothing. This a timely story about loss, ultimate gain and the enduring power of love.
Alligators Overhead: The Adventures of Pete and Weasel Book 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,070. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A hundred years ago the Hadley mansion vanished. Now it's back, and Pete Riley, the town rascal, is in trouble! When his aunt disappears and the Ornofree alligators threaten war it's up to Pete to save his aunt and stop that war. But how?

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  • The Mission on May 24, 2015

    The Mission is a short horror piece that compels you to read to the end. The encounter in a crumbling mission with plant life bent on digesting adventurous boys is gripping in its detail and suspense.
  • The Inter-Galactic Gourmet on Jan. 20, 2016

    Cynthia's hungry and a tad miserable stuck in her alien disguise. The boy's odd with his cold blue eyes, but perhaps plump. Plump enough. The consequences of their meeting produces a short piece of horror sprinkled with giggles. You'll enjoy the unexpected and strange in this story. I certainly did.