C. Lee McKenzie

Biography

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.

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

Where to find C. Lee McKenzie online

Videos

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?

Books

Not Guilty
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,870. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2019 by Evernight Teen. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
A blood-smeared knife. One young man’s word against another. A lifetime dream crushed. The evidence points to Devon Carlyle. He was there when it happened. Everyone knows he had it in for Renzo Costa. And Costa says Devon was the one. In the judge’s rap of a gavel Devon’s found guilty of assault.
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,060. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2018 by Dancing Lemur Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A young page from medieval times is missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found. There’s only one solution - fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place. Toss in a grumpy familiar, the duke’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again...
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. (Free!) 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.
Sudden Secrets
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,460. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014 by Evernight Teen. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
One Secret Cleo has struggled to heal after her baby sister’s death, but the flashbacks to the accident won’t go away. With the move, she vows to keep her tragedy a secret and avoid pitying looks. One Mystery Something’s strange about the abandoned house across the street—flashes of light late at night and small flickers of movement that only someone looking for them would see.
Double Negative
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,130. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014 by Evernight Teen. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
"My life was going, going, gone, and I hadn't been laid yet. I couldn't go into the slammer before that happened." Hutch McQueen. Sixteen-year-old Hutchinson McQueen is a big time loser. Trapped in a dysfunctional family, his one thought is escape, but everything he does to get away lands him in trouble.
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. (Free!) 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?

Smashwords book reviews by C. Lee McKenzie

  • 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.