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it’s an adult crime piece set in the great Chicago fire, in the 19th century.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
  1. Lee McKenzie, where were you born?

 

I was born in California. If I’d been born in the 90’s I would have been called a Valley Girl because my hometown was in one of the largest agricultural areas in the state, Modesto. Fortunately, I wasn’t born in the 90’s (or unfortunately because then I’d be much younger). I lived in a lot of other places, and then returned to my home state where I still live. When we came back to the states, we had the choice between living near the Pacific or living in the mountains with the trees. We chose the trees and drive to the beach.

Give me a brief Bio of you.

 

I write in two categories of fiction. I write contemporary/realistic young adult-crossover stories ( Double Negative, Sudden Secrets, Princess of Las Pulgas and Sliding on the Edge). My middle grade fiction include adventure/fantasies Alligators Overhead, Great Time Lock Disaster, Some Very Messy Medieval Magic (Spring 2018) and Sign of the Green Dragon. I have a lot of magazine articles and stories out and about, and I have several short stories in anthologies. Short stories are a great break from writing novels, so that’s why I jump in to write them once in a while.

 

When I’m not forcing a story into submission, I’m traveling. Give me a ticket and I’m off…anywhere. It doesn’t matter. However, no matter how much I’m excited to see other places, my heart’s here in the USA. With all its faults and chaos, I’ve always called this place home. My background is in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, so I suppose that’s one of the reasons for my love of seeing other parts of the world. That and I have a lot of family and friends in different places.

 

My family says I’m an exercise nut, and they’re probably right. Writing takes a lot of sedentary time, so I make sure to off-set that with hiking and yoga … a lot. Also I love to cook and to eat, so the only way i can do that and fit in my clothes is to move this body around with some vigor.

 

What is the name of your book?

 

Well, I have 7 books in print ( I mentioned them above), so I’m not sure which one to choose. That would be kind of like giving preferential treatment to one of my kids. However, I do have a new one coming out May 15 called Some Very Messy Medieval Magic (a middle grade fantasy published by Dancing Lemur Press), so I can tell you a bit about that one without showing favoritism. The other book (an anthology) that I have work in is Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. My story is Heartless and it’s a bit a departure for me since it’s an adult crime piece set in Chicago in the 19th century. Actually, I set it during the great Chicago fire.

What genre is it?

 

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is one of my middle grade fantasy/adventure stories, and Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is an anthology of mystery and crime.

 

Give us a short synopsis or snippet of your book.

 

Pete’s stuck in medieval England!

Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock on their last time travel expedition. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes 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 pages place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Peter’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.

But what if the page remains lost – will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the earl’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again.

 

In the short story for Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, I dabbled in a bit of horror, setting my story, Heartless, in the strict Victorian period where even the word, leg, was considered improper in polite conversation. I also chose to set the story to coincide with the Great Chicago fire, so there’s an element of a race against time and the flames that consumed so much of that city back in 1871.

 

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself?

 

#1 I like to hike. I take one whenever I can’t put words down that make sense or when someone tells me to.

#2 I iron my sheets. My mother once told me, I had a Princess and The Pea, attitude about my bed. I do. Smooth, white linen sheets make going to bed a treat…those and a book that I can’t wait to return to.

#3 Pickles are my go-to snack when I’m upset. Chocolate doesn’t do the trick. I save chocolate for when I’m happy.

 

How long have you been a writer or known that was something you wanted to do?

 

I’m not sure. Really. But I can tell you how long I’ve been writing fiction for publication. I sold my first book in 2009, so I must have started doing that in 2007 or 8. At least I had the idea for the book about that time, then the nerve to actually tell the story must have come right on the heels of inspiration. Using my trusty calculator (fingers and one toe) that makes it about eleven years. I’m still not sure it’s what I want to do. I just know writing fiction is something that I want to get better at doing before moving on to my next great adventure.

 

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

Readers might like to see the trailer. It’s fun. I love those mini-movies. They make me crave popcorn. Here’s the link/embed code to the trailer for the adventures of Pete and Weasel.https://youtu.be/h59dYGrVQvs/ <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/h59dYGrVQvs” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>

 

And if they like knights and medieval castles with moats and magic, the story has all of that.  I’ll be posting some great pictures of castles I visited last fall where the story took place. I even got to see King Ricard II’s private quarters, his personal toilet (a noble privilege) and some motes that I describe in the story. I’d only looked up all of that during the writing, but seeing them first-hand was great fun and I knew I’d written the descriptions accurately.

 

In Tick Tock: A Stick in Crime, the readers are going to find eleven very different, but riveting tales about crimes and mysteries and really dark hearts.
Where can we find your book? 

 

All of my work is here. http://cleemckenziebooks.com

 Some Very Messy Medieval Magic can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/Some-Very-Messy-Medieval-Magic/dp/1939844460/ref=sr_1_1

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/some-very-messy-medieval-magic-c-lee-mckenzie/1127622061

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/766665

 TickTock: A Stitch in Time can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

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Mike fights the daily inward and outward battles to avoid prison becoming a permanent part of his future

Friday, October 13th, 2017

 

Mike Mabe is
a young man ready to graduate from high school, but ends up in prison instead.
Angry and confused, he wants a better life. 
 
Given a sentence of over a year, he
must learn how to cope with prison while discovering that better life. With the aid of his family and some unlikely relationships, he begins to find that better life. 
 
Based on a true story, Mike fights the daily inward and outward
battles to avoid prison becoming a permanent part of his future.

 

 

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Michael Mabe is no stranger to
adversity. As a young man recently graduated from high school, he was arrested for crimes he committed in his youth. While his friends were making plans to
attend college, he was sent to prison for a year and a half.
Thirteen years later, Michael has
completely changed the direction of his life. He is married, has three kids, graduated from college with a 3.7 GPA, and has experienced success as a professional. Change did not come without significant challenges.

 

The author of the biographical fiction,
entitled ‘Grace From The Fall,’ Michael
encourages people to be something better than the day before.

 

 

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Excerpt #3

‘Eighteen months to two years!’ I heard the sentence again. ‘Eighteen months to two years! More than ten-percent of my life. Longer than I have lived in any one location. Longer than…’

I stood up and began pacing. Five steps east, five steps west. Five steps east, five steps west.

I slapped my fist against an open hand. Thud, thud, thud.

 ‘Eighteen months to two years.’

Five steps east, five steps west. Five steps east, five steps west.

Thud, thud, thud.

 ‘Eighteen months to two years.’

Five steps east, five steps west. Five steps east, five steps west.

Thud, thud, thud.

Amid pacing, I heard a loud scream echo throughout my cell. It reverberated off the cell door, bounced around the walls, and, seeking for a place to diffuse, entered my ears and rattled my ear drums. It did not startle me, but I was surprised.

‘Where did that come from?’ I briefly wondered.

I suddenly realized the screaming was produced from my own lungs. As though my body were reacting to the notion of being caged for the next portion of its existence, it primed my lungs and shot the powerful sound up and out of my own mouth.

I walked over to the bed, lifted the mattress from the frame, and threw it hard against the door.

“Shut up!” I heard a muffled voice from down the hall. I ignored it.

I slammed the mattress against the door, then the adjacent wall. I punched it a few times, until my knuckles slit open from hitting exposed springs. I slammed it one last time against the door, letting it go altogether, and slumped to the ground.

I sat on my knees and rested the back of my head against the cold cinderblock. A bead of sweat trickled down my back and evaporated into the jumpsuit around my waist.

‘This is my life for a while now,’ I thought. ‘It’s all me, all alone.’

Mom’s words came to my mind. ‘God’s been with us so far. He won’t let us down now.’

“Some God!” I shouted, then bowed my head forward and rested it in the crook between my index finger and thumb.

I focused on breathing. If I focused inside my mind, I felt anguish. If I looked up, I was reminded of being alone. If I listened outward, I heard the sounds of prison. I focused on the steady rhythm of breathing.

‘Why can’t I feel God, if He’s with me?’ I thought.

Suddenly, I felt someone sit next to me and put an arm around my shoulder. Startled, I looked up. I saw nothing.

I looked at the door. I saw my mattress crumpled against it.

I looked to my side again and still saw nothing; however, the feeling remained – someone sitting next to me with an arm around my shoulder.

My mind calmed, the anguish dissipated into thin air, and I knew I was not alone. I felt peace. I felt that everything would be okay. I let my head fall forward and I sobbed silently to myself.

 

 

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The Chameleon

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
THE CHAMELEON
by Michele
Hauf
Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Pub
Date: 12/12/2017
 
The Elite Crimes Unit is a covert team
within Interpol that specializes in taking down the world’s top
criminals—and then offering them a deal. Because sometimes a
history of bad behavior can be a very good thing . . .
Jack Angelo is clearly off his game. First his
wallet gets lifted—by a pregnant woman, no less—on the ferry to
Finland. At his hotel, he’s seduced by a sexy redhead who takes him
for a ride, too. And when he finally starts casing the bank he’s
supposed to rob, yet another female fouls things up. All he wants is
to complete this assignment for the ECU to save himself and his
family. Little does he know that the women who keep interfering are
actually one woman—who’s about to show him just how outmatched he
really is . . .
Known as “The Chameleon” Saskia Petrovik is
a mistress of disguise tasked with watching the new recruit as he
meets up with his high-level crew of thieves. She has no problem
getting under the covers to pull off an undercover job—especially
with the man known as Gentleman Jack. But multiple identities can
cause multiple problems, and in these dangerous circles, the
temptation to show her true self could change a deceptive affair into
a deadly one . . .
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Michele Hauf has been writing
romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories for over twenty years.
Her first published novel was Dark Rapture (Zebra). France,
musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. And if she
followed the adage “write what you know,” all her stories would
have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond her comfort zone and
writes about countries she has never visited and of creatures she has
never seen.
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