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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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A severed head. A philandering husband. A skeleton in the basement…This was not the perfect wedding

Monday, April 30th, 2018
The
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series is a collection of seven brand new
mysteries from seven award-winning and bestselling authors taking
place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain
Resort. 

 

Each book in this
multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the series can be
read in any order.

 

 

 

Leona’s
Last Resort
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 1
by
Karen M. Bryson
Genre:
Mystery / Suspense
 
A
small-town mystery novella with a dash of romance and a few
ghosts.
When
Max Elliot invites Izzy Grant to a fancy Ivy League alumni reception
at the Tawnee Mountain Resort, the ghost hunters anticipate a
romantic weekend getaway at the premier ski and golf destination.
But when wealthy hotelier Leona Hutton is murdered, and her ghost
asks Izzy to find her killer, she and Max decide to
investigate.

Will
Izzy and Max solve the case before more alumni end up dead, or the
killer turns the tables and decides to hunt the ghost
hunters?

Leona’s
Last Resort is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort.

Leona’s
Last Resort features ghost hunters, Izzy Grant and Max Elliot, from
the Izzy & Max Paranormal Mystery series.

Each
book in this multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the
series can be

read
in any order.
 
 
Dark
Side of the Mountain
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 2
by
R.J. Rosatte
 
Katie
Douglas thinks doing a mechanical inspection job at the Tawnee
Mountain Resort is going to be a working vacation. But that’s
before three young mountain bikers go missing while riding the trails
of the mountain and a ransom note is delivered.
Partnering
with a charming guest of the resort, novelist Casey Malone, Katie
soon discovers there is a twisting plot possibly involving the
missing men’s girlfriends and perhaps even the FBI.

When
their investigation is complicated by the discovery of bomb making
material in a cave on the mountain and the threat of an approaching
hurricane, Katie and Casey go into overdrive to find the missing men
and prevent what could be a devastating attack on an unknown
target.

As
Hurricane Patrick pays a rare visit to inland New Jersey, the story
reaches an explosive climax as they and the staff of Tawnee Mountain
Resort deal with both of these threats.

Dark
Side of the Mountain is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries
series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven
award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final
destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

 
 
Deadly
Reception
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 3
by
Karen Randau
 
A
severed head. A philandering husband. A skeleton in the basement.
This was not the perfect wedding Rita Avery planned for her daughter
Zoe!
Rita
Avery and her detective husband Cliff arrive at New Jersey’s Tawnee
Mountain Resort prepared to greet Zoe’s wedding guests in just
three hours. Who would have expected to find a man’s torso in their
closet?

Things
explode into high gear when the victim’s head shows up at the golf
equipment shack. A good look at his social media makes Rita wonder if
a wife murdered her husband as revenge for infidelity. Or did a
secret admirer decide to liberate the wife from her scoundrel
husband? 

Worse,
is Zoe in life-threatening danger . . . again?

And
will Rita and Cliff escape the trap in which the murderer snares
them?

Murder
and a passel of twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Zoe’s wedding is the most exciting you’ll attend!

Deadly
Reception is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

Deadly
Reception features characters from Karen Randau’s Rim Country
Mysteries series. 

 
 
Deadly
Misfire
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 4
by
Laurie Fagen
 
KWLF-FM
crime reporter Lisa Powers’ boss sends her to a radio news
conference in New Jersey, in the dead of winter, and far away from
her beloved crime beat in Arizona. She goes to the Tawnee Mountain
Resort begrudgingly, afraid she’s going to miss a big story.
But
at the convention, where she is up for an excellence in reporting
award, an unknown stalker torments her for several days. When she
takes the stage to learn the winner, the stalker antes up the stakes
– with deadly force. 

Deadly
Misfire is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

Deadly
Misfire features characters from Laurie Fagen’s Behind the Mic
Mysteries series. 

 
 
Cassidy’s
Deadly Exit
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 5
by
Marla J. Hayes
Broadway
actress Cassidy Quinn finally wins a long coveted Tony award, but the
words in her acceptance speech stir up a new problem – a previously
low-key fan ramps up online rhetoric to the point where her usual
security categorizes this unidentified person as an avidly persistent
stalker.
Cassidy
takes control of her career and her safety, while doing her best not
to disappoint her most devoted fans – she travels to the Tawnee
Mountain Resort to attend her first fan convention, a small gathering
of her super fans. After all, what could happen to her when she’s
surrounded by devoted admirers, trusted employees, and the security
precautions of a resort that has hosted large scale political
gatherings without a single reported incident?

When
events at the gathering turn deadly, Cassidy must figure out who
among her fans and her staff wants to kill her, and her
career.

Cassidy’s
Deadly Exit is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort.

 
 
Black
Diamond Graves
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 6
by
Wendy Fallon
 
Cali
May attends an Artists’ Retreat at Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf
Resort in North Jersey. She’s appalled to see a figure fall from the
Black Diamond ski lift as she and the other attendees ride the lift
to a small lodge on the first day. She finds herself stranded at the
top of the mountain with several creative souls both dead and alive,
and must uncover a murderer before she too becomes a target.
 
 
The
Quinnipiac Disappearance
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 7
by
Lee Tidball
 
“Down
in South Jersey, you got your Jersey Devil and the Pine Barrens.
Up here, we got E.T.s and Quinnipiac.”

So
says Alan Riddiak, NSA field agent Jake Farrister’s friend, as they
rent kayaks at Quinnipiac Reservoir, site of what locals say was the
most credible mass sighting of a UFO in human history, and just miles
from the swanky Tawnee Mountain Resort, where Alan’s boss, revered
Senator Grant Bilson of New Jersey, is on an August recess
retreat.
“

Ok…”
smirks Jake.

But
smirks turn to shock when two bizarre disappearances and an attempted
murder suck the rest out of the retreat, and Senator Bilson
commissions Jake to solve the mysteries.

Jake
finds nothing but frustration, though, until he finally concedes what
quirky new friend Nikki Hayes has told him all along; when it comes
to Quinnipiac, the only explanations are inexplicable, the only
believable witnesses are unbelievable, and in order to stop the
world-shattering plot at the heart of the mysteries, Jake must do
what he thought was unthinkable—and hope he’s not too late.

 
 
 
KAREN
M. BRYSON

writes romantic mystery and suspense stories. She is a winner of the
prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small
Publishing Industry as well as the RWA Lone Star Writing
Contest.

Karen
is also an award-winning/optioned screenwriter.

When
she’s not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending
time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

Karen
previously wrote contemporary romance under the pen names SAVANNAH
YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON, REN MONTERREY and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
DAKOTA MADISON.

 
 
 
 
R.J.
Rosatte

is a native of Prince Edward County, Ontario, his careers have
included being an infantry officer in the Canadian Army Reserves,
economics teacher at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, a
long-haul truck driver and businessman.

He
has travelled all forty-eight lower US states, eight Canadian
provinces, Italy, Mexico and most of the Caribbean. He currently
resides in Bayside, Quinte West, Ontario with his wife, Wendy, and
their Westie, Molly.
A
native of the southwestern U.S.,
Karen
Randau

has been writing and telling stories since elementary school. She
holds a degree in journalism/public relations from The University of
Texas at Austin and has enjoyed a long career in marketing
communications.
After
a short stint working in a psychiatric hospital, when she wrote three
self-help books, Karen joined an international relief and development
organization to use her skills to help people struggling with extreme
poverty. She has traveled to numerous developing countries,
witnessing famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome
a generational cycle of poverty.

She
loves to read and write fast-paced mysteries and thrillers,
especially those with intricate plots, lots of action, and
rollercoaster-like twists and turns.

 

 
Laurie
Fagen

is a “writer by habit” who has enjoyed writing for a
variety of mediums, including radio, commercial and cable television,
film, newspapers and magazines. 
Fagen,
a member of Sisters in Crime (SinC), is also is an artist and jazz
singer, and the former publisher of the SanTan Sun News, a community
newspaper in the Phoenix, AZ area.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marla
J. Hayes,
a
produced screenwriter and occasional actress, graduated with a Master
Screenwriter
Certificate from ScreenwritingU in
October 2017 — check out her film Biz credentials on imdb.com. Now
add novelist to her screenplay stories!
Her articles (and
photographs) have been published in American and Canadian magazines
and newspapers. She was a featured columnist in COLLECTIBLES CANADA
magazine for over 10 years. Short fiction pieces have appeared in
Canadian elementary school reading program textbooks and public
school libraries continue to carry her picture book, HOW A CAROUSEL
CAME TO NORTH BAY, published by Scholastic Canada.

Marla lives
in northeastern Ontario, Canada.

 
 
Wendy
Fallon
By
day I am a technical writer, and by night and on weekends I am
an artist and creative writer.  Having lived  in
Phoenix, AZ for 20+ years with my husband Tim, I found the urban
wilderness to be endlessly fascinating. Our home was tucked up
against South Mountain, the largest city park in the U.S. The canal
that ran across the base of the mountain provided inspiration
for painting, drawing, and writing with sitings of wild
coyotes, skittering fluffs of newborn quail, lizards, constant
change…and stories of life and death. In December 2017, we moved to
a beach in Florida, which is whole ‘nother story!
 

Lee
Tidball

is a represented, 3 times optioned screenwriter and author. His two
novels, WINDFORK SECRETS (middle-grade/YA historical fantasy) and
MALLED (dark teen/YA action/thriller based on his screenplay) have
both been Amazon Kindle Store Bestsellers at various times in their
respective categories. He currently writes from northern California
where he lives with the two loves of his life, his partner, Cyndie,
and his Giant OCR1 road bike. He enjoys movies, theater, history,
staying in shape, and traveling to scenic and/or historical
destinations around the world.
Prior
to becoming a full-time writer, Lee spent many years as a
middle-grades teacher in his adopted hometown of Modesto, California.
He’s also spent ten seasons coaching girls youth soccer, 22 seasons
coaching youth runners, founded a children’s community theater
company, directed nearly a dozen children’s theater productions, and
acted in numerous community and church theater productions over the
years. Much of the inspiration for his stories and characters
continues to come from the hundreds of students, athletes, and actors
he has served in these endeavors.


 
 
 
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