Monday, January 8, 2024

Happy New Book!

We're starting off 2024 with some great news!
C. Lee McKenzie has a new release and she's grateful to have some space here today to talk about it. Read about her exciting journey and story... Here's Lee.

This book is a bit of a departure from my usual contemporary/realistic young adult ones.  I stepped into the paranormal area and sent my main characters back in time to bring long overdue justice to a family. 

Here’s what the story is about: The desert town of Rattlesnake isn’t a destination. It’s a last resort. Seventeen-year-old Jonah Guthrie’s aunt sold their home in New England and fled to this place to escape the humiliation of his dad’s indictment for embezzlement and subsequent disappearance. 

While their late uncle left them a house and a silver mine, the house is a shambles and the mine is defunct. They’re almost out of money, so they have no choice but to stay in Rattlesnake. And then Jonah discovers they’ve inherited something else. Her name is Catherine, and she’s been dead for over a hundred year. Now, she needs his help.

I’ve scared a few readers with my title, but after they discovered Rattlesnake wasn’t about a nest of those poisonous reptiles, they enjoyed the story. Rattlesnake wasn’t my first tittle. I think I had three others before I settled on that venomous sounding one. Each previous title had ghosts included—No Such Thing As Ghosts, Ghost Dreams, and one other that must have been so bad I can’t remember it. I think the word, Gulch, was involved. Fortunately, I dispatched all of these, and once I settled on Rattlesnake, I was happy. It had the flavor of the desert, a hint of the old west, and it was also ominous. 


Look for Rattlesnake at these distribution centers

C. Lee McKenzie is a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places; then landed in the Santa Cruz Mountains in her home state. She writes, gardens, hikes, and does yoga a lot, and then travels whenever she can. Her favorite destinations are Turkey and Nicaragua, but because she has family in England, Switzerland, and Spain she goes there when she can. 

She takes on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives. Her Evernight Teen Publication, Double Negative was voted as one of the best top ten Young Adult books in 2020. Her most recent novel, Shattered, won a 2022 Indie Book Award.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Big congratulations to Lee!

cleemckenzie said...

Thanks so much for the shoutout, Tara. Very kind. Very much appreciated.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats to C. Lee.

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