Monday, August 27, 2012

ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD with author C.Lee McKenzie


I'm thrilled to have my first guest blogger C. Lee McKenzie here to promote her wonderful new book ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD.  Lee is a talented author and supportive blogging friend. Her characters are richly woven, and appealing to all ages. Now Lee will fill you in on her latest adventure.


Julie, Thank you so much for helping me out with the launch of my first middle grade book. I really appreciate your support and it's great to be here on your blog today.



Blurb:

Alligators, witches and a spooky mansion aren't your average neighbors unless you live at the edge of the Ornofree swamp in the backwater town of Hadleyville. The town's bad boy, Pete Riley, may only be twelve, but he's up to his eyeballs in big trouble, and this time he isn't the cause. This time the trouble arrives when a legendary hundred-year-old mansion materializes next door and the Ornofree alligators declare war to save their swamp from bulldozers. Things only get worse when Pete's guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft. Now Pete must find the witches and stop the war. He might stand a chance if his one friend, Weasel, sticks with him, but even then, they may not have what it takes.


About the author
  A native Californian, C. Lee McKenzie lives on the edge of a redwood forest with her husband and assorted cats. When she's not writing or blogging she's hiking or practicing yoga. She usually writes young adult fiction that deals with contemporary, realistic issues. In Sliding on the Edge (2009) she dealt with cutting, and in The Princess of Las Pulgas (2010) she wrote about a family that loses almost everything and has to rebuild their lives together. Alligators Overhead is her first Middle Grade novel. Lee blogs at writegame.blogspot.com and her website is cleemckenziebooks.com.


There's a free eBook (any format) for one of Julie's  followers who leaves a comment and says s/he wants a copy of Alligators Overhead. I'm not big into Rafflecopter where readers have to jump through hoops for a book. If you want to tweet this post or give me a like on my Alligators Overhead page on facebook, that would be wonderful . . . just not required.



Thanks for the wonderful post Lee! After your visit and this exciting trailer, I can't wait to read it, with the lights on of course!  ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD is available at:

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON KINDLE

44 comments:

  1. I'd need to leave my lights on too. This one screams of eerie adventure. It's a great cover and trailer too.

    Best wishes for much success to C. Lee, and thanks for a fun post, Julie.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Thanks so much Robyn. If you read it I hope you'll let me know what you think.

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  2. You gotta be careful with that outdated magic! Cute story, and what an excellent book trailer.

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    1. Appreciate your taking the time to see the trailer. And you're right about that magic. We need to keep up to date before we even think about casting any spells.

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    1. I've already given you your cyber hug! You're a staunch supporter of writers.

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  4. C Lee, I have older grandchildren who are going to love your book. Thank you. It's so important to find good books for young minds. Best of success. Hi Julie!

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    1. I'd love to hear what those grandchildren think! Thank you very much for the comment.

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    2. The RANDOM PICK A WINNER MACHINE has selected you, Joylene. Send me your email and I'll have copy of Alligators Overhead over to you ASAP.

      cleemckenziebooksATcomcastDOTnet

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    3. Oh, that is so kewl! I love winning. Makes me feel like a winner. Yes, for sure I'll let the grandchildren read it ... after I'm finished.

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    4. Congrats Joylene! You and your grandchildren are in for a real treat!

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  5. Sounds like a fun entertaining read! Love the video!

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    1. I like watching that video, too. Glad it entertained you!

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  6. Alligators overhead?
    And here I thought raining cats and dogs meant trouble.

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  7. Oh, do not mention cats around me. Guess you haven't heard of the Howl In and those cats threatening to ban my book if I don't rewrite it with them as the lead. Oy!

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  8. Nice to meet you, Julie! I followed Lee over on the Swamp Hop!

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    1. Nice to meet you too Ruth! I'm so glad that Lee sent you over, and thanks for following me! Julie

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    2. Above and beyond the call of the Swamp, Ruth! Thanks so much.

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  9. I can't wait to read, C. Lee's book. It's been on my radar for awhile.

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    1. I'm sure you would enjoy reading it with your family Ciara. This would be perfect for under the covers or around the campfire!

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    2. If either of us have any time read before winter, it will be a miracle!

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  10. C.Lee has been all over the blogiverse within the last week or so...
    The story sounds fun and refreshing...
    I've said it before - I'll never look at a knotty pine ceiling in the same way... ever again!
    Good luck to C.Lee!!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. Maybe you'll see other critters in those knots. Let me know.

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  11. Wow, I've been seeing Lee everywhere these days! Congrats to her and the alligators!

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    1. Hi Talli. You're probably getting tired of all this alligator talk.

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  12. Alligators and witches?! Fun story.

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  13. that is one captivating title--i would love to read this--love lee!

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  14. I HAVE A 12 YEAR OLD "BAD" BOY WHO WOULD ENJOY READING THIS!

    GOOD LUCK!

    LRK

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    1. I love those "bad boys." They are the most adorable kids. Hope yours likes the book.

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  15. Michelle - Now I too find myself doing more than the usual bug check above my bed at night! Thanks Michelle!

    Thanks Talli!

    Tonja - The summer readers can revist it again on Halloween! Thanks Tonja!

    Lynn - I agree that it is a "captivating title!" Thanks Lynn!

    LRK - Your 12 year-old boy would definitely enjoy reading this! Does "BAD" stand for Brilliant And Dashing? Thanks LRK!

    Julie

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  16. Great seeing you here at Julie's! Hope your blog tour is going well :)

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    1. Hi Carol. Thanks so much for stopping in.

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  17. Gee, thanks loads, Julie. I popped in here for a "quick visit", and ended up linking to C. Lee's blog, and from there, to another one. OY! So much for quick, huh? Just kidding. Sounds like a fun read, and something some of my grandkids might enjoy. Thanks for the heads up. Great trailer, too.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. Glad you stayed around to leave a comment and thanks for coming to my blog. Hope to see you around the blogOsphere!

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  18. The book looks so exciting and delightful -- and a little scary. O_O And I'd love to win a free copy. :-)

    Wishing you huge success, Lee!

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  19. Hi Julie! I agree, Lee is a super talented writer. I read both her YA books and they're great. Especially The Princess of Las Pulgas. I'm reading Alligators Overhead right now and enjoying it so much. Good luck to all the entrants for the contest. Don't enter me because I already have the book. Take care, Julie!

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  20. Lexa - Alligators Overhead has all of the qualtites that you described and more! Thanks Lexa!

    Lynn - I'd love to catch up on Lee's YA books too! If only I could read faster! Thanks Lynn!

    Julie

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  21. As I said on Ruth's blog, all these alligators, bogs and witches sound like the recipe for a perfect story!

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    1. I'm sure Lee won't mind hearing it again! Thanks Rosalind!

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  22. Greetings Julie and C. Lee McKenzie,
    Leaping lizards or is that reptiles. Alligator versus bulldozer. Oh yes, I've had the pleasure of checking out this fascinating premise via the wonderful world of blogland.
    All the very best with this, Lee. And very good of you Julie to bring further awareness of this.
    Just wondering if 'beginner' witches fly off the handle....
    I'm outta' here.
    Gary :)

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    1. Great line about "beginner witches" Gary! Thank you! Julie

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