Monday, May 21, 2018

Let's make Some Very Messy Medieval Magic & IWSG news!!

Greetings and salutations to the good people of the blogging world! Do not adjust your screens, it is I, Heather, blogging on a Monday! (please hold your applause).
I have things to!



By C. Lee McKenzie

Pete’s stuck in medieval England!
Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock. 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 page’s place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’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 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...

$13.95 Print ISBN 9781939844460
$3.99 EBook ISBN 9781939844477
Juvenile Fiction - Fantasy & Magic (JUV037000) / Boys & Men (JUV005000)

“A gripping adventure back in time, with action around every corner.” - Stephanie Robinson, author of The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

“A great addition to middle school classrooms and libraries, as well as your own private library.” - Beverly Stowe McClure, award-winning author of stories for children and teens.

“This third book in the Adventures of Pete and Weasel series was as much fun as the first.” - Kai Strand, author

“A rich cast of characters who bring the story to life – both in modern and historical times. I highly recommend librarians and teachers get this series on their shelves.” - Hall Ways Reviews

C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, but these days her greatest passion is writing for young readers. When she’s not writing she’s hiking or traveling or practicing yoga or asking a lot questions about things she still doesn’t understand.
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Purchase/find Some Very Messy Medieval Magic at Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iTunes / Amazon / Foyles / Goodreads

Plus check out the book trailer for the series. 
Confused about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)? Who isn't. Today's IWSG post, GDPR, the IWSG, and YOU! is all about that very subject. 
Also from the IWSG...the next Twitter Pitch!
The next #IWSGPit is Thursday, July 19, 2018! 
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time 

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On July 19, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.


Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every hour per manuscript.

Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines. (Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.)

No images allowed in pitches.

Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit.


Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Let's talk about The X-Files,'s time. (spoilers)

***This blog post contains spoilers about The X-Files. If you don't want to know about stuff, then you know what to do.***

Hi nice people of the blog world!

It's been difficult for me to get my shit together and write blog posts for a bit. In fact, I haven't written anything about anything in about six months. Sad, but true.

Anyway, as many of you know, I've always been a big fan of The X-Files. I did an entire A to Z month of X-Files posts right before they brought the series back in 2016.

I love this show and the characters.
I just do.

Season 10 came along, 6 whole episodes, and they were good, but not amazing. Not the level of awesome I had come to expect from the show. But, it had been a few years and everyone was excited to get the show back on, so I tried not to be too critical.

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Then Season 11 was proposed for 2018. 10 episodes of new X-Files goodness. I had the HUSBAND record them all on the DVR so I could binge watch them.

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So, I watch the first episode and I almost lost my mind. The writers did something so egregious that I literally could not believe what I was seeing.

Here is that spoiler I was talking about....

They want me to believe that Cigarette-Smoking-Man is really the father of Scully and Mulder's son, William.

I was crushed. I was befuddled. How could they?

For years I've been watching Scully and Mulder struggle to find their way to each other, then be tortured by the bad guys, and even more by the REALLY bad guys, their own bosses and government.

I waited for years for Scully and Mulder to finally get together. Then, they have Baby William and the three of them couldn't have been any cuter.

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What the f--K?

Like having Cigarette-Smoking-Man turn out to be Mulder's biological father wasn't enough for me to swallow. Now, he's William's biological father?

No. No. No.

Instead of Mulder's son, William is his brother? 

I can't do it. I can't. It goes against everything I love about the show.

I don't even know where they intended to go with their 'plot twist'. I have yet to watch the other nine episodes. I'm not sure I can.

So, I'm going to let it go for now and pretend that Season 11, Episode 1 didn't happen. Kind of like Alien 3 and Indiana Jones 4.

Hope you guys aren't too shocked. I tried to warn you!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It's May! Check out the new IWSG anthology release!

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.

If you’d like to join us, click HERE to sign-up and post the first Wednesday of every month.
We encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts for the May 2 posting of the IWSG are E.M.A. Timar, J. Q. Rose, C.Lee McKenzie, and Raimey Gallant!

Today’s optional question - It’s spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

Hi nice people! It's finally, actually, just-might-be, I hope so, SPRING in NY!

We literally had a snow shower on Monday and today it's 88 degrees. The kids were wearing layers to school Monday and today they were half naked!

No news on the publishing front. I'm having a friend read it over to make sure it doesn't suck too much before I try to send it out to a new list of agents/publishers.

Meanwhile...check out all the awesome IWSG News!!!

Mark July 19 on your calendar - it’s the next Twitter pitch - #IWSGPit.

Are Twitter pitch parties worth it? Do author get signed?


Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. signed Sherry Ellis and her book, Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China, will be released on September 4th of this year.

So, get your pitch ready!

Today the IWSG has a special announcement - the release of its third anthology! 
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...
$14.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 204 pages, Freedom Fox Press
Mystery & Detective (FIC022000) / Crime (FIC050000) / Thrillers (FIC031000)
Print ISBN 9781939844545 eBook ISBN 9781939844552
$4.99 EBook available in all formats
Find the authors at the Tick Tock Mystery blog and Facebook page.
Find the book at Amazon / B&N / / Kobo / Goodreads