Monday, May 21, 2018

C. Lee McKenzie's Latest Book is Out!


Oops. When I was sick, I scheduled this post too early, but today is the day it's supposed to go live, so here it is:

Thanks for the chance to yak it up about my new book, Tyrean. I really appreciate it.  I now have Book #3 in The Adventures of Pete and Weasel, and I'm excited as well as nervous with this launch. Nothing new about either of those emotions. I always get the jitters when I'm about to launch a book.

The Adventures of Pete and Weasel now has three books
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic arrives
May 15
Instead of writing a tagline to explain what this series is about, here's the trailer that sums of the three books very quickly.






Here's how this latest adventure begins. 

         By the fourth week of eighth grade, everybody in class, including know-it-all, Curtis Lamont,  decided that having Dr. Dread Wraith as a teacher until June was going to be worse than a bowl of turnips for dessert.
The pop quizzes weren’t even a surprise anymore because he gave one almost every day. And all any kid had to do was squirm when Wraith was giving one of his lectures on the theory of general relativity, which nobody—even Weasel—had ever heard of, and he’d slap them with detention.
They cringed every time they heard his name. It was a cringe-able name after all. Pete wanted to tell the kids the reason Dr. Dread Wraith called himself that, but he didn’t want to bring up how their sub was really a bigwig in the Cross-Temporal Consortium of Witches and Wizards. Or that he had to go toe to toe with bad dudes like Genghis Khan. Like Wraith told him, without his bone-chilling name, he didn’t have the clout he needed.  

If Pete did explain all of that, then that would lead to having to explain how Wraith, who wasn’t really a bad guy, just a menace of a teacher, had followed Pete and Weasel back from their last time trip.  And that. . .well, that was just too much for any eighth grader to swallow.


All my books are available online. 

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is available at these locations. 

AMAZON . B&N . KOBO  . SMASHWORDS . YABC 
Print ISBN 9781939844460 / EBook ISBN 9781939844477

Order through Ingram, Follett, or from the publisher

EBook available in all formats 

My publisher has created a library request letter that I'm including. If people want to check out the book, rather than buy a copy, this is one way to make that possible.


GDPR, a Blogger Privacy Policy, and a Cancelled Newsletter

I'm not collecting data to use. I don't think I've ever done that, with the exception of a few blog hops that I created long, long ago.

However, because of GDPR, I feel like I need to make a few things clear for anyone reading this blog or anyone who accidentally wanders onto my WordPress blog, which I update rarely.

So, here's my little privacy policy.

This blog does not share personal information with third parties nor do I store any information about your visit to this blog other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies.

Users can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing specific browser settings.

I am not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites. If you follow a link from this blog to another site (when I create links to other groups, blog hops, or news articles), it is your responsibility to check the privacy policies at those sites.

This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on May 21, 2018. If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly here: tyreantigger@gmail.com

I sent out one last newsletter and I'm cancelling it for two reasons: 1) With my health a bit wonky, I can't stare at a screen for very long. Getting the the opt-in stuff taken care of for my newsletter was beginning to feel a bit daunting. 2) I have only sent out 5 newsletters in a year. I don't think I have a strong newsletter vibe going. For those who actually signed up for it, thank you for your awesome encouragement and support!

If at any time, I run a giveaway here on my blog, I will try to make it clear that it is an opt-in type giveaway.

This privacy policy will have its own page on this blog from today onward.

What do you think? Have I covered my bases? Have you put some kind of policy into place for your blog or newsletter? Please let me know if I missed something.


Monday, May 14, 2018

5 Reason to Write with Villains

Today I have a post up at The Insecure Writers Support Group Site on Writing Realistic Antagonists.
It's a more serious post.



For here, for now, let's take a quick look at 5 Reasons to Write with Villains (the antagonists we love to hate):

1. Villains enjoy themselves. If they want to have cake and eat it and bathe in it, they'll find a way, even if if means taking all the cake in the world and enslaving all the cake bakers.

2. Villains see themselves as righteous and they worry a lot less than heroes. Villains don't ask, "Should I do this?" They just do whatever they want.

3. Villains rule absolutely. Hence, they have less paperwork to fill out.

4. Villains have henchmen, sometimes even cute ones like Minions.

5. Villains have cool toys, weapons, and transportation.

Seriously, though, these traits are just the beginning of villainous behavior. Realistic villains aren't that simple. If they were, they could never be redeemed, have henchmen issues, or feel anguish over the sacrifices they make or have made. If villains were truly simple, we wouldn't have Darth Vader, Loki, Bucky, Kylo Ren, Thanos (according to the latest Avengers movie), or Gru and his Minions.

Realistic villains and antagonists need a reason to be who they are and that's what my more serious post at IWSG is all about.

Click here to read Writing Realistic Antagonists.

BTW, I do plan to visit around the web and comment today, but as I write this ahead of time, I am experiencing dizziness with bouts of full vertigo, headaches, and ear ringing. The docs (plural) are working on a diagnosis (probably Miniere's Disease) as I am working on getting better. This has been ongoing for nearly three weeks as of the date of this post, so I am ready, really ready, to get all the way better or have a plan to solve it.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Are you ready for Some Very Messy Medieval Magic by C. Lee Mckenzie?

Thanks for the chance to yak it up about my new book, Tyrean. I really appreciate it.  I now have Book #3 in The Adventures of Pete and Weasel, and I'm excited as well as nervous with this launch. Nothing new about either of those emotions. I always get the jitters when I'm about to launch a book.

The Adventures of Pete and Weasel now has three books
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic arrives
May 15
Instead of writing a tagline to explain what this series is about, here's the trailer that sums of the three books very quickly.






Here's how this latest adventure begins. 

         By the fourth week of eighth grade, everybody in class, including know-it-all, Curtis Lamont,  decided that having Dr. Dread Wraith as a teacher until June was going to be worse than a bowl of turnips for dessert.
The pop quizzes weren’t even a surprise anymore because he gave one almost every day. And all any kid had to do was squirm when Wraith was giving one of his lectures on the theory of general relativity, which nobody—even Weasel—had ever heard of, and he’d slap them with detention.
They cringed every time they heard his name. It was a cringe-able name after all. Pete wanted to tell the kids the reason Dr. Dread Wraith called himself that, but he didn’t want to bring up how their sub was really a bigwig in the Cross-Temporal Consortium of Witches and Wizards. Or that he had to go toe to toe with bad dudes like Genghis Khan. Like Wraith told him, without his bone-chilling name, he didn’t have the clout he needed.  

If Pete did explain all of that, then that would lead to having to explain how Wraith, who wasn’t really a bad guy, just a menace of a teacher, had followed Pete and Weasel back from their last time trip.  And that. . .well, that was just too much for any eighth grader to swallow.


All my books are available online. 

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is available at these locations. 

AMAZON . B&N . KOBO  . SMASHWORDS . YABC 
Print ISBN 9781939844460 / EBook ISBN 9781939844477

Order through Ingram, Follett, or from the publisher

EBook available in all formats 

My publisher has created a library request letter that I'm including. If people want to check out the book, rather than buy a copy, this is one way to make that possible.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

#IWSG May and Tick Tock Release!

Started by ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, this group is a safe, supportive place to share writing insecurity and encouragement. 
Check out the: Blog Hop Website Facebook Twitter Instagram

I'm a bit under the weather today, so I'll be hopping in short spurts and I might give some super short comments. Please note that I respect your posts and all the time you put into them. 

Last week, I was excited about a Writer's Workshop, but I couldn't make it due to my current "ick." However, I did get some great critique for a ten-page sample and my rough query letter for The Greenling. The critique went even farther than expected and I got some feedback on my marketing for The Champion Trilogy, so I have much to ponder - good and bad. 

Insecurities are lurking, but I do have some short good news: 

My micro-fiction story "Storytime" was published at 50-Word Stories last week. My poem "Strong Together" will be published at Leaves of Ink on May 18. "Storytime" made it on the first submission. "Strong Together" was rejected by three other markets before it found acceptance. I have two stories out on submission, both of which have received rejections in the past, but I still have hope that they will find their market homes.

Just keep typing, just keep writing, just keep swimming. Go, Write, Win! :) Dory Cheer-leading for Writers.

And, The New IWSG Anthology is here!


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 RenĂ©e, 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

“Each story is fast paced, grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
 - Readers' Favorite, 5 stars

“I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of thought-provoking crime stories.” - Denise Covey, author

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

Tick Tock links:
Tick Tock Mystery Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TickTockMystery/