Monday, August 21, 2017

Books. Books. Books. AND Insecurity Pride Day!

This month I featured Yolanda Renee. She has been a great guest, and I hope the feature helped make her books more visible out in this wildly competitive world of books. Be sure to take a look at all of her work, including Parallels: Felix Was Here, an anthology The Insecure Writers Group made possible.


The SnowmanIt takes a true artist to pursue his victims in the art of seduction, and Stowy Jenkins is no exception, especially with blood as his medium.
Buy your copy now and be terrified. A #Freebook on August 23 and 30!




Tara Tyler has a new book out, too!

Deja was a happy, trouble-making troll, until she was exiled from her home under the mountains for her perilous pranks. Now she must serve a frilly human, Princess Calleah who's locked in a tall tower. The Two Princesses from opposite sides of the Valley become unlikely friends in their seclusion, but when the time comes for Calleah to leave the tower, their bond is put to the test by propriety, princes, and parents. Deja doesn't take any gruff and will give it right back to protect Calleah, no matter the cost.




This week I was interviewed by Jody Mott. He has a great website that features podcasts with authors. The theme is their favorite children's book. Jody asked some great questions and we got into the RIDDLE in ALICE IN WONDERLAND which has an interesting literary history. I had a chance to talk more about my story in Beware the Little White Rabbit. Here's the link if you'd like to hear. Start 4 minutes in for the actual INTERVIEW, otherwise you have to hear Timothy Lear's poetry.




Join Us!
Are you proud to be an insecure writer? 

Then show us! 

On Wednesday, October 4 (IWSG Day), post a photo of yourself (or your alter ego) with any of the IWSG swag or with the IWSG logo. Then leave a comment that day at either the IWSG website’s post or the IWSG Facebook post directing us to your photo. (All blog, Facebook, Goodreads, and newsletter members welcome, but photo must be posted on a blog or Facebook to qualify.) 

The IWSG site admins will visit each one and pick the top three. Why? Because there are cool prizes involved: 

Third place – EBook of A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford, eBook of The Remnant by William Michael Davidson, eBook of Cling to God by Lynda R. Young, eBook of Already Home by Heather M. Gardner, and eBook of Dragon of the Stars by Alex. J. Cavanaugh. 

Second place – The entire eBook collection of the Totem series by Christine Rains, eBooks of Princess of Las Pulgas by C. Lee McKenzie, audio book of CassaSeries by Alex J. Cavanaugh, eBook of Black and White by Nick Wilford, and your choice eBook from J.L. Campbell. 

Grand prize winner - IWSG website interview, IWSG newsletter spotlight, IWSG pinned tweet for one week, C. Lee McKenzie's Featured Follower for the month, the IWSG Goodreads book club eBook for October/November, a short chapter critique, and a pair of IWSG erasers. 

We have some great IWSG swag – pens, mugs, magnets, erasers, etc. Proceeds go to fund the upkeep of the IWSG site.

You have almost two months to prepare – show us your best insecurity!



Quote of the Week: "No two persons ever read the same book." Edmund Wilson

53 comments:

  1. Congrats to everyone on their new books. And that's so awesome that you were interviewed.

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    1. There are quite a few books are piling up on my TBR pile, but nothing new in that.

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  2. Congrats to Tara on the new book. Hit the big time now with an interview at your sea. Lots to win when the iwsg contest comes to be.

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  3. Congratulations to Tara and continued good luck to Yolanda.

    Great interview, Lee! I've learned a whole lot about Alice in Wonderland that I nevar knew!

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    1. Thanks, Bish. Don't you love the story of the riddle?

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  4. thanks for the shout out! and I love the other authors I'm featured with - great day to be with C Lee!
    And I didn't now about IWSG pride day - that's awesome!

    thanks again!
    Tara Tyler Talks

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  5. I must just say how much I enjoyed the podcast with Jody Mott, really interesting and nice to hear your voice. I’m off to read the rest of your post now, have a great week.

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    1. I appreciate your taking the time to listen to the podcast. I always wonder if people will set aside those minutes.

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  6. Being featured has made The Snowman and the other books more popular!!! THANK YOU!!!
    Free does help, but I'm thinking it's the exposure that you afford the authors that does the most! An awesome opportunity!
    You ROCK Lee!

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    1. I'm really happy that this month's feature helped, Yolanda. Let's hope more readers will pick up your books once they've read the prequel!

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  7. Congrats to Yolanda and Tara! And hooray for your interview!

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  8. I love that quote by Wilson. So true. What we each bring to reading a book is different and therefore our interpretations/experiences are different. Looking forward to checking out your interview.

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    1. Ergo the reviews that make one's heart soar and those that plumet writers to earth. :-) Hope you enjoy the podcast.

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  9. Hi Lee - couldn't agree more ... none of us ever read the same book ... so true I'm sure. I've got Yolanda's to read and then the other authors .. congratulations to them - cheers Hilary

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  10. but Deja is the princess of Barsum over at Mars!

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  11. Hi, Cheryl-Lee Mckenzie!

    I just returned from Jody's site where I listened to his podcast interview with you in its entirety. It was a treat for my ears to hear your voice for the first time as you commented on one of your favorite books Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Cheryl, you have a wonderful voice, diction forever, and I could listen to you read the white pages of the telephone directory and be equally engrossed. I appreciated your observations about the book, about Carroll's penchant for word play, about Alice's futile attempt to make sense out of nonsense, and the assertion that a book can rise to classic status even if the protagonist does not change or grow during its course and even if the story has no particular meaning and delivers no specific message. It is simply an avenue of escape.

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening as you deftly fielded Jody's questions, Cheryl. You're a pro and I could hear the smile in your voice. Thank you very much and have a great week!

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    1. Your comment was so kind, Shady. Thank you for it and for listening to the podcast. Time is precious and if someone takes a bit of theirs for me I really appreciate it.

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  12. Congratulations to writers who are making it into the big leagues with their fantastic ideas, stories and characters. Its like the last act before the final curtain call - the show must go on.

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    1. It's always exciting to see new books arrive.

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  13. As always congratulations (and thanks) to those with new books out. My bookaholic self will never be forced to go cold turkey.
    I grew up on a diet of Alice in Wonderland - and Through the Looking Glass. My siblings and I still recite pieces of them...

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that. I've heard so much about why this book was rotten that I was beginning to think I was the only one who enjoyed the nonsense.

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  14. I love the way you always feature authors, Lee, and I trust sales skyrocketed on Yolanda's awesome book.

    Way to go on the podcast.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. I like to support authors. I know how difficult it is to make any kind of splash in this storming sea.

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  15. Congratulations to Tara on her new book, and Snowman sounds really spooky. And I always thought snowmen were nice.

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    1. Now they're kind like clowns, aren't they. Meant to be funny and nice, but deeply troubling. Darned that Yolanda.

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  16. Yay for all those great books! I've read Tara's story already (fabulous!) and Yolanda's is on the top of my TBR list. Have a wonderful week. :)

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    1. Working on the week. It must be a good one.

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  17. Congrats on the podcast interview. And congrats to all the authors and their new releases.

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    1. Thanks, Dolorah. It was a very nice experience--talking instead of writing.

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  18. Congrats to Tara! I've used the name Deja in my WIP series. :)

    It'll be fun to see what everyone does for the contest.

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  19. The books look interesting. I'll have to check out the podcast.

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  20. These books sound quite good and the IWSG sounds like a fun one

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  21. I'm so curious about the Beware the Little White Rabbit anthology, and I love the cover so much. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  22. Tara's new book is on my list to read. I'm sure it will be good, like all her others.

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  23. Great sounding books! My wishlist keeps growing :)

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  24. I love how you continue to promote other writers!

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    1. Writers need all the support they can get these days. I speak from experience.

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  25. Great interview, C. Lee. Very educational. Sounds like some good reads will be going on my tbr list. :-)

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    1. Thanks for listening and glad you're a reader. :-)

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  26. Awesome list of books. All sounds great.

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  27. I always love seeing a list of new books. It means people are writing, producing, and seeing their dreams come true! That said, Two Princesses immediately caught my eye. Gonna have to check it out. :)

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  28. The princess book looks interesting and the Snowman looks like it would keep me awake at night.

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  29. Interesting set of books here to consider.

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  30. Nice of you to feature Yolanda. She's awesome. :-)

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  31. So many great looking and sounding books. I have been wanting to read Yolanda's series for a while. Tara's book sounds great too. Looking forward to reading your interview. :)
    ~ess

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  32. I finally got the moment to listen to this properly. How fun to hear your voice! And you read my favorite portion of Alice . . . the tea party has so much fun and frustration to it. I've always loved it. I still have my (very large) annotated hardcover of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, complete with 1970s-style cover art. I spent many hours lost in those pages. Great interview! You made me want to read the books all over again.

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  33. Oh, cool, Congratz on the interview! That Tara Tyler one sounds interesting! :)


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbosityreviews.com

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    1. Also, I just finished listening to your full interview! All those facts about Alice in Wonderland, so interesting!

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