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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Meet Author C. Lee McKenzie . . . Through Her MC's Eye!

Today, I'm happy to have a very special guest: Cleo Brown! 
Straight from New Release SUDDEN SECRETS. Take it away, Cleo!

I’m really excited about being here on your super blog, S.K. Frankly, I’m kind of glad that author of mine is busy. That keeps her out of my hair. I mean she's nice and everything, but she can be way- over-the-top bossy.

She keeps putting words into my mouth and deciding what I should or shouldn’t do or wear. It can be annoying. Even my mom doesn’t do that, not since I was five.

And then once Lee starts fiddling with the manuscript she just doesn’t seem to know when to stop. We’ve had a few “disagreements.”

I guess I should tell you about Lee’s  new book, Sudden Secrets. I mean, if I don't she'll go off in huff and I won’t hear her keyboard clicking and clacking for a long time.

Everybody asks her about the title. They want to know what all this secrecy is. She always plays her cards so close to the chest that she didn’t even let me in on that last secret until the end of the book. And I’m the star in it—the Main Character for heaven sakes!

Sorry. It’s just that my family’s in a big mess. That’s Lee for you. She takes a perfectly good situation, then turns it upside down and all the people with it. We started out a tight knit group: mom had her  museum curator job, dad was doing great things as a top archeologist, we had Aziza, and Pop lived in his own place with his pet (I’ll get back to Clyde later), and we were happy.

Then Lee shreds us. Makes us miserable. I can’t talk about Aziza yet. But I can say something about Pop moving in with Clyde—that’s my grandfather’s pet boa. Yes. A snake. Can you believe that? Imagine what Nefertiti has to go through every day. Oh, forgot. Nef is my cat.

A major part of this story is what happens across the street. The secret over there is as big and bad as my own. One thing Lee did do that I have to give her credit for is she let me have some friends. At first, I didn’t think that was going to happen, but she came through. I kept her awake a lot at night and added small doses of guilt while she wrote.

Well, got to go and see if I can find my author. I think she's in a writing slump. She pulled on her boots and said something about going to hunt down her muse. Sometimes she's very dramatic.

Bye and thanks for letting me get some of this off my chest.


Cleo Brown

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one Secret
Cleo has struggled to heal after her baby sister’s death, but the flashbacks to the accident won’t go away. With the move, she vows to keep her tragedy a secret and avoid pitying looks.

one Mystery
Something’s strange about the abandoned house across the street—flashes of light late at night and small flickers of movement that only someone looking for them would see. 
Everyone says the house is deserted, but Cleo is sure it isn’t, and she’s sure whoever is inside is watching her.

another Secret
In one night, Belleza’s life changes forever. So famous, her only choice is to hide her secret from the world so she can silence small town bigotry. 

Then Cleo happens.

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  1. Oooh, I'm intrigued. No one turns fictional lives upside down like Lee!

    1. I'm glad someone besides we poor characters understand what she does to us.

  2. Your father moved in with a snake? That is twisted.

    1. It was my grandfather. Retired herpetologist. And yes, Clyde is a twisty, sneaky snake. Life is not easy at the Brown's.

  3. This was a fun post! This made me want to read Sudden Secrets even more. :)

    1. I'm better at promo than Lee is. Please don't tell her. She has the delete under her control.

  4. Hah! Her voice is so authentic. Love it! Cleo just screams personality.

  5. What an awesome voice! LOVED hearing from Cleo's point of view. And Sudden Secrets sounds sooo intriguing!

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    1. Now I really do have to find Lee and show her how good I am at this. It's time for her come back anyway. I'm tired of looking like her in this avatar.