Friday, May 6, 2016

Celebrate Sign of the Green Dragon & Lots of Giveaways!

This week I'm celebrating:
I finished doing my publisher's copy edits on Bloodwalker! It's funny how you can go over an ms 30 times and think it's clean -- but fresh eyes find things like you started off calling one minor character "Viktor" but later changed him to "Victor."  Oops...

Today I'm also celebrating:

C. Lee McKenzie's 
Cover Reveal & Pre-Order for:

When a wall of their cave hideout crumbles, three boys discover a skeleton, clutching a treasure map. They set off to trace the story of an old murder, but stumble into a modern crime, and confront ancient Chinese dragons. 

Pre-Order Here:       Smashwords     B&N      Kobo 

Add to your Goodreads List.

Author Bio: 
C. Lee McKenzie is a 4 & 5 star reviewed author. Her greatest passion is writing for young readers. Sign of the Green Dragon is her third Middle Grade novel. Alligators Overhead and the sequel, The Great Time Lock Disaster were her first two. She has traditionally published four young adult novels: Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative and Sudden Secrets.

Contact C. Lee McKenzie:   Website    Blog     Facebook Author

Do you like dragons?  What's your favorite dragon in books or in movies?

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:

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 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)

Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors

Here are Foxy's suggestions for May 6, 2016:

T. Drecker's Free Gift Cards and Children’s Books! -- Go to Tonja Drecker’s Giveaway Page to see what great books and gift cards Bookworm for Kids is giving away this month!

Free Download of Western Romance eBook – The novel Cherish Me, Cowboy by Alissa Callen is about a cowgirl trying to save her ranch and the mysterious cowboy whose presence is making her life difficult.
FREE FOR DOWNLOAD (until May 16) at:
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Free Download of Romance eBook – To celebrate the release of Forged in Fire by Maggie Adams, she’s giving away another in the series, Whistlin’ Dixie, about Mac Coalson who must help rebuild his town after a devastating flood and has no time for women, and Dixie whose out-of-control temper is exceeded only by her attraction to Mac. 
Barnes&Noble      Amazon      iTunes

Free 2 YA SciFi/Fantasy Novels – The first two books in the series The Books of Ore by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz, about a world with living metal and the people stranded inside the secret zone, are being given away via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends May 13)

Free YA Dark Fantasy Novel – Be 1 of 10 winners of The Mark of Cain by Lindsey Barraclough, about two teens whose families are cursed by long-dead witch and are trapped in a frightening mansion in winter. The author is giving away 10 copies of her book via rafflecopter on YA Books Central blog. (ends May 15)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Be Witched: A Paranormal Romance Boxed Set of Witches and Magic by 22 different authors for $0.99, the authors are giving away a $25 Amazon card. Enter via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction blog. (ends May 12)

Free $25 Gift Card to Target, Wal-Mart or Starbucks (Winner’s Choice) – To celebrate the release of Seismic Crimes by Chrys Fey, the second book in her Disaster Crimes series, she’s giving away a $25 gift card to the winner’s choice of Target, Wal-Mart or Starbucks. Enter via rafflecopter on Shannon Lawrence’s Warrior Muse blog. (ends June 25)

For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)


T.F. Walsh said...

Woohoo on finishing the editor's edits:) Super excited and can't wait to see Bloodwalker released.

Congrats to C. Lee McKenzie on her new book... sounds fantastic. I love dragons:)

Suzanne Furness said...

Well done on finishing the edits and congratulations to C. Lee. Mckenzie on her new release.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Awesome on finishing the edits. Hey, I accidentally called Byron Bryon in a couple places just because I hit the keys wrong.
Lee's book looks awesome!

Sue Bursztynski said...

I'm rather fond of Errol the swamp dragon in Terry Pratchett's Guards!Guards! Errol is a tiny dragon who flames backwards and manages to save the day with a huge dragon.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats on completing your edits. It is funny how the writer misses so much that someone else can catch. Many pairs of eyes are good.

Congrats to Lee!!!

JeffO said...

"Victor" vs. "Viktor": it's all in the pronunciation.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I can understand the Viktor/Victor mistake. When upset, I could look at my own children and call them by their sibling's name.

mshatch said...

Well, I admit to being partial to Smaug in The Hobbit (the book) who was so devilishly clever.

Congrats to Lee :)

Leandra Wallace said...

Yay on finishing those edits! And for outside eyes, heh. (don't know what I'd do without my outside eyes) C. Lee's book looks action-packed, great cover to draw those younger readers in!

Nissa Annakindt said...

My favorite fictional dragon has to be Vern the Dragon from Karina Fabian's series (Live and Let Fly, Greater Treasures.)

As for real dragons... but you are probably not interested in my little pest control problems. ;)

Good to be back to Celebrate after last month's A to Z blogging madness.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I didn't even catch the misspelling until the second time. LOL

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats C. Lee and editors are a great thing for writers to have Lexa.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, I agree it's always good to have a set or two of fresh eyes to review ones work. I'm not the grammar police and I certainly am not the best at, but it drives me nuts to see obvious trip ups in someone's writing. These sorts of problems are common in self-publishing works and I always think, did he/she have a good network of people to read his/her manuscript before it was deemed the final draft? *sigh* Oh well, it happens to everyone from time to time. At least your mistake was caught before hand. ;) Thanks for hosting the fun. Have a good weekend, my friend!

Ravyne said...

Congrats on finishing the edits. A second set of eyes is always great for finding those little details. Hope you have a great weekend!
Lori's CtST @ As the Fates Would Have It

T. Drecker said...

Yay to getting through those edits. It is amazing how those little mistakes keep sliding through. Congrats to C. Lee! The story sounds great! And thanks for including my giveaway page. I had a few bugs, but they're worked out now ;) Have a great weekend!

Kate Larkindale said...

Yay for finishing copy edits! At least you just went from Viktor to Victor. In my book I found a whole chapter where a character's name kept changing from Ropati to Isaiah and back again. It's a problem when even I don't know the character's name.

Ms Rix said...

Can't call to mind any books about dragons that I have read in the recent past. But of course, being English, I was brought up on stories of how our patron saint, George, slew a troublesome dragon. The dragon is of course, the symbol of Wales and appears on the flag - and on rugby paraphenalia. Wonder is the legend was an extended metaphor? You have reminded me of the song by Peter, Paul and Mary - Puff the Magic Dragon - which my kids loved to sing along to when young.@Crazy Old Lady

Stephen Hayes said...

I do like the dragons on Game of Thrones. They show them sparingly and always leave us wanting more.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on finishing your edits! I've had spelling issues like that, too. The brain reads what it wants to see whether that's what the words really say or not.
I like dragons, and the first one that comes to mind is Smaug from The Hobbit.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Yay for completing edits. What a relief. Congrats.

Lee's book is wonderful. Just right for curious and adventuresome kids. I like dragons. The only one I can think of, off hand, is Puff the Magic Dagon.

Denise Covey said...

No, I'm not into dragons like most of my friends, but Lee's book sounds like a Famous Five adventure and then some...I have already added it to my GR list...:-)

L.G. Keltner said...

I love dragons! Congratulations to C. Lee McKenzie!

cleemckenzie said...

Yay for those copy edits getting done. That always feels like such a relief! I don't think I'll ever not find something I've missed in my manuscript that has to be changed, even after several eyes have had their turn at it. Good you caught the Victor/Viktor one.

Thanks for the wonderful feature here! I appreciated the space you gave me. Now back to work I go.

klahanie said...

Hey Lexa,

Yeah, I know, you've been twiddling your thumbs waiting for a comment from me. My friend, twiddle no more....

Well done on getting those publisher's copy edits done on your book!

Delighted to see the legend that is C. Lee McKenzie, having a big reveal. And what a *Blurb!*, oops, pardon me... I know of the Green Dragon, it's a pub in Leek, Staffordshire, England!

All the best and loads of links, methinks.

Gary :)

alexia said...

Have fun with edits! I am quite guilty of changing names and other spellings of things, too. I've been trying to keep a list since my series is getting bigger.

Sign of the Green Dragon sounds super fun! I adore dragons. My favorite is Smaug :)

PlanetKimberly said...

Congratulations on finishing your edits!

As I write, I tend to change the names of my characters, too, including the spelling. It gets confusing sometimes. I use the Find & Replace function in Word and Scrivener to make sure the names are all changed to be consistent. Maybe your program has the same function.

Take care.


Anonymous said...

I know about those pesky little errors.

I look forward to Lee's next book.

Nicola said...

Congratulations on finishing your final edits! YAY! I love the cover of Lee's new book. Can't wait to get my copy. Have a great week and keep celebrating!

Julie Flanders said...

So exciting to be working on the final edits. There's something so exhilarating about the word final when it comes to publishing. :)
Love Lee's cover and have no doubt the book will be great. Hope you are having a great week, Lexa.

Libby Heily Author said...

Yay C Lee!!!! I just finished up edits as well. I could fiddle with the book forever. I feel like it will never be 100% clean, much like my home.

Crystal Collier said...

I was sure I'd been here and commented, but maybe the comment disappeared. I'm stoked for Lee. SO many epic releases and giveaways this month. My mind is pretty much blown and my TBR list is ballooning. It's a good feeling.

Loni Townsend said...

Grats Lee! And good catch with the name change!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Draco is my favourite moviestar dragon.

Congratulations on your stunning cover, Lexa! I'm so happy for you. Your bio rocks!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Oops, Lee, I meant you not Lexa. I type too fast sometimes. Congratulations! To you too, Lexa for all you do!

Shannon Lawrence said...

Thank you for sharing the link to Chrys's giveaway on my blog!

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