Monday, July 11, 2016

Special excerpt for MG novel Sign of the Green Dragon by C. Lee McKenzie

Today I have a special excerpt for the middle grade book, Sign of the Green Dragon, by C. Lee McKenzie.

During her virtual book tour, C. Lee will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!

A little bit about Sign of the Green Dragon:
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.

Excerpt from Sign of the Green Dragon:
They hunched under the table, their chins on their knees. Sam turned his legs from one painful angle to another.

“I can’t feel my legs,” Roger said. “And my neck is broke for sure.”

Joey lifted the tablecloth and peeked out. “It’s dark. I’m for getting out of here. Nobody’s looking for us anymore.”

“Okay. Let’s go.” Sam crawled out and stretched. “We can make it back to the museum now.”

Joey, who was on his way to the door, skidded to a stop. “What did you say?”

“This is our chance to find out about Langtree and Li Wei. By morning, Sadie’s going to be on guard again, and the sheriff’s going to spot us for sure. It’s now or never.”

Roger paced down the aisle of the church, shaking his legs and rolling his head. “What’s the plan?” he asked, coming back to them.

“Oh, nothing,” Joey said. “We’re just going to break into the museum now. Sam hasn’t actually got us arrested yet, but he’s still trying.”

“Me? I didn’t sock Roger. Besides if we don’t find the treasure now what do you think your mom and dad are going to do when the sheriff drives you home in his car?”

“Okay. Fine. Sure. Whatever.” Joey waved his arms overhead, surrendering.

Sam pushed open the door, looked both directions, and then stepped onto the street. Even though the town was deserted, he got that creepy feeling of being watched again.

A little bit about the author:
C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication. 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.



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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the excerpt, I enjoyed reading it :)

Nikolina said...

I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

Peggy Hyndman said...

What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

cleemckenzie said...

I'm so excited to be here today, Lisa. Thanks so much for hosting me! And thanks for stopping in everyone.

Peggy, the most challenging part of writing is getting started. It takes me forever to sit down and type. Days like these, when the story's done and about to go out for readers is my most rewarding part.

Are any of you born in the year of the Dragon? 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000. It's quite a powerful sign!

James Robert said...

Happy Monday and thanks again for the chance to win

cleemckenzie said...

Winning is always a good thing! Glad you entered.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post - thanks for sharing the excerpt :)

cleemckenzie said...

Thanks for stopping by, Victoria.

MomJane said...

Fascinating excerpt.

Anonymous said...

Which writers inspire you?

cleemckenzie said...

There are so many that I find inspiring, Becky. But among the writers who write for younger readers, I love Laurence Yep. I went to his stories for authentic details about the Chinese miners in the California Gold Rush era.

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway; I like the cover and excerpt. 🙂

cleemckenzie said...

Thanks Cali. Glad you took the time to comment. Appreciated.

Rita Wray said...

I enjoyed the post, thank you.

cleemckenzie said...

Glad you did.

Alexa Mintah said...

Oooh, awesome excerpt! These boys sound like fun, especially Joey. Little Sass-Master.


cleemckenzie said...

Ha! I love Sass-Master. Can I steal that, Alexa?

A. B. said...

I know, I know-- adults write books about children/teens all the time. But here, wow! I'm really impressed by the author's ability to transport the reader [me!] to the world of these characters. The language? Nailed it. Storyline? descriptives? Nailed 'em. I'm truly just ~floored~ by this kind of talent.
-- Sass-Master Ann ;)