Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Monday, November 29, 2021

she has two choices... Shattered, A Story of Betrayal and Courage by C. Lee McKenzie

"I knew hearts didn’t stop beating until you died, yet I was certain mine had just stuttered to a halt. I couldn’t breathe. My lungs refused to expand. My throat went dry. I’d planned most of my life for this one year. "


Courage put Libby Brown into the final selection for the Olympics, but betrayal crushed her spine and her chance at the Gold. Now she has two choices, use her courage to put her life back together, or remain shattered forever.


For a while, silence filled the dark room, but I could feel that Harley was still very much awake.

“You can walk,” I finally said.
“Right. I noticed that.”
“I’m kind of jealous about it.”
“I know,” Harley said, “but I try to ignore that in you.”

The silence came again, but undercutting that silence was a soft sound of pain.

“Are you crying, Libby?”
“Yes. Don’t rag on me.”
“Have I ever ragged on you?”
“Only all the time, Harley C.” I felt Harley’s arm around my shoulder.
“That’s because I love you, you jerk.
About the author:
I’m someone in love with the English language...well, any language for that matter. How did we decided to use words, intonation, structures to communicate? Does our language come from our culture or does our culture come from our language? I love to drive people nuts with questions like this.

I have a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, but these days my greatest passion is writing for young readers. My young adult novels are Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative, Sudden Secrets, and now Shattered, A Story of Betrayal and Courage. Sometimes I write Middle Grade Fantasy and have four of those stories published.

When I’m not writing I’m hiking or traveling or practicing yoga or asking a lot questions about things I still don’t understand--like what is language anyway?

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today!

katieoscarlet said...

Great cover! I enjoyed reading the excerpt.

cleemckenzie said...

Thank you so much for hosting me here today. Your post is really so well done.

Amy Woolard said...

Beautiful cover!!

wghutton said...

thanks this sounds pretty interesting

Nancy P said...

Amazing cover

Amy Woolard said...

I loved the synopsis!!