Friday, April 22, 2022

#AtoZChallenge The Shattered Letter S

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:

Today the letter S gets some attention. 

When I set out to write this post, it occurred to me that I’d always accepted our ABC system and never questioned how it developed or who was responsible. It turns out to be a very complicated answer. 

A quick examination—very quick—places the beginning of our alphabet in the 2nd millennium BCE in Egypt. Semitic-speaking slaves who couldn’t understand the complex hieroglyphics, developed simpler phonetic symbols to communicate. A few thousand years later…well, we have 26 letters that we start learning on Sesame Street. 

Thank you, ancient people, for starting the system that gave us those beautiful letters so we could create words.  I’m quite sure that I, for one, wouldn’t be writing books if I had to do so in Egyptian hieroglyphics. 

While the alphabet is always important to me, S has been a special letter these past few months because I just published another book—Shattered, A Story of Betrayal and Courage

Some readers who have enjoyed the story say: 

“So. Much. Fun. I had so much fun reading this and the characters were super interesting including the dynamics the characters have created. I really loved this!—Nora Fatima (Bookseller)

“I really enjoyed the mystery to this. We are given random chapters called “the arrangement” that give clues to the fact that Libby’s accident wasn’t an accident after all and was actually orchestrated by a rival skier (or was it?)  I liked the character growth we see in not just Libby but some of the side characters as well. This story felt real and painful and I honestly was hooked from the first page. The twist ending made my thriller self very happy and in the end this was a really heartwarming story.”— Kortnie R., Reviewer 


C. Lee McKenzie


I'm a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places; then landed in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I write most of the time, hike and practice yoga a lot, and then travel whenever I can. 

In my young adult books, I take on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives. My Evernight Teen Publication, Double Negative was voted as one of the best top ten Young Adult books, 2019. My other books, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Sliding on the Edge, Sudden Secrets, Not Guilty, and Shattered are out to four and five-star reviews.  
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In Shattered, nineteen-year-old Libby Brown's big dream is winning gold the winter Olympics. ๐Ÿฅ‡ What's your big dream?

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Cheryl said...

Congratulations on the new release!

Mom and Ideas said...

The title of the book is very interesting and makes ne want to read it. Adding to my list of TBR and wishing you all the best for the success of the book!

Hope you check out my A-Z challenge fiction posts. I am starting every sentence of every post with the letter of the day at

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ladyleemanila said...

congrats on the new book, I just ordered it :)

Pradeep Nair said...

Are you one of those who begins a conversation with the word "So"?
Even if you are, or you are not, do give my blog post a read ... :-)
S = So

Dino said...

My S post S Is For Sparring

Crackerberries said...

Happy TGIF everyone. Congrats on the new release. I really hope young adults take advantage of reading a good book and spend more time doing that then video games. My big dream is to have more time to spend writing and reading... work gets in the way of all my hobbies! Today I was Stumperfied but did manage to slug through it all. Hope everyone has a great weekend. See ya tomorrow for T.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

I just love the origins of different alphabets!

Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: S

Gonz said...

My "S" is not a published book, but just a continuation on our travels through the Multiverse... in this case, S is for Serra.

Frewin55 said...

great post - my TBR list just got longer...

Timothy S. Brannan said...

I am really kinda living my dreams now. I have a job I like and I also get to write. I have a great wife and two great kids who I all love. I have some books out with more on the way. So it has all been great.

Tim Brannan
The Other Side | The A to Z of Conspiracy Theories

Anne M Bray said...

S is for...

Superfine Seattle:

The Fluevog Somani Shoe:

moondustwriter said...

sounds like a good read - no surprise you are a talented writer.

Shots and Sirens

Mom and Ideas said...

Can't wait to read all other posts on S. Will be blog hopping this weekend.

kaykuala said...

Sunflowers a van Gogh's Masterpiece


2 gators said...

congratulations on the new book

S is for steam engine

Crackerberries said...

Congrats on the book. I could have sworn I posted yesterday but maybe I didn't. I was a little Stumperfied