Sliding On The Edge C. Lee McKenzie YA Novel GET IT FREE

Sliding On The Edge C. Lee McKenzie


Scarred. Scared. Alone. Can sixteen-year-old Shawna Stone overcome her inner suffering and transcend the past? 


Shawna has spent the first sixteen years of her life in Las Vegas and learned to handle anything from a Las Vegas hustle to skipping out on the rent. Damaged inside and out, she’s survived with a tough, hardened attitude. When her mother abandons her, with only a bus ticket and the name and number of a stranger to call, this troubled, desperate teen finds herself on a California horse ranch with Kay Stone, the steely, youngish grandmother she’s never known. 
Kay overwhelms Shawna with rules and daily barn chores, and Shawna baffles Kay with her foul-mouthed anger and shrugging indifference to everything–except the maltreated horse on the ranch next door. But it’s worse than even Kay suspects: Shawna’s driven to cut herself by Monster, that strange voice inside her head. Kay struggles to keep the ranch going and fears that unless she helps this girl, she could lose her last living family member.
As this unlikely pair struggles to coexist, will they overcome their suffering and transcend the past?




I’m C. Lee McKenzie, and Italia Gandolfo represents my young adult novels.

Double Negative (Evernight Teen, 2014) is a book that turned me into an advocate for literacy. Sudden Secrets(Evernight Teen, 2014) is my fourth young adult novel. I wrote Sliding on the Edge (WestSide Books, 2009) after reading a news article about “self-abuse” among ivy league students. The Princess of Las Pulgas (WestSide Books, 2010) deals with a young girl and her family. They have everything and suddenly nothing.

Once in a while, I write for the middle-grade reader. Sign of the Green Dragon is my latest adventure/fantasy with a lot of five-star reviews to its credit.

I’m really pleased that I’m learning this business. Promotion has been my biggest challenge. I’ve had to learn how to schedule, so I can still write and do the promotion I need to do for my other books. It’s a full-time job.

I’m a native Californian, and after living a lot of different places in the world I landed back in my native state on the edge of a redwood forest. When I’m not writing or blogging I’m hiking or practicing yoga. Then there’s that half acre of garden that needs a lot of love.

If you like my books I’d love it if you’d tell me so. If you have some helpful criticism, I’d love that, too! I’m a writer and a reader, but first I’m a learner.


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