Lee Kelly

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Lee Kelly has wanted to write since she was old enough to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until she began studying for the California Bar Exam that she conveniently started putting pen to paper.

An entertainment lawyer by trade, Lee has practiced law in Los Angeles and New York.

She lives with her husband and son in Millburn, New Jersey, though after a decade in Manhattan, she can’t help but still call herself a New Yorker.

City of Savages is her first novel. Visit her at NewWriteCity.com.

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Lee Kelly Thank you for this question Kelly! (and sorry for the delay in answering :) City of Savages was always conceived as a standalone -- that said, I guess…moreThank you for this question Kelly! (and sorry for the delay in answering :) City of Savages was always conceived as a standalone -- that said, I guess you never know :) Glad you enjoyed the book enough to want a sequel!!(less)
Lee Kelly Hi Kate! Sorry for the delay on this -- after I got my book deal, then went through the editing and copyediting process, I was given my release date.…moreHi Kate! Sorry for the delay on this -- after I got my book deal, then went through the editing and copyediting process, I was given my release date. Once I had that, I ordered some designed postcards and first chapter books to send to interested parties, reached out to local libraries and bookstores, and contacted bloggers that specialize in YA and genre fiction. I also worked with my in-house publicist for interviews and in-person events! Thanks for your question and hope this helps ;)!(less)
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This is the first time I’ve actually ever attempted novel aesthetics for any project of mine, and I have to say it was so much fun.  I used CANVA and had a blast collecting the pictures for my first young adult project, PICTURE US GONE.  It’s a genre-bending mystery that takes place 50 years in the future, and has soft science fiction and speculative elements.  It was a blast to write and I qui...

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“Our turn,” Joan whispers.
She sparks to life a small sphere of light, maybe the size of a globe, right above the audience’s heads. And then she breathes life into it, slowly expanding it, like she’s blowing up the world’s most brilliant, glimmering balloon.
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“Back when the line between magic and reality was a lot more blurred, before this world started regarding sorcery with such fear and suspicion, magic was like a language among sorcerers. It was a thing to share, not a thing to hide. And for a long time, it was rumored that a worthy ring of seven sorcerers could unlock a magic within the magic. That seven was the key to strengthening gifts and surpassing weaknesses—and could even bend and flex the laws of magic itself.”
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She sparks to life a small sphere of light, maybe the size of a globe, right above the audience’s heads. And then she breathes life into it, slowly expanding it, like she’s blowing up the world’s most brilliant, glimmering balloon.
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Lee Kelly Stephanie wrote: "Hi Lee! Thanks for the friend request!! I look forward to hanging with you here on Goodreads!"


Thanks Stephanie me too! ;)


Stephanie Hi Lee! Thanks for the friend request!! I look forward to hanging with you here on Goodreads!


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Lee Kelly Beth wrote: "Hi Lee,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this mystery author on Goodreads! I hope you will put my books,A Real Basket Case, To Hell in a Handbasket, Deadly Currents, and Wicked Eddies, on you..."


Thanks Beth! I just added your books to my list :) Looking forward to reading!


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Beth Hi Lee,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this mystery author on Goodreads! I hope you will put my books,A Real Basket Case, To Hell in a Handbasket, Deadly Currents, and Wicked Eddies, on your to-read list. If you'd like to enter a contest for free mystery books, sign up for my email newsletter at: http://bethgroundwater.com/ . And, I'm giving away a copy of To Hell in a Handbasket today at: http://midnightwriters.blogspot.com/2...
- Beth


Carina Hi Lee!
I'll talk to you soon. I'm about to start Luxe too :-)


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