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C.J. Lyons

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-nine novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Two times winner of the International Thriller Writers coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).

Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net


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C.J. Lyons Hi, JoAnn! I wrote FAREWELL so that it stands alone, but yes, it's the first book in my new Fatal Insomnia series.

This series is going to have a much…more
Hi, JoAnn! I wrote FAREWELL so that it stands alone, but yes, it's the first book in my new Fatal Insomnia series.

This series is going to have a much bigger, bolder world than the more intimate settings of my other series as the mystery behind Angie's illness unfolds. I'm thrilled that you're enjoying the characters--I kind of fell in love with them and knew I had to give them more stories

Happy reading!
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C.J. Lyons I don't believe in writer's block. One thing I do struggle with is that every book I’ve written has been written differently—for some reason, my mind…moreI don't believe in writer's block. One thing I do struggle with is that every book I’ve written has been written differently—for some reason, my mind simply refuses to accept a template or method that I can use repeatedly.

I’ve plunged into books with nothing more than an opening line…I’ve written one book backwards, scene by scene…I’ve had complex character emotional arcs totally worked out in detail but no clue what the actual plot was…every book is a fresh challenge and a new struggle, but with my deadlines I simply don’t have time for any kind of block.

I guess that’s my greatest secret weapon: give me a deadline and I’ll beat it every time.
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Description: LIFELINES (Berkley March 2008) by CJ Lyons. On July 1st, the most dangerous day of the year, a new ER doctor finds herself losing the wrong patient—the Chief of Surgery's son. Drawing from her own experiences as a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons reveals the secrets of an urban trauma center in a novel Lisa Gardner called "a pulse-pounding adrenaline rush" and Publishers Weekly proclaimed a "spot-on debut....a breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller."
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Description: WARNING SIGNS (Berkley/Jove January 2009) by CJ Lyons. National Bestseller CJ Lyons returns to the front lines of the struggle between life and death in WARNING SIGNS. A medical student investigating the mysterious deaths of patients begins to experience the same deadly symptoms herself. Lyons "is a master within the genre." ~Pittsburgh Magazine "A great fast-paced read….Not to be missed for fans of ER and Grey's Anatomy." ~4 ½ Stars, Book Addict
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Description: URGENT CARE (Berkley/Jove, October 2009) by CJ Lyons. An ER charge nurse must face her deepest fears when the man who sexually assaulted her returns…only now he's killing his victims. CJ Lyons' novels give readers "a powerful and dramatic look into the frenzied world of emergency medicine...Lyons’ characters are dynamic and genuine." ~Suspense Magazine

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"Last Light is the first in a new series set in Beacon Falls, though Lucy Guardino actually features in another series also.

I haven’t read any of the other series and you don’t have to, to be able to fully enjoy Last Light. I am rather intrigued th..." Read more of this review »
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"I must admit, I haven't read any of Lyons' work and was keen to do so, after reading the blurb. I was a bit nervous about joining in, on the series, at the seventh book, but, true to its word, this series can easily be read out of order. I thoroug..." Read more of this review »
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“In order for me to live life to the fullest is to not enjoy every minute. Enjoying every minute takes meaning out of them. In order to truly appreciate the joyous moments in life, we must embrace the painful ones and keep them in memory.”
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“I try to count the stars, turning fuzzy as mist rolls off the mountain behind me. I would have made a wish but there's...nothing. I think of the future, of anything I could hope or dream or wish for, and all I see is black emptiness. Stretching out forever. p.266”
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message 23: by Alison

Alison Brodie Hi CJ. Great to be friends! :)


Dillon  Asher C.J., thanx for accepting my friend request :)


message 21: by Stacy

Stacy Green Hi C.J.! Thank you so much for the friendship:)


message 20: by Fayth

Fayth Devlin Thanks for accepting my friend request!


message 19: by C.J.

C.J. Lyons Melissa wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friend request, CJ. Nice to see you here! :-)"

You are very welcome, Melissa!
Happy reading!
CJ


Christine Hatfield good morning


message 17: by C.J.

C.J. Lyons Sangria3 wrote: "Thanks for your friendship, C.J.! :D"

You're very welcome!
Happy reading!
CJ


message 16: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, C.J.! :D


message 15: by Ed

Ed Rambeau Thanks for accepting my friend request, C.J. You seem like an interesting person, as well as quite the prolific author, so feel free to tell me more about yourself. I, myself, am a singer/songwriter/actor who has recently turned author. My 2 top ten recordings were CONCRETE & CLAY (as a singer) and NAVY BLUE (as a writer)...both in the early 1960's. My first novel is an unusual murder mystery entitled: FORBIDDEN STEPS.

Regards, and have a great day, Ed

http://www.edrambeau.com


message 14: by C.J.

C.J. Lyons Kaliki wrote: "Thanks for the friend add, C.J. We have a lot of common interests in books 80%. :)

I'll be checking into the books you've written as well. Looks like they may be right up my alley."


Thanks, Kaliki! I was reading your comments on ROOM and they so exactly mirrored my own, I thought we might have similar tastes.

Loved hearing everything Emma had to say (hard to comment since I'm also an author who has tackled those subjects, never want to steal the spotlight, you know?)

Happy reading!
CJ


message 13: by Kaliki

Kaliki Thanks for the friend add, C.J. We have a lot of common interests in books 80%. :)

I'll be checking into the books you've written as well. Looks like they may be right up my alley.


message 12: by C.J.

C.J. Lyons Penelope wrote: "Thanks for adding me as a friend!"

You're quite welcome, Penelope!
Happy reading,
CJ


Penelope Marzec Thanks for adding me as a friend!


message 10: by Liane

Liane Spicer Great 'meeting' you, CJ! Greetings from the Caribbean!

Looking forward to your reviews and recommendations.


Shadonna Thanks for the add. Have a great weekend!


Margaret Let me know if you need a reviewer. *grin*


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi CJ and thanks for the add! It's good to connect with you here, too. I'm pretty sure we're on MySpace if not a couple more. But that's what friendship is all about, right?
I wish you and yours a bountiful Thanksgiving.
Blessings,
Jeannie


Andrea Kulman Hi there. Thank you for being a friend on Good Reads!


Bradley Hello CJ, I hope you are having a good day! =)

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message 4: by Holly

Holly Jacobs Thanks for the invite, CJ!

Holly


message 3: by Laura

Laura It was great seeing you at Desert Dreams. Congrats on your booksigning success! : )


message 2: by C.J.

C.J. Lyons Hey Shawnette! I'm new to all this and still trying to figure it all out. Thanks for joining my circle--your profile looked like some interesting reads!
CJ


Shawnette Hi, CJ...how are you...thanks for the invite into your circle of friends...looking forward to sharing chats, reviews and any/all recommendations you may have...hope you had you have a blessed week and Happy Reading :-)


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