C.J. Lyons




G.P. Hu...
100 books | 79 friends

Donna G...
272 books | 1,489 friends

Jenny W...
373 books | 2,018 friends

Lori
1,885 books | 814 friends

Lisa James
1,834 books | 2,129 friends

Sarah B...
189 books | 1,731 friends

Karen
2,140 books | 63 friends

Cynthia
196 books | 128 friends

More friends…



C.J. Lyons

Goodreads Author


url

born
State College, PA, The United States
gender
female

website

twitter username

genre

member since
June 2007


About this author

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

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 and everything she knows about being a bestseller at www.NoRulesJustWRITE.com



To ask C.J. Lyons questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

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!
CJ(less)
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.
(less)
Average rating: 3.78 · 14,604 ratings · 1,530 reviews · 45 distinct works · Similar authors
Snake Skin (Lucy Guardino F...
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,978 ratings — published 2008 — 11 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Blind Faith (Caitlyn Tierne...
3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 1,664 ratings — published 212 — 16 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Nerves of Steel (Hart and D...
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 907 ratings — published 2009 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Broken
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 821 ratings — published 2013 — 11 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Borrowed Time
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 736 ratings — published 2009 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Blood Stained (Lucy Guardin...
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 914 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Chasing Shadows (Shadow Ops...
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 597 ratings — published 2009 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Lifelines (Angels of Mercy,...
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 482 ratings — published 2008 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Face to Face (Hart and Drak...
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 413 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
After Shock (Lucy Guardino ...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 312 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by C.J. Lyons…

HARDFALLHARD FALL, Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers, Book #5 is a finalist for the International Thriller Writers’ Thriller Award!


This is a huge honor and I am especially gratified as this book very nearly killed me; it was by far the most challenging topic I’ve ever taken on.


Thanks to my readers for their support and best of luck to all of my fellow finalists!

Read more of this blog post »
 •  flag
3 comments
like  • 
Published on April 04, 2015 16:43 • 11 views
Snake Skin Blood Stained Kill Zone Hard Fall
Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller (4 books)
by
3.8716302952503208 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,895 ratings

Blind Faith Black Sheep Hollow Bones
Caitlyn Tierney FBI Thriller (3 books)
by
3.5400996828273676 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 2,207 ratings

Nerves of Steel Sleight of Hand Face to Face
Hart and Drake (3 books)
by
3.820831084727469 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 1,853 ratings

Lifelines Warning Signs Urgent Care Critical Condition
Angels of Mercy (4 books)
by
3.9893790849673203 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 1,224 ratings

Chasing Shadows Lost in Shadows Edge of Shadows
Shadow Ops (3 books)
by
3.893169877408056 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,142 ratings

More series by C.J. Lyons…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

LIFELINES excerpt (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Sep 28, 2009 07:46PM
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."
WARNING SIGNS excerpt (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Sep 28, 2009 07:44PM
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
URGENT CARE excerpt (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Sep 28, 2009 07:42PM
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

C.J.'s Recent Updates

" Cynthia wrote: "OMG that is so awesome CJ, Congrats!!! Hard Fall was amazing! Looking forward to Bad Break!"
Thanks, Cynthia! It's such an honor--amazi
...more "
C.J. Lyons wrote a new blog post
HARD FALL, Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers, Book #5 is a finalist for the International Thriller Writers’ Thriller Award!
This is a huge honor and I am... Read more of this blog post »
C.J. Lyons added a status update: Please share with your thriller-loving friends: FAREWELL TO DREAMS is part of a new action/adventure humble bundle!
http://storybundle.com/action
C.J. Lyons rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Rate this book
Clear rating
Eye of the Storm by C.J. Lyons
" Jo Ann wrote: "Loved it! This book had so much going for it and happening in it...it was a fast wild and great ride :-)"

Thanks, Jo Ann! It was a reall
...more "
C.J. Lyons rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Eye of the Storm by C.J. Lyons
Rate this book
Clear rating
Watched by C.J. Lyons
"I received this book from Net Galley and Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both for the opportunity!


When hackers can hijack any cellphone or computer webcam, no one is safe - including Jesse.

Jesse seems like a normal sixteen-..." Read more of this review »
C.J. Lyons liked a quote
Farewell to Dreams by C.J. Lyons
“You are never alone when lost in a good book.”
C.J. Lyons
C.J. Lyons rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Rate this book
Clear rating
Hard Fall by C.J. Lyons
"I loved, loved, loved it! I have enjoyed the Lucy series immensely. The characters are so well written. I love Lucy`s relationships with her co-workers and especially with her family. Lucy`s long suffering husband is my favorite, The story line is..." Read more of this review »
More of C.J.'s books…
“You are never alone when lost in a good book.”
C.J. Lyons, Farewell to Dreams: A Novel of Fatal Insomnia

“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.”
C.J. Lyons

Polls

Please vote for the April Group Read. First and Second Place will be the selections.

 
  5 votes, 26.3%

 
  4 votes, 21.1%

 
  3 votes, 15.8%

 
  2 votes, 10.5%

 
  2 votes, 10.5%

 
  1 vote, 5.3%

 
  1 vote, 5.3%

 
  1 vote, 5.3%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

2 comments
More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

“You are never alone when lost in a good book.”
C.J. Lyons, Farewell to Dreams: A Novel of Fatal Insomnia

88726 CJ Lyons Thrillers With Heart Book Club — 405 members — last activity Dec 22, 2014 06:40PM
A meeting place for fans of thrillers and suspense novels to discuss the characters and relationships that drive these stories and capture a reader's ...more
106542 Ask C.J. Lyons - Tuesday, July 2nd! — 49 members — last activity Jul 03, 2013 08:13PM
Join us on Tuesday, July 2nd for a special discussion with author C.J Lyons! C.J. Lyons will be discussing all her books including her newest, Edge of ...more
25x33 mystery lovers — 1556 members — last activity Apr 09, 2015 11:23AM
For anyone who enjoys a great mystery
25350 THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB — 7092 members — last activity 1 hour, 32 min ago
ALL GENRE COMMUNITY OF BOOK LOVERS-Perfect for those interested in good books of any genre, film and lively discussion!-(300 PLUS DISCUSSION TOPICS)fr ...more
84278 Free Romance Books On Kindle — 1639 members — last activity 45 minutes ago
Romance Authors announcing Free Book promotions on Amazon Kindle. Titles of well known authors in the Romance genre including Paranormal, Contemporary ...more
93438 ARC Of Authors — 668 members — last activity Apr 11, 2015 02:28PM
Advanced Review Copies (ARC) of Fiction Titles made available to Reviewers and Readers before official launch direct from the Authors. ARCs are provid ...more
65921 Readers Rule — 28 members — last activity Mar 07, 2013 06:22AM
Writers product the product, readers consume the product. Everyone else is in between. If you loved a book, please feel free to start a threat here an ...more
25x33 Thrillers with Heart — 8 members — last activity Jan 31, 2012 06:19AM
"Thriller with Heart" is a phrase coined by CJ Lyons. Her books inspire us to believe we can do amazing things. I think there are other authors who do ...more
2802 Amazon Kindle — 7034 members — last activity 10 hours, 34 min ago
For readers using the Amazon Kindle ebook device.
44771 Q & A with Emma Donoghue — 348 members — last activity Jul 24, 2011 05:53PM
The winner of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction is answering questions about ROOM, the gripping story of a mother and son held captive in an ...more
More of C.J.’s groups…
Comments (showing 1-22 of 22)    post a comment »
dateDown arrow    newest »

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 :-)


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


message 3: by Laura

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


message 4: by Holly

Holly Jacobs Thanks for the invite, CJ!

Holly


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

http://www.cardshark.com/content/view...


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


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


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


Shadonna Thanks for the add. Have a great weekend!


message 10: by Liane

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

Looking forward to your reviews and recommendations.


Penelope Marzec Thanks for adding me as a friend!


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


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 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 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 16: by Sangr1a

Sangr1a Thanks for your friendship, C.J.! :D


message 17: by C.J.

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

You're very welcome!
Happy reading!
CJ


Christine Hatfield good morning


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


message 20: by Fayth

Fayth Devlin Thanks for accepting my friend request!


message 21: by Stacy

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


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


back to top