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C. Leigh Purtill

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I've lived in a lot of places and done a lot of things - much of which has informed my writing in some fashion. I love writing fish-out-of-water stories and books about characters who move to new places and try new things. I wish I could be as bold as Meg Shanley in LOVE, MEG and as fearless as Veronica May in ALL ABOUT VEE. I have other stories and other characters and hopefully, one day you will read about them too.

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Average rating: 3.67 · 502 ratings · 64 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
Love, Meg

3.65 avg rating — 396 ratings — published 2007 — 8 editions
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All About Vee (Fat Girls in...

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Chasing the Falls

4.67 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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I Brake for Whales

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2009
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So I wrote a book about zombies

It hasn't been published yet (I hope I hope I hope) but I have already adapted it as an original ballet for my nonprofit ballet company. We're performing in La Canada Flintridge, which is very close to Los Angeles and Pasadena.

The show is called "Sweet Sorrow, A Zombie Ballet" and is on October 20 at 7PM and October 21 at 4PM (the latter is followed by Afterlife after party).

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Published on September 20, 2018 15:45 Tags: adaptation, ballet, halloween, los-angeles, new-book, october, zombies
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In the tiny town of Bishop, the earth requires blood sacrifice to keep the howling winds from destroying everything. Women periodically go missing or turn up dead, yet no one seems to be able to find them or discover their killers. I wanted to read t ...more
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Definitely a page turner! Reporter-as-main-character is such a great way to get information to the reader, especially if they don't interpret things they see correctly or have blind spots to their perception. Recommended to readers who like Lisa Jewe ...more
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Finally a book that lives up to its cover! I absolutely loved that design and was afraid the story would fail but it didn't. I'm also glad to read this as an adult novel (not that there is anything racy or profane in it - a great title for teens too) ...more
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Having never read any biographies about Edgar Allan Poe or knowing too much about him, I approached this with curiosity. I assumed, like many readers, that Poe was gruesome or otherwise interested in the macabre. His death, shrouded in mystery, was a ...more
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I love Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kittredge so I went into this with high expectations. I have not read any of her previous books with Lucy as a narrator, though, so the voice was jarring. Sadly, I could not connect with the story. I think each of us h ...more
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I am a sucker for any book with a ballerina in it (as the artistic director and choreographer of a ballet company, I know a fair bit about ballet :)) but I didn't love this.

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For me to give a 5 star rating means I couldn't put the book down and couldn't wait to read each night. This story reminded me of The Secret History by Donna Tartt which I absolutely love. I couldn't tell whether the narrator was truthful, harmful, g ...more
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Blake Crouch is a master at stories that feel so real - even as wild as the science is, he makes you think it could really happen or could definitely be our future. Upgrade is no different - a very cool story.
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Haunting but more for the familial relationships than the plot. I enjoyed the supernatural abilities as well.
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“We live for books.”
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“I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.”
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Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


message 10: by Darren

Darren Hi, C! Ha, just realized that's a juice brand. We like a lot of the same books/writers. I'm a new author letting people know about my poetry website, www.theskyinsideyou.com, feel free to stop by sometime and happy new year.


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C. Purtill Cheers, Ed! Your Wiki page is pretty impressive! Good luck with your writing~


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Ed Rambeau Thanks for accepting my friend request, C. You seem like an interesting person, as well as an accomplished author, so feel free to tell me more about yourself and perhaps we can grow to become even greater friends. 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


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Lisa Kessler Hi C -

Happy New Year!!!

Thanks for your friendship! :)

My novel, Moonlight, is a finalist in Kensington Publishing's Writing with the Stars contest, but we need your vote to make it to the next round of competition...

Will you please click below and Vote for Moonlight?

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Thanks for all your support!!! :)

Lisa


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C. Purtill Sherri wrote: "I met the author of "Hot Widow"....let me know what you think about the book...and where did you get that book?"

Hi there! Phyllis is a very funny, very interesting and smart woman. I started her memoir - loved the first couple of chapters - but then got distracted (for a year!) and never finished it. :( I know I should. She really is a cool woman. I got the book directly from Phyllis- we did an interview together on a cable access show and then sat next to each other at the Duarte festival. We traded books at the end of the show. Where did you meet her? Did you get her book?


Sherri I met the author of "Hot Widow"....let me know what you think about the book...and where did you get that book?


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Liz Miller Happy reading to you too! :)


Jeannie Faulkner Barber My, you've been a busy lady C. Leigh! Thanks for making me a friend!
Smiles,
Jeannie


William Hello C. Leigh,

Look forward to talking books and writing

William Hazelgrove
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Rocket Man by William Elliott Hazelgrove


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