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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.


Average rating: 3.66 · 497 ratings · 63 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
Love, Meg

3.63 avg rating — 391 ratings — published 2007 — 13 editions
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All About Vee (Fat Girls in...

3.63 avg rating — 96 ratings — published 2008 — 9 editions
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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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Malice by Heather   Walter
Malice
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I have always enjoyed fairytale retellings and this one - Sleeping Beauty - is a good addition to the genre. Very interesting setting with Graces who create potions for beauty and charm and the Princess Aurora who is a dissatisfied royal.

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Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad
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Jaouad's story is brutally honest and genuine. Her deteriorating health at the most vital time in her life (her early 20s) is a tale of loss and Sudden Adult Onset. She shouldn't have had to deal with leukemia, many near-death experiences and the psy ...more
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The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
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The bunkers, the willows, the cones...there are so many images in this novel that will stick with you from night to night and long after you finish. I loved Kara's sense of humor, her sidekick Simon, and her intrepid cat, Beau.

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The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
The Wife Upstairs
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Actual rating closer to 3.5.

A page-turner for sure, this is the story of "Jane", a young dog walker with secrets who wanders into a wealthy community with secrets of its own. She meets a guy who is too good to be true: a very handsome widower with a
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Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering
Too Good to Be True
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Lots of great twists in this book about a young woman and her "perfect" husband. A definite page-turner with lots of memorable scenes. I had hoped for a different ending, which I didn't feel supported the main character's development. Still, I did fl ...more
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One Little Lie by Colleen Coble
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Book one of 3! Love knowing there is more to come.

Colleen Coble is a master of twists and turns in her thrillers and I love her strong female characters.

Thanks to Netgalley for the arc to review.
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Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg
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My advice to readers: don't read the blurbs. Don't read the comparisons (It's Gone Girl, it's The Girl on the Train, or whatever). It's not a thriller (we know whodunit). It's not a mystery.

But it IS a great drama. Told in multiple POVs and flashing
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Behind the Red Door by Megan  Collins
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Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan
Little Disasters
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3.5 stars - this is so well-written, great characters, nicely-paced but it's not a thriller in any sense. Which is not bad! It's just that the cover and the blurb, etc. sort of hint the book will be something it isn't. Sarah Vaughan is a terrific wri ...more
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I would absolutely give this 4.5 stars (1/2 star off only because the "secret" was not as compelling as the manner in which it was written - I was expecting a lot more from Winnie and Margot's past). I love Walker's prose, her wit and pacing. I didn' ...more
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“Don't Panic.”
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“The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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“We live for books.”
Umberto Eco

John Steinbeck
“I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

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“When you are on the dancefloor, there is nothing to do but dance.”
Umberto Eco, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

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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! :)

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Thanks for all your support!!! :)

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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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