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FREE 21-25 Feb

FREE 21-25 Feb

From today through Saturday, I have six free books available on Amazon.   A bit of something for just about everyone.  And a Nook First featured title.

For thriller lovers:  Lost Girls is one of my favorite books.  It’s based on the premise:  Who polices the world of covert operations.  Think about it.  If a Special Operator goes rogue, who’s going to capture him?  And then can you even put him on trial with all the secrets he knows?  Regular police would be no match even if they could track him down.  In Lost Girls, we meet Neeley, our favorite female assassin, from Bodyguard of Lies and Gant, as they try to find out who is kidnapping and killing young girls.  It turns out to be a Special Forces sniper team that was betrayed overseas and has come back to the States to wreak vengeance on the families of those that betrayed them.

For those of a more science thriller/science fiction bent, there is Atlantis: Gate.  What if the force that destroyed Atlantis came back to threaten our present world?  Last summer, the Atlantis series was the #2 bestselling series in Science Fiction, just behind Game of Thrones.  “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice.” Thus Robert Frost warns the President of the United States at the beginning of Atlantis Gate, before departing on a classified mission on the first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus. In 480 BC, King Leonidas leads 300 Spartans to Thermopylae to try to delay the massive Persian Army. Known only to the King, they have an even more important mission: to escort and protect a powerful priestess to a mystical gate through which she can travel to help save the world. It’s a mission for which Leonidas will gladly sacrifice his own, and his men’s lives.  On the Nazca Plain in Chile, an old woman has been studying ancient lines in the ground for decades. Now she finally understands their terrifying message. In the present, tremors deep inside the Earth threaten all civilizations.

FREE 21-25 Feb

FREE 21-25 Feb

Eric Dane races against time to find the key to stopping this assault from the dark Shadow. He must reach across time to the Spartans and the priestess they escort to find the key to this defense. And in doing so, he must travel to the Space Between, the boundary between our world, and the world of the Shadow.

For writers and nonfiction fans, there is The Writer’s Conference Guide:  Getting the Most of your Time and Money. A writer’s conference is a large investment in time and money so it’s certainly worth spending a little of that time and money beforehand to maximize your investment. We cover strategies for:

• How to find and pick the best conferences to meet your needs.
• Tips on how to efficiently plan for the conference.
• How to select the workshops that will benefit you the most.
• How to socialize and mingle with those who can help your career.
• Pitching techniques and tactics so you’ll be prepared for the opportunity to discuss your book.
• Finally, we go over an After Action Review and Follow-up so every conference you attend is a great success.

For a mix of science and thriller, there’s The Green Berets: Synbat, where a government experiment to produce the next generation of soldiers goes horribly wrong.  Currently under option for the Syfy Channel.

FREE 21-25 Feb

FREE 21-25 Feb

Then another thriller:  Black Ops: The Omega Sanction, described as “Sizzling, first-rate war fiction.” By the Macon Beacon.

Last, but certainly not least, is my first indie release direct to digital, Chasing The Ghost One of my favorite protagonists I’ve written, Horace Chase has been chasing ghosts his entire life.
First, his Medal-of-Honor winner father who died in Vietnam without ever meeting his son. And left him the legacy of an automatic appointment to the Military Academy at West Point which shaped the next thirty-five years of Chase’s life. Then, the ghost of his mother, who died while he was at war in Afghanistan and wounded, causing him to resign his commission and return to the United States, a lost soul.

Chase now wears two hats as a Federal counter-terrorism liaison to the local police department in Boulder, Colorado where he becomes embroiled in two seemingly un-related cases. Working as a detective with Boulder PD he chases another death, this one the apparent rape/murder of Rachel Stevens, an upscale housewife attending night classes at the University of Colorado. And with his counter-terrorism team he is embroiled in a series of killings involving a militia group, a rogue ex-Special Forces officer, a psychopathic ex-CIA contract mercenary, and ruthless drug runners.

From the streets of Boulder, to the highest railroad tunnel in the world, to a swingers club hiding in plain site in suburbia, Afghanistan starts to look pretty good to Chase.

Feel free to download and enjoy the books–and if you do enjoy them, then perhaps pay back with a positive review!

And if you’re a Nook owner, check out Black Ops: Section 8 which is featured as an exclusive Nook First title.

All the best and Readers Rule.


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As a former pediatric ER doctor turned thriller writer, I love talking about the really important things in life: namely, the best ways to kill someone and get away with it.

So, given the winter holiday season, I thought I’d throw out a few ideas on Homicidal Holiday Hazards.

  1. O Tantebaum—not only do they make for excellent firestarters (arson, anyone?) but think of the possibilities while actually obtaining one. —Imagine: deserted tree farm, you and your victim far out of sight of anyone else, it’s getting dark, and there you are with hatchet and saw in hand….or better yet, cutting down and hauling a live tree is a great time to induce a heart attack and given the holiday rush, it probably would go undetected as the medical examiner would be too busy to do more than a cursory examination.
  2.  Auld Lang Sangdo you have any idea how easy it is to slip poison into New Year’s champagne or eggnog?  The possibilities are endless: antifreeze in a sweet drink, an overdose of barbiturates or sedatives in an alcoholic one….
  3. Dradle, Dradle—holidays with all that candy and cheating on diets make for a perfect time to induce a diabetic coma in those old folks with fat life insurance policies.  Just swap out their “sugar” pills or insulin for a few days, ply them with some gelt or candy canes and pouf!  There goes granny, here comes the inheritance!
  4. Up on the Rooftop–Hmmm….climbing up rickety ladders, hammer and nails and aluminum gutters and electrical lights, snow and ice all around—anyone else seeing a great set up for “accidental” electrocutions or slip and falls???
  5.  Over the Hills—all that ice and snow (for those of you in northern climes) not to mention crazy, hectic drivers all rushing hither and yon make for a perfect recipe for disaster.  Mix a slashed brake-line with faulty power steering, add a little too much holiday cheer and voila!

And then there’s always the cold and hypothermia and all the possibilities the wilderness can offer us.

In the meantime, what’s your favorite Homicidal Holiday Hazard?

I’d love to hear them!


PS: I feel honor-bound (the pediatric ER doc in me) to point out that the holidays actually do pose a very real risk, especially to children and pets.  Clean up ALL remnants of alcohol after parties before you go to bed (kids tend to get up early and love sipping at all the left over drinks and it only takes a few swallows of alcohol to poison a little one) and please dress everyone warm, even for short trips.  Always, always buckle up and have a designated driver!  Happy–and safe–holidays to all!!

About CJ:

As a pediatric ER doctor, New York Times Bestseller CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

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 http://www.cjlyons.net

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What inspires my writing?

When I was a kid, it was my own need to learn how to become a hero, someone strong enough to change the world for the better.

After my pediatric internship when one of my fellow interns was brutally murdered, writing became my way to understand my grief and control the chaos around me. That’s when I wrote my first thriller, BORROWED TIME, and I dedicated it to Jeff’s memory.

Much of my fiction since then has been inspired by my patients and their families. Ordinary people facing tragedy with courage and grace, proving that heroes are indeed born everyday.

I still search for order in the chaos–after practicing pediatric emergency medicine and pediatrics for seventeen years, that will never change. But now, after having sold hundreds of thousands of books and receiving fan letters from all over the world, I have another inspiration: my readers.

Discovering that I had the power to connect with people I’d never met, to inspire as well as entertain–that felt almost as good as saving lives in the ER!

I treasure each fan letter as much as the very first one.  There have been people facing the pain of chronic illnesses who have been able to make it through the night because of my books.  Fellow medical personnel, EMS, firefighters, and police officers have written, thanking me for the way I “tell it like it really is.”  And readers who simply needed an escape from their lives have found refuge in my words.

Honestly, no matter how much money or which bestseller lists I hit, I can’t imagine any feeling as wonderful as the feeling I get when I hear from readers who have fallen in love with my books.  It’s an adrenalin rush that fuels my writing and inspires me everyday!

About CJ:

As a pediatric ER doctor, New York Times Bestseller CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

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 http://www.cjlyons.net

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I live in a rural area and anytime I go for a long drive I often have to rely on my mp3 instead of car radio. Which is fun because I throw my songs on there, hit shuffle, and off we go…at least that’s how it’s supposed to work.

Twice in the last month I got busted by my playlist.

You see, I like kickass rock n’ roll. Doesn’t matter if it’s old or new as long as it has attitude. Which makes for some rather un-politically correct, not safe for work, non-kid-or old folk-friendly choices.

And since I keep my mp3 on shuffle, I never know what’s gonna come out of the speakers next. It could be Led Zeppelin or the Stones or Buck Cherry doing the “dirty” version of Crazy Bitch.

Yeah, crank that over your speakers as you drive into the courthouse parking lot, ready to report for jury duty. Then park between a sheriff’s cruiser and a Cadillac that probably belongs to a lawyer or judge.

Worse? Forget the sunroof is open and sing along at the top of your lungs.

(If you don’t know the song, practically every other word is the F-bomb.)

Those dirty looks were nothing compared to the tongue-lashing one of my friends gave me as we were driving together and Nickelback’s Something in your Mouth came on.

(yes, THAT is what the song’s about…one of Nickelback’s favorite themes)

She’s a true blue feminist and felt my choice in music was a betrayal of the cause, setting back women’s rights fifty years.

I had no defense other than, “it’s got a good beat.”

“It’s misogynistic.”

“Not as bad as their Figured You Out.”

She hit the fast forward button. Saving Abel, The Sex is Good. Scowled at me, hit it again.

Saved by the Stones, Sympathy for the Devil.

I relaxed, steered the conversation to a safe place. Of course that’s when Puddle of Mud’s Control came on.

Otherwise known as the “smack your ass” song.

 What can I say? I gave up, and sang along. Heck, if you’re gonna be busted by your playlist, you might as well have fun doing it.

So you tell me, when has your choice in pop culture led to you being busted?

C’mon, you know what I mean–that hidden DVD with the best of Gilligan’s Island, the tattered, well-read copy of Mad magazine, the Sonny and Cher album you can’t bear to part with….

Thanks for reading!


About CJ:

As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.  In addition to being an award-winning, New York Times Bestseller, CJ is a nationally known presenter and keynote speaker.

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 http://www.cjlyons.net

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My first book was called THE EASTER EEG.  I was five, and my mother helped me by stapling two pages together—my title complete with crayoned bunny, and a scrawl of unreadable sentences.

When I was a preteen, I got a manual typewriter and started writing novels.  Mostly they were horse stories with titles like MOONSTONE, A STALLION, and THE RED MARE OF WHISPERING PINES.

Here’s a secret: Writers can’t stop.  But a lot of times, writers can’t start, either.  Mostly because we’re afraid.  We are, after all, creating something completely out of nothing.  Sometimes that’s daunting.  But if you told us we could never write again, that we couldn’t even think about writing again, that the whole idea of writing something down was to be obliterated from our minds—we’d curl up and die.

Writing is about ownership.  When I was a kid I read tons of books, but the book that made me want to be a writer was Ray Bradbury’s SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.  I wanted to own that book. I wanted it to have been mine.  He and I were simpatico.  I was filled with this longing to claim a piece of writing ground as great as that one.

Just the thought of it put me off writing for years.  

But it was always there, underneath, like a pot of water just before it boils.

When I wrote my first published novel, my ghost story DARKSCOPE—inspired by Peter Straub’s GHOST STORY and Stephen King’s THE SHINING—I threw everything into it.  I think it was over 1100 pages.  There’s even a kitchen sink in it. Really.

Mercifully, an editor liked it and cut it in half.  And it sold.  (Choir of Angels here.)  Years later, when Amazon KDP came onto the scene, my publisher Breakaway Media brought it back to life.

Writing is about learning to write. It’s about striving for a personal best.

It’s about reading, too.  What I want, what I want more than anything on this earth, is to reach people on a level that Larry McMurtry’s LONESOME DOVE reached me.  I’ve read that book three times.  And every damn time I become so immersed that I won’t eat dinner, I won’t go to bed, I wait for a chapter break even to use the john.  I read a book that is 945 pages long and as the pages get thinner I start to feel real loss.  What will I do when I reach the end and there is no more story?

So I know what you want.  And I’m just ignorant enough and ambitious enough to think that maybe I can give it to you.  I keep trying, at any rate.  I want to give you that gift, the gift that blocks everything else out of your life, a book you can’t put down and don’t want to leave.  I am that ridiculously foolish to think that maybe, someday, I can do that for some people.

Writing books is not about fame.  Or book-signings.  Or TV interviews or conferences or even (cue Choir of Angels again) the New York Times Best Seller list.  It’s about trying.  We’d do it for nothing—most of us actually have done it for nothing over the course of our careers.  That’s just how we roll.

Like any job you love, you don’t quit on it, and it doesn’t quit on you.  

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