Wednesday, February 27, 2008

LIFELINES, out and about...

Recent sightings of early buzz about LIFELINES:

~Candy's Inside Books

~an nice feature from Ali Karim in January Magazine

~and, a mention in New Books!

Wow!!! This is actually starting to feel real! Six days and counting!

Don't forget, send me your picture with your copy of LIFELINES and I'll post them here and on my site--plus, you'll be entered to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card!

And save those receipts--enter my TREAT A FRIEND and WIN! contest for a chance to win an iPod Nano! Details on my site.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Oh my! I'm in Writer's Digest!!!

Okay, true confession time. I've been telling stories all my life (a constant dismay to my parents who swore I'd never learn the difference between fact and fiction!) and writing them down for as long as I can remember....along with that came the dream of someday seeing them published.

So, even as a kid, whenever I had some cash in my pocket, I'd buy a Writer's Digest and read it from cover to cover, trying to glean any insight into how to make my dream come true. Never bought a Cosmo or Elle or Redbook, nope, the only magazine I bought was Writer's Digest.

And now, there I am, a full page all about me and my book on p. 22 of the April WD issue (on newsstands now!) in Jordan Rosenfeld's First Impressions feature.

Jordan was so wonderful to talk with during our interview, I almost forget it actually was an interview! I'm so thrilled that she gives debut authors a chance to stand out from crowd and am so appreciative of her support.

So, go get yourself a copy! And don't forget, LIFELINES goes on sale March 4th--buy early, buy often and you could win a special prize!!! Check out the contest page on my website for more details.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

CJ in The Motivated Writer

If you want to know the story behind my "Call" when I first learned Berkley wanted to hire me, check out this month's issue of The Motivated Writer.

Oh, there are a few secrets about my past in there as well, lol!


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Save the Cat!!

Want to rev up your writing? Learn how to plot, pitch, or develop a story from idea to finish?

Then I highly recommend Blake Snyder's Save the Cat workshops!

I just came home from an intense weekend seminar with Blake and some fellow writers--not only did we have a blast, we also left with our heads spinning with ideas.

More than ideas, thanks to Blake we had the tools to make them work.

Check him and his books out!

Friday, February 1, 2008

LIFELINES: Top Pick from RT!!!

LIFELINES will be out in the stores next month (March 4th, to be exact) and in addition to a glowing review from Publishers Weekly, it received 4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick from Romantic Times Book Review (this is huge, believe me!).

This is what Romantic Times said about LIFELINES:
Top Pick, 4 1/2 Stars. Pittsburgh's Angel of Mercy Hospital comes brilliantly alive in Lyons ' debut novel. This enthralling medical mystery offers an intimate view of the personal and professional lives of its characters. It's a winner.

To celebrate, I'm hosting several contests--prizes include DVDs, t-shirts, free books, gift cards, and even an iPod.

For more info go to my website, You can also read an excerpt from LIFELINES, check out the photos, and other fun stuff.

And if you want to read a short story that is a prequel of LIFELINES, I'm the featured New and Notable author on Celebwire (alongside Heather Graham, woohoo!) this month and they're giving away free downloads. Just click here:

Take care all and thanks for letting me share this exciting time with you!