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C.J. Lyons Books In Order

Publication Order of Angels Of Mercy Books

Lifelines (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warning Signs (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Urgent Care (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Critical Condition (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lucy Guardino Books

Snake Skin (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Stained (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill Zone (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After Shock (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hard Fall (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Shadow Ops Books

Chasing Shadows (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost in Shadows (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Edge of Shadows (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hart and Drake Books

Nerves of Steel (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleight of Hand (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face to Face (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eye of the Storm (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Special Agent Caitlyn Tierney Books

Black Sheep (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Renegade Justice Books

Fight Dirty (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Fatal Insomnia Books

Farewell to Dreams (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Raging Dawn (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sleepless Stars (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Beacon Falls Books

Last Light (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Blink of an Eye (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blind Faith (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucidity (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rock Bottom (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Borrowed Time (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Memory (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hot Water (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hollow Bones (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Broken (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Break Free from the Slushpile (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Rules, Just Write! (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


C.J. Lyons grew up in the mountains of central Pennsylvania. In school she developed a reputation for being a bit out of touch with what the other kids were doing. Summing up this period in her life she says, “I’ve always been a storyteller. When I was young it made for a lot of time spent in timeouts because I had a hard time telling the difference between fiction and reality.”

In school her teachers noticed her talent for writing and encouraged her. At twelve, she published a story in the school’s literary magazine. Then at thirteen she one her first writing contest. While continuing to write in her spare time, Lyons set her sights on other pursuits.

Even as a child she had a pressing desire to change the world. That desire led her to pursue a career in medicine. From State College, PA she moved to North Carolina, where she attended college. After college, it was on to medical school in Florida. Then back to Pennsylvania, where she completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital.

Throughout her life she enjoyed writing and telling stories. For her, writing became a way of dealing with the “real” world. Early on, writing was a means of escape and coping. At first, she never gave any thought to making a career out of it. But that changed during her internship in Pittsburgh when one of her fellow interns was murdered.

Trying to make sense out of her shock and grief, Lyons turned once again to writing. Up to this point she had enjoyed writing science fiction and fantasy novels. But now her attention turned to crime fiction. She started channeling her experiences in the ER into her stories. After finished her internship she continued her specialize in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Daily faced with the gruesome horrors and everyday heroes, Lyons plunged herself deeper into writing.

As she built relationships with other writers they began to encourage her to publish some of her work. Reluctant at first, she eventually realized the power of words. Motivated by her desire to change the world, she submitted her work to the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest. To her surprise she was a finalist and got a call from a publisher. But the road to fame was not quite as easy as she expected. Just weeks before they were scheduled to publish her book, the publishing company backed out. Fortunately, she was picked up by another publisher, which led to publishing the Angles of Mercy series..

Angels of Mercy came about after she was approached by a television producer. His idea was to make a series that she describes as ER meets Grey’s Anatomy. With her background in medicine and strong writing skills, she seemed like a perfect choice. Commenting on the series she says, “I really wanted it to be grounded in reality. So the biggest challenge was how to keep it real, fast moving like a thriller without teaching or preaching.” Sadly the screenwriter’s strike shelved the series, but Lyons kept writing. The result was Lifeline the first book in the Angles of Mercy series.

Set in the fictional Angels of Mercy Medical Center, which is described as a top-flight teaching hospital and trauma center. People come to Angels because of its reputation for providing the best care but the drama behind the scenes is where the real action lies. Angels of Mercy focuses on four main female protagonists each with different backgrounds and personalities. They interact with each other as they save lives, find love and develop friendships. Eventually becoming each other’s heroes. Building off her real-life experience as an ER doctor as well as her many consultations with the police and prosecutors, Lyons vividly portrays the real life and death struggles in the ER.

In the first books of the series, Lifeliners, the plot revolves around Dr. Lydia Fiore. Arriving as the hospitals new ER attending physician, Fiore is faced with immediate crisis when the Chief of Surgery’s son dies under her care. With the potential end of her career looming, she must uncover the truth. The book was an immediate success, becoming an award winning, critically acclaimed best seller.

The second and third books in the series is titled Warning Signs. In Warning Signs, she tells the story of Amanda Mason — a doctor who is facing mysterious symptoms that have been affecting her performance but alluded diagnosis. The only person who seems to see her struggle is the handsome Dr. Lucas Stone. After two patients with the same symptoms die, Amanda recognizes her time is short. She enlists the help of three friends to solve the mystery of what’s killing her.

In addition, to the Angels of Mercy series, she’s published a number of other books including the young adult thriller Broken, which was selected as Top Pick by RT Book Reviews. The book tells the story of a high school student names Scarlett. Suffering from a deadly heart condition that could kill her at any moment, she must also face the difficulties of being a teenager. The story is based on Lyons real life niece named Abby, who struggles with the same heart condition.

Medical Dramas are not her only forte. Blind Faith begins with Sarah Durandt witnessing the execution the man who murdered her husband and son. Even though the killer confessed to the murder, he never reveled the location of the bodies. Plagued by the lack of closure, Sarah moves to the Adirondacks to seek out the remains of her loved ones. What she uncovers, however, is more horrifying than anything she could have imagined.

Lyon’s novels have won the Thriller Award given by the International Thrillers writes. She’s also received the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Reader’s Choice Award, the RT Seal of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence n Mystery and Suspense. C.J. regularly teaches live and online workshops. She’s also given speeches to audiences at the London Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair and writers gatherings around the world.

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