2018 Christmas Book Releases

Posted December 3, 2018 by Jana in Book Spotlight / 5 Comments

I love Christmas books (all kinds), and a ton of amazing ones have been released this year! I’ve compiled a huge list of all (well, not ALL… that would be impossible) the new ones! You’ll be seeing reviews for a few of these this month!

Adult & New Adult

A Christmas Bride by Viveka Portman
A Christmas By the Sea by Melody Carlson
A Christmas Miracle for the Doctor (Shadow Creek, Montana #6) by Victoria James
A Christmas Revelation (Christmas Stories #16) by Anne Perry
A Christmas Wish for the Land Girls (Land Girls #3) by Jenny Holmes
A Coldwater Warm Hearts Christmas (Coldwater #3) by Lexi Eddings
A Duel for Christmas (Pevensey Mysteries #3) by Rosanne E. Lortz
A Firefighter’s Christmas Gift (Holidays in Heart Falls #1; Heart Falls #3) by Vivian Arend
A Miracle on Hope Street by Emma Heatherington
A Wedding One Christmas by Therese Beharrie
Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber
A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews
A Merry Mountain Christmas by Trish Milburn
An Unexpected Christmas (Taking the Shot #1) by Shannon Richard
A Season to Celebrate by Fern Michaels, Kate Pearce, Donna Kauffman, & Priscilla Oliveras

A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, #2) by Michelle Griep
A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas (Gold Valley, #4) by Maisey Yates
At the Heart of Christmas by Jill Monroe
A Timeless Christmas by Alexis Stanton
A Very Lucky Christmas by Lilac Mills
Christmas Angel by Kat Martin
Christmas at Borteen Bay by Morton S. Gray
Christmas at First Creek Farm by Joss Wood
Christmas at Liberty’s (Liberty Girls #1) by Fiona Ford
Christmas at the Chalet: A Novel by Anita Hughes
Christmas at Tuppenny Corner  by Katie Flynn
Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright
Christmas Camp: A Novel by Karen Schaler
Christmas Catch by Mary Shotwell
Christmas In Cape Cod by Nan Rossiter

Christmas In Evergreen by Nancy Naigle
Christmas In Whispering Pines (The Langtry Sisters #3) by Scarlett Dunn
Christmas on Mistletoe Lane (Sweetwater Springs #1) by Annie Raines
Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
Cowboy Christmas Jubilee (Holiday, Texas #2) by Dylann Crush
Cowboy Honor (Longhorn Canyon #2) by Carolyn Brown
Cowboy SEAL Christmas (Navy SEAL Cowboys, #3) by Nicole Helm
High Country Christmas by Cynthia Thomason
Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis
It Started with Christmas by Jenny Hale
Kiss Me At Christmas (Playful Brides #10) by Valerie Bowman
Lone Star Christmas (Coldwater Texas #1) by Delores Fossen
Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny Holiday
Mistletoe Miracles (Ransom Canyon #7) by Jodi Thomas
Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood
My Kind of Christmas (The Christmas Tree Ranch #1) by Janet Dailey
Naughty but Nice (Hamilton Christmas #3) by Donna Kauffman

No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley
Oh My Stars by Sally Kilpatrick
Premeditated Peppermint (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #3)
Read and Gone (The Haunted Library Mysteries, #2) by Allison Brook
Respect for Christmas by Grace Burrowes
Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1) by Katie Ruggle
Santa’s on His Way by Lisa Jackson, Maisey Yates, Stacy Finz, & Nicole Helm
Season of Wonder (Haven Point #9) by RaeAnne Thayne
Snowed In for Christmas (Holiday Acres #2) by Noelle Adams
Snowed in with the Cowboy (Gold Valley, #3.5) by Maisey Yates
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane (Honeymoon Harbor #2) by JoAnn Ross
Snowflakes Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman
Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King
The Autobiography of Santa Claus: A Revised Edition of the Christmas Classic by Jeff Guinn
The Billionaire’s Christmas Cinderella by Carol Marinelli

The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove (Seashell Cove #3) by Karen Clarke
The Christmas Company by Alys Murray
The Christmas Layover by Robert Tate Miller
The Christmas Remedy by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall
The Chrismas Sisters by Sarah Morgan
The Christmas Window by Melissa McClone
The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant
The Christmas Wishing Tree (Eternity Springs #15) by Emily March
The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby by Jennifer Hoopes
The Forever Christmas Tree (Bell Sound #1) by Sandra Hill
The Little Christmas Teashop of Second Chances (Castle Cove #2) by Donna Ashcroft
The Magic of Christmas Tree Farm by Erin Green
The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson
The White Christmas Inn by Colleen Wright
The Windmill Café: Christmas Trees (The Windmill Café #3) by Poppy Blake

‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #2) by Jacqueline Frost
Unleashed (Hamilton Christmas #1) by Donna Kauffman
Watch for Me at Christmas by Kirsty Ferry
Winter At the Beach (Moonlight Harbor #2) by Sheila Roberts

Young Adult

Carols and Chaos by Cindy Antsey
Holly Jolly Summer by Tiffany Stewart
Kiss Me in Paris by Katherine Rider
Snow In Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, & Kasie West
Together At Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Middle Grade

Father Christmas and Me (Christmas #3) by Matt Haig

Fraud at Snowfields by Daniel Klock
The Lotterys More or Less (The Lotterys #2) by Emma Donoghue

Children’s Picture

All Is Merry and Bright by Jeffrey Burton
Christmas Cookie Day! by Tara Knudson
Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck
Little Christmas Tree by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
Mouse’s Christmas Gift by Mindy Baker
Plum by Sean Hayes & Scott Icenogle
Searching for Christmas by Holly Gardner
The Star in the Christmas Play by Lynne Marie

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Why Christmas Isn’t Always Perfect by Linn B. Halton (aka Lucy Coleman) | Author Guest Post (+ Giveaway)

Posted December 2, 2018 by Jana in Giveaway, Guest Post / 6 Comments

I’ve written three Christmas novels so far – well – four, technically, as I’ve just finished my Christmas 2019 release. And I usually end up writing them during the summer months. So, I think I qualify as a Christmasaholic.

Quite simply, I LOVE Christmas. But that doesn’t mean every single one has been perfect. We had the year that chicken pox meant we had two very poorly children indeed. And the first year after my Dad died. My tears plopped down onto my Christmas dinner plate as I ate, knowing nothing would ever be quite the same again.

As in life, Christmas can’t always be full of laughter and happiness. But having experienced the sad times is precisely why the excited inner-child within me wants to trim up on the first of December. And keep alive the things that have become traditions in our family.

It’s never about the presents, although buying things for the kids is always fun. It’s standing in the kitchen making homemade mince pies, and alternative ones because I hate mincemeat.

And the memories. The year our fully-decorated, six-foot tall blue spruce tree decided to topple over and I rushed to stop it. Painful.

The first year the whole family came to me for Christmas dinner and the duck looked half-raw, so we had cold pork instead. And the year the turkey was attacked by a neighbour’s cat as it sat on the window sill, cooling.

Sitting around the dinner table pulling Christmas crackers and telling silly jokes at the tops of our voices because my partially-deaf uncle forgot to put in his hearing aid.

After attending midnight mass one year it began snowing as we walked home. That was truly magical.

We end up having three Christmas celebrations now, because our family is spread around the UK. I’ve discovered that Christmas isn’t just for the 25th of December. It’s about the spirit of the thing – goodwill to all men and the memories you make. And that comes from your heart, not in a nicely wrapped box. Or a delivery from the supermarket.

I hope everyone has a truly wonderful Christmas. But if this year turns out to be your Christmas from hell, focus on getting through it as best you can. When you come out the other side pick a date and have an alternative celebration. Cheesy Christmas hits and all. Then set your sights firmly on next year!

Snowflakes Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman
Published by Aria on September 18, 2018
Genres: Adult Fiction — Christmas, Contemporary, Romance
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The perfect Christmas romance for fans of Karen Swan.

As the snowflakes start to fall, the village of Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach…

For lifestyle magazine journaist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article ‘Love is, actually, all around’…

So Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air, and rugged stranger Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.

Tia didn’t expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Chiristmas wishes might just come true…

Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly rugged Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands; the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.

As cosy as a marshmallow-topped cup of cocoa, fall in love with a heart-warming festive story from the bestselling author of The French Adventure.

About Linn B. Halton

From interior designer to author, Linn – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (as Lucy) and Harper Impulse (as Linn); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Read a chapter from each of her novels here! | Linn on Twitter | Lucy on Twitter
Facebook | Amazon Author Pages: Linn B. Halton and Lucy Coleman

Giveaway

A surprise Christmas parcel from Linn is up for grabs this month!
The parcel includes a book, a bauble, and chocolates!

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Seventh Annual Bookish Little Christmas With That Artsy Reader Girl

Posted December 1, 2018 by Jana in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

December came so quickly this year, but I’m not complaining! A Bookish Little Christmas is my absolute favorite blog event, and I’m really excited to be back for year #7! The next few weeks will be filled with Christmassy guest posts, book reviews, and other fun things as we count down the days until Christmas (I’ll be updating the schedule as posts go live). Some of my very favorite bookish people will be stopping by with amazing festive content. I can’t wait to celebrate my favorite holiday with you!

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Post Schedule

December 2: Why Christmas Isn’t Always Perfect by Linn B. Halton (aka Lucy Coleman) | Author Guest Post (+ Giveaway)
December 3: 2018 Christmas Book Releases
December 4: Top Ten Cozy, Wintry Reads
December 5: Ginger’s Favorite Holiday Romances | Blogger Guest Post
December 6: The Dance Before Christmas by Victoria Alexander | Book Review
December 7: Five Unique Ways to Gift Wrap Books by Jenny Hale | Author Guest Post
December 8: Christmas Songs Book Tag 2018
December 9: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis | Book Review
December 10: My Favorite Fictional Scrooges | The 12 Days of Holly Chase Blog Tour (+Giveaway)
December 11: My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Movies
December 12: Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan | Book Review (+The Christmas Sisters Giveaway)
December 13: Christmas with My Favorite Book Characters | Blogger Guest Post
December 14: Christmas Books I Loved As a Child
December 15: A Kiss In the Snow by Susan Mallery | Book Review

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Top Ten Platonic Relationships In Books

Posted November 26, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic is about those wonderful non-romantic relationships we read about in books that warm our hearts and make us smile. I cannot get enough of these kinds of relationships in my books, so I can’t wait to jump around the Linky and find more books to add to my TBR! My list focuses on best friends and wonderful families.

1. Cinder and Thorne in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
One of my favorite platonic boy-girl friendships.

2. Cinder and Iko in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
A girl and her devoted android.

3. Roar and Aria/Perry from Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi 
Roar is the BEST friend ever. And Roar and Perry have the very best bromance I’ve read.

4. The Weasley Family in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
This family. I don’t need to say much more than that.

5. Lucien and Feyre in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
It’s always nice to have a snarky guy in your corner to make sure you’re doing ok.

6. Kylie and Will in From What I Remember… by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Will is the gay best friend that every girl needs!

7. The Family in The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
Everyone loves each other, even though they all carry scars from difficult pasts. Their trials brought them together, though, into this tight make-shift family that I LOVED.

8. Clem’s Family in Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
Her parents are wonderful, and her sister reminds me so much of my little sister–always wanting to tag along, looking up to you, and being your biggest fan. he also has a sweet disposition and a goofy sense of humor.

9. Maggie and Roux from Also Known As by Robin Benway
Roux is a mean girl who got a huge dose of karma, and is now the social outcast. Her new status has made her very uninhibited, and the girl has no filter. She gloms on to Maggie, and the two become inseparable.

10. Angelo (Maggie’s Honorary Uncle) from Also Known As by Robin Benway
He’s this suave, debonair, dapper older gentleman who is also part of The Collective (the spy organization Maggie and her parents are members of). He is a very close friend of Maggie and her family. I love his relationship with Maggie most of all. He is just so loving, and he adores her in this grandfatherly way. I just found him to be so charming and likable.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2018!

Posted November 22, 2018 by Jana in About Me / 3 Comments

I’m thankful for books and this bookish community that gives me a platform for sharing that love. I’m thankful for you, who comes here to fangirl with me over all manner of book things! I wish you the best Thanksgiving ever, with lots of yummy foods, cozy clothes, and smiling faces.

What are you thankful for this year?

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Ten Books That Take Place Over Thanksgiving

Posted November 19, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 13 Comments

With Thanksgiving being in just a couple days here in the USA, I thought it would be fun to do a Thanksgiving/thankful freebie. I decided that for my post I’d showcase some books on my TBR that take place during Thanksgiving!

Early Bird Special by Tracy Krimmer
Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
Seven Day Fiancé by Rachel Harris
A McClendon Thanksgiving by Sean D. Young
A Thankful Heart by Melissa McClone
All or Nothing by Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke
A Randall Thanksgiving by Judy Christenberry
Tackled by the Girl Next Door by Susan Scott Shelley and Veronica Forand
How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie by Gina Henning
His Road Home by Anna Richland

What topic did you choose this week for your freebie?
If you live in the USA, what are your Thanksgiving plans?

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Top Ten Bookish Items I’d Like to Own

Posted November 12, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 15 Comments

Christmas is next month and, I don’t know about you, but I’m already building my wish list of fun things I’d love to own. Many of those, of course, are bookish! So here’s a few of the fun things I’ve come across online!

Bookish Items I’d Like to Own

1. Harry Potter Christmas at Hogwarts 500-piece Puzzle by New York Puzzle Company (Buy Here)
I love puzzles, and how magical and beautiful is this one?? 

2. If You Can Read This Bring Me My Book Socks by California Social Hour (Buy Here)
Fun socks are the best, and these ones feed my bookish heart.

3. Book Lovers Tea Cup and Saucer by Roy Kirkham (Buy Here)
Oh man. I’ve loved this from afar for a very long time!

4. Book Nerd Bracelet (in brown) by laureldenise (Buy Here)
This is such a simple, cute, and dainty bracelet!

5. Cat Lady Enamel Pin by HennelPaperCo (Buy Here)
Not technically bookish, but cats and books kinda go hand in hand for me!

6. Stack of Book Earrings by Coryographies (Buy Here)
SOOO cute!

7. Read Bracelet by ALikelyStory (Buy Here)
Adorable!

8. The Hound of the Baskervilles T-Shirt by Literary Book Gifts (Buy Here)
I remember reading this book in school and being so freaked out! It was one of my favorite reads in school, and this shirt is so fun!

The GOOD NEWS! Melissa from Literary Book Gifts has offered my readers 20% off anything on her site, no minimum. Use the coupon code ThatArtsyReaderGirl20! It never expires!

9. Bookish Decal by BookishStuff (Buy Here)
This would look ADORABLE on my car’s back window!

10. Ex Libris Necklace by Out of Print (Buy Here)
This is super dainty and pretty.

Which of these would you love to own? 
What’s on your list this week?

 

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Rachael Lippincott’s Connection to Five Feet Apart | Author Guest Post (+ Giveaway)

Posted November 12, 2018 by Jana in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post / 7 Comments

I’m pleased to kick off the official Five Feet Apart blog tour with this lovely guest post by author, Rachael Lippincott! I didn’t know that this story was a screenplay before a book, and that a movie is currently in production. That makes things even more interesting. I have a bit of a personal connection to this story, as someone I care about has cystic fibrosis. It’s so nice to get a little background on it, and what inspired its creation before the movie, starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson, hits theaters on March 20, 2019.


Rachael Lippincott’s Connection to Five Feet Apart
by Rachael Lippincott

To put it simply, this book is the product of the hard work of many, many people. From the screenplay itself, written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, to Claire Wineland’s incredible contributions and spirit, to Justin Baldoni’s work as the director of the movie, to my physical writing of it, all of it had this innate desire to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis at the very core.

For me, everything started the day I got the screenplay for Five Feet Apart. I poured over the words, finishing it over the course of an afternoon, the story of Will and Stella leaving me filled with a myriad of emotions, from anger to joy to sadness to longing. When I finished, my computer screen was filled with tabs about Cystic Fibrosis and B. cepacia and medical statistics for the disease.

My inspiration started with the screenplay and grew to so much more than that over the course of that afternoon and the coming weeks and months. It became about the real life Wills and Stellas. People like Claire Wineland, who stare CF in the face and inspire so many others to live a life that they can be proud of. It became about a mom in Des Moines with this superhuman perseverance to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation so that her daughter and so many other CFers can live to see a cure. It became about people that had never heard about Cystic Fibrosis reading Will and Stella’s story, or watching it on the big screen, and taking the time to open up google and learn about what the disease is.

I am acutely aware every day that this book could have had anyone’s name on the cover next to Mikki and Tobias’s. But I was lucky enough to be able to use my greatest passion, writing, to join a team of people committed to raising awareness about Cystic Fibrosis, and I take that very seriously. I can say earnestly that I will do everything I can to raise awareness for CF and I hope beyond all else that Five Feet Apart helps in some small way to bring about a cure.


Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
Original screenplay written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
Published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 20, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction — Contemporary, Romance
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Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?


About Rachael Lippincott

Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner.

 

The publisher has graciously offered up a copy of Five Feet Apart to a lucky reader of That Artsy Reader Girl!

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Blog Tour Schedule

November 12 – That Artsy Reader Girl

November 13 – Vivacious Bibliophile

November 14 – A Gingerly Review

November 15 – Life of a Simple Reader

November 16 – A Glass of Wine

November 17 – Book is Glee

November 19 – Bumbles and Fairytales

November 20 – Adventures of a Book Junkie

November 21 – Jen Ryland Reviews

November 22 – Joyous Reads

November 23 – Chasing Faerytales

November 24 – Folded Pages Distillery

November 26 – Oh, Hey! Books

November 27 – Book Briefs

November 28 – Novel Knight Book Reviews

November 29 – A Dream within a Dream

November 30 – My Guilty Obsession

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Top Ten Backlist Books I Own & Still Need to Read

Posted November 5, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 36 Comments

So… this topic is super broad and really hard. I know there’s no possible way to narrow down all the backlist books you’ve missed between now and the beginning of time to just 10, so just do your best! Maybe they’re the newest backlist books, or the ones by authors you love. Maybe they’re the ones you’ve had on your TBR list the longest or the ones that were published before you were born. Or MAYBE they’re just the highest on your list of priorities! Whatever the case may be, I’m expecting a whole lot of book pushing to come from this week’s topic!

Because I have a million books, I’ve decided to only mention the physical books on my bookshelves (that came out before 2018) that I got because I was so excited to read them and then promptly didn’t.

Legend by Marie Lu
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
The Love Academy by Belinda Jones
Spirited Away by Cindy Miles

Should I prioritize any of these?
Which backlist book is at the top of your TBR right now?

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Author Interview With C.J. Lyons | The Color of Lies Blog Tour (+Giveaway)

Posted November 5, 2018 by Jana in Author Interview, Blog Tour, Giveaway / 4 Comments

Author Interview With C.J. Lyons | The Color of Lies Blog Tour (+Giveaway)

Welcome to The FFBC’s blog tour of C.J. Lyons’s The Color of Lies! As one of the co-owners of The Fantastic Flying Book Club, I had the exciting privilege of organizing this blog tour (creating the tour banner was especially fun!) and am delighted to be hosting C.J.’s welcome interview here on my blog as well!


Author Interview with C.J. Lyons

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

1. Your bio on your website says you’ve been a storyteller all your life. Can you tell us about one of your earliest stories?

CJ: One of my first memories is when I was two or three, using my mom’s hair curlers as finger puppets to tell stories. But my earliest written story that was read by anyone other than myself was in third or fourth grade when I wrote a serial for our class newspaper.

It was set during the Civil War and featured a blind girl and her horse (a palomino, of course) as she made her way through the wilderness spying for the Union Army. She had a walking staff that she also used for kung fu, thus hitting all the major tropes that would appeal to eight-year-olds…

Thank goodness there are no known copies left in existence!

2. You’ve written multiple books for teens and adults. How is writing YA fiction different than writing adult fiction?

CJ: I love writing YA because I can actually be more honest than with my adult fiction. Adults read for escape but YA readers also want that deep emotional honesty and they hate being coddled or patronized, so I can be blunt and truthful with them, go deep and dark, revealing that there’s a cost to any happy ending. It’s really quite refreshing!

3. Your first career was as a doctor. What skills and knowledge did you bring with you to your writing career?

CJ: Being a writer actually turned out to be a very valuable skill that helped my success as a physician—because I understood the patterns behind storytelling, I was able to allow my patients to tell their own stories without interruptions and translate their words into the facts I needed to help treat them.

In turn, being a physician helped my career as a thriller writer. Although I’m known best for my FBI thrillers, my first published books were medical suspense, set in a Pittsburgh ER. And of course, having first hand medical knowledge is really helpful once you start blowing things up and the bullets begin to fly.

4. What are some of your favorite thrillers?

CJ: Wow, this is so hard! I love anything Lisa Gardner writes—she’s a master of using point of view and setting to bring her characters to life. Of course, there are the classics, like Silence of the Lambs and The Eight. And I also enjoy more quiet psychological suspense that creeps into your soul—I was a huge fan of Sharp Objects before HBO ever heard of it.

5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

CJ: I am a avid reader—mainly YA, SF, some fantasy, poetry, and literary fiction. And I love movies, not just watching them for entertainment, but then breaking them down to see what works and what doesn’t. Now that there are so many great long-form TV series like Breaking Bad, The Handmaid’s Tale, etc, I really enjoy delving into that kind of storytelling as well.

I also love hiking—if a trail has waterfalls, I’m so there! And I enjoy traveling, immersing myself in different cultural experiences, although that always ends up being research for future books.

ABOUT THE BOOK

1. Describe your book in five words or less.

CJ: Girl’s life is a lie.

2. What inspired you to write a book about synesthesia?

CJ: As a physician, I’ve long been fascinated by unique medical oddities such as synesthesia. It’s not a disease, but rather the way the brain processes information is mistranslated into other senses. You may see letters as colors or smell words you read.

People with synesthesia experience the world differently, which is not only fascinating, it makes for an intriguing character—especially since we all base our idea of reality on what we see, hear, feel. For people with synesthesia, their reality is already very different than people who don’t have synesthesia, so if we upset that reliance on what is seen, felt, or heard, how do we know what’s real and what isn’t?

Start playing with people’s perception of reality, of their basic, essential truth, and you open up a world of possibilities for a story.

For The Color of Lies, I took that a step farther with the idea of a girl who saw everyone else’s truth … but was blind to her own.

I loved that conflict, the paradox of what we see and believe versus what is real. And how we deny reality, sacrifice it to our dreams by what we choose to believe … It happens every day in the real world. Just look at the epidemic of fake news posing as reality.

What if someone’s entire life was colored by what they wanted to believe instead of what was real? Answering that question led to The Color of Lies.

3. Does Ella see her medical condition as a blessing or a curse?

CJ: At the start of the story, Ella views it as mostly a blessing. Although her synesthesia has isolated her (she can’t bear to be in a crowd) and forced her to be the “adult” taking care of her grandmother and uncle who are more severely impacted by their own forms of synesthesia, it has also given Ella the gift of seeing the truth in people, which she has translated into her art.

By the end of the story, everything has changed—not only how Ella feels about her synesthesia, but also how she feels about the truths it reveals.

4. What’s your favorite quote from The Color of Lies?

CJ: “The world is filled with magic. You just have to look and listen.”

5. What kinds of things did you research while writing this book?

CJ: As a physician, I had access to a lot of research about the causes and types of synesthesia, but those weren’t helpful as I really wanted to learn more about how people experienced it and how it impacted their lives.

Luckily, there are several great books that go into depth about historical people who had synesthesia and there are a lot of YouTube videos with first hand accounts of how people live with it. I also have a friend who sees music as color and light and one who sees letters as colors, so it was great fun listening to their stories.

It’s more common than people realize—twice as common as having red hair (a fact that plays into The Color of Lies). I’m not sure, but I may have a form myself. Ever since I was a kid I could read a recipe and taste it—even if I’d never tasted that recipe or its ingredients before. Or maybe that’s just the over-active imagination of a storyteller at work!


The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons
Published by BLINK on November 6, 2018
Genres: Young Adult — Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons comes The Color of Lies, a world drenched in color and mystery.

High school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses—her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read.

Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out—he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definitely not an accident.

After learning her entire life has been a lie, Ella doesn’t know who she can trust or even who she really is. With her adoptive family keeping secrets and the evidence mixing fact and fiction, the only way for Ella to learn the truth about her past is to find a killer.

Perfect for fans of Caroline B. Cooney, Ally Carter, and Jennifer Brown, The Color of Lies blurs the lines between black-and-white facts and the kaleidoscope of reality.


About C.J. Lyons

CJ Lyons has lived most of her life on the edge.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty novels, former pediatric ER doctor 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).

She has assisted police and prosecutors with cases involving child abuse, rape, homicide and Munchausen by Proxy. She has worked in numerous trauma centers, on the Navajo reservation, as a crisis counselor, victim advocate, as well as a flight physician for Life Flight and Stat Medevac.

A story-teller all her life, CJ has always created stories about people discovering the courage to make a difference. This led her to coin the term: Thrillers with Heart.

CJ has taught numerous live and online workshops as well as given keynote speeches to audiences around the world, including: The London Book Fair, The Frankfurt Book Fair, Mystery Writers of America’s Sleuthfest, RWA, Romantic Times, Oklahoma Writer Federation,Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and PennWriters among others. She was also the conference chairperson for the highly successful inaugural ITW ThrillerFest.

Her novels have twice won the International Thriller Writers prestigious Thriller Award, the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, Golden Gateway, Readers’ Choice Award, the RT Seal of Excellence, and Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.

To learn more about CJ and her writing, check out these interviews with her.

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