Killer Year–The Class of 2007

Twice A Virgin!
December 18, 2006, 11:01 am
Filed under: CJ Lyons



Thought that would get everyone’s attention, lol!


Ask any published author and they can tell you about their first time…first time getting The Call, that is.

They will remember exactly where they were, what the weather was like, who was there. They’ll tell you about that giddy feeling when their editor (or agent) said those magic words: we want to buy your book.


My Call came in 2004. I experienced all the usual spectrum of emotions: elation, terror, skepticism—this must be a joke, right? Or some horrible mistake? Followed by the glow of accomplishment.


Ahh…the bliss. Of course, then comes the waiting, then the hurrying with copy edits, then more waiting, then more rushing around trying to update websites, design bookmarks, start a blog, end a blog, start posting on other people’s blogs, calling booksellers, explaining to Great Aunt Martha that yes, your book will be published by a real New York publisher, and yes, she will be able to buy it at a real life bookstore….


I did all that and more. But no book. C’est la vie. Cover art difficulties stranded it in publishing limbo and it may never get published. Sigh…try explaining that to Great Aunt Martha.


Discouraging, yes. But hey, if you’re going to dream, you have to dream big. So I kept on going, found a wonderful new agent, and with her help and the encouragement and support of so many friends, including those here at Killer Year, I continued to write.


Then something wonderful happened.


An editor called my agent. Would I consider creating a new medical suspense series for them? Think Grey’s Anatomy meets ER.


Yes, The Call!! Let me tell you, it’s just as sweet the second time around! Happy little snoopy dances that sent the cat scrambling under the nearest chair, screams of delight as soon as I hung up the phone, that giddy feeling of your stomach turning cartwheels—all back again!


So…drumroll, please…I’m happy and most excited to report that I’ll be writing for Berkley. The first book will be released early 2008.


The series will feature the lives and loves of five women who work at Angels of Mercy Medical Center. Like all my work, in addition to the romances, the books will be filled with gritty medical details and edgy suspense. I hope to have more details posted on my website ( next month.


And me? I’m still smiling, blushing, and dancing happy jigs every time I talk with my editor (who is amazing!) or when I sit down to work on the project, so I don’t expect this honeymoon to be over any time soon! I’m looking forward to many years of wedding bliss with my new partners over at Berkley.


Thanks for sharing my celebration!


10 Comments so far
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I’m so happy for you, CJ!

Comment by Bill Cameron

This news makes me smile…big time! So, so happy for you CJ. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.

Comment by Brett Battles

congratulations, CJ!!!

Comment by anne frasier

I couldn’t be happier for you, CJ. What a bumpy ride you’ve had this year. Just goes to show everyone that good things happen to good people!

Comment by Gregg Olsen

Aw shucks, you guys are making me blush….but seriously I could not have done it without the encouragement and support of all of KillerYear and my other writing friends!

That’s what makes the writing community so wonderful!

Comment by CJ Lyons

Congratulations! I just love editors. I totally have a editor-crush thing going on. I think they’re the best thing since chocolate!

Comment by spyscribbler

Yay! CJ! We knew you’d be back, so glad it happened so quickly and you got such a cool deal.

Comment by killeryear

Congratulations, CJ! It’s always fantastic when good things happen to good people. You’ve always been generous with your time and expertise, and I (for one) am very grateful. Here’s to a very successful book launch!

Comment by Allison Brennan

Thanks again, everyone! As for being generous with time and expertise, that’s just part of being a writer, IMO. After all, if we don’t help each other out, who will?

I know I certainly could not have gotten through the last six months without a little (make that alot!) of help from my friends, lol.

Comment by CJ Lyons

I hope that Blank of an Eye will eventually see the light of day, as it’s a good book.

In the meantime, congrats on the deal!

Comment by David J. Montgomery

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