Guest Post – The Book That Changed My Life by Watched author CJ Lyons

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When hackers can hijack any cellphone or computer webcam, no one is safe – including Jesse.

Jesse seems like a normal sixteen-year-old, but he isn’t. He is a victim of King – a ruthless hacker who has been blackmailing Jesse with incriminating screen photos and videos. So far, Jesse’s given in to King’s demands in order to protect his family. But now King wants something that’s too horrible to contemplate- and if he doesn’t get it, King will kill Jesse’s little sister.

Terrified and helpless, the answer to Jesse’s prayers arrives in the form of a plain manila envelope. Inside there’s a phone number and a note: I can help.



CJ lyonsAuthor CJ Lyons:


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven 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).

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

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Guest Post: The Book That Changed My Life

There have been so many! One that I’ve read so many times that I’ve gone through several copies is Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. I love the lyricism and the honest portrayal of adults and kids who are very fallible, yet also find the courage to make a stand.


It’s a story set in the bucolic mid-west in the early twentieth century when a circus comes to town and begins to divide the townspeople according to their secret desires. The main characters are two boys, born mere minutes apart, one dark and one light, one tempted and one stalwart and loyal,  one who is transfixed by the siren’s call of adulthood while the other is hanging on to each precious moment of childhood.


Bradbury uses primal, universal desires and fears to fuel the plot, so once he has the story set up, all he really needs to do is step back and throw a match…the audience’s imagination takes care of igniting the blaze.


I love the way he infuses poetry into his settings and still delivers vicarious thrills and action while making his characters feel so very fallible and human.


I’ve read Something Wicked This Way Comes over twenty times—usually on Halloween, just to make things extra-scary.