The Color of Lies author guest post


Hey guys! Today I am bringing you a guest post from the author of The Color of Lies, C.J. Lions.


 The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons

Publisher: Blink

Release Date: November 6, 2018

Genre: Young Adult — Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller


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.

Guest Post

What are your favorite quotes for writing inspiration when there’s the dreaded writing slump?

CJ: “We don’ t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ~Anaïs Nin

“No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” ~Carl Sagan

What has your writing journey been like?

CJ: My path to publication has been rockier than most. I originally sold two medial thrillers to a major NYC publisher—in fact, it was on the basis of those two contracts that I left my medical practice to write full time. Everything seemed set for my dream debut—the book was to be released in hardcover, early orders far exceeded the publisher’s expectations, we had cover quotes from over a dozen NYT bestselling authors…

Fast forward to 90 days before the publication date. I come home from the hospital on a Friday night to find a message on my answering machine from my editor: my book was cancelled.

Dream debut, gone. Publishing career, vanished. And, I’d already given notice at my day job and sold my house, so it seemed I was doomed: no book, no job, no home.

(Why did they cancel the book? Something I had no control over: the bookstores finally saw the cover art and hated it (btw, so did I, it was a truly awful cover), and so threatened to cancel all their orders if the publisher didn’t change it. The publisher decided it was easier to sacrifice my years of hard work and career instead of asking his art department to take another shot at the cover.)

While I fought to get my rights back, I refused to give up my dream of being published. So I did what I always do when the chaos of the world overwhelms me: I wrote. The book I wrote during what should have been the worst time of my writing career ended up being my biggest bestseller once it was published—in fact, it debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for weeks!

I also took that time and dedicated myself to learning everything I could about the business side of publishing—I vowed to never again allow a stranger in a NYC office hold my fate in their hands.

A few months later another NYC publisher called me. They’d read an early copy of my doomed-debut and loved it. Could I create something similar for them? Not just one book but a series?

Of course, I said yes! And now here I am, 44 books later…

What would your dream cast be if your book was ever a movie?

CJ: Ella would be played by Emma Dumont or Lucy Hale, Alec by Aaron Pierre, Max by Tom Holland, and Rory is the toughest to cast, she’s pretty but in an unusual way, so maybe Ashlyn Casalegno.


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.

Two times winner of the International Thriller Writers coveted Thriller Award, 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).

Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart at







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Prize: 5 Copies of The Color of Lies by CJ Lyons (USA only)

Starts: 11/5/18

Ends:  11/16/18

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Thanks for reading!! I hope you enjoyed the post! I’ll probably be back to posting more next week! Feel free to leave a comment below! 

2 thoughts on “The Color of Lies author guest post”

  1. I *love* that quote by Carl Sagan. I need to write that down somewhere.

    Lyons’ journey to writing is fascinating, I’m glad she shared it!! To believe her books were initially rejected because the cover was ugly … and she I always remember The Color of Lies for its cover, haha.

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