Saturday, November 21, 2009
A Shout-Out for URGENT CARE by CJ Lyons
CJ Lyons is the real deal, and Urgent Care delivers the goods. (Some times cliches are a good thing.)
I'm tired of the "old format" book reviews, so indulge me over a cup of coffee, or glass of wine, while we talk about Urgent Care.
This is CJ's third medical suspense and her background (pediatric emergency medicine, crisis counseling, victim advocate, flight physician, etc.) brings just the right touch of realism to the telling of a great tale.
(This is the part where anything resembling a book review turns more into a chat.)
I wish I'd had a dramatic career before turning to writing. Mortgage banking is easy to demonize but kind of hard to make exciting. And selling Mary Kay? Uh-huh, yeah. A lot of story fodder there. (Where is that sarcasm font when I need it?)
CJ has developed four different, strong women in Urgent Care. I'd be proud to be a friend to any one of them. In each character, there's a trait that if I can't identify personally with, I can find sympathy for.
And get this. One of her critique partners is Margie Lawson. Zowie. No wonder this was such a good read!
My guess is that Dr. Lyons won't be available in mass market format much longer. She'll make the jump to trade and than hard cover and continue to build her readership. Oh . . . and Urgent Care is also available on Kindle. Wahoo!
(OT: Can any of you Blogger folks tell me where the spell checker for this new version can be found?)
CR: Jugglers at the Border by Robert Fate
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