Shared Experience

CJ Lyons takes learning about her craft seriously. As a crime novelist, she learns what it's like to handle guns.
Shared Experience

Dedicated Readers Help Crime Novelist Give Back

by Erin Simpson

Inspired in part by the brutal murder of a fellow intern, bestselling crime novelist CJ Lyons left her medical career to write full time. With both traditional and self-published books, CJ engages her devoted readers to propel her books up the bestseller charts and ultimately give back to her community. Selling over 2 million copies of her 27 books, CJ and her readers have donated $100,000 to deserving charities and helped 70 police departments receive specialized training to solve crimes. […]

Create Good Memories with Holiday Baking
Shared Experience

Create Good Memories with Holiday Baking

by Amy Houts

With the holiday season comes the tastes, smells, and merriment of holiday baking. For many, holiday baking is a communal activity. Traditions are passed down through the generations. There’s nothing quite like a family cookie exchange party to get in the holiday spirit. In the center of it all, sometimes worn and dog-eared, sometimes sprinkled with flour or smeared with a smidge of butter, sometimes brand new and brimming with new recipes to try, is the cookbook.
[…]

Homeschool Book Clubs Customize Experience
Shared Experience

Homeschool Book Clubs Customize Experience

by Samantha Bell

Whether seated in a circle of chairs or in a hollowed out redwood tree, homeschool kids read and learn in environments that cater to their individual learning styles. From North Carolina to California, homeschool book clubs are therefore as different as the families they serve, each one created to meet the needs of students in its community. Most of all, these book clubs give homeschooled students the freedom to experience good books. […]