AND A-TWEETERING WE WILL GO...
SHORT ONES, TALL ONES,
FINE ONES, KIND ONES...
Josh concurs with the Marvelettes -- there are plenty of fish in the sea. In fact, her brand new short story, "Plenty of Fish," deals with just that issue.
Finn loves Blair. And Blair loves Finn too, but he's not in love with him. How can you be in love with someone you've known your entire life? Shouldn't in love feel...different? Newer. Bigger. More... exciting?
Sure, maybe Blair is too romantic -- but wasn't Finn the one who always said there were plenty of fish in the sea?
Josh is holding her first (and possibly last!) sale of novel-length ebooks.
The following digital titles are half-price from March 26th until April 2nd on all major vendors:
THE REVIEWS ARE IN FOR FAIR CHANCE!
Yep, the reviews for Fair Chance, the third book in the All Fair series, are starting to trickle in, and folks seem to be liking it. There been big thumbs up from RT Book Reviews, Library Journal, All About Romance, Gay Book Reviews and more. But judge for yourself -- the book is now available in digital, print and audio wherever cool books are sold.
NEW TO JOSH? ON A BUDGET?
We're putting together some new and very cost effective digital collections of Josh's oldest backlist titles. These collections are listed at about half of what you would pay purchasing the titles individually, and should all be available soon!
I Spy...Three Novellas (The Complete I Spy Series)
Point Blank (Five Dangerous Ground novellas)
Dark Horse, White Knight (Two Novellas)
STILL LOVE THOSE PRINT BOOKS?
It's okay. We love print too. And we do our best to put everything we hold print rights to into paperback.
The Curse of the Blue Scarab is now available in print.
And here are the print titles you can look forward to in 2017
All I Want for Christmas (combines the digital holiday coda collections Merry Christmas, Darling and Christmas Waltz)
So This is Christmas (The Adrien English Mysteries 7)
The Monet Murders (The Art of Murder 2)
The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (the sequel to The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks)
WE'RE BIG IN JAPAN!
(or so the Tom Waits song goes...)
Some very exciting news from my Japanese publisher, Tuttle-Mori:
"As you may know, M/M romance is categorized as "BL" (meaning Boys' Love) in Japan.
In the annual best BL novel list (there is also a comic category), Fatal Shadows has entered at #5, which is the first and only title ever which got the entry on this list by the foreign author!
The list is organized and announced in Kono BL ga Yabai, an annual magazine whose title translates as 'This BL is Terribly Cool.'"
We think it's terribly cool too! Josh is thrilled to share this great honor with her wonderful translator, Aki Fuyoto, and the talented illustrator who did those great covers!
NEW IN AUDIO!
Well, nothing yet. But here's what's coming beginning late January:
The Curse of the Blue Scarab, narrated by Alexander Masters
Murder Between the Pages, narrated by Kale Williams
So This is Christmas (Adrien English 6/7), narrated by Chris Patton
Fair Chance (All's Fair 2), narrated by JF Harding
The Monet Murders (The Art of Murder 2), narrated by Kale Williams
Happy New Year!
Here's wishing you all the best in 2017. May you never run out of wonderful stories to enjoy.
WHAT DAY IS IT?
It's time again for the Annual Advent Calendar over at Josh's blog. This year Josh is inviting readers like you to contribute to the calendar. All contributions are welcome provided they are related to Josh's stories. So if you're in the mood to write a funny haiku about one of the stories or a snippet from Jake's POV or do some artwork or a silly booktrailer...you name it! Let's make it fun and crazy this year. Send your submission to Josh through the contact page on this website.
GOD REST YOU MERRY GENTLEMEN
AE7 (or AE6 if you don't want to count the CYOA book) So This is Christmas (which actually takes place AFTER Christmas) is now available for pre-order through Amazon. Enough said. (Uh huh.) Launch date is set for December 29th (which is also, uh, AFTER Christmas). Hopefully we'll be starting the New Year right!
HAVE YOU STARTED YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING?
Yeah, neither have we. But you can gift your favorite ebooks and you can gift your favorite audio books and that's a present to your favorite author too!
For example, you can buy your bestie the first two books in the All's Fair series for less than ten dollars and be all caught up for your buddy-read when Fair Chance is released in March.
The Curse of the Blue Scarab will be released December 9th in both print and ebook. Think Downtown Abbey meets A Single Man (yes, totally kidding). It's your basic murder, mystery, mummies romance -- only with fine china and nice manners.
You can preorder on the book page! You'll be needing that escape come December.
OUR FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT REPORTS IN
Josh's Japanese publisher Shinshokan has purchased the translation rights for Fair Chance. Arigato!
Fatal Shadows has been picked up for translation by Jamsai Publishing Co,. Ltd. in Bangkok. This will be our first Thai translation.
La mort du roi pirate (AE 4) should be out any minute from French publisher MxM Bookmark.
AND fear not! There will be more books coming in Italian. Bella! Omicidio d'inverno (Winter Kill) will be released in January 2017. But in the meantime, HarperCollins Italia is releasing Angeli all'inferno (Snowball in Hell) November 30th and La notte di Capodanno (Icecapade) December 30.
WHEN AUTUMN LEAVES ARE FALLING...
The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold...
We're in a nostalic mood these days -- which is maybe appropriate, given the release of Murder Between the Pages, a new novella by Josh set in post-World War II 1948. This one is pure madcap mystery which begins with an "impossible" crime taking place at an (even then) historic bookstore in Concord, Massachuttes. You can read more here.
Note: This story will be an Amazon exclusive for the first 90 days, but will then be released to all outlets. We apologize for the inconvenience. The idea was to try to pull in a few new readers through Kindle Unlimited, but Josh does not believe that exclusivity is a healthy thing for the book biz, and this KU experiment was just that. An experiment.
I AM NO MERMAID, I AM NO MERMAID, AND I AM NO FISHERMAN'S SLAVE
Although things change. Who knows what the future holds? Meanwhile, The Mermaid Murders is now available in audio. The book is narrated by Kale Williams, who is contracted to narrate the entire trilogy--which is excellent news because he just may be Josh's new favorite narrator. Have a listen and see what you think.
STILL TO COME IN 2016
2016 is starting to feel like the year that never was. Two projects--Fair Chance and Murder Takes the High Road--had to be postponed (to spring 2017 and summer 2018 respectively). Yes, we're sorry about that too!
However, The Curse of the Blue Scarab, an Edwardian-era Monster Mash-up based on Riccardo Stephens' The Mummy is due out November 9th, and available for preorder now. The book will be available in print and audio as well. In fact, the prodigiously talented (and reader fave) Alexander Masters is all set to narrate.
And to end the year in style, So This is Christmas, the long-long-promised Adrien English holiday novella will be out on New Year's Eve. The book will be made available in print as well -- and Chris Patton has agreed to narrate the audio book.
Christmas Waltz, the second collection of Josh's holiday codas will be available in January at some point--with a planned 21 new codas for this volume. We're still debating whether or not to do a print version which would combine Merry Christmas, Darling and Christmas Waltz in one collection. What do you think?
OUR FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT REPORTS IN
MxM Bookmark will be doing the French translation of The Curse of the Blue Scarab. Shinshokan has contracted A Case of Christmas.
Gli omicidi della sirena (The Mermaid Murders) translated through Triskell Edizioni's new for-hire service is now available. Omicidio d'inverno (Winter Kill) translated by Chiara Messi (who does so many of the translations for Josh's Harper Collins Italian releases) is planned to release in November.
We do have sad news for German readers though. Incubus Verlag, Josh's primary German publisher, has had to close their doors. They will be missed!
The news is brighter for Spanish readers. Traductores Anonimos is working on completing their translation of the Adrien English series -- as well as beginning work on the Dangerous Ground series. In the meantime, one of Josh's most popular short stories, "In Sunshine or In Shadow," is now available as "A la luz del sol o en La Sombra" over at iBooks, etc.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017
As previously mentioned, Josh plans to spend most of 2017 completing some of those long-promised sequels including The Ghost Had an Early Checkout, In Other Words... Murder and Blind Side. The first novel of the year will be The Monet Murders.
WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT?
Keep your eyes peeled for a brand new short story from Josh. "Night Watch" is set to step into the light very, very soon.
You think your ex is bad? In Night Watch, Josh's latest short story (now available for download), find out all about journalist Parker Davidson, who barely survived a brutal attack by his psycho boyfriend three years ago, and how it's given him a rather dim view of romance ever since.
Feel like Italian tonight? Morte di un re pirata, the Italian e-book translation of Death of a Pirate King, is set to drop at the end of July, courtesy of Triskell Edizioni.
What's Left of Kisses? is Josh's enigmatically titled new collection, rounding up four of Josh's most popular historical novels, including one making it into print for the very first time. Whether it's high-flying World War One British flyboys, a frothy Prohibition cocktail set in Little Egypt, full of bootleg booze and spiritualism, a Thin Man-style romp, or a bittersweet tale about a mismatched reporter and a shopworn private eye clashing over the investigation into the politically sensitive murder during WWII-era Los Angeles, there's something here for every one. And this is only volume one!
Jefferson Blythe, Esquire, Josh's venture into the realm of New Adult fiction, has been nominated for the annual insanity that is the DABWAHA.
Jefferson Blythe is not Josh's first new adult-aged protagonist. Savvy readers have pointed out that a number of Josh's protags are in their early or mid-twenties including: Perry from The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks, Flynn from the Haunted Heart series, Griff from Stranger on the Shore, Colin from The French Have a Word for It, Connor from Everything I Know, etc. But in nearly all of these cases, the romantic *interests* have been older than the cut-off age of twenty-nine. Did you know there were rules about this stuff?
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Grab your waterwings and book your tickets now. Josh will be attending WAVECON on March 11 - 16th 2017. LIVE! IN PERSON!
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Josh's first official release of the year is The Mermaid Murders, first in the new Art of Murder series. Jason West is a special agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team. Sam Kennedy is a legendary manhunter with the BAU division. The book is available in digital and print--and yes, before you ask, an audio release is planned as well.
As for Sam and Jason's next appearance? The Monet Murders is scheduled for next March.
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The people have spoken. (That would be YOU.)
Josh has pledged 2017 to catching up a number of the series and sequels she's been promising for a while. Polls were held on Goodreads, Facebook and her blog. The series winner was the as yet untitled next book in the Holmes and Moriarty series. The winner of most requested sequel was the promised follow-up to The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks. Look for both books sometime in 2017.
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Still to come in 2016:
Murder Takes the High Road (Carina Press) - a standalone mystery about a librarian on a bus tour through Scotland. Traveling can be murder!
Fair Chance (Carina Press) - the final book in the All's Fair trilogy. Elliot Mills must confront enemies both old and new.
HAIL TO THEE, BLITHE SPIRIT!
Fresh out of college and recently dumped by his long-time girlfriend, shy and bookish Jefferson Blythe is touring Europe using an inherited vintage copy of Esquire Magazine's Europe in Style when he is mistaken for an international criminal.
Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is now available...pretty much everywhere! This is Josh's first New Adult effort and we're both excited and nervous to see how it goes over with readers old and new. And yes, before you ask Jefferson Blythe is also available in audio -- narrated by Audie Award nominee Will Damron.
For those of your whose hearing organs are feeling a little peckish, Josh has three new audio books out this month! Winter Kill, the recent ARe bestseller, is now available, as well as the multipe-narrator Male/Male Mystery & Suspense Box Set, a veritiable auditory feast, containing six (count 'em, SIX!) novellas, and Dark Horse White Knight, which rounds up the first two books in the Dark Horse series, presented together in audio for the first time. And if your ears still aren't sated, Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is also available as a pre-order.
SOMETHING FISHY THIS WAY COMES
Or at least, half-fishy. Smashwords is now taking pre-orders for The Mermaid Murders, Josh's upcoming novel, featuring Special Agent Jason West, who's been temporarily partnered with legendary “manhunter” Sam Kennedy, whose reputation rests largely on his capture and conviction of a notorious serial killer known as The Huntsman.
Except that it looks like The Huntsman is still out there...and the killing has begun again.
HOLA LA VISTA, BABY!
¡Qué diablos dices!, the Spanish version of The Hell You Say, is now available through Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords...and pretty much everywhere else.
Amazon is celebrating self-publishing and Spanish-speaking readers with a month-long promotion. Two of Josh's Spanish translation titles--Sombras Fatales and Cosas Peligrosas are priced at just 99 cents on Amazon in October.
DISPATCHES FROM THE HEAD OFFICE
Murder in Pastel is now available in ebook and print. And before you ask, the audio version, set to appear this December, will be narrated by Tristan Wright.
Winter Kill is now available in print, while the audio, narrated by Gomez Pugh, should be available around the end of October.
Meanwhile, over in AudioLand, Stranger on the Shore, Everything I Know and Fair Play are up for grabs now, and Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is available for preorder.
As for those of you in a global state of mind, the Italian edition of A Dangerous Thing will be released in August from Triskell Edzione. And whatever you do, don't forget that Ombres funestes, the French version of Fatal Shadows, is already out. Zut!
Yeah, you heard me. Josh invites all you Fanyons out there to head on over to Zazzle.com to check out a wide array of nifty porcelain mugs, featuring art lifted from the various works of one J. Lanyon, Esquire.
NOW HEAR THIS!
The long-awaited pre-order link for the audiobook edition of Stranger on the Shore is finally up, both at Audible.com and Amazon. Please proceed accordingly.
...with Josh's new FBI thriller Winter Kill!
Clever and ambitious, Special Agent Adam Darling (yeah, he's heard all the jokes before) was on the fast track to promotion and success until his mishandling of a high profile operation left one person dead and Adam "On the Beach." Now he's got a new partner, a new case, and a new chance to resurrect his career, hunting a cruel and cunning serial killer in a remote mountain resort in Oregon.
We're running a little behind schedule with the print edition, but hope to have it up soon -- with the audio version (narrator to be determined) on its heels.
(Psssst! Hard-ass Unit Chief Sam Kennedy returns in 2016 with The Mermaid Murders)
BUONE NOTIZIE PER I NOSTRI LETTORI ITALIANI!
Gioco Sporco (Fair Play), the sequel to Facile Bersaglio (Fair Game), was published in May by Harlequin Mondari, Italy's largest romance publisher. Check the book page for a peek at the gorgeous cover. As you may recall, Fair Game was the very first m/m title to be chosen for translation by HM. We are thrilled that Italian readers have proved so receptive to Josh's work. Molte, molte grazie!
And more good news. Stranger on the Shore has also been chosen for Italian translation. No word yet on title or cover, but we do know the tentative release date is August. We'll keep you posted.
BABY, I'M A DARK HORSE
RUNNING ON A DARK RACE COURSE...
Per your request, The Dark Horse and its sequel/prequel The White Knight are now available in one print collection. Pop over to the book page for ordering through Amazon or Createspace.
And before you ask, yes, we do have a plan to put this collection into audio. Check back for more news soon.
JUST TO TIDE YOU OVER...
Josh has two new short stories out this month. "Wedding Favors" is the sweet sequel to "Perfect Day." And "Wizard's Moon" is a very old and dusty lost story by Josh.
JOSH IS A LAMBDA FINALIST (AGAIN)!
Congratulations to Josh for finaling in this year's Lambda Literary Award. The first book in the All's Fair series, Fair Game (Carina Press), has been nominated in the Gay Mystery category. This is Josh's fourth time as a Lambda Literary Award finalist.
Hmmm... maybe fourth time's the charm.
This complete list of this year's finalists include:
- Blackmail, My Love: A Murder Mystery by Katie Gilmartin
- Boystown 6: From the Ashes by Marshall Thornton
- Calvin's Head by David Swatling
- DeadFall by David Lennon
- Fair Game by Josh Lanyon
- A Gathering Storm by Jameson Currier
- Moon Over Tangier by Janice Law
- The Next by Rafe Haze
AND THE FIRST EVER HALL OF FAME AWARD FOR FAVORITE ALL-TIME M/M AUTHOR GOES TO... JOSH!
We would like to thank the Academy -- okay, okay! We want to sincerely thank everyone who voted for Josh in the annual awards ceremony held by the Romance Group over at Goodreads. In addition to Josh winning the Hall of Fame Award, Everything I Know took third place in Best White Collar Romance and The Boy With the Painful Tattoo took third place in Best Mystery/Whodunit. Not only that, but L.C. Chase's wonderful cover for The Boy With the Painful Tattoo took second place in cover art.
THE BOY WITH THE PAINFUL TATTOO
NOW IN AUDIO
And speaking of The Boy With the Painful Tattoo, Kevin R. Free returns as the irascible amateur sleuth Kit Holmes for the third Holmes & Moriarity crime caper. You can download it straight from Audible.
YOU ASKED AND WE DELIVERED
Well, no. Audible and Carina Press delivered. Stranger on the Shore and Fair Play are destined for audio. A best guess is Autumn 2015. Just to be clear, Josh has zero to do with these productions. These are being handled through Audible.com and Carina Press. So there is no control of narrator or release times or anything else. In other words, DON'T ASK. You know as much as we know.
Still, judging by how many times you HAVE asked, it's good news and we're all very excited and looking forward to the new audio productions!
Exciting news! Starting today we are announcing the grand opening of the two online stores full of Josh Lanyon goodies.
Our Zazzle store Fanyonland has a constantly growing amount of Fanyon treasures, while over at the Etsy store, Fanyons, you'll find some one of a kind items, handmade for you specially by us.
Zazzle allows us to use the hi-res cover art work which Josh has licensing for. Important Note: when searching the Zazzle store, change the content filter at the far bottom left to "off". There are words like "sexy", "naked", and.... something else with four letters lurking around.
Have fun browsing through them and let us know what you think! And further more -- what kind of items would you like to see in these two stores? What quotes would you like to have on the Fanyon goodies? And which bookcovers (the ones that Josh owns)?
We're very enthusiastic about this, it's been a blast to start both of the stores, but what we'd love to do is to continue developing the stores with your help. So, if you have any specific Fanyon things you fancy, let us know and we'll do our best to make it happen! (Oh, and "we" are Marilyn and Dianne from Josh's Facebook Fan Page, Josh and me.)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM JOSH!
As in previous years, Josh is writing a few Christmas codas as a gift to readers. What is a Christmas coda? A snippet of story set at holiday time and featuring characters from some of your favorite novels and novellas. This year's treat includes codas for Stranger on the Shore, Everything I Know, Slings & Arrows and more. You'll find the codas amidst the "Advent Calendar" entries on Josh's Blog.
Stranger on the Shore is available at the greatly reduced price of $1.99 now through January 3rd at select online retailers. This standalone mystery novel made just about everyone's Best Of lists this year, so if you haven't read it, now's your chance.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
Comfort and Joy, the four novella anthology featuring stories by Joanna Chambers, Harper Fox, LB Gregg and Josh is available everywhere and the reviews have been enthusiastic. The stories are straightforward holiday fare with a cozy and sexy-sweet vibe. You can buy the stories individually or in the collection from all major online retailers. You deserve something nice during this busy, busy season.
LOST IN TRANSLATION?
There's lots of news on the translation front. Here's what we can share now: A Dangerous Thing (Cosas Peligrosas) is newly available in Spanish -- with The Hell You Say soon to follow. Translation courtesy of the gifted co-op known as Traductores Anonimos. Also coming in Spanish: The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks and The Darkling Thrush.
Meanwhile, the German rights for A Dangerous Thing have now been sold.
The entire Dangerous Ground series is now available in Italian. Also available in Italian is The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks, and Out of the Blue is coming in January. Bellisimo!
THE WIND BENEATH OUR WINGS
Josh's audio books continue to do well, despite an increasingly crowded market. The latest release is the WWI aviator adventure-romance Out of the Blue narrated by Alexander Masters. And coming up fast on its tail, The Boy with the Painful Tattoo narrated by Kevin R. Free.
FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALL
The Fair Play playlist features a toe-tapping selection of golden oldies and current faves. Extra points if you sing along.
"Revolution" by The Beatles
"Driftwood" by Dan Gibson
"What I've Done" by Linkin Park
"Love Runs Out" by OneRepublic
"Kingdom Come" by Civil War
"For What it's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield
"Love Remains the Same" by Gavin Rossdale
"She's Not There" by Zombies
"All In" by Lifehouse
"Something I Need" by OneRepublic
"Sympathy for the Devil" by Rolling Stones
"What You Wanted" by OneRepublic
"Teach Your Children" by CSNY
FAIR PLAY, THE MOVIE
Okay, the book trailer. But one day soon...
ALL ABOUT EVE
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Josh has had to concede defeat and admit there is just no keeping up with email anymore. Therefore we welcome the lovely Eve Little, Josh's new virtual assistant to the team. Eve will be handling bulk of the correspondance that comes in, particularly questions related to what's coming next, what's available now, pricing, is Josh going to write another Adrien book, etc. Josh will still see and respond to many, maybe even most, reader letters, but we don't want you to be startled when you see Eve's name pop up in your correspondance.