Josh Lanyon

Biography

A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I wake up excited and eager to get to work. I'm always curious and interested about what the day is going to bring. Every day is different. My favorite thing is writing, which is probably not a surprise. But I also enjoy reading and researching the next project; I'm fascinated by art, archeology, history, mystery...you name it. I enjoy interacting with readers. I even love the challenge and complications of trying to be a business entrepreneur in such a competitive industry.
How do you approach cover design?
One of the best parts of publishing my own work is getting to control things like cover art. I LOVE cover art. I think it is enormously important to the success of a book. Probably more important if the author is unknown, but even if the author is a known quantity, a good cover matters.

A bad cover — by which I mean a clumsy, inept effort -- sends the message that this is the work of an amateur. Probably not worth your time or .99 cents. It never ceases to amaze me how many authors think their first attempt at using photo shop will be good enough for their treasured novel. These are people who forget that so much of our response to art — including a book cover — is instinctive and unconscious.

Even a competent cover that just doesn’t work for reasons that are entirely subjective can actually delay our purchase of a book we plan on buying.

Most covers are generic. The ubiquitous two male torsos locked in embrace is so generic as to be invisible. They do no harm, but they do no good. They are simply code for the content within. They advertise that the publisher or author cared enough to purchase a real cover. And that’s about it. Still, that’s something.

But a great cover? A cover that catches your eye and makes you wonder about the story between the pages? A cover that piques your curiosity, starts your imagination? That’s what we all want and hope for when we open that first cover concept file. More than an actual illustration of a scene from the book, we’re usually looking for something that captures the spirit, the mood, the theme, the tone.
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Where to find Josh Lanyon online


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Books

Kummitustalo
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,960. Language: Finnish. Published: April 18, 2014. Category: Fiction
Illusionisti David Berkeley teki itsemurhan kartanossaan tuomiten henkensä vaeltamaan ikuisesti, kertoo legenda. Professori Rhys Davies, osa-aikainen parapsykologi, kirjoittaa kirjaa kummittelusta. Berkeley Housesta saisi mahtavan luvun – jos pääsisi taloon. Tiellä vain on ynseä poliisi Sam Devlin. Ja kuten esteet yleensäkin, Devlin on iso. Mutta mitä isompia ne ovat, sitä kovempaa ne kaatuvat.
Merry Christmas, Darling (Holiday Codas)
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,630. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
In 2012 I began a holiday tradition of writing Christmas codas for some of my — and your — favorite stories. Happiest of Holidays to you all. May this season be filled with love and laughter, and may the New Year bring you health and happiness.
Kick Start (Dangerous Ground 5)
By Josh Lanyon
Series: Dangerous Ground, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 37,680. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Will is finally braced to bring Taylor home to meet the folks. Unfortunately, not every member of the Brandt clan loves Taylor the way Will does. Then again, not everyone loves the Brandts. In fact, someone has a score to settle -- and too bad for any former DS agents who get in the way when the bullets start to fly.
Sweet Spot The Petit Mort Stories
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,620. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
For less than a dollar apiece... Five dark and delicious novelettes written for the Petit Mort series. The stories include Slings and Arrows, Other People’s Weddings, Sort of Stranger Than Fiction, Critic’s Choice, and Just Dessert.
The Parting Glass
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,180. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Two and a half years ago, travel writer Timothy McShay let NYPD Detective Luke O'Brien talk him into hiking into the New Jersey Pine Barrens to face down a monster. Now Tim and Luke meet again under very different circumstances. The old attraction is still there -- but so are some of Tim's monsters. Is it too late to find their way back to each other?
Dead Run (Dangerous Ground 4)
By Josh Lanyon
Series: Dangerous Ground, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,010. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
For Special Agents of the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt, the strain of a long distance relationship is beginning to tell after eleven months of separation. A romantic holiday could be just the thing to bridge the ever-growing distance, but when Taylor spots a terrorist from the 70s, long believed dead but very much alive, it's c'est la vie.
The Haunted Heart: Winter
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 48,210. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
First in a new series! Since Alan died, Flynn isn't eating, isn't sleeping, and isn't spending a lot of time looking in mirrors. But maybe he should pay a little more attention — because something in that 18th Century mirror is looking at him.
In Plain Sight
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,510. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Nash didn't believe in love until it was too late. Now he's looking for reasons, for answers, for meaning. Sometimes the truth is right in front of you the whole time.
Man Oh Man! Writing Quality M/M Fiction
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 131,330. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
So, why this book? Why not one of the other "How to Write..." titles? Because everything in Man, Oh Man is geared to the M/M market and the M/M writer, to you and the genre that you love, whether you're an aspiring writer or you're already published. Lambda Award finalist Josh Lanyon takes you step-by-step through the writing process.
This Rough Magic
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 46,090. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
Wealthy playboy Brett Sheridan thinks he knows the score when he hires tough guy private eye Neil Patrick Rafferty to find a priceless stolen folio of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Blood Red Butterfly
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,830. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(3.67 from 3 reviews)
Despite falling for aloof manga artist Kai Tashiro, Homicide Detective Ryo Miller is determined to break the alibi Kai is supplying his murderous boyfriend--even if it means breaking Kai with it.
I Spy Something Christmas
By Josh Lanyon
Series: I Spy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,240. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Nothing says Christmas like a bullet with your name on it. Mark is used to death and danger. Stephen will never be okay with violence -- or Mark's attitude toward it. Like the holidays weren't tough enough on a romance.
Sombras Fatales
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,780. Language: Spanish. Published: November 1, 2012. Category: Fiction
En una soleada mañana en la ciudad de Los Ángeles el dueño de una librería y aspirante a escritor Adien English le abre la puerta a un asesinato. Su viejo amigo de la secundaria (y empleado) ha sido encontrado apuñaleado en un callejón después de tener una estruendosa pelea pública con Adrien la noche anterior.
Heart Trouble
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.25 from 8 reviews)
Stress kills. So does loneliness. A very short, very sweet story by Josh Lanyon.
Blood Heat (Dangerous Ground 3)
By Josh Lanyon
Series: Dangerous Ground, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,950. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012. Category: Fiction
It's a bad time for Special Agents MacAllister and Brandt to find themselves in the middle of the New Mexico wilderness responsible for the health and welfare of a suspected terrorist. Especially when everyone else they run into seems determined to see their prisoner -- and them -- dead.
Out of the Blue
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,940. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
Grieving over the death of his lover, British flying ace Bat Bryant accidentally kills the man threatening him with exposure. Unfortunately there’s a witness: the big, rough American they call “Cowboy” – and Cowboy has his own price for silence.
Perfect Day
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,150. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Wyatt loves Grahaem. Grahaem is still in love with Jase. But things could be worse. They could be camping. Oh.
A Vintage Affair
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,120. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Somewhere in the cobwebbed cellar of the decrepit antebellum mansion known as Ballineen are the legendary Lee bottles -- and Austin Gillespie is there to find them. The last thing on his mind is hot and heavy romance with handsome bad boy Jeff Brady. But Jeff has other ideas and, after one intoxicating night, so does Austin.
I Spy Something Bloody
By Josh Lanyon
Series: I Spy, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,560. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012. Category: Fiction
Espionage was always a game, but now British spy Mark Hardwicke wants to retire and settle down with ex-lover Dr. Stephen Thorpe -- if Stephen will have him. Unfortunately, Stephen has other plans -- and so do the terrorists who want Mark dead.
Don't Look Back
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,950. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012. Category: Fiction
Peter Killian, curator at Constantine House in Los Angeles, wakes in the hospital to find himself accused of stealing a Tenth Century Chinese sculpture. Peter knows he’s not a thief -- but that’s all he knows. Why is hot and handsome Detective Mike Griffin so sure he’s guilty -- and so bent on seeing Peter arrested?
Fatal Shadows
By Josh Lanyon
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,370. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
One sunny morning Los Angeles bookseller and aspiring mystery author Adrien English opens his front door to murder. His old high school buddy (and employee) has been found stabbed to death in a back alley following a loud and very public argument with Adrien the previous evening.
A Dangerous Thing
By Josh Lanyon
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,270. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
In this second LA-based adventure, bookseller Adrien English arrives at the Pine Shadow Ranch (left to him by a beloved grandmother) to find a corpse in his driveway. But by the time the unfriendly local sheriffs arrive, the body has disappeared.
In a Dark Wood
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,960. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Category: Fiction
In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house...
Dangerous Ground
By Josh Lanyon
Series: Dangerous Ground, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,260. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Category: Fiction
Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. But it's complicated...
The Dark Horse
By Josh Lanyon
Series: Dark Horse, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,280. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Love is a dark horse—and Sean Fairchild is in for the ride of his life. Paul Hammond is dead. That’s what tough and sexy LAPD Detective Daniel Moran tells his lover, Hollywood actor Sean Fairchild—and Sean wants to believe him, but what about those threatening postcards in Hammond’s handwriting?
The Darkling Thrush
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 49,080. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Fed up with his desk duty in the Imperial Arcane Library, book hunter Colin Bliss accepts a private commission to find The Sword's Shadow, a legendary and dangerous witches' grimoire. But to find the book, Colin must travel to the remote Western Isles and solve a centuries' old murder.
A Ghost of a Chance
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,810. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2012. Category: Fiction
Professor Rhys Davies is writing a book on California hauntings. He believes the crumbling ruins of Berkeley House will make a terrific chapter -- if he can gain access to the house and grounds. The only obstacle is brooding cop and self-appointed caretaker, Sam Devlin. As obstacles go, Devlin is a big one. But you know what they say. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
The White Knight
By Josh Lanyon
Series: Dark Horse, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 33,680. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
It’s a Hollywood cliché: the hot and handsome bodyguard. But in the case of LAPD Detective Daniel Moran, it’s all true. Dan is everything Actor Sean Fairchild ever wanted in a lleading man, but Dan’s kind of an old-fashioned guy. It’s his job to keep Sean safe and in one piece -- happy is someone else’s problem.
Cards on the Table
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,980. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Fifty years ago a glamorous Hollywood party ended in murder -- the only clue a bloody Tarot card. Timothy North is trying to find out what happened that long ago summer's night, but when a Tarot card turns up pinned to his front door, the only person Tim can turn to for help is his ex-lover, Detective Jack Brady.
The Dark Tide (Adrien English Mysteries 5)
By Josh Lanyon
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 81,410. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
When a half-century old skeleton tumbles out of the wall in the midst of Cloak and Dagger Bookstore's renovation, Adrien turns to hot and handsome ex-lover Jake Riordan -- now out-of-the closet and working as a private detective.
The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 61,380. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
His romantic weekend in ruins, shy twenty-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub.
Until We Meet Once More
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,300. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011. Category: Fiction
Nothing cracks Army Ranger "Stone Man" Vic Black's granite front. A mission to retrieve an injured Navy SEAL from the treacherous mountains of Afghanistan is all in a day's work -- until he learns the missing SEAL is his former lover. This time it's personal.
The French Have a Word for It
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 8,460. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
It's been ten years since Colin Lambert last saw Thomas Sullivan, his former bodyguard. Now Colin's all grown up and Thomas is in Paris for one evening. A sweet short story about second chances.
Old Poison (Dangerous Ground 2)
By Josh Lanyon
Series: Dangerous Ground, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,910. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
Happy Birthday, Taylor! Taylor has pretty well recovered from his shooting, but not everyone is happy to see him reach his next birthday. Does a cobra pickled in a bottle of wine means someone cares enough to send the very death -- best?
Lovers and Other Strangers
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 37,740. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Recovering from a near fatal accident, artist Finn Barret returns to Seal Island in Maine to rest and recuperate. But Seal Island is haunted with memories, some sweet, some sad; three years ago Finn found his lover in the arms of Fitch, Finn's twin brother. Since that day, Finn has seen neither Conlan nor Fitch. In fact, no one has seen Fitch.
I Spy Something Wicked (I Spy 2)
By Josh Lanyon
Series: I Spy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,770. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
It's All Hallow's Eve and Mark Hardwicke's past has come back to haunt him. The Old Man needs Mark to go on one last mission to the wild, lonely hills of Afghanistan. Should Mark place his lover and his own happiness before duty?
In Sunshine or In Shadow
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 6,360. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Keir and Rick are cops. Partners, best friends, and -- for a brief time -- lovers. But Rick thinks its too risky allowing yourself to fall in love with your partner.
A Limited Engagement
By Josh Lanyon
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
Ross has done everything Adam has asked him to do, including giving the man a part in his new play. Adam knows that Ross has to face his true self, but will their relationship survive?
The Hell You Say (Adrien English Mysteries 3)
By Josh Lanyon
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 78,920. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Bookseller Adrien English must contend with a mysterious Satanic cult, a hot handsome university professor, and his on-again/off-again relationship with closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan. And, oh, yes, murder....
Death of a Pirate King (Adrien English Mysteries 4)
By Josh Lanyon
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 73,310. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
Gay bookseller and reluctant amateur sleuth Adrien English's writing career is suddenly taking off. But when murder makes an appearance at a dinner party, who should be called in but Adrien's former lover, handsome closeted detective Jake Riordan, now a Lieutenant with LAPD.

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