Interview with Josh Lanyon

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.
What do you read for pleasure?
I still love to read, but I have a lot less time to read strictly for pleasure. Around the holidays I'll read vintage mystery. I love mysteries from the 30s and 40s. Even the stuff that's not very good usually gives me lots of ideas and creative energy. Plus, it's just fun.

Before I start work on a new book, I'll usually read in whatever sub-genre I plan to write in next. If it's historical, I'll read genre fiction from the period.

When I'm writing I only read for research and trade periodicals. And most of the time I'm writing, so...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle. I actually think one reading device is pretty much like another. Where Amazon excels is in the ease of purchase. That one-click ordering stuff is brilliant.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Different things have worked at different times. I do think giving away a lot of books can work if you are a very good writer -- and if there is a compelling reason for readers to put your work at the top of their queue. Otherwise, no. I don't think that's particularly helpful. Now days readers acquire stockpiles of books but feel no real urgency about reading them. Also everyone gives books away and most of them are pretty forgettable, so if anything you stand out by placing value on your work and not treating it as disposable.
Describe your desk
I would if I could find it! I know it's in there somewhere. I'm guessing it's in the general vicinity of the computer monitor.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm just about to start a short story called SLAY RIDE. This one is set at Christmas in the 1940s, but it's not a holiday romance. In fact, it's based on a fairly grim true crime that took place in 1930s Montana. Of course I will try and make it entertaining and I will try to wring a romance out of it. I think it could be fairly gripping, but short form is always challenging.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, two things. I did the math. I quickly figured out that although I was doing pretty well with my publishers, I could do a LOT better on my own given that I already had an established readership and a fair bit of experience -- and I was willing to invest in things like editors, formatters, cover artists.

Secondly, I was tired of being treated like a necessary evil by some of my publishers. I wanted final say -- or at least a real vote -- on things like cover art, pricing, and editorial decisions regarding style and content. I wanted to be treated like a partner.

I'm a hybrid though. I still work with some of my publishers. Sometimes it's okay to sit back and just do the writing and let someone else worry about the rest of it. I'm still glad to work with companies that do treat me like a partner and not a nuisance.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm not a huge seller on Smashwords. My books contain erotic content (minimal for my genre, but adult content is adult content) so I don't show up in most searches on Smashwords. That probably reduces my visibility. But I earned as much through Smashwords as B&N or All Romance Ebooks last year. It's definitely worth that access to Kobo, Apple, etc. Especially since I don't have time to deal with that myself right now.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love storytelling. And I am unendingly grateful that so many readers seem to enjoy my work so much -- given that essentially I'm writing for me. :-) I love creating new worlds and new characters -- and then painstakingly exploring these worlds and characters through plot. Why? I don't know why. I don't know why we tell ourselves stories -- or alternatively are riveted by the stories others tell us. I just know I have this driving need to write.

And being able to make a living at it is of course all the better. I write for myself, but I publish -- as we all do -- for others.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love interacting with readers. However, as the internet continues to morph and the social dynamics change, I think some of the lines have blurred. This isn't always the fault of readers. I see authors behaving inappropriately too. We're all kind of feeling our way through the fog.

I am not always a social animal. Sometimes I am an anti-social animal. I think that's true of a lot of writers. The way I see it is I am obliged to deliver to my readers the best book I am capable of writing at that moment. And that's the extent of my obligation. Everything else is optional. And subject to change without notice.

That said, I have been very, very lucky. My readers are so smart and so generous, and I have gone on to become good friends in real life with many of them.
Published 2014-02-27.
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Books by This Author

Partners in Crime Box Set
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 196,290. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Three classic novels of murder and suspense from “the Agatha Christie of gay mystery.”
The Boy Next Door
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,740. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
For the last fourteen years, former celebrated Boy Detective Merle Madison has been trying to build a grown-up career for himself as a private investigator. There are just two problems: there’s not a lot of serious crime in the small town of Hayvenhurst—and Police Chief Isaac Ramsay keeps denying Merle’s application for a PI license.
The Adrien English Mysteries
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 188,610. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Boy Meets Cop! For the first time Books 1 - 3 of The Adrien English Mysteries are collected in one volume!
The Haunted Heart: Spring
Pre-release—available June 28, 2019. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Antiques dealer Flynn Ambrose is invited to authenticate the mummy of an ancient Egyptian magician at the creepy house of the very odd Mr. Irving Annemann.
The Dickens with Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,450. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A scandal cost antiquarian book hunter James Winter everything that mattered to him. Now the rich and unscrupulous Mr. Stephanopoulos has a proposition. A previously unpublished Christmas book by Charles Dickens has turned up in the hands of an English chemistry professor by the name of Sedgwick Crisparkle. Mr. S. wants James to get that book for him--at any price.
The Magician Murders (The Art of Murder III)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 64,370. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Jason West, hot-shot special agent with the FBI’s Art Crime Team, is at the Wyoming home of Behavioral Analysis Unit Chief Sam Kennedy, recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident, when he’s asked to consult on the theft of a priceless collection of vintage magic posters.
In Other Words...Murder
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 66,350. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Mystery author Christopher Holmes, now engaged to fellow writer J.X. Moriarity, learns a body has been discovered in the backyard of his old home--and he's Suspect #1!
The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out
Pre-release—available November 30, 2018. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Now living in Los Angeles with former navy SEAL Nick Reno, artist Perry Foster comes to the rescue of elderly and eccentric Horace Daly, the legendary film star of such horror classics as Why Won't You Die, My Darling? Someone is determined to bring down the final curtain on Horace--and anyone else who gets in the way.
Halloween is Murder
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,130. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
When his enigmatic partner takes off on an annual fishing trip, City of Angeles gumshoe Barry Fitzgerald is left to handle an All Hallows’ Eve kidnapping case on his own. The victim? A murdered millionaire’s penny-pinching son and heir. The culprit? That’s where it gets tricky. According to the missing man’s sister, vampires are behind Patrick O’Flaherty’s disappearance.
Strange Fortune
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,390. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Dashing soldier of fortune Major Valentine Strange must rely on the powerful but dangerously troubled young witch, Aleister Grimshaw, to find a legendary diadem reputedly hidden in a lost monastery somewhere deep in the distant, snowy mountains of Hidush.
Plenty of Fish
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,670. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Sure, maybe Blair *is* too romantic—but wasn’t Finn the one who always said there were plenty of fish in the sea?
All She Wrote
Series: Holmes & Moriarity. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,690. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A murderous fall down icy stairs is nearly all she wrote for Anna Hitchcock, the “American Agatha Christie.” The cry for help from his old mentor cuts short mystery author Kit Holmes’ romantic weekend with his new lover J.X. Moriarity, and lands him an amateur sleuth gig in an elegant snowbound mansion in the Berkshires.
Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,670. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Once a bad boy, the only lines Professor Sebastian Swift does these days are Browning, Frost and Cummings. When a student he helped to disappear becomes a suspect in a murder, he races to find the boy and convince him to give himself up before his police chief lover figures out he’s involved.
The Dark Farewell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,130. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Historical » USA
Spiritualist Medium Julian Devereux claims to speak to the dead--and he charges a pretty penny for it. Newspaper man Flynn knows a phony when he sees one, and he’s convinced Devereux is as fake as a cigar store Indian. And he’s absolutely right. But when Julian begins to see bloodstained visions of a serial killer, the only person he can turn to is the cynical Mr. Flynn.
A la luz del sol o en la sombra
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,600. Language: Spanish. Published: January 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Keir y Rick son policías. Han sido compañeros, los mejores amigos y —por un breve período de tiempo— amantes. Pero Rick piensa que es demasiado arriesgado reconocer —incluso ante sí mismo— que está enamorado de su compañero, así que Keir no tiene más remedio que aceptarlo
Murder Between the Pages
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,710. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Historical » USA
Rival mystery authors compete to solve the "impossible" murder of a notorious author of roman à clef. If only the murderer was equally amused.
Irregulars
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 156,170. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2016 by Blind Eye Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
NATO's Irregulars Affairs Division is a secret organization operating in thousands of cities around the globe. Its agents police relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world, protecting us from terrible dangers as well as enthralling temptations. Four adventures from four award-winning authors, all set in one amazing world. Is your security clearance high enough to read on?
The Monet Murders
Series: The Art of Murder. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,900. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Special Agent Jason West and Behavioral Unit Chief Sam Kennedy must put aside their differences to catch a deranged killer targeting wealthy, upscale art collectors.
Blind Side
Series: Dangerous Ground. Pre-release—available June 28, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
With resources already overstretched, the last thing Will and Taylor need is another client. And the last thing Will needs is for that client to turn out to be an old boyfriend of Taylor's.
So This is Christmas
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,180. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Arriving home early after spending Christmas in jolly old England, sometimes amateur sleuth Adrien English discovers alarming developments at Cloak and Dagger Books--and an old acquaintance seeking help in finding his missing boyfriend.
Slay Ride
Pre-release—available December 21, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
1943 Montana. Wounded in the Pacific, Police Chief Robert Garrett was hoping for a little much needed Peace on Earth, but finds himself chasing after a "fiendish" killer on Christmas Day--aided by eager young reporter Jamie Jameson.
Christmas Waltz
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,140. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
In 2012 I began a holiday tradition of writing holiday codas for some of my — and your — favorite stories. I ran the codas on my blog and left them up there for readers to enjoy all year round. At the request of readers, I've written and collected an additional twenty-one codas in this second collection.
The Curse of the Blue Scarab
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,030. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Who or what is responsible for the gruesome deaths of members of the secret society known as the Order of Osiris? Dr. Armiston, an irascible, confirmed bachelor who believes in medicine not mysticism, is asked to look into these "tragic accidents" by the handsome and mysterious Captain Maxwell.
Somebody Killed His Editor
Series: Holmes & Moriarity. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,050. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
At the urging of his agent, reclusive mystery writer Christopher Holmes reluctantly agrees to attend a mystery writers’ conference. But no sooner does he arrive than he discovers the pajama-clad body of a woman in the woods. With a storm in full force and a washed-out bridge making it impossible for law enforcement to come to the rescue, fact is beginning to uncomfortably resemble fiction...
Night Watch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,230. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
When investigative reporter Parker Davidson's’s ex escapes from a maximum security prison, LAPD Lieutenant Henry Stagge is tasked with making sure that Parker doesn’t end up a victim a second—and final—time.
A Case of Christmas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,640. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
An offshore storm, a geriatric treasure hunter, and the guy who dumped him without a word two years earlier are about to unwrap an convalescing FBI agent's plans for a quiet holiday.
Murder in Pastel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,090. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Surrounded by an extended family of his father's colorful compatriots, mystery writer Kyle Bari believes he has come to terms with being abandoned in his teens by the legendary artist--until a newcomer to the beach colony hints he knows something about Cosmo's disappearance...
The Mermaid Murders
Series: The Art of Murder. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,410. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to temporarily partner with disgraced, legendary “manhunter” Sam Kennedy.
Short Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,820. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
The much-requested digital collection of Josh’s most popular short stories written between 2007 and 2013.
Wedding Favors
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,520. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00 from 1 review)
Graham thinks Wyatt would feel more secure if they were married. Wyatt doesn’t want to spoil Graham’s wedding plans. So who’s really doing who a favor?
Wizard's Moon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,820. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
“I wish to buy a boy.” A warrior from the Northlands purchases a young man for purposes both secret and perhaps sinister.
Baby, it's Cold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,810. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Talk about Kitchen Nightmares! TV Chef Rocky and Foodie Blogger Jesse have been pals forever, so it should have been the most natural thing in the world to kick their relationship up a notch. Instead, it turned out to be a disaster. But Christmas is the season of love, and someone’s cooking up a sweet surprise…
Winter Kill
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,480. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Special Agent Adam Darling has been On the Beach -- Bureau-speak for adminstrative leave -- following a botched operation. Now Adam and his partner Jonnie Gould have been sent to the Pacific Northwest to investigate a cruel and cunning serial killer.
The Boy with the Painful Tattoo (Holmes & Moriarity 3)
Series: Holmes & Moriarity. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,880. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
It's moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit's better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn't. Within the mounds of green Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body. There goes the neighborhood.
Male/Male Mystery and Suspense Box Set: 6 Novellas
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 208,000. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
An incredible savings. This box set contains six complete bestselling mystery and suspense novellas by one of the leading authors of Male/Male crime and mystery fiction.
Everything I Know
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,730. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Everything Kindergarten teacher Connor Myers thought he knew about himself and his world is now in doubt. But sometimes help comes from the most unexpected direction.
Merry Christmas, Darling (Holiday Codas)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,630. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(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.
Sweet Spot The Petit Mort Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,620. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,180. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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?
The Haunted Heart: Winter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,210. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,510. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 131,230. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks and Manuals
(5.00 from 1 review)
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,080. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,820. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
(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.
Heart Trouble
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.22 from 9 reviews)
Stress kills. So does loneliness. A very short, very sweet story by Josh Lanyon.
Out of the Blue
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,940. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,140. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Wyatt loves Grahaem. Grahaem is still in love with Jase. But things could be worse. They could be camping. Oh.
A Vintage Affair
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,110. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(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.
Don't Look Back
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,940. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,650. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,990. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,960. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house...
The Dark Horse
Series: Dark Horse, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,660. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,070. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,790. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Series: Dark Horse, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,660. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,290. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(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)
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,410. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,450. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,870. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,940. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(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.
Lovers and Other Strangers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,730. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(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.
In Sunshine or In Shadow
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,340. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,910. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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)
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,920. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(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)
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,300. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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.