Josh Lanyon

Biography

Author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure, and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON’S work has been translated into eleven languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first Male/Male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, then the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the first M/M title to be published in print. In 2016 Fatal Shadows placed #5 in Japan’s annual Boy Love novel list (the first and only title by a foreign author to place on the list). The Adrien English series was awarded the All Time Favorite Couple by the Goodreads M/M Romance Group.
Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist (twice for Gay Mystery), and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads Hall of Fame award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

Find other Josh Lanyon titles at www.joshlanyon.com
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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


Where to buy in print


Series

Dangerous Ground
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--and it just keeps getting MORE complicated...
Blind Side
Price: $3.99 USD.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Love is magical--and murder all too real--for San Francisco antiques dealer and witch Cosmo Saville and his new husband Police Commissioner John Galbraith.
Mainly by Moonlight
Price: $4.99 USD.
I Buried a Witch
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Art of Murder
Special Agent Jason West with the FBI's Art Crime Team partners professionally and romantically with legendary manhunter FBI BAU Chief Sam Kennedy.
The Adrien English Mysteries
The adventures of a gay bookseller/amateur sleuth and his closeted-cop-sometimes-boyfriend.
Holmes & Moriarity
Because romance can be murder...

Books

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: $5.99 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: $5.99 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: $5.99 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.

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