I don't typically ask for this stuff for myself -- not least because so many of you are generous about doing this kind of thing whether I ask or not -- but I need a couple of favors if you have the time or inclination.
1 - Reviews and tags at Amazon. Now, don't get me wrong, I actually find it quite funny that there are authors out there who have more tags for "Josh Lanyon" on their titles than Josh Lanyon does, but...seriously. The tags help in Amazon searches, and the reviews help potential book buyers decide to part with their hard-earned cash, so if you could spare the time, I'd very much appreciate it. Strange Fortune in particular could use a bit of attention, but really any one of those titles you feel like talking up. If you don't buy from Amazon, reviews at other book buying sites are good too -- including Barnes and Noble, Fictionwise, etc.
2 - Check my website for glitches and errors. My weblord is in the process of a major website overhaul. We're hoping to get it more streamlined and easier to find what what you're looking for. Primarily, At this point anyway, most of the work is being done on The Works page, so what I need are folks checking the sidebar links to make sure the right page pops up. What should happen is the page with links and awards and etc. pops up with a link to another page for an excerpt. I want to get it all uniform if possible. If any of you could check that stuff and let me know what might be wrong that would save me valuable time.
3 - Join in putting together the Josh Lanyon Reader's Guide. This is a (probably very goofy) idea that come to me when a couple of readers suggested that I could put together something that would make it easier to know what books followed which characters, and chronological orders for series, etc. That's not the goofy part, actually -- that's a good idea, I just thought the website took care of it. The goofy part is these conversations that readers point me to where I observe someone who has read two or three books drawing specious conclusions about my work. Example: All of his stories are in first person or All of his stories have a main character with a disability. Now, those who spout this sort of thing aren't going to read "a guide" to my work, but considering how often the rest of you discuss and debate these issues I never considered anyone but me would be interested in, I thought it might be useful -- or fun, anyway -- to put together a guide that addresses...well, pretty much whatever you want it to address. In other words, it's a work in progress and I'm going to put it up on my mailing list group (which you should already belong to, right?) and whoever wants to work on it can. Every so often I'll update the thing and then eventually offer it as a free download on my website. In other words, I haven't even figured it out yet, but it's a guide for my readers by...my readers. So whatever you think is important to have in there, well, you can go ahead and add it in. Of course this could end up as a brawl and a free-for-all, but it could also be fun and informative.
That's the end of the favors. For those of you who keep asking, The Dark Tide is up on the MLR website and a date of 02/2010 is being offered, so now you know as much as I do. Let's keep our fingers crossed!
On Sunday, Jordan Castillo Price will launch the Petit Morts line -- that's Valentine's Day! -- with five new little poisonous romances. Two novettes from me and three from Jordan. It's a brand-spanking-new endeavor and we'll see what you think! The covers are certainly scrumptious.