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The Dead Run Play List

In celebration of the launch of Dead Run, which went live on Tuesday, I thought I would give away a copy of the playlist. By which I mean the music I mostly listened to when I was writing the story. I tried to make it available through iTunes, but now days you have to join their PING thing, and I'm leery of joining any other social network. So here's the list of songs that I will be gifting to someone. All you have to do to be eligible is comment in the comment section below. Then I'm going pick (well, I'M not going to pick, I'm going to use an automated program) from those comments and the winner gets a copy of the Dead Run playlist.


Need You Now - Antebellum
Drove All Night - Roy Orbison
Crash and Burn - Lifehouse
Far Away - Nickleback
Rob Thomas - Ever the Same
Make This Go On Forever - Snow Patrol
Map of the Problematique - Muse
Quelqu'un m'a dit (Someone Told Me) - Carla Bruni
Halfway Gone - Lifehouse
Our Lives - The Calling
La Toi du Moi - Carla Bruni

And for those of you who have already bought the book and are enjoying it -- thank you very sincerely!

**I'll let the comments run till Friday at midnight and choose then**

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The New and Improved Schedule

Well, whether you consider this an improved schedule or not is probably a matter of opinion. I don't even know if I consider it improved, I just know I needed to give myself a little more breathing room.

So without further fuss, here's what's lined up for the rest of the year.

Come Unto These Yellow Sands June 14th from Samhain.

DG4: Double Down (we had a title change on that one) releases September 13th from Loose Id.

The XO-Files: Mummy Dearest releases September 30th from Samhain

My final Petit Mort story also releases sometime in September.

Lone Star part of a Christmas anthology with Harper Fox and KA Mitchell releases in December from Carina Press.

A Shot in the Dark 2: Blue Moon releases December 20th from Loose Id.

And that's pretty much it for this year. I know that's significantly reduced from what I'd hoped to do but it turns out that case of burn-out was a little worse than I thought. And while, ironically, I think I'm turning out some of my best work right now, it's a lot harder than it should be. Not that I subscribe to the idea that writing should be easy (U r doin' it rong!) but it shouldn't be painful. As in I think I sprained my brain.

So that's where we are. That's still six stories to come this year, so it's still a busy year for me -- and hopefully a reasonably satisfying year for you.

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Now available: This Rough Magic

Well, heck. My handy dandy cross-posting from my blog to my LiveJournal seems to have failed suddenly, and I don't have time to figure out what happened to all my settings. So briefly, This Rough Magic, the first book in the Shot in the Dark series (exclusive to Loose Id) is now available.

ISBN:     978-1-61118-402-0
Genre:    LGBT 1930's Suspense
Length:   Short Novel
Price:    $5.99 Info 

Wealthy San Francisco 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. Brett’s convinced his partner-in-crime sister is behind the theft -- a theft that’s liable to bring more scandal to their eccentric family, and cost Brett his marriage to society heiress Juliet Lennox. What Brett doesn’t count on is the instant and powerful attraction that flares between him and Rafferty.

Once before, Brett took a chance on loving a man, only to find himself betrayed and broken. This time around there’s too much at risk.
But as the Bard himself would say, Journey’s end in lovers meeting.

For an excerpt click here
To buy the book click here

Basically it's a gay riff on the old Thin Man films -- falling somewhere between madcap and noir.

Speaking of riffs. Is anyone reading Ginn Hale's Rifter serial? Restraining myself to one word: wow.
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Before I Was So Rudely Interrupted

So when we last left intrepid Josh Lanyon...well, to make a short story long, we're currently piggybacking off our neighbors' unsecured network while we continue to pay ATT and exorbitant fee to not be on the Internet. That's one reason my presence here has been scarce.

The other reason is I had a book due in lines on the 4th and two weeks to write it. So that was...that. 46Kish in approximately two weeks and to say that the stress level rose around the ole plantation would be putting it mildly. But This Rough Magic is basically done except for the test of endurance that is lightly known as copyediting in some circles.

The hunt for a priceless Shakespearean folio leads tough guy PI Rafferty and handsome playboy Brett on a crazy caper from the mansions of Nob Hill to the dark underbelly of Chinatown. (Due from Loose Id April 26thish.)

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I just don't feel ready for this new year. I'm already racing to catch up thanks to a couple of projects left from last year -- and then an untimely bout of flu which has me sounding like a cross between Lauren Bacall and end stage emphysema. But so many of you have been kind enough to ask what this year's schedule looks like, so here's how 2011 is shaping up...

Snowball in Hell reprint - Carina Press - April 4th (see the neato new cover?)

This Rough Magic - Loose Id - Aprilish
This has undergone a change or two since I first envisioned it. It's now 1930s hopefully madcap comedy about engaged San Francisco socialite, Brett Sheridan, who hires tough, down-on-his-luck PI Neil Patrick Rafferty to find a missing Shakespearean folio of The Tempest. 

Come Unto These Yellow Sands - Samhain - May
Very angsty mystery about a Maine College Professor and ex-poet (and recovering addict) who helps a student and then learns the student is suspected of murder.

Dangerous Ground4: Night Moves - Loose Id - July
Taylor visits Will in Paris and finds Will's former lover, Lt. Commander David Bradley also on the scene.

Mummy Dearest - Samhain - September 30
Halloween-themed contemporary comic romance. It’s October 31st and Dr. Drew Larson has arrived at the Lasse Dime Museum in Walsh, Wyoming to examine the mummified remains of the Princess Merneith -- only to learn that museum curator Dr. Solvani has authorized reality TV host Fraser Fortune to film a segment of his popular show The Mysterious on the same day. 

Green Glass Beads - Blind Eye Books - December
Actually, the title is tentative. This is a fantasy novella for a four author collection with stories by Nikki Kimberling, Ginn Hale, Astrid Amara and me. The stories all deal with a law enforcement agency known as The Irregulars whose job it is to hunt down dangerous artifacts of magical power.

Jack of Swords - Loose Id - December
First book in an action-adventure fantasy series about reformed treasure hunter and now museum curator Adam Halliwell and his former lover, soldier of fortune Jack Griffin who both want the same thing: King Arthur's fabled dagger Carnwennan.

There's also a Petit Mort story in there somewhere, details yet to be hammered down.

Also planned but not yet officially proposed or contracted (because I don't have time to write the damned proposals) is:

About the Author, book three in the Holmes & Moriarity series. Kit and JX are setting up house together in San Francisco. While JX is off at a writer's conference, Kit unpacks a moving crate and finds a body inside.

Shadow on the Sun - 2nd book in the Doyle & Spain series (sequel to Snowball in Hell) -- Nathan looks into the disappearance of a Japanese American college friend after he and his family are interned.


Am I forgetting something? I think that's pretty much it for the year. Trying to keep it very light, but it already looks pretty busy, doesn't it?

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Harper, Flist. Flist, Harper.

This has been such a harried year that I can't recall if I formally introduced my writing pal Harper Fox over here on LJ or not. I officially met Harper about a year and a half ago. I admired the beauty and lyricism of her writing, but more than anything I was struck by the emotional intensity of her work, the passion of it. Passion is a word that gets thrown around a lot -- too much probably -- but something in Harper's stories resonates with me so powerfully, and I can't think of a better word for it than that.

Anyway, today was the launch of her third book, A Midwinter Prince. AMP released from Loose Id and you can purchase it here. The book tells the story of wealthy young Londoner Laurie who falls in love with a mysterious gypsy boy by the name of Sasha.  

So three books into her less than a year old writing career, I thought it might be interesting to check in with Harper and see where she's at -- and get a little of the background on A Midwinter Prince.


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The Boys are Back in Town

Whew! The kick is up and it's good! Blood Heat launched last night from Loose Id.

Genre: LGBT Action/Adventure
Length: Novella
Series: Dangerous Ground; Previous Book: Old Poison
Price: $4.99 

Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners forever and lovers for three months, but their new relationship is threatened when Will is offered a plum two-year assignment in Paris. 

Will believes the posting only means postponing what they both want. Taylor fears that kind of separation will mean the end of their new and still-fragile relationship. It’s a bad time 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. 

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Oh, THIS Halloween!

I've been remiss about the updates, I know, I know. Not that I wouldn't like to spend the days chatting and reading, but...it's been a tough year, no doubt about it. I think I'm now down to the more relatively sane schedule of a novel due each month till the end of the year. Believe me, that's one heck of a lot more reasonable than the 100K in six weeks I just did.

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A Vintage Affair is now available

As of last night, A Vintage Affair -- a contempory romance (NOT a mystery or suspense -- certainly not by the guidelines established by Mystery Writers of America, for sure!) is now available through Loose Id.

It's also available through their various and sundry third party sellers -- which is nice for those of you prefer one stop shopping. Oh, but get this. Loose Id is now offering their titles in the .epub format, so basically they've simplified everyone's life.

Thanks, as always, for all your support!