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Somebody Killed His Editor in AUDIO

Yeah, yeah. But what I forgot to mention here at LJ is that Somebody Killed His Editor (Book 1 in the Holmes & Moriarity series) is now available in audio. The book is narrated by Kevin R. Free and so far the response has been wonderful. 

One of the interesting things I keep hearing is that readers hadn't realized how funny the book was! So that must be entirely to do with Kevin's delivery. 

Getting the right narrator is everything.    
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Extree, extree! Read all about it!

As a dear friend so eloquently put it...I'm losing my ming!

So the house is filling with houseguests and  I have a book due and am splitting for four days to a hotel. Because I am nothing if not a social animal. NOT. 

But before I retreat, snarling, to higher ground (and I am not snarling, by the way, it's more me looking harassed and tending to hyperventilate), a couple of bits and bobs.

My article on publishing -- part of Jessewave's ongoing series about writing and publishing m/m fiction -- is now up at Jessewave reviews. I know it's a little uncomfortable to discuss this stuff -- contracts, money, etc. -- in the broad light of day -- in public -- but it's useful, even necessary that we have an open, ongoing dialog. This is a very small community, folks, but your publishing career stretches way beyond what you do here. You need to plan ahead. You need to think Big Picture on this.

Secondly (I have no idea whether I'l truly have internet access at my hotel -- oh, I am SO not kidding about the hotel) I and a number of other writers of historical m/m fiction were interviewed by Dr. Sarah Frantz over at Dear Author. That's tomorrow, but today Dr. Sarah (Dr. Frantz?) posted an editorial on the topic of historical romance that's worth reading.

Those of you who track my erratic thoughts on such things know that I believe we should differentiate between Romantic History and Historical Romance, but the publishing industy hasn't caught up with me on this one.

"Dead? You say my bird is dead?"

(A free copy of any of my historical (or other) novels to the first person who can name from whence cometh the film that quote.)

In about an hour I'll be chatting -- probably to myself -- over at Love Romance Cafe.

And tomorrow I'll be at Coffee Time Romance offering a $20.00 gift certificate to BevMo to anyone who can accurately answer the grueling questions I posted in the forums section (apparently either a lot of teatotalers or no one is reading my work).

And in between all that, I'll be packing my bags and laptop and buying fresh bottled water.

Talk to you soon, and if you don't hear from me, never fear. I'm merely -- hastily -- moving base camp. 

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Blogging at Jessewave's today

I'm guest-blogging over at Jessewave's today on the topic of series writing -- seems timely as tomorrow sees the ebook launch of Somebody Killed His Editor from Samhain publishing.


Anyway, not necessarily one of my most inspired posts, but perhaps the comment section will prove of interest -- it's usually the best part. Drop by if you have a chance and share your thoughts on series writing/reading.
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Somebody Killed His Editor

So the lovely and talented K.A. Mitchell was kind enough to point out that Somebody Killed His Editor is now up on the Samhain Coming Soon page (with a release date of June 16th. I haven't talked a lot about this one, but it's the first book in a new mystery-romance series, with an emphasis on the funny (I dearly hope). So if you don't like the funny or you don't like classic gay mystery, this will not be the book for you.

I have to say that I'm really, really happy with the way Somebody Killed His Editor turned out. It was one of the easiest books I've ever written, frankly. And as we get closer to the release date, I'll be sending out a few ARCs to reviewers, and perhaps run some kind of contest here? 

In other news, Teddy Pig reviewed (and interviewed me a bit) Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks & Ca$h. If I had it all to do again...well, it would be the 2nd Edition. Seriously, I'd interview more folks -- as I now have a better understanding of who the real heavy hitters are in our industry -- but I'd wait to put out that 2nd Edition 'til we see what happens with the Running Press historical romance line. Granted, I think we're all waiting to see what happens there (in line, historical manuscript proposals in hand).

The taking a break thing is going well. I've watched two Woody Allen movies, worked in the garden, eaten some dark chocolate and drunk excellent red wine...read over my notes for The White Mountains...answered emails... I've not read as much as I'd like, but I've restacked the TBR pile. That's a start, I think.

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The Heat is On!

So...I've done 100K in one month (that would be words, not miles).

I did White Knight, Somebody Killed His Editor, and half of Lovers and Other Strangers, which I will be finishing up next Thursday. Not bad for considering how...well, burnt out I was by the end of last year. And the weird part is, it's not like I got a nice long vacation or anything. I think I maybe had...what? a total of five days off in December?

Anyway, I was explaining to a friend that it's like when you're running and get a stitch in your side and think you can't take another step...but you push past it? And pretty soon you have your second wind.

Or you fall down and die. Happily it was the former, not the latter this time.

Anyway, very productive period (which is why you're not hearing much from me).

The news today is Mexican Heat went live at Samhain. The ebook is now available for purchase -- and purchase it we hope you will. 

Have a great weekend one and all! 
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News and Nominations

The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks is now available in print through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. There is even a review up, so thank you for that -- always appreciated.

I've received an embarrassment of riches in the way of nominations for last year, and I'd like to say thank you for those.

At Love Romance Cafe:

Best GBLT Author 2008:
Josh Lanyon
Best Book All Around 2008:
Death of a Pirate King (Josh Lanyon) MLR Press/Loose Id
Best Alternative Lifestyle Book 2008:
Death of a Pirate King - Loose Id/MLR PRess
Best Mystery/Suspense (includes romantic suspense):
I Spy Something Bloody - Loose Id
Partners in Crime (Josh Lanyon & Sarah Black) Loose Id

You have to be a member of the Love Romance Cafe to vote --  the nominees are listed in the Polls section.

Then over at CAPA -- That's the Romance Studio's Cupid and Psyche Awards -- I'm up for:

Romantic Suspense category - Death of a Pirate King by Josh Lanyon (Loose Id)
Favorite Erotic Author category - Josh Lanyon
Psyche Award Nominee - Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon (Loose Id)

Not sure how the voting is done there...

(And I just noticed I need to post something over there to get my little graphic thingie which will look GREAT on my website. )

And last but not least over at Preditors and Editors, I've been nominated for Best Mystery Novel 2008.

So lots of fun, and very flattering -- thank you very much!

Here's what I'm working on at the moment -- The White Knight (sequel/prequel) to The Dark Horse. This one is exclusive to Loose Id. And I scrapped my story idea for Partners in Crime IV and started a new one called Lovers and Other Strangers -- which I am really enjoying. And I just about to dive into Somebody Killed His Editor. Yes, three, three, three projects in one! In one month. That's the plan anyway. And for once -- oddly enough -- I'm hugely (for the moment) enjoying all three projects. What gives?

And what is new with you as we head into this blank slate of a New Year?


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The Blurb This! Contest

As most of you know, I'll be launching a new romantic-comedy mystery series next year. The series is tentatively called Holmes and Moriarity, and the first book is titled SOMEBODY KILLED HIS EDITOR. It's being released through Samhain. -- and these folks are nothing if not proactive. Although the book won't be released until next June, my editor has already been after me for the cover art request and the blurbs.

And if there's one thing I hate to do it's write blurbs. So...here's the contest.

I need a tagline describing SOMEBODY KILLED HIS EDITOR.

The tagline is a hook, it's what appears on the Samhain page and entices the reader to click and read the rest of the blurb and then the excerpt. The tagline is NOT a mini-blurb--again, it's a hook. Think of the taglines that NY sometimes puts on the covers of books. That's what we're looking for. If you're still not sure what I'm talking about, take a gander at the Samhain website and look at a variety of the taglines people have come up with.


And then I need a 200 word blurb.

The blurb is the cover copy for your book. Remember, when you go to print, this is what's going to convince people to either buy your book or to open it up and take a closer look. On the website, the blurb, combined with the excerpt, has to be sharp enough to make the reader take a chance. In 200 words or less, convince the reader to buy your book. 

And since it would be impossible to write these without having an idea of the story, you can read the first three chapters or so at my website. More than that you don't really need, because we don't want spoilers popping up in the blurb.

I was going to offer a free signed copy of the print book when it comes out, but that will probably be about a year from the electronic release, and that's a long time to wait. So the person who writes the best tagline and the person who writes the best 200 word blurb, will each have their name used for a character in the next (fifth) Adrien English novel. (Or you can just pick a name for the character or have the character named after someone else). Now, I'm not guaranteeing the name will have a starring role -- the name may be just make a cameo appearance -- or it may even be a villain. I have no idea which at this point because...I haven't written the book yet.

So that's it. That's my contest. You can post your blurbs right here in the comment section. You can post funny ones or serious ones. I don't care. Even if I don't use any of them, they'll give me ideas and we'll have some fun, and I'll still use your names for the ones I think work best. Or, heck, maybe I'll invite my editor to choose.

Let's see. I'll give it to December 30th. How's that?

So put your thinking caps on -- or your thinking ear muffs. Baby, it's cold out there!
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Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Okay, well...signed and sealed. It looks like the new romantic comedy mystery novel Somebody Killed His Editor has found a home at Samhain Publishing. I just signed the contract and I'll be popping that in the mail this afternoon. It was a little bit of a surprise, I admit, but I received a charming letter from one of the editors there and I sent the proposal for SKHE along, and well...there you have it.

Samhain looks like a great outfit. I couldn't be more excited. We're looking at a probable release date of June 2009. 

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Ah Chihuahua!

Finished my piece of Mexican Heat and sent that off to our fearless editor. We'll see how that goes. Put together a proposal for a new romantic comedy / erotic mystery novel -- about 30,000 words in so far -- and mailed that off to publishers. Somebody Killed His Editor -- and that title has nothing to do with sending Mexican Heat off for the next batch of brutal sla-- edits. This is lighter stuff than my usual fare -- I rarely try and write "funny," so I have no idea if it's any good or not. I planned it as a standalone, but hey, the comic possibilities are endless on this baby.

Anyway I needed a break in between Mexican Heat and Out of the Blue -- which I start today in earnest. I've been reading a lot of WWI history and poetry in an effort to drive myself to suicide prepare for my novella in Esprit de Corps (due out sometime this fall we're hoping). If you're interested in WWI, I recommend WWI in Color. It's fascinating. Until I began watching it, I hadn't realized how the black and white footage that we always see served to give that particular war an almost distanced, fairytale quality. Kenneth Brannagh narrates a very well done overview of the conflict.

And that's about it for me. Oh, FINALLY finished Ginn Hale's Wicked Gentlemen last night. As I feared, once I started reading I wouldn't be able to stop, and this was indeed the case. I read straight through -- and enjoyed it enormously. I've got a whole stack of books (print and ebook) to get through this weekend, and I'm really looking forward to it after such a long stretch with no time to read. Next up is Vince Diamond's Rough Cut. Another one I'm highly anticipating.