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Happy New Year from Josh Lanyon

I'm going to keep this simple and sincere. I wish you all health and happiness in 2010. I still don't want to think about next year's projects, so that list will wait till next week.

Meantime, for those of you who purchased the Dark Tide playlist from iTunes, there is a cover that goes with it -- you can download it from my website news page.

As for the three winners of The Dark Tide Playlist, contact me off-list with your email address and I'll be sending your gift code along shortly. The winners are:

Kuhekabir kuhekabir 
Ennorwen ennorwen 
Kazzaml kazzaml 

Also, I'm going to make this easy on all of us -- I'm disabling comments on this post. *g* I'll take your good wishes for granted this time of year. I thank you for your loyalty and generosity through the year. It's my pleasure and privilege to share my stories with you.
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Last Splash

The fifth and final Adrien English novel The Dark Tide is now available through Loose Id.   To celebrate I’m giving away three The Dark Tide playlist downloads from iTunes. The songs are as follows:   Every Time We Say Goodbye - Sarah Vaughan Chocolate - Snow Patrol I Miss You - Incubus Collide - Howie Day This Is It - Staind Strangers in a Car - Mark Cohn Does This Mean You’re Moving On - The Airborne Toxic Effect Rain - Patty Griffin Run - Snow Patrol Bargain - The Who At Last - Etta James   (The duet “I Eat Dinner” by Rufus Wainwright and Dido should have been in there but it’s not available from iTunes.)     Comment below and I’ll have the SO randomly select three names on Christmas Eve.  

If you’d like to discuss the book, I’ve set up discussion forum at Amazon -- I just want to steer clear of any spoilers here for those waiting for the print edition.  

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They Seek Him Here, They Seek Him There...

Come to think of it, that's NOT a Christmas song.

Anyway, I finished the edits to The Dark Tide last night. We remain on target for the 22nd. The final version is 81K and change (more than double the size of the original version of Fatal Shadows). Lots of plot, lots of relationship, lots of lots of. So you should enjoy it. At least it should keep you busy for a while.

Meanwhile I'm blogging at Jesse Wave's today. She's started this peculiar rumor that it's my last appearance on her blog, but if she invites me, of course I'm coming back. In the meantime, I'm there, I'm at Novelspot talking about series writing all this week -- I'll share my thoughts and tips and advice, and if you have questions on series or series writing, feel free to comment over there and I'll respond.

Later this week I'll be posting at Loose Ends (the Loose Id blog) and BookWenches.

One other thing! Over at Teddy Pig's I posted five six books that I found inspirational for writing. All kinds of writers are chiming in with their favorites, so stop by and share your favorites too. Although to be honest, favorites sometimes depend on my mood and the time of year.

After that there will be something very close to radio silence while I relax and rest up for next year.

Hope you're all having a marvellous holiday season!

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And the angels sing...

I've got Martha Tilton singing the soundtrack to my morning. And it is a beautiful morning. The sun is shining -- which is astonishing after yesterday's downpour. The hills around us are dusted in white, but it's already melting.

The Dark Tide is finished and off to the editors. I figured you'd want to know. If the ebook makes the December 22nd release date (and it does look pretty good) it will be largely to the efforts of the folks at Loose Id -- and I'd like to thank them in advance for all they're doing to try to make this happen. They're having to stretch for this one, and I appreciate it -- I know you do too.

So how do I feel having finished the final book in a series I've been writing for over a decade? Tired, mostly. Very tired. It was exhilarating and bittersweet writing this final chapter. I'm not ready to put away the notebook of all the Adrien "stuff" I've been collecting through the years. Still too soon for that.

I think it's good -- too soon to tell. I won't let myself look at it again until the copyedits arrive, and then I'll give it a final hard polish. I usually can't tell until I have that little break and then come back to it with fresh eyes. I can tell you that this is the story it had to be. This is what was planned from the start. Granted, I didn't think we needed this final book in the arc, but maybe we did. You readers will be the best judge of that. I wanted to write it, so that's probably a good sign. I enjoyed writing it, watching it all play out, so maybe that was a little self-indulgent.

Time will tell.

Anyway, thank you very much all of you who have sent virtual gifts over the past few days. I'm not sure what the etiquette is on this? But thank you!

So I'm going to take a bit of break for a few days. I have guest blog posts coming out a few places -- Speak its Name on this Thursday, Novelspot next week (I believe I'll post on writing a successful series), and a spot at Bookwenches on Friday the 18th. Drop by if you have time and inclination.

Meanwhile I am resting the brain and the wrists -- and doing a couple of manuscript evaluations that I've been looking forward to (yes, I do enjoy these, oddly enough).

Talk to you soonish!