Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cyber Launch Party for Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Thank you to the Fanyons for organizing a countdown to the release of Come Unto These Yellow Sands.

In fact, it's a lot more than a simple countdown; it's a cyber launch party with real prizes and games and...well, I'm astonished and moved at the effort they've gone to for this.

 Anyway, the book releases June 14th from Samhain Publishing. It can be preordered through Amazon, etc.

It's definitely a different kind of story for me. In fact, it's a little nod to those readers who claim they love my stuff but wish I would write something besides mysteries. So here's a mystery from the perspective of someone who doesn't give a damn about mysteries and has no desire to solve one, but finds himself in the middle of one nonetheless.

Anyway, I'm currently in the midst of unpacking and catching up on email and all the other stuff that piles up no matter what else is going on in your life. More on that later -- meanwhile, have fun and don't forget to "like" my Fan Page if you're so inclined.

23 comments:

  1. Josh,

    One of the benefits of Amazon kindle is being able to pre-order and know the works of your favorite author will be awaiting you in your kindle--so excited for the release--good for you for stepping outside your comfort zone a bit on this one--eager to read the results!

    Sammy

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  2. I know! That is one of the cool things about the Kindle. I agree.

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  3. Pre-ordered on March 13th and am most anxious for its arrival. I do find myself longing for more of Adrien and Jake. Keep up the ever so brilliant work.

    With Respect

    Serwaa St. Just Saito

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  4. Thanks so much, Serwaa. I do hope you enjoy it!

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  5. Love the new website--so easy for those of us who remain computer dinosaurs! And the videos are great--more more please!
    Am about to read Strange Fortune--oh happiness!
    Sent the word about your upcoming release to friends--can you hear the pre-orders mounting up at Amazon--ah yes--there goes another!

    Best wishes for a successful launch Josh!

    Sammy

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  6. Thanks so much, Sammy. I do appreciate all that lovely word of mouth. :-D

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  7. Josh,

    Congratulations on the great review on Jessewave--for those interested Damon reviews and LOVES Josh's upcoming novel Come Unto These Yellow Sands. So happy for you--cannot wait for the rest of us to add our rave reviews!

    Sammy

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  8. That was a very sweet review, Sammy. The book is not remotely or by any definition noir, but I understood what he was trying to get at. He said some truly lovely things.

    I just hope this flipping book lives up to the build up! :-D

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  9. I've pre-ordered and can hardly wait for tomorrow! In the meantime I'm going to treat myself to This Rough Magic, which I've been saving for a gloomy evening such as this. (I love how welcoming and engrossing your books are - I like nothing better than to lose myself in one of them and to forget my worries for a few hours.)

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  10. I sure hope you enjoy it, Rhian.

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  11. Wow, just read it. Another beautiful read from you. Thanks for the great day!!

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  12. Thank you very much! So happy I could be part of your great day.

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  13. I have just finished my second reading of this marvelous book (does Josh put out anything else?) and I am trying to figure out if I should give myself a break before I begin reading it a third time. No, I am not extraordinarily dense - it is just that with your books there is so much to assimilate - coupled with the fact that I tend to read too fast - that multiple readings of a JL book are a complete necessity for me - to say nothing of the fact that each re-read continues to fill me with awe and respect for your imagination, creativity and writing talent.

    Just one question so far Josh - is there a specific reason why you never really gave a physical description of Swift? All I know is he has an earring and long hair - don't even know the color of it. And oh, I'm guessing he is in his mid 30's to early 40's. I have my own ideas as to why you did this - but thought I'd ask first.

    And on a personal note - I loved the name of Swift's father - Norris. That is the name of my late husband; it is not what you would call a common/popular name, so it really touched my heart and brought a smile to my face when I saw that.

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  14. I forgot I wasn't going to post on Amazon! :-P I guess wherever people post I'll try to respond.

    Anyway, here's my response:

    Thank you, China Blue. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    Swift is 38. I kept the details of his physical appearance vague because they're unimportant to Swift and because he still has a sort of tenuous grasp of self. That sounds more ominous than it is, because in some ways Swift is very clear on who and what he is. But as the story opens he's still creating a post-addict identity for himself. If that makes any sense?

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  15. I can't remember where I found the name Norris, but it sounded perfect for a New England poet. ;-)

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  16. I truly enjoyed this story. It was not what I expected(story time frame) which made it that more interesting.

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  17. I just read this; it was wonderful. As usual, your writing style is fantastic. I just love your use of language. I look forward to your next works!

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  18. Ok, I've got to know, are you a recovering Only Child? --LOL-- I am a big fan of your work, have just finished devouring this delicacy, and notice the Only Child theme shows up again. Since it took me years to get my own head straight on the Only Child thing, I was just wondering :) Oh, fantastic work here, again. Love it!

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  19. No. Oldest child as a matter of fact. :-D I just find sibling relationships far, far too complex to address in romance. And very rarely do I see a believable portrayal of them.

    Granted, being the oldest child does leave you free to experience being the only child for a time.

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  20. Thank you, anonymous! Always lovely to read that.

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  21. Glad I can still add a comment to this thread! I've wanted to say how much I liked this story since I finished it. I always enjoy your writing (ever since I read your first book back in 2000), this one I think is one of my favourites now. I especially liked how you showed how very hard it is to kick addiction and it takes a very long time to be free of the craving. I see from the sidebar that this is a stand alone, I of course hope for a change of heart so that I may read more of these two characters!

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  22. Thanks very much, Teerak! It's always great to hear from long time readers. I think CUTYS is probably my best work this year -- it's certainly one of my new personal favorites.

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