Friday, October 10, 2014

Life is Good


Tonight, Thursday night, is my Friday. I’m out of town all this weekend. But this evening I’m sitting here watching Transformers…IX? X? XI?  Anyway, I’m having trouble following the plot, though there are some good lines and I like Mark Wahlberg as the befuddled dad and wacky inventor turned hero.

 

I’m on my own all this week (for the first time in years) and I got ambitious and made myself dinner. Mashed potatoes, roast cod with garlic butter, and a glass of white wine. This afternoon I had a swim in arctic water and I’m writing a couple of blogs. By the way, if you’re not following Queer Romance Month, you’re missing out. There are some really excellent posts so far.

 

I’m feeling really good. The Boy with the Painful Tattoo is doing well -- I’m sure it helps that I’ve left it at the preorder price this week -- and mostly readers seem to be enjoying it. Which of course makes me happy. I did not do blog tours or review copies or basically anything to promote this one. There just wasn’t time. September was a marathon of obligations and commitments beyond writing. So I’m deeply grateful to the gang at Goodreads and Facebook for the launch parties -- and to the readers who took it upon themselves to spread the word.

 

I’m basically done for the year. Fair Play was finished over a month ago, so all that’s left now is “Baby, it’s Cold,” a Christmas novella in the Comfort and Joy anthology. I don’t think I’ve talked much about this one yet, but I’m joining pals LB Gregg, Harper Fox, and Joanna Chambers for a holiday project. I'm really thrilled about this one.

 

COMFORT AND JOY

 

Housebound for the holidays. Four contemporary holiday novellas about finding love in your own backyard. Even when you don’t have a backyard.

 

Rest and be Thankful by Joanna Chambers

Two stormy hearts find peace when feuding neighbors in the Scottish Highlands are trapped by a blizzard.

 

Out by Harper Fox

Can a stranger unlock the courage and passion in a young man’s captive heart?

 

Waiting for Winter by L.B. Gregg

Some mistakes are worth repeating.

 

Baby, it’s Cold by Josh Lanyon

Or maybe it’s the flu. Breaking up is hard to do -- especially around the holidays.

 

It’s out December 7th, and I’ll set it up for preorders before the end of the month. You’ll be able to buy the stories as a collection or if you just want one particular story, you’ll have that option too.

 

But first, of course, is Fair Play. I feel good about it and I think it’s going to go over well. Especially since for that one I’ve got Carina Press to help me out. (This is why I still like to work with publishers. Sometimes you just don’t want to have to do everything yourself.)

 

I’ve pretty much figured out the schedule for next year, but I’ll wait to share that. There will be at least one surprise in the mix and at least one title readers having been campaigning for.

 

It’s autumn now. Despite my refusal to give up my afternoon swims. What do you have planned? What will make this autumn different from the autumns that came before?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

46 comments:

  1. It's so nice to hear how good you're feeling. You sound very relaxed. Good for you! I enjoyed TBWTPT very much. That one has been hanging over you for a long time. It must be a relief to have it done, and done so brilliantly, too.

    I am looking forward to Fair Play. Fair game was my second book by you and my first audible. Hooked me good :)

    This November I will be traveling to Puerto Rico for a conference for work. I'm taking my mother with me. I am really looking forward to it. It will be exciting and different. Maybe I will become a world traveler. Ha! I better make sure my lottery ticket is current.

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    1. What a great trip to make with your mom. I love that!

      Yes, it is a great relief to have TBWTPT done. In fact, it's a bigger relief than I'd realized. And that fact that it's doing well is icing on the cake.

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  2. I'm enjoying TBWTPT, half way mark, where Jake is the strong silent boyfriend of Adrien :-)

    Looking forward to Fair Play, the little I've read, I'm expecting a good bumpy ride with Elliott and Tucker.

    Oh, and Christmas is close already!

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    1. It is a bit of a bumpy ride. :-)

      I have fun showing the characters through other characters eyes. It's quite enjoyable -- and adrien of course leaves lots of room for comic fodder.

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  3. I agree with Lori; you do sound very relaxed and that has to be a great headspace for you. TBWTPT was fab (but you knew that was my opinion of it already) and I so early await Fair Play and to see what you've got up your sleeve for 2015. :)

    I have always love relaxed autumns in the past, but I'm currently not relaxed at ALL and I suppose that's a good thing, as I try to figure out how to juggle this working Mom gig for the first time ever. A year ago, you and I were working on "Stranger Things Have Happened" and that was the only thing on my plate. But it was the jumping point for so many good things in my life to come and for that I'm so very grateful to you. Right now I have so much work on my calendar that I'm busy for months out.

    I'm about to head to GayRomLit next week, where I did commissioned art for ten different authors for giveaways (up from one last year). I've also got a children's book to discuss and get rolling when I return with Brandon Witt.

    Nope, I'm not very relaxed. But I'm having the time of my life! :D

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    1. So long as you are happy. That's really the main thing. Work makes me happy -- sometimes I have to explain this to the SO. But it can also be an obsession, so I try to balance.

      I'm glad STHH was a jumping off point for you. :-)

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  4. Autumn is good here. We have the Festival of Leaves here in my town tomorrow. Leaves are just starting to turn. There will be lots of free flowing wine from the surrounding vineyards. A good time will be had by all. I am gearing up for Christmas rush, since I work in retail. But the best part is having your books to look forward to. Happy Autumn to you.

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  5. This autumn will be different for me because, for the first time ever, I will be flying to Hawaii! I've always wanted to go and was hoping to make it happen for my 20th wedding anniversary. That came and went last year, but now is the time…and I have Kit and J.X. to keep me company on the plane ride. Enjoy your autumn, Josh, and thanks for all the excellent stories.

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    1. I've never been to Hawaii, so I do envy you this trip! I bet you will have a wonderful time. :-) Happy, happy 20th!

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  6. I'm in your country on holiday and with plenty of time to catch up on reading. TBWTPT couldn't have come at a better time. I tried to ration it so I didn't devour it to quickly but it was hard to put down! I love these characters and seeing their relationship move to the next stage and as usual the mystery part of the story was gripping. Great to get a glimpse at Jake and Adrien too. Above all I enjoyed the humour and love in the book. Looking forward to re-reading all three books very soon. And of course keenly anticipating Fair Play and Comfort and Joy (4 of my favourite authors in one book - yummy!) Not to mention the audio releases still coming up. Thanks Josh - don't know what I'd do without you!

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    1. Thank you so much! There is still plenty of good stuff coming, yes! I can't wait to share Fair Play with readers, and I know this anthology will be heart-warming.

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  7. It's been in the 90's this week so it's hard to think of it as fall. I am planning a day trip to Columbia shp sometime in the next few weeks so maybe I will get a chance to see what the west has to offer in the way of fall colors. I am also looking forward to a romantic getaway to Carmel-by-the-Sea next month. It is such a beautiful and friendly place.
    And of course this has been a really great week so...smiling wide.

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    1. Oh! You lucky thing. I love Carmel! :-)

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  8. It's lovely to see you happy and relaxed, Josh. You've worked so hard again this year (and it's not even winter yet!). It's also very cool to witness the success of TBWTPT. You've given us, your readers, so much joy these last months — all those new books and audio books! And we still have Fair Play and Baby, it's Cold to look forward to. Oh, and a couple of new audio books, too! :-) Thank you for all of it!

    Work is going to keep me very busy next couple of months. In addition to all "normal" work I'm working on a couple of laborious but wonderful art projects with my students. There is going to be a big concert that combines music and visual arts, and also a week long Festival of Light in the end of November that I'm deeply involved in (how in the world did that happen?!). I simply love the idea of having a festival with light-art and fire-art in the darkest time of the year. :-)

    Anyway, there's also a beach holiday in sight after all the hard work, so that's definitely something that keeps me going. And the anticipation of those Comfort and Joy holiday antho stories! Can't wait to read them.

    Take care, be well, Josh. Enjoy making plans for next year! ;-)

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    1. Your Festival of Light sounds amazing, Johanna. :-) I love the sound of that too. Something tells me you are going to provide a lot of inspiration to a lot of people.

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  9. It is wonderful to hear you sounding so relaxed, you deserve your weekend away after such a busy September. TBWTPT was BRILLIANT, I read until gone 2am, it was un put downable!
    I'm sure it will be a huge success and so will Fair Play. Cream floats remember.
    Re next year's schedule, do we need to give SO the marker pens? :-)

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    1. Thank you, Jan!

      I've built a lot of travel into next year, so there may be limits -- immovable physical barriers -- I don't even recognize yet. But this was a very good year, and I'm really looking forward to next year too. :-) I am LOVING the work.

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  10. Autumn's my favorite season. I have a late September birthday and it just feels like my time of year. We've had abnormally high rainfall for the high desert this year, and the seasons seem extended and fall here has been nearly perfect. This is a Balloon Fiesta weekend, so streets are busier than usual and restaurants more crowded. I kind of avoid it all and watch the balloons going over our house (we're near enough to be in a flight lane when circumstances are right).

    It's a special weekend because our daughter who lives in Washington state will be arriving here tonight with her SO and his young daughter for a short stay and to see the balloons. The extended family will gather here for pizza tonight. And my husband is in town for the weekend. Now that's the big change for me this autumn. He retired here in the late summer, but left two weeks ago for work in Tucson. We have a lot of back and forth planned, but we will be living apart for the first time in over 30 years. It's a five year plan until mutual retirement. : )

    Meanwhile I've been savoring our very fine weather (except of course it's been rainy the past two days, just in time for our Pacific NW family to visit), and loving reading TBWTPT and re-reading the series before then, and listening to Haunted Heart last night. It's a lovely time of year and I look forward to more reading and discussion with the GR gang.

    Thanks for your books and for hosting this community of readers.

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    1. Karen, I am envying you that high desert rain. We need some in this high desert.

      What a challenge you have planned -- but what rewards too. Family time is the best.

      I rely on this community of readers as much as anyone. :-)

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  11. What will be different this year than last? I will be another year older. With a birthday in October I get to start a new year with beautiful color, great smells, and lots of family get togethers. I'm happy you get some time to yourself.mSeems like you are a working machine, and while we readers reap the benefits, I think you deserve a bit of rest too. I loved the BWTPT, I am looking forward to Fair Play, and I have a feeling Baby, It's Cold will warm my heart. Now, I hope you find a heated swimming pool, STAT, and enjoy.

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    1. I am definitely looking for a heated pool. ;-)

      Thanks, Karan. I love your comments. They are always so...vibrant. You try to grab onto every moment and I admire that so much.

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  12. My husband, daughter and I are taking a short break and heading for the mountains of Tennessee in the morning. Can't wait. Love the colors this time of year and it's the one place I can rest and revive, even if it is only a 2 night stay.

    I just wanted to let you know Josh that I loved TBWTPT! It's going to become one of my favorites. Christopher Holmes (Kit) is someone I would love to have as a friend. He's real. He's funny. He's human in a way so many written characters are not.

    The added bonus of a little Adrien/Jake was so sweet too.

    In the middle of edits on the first of a series and still working the day job keeps me busy. But not so busy that I haven't taken the time to read something from a favorite author.

    Looking forward to the next year and what you "surprise" us with!

    Much love,
    CJ

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    1. Thank you so much, CJ. This is the loveliest thing to read. Hope you had a wonderful break.

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  13. Excellent post, Josh. Your life does sound good right now. With 3 novels this year + the Christmas Antho and numerous audio books I would say, "just about perfect." Only please don't get sick again from all that "frigid" swimming. :)

    As usual my work is keeping me busy, but I am looking forward to a November trip to Cape Cod this year.

    And when talk turns to looking forward to things, nothing can top waiting eagerly for your news of next year's goodies.

    Have a wonderful extended weekend, Josh. Take care. :)

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    1. Thanks, Susan. Yes, it's been a good, productive year. I'm feeling mostly content. Or at least that I did everything I could to get to this place in time. And this is a good place in time.

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  14. two words dude, pool heater.... LOL , wish I could say I have plans but Im a homebody, enforced and optional most days.
    I am the odd weirdo that laments the passing of warm weather, and shudders at the cold. Im closing in on 30 but I already know what old timers say about weather effecting your previous broken bones. Last year was brutal cold.
    Thankfully there are your books t o entertain and the audibles. plus I admit it Im a hardcore nerd gamer. But Im planning on taking a class for fun at local community college. should be interesting with ASL heh.
    who knows mb my lottery ticket will win? hey dreams are free. Live well and stay happy. Aishen

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    1. Thank you, Ashe. I was feeling sort of melancholy this morning after a weekend of confronting the could-have-beens, but the fact is I wouldn't change my reality. I don't know if I believe that it all works out the way it should, but I do know it all works out the way it's going to. ;-)

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    2. ya sometimes I think my surname is wouldashouldacoulda. heh

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  15. Just started TBWTPT-- I made myself wait a bit so I could get it delivered in paperback. What can I say? I read many ebooks but I love the feel of the paper in my hands... I'm trying to make myself read slowly so as to make the good times last!
    My autumn? I'm starting a new job in a new career field. At my age that's a little scary, but exciting too.
    I hope you're enjoying your weekend away-- you deserve it.

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    1. Exited and anxious. That pretty much sums it up. :-) For Kit too! :-D

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  16. So happy for you Josh...deep cleansing breath..You do sound relaxed and happy in your post; happiness is everything. I am absolutely loving TBWTPT. I'm halfway through. I usually find time to read at night...I find myself often full on laughing out loud, the humor is perfect; I woke up my SO trying to hold my laughter in and jostled the bed instead. I love Kit and adore JX. Thank you especially for some time my other two favs ;) Your books are an incredible blend of suspense, mystery, romance, and humor. Thank you so much for your works. They trully bring me a great deal of joy. I always enjoy rereading and then getting the audible version. Enjoy the breezy, sunny fall weather...Denise A.

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  17. I'm happy to hear that you're in a good place, Josh!
    TBWTPT was awesome! I'll go back for a re-read any minute now. Looking forward to Fair Play and the Christmas anthology. Autumn looks pretty great for us readers I think. ;-)

    This year hasn't been the happiest for my family and it's still not quite over. I try to focus on the positive things, though.

    Autumn is very mild around here. Temperatures around 18°C (app. 65°F) is very warm for October. Skating season started and it's kind of strange when you step outside the rink and run into this warm, moist wall that weather creates while it's chilly inside. :-D
    I got myself a teaching gig on the side in addition to my normal job. Still wondering what I was thinking when I agreed to the offer in spring. :-D It's an interesting challenge to teach a class of college students via webconference because they're all in different places due to practical training phases. It takes a bit to get used to not seeing your counterpart's face. A lot of information you take for granted in the classroom isn't available that way. Interessting challenge, as I said. We'll see what I think about it at the end of the term. ;-)

    Enjoy your time off!
    Lots of hugs! :-)

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    1. Calathea, I and so many of my readers are now hitting this cycle with out families -- aging parents, job and career changes, younglings reaching maturity (or thinking they've reached maturity but actually only reaching the point they need EXTRA financial help and support) :-D It is challenging and difficult. And it's kind of comforting to know so many of us are going through the same thing.

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  18. So good to see that you are content and happy, Josh. It's been quite a milestone month here in Hong Kong (I guess some news reached you too) and most people here are constantly in an agitated state, mainly because there are too many things not in our control. I'm glad to be able to hide in the worlds you created from time to time. It's like oasis to me when I got too frustrated with some news. I do hope this helpless state can eventually pass, but whatever the outcome, to us, this autumn is history in the making.

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    1. We are all watching Hong Kong -- it is a strange, helpless feeling. China has positioned itself in a no-win situation, but that doesn't mean it sees or understands what will -- must -- ultimately happen. And the interim...well, I can only imagine.

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  19. Happy you are happy. TBWTPT great book, as usual will wait for the audio for the 're read. This fall I have my son here , for good, hopefully, we sent the immigration request to be able to bring his partner from Colombia ,so theycan live here so we can be together again as a family, and then they can get married here in Utah now that finally they approved. So I f everything goes well I will planning a wedding . Waiting also for your Fair Play and the Christmas sodas I crave your books but thanks to the gay mystery page in Facebook I have found good authors like Dorien Grey, and Thorton, so I don't suffer while waiting for your great books. You have given us very good books and audiobooks this year thank you .

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    1. Thank you for saying so, Maria. And I'm crossing my fingers that all goes well for your son and his partner.

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  20. I am enjoying it so much, that you are feeling so happy and content! You give so much joy, that there have to be joy for you too. Balance is really the keyword. I am not so good with these balance for my self. But to read and listen to your books , to interact with you and the friendly people, who are to find in your goodreads group and on your Facebookpage are a good way to bring new ideas to my mind. The last three month of the year is for me the most intense time ( referred to my work), so I am not in a very contemplative mood. But I will try to find more time for my partner and my family, to live more in the now. And I will try to have this year a real christmas. A very big part of my christmas present have I got with The Boy With The Painful Tattoo, Fair Play, Comfort and Joy and the wonderful audiobooks! I can't wait until Christmas to unwrap them, no way. :-) Take care Josh and thank you.

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    1. Awww. Thank you so much, Sabine. Slowly but surely we've built up such a lovely group -- both on FB and Goodreads. I'm quite sure I get as much pleasure and satisfaction from our interactions as anyone! :-)

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  21. I am glad you are happy and congratulations on your new book release - can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  22. I look forward to reading this book but I have to ask. Can I preorderd it if I pay with pay-pal? If not, I'll wait to the day of its release. Thank you.

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    1. Because I'm not publishing Fair Play myself, it really has to go through the publisher (I don't have the final files in the various formats). I know it's listed on Kobo and B&N and (I think) iTunes, so maybe one of those takes Paypal?

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    2. I think not, but thank you very much for the explanation.

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