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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Slippery When Wet

Hola from sunny Southern California!

Well…come to think of it, maybe not so much of the sunny. We’re experiencing torrential downpours and record rainfall here in the Southland. It’s looking like we’re in for a grey Christmas, which -- believe it or not -- is fine by me. I love the rain. And since I’m lucky enough to write fulltime, I can usually postpone getting my feet wet if I’m not in the mood to venture out.

Anyway, wet or dry, I’m Josh Lanyon and I write m/m or gay fiction, usually mystery or adventure -- but always with a strong romantic subplot. I have a couple of stories out with Carina Press. One is Fair Game, the bestselling novel about a former FBI agent turned history professor who gets into hot water when he starts looking into the disappearance of a student. The second story is part of the new anthology His for the Holidays. The novella is called Icecapade and it’s about the frosty relationship between a former uptown cat burglar and the FBI agent determined to see him behind bars.

There’s always a little bit of a mystery in everything I write, even a holiday romance like Icecapade. After all, isn’t romance -- why we fall in love with the people we do -- one of the biggest mysteries around? I think so. I think the meld of mystery and romance is a very natural one. But then I grew up reading mysteries.

I wonder if it’s true that we are what we read?

Anyway, I just popped in to introduce myself and wish you a very merry holiday season -- and health and happiness in the New Year. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all -- both my partners in crime at Carina and you our willing accomplices -- better in the months to come!


Wynter Daniels said...

Good point about the mystery of "the biggest mystery around." Your stories sound intriguing. I like the rain, too, maybe since we don't normally have many gray days either here in Florida.

Julie Moffett said...

I'd rather have rain than the freezing temps and ice in northern Virginia! Congrats on your new releases and I, too, look forward to getting to know you and everyone else at Carina better. Happy Holidays, Josh!!! :)

Taryn Kincaid said...

Suddenly, I hear Madeline Kahn warbling "Oh, great mystery of life at last I've found you..." after her night with the Big Guy in Young Frankenstein!
Love and mystery. Great combo.

Toni Anderson said...

Enjoy the rain, Josh.

I love some sort of mystery with my romance too. It just adds to the excitement.

Josh Lanyon said...

Wynter, it actually looks like December around here for a change. *g*

As for the sweet mystery of life...yeah, how many times have you looked at a couple and did he....?

Josh Lanyon said...

Thanks, Julie. I'd like snow and ice for Christmas day and then it could all happily, neatly vanish again. ;-)

Josh Lanyon said...

HA! Or Nelson Eddy and Jeannette MacDonald (big favorites of my dad when we were growing up)!

Then again he also loves Young Frankenstein. :-D

Josh Lanyon said...

I think so, Toni. I think mystery adds a nice actiony framework for a romance.

MaureenAMiller said...

I am such a bah-humbug that I am grateful for the rain over the snow. Although I wouldn't mind a big dump of snow the moment I arrive at my holiday destination safely.
Congratulations on the success of your books, Josh. Keep them coming!!
Merry Christmas.

Josh Lanyon said...

Thanks, Maureen! I know -- one of those Christmas card perfect snowfalls (that immediately cleared itself up before I had to travel anywhere)!

Marcelle Dubé said...

Oh pshaw, Josh! Snow is SO much better than rain, especially at this time of year. You can't ski, snowboard or skijor on rain. And how can you feel virtuous if you don't spend half an hour shovelling the snow off your walk? And cozying up to the fireplace with your significant other is so much nicer when there's snow outside.

That's all right. I'm just glad you're here and writing. I look forward to reading your stories.

Shirley Wells said...

Rain? No, no, no. Rain isn't at all Christmassy. As you say though, as writers we can hide at our desks. We have beautiful, deep, white, crisp snow that's, um, causing major disruption in the UK. :)

Have a great Christmas, Josh!

Angela Henry said...

Hi, Josh!

I grew up reading/loving mysteries too! And as a result everything I write ends up with at least one dead body in it! Fair Game is on my TBR list and has one of the most gorgeous covers ; ).

Happy Holidays!

Elise Warner said...

Love your title Icecapade, Josh. I always associate rain with stories. My mother made them up when the skies opened.

Toni Anderson said...

Meant to say--I have a framed poster in my bathroom titled Icecapades. It is of icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland. Love that title!

Toni Anderson said...

Josh--I'm hearing about your 'rain' even in Manitoba. Hope the storm isn't as bad as they predict.

Anonymous said...

I thought I'd commented on this entry!

Josh, I'm very keen to see what you've got for us at Carina, just as soon as I reduce the To Read pile a little ;-)

Clare London said...

Hi Josh and Happy Christmas to you too! Funny to hear you having a grey Christmas so far away from us - that's the default status in the UK *lol*. This year has been a treat for us in some ways, to have real, (relatively) heavy snow, even if it's caused chaos with the travel arrangements.

Good luck with the publications, and all the best for 2011 :).

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