Honorary Blogger Josh Lanyon: Kiss of Death + Giveaway!

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by Josh Lanyon

Why mystery? This is a question I hear on a regular basis.

Especially because my mysteries all contain a heavy dollop of romance and eroticism. Why not simply write romance?

But unlike both the traditional and postmodern mystery, the modern mystery is less concerned with puzzles and more concerned with character and social/societal change — and that makes it the perfect vehicle to drive my relationship stories.

Is there any greater mystery than love? Putting lust aside for a moment — because that’s a whole different thing — what attracts us to another person? What makes us want to spend our life — share our bathroom counter space — with another human?

There is no more powerful emotion than love. It has the power to shape and transform lives. And yet love can fail — and people who once loved can plot to murder each other.

Why do people murder each other? If we’re talking premeditation, the classic motives for murder are greed, lust, revenge, and fear (all other motives are merely refinements of these — and as popular as the maniac serial killer is, madness is not actually a motive).

That means the stakes are always high in a murder mystery. In our society there’s no greater crime than the unlawful taking of another’s life. Death is the end game. There is no coming back, no reparation or recovery possible for the victim — and our cultural belief is that committing this act, the crime of taking another’s life — alters the murderer too. So with the type of mystery-romance I write, I’m always dealing with the best and the worst of human nature. The story is, by default, going to be intense. Hearts are at stake. Lives are at stake. The future is at stake.

But there are other reasons I love the mystery genre. I love it for its logical structure and its infinite variety. I love it for its rules and its twists and turns. I love its Golden Age traditions and the fact that it is still evolving, still changing. I love that it is a broad enough genre to contain both Dorothy L Sayers and Jasper Fforde. But what I especially love is that in the mystery novel, a violent and often chaotic world always makes sense. The “mystery” is always solved — even when it is not solved, the lack of solution is in itself a calculated resolution. And while the villain is not always captured and punished, most of the time — certainly in my stories — there is always justice.

A world where even violence makes sense — and finding love that will last a lifetime. You can’t ask for more than that.


About Fair Play

1Fifty years ago, Roland Mills belonged to a violent activist group. Now, someone is willing to kill to prevent him from publishing his memoirs.

When ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills is called out to examine the charred ruins of his childhood home, he quickly identifies the fire for what it is–arson. A knee injury may have forced Elliot out of the Bureau, but it’s not going to stop him from bringing the man who wants his father dead to justice.

Agent Tucker Lance is still working to find the serial killer who’s obsessed with Elliot and can’t bear the thought of his lover putting himself in additional danger. Straightlaced Tucker has never agreed with radical Roland on much–“opposing political viewpoints” is an understatement–but they’re united on this: Elliot needs to leave the case alone. Now.

Tucker would do nearly anything for the man he loves, but he won’t be used to gain Elliot access to the FBI’s resources. When the past comes back to play and everything both men had known to be true is questioned, their fragile relationship is left hanging in the balance.

Available at: Carina Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About Josh Lanyon

A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including the Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery. Josh is also the author of the definitive M/M writing guide Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h.

Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist — and lives in Los Angeles, California.


Josh has graciously offered up winner’s choice from his audio backlist to FIVE WINNERS!! The giveaway starts now and ends November 29, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway, except to verify your Rafflecopter entry.

Don’t forget to check out Trish’s review of Fair Play to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

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19 thoughts on “Honorary Blogger Josh Lanyon: Kiss of Death + Giveaway!

  1. This is an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. 😀

  2. Tammy

    I am a huge Josh Lanyon fan! I’m reading Fair Play now and absolutely loving it. I haven’t listened to any of his audiobooks yet. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  3. I haven’t gotten to read much of Josh’s work yet, but have several on my TBR list. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

  4. Josh was one of the first M/M writers I read, and I’ve always loved his stories. He has a rare gift with words and making characters feel real. My husband is dyslexic, so he can only enjoy books on audio format. I had no idea until very recently that so many of the writers I enjoy have begun to have their books made available this way, so I’m very excited at the thought of introducing him (my husband) to the genre I love. Thanks for the giveaway, and please keep the stories coming.

  5. Waxapplelover

    Great post. I loved mysteries when younger, but never really go into the adult mystery genre. However, I have recently started reading quite a few mysteries with M/M MCs and have loved them.

  6. sounds intriguing! please count me in

  7. Barbra

    I’ve read Josh’s entire backlist but haven’t heard any on audio. Would like the chance. Thanks! 🙂

  8. Lisa G

    I have never done audio but can’ think of a better author to start with. Thanks for the chance.

  9. Ardent Ereader

    I have been slowly working my way through Josh’s audiobooks and would love a chance to win one of his audiobooks. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Denise Dechene

    I only have 2 other books in audiobook. Thanks for a chance to win one of Josh’s books.

  11. I didn’t use to to like mysteries but then I read Fair Game and Cut &Run and it just opened up a new world for me.

  12. I have not listened to a book yet! Ad what better way to do so than to win a Josh Lanyon book!

  13. Cornelia

    I have not listened to audiobooks , would love to try.

  14. chickie434

    I haven’t listened to many audio books, but I’m trying to expand my horizons. And I do like a good mystery every now and then 🙂

  15. Ashley E

    Love is certainly a great mystery to me… but that doesn’t stop me from reading about it. Also, Jasper Fforde! 😀

  16. Avalie

    Love nearly all Josh’s books and have been listening to Adrien English series, and it’s really good on audio.

  17. helenajust

    I love Josh’s books, both because of his superb writing and because I like reading mysteries. As is demonstrated by this post, Josh knows how mysteries should be written, and his are always very good. But what I always prefer in a mystery is good characterisation and character development, and he does that very well too — including the romance!

  18. I love a good mystery. I also like the development of character in the modern mystery novel, but I also like the step by step sleuthing in the classic mysteries (I’m listening to Agatha Christie right now). Combine both with a romance and you have a perfect book.

  19. I love both reading and watching mystery stories, especially ‘whodunits’ and if there is a romance as well that is an added bonus, which is one of the reasons I enjoy Josh Lanyon’s books 🙂 Thank you for a chance to win a audio book, which will be a new media for me to enjoy, although it makes me think back to my parents childhood when they just had a radio to listen to and a basic TV with only a few channels.

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