Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Guest: Laura Baumbach

It's hump day, JenB! YAY!

And it's day 3 of our verra special

Desert Island Keeper
M/M Romance Author
Festivus Extravagandus!

Surely, one can never get too tired of saying that.

I'm handing the mic over to my friend Laura Baumbach. She and I go WAY back (like months even!) and she is not only a woman with vision and drive, an Eppie Award winning author, and an m/m publisher, she a fun date on a Friday night as well. So: welcome Laura B.

Hello everyone. My name is Laura Baumbach. For the legions of people who don't know me, I write M/M erotic romance. I've won a few writing awards here and there, the most recent being the 2008 EPPIE Award for best GLBT story, The Lost Temple of Karttikeya. In 2007 I finaled in the same category with my scifi novel Details of the Hunt. I'm currently writing the sequel to that one titles Genetic Snare--all beefy alien bounty hunter and wily, light-fingered, confused pirate for heroes. While my writing keeps me pretty busy, I devote a portion of every day to the M/M authors co-op group I formed to venture out into more expensive advertising venues called Manloveromance.com. We run ads in places like gay.com, advocate.com, romance sites, and do public booths and appearances at big ticket events such as Book expo America, Yaoi Con, and GEE to reach our target audiences of straight women and gay men.

Between writing and promoting M/M romance, I own and operate ManLoveRomance Press, LLC, aka MLR Press, a small print press exclusively for M/M erotic romance and fiction. The back bone of my world is my husband, sons and my now part-time career as an emergency trauma nurse. I started writing five years ago in the world of fanfiction. My first books were print published collections of these works published by a small press in CA. Surprisingly, my writing found an audience and wrote 4 books with this publisher. Flush with amazement, I wandered into epublishing world, found more houses looking for my brand of work and I've never looked back. I now have seven novels out in a whole variety of genres from vampires to cops, one single author collection of short stories and short stories in five anthologies. I've written for BUST and MEN magazines, Alyson Press, and at least six different epublishers.

My latest release is the first in a new romantic crime series titled Mexican Heat. I'm co-authoring the Crimes & Cocktails series with award winning master of prose Josh Lanyon, author of the acclaimed Adrien English Mystery series. Mexican Heat releases in a few weeks. This is the first time I've advertised a book in Romance Sells and I'm anxious to see how effective that turns out to be. As an added kick to the promotions I've placed ads in two more print magazine as well. New territory for me to explore!

Books I would read again and again if stranded on a desert island:

Fatal Shadows

A Dangerous Thing

The Hell You Say

Death of a Pirate King

The Thin Man

Drift Ice Station Zebra

Fantasy men I would want with me:

Johnny Depp
Antonio Banderas

But, if I can't have real men I want:

Jake Riordan--from AE
Bram Lord -- from A Bit of Rough
Adam-- from Out There in the Night
Gibbs-- from NCIS
Indiana Jones

Favorite Reading Position Upright at my desk. It's the only chair in the house that doesn't hurt my back. I know, I'm getting old.

Best love song
Your Man by Josh Turner

Favorite Heroine
Who reads anything with women in it?

Author everyone loves but you don’t
Anne Rice. Talk about too much descriptive narrative!

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
Adrein English Mystery series. I want to be the ED nurse that takes care of Adrien when he has his heart problems or who takes care of Jake when he gets hurt in the line of duty. I have several things to say to both of them.

How old is your inside voice
36. I'm mentally stuck there.

Favorite sex song
Squeking bed springs. The lyrics suck but the rthyhm's good.

If you could be a hero who would you be
Antonio Lorenzo in my newest book Mexican Heat. That means I get Gabriel all to myself!

What heroine is most like you
Ah. Well. Hmmm. I'll get back to you on that.

What heroine would you like to be
See above answer.

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt (I say we add commando)
Knit boxers please.

Favorite book set on a tropical island
er. uh. What she said.

What hero is most like your significant other
Bram Lord in A Bit of Rough.

What hero would you like to be your significant other
I got what I want. No substitute needed. .

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
Water, Motrin, a man.

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
Southern Comfort and Tab, coffee ( yes! thank goodness for coffee...mmmm....coffeeee....)

Jake Riordan and Antonio Lorenzo. Strong guys. Gotta love them.

Guest:Jet Mykles

Welcome back!
Today is day two of the

Desert Island Keeper
M/M Romance Author
Festivus Extravagandus!

And our special guest is artist and Eppie Award winning author, Jet Mykles. A-hippin and a-holler-'n because Jet writes some very scorching, fun, sweet m/m books, most notably the Heaven Sent series (rock stars!). She recently released book 5 in her well loved Dark Elves series (licorice elves...they are delicious) Discovery. But my favorite story of hers is a little shorty piece from the Ties That Bind anthology (5 burning banana rating for that one).

Anyway, I was able to grab Jet for a couple quick emails upon her triumphant return from Yaoi Con in SF. No. I am not bitter that I didn't get to go. (much)

Without further ado...Welcome Jet to the island!

The Mens~

Luc from Heaven Sent

Radin from Dark Elves

Bruce Wayne/Batman

Jack from my new Unicorn story (not yet released from AMP)

Nathaniel from Anita Blake series. Broken, but growing stronger. and the HAIR! <>

The Questions~

Favorite Reading Position
Tucked into the corner of the couch

Best love song
Geez, I don't know. Heaven Sent aside, music isn't much my thing. Um... All I Ask Of You from Phantom of the Opera?

Favorite Heroine
Anita Blake. Despite problems with some of the story lines, she still kicks ass

Author everyone loves but you don't
Oh no. won't answer that one. Nothing but trouble. Anyone who's gotten published deserves kudos.

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
Anita Blake's. Merry Gentry. Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar. oh yeah, the last one would rock!

How old is your inside voice
somewhere between 16 and 21

Favorite sex song
Music again. How about Prince's Darlin' Nikki?

If you could be a hero who would you be
One of the X-men. Or did you mean a romance novel hero?

What heroine is most like you
Of my own? Jen from One For The Team is a lot like me. So's Meg from Leashed.

What heroine would you like to be
I'd love to be Meg, complete with the yummy shifters. I'd say Anita Blake but I'm not sure I want to be in all that danger. Merry Gentry would be cool.

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt (I say we add commando)

Favorite book set on a tropical island
O_O um... can't think of any. Oh wait, how about The Big Kahuna by Ciar Cullen.

What hero is most like your significant other
Huh. He's sorta like Ken from One For The Team. There are aspects of him in Radin, Luc and Johnnie. Those are all my characters. I'm not coming up with any from other stories that he's like.

What hero would you like to be your significant other
Luc Sloane, complete with homosexual tendencies :D

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
Solar generator, laptop...

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
White Russians for me

Vanyel from Mercedes Lackey Valdemar series.


(aka Desert Island Keepers)

Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

Last Herald Mage (can I have the whole trilogy?) by Mercedes Lackey

Dragon Prince (again, can I have the trilogy?) by Melanie Rawn

Fallen Star by Morgan Hawke (wink wink. nudge nudge)

Dune by Frank Herbert

Thanks Jet for stopping by the Island. I've asked Sven the fur boot wearing Nordic bartender to whip you up a white russian. Pull up a hammock, kick back, and enjoy the view!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Guest: Ally Blue

Welcome Friends! Today is the official kick off of

Desert Island Keeper
M/M Romance Author
Festivus Extravagandus!

Uh. I invited some of my friends....

First off: The fair Ally Blue. Ally is a cool bean. What can I say?

Before we get started, I'd just like to thank her for stopping by. Ally was initially in our DIK group, but deadlines and real life conflicted and we totally shafted her. Heh. I begged her to stop by the Author DIK post at Noseinabook back in the height of our backstabbing hero free for all (omg. that was crazy fun) and she was a peach and came by and totally forgave us for..shafting her. I think I just like to say shaft. I don't know why.

So put your DIK hands together (?) and give a hearty round of applause to our guest, the delectable Ms. Blue.

Favorite Reading Position
Reclining in comfort in a beach chair. On the beach, of course, otherwise it's kind of pointless to have a beach chair, really. Heh.

Best love song
"The Magic Position" by Patrick Wolf. One of the most joyful and upbeat songs I've ever heard. Patrick!!! I heart you, you big glittery goofball!

**fangirly swoon**

Favorite Heroine
In a book? Oh, hmmmm...


Jacqueline, from Clive Barker's short story "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament". That is one scary/sexy chick. She still resonates with me in lots of ways, even twenty years after I first met her :)

Author everyone loves but you don's a whole looooong list of authors everyone else loves and I have never ever read. Example: La Nora. Sacrilege! I know, I know. I'm so ashamed!

**hides face**

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
Harry Potter! I want to sneak into the locker rooms at the World Quidditch Cup and watch Harry and Draco gettin' their mansex on in the shower. It would be REALLY hot because they'd be on opposing teams and therefore the sex would be all rough and angry. Yowza.

Hey, it's MY fantasy, I'll make them grown-up pro Quidditch players if I want!

How old is your inside voice
Twelve. Fourteen on a good day. My son (who really IS fourteen) calls me immature. LOL. So sad.’t
Errrmmm.... Well, I don't know. I can't think of any. But, there

Favorite sex song
"Inertia Creeps" by Massive Attack. Lots of drums, like a pulse, and DAMN that particular singer has a sexy voice.

If you could be a hero who would you be
I'd be Brent from Heaven Sent. Then I'd get to be all sexed up by Hell!!! The very thought makes my girl parts clench in delight.


What heroine is most like you
Oh, um. I don't know, actually. Probably there is a romance heroine out there who is a bit like me, but I haven't found her. I don't read a lot of straight romance, and the girls in the horror and sci-fi I tend to read are generally either way smarter/stronger/faster/etc than me or so sniveling and TSTL that I really HOPE they're not like me. LOL.

What heroine would you like to be
ANITA BLAKE!!! From the early days. I mean, come on. Knives on both arms? A gun strapped to the headboard of the bed? A freakin' SWORD down her back??? AND getting to kick the bad guys' asses and raise zombies???? That is just ridiculously cool :D

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt (I say we add commando)
What, for me or my manwhores? I mean characters? Although I guess it doesn't matter, as the answer to both is boxer-briefs. Sexy AND comfy!

(*lb claps hands* yay for ally's manwhores!)

Favorite book set on a tropical island
Jurassic Park! :D

What hero is most like your significant other
He isn't like anyone, really, which is one reason I heart him so :) Although, I suppose I could say he's a bit like Trouble, from My Fair Captain (only, you know, adult...), because he does have a knack for getting into scrapes *g*

What hero would you like to be your significant other
OMG. None! Seriously. The men I tend to swoon over in fiction are NOT people I could successfully live with. LOL.

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
Hmmm, let's see...


1. My laptop, Admiral Crunchbyte. He will have a magically never-ending battery charge, because I canNOT live without my beloved 'puter.

2. Bear Grylls. Because he knows what plants to eat and I'm pretty sure he can build a mansion out of sticks and palm leaves. AND, he strips a lot. Oh, yes. Nekkid Bear makes Ally's girl parts very, very happy.

3. A club with a fully stocked bar and a monster sound system, complete with an endless supply of awesome music. Hey, if you're gonna dream, dream big! LOL.

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
Mike's Hard Lime. Great beach drink. Can I bring Fritos too? Mike's + Fritos = best dinner ever.

My Favorite hero?
EDWARD!!! Not Twilight Edward, who I do not know at all. Anita Blake's Edward, who I DO know and who I would dearly love to clutch between my thighs just once. Which is really saying something, considering that he's not real O_O

(no, they are NOT romances! Ha! Ha, I say! LOL)
1. Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon, because it is the pinnacle of awesomeness.

2. Obsidian Butterfly (#9? I think? In the Anita Blake series). It has mucho kicking of bad guy butt, plus lots of Edward! Mmmm... Edward...

3. Books of Blood, by Clive Barker. All three volumes. I think this should count as one book. In fact, I will find one volume with all three installments bound together so that there is no question of it being one book. There must be such a thing out there someplace...

4. Lord of the Rings. Sorry, but this one HAS to be on my list. It's the very first story with which I ever fell completely in love! This doesn't need to be physically bound into one volume because it is all one story!

5. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein, because it changed my life.

6. The complete Lovecraft collection, with many thanks to our hostess LisaBea for reminding me *ggg* (ally ally blue, i heart u)

And I sort of lied when I said I had no romances in my hut, because my collection of loverly gay romance resides on Admiral Crunchbyte's hard drive, and he's coming with me. Yay for ebooks!


1. Edward (see above). For protection as well as that sexy/dangerous vibe of his *g*

2. Valentine Michael Smith, from Stranger In A Strange Land. Peace, acceptance, free love and cool Martian biofeedback techniques!

3. Allard, from Jules Jones and Alex Woolgrave's funny/hot series The Syndicate. He's kind of a pill, but cute as a bug and I bet he could fix my darling laptop if need be. Tech support for the island, yay!

4. Jason, from the Anita Blake books. Cutest werewolf ever! Plus he's smart and perceptive, and kind of a man-slut. He'd keep all the girl-parts AND man-bits on the island very very satisfied.

5. Snape! Two words, people: hangover potions O_O

Short (and excessively smartass) bio, snatched from my blog because I am lazy:

Ally Blue is acknowledged by the world at large (or at least by her heroes, who tend to suffer a lot) as the Popess of Gay Angst. She has a great big penis hat and rides in a bullet-proof plexiglass bubble in Christmas parades. Her harem of manwhores does double duty as bodyguards and as sinspirational entertainment. Her favorite band is Radiohead, her favorite color is lime green and her favorite way to waste a perfectly good Saturday is to watch all three extended version LOTR movies in a row. Her ultimate dream is to one day ditch the evil day job and support the fambly on manlove alone. She is not a hippie or a brain surgeon, no matter what her kids’ friends say.

Hello September babies its YOUR MONTH!!

Thanks to Lisabea I have the perfect picture to wish you all a happy birthday!!! Isn't she so sweet to share with us?

WHOOT!!!! It's your birthday ladies and its time for us all to take a moment to celebrate YOUR DAY.

We are celebrating CJ Birthday and Bridget Locke's Birthday today so bring out the drinks and sit back and enjoy the pretties!!!!

Here's my birthday wishes to you two! I hope you enjoy the tatoo like did. YUM makes me want to just lick him (What TMI?)
And I just love that his ass isn't that hairy I mean what's up with the hairy asses (THAT IS NOT SEXY if you can braid that shit it's time to wax it off)

Wait where was I? Oh yes BIRTHDAYS so here we go!

So I went out and baked you a cake (pfft right more like I found you one that looked pretty online! But hey its the thought that counts right?) then I determined it was too pretty to eat and well hell it just didn't fit the theme of our island.

Here's the original version

And here's the version after an IM conversation with Katiebabs, Lisabea, Alice and Kristie I determined this cake was much cooler!

Now I know what your thinking, we have hot sexy menz, birthday wishes, pretty cakes whats missing?

Well I'm glad you asked it's drinks so hold on ladies while we bust out with a few beverages for all those of age. And those of you who don't like to drink we have the virgin flavors of each colorful drink as well! So jump in, sit back and watch the parada of menz while sipping on this pretty drink (I'm not sure what it is but the picture was so pretty I had to share isn't it pretty?)

Okay back to the other types of pretties I know you are all dying for!

We will start off with a fully clothed man to show all you ladies that SEE THEY CAN BE PRETTY WITHOUT HAVING TO BE NAKKID.

Then we will show you why we prefer them shirt less as the picture to the right or below (not sure how it will actually look tomorrow when it post) will prove.

And what about this guy? Thanks to Jen B for introducing us I haven't wanted a beta male in a long, long, LONG, time.

But then my baby in the towel feels so unloved so I must remember to bring him in b/c nothing is hotter than a man in a towel to me NOTHING (again was that TMI? Or is it okay to share that b/c authors if you have a man come out of the shower in a towel I am one HAPPY, HAPPY reader! Just a suggestion. Okay moving on.)

Where was I? Oh yes how could I forget the man that reads and then sits really pretty why he tries to gather his intelligent thoughts on the matter. WOW how could you go wrong with that man right?

And finally I have missed my baby boy coming out of the water (and by coming I mean rising out of the water with the drops of sliding smoothly down his body. Hinting and what is just below the surface. *sigh*) *Clears throat* I'm sorry we were celebrating birthdays not drooling right? So there you go ladies our birthday gifts to you!!!!! I hope you all had wonderful, fun filled days and I wish you many more here on the DIK!!!

And in closing here are my final thoughts for the week:
We here at the DIK blog are not associated with AAR, but by many reports, they coined/developed the phrase Desert Island Keeper/DIK in relation to romance, and we raise a drink (with a little umbrella in it) in appreciation and mutual love of the genre.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Inverview: Josh Lanyon

LBea and TPig Style
(Yes. That's Us)

Scene I

The sun glistens through the back of the Rolls Royce window as LBea and TPig look out into the lush green surroundings of Beverly Hills apparently hung-over.

TPig: Turns, snorts and stares into the camera.

LB: Do I smell like booze, TP? That would be a bad thing, right? Do I still have lime in my hair? Damn it, I am never going to drink tequila shots with you again. *reaches for banaca and sprays both TPig and herself. Twice.*

TPig: Is this thing on *shakes the lens*...

Oh shit! Hi every one and welcome to a special edition of Dueling Reviews. LBea and I are on our way to the mansion of mad skills M/M Romance writer Josh Lanyon.

LB: What? I thought we were interviewing Adrien English? Wait. Who?

The Rolls pulls up to a post modern mansion that looks like a Frank Lloyd Wright cupcake with extra sprinkles. LBea in a sharply tailored silk suit (SIZE TWO I SWEAR) and TPig in a grungy leather jacket and jeans he threw on when he regained consciousness stroll up the wall of glass that looks to be the main entrance and knock on the brushed stainless steel monument from 2001: A Space Odyssey or a door… take your pick.

LB: Hi! Everyone! It's been a while, but that's only because TP and I have been employing our investigative reviewing skills to find the mysterious and reclusive mystery romance author .....dramatic PAUSE *the camera swings wildly to see someone crawling through the bushes*..... Adrien English!...who I believe is trying to sneak out through the servants entrance.

Josh: Huh?

LBea: *While TP throws himself on the guy and wrestles the slender, almost frail looking young man to the ground* --Careful PIGGIE!!! He's got an empty wine bottle-- I'll fill you in about our author du jour. uh. If that's actually him.

Josh: *Locked in mortal or immortal combat with TP* -- Actually who—er—whom?

LBea: *Turns to camera crew.* Maybe we should ask for some ID?

TPig: *Hits the back of the guys head* Quit biting me goddamn it!

*They get off the ground slowly brushing away the moist mulch*

The man coughs and spits out "FOR THE LAST TIME: I am NOT Adrien English!"

LB: Oohhh. He's so feisty TPig! I like 'em with little bite!
* pats young man and speaks very slowly* OK, honey. You can be anyone you want to be. TPig and I know all about role playing. May we come in? Cuz my skirts a little snug and I think I popped a couple buttons. *winks to TPig* Then you can tell us all about your secret identity.

TPig: Sorry about tackling you like that. I take it you are Josh Lanyon? *offering his hand*

Josh: *Ignoring the handshake and glaring at Lisabea who tries to straighten his collar* -- WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?!

TPig: We are here from Desert Island Keepers to do an interview. I could have sworn they told you we were coming.

An uncomfortable look crosses Adri—Josh’s face. His eyes dart here and there—although they do not go so far as to shoot daggers or flame.

Josh:*Picking a blade of grass off his tongue* -- Well, since you’re here...

Scene II

Josh leads us into the house. Gigantic Black Leather and chrome furniture is strewn about like some bad 80's bachelor's pad.

TPig: How long have you lived here Josh?

Josh: We don’t. That is—

LBea: We? Oooh. Dish!

Josh remains silent.

Passing through the immense house every other wall has some type of book shelf containing stacks of books that look to be still in the process of being arranged

LBea: What’s up with all these books everywhere? You know Pottery Barn has great knick knacks. *picks up pirate book end and surreptitiously slips it into her bag*

Josh: Books? Oh. We had a fire recently at the bookstore. The arson inspector said
something about—

LBea: Bookstore?

Josh: Gives her a long look. He leads us finally into the kitchen. Eggs and bacon are sizzling on the stove. Coffee is brewing. He opens the fridge and takes out a Tab.

TPig: I think a rum and coke would be nice.

Josh pauses, pulling the Tab tab.

LBea: Rum sounds refreshing!

Josh *Sighs* -- I suppose—

A voice is heard down a small hallway off the kitchen. Baby, Where the hell is my shampoo? I couldn’t find it in any of the boxes. There’s just this apple-smelling crap! *Out walks a towering burly blond man with a hand towel around his waist. He sees LBea and stops.*

Josh *Blanching* -- Oh. Uh…Detective—I mean, Lieutenant Riordan. Good to see you! All of you. We—I—some people—guests—dropped by. Too. Some people dropped by too. Like you.

Jake *Puzzled* -- Some "people guests"? Baby, have you been overdoing the meds again? *He jumps as LBea accidentally snags the towel. (and it WAS an ACCIDENT!)

Jake – Hey, that is assaulting a police officer, young woman! *He backs quickly down the hallway, one large manly hand modestly not even beginning to cover God’s bounty.

LBea & TP watch, their eyes on the prize.

Josh *Faintly* Uh...Yeah. er...Why don't you two make yourself comfortable on the patio and I'll...um....bring you drinks or something. *He picks up phone while pointing to the back of the house.*.

LBea: Sure Adri... I mean Josh, sure. I'm just going to check out..I mean use your powder room, m'kay, Adr-osh?

Josh's head whips up. -- Wha --? Oh. Use the guest bath downstairs. It's...cleaner. Really.

LBea is gone already whipping down the small hallway. She suddenly swings into another room. TPig and then Josh wanders in behind her. There is a humongous four poster bed towering over the room its sheets are rumpled and look recently slept in. LBea seems to be looking under the bed throwing out books as she finds them.

LBea: Skinflick? Who's David Bedwetter?

Josh: Hey! I said, use the guest bath! *he snatches the stack of books from LBea's dainty paws* -- Bedstetter, you insolent slut. I mean, BRANDstetter. Don't tell me you haven't read the Brandstetter series? Joseph Hansen? The first gay mystery writers I discovered were Joseph Hansen and Richard Stevenson. That was actually a bad thing because it set the bar so high and everything that came after those two was sort of...hmmm. But Hansen -- and Stevenson with the Donald Strachey series --

LBea: Who's Donald Scratchy? How did you know I was insolent?

Josh *absently reaching out to wipe brown smudge from LBea's forehead*

LBea: It's hair dye. I had a thing. Just ignore it. *wipes forehead again and GLARES at Josh English*

Josh: STRACHEY. Jeez. You people don't get out much, do you? Donald Strachey. He's a PI. They made him into a TV show on the here! channel. *now Josh is on a roll and no one can get a word in edgewise* Michael Nava was a very good stylist, but I never really warmed to the Henry Rios character and I found the books depressing. And then I discovered Mark Richard Zubro. Hooboy!

LBea *crawling back under bed. Buttons fly.* -- Hooboy? Would you like to comment?

Josh - No comment! No, I take that back. The plotting wasn't too bad in the early stuff, but the characters...flatter than pancakes. RD Zimmerman wrote an enjoyable series. I liked a couple of Lev Raphael's novels. I read everything I could lay my hands on, of course, but not everything worked for me. Fred Hunter, Michael Craft, and Greg Herren: all were skilled at what they did, but none of those clicked for me in the way you need a series to click in order to love it. I started out loving John Morgan Wilson's Benjamin Justice series, but it lost me along the way, and I can't explain why or how.

TPig *manages to smother yawn. He opens eyes very wide, trying to focus*

LBea: My Dearest Holmes? Don't you have any Batman comics? Jeeze.

Josh: HEY! That is a first edition! *He grabs books and shuffles through them, still babbling to himself still under the over-medicated impression that we came here to talk about books* This is one of my favorite oddball one offs -- you know, the books that are forever in my keeper pile: My Dearest Holmes by Rohase Piercy, Cowboy Blues by Steven Lewis, The Night G.A.A. Died by Jack Ricardo. Oh, and a very funny Australian writer by the name of Phillip Scott -- One Dead Diva. I think it was actually the first book in a series though I never found the other books....

LBea reaches under the bed and pulls out the police uniform and the handcuffs and then unsnaps the gun holster and holds up a dildo. Hey, TPig get a load at this! *turns to stare.* I'm shocked, Josh. Really.

Josh: *sucks in a sharp breath and squeaks* How did that...

Jake wanders in now in a bath robe: Adrien, baby, have you seen my old uniform? I have to go to that Policeman's Ball Fundraiser this afternoon and...

Scene III

Josh is quickly escorting the gruesome twosome off the premises.

Josh: Hey, I am SO sorry, Mr. Teapot and Miss Sweetbig, but I forgot that I have a lunch date with my mother in half an hour. I must leave...

LB: ::muttering:: I'm not big.....I'm medium.

TPig: No problem but one more question for our readers. What do you find sexy in PI's? I mean, obviously besides blond and burly and hung.

Josh: Sexy? What is this sexy of which you speak? You know what's sexy? Intelligence is sexy -- especially when mixed with humor. *Oh, God, he is off and running again with the blah, blah, blah* I think the sexy characters are the ones who have a good sense of self -- without taking themselves, or life, too seriously. Confidence without arrogance. And competency is very attractive. In real life and in fiction. But then I also have a softness for vulnerable neurotics -- who knows what that's about!

TPig: Uh, yeah. Thanks for your time, Josh. Josh?

Josh *still happily chattering to himself* -- I do like those wisecracking PIs of the thirties and forties. Tough guys with a soft side or ordinary guys who can get tough if they've got to. Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe -- oh, Georgette Heyer's heroes in historical mystery. Two of my all time favorite characters were Peter Stewart in Barbara Michaels' Prince of Darkness and Brat Farrar in Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar. I like a lot of Dick Francis' characters...

Josh or Adrien or whoever he is climbs into a green Subaru Forester, Jake at the wheel. He’s still rambling on to himself as the tires squeal. Apparently, they are on their way to lunch with the mum.

LBea: *gazes into camera swilling a beverage* Well that's a wrap. From the home of the extraordinarily bor--er...talkative Adrien Lanyon, TPig and I want to thank you for riding along with us on another adventure. And on behalf of our sponsors, the Desert Island Keeper folks, we'd like to....take...uh...yeah....

LBea loses interest and wanders off to find a refill.

The camera zooms in on TPig, alone, sipping a cocktail and staring with interest at a chalk outline on the lawn.

Josh Lanyon: Secret Photo Album

While the ladies served iced beverages to our guest over at the Tiki Lounge, and my pal Tracy carefully applied her screwdriver to his escape route plane, (I love her. She's such a helper! No, she did NOT disable the plane.), I, er, rummaged through his luggage and discovered his wee scrap book. Here are a few photos I managed to lift.

Now if you want to read a marvelous story about a man on the edge....and his very hot older ex-lover (think George Clooney. Oh. Yes.)...I Spy Something Bloody is just the right book for you. I mean, it made the front page of the Annandale Advocate! (Where the freak is Annandale?)

And for the newly emerging m/m romance writer ::cough:: may I recommend this most excellent How To?

I like the fact that they had to put a railing up so that people wouldn't smear themselves across the high glossed perfection that is Snowball In Hell . Here is a great m/m mystery love story film noir style. (Did that sentence make sense??)

Women seem to toss themselves at Mr. Lanyon. It's funny. Look! I think that chick is licking his photo. Josh, are those the gates outside your house? I think maybe you should upgrade and add a little voltage, no? This smart looking man is actually from the Loose-id cover of the Adrien English Mysteries.

Before he catches me tearing stuff out of his scrap book, I have to share (SULA LOOK) this LOL cat. I think Angusdevotee made it...is that kitty eating the book? Or is he perhaps feeling the love? IDK.

You think we're the only ones ooohhhing and ahhhhing over Josh Lanyon's latest book?
On September 29th, Death of a Pirate King will be released in print from MLRPress. It's available in ebook format over at Loose-id right now, and given how the fanyon's have twittered and twirled on and on about Adrien English, if you haven't given these books a try: Dooooo eeeeeeeet.

When Paris promotes it, you know that it's got to be good. However: she's not invited to our island.
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