Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Book Tour and Giveaway: The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2) by Josh Lanyon

The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out
Sequel to The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks
Josh Lanyon

LGBT Mystery
To live and draw in L.A.

Now living in Los Angeles with former navy SEAL Nick Reno, artist Perry Foster comes to the rescue of elderly and eccentric Horace Daly, the legendary film star of such horror classics as Why Won't You Die, My Darling?

Horace owns the famous, but now run-down, Hollywood hotel Angels Rest, rumored to be haunted. But as far as Perry can tell, the scariest thing about Angels Rest is the cast of crazy tenants--one of whom seems determined to bring down the final curtain on Horace--and anyone else who gets in the way.

Book Trailer:
The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks
by Josh Lanyon
His romantic weekend in ruins, shy twenty-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat -- and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the "Northeast Kingdom" of Vermont? Perry turns to help from "tall, dark and hostile" former navy SEAL Nick Reno -- but is Reno all that he seems?

Josh Lanyon is the author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance.

Her work has been translated into eleven languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first Male/Male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the first M/M title to be published in print. In 2016 Fatal Shadows placed #5 in Japan's annual Boy Love novel list (the first and only title by a foreign author to place). The Adrien English Series was awarded All Time Favorite Male/Male Series in the 2nd Annual contest held by the 20,000+ Goodreads M/M Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist (twice for Gay Mystery), and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads M/M Hall of Fame award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

Believe it or not, writing is pretty much like any other job—and like any other job (especially if you work from home) you (okay, I) aren’t always in the mood to go to work. Even when you are ready and willing, writing presents unique challenges because the author literally has to build an imaginary world that readers can lose themselves for hours on end in the writer’s imagination. And the world is just the beginning. The writer must also create characters so believable and engaging that readers not only care what happens to them, they wish they were real.

That requires a lot of focus. An interruption at a critical moment can send an entire scene (and the imaginary people in it) toppling like a house of cards.

Focus isn’t the only challenge. To get the right results, you’ve got to be in the right headspace at the right time. For example, if you’ve got to write a steamy love scene—or even a tender love scene—and your real life soundtrack consists of the trash trucks on the street banging barrels against each other, Marlowe the Mutt barking at said trash trucks, someone trying to sell solar panels leaving a message on your answering machine, and the washing machine thumping against the wall because once again you tried to stuff everything in at once…well, you get idea.

Same thing if you’re trying to write a spooky scene—or an exciting scene where your protagonist is trying to escape from an alligator—(all of which events occur in The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out). Somehow you have to be able to create the right mood even when you’re not remotely feeling it.

We all have our various tricks and methods for achieving the right mental state. I rely on music. I have a few Pandora channels I listen to regularly, and as I listen, I tend to latch on to certain songs that just feel right for that particular project. Maybe the lyrics capture what my sometimes-inarticulate characters wish they could say to each other. Maybe the songs capture the dangerous craziness of the villain. Maybe the songs evoke a feel of the setting or the mood I’m trying to create. Whatever it is, slowly but surely those particular songs become the ones I listen to over and over, and eventually they become the book’s “official” (shared) playlist.

Below is the playlist for The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out. See what you can determine about the “mood” of the book and comment below for a chance to win a free digital copy!

The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out Playlist
When I Get My Hands on You - Marcus Mumford
Ex's and Oh's - Elle King
Mad as a Hatter - Larkin Poe
Turn Off The Light - Kim Petras
The Woods - Hollow Coves
Just Breathe - Pearl Jam
Tell Me It's a Nightmare - Kim Petras
So Easy - Phillip Phillips
Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces - The Jayhawks
If I Go, I'm Going - Gregory Alan Isakov
Best Day of My Life - American Authors
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  1. Sounds like an interesting read.

  2. What do you think of the books or the covers? Which one appeals to you the most? I like the covers of both books. The stories sound interesting. Thanks for the highlight.

  3. Both of the books sound great and both of the covers look good. I would be happy to read either one!