Josh Lanyon

Let’s Kick Start This Thing! Are You Ready For A Little Josh Lanyon?



(or in computer parlance) DO NOT REBOOT YOUR PC …



To celebrate the release of Kick Start, Book 5 in the Dangerous Ground series by Josh Lanyon, the Fanyons have taken to the interwebz and commandeered various blog sites – have YOU read this series? Here, to tempt and tease, is Steve – and he is going to tell you a little bit about the previous book in this wonderful series :

Dead Run

Josh Lanyon and I go way back – all the way back to August of 2006 when, shopping for m/m books on, I was made aware of a book called ‘A Dangerous Thing’. They say you always remember your first and they’re right. Since then I’ve read everything he’s written. Heck, I’d even read the phonebook if his name was on it!dead run

In the Spring of 2008, Josh started the ‘Dangerous Ground’ series and introduced us to Will Brandt and Taylor MacAllister, Special Agents at the Department of Diplomatic Security. Flash-forward to Winter 2013, and it’s time for ‘Kick Start’ – book number five.

The previous instalment (and you do need to read them in order) is ‘Dead Run’ … and it’s a doozie. It follows on from ‘Blood Heat’ (Book 3), and Will has taken the posting in Paris, effectively ending his working partnership with Taylor. But now the distance in their relationship – first geographical and now somehow increasingly personal – is threatening to end that partnership as well.

It’s been eleven months – eleven long months – since they’ve seen each other. This is the first time Taylor has been able to get away from his job at DDS and as he’s going through security at LAX he sees what he believes is a terrorist and just like that we’re off and running … knee deep in the hoopla that’s become one of the hallmarks of Josh Lanyon, and especially the ‘Dangerous Ground’ series.

Taylor gets to Paris where old insecurities on both sides suddenly reappear and become seemingly larger than life. Misunderstandings turn into resentments, which quickly spin their way into accusations and recriminations, and soon their relationship, and even their friendship, are in danger of being swept away.

From a bomb scare at the Eiffel Tower, to explosions in the eerie Paris Catacombs… From wry and witty humor, to head-spinning misunderstandings… From sweet love-making, to the looming spectre of David Bradley… Dead Run has it all. And then some.

What has always struck me about Josh Lanyon’s writing is how he can say in a few paragraphs what other authors will labor over for pages and pages. A few words, a stray thought, a random glance… and you’re right there on the page: an invisible third party, a fly on the wall.

I read ‘Dead Run’ with my heart in my throat and a box of Kleenex at my side – yeah, so what of it? – and loved every pulse-pounding, I-wanna-smack-them-upside-their-heads, what-can-possibly-happen-next moment. To say I am looking forward to the next instalment would be an understatement – I cannot wait to see where Josh takes us next!

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About the Book :

Series : Dangerous Ground, Book 5

Author : Josh Lanyon

Publisher : Just Joshin

Release Date : December 1 , 2013

Pages : 128 pages (e-book)

Blurb : Will is finally braced to bring Taylor home to meet the folks. Unfortunately, not every member of the Brandt clan loves Taylor the way Will does. Then again, not everyone loves the Brandts. In fact, someone has a score to settle — and too bad for any former DS agents who get in the way when the bullets start to fly.

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About the Author

josh lanyonA 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.

But, really…do you care? Probably not. More to the point, Josh writes gay or M/M romance — usually within the context of a mystery / romantic-suspense or action – adventure. Lanyon’s particular brand of erotic romance features sexy cops and smartass writers, tough Navy SEALs and sensitive artists, hard as nail special agents and…other hard as nails special agents. Josh is an EPPIE Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his Significant Other. You can find out more at the Just Joshin blog on Livejournal/Blogspot or through Josh’s mailing list.

You can also find Josh at :


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There will be a total of NINE lucky winners, selected randomly across the entire BlogHop (Prize details listed below). For a chance to win one of these swagalicious giveaways all you need to do is follow the Rafflecopter link below, and fill in your details – BUT don’t forget to comment here too :

Kick Start Giveaway Info :
  • Begins Day 1 of Blog Hop, December 2, 2013
  • Ends on Final Day of Blog Hop, December 7, 2013, at midnight EDT
  • Drawings are open to both U.S. readers and international readers.
  • PLEASE NOTE : Winners will be announced on Josh’s Facebook Fan Page on Sunday December 8th, 2013 – there will be 9 winner in total (prizes as listed below)
Prizes :
  • Grand Prize : Paperwhite Kindle with all “Dangerous Ground” books sent separately (including Kick Start) for winner to install.
  • Kick Start T’shirt
  • Kick Start Coffee Mug
  • Set of Magnets
  • 2 ebooks to 1 lucky winner from Josh’s back catalogue
  • 3 audiobooks to 3 lucky winners (1 each) from Josh’s back catalogue
  • Top Secret Special Edition Mug
Good luck! And thanks for stopping by!

42 thoughts on “Let’s Kick Start This Thing! Are You Ready For A Little Josh Lanyon?

  1. singingsky says:

    Great intro, Steve! It’s true about never forgetting your first. Dangerous Ground was my first Lanyon. That could be why it’s my favorite, or it could be because it’s the best series ever! I am looking forward to the next installment.


  2. Antonia says:

    I love Josh Lanyon’s books but somehow I haven’t gotten to this series yet. Don’t know why, but I’m going to have to change that! Thanks for the great post.


  3. KC says:

    What a great intro, Steve! Especially the paragraph before last – i’m amazed anew by that every single time. Old Poison has been my favorite of the series so far, but Kick Start is special for me because it somehow anchors the series that much more firmly in my heart. Until now i had fun with all the adventures, but now it’s as if Will and Taylor and i had time to sit down and talk and we’ve become friends. Can’t wait to meet them again :-)


  4. Denise says:

    Great review, Steve! I really can’t wait to read Kick Start, but I’ve decided to finish listening to the rest of the series first. I’m in the middle of Blood Heat right now….. although I may weaken over the weekend, since I usually listen to the audiobooks while driving.


  5. Dianne says:

    Love your intro Steve (looming spectre – :-D ) I’m enjoying these stories again in audio form right now. Definitely agree that Josh brings you right into the action with his writing. To all of you first time readers – you are in for a treat. Looking forward to more in this series and everything Josh has lined up.


  6. Dead Run was a mile-a-minute!! I loved it ♥ great reminder of it, thanks Steve! I am halfway through Kick Start now and loving it! This is Will and Tay up close and personal. LOVING the intensity of them ♥


  7. Sylvia says:

    The looming spectre of David Bradley, LOL! What a fun way to revisit all previous books, it was a great blog hop. Thanks to everyone involved.


  8. “…to the looming spectre of David Bradley…”

    For a while I that the poor guy wasn’t bad as all made him out to be but today I heard him in the audio books for the first time and the way Adrian Bisson reads him and now that I’m reminded of “the Good-bye-kiss” I’m furious again. How could he?! *takes deep breath*

    You’re definitely right in that “Dead Run” has it all, even David Bradley and all he stands for. ;-)


  9. I love the whole series and Kick Start is as fantastic as the others. I envy those who haven’t read them yet, they have such a treat to come.
    A brilliant post Steve.


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