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message 132: by Johanna (new)

Johanna | 10347 comments Sylvia wrote: "Here you go: Dark Horse, White Knight by Josh Lanyon"

Thank you, Sylvia! :-)


message 131: by Steve (new)

Steve Leonard (stevelonard) | 157 comments My copy came today as well. Very pleasant surprise.


message 130: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia | 395 comments Here you go: Dark Horse, White Knight by Josh Lanyon


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Sabine | 1582 comments Anne wrote: "Sabine wrote: "I have looked it up, I hope the link is okay.
http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Horse-Whit...+..."


:-)


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Johanna | 10347 comments Karen wrote: "My Dark Horse White Knight print copy arrived today. Very pretty. : )

Could someone add a GR listing for this one?"


I *think* that one has to be a Goodreads librarian to be able to do that. I'm not, but we have several GR librarians in our group, so I'm sure someone will add it eventually. Thank you in advance! :-)


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Anne | 4918 comments Sabine wrote: "I have looked it up, I hope the link is okay.
http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Horse-Whit..."


Thank you, Sabine. I ordered it :)


message 126: by Sabine (new)

Sabine | 1582 comments And here is hopefully the link for amazon.de:
http://www.amazon.de/Dark-Horse-White...


message 125: by Sabine (last edited May 12, 2015 11:10AM) (new)

Sabine | 1582 comments I have looked it up, I hope the link is okay.
http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Horse-Whit...


message 124: by Anne (new)

Anne | 4918 comments Is it on amazon.com? I can't find the paper version. I already have the e-books of course. :)


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Sabine | 1582 comments Antonella wrote: "Sabine wrote: "It come up, after searching for the title, I hadn't seen it as I scrolled through Josh's books. I have ordered it May 2nd."

What about spreading the good news next time? ;-)"

Sorry, Antonella I will do it the next time :-) !


message 122: by Antonella (new)

Antonella | 5343 comments Sabine wrote: "It come up, after searching for the title, I hadn't seen it as I scrolled through Josh's books. I have ordered it May 2nd."

What about spreading the good news next time? ;-)


message 121: by Sabine (last edited May 12, 2015 07:05AM) (new)

Sabine | 1582 comments It come up, after searching for the title, I hadn't seen it as I scrolled through Josh's books. I have ordered it May 2nd.


message 120: by Antonella (new)

Antonella | 5343 comments Sabine wrote: "I have it since last Wednesday :-) ! It was since day one on amazon.de, they were really fast."

IMO it wasn't there when I first checked...


message 119: by Sabine (new)

Sabine | 1582 comments I have it since last Wednesday :-) ! It was since day one on amazon.de, they were really fast.


message 118: by Antonella (new)

Antonella | 5343 comments Karen wrote: "My Dark Horse White Knight print copy arrived today. Very pretty. : )"

Thank you for reminding me about it. To avoid shipping costs I was waiting till amazon.de would have it. Now I've just ordered it.


message 117: by Karen (new)

Karen | 2336 comments My Dark Horse White Knight print copy arrived today. Very pretty. : )

Could someone add a GR listing for this one?


message 116: by Johanna (new)

Johanna | 10347 comments KC wrote: "Both in print now! in one volume, here:

https://www.createspace.com/5464500?r..."


So cool. I love both books so much!


message 115: by Anne (new)

Anne | 4918 comments I need to buy these, they were the first Lanyon books I read and that made me fall in love with all the stories. :)


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Steve Leonard (stevelonard) | 157 comments Very excited about this!!


message 113: by KC (new)

KC | 2746 comments Both in print now! in one volume, here:

https://www.createspace.com/5464500?r...


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Sandra  (Sleo) | 199 comments Josh wrote: "Thank you very much, Sandra!"

You're welcome!


message 111: by Josh (new)

Josh (JoshLanyon) | 15693 comments Thank you very much, Sandra!


message 110: by Sandra (new)

Sandra  (Sleo) | 199 comments Holy crap, I just read The Dark Horse and am still recovering. I'm almost afraid to read the second in case it dilutes the experience. Josh's writing is always genuine, but this one felt very genuine, personal, and intense! Kudos, Josh.


message 109: by Anne (new)

Anne | 4918 comments Nice little coda. I love the fact that white socks are described as sexy. They are :)


message 108: by Sandra (new)

Sandra  (Sleo) | 199 comments I haaven't read these yet!


message 107: by Antonella (last edited Dec 17, 2013 12:28PM) (new)

Antonella | 5343 comments A freshly baked coda!

http://joshlanyon.blogspot.ch/2013/12...

ETA: LOL! It wasn't as fresh as I thought, see post by Helena 10 hours ago. But she didn't give the link, that's why it went unnoticed by me...


message 106: by Salsera1974 (last edited Dec 17, 2013 09:12AM) (new)

Salsera1974 | 197 comments I think these two books might be on my re-read list for 2014, so the coda was a nice surprise this morning. I really enjoyed it -- thank you! :-)


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 15693 comments :-)


message 104: by Anne (new)

Anne | 4918 comments Oh, I love those two books, can't wait til I get home and can revisit one of my favourite couples.


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Susinok | 4482 comments Lovely! What a great way to wake up in the morning.


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HJ | 3181 comments Another Christmas coda is up, this time for The White Knight!


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 15693 comments Tharayn wrote: "Sorry to interrupt the discussion but I just wanted to be sure - is it purpose that in third-person-narration the text is just three-fourth of the page?"

Yes. The consensus was that it would be easier for readers to follow the changing viewpoints if we made the changes visual as well.


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Karen | 2336 comments Josh wrote: "I think there are a lot of grown up readers in this genre who appreciate not reading about hysterical thirty year old teenagers. Just sayin'! I have the grown up demographic all sewn up. ;-D "

Yes, you do!


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Susinok | 4482 comments Josh wrote: "I think there are a lot of grown up readers in this genre who appreciate not reading about hysterical thirty year old teenagers. Just sayin'! I have the grown up demographic all sewn up. ;-D ..."

Thank god for that. I don't want 30 year old teenagers either.


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 15693 comments Susan wrote: "Josh wrote: "For me, having to come up with a believable Big Misunderstanding that wouldn't be resolved in two minutes of realistic dialog is not worth the gyrations required."

Gee, I wonder if th..."


I think there are a lot of grown up readers in this genre who appreciate not reading about hysterical thirty year old teenagers. Just sayin'! I have the grown up demographic all sewn up. ;-D


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Susan | 577 comments Josh wrote: "For me, having to come up with a believable Big Misunderstanding that wouldn't be resolved in two minutes of realistic dialog is not worth the gyrations required."

Gee, I wonder if that might be one of the reasons you're the best there is, huh? :)


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 15693 comments Karen wrote: "It's nice that Dan seems to take this in stride. There's no feeling that this would come back to haunt them in future arguments.
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I think because Sean is honest about this.

I've been thinking about the whole problem of trying to write plots that hinge on Big Misunderstandings, and the thing is, if you write grownups...grownups usually talk. Certainly the grownups I know talk, and I write grownups. Even when they are young, they are well on the way to becoming grown ups. Because hysterical adolescents don't interest me. So that pretty much rules out any Big Misunderstanding plots.

For me, having to come up with a believable Big Misunderstanding that wouldn't be resolved in two minutes of realistic dialog is not worth the gyrations required.


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 15693 comments John wrote: "By the way, I have absolutely hated that my silly job has gotten in the way of participating in this conversation. It's been so good!
..."


You and that silly having to earn a living stuff! Where are your priorities, sir?! :-P


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 15693 comments Antonella wrote: "Josh wrote: "My own question! And therein lies the short story I want to write so that I can put the Dark Horse stories into a print collection like I did with the I Spy stories. We'll see how soon..."

LOL. Well, it's probably the obvious question, but yes! I think if there's any story left between Sean and Dan, it lies in that little dramatic bit. Because Steve has been such a part of Sean's life, and that betrayal would cut so deep.


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 15693 comments Caroline wrote: "And secondly moving on to the White Knight what made you decide to set it in Wales?
..."


My father was researching the Welsh branch of our family tree, and somehow those conversations led to my planning a trip (that we've yet to take) which led to my setting the story in Wales. That frequently happens -- something I'm interested in or studying finds its way into my work. I think there's a certain serendipity to tuning into whatever is happening around me at the time.


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Johanna | 10347 comments John wrote: "Karen wrote: "So play hooky a day or two? We still have a lot to share about The White Knight."

Well, actually, it's kind of what I'm up to tonight. I'm supposed to be planning projects for the upcoming six months. Maddening endevor. When I could take no more, I came here for a breath of fresh air."


Oh, I know what you mean, John. I had an awfully long day at my silly job and the next two weeks are going to be pretty crazy. I so hate it when my job comes between me and these lovely book discussions. ;)

Anyway, the minute I got home I wanted to see what you guys have been up to. And yes, I'm glad Karen pointed out the Laurie+Ralph lovemaking scene and everything that followed. :)


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 15693 comments Caroline wrote: " "Josh wrote: "After writing the AE books, I felt obliged to write a law enforcement character like Dan who does reflect(both in his self-acceptance and the treatment he receives by LAPD) the attit..."

Hi Caroline!

My research consisted of a number of things -- yes, I had access to family and friends who were in law enforcement (and yes that personal connection does probably color my view). I also did the usual research through books and web. And, yes, when all else failed to get me the info I needed, I contacted LAPD's community liasion directly.


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Johanna | 10347 comments Karen wrote: "I think that Johanna and the others will join me in saying that we also hate that your (silly) job has gotten in the way of you joining in."

Yes, John, we MISS YOU!!!


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Caroline (CarolineDavies) | 531 comments John wrote: "Well, y'know, it is just the other side of the Severn from Bristol; half an hour's drive on the M4..."

Sighs.


message 88: by Karen (last edited Feb 12, 2013 10:38PM) (new)

Karen | 2336 comments I've been thinking about the filming of the first Laurie/Ralph lovemaking scene. Sean and Peter are both physically aroused; they have "chemistry" as Sean has said. But Sean loses control and Peter graciously and adeptly covers for him. There's this great bit of dialogue afterwards at the pub.

I said, “I really don’t know what the hell is the matter with me.”
“It’s called biology, baby.”
“Yeah, I know. But it’s never happened like that before.”
Peter said seriously, “I think it’s Ralph and Laurie. I really do.”
Then he grinned and added, “And I think you really miss Dan.”


The drinking continues and leads to their kisses and to the infamous photo that triggers Dan's doubts about Sean's fidelity.

This could be seen as yet another Big Misunderstanding scenario, albeit a particularly well-written one. So I love that Josh takes this one further. He has Sean give Dan advance notice about what happened, but not due to some impulsive bare-all confession. Instead, it's because Sean knows Dan well enough, to know that Dan knows him enough to read his face when he views that scene in the finished film.

“Anyway, that’s all it was. Too many drinks and a few kisses. But as Laurie reacting to Ralph…there are a few scenes where I kind of got carried away. I don’t think anyone else would know the difference, but you’ll recognize what’s happening when you watch the film.”

It's nice that Dan seems to take this in stride. There's no feeling that this would come back to haunt them in future arguments.


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John (Arkbear) | 327 comments Karen wrote: "So play hooky a day or two? We still have a lot to share about The White Knight."

Well, actually, it's kind of what I'm up to tonight. I'm supposed to be planning projects for the upcoming six months. Maddening endevor. When I could take no more, I came here for a breath of fresh air.


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Karen | 2336 comments Josh wrote: "Karen wrote: "Funny how I was left wondering what sentence he received and how that affected Sean.
..."

My own question! And therein lies the short story I want to write so that I can put the Dar..."


Yes, please.


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Karen | 2336 comments John wrote: "Antonella wrote: "Caroline: I wondered as well about Wales as location and my only explanation was that Josh had been there... ..."

Well, y'know, it is just the other side of the Severn from Brist..."


I think that Johanna and the others will join me in saying that we also hate that your (silly) job has gotten in the way of you joining in. So play hooky a day or two? We still have a lot to share about The White Knight and more new thoughts about The Dark Horse are very likely.


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John (Arkbear) | 327 comments Antonella wrote: "Caroline: I wondered as well about Wales as location and my only explanation was that Josh had been there... ..."

Well, y'know, it is just the other side of the Severn from Bristol; half an hour's drive on the M4. :)

By the way, I have absolutely hated that my silly job has gotten in the way of participating in this conversation. It's been so good!


message 83: by Antonella (new)

Antonella | 5343 comments I read ''The White Knight'' last night. Great! Somehow I remember that when I read it the first time the mystery part seemed a bit weak to me. Now I found it perfect, also because IMO the mystery is absolutely in the background, the real mystery being the relationship between Dan and Sean.

At page 54 (PDF) I found this bit:
He stood in the doorway, tall, tanned, vital, and totally out of place in this sterile and bleached environment. His dark hair glistened; wet freckled the shoulders of his raincoat.

It reminds me of the scene in ''The Charioteer'', when Ralph comes and fetch Laurie at the out-patient department of the hospital (page 178 of the standard edition): The contrast was dazzling. His energy and precision stood out among the sick, worried people, slumped on the benches waiting their turn, as bright steel stands out in a heap of scrap iron. ((...)).

Caroline: I wondered as well about Wales as location and my only explanation was that Josh had been there...


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