Victor Bayne

Once upon a time if you told doctors you heard voices, they'd diagnose you as schizophrenic, put you on heavy drugs, and lock you away in a cozy state institution to keep you from hurting yourself or others.

Nowadays they test you first to see if you're psychic.


The PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price features frazzled psychic medium Victor Bayne and his smokin'-hot boyfriend, Jacob Marks. Fifteen years ago, Victor studied at Heliotrope Station, one of the original residential psychic training programs in the U.S. The only thing he learned in that facility was how to be a better liar.

Now he's part of an elite PsyCop unit. Solving murders should be a snap when you can talk to the deceased. But since no one's ever given him a lucky break when they were alive, why would they start now ?

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While the fabulous Gomez Pugh and I finished producing the Bitter Pill audiobook nearly a month ago, it's hung up in the backend of Audible, along with many other audios produced around the same time. Customer service basically told me to wait my turn. Hopefully it will be out soon.

PsyCop 11 will release January 20 and is available for preorder on Amazon now. Audiobook production with the Voice of Vic, Gomez Pugh, is currently underway. The Paperback is available now - don't be put off if the cover's not showing on the buy page, I'm printing this through Ingram rather than Amazon and the metadata can be slow to show up.

Bitter Pill Paperback

Murder House audiobook is here at Amazon,, and iTunes! What are readers saying?

"Victor is an amazing character. He grows and gets wiser with every new book in the series and comes alive through the fabulous narration of Gomez Pugh. 
Jacob is always appropriately sexy. A great read." - Amazon Customer

(I got such a kick out of "appropriately sexy" I wished that listener had left their name :D )

Prepare to spend the night...reading! Murder House is here in ebook and paperback. Audiobook production with the Voice of Vic, Gomez Pugh, is slated for June.Murder House

Enjoy a new PsyCop flash fic from today's Saturday Snippet newsletter! Back to School.

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Another delightful audio, over 10 hours, now available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes

I've updated the official PsyCop reading order with an explanation of what you should read when, and why.

PsyCop 9 is now here in ebook and paperback! Audio is in production and should hit the shelves next month.

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PsyCop 9, Agent Bayne, is now in edits and will be coming your way in paperback and ebook January 2018. Audio is currently in scheduling. If you'd like a little taste, check out the snippet on JCP's blog!

Inspired by feedback I received via the survey in the sidebar, I've added a newsletter archive page with the 20 most recent issues of JCP News and Saturday Snippet. Explore the archives.

PsyCop 8 is now in paperback at Amazon US. International Amazon sites and Book Depository will be available soon

Skin After Skin

Skin After SkinPsyCop 8: Skin After Skin

Fierce. Audacious. Independent. Curtis Ash can’t be bothered to settle down. He’s too busy enjoying his cushy job as a high-paid stylist, caught in a whirlwind of hookups, parties, and obscenely priced cocktails.

The only snarl in an otherwise charmed life is the salon’s hotshot colorist, Red Turner.  Not only does Red put the whammy on customers and rake in all the big tips, he’s oblivious to Crash’s flirtation. But there will be plenty of time to win him over…so Crash thinks.

Thanks to his refusal to trust his gut, Crash not only tanks his career—he allows the one man who truly holds his interest to slip away. While he insists he doesn’t need a relationship to complete him, would sharing his life with someone really be so bad? 

Skin After Skin is a sweeping saga that begins two years before Among the Living and ends just after Spook Squad. Experience PsyCop like you’ve never seen it before, through Crash’s eyes. Discover new facets of characters and events from the span of the entire series and beyond, all from the viewpoint of an extroverted empath.

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Support the Audio

Audio production can be expensive for an independent author. My audio projects take months, sometimes years, to even recoup their production costs.

Skin After Skin is a LONG novel, and its audio will be pricy to make. I have considered Patreon and decided it would take too much of my time away from my broader readership. Instead, I've come up with a couple of alternative ways you can support the project.

Fundraiser T-shirts - Buy a Sticks and Stones T-shirt like the one Crash is wearing on the cover of Skin After Skin. (This shirt is exclusively available for fundraiser supporters.)

Tip Jar - Did you know my royalties average less than $3 per audiobook, and less than $1 per whispersynch deal? If you're loving the audios and receive hours of entertainment from them, consider dropping a few bucks in the tip jar. It will add up!

Skin After Skin Q&A

Q: When can I get my hands on this?
A: Skin After Skin ebook will release June 25.

Q: Can I preorder the ebook?
A: No, but if you sign up for my Quick Link Emails, I will send you a link when the ebook comes out.

Q: Will there be an audio?
A: Yes! Gomez and I are planning an audio release in July.

Q: Will there be a paperback?
A: Yes, the paperback is in production.

Q: Is this the last PsyCop novel?
A: Nope, I'm already planning PsyCop 9, where Vic embarks on his new career.



Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too.  After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours.

From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.

Preorder PsyCop Briefs at Amazon (release date, October 11)

Find more details including story list at JCP Books

A Crash PsyCop Prequel is in the works, with an anticipated release mid 2017. Sign up for a Quick Link newsletter and you'll get an email when it's up for preorder!

Find out what's in store for PsyCop series and audio in this month's JCP News. Don't miss a thing, sign up for JCP News and be in the know!

WOODVictor Bayne might not be handy when it comes to carpentry, but if there’s one tool he does know how to wield, it’s the tiny metal doohickey that comes with ready-to-assemble furniture from SaverPlus.

The shelves aren’t for the cannery—Vic would never manage to sneak cheap pressboard and veneer past Jacob’s watchful eyes. Jacob’s Uncle Leon, however, is nowhere near as fussy. And since he’s only got one arm, he’ll need help putting together his new treasure.

It’s no surprise to find the instructions baffling and convoluted…but were they always so disturbingly dirty?

This PsyCop interlude is a cute, sexy romp that will delight readers who’ve enjoyed the series through PsyCop #3, Body and Soul.

Get Wood at the following retailers: Amazon - iTunes - Kobo - BN

Read a sample at JCP Books

Memento: A PsyCop Short, coming November 13

Seasons change, and so do fashion trends. But in this heartstring-tugging PsyCop short, what’s beneath the clothes matters most.

Do clothes make the man? Jacob Marks cuts an impressive figure in his tailored suits, but Victor Bayne is another story. Nowadays, Vic does his ghosthunting in off-the-rack blazers, polyester blend slacks and cop shoes with nonskid soles. But back before he was a PsyCop—or even officially psychic—he rocked combat boots and a beat up biker jacket…and lots and lots of punk T-shirts. When he finds a faded tee in the back of a drawer, he’s eager to lob it in the trash. Jacob, however, finds himself waxing sentimental about Vic’s younger, more carefree days.

This steamy 5000-word PsyCop short in Jacob’s voice takes place after PsyCop #6, GhosTV.

Purchase at Amazon, Kobo or iTunes

In addition to nine other delightful specimens of gay urban fantasy, a brand new PsyCop novelette is featured in my new anthology Charmed and Dangerous. Join Vic and Jacob as they hunt down a ghost from Vic's past and discover something far more disturbing.

Purchase ebook at AmazonBN - iTunes - Kobo - Smashwords
Paperback at Amazon

PsyCop 3 is now in French!
Read the first chapter at JCP Books

"JCP kicked the series up a notch when Camp Hell was released and Gomez Pugh does the same! Every familiar voice is more nuanced and the new ones just terrific. "
-Lara, customer

Purchase at Audible
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Shepherd...Tuxedo Ghost...I can't wait for you to hear all the delightful supporting characters in Secrets.

Find Secrets at Amazon - Audible - iTunes
Stream a sample for Secrets here :D

Having read all seven books in the series—not to mention all the shorts in between—I feel confident in saying the series just keeps getting better with each installment, and my unfettered joy at hearing Gomez Pugh bring Vic and Jacob to life is probably, on a scale of one to ten, approximately an eleven. - Lisa, The Novel Approach

I’m so thrilled to announce that the Body & Soul: PsyCop #3 is now out in Audio!
I can’t wait for you to hear it. Purchase Body & Soul at AmazoniTunes or Audible

Stream a sample from Body & Soul right here!

Curious about the making of an audiobook? Don’t miss these fascinating posts:

Hear about my early experiences with audiobooks at Tne Novel Approach

Take a look at the original proposal I used to find a producer on It’s About the Book

Enjoy an interview with Gomez Pugh on Love Bytes Reviews

Find out what the narrator brings to the table with Lily G Blunt

Discover the advantages of the audio format on Joyfully Jay Reviews

Check out what I have to say in a brand new interview by Becky Black


Fan favorite flash fic Thaw, now in audio.
Play Thaw here in your browser (8 minutes):

Download MP3 free at JCP Books - plus free ebook versions in English, German and French!

Now you can listen to PsyCop audiobook samples right here in your browser! (You may need to allow a few moments for the audio to stream.)
Among the Living

Criss Cross

The stunningly talented Gomez Pugh has brought to audio even more of the characters you know and love (or love to hate!) Miss Mattie. Crash. And "some guy" named Roger Burke!

Criss Cross at Audible (with or without an Audible subscription)
Criss Cross at Amazon
Criss Cross at iTunes

Check out the new PsyCop road trip flash fic, On the Road.
Find more PsyCop goodies on the extras page!

Croix de chair
Among the Living is available in Audio.
You can hear a delicious sample of the book at Audible!

Buy Among the Living Audio at the following places:
Audible (with or without an Audible subscription)
Also, check out the interview with voice actor Gomez Pugh

Croix de chair
PsyCop 2 is now in French
JCP Books (PDF, Mobi, ePub)
Amazon US
Amazon FR
Amazon CA

Also check out this fun interview with translator Terry Milien where we talk about PsyCop, Victor Bayne and more! (In English and French.)

Parmi les vivants
JCP? Oui! Among the Living and Thaw are now available in French. See JCP Books for more information.

The title of today's tidbit is Hidden Meaning. Find it on the Extras page.

Spook Squad

Spook Squad, PsyCop 7, now available at Amazon for Kindle and JCP Books in Mobi, PDF and ePub, and B&N for the Nook.
PAPERBACK - available at,, B&N, and the Book Depository

In preparation for the release of PsyCop 7, I'm giving the rest of the ebooks a facelift. For more info, see the Among the Living page at

Cooking up a little something special? Piece of cake.

Find more PsyCop goodies on the extras page!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. High school.
Delve into the past with Jacob and Vic in the flash fiction Most Likely To...

Find more PsyCop goodies on the extras page!

Auracel? Polyester? Cripes!
Seek your favorite PsyCop words in this online word search!


Two new flash fics starring Crash are now available:
Jock Straps on Sale
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Vic's Mug

"I'm a cop. Coffee runs through my veins." (Criss Cross)

There's a new Victor Bayne design available at the JCP Books Gift Shop.

T-shirts, mugs, pajamas and more. Come see!



My cover art has been getting some nice attention lately. A recent post at Lambda Literary compared my Turbulence covers to retro travel posters and my Channeling Morpheus covers to Warhol! I've begun to blog about very simple Photoshop concepts that will make a big impact to your workflow on Photoshop Fridays.

This red and gold graphic image came about when I was running through a tutorial myself. I liked it so much I created an online jigsaw puzzle with it!

Play the 40-piece standard puzzle

Play the 98-piece advanced puzzle

The image is also available as a journal cover from the JCP Books Gift Shop at Cafe Press. (And the printing quality is absolutely luscious!)

Vic Journals

PsyCop News Archived Items

Halloween is least, it's supposed to be. Costumes, candy, trick-or-treat, even jaded Victor Bayne can get behind those sorts of antics. Too bad this year's Halloween is a grownup event. Not only must Vic don a suit and endure a disco-obsessed DJ, he's got to mingle with friends of Jacob's he would much rather ignore.

Vic thinks he has the party's host all figured out--but as he so often realizes, once he looks beneath the surface, things are seldom what they seem.

(In the Dark is PsyCop 6.1 - it's a companion piece to Stroke of Midnight, the New Year's short. It contains series spoilers through GhosTV.)

Find In the Dark at JCP Books

I was teasing one of my FB friends that my latest PsyCop flashfic was called Jock Straps On Sale...and wouldn't you know it, the damn story pestered me until I actually wrote it. Find the new flash fic, plus all kinds of PsyCop extras, here.

Lately I've received several requests for a release date for PsyCop 7. For now I prefer to not to give any detail about the book, other than to say it's in process. I've found that if I try to force something before the idea is ready, I end up throwing a lot of work away. I also respect my readers enough that I'm unwilling to give a completely arbitrary release date. There are two more novels planned after GhosTV, and likely a couple of shorts as well

Your favorite neurotic medium is answering questions this week on the Facebook PsyCop Fan Page. Come like it and ask your burning questions!

PsyCop #6 GhosTV is one of the 30 novels (both m/m and m/f) chosen as best romance in 2011 at Joyfully Reviewed!


Recently, a class at Bellevue College read Body & Soul and Secrets as an example of a paranormal romance that features an established couple. I thought it might be interesting to other PsyCop readers, so with their permission, I've posted some of our discussion here:

Q: While I know that you don’t classify your books as fitting into the romance genre because your books don’t deal with the “will they or won’t they get together” scenario, I’d like to spend a little time talking about the romance between Vic and Jacob. To begin, what made you decide to focus the romance on two gay men?  Do you enjoy writing about gay couples more than heterosexual couples? If so, why?  

A: It’s not so much that I enjoy it more, though I suppose I must. There are things you can only do with same-sex couples that you can’t do with m/f couples because of the inherent gender politics involved in a m/f relationship. If we were to imagine Vic as a female lead, no doubt he’d be rewritten as “plucky.” Perish the thought.

Q: Coupled with the question above, another student writes: "What are the advantages and disadvantages of writing m/m fiction?  Do you have any theories as to why so many straight women read m/m fiction?" 

A: I think other women are tired of the formulaic standards of traditional romance and enjoy reading stories with new plot lines that push the boundaries of the genre in fresh ways. The advantage for a new writer would be the ease of getting published. M/M is considered a “hot” genre and you’ll likely find a publisher to give you a chance if you want to get your feet wet. I think that once you write m/m, though, you’re pigeonholed. I don’t think many of us take the leap into mainstream.

Q:  Did you have a particular audience in mind while writing the PsyCop series?  

A: I usually write with the presumption that my audience is older and reasonably educated. If they aren’t American, I assume they’re game for reading stories with American references in them. My friends tell me some publishers try to homogenize the local color out of their work. Since I self-publish, I get to leave stuff like that intact. My lead characters are usually older than the generic twenty- or thirty-something of most romance. And don’t get me started about a thirty-three-year-old character moping around thinking how old they are! That’s just silly! And yet I often see characters over 29 portrayed as “old.”

Q: Is there an underlying theme or message in the PsyCop series?  How does that theme or message guide the choices you make when writing each book in this series? 

A: My themes usually emerge once the stories are done, but for the series itself, I would say a main message is that we are all stronger than we think. We all have the potential to be brave.

There's a brand new JCP interview with many juicy questions about PsyCop at Badass Book Reviews. Come check it out!

The following Google searches popped up on the site statistics, so we figured it couldn't hurt to give an official answer!

Q: How old is Victor Bayne?

A: Victor turned 39 at the end of Secrets

Q: Who does the PsyCop cover art?

A: Jordan Castillo Price does them. She has a Master of Fine arts and worked as a graphic designer for several years before she quit her day job to focus on writing and publishing.

Q: Who is the Victor Bayne cover model?

A: The face of Vic is model from a stock art website who happens to have the perfect scowl.

Q: When will PsyCop 7 come out?

A: It's in the works, so hopefully later this year. Subscribe to JCP News, Jordan's monthly newsletter, and don't miss a single new release!

PsyCop Partners second edition is now available at!

By reader request: Jordan has diagrammed the GhosTV dorm room and the Cannery on her Live Journal. Click the image to visit each post.

The CanneryDorm Room

Among the Living free!
Save big with a PsyCop bundle! Buy all the ebooks and the shorts and receive Among the Living free, and 10% off the rest.

Find detals on all the great bundle deals at JCP Books!

Inside OutIn response to a flash fiction prompt contest at Reviews by Jessewave, I wrote a new PsyCop short to say "thanks!" to all you PsyCop readers who've been so supportive of JCP Books! This story is based on the prompt: The first time Jacob noticed Vic, he was covered in red.

Get your complimentary copy of Inside Out at

GhosTV, the sixth book in the PsyCop series, is available at JCP Books in ebook now, and will be at Amazon for the Kindle shortly. The paperback will follow in approximately 4-6 weeks. The first chapter is available to read now.

PsyCop: Partners is cited by Library Journal as one of ten books librarians should purchase to create a core collection in m/m romance in the article Bodice Rippers Without the Bodice.

For the past dozen years, Victor Bayne has solved numerous murders by interrogating witnesses only he can see—dead witnesses. But when his best friend Lisa goes missing from the sunny California campus of PsyTrain, the last thing he wants to find there is her spirit.

Disappearing without a trace in a school full of psychics? That's some trick. But somehow both Lisa and her roommate have vanished into thin air. A group of fanatics called Five Faith has been sniffing around, and Lisa's email is compromised.

Time is running out, and with no ghosts to cross-examine, Vic can't afford to turn down any offers of help. An old enemy can provide an innovative way to track Vic's missing friend, and he enters into an uneasy alliance—even though its ultimate cost will ensnare him in a debt he may never manage to settle.

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