I get a lot of emails from writers who think they’re suffering from writer’s block.
But are they really blocked, or is there something else holding them back? The truth might surprise you. Read more
Okay, first, here’s a brand new trailer from the ever-spectacular folks over at Booktrack.com:
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Now, back to the mysteries of Jazzy St. Clare:
Did you know that there actually was a real-life Saint Clare? Me either, until recently. Some other things you didn’t know about this story:
1) The original title was “The Case of the Missing Mummy”. Accurate, but not as catchy.
2) The sound effect of the lioness’s hiss is actually a recording of an air leak. Listen closely and you’ll hear it.
3) I used the same swing music from The Case of the Green-Eyed Werewolf to give Jazzy a theme song. Because every good detective needs a theme song.
4) My ever-creative wife came up with Jazzy St. Clare’s name — and she names most of my characters. Which is good, because I tend to come up with names like Agatha Whistlethorpe. And “Jazzy” is just so much cooler.
5) The Case of Mummy’s Secret is a 2013 Litquake winner. Yay! Okay, so, you’ve probably heard me crowing about that before. But I’m just tickled pink whenever I win an actual hard American cash prize for one of my stories. I dunno, maybe I got one too many “certificates of participation” as a kid.
Now, back to you.
What are you curious to see next from Jazzy St. Clare? Want to see her solve a vampire case … explore the Black Lagoon … go heel-to-heel against Spring-Heeled Jack? Now’s your chance to chime in. Leave me a comment or email me.
I’m so proud to announce that my fun-size urban fantasy short story, featuring sassy noir detective Jazzy St. Clare, is a winner! Thanks to everyone who has read my Jazzy stories — more than 1,000 of you so far!
To celebrate, I’m giving away this story for the rest of the month — so you can enjoy The Case of the Mummy’s Secret absolutely free.
All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter at www.LaurenceMacNaughton.com. And I’ll email the story to you lickety-split.
(Even easier: just click here to join.)
Also, I want to give a shout-out to the fine folks at Booktrack.com for making it so easy to discover new stories and new authors in an amazing cinematic way, with music and sound effects. I love it.
Do you like urban-fantasy short-shorts? Or do you prefer longer stories? Let me know what you think!
Think you don’t have time to write? Wrong. There are 24 hours in a day, so if you write for one measly hour, that’s a mere 4% of your day. (Or 6% of your waking hours, if you get a full eight hours of sleep. Lucky you.)
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Private detective Jazzy St. Clare is back, saving the noir streets of 1947 New York from another supernatural menace in “The Case of the Mummy’s Secret.” (Click here to read it — and HEAR it — free.)
Just don’t tell my wife, because I’m supposed to finish my new novel before I write any more Jazzy stories.
But I couldn’t resist. After “The Case of the Green-Eyed Werewolf” zoomed up the charts to land on the front page of Booktrack.com, I just had to bring Jazzy back for another frightful mystery. And in just two short days, over 250 readers have already read it. (Thank you!)
Check it out. It’s spooky, it’s funny, and best of all … it’s free. You can read along with cinematic music and sound effects for free on Booktrack.com right now.
What do you think about Booktrack?
Reading ebooks with sound effects and music:
Too weird? Or too cool?
Let me know your thoughts!
“You can say, ‘Oh life’s not fair’ and complain and think the world owes you something. Or you can suck it up and just work a little bit harder than everyone else to achieve the things you want to achieve.”
–Nick Newell, mixed martial arts fighter
My new short story — “The Case of the Green-Eyed Werewolf” — is pretty much overflowing with snarling werewolves, gunshots, running footsteps, even music from the club where Jazzy used to sing before she became a private detective. It’s one of the most-read new stories on Booktrack right now.
And you can experience it right in your Chrome browser — for free. How cool is that?
Just go to Booktrack.com.
By the way, I also recommend checking out “Dagon” by H.P. Lovecraft — it’s SUPER creepy with sound effects.