Blame Dan Aykroyd from Ghostbusters

Crystal Head Vodka it happened one doomsday

Dan even signed the skull for me. How cool is that?

A few years ago, on a placid summer evening resonant with cicadas, I stepped out to buy a bottle of wine for my wife’s show at an art gallery.

And there, in the corner of the store, sat Dan Aykroyd, promoting his new Crystal Head Vodka.

You may not know this (I certainly didn’t at the time), but Dan is a big believer in paranormal phenomena. In fact, his family has a long tradition of investigating the paranormal.

Personally, I’m more of a skeptic. But when a millionaire movie star comes right out and says that he filters his vodka using Herkimer diamonds for their metaphysical properties, you know there’s got to be an interesting story there…

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“Lots of action and fun!” –One Book Two

One Book Two

Which one is Nell, and which one is Ivana? The world may never know.

Don’t you just love it when something turns out even better than you expected?

Me too. And I’m happy to report that the fine ladies over at One Book Two had that exact experience when they read my book.

Here’s what they said:

“It Happened One Doomsday is a fun read, a great popcorn book. It’s a lot like a summer movie—lots of action and fun.”

They gave my book four stars. Wait . . . is that two stars from each of them?

Or if they each gave it four stars, does that mean it’s an EIGHT-star review?

Eight stars. I like the sound of that!

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“Engaging urban fantasy” –Library Journal

Library Journal Reviews

100,000 subscribers, and Library Journal This ireviews my little book. How crazy is that?

This is crazy.

Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, RT Book Reviews — those are all big-name places. Some writers spend their entire careers metaphorically waving their arms, hoping to catch the attention of these literary heavy hitters.

When one of them singles you out, even with a bad review, that officially says that you’re a Real Author.

Somehow, against all odds, I’ve not only gotten their attention with my urban fantasy debut It Happened One Doomsday, they’ve actually given me good reviews all around.

I’m still pinching myself.

But with all of the madness surrounding the book launch, I almost forgot to mention this thumbs-up review from another heavy hitter in the publishing world:

Library Journal. It’s a trade publication for librarians that’s been around for over a century. They have a circulation of 100,000 readers.

No joke. This is the big time.

When I found out they were going to review my book, I can’t even express how nervous I was. Like, chewing my nails down to nothing. Like, hiding in the dark and wearing a helmet. Okay, maybe not that bad. But almost.

When they finally published the review, here’s what they said:

“MacNaughton (The Spider Thief) blends a good bit of humor, intriguing secondary characters, and a pinch of romance, yet the doomsday plot isn’t overshadowed by these elements. ­This engaging urban fantasy will have readers anticipating the next book in the series.”

How about that? I couldn’t be happier.

And in case you’re wondering – yes, there will be another book. I’m writing it right now!

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“The end of the world shouldn’t be this much fun!” –Qwillery

MoonCheck out this fabulous review from The Qwillery:

“It Happened One Doomsday is a delight! It’s a fabulous blend of humor, Urban Fantasy and biblical prophecy with a touch of romance. The end of the world shouldn’t be this much fun!”

But there’s more! They also interviewed Yours Truly. I talked frankly about:

– What inspired me to write It Happened One Doomsday

– How I talked to dozens of best-selling authors and put together the lessons I learned from them

– The most challenging thing about writing

– Why I like to write funny books

– What I’m working on next

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Win a “magic crystal” at The BiblioSanctum!

galena crystal

Want to win your very own galena crystal, with purported anti-demon magic? Read on.

In my new book, IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY, I wanted to create an utterly unique system of magic.

By chance, I had a conversation with Dan Aykroyd from Ghostbusters, who’s a big believer in the metaphysical properties of crystals.

Weird. But weird stuff inspires me, so I decided to explore the idea of crystal magic…

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Book Signing at the Tattered Cover 7/19/16 at 7 PM

Meet me and hear me read from IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY at the iconic Tattered Cover

Meet me and hear me read from IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY at the iconic Tattered Cover.

Come meet me! I’ll be reading and signing IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY at the venerable Tattered Cover book store in Aspen Grove.

Come see, handle (and enter to WIN) the actual crystals Dru uses to cast her magic…

Hear me read what is possibly the funniest scene ever written about a spandex t-shirt…

Learn the surprising facts, behind-the-scenes secrets, and last-minute hijinks that went into bringing IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY to your friendly neighborhood book store.

See you there!

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Tattered Cover Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton CO 80120

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July 16 signing at Barnes and Noble Colorado Mills

Not a lightsaber, but an actual real-life shard of selenite.

Not a lightsaber, but an actual real-life shard of selenite.

This weekend, come meet me at Barnes & Noble in Denver West Village (right across from Colorado Mills).

Besides signing books, I’ll also have a live demo of the actual crystals Dru uses in the book to fight demons and other creatures of darkness. Just wait til you see what a natural selenite wand looks like when you light it up with a multi-colored LED. Hint: it’s cool.

Here are the details:

WHEN:
Saturday, July 16 at 1:00 PM

WHERE:
Barnes & Noble – West Village
Denver West Village
14347 West Colfax Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80401
303-215-9060

See you there!

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“Magical” crystal giveaway PLUS win a paperback book!

The amazing Anya over at OnStarshipsAndDragonWings.com is giving away a copy of IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY in paperback. Which is awesome

Enter to win one of these five real galena crystals!

Enter to win one of these five real galena crystals!

But there’s a very cool bonus:

She’s also giving away an actual real-life galena crystal. Just like the one Dru uses to fight demons in the book. Imagine winning that!

But you’ll have to hurry. Giveaway ends July 23, 2016.

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The wait is over. It Happened One Doomsday has just been released!

It Happened One Doomsday

A nerdy crystal shop owner must discover her magic to break the curse on a hunky muscle-­car mechanic before he causes a fiery doomsday.

This is phenomenal.

IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY just went on sale this morning, and already Amazon has almost run out. There are only a few left in stock.

So go get yours while you can! And if you can’t get it through Amazon today, don’t worry — it’s the perfect chance to go support your friendly local bookstore!

BUY: Amazon Barnes & Noble iTunes | Books-A-Million | Kobo |IndieBound | Powell’s | Tattered CoverGoodreads 

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Book signing at Lakewood Barnes & Noble

Not a lightsaber, but an actual real-life shard of selenite.

Not a lightsaber, but an actual real-life shard of selenite.

Can’t make it to the Tattered Cover on July 19? No worries.

I’ll also be at Barnes & Noble in Denver West Village on Saturday, July 16.

Besides signing books, I’ll also have a live demo of the actual crystals Dru uses in the book to fight demons and other creatures of darkness. Just wait til you see what a natural selenite wand looks like when you light it up with a multi-colored LED. Hint: it’s cool.

Here are the details:

WHEN:
Saturday, July 16 at 1:00 PM

WHERE:
Barnes & Noble – West Village
Denver West Village
14347 West Colfax Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80401
303-215-9060

See you there!

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