Advance reader copies – hot off the press!

Just today, Pyr printed ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) of my upcoming urban fantasy novel, It Happened One Doomsday.

It Happened One Doomsday print ARCHow cool is that?

Personally, I find it amazing. Part of me never believed that this little book would get this far. Very cool.

The actual books are a couple thousand miles away in New York. But here’s a sneak peek photo, kindly brought you by the ever-resourceful Hanna Etu, Pyr’s editorial assistant extraordinaire.

By the way, important point: these books don’t feature the actual cover art. This is just a placeholder cover.

That’s OK. What matters is that this gives reviewers and other authors something to read (and hopefully say nice things about) in the months leading up to the actual book release.

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Bestseller?! Surely, Google, you jest.

Ever Google yourself? Sure. Usually, nothing unexpected turns up.

Until one day you find yourself listed as a bestselling author:

Best Seller It Happened One Doomsday

What? WHAT?! Just about fell out of my chair when I saw this!

My new book, a best seller? Nah, that can’t possibly be right.

Probably just some miscalculation deep in the Google gearbox. But still, it’s fun to see!

Stay tuned for some cool giveaways, bonus chapters, and a chance to read the top-secret alternate ending on release day! Click here to sign up for my author newsletter. >

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6 Secrets of Successful Critique Groups

Critique groups: don't get bitten!

Are you hearing the Jaws theme in your head? I am. And now you are, too.:)

Critique groups: best thing ever for writers? Or soul-crushing pits of despair?

Here are my 6 secrets for spotting a top-notch critique group — or assembling your own.

Connect with other writers and get the feedback you need to finish your book, publish it, and write the next one.

Everything you need to know from Yours Truly is right here on author Patricia Stoltey’s blog:

Click here: http://patriciastolteybooks.com/2016/01/6-secrets-of-successful-critique-groups-by-laurence-macnaughton/

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Coming in 2016: It Happened One Doomsday

Rane sneak preview It Happened One Doomsday book

With friends like this, who needs frenemies?

The rumors are true.

My next book (first in a new urban fantasy series) hits stores in the summer of 2016.

And if you preorder It Happened One Doomsday anytime before the release date, you’ll receive a special bonus story that you can get nowhere else.

I’m so excited about this free bonus story! I’ve already written it, and I want to send it to you. But it’s not time yet.

First, here’s a glimpse of what the new book is all about. Continue reading

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7 Keys to Writing Irresistible Plots

Flaming Horse of Doom

Why? Because, hey, Flaming Horse of Doom! That’s why.

If you’ve ever tried to write a book, you’ve probably struggled with plotting.

Plot is more than just what happens in the story. There’s a bigger structure to what happens, and when, and why.

Do it right, and you’ll create a gripping story. But do it wrong, and your story will get nothing but yawns.

Want to know the secret to writing irresistible plots?

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Steal these 3 new soundtracked ebooks (including mine!)

Free ebooks with soundtracks!

Who doesn’t love free ebooks?!

This is a true story:

I know a guy in New Zealand named Chazz who fronts a punk band called Flirting With Disaster.

They’re a blast. In fact, a character in my next series occasionally wears a Flirting With Disaster T-shirt.

That’s part of the fun of being a writer. You’re free to help spread the word about cool stuff, like indie bands, and help make the world a little more fun.

Plus, you get to give away free ebooks.

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The Easiest Way to Organize Your Thoughts

Imagine if there was a way you could instantly spark new ideas, organize your thoughts and get more done every day.

As a writer, my brain is constantly loaded up with new ideas.

But I’ve found a way to quickly break down my thoughts, sort them out, and get organized, so that I can be productive. With a program called Scapple, I can think clearer, work faster and be more creative. Continue reading

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YES! New Book Deal Announced!

OMG, I want to frame this. My new book deal with a New York publisher is right at the top of today’s Publishers Lunch.

Laurence MacNaughton's debut urban fantasy IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY, about an inexperienced crystal sorceress who scrambles to stop the end of the world without falling for a muscle-car driving mechanic who is fated to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, to Rene Sears at Pyr, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (World English).

My new book deal is in Publishers Lunch!

Publishers Lunch is a daily publishing industry newsletter put out by Publishers Weekly. Essentially, it’s the #1 place for announcements about new book deals between literary agents and publishers.

According to the website, their subscribers number more than 40,000 publishing professionals.

And, you know … little ol’ me.

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How to Tell Good Inspiration from Bad

Yes. You.

Yes. You.

The other day, I was fielding questions about my upcoming novel when the topic of inspiration came up.

How do you know when you’re inspired by a really good idea?

And more important, how do you tell a good inspiration from a bad one?

I had to think long and hard about the answer to that. Because it’s not what you think.

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Free Fun-Size Conspiracy

Announcing a new book giveaway!

It’s like all of those miniature candy bars left over from Halloween – but with zero calories!

Actual size.

Actual size?

My debut novel, Conspiracy of Angels, is now in its second printing.

That makes right now the perfect opportunity to shrink the paperback from its hefty 6″ x 9″ trim size down to a more svelte and portable 5″ x 8″ size.

At the same time, my ever-industrious friend and erstwhile partner in crime Angie Hodapp has taken the time to freshen up the entire book, cover to cover, with a new interior design that’s bolder and easier to read.

Conspiracy of Angels title page

Wait, what’s that title again? **squinting** Can’t quite read it…

(Being a typeface geek, little details like this are ridiculously important to me. Let’s just say it looks good, inside and out. Nuff said.)

To celebrate, I’m giving away a free paperback copy of the new, smaller size to one lucky newsletter subscriber.

If you’re already a subscriber, you don’t have to do a thing. Just wait to see if you win!

(Or if you can’t wait to get your hands on the new paperback, you can always buy it on Amazon now. I won’t stop you.)

If you haven’t already subscribed, don’t wait to claim your chance to win. Click this link.

Happy reading!

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