Author Archives: Laurence MacNaughton

About Laurence MacNaughton

I'm an urban fantasy and thriller author. My books include It Happened One Doomsday, The Spider Thief and Conspiracy of Angels. Get free previews, bonus features, and more fun stuff at www.LaurenceMacNaughton.com

Join me at MileHiCon 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of MileHiCon, Denver’s ginormous science fiction and fantasy event. Here’s where you can find me (and, if you’re lucky, score a free book):

FRIDAY 10/19/18 at 3:00 PM (Mesa Verde A)
Pantsing, Grid Paper, or the I-Ching: Many roads to plots

SUNDAY 10/21/18 at 1:00 PM (Mesa Verde C)
Believable Aliens

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Book launch for Dru Jasper #3 at Tattered Cover

I’m super, super excited to announce that I’ll be reading and signing No Sleep till Doomsday at my favorite bookstore on the planet, Denver’s very own Tattered Cover. Come join me! I’m told there may be cake. : )

When:

Friday, November 9 at 7:00 PM

Where:

Tattered Cover on Colfax
2526 East W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

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No Sleep till Doomsday on USA Today

My jaw hit the floor when I found out that USA Today’s “Happy Ever After” featured an exclusive excerpt from my new book, No Sleep till Doomsday.

Which is kind of a “whoa” moment for me as an author. Plus, it’s cool because you get a sneak peak of the new book before it comes out.

Check out the sneak preview on USA Today.

(P.S. Did you know you could win a copy of No Sleep till Doomsday, plus other cool prizes? Get entered to win when you subscribe to my author newsletter.)

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One Simple Trick to Write Everything Better

One Simple Trick to Write Everything BetterWhat if there was one single trick that could help you write better, faster, and easier than ever before?

What if that trick could help you organize your thoughts, get started sooner, and finish every writing project, from a blog post to a novel?

There is such a trick. And as a full-time writer, I use it every day.

Find out what it is on Fiction University.

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Learn All of My Writing Secrets at Colorado Gold

ALL of my writing secrets?

ALL of my writing secrets? Well, to be honest, probably not ALL of them. But we’ll do that whole “save the cat” thing. (And if that doesn’t ring a bell, you should come to my class.)

Are you going to the RMFW Colorado Gold 2018 conference?

Don’t miss this chance to pick my brain about all things related to urban fantasy, writing action scenes, and creating monsters.

Here’s where you can find me:

Birds of a Feather: Urban Fantasy panel
Saturday 10am | Winter Park

What exactly is urban fantasy? What makes it different from paranormal romance? What are the newest and most exciting urban fantasy trends to watch? Panel hosted by yours truly.

How to Write Kick-Ass Action Scenes
Sunday 10am | Durango

Do you struggle with writing fight scenes or chases? Believe it or not, writing kick-ass action is easy—if you know how. In this workshop, you’ll learn the 6 secrets to writing action scenes that make your readers break out in a sweat. Get the Action Scenes worksheet here.

7 Secrets to Writing Bloodcurdling Monsters
Sunday 11am | Durango

Science fiction, fantasy and horror stories are full of monsters. One of a writer’s toughest jobs is creating creatures that are both gripping and original. In this workshop, you’ll master the seven secrets to writing truly unforgettable monsters. Get the Creating Monsters worksheet here.

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“Sharp action scenes and pinpoint plotting!” – Publishers Weekly

“Crystal sorceress Dru and her eclectic group of friends, including a literal speed demon trapped in a classic muscle car, once again fend off the end of the world in MacNaughton’s third eclectic fantasy novel . . . Sharp action scenes and pinpoint plotting keep the pages quickly turning, and crisp characterization and MacNaughton’s obvious passion for intricate detail immerse readers into a terrifying, unforgettable world. Series fans will relish this installment.”
—Publishers Weekly, August 13, 2018

Read the whole review here.

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New Giveaway! Bookmark and Paperback Book

Dru Jasper series urban fantasy bookmarksWant to win a cool bookmark?

(Plus a brand new signed book to go with it?)

I’ve got three of ’em, right in my big greedy hand here. If this were a work of art, they’d be called limited edition.

But they’re just bookmarks, so there’s no reason to get fancy.

How to win the giveaway:

Use the form below to enter by 9/30/18 and I’ll put your name in the hat. Three lucky readers will win one of these neat-o bookmarks.

PLUS, someone will win a signed Dru Jasper book to go along with it. Nice!

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6 Ways to Double Your Writing Speed

how to double your writing speed“How can I find the time to write?” said every aspiring author ever.

But time is only half of the equation.

The other half is speed.

The faster you write, the faster you will finish your story or novel and get it published.

Can you learn how to write twice as fast, without sacrificing quality?

Yes. I’ll show you how on Fiction University.

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Dru Jasper #3: No Sleep till Doomsday

Dru Jasper book 3 - No Sleep till DoomsdayThe rumors are true.

Dru Jasper #3: No Sleep till Doomsday is coming out soon!

Here’s the scoop:

When a wicked enchantress steals a cursed doomsday amulet, crystal sorceress Dru Jasper has only 24 hours to get it back before the world will come to a fiery end.

With this supernatural amulet in hand, the enchantress intends to break the sixth seal of the apocalypse scroll—making the seas boil, the stars fall from the sky, and the Earth itself split apart.

Overall, bad news.

Crystal sorceress Dru Jasper must hit the road to get the amulet back. But she suspects her half-demon boyfriend and his demon-possessed muscle car, Hellbringer, are hiding a dark secret. Can she trust them to help her stop the doomsday they were made for?

Worse, tracking down the enchantress runs Dru smack up against a pack of killer shape shifters, the grim mystery of a radioactive ghost town, and a dangerous speed demon even more powerful than Hellbringer.

As the clock runs out, Dru is locked in a high-speed chase with the enchantress, fighting a fierce magical duel she can never win alone. Can Dru and her sorcerer friends unravel Hellbringer’s secrets, outwit the shape-shifters and retrieve the stolen amulet—before the dawn of doomsday?

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Writing Advice for Teens

Writing Advice for Teens

Story ideas tend to come when you least expect them. So write them down when you have them.

Recently, I received an email from a teen writer who had decided to write a novel, but she was struggling to find the time.

Between school, homework, music lessons, and other commitments, she didn’t know when she would actually be able to write.

But she was smart to ask for help. She had three specific questions:

1. How can I find enough time for writing?

2. How do I know if my novel idea is any good?

3. If I finish my novel, and nobody wants to read it, what should I do?

Here’s what I told her:

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