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Author Archives: Laurence MacNaughton
True story: at the RMFW conference this year, I bumped into my good friend Mark Stevens, an award-winning author and host of the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast. Somehow, we got to talking about weird musical instruments.
I’ve just started playing one of the weirdest of all, the theremin. It’s the original electronic instrument, one that you play just by waving your hands at it. It’s been featured in plenty of old black and white science fiction movies.
Mark was like, “Why don’t you play it on our podcast?”
And I was like, “Wow! That’s a terrifying idea! Let’s do it!”
(And also, somewhere in there, we talked about my writing, too.)
I’m so excited to announce that the wait is finally over. No Sleep till Doomsday has just been released in bookstores everywhere!
Can crystal sorceress Dru Jasper save her boyfriend Greyson’s soul, salvage her troubled friendships, and find the apocalypse scroll in time to stop doomsday?
“Sharp action scenes, crisp characterization and pinpoint plotting keep the pages quickly turning. A terrifying, unforgettable world.”
“A high-octane thrill ride.”
“A different kind of urban fantasy. If you enjoy quirky humor and action-packed fun, then this one’s for you.”
No Sleep till Doomsday releases tomorrow! To celebrate, I’m offering a nice little bonus freebie.
Over the summer, I wrote a brand-new Dru Jasper story that takes Dru and Greyson on a romantic dinner date gone horribly wrong. Evil curses, terrifying creatures, mass hysteria—and that’s before they even order dessert.
You can’t get this story anywhere, because it’s brand-new. But you can read it for free.
Just preorder No Sleep till Doomsday today (from any bookseller), send me a copy of your confirmation email, and I will send you the brand-new top secret Dru Jasper story as my gift.
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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)
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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. : )
Friday, November 9 at 7:00 PM
Tattered Cover on Colfax
2526 East W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
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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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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.