Author Archives: Laurence MacNaughton

About Laurence MacNaughton

Laurence MacNaughton is the award-winning author of more than a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories. His work has been praised by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, RT Book Reviews, Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews. He lives in Colorado with his wife and too many classic cars.

Talking monsters on Beyond the Trope podcast

Just in time for Halloween, Colorado’s best podcast for nerds had me on to talk about the secrets to creating bloodcurdling monsters, and other spooky fun.

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Yours Truly rocks the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers podcast

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers podcastTrue 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.)

Listen to the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast. 

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My Favorite Things on Speculative Chic

Speculative ChicWhen the wonderful Shara White invited me over to Speculative Chic to talk about a few of my favorite things, I jumped at the chance.

Read about my favorite movie villain on four wheels, underground music to write to, and my secret addiction to a retro gamebook series more than 60 books long.

P.S. She’s doing a book giveaway, too!

It’s all on Speculative Chic.

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No Sleep till Doomsday is here at last! Don’t miss it.

Dru Jasper book 3 - No Sleep till Doomsday

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.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A high-octane thrill ride.”
—Starburst Magazine

“A different kind of urban fantasy. If you enjoy quirky humor and action-packed fun, then this one’s for you.”
—Bibliosanctum

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Books-A-Million | Kobo | IndieBound | Powell’s | Tattered Cover | Goodreads 

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Be the first to get the new Dru Jasper story. FREE.

The Dru Jasper SeriesNo 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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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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