Books

Urban fantasy author L.R. Braden has a new book out–and a line of chainmail jewelry, too

L.R. Braden, Daydreamer & Storyteller

Note from Laurence: I’m always excited to showcase the work of other up-and-coming urban fantasy authors. L.R. Braden also happens to be a Colorado author like me. That’s an added bonus for local readers.

And she has degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, so naturally she splits her time between writing and making chainmail jewelry

We had the chance to chat at the ever-popular MileHiCon this year in between book signings. She agreed to share a peek behind the scenes of her latest book, Faerie Forged, which just came out over the weekend. Check it out!

LM: For those who haven’t checked out the Magicsmith series yet, can you talk a little bit about it?

Braden: The Magicsmith series is set in a world where humans and fae have been at war and now live in an uneasy truce, but there are factions on both sides who’d like to see a return to war. My protagonist, Alex Blackwood, believes she’s 100% human until a faerie knight shows up to tell her different. During her ensuing hunt for a serial killer, infiltration of a vampire lair, and debut at Fae Court, she slowly finds her place in the world–smack dab between the warring sides.

LM: What makes Faerie Forged different from other books in the genre?

Braden: The fact that the humans and fae in my world have already been through one war and are on the brink of another is pretty unique. That conflict sets the stage for some interesting plot twists and character development as people fight either to preserve the peace or push toward a second war as the series unfolds.

LM: Did the finished book come out the way you planned, or did you have to edit anything out?

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“As much fun as you can have reading about impending doomsday!”

The wait is over! Forever and a Doomsday releases today (yay!) and the reviews are already pouring in. Here’s an absolutely fabulous recap of the entire series (that doesn’t give away any spoilers) from Fan Girl Nation:

Mixing together the atmospheric flavor of the action sequences from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, airy hints of classic rock music, with a backdrop of fire and brimstone, comes the Dru Jasper series written by Laurence Naughton. This is an urban fantasy novel that hits the right combo the nostalgic vibes for the urban fantasy shows of the 90s/2000s in novel form. Except instead of picture perfect adults playing teenagers, this series has flawed and relatable adults doing the best they can while not ultimately freaking out…

Click here to read the whole review.

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Forever and a Doomsday (Dru Jasper #4)

Forever and a Doomsday

A chilling cohort of soul-devouring wraiths has risen from the netherworld to crack open the final seal of the apocalypse scroll and bring the world to a fiery end.

To keep the scroll out of their clutches, Dru must solve a 2,000-year-old magical mystery, find a city lost in the netherworld, and unearth a crystal older than the Earth itself.

Can she elude the forces of darkness long enough to save her friends and safeguard the scroll forever—before the undead break the seventh seal and bring on doomsday?

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OUT NOW: No Sleep Till Doomsday (Dru Jasper #3)

No Sleep Till Doomsday, Dru Jasper 4A wicked enchantress has stolen an amulet that will destroy the world in 24 hours. Unless Dru and her sorcerer friends can get it back, the seas will boil, the stars will fall from the sky, and the earth itself will split apart. Overall, bad news.

To make things worse, Dru’s half-demon boyfriend Greyson and his demon-possessed muscle car, Hellbringer, are hiding a dark secret. Can she trust them?

As the clock runs out, Dru is locked in a high-octane chase with a pack of killer shape-shifters, the grim mystery of a radioactive ghost town, and the most powerful speed demon on Earth.

Can Dru unravel Hellbringer’s secrets, outwit the shape-shifters, and find the amulet before the dawn of doomsday?

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COMING SOON: Forever and a Doomsday (Dru Jasper #4) is now available for preorder!

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Have yourself a very merry doomsday!

Do you know someone on your “Nice” list who would like to receive an autographed Dru Jasper book as a gift? I’m signing and sending out one of each book, and you can help me pick the winners!

Just contact me and tell me the name of the person you’d like to give a book to, and which book they might like:

#1: It Happened One Doomsday,
#2: A Kiss Before Doomsday, or
#3: No Sleep till Doomsday.

No matter what you celebrate this season, I’m wishing you peace, joy, and the warmest of holiday greetings! Ho ho ho! : )

Very best,
Laurence

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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

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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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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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The Best Worst Summer Bookstore Trip Ever

Best Worst Summer Bike RideAs I kid, I was a voracious reader. My sister was too, so between the two of us, we went through books at an astonishing rate. One summer, when I was probably nine or 10 years old, I realized I had run out of good things to read. Uh oh!

There I was, out in the middle of the country, at the height of summer vacation, and we were out of books. Can you imagine the horror?

So I hatched a mad genius plan. We would ride our bikes to the bookstore!

The nearest bookstore was a place called the Paperback Trader, and they were pretty much the only affordable option for a kid on my particular budget. Besides, I was absolutely certain we could get there and back before anyone noticed we were gone.

Somehow, I convinced my sister to go along with me in this scheme, even though it hadn’t occurred to me just how far away the bookstore really was.

In fact, round-trip, it was a full 25 miles.

Still, we knew the way by heart, since our parents had driven us there and back so many times to buy books.

We were ready for the journey. My sister’s bike had a banana seat and a white plastic basket decorated with flowers. I had a black fixed-gear Huffy bike with checkerboard padding. I also had my backpack, two Whatchamacallit candy bars, and a whole pocketful of quarters for buying books.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Top 10 Underrated Books of 2016

The BibliosanctumUpdate: Read the brand new review of A Kiss Before Doomsday from The Bibliosanctum. >

I love top 10 lists. Maybe I just love reading them and trying to think of two or three things they left out. Or maybe that’s just me.

At any rate, this is a list that you definitely need to check out.

The marvelous Mogsy over at The BiblioSanctum has put together a thought-provoking roll call of hidden gems from 2016: Continue reading

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