Dru Jasper

The real life inspiration behind No Sleep till Doomsday

Perhaps the most popular character in my Dru Jasper series is Hellbringer, a black 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona that is literally possessed by a speed demon.

In my new book, No Sleep till Doomsday, our anti-hero Hellbringer has a brand-new nemesis, a 2018 Dodge Demon named Soulbreaker.

If you’re even thinking about reading my book, you’re going to want to watch this video.

Whoa!

Man, that’s tough to beat. But yeah, that’s pretty much the essence of my book.

There’s another video I’d like to share with you that reveals a second big inspiration behind this book, but — SPOILER ALERT! — it hints at a major plot twist. So if you want to avoid the spoiler, stop reading now.

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But if you DO want to read about this big mysterious inspiration (and you can’t say I didn’t warn you), here it is:

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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

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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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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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“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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What Music Do Writers Listen to?

Crystal Blue ZXZ album cover

New rule: if there’s a Lamborghini on the cover, you know it’s good.

While I was writing No Sleep till Doomsday (Dru Jasper series, book 3), much to my surprise, I found myself listening to a certain Ukrainian pop music album over and over.

Here’s why.

My book features an evil crystal sorceress named Lucretia, and there are subtle references throughout the book to the song “Lucretia, My Reflection” by The Sisters of Mercy.

Searching for music to write by, I found all sorts of cool covers and remixes of “Lucretia, My Reflection.” The one version that really captured my attention was by a Ukrainian electronic artist called ZXZ, on the Crystal Blue album.

A song about Lucretia (my crystal sorceress), on an album called Crystal Blue. Was it fate?

I decided to track down ZXZ and find out.

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Undead behind the scenes in A Kiss Before Doomsday

Science Fiction Book Club featured selection A Kiss Before DoomsdayIn case you missed it, the Science Fiction Book Club chose A Kiss Before Doomsday as a featured pick. Which, as an author, is incredibly exciting.

To celebrate, I put together a behind-the-scenes special that the book club shared with their members this summer.

If you’ve ever wondered where writers get their ideas, read on.

Science Fiction Book Club: Spotlight on A KISS BEFORE DOOMSDAY

One of the toughest jobs a fantasy writer has is coming up with new and interesting monsters. When I sat down to write the second Dru Jasper book, I knew that the bad guys would be undead creatures. But today’s readers have seen countless undead foes. How do you put a brand-new spin on the idea? Continue reading

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