events

Meet me at Tattered Cover on Friday 11/9/18 at 7 pm

No Sleep Till Doomsday book signingIf you’re in the Denver area, come meet me this Friday at my very favorite bookstore: Tattered Cover. I’ll talk about the stories behind No Sleep till Doomsday, read my favorite pages, answer questions, and sign books.

After the signing, head through the “secret door” into The Goods restaurant next door to join me and mingle with other book lovers like you. Hope to see you there!

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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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

Can’t make it? Still want to get a signed paperback—or even win one for free? You’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win when you subscribe to my author newsletter.

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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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Who else is going to Denver Comic Con?

Doomsday Things - Dru Jasper at Comic Con_Stranger Things have happened

The Dru Jasper series, starting with It Happened One Doomsday, is coming to Denver Comic Con. Hey, Stranger Things have happened…

I’m kind of ashamed to admit this.

But I’ve waited long enough.

It’s time I came out and said it.

Ready? Okay. Here we go.

Deep breath.

Ahem. So, the thing is, I’ve never . . .

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Coming Up: Ask Me Anything

Ask Me AnythingHave you ever wondered…

… how writers deal with reviews, both good and bad?

… what kind of mistakes beginning writers often make?

… where writers get their ideas?

I’m doing an Ask Me Anything (AMA) event on Wednesday, May 23 at 4:00 PM EDT.

This is your chance to connect, ask questions, and see what other readers are wondering.

Want to to get your question bumped to the front of the line? It’s open now.

Go ahead, ask me a question.

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Book Signing: Covered Treasures Bookstore on Saturday, March 10

local author book signingThere’s only one thing I love more than discovering a new bookstore, and that’s meeting new readers.

Independent bookstores tend to attract some of the smartest and most interesting people around. It’s true.

Every time I do a book signing, I always find myself drawn into fascinating conversations and making new friends. It’s simply the best way to enjoy your local bookstore.

If you’re in the Colorado Springs or Castle Rock area, come on down to the Covered Treasuresbookstore in Monument, Colorado on March 10 from 1 PM to 3 PM.

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14 Colorado Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors You Probably Haven’t Read Yet

MileHiCon49 2017 Laurence MacNaughton urban fantasy panel

Ninja Author Challenge: Keep a straight face as you read a funny scene from your own book — while facing a plate full of cookies.

MileHiCon is one of those strange and wondrous places where you can randomly run into legendary authors such as Eric Flint (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Locus Magazine bestseller), two-time Hugo Award winning podcaster Patrick Hester, or bestselling author Jane Lindskold, who incidentally referred to me as the Guru of Humor.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, I fully intend to use as my job title from this point on. It is undisputedly the ten-ton showstopper of handshake introductions:

HIM: “Hello, I’m Bob. I’m a bestselling author.”

ME: “Hi. I’m Laurence. I’m THE GURU OF HUMOR.”

HIM: “. . . Uh, what?”

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It Happened at the Tattered Cover

Life is so weird. Steven Tyler from Aerosmith was at the Tattered Cover on Friday, when I had my book signing. I did not, in fact, get a chance to ask him if “Dude Looks Like a Lady” was actually about Vince Neil from Motley Crue. (But I have my suspicions.)

As always, the Tattered Cover was a fantastic place to do a book signing, and I’m eternally grateful to all of the wonderful people there for having me. Sorry about the mess.

I did get the chance to make new friends and talk about the inspirations behind A Kiss Before Doomsday, including secret underground bunkers, magic crystals, go-go boots, demon-possessed muscle cars, and the fact that zombies don’t drive. At least as far as I know.

Then I read one of my favorite scenes, answered a bunch of questions from my endlessly smart readers, and gave away handfuls of brightly colored crystals – in this case, sucrose crystals. (Rock candy!) Afterward, we celebrated at the scrumptious restaurant next door, modestly called The Goods.

None of it would’ve been possible without my unstoppable agent Kristin Nelson, my tireless editor Rene Sears, all of the good folks at Pyr, and most of all, the support of readers like you. Thank you so much for making this book a success!

Kristin Nelson and Laurence MacNaughton at Tattered Cover - A Kiss Before Doomsday

Funny, I thought the Tattered Cover would have maybe four or five books on hand…

the actual kiss before doomsday

The real kiss before doomsday. (Or at least, before the book signing.)

Laurence MacNaughton and fans at Tattered Cover

I’m a fairly tall guy, but my friend and fellow Colorado author Kevin Wolf is six-foot-six.

2017 Book Signing at Tattered Cover - with boots

True story: my lovely wife’s go-go boots are so fabulous that I actually put them in the book. Watch for the scene where Dru goes undercover at a sorcerer’s masquerade. These are the boots.

Kristin Nelson and Laurence MacNaughton cut the cake at Tattered Cover

Now available in paperback, ebook, and my favorite format of all – cake!

Tattered Cover bookmark

The coveted “golden bookmark” from the inestimable Tattered Cover. This is seriously cool. I don’t feel worthy.

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Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Friday July 14 at 4pm ET

Reddit Books - urban fantasyJoin me on Reddit today and ask me anything.

Seriously. Any questions you may have about writing, publishing, crystals… muscle cars… cheeseburgers… whatever. Hey, I’m happy to help. Continue reading

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