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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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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.

Direct Download  |  iTunes  |  Spotify  |  Stitcher

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New Giveaway! Bookmark and Paperback Book

Dru Jasper series urban fantasy bookmarksWant to win a cool bookmark?

(Plus a brand new signed book to go with it?)

I’ve got three of ’em, right in my big greedy hand here. If this were a work of art, they’d be called limited edition.

But they’re just bookmarks, so there’s no reason to get fancy.

How to win the giveaway:

Use the form below to enter by 9/30/18 and I’ll put your name in the hat. Three lucky readers will win one of these neat-o bookmarks.

PLUS, someone will win a signed Dru Jasper book to go along with it. Nice!

Don’t miss out! More giveaways coming up. Get the scoop when you subscribe to my author newsletter.

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4 Amazing Skills I Wish I Had in Real Life

4 Amazing Skills I Wish I Had in Real Life

I’m writing a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down.

One of the little-known perks of being a writer is that I get to pretend that I know all kinds of cool stuff.

Every character I create is an expert in something.

They can hack into top-secret computer networks, field strip an AK-47 blindfolded, make a peanut butter sandwich without dripping any.

These people have skills.

Don’t get me wrong, I love being a writer (and writing halfway decent books is kind of a skill). But still, I wish I had the time, energy, and money to learn these four skills.  Continue reading

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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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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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My Funny (and True) Ghost Town Story

Colorado Ghost Town

Nice to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there.

Here in Colorado, we have our fair share of ghost towns. GPS and smart phones make them easier to find these days, but years ago you had to get there the old-fashioned way.

One summer day, my wife and I were exploring a decently intact ghost town deep in the mountains. The roofs of the buildings were caved in, but the storefronts were still standing. After hiking around and snapping photos, we sat on the tailgate of the Bronco to share a sandwich.

In the distance, a wispy dust cloud appeared, accompanied by the growling of a motorcycle engine.

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Discover New Fantasy Reads at Knaaks Knoll

Black City Demon by Richard KnaakWhen I was a kid, DragonLance was the first series of fantasy novels that totally hooked me. I still get chills thinking about Raistlin changing his robes from red to black.

Now, my friend and fellow author Richard A. Knaak (longtime DragonLance author and New York Times bestselling author of Black City Saint and Black City Demon) has started up a Facebook page focused on spotlighting the undiscovered gems of fantasy and science fiction.

Check it out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KnaaksKnoll/

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The Best 80s Game You Probably Didn’t Play

Advanced Fighting Fantasy - Stellar Adventures RPG

Look closely and you’ll also spot Rebel Planet on the right, which shares the same cover art. Hey, the more giant sword-swinging space lizards, the merrier!

Way back in the 1980s, there were gamebooks, those choose-your-own-adventure type of books where you made a decision and then turned to a specially-numbered paragraph to find out what happened next.

Now, they’re back.

Ian Livingstone, who (along with fellow Games Workshop founder Steve Jackson) sold millions of Fighting Fantasy books worldwide in the 80s, has just penned Port of Peril. It’s the first brand-new Fighting Fantasy adventure in many years. I’m completely psyched.

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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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