The Art of Getting Things Done

Sun Tzu Ruined My Life

Don’t make them get medieval on you!

Sun Tzu ruined my life.

Don’t get me wrong, “The Art of War” contains some gems of insight for anyone engaged in a difficult struggle, like running a business.

(Or fighting a war with chariots and spears.)

But the problem is that Sun Tzu puts a great deal of emphasis on lightning-fast strikes intended to leave the enemy off-balance and lead to a swift victory. He recommends avoiding a prolonged conflict at all costs.

And he makes some good points.

But sometimes, you can only win the battle — or write a book — with a slow and steady application of force.

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2013 Litquake Winner! The Case of the Mummy’s Secret

Urban Fantasy Short Story Winners

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I’m so proud to announce that my fun-size urban fantasy short story, featuring sassy noir detective Jazzy St. Clare, is a winner! Thanks to everyone who has read my Jazzy stories — more than 1,000 of you so far!

To celebrate, I’m giving away this story for the rest of the month — so you can enjoy The Case of the Mummy’s Secret absolutely free.

All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter at www.LaurenceMacNaughton.com. And I’ll email the story to you lickety-split.

(Even easier: just click here to join.)

Also, I want to give a shout-out to the fine folks at Booktrack.com for making it so easy to discover new stories and new authors in an amazing cinematic way, with music and sound effects. I love it.

In fact, you can listen to The Case of the Mummy’s Secret right now, live on Booktrack. Just click here.

Also, don’t miss The Case of the Green-Eyed Werewolf, and the free sample of Conspiracy of Angels.

Do you like urban-fantasy short-shorts? Or do you prefer longer stories? Let me know what you think!

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Shh! Don’t tell my wife — Jazzy’s back!

The Case of the Mummy's Secret by Laurence MacNaughtonPrivate detective Jazzy St. Clare is back, saving the noir streets of 1947 New York from another supernatural menace in The Case of the Mummy’s Secret.” (Click here to read it — and HEAR it — free.)

Just don’t tell my wife, because I’m supposed to finish my new novel before I write any more Jazzy stories.

But I couldn’t resist. After “The Case of the Green-Eyed Werewolf” zoomed up the charts to land on the front page of Booktrack.com, I just had to bring Jazzy back for another frightful mystery. And in just two short days, over 250 readers have already read it. (Thank you!)

Check it out. It’s spooky, it’s funny, and best of all … it’s free. You can read along with cinematic music and sound effects for free on Booktrack.com right now.

What do you think about Booktrack?

Reading ebooks with sound effects and music:

Too weird? Or too cool?

Let me know your thoughts!

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