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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New Author Interview on Blog Talk Radio

Wooden Pants - Daily Author podcastThe Daily Author turned out to be one of my favorite live interviews ever. Richard and I got into some pretty in-depth discussions about:

• What it takes to overcome creative anxiety
• Connecting with your creative support network
• The importance of knowing good advice from bad
• Independent vs. traditional publishing – there is a third way
• The long journey from freelancer to author
• And much, much more!

Plus, I’m doing a special giveaway just for podcast listeners. Listen here.

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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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There Are Two Kinds of Book Reviews (and Not the Kinds You Think)

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Authors have a love-hate relationship with book reviews. Some reviews make you light up and glow. Others make you feel like you’re dying an agonizing death.

Reading reviews of your own books is fraught enough to make even the toughest writer quiver. But what most people don’t realize is that there are actually two distinctly different kinds of reviews. Continue reading

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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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Interview on the Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast

RMFW Podcast - The Rocky Mountain WriterRecently, I had the great pleasure of chatting with notable Colorado author Mark Stevens, host of The Rocky Mountain Writer podcast. We chatted about writing and publishing, and I read an excerpt from my upcoming book, A Kiss Before Doomsday. Listen to the RMFW podcast here.

As I’m sure you know, I love sharing writing tips and productivity tips that anyone can use. In the podcast, I got the chance to talk about an acronym I use to help me write absolutely anything from a blog post to a novel. It’s CODE:

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8 Favorite Bookstores for Readers

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Ironically, no one knows where to find the Self Help section.

Do you have a favorite bookstore?

For my money, one of the neatest bookstores on the planet is the Tattered Cover on Colfax Avenue in Denver. Did you know that it’s built inside an old theater? Strange, but true. They even kept a few of the old folding red theater seats, where you can sit and read, and pretend you’re just killing time between acts. Also, they have a delectable coffee shop.

(By the way, I’ll be doing a book signing event at the Tattered Cover for A Kiss Before Doomsday on Friday, July 21, at 7:00 pm. Prizes, treats, and lots of fun. Join me!)

Last month in my author newsletter, I asked subscribers to tell me about their favorite bookstores, and I gave away a signed copy of It Happened One Doomsday to one lucky reader. I also heard some great stories and shout-outs to some real bookstore gems. Here are a few:

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Storytelling Made Easy (Even If You’re Not a Writer)

Storytelling Made Easy by Michael Hauge

Expert storytelling advice for business leaders. Or anyone, really.

If you think about it, storytelling is a skill we all use every day. We tell stories at the water cooler, in meeting rooms, in social media, and around the dinner table.

Knowing how to tell a great story helps you communicate, do better in business, and be more fun at parties.

Think you’re no good at telling stories? You can be, if you want, for just $1. (More on that in a moment.)

Storytelling is a skill, and like any skill, it can be learned. Just ask Michael Hauge.

The guy is a storytelling genius. He’s not only a best-selling author, he’s also one of Hollywood’s top story experts. He’s worked on projects starring Will Smith, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Reese Witherspoon, and Morgan Freeman. He’s given lectures and workshops on storytelling to more than 80,000 people worldwide.

He knows what he’s talking about. And he can teach you how to tell stories.

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Giveaway: Put A Spell On You

Put a Spell on You - a Dru Jasper urban fantasy series short story

When an ancient curse threatens the neighborhood Chinese restaurant, can Dru solve a cryptic riddle, stop an angry spirit, and resist heaps of amazingly tasty dumplings – before an evil army of fiends conquers the world?

Exciting news! I’ve just released the newest Dru Jasper story: Put A Spell On You.

To celebrate, I’m giving away several copies to my readers. Leave a comment below and you could win it for free!

But first, let me tell you the story behind this story:

Hidden in It Happened One Doomsday is this quick exchange between Dru and Joe, the delivery guy from the neighborhood Chinese restaurant:

Dru slipped the honey-colored citrine crystal into a paper bag for Joe the delivery guy, and rung up the sale. “Remember, from your front door, you put this in the back left corner of the restaurant. Also, I put an extra little crystal in the bag for you. That one goes in your cash register drawer.”

Dru hit the SALE button, and the drawer slid open with a chime, revealing the chunk of citrine she kept in her own change drawer. “See? Prosperity and abundance.”

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Why I Became a Writer (And It’s Not Why You Think)

Shockingly, this is a picture of a sledge hammer.

Hammer time! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Do you ever wonder if maybe we make crucial life choices based on completely misunderstanding the world around us?

One of the most common questions I’m asked in interviews is: What made you decide to become a writer? I tend to talk about reading and storytelling as a kid, playing with an old typewriter, that sort of thing.

But really, I think it all goes back to a broken plate glass window.

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