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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.”
In my book, Dru fights demons and creatures using magical crystals.
Here’s what’s cool: all of the crystals she uses are magically charged versions of actual, real-life crystals: quartz, amethyst, galena, pyrite, etc.
Being a writer who writes about crystals, I’ve naturally built up a modest collection of crystals over the years.
The towns in the Rocky Mountains are rife with rock shops and lapidaries, some of them little more than a room in someone’s house. If you know where to look, you can find some pretty cool stuff.
Here’s a picture of my biggest crystal find yet: a natural selenite wand. Because of its mineral structure, selenite is fiber-optic, which my lovely wife is demonstrating here with LED lights.
In the books, this wand belongs to Dru’s ultimate nemesis, an evil crystal sorceress bent on destroying the world.
Fun stuff! Especially because, hidden in the between all the fancy magic, there’s a little bit of science. Neat-o.
Today is your last chance to win a genuine galena crystal like the one Dru uses to battle demons in IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY.
These precious-metal crystals (containing up to 2% silver) are reputed to ward off supernatural forces, and have been prized for thousands of years.
They were even used to line the eyes of the pharaohs in ancient Egypt.
Now, you could win your very own galena crystal.
Mined in the USA, it comes with a certificate of authenticity from The Crystal Connection, signed by the author. (That’s me!)
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After a moment’s consideration, Dru picked up a shiny chunk of galena. Like most galena crystals, it looked like it had been formed from a half-dozen different little cubes all fused together, and it had a dark mirror-like sheen, like a highway patrolman’s sunglasses.
She took a moment to weigh the crystal in her hand, until she could feel the faint whispers of its energy synchronizing with hers. “Here. Let’s start off easy. Let me have your hand.”
Greyson put his arm on the counter, and she pushed back the sleeve of his leather jacket. When she touched the galena to his wrist, the crystal popped with a cold blue flare of light, like an old-fashioned photo flash, accompanied by a sinister sizzling sound.
Greyson yanked his arm off the counter and sucked his breath in through his teeth.
“Wow,” Dru said, with a little thrill of triumph, mixed with a tinge of surprised fear. She’d never seen galena react so spectacularly before. “Bingo. Looks like we have a demon.”
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In my new book, Dru uses all sorts of magic crystals to fight the forces of darkness.
Take galena, for example. Scientifically speaking, it’s a lead ore with a low melting point. It also contains up to 2% silver.
But from a spiritual standpoint, it was used in ancient Egypt to line the eyes of the pharaohs. Possibly it was intended to give them second sight, possibly to protect against evil curses.
In my book, Dru uses it to fight demons.
Most galena crystals in the U.S. are mined in Missouri (galena ore has mostly industrial applications). I was recently talking to a guy who had retrieved some great crystals from a Missouri mine.
Apparently, there was so much groundwater in the rock that it dripped everywhere, constantly. They had to rig up corrugated steel on scaffolding inside the mine shaft to form a roof for the workers and equipment. Like it was raining underground.
Anyway, I have only a few of these galena crystals to give away. But one of them could be yours!
In my new book, IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY, I wanted to create an utterly unique system of magic.
By chance, I had a conversation with Dan Aykroyd from Ghostbusters, who’s a big believer in the metaphysical properties of crystals.
Weird. But weird stuff inspires me, so I decided to explore the idea of crystal magic…
The amazing Anya over at OnStarshipsAndDragonWings.com is giving away a copy of IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY in paperback. Which is awesome
But there’s a very cool bonus:
She’s also giving away an actual real-life galena crystal. Just like the one Dru uses to fight demons in the book. Imagine winning that!
But you’ll have to hurry. Giveaway ends July 23, 2016.
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Congratulations to Charity Bradford, winner of the first-ever SciFiBookshelf.com contest!
Charity, email your mailing address to me at LaurenceMacNaughton(at)yahoo(dot)com, and I’ll pop that book in the mail to you.