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Urban fantasy author L.R. Braden has a new book out–and a line of chainmail jewelry, too

L.R. Braden, Daydreamer & Storyteller

Note from Laurence: I’m always excited to showcase the work of other up-and-coming urban fantasy authors. L.R. Braden also happens to be a Colorado author like me. That’s an added bonus for local readers.

And she has degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, so naturally she splits her time between writing and making chainmail jewelry

We had the chance to chat at the ever-popular MileHiCon this year in between book signings. She agreed to share a peek behind the scenes of her latest book, Faerie Forged, which just came out over the weekend. Check it out!

LM: For those who haven’t checked out the Magicsmith series yet, can you talk a little bit about it?

Braden: The Magicsmith series is set in a world where humans and fae have been at war and now live in an uneasy truce, but there are factions on both sides who’d like to see a return to war. My protagonist, Alex Blackwood, believes she’s 100% human until a faerie knight shows up to tell her different. During her ensuing hunt for a serial killer, infiltration of a vampire lair, and debut at Fae Court, she slowly finds her place in the world–smack dab between the warring sides.

LM: What makes Faerie Forged different from other books in the genre?

Braden: The fact that the humans and fae in my world have already been through one war and are on the brink of another is pretty unique. That conflict sets the stage for some interesting plot twists and character development as people fight either to preserve the peace or push toward a second war as the series unfolds.

LM: Did the finished book come out the way you planned, or did you have to edit anything out?

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Forever and a Doomsday on the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast

Rocky Mountain Writer podcastThe best writing podcasts dig deep into the writing process and make you think. That’s why it’s always interesting talking to fellow Colorado author Mark Stevens on the official podcast for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

Not only is Mark an award-winning author in his own right, he also asks the tough questions about what it’s really like to be a working writer. I’ve been lucky enough to be a guest on his podcast several times, and sometimes our talks take a turn that surprises even me.

In this latest episode, we talked about the inspirations behind the cast of the Dru Jasper series. Especially the fan-favorite demon-possessed car, Hellbringer.

We also talked about the difference between plotting a novel and leaving yourself open for inspiration while you write. Believe it or not, you can have it both ways.

By the way, Mark tried to get me to talk about my super-secret brand-new book (a new one that isn’t even out yet), and I couldn’t help but drop a few clues. Plus, we discussed how to handle working on several different books at once.

Oh, and I also got a chance to read the opening scene of my new book, Forever and a Doomsday.

Hey, there’s tons of good stuff in this podcast. Listen to it here.

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“As much fun as you can have reading about impending doomsday!”

The wait is over! Forever and a Doomsday releases today (yay!) and the reviews are already pouring in. Here’s an absolutely fabulous recap of the entire series (that doesn’t give away any spoilers) from Fan Girl Nation:

Mixing together the atmospheric flavor of the action sequences from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, airy hints of classic rock music, with a backdrop of fire and brimstone, comes the Dru Jasper series written by Laurence Naughton. This is an urban fantasy novel that hits the right combo the nostalgic vibes for the urban fantasy shows of the 90s/2000s in novel form. Except instead of picture perfect adults playing teenagers, this series has flawed and relatable adults doing the best they can while not ultimately freaking out…

Click here to read the whole review.

P.S. I’m giving away cool freebies — paperback books et cetera — to my newsletter subscribers. So if you haven’t joined yet, here’s your chance.

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No Sleep till Doomsday is here at last! Don’t miss it.

Dru Jasper book 3 - No Sleep till Doomsday

I’m so excited to announce that the wait is finally over. No Sleep till Doomsday has just been released in bookstores everywhere!

Can crystal sorceress Dru Jasper save her boyfriend Greyson’s soul, salvage her troubled friendships, and find the apocalypse scroll in time to stop doomsday?

“Sharp action scenes, crisp characterization and pinpoint plotting keep the pages quickly turning. A terrifying, unforgettable world.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A high-octane thrill ride.”
—Starburst Magazine

“A different kind of urban fantasy. If you enjoy quirky humor and action-packed fun, then this one’s for you.”
—Bibliosanctum

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Books-A-Million | Kobo | IndieBound | Powell’s | Tattered Cover | Goodreads 

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Dru Jasper #3: No Sleep till Doomsday

Dru Jasper book 3 - No Sleep till DoomsdayThe rumors are true.

Dru Jasper #3: No Sleep till Doomsday is coming out soon!

Here’s the scoop:

When a wicked enchantress steals a cursed doomsday amulet, crystal sorceress Dru Jasper has only 24 hours to get it back before the world will come to a fiery end.

With this supernatural amulet in hand, the enchantress intends to break the sixth seal of the apocalypse scroll—making the seas boil, the stars fall from the sky, and the Earth itself split apart.

Overall, bad news.

Crystal sorceress Dru Jasper must hit the road to get the amulet back. But she suspects her half-demon boyfriend and his demon-possessed muscle car, Hellbringer, are hiding a dark secret. Can she trust them to help her stop the doomsday they were made for?

Worse, tracking down the enchantress runs Dru smack up against a pack of killer shape shifters, the grim mystery of a radioactive ghost town, and a dangerous speed demon even more powerful than Hellbringer.

As the clock runs out, Dru is locked in a high-speed chase with the enchantress, fighting a fierce magical duel she can never win alone. Can Dru and her sorcerer friends unravel Hellbringer’s secrets, outwit the shape-shifters and retrieve the stolen amulet—before the dawn of doomsday?

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You might also like Angela Roquet’s Reapers Inc. series

Ghost Market CoverGhost Market (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. book 6)

In the wake of a thwarted war, Lana Harvey is more than ready for an extended vacation on the new houseboat she shares with the Lord of the Flies, but when the leaderless rebels begin poaching souls and selling them on the Ghost Market, Lana is tasked with heading up a new unit to stop them.

Having one of the most famous faces in Eternity proves challenging when it comes to finding a way inside the secretive world of illegal soul peddling, and the only person Lana knows with the right connections is Tasha Henry, a former colleague and defeated rebel with a poaching record. The rogue reaper isn’t going to be easy to track down, and even if Lana does manage to catch up with her, the real question is whether or not a shot at redemption will be enough to lure her away from the dark side.

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Free Fun-Size Conspiracy

Announcing a new book giveaway!

It’s like all of those miniature candy bars left over from Halloween – but with zero calories!

Actual size.

Actual size?

My debut novel, Conspiracy of Angels, is now in its second printing.

That makes right now the perfect opportunity to shrink the paperback from its hefty 6″ x 9″ trim size down to a more svelte and portable 5″ x 8″ size.

At the same time, my ever-industrious friend and erstwhile partner in crime Angie Hodapp has taken the time to freshen up the entire book, cover to cover, with a new interior design that’s bolder and easier to read.

Conspiracy of Angels title page

Wait, what’s that title again? **squinting** Can’t quite read it…

(Being a typeface geek, little details like this are ridiculously important to me. Let’s just say it looks good, inside and out. Nuff said.)

To celebrate, I’m giving away a free paperback copy of the new, smaller size to one lucky newsletter subscriber.

If you’re already a subscriber, you don’t have to do a thing. Just wait to see if you win!

(Or if you can’t wait to get your hands on the new paperback, you can always buy it on Amazon now. I won’t stop you.)

If you haven’t already subscribed, don’t wait to claim your chance to win. Click this link.

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What Do Men Really Think About Your Hair?

My next book is so new that even the title isn’t settled yet.

what men really think about your hair

Watch what happens when he runs out of shampoo.

But my agent sent me a nice note about how well I pulled off the simmering romantic tension between the lead characters.

Considering that the point-of-view character is a smart young woman, and I’m a guy (in my case, smart and young are arguable), this was quite a compliment.

And it got me thinking:

How do authors write about characters of the opposite gender?

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You could win The Spider Thief: Omnibus!

The Spider Thief Omnibus paperback

For the first time, The Spider Thief: Omnibus collects all four novellas into one gripping novel!

I’m super-excited to announce my new book, The Spider Thief: Omnibus, a collection of the first four Spider Thief novellas. To celebrate, I’m giving away copies to four lucky subscribers!

No purchase necessary — just sign up for my newsletter.

Bonus: this special omnibus edition also includes the opening chapters of Conspiracy of Angels. “Uber-cool!” (bestselling author J.A. Konrath).

What it’s all about:

When an outlaw unearths an ancient gold spider statue and falls prey to its memory-stealing curse, his only shot at survival lies with the woman he left behind years ago — a highly-trained agent harboring a deadly secret. A gripping serial thriller from “a new talent well worth exploring deep into the night.” (NYT bestselling author James Rollins).

The Spider Thief on Amazon.com >>

Bonus: get Part 1 FREE on Amazon.com until 4/13/14! >>

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It’s here: The Spider Thief, Part 2: Haunted Dreams

The Spider Thief, Part 2: Haunted Dreams

Available now on Amazon.com

All of his life, Ash has been haunted by the ancient curse that killed his parents . . .

Ash is a Robin Hood-style con artist who rips off the worst kind of crooks and uses the money to help their victims. He’s unearthed an ancient gold spider statue with the power to erase the past . . . change the future . . . perhaps even grant eternal life. But its curse has stolen Ash’s memories.

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