Posts Tagged With: supernatural

Sneak Preview of The Spider Thief

The Spider Thief - Part 1: Stolen Memory

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I’m about to do something I’ve never done before.

I’m publishing each part of my new thriller, The Spider Thief, separately in quick, fun-size episodes.

Part One: Stolen Memory is about to hit Amazon. But just for fun, I leaked a sneak preview online.

The response has been amazing …

A hundred reads in the first 24 hours.

Average review: five stars.

Booktrack.com has already called it “a must read.”

(Click here to read and listen to the first two chapters for free on Booktrack.com.)

I’m honestly humbled at the great response. And I can’t wait for you to see all the twists I’ve packed into each episode.

I’ll give you some hints: An ancient curse. A lost city. A family secret. A million dollars in cash … and that’s just the beginning.

Get your free ebook — but hurry!

To celebrate the upcoming release, I’m going to give away a free copy of Part One: Stolen Memory to the first 100 people who join my newsletter list.

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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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Sci Fi Bookshelf interview: Harry Connolly on Child of Fire

Harry Connolly is making waves with his debut novel Child of Fire, the start of a new urban fantasy series that mixes explosive action with magic.  Harry was kind enough to share some insights with Sci Fi Bookshelf about dark heroes, inspiration and the fatal mistake made by most aspiring writers.

Sci Fi Bookshelf: For someone who hasn’t picked up Child of Fire yet, how would you describe it?

Harry Connolly: I call it a dark supernatural crime novel about a guy forced to help a powerful, dangerous sorcerer hunt down and kill someone even worse.

SFB: The main character is a convicted felon.  Was it hard to write a story from that perspective, and make him a hero the reader could root for?

HC: It wasn’t hard to write a character from that perspective, once I’d done a little research.  The important thing is that, however compromised he might be, the people he’s up against are even worse.  That’s a general rule for anti-heroes–not that I consider my protagonist, Ray Lilly, an anti-hero.  I’m just saying.

SFB: What inspired you to write Child of Fire?  Was it a particular experience or idea?

HC: I read and loved Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest and spent weeks figuring out how to adapt that feeling, of one man pitted against an entire community, to a story with supernatural elements in it.  It wasn’t as easy as “The Crime Lord Is A Vampire!”–fantasy elements have to be restricted in specific ways to make a mystery plot really work, and vice versa.

SFB: Can you tell us anything about the follow-up book, Game of Cages?

HC: Sure.  It’s darker than Child of Fire and has a touch of tragedy to it.  Ray is press ganged into an emergency job for the Twenty Palace Society.  He has to investigate an auction for a supernatural predator in a remote corner of the state.  Once he arrives, though, he discovers that things are much worse than he expected, and he has to deal with several very dangerous threats.

SFB: What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

HC: Probably The Galton Case by Ross Macdonald.  Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker is also terrific, and so are the first two volumes of Joe Hill’s Locke and Key.

SFB: Do you have any advice for new writers trying to break into the market today?

HC: My advice is simple: Writers should treat every rejection as though it was their own fault.  Even if it’s not true (and it isn’t always true–sometimes rejection is about the buyer having a similar story in inventory, or a deep hatred of some story element, like cannibalism) assume that it is.  The reason I say this is that the biggest stumbling block to most writers is the book they write.  It is on the writer to improve, to change, to strive.  As soon as a writer starts thinking “They just don’t understand me” or “NY publishing only wants best-sellers” or “Editors only want to publish their friends” or any of the other ways people push blame onto others, they lose the power to reach their own goals.  Actually, they give that power away to figments of their imagination.  Keep the responsibility for your success for yourself, the good parts and the bad.

SFB:  Harry, thank you for your time!

HC: Thanks so much.

Child of Fire
Harry Connolly  harryjconnolly.com
Mass Market Paperback
Del Rey (September 29, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0345508898
Available from Powell’s Books

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