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My Funny (and True) Ghost Town Story

Colorado Ghost Town

Nice to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there.

Here in Colorado, we have our fair share of ghost towns. GPS and smart phones make them easier to find these days, but years ago you had to get there the old-fashioned way.

One summer day, my wife and I were exploring a decently intact ghost town deep in the mountains. The roofs of the buildings were caved in, but the storefronts were still standing. After hiking around and snapping photos, we sat on the tailgate of the Bronco to share a sandwich.

In the distance, a wispy dust cloud appeared, accompanied by the growling of a motorcycle engine.

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Steal these 3 new soundtracked ebooks (including mine!)

Free ebooks with soundtracks!

Who doesn’t love free ebooks?!

This is a true story:

I know a guy in New Zealand named Chazz who fronts a punk band called Flirting With Disaster.

They’re a blast. In fact, a character in my next series occasionally wears a Flirting With Disaster T-shirt.

That’s part of the fun of being a writer. You’re free to help spread the word about cool stuff, like indie bands, and help make the world a little more fun.

Plus, you get to give away free ebooks.

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The Spider Thief: Benjamins

What is the deadly curse of the gold spider?

Enjoy this free excerpt from The Spider Thief!

It didn’t take FBI agent Cleo Barrett long to find Prez’s office. She just followed the thin strains of old funk music back through the warehouse.

Prez turned out to be a thin, middle-aged black guy in a sharp suit. He leaned over a granite counter in a little kitchenette, assembling a salad, his back to her. The stainless steel door of an expensive-looking refrigerator stood open next to him.

The rest of his office looked like a luxury apartment with all of the interior walls removed. A wide walnut desk with a leather wing chair sat off to one side.

At the far end, near a garage door, an old car sat under a gray cover, the fabric slightly wrinkled as if it had been disturbed. A well-used billiards table sat in the middle, the balls scattered across the lush green felt.

In a dark corner to her left, a caged-off area held printing equipment.

Could this be the source of the million dollars in counterfeit cash?

She kept one eye on Prez and crept over to the equipment. The smells of ink and chemicals filled her nostrils. She drank in the sight of the ink-smudged printing press and the light table littered with scraps of black film.

Paydirt.

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Spider Thief Steals Hibernating Tarantulas

pet tarantula

Just because it’s fuzzy doesn’t make it a cuddly pet.

Did you know that there’s a black market for stolen tarantulas?

Or that these spiders hibernate during the winter?

Can you imagine someone crazy enough to break into the dark, cobweb-choked crawlspace under a house and steal a bunch of giant spiders?

Yeah. My thoughts exactly.

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So, real life can be stranger than fiction. But still, I do my best to make fiction pretty freakin’ strange.

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IndieHouseBooks.com: The Spider Thief begins with a con artist suffering amnesia. That’s an unusual choice for thriller. What made you want to write it?

The Spider Thief thriller with gold spider

Who would kill for a gold spider– and why? Find out!

Laurence MacNaughton: This might sound crazy, but it really happened.

Not too far from where I live in Colorado, a local man disappeared without a trace. When they found his car abandoned in California with the keys still in it, they feared the worst.

Then, a couple of weeks later, this guy woke up in the middle of the night, sitting on the sidewalk, holding a loaded gun.

He had no memory of what had happened in the past 14 days . . .

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Andres held the long pistol steady . . .

The Spider Thief Omnibus paperback

Now in paperback! The Spider Thief: Omnibus collects all four novellas into one gripping novel.

“The gold spider,” Andres said in a resonant Spanish accent. “Her power will belong to me.

The crisp mountain air washed over Ash like a torrent of cold water. It whispered across waves of tan grass, carrying the scent of old pines, making him feel alive again.

The porch boards creaked as the gunmen crowded in on either side of Ash. Behind, Andres’s leather shoes stepped onto the wooden threshold of the abandoned farmhouse. Then everything went quiet.

“Show me,” Andres said, his voice husky. “The gold spider. Where is she?”

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The Spider Thief is FREE This Week!

Who else loves free ebooks?

I'm a featured author at Freebooksy

FREE is my favorite price!

The fine folks over at Freebooksy.com hand-picked The Spider Thief as a featured title today, so I might as well brag a little bit . . .

AND give away a bunch of ebooks!

Free on Amazon.com today.

The Spider Thief: Omnibus collects all four of the original novellas into one non-stop novel: Stolen Memory, Haunted Dreams, Cold Million, and Ghost City, all in one — and all free.

But hurry. Because after Saturday, it goes back up to the regular price of $3.99 (also a great deal, but not quite as sweet as, well, FREE).

Click here to get yours free from Amazon.com now through July 5, 2014.

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The Weird Thing You Didn’t Know About Amazon UK

Claire Hill, book reviewer extraordinaire

Claire Hill, book reviewer extraordinaire

Did you know that book reviews on the Amazon UK site don’t appear on the regular Amazon.com site?

That means any book can have two entirely separate sets of reviews.

You have to admit, there’s something slightly weird about that.

But it’s good to know that our friendly neighbors across the pond are enjoying The Spider Thief.

This week, I’d like to introduce you to Claire Hill, a prolific book reviewer in the UK. She reads crime, thriller, mystery and paranormal. To date, she has read and reviewed almost 3000 books. That’s amazing!

Plus, she had some great things to say about The Spider Thief. You can read her delightful review here.

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Ghost Towns, Tarantulas, and a Million Dollars Cash

Thriller Author Interview

with Yours Truly

Just did a revealing interview about the truth behind ghost towns, cash-sniffing border patrol dogs . . . and even a tarantula migration.

True story.

Check out my latest stop on the book tour for The Spider Thief, at the outstanding Omnimystery News, where editor Lance Wright presents the exclusive inside scoop on mystery books, games, TV shows, and film.

Click here to get the interview at Omnimystery News >

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You can still get The Spider Thief, Part 1: Stolen Memory for FREE when you join my author newsletter. >

 

 

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12 Bestselling Authors Taught Me This

The light bulb moment

The light bulb moment for me was meeting an African storyteller and learning the universal truth of story.

Over the years, I’ve interviewed dozens of bestselling authors — and they all had the same advice.

I’ll tell you what it is in this interview at the Littleton Writers Critique Group.

I’ll also reveal the surprising advice my literary agent gave me . . . the “old school” trick to stop procrastinating and get more done . . . and the secret to writing every day.

Plus, I’ll talk about the African storyteller who taught me the key to writing a good story.

And I’ll even share the hidden formula to every story ever told — no kidding.

Click here to read the interview on the Littleton Writers Critique Group website >

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