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January 2015 News

2014 is over and 2015 is off to a great start! I hope you’re all doing well. Here’s the latest news!

Cinematographer Richard Vialet read and reviewed IT’S ONLY DEATH here, saying: “He includes more story in this book’s first paragraph than most authors have in the first half of their work!”

DarkFuse is releasing IT’S ONLY DEATH on January 20th. You can pre-order it here.

Josef Hernandez at Minneapolis Book Examiner has TWO of my novels on his Top 10 Reads of 2014. He also labeled me his “Writer of the year,” which is pretty cool. You can see his article here.

He also reviewed IT’S ONLY DEATH here.

I also have my second Julian Vaughn novel THE DEVIL GAVE THEM BLACK WINGS up on Kindle Scout. You can sample it there, and if you enjoy the sample and would like to see it published, you can nominate it. There are only a few days left to do so. Nominate here while there’s still time.

Michael Parker at Crime Fiction Lover picks A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS for his Top 5 Reads of 2014!

On the writing front, I’m nearly finished with the first draft of my first apocalyptic novel. It’s going to be the first in a trilogy. I adore these characters and as soon as I finish this first book I’ll jump right into writing the second novel.

And if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, do so here and receive a free Kindle copy of my novel EARTHLY THINGS!

Wishing you all the best! Thanks so much for all the support!


On 3 Amazon Bestseller Lists

I just put my book WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL on Amazon yesterday, and I’m super excited to see it on THREE Amazon Bestseller Lists! (Click on the image below to see the close-up). Thanks to those who bought a copy and thanks to those who have helped spread the word! If you’d like to snatch one, you can grab a copy here: Buy me!

(The new version also includes my favorite short story: Beneath The Weeping Willow. )

On 3 Amazon Bestseller Lists

Sale until the New Year + Free novel

I’ve put my damn popular novella WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL on sale for 99 cents on Amazon. You can grab a copy and a few for your friends at that price until the new year. Thanks for making my life so special.

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I recently integrated a new newsletter system, too, and I’m working it out. For those who sign up to the new newsletter, I’m sending a FREE copy of my supernatural thriller EARTHLY THINGS. I have so many exciting things in the works for 2015, so stay in touch, yeah?

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If I don’t have another post between now and Christmas, I’m wishing a merry one to you all!


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Hey everybody! I hope you’re all well and ready for the holidays. I have a Supernatural Thriller up for possible publication with Kindle Scout called THE DEVIL GAVE THEM BLACK WINGS. If you’d be interested in checking it out, and nominating it for publication, I’d greatly appreciate it. If Kindle Scout chooses it for publication they also send my voters a free copy of the novel.
I’ve pitched it to Kindle Scout under my pen-name Julian Vaughn. Click this link to see the novel’s page and if it sounds like a book you’d like to see published, you can vote here. It only takes a matter of seconds. All you have to have is an Amazon account.

I love this book and look forward to seeing it made available to readers.

Here’s the quick jacket copy:

A cursed angel battling a paternal complex shadows an abducted child with a vengeful father who will do anything to get her back… He seeks to offer peace to a despondent husband returning to his wife’s childhood home after her death on 9/11… And he mourns the loss of innocence in the young neighbor girl who is determined to find the kidnapped child… Through triumphs and setbacks, unlikely friends forge an unbreakable bond, and find a way to always remember the value of love and courage.

Thanks for all your support! Wishing you all a Merry Christmas (or whatever it is you celebrate.)


Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter on my website to stay up-to-date!

It’s Only Death available for pre-order!

Lee Thompson’s latest Crime/Mystery novel, IT’S ONLY DEATH, is available for pre-order on Amazon. You can grab a copy here!

The first review has come in from Dangerous Dan’s Book Blog. He says:

“This is one of those books that’s hard to quantify. Is it a noir tale at redemption? Is it about family and loss? Does it emphasize that we all make our own choice and life is a circle? Or is it about a bunch of fuck-knuckles doing each other dirty? Yes. I’d say it’s all those things.”

To read the rest of the review, go here.

Six years ago James blew town after killing his cop-father in a bank job gone bad. When his sister informs him that their mother’s health is fading fast, he returns home, wanting to make peace with her before she passes.

But James quickly finds there is little peace left for him at his childhood home.

His father’s old partner has been biding his time, waiting for a chance at retribution, and finally discovers James is back. But he’s only one of the many shady characters James must face if he is to survive the next few days.

Not only must James survive his return, he must also face the devastation he left behind, the shattered pieces of what remained of his life before he was forced to run.

Now his days on the run are over.

Upon the edge of reckoning, James’s past comes full circle to the final showdown with his personal demons and the devils that are closing in.

It’s Only Death is an explosive, gritty tale of urban crime and one man’s descent into the nightmares in the darkest recesses of our society.

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Hot New Book Releases

Some of my friends have new releases you should definitely check out!

Mercedes M. Yardley has Pretty Little Dead Girls


Les Edgerton has The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping

Les's newest book

Mark Gunnells has Outcast

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Keith Deininger has Ghosts of Eden

Ghosts of Eden

If short fiction is your thing, check out the fantastic magazine Shock Totem.

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And you can get my two latest: A Beautiful Madness (which has been doing great on Amazon’s Top 100 for Crime/Noir. Thank you very much!)

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Or grab my Supernatural Thriller Earthly Things, which is similar to The Lovely Bones.

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Plenty of thrilling stories and wildly complex characters to entertain you.

Winners! A Beautiful Madness Blog Tour + Giveaway

Thanks to the great bloggers and readers who participated in A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY. You’re all amazing! Thanks for all the support!

Here are the winners! (Winners, please email me your address to– perpetual_voodoo (at) yahoo (dot) com– so I can mail you a signed copy) Grand Prize winner too. Neat.

Signed paperback of A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS;

Gregory Fisher
Rick Bylina
Jason Parent
Jennifer Woodman Gessler
Douglas Wright
Bill Jones
Ramblingwords57 (Ardee-Ann)
Ken Bilsky
Jon Recluse
Samuel Marzioli

Shock Totem #4: Michael Fowler

Shock Totem #6: Philip Eller

Grand prize winner (gets Kindle copies of A Beautiful Madness + 4 other DarkFuse titles)

Donald Armfield

Everybody else can buy a Kindle or paperback copy from Amazon here for the mystery-lover in their life.

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Earthly Things by Julian Vaughn (paperback release)

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There’s a new review for my first pen-named Supernatural Thriller EARTHLY THINGS. I also just published it in trade paperback and you can grab it here!

If you prefer the Kindle version, you can snag it here.

You can read the newest review, by the lovely Jen at BookDen, here.

Another review, by the fantastic Paul Nelson, here.


Last week for A Beautiful Madness Blog Tour + Giveaway

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The last post in the blog tour + giveaway is live! Head over to Kasia’s website and leave a comment and share her post for a chance to win a paperback copy of my first Crime novel.

The tour ends next Friday (September 19th). You still have time to comment on all the other posts (the complete list is here), and share those posts to up your odds. Winners will be announced next weekend (the 20th-21st), and the grandprize winner will be announced as well!

Thanks to everybody who has participated so far! I can’t wait to get the paperbacks into your hands.

If you want to buy a copy now, you can grab one off Amazon here. Plus you should request your local bookstore orders some copies, eh? Happy reading!

Photos from Saturday’s book signing

This past weekend I had a blast doing a book signing for my first Crime novel A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS. Thanks to Kristin, Emily, and Mike at The Book Shelf in Lapeer, and thanks to everybody who came out and grabbed a copy and shared some laughs. It was a really good time! If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet you can do so here. And go like The Book Shelf’s page on Facebook.

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