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Super excited that my Crime novel The Lesser People is out today! Thanks to those who pre-ordered. Now the rest of you can get your copy! Feel free to leave a review on Goodreads or wherever. Spreading the word is essential with any book and since I’m kind of reclusive, I can’t do much on my own.

You can grab your Kindle copy here.
And other formats (Nook, etc.) here.

About the book:

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On a snowy Detroit night Elijah Irons, now an old man, tells a black nurse a haunting story from the darkest summer of his childhood in Forksville, Mississippi. He shares his experience with the rising racial tensions in their community and the discord within their own home since Eli, like his father Hank, think of Negroes as ordinary people, while the rest of their community think of them as The Lesser People.

He shares how his father arrests Uncle Tommy for stealing Army rifles and selling them to the KKK, and why he walks free since Eli’s grandpa is the mayor. He talks about Isaiah—a blind black boy, and servant of a local preacher—who Eli finds murdered on a river bank, and how that boy had sung the blues until people robbed him of his innocence and his future.

After the police investigate and brush Isaiah’s murder aside, blaming a transient for the crime, Eli’s father decides to make a stand against his father and the town. But things go severely wrong. Other than Preacher, everyone wants Eli’s family to get out of town. Elijah’s father refuses to go anywhere. The consequences of his decision, coupled with the desperate move his sons make, produce a mountain of heartache, grief and sorrow for his family, but they also produce unlikely heroes.

The Lesser People is a poignant, brutal, and touching story about how our decisions, and those of others, haunt us. It explores family and social conditioning, and how we exorcise our demons–often too late–in our struggle to become more human.

There is also a new interview up at The Gal in the Blue Mask. Check it out if you haven’t!


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I’m excited to let everybody know DarkFuse has released my latest Crime novella WITH FURY IN HAND! You can grab your copy from Amazon here.

The first reviews have come in.

Michael Parker at Crime Fiction Lover.
Paul Nelson at Paul Read or Dead.
And reviews on Goodreads.
And reviews on Amazon.

I hope you’re all well and living life to the fullest!




Here’s a new novel opening I wrote this morning. I’ll probably tackle this book before I start the second BROKEN BOY SOLDIERS novel. I want to tip my hat to some heroes like John D. MacDonald and Donald Westlake with this book. If this is your kind of story, would you want to read more after the opening here?




Lee Thompson


At dawn, on a warm summer day high in the Rockies, they stripped him and nailed his nuts to a tree stump and left him to die.

His brothers in blue: One old partner who had warned him to keep his nose out of Mr. Derringer’s business; the other a new cop, young, cocky, a kid who had never spoken a word to Roger White.

They made their way out of the forest and back to the field their truck was parked in, while Roger bit through his lower lip and tried not to move a muscle. The pain was so intense that black dots hung like a film over his eyes. His pulse beat recklessly in his temple. His jaw ached from locking the scream in. He hadn’t wanted to give them any satisfaction. But as soon as they were out of sight, he sobbed, unable to look down at the wreckage of his scrotum. Blood was hot, but cooling quickly, on the inside of his thighs. He feared passing out, what further damage might that do?

Immediate worries.

There were others, but they didn’t hold much precedence now.

He turned his head with excruciating slowness. They’d left the ruined girl’s body ten feet away, at the edge of a wet depression. She was on her left side, facing away from him. There was blood on the insides of her thighs too. The only thing he had to be thankful for was that he couldn’t see her young smashed face. Just the blonde hair, the slope of naked shoulder, the rise of hip, the milky skin somehow bleached.

And for a while there was only the two of them and the quiet, barren wilderness…


My latest Crime novel, IT’S ONLY DEATH, is coming out from DarkFuse in a couple days. You can buy it here! 

I also have a Supernatural Thriller, THE DEVIL GAVE THEM BLACK WINGS, coming out March 17th, which you can pre-order here.

Thanks for reading! – Lee

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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Interview at Horror After Dark + Giveaway

Charlene just interviewed me over at Horror After Dark. It was fun, and she is a terrific lady. Swing by there, yeah? They’re also doing a giveaway, which is super easy to enter. Do so here.

I also received my author copies for A Beautiful Madness today! They’re gorgeous. Thanks so much to my beta readers (Shaun Ryan, Charlene Cocrane, and Chris McCaffrey), and a big thanks to the fine gents at my publisher (DarkFuse.)

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You can snag ABM in Kindle or Paperback here. If you’ve got a local bookstore, ask them to order too. They should have it on their shelves, I do declare!

Thanks to everybody who has already grabbed and reviewed it. :)

Earthly Things by Julian Vaughn now available

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Quick jacket copy:

Sensitive fourteen-year-old Dexter Bestwick is at the park with his girlfriend Jamie when his father murders him for stealing something from his locked room. Still around after his death to witness the ensuing damages, he aches to protect his first, young love from being a victim. Yet he’s afraid the eternal light will grow brighter and claim him, and that Jamie will soon suffer the same fate…

Earthly Things is a touching and fast-paced supernatural mystery that will appeal to fans of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

I just self-published this title since I have a hard time waiting for a book to sell to a publisher when it could be out there, read, and about to be read.  So, here it is. I really dig this story and hope lots of you do too.

You can buy it on Kindle here.

And if you need it in another digital format, you can grab it off Smashwords.

You can also add  it on Goodreads, and feel free to leave a review.

Thanks to anybody who checks it out, and to those who spread the word about it. I appreciate all your support!

Building Your Fan Base guest post on BookDen

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Go visit the guest post on BookDen where I share my thoughts on “Building a Fan Base.”

Leave a comment and share the link for a chance to win a paperback copy of A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS, and the grand prize!

You can also enter to win by following the links on this page! The more posts you share the better your chances of winning one of fourteen paperbacks and the grand prize. Go you!

We’re less than two weeks away from release now. You can preorder my first Crime novel on Amazon here.

Thanks for all the support!

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ABM Blog Tour Stop with Gef Fox (Interview + Giveaway)

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All right, my upcoming release is back on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestseller List. Neat! Thanks to everybody who has pre-ordered!

Anyway, the wonderful chap Gef Fox interviewed me about my first Crime novel, A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS, over on his website. Check it out. Leave a comment there for a chance to win a paperback copy of the novel. Thanks to Gef for the interview!

Follow the Blog Tour + Giveaway links via this page.

Add it on Goodreads.

Preorder it here.

I’m expecting lots of great reviews since I’m awesome (and you’re awesome too. I only communicate with awesome people). The first couple that came in have said:

Fast paced and riveting… Delivers a mesmerizing, heart wrenching tale… Read more at Literary Mayhem

Once The Wolverine’s story unraveled, the book become scientifically impossible to put aside… Read more at Dangerous Dan’s Blog

…an exceptional novel… Read more at The Crime Scene

Thanks for all the support! I have lots of great things in store for the rest of the year and I’m happy you’re taking part in it. Go after what you want.

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Interview and latest guest post

Two new links to pass along. I just had a guest post about The Subconscious go live on Literary Mayhem

and author Lucas Magnum interviewed me on his website. Plus there’s a snippet of A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS on there. Pretty fun.

Leave a comment on both of those blogs and share the links for a chance at winning a paperback copy of my first crime novel, and a shot at the grandprize (ABM + four other DarkFuse books). 

Thanks for all your support! My first Crime novel will be out in six weeks! So exciting!

You can add it on Goodreads here.

And preorder here.

5 Things I Learned Writing A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS



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Author Chuck Wendig posts these cool ‘5 Things I Learned Writing…” so I stole the idea from him. Thanks to everyone who is following the blog tour + give away!


1. The heart of each character is what is most significant to them… I’ve learned this truth from studying my heroes, and keeping it in mind as I wrote A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS helped me stay on track with the plot and keep the story lean and mean. While brainstorming this novel I quickly discovered a few things about my protagonist, Sammy Wood, that were the most significant to him. His greatest FEAR is that he will one day crack like his father has (his dad flipped one day and crippled his wife with a lead pipe) and destroy someone he loves, and that neither he nor anyone else will see it coming; His greatest HOPE is that his mother, brother, sister and himself will be a family again; His greatest CHALLENGE, which is complicated by his overriding fear and hope, is that his family is being torn apart by a mysterious stranger he has to stop without losing himself to the darkness he knows lives inside him.


2. The types of stories I want to tell have changed over time. When I sold my first novel—Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children—three years ago, there was a crime element to everything I wrote, but they were supernatural stories. But as I began to read James Lee Burke, John D. MacDonald, and others, I really fell in love with the honest grit in straight up crime fiction. Real people affecting other real people’s lives, all of them flawed by their little or large hang-ups, each character the hero of his own story.


3. Mentors are priceless. Long before I ever sold anything, agent Ethan Ellenberg and author Tom Piccirill gave me advice that made me up my game and grasp the importance of craft. Piccirilli in particular was pivotal in my career and I’ve never met a more helpful professional willing to give guidance to a nobody. I dedicated my first Crime novel to them because of their influence. I also swear by hand copying my favorite novels into notepads to learn how my heroes have crafted their stories. I wouldn’t be a writer at all, or I’d be a much lesser one, if I didn’t have hundreds of books that made me feel and made me think.


4. I can accomplish a lot in a short time when I trust my instincts. I love to brainstorm and do a slight outline before writing and its useful for me, but as I’m writing, my favorite moments are always when a scene goes in a direction I hadn’t planned on and I can feel, I know, that it’s the right direction, that prior to that moment I had only been floundering. The more I trust my instincts the less I have to rewrite and the truer I feel the story ends up.


5. I love breaking the rules. I broke all kinds of rules writing A  BEAUTIFUL MADNESS and really didn’t expect to sell it all. But I knew that what I had done could work if I the characters, the scenes, and their cumulative momentum were engaging enough.

Buy the paperback on Amazon!

Buy for Kindle!

Leave a comment and share this post for a chance to win a paperback copy of ABM, and to be in the running for the grand prize (ABM + four other DarkFuse novels!)

Prior blog tour/giveaway posts (more chances to win!):

So, You Want To Be A Writer

First Ideas/Are They Worth Writing?

Ways to Measure Your Success


Author bio: Lee Thompson is the author of the Suspense novels A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS (August 2014), IT’S ONLY DEATH (January 2015), and WITH FURY IN HAND (May 2015). The dominating threads weaved throughout his work are love, loss, and learning how to live again. A firm believer in the enduring power of the human spirit, Lee believes that stories, no matter their format, set us on the path of transformation. He is represented by the extraordinary Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary. Visit Lee’s website to discover more: www.leethompsonfiction.com

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