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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.

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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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A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY (Stop 1)

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A Texas Senator and his wife go missing… On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex-Governor Edward Wood's residence. Sammy, Wood's drug dealing son, suspects his father of the crime. After all, his old man snapped once before and crippled his wife with a lead pipe. But there's something more to these events…something deeper and festering just beneath the surface…

In direct opposition to Homicide Detective Jim Thompson, Sammy begins an investigation of his own, searching for the truth in a labyrinth of lies, deception, depravity and violence that drags him deeper into darkness and mayhem with each step. And in doing so, brings them all into the sights of an elusive and horrifying killer who may not be what he seems.

A brutal killer on a rampage of carnage…a hardened detective on the brink…an antihero from the shadows…a terrifying mystery that could destroy them all…
Welcome to Lee Thompson’s A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS blog tour! At each stop, one winner will be drawn to win a paperback copy, and at the end of the tour we'll draw one grand prize winner who will receive a great bundle!
Throughout the book tour, I’ll be sharing fun facts about my first Mystery/Thriller, and also offering dubious advice to novice writers because I’ve had writers and editors farther along the path than myself give me tips that have helped me tremendously. If you want to up your game, pay attention and pass what you find useful on to those in your critique groups.
If you’re here as a reader, thanks so much. You’re every author’s life source. You’re the yin to our yang. The stories we set down on paper don’t seem to exist until someone else has read them, and the more the merrier.

So, You Want to Write
We writers might try, and tweak, a thousand different routines before we find how to come up with more ideas, better ideas, and faster output. We can struggle with this for years and still not know what stories we want to tell. We can know what kinds of stories we want to tell when we begin our journey, but the subject matter and our approach can change over time as we mature. It’s normal. Go with it.
I’m with the crowd that says the only way to be a writer is to find the discipline to sit down and finish the phases of the project: first draft, edits, polish, and submission. Too often I see people spinning their wheels, distracting themselves with a thousand little things that suck up all their time and energy, then they enter that vicious cycle where they beat themselves up because they feel like they should have gotten some writing done, yet they put this long list of other tasks before it. Break the cycle by becoming aware of it, acknowledging that you’re doing it to yourself and making a conscious decision to make writing your priority.
Another quality of importance is instincts. This comes simply by reading and paying attention and applying lessons you’ve learned from novels you love. It’s something we all have and something we must hone to carry off our stories in the most engaging ways. Instincts make the magic happen on the fly, which makes it kind of feel like, well, magic.
I think if you want to write professionally you need confidence more than anything. When you know you can do it, you just do it. When you’re sure of yourself and your abilities, there is less room for fear. This comes with practice fueled by passion for stories, and a hunger to reach your full potential. You want it? Go learn what you must to make it happen. A difficult thing for many beginners is knowing who to listen to.  There is so much writing advice, much of it from professionals and tons of it conflicting. Soak it all up. See what works for you. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula to our careers. You’ll need the unshakable confidence that what you’re writing will matter to total strangers. Give it time to develop and cling to it. Don’t give fear a toehold.
I think if you want to write professionally, you need stubbornness, too. I don’t know how other writer’s friends and families are about their crazy endeavor to be an author, but mine laughed at me. I was a horrible student in school. I didn’t begin reading books until in my mid-twenties. I was a drunk. A laborer. I moved all over the place. But once I began writing I never once considered giving up. I had to learn a lot, sure, more than most people could imagine, and I’m glad I’m as stubborn as I am because my career is gaining momentum now. Serious momentum.
Your stubbornness is your shield, deflecting the words and gazes those of little faith try to injure you with.
You also need courage. Lots of courage. It’s incredible how self-doubt destroys so many to-be published authors. Does what you’re writing matter to you so intensely and so personally that it’s one of the key themes of your own life? I think courage come easier to those who are writing about the things that matter the utmost to them.
I also think honesty is incredibly important. It’s okay to say, I know I’m not there yet, but I will be one day. It might be a year from now, or it might be ten, but I can’t surrender. Stories are special. The great ones move us. Don’t dare give up, and don’t shortchange yourself or your audience by writing stuff you don’t believe in. You only have a certain amount of time to spend at the keyboard, and in other people’s heads, so spend it writing about what deeply moves you.
Watch or read some of your favorite authors being interviewed. I bet that the majority of them are learning as they write to be more honest with themselves. We’re so conditioned by what our schools and parents and organizations teach us that we unlearn how to think for ourselves. Start thinking for yourself. Don’t be afraid to question anything, there’s raw story gold in that alone.
None of us are perfect. We all need work. Our characters need work, which is the whole point of a character arc. It’s through overcoming what appear insurmountable odds that we are tested, and by which we grow, and can pass on the observations and knowledge we walked through the fire to obtain. To teach our children, our younger siblings, to be the rock our partner needs when disaster strikes. And it’s through questioning what we believe about ourselves and others that we accrue wisdom.
Carry that torch.
Be the light through the characters you create and the story they’re inescapably caught in.
This is a reflection made from the fabric of our lives. It’s not a perfect reflection, but then reality as we know it individually is not without its imperfections either.
In A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS, my protagonist Sammy has to have a majority of the qualities I mentioned to see the story to its conclusion. I like to think of it as a box: four walls (outer obstacles), and a floor and ceiling (inner obstacles). I believe doing so has led to a well-rounded story full of tension. If you’re a writer, look for those four outer obstacles that trap him, and the two inward ones that were there before the story started yet drive all the characters’ decisions. I bet if you pay attention you’ll find them, and you’ll learn something valuable in the process that you can use in your own work. Don’t give up.
If you’re a writer who has had some success, what qualities do you believe have been instrumental in helping you sell your work and find an audience?

 

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Enter to win a paperback copy! There will also be a grand prize at the end of the tour where one winner will receive my novel, and four other DarkFuse novels in Kindle format!

Simply leave a comment on this blog and share the link.

Thanks to those who participate.

Happy reading~ Lee

Me and Austin

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

Gearing up

With my first Crime/Mystery/Noir novel, A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS, coming out in less than three months, I'm gearing up for a blog tour! I hope you'll take part and share the links as they go live with your friends. Each blog will give away a signed paperback copy of A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS, and there will be a Kindle grandprize for my novel plus four other DarkFuse titles. Very cool.
Right now I'm writing my guest posts, setting up interviews, etc. If you run a blog or a podcast and are interested in interviewing me just shoot me an email with "Interview" in the subject line to perpetual_voodoo (at) yahoo (dot) com.
I'll be sharing all kinds of cool topics about becoming a professional writer, interacting with readers, the craft of writing, the art of growing as a person, and tons of fun secrets in the creation of this novel.
Right now there is also A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS Goodreads giveaway. Be one of those people who win one of ten paperback copies! You can enter here or click the link/badge on the right upper side of my website! In the first three days 170 people have entered and you should join them. Thanks!
And a big thanks to everyone who has already preordered the novel! If you haven't, you can do so through Amazon here.
And thank you to those who have shared about my first Crime novel on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc. I really appreciate it!

A Texas Senator and his wife go missing…On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex-Governor Edward Wood’s residence. Sammy, Wood’s drug dealing son, suspects his father of the crime. After all, his old man snapped once before and crippled his wife with a lead pipe. But there’s something more to these events…something deeper and festering just beneath the surface…

In direct opposition to Homicide Detective Jim Thompson, Sammy begins an investigation of his own, searching for the truth in a labyrinth of lies, deception, depravity and violence that drags him deeper into darkness and mayhem with each step. And in doing so, brings them all into the sights of an elusive and horrifying killer who may not be what he seems.

A brutal killer on a rampage of carnage…a hardened detective on the brink…an antihero from the shadows…a terrifying mystery that could destroy them all…

A Beautiful Madness, the harrowing new novel of dark crime and suspense from Lee Thompson.

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Still on the Top 100 Amazon Bestseller List

Thanks to those who ordered and helped spread the word about my first Crime/Noir/Mystery novel A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS. I'm super pumped that the preorders are doing so well. It's a very neat feeling to see one of my books on Amazon's Top 100 Bestseller List with some of my heroes like John D. MacDonald, Lawrence Block, Benjamin Black, etc. I couldn't have done it without the team at DarkFuse, and all the terrific friends and fans I have. I'm really fortunate. Thanks for everything you do.
I'll be working on the blog tour for that novel soon as well (it'll have an awesome grand prize), and I'll start a paperback giveaway on Goodreads this week.
If you haven't ordered the novel yet, you can do so here. If it sounds like a novel one of your friends would be interested in, please send them the link. Wishing everybody an amazing week!

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