Monthly Archives: October 2015

On the eve of NaNoWriMo…

NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) is a big deal to writers, a commitment to writing a 50,000 word story. In a month. The month of November…tomorrow. Here’s an article I found on Erin Morgenstern’s blog:

An essay by Chuck Wendig on Why you should do NaNoWriMo…and why you shouldn’t.

Ok I decided a few weeks ago I would participate this year, mainly because I *think* I need to learn to write every day on a new story while continuing to edit the present story. That hasn’t been my process so far, and maybe it can’t be. But November is a good month to test the theory. So here I am:

NoNo 2015 Participation badge

However, I hadn’t decided on a story. Tonight I had to commit.

It’s a futuristic I’ve worked on plotting several times, including most recently in Cherry Adair’s Master Plotting Class. Poor thing, it deserves a chance to be written. For the purposes of NaNo, I’m calling it “The Floating Islands Story” and this is the “cover” I assigned it:

Sky photoI’ve flown across the country many times in the last two years taking care of a family property that was in the 2013 floods in Colorado. I’ve drawn inspiration for this story while staring out the airplane window.

The synopsis I wrote in less than 2 minutes to fill in the blank on the NaNo form: Animatronics, saving a princess, recycling water, rocks like pumice and many other interesting ideas strung together in a story in which a girl from the city, meets a boy from another world when his floating island is brought to Earth through a wormhole.

If you are also a NaNo participant, feel free to follow me: laurelwanrow

If you see lots of strange tweets from me, it’s because I’m an avid NaNo sprinter with @nanowordsprints — a fun bunch!

Have a great month everyone!

 

 

 

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And the Goodreads Giveaway winner is…

Sofi from California!The Unraveling, Volume One of The Luminated Threads

Congratulations, Sofi. 🙂 I hunted down my purple pen, have signed your copy of The Unraveling and packaged it up to send off with a smattering of other paper goodies.

I had 640 readers enter the giveaway through Goodreads, which is very heartening for a writer to see. Thanks everyone! I’ll run another giveaway soon, for both volume one and two, because really, you can’t read one without two in a serialized novel.

The release of The Twisting is in four days! The ebook is on special sale for .99  a for a very limited time. Want to try for a paperback copy? My  Rafflecopter giveaway for either The Unraveling or The Twisting paperback copies and a $10 Amazon card goes through Nov 2. The winner will be announced here. 🙂

Last day for The Unraveling #giveaway

The Unraveling, Volume One of The Luminated ThreadsThe Goodreads Giveaway for a paperback copy of The Unraveling, the first book in this serialized novel, ends Oct 29–which is tomorrow, but the timing is PST and I’m EST so I decided I better post it today to be on the safe side.

My  Rafflecopter giveaway for either The Unraveling or The Twisting paperback copies and a $10 Amazon card goes through Nov 2, so I have time to announce the winner and you will know in order to still catch the special sale of .99 for an ebook of The Twisting.

 

Teaser for The Twisting

Daeryn Darkcoat, the hero in The Unraveling and The Twisting, is a European polecat shapeshifter.

The Twisting, Volume Two of The Luminated ThreadsI love this scene because touch is very important to mammals and Daeryn has been yearning to have more contact with the proper Victorian heroine, Annmar.

Another teaser from The Twisting

Here’s a teaser from one of the tenser scenes while we wait for the release of The Twisting.

The Twisting, Volume Two of The Luminated Threads

During this pre-order, The Twisting is available at a special sale of .99 and I’m offering two giveaways:

A Goodreads Giveaway for a paperback copy of The Unraveling, the first book in this serialized novel.

My cover reveal  Rafflecopter giveaway for either The Unraveling or The Twisting paperback copies and a $10 Amazon card.

A short interview about me (author Laurel Wanrow)

My friend and champion blogger, Vicki Batman, is hosting me today on Handbags, Books, Whatever… for a short interview. Stop by and visit!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016R5909I

I have a special sale of .99 and two giveaways going on for my cover reveal of The Twisting, Volume Two of the Luminted Threads:

A Goodreads Giveaway for The Unraveling paperback copies.

My cover reveal  Rafflecopter giveaway for either The Unraveling or The Twisting paperback copies and a $10 Amazon card.

Have a great weekend!

 

The Twisting Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

Welcome to the cover reveal for The Twisting, Volume Two of The Luminated Threads by Laurel Wanrow! The talented Craig Shields www.craigshields.co.uk has beautifully depicted the magical Victorian world of this new adult steampunk fantasy romance. His cover artwork graces both the ebook and a print paperback edition. Pre-order The Twisting on Amazon for the special price of only .99 cents. The Twisting releases November 3, 2015 in ebook and trade paperback.

About the Book:
The story of otherworldly Blighted Basin continues in THE TWISTING…

In a valley hidden from the rest of Victorian England, Annmar Masterson has found friendship and acceptance at Wellspring farm. But as her recently discovered magical abilities grow, unstoppable crop-eating pests drive her new home to the brink of collapse.

Shapeshifter Daeryn Darkcoat’s heart pulls toward Annmar, but duty comes first. With harvests across the Farmlands shire facing destruction, the predator guard scrambles for new solutions, calling upon the ingenuity of animal shifters, mechanics and growers alike.

Desperation drives landowners to utilize prototype machines, heedless of the threat to their way of life. As the danger mounts, Annmar’s knowledge of Outside ways—and her magic—might be more important than anyone realizes.

Weaving steampunk engines and a land of wild magic with a coming-of-age romance, this sequel to THE UNRAVELING and second volume in THE LUMINATED THREADS whisks readers off on another spellbinding adventure.

THE TWISTING is a full-length novel, approximately 370 pages, with a sweet romance for readers 18+ due to mature themes. Please note: This is volume 2 of a three-part serialized novel. Volume 1, The UNRAVELING is available now, and Volume 3 releases in the spring of 2016 to complete Annmar and Daeryn’s steampunk fantasy romance. To be notified of upcoming releases, sign up for Laurel’s Newsletter.


 

Excerpt:

Annmar scrunched back into her pillow. This wasn’t a cat. The face was too pointed, never mind the sleek body three times as long as it was tall. Yet when she looked into its face, the familiar eyes belonged to…

“Daeryn?”

Eyes squinting, the animal’s ears pressed flat. Its head sank, giving a little jerk up and down.

Had he…nodded? “That is you.” Daeryn. This was a polecat. Her drawings had been correct, but not the same as seeing one uninjured, acting normal. Or as normal as a polecat in someone’s bed would act.

She pressed her fingertips to her temples. Oh, Lord, just stop thinking already. But her head didn’t hurt, her vision wasn’t cloudy, and neither were her thoughts. She lowered her hands and looked around to confirm they were alone before fixing her gaze on…him. “What are you doing in my room?”

His shoulders lifted.

That was a shrug. He half-crouched and jumped to the foot of the bed, then to the floor, all before she knew that’s what he had in mind. He disappeared behind the end of her bedstead.

She half-sat up, and as she started swinging her legs around, a hand pulled down the extra quilt that hung on the end of her bed. Annmar gasped and scooted under her covers. A moment later, Daeryn’s tousled brown hair came into view. The quilt swung through the air, and he stood, the fabric draped over his shoulders and held closed in the front.

He squinted at her, his expression the same as the polecat’s, looking very sleepy. “Sorry,” he muttered. “Didn’t mean to surprise you.”

What was she supposed to say to that? He’d been in her room. Sleeping in her room. In her bed! Oh, Lord, what would Mother… Nothing. Mother wasn’t around to worry about anymore, as Mary Clare had pointed out. Annmar had no one to answer to, Blighted Basin society included. Their lack of rules completely befuddled her. How did these people function?

Still. This was highly improper. She glared at him, and he seemed to shrink beneath the quilt, drawing it closer to his body. He was likely naked.

She heated, the blush running from her chest up over her face and…down. Thinking of it just brought on more heat. Mercy, in her bed. Had he been…

“You…uh, you haven’t been in…here as…” She swallowed.

His eyes widened, and he shook his head vehemently. “Only as a polecat.” He took a step back. “I wouldn’t do that… Not to you.” He turned and walked to the door. “I’ll leave.”

Yes, he most certainly was naked under there, and a part of her was curious. She was nineteen, a grown woman. Her first look at him had been brief—she swallowed—but good. “Hold on a minute,” she gasped.

He paused in the open doorway and half-turned to face her.

“I don’t understand what you’re doing in my room.”

“Sleeping here.”

“Why?”

His brows and shoulders lifted at the same time. He looked as confused as she felt when he stepped out and closed the door.

(Want to read more? The first two chapters are here: http://wp.me/PylHF-Iv )

 

Laurel Wanrow

About the Author:

Laurel Wanrow loves misty mornings, the smell of freshly dug earth, petting long-haired guinea pigs and staring at the stars. She sees magic in nature and loves to photograph it.

Before kids, she studied and worked as a naturalist—someone who leads wildflower and other nature walks. During a stint of homeschooling, she turned her writing skills to fiction to share her love of the land, magical characters and fantastical settings.

When not living in her fantasy worlds, Laurel camps, hunts fossils and argues with her husband and two new adult kids over whose turn it is to clean house. Though they live on the East Coast, a cherished family cabin in the Colorado Rockies holds Laurel’s heart.

Visit her online at www.laurelwanrow.com.

To be notified of new releases: Laurel’s Newsletter

Don’t miss Volume One, in The Luminated Threads series, The Unraveling:

The Unraveling
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A signed paperback copy of The Unraveling, Volume One of The Luminated Threads is on a Goodreads Giveaway Thursday, Oct 22 through Thursday, Oct 29, 2015.

GIVEAWAY:
$10 Amazon card, and 2 print paperbacks—the winners’ choice of The Unraveling (book 1) or The Twisting (book 2)
Open to the US/CA/UK
Ends November 2, 2015
Prizing is provided by the author, hosts are not responsible.

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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

 

Another teaser while waiting for my cover reveal Thursday.

Lots of feet tapping going on here while I wait to release Volume Two’s cover into the world! So let’s take a break with another teaser:

The Twisting, Volume Two of The Luminated Threads

Daeryn and the nocturnal guards are battling ever-increasing pests, ones that seem bizarre, even by Blighted Basin standards. It’ll take extra creativity to defeat them. Is our team is up to the challenge?

The adventure is waiting for you in The Twisting, Volume Two of The Luminated Threads!

Two days until my cover reveal!

Good morning!

The Twisting, Volume Two of The Luminated Threads

In one of those bizarre techy things, when I uploaded The Twisting to Amazon both it and an ‘untitled’ third volume in The Luminated Threads series populated themselves on Goodreads. Therefore, I can already say: Please add The Twisting to your Goodreads shelf.

And while you wait you can read two chapters. (It was always two chapters, I just forgot.)

Look for my cover reveal Thursday!

But while you wait, here’s a teaser from The Twisting, Volume Two of The Luminated Threads.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016R5909IRead chapter one here!

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