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Moving house…er, hostings

After years (since June 2009!) of using WordPress.com’s free service, I’m finally putting my domain name to use. Yes, I’ll admit it, I’m one of those Luddites who didn’t understand that I should have been using WordPress.ORG and a self-hosted site. Now, I will be. I’ll still be at:

www. LaurelWanrow.com

If you follow my blog through email, there is nothing you need to do. You’ll receive the posts as usual. If you follow through WP, you will see new posts in your Reader, but not receive email updates. If you’d like to subscribe, simply go to the sidebar –> and fill in the boxes under ‘Subscribe by Email.’

I’ll be at the new ‘dot ORG’ site and moving my subscribers soon. Meet you there!

 

Gearing up for the Baltimore Book Festival

It’s a mere eleven days until the Baltimore Book Festival–September 25-27th–where my writing chapter the Maryland Romance Writers is hosting three days of speakers on our own stage at the Inner Harbor. Two of my fellow authors are featuring a number of those authors on their blog in the coming days. Hop on over to Toni Decker Books to meet:

Nancy Weeks

Loni Lynne

Jay Crownover

I’ll be updating this post as Toni and Kira present more authors.

Click here for the day-by-day, hour-by-hour schedule for Maryland Romance Writers at the 2015 Baltimore Book Festival. I’m not on a panel, but will be at our information table on Friday. Hope to see you there!

Learning how to add a link using my book cover

I often follow up on readers who comment on my blog, checking their blogs to see what they are up to. One recently was Ana Spoke, who has been posting about her debut release, Shizzle, Inc. Ana has offered many tips for we newbies, including how to post your cover on WordPress blogs with a buy link embedded. See right over there ——>  🙂

Visit Ana’s quick instructions for adding a link to Amazon. I have a small addition because, being a Luddite, my first attempt at adding my cover image failed. My ‘Kindle’ cover image is very high resolution. When I put its media Image URL into the widget box, I got a huge, only-seeing-one-edge view of my cover. I went back to my image widget dimensions and tried to set them at zero, but it didn’t work.

Instead, I made a new image copy and used the preview program tools to adjust the size to 2 in wide.

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The Unraveling coverThe program scaled the cover proportionally, and then when I switched to pixel view I was able to grab the dimensions (144 x 223).

PixelsI popped them into the widget’s width and height boxes and everything worked!

 

 

It’s a party…and you’re invited!

I’ll be at the Eros Element Facebook Release Party Tuesday, August 25th. Please join me!

Eros Element Facebok Virtual Release Party

I’m on from 6:30-7:00 with steampunk activities. Commenters will be entered to win a copy of The Unraveling during my hosting time. The complete schedule is:

5:30 PM Cecilia Dominic
6:00 PM Red L. Jameson
6:30 PM Laurel Wanrow
7:00 PM Megan Morgan
7:30 PM Jillian Neal
8:00 PM Viola Carr
8:30 PM Linsey Hall
9:00 PM Cecilia Dominic

10 Facts & Fictions & Giveaway

The lovely Danny is hosting ’10 Facts & Fictions about The Unraveling’ over on Bewitched Bookworms.

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Check out my research tidbits about Victorian Life, Derby and The Unraveling and enter a Giveaway for an ebook and a signed print copy. The rafflecopter is open through August 14th!

The Unraveling, Volume One of The Luminated Threads

Steam-powered Sawmill Stories on History Undressed

Where do authors find the realistic details for their novels? For me, family stories of my grandfather’s steam-powered sawmill tickled my imagination for my steampunk fantasy novel, The Unraveling.

Herbert F. Wanrow and Sawmill

Those stories and how I used them are featured in a two part series on History Undressed. Visit with me:

Tuesday, 7/21: Steampunk Lessons from a Family History on Sawmill Operation ~ Part One

Tuesday, 7/28: Steampunk Lessons from a Family History on Sawmill Operation ~ Part Two

Interview and #Giveaway coming!

The lovely–and bag fanatic–Vicki Batman is hosting me on Get Lost In A Story this Wednesday, July 8th (here!–live on Wednesday!). It’s a not-to-be-missed post for two reasons:

1) We’re offering a giveaway of a print copy of The Unraveling to one lucky commenter

and

2) I’m revealing what’s in my heroine Annmar’s bag–not your typical Victorian heroine’s bag, but a leather satchel, a la those carried by Civil War soldiers.

Civil War Leather satchel

What a bag, huh? As one of my reviewer’s said, “… Annmar’s newly found roots give her the mettle to be a woman far ahead of her time!

I’ll be in and out through the day to chat and answer questions about my new release. 🙂

Fun interview

I–we–have a fun interview today over on Toni Decker Books. Drop in to meet Annmar and Daeryn!

I’m off blog visiting!

Today I’m visiting my friend Vicki Batman on her blog Handbags, Books…Whatever and showing off my favorite handbag! Stop by and visit!

I won a spot in The Writer’s Voice!

I’m thrilled to announce my name was picked via a lottery for The Writer’s Voice Blogfest!

Several blogs have posted how the event works, but Mother. Write. (Repeat.) has been a go-to for me for years for agent interviews, and that’s where I read about the contest, so here’s Krista’s link. (Thanks, Krista!)

Per the instructions, today I post my query and first 250 words. Here we go!

Dear Agent:

PASSAGES is a 108,000 word adult science fantasy romance set on a failing planet being revitalized by a population of electorgs—humans with electronic implants.

After an attack scrambles his memories, Quinn learns he’s the ousted electorg commander of the workforce repairing his planet. In his place, an alien look-alike is stripping the planet of a mineral the natives need to survive and deactivating electorgs along the way. To save the planet and his fellow ‘torgs, Quinn needs allies, but the only person he trusts is the soft-skinned, empathetic ‘torg woman who gave him shelter. He installs a bodyguard program in her system, telling himself she’ll be safe, and that he only wants an ally, not a lover.

Becoming the Commander’s guard 24/7 puts Eve’s life at risk—and not only from alien attack. As a community counselor, she became very involved with the natives and broke an electorg taboo: she fell in love and bore children. Her lover is deceased, but if Quinn’s superiors learn of her forbidden relationship with the natives, Eve could be deactivated. Still, her connection with the natives could hold the key to defeating the aliens, and if she doesn’t trust Quinn with the secret, her native-born children will die. With attraction tightening between her and Quinn, Eve must brave physical and emotional danger to save her children, her love, and the air they breathe.

PASSAGES won the NJRWA Put Your Heart In A Book Contest, and finaled in FF&P’s On the Far Side Contest and in KOD’s Unpublished Daphne du Maurier Contest. I have served on the board in my local RWA chapter, and participate in several special interest chapters and a critique group.

Following is my manuscript’s first 250 words. Thank you for taking time to consider my work.

Sincerely,

Laurel Wanrow

 

Chapter One

Quinn

The city of Cavvert

Another morning, another motel room, and my brother was still missing.

I slung my travel pack over my shoulder and shoved the lapels of my field jacket together against the chill mountain air. My cheeks stung beneath my beard, and my eyes watered, reminding me I’d best brace for both the cold and another search of another town. I strode the length of the old motel building to the street, where my grandmother waited, bundled in her tan jacket over travel clothes.

“Morning,” I called. “What backwater town are we off to today?”

Graen wasn’t listening. I followed her gaze past the quaint eateries and shops surrounding the snow-patched green. Across the town square, a line of people waited alongside flatbeds of shipping boxes at the Conducer station.

Four helmeted Blackguards emerged from the station’s door. A fifth waved the travelers aside while the guards in their black polymer armor marched to the nearest flatbed. Each hoisted a box and carried it back inside, their stun swords swinging from their weapon belts.

My gut twisted at the sight of so many electorg guards. “They’ve requisitioned this passenger station for cargo transport.” I shook my head. “Trust a ‘torg to put equipment before the needs of the natives.”

“Quinn, hush,” hissed Graen. “We’ve got to get past those people.”

I dropped my glare from the Blackguard barring the transporter station’s entrance. “Electronic humanoids aren’t people. Not anymore.”

 

Thanks for reading and following this exciting blogfest! It’s being tracked on twitter at #TheWVoice, and I’m @laurelwanrow

So not to bury my entry, I will update all the fun sites here: Brenda Drake has posted The List. Stats have been compiled by Annette T. Dodd at her website. (I am the only Adult SFR!) Happy reading!

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