Category Archives: Contests

Congratulations to my winners!

The rafflecopter is over, the winners have been contacted and prizes are packaged up!

Congrats to Stephanie S., Karlee L. and Pam H.

Thanks to everyone else for entering during The Twisting’s cover reveal!

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. 🙂

Goodreads Giveaway of The Unraveling

I’m offering a signed print copy of The Unraveling on Goodreads. Failing to get their widget to work, I’ve decided it’s better to spend my time writing and just post this plain link!

Enter Giveaway

Good luck!

And the Giveaway winners are:

I’m pleased to announce my three cover reveal Giveaway winners, drawn via rafflecopter, are:

Joy: $10 Amazon card

Laura: print copy of The Unraveling

Rosie: print copy of The Unraveling

Congratulations everyone!

And thanks to CBB Book Promotions for a hosting a great cover reveal with me!

Update on The Writer’s Voice

I didn’t get to the next round, but it was a fun run at the start. So many great queries and first pages! I’ve learned lots by reading them and watching what the team leaders picked. Annette T. Dodd has a summation of the picks on her website.

Per past participants’ advice, I’m keeping my query up (next post below) because some folks are being kind enough to offer comments. Next date in the contest is May 22 to see the polished queries and then watch as the agents vote.

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!

2013 Put Your Heart in a Book Contest

Congratulations to my fellow finalists in the 2013 Put Your Heart in a Book contest! This event for unpublished writers is sponsored by the New Jersey Romance Writers. The winners will be announced at the NJRWA Conference October 18th.

Historical
Sacha Devine – The Ring
Laurie Benson – A Proper Scandal*
Patricia Kratina – The Viscount With a Wicked Wink

Paranormal
Nadine Mutas – Blood, Pain, and Pleasure
Mary Ann Worden – Heart of Atlantis
Laurel Wanrow – The Farm *

Short Contemporary
Leigh Raffaele – Brewed For Love*
Debora Noone w/a Delsora Lowe – The Rancher Needs a Suitable Wife
Catherine Cervantes – One More Time

Single Title
Pamela Gibson – Perfect Balance
Lena Pinto – True Partners*
Catherine Vignolini – Poser

Young Adult
Amy DeLuca – Four Bullets
Caroline Dunsheath – Last Wishes
McCall Hoyle – The Thing With Feathers

*denotes NJRW member

Contest Final!

I’m please to announce The Farm ( now The Unraveling) has finalled in the NJ Romance Writers’ 2013 Put Your Heart In a Book contest! I entered my steampunk fantasy in the Paranormal category back the end of June, and it’s now gone on to final judging. Winners will be announced at the NJRWA Conference October 18th. It’s a great regional conference; if you’re on the east coast, consider attending.

I’d like to give a shout-out to my fellow writers and crit buddies on Critique Circle. I’ve been working on this New Adult genre novel through this online writing forum and have met a number of great writers there. I regularly exchange critiques with a half dozen of them in the private queues, as well as pop into the public queues, and can’t say enough about how these exchanges have helped me to improve my craft. Check out Critique Circle at www. critiquecircle.com

Vixen 2012 Finalists!

Congratulations to the finalists in the Maryland Romance Writers’ Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest!

Single Title

The Soldier by Anna Richland
Silver Platter by Babbette Jongh
Not Quite Legal by Christina Elle

Series Contemporary

Dating Ms. Wright by Maggie Kelley
Dating Dr. By-the-Book by Barbara Lohr
One More Night by Samantha Evans

Historical

Heart’s Conviction by Lila Gillard
Deception by Alyssa Alexandra
The Raven’s Heart by Louisa Cornell

Alternative

Ghost Wife by Stephanie Draven
Jaded Hope by Rachell Nichole
Mirror Reader by Karen Duvall

YA

Running From Shadows by Karen Bynum
A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy
Shieldmaiden Born by S.M. Jacobson

Exciting Conference

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