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My post Downton Abbey party report.

Loved the beginning of Downton Abbey season six. A few minor threads started and resolved and even more began!

And the party–splendid!

Laurel Wanrow in Victorian Steampunk costume.

My husband was told he looked like like Mr. Mason…but who was I? I’m claiming I’m Violet in her younger, Victorian years. LOL. I love Maggie Smith’s Dowager character!

fitting into the show

We had a show of hats, including a Lady Astor felt hat.

Lady Astor felt hat

Dressing for dinner, complete with long gloves.

Dressed for dinner

As for my English dish…I would do things a little differently next time. A few shots of the process…

Sausages for Braised Bangers

Adding the cider to Braised Bangers

I cut my sausages because I wanted smaller servings for the party. However, this meant some apple chunks inside escaped during the extended braising, and burnt. In the future I would cut the sausages after cooking.

Cider and Honey Braised Bangers

Despite the unappetizing-looking charred bits, the flavor was good, if a little sweet, due to the mild sausage I used.

So what did other folks bring?

Downton Abbey party

We had sausage pockets,

sausage pockets

pork and mushroom pasties (my favorite!)

Pork & mushroom pasties

and Shepard’s Pie.

Shepard's Pie

One of the sides was presented on a turn of the century plate.

Turn-of-the-century dish

And for dessert, a traditional Victorian sponge,

Victorian sponge cake

and a beautiful vanilla cake with Elderberry liqueur in the icing.

vanilla cake

A splendid time was had by all!

Watching Downto Abbey

Are you excited for Downton Abbey?

I am so looking forward to the new season, and a bit in mourning for this series ending. Tonight, I’m attending a season premier party. We’re encouraged to dress in British garb and bring an English dish to share.

Of course I have my Victorian/ steampunk outfit I put together this autumn. Not at all the Edwardian period of the series, but it’s easy to grab and suits the spirit of the gathering.

I scanned through my Pinterest board–English Victorian Food–and looked through a few of the dishes and then websites. I particularly liked the site The English Kitchen and have selected a newly posted recipe, Cider and Honey Braised Bangers. Pop over to Marie’s fabulous site to check out the recipe and yummy photos, while I attempt my version for the party.

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My sausages are not ‘traditional’, but I like these mild Aidells’ chicken & apple sausages, which I believe will go well with the cider. I need to get braising, so will let you know how they turned out and hopefully post other English fare from the party.

In other news…

Congratulations to Alaina, winner of a paperback copy of The Twisting in my Goodreads Giveaway.

I have a lovely new review for The Twisting up on Amazon and Goodreads!

The Twisting keeps the series going by answering some questions brought up in the first book and bringing up more to be answered in future installments. Heroine Annmar Masterson is coming into her own and learning that sometimes power needs to be limited from within. Hero Daeryn is finding out what he can and can’t influence. For me the highlight of the book is Annmar’s development as she is further transformed from a prim young Victorian young lady into a wielder of magic as she learns about her past. The romance is slow, steady, and sweet. Can’t wait for the next one!

Thank you, fellow steampunk author Cecilia Dominic! The second in Cecilia’s  Aether Phychics series released mid-December, Light Fantastique, which I have caught up with on her blog, but not my Kindle…yet!

eBook sale for .99!

This holiday week the eBook of The Unraveling, first in my serialized epic fantasy, is on sale for .99 on Amazon! And enter a Goodreads Giveaway for a paperback of the the second volume, The Twisting.

TU Teaser 1 (How can you draw)

Hope you have a great break reading. I know I plan to. 🙂

 

A perfect gift in paperback!

Beautiful cover & 4.8 star story! First in a series!

A proper Victorian artist must learn to use her bloodline’s wild magic to help the shapeshifter she loves, or risk becoming what she fears most: another cog in a magnate’s plan to control agriculture.

Buy The Unraveling, Volume One of The Luminated Threads on Amazon.

The Unraveling, Volume One of The Luminated Threads

Cover artwork by Craig Shields, artist for Claudia Gray’s Firebird series.

Another teaser from The Twisting!

Thanks to the inventive talents of Master Brightwell, Wellspring has a new clockwork device:

The Twisting, Volume Two of The Luminated Threads

This one should help the battle against the pests in The Twisting.

The aftermath of a book release

Well, I am certainly guilty of disappearing. The push to fix a dozen last minute details in a novel, put it and all other promotional items into place, and be present online for a book release is a lot for us introverts!

On the positive front, I’m working on book 3 in The Luminated Threads series. The draft from last year’s Nano is a bit rough, and of course there are many changes to make due to changes I’ve made in books 1 & 2. So that’s a nice way of saying, it’ll take me longer than I thought it would.

Nothing for it but to get down to work. I’m sad to report I had to give up my Nano efforts. I find it too hard to switch my head between two books and, honestly, I don’t want to delay book 3, The Binding.

In other news, I’m giving away a paperback copy of The Unraveling during a fellow indie author’s Facebook Release Party on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Magda Alexander A Kiss to Remember Release Party

Join me and a number of authors with many giveaways to celebrate romantic suspense author Magda Alexander’s new release, A Christmas Kiss to Remember, with a Facebook Release Party.

The Twisting releases today!

It’s finally here!

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

The Twisting, Volume Two of The Luminated Threads

This second book in a 3-part serialized novel (Please note: Second book! I don’t want anyone to be disappointed.) has received some terrific early reviews on Goodreads.

From Dianne at Tome Tender Book Blog:

Laurel Wanrow is back with book two of the Luminated Series, The Twisting and it is filled with the same glow of something just a little different, just a little more magical and yet still full of her signature style. Once again, we are going back to nineteenth century England to fall into a world of steampunk, magic and young romance, but this time with a lecherous and dark twist.

From Danae, a Goodreads reader:

The Second installment of the Luminated Threads series defiantly did not disappoint!!! Once again Laurel Wanrow whisks us away to the Basin and all of its enchantment coupled with the chemistry her characters have this book was AMAZING! I cannot wait to see what is in store for us in the final installment of this series.

If you are new to my novels, this is your lucky week! Not only is The Twisting ebook on sale for .99, but book 1, The Unraveling ebook is on a Kindle Countdown for .99! Scoop these up until Nov 8th.

The Twisting paperback is now available in the CreateSpace store…coming in a few days to Amazon. Order your copy here: https://www.createspace.com/5738197

Both novels are free on Kindle Unlimited.

The Twisting Paperback available now!

The Twisting ProofThe Twisting paperback is now available in the CreateSpace store…coming in a few days to Amazon. Order your copy here: https://www.createspace.com/5738197 (The ebook releases tomorrow!)

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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