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!)

Whispers of Shadow & Flame Book Blitz & #Giveaway

I am pleased to present my friend and fellow fantasy author L. Penelope’s Whispers of Shadow & Flame, book two in the Earthsinger Chronicles.  To celebrate launch week, Leslye is offering a giveaway below and book one, Song of Blood & Stone, on sale for $.99.

Whispers of Shadow and Flame

Whispers of Shadow & Flame (Earthsinger Chronicles #2)
by L. Penelope
Genre: Fantasy Romance, Dieselpunk
Age Range: Adult

Born with a deadly magic she cannot control, Kyara is forced to become an assassin. Known as the Poison Flame, she is notorious and lethal, but secretly seeks freedom from both her untamed power and the blood spell that commands her. She is tasked with capturing the notorious rebel called the Shadowfox, but everything changes when she learns her target’s true identity.

Darvyn ol-Tahlyro may be the most powerful Earthsinger in generations, but guilt over those he couldn’t save tortures him daily. He isn’t sure he can trust the mysterious young woman who claims to need his help, but when he discovers Kyara can unlock the secrets of his past, he can’t stay away.

As forbidden desire ignites their hearts, Kyara and Darvyn grapple with betrayal, old promises, and older prophecies—all while trying to stop a war. And when a new threat emerges, the cost of their love might just be too high.

Excerpt

Kyara was just considering whether to douse the four covered wagons parked to the side of the warehouse with kerosene, as well, when the odd cloud of dust reached her. A hand reached out of the swirling mass to knock the metal canister from her hands. The force was enough to cause her to stumble and fall to the ground.

Her hood fell away as she sprawled on her back. Her ribs, still sore from Aren’s attack, protested harshly, but she held back a cry of pain. The teen she’d met, Farron, stood above her, his hair even wilder than it had been last night. Next to him, blocking out the sun, stood the man from the bar.

Though the man was in shadow, his eyes blazed, as intense as the heat of the day. “You!” He crouched down, allowing her a closer look. “What in pip’s name are you doing?” he whispered fiercely.

She froze, staring up at him. Those devastating eyes regarded her from an oval face, a dusting of stubble ran across his clenched jaw. When his eyebrows descended, she mentally shook herself, shocked at her reaction. Scrambling backward, she looked around, expecting the other Keepers she’d sensed in the area to emerge from their hiding places.

“There are children in there,” the Keeper said through gritted teeth. Then he cocked his head to the side, listening.

Kyara opened her mind’s eye, sensing the Nethersong of everyone inside the warehouse. The nabbers she could sense clearly, as well as the older children, but the younger ones were far more difficult. She could still not get a good count of them due to their weak Nether swirling together. Since when did nabbers start taking children that young?

The nabbers were moving around inside; one approached the door. Either the Keeper before her had his Song, or exceptionally good hearing, as his body suddenly went rigid.

“Hurry,” he said, gripping her arm firmly. Kyara held back a wince. She healed quickly, but most of her was still sore from the previous day’s beating. The Keeper frowned and released her. She stood on her own and followed him and Farron to the other side of the covered wagon, where they crouched and hid.

The metal door opened, and a new nabber poked his greasy head out, looking back and forth. Kyara held her breath. The horse she’d bought that morning was tied around the corner, out of his sightline. The nabber sniffed the air. If he picked up the scent of kerosene, he apparently didn’t find it odd. He retreated into the warehouse and slammed the door. With her other sight, she saw his light move deeper into the interior.

“All clear,” she said.

“I know,” the Keeper said, glowering. “Who are you and exactly what do you think you’re doing here?”

“I could ask you the same.” She raised an eyebrow and enjoyed watching his expression shift from fury to frustration and back again.

~~~

But have you read book one, Song of Blood & Stone? It’s not necessary, since Whispers of Shadow & Flame is a parallel story, but it’s fabulous! And on sale during launch week for .99!

Song of Blood and Stone

~~~

Guest Post: Visual Inspiration & Worldbuilding

Last Christmas my family decided to escape the frigid east coast weather and spend the holiday in Palm Springs, CA. I’d never been there before, but once I arrived I realized that this place where the was desert surrounded by mountains was exactly how I’d envisioned one of the countries in my fantasy world: I had arrived in Lagrimar.

Palm Desert

The mountains are a huge part of the worldbuilding in the Earthsinger Chronicles series. The country of Lagrimar is completely surrounded, cut off from the rest of the world by this natural barrier, as well as a magical one. Driving down the highway through the Palm Desert with the imposing peaks towering over me was deeply inspiring and helped me sink into the world I was creating.

But it’s not always possible to travel to the exact place your story is set. Some of the other locations were shaped and polished by virtue of me stumbling across images accidentally. Like this one of Horseshoe Bend, AZ, which becomes Serpent’s Gorge in the book.

Horseshoe Bend

And this article about toxic lakes and the petrified animals in them haunted me until it found its way into the novel.

Lake Natron

The sights, sounds and smells of reality all go into making a fantasy world work. Once a location is real to me and I can live inside it in my head, then I know it’s ready to put to the page.

~~~

About the Author

L. Penelope

Leslye Penelope believes love is magic and likes her romance with a healthy dose of imagination. She’s been writing since she could hold a pen and is the author of new adult, fantasy, and paranormal romance with multicultural characters.

At one time or another she’s been a filmmaker, tape dubber, tech support specialist, model, poll worker, professor, and DJ. She has a quote from The Matrix tattooed on her arm and sometimes dreams in HTML. After living on both coasts, she settled in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents: an eighty-pound lap dog and an aspiring feral cat.

Sign up for new release information and monthly giveaways on her website: http://www.lpenelope.com.

Twitter | Facebook | Newsletter | Goodreads

Giveaway

WHISPERS OF SHADOW & FLAME giveaway
https://js.gleam.io/e.js

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!

 

 

 

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
GoodreadsAmazon      

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

 

%d bloggers like this: