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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. 🙂

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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!

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!

Matte or Glossy?

My second proof has arrived and the interior is per-fect. (finally!) I’m taking another day to decide glossy or matte? Matte or glossy? I really like the feel of the matte, but these colors really pop in glossy! A photo doesn’t quite show the difference, but here it is:

The Unraveling, Volume One of The Luminated Threads

Matte on left, glossy on right. Any opinions? I need to order the prize books for the givaway!

Speaking of that, the giveaway is still on for another week. Best entry–IMHO–is my newsletter sign-up! I won’t spam you, and you get five entries and notification of the releases of all three volumes of The Luminated Threads . Do it here: Laurel’s Newsletter
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Giveaway:
One (1) winner gets a $10 Amazon gift card, and two (2) winners get paperbacks of The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow (US/CA/UK)
Ends June 10, 2015
This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

Enter the Giveaway!

Two winners receive a print copy!
The Unraveling Print Proof
I’m still waiting on the second proof, and deciding glossy or matte, but all that will be settled by June 10th when the giveaway ends!
Giveaway:
One (1) winner gets a $10 Amazon gift card, and two (2) winners get paperbacks of The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow (US/CA/UK)
Ends June 10, 2015
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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

Your cover can also be worn…

A few weeks ago I mentioned I’d purchased a pendant for myself with The Unraveling cover. Ta-da!

TheUnraveling cover pendant

Thank you, Mary Behre! I love it. I wrote about how Mary, author and artist, started making them and showed other samples in a post here, but you can contact Mary through her website (http://marybehre.com/ ) or at authormarybehre AT gmail.com. She sells them for $20 plus shipping.

Setting Teaser

Wow, I’m still grinning stupidly from cover reveal day. Thanks for all the posts, tweets  and good wishes!

So how about that beautiful farming valley my cover artist Craig created? The Peaks District in England–the setting of the story–doesn’t quite look like this, as my Pinterest research board shows. I bet you’ve figured out why already: The Unraveling is a fantasy, so this valley is special in some way. Thus, I had to give it a special name, one not found on any UK map. Critique members and family alike have had the same reaction to the name, so I asked the heroine what she thought:

TU Teaser 4 (Blighted Basin?)

There’s a reason for Blighted Basin’s bizarre name, but like the cover, it’s part of the slow reveal of the story!

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