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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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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