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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.

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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!

At last: My cover for THE UNRAVELING

Woo-hoo!

Welcome to my cover reveal for The Unraveling, Volume One of The Luminated Threads!

Isn’t it beautiful? I’m so very lucky to be working with the creative and talented Craig Shields. (I wrote a post about him a few days ago—see it here.)

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About the Book:

In 1868 England, the competition to control agriculture is fierce…

…and nobody says no to Derby’s industrial magnate.

Except Annmar Masterson. The nineteen-year-old rejects his improper advances and instead takes an advertising position on a farm. She discovers the isolated valley is home to gifted species—including animal and plant shifters—who hide their lives from the rest of England. The blue threads only she sees on their clockwork machinery prove her heritage is rooted with theirs, but their world is so different that Annmar doesn’t know if she’ll ever belong.

Shapeshifter Daeryn Darkcoat blames himself for the death of his mate and swears he won’t be responsible for another pack. But when the farm he loves falls victim to an endless run of strange pests eating the crops, he joins the hunt, taking charge of an unruly team of predator shifters. In the midst of the battle, Annmar stirs feelings he can’t resist.

As Annmar becomes entangled in the fight against the pests, and with Daeryn, she discovers her magic might help…if she can learn to use it properly. If not, she’ll be forced to leave the people she has come to care for and become what she fears most: nothing more than another cog in the magnate’s gears.

THE UNRAVELING is a full-length novel, approximately 350 pages, for readers 18+ (new adult and older).

Please note: This is volume 1 of a three-part serialized novel. Volumes 2 & 3 will be published in 2015 to complete THE LUMINATED THREADS, a steampunk fantasy romance. To be notified of these releases, sign up for Laurel’s Newsletter.

 

Preorder from Amazon for the special price of only .99 cents!

Because the cover just uploaded, the “Look Inside” feature isn’t active. To read the first chapters, click here.

The Unraveling releases June 23, 2015, in ebook and trade paperback.

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Connect with me!

My Pinterest boards feature many images I’ve collected as I’ve researched The Luminated Threads.

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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.

How about a teaser?

TU Teaser 3 (How can you draw)

My heroine Annmar is an artist with extra-special talent. Wait until she figures out what she can really do!

Five days to go until…

My cover reveal!

If I was a gif person you’d see me cheering, but instead I have still photo… of a tiny piece of the cover, because, you know, the cover reveal isn’t until May 26th. (!)

Sprouting Star Press / The Unraveling

What is that Sprouting Star, you ask? Well, that’s me. I wanted to do all I could to have my self-published print book look like a traditionally published paperback. I had planned to use a little logo my family used for a rubber stamp to do letterboxing while we traveled. (Sorry, I just probably generated another question: What’s letterboxing?) But when I asked my daughter to make a vector of it, she suggested I needed something more representative of my book themes–magic and people’s ties to the land– and to my tag–fantasy tuned to the magic of the land.

She was right, of course, since she is art-savvy and I am not. But the amazing thing was while talking, she sketched it out and said, “Here. Sprouting Star.”

So I became Sprouting Star Press, and I love the look my talented daughter devised!

Sprouting Star Press: The Unraveling

She even sent me one version in an amazing fake embossed look!

BTW, my Mary Behre has completed my cover pendant. I should have it before the cover reveal!

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