Hear ye, hear ye!
Come one and all to be transported back in time…
..to the world of The Unraveling, a New Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy Novel
Toni and I are delighted to help present Laurel Wanrow’s DEBUT novel
RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2015
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. Volume 2 will be published in fall of 2015 and Volume 3 winter of 2016 to complete THE LUMINATED THREADS, a steampunk fantasy romance. To be notified of these releases, sign up for Laurel’s Newsletter. (http://eepurl.com/17xRH)
Let’s meet Laurel and our special guests!
TD: Toni and I have the great pleasure of hosting and interviewing a fellow author today. I’m even more excited since we know Laurel already. So we thought we’d treat everyone and introduce you to her debut novel’s hero and heroine.
LAUREL: Thanks for being open to having additional visitors, Toni & Kira. May I present Annmar Masterson and Daeryn Darkcoat?
[Annmar is a pretty brunette with striking blue eyes. Her hair is done up in pins, with a few curls escaping. She dips a little…curtsy, I guess.]
TD: Overalls and a bright yellow flannel shirt? Um, aren’t you hot Annmar? [checks the calendar – Yep It’s almost July and over 85+ degrees]
ANNMAR: I’m fine. Thank you for inquiring. [She perches on the edge of the chair, her back straight. A worn sketchbook appears from her bag and she starts sketching.]
TD: [English accent? Still a little surprised at such prim and proper manners in this day and age, a roughened hand envelopes mine in a warm clasp]
DAERYN: Good to meet you, Miss.
[Dark brown bangs fall across his forehead, nearly hiding dreamy chocolate eyes.]
TD: Wow! That is some costume, Daeryn. Do you work at Old Town Williamsburg, because I have to say, the leather suspenders over that rough linen shirt really work! *Actually readers, it’s kinda hot on him—the vee-neck shows off a muscular chest and compliments his golden brown skin.* And that accent! Is that for real? Do you practice that purr, and I haven’t seen manners like that since…
LAUREL: [laughs and pulls me aside] Annmar and Daeryn have come a ways, not only from the Peaks District of central Britain, but also in time. They’re from 1868, the age of steam engines and all those fabulous inventions that inspired Jules Verne.
TD: But they’re not dressed like the typical historical romance cover—
LAUREL: They live on a farm and er, I took some liberties. Their story is a fantasy, and besides, have you ever known a shapeshifter who likes clothes? [She nods to Daeryn and drops her voice] I’m lucky to get him here dressed at all. Go ahead ask them questions.
TD: *No clothes? Wait…shapeshifter? Well, this interview just got interesting!* So, you’re both from 1868. Hmm, this might change some of my questions. I prepared my usual interview questions like ‘What’s you favorite social media?’ but—
DAERYN: We have socials! Every Saturday there’s a bonfire at our farm.
ANNMAR: I believe she means the newspaper reviews of balls. I’m sorry, but Blighted Basin doesn’t have a weekly paper.
TD: No newspapers. Got it. Er, how about, What living person do you most admire?
ANNMAR: I’m rather fond of Queen Victoria. She’s been somewhat a recluse since dear Prince Albert died, but beforehand she set trends in fashion and hairstyles.
DAERYN: Charles Darwin. He has some interesting theories on Natural Selection that our Elders here in Blighted Basin are debating.
TD: [I glance at Laurel.] Perhaps a This or That quiz would fit better?
TD: Coffee or Tea?
ANNMAR & DAERYN: Tea [they answer in unison, and laugh.]
ANNMAR: We are English.
TD: Sweet or Salty?
TD: Cats or Dogs?
DAERYN: You mean polecats or wolves? Polecats, of course.
ANNMAR: No, I think she means the companion animals, domestic ones. Cats.
DAERYN: Why would that be of interest compared to real animals?
[His teeth lengthen to sharp points. Fur sprouts across his skin, covering him in sleek, pet-able softness, complete with rounded ears.]
TD: Now THAT is a neat ability and when you put it that way, I agree the real thing is much better, Daeryn. *Readers, he’s even cuter this way*
ANNMAR: Daeryn! Just answer the lady’s questions. Properly.
[Daeryn’s face returns to normal, and he gives me a sheepish grin.]
TD: Night or Day?
DAERYN: This is easier. Night. Polecats are nocturnal.
TD: Comedy or Horror Movies?
ANNMAR: Movies? [She looks at Daeryn, and he shrugs.]
TD: I yeah, I forgot, you don’t know what those are yet. How about Comedy or Horror stories?
ANNMAR: Ah, stories. I was quite taken with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
DAERYN: I prefer a few laughs with a good adventure. The penny dreadfuls give both.
ANNMAR: [rolls her eyes at this] You’re living a penny dreadful story! Why would you want more adventure?
TD: I guess you don’t mean the new TV series… So moving on, Smile or Game Face?
ANNMAR: Game Face.
TD: [Yeah, I can see that. Nothing seems to shake this proper girl.] City or Country?
DAERYN: [His brows drop to a frown.] Country.
TD: Freckles or Dimples?
ANNMAR: Freckles. They are ever so much easier to draw.
TD: Cake or Cookies?
ANNMAR: Cake. May I ask, what is a cookie?
TD: [I make a small circle with my hands.] Like a little sweet…cake?
ANNMAR: I’m not sure we—oh! Sweet Biscuits. A biscuit, we call them in England. Those are good, too.
TD: Hugs or Kisses?
ANNMAR: Oh. [She bites her lip, game face definitely gone.] Kisses.
[When Daeryn does a double take, Annmar turns bright red. She opens the sketchbook and tears a page from it before rising. Daeryn stands too, hovering attentively, a hand ready to take her arm, but when she glances at him, he slides his hands into his trouser pockets and stands back, watchful.]
ANNMAR: I’m afraid I must go. Please accept this in thanks for a lovely interview.
[She hands me a pencil sketch, then crosses the room. Daeryn darts to the door and opens it for her, throwing a wave as he closes it behind them.]
LAUREL: Ah, I better go. No telling what kind of trouble they’d get into here in our time, and I’m not letting my characters disappear when we’ve got two more books to complete. Thanks for having us!
TD: Glad to have you, Laurel. There you go readers, a glimpse into the past with Annmar and Daeryn and maybe even a little sneak peek into an interesting romance.
[I look at the stiff linen paper Annmar handed me. The lines freely fill the page, spare and looping, but come together nicely. It’s me, my hair blown back…like the pages of a book? In the bottom corner are her initials, AM, in a flourish of a circle. I blink. The circle seems to waver slightly—was it blue a second ago?]
Intrigued yet? I was fortunate enough to get sneak peeks as a beta and I can’t wait to read the final polished story. It’s amazing.
You can pick-up your copy today at AMAZON.
Meet the Author:
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.
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