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E&E ARC Contest ~ Class Titles (CLOSED)


The lovely folk over at Little Brown have decided, in their wisdom, to do a give away for my readers through my blog. You know me, Gentle Reader, nothing is for free. You can never take the teacher out of a girl.


So, I have 20 ARCs of Etiquette & Espionage and it's contest time!

The Rules
  • 1 entry per person.
  • Open to continental US only, no PO Boxes
  • 20 winners are chosen by random number on Weds. Oct. 31.
  • You must leave your email address with your entry.
  • I will pass along your email to Little Brown, they will contact you for your non-PO Box mailing address.
Here's what to do to enter . . .
  1. At the very beginning of the book our heroine Sophronia is covertly recruited to attend a Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing School that just happens to train young ladies as spies. Classes include Petit Fours & Poisoning; Household Accounts & Assignations; and the like.
  2. Come up with your own rift on a lady's seminary class title combing Victorian etiquette with espionage.
  3. Post your class title in the comments section bellow of either my Live Journal or Blogspot blog by Weds. Oct. 31. I am sorry, I can't enable anonymous posting, I get over 20 spams a day. Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook and other comment-challenging arenas are not valid.
  4. You MUST include an email. If you forget and have to re-comment, edit or delete your first comment and include both entry and email together, please.
  5. One entry per person.
  6. You have until the end of October. Winners will be chosen on October 31 and notified by Little Brown directly. Check your Spam filters.
  7. Have fun!
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I can't promise that you won't come up with titles I've already used, some of you practically share a brain with me. Remember, I've already written two books in this series so chances are good. I hope that if you encounter your own title within my text you with take that as synergy or compliment and not insult or theft.

No title repeats. So the longer you leave it, the harder it will get!


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Heston Blumenthal cooks Treacle Tart

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Five Stages in Reacting to a Critique

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crew has arrived in Bombay,on the reread . . .
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Awaiting copy-edits. Title changed.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

Book News:
LeFoux Fan Art Britta Hoyer

Quote of the Day:
"If the lady on whom you call is not at home you must leave your card. If she has grown up daughters or a sister living with her, two cards: or you may slightly turn down the corner of your card, which signifies that the visit is paid to all."
~ Etiquette for Ladies 1850

Daisypath Wedding tickers


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Floriography and Flanking

Correspondance and Counterfeiting: how to write appropriate missives in your own and other hands.


Etiquette and Espionage ARC

I'd like to take a course on Evening Accessories and Encryption (for 500 please Alex). Email: boyschenjelle (at) gmail.com .

Contest Entry

Introduction to Dancing and Daggers
Calligraphic Cryptography: Elegant Secret Messages


Contest entry

Parasols and the Art of Fencing for Agility and Self Defense

Re: Contest entry

Manners and Mayhem (Avert, Bestow, and Compose. The ABC's of Diversion Tactics)


ARC Contest

Knitting, Needlework, and Small Weapons (sorry I couldn't access the alliterative part of my brain)

Millinery and Mischief! heidip2@tasigh.org


Have you seen this Cover & Synopsis over at SF Signal? A very nice lure to your new book.


Re: OT

I did see, they are too kind to me.
Servants and Suspects: Beyond the Butler

Presence and Pretense: proper poise and the art of disguise


Edited at 2012-09-28 07:02 pm (UTC)

Stitching and Sutures

The fine art of needlepoint and its field applications.

I can't wait for this book!
email: iwursm@gmail.com
Couture and Concealment: how to stuff your skirts with weapons

queenlothiriel [@] gmail [dot] com
Introductions and Interrogations
"What is going on in there?": Disgising minor demolitions with Maquillage and adornments.


Edited at 2012-09-28 07:28 pm (UTC)
Poise and Pistols: Maintaining proper posture when firing a weapon



Conversation and camouflage missy@utena.zzn.com

for the E&E ARC contest

::clasps lace-gloved hands:: A most delightfully creative contest!

Lace, Lingerie and Larceny: altering one's unmentionables to conceal stolen objects vital to the Crown (or other worthy employers)

My email: ekaterin@yahoo.com

Edited at 2012-09-28 07:43 pm (UTC)


How about Stealth and Stitchery?

dulcibelle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Edited at 2012-09-28 07:53 pm (UTC)

Re: contest

Tatting and Torture, Home Decorating and Homicide
Can't wait for the new books!!


Honorifics and Honeypots!

Yeah, can't wait to read this! eliza.lefebvre@gmail.com

ARC Contest

Devilry in the Details: Infiltrating an establishment under an assumed guise.


disguise and deportment

disguise and deportment (or decolletage)

Can't wait! Do you want an excel of these, or do you have a database?

Janis wright
Sensibility and Subterfuge

The Art of Assignations for Assassins

Tapestry & Torture: how your needlework chamber and your torture chamber can be one and the same with the careful selection of dark tapestries, and sharp needles.

serendipity (dot) enlightened (at) gmail (dot)com.

Edited at 2012-09-28 09:18 pm (UTC)
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