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Finishing School

Las Vegas Report!

I do apologize, Gentle Reader, but copy edits on Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School Book the Second) have eaten my noggin. I have the brain worms! By they are very stylish brain worms. And I've handed her in. Book #10, in the bag.

You'll never guess what I did over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend? Well, yes I ate too much, drank too much, talked too much, visited Dickens Fair, thanked a great many people, and generally yucked it up but I also spent three days on copy edits. Because, frankly, they had to be done. Glamorous life of a NYT author: others are frolicking in four days of freedom, covering themselves in the cha-ching of consumerism, and I never got out of yoga pants. Yes, the AB mocked me openly.


I'm only telling you this as a kind of explanation for why I'm a week behind on my Las Vegas convention report. I was in Vegas for NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Friday before last.

Friday Saturday

I wore black and leopard, ate some seriously amazing food, winced a lot at the general attire and attitude of those who frequent the MGM, and skittered back home to California with unseemly haste.


I had a panel with Libba Bray on Fantastical Histories: Shedding Light on Literary Tropes Through Fantasy and Alternative History first thing in the morning. I believe I managed to speak, which in an of itself is a bit of a fantastical history. The audience, being all teachers, asked some truly amazing questions (which I adroitly avoided by dint of being half asleep) and Libba is a hoot and a half. Afterwords, I signed at the booth for a solid 45 minutes, which is all I have learned to ask for at an event. ARCs of Etiquette & Espionage were distributed as well as copies of Soulless Vol. 1 the manga.

Saturday Fan

I had a deliciously fun interview with Vocab Gal where I talked all about some of my favorite words and why I love them. She shot video, so hopefully it will turn up on YouTube eventually. I promise to post as soon as I know more.

In other news I've been contacted by all those who won the Manga contest ~ your prizes are on the way. For those who were chosen from the E&E ARC contest, Little Brown is mailing your books out soon.

Next up:

I've added a surprise Last Gasp 2012 event for Saturday December 15 in San Francisco for all you locals. More details soon! Just getting all my ducks in a row. You know how much I love my ducks tidy.


After that, one last contest for galley's of E&E. Get your creative (Ivy-like, perhaps?) hats on, this one's ART for ARCs! Watch this space.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1906 Paris Champs Élysées 3rd-June 1906
1906 Paris Champs Élysées 3rd June 1906

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Minoian Octopus Vessel
Minoian Octopus Vessel

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How to Write Laughworthy Stories

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Rough draft done. On hold for copy edits, see bellow.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits done and in mere moments ago. Yes!
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.

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:
The Parasol Protectorate boxed set would make a great gifty . . . just saying. Also, if you want signed books get your request in to Borderlands before Dec 15th, that's the last time I'll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays. Frankly, the sooner the better, so they can order stuff if they don't already have it.

Quote of the Day:
"Cold sweets before the hot is a barbarism only to be equalled by serving a cheese fondu before jelly as a pudding."
~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888

Daisypath Wedding tickers
My darlings please recall, this is my blog and I am goddess of this little corner of the interwebs. You are always welcome to comment, as I am to delete said comments. As my dear mum often murmurers: if you haven't anything nice to say then please don't stay anything at all. Also: Thou shalt not commit Logical Fallacies.


Loved your outfit choices, but SO relate to that early am thing! So GREAT on you for doing a stellar job of it and living to tell us about it! THANKS

Can't wait for the ART contest!
Hope the ARC ART is avaliable to us non-usians to enter!
Update on the Parasol Protectorate Herbacous Border/Folly - the patio is down, I have clear lines of sight up to the back paddock so now I start planning.
Sadly no, it will be Little Brown shipping again which means US only PO boxes. Sorry. If it isn't sold to your territory it's not kosher for a US publisher to sent it there.
Thats ok. I know I will eventually get my hot little hands on a copy - even if I have to wait for the release date!
Not much time (hence the recent lack of comments), but may I just saw how utterly fooled I feel for living in a country without bread tags? *lol*
I've always felt this, but your latest photos simply make it impossible for me to be silent; YOU ARE THE SNAPPIEST DRESSER EVER. I love your fashion sense!

Snappy Dressing

Why thank you very much! You know I have a blog for that?

Re: Snappy Dressing

I do, yes :) I shall start following it forthwith, I think!