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Bumbersnoot Art for ARC Contest Concluded

Since we had less than 20 entries I am delighted, and even more relieved, to say that everyone who entered won!

With the exception of one sketch:
Meghanisms Bumbersnoot

For whom I never got an email address. Sadness.

So everyone should expect contact from my publisher over the next week or so. Please don't fret if it takes a little time, after all it is the holidays, and please do check your spam filters! It may take the books a little while to get to you as sometimes they are mailed media mail so don't panic.

In case you want to double check.

Winners are:
1. Amanda amandolinb
2. Caitlyn cdavis
3. Endless Pages llou
4. Fairandbright queenlothiriel
5. Fatedreamer onceuponadreambooks
6. FliterKit flitterkit
7. ForeverSearching alexa.may
8. Jenaveve visual_veve
9. Lara larabatesprior
10. Lisa lisaradgirl
11. Massimo Handcuffbetty
12. Melissa missy
13. Talia tmyres

I am beyond delighted with the entrants and you can expect to see them popping up in this blog, probably during Jannuary, closer to release date of Etiquette & Espionage.

And now I must get back to Prudence!


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Victoria Secret Recent Show

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Neighbors (via FB)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Tea Books
Old teapot re-purposed as planter

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How To Dish Out Backstory In Digestible Bites

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working first draft. New release date March 2014.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits done and in! Release date November 2013.
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, both now available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

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

Book News:
Still slaving away at Prudence. Nothing new on the radar right now.

Quote of the Day:
"Most of the recipes given under fist and eggs are suitable for breakfast, while a variety of appetizing little dishes can be made by using white China scallop shells, and filling them with various mixtures. And inch or two deep of nicely-minced chicken, covered with tomato or brinjal [eggplant] scallop, or with a nicely-seasoned batter – the whole to be crumbled over and baked – is always liked. Hunter's sandwiches [cold meat in bread], kromeskys [croquettes made of minced meat ir fish rolled in bacon or calf's udder and fried], and croutons [small pieces of toasted or fried bread added to soups and used to garnish stews] of all descriptions are also suitable, but it should be remembered that any elaborate side-dish has too great an apparent connection with yesterday's dinner to be agreeable to the fastidious. Indeed, this lingering likeness to the immediate precedeing meal is always to be striven against; and the mistress of the house where you have duck for dinner, and duck stew next morning at breakfast, may be set down as a bad manager."
~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888
No left over pizza for breakfast, I guess.

Daisypath Wedding tickers


The mystery sketch

Hi Gail, my email is meghanisms@gmail.com. Sorry for not making that clear.

Re: The mystery sketch

I'll try but the office is NY is now closed to it might be too late. Sorry, Gail
Yay! I was so excited when I got the email! Thank you for this lovely contest.
Totally Random - but I have obtained a copy of Mrs. Beetsons household management, its very amusing. I assume you have read it or have a copy?
Completely randomly as well one just entered my life. It's a 1910 version, which is a bit late to be all that useful but entertaining none the less.
Mine is an original fascimile of the 1800's version. I randomly read bits out to my mother of a night and cause her to fall over laughing. I think the classic so far is the composition of the body and what you need to eat to support it.