Finishing School Extras ~ Behind the Scenes

So when I was doing research for the Finishing School series, Gentle Reader, I did a bunch of research into the Enigma Project. It totally fascinated me (yes Ive watched the various movies). Not a lot ended up making it into the books, but here is a peek at the vocabulary notes I took.

My first copy of Manners & Mutiny arrives in the office.

 You can determine for yourself, Gentle Reader, what was actually utilized in the series.

  • Clandestine
  • Station X
  • Dispatches
  • Code Name
  • Cypher
  • Deception
  • Sensitive Information
  • Restrictions
  • Security
  • Secrets
  • Top Secret
  • Agent Provocateurs
  • Intelligencers
  • Unauthorized Disclosure
  • Compromise
  • Seal of the Confessional
  • Resources
  • Personnel Department
  • Protective Security
  • Vetting for Government Installation
  • Counter Espionage
  • Counter Insurgency
  • Domestic Surveillance
  • Registry

And then at the bottom in big letters I have scrawled:

Clandestine Scientific Information Act of 1885

Of course I ended up cutting the “Scientific” because that made it the CIA. And I can’t resist stuff like that.

the-vortexx-tumblr Victorian slang terms you never knew existed


More Resources on Victorian Spies

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Le Bon Ton Date-  Tuesday, March 1, 1853 Item ID-  v. 36, plate 31

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Female Spy: Mata Hari

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
8 Badass Ladies Who Changed Literature Forever


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Finished rough draft. Working on next draft.

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1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

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  1. Susan Pola Staples said:

    I would enjoy knowing what Sophronia keeps on her chatelaine. I think we modern women need them today to keep our cellphones, keys, makeup and whatnot. Only 14 more days till Manners & Mutiny. At.

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