How to Throw a Parasolverse High Tea: Foodstuffs

And the Book Launch was without food and snacky-bits and hunger was upon the Authorbeast.

So she spoke from on high (i.e. Facebook) and doth she:

Book Launch do I have, and food have I none, and time have I neither.

But low, for am I rich in Foodie Friends, and we, we must strive to prove much to those Denizens of New York who descended upon us.

(The authors would be happy with dry crackers so long as there is booze, but the agents & publishers require CHEESE…)

And so, in the fullness of time, the Foodie Friends doth answer.

And they did say unto the Authorbeast:

For as thy book is likened unto thy progeny,

we will look upon this as a baby shower and we will flock unto you.

And we shall come, bringing with us such earthly delights as:

  • homemade shortbread,
  • savory scones,
  • caramelized onion & fig tartlets,
  • stuffed mushrooms,
  • tea sandwiches,
  • Scotch eggs,
  • cinnamon chocolate truffles,
  • candied citrus,
  • bacon wrapped water chestnuts.

And yea, for they did say, we art even prepared to attempt that sacred, of sacred, that holiest of holies,

the treacle tart.

And the Author Beast did reply unto the Foodie Friends:

And It Shall Be Delicious.

“But now I must get to my favorite character, Lord Akeldama. He’s a dandy to be sure, and a rogue vampire due to a mysterious disagreement over waistcoats, but he’s so much more. He’s a complex little spy who loves Alexia because she makes him feel human. But his spy network is really where it’s at. His trusty Drones, led by Biffy. These dandy’s are everywhere and hear everything, but at the same time are so stereotypical and a product of their time that they are a part of the scenery. They are perfectly calculated by Akeldama to be his eyes and ears lending him the appearance of omniscience. Also lets not forget they are great little helpers, in every sense of the word. Do to their cackling dandy herd mentality and the name of Drones and knowing that the author is a fan of P.G. Wodehouse, I can’t help myself envisioning a whole different take on the Drones Club. This one would be more stylish, with lots more purple silk and more overt Wildean overtones. I would pay to read about that…really I would.”

Quote of the Day:

“Another novelty is the tea-party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment.”

~ Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste

Book most relevant to this post?

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Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.

  • First, she has no soul.
  • Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead.
  • Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced!

Where to go from there?

From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

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  1. nyla said:

    ooh! so glad i checked your blog and discovered that you're throwing a debut party. i'm reading soulless now (and loving it.)

    will be at the convention and hope to stop by to wish you well!

    p.s. enjoying your blog and hoping you might post some of the readings and/or panels at Fantasy Con that you're looking forward to. you seem like a writer in the know…

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