Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Cover Copy! Finishing School

Today, Fashionable Reader, I present to you the book cover copy for Etiquette & Espionage as it appears around the web and on the dust jacket. Those of you who have been following my inglorious career will know from past chattering that I wrote in-house cover copy for Orbit which ended up being used for my back cover copy. Little Brown is a bit different. This copy is written by them with my input and approval, hope you enjoy it!

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Finishing School logo

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail Carriger’s legions of fans have come to adore.


Praise for Etiquette & Espionage:

“Carriger’s YA debut brings her mix of Victorian paranormal steampunk and winning heroines to a whole new audience…with cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people.”
~ Booklist (starred review)

“Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page…Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series.”
~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[A] delightfully madcap espionage adventure…”
~ Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Blending intrigue and elements of the school story, Carriger introduces teen readers to a supernatural-meets-steampunk world full of action and wit.”
~ Horn Book


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1880s Mourning Ensemble The Mint Museum
1880s Mourning Ensemble  The Mint Museum

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Old style slang terms for various professions:

Tailor ~ Stitch
Soldier ~ Blade
Schoolmaster ~ Birch
Sailor ~ Salt
Pimp ~ Gusset
Painter ~ Brush
Judge ~ Robe
Friend ~ Smut
Coachman ~ Whip
Author ~ Quill

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How Much Do You Understand About Your Writing Process?

Book News:
Soulless review from The Dairy of a Bookworm.

Quote of the Day:
“It is well, therefore, to understand that every organ is notified on the telegraphic system, if anything offends the spirit of the human being, and these organs are often taxed or compelled to give back part of the nervo-electricity with which they are performing thei offices.”
~ Edward B. Foote, 1971


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