Curtsies & Conspiracies released in
November of 2013
Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book. Research I did, chattering and amusement on the subject of brain farts and other issues.
A conspiracy is afoot – one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans.
Curtsies & Conspiracies was a New York Times Bestseller and received a top honor on the YALSA Amazing Audiobooks List (2015).
This book got the highest I have ever been in one of the main NYT lists (only the manga has gone higher) and that was in hard cover children’s at #5. It released the same year as Etiquette & Espionage.
“Carriger’s second steampunk adventures exceeds the first…the fun, again, is in watching ever-practical Sophronia sneak and scheme her way into sometimes dangerous, sometimes riotously funny, situations…. We repeat: This witty, light-hearted series is not to be missed.”
~ Booklist, starred review
Writing Curtsies & Conspiracies
I ended up having to do a brain map of all the conspiracies in this book.
This is not normally how I work.
Until I had Scrivener in my life I tended to work with 3×5 cards (see Waistcoats & Weaponry entry coming up).
As an aside the original order of the books was also going to be alphabetical by title, which meant this one would have been the first book.
- Curtsies & Conspiracies
- Deportment & Deceit
- Etiquette & Espionage
- Manners & Mutiny
I wanted to do this so I could keep them straight in my head because I was having problems with The Parasol Protectorate. (Now I picture the cover of each PP book and so know the setting, and thus remember which book is which.)
However, when I pitched the series they decided right away they wanted Etiquette & Espionage to be the first book. Not sure why.
They also embossed the cover of E&E and C&C but not the other two in this series. $ concerns, I’m pretty sure.
Things Pertaining to This Book
Research and Other Fun Behind the Scenes Tidbits
- Silly Things an Alt-History Writer Researches, 1850s Victorian
- 7 Fun Questions from Foreign Translators
- 6 Questions About Curtsies & Conspiracies, Answered
- Visual Clues & Insider Trading Imagery
- National Poetry Month… Dimity Style
- The Dresses in Curtsies & Conspiracies over on Retro Rack and specifically Sophronia’s Robe à Transformation
- How Does the Peerage Work in the Parasolverse?
- Blog posts specifically about Curtsies & Conspiracies
It was this book that spawned the music video! I blog all about it including how it came into existence, my suspicions as to its effectiveness, behind the scenes photos of the models and actors, and THE LYRICS.
Chapter by Chapter says,
“Curtsies & Conspiracies was everything I expected it to be: Just like the novel that came before it but better. Way better.”
I hope you enjoy this second installment in the Finishing School series. It was bear to write, that’s for certain, but it all came out good in the end.
Or did it?
Yours in infamy,
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Love Bytes says:
“The pages just flew by as I go deeper and deeper into the plot, and stopping was very much out of the question once things started to get going. These werewolves could have been very boring (I mean, what is this, the 800th werewolf book I’ve read?) but I loved Carriger’s various takes on the shifters and their culture. It was not exactly all new, but it was just different enough to make me always want to know just that little bit more about them. I think that readers who enjoyed this series so far and going to end up really liking this one, and if they are anything like me, they are going to be clamoring for the next book.”
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