Waistcoats & Weaponry Special Extras

Waistcoats & Weaponry released in

November of 2014

Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book. I’m including research I did, plus chattering on the subject of designing the dress and bladed fan on the cover.


Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey hijack a suspiciously empty train to return their chum Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.

Waistcoats & Weaponry was a New York Times bestseller, long list nominee for the Teen Choice Book award (2014), nominated for a Locus award (2015), was one of Amazon’s “most anticipated” Fall Release in Science Fiction & Fantasy (2015), received a top honor on the YALSA Amazing Audiobooks List (2016), and won the Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice Award (2015).

Writing Waistcoats & Weaponry

W&W was originally titled Deportment & Deceit, but my publisher decided they didn’t like that title. I’m not sure why. Possibly too long a first word? Wouldn’t type set nicely? Too hard for American audiences?

So we changed it. I very rarely fuss about such things.

Speaking of Titles

Every title in this series is made up of alliterative two words the first of which should call to mind something Victorian and mannerly (Etiquette, Curtsies, Deportment –> Waistcoats, Manners).

You can see how with that restriction, Waistcoats doesn’t quite fit (it’s an article of clothing but nothing really to do with polite society). However, it is apt to this book, as this is the one mostly centered on the boys. Or caused by boy issues.

The second word in the titles should be something spy or secretive (Espionage, Conspiracies, Deceit –> Weaponry, Mutiny).

Another fun cover tidbit, did you notice the model changed?

Yeah the second two books in the series have a different cover model.

I helped pick them both, actually. But the second one looks a bit more like I imagined Sophronia, although I genuinely like them both.

Few people seemed to notice or complain. In fact, I got more complaints about Donna changing during the course of the Parasol series, when, in fact that really is EXACTLY the same model on all five books.

Back to Waistcoats & Weaponry

I happen to be a particularly huge fan of this cover. Probably because I had the most influence over it. That’s MY FAN she’s holding, I asked for her hair to be up, for her dress be exactly as described in the book, and they listened!

Also I love love love the color. I’m a huge fan of greens and teals. So good.

You seem to agree with me as this is the most popular cover, by fan vote, in the FS series. Although I haven’t run this poll since the illustrated edition of Soulless, the most recent Custard Protocol books, or the novellas.

Perhaps we will do another cover vote sometime.

Things Pertaining to This Book

Here’s the sketch I did for Sophronia Masquerade dress that ends upon the cover of the book. I was very into Ombre at the time. You can take a Peek at Sophronia’s Dress Design Process over on Retro Rack.

Waistcoats & Weaponry partly came by its name because it is the book that deals with the boys and their histories, quandaries, and mistakes.

Or some boys.

Or the boy thread is key to the plot.

Because I get asked quite a bit, and they all never really appear in any of the books here the the list of Sophronia’s and her siblings:

Just a reminder there is merch for this series! Including this Team Soap shirt (which works on so many levels)… All the t-shirts in my merch shop can be changed in size, color, and shirt shape. So yes, you can get this of a man, or in blue, or as a hoodie, or…

Some more fashion for this book…

In Other News!

Recently I met a Picklewoman with a Bumbersnoot in Seattle…

I got very excited by the Bumbersnoot!

I do hope you enjoy Waistcoats & Weaponry! 

Yours in ombre,

Miss Gail

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