Ending a Series: Tomorrow Manners & Mutiny Drops

Tomorrow Manners & Mutiny officially heads out into the world (yes, it shipped early in a few places). This is the last book in the Finishing School series. Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo iBooks The Finishing School series was a lot of firsts for me. The first time I wrote YA. The first time I […]

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Historical Questions for Victorian Ladies 1853

If you were a respectable young lady in the Victorian Era, Gentle Reader, here are a few conversation topics you might be expected to have words on.  This is the kind of thing Lady Linette might instruct the girls of Mademoiselle Geraldine’s with, in order to adequately prepare them for societal integration.   Historical Question […]

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Alternate Historical Names for Clothing in the Victorian Era

1811 ~ Alternate Historical Names for Clothing Togs ~ Clothes Articles or Inexpressibles ~ Underthings, sometimes Breeches Farting crackers or Galligaskins ~ Breeches Buntlings ~ Petticoats Fallalls ~ Ornaments, chiefly woman’s, such as ribands, necklaces, etc. India wipe ~ A silk handkerchief Specked whiper ~ A coloured handkerchief Knuckle-dabd, or knuckle-confounders ~ Ruffles Brogue ~ […]

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Announcing the Final Cover Art for Manners & Mutiny!

Here, at last Gentle Reader, is the finalized cover art for the last Finishing School book, Manners & Mutiny. When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London… but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test […]

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Sophronia’s Moors in the Finishing School Series

While I was in England I trotted down to Devon to visit my family and childhood stomping grounds but also to rove about Dartmoor. As you know, Gentle Reader, the Finishing School books partly take place in Dartmoor. (Or should I say: floating above it?) I thought you would like to see what the moor […]

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Steampunk Names & 1811 Professions

I don’t mean to be cagey, Gentle Reader, but tomorrow I have fun times here on the blog. Yes indeed, exciting stuff. Meanwhile, I give you this little gem off the Finishing School Tumblr: And if you like, once you pick your name you can pick your profession… 1811 Slang Terms for Professions Author ~ […]

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Dear Author, How Could You End the Series?

Today, Gentle Reader, I introduce a new occasional series of installments of questions I get constantly. How Could You End It? I’m delighted you liked the series but it is finished. I believe in leaving a party while I am still enjoying it, and, perhaps more importantly, while others are still enjoying my company. I’ve […]

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Ending a Series Part 2: Emotions

There’s a sense of listlessness at the ending of a series, Gentle Reader. I’ve felt it for years as a voracious reader, now I feel it as an author for the first time. It’s a little like breaking up with a partner you still love plus losing friends through time and distance plus ending a […]

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