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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Deportment & Disguises" ~ Interview with Gail Carriger + Giveaway!! (Etiquette & Espionage Blog Tour)

Today I have the enormous pleasure of interviewing Gail Carriger for her YA debut, Etiquette & Espionage! If you've been following me for awhile, you probably know I was a big fan of her adult series,  The Parasol Protectorate, so of course I was eager to see what she was give us when she tried her hand at YA.  You can check out what I thought of Etiquette & Espionage here, but before you go, enjoy this fun little interview I did with Gail on the topic of DEPORTMENT & DISGUISES, and then enter to win a copy of Etiquette & Espionage below!

And now, on to the business of 

The business of espionage and "finishing" can sometimes be rather uncouth; what tips should a lady always follow to conduct herself appropriately while "on the job"?

Good posture is a must, and perfume just strong enough to confuse supernatural senses. Lastly, a lady should never forget her sewing scissors, handkerchief and small vile of poison—best to be prepared.

What must a lady never do, even in the hairiest of situations? [Note: this is not a *polite cough* subtle allusion to werewolf relations, nor particularly unflattering coiffures. Though if that is where your answer goes... ;) ]

Dance with a gentleman more than twice, show her neck to a vampire without proper introduction, or faint without purpose and intent.

The Dos and Don'ts of Disguises: What rules or guidelines should a lately always follow in donning a disguise?

Consider hair in all things­–mustaches, for example, should be treated gently. No one likes looking at the underclass, the ugly, or the uncouth, so when in doubt, don all three. Also, consider the opposite direction—aristocratic children, for example, can be both unseen and unheard.

A lady should always be ready for anything that comes her way at the drop of a hat (god forbid one were to drop it, that is); what are the most useful items to have on-hand to design a disguise on the fly?

Hair ribbons, sap paste, and smelling salts.

Aside from the obvious lack of sexytimes, how did you find yourself changing or adapting your writing for a YA audience?

I worked to create a more youthful and accessible voice, and characters that would grow and change with the books. Sophronia has a different worldview than Alexia. She's private, introverted and must become self-actualized along the way by making new friends and discoveries. Her focus is on her immediate environment, which is less political and more personal.

Want more Etiquette & Espionage? Check out the book's dedicated (and quite snazzy) tumblr, or catch Gail "Live at the Lounge" via this cool video chat on February 12th!

Thanks to the awesome folks at Little, Brown, I have an Etiquette & Espionage prize pack, including E&E buttons and a finished copy of the book, to give to one lucky winner! US only, ends February 12, 2013 at 12am EST. Full terms in the Rafflecopter below. 
Good luck!!

Make sure to check out the other great stops on the tour!
2/4: Forever Young Adult
2/5: The Book Rat - you are here! Awesome!
2/6: Alice Marvels
2/7: Supernatural Snark
2/8: Mundie Moms

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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
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Steampunk/Fantasy, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Little, Brown BYR
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.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

First in a four book YA series set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate but in the same universe.


  1. I would love to learn to be a master of disguise. I wouldn't mind escaping into another personality for awhile!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I would want to dress in many costumes and form aliases throughout the world to where my true identity would be unknown especially trying on different wigs and clothes.

  3. I love The Parasol Protectorate series, and I'm so excited for this series to come out! I would love to learn the fine art of dance on the etiquette side. As for espionage, I would love to learn how to read other people-their verbal and non-verbal cues, etc.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway!! Let's see...I think I would like to learn how to use the hair ribbons, sap paste, and smelling salts mentioned above! :)

  5. I'm not sure if this is the etiquette or espionage side I would love to learn how to properly sneak around and move without getting much notice

  6. This was a really cute interview, I loved how original the questions were and in keeping with the theme!

    As for me, I think I'd like to learn how to dress up in different disguises and how to perfectly act out each one believably. You never know when that will come in handy.

  7. I would love to be able to go undercover undetected!

  8. I love snark!

    Gayle Mills
    scmema at yahoo dot com

  9. I would love to be able to wear different disguises, especially the gowns, as well as the latest gadgets hidden in my skirts

  10. this is my kind of finishing school!

  11. I would love to learn how to be a spy.

  12. Can't wait to read this. I loved the Timeless series! :)

    I'd like to learn the best ways to defend yourself with common everyday objects!

  13. Amazing interview Misty! I love your questions!! :-)

    I feel like I want to create an E&E kit with smelling salts, scissors, ribbons, sap paste, etc. Then bedazzle it so it looks like a fancy purse. I feel like the school would approve. :-)

  14. You should DEFINITELY do that, Lauren! =D

  15. Aaaaaaah, I can't wait to read this book!

    What would I like to know... How far may a lady go in the art of seduction to pursue, say, an amorous specter and still remain a lady?

  16. I'd love to learn how to pick locks. Or do needlepoint. Or pick locks with my needlepoint needles.

  17. I think this book would be a lot of fun. I love books about boarding schools. Also, anything to do with girls learning to fight and the art of deceit.

  18. I would love to learn to speak several different languages - that would come in handy for bother espionage and etiquette!

  19. I loved the Parasol series and I can't wait to read this one!

    I would like to learn how to "faint without purpose and intent" :)

  20. I’d like to learn "Household management & hand to hand combat." Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  21. As a big fan of the Parasol Protectorate series, I have been anxiously awaiting this one! I can't wait to hear her take on teaching spies, especially spies in petticoats!


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