6 Questions About Prudence

Prudence, the first book in my new adult series, the Custard Protocol, hits sores oh so soon (eek). Below I attempt to answer some questions ahead of the curve, as it were.

1. Is this series Adult or YA?
These books are more like the Parasol Protectorate series: written with an adult audience in mind. Now, that doesn't mean younger readers won't like Prudence just that the protagonist is 20, the language can be elaborate, the book is longer than mose YA, and the series will get a little racy in content.

2. Do I need to have read the Parasol Protectorate Books or the Finishing School Books to understand what is going on?
Absolutely not. Each one of my series stands on its own. I always put in cookies and presents for those who have faithfully read all my books, but nothing that would damage a new reader's enjoyment of the story.

Want someone else's opinion?
Lisa Sprague, Enfield Public Library (Enfield, CT) Says of Prudence, “Yay! I was hoping we'd be seeing Prudence in her own series. Baby P (Rue to you) is all grown up and absolutely delightful.  First time readers will think it’s a wonderful book on its own merits. However, it becomes spectacular when we get to revisit some of the beloved characters from the Parasol Protectorate!”
(LibraryReads is the “top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.” It launched in September 2013 and is used widely in the library community.)


3. What has been your favorite thing so far about creating the Prudence character? (via batalpaca in my Reddit AMA)
Nothing, she's a managing stubborn chipper bossy little madam! Actually, I love her enthusiasm. Prudence has a tenancy to dash in and try to fix things without considering the consequences ahead of time. She does it out of pure love of the game, rather than anything else, so it's hard to get mad at her for that. She does try so hard.

A moment of custard goodness: The old foodie tackles Cheese Pudding.

4. How does the fashion for Prudence's book look like? What is the year and the style? (via Heartandcore)
1895. Chosen partly because of the insane looks sleeves. Over on Retro Rack I've been blogging about this time period and will continue to do so including some of the ridiculous undergarments. But here is a sample:

feuille-d-automne-tumnblr Mode féminine. Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg (Vème arr.), vers 1895.

Don't you just love those sleeves?!

5. Are Rue's parents and/or Lord A in the book? (via Debbie)
Naturally. Or should I say, supernaturally?

1937 Clip  Cartier, 1937  Christie’s

6. Do you know anything more about the audio book?
Yes I do. Moira Quirk, who read the Finishing School books, is reading Prudence as well. She is a wonderful reader and I am sure will do a terrific job. The audiobook should drop (in the USA) at the same time as the print edition.

1895 En Wagon, by Gui de la Bretoniére, Exposition d'Art Photographique

Bonus Question: How do you produce the "g" in Carriger?
It is hard as in GIR.

{Gail's monthly read along for March is Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1890 Parasol Case http-_art.famsf.org_au-petit-st-thomas_parasol-case-19815320a-b

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Bathing ensemble, 1872. via shewhoworshipscarlin 'tumblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
"On the fiction of Amelia Edwards" by Katherine S. Macquoid

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Just Say No… The Hero's Journey


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (March 17, 2015), 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
Flurry of Ponderings ‏@missiet  I want my own Bumbersnoot so bad! #thefinishingschool series

Quote of the Day:
"My eyes sought into hers like there was a horizon inside her."
~ Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

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