Opening Lines to Chapter Three

Something new and silly for you in the blog today, Gentle Reader. For no good reason what-so-ever, below are the opening lines to the third chapter in each of my steampunk books, including a sneak look at the two new ones.

The Parasol Protectorate

  1. "Bollocks," said Lord Maccon, upon seeing who stood before him. 
  2. Alexia lay staring thoughtfully up at the ceiling, feeling about as wet and as limp as a half-cooked omelet.
  3. Someone was trying to kill Lady Alexia Maccon. It was most inconvenient, as she was in a dreadful hurry. 
  4. "Oh, really, must you?" was Lord Maccon's considered opinion, expressed to his wife upon seeing her sister in residence, as if Felicity were some sort of unfortunate digestive complaint Alexia had suddenly developed.
  5. "I don't have much time," said Alexia, sitting down with Prudence cuddled in her lap.


Finishing School

  1. The coachman finally regained his senses, realizing this was not some nightmare. 
  2. Given that all her female friends were aloof and non-communicative, Sophronia took refuge in the boiler room. 
  3. Agatha ran the last few steps to the Scottish girl and placed and arm about her waist, squeezing her close. 
  4. Vieve was waiting for Sophronia behind the Nib and Crinkle as arranged. She smelled as though she had managed to convince the proprietor to serve her a pint—and then gone swimming in it.


Custard Protocol

  1. Professor Percival Tunstell moved out of his mother’s hive in Wimbledon and accepted a post as Oxford don the moment he came into his majority.
  2. They never did get around to the German poetry, or any other form of interrogation that evening, as it turned out.

{Gail's monthly read along for September is Court of Fives by Kate Elliott}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1872 Giovanni Boldini (Italian artist, 1842-1931) Woman With A Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe.
~Rudyard Kipling

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Medical Recipes in the 18th Century

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny
 The Custard Protocol Series
 1 Prudence, 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 (There are only 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:
A Fangirls View says of Prudence: “Prudence is just as fun as her mother, yet she's not a carbon copy of Alexia. This new generation is fun to hang out with because unlike the first one, they all knew each other from when they were kids so it's like hanging out with a bunch of best friends on a flying ship.”

Quote of the Day:
“You see, I had decided—rightly or wrongly—to grow a moustache and this had cut Jeeves to the quick. He couldn't stick the thing at any price, and I had been living ever since in an atmosphere of bally disapproval.”
~ from My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

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