This is part of the book blog tour for Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey, organized by Shane at Itching for Books.
Title: Legacy of the Clockwork Key
Series: The Secret Order, #1
Author: Kristin Bailey
Published: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Source: received my copy from publisher
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][The Book Depository]
A teen girl unravels the mysteries of a secret society and their most dangerous invention in this adventure-swept romance set in Victorian London.
When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key — a key that only Meg can use — that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg is compelled to follow.
Meg has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect — and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg is swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge. The clockwork key has unlocked her destiny in this captivating start to a trilogy.
Today, I’m so thrilled to have Meg joining us. She is going to impart her sensible advice on a subject that is very dear to her heart. I hope you’ll enjoy what she has to share!
A Victorian Girl’s Guide to Becoming an Adventurer
By Miss Margaret Anne Whitlock
My dear readers,
Of course, it is rarely advisable for sensible young women to go gallivanting off in search of strange adventures. However, should the need arise to search for a long-lost relative who may have faked his own death, escape from those with murderous intentions, or save the world, a proper Victorian lady must be prepared. And so, I present to you, some helpful advice to help maintain one’s sense of propriety even in the most unlikely of circumstances.
It is always important to take great care in one’s personal appearance. For those who may have had misfortune in their lives, a good dress can be hard to come by, which makes it especially imperative to take great care when setting off on an adventure. Any number of circumstances can result in the ruin of one’s clothing, such as nearly drowning, harnessing your person into a flying machine, or finding yourself the unlikely captain of a ship in the midst of battling something most dreadful upon a storm-ravaged lake.
Should your dress be ruined in such circumstance, it is best to embrace this misfortune and take the opportunity to make the dress functional. Shortening a hemline is practical for most adventuring. I would recommend one take care in the selection of boots. While exposing one’s ankles may be unavoidable, a fine set of boots can do much to alleviate the embarrassment of such a circumstance. And while it may be tempting, do try not to appropriate a pair of men’s trousers for your own use, as this has a very strange effect on the males in your presence.
Of course a proper young miss should never be caught alone in the company of a young man. Such a disaster could ruin a girl. While the circumstances of such an unfortunate situation might be entirely innocent, society at large might not approve. Should this be the case, the best course of action is to remove oneself from the prying eyes of society and take your adventures across the countryside. That way, should you face a dire situation that made you fear for your life, and forgot yourself momentarily in the moments thereafter, no one will ever know, and your reputation shall remain unsullied.
Regarding Mechanical Devices…
Over the course of my adventures, I have learned two things. First, expect the unexpected. Second, when operating a flying machine of any sort, it is best to discover how to land before launching your person into the air.
I wish you the best of luck. Here’s to remarkable adventures.
Legacy of the Clockwork Key will hit the shelves on March 5, 2013.
About the Author
Kristin Bailey grew up in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley in California. As a kid she enjoyed visiting the beach, camping and skiing with her two brothers.
Now she is a military wife and mother of two young children. She is also terrible about spoiling her pets. She has one fluffy mutt, two cats who think they own the world, and a fish tank with a quartet of fat fish, and two secretive striped ninja-assassin snails.
In the course of her adventures, she has worked as a zookeeper, balloon artist, and substitute teacher. Now she enjoys writing books for teens who enjoy mystery and adventure as much as she does.