This is part of the book blog tour for Rise of the Arcane Fire by Kristin Bailey,
organized by Shane at Itching for Books.
Title: Rise of the Arcane Fire
Series: The Secret Order, #2
Author: Kristin Bailey
Published: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Source: received my copy from publisher
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][The Book Depository]
After her parents died in a fire and her grandfather disappeared, Meg Whitlock thought her life had come to a standstill. But when she learned that the pocket watch her grandfather left her was really an intricate key, Meg, with the help of a stable hand named Will, uncovered the Amusementists: members of an elite secret society dedicated to discovery and shrouded in mystery.
Now the Amusementists are convening in London, and Meg is determined to join their ranks. But being the first girl in the Order has its difficulties, and with Will away in Scotland Meg fears she can’t trust anyone but herself. Her worries are only supported by the sabotage happening at the academy, with each altered invention being more harmful than the last.
With threats lurking around every corner, and while trying to prove her worth as the first female Amusementist, Meg must uncover the identity of the academy’s saboteur before the botched devices become deadly. And after she finds evidence of a sinister and forbidden invention, Meg must stop it – or risk the entire future of the Amusementists.
Today, I’m so thrilled to have Meg joining us!
I hope you’ll enjoy what she has to impart.
Don’t Do This
(especially when you’re panic)
By Miss Meg Whitlock
Dear gentle readers,
I have been invited here today to share some of my hard won experience in the hopes that it might help others in the course of their adventures. Now that I have been sworn as an apprentice to The Secret Order of Modern Amusementists, I find as a young lady, there are certain precautions one must take when one finds herself in a predicament of deadly consequence.
And so, I bring to you my list of things not to do if you find yourself in a situation that naturally lends itself to panic.
Firstly, do not panic.
This should seem self explanatory, but it really is essential. If you do not have a useful mind in a precarious situation, really you have nothing. Keeping one’s mind is of course easier said than done. Should you find yourself, oh, say, chased by an out of control automaton that happens to be on fire, or captured by the man who murdered your entire family, panic does seem a reasonable state of mind. Breathe and then think. As long as you are still living, you have a chance to survive, so use it well.
Secondly, do not rely on the practicality of Victorian fashion in a dangerous situation.
If we are to speak honestly, dresses are immensely impractical and can be deadly in certain situations. While it is too shocking and scandalous for a woman to dress as a man, I do sometimes long for the freedom of my male counterparts, especially when it comes to donning trousers. Petticoats and crinolines tend to hinder one when running, and I could go on and on about the need to breathe in certain situations and the limitations of a corset. If you should find yourself both modestly dressed and in trouble, your modesty will not preserve you. Do what you must to your clothing. Your skirt may not survive the danger in one piece, but hopefully you will. At the very least, all young ladies should modify their dresses to include pockets in the seams of their skirts. I find them immensely useful.
And Thirdly, never leave those pockets empty.
You never know what might come in handy if you are caught in a bit of a spot. Several small items might mean the difference between survival and an untimely demise. Some things that might come in handy in a pinch are any small odds and ends such as screws, bolts, small sharp tools like drivers or awls, modified work goggles that allow one to see in the dark, rags, small bottles of chloroform, mechanical homing pigeons for messages, and of course hair pins. Since it is natural for such things to end up in one’s pocket during the course of the day, this should be the easiest advice to follow.
Should you follow this simple advice, I am certain you should prevail in whatever trials and adventures await.
Good luck to you, and may the spirit of invention shine on.
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.