Deadly Destinations: Tiffany Trent & win THE UNNATURALISTS

August 16, 2012 Deadly Destinations 89

Today’s Deadly Destination is from Tiffany Trent in the form of A Young Lady’s Guide to Conducting Herself While Abroad, Distributed by Miss Marmalade’s Seminary for Young Ladies of Quality from THE UNNATURALISTS (published on August 14th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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A Young Lady’s Guide to Conducting Herself While Abroad

Distributed by Miss Marmalade’s Seminary for Young Ladies of Quality

While the Seminary encourages Young Ladies to travel abroad for further enrichment in their necessary studies, it also urges strict caution when doing so.  All young ladies should of course travel with their families or a chaperone, but should disaster strike, it behooves a Lady of Quality to be prepared.

Here, then, are preparation reminders for whichever point of the compass you dare to travel:

To Points West, including Scientia –  Should you travel this route, you will most likely take airship from New London to Scientia.  Your only concern will be safe passage across the Creeping Waste. In all history, only one ship has succumbed, so there is not much to fear by this route. (And should the ship fail, be assured that your ending will be instant and graceful).

If you are traveling by steamship, carry the Sigils of Logic against water Elementals. They will attempt to charm you from the ship into the water, whereupon they will perform all sorts of indignities to your person before you drown. But they are frightened of anything that smacks of Logic and will release you if you press the cold iron image of Saint Boole against their skin.  Above all, be very certain that you’ve established passage on a rescue boat, should danger arise.

Once in Scientia, you are protected much as you are within the Walls of New London.

Have a care for the necropolis there, however! Rumor has it that it is haunted by an ancient warlock who seeks souls to power his army of automatons. Most fortunately, a warding wall has been built around the necropolis and no one lives there now. Still, best to be on your guard.

To Points South, including Newtonia – You will likely take a steamship to Newtonia and other points south, as long-distance airships have not yet found a reliable way to cross the Winedark Sea for any great distance. You should therefore prepare for similar possibilities as those described in the previous reference. Sigils of Logic are helpful, as well as the catechism of Saint Halley regarding the Scientific Miracle of the Diving Bell.

It is advised that you take a sylphid blouse and veil when walking abroad in Newtonia. Even with proper wards, the area is often swarmed with great clouds of tiny biting sylphids. Southern sylphids are much more beautiful and charming than our northern ones, and are often mistaken for dragonflies. Do not trust them, however. They are vicious.

Beware entering the southern stinkswamps, which breed the aforementioned plagues of sylphids, the infamous Grue, and similar bedevilments. If you are stranded there, no handbill in this world can help you.

To Points North —  No one is permitted to travel to the Myth Mountains in the North, save the mythminers and occasionally their kin.  The high mountain passes are treacherous and prolonged exposure to myth can cause hallucinations. Young Ladies of Quality never travel North.

To Points East, toward Mendel– Here There Be Dragons. Or Wyverns at least. True Dragons have not been seen in many an age, and we can all be very thankful for that. Should you travel overland toward the hamlets of Mendel, you will require nulling armor and a mythwork carriage, for certain. The Eastern Forests are treacherous and only the most enterprising of young women will endure.


Giveaway provided by Tiffany Trent
One copy of THE UNNATURALISTS by Tiffany Trent


Published on August 14th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.

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89 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Tiffany Trent & win THE UNNATURALISTS”

  1. Audra Holtwick

    The cover of this book is awesome — I can’t wait to read this one

  2. debbie johnson

    This book sounds great and I would love to win a copy. Debbie

  3. erinf1

    Loved the post!!! I wanted to read the book before but I especially now want to 🙂 Congrats on the new release! It sounds fantastic! I love the growth of the steampunk genre and I’m always on the look out for new editions. This sounds fabulous!

  4. Kimberly S

    This book sounds really good. I enjoy steampunk and am always looking for a new author.

  5. Nora-Adrienne Deret

    I have been a fan of alternate universes for over 50 years.. My library contains ACE paperbacks going all the way back to the early ’50’s. I would love to win a copy of this book to add to my growing collection of Steampunk literature.

    • Tiffany Trent

      I suppose that depends on the readers. 🙂 There will definitely be a second book, but I’d love to do a third. Or possibly more.

    • Tiffany Trent

      What was really difficult was merging two characters into one. I hated giving up the character I loved, but the book was much stronger for not having him AND the other character. Took A LOT of work to do that.

  6. draconismoi

    Do the dragons make an appearance? I haven’t read any steampunk with dragons….and that is a clear loss on the part of the literary world.

  7. Rose. P

    For Tiffany: What made you decide to become an author and how long did it take to get your first book published?

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway & good luck everyone!!

    • Tiffany Trent

      I am not sure what made me decide, but I knew from age 9 that writing was what I wanted to do. What made it seem like a possibility to me was receiving a signed letter back from Madeleine L’Engle. That signature has stayed in my memory, because to my 9-yr. old self that meant that a real person had written the book I loved. Maybe I could do the same. It took me much longer to realize my dream, but I finally did so in 2007 with my first book, In the Serpent’s Coils.

  8. Sofija Kapranova

    I love steampunk. It’s one of my favorite genres. It always satisfies my need for historical setting with kick-ass characters.

  9. Karen Wapinski

    I love finding new steampunks; thanks so much for the giveaway ^_^

  10. Marie-Claude

    Sound interesting!!! I read the first 2 book of the Hallowmeres serie and love them. Still need to find the rest of them and I would love to read The Unnaturalist!!!

  11. kara-karina

    That guide was fascinating and really left me panting for the Unnaturalists 🙂 Thank you for an awesome giveaway!

  12. Chelsea B.

    Ohhhh this book sounds uber good! Thank you for the post and givaway!!!!

  13. justpeachy36

    I love the cover on this one… did you have any input into choosing it?

  14. Sariah

    Sounds interesting. I really like the cover. Thanks for the chance.

    • Tiffany Trent

      I tend to write from female PoV, but honestly I’ve enjoyed writing from male PoV in THE UNNATURALISTS. It’s good practice to try all kinds of PoVs, I think.

  15. Mickie T

    The Young Lady’s Guide was delightful! Informative, too. I’m looking forward – in a decorous way – to reading the book.

  16. Barbara Elness

    Traveling abroad in the world of The Unnaturalists sounds extremely interesting, I’d love to take a trip. 😀

  17. Van Pham

    I’m really digging all the steampunk novels, and this is just looks like it would be right up my ally! 🙂

  18. wni

    I haven’t read any steampunk novel so far. This one sounds good. Anyway the cover is gorgeous!

  19. Carla C.

    Hi Tiffany, thanks for the giveaway!

    Imagine you’re going to a soirée with fictional characters, name 3 you would like to meet there. 😀

    • Tiffany Trent

      I would love to meet Corlath and Harry from THE BLUE SWORD, Meg Murray from A WRINKLE IN TIME and Raistlin from the DRAGONLANCE books. Which, I imagine, would be an interesting mix.

  20. Natalia J

    Love the cover, thanks for the giveaway, I cant wait to read it.

  21. Caty R

    I love anything with London as the setting but I haven’t read steampunk ever so I am interested to try this out!

  22. Veronika

    The cover looks so pretty! I can’t take my eyes off of it! Thank you so much for the post! London is my dream city!

    • Tiffany Trent

      It came about because of so many things. But it was mostly due to my interest in Victorian naturalists and their discoveries and the flamewars they used to get into with one another. I wondered what would happen if a Victorian naturalist ever ended up in Fairyland. THE UNNATURALISTS is the answer.

  23. alicia marie

    This sounds like an awesome book! There aren’t near enough steampunk books out : ) Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  24. Samantha D

    Have you ever been to a creative writing workshop? If so how was it? If not why not?

    • Tiffany Trent

      I’ve been to several and have a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, actually. So, yes…LOTS of workshops, to tell you the truth. What has worked best for me is working intensively with a small group of professionals I trust at writing retreats. I imagine a writer’s group could serve the same function, though I don’t belong to one at present.

  25. Susan

    Sounds like a great read. I am really starting to enjoy steampunk. Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. A.H.

    Steampunk is my favorite genre right now. I enjoy reading about the different kinds of contraptions.

  27. G. Donald Cribbs

    This has been on my TBR list for awhile, not just because it’s a steampunk, but also because of the story. I’d love to read/review this one. Thank you very much for the opportunity to win, and for the post to make me further salivate.

  28. whitewolfreads

    I just wanted to say that I have The Unnaturalists on my TBR pile and that I absolutely love that cover! (I would have bought this book on the cover alone).

  29. Alyssa Susanna

    Oooooo a new steampunk! Tiffany – what made you choose Steampunk!? Especially with Suzanne Lazea’s Innocent Darkness, Kady Cross’s The Girl in the Steel Corset and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (and I’m sure there are more).
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Tiffany Trent

      I have to say that I didn’t realize I’d written steampunk, at first. I was just interested in the Victorian era and then noticed that many of my fellow authors shared that interest. I’m glad there are so many of us!

  30. Melliane

    I’m always very curious about a new steampunk book and this one looks really great, well I love the cover. I would love to learn more about it. thanks for the post and giveaway!

  31. LisaC

    I love the mannered speech of the post, so the book sounds like something I would really enjoy.

  32. Rachel Chan

    I read and loved all the books in your Hallowmere series (was extremely sad that no more books were published) and I’m sure I’ll love the Unnaturalists as well 😀

  33. Alice

    The cover is amazingly steampunk and the plot seems to be really catching! Thanks for this lovely giveaway *___*

  34. Dani (Pen to Paper)

    A question: I know that a lot of authors feel very personally connected to their beloved characters. Which of your characters do you think you’d have the best relationship with, and why?

    • Tiffany Trent

      In THE UNNATURALISTS, I’d probably have the best relationship with Syrus, I think. (Though Vespa and I have a lots in common!) In HALLOWMERE, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Euan, the Fey Prince, even if he is rather awful. 🙂

  35. S.L.

    This book sounds like a great read!!! Really anxious to get my hands on a copy 😀

  36. Antoinette H.

    I love the color is so gorgeous. How does the cover reflect the story?

    • Tiffany Trent

      The young lady on the cover is one of the main characters, Vespa Nyx. She’s shadowed by the smoke from the Refinery in the background, which becomes very important to the story. I tried very hard to imagine what the cover would look like before this design was shown to me and honestly it’s even better than I could have dreamed.

  37. Raine

    Quite an entertaining post to read. I like the place names too, they all rolling off the tongue with ease. 😀 Your alternate London sounds fascinating to explore too. Was it hard thinking of these place names? Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Tiffany Trent

      Funny you should ask. At first, I had named everything after gems. But my agent kind of didn’t like that and the more I thought about it, the more I liked the implication of naming things after famous scientists, knowledge, and the London from which the City sprang.

  38. Amanda

    Thanks for the giveaway 😀 I’ve been wanting to get into steampunk, and this sounds like a promising start into the genre.

  39. Jolene A

    Wow, this sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win

  40. Christiane C.

    Thanks for the Giveaway! Did you get to pick the cover or did someone else pick it?

  41. Mel S

    I love steampunk, but is it easy to come up with a steampunk world that makes sense?
    I think book looks awesome!

  42. Francesca

    I want to read this book since the first time I’ve seen it, the cover it’s so steampunk! Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

  43. Ileana A.

    OMG! OMG! OMG! I almost miss this one too!
    I’ve been dying to read this one so so bad!! I almost miss a chance!
    Thanks for the giveaway!