The Debut of Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks—and a Giveaway!

Welcome to the launch of Corsets, Cutlasses, and Candlesticks! We’re a group of middle-grade and young-adult novelists who are bringing the past vividly to life through fiction.

Starting October 1, we’ll begin our regular blogging schedule on Mondays and Wednesdays. Today we’re kicking off the site with an introduction to our members and a major giveaway.

J. ANDERSON COATS has dug for crystals, held Lewis and Clark’s original hand-written journal, and been a mile underground. She has a cool surgery scar unrelated to childbirth, she reads Latin, and she’s been given the curse of Cromwell on a back-road in Connemara. On a clear day, she can see the Olympic mountains from her front window. On the foggy ones, she can smell the Puget Sound. Jillian writes historical fiction set in the middle ages that routinely includes too much violence, name-calling, and petty vandalism perpetrated by badly-behaved young people. THE WICKED AND THE JUST (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) is her first book.

Twitter: @jandersoncoats

SHARON BIGGS WALLER is the author of A MAD, WICKED FOLLY (Viking, Winter 2014), the story of an Edwardian teen who becomes a suffragette. Sharon lived in the UK for six years, after falling in love with a British mounted police constable. She did extensive research on the British suffragettes for her novel, with the help of the curators of the Museum of London—when she wasn’t working as a riding instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace and as a freelance magazine writer. Today, she is a full-time freelance writer in the magazine industry in the US and UK, and she has three non-fiction books published under her maiden name, Sharon Biggs: THE ORIGINAL HORSE BIBLE (co-author Moira Harris, Bow Tie Press, 2011); ADVANCED ENGLISH RIDING (Bow Tie Press, 2007); IN ONE ARENA (Half Halt Press, 2001). She is a dressage rider and trainer, and she lives on a 10-acre sustainable farm in Northwest Indiana, just outside of Chicago, with her husband, Mark, two horses, four dairy goats, five cats, two dogs, 60 laying hens, and a hive of bees.

Twitter: @sbiggswaller

CLAIRE M. CATERER was born in the Motor City and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City. After spending several years working in publishing in New York, she returned to the Kansas City metro, where she lives today. She writes full time and shares her home with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a host of imaginary friends. Her debut novel for middle-grade readers is a fantasy about how three ordinary kids encounter extraordinary adventures when they enter a magical, alternate version of medieval England. THE KEY & THE FLAME will be available April 2, 2013, from Margaret K. McElderry Books / Simon & Schuster.

Twitter: @ClaireCaterer

LAURA GOLDEN has always been a reader, but she never dreamed she’d become a writer. Fate, however, had plans. Now, Laura can’t imagine doing anything else. Her debut book, a historical middle grade titled EVERY DAY AFTER, is set to release Spring 2013 from Delacorte Press/RHCB.

Twitter: @laurapgolden

KATHERINE LONGSHORE is the author of GILT, a story of friendship and betrayal set in the court of Henry VIII. At university, she created her own major in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications, planning to travel and write. Forever. Four years, six continents, and countless pairs of shoes later, she went to England for two weeks, stayed five years and discovered history. She now lives in California with her husband, two children, and a sun-worshiping dog.

Look out for another Tudor novel in Summer 2013.

Group Blog:
Twitter: @KALongshore

ELIZABETH MAY is an occasional book cover photographer, a fantasy novelist, a lazy PhD student, and an accomplished coffee drinker. She resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she can frequently be spotted skulking about dark wynds with a camera in hand. She spends far too much time on Twitter and her blog.

Her debut novel, THE FALCONER, will be released in 2013 by Gollancz (UK/Commonwealth) and Chronicle Children’s Books (US/Canada).

Twitter: @_ElizabethMay

JENNIFER MCGOWAN was born in Ohio, grew up in Montana, and studied in Paris. She has held numerous writing jobs over the years, but author is by far her favorite. A past RWA Golden Heart Award winner and an unabashed fan of all things Elizabethan, Jenn is delighted to publish her debut novel, MAID OF SECRETS. She currently lives and writes in Ohio.
Twitter: @Jenn_McGowan

JESSICA SPOTSWOOD grew up in a tiny one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where she could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or—most often—with her nose in a book. She’s been writing since fourth grade but studied theatre in college and grad school. Now she lives in Washington, DC, with her playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey. BORN WICKED is her first novel; the sequel, STAR CURSED, will be released in June 2013.

Twitter: @jessica_shea

CAT WINTERS was born and raised near Disneyland in Southern California, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. Her debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS—a WWI-era YA tale that’s part love story, part ghost story, and part dark mystery—is coming April 2013 from Amulet Books/Abrams. She lives outside of Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.

Twitter: @catwinters


The first-place winner will receive the following prizes:

  • A signed copy of Katherine Longshore’s GILT
  • A signed copy of Jessica Spotswood’s BORN WICKED
  • A replica medieval pilgrim badge, courtesy of J. Anderson Coats
  • Kristen Lawrence’s THE RAVEN (a CD featuring a haunting musical rendition of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem) and a signed IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS bookplate, courtesy of Cat Winters
  • “Maid of…” buttons, customized to the winner, courtesy of Jennifer McGowan
  • A suffragette gift bag that includes a women’s right journal and a “Next Gen Suffragette” bumper sticker, courtesy of Sharon Biggs Waller
  • Signed The Key & the Flame bookmarks, courtesy of Claire M. Caterer
  • A copy of OUT OF THE DUST by Karen Hesse, courtesy of Laura Golden
  • A copy of Kristin Cashore’s FIRE, courtesy of Elizabeth May
  • Book swag

The second-place winner will receive book swag from the authors.



Please help us spread the word about Corsets, Cutlasses, and Candlesticks on Twitter and Facebook!


17 thoughts on “The Debut of Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks—and a Giveaway!

  1. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to this blog. I am adding your books to my list (those I haven’t yet read) as we speak. So happy to be here! Can’t wait to start chatting with you all! 😀

  2. What a great idea for a blog! So glad I stumbled upon the announcement today on Goodreads! Looking forward to future posts:)

  3. Candy M says:

    Love your new blog! I’m so happy to find a place where I can find books not only for myself but also for my middle grade kids! I love historical fiction!

    What a fabulous giveaway! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  4. Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments. We’re happy you found us, and we hope you enjoy the site. Good luck with our giveaway!

  5. Amy says:

    Yay, on the new blog launch!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  6. Akoss says:

    Congrats on the group blog. I can’t wait for the posts. 🙂

  7. So excited to see what posts you guys come up with!

  8. Caroline says:

    Congrats to all of you! Love the new blog, and can’t wait to read all these fantastic books. I’ll spread the word about the giveaway, even though I suppose I’ll ruining my chances of winning it… but it’s worth the sacrifice 🙂

  9. kathoward says:

    I’m really excited about this blog! I’ve already gotten a bunch of good reading recs from learning about all the great authors behind it. cheers!

  10. Kassandra Fuentes says:

    Congrats for your blog debut :D! I have a feeling that this is going to be an AWESOME blog! Can’t wait for more posts and Congratulations once again.

  11. Thanks so much for the continued enthusiasm. We’re looking forward to sharing our future posts with everyone!

  12. I would love to have all you ladies by my blog to help introduce this great collab to readers! : ) Please tweet me or e-mail!

  13. abwestrick says:

    A fun blog site. Can’t wait to read all of your books!

  14. Giada M. says:

    Such a lovely blog! I can’t wait to read all your future posts (and your books, of course 😛 ).
    All your books are already on my wishlist. Thank you for this fantastic chance! 😀

  15. Thanks again for all the wonderful comments. We’re so happy you found us!

    We posted the winners of our giveaway today at Thanks to everyone who entered.

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