YABC Scavenger Hunt: Refuge For Masterminds (Kathleen Baldwin) Excerpt & Extra Giveaway!

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Meet Kathleen Baldwin!

Award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin loves adventure in books and in real life!
She taught rock climbing in the Rockies, survival camped in the desert, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, enjoyed way too many classes in college, and married her very own hero. Together they’ve raised four free-spirited adventurous children.

A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS is Kathleen’s first alternate history series for teens. It was awarded 2016 Spirit of Texas, is a Junior Library Guild selection, and Kansas State NEA Reading Circle gave it a starred review in their “Best of the Best” for High Schools. Ian Bryce, producer of Spiderman, Saving Private Ryan, and other films optioned the series for film.

REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS, available May 23rd, is the third installment in the Stranje House series for young adults.

 #1 New York Times best-selling author Meg Cabot calls this romantic Regency adventure “completely original and totally engrossing.”

 

 

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Meet Refuge For Masterminds!

It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war…

Napoleon’s invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane—for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind.

Jane doesn’t consider herself a mastermind. It’s just that she tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by doing so, she’s able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save the brash young American inventor Alexander Sinclair, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?

 

 

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Excerpt

 

Chapter 15

Clocks and Cobras

(Wherein Alexander Sinclair, the rude American Inventor, has come to Lady Jane for dance lessons. In case you’re wondering, Mr. Sinclair looks a great deal like this amazing young actor, Alex Pettyfer.)

 

 

The Grand Salon at Haversmythe house is an elegant soft blue with lavish white moldings. Queen Anne chairs, upholstered in a matching blue velvet, are arranged along the walls. Two enormous chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The floor is smooth and waxed to a brilliant shine. But the most notable feature, is how perfectly this room sets off Mr. Sinclair’s features.

He is clad in his new Corinthian black coat and navy blue breeches. I will not remark on how his hair glows in the candlelight, nor how the blue walls are a perfect foil for his angelic features. The effect is somewhat marred by the fact that he is smiling at me like a roguish pickpocket.

He bows over my hand and one might almost think him a gentleman. I run through all the things I should like him to say.

I’m yours to command, Lady Jane.

You look perfectly stunning in that gown, my lady.

My dearest Jane, I’ve been counting each torturous minute until this moment.

To all these compliments, I plan to offer a ladylike laugh, and playfully scold him the way Lady Jersey would. I will say, mind your tongue Alexander Sinclair, and then smile coyly.

He rises from his bow, and I perform a slow languid curtsy.

“All right, Lady Jane, what are you up to?” He stares down his nose at me. Which, by the way, looks as if it was broken at one time or another. There is a decided knot in the fine lines of the bone. “I see cogs turning in that dangerous little head of yours.”

Dangerous. Not pretty. Of all the things he could’ve called my head, lovely, or even clever, he chooses to say dangerous. What’s worse, I am completely innocent of plotting at the moment. I was merely enjoying looking at him.

“I’m not up to anything.” I cross my arms. “Why should I be?”

“Because you always are.” He says this with a modicum of respect, as if it is not entirely an insult, even though it is. “Craftier than a mongoose chasing a cobra, you are. I never know what to expect.”

A mongoose?

Suddenly, I want to punch him. My fists are balled and I have half a mind to actually do the deed, except that would not be ladylike, and fortunately for him Captain Grey and Miss Stranje are approaching, otherwise I might fling caution to the wind and smack him properly, right there on his angelic cheek.

Mongoose, indeed.

Miss Stranje greets Mr. Sinclair, and says, “Lady Jane, we will leave you and the others to instruct Mr. Sinclair on the finer points of our English country dances. Mind you, the gentlemen have an early morning tomorrow. So, you only have an hour and a half before they must take their leave.”

Mr. Sinclair bows to her and holds out his arm to me. “I am ready for your instruction, my lady.”

“I’m surprised you would trust a mongoose.”

“With my life, your majesty.” He adds a jaunty smile. But his flippant remark, with my life, jolts me back to the cold cruel fact that his life may indeed rely on whether or not I can catch the cobra.

My fists uncurl.

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Refuge For Masterminds

By: Kathleen Baldwin

Release Date: May 23rd, 2017

Publisher: Tor Teen

 

 

 

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John on Sunday, 18 June 2017 15:09

The cover is very romantic! And Napoleon is the ruler!

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The cover is very romantic! And Napoleon is the ruler!
Dianna G. on Sunday, 18 June 2017 17:57

What a dreamy cover --- I wouldn't normally look twice because it looks like the type of book I normally avoid like the plague. The summary sounds really fun, though.

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What a dreamy cover --- I wouldn't normally look twice because it looks like the type of book I normally avoid like the plague. The summary sounds really fun, though.
Penny Olson on Sunday, 25 June 2017 00:05

I love the cover. It really conveys the suspense and romance of the story.

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I love the cover. It really conveys the suspense and romance of the story.
Danielle Lynn on Thursday, 29 June 2017 09:28

I love how the covers are consistent throughout the series. I've not read any works from this author before but the review feedback is good and the synopsis sounds enjoyable and the characters likable.

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I love how the covers are consistent throughout the series. I've not read any works from this author before but the review feedback is good and the synopsis sounds enjoyable and the characters likable.
Kelly G on Thursday, 29 June 2017 16:00

The cover of this is so pretty - I like how they haven't changed mid series! The synopsis sounds like it is going to add so much more to the series!

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The cover of this is so pretty - I like how they haven't changed mid series! The synopsis sounds like it is going to add so much more to the series!

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