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Gail has returned from the UK, where she was delighted to pick up Patrick Hester's Hugo Award for Best Fancast (SF Signal podcast). All hail the bagel overlord.

Gail has posted some pictures of Sophronia's moors, inspiration behind the Finishing School location.

Reading Guide for Etiquette & Espionage now available to teachers, students, librarians, parents, and other interested parties.

Participate in Gail's monthly book group read along? September's book is Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey.

Gail's next event is Convolution in Burlingame, CA. She will be there on Saturday September 27th only.

Will there be more manga? Unlikely.

Italian and Spanish editions of the Parasol Protectorate books are in litigation, both publishing houses are bankrupt. Even if we manage a reversion, it's rare that another house picks up a series mid-publication. Conclusion? Unlikely to continue in these languages.


Gail Carriger currently has three book series, all set in her whimsical steampunk meets urbane fantasy vision of the Victorian past.

The Parasol Protectorate Series

Beginning with Soulless, these five books chronicle the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including large Scottish werewolf, battle-parasol, gossip, and treacle tart tenancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul. These book are all completed and released in the USA.

The Finishing School Series

Sophronia is secretly recruited to a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. Book the First, Etiquette & Espionage, released early 2013 with three more to follow.

The Custard Protocol Series

The British Empire is deflating, only Rue and her marauding team of outrageous miscreants in their high-tech dirigible, the Spotted Custard, are still charging about trying to fix things, loudly and mainly with tea. The first book, Prudence, is due to release on March 17, 2015!

Gail´s Short Stories

Audio Books

Obligatory Bio

New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London. Gail's books are published in over a dozen different languages and she received the Prix Julia Verlanger from French readers.


The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award and has been turned into a graphic novel and optioned for TV. Her young adult Finishing School series begins with Etiquette & Espionage and follows the exploits of Sophronia, a young woman who discovers her dreaded lady's seminary is a great deal more than she thought. In the Custard Protocol series, beginning with Prudence, Rue and her crack (or possibly cracked) dirigible crew get into trouble around the Empire on behalf of queen, country, and tea. Gail also has a full cast audio production of her YA sci-fi Crudrat.

Gail Carriger

10 Random Questions Answered By Gail Carriger

1. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An archaeologist. Although I dabbled, for a while, with the idea of litigation and there was also a brief fascination with the genetic sciences.

2. What is your favorite food-related memory?
I have so so many but there was an incident in Cinque Terre involving an espresso machine, tea, oatmeal, and sardines that remains infamous. I can't relay the details because I don't think the statute of limitations ever will run out.

3. Summer or winter?

Winter. For while I am always cold and I dislike the sensation, I hate heat more. I come from a long line of genetically defective females who sweat very little, and compensate (so smart, this) by fainting. Plus, I love the rain.

4. Proudest five-minutes-of-fame moment?

See the story about spotting my book in a store for the first time.

5. What is your most irrational fear?
Hospitals, fast food, screaming children, and crocs.

Bad Crocs

6. Favorite holiday destination?
Anywhere with a beach and good swimming.

7. What singer / band did you see at your first concert?

Indigo Girls. Yes, I know.

8. What’s the worst lie you ever told?
"I'm not hungry."

9. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you?
Mostly, my history teachers. It's hard to pick one, I've been lucky enough to be blessed with great teachers and awesome librarians.

10. If you won a million bucks, what would you spend it on?
A house, a party, and my parents. In that order.

{What is Gail's Book Group reading for September? Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1885 Dolman  1885  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Forgotten Great Theatres Of London

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
10 Things Never to Say to a Writer

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Working copy edits.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished first draft. Out with Beta readers. Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
Video Book Talk staring @conroyheine about Soulless.

Quote of the Day:
“The bridegroom is what the world chooses to call and idle man; that is to say, he has scholarship, delicate health, and leisure.”
~ Amelia B. Edwards in A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

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