Sep202010

The Blameless Book Tour ~ AKA See Gail Cough Her Way Across the West Coast

Oh my darling Gentle Reader, I have so much blogging to catch up on and I feel woefully behind. Thus, I am cramming all three book tour stop-overs into one entry. Since it kind of felt that way to me, a whirr and a blurr, I suppose this is not so far fetched.

Recent interview with the book lovers.
The Geeky Lover: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?
Gail Carriger: I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic, the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.

Three Days, Three Cities, One Blog!

Huntington Beach
I landed with time to spare, and passed the bookstore on my way to the hotel so I knew where I was going. I spiffed myself up, ate delicious crab cakes, and headed to Barnes & Noble for appearance number one. There were people already there, and they kept having to add seats, 65 I was told, which I think made this the biggest turn out. As I made my way up to the podium and sorted through paperwork and gloves and such, a wave of hilarity washed through the audience. Looking up, I saw a forest of parasols all open and bopping up and down as they waited for me to start. So cute!
Barnes & Noble report from the audience.

Seattle
My Seattle fans were a bit more reserved than the LA crowd, their questions more serious and their focus more intense. But the turn out was still amazing. It constantly shocks me that people who aren’t related to me turn up for a signing. This time I was at a Borders deep in Microsoft territory.

San Diego
The thing about independent bookstores is they have a real relationship with their clientele, or perhaps that’s just Mysterious G (which seems to have a kind of combative-sibling-insult relationship with its customers). I’ve heard about this bookstore from multiple sources for many years (including the Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast and my friend Bob for whom this is his “local”). For my tea the entire staff dressed up in steampunk garb as did over half the audience. There were also some familiar faces from the Huntington Beach signing. I was truly shocked, I have people following me from one location to the next? It’s like I’m famous or something. I arrived slightly frizzled due to rapid fire airport, hotel, event, taxi driver snafus – but the event went swimmingly. Mysterious G is not all that big, but the shelves are low, resulting in a sea of bobbing heads for me to look out upon.
Mysterious Galaxy photos from the tea party. and a Janette’s report from the fan perspective (so sweet).


Your moment of parasol . . .

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:
Steampunk fan.

Your Writerly Tinctures:

ae kubo says (all the way from Japan), “Gail Carriger is an overall amazing writer. Her prose is excellent, and she has a great sense of humor. She also not only writes about a parasol-wielding spinster with attitude, but she writes like a parasol-wielding spinster with attitude. I reread several lines in the book because they could have passed as something that was written during the Victorian Period. Despite that, I found the book easily to understand.”
SPOILER ALERT!
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first.About Happy Books says, “Delightfully unique and highly entertaining.”

Heartless: Rough Draft done. First draft with first readers. Final draft due Nov 1.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
“I love Gail Carriger’s fans, the men are all quiet and gentlemanly and the women are all loud and obstreperous.”
~ Overheard at WorldCon

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