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Pre-order Imprudence, the second Custard Protocol book, out July 19. Your questions about which platform, territory, and sundry are answered in this blog post.

Gail's monthly read along for May is Powers That Be by Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.

Gail has upcoming events in Seattle, Kansas City, San Diego.

Gail Carriger's Series

Gail Carriger currently has several book series set in her steampunk meets urbane fantasy vision of the Victorian past.

The Finishing School Series (1850s Young Adult)

1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny


Sophronia is secretly recruited to a finishing school for spies located in a dirigible floating over Dartmoor. In this whimsical YA series, young ladies of quality are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, only 22 years earlier, full of steampunk etiquette, well-dressed espionage, and flying food.

The Finishing School books were all New York Times Bestsellers. Individually, they have been Locus bestsellers; Goodreads Choice, Teen Choice, Locus Award, and Sakura Medal nominees; recieved starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Booklist; been honored as YALSA Amazing Audiobooks; and recieved the Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice and Elbakin Awards.

“...cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people.”
~ Booklist, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“This genre-bender will introduce fans of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls and Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Squad to a world of mechanical maids and flying machines while bringing a spy-school romp to readers of the weightier worlds of Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfield.” -
~ Kirkus, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page… Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series.” ~ Publishers Weekly, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick...Carriger delivers a grand mix of etiquette and espionage with a dash of humor and enough subterfuge to spring some surprises.” -
~ Shelf Awareness, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s)

1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

Soulless Changeless Blameles Heartless Timeless

Five books chronicling the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including a large Scottish werewolf, a battle-parasol, and treacle tart tendancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul. This popular series imagines Jane Austen dabbling in science mixed with P.G. Wodehouse dropping vampires into his Drones Club.

The Parasol Protectorate books have been translated into over a dozen different languages, won several awards, turned into graphic novels, and been optioned for TV. They have made appearences on the Mass Market, Manga, Combined Print & eBook, and eBook New York Times Bestseller lists.

“This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans.”
~ Publishers Weekly, starred review (Soulless)

“A tapestry that is simultaneously witty, charming, exhilarating and downright fun."
~ (Soulless)

“Alexia is my new favorite character in fiction right now. . .smart, sassy, has no "filter", and is a refreshing new voice in literature. There is nothing like it out right now. . . and I dare you not to giggle like a schoolgirl (and guffaw like a loon) when you read it.”
~ Book Buyers Anonymous (Soulless)

“A character-driven romp with great world-building and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse.”
~ (Soulless)

“The Parasol Protectorate presents what is perhaps the most original twist on vampire and werewolf mythology to ever appear in the genre.”
~ RobWillReview (Soulless)

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s Ongoing)

1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

Prudence Imprudence

Rue and her marauding crew of outrageous miscreants charge about in their high-tech dirigible, the Spotted Custard, trying to fix the British Empire, loudly and mainly with tea. This series explores the wider ramifications of Gail's steampunk universe, both its technology and how vampires and werewolves evolved differently all over the world.

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller.

“Blending steampunk and urban fantasy in a colorful alternate Victorian England, Carriger presents a grand cast of characters on a harrowing adventure that stretches from England to India.“
~ Booklist, April 2015 (Prudence)

“Behind the delightful whimsy and snarky observations, there is a great deal of heart and soul…”
~ RT Book Reviews (Prudence)

“Carriger maintains a droll, tongue-in-cheek tone, and her protagonists are as concerned with witty banter and fashionable hats as they are with fighting for their lives.”
~ Publishers Weekly (Prudence)

Obligatory Bio

Gail Carriger writes steampunk comedies of manners mixed with urban fantasy. Her books include the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in 18 different languages and has 13 NYT bestsellers via 7 different lists (including #1 in Manga). She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.


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Imprudence Tour Dates & Locations

My darling Gentle Reader, here is my...

Gail Carriger Imprudence Tour

One Day Break for Gail

These dates and locations have JUST been cemented so the bookstores likely will not have any announcements live on their websites yet. Don't panic if you don't see me listed. You are the first to know!

About the Voting

Thank you to everyone who voted, here are the results: As you can see Orbit is flying me to all three of the top winners for the poll, so there you have it, vote and you shall receive a Gail!

I found the poll results fascinating. I'm kinda into big data and analytics so I have a pretty good handle on where my sales are. SLC is consistently one of my top sellers as is Phili but rumor on circuit is that neither of these are great event cities and the voting numbers supported this. NY was a surprise, as it has a similar reputation. (Prevailing opinion being there is always so much to do in NYC that author signings fall to the wayside.)

Washington DC was one vote short of top three. It means I won't make it this tour (although I've set a ping out to see if they want to add one last stop, it's a matter of finding the willing and right venue). However, it also means I will look will a great deal more interest on that area in future for events or conventions. I had a great time at the Spy Museum when I was there so...

Now a word on the future: I will not be touring next year (2017) as for the first time in a decade I will have no book coming out through a major publisher. (There will be novellas though, so don't you worry.) I will be bopping around visiting conventions and so forth, and I will arrange bookstore events if I happen to be in the area and I find a willing store to host me, but there will be no tour. That's one of the reasons I'm allowing a two week stint this time (I usually ask for only the one week).

What does that mean?

This is likely the last chance you will get to see me in person, especially at a place like Brooklyn which would be prohibitively expensive for me to visit on my own.

This is it my darling Gentle Reader, the last chance to catch your Gail for a while. Ask her all the burning questions she carefully never answers on line.

{Gail's monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan. The book group is also doing a reread of Prudence.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
“The Pink Silk Dress,” by Sir James Jebusa Shannon, 1880s. via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
 Social Deception @socdec  Poster for Georges Méliès' 'The Conquest of the Pole' (1912)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
"Chekov's Lesbian". A File 770er coined phrase for mistaken idea that character diversity must have plot relevance via Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin on Twitter)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


    • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Out in June 2016! Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail's first foray into hybrid land.)
    • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.
      Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
    • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
      Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.
      LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

    Gail Carriger's Scribbles! 

    The Finishing School 4 Book Series (YA 1850s)

    The Parasol Protectorate 5 Book Series (1870s)

     The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
     1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
    Soulless Manga 3 Book Series (complete at 3)

     $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
    My Sister's Song; Marine Biology; Fairy Debt;
    The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

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    ~ The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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