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Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3) is coming, Nov. 4, 2014! Available in ebook, hard cover, and special edition signed hard cover.

Gail's next events are this November in the greater DC, Boston, and Chicago areas.

Etiquette & Espionage wins French award for best translated young adult novel.

Audiobooks of the Finishing School series now on Audible UK: Curtsies & Conspiracies dropped Oct. 9 and you can pre-order Waistcoats & Weaponry to drop Nov. 4.

Gail has posted some pictures of Sophronia's moors.

Gail concocted a list of 10 SF/F Books That Have Stuck With Her.

Speaking of books, Gail's monthly read along for October is Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. The Goodreads group is also rereading the first 2 Finishing School books.

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


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. She has received both the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers.


The Parasol Protectorate seriesbegins with Soulless which 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.

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9 Burning Questions About Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ Answered!

Before we start, Gentle Reader, you can read an exclusive sneak peek of Waistcoats & Weaponry over on io9.

9 Questions About Waistcoats & Weaponry

1. Will the Finishing School Books be made into a lovely omnibus one day? (@SpottyBlanket via Twitter)
SFBC produced their own edition of E&E but I don't know if they intend an omnibus of all four. I think that would be great, so fingers crossed. Right now, however, the only ones in existence are of the Parasol Protectorate series. These are also the only English language hardbacks of my first series.

 The Parasol Protectorate Omnibuses from SFBC

2. Will the Finishing School Books get a manga adaption like Soulless? (@SpottyBlanket via Twitter)
I don't think so. It was particularly unusual that there was a manga adaptation of my first three books, and the result of a complicated series of serendipitous events. I would love it, but I don't think it likely. 

E&E Japanese cover, how I imagine the manga art

3. How does the Bunsons' knot look in finishing school? (via Araidne)

What an interesting question.  Here is something all about cravats (a little earlier in time but still useful) I was imagining something a little like this:

From: The Art of Tying a Cravat.
Although I could imagine something more complicated like the Eldridge or the Trinity.

Modern Ties: Groom's Website
4. When you burn waistcoats with weaponry, what is the minimum safe distance? (@cirby on Twitter)
Should Lord Akeldama feel insulted or is this a Fahrenheit 451 question?

5. Will it be the last in the series? (@theogany on Twitter)
Nope, there is one more, Manners & Mutiny which I am finishing up right now and which will come out November of next year. I think I read too much Tamora Pierce, for my YA tendencies lean in favor of four book series.

6. Will we see more how it connects to the Parasols Protectorate series? Either through characters or events? (@i_haik on Twitter)
Of course! Much will be revealed in these last two books. I think you will find it most satisfying, yet still a great deal of fun even if you haven't read the other series. Also there are a few thread that connect way into the future as well, to the Custard Protocol books. You know me. I like my Easter Eggs and cookies.

7. Do you know when the book will be available in Audio? Do you know if it will be the same narrator? (via Amanda)

I believe (in the USA) that the audio will drop at the same time with the same narrator. The UK is less reliable. 

8. What happens to a vampire who over-extends his tether? (via Jo)

You will find all about it in the final two Finishing School books, but their are certainly some odd facial hair repercussions.

9. What drew you to the idea of a "finishing school"? (via up coming SfSignal interview)

I've always been fascinated by the idea of girls boarding schools. I blame A Little Princess. However, I realized recently, as I was re-watching the BBC adaptation of Gaskell's North & South, that I think this TV Series may be to blame. There is a line where Mr. Bell says, "Have you meet Miss Latimer? Just returned from Switzerland and very much finished." Or something like. Mr. Bell is a facetious character and I think he is meant to be contemptuously dismissing both the young lady and the very idea of women being made into mere representations of a minimalistic social ideal. But the line has always stuck with me. It made me think about the very idea of sending girls away from home to be finished, and what a powerful thing that could become, were they to learn a whole new set of social skills.

{What is Gail's Book Group reading for October? Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1905 end-of-monarchy-tumblr Fashions at the races, Les Modes September 1905. Photo by Ed. Cordonnier.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Willow Ware Sugarbow

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Author Elizabeth Gaskell's house restored to 'former glory'

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Proof stage.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming soon: 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:
This is what signing 500 books looks like.

Quote of the Day:
 “I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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