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October 6th, Waistcoats & Weaponry is available in trade paperback in the US.

Manners & Mutiny was chosen as one of Amazon's most anticipated fall reads in Science Fiction & Fantasy. (Releases Nov. 3, 2015.)

Southwest/Kobo partnership to keep Etiquette & Espionage available on flights through December.

Gail's monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler.

Gail Carriger's Books

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

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s * Adult * Completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

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This popular five books series chronicles the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including a large Scottish werewolf, a battle-parasol, gossip, and treacle tart tenancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul.

The Finishing School Series (1850s * Young Adult * Completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny


In this whimsical young adult series, Sophronia is secretly recruited to a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed.

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s * Adult/New Adult * Ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (forthcoming)

Prudence Imprudence

The British Empire is deflating, only Rue and her marauding team of outrageous miscreants in their high-tech dirigible, the Spotted Custard, are left charging about trying to fix things, loudly and mainly with tea.

Gail´s Short Stories

Audio Books

Obligatory Bio

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. Miss 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.


Miss Carriger's books are published in eighteen different languages. All twelve of them are New York Times bestsellers via seven different lists (Mass Market, Hardcover, eBook, Combined Print & eBook, Young Adult, Children's Series, and #1 in Manga). She has received the Alex Award from the American Library Association (for Soulless), the Steampunk Chronicle's Reader's Choice Award in YA (for Waistcoats & Weaponry), and the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers. In 2012 she was honored with a Starburner Award in Literature for her "contributions to the steampunk community."

The Parasol Protectorate series begins with Soulless 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 deadly than expected. 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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Upon the Sixth Birthday of Soulless

October 1, 2009 a silly little book hit the market.

A very nervous debut author hummed and hawed over her offering. Would anyone actually like it? It was such an odd mash up of paranormal, steampunk, and comedy – who would enjoy such a ridiculous story? Were there readers out there irreverent enough to want whimsy?


Well, Soulless turns six years old today. The silly little book that I thought would find a home in only a very few people's hearts seems to have miraculously wormed its way out into the world and touched many.

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Soulless has now sold into 15 different territories for translation. There has been a graphic novel manga version (which itself is now translated into French, Taiwanese, and German) and an omnibus. It's been optioned for TV. It's spawned a dress up doll, various videos, fan art, several tea parties, audio books, cosplay, and an iPhone app.

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Little did I know how much that one book would so utterly change my life.

In these last six years:
  • After getting my second masters degree I put my PhD on indefinite hiatus.
  • I gave up teaching archaeology, discontinued my experimental work, and stopped my field visits.
  • Basically, I switched careers.
  • I visited a dozen foreign countries promoting the books, half of which I've never traveled to before.
  • I made countless new friends and been blessed with a chance to visit old ones.
  • I've watched the steampunk movement grow and expand.
  • I went to conventions and signings all over the world and learned valuable lessons from fellow authors.
  • I ate hundreds of foods, dishes, and sweets I'd never tried before.
  • I wrote 11 additional books: 4 followups to Soulless, 1 YA sci-fi, and 4 YA Finishing School books, 2 Custard Protocol books.
  • And, best of all, I got to meet my readers: some here on the blog, some on Twitter, some on Facebook, some in person ~ all of you so warm and fun and strong and smart.


There have been good reviews and glorious ones, nasty gripes and soundly presented critiques. I've tackled rough times in social media, and made my fair share of online mistakes. But in the end, it always came back to Soulless and the writing. Did the book make you smile? Then I did my job.

So, thank you so very much, Gentle Reader, and if you have the time or inclination please raise up a teacup in honor of Soulless, who's original secret code name, at the dawn of this blog, was "The Little Paranormal That Could." I guess Soulless could and did.

And if you put a spot of amaretto in your tea, well, I won't tell.

Thank you all for six glorious years!
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Soulless's original cover art photograph and the cover that never was.

Many of you have been with me all along, and several of you have already posted comments on my similar October 1 posts of the past, for which I thank you. But if you would like to share your "How I discovered Soulless" story, I would love to read it.

{Gail's monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1870 Dr Liv Gibbs @DrLivGibbs 
L'Hôtel des Roches Noires à Trouville
by Claude Monet 1870 (@MuseeOrsay).

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Sneaky Octopus Dismantles Camera

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Elizabeth Gaskell: Manchester University launches world’s largest online collection of Victorian author’s work

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
This Video Explains How to Properly Use the Hyphen, En Dash, and Em Dash


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft.

Gail Carriger's Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (forthcoming)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 (Complete at 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:

People are still finding Soulless!
  • Kallen of the Geeky Library says: “A bold protagonist, well-imagined steampunk london, amusing scenarios and well-developed characters all wrapped up with a satisfying ending— this may not be a thought-provoking novel, but it is a perfectly entertaining adventure.”
  • Coven Book Club says: “A steampunk romp is the best way to describe this book. It’s action-packed with a most wonderful smattering of romance.” 
  • Sheila of Booker Tease says: “Carriger has done a brilliant job of combining a bunch of different genres and producing a witty and fun coherent novel. There are elements of urban and paranormal fantasy, steampunk, romance, and thriller; just enough of each of not too much of any.”
  • Bookmark Maiden says,  “The “Unexpected Awesome” of the year. … So, it’s vampires and werewolves and that’s old hat, you say. Well, you haven’t seen them in this alternate history. … They don’t hide in the dark anymore… Alexia Tarabotti, as practical and brilliant as my favorite character, Jane Eyre. … She can give as good as she gets.”
  • The Brass Army says: “If you like humor, it’s funny. If you like action, it’s actiony. If you like romance, it’s sexy. If you like steampunk, it’s all bustles, mad science and parasols.”
    Felicia Sue Lynn Reviews: “I also loved all the characters and boy does Carriger know how to create characters. I mean, I felt myself falling in love with even Floote the trusty butler who barely has more than a few paragraphs devoted to him.” 
  • Evaine’s Books, Books, & More Books says: “What a FUN romp!  I love the premise, I love the characters and I adore the dialogue between those characters.  The romance is quite lovely - amusing and hot and fun all at once.  It totally worked for me.“ 
  • Kaja of Of Dragons and Hearts says: “I had a lot of fun with Soulless. It’s a great mixture of dry humor, sexy, scruffy werewolves and witty retorts, all with a steampunkish vibe (I always have trouble sorting these kinds of books into appropriate genre slots…). I never had much luck with this genre but I think this series might just change my opinon[sic] of it!” 
  • Fleur of Hodderscape says: “Friends don’t let friends miss out on sexy werewolves. That’s a policy we strictly enforce at Hodderscape. So, Anne did her duty and instructed me to read Gail Carriger’s Soulless. I dutifully obeyed, and loved it.”
  • Adaline_LBK of Les Bookinistes says: “Comment vous dire : C’est frais, c’est drôle, c’est rythmé, c’est intelligent, c’est rocambolesque, c’est raffiné, c’est subtil… C’est comme lire du Jane Austen sous hallucinogènes !”
  • Ace from A Tree Grows in Bookland says: “The atmosphere of this book is jolly, whimsical, curious, and it will leave you squealing and running for the next one.”

And old friends:
  • Mike Perschon says: “I like having Soulless as an addition to my steampunk reading list, since it is the first ostensibly steampunk novel I've read that pays homage to the comedy of manners made famous by Jane Austen…”(more of an analytic than review, but I liked this quote) 
  • On teaching Soulless in the classroom, Mike Perschon says: “Anyone looking to do feminist studies in steampunk would do well to consider the intersections between Soulless and the New Woman as places to begin.”

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“The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit.”
~ St Frances de Sales

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