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Gail's next major event in 2014 will be Pikes Peak Writer's Conference. If you are a Colorado Springs local, she hopes to see you there!

Waistcoats & Weaponry is officially available for pre-order!

Gail released the cover art for Prudence, first book in the new Custard Protocol series.

Still no word on what's up with the Italian and Spanish editions of the Parasol Protectorate books. Both publishing houses are in trouble yet may still own the rights to the books. There is absolutely nothing Gail personally can do about this, welcome to the crazy world of copyright.


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 recieved 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. Her young adult Finishing School series begins with Etiquette & Espionage and follows the exploits of Sophronia, a young lady who soon discovers her dreaded lady's seminary is a great deal more than anyone realizes. 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 Carriger

Stand Alone Novels

I have a terrible confession to make, Gentle Reader, particularly coming from me. I have mentioned before the occasional disconnect between my professional life as a writer, and my much longer much less professional life as a reader. Yes, of course, the two are tied, but as some of my readers point out, what I read is often entirely different from what I write. So here I my confession:

I love stand alone novels.

No I really do. In this age of series, for which I entirely participate as a writer, I am always on the hunt for a good stand alone, as a reader. A good genre stand alone that fits my trope preferences. It can be in world, that is I don't mind if there are surrounding series or stories ~ so long as this one is packaged neatly and has a full arc. If I am satisfied at the end and no compelled to find the "next" book, that's when I think of it as a stand alone. I was lucky enough to recently have this expereicne with Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti, also it was the first Steampunk novel I've read in  a long time.

Did you know I originally wrote Soulless as a stand alone? I still think you can read it that way if you want. I wasn't certain what kind of publishing house it might sell to, and I wanted to keep my options open. When Orbit bought it and wanted a series, I did a rewrite adding in threads and loose ends to tie to Changeless. I've never had the opportunity to meet and ask, but I've always privately suspected that Elizabeth Vaughan had the same thing happen with Warprize.

Sword Masters ~ Selina Rosen
By the Sword ~ Mercedes Lackey
The Hero and the Crown ~ Robin McKinley
The Raven Ring ~ Patricia C. Wrede
Daughter of the Lion ~ Jennifer Roberson
The Silvered ~ Tanya Huff
Larissa ~ Emily Davenport
Taming the Forest King ~ Caludia J. Edwards
Restoree ~ Anne McCaffrey
The Blue Sword ~ Robin McKinley
Crown Duel ~ Sherwood Smith (two novellas stuck together but I think of it as a single entity)
The Serpent's Tooth ~ Diana L. Paxton
Lord of Two Lands ~ Judith Tarr
Sorcerer's Legacy ~ Janny Wurts
Clockwork Heart ~ Dru Pagliassotti

I think my love may be a time commitment thing. I like sitting down knowing there is a firm end in sight. I appreciate the skill and tidiness of wrapping up a story in one book. Occasionally people ask me what's my favorite characteristic in another person, I always say efficiency. I guess I like it in my books too.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1832 September
Des Magasins de Mrs. Chagot freres. L'Administration est Rue du Helder, No. 25. La Mode Saturday, September 1, 1832 v. 13, plate 25

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
British Paintings tumblr, Arthur Rackham

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
amillionpinkbows-tumblr Sitting or Writing Room, next to Queen Alexandra’s Bedroom, Marlborough House.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Spreadsheet of Shame


Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Rewriting now, release date March 17, 2015.

The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies
 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

Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at

Book News:
Marine Biology has shipped!

Quote of the Day:
“There were some really funny sections such as the ritual to become a member of the Parasol Protectorate or the use of croquet skills to defeat giant mechanical monsters.”
~ Heartless reviewed by the SF Crowsnest:

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