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Prudence, first in the new Custard Protocol series, releases SOON: March 17, 2015!

The Finishing School Series made #7 on the New York Times Series list! Thanks to all of you who jumped on the $1.99 promotion.

Borderlands Books is saved!

Little Brown dropped the cover art and announced the release date (November 3, 2015) of the final Finishing School Book: Manners & Mutiny.

Orbit dropped the cover art for Imprudence (the second Custard Protocol book, the one Gail is currently writing). No release date as yet.

Gail's monthly read along for March Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff.


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.

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 in this series is Prudence.

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 the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers.


The Parasol Protectorate series begins 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 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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The Business of Being an Author on the Move

Right now, Gentle Reader, my life is full of writing business (as opposed to writing itself). Thank goodness I got so much done at the Super Secret Retreat of Doom! I'm staring down the barrel of a whole lot of travel: Tuscon Festival back-to-back with a week long book tour, then 5 days home before I fly off to New Zealand for a convention then sneak off for two weeks of off grid vacation, fly back, three weeks home in which to turn around M&M copy edits, and then off to New Jersey.

May latest home gym meets desk modifications

So this week is all about catching up from being away, combined with prepping to go away again. Sadly, this is not just a matter of laundry (and more laundry, and dry cleaning, and packing) because events are not simply the author beast showing up with stilettos and lippy in place. Oh no no. This may come as a surprise to you, but there is a great deal of "and yes how will I get from the airport to the hotel? No you can't just leave me there..." emailing and phone calls.

I've been stranded in airports with no confirmation flight numbers, been given the wrong hotel addresses, been booked on so much programming I don't have time to eat, been given such a tight turn around between flight and event that I don't have time to shower let alone dress, missed a connection with no phone number to let the coordinator know I'm gonna be late, and so forth. Every time I think I have experienced all the fails, another one surprises me, and another codicil is added to the rider.

Yes, I have a rider not unlike that of a major band now. Not because I want to be a green M&M prema-donna but because I find myself needing to remind coordinators all too often that I actually am a real human creature with... oh I don't know, bodily functions, and not a preforming monkey-automaton. Now, before you prattle on about the privilege of being asked to events, I have a whole blog about that. Alexia and I share many similarities and neither of us tolerate inefficiency. The fact that this whole situation seems to be getting worse, not better, is why you will see me gradually cutting back more and more on events that I don't already love to attend, like World Con.

What does this all mean? I'm not able to do much writing right for the next 3 months. Ah ah ah, before you winch, I have a blog about that too... (Psst, here's this, also: George RR Martin is not your bitch. And for the record Gail Carriger is nobody's bitch, not even Lilliput's. Nuh uh.)

I love you Gentle Reader, very much. I just can't visit everywhere all the time. Sometimes writing the next book comes first, which is as it should be. And sometimes notes, scanning, processing, and coordinating comes first, which is as it must me. Speaking of which I'm off to get my laundry...

Pippity pip.

{Gail's monthly read along for March is Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1895 Parasol with Amethyst Handle, ca. 1895-1900  Owned by the wife or mother of William Randolph Hearst  via The Met

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. Release date March 17, 2015. Available for pre-order!  
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (March 17, 2015), 2 Imprudence
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:
Visit my interview over on Beyond the Trope if you wanna see me answer questions like...
What shoes would you wear to your first day of finishing school?
Red and black wingtip spectators. I'd eschew my normal heels for flats, so I could run and climb. However, I might opt for stilettos if I thought I might have to kill someone with my shoes.  What is your favorite non-writing thing about being an author?Email for readers and socialization with other authors.
There is also a companion podcast if you would like to consume my in your ears, which you can listen to on iTunes or Stitcher.

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