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Gail's YA sci-fi, Crudrat, finally avaiable in full cast audio from Audible.

Four of Gail's short stories, including Curious Case featuring Alexia's father Alessandro Tarabotti, now avaiable as a bundle in full cast audiobook from Audible.

You can preorder the special hardcover edition of Soulless from Subterranean Press. Out Feb. 29. Limited run of 750 signed numbered copies for $50.00 each.

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 February is Terrier by Tamora Pierce. Also here's Gail's Book Group Poll Results and Thoughts on 2015's Read Alongs.

Gail has upcoming events in San Francisco, Orlando, Kansas City, San Diego.

Gail Carriger's Series

Gail Carriger currently has three book series, all 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


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 Finishing School series is set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, only 22 years earlier, and features 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. There is steampunk etiquette! There is well-dressed espionage!

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s)

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

Soulless Changeless Blameles Heartless Timeless

Beginning with Soulless, 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.

Imagine Jane Austen dabbling in science and steam technology. Then imagine P.G. Wodehouse suddenly dropped vampires into the Drones Club. The Parasol Protectorate books are the resulting progeny.

The Parasol Protectorate books have been translated into over a dozen different languages, 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 best seller lists.


The Custard Protocol Series (1890s Ongoing)

1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

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.

Beginning with Prudence, this series features a marauding team of miscreants in a high tech dirigible charging about fixing things, loudly and mainly with tea. This series explores the wider ramifications of a steampunk British Empire, not only how technology is different but how vampires and werewolves have evolved differently all over the world.

Obligatory Bio

Gail Carriger writes comedic steampunk mixed with urbane 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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Gail Carriger's Master List of Convention Packing & Attending Tips

I have a number of posts on attending conventions, Gentle Reader. I thought I would pull them together for one easy reference.

I average about 12 events a year divided between: comic cons, small SF/F conventions, large conventions, trade shows, book fairs, writing retreats, writers conferences, book tours, and their various international equivalents.

Gail's Favorite 10 Convention Commandments

I believe that these apply across the board, regardless of convention size, and pretty much whenever traveling anywhere.

1. Thou shalt follow the 6, 2, 1 rule. At least six hours sleep, two full meals (one of them a big breakfast), and one bath.*
2. Thou shalt wear deodorant but not perfume.
3. Thou shalt tip thy maids.
4. Thou shalt wear layers.
5. Honor thy moderator.
6. Thou shalt carry badge, ID, business cards, phone, cash, name tent, mints, floss, tissues, pain killers & other meds, compact, snacks, and water upon thy person at all times.
7. Thou shalt not eat raw onions.
8. Thou shalt follow the protocols of cosplay. (No realistic weapons, no sticky substances AKA the PB & J rule, no view obstructing wings or hats, be aware of your costumed dimensions.)
9. Thou shalt not put a backpack on a large man. (Nothing worse than being a short female constantly whacked in the face by a backpack-wielding Sasquatch, particularly on planes.)
10. Thou shalt shalt not dress like a slob.

* In my case this is the 8, 3, 2 rule. I try to get at least 8 hours sleep, hence you see me heading to bed at midnight. I eat 3 full meals (you knew Alexia's obsession with food came from me, right?). And I take a shower in the morning and a bath, or at least a soak for my poor feet, in the evening.

Ply me with a drink sometime and I will tell you about the secret of the Baby Brick and how to get the right hotel... Meanwhile, let's talk packing.

How to Master Modular Packing

In addition to pockets in various suitcases, I'm a believer in keeping everything as modular as possible. I use two sets of clear with colored zipper tops, 7 different sizes. Plastic baggies work well enough. I travel enough to find something more durable endlessly useful.

Travelon Set of 7 Packing Envelopes, Assorted Sizes $14

I like to use the largest baggie for my itinerary, magazines, and lecture notes to review on the plane. I find it works better than a folder, nothing falls out. Also it accommodates both paper sizes for international trips.

Author Convention Attending Kit

L-R, T-B = promo postcards, pens for signing all books, special cards to give away to kaffeeklatch, small notebook, name tents, newsletter sign up sheet, business cards, book covers (first in each series), kit bag.

Food Kit

At conventions often my schedule is so busy I simply have to eat snacks and leftovers out of my room fridge. My food kit includes extra mints, condiments, mini marmites (legitimately stolen when in the UK), G2 for dehydration headaches, vitamins & pills, and proper tea utensils. It only goes with me when I'm staying for a while and checking luggage. I've recently added a pocket knife to the mix, again, only for checked luggage. I've also become enamored of a Clear2Go water filtration bottle for plane travel and tea making once I land. Speaking of tea...

Tea Kit

There is the customary tea supply (14 bags, two for each day) plus about 5 raspberry leaf, creamer (I need to steal more) for emergency use only, and the water boil coil with European adapter.


I have a hanging roll. I got it free with a magazine in England some 15 years ago and I will be CRUSHED when it finally dies since there doesn't seem to be anything else like it out there. I've arranged it so there are no liquids, thus I never have to worry about TSA. So far airport security has never asked me to unroll it.

MakeupRoll MakeupUnroll

I use a jewelry roll for my jewelry, no picture, it's just a cheepie from Marshalls.


I have three kits: long haul, on-plane, and short haul.

  •  The black long haul stands up on its own, great for hotels, and gets wrapped in a plastic bag inside my checked luggage, so it doesn't have to be clear. The others are for carry-on.
  • The littlest one is for on-plane long flights when the long haul toiletry is already checked. It is comprised mainly of solid state products and sample products in tiny packages so it gets through security without having to be removed. But it's clear just in case. Eye drops and and chapstick are a must. Also this kit should work for at least one overnight in case of getting stranded.
  • The larger clear bag, for weekend short haul trips, does have to be taken out at security, so it's packed in the outside pocket of my carry-on for ease of access.

     Emergency Kit

    Here's a blog I did on Retro Rack featuring the contents of my fashion emergency kit.

    Want a more detailed break down of the contents of these kits?  Find it in this older blog post.

    {Gail's monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}


    Your Moment of Parasol . . .
    Journal des Dames Date-  Wednesday, September 1, 1847 Item ID-  v. 32, plate 59

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .
    Watch This Octopus Attack on Snorkeler Kill with Cuteness

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    Recipe: Artichoke Barigoule (1879)

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
    10 Women Who Changed Sci Fi


    • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
    • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail's first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.

    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)
    Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
    The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

    Book News:
    Feral Wordmonger says of jumping into the middle (!) of the Finishing School series:
    “I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how exactly I was able to move so smoothly into the dead center of a book series like that. And all I can reckon is that I was able to follow along because the narrative moved forward just as confidently as the heroine herself.”

    Quote of the Day:
    “They assault and batter nothing but pianos; they steal nothing but ideas; they murder nobody except Chopin and Beethoven.”
    ~ P. G. Wodehouse, The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories

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