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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.

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Gail Carriger's Series

Gail Carriger currently has several book series 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


Sophronia is secretly recruited to a finishing school for spies located in a dirigible floating over Dartmoor. In this whimsical YA series, young ladies of quality are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, only 22 years earlier, full of steampunk etiquette, well-dressed espionage, and flying food.

The Finishing School books were all New York Times Bestsellers. Individually, they have been Locus bestsellers; Goodreads Choice, Teen Choice, Locus Award, and Sakura Medal nominees; recieved starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Booklist; been honored as YALSA Amazing Audiobooks; and recieved the Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice and Elbakin Awards.

“...cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people.”
~ Booklist, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“This genre-bender will introduce fans of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls and Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Squad to a world of mechanical maids and flying machines while bringing a spy-school romp to readers of the weightier worlds of Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfield.” -
~ Kirkus, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page… Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series.” ~ Publishers Weekly, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick...Carriger delivers a grand mix of etiquette and espionage with a dash of humor and enough subterfuge to spring some surprises.” -
~ Shelf Awareness, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s)

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

Soulless Changeless Blameles Heartless Timeless

Five books chronicling the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including a large Scottish werewolf, a battle-parasol, and treacle tart tendancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul. This popular series imagines Jane Austen dabbling in science mixed with P.G. Wodehouse dropping vampires into his Drones Club.

The Parasol Protectorate books have been translated into over a dozen different languages, won several awards, 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 Bestseller lists.

“This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans.”
~ Publishers Weekly, starred review (Soulless)

“A tapestry that is simultaneously witty, charming, exhilarating and downright fun."
~ (Soulless)

“Alexia is my new favorite character in fiction right now. . .smart, sassy, has no "filter", and is a refreshing new voice in literature. There is nothing like it out right now. . . and I dare you not to giggle like a schoolgirl (and guffaw like a loon) when you read it.”
~ Book Buyers Anonymous (Soulless)

“A character-driven romp with great world-building and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse.”
~ (Soulless)

“The Parasol Protectorate presents what is perhaps the most original twist on vampire and werewolf mythology to ever appear in the genre.”
~ RobWillReview (Soulless)

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s Ongoing)

1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

Prudence Imprudence

Rue and her marauding crew of outrageous miscreants charge about in their high-tech dirigible, the Spotted Custard, trying to fix the British Empire, loudly and mainly with tea. This series explores the wider ramifications of Gail's steampunk universe, both its technology and how vampires and werewolves evolved differently all over the world.

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller.

“Blending steampunk and urban fantasy in a colorful alternate Victorian England, Carriger presents a grand cast of characters on a harrowing adventure that stretches from England to India.“
~ Booklist, April 2015 (Prudence)

“Behind the delightful whimsy and snarky observations, there is a great deal of heart and soul…”
~ RT Book Reviews (Prudence)

“Carriger maintains a droll, tongue-in-cheek tone, and her protagonists are as concerned with witty banter and fashionable hats as they are with fighting for their lives.”
~ Publishers Weekly (Prudence)

Obligatory Bio

Gail Carriger writes steampunk comedies of manners mixed with urban 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 Merchandise Now Available on Zazzle

Those of you who get the Monthly Chirrup got an exciting sneak peek in the April newsletter. For everyone else, here is the Official Announcement...

I’ve started puttering about with merchandise!

I know, isn’t that exciting?

Gail Related Apparel

After a great deal of research I chose Zazzle to host my shop and produce the items for me. Frankly the royalty isn't much, but the range and quality of the items seems superior to other options. Also, the interface is easier to learn (you know me). Please be patient with me, these are only initial forays. I’m still figuring it all out.

Fun Tea Related Items

Now, before I get tetchy emails...
  1. It is not possible for me to offer items showcasing my novel covers or manga art. 
  2. You can switch the product, so if you want it on a different color or style... YOU CAN CHANGE IT YOURSELF! (I know right? So cool.)
  3. Zazzle’s interface, prices, and goods are not totally flexible. I can add more fancy stuff or more cheap stuff from what Zazzle has on offer, but the baseline cost of a mug, for example, can’t be altered. 
  4. Thus I can’t offer something like a chatelaine, parasol, or teacup ~ not on Zazzle anyway. 

    Finishing School Stuff

    I was going to roll out merch along with the new website, but the website is taking longer than anticipated and I can't wait, I'm too excited.

    So, because this is me, I'm starting off talking about apparel!

    Witty grammar related statements, and fan pins. (Ellipses Are Forever shirt)

    T-Shirts for Ladies, Gentlemen, & Infant Inconveniences

    So the thing to know about Zazzle is you can take any of the designs you like and put them on 146 other styles ~ men's, babies, hoodies, tanks, polo, jersey, etc. Although I tend to have destined for the shirt displayed.

     Great Chutney, Don't Touch! I Will Steal Your Immortal Soul

    Finishing School Shirts
    Vintage fan and name of book and author on front pocket, quote on back:
    All the Best Geniuses Are Evil & Who Doesn't Want a Wicker Chicken?

    American Apparel Size Large T-shirt & Zazzle's (in house) Ringer in a Size Medium


    The American Apparel line (while the highest quality & thickest cotton) runs SMALL. 
    Gail Tested: I'm a size 6, normally wearing between and small and medium. I ordered this in M and it was at least a size too small. The LARGE was still a bit tight in the arms. I'd suggest ordering a men's SMALL instead.

    I talk more on fit and style in this Retro Rack post.

    Zazzle Shirts On The Rack! How Do They Fit? Gail Carriger Merch!

    {Gail's monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}


    Your Moment of Parasol . . .
    “The New Look”  Christian Dior, 1947  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    These Self-parking Office Chairs Return to Their Desks

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
    So You Want to Become An Author Assistant?


    • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
    • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
      Status: Release date to come.
      Gail's first foray into hybrid land, romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.
    • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
      Status: Awaiting first pass edit. Chasing cover art photo.
      Gail's second foray into hybrid land, LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

    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:
    Anomaly: Star Trek TNG: Remember Me (with Gail Carriger)

    Quote of the Day:
    “I’m off to the punch bowl, dear hearts—collect me when it’s time to leave in disgrace.”
     The man’s wasted as a medic, Beka thought, smiling after him. He should have gone on the stage.
    ~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, The Price of the Stars

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    Questions about Gail's steampunk world? There's a wiki for that!