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Prudence, first in the new Custard Protocol series, releases March 17, 2015.

Moira Quirk (@moiraquirkable) will be reading the audiobook of Prudence!

Gail's monthly read along for Feb. is Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Gail polled her readers to find out which side character they though should get his/her own story.

In January Gail wrote about:
* Her 7 Geeky Confessions
* What happened to the Italian & Spanish Editions of the Parasol Protectorate books?
* Steampunk Accessories
* Her 10 Favorite Books from 2014

Visitors dropped by as well:
* The Intellectual Salon ~ Does Alexia Dream?
* Dear Lord Akeldama ~ On Love, Suits & Suitability


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. Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3) IS OUT NOV. 4, 2014!

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. 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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Funnily enough, Gentle Reader, the title of this blog was a place holder for over the weekend while I was fiddling with it until I decided I liked it and left it there.

Holding pattern right now while I wait for my M&M edits. I was going to get all started on Imprudence but then I found out that the M&Ms were incoming. I thought their would be no point in beginning Imprudence only to have to stop before I had really gotten started.

via vintage-vs-retro tumblr Dovima in travel, 1956

So I'm taking today and tomorrow to do a fat load of business back log and prep for when I start the Spring of Epic Travel of Epicness. What does this entail? Well, things like readying the newsletter for the end of the month (the prizes are good this time, my darlings, really good); transferring notes and quotes from my various readings; catching up on the social media; coaxing Author Central into some proximity of functionality; tinkering with the website; processing research data; and Dealing With My Phone.

My phone is a putz. No, dears, no, there really is no more genteel way of putting it.

Some people, when a piece of technology dies, they are calm. They think to themselves, "Ah well, this is what happens, things die, programs fail." Some people quietly go to their backups. They reboot with equanimity. Some people heave a heavy sigh an move on with their lives.

I am not one of those people.

When my phone dies it a is a personal affront. The phone HAS BETRAYED ME. 

And that's all I'm going to say about that... cursed little traitorous evil no-better-than-an-ugly-paper-weight piece of doody. Grrrr.

{What is Gail's Book Group reading for January? Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Portrait of five women Cromer’s Amateur, French, active
1845 - 1855  ca. 1850 daguerreotype via eastmanhouse tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
1950 Brooch  1950s

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
16-Bit Game Controller Doormat at ThinkGeek

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
the-vortexx-tumblr Victorian slang terms you never knew existed


Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 available for pre-order! 

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry
 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; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
New interview with The Pandora Society.

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