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Prudence, first in the Custard Protocol series, out NOW! It debuted at #19 on NYT Hardcover Fiction List.

* Prudence on Amazon
* Prudence on Barnes & Noble (signed)
* Prudence on Apple
Prudence on Indybound

Gail is away in New Zealand for most of April, if your buisness with her can wait, she would be most greatful.

Gail's monthly read along for April it is The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde.


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

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.


Miss Carriger's books are published in over a dozen different languages. Twelve of them are New York Times bestsellers via 5 different lists (Mass Market, Hardcover, Young Adult, Series, and #1 in Manga). She has received the Alex Award from the American Library Association (for Soulless) and the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers. Her most recent release is Prudence first in the new Custard Protocol series.

The Parasol Protectorate series begins with Soulless 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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Prudence Extras ~ Fun Research Tidbits for You While I am Away

I am off in New Zealand for most of April, I have a convention and then a bit of a vacation. A real vacation!

via Saladin Ahmed on Twitter (@saladinahmed)

While I am away, I hope you enjoy the new book, Prudence, and also the book pick for this month The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde. Even though I am off grid, the rest of my social media will continue, I promise. I have Tweets scheduled not to mention Tumblr, Retro Rack, and Facebook posts. I will check in whenever I can, but I may not be able to respond to longer requests or anything that requires my main computer for action (which is why this blog will be static for a while). Please forgive any slow responses on my part while I am away.

In the meantime... while I was writing Prudence, I collected some fun and key images for significant scenes in the book. Here are a few that I thought you might enjoy, Gentle Reader. Now you can look out for them as you read... and some quotes, because I'm honored by the warm reception this book has received.

Victorian Snuff Box, Lacquer With Mother - Of - Pearl , Circa 1880


Vampire Book Club says of Prudence: “I’m beyond in love with the world Carriger has created and her imagination never ceases to amaze me. It’s exciting and colorful, filled with ingenious inventions and glorious attention to detail, especially concerning Victorian fashion and etiquette.”

Seated Parvati Hindu goddess of all goddesses; wife of Shiva (via commons)

OverDrive Blog says of Prudence: “Rest assured, readers new to this universe will easily enjoy this novel as a standalone read.  ... But true satisfaction lies with those of us who have already read the earlier novels and are longing for updates on some of our favorite characters, who pop up with gratifying frequency throughout the novel in minor roles.”

Fresh Fiction says of Prudence: “Prudence is the first in the new Custard Protocol series, which promises as much mayhem and manners as Carriger’s first two series.”

{Gail's monthly read along for April is The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Woman with a Parasol, Facing Right ~ Claude Monet via lonequixote tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The Steampunk Horn-A-Phone 

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Dinner in Mysore in 1867

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
How to Approach Authors in the Wild


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!  
  • 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, 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:
The Word Nerds says of Waistcoats & Weaponry: “The concept of a floating school that trains female spies is thrilling. Add some great steampunk elements like lessons that teach one how to kill with a fan or give the Promising Look, and, well, you have characters with some great talents.”

Quote of the Day:
“Fifthly, the tea should be put straight into the pot. No strainers, muslin bags or other devices to imprison the tea. In some countries teapots are fitted with little dangling baskets under the spout to catch the stray leaves, which are supposed to be harmful. Actually one can swallow tea-leaves in considerable quantities without ill effect, and if the tea is not loose in the pot it never infuses properly.”
~ A Nice Cup of Tea (1946)

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