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Gail's next major event in 2014 will be Pikes Peak Writer's Conference. If you are a Colorado Springs local, she hopes to see you there!

Waistcoats & Weaponry is officially available for pre-order!

Gail released the cover art for Prudence, first book in the new Custard Protocol series.

Still no word on what's up with the Italian and Spanish editions of the Parasol Protectorate books. Both publishing houses are in trouble yet may still own the rights to the books. There is absolutely nothing Gail personally can do about this, welcome to the crazy world of copyright.


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.

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 and she recieved the Prix Julia Verlanger from French readers.


The Parasol Protectorate books are:Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award and has been turned into a graphic novel. Her young adult Finishing School series begins with Etiquette & Espionage and follows the exploits of Sophronia, a young lady who soon discovers her dreaded lady's seminary is a great deal more than anyone realizes. 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.

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Gail is At Pikes Peak Writer's Conference

My dear Gentle Reader, I will be at Pikes Peak Writer's Conference for the rest of this week. I'm looking forward to it, they already have a drink named after me and I haven't even arrived yet!

The event takes place in Colorado Springs, CO April 25 ~ 27, 2014  (Colorado Springs Marriott 5580 Tech Center Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80919). I'll be traveling most of the day tomorrow and generally unavailable while I am there.

Brown Willow Ware

If you are local I hope to see you there. They are keeping me very very busy indeed so I have no time to meet outside of the event.

Here are the details...

FRIDAY ~ April 25
11:30 am Welcome Lunch ~ keynote address
2:30 pm ~ 3:30 pm Workshop: The Gothic Roots of Steampunk 
4:00 ~ 5:00 pm Read & Critique 123 
5:30 pm Faculty & Staff Mixer
6:45 pm Dinner & Reception ~ keynote speech

SATURDAY ~ April 26
9:10 am-10:10 am Panel: Mythbusting Keynotes (Q&A session)
11:45 am Lunch ~ hosting table
1:15 pm-2 pm Booksigning
4:45 pm-5:45 pm Workshop: Humorous Characterization
7:00 pm Awards Dinner ~ hosting table

SUNDAY ~ April 27
12:30 pm Farewell Lunch ~ hosting table
2:00 pm-2:30 pm Interview with Patrick Hester

Speaking of travel, I encountered this little gem recently... (I'm in the middle of an edit pass so I'm only reading non-fiction primary sources for 1850-1900)
"...there are persons who indulge themselves in astounding acts of rudeness, [for example] the supposition that a hotel is only a tavern..."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

A hotel only a tavern? I know truly the height of rudeness!


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1833 Ladies' Cabinet Date-  Thursday, August 1, 1833 Item ID-  v. 14, plate 57

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Checkerboard at Bouquets to Art 2014

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Rewriting now, release date March 17, 2015.

The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies
 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

Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at

Book News:
Lizz the Librarian says of Etiquette & Espionage: "What I love about this book: [Sophronia] is an awesome character with flaws and personality. She is truly three dimensional. Plus, the awesome school, interesting characters, and the whole steampunk vibe make this a fun and different read (who is getting burnt out on dystopian novels - this girl!)."

Quote of the Day:
Water-Cure Journal, May 1855

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