Soulless was nominated for Compton Crook and Locus awards, and won an ALA Alex Award.
New York Times Bestseller Soulless Vol. 1 the manga availble in print in the USA and the UK.
Soulless audiobook made Audible's Best of 2010 list and was a Top 20 Sleeper Hit.
Listen to a full cast sample podcast of the first chapter of Soulless! (NOT the audiobook)
New York Times Bestseller Changeless is available as an audiobook on the Recorded Books website and from Audible.
The manga version of Changeless (called Soulless Vol. 2).
New York Times Bestseller Blameless is available as an audiobook from Audible.
Omnibus hardback Vol. 1 (1-3) avaiable only through the SF Book Club.
The manga version of Blameless (called Soulless Vol. 3) is due out Nov. 19, 2013.
New York Times Bestseller Heartless is available from Audible.
Changeless, Blameless, and Heartless were also Locus Bestsellers.
New York Times Bestseller Timeless is available from Audible.
Omnibus hardbackVol. 2 (4-5) avaiable only through SF Book Club.
BOXED SET of the whole Parasol Protectorate series for $30!
My Sister's Song is a short story, Gail’s first professional sale. You can buy it for $0.99 in electronic form for the Nook, Kindle, or in any other format (except print).
Marine Biology is one of Gail's most recent short stories. It is also available in electronic from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.
#9 on the NYT Bestseller List!
"Wickedly funny ."
~ Angie Fox, New York Times Bestselling author
The Parasol Protectorate books are comedies of manners set in Victorian London: full of vampires, dirigibles, and tea. They are Jane Austen doing urban fantasy meets PG Wodehouse doing steampunk.
Soulless came out Oct. 2009 from Orbit US to shock and acclaim. Changeless (March 2010), Blameless (Sept. 2010), Heartless (July 2011), and Timeless (March 1, 2012) all hit the New York Times Bestseller list. Buy The Parasol Protectorate series online or from your local brick & mortar. If you would like a signed copy, you can order one from Borderlands Books.
Gail's new Finishing School Series, releases in the Feb. 2013, with Etiquette & Espionage. It follows the trials, tribulations, and trifles of Sophronia and her band of soot-covered compatriots as they try to survive a finishing school where they must learn to finish . . . everything and everyone.
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced! Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
Changeless Blurb (SPOILER ALERT for Soulless)
Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria. But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it. Audio recording (from Rick Kleffel) of Gail reading from Changeless at SF in SF.
Blameless Blurb (SPOILER ALERT for Soulless & Changeless)
Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season. Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead. While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto. Audio recording (from Rick Kleffel) of Gail reading from Blameless at SF in SF.
Heartless Blurb (SPOILER ALERT for Soulless & Changeless & Blameless)
Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she just happens to be eight months pregnant. Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?
Timeless Blurb (SPOILER ALERT for Soulless & Changeless & Blameless & Heartless )
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle. Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?
In the interest of legalities, Gail must point out that these are fan-generated videos (because she has the most wonderful fans) and that neither Gail nor Orbit are responsible for the content.
Discussion of the German editions.
Discussion of the Japanese cover of Soulless.
This is the manga all editions of which are titled Soulless! Vol. 1 was released in print by Yen Press in the USA and Orbit in the UK March 2012.
Vol. 2 is avaible through subscription to Yen's web zine, Yen Plus. Print versions ofSoulless Vol. 2 (AKA Changeless) due out Winter 2012, and Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless) Summer 2013.
Gail blogs about the character sketches from the artist REM.
Short Writings & Other Frivolities
My Sister's Song is a 4000 word short written in 1998. It was Gail’s first professional sale. "The warrior Mithra must repel a Roman legion alone and armed only with a very peculiar weapon." It is available in electronic form for the Nook, Kindle, or in any other format (except print) for $0.99.
Marine Biology is one of Gail's recent short stories. Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman. It's a funny paranormal romance set in contemporary times. Original trade paperback length – 43 pages. Available in electronic from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords (all other formats & countries).
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Sarah's Custom Costumes (highly recommended)
Bella Umbrella (pagoda style parasols)
To Die For
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
Topsy Turvey Design (includes some very Ivy-ish hats)
Victorian & Edwardian Hats
Lace Parasols & Fans (liked both service & product)
Pink Frosting Couture Parasols
Custom Tea Cozies
Hats By Leko
Judith M Hats & Supplies (great hat netting & wonderful service)
Jas. Townsend and Sons Surplus (any supply you might need)
Advice on how to thrift for steampunk & Gail's after Christmas shopping list for steampunkable items.
Ruby Blackbird (covered buttons, pins, & patches)
Black Phoenix Trading Post
World Domination Toys
Brute Force Leather
Skin Graft Designs
Military Surplus (brass buttons!)
Rock Love Jewelry
FanPlusFriend (more in the gothic lolita camp but still fab)
Steampunk on Etsy