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The Kiwi Files: Auckland and the End of the Road

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The good news just keeps coming in, Gentle Reader. I just found out Waistcoats & Weaponry is in the finals for a Locus award, along side Paolo who’s a friend of mine (not to mention Joe, Ian, and Garth who I greatly admire). What an unexpected pleasure!

And now on to your regularly scheduled blog post…

After an epic drive around the South Island, the AB and I headed to Auckland, where we spent four days exploring the city. I visited lots of thrift and consignment shops and rather fell in love with the modern meets artsy Auckland aesthetic. I didn’t buy anything though, because I hadn’t any luggage space. All my free space was filled with L&P and Tim Tams.

Auckland put on quite the show for us. It’s a lovely city and we spent most of our time there just wandering around.

We decided not to visit (yet another) vineyard and thus never got to any of the islands. Perhaps next time we are in town we will hop a ferry. Instead we gloried in the urban world, having just spent a great deal of time driving across vast tracts of rural land.

Look at me getting all artistic with the pictures.

“Getting urban” for Gail means eating all the things. And we did. There was a tasting menu at a Japanese restaurant (WHY IS THIS NOT A THING?), gourmet ice cream (overrated), a truly special farm to table experience at Ortolana involving lamb, and a disappointing and ultimately unsuccessful hunt for the perfect pavlova. (The Pavlova: The Story over on The Old Foodie.)

The Pavlova that wasn’t right.

In the interest of getting myself away from a food report, I should also say that I wasn’t a total slacker. The AB’s definition of “getting urban” means art shows and museums and the like. Also, we did stop by my Kiwi publishing house. They were utterly charming and stuffed us silly with New Zealand cheese and wine, of which they are justifiably proud. It made me think that my US editor, Devi, really ought to be made known to them: cheese and wine are two of her favorite things.

And that’s it for this long run of hijacking the blog for travel posts.

Or you think it is… wha ha ha! I have another trip right around the corner. I’ll have my programming stuff up the Wednesday before I leave for New Jersey and the Steampunk World’s Fair and then there will be a report on the event, and then we will return you to your regular Gail blogging warbles.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasols on display in the Auckland Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Auckland Gull

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Think Your City is Dirty? Try Living in 19th Century London.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Pottle is my new favorite word.

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • 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
 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

Book News:

Frini Georgakopoulos via FB: Cosplaying Alexia

Quote of the Day:

Virgin Radio Lebanon  FB
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The Kiwi Files ~ Steampunk Cafe in Christchurch

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I’m delighted to announce that Waistcoats & Weaponry has won Steampunk Chronicle’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Young Adult Steampunk Fiction! Thank you thank you!

And now for your regularly scheduled blog…

While in Christchurch, Gentle Reader, we stumbled upon a steampunk cafe. I had heard of its existence, but I didn’t know quite where to find it. But the AB and I spend quite some time walking around the downtown area and we stumbled upon it on one of our jaunts.

I was quite charmed by this young gentleman who chatted with us and showed us around the upper shop area.

One of the first things that caught my eye upon entering was this lamp meets dirigible. It might be fun to make some Chinese lanterns into balloons myself in that mystical land of future free time.

Found this little guy sitting atop a top hat.

And this was my favorite thing in the shop, a train meets drinks caddy. So fun!

During our rambles we also encountered a statue of Queen Victoria in one of the parks. I felt it very apt and tried to pay the proper homage.

I also fell in love with a pair of laser cut leather boots, but they were $600 and didn’t fit right, also the soles were really hard. These days I find myself (when hunting for more comfortable footwear) gravitating to men’s shoes. Not just because of the oxford style, but because they often have super comfortable squishy soles. Why don’t we women ever get those in walking boots? It’s not fair. And before you post a link to comfortable footwear I ALSO demand it be pretty, by my standards, thank you, and not look comfortable. And before you say, “Gail, just buy the men’s shoes,” I am sadly cursed with narrow, skinny feet (hence the lack of Fluvogs in my life).

And I don’t know how this post on Christchurch became one on shoes. But it’s me so I’m not surprised. The destruction wrought by the earthquakes was truly devastating, and although the spirit of the city is still there and they are fighting to come back, it did feel awfully sad.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

one fine day, Akihabara   via ninetail-fox tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

NZ is also the land of rainbows, so much changeable weather

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The fine art of walking city streets in the 19th century (via Two Nerdy History) 

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
In Defense of Editing

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • 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
 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

Book News:
Jess of Shelf Quest says of Prudence: “For those familiar with the preceding series, I have no doubt that this story will enthrall and excite. We see the return of many of our most beloved characters and the way some of them have grown (up) and changed is just really lovely.”

Quote of the Day:
“More people should do things on their own, most of humanity’s problems have been caused by people meeting and talking.”
~ Andy Zaltzman

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5 Fun Bits From Gail’s Reddit AMA

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Yesterday, Gentle Reader, was utterly consumed with a Reddit AMA, book tour itinerary madness, and Prudence proofs. But I did get some great news…

Etiquette & Espionage wins French award for best translated young adult novel!

Le squee!

Also Tentacle & Treacle is back from hiatus, with more recipes from the pages of my books paired with tea by yours truly. This week it’s Cucumber Sandwiches

And now here are 4 fun bits and 1 serious craft question from yesterday’s AMA:

1. Which superpower would you choose?
Gills. Always and forever. I want to swim underwater without having to come up for air. I’m a simple girl.

2. Favorite sport?
To play? Water polo. I was on the swim team for years, I’m a vicious little fish. To watch? American football. I can’t help it, it’s like Roman War tactics on the field. When I lived in the UK, I’ve was seen to watch the occasional bit of rugby. I am ashamed.

3. If you could would you let Lord Akeldama dress you?
Yesssss, but… only the once.

Ensemble 1790s Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“Nevertheless we favor every effort to stop the extravagant use of dry goods and millinery.”
“As it is, many of our young men are padded to a superlative degree, and 
have corns and bunions on every separate toe from wearing shoes too tight.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875) 

4. Do any teas remind you of certain characters?

Well I always think of Alexia with Assam. And I imagine Sophronia is kind of a Lady Grey type. Rue has a rather epic encounter with chai in the first Custard Protocol book, she likes it but her preference is probably for something even more daring… and alcoholic. 

5. When you put in Easter eggs or foreshadowing, do you write them in on first draft, or does it come later?

Some of them come out in rough draft, although I write them not really knowing why. Some of them come in rewrites as intentional foreshadows for the end of the book or series. I recently just did my 6th draft of the final Finishing School book and only then realized why one character, from book 2, had behaved in a specific way! Often it’s like that, the characters surprise me.

Occasionally, I will drop in a thread knowing I might need it, usually I have it planned, sometimes I go overboard and drop in too many (that happened with Changeless and is one of the reasons Biffy never got his HEA). As for other Easter eggs, or cookies, I call this “rewarding the careful reader.” I’ll drop in a side character or a call back pretty often in one book referencing an earlier appearance ~ these days it could be from one series to another. Usually it’s not super relevant to the plot of that particular book, just for fun if you’re a devoted fan of the world, and kind of gives a nudge nudge wink wink moment to the careful reader. But if you aren’t a big fan, I don’t want you to feel like you are missing something. It helps that I write comedy. So what in one book can simply be a character for amusement, in a later book can have unexpected significance in retrospect. It makes me seem very clever when really, initially, I was just after the laugh. As a writer, it only really works with side characters who have little screen time and fewer tapestry threads to mess with. Does that make sense?

As for the world call backs, I’m a rereader, myself so I write with the intent that after each new book comes out, if you go back and read any of the previous ones, new things about the world are revealed in light of the latest revelations.

All of this has had some fun results where some of my readers are taking bets on which Finishing School character is (blood) related to which Parasol Protectorate character. Because they know I couldn’t resist such a temptation. They are currently employed trying to figure out ages and such to make certain the timing works. I just sit back and smile evilly.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for October? Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1903 tumblr fleurdulys-      Portrait of Lydia Vasilyevna Sychkov, the Artist’s Wife – Fedot Sychkov      1903

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Robe à Transformation  Worth & Bobergh, 1862-1865  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
On Morning Calls and Hosting Dinner Parties, Balls and Routs in the Late Regency

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Why and How to Outline (given some of the Reddit discussion yesterday)

PROJECT ROUND UP 
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Proof stage.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming soon: November 4, 2014)
 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

Book News:
Audiobook Review of Curtsies & ConspiraciesThat’s What She Read – by  Michelle says,
“Moira Quick returns as the narrator for this quirky series, and she is delightful. She has an adorable way of modulating the volume of her voice to fit the sneakiness of a scene. Also, she delivers the most satiric sentences with an innocence worthy of an award. She capitalizes on the spirit of the novel to create a performance that breathes even more life into Ms. Carriger’s eclectic world.
As always, Ms. Carriger’s balance between satire and earnestness is laugh-out-loud funny.”

Quote of the Day:
“She looked away. Her attitude seemed to suggest that she had finished with him, and would be obliged if somebody would come and sweep him up.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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Lists, Librarians and Tubas

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I attended an undergraduate university attached to a well known conservatory of music.  (Follow me for a moment, please, I do have a point.) I had a number of friends who were musicians and ended up getting a wide musical education as a result of supporting them by attending their recitals and concerts. One of the things I grew to love was the modern classical movement. Not because I have depth of appreciation for the style (because I don’t have the ear) but because of the tuba. Particularly because modern composers often use the tuba to make some fantastic noises, one of which is a protracted, resounding, low fart (there really is no other way to describe it).

I’d like you, Gentle Reader, to imagine that noise while I say that I’m as self conscious as most authors when tooting my own horn, so instead please allow me to…

Fart my own tuba.

I’m delighted to announce, much to my pleasure and surprise, that Etiquette & Espionage was selected for both the Notable Books for Children list and the Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

The Notables list is sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (the ALSC) and the BBYA list is sponsored by Young Adult Library Services (the YALSA).

ALSC says: “In this madcap, steampunk-mystery, Sophronia Temminnick learns that etiquette and espionage go hand-in-glove when she is covertly recruited from Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. A paranormal mashup set in Victorian England.”

YALSA says, “Proper etiquette is most important for young ladies, but so is knowing how to correctly conceal a weapon.”

What I say is, hooray for librarians! I do love them so so much. I’ve blogged before about how I grew up in the library, how library page was my first job, and how much their support means to me as an author. To know I managed to hold on to it when I transitioned to YA actually does bring tears to my eyes. I know, I’m corny.  Thank you from the bottom of my warped little soul. 

And we fade to silence the ptttt noise of the farting tuba.

Comedy, my dear gentle reader, is the only means I have of dealing with accolade. Frankly, it’s the only way I have to deal with most things. 


GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Self at Nova Albion with the Golden Mean

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lumio Book Lamp

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Suffragette Style by Lucy Adlington (@HistoryWardrobe)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!  
Soulless Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless the manga) ~ Out now! 

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. Release date to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins soon.

The Books! 

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

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, & Fairy Debt

Book News:
Orson Scott Card says, “Somewhere between Steampunk, Oz, and Jane Austen, you can find the world of Gail Carriger’s wonderful new young adult series, starting with Etiquette & Espionage. A misfit young English lady in the Napoleonic era is sent to a highly unusual finishing school — where, dodging highway robbers and the occasional werewolf, she finds her way through the cracks and creases of society and school. The sequel, Curtsies & Conspiracies, just came out.”

Quote of the Day:

“When in doubt, shoot the wizard.”

~ Tamora Pierce


Winning the Prix Julia Verlanger

Posted by Gail Carriger

 
I am delighted to announce that I have won the Prix Julia Verlanger, a French Award for Sci-Fi and Fantasy. They give the award once a year, to one author. I am quite chuffed. This is my first genre award and my first international award!*
The award was announced at les Utopiales de Nantes but I’ve known for three weeks and been eager to tell you, Gentle Reader. I am so sad I wasn’t able to be there. My awesome French publishing house picked it up for me.

I asked them to please thank all my French readers for taking a chance on books set in England, and my publisher and translator for doing such a wonderful job. Also I wanted to thank everyone for being so gracious to me when I visited earlier this year, I feel spoiled by France in many ways.  

I am reminded of a silly story from the begining of this crazy journey into writer-doom.

You see, France was the first territory my books sold into, outside of the US. Before the UK.

Yes, you read that right.

Well my Mum, who is Properly British, was so upset about this. It was as if the French had conquered some desirable foriegn territory before the Queen manged to get there. Mum was mighty perturbed with her own country.

Of course, now the series is in both territories. And there are many reasons the French “got there first,” as some are prone to putting it. But I can’t help cherishing affection for my French readers, not to mention lingering surprise that have taken something so ridiculously Victorian into their hearts. Perhaps it’s something to do with the fact that Alexia talks about, and I describe with such evident delight, food? Perhaps it’s because I’m gently poking fun at those Victorians? Perhaps it is because Madame Lefoux is so bad ass? I suppose when push comes to shove, Steampunk is French by rights of Jules Verne. And I suspect the French of being quiet open and willing to immerse themselves in the wonder of whimsey.

What ever it is, I can only say thank you from the bottom of my marmite-eating soufflé-loving warped little heart. 

Vive la France!

* Soulless did win the Alex, an award from librarians, who are so awesome to me and my books. So one could make the argument that the “librarians got there first.” Which makes me picture librarians armed with rulers as swords and books as shields in phalanx formation storming the beach at Normandy. I know I’m mixing so many times and places and metaphors. My brain is like that.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via the FB

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Miniature corset, 1890s

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

lunar-wall-calendar-2014

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure

PROJECT ROUND UP 
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third:  
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Release date Nov. 5, 2013. 
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013
Manga
~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19, 2013. 
Prudence
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.

The Books!

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series
Please DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
 $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, and Fairy Debt

Book News:
Curtsies & Conspiracies makes Kirkus: Best Bets for Science Fiction & Fantasy – November 2013 Don’t be misled into thinking that such books offer little for adults.”

Quote of the Day:

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”

Oscar Wilde


BFYA Nomination for E&E

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Etiquette & Espionage has been nominated by the American Library Association as one of 2013’s Best Fiction for Young Adults! Many thanks to all the wonderful librarians out there.

ARCcover

I can’t tell you how honored I am to be recognized by librarians. I pretty much grew up inside libraries. I believe many of us writers did. My first job was as a library page (shelving books and getting distracted in corners reading them). Whenever I’m home, I still visit my old boss at the library (and we are talking over two decades now). Some of the most heroic people I know are librarians. I am touched to have been so championed, first with an Alex Award for Soulless and now with this nomination.

At AnomolyCon I got to meet a number of librarians and it is always a delight. (More on the con to come.)

Thank you all again.

“Harry Potter meets Jeeves & Wooster. Or, if Jane Austen wrote Harry Potter after apprenticing under P.G. Wodehouse and H.G. Wells.”
Young Adult Books Central

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Nov 1853 Punch

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
OctopusClock
Steampunk clocks for sale in Jack London Square.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
ThrowPillow
Throw pillow, anyone? (Same as above.)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
5 Tips to Effective Dialogue

PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Writing rough draft.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date November 2013. Await ARCs.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition possibly Nov. 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, both now available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ OUT NOW, The second Finishing School book ~ Nov. 5, 2013?

Book News:
More Etiquette & Espionage Reviews

  • Burn Bright says, “Carriger’s voice is almost like another character in the book; quirky, witty and delightful. From the opening page it draws you in, imbuing everyday objects with motives and making the most tedious events into adventures.”
  • Lesa’s Book Critiques says, “Etiquette & Espionage is an entertaining book that examines the rituals of polite society in 1851, and the clever women who manipulate it behind the scenes… It’s a humorous book focusing on a young woman who can’t help but find herself in scrapes.”
  • Fabbity Fab Book Reviews says, “Mrs. Temminnick’s youngest most difficult daughter has just been whisked away to an agency that trains women to duel, fight, spy, wound, poison, deceive and kill. Admittedly, this is all learned while learning to dance, curtsy and bat eyelashes with the utmost perfection.”
  • Up In the Bibliosphere says, “Gail Carriger writes the most amusing books…Sophronia was a very sensible character, despite her lackluster curtsy, and her ragtag group of friends were just as well developed.”
  • Book Sp(l)ot Reviews says, “Etiquette and Espionage is wildly imaginative and draws readers in from the very beginning. Sophronia is a fun character, one you know right away is not the typical Victorian teenage girl.”

Quote of the Day:
“It was Warren Dibrell, a noted profligate about town – gambler, libertine, and infidel – the most dangerous because his person was handsome and his manners winning.”
~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine August 1872

Daisypath - Personal pictureDaisypath Happy Birthday tickers


Manga Soulless Vol. 2 Official Release!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Soulless Vol. 2 (the manga version of Changeless) releases officially today! (I know some of you have gotten it already.)

*Soulless2_cover

I am deliciously pleased with the book. I particularly love Rem’s rendition of Madame Lefoux, not to mention all the kilts!

Madame Lefoux

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1905 Travelling Gown  The Victoria & Albert Museum
1905 Travelling Gown The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
RObotTea
Robot Tea Infuser

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
CordStorage

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Showing an Authentic Villain

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Rough draft done. On hold for copy edits, see bellow.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits, copy edits, copy edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

Book News:
Vote for me on Goodreads!
Soulless the Manga in Graphic Novels
Timeless in Paranormal Fantasy

Quote of the Day:
“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”
~ Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)


Manga Contest Winners Announced!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

First Place, and the winner of the manga goodie box is . . .

Michelle Long!

Runner ups, winners of signed copies of the first manga are . . .

  • Lindsey (eatspoetryforbreakfast)
  • Talia jeepgirl
  • Candie Kington
  • Nia Gardner
  • Johanna R

Winners please contact me via email using the calling card feature on my website.

Please include your full name and mailing address, and whether you would like the book personalized or simply signed.

Thank you all so very much for playing! I promise there will be more contests and give-aways and the like soon. Next up is another Etiquette & Espionage contest. I just have to get all my ducks in a row after this one!

In other news, if you feel so inclined both Soulless the manga and Timeless have made the finals of the Goodreads Choice Awards, 2012! I am honored, thanks to all who have voted for me. If you’d like to one more time, on this last pass, please do?

Vote Soulless the Manga best in Graphic Novels
Vote Timeless best in Paranormal Fantasy

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1904-1905 Gustave Beer,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1904-1905 Gustave Beer,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
MustachePacifier
Mustache Pacifier

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Silencer

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
What Makes a Short Story Short ? For the record, short stories are my favorite form of reading. I find them challenging to write, but I do adore reading and listening to them.

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Rough draft done. On hold for copy edits, see bellow.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits arrived must finish Prudence rough first.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes to begin September.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

Book News:
Vote for me on Goodreads?
Soulless the Manga in Graphic Novels
Timeless in Paranormal Fantasy

Quote of the Day:
“A good cook is not made, he is born; so if you are lucky enough to find one, do anything to keep him – short of letting him know that you are anxious to do so.”
~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888


Comic Con Report from the Author-Side ~ Friday

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Up, short swim, bit of a hot tub to soak the feet, and there we pause, Gentle Reader . . .

I must set the scene: imagine a pool area completely empty of guests, there’s a line on the waterfront down below and outside the fence of people waiting to get into the hotel ballroom for some morning panel or another, and there’s staff with ear-dongles puttering about the pool area.

Lines at Comic Con

I thought the security were there to see to the crowd. But then I was given the evil eye as I put down my towel. I flashed my room key and blithely continued with my mourning ritual, rather enjoying having a huge pool all to myself.

Multipas

Picture Gail after her swim, splashy splashy in the hot tub. See Gail notice a lurking gentleman in cargo shorts. Gail gives gentleman a suspicious look. Gentlemen checks his cell phone.

  • Gail thinks, My, that looks like Kevin Bacon. But it can’t be, he doesn’t have a Sci/Fi movie in the works right now. I don’t think?
  • Splashy splashy.
  • Gentlemen wanders over to steps near spa to sit.
  • Gentlemen to Gail, “How’s the water?”
  • Gail, “Pretty good, could be warmer. But it’s a hotel hot-tub, it always could be warmer.” Thinking, Yup, Kevin bacon, couldn’t miss that voice.
  • Kevin Bacon, “Yeah, that’s how it goes.”
  • Gail, getting out, “Going to give it a whirl?”
  • Kevin Bacon, “Naw, I got this thing.”
  • Gail, “Ah, I see.” Wanders past and out the gate, “Well, you have a good day.”
  • Kevin Bacon, “You too.”
  • Security detail arrives, to Kevin Bacon, “Looks like they’re ready for you, KB.”
  • Gail, grinning, runs up to room.
  • Gail pouncing on the sleepy AB, “Guess who’s now six degrees from Kevin Bacon?”

I must say, KB was a perfect gentlemen. It’s so nice when famous people are polite. (As a codicil, every time I went for a swim the rest of our say at that hotel, the AB would say, “Have a nice swim. Say hello to Kevin Bacon for me.”)

So, back on the the day of Comic Con activities. Safely attired in my specially acquired brown & cream & blue day dress I hit the hotel restaurant for breakfast with Michael (of Ebury Publishing, UK), the AB, and Kristin. The latte was decent. I had not yet figured the egg white omelet trick, but food was tasty.

Michael & Gail

Went from there straight to another meeting with Sariann of the Inn at the Corssroads blog for secret food-related project discussions. She was lovely and we had a great chat and project should be going forward soon. It will be exciting! And tasty.

Then we managed to get into the Firefly Panel. I might have ruthlessly used my Guest Pass and my agent’s sweet talking skills for evil.

Brown Coats

It was a sweet little reunion of a panel. For me it was more fun to see the interactions between the cast members that anything else. You can watch the panel for yourself online.

Firefly

Speaking of Joss, you have to see this video. It is absolutely hilarious. Joss stars as one of the SQUAT team in Scary Smash, a movie made from a kid’s story.

Friday was supposed to be my slow day, but the Firefly Panel was totally worth it, minus my stressed concern for the emotional well-being of one of the fans there. She really looked like she was going to faint or have a panic attack when it came time for her to ask her question.

Then the AB and I wandered the floor for a little bit. I was actually recognized by a reader!

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After that we jetted off to High Tea with Mike Lee away from downtown. He’d found and reserved a table at a beautiful little venue, Tea-Upon-Chatsworth.

High Tea

After a discussion with the hostess I settled on a strongly brewed Chatsworth House Blend which suited my pallet perfectly. The comestibles were delicious, if not exactly traditional. I particularly enjoyed the Guava Rose Gazpacho. I normally loathe flower tastes in my food but this was very very subtle.

High Tea Menu

Then it was the standard San Diego taxi battle in order to get back to the hotel. Must as I enjoyed going away from the con madness on occasion but I wouldn’t do next time (should there be a next time) the taxis are just too much of a problem. We had a quick change into our swanky duds for the evening ~ the AB into his suit and I into a green & black cocktail dress for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

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We had special seating, a nice buffet and presenters such as Six and Anders from BSG. The ceremony was charming, the speeches funny, short, or (best) both. It was by far the most enjoyable award ceremony I have ever attended. Sadly, we had another engagement, so we had to sneak out about 3/4 of the way through.

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It was off to my manga, Yen Press’s 5th Anniversary Cocktail Party. There we meet awesome peeps including the Japanese publishers of Black Butler, only one of the best manga’s in the whole world, and an adorable young lady from BBC America (more relating to daleks on Sunday). Food included beet ships with avocado and cilantro lime shrimp, and sweet potato lattice fries with scallops. So good. Many people were quite drunk and hilariously amusing, but I shall protect the names of the guilty.

Exhausted we stumbled home rather early knowing there was an even longer day tomorrow.

Next up, Saturday . . . and Gail meets Tron.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Up

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
When You Get Stuck

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. Gotta get these peeps floating.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Not yet Released

Book News:
Final Cover Art for Etiquette & Espionage

Quote of the Day:
“Ren’s a fox.”
~ Footloose


Books Used to Research Timeless

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Today I present to you, part of our occasional series of DVD extras . . . some of the books I used to research Timeless. A quick warning before we start, Gentle Reader, the books I used are kind of spoilers for the arc of this last Parasol Protectorate.

Ancient Egypt Lithographs by David Roberts, R.A.
Roberts visited Egypt for the first time in 1838 and sketched much of the area, including archaeological sites, while he was there. He continued to do so on several subsequent visits. I used his sketches as a jumping off point (all be in 40 years early) as to the look of Egypt during Victorian times. This book was also valuable when writing my Alessandro’s short story, The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, the Mummy the Was, and the Cat in the Jar (as yet unpublished).

Eyewitness Books, Desert by Dr. Miranda MacQuitty.
I use the eyewitness books a lot, they make for a good quick peek into the food and environment of a given time or place. They shouldn’t be devalued because they are children’s books but instead be viewed as great jumping off points. You can get them at any library, but I chose to buy mine.

Eyewitness Books, Boat by Eric Kentley.
I need more from this book on early transatlantic steamers but it at least gave me many of the terms and initial ideas I needed for Alexia and Conall’s sea journey. I ended up doing a lot of research into the Titanic. Even though it was built years after Timeless the massive amount of online information gave me insight into passenger manifests and the arrangement and titles for ship’s staff and officers on board any liner.

The Rape of the Nile by Brian M. Fagan.
I read this book while researching the dawn of archaeology for a class back in my PhD days, and liked it so much I went out and bought it to own. It has flaws. Fagan dwells over much on Belzoni (obviously as the result of his own PhD work, or personal passion) and does not cover the rest of early Nile excavation in as much detail as I would have likes. But what he does do is cover some of the changing attitudes and politics in Egypt at the time of Victorian occupation, sufficient to my needs, so that I became familiar with the political climate and personalities and travel requirements of the antiquities market in the late 1870s. I also use a brief bit of information from this book in Etiquette & Espionage.

Living In Ancient Egypt by Norman Bancroft Hunt.
Similar to the Eyewitness books but newer, this book was one of a series I was given to review by Horn several years ago. I hung onto it because like the Eyewitness books I thought it might provide a good stepping stone and quick guide to the time. It helps that I already know a lot about Ancient Egypt. (For years I was going to be an Egyptologist before I went into Materials Archeology instead. I worked at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum as a volunteer during and after my undergraduate work.)

Ancient Lives: Daily Life in Egypt of the Pharaohs by John Romer.
Possibly my favorite book about Ancient Egypt ever written. Despite its name this is more a chronicle of the excavations at the famous tomb builders village (Deir el-Medina) outside of Thebes. Decades old know, this still stands as one of the best and only excavations of artisan daily life, and one of the few within the Valley of the Kings.

Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh by Joyce Tyldesley.
An old publication from 1996 so we must admit that much additional information has been added over the years. However, this book provided the basics I needed for my fictional reconstruction of Matakara’s character (and name, of course). I drew her personality, appearance, and a selection of drones from the information in this book.

I also had a copy of National Geographic’s September 1998 special on the Valley of the Kings. Much of the information was outdated or popularized into uselessness but the photographs of the landscape and maps of the valley were invaluable.

Some Inspiration for Alexia in Egypt . . .

Phoebe Apperson Hearst

Sara Yorke Stevenson

Amelia Edwards

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Done with word count but not book. I’m going over length, very unusual for me.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Have seen cover sketch for cover and it is fabulous!
Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

Book News:

I’m deeply honored to be able to say that I received FOUR Polidori awards for Excellence in 2011: Best Novel for Heartless, Best Audiobook for Heartless, Best Manga for Soulless, and Best Comic/Manga Adaptation of a Vampire Book/Series, also for Soulless!
Thanks for voting for me everyone!

Quote of the Day:
“Books are embalmed minds.”
~ Bovee


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