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Changeless Extras ~ Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

Behind the scenes, Gentle Reader, here are some DELETED BITS from Changeless.

Description of Woolsey Castle

The most scandalous thing about Woolsey Castle was not that it housed a pack of werewolves. After all, only the best counties could boast such an eccentricity. Nor was it the fact that it boasted eight flying buttresses – an architecturally immodest choice. No, the most scandalous thing about Woolsey Castle was that there was a bedroom, and sometimes several, on every single storey, even the first. The original owner was a bit of an eccentric, in the “if he had not had money he would have been called insane” kind of way. Woolsey was no castle, not really. It was instead a modern manor house made to look like a castle with stone facings, an excessive number of haphazardly applied turrets, crenelated battlements, extensive dungeons, and the aforementioned buttresses.

Scene with Lyall, Channing, & Biffy

(just after breaking and entering)

Channing crossed his arms. “I would have been just as effective.”
“Yes, but Biffy was a safer choice.”
Biffy looked mildly offended.
“If he was caught it would be thought an inter-vampire plot, if you were caught it would be considered an inter-species plot.”
Biffy looked less offended and nodded his agreement with Lyall’s assessment.
Channing was militant. “I do not trust him!”
“Biffy?” Lyall wondered mildly.
Biffy looked pleased at the accusation.
Channing was annoyed with Lyall’s obtuseness. “No, no, Lord Akeldama.”
Lyall puffed air out his nostrils in annoyance. “You do not trust vampires.”
“You saying you do trust them?”
Professor Lyall looked out the carriage window.
Channing had never learned the art of silence. “I am Gamma. It is my nature to question.”
“You are you. It is your nature to be a prat.”
Biffy gave a tiny gasp at such werewolf directness. It was most unsettling to a vampire drone.
Channing smiled. “Admit it, you sense it too. We are missing something.” He looked at the drone. “Why does your master like our fiery lady Alpha so much?”
Biffy shrugged. “They are friends.”
Channing ignored this reply and turned back to Professor Lyall. “You and I have dabbled in London politics long enough to know: Lord Akeldama doesn’t have friends.”
Professor Lyall gave his Gamma a level look. “You like her, admit it.”
Biffy muttered, “Major Channing seems to like nothing but Major Channing.”
Major Channing ignored this. “She’s plucky. I like plucky. She’s not, however, to Lord Akeldama’s taste. What does he really want with her?”
“Give it a rest, would you please Channing?”
“You know something!”
Lyall glared at him. “Yes. I know the right question to ask. You are not asking it.”
“Oh?”
“What have we learned on this little adventure of ours?”
Channing blinked icy blue eyes at his Beta blankly.
It was Biffy who answered. “That my master is not the only vampire to find Lady Maccon intriguing.”
“Exactly.” With which Professor Lyall turned once more to stare out the carriage window, apparently fascinated by the way the gas lighting flickered over the cobbled street.

  • The Avid Readers Club says of Changeless, “The author is an altogether genius at merging these genres together in a manner so utterly entertaining, the reader will be positively craving the next installment of the Parasol Protectorate series.”
    Sara of Freadomlibrary says:
    “Loved it! It was mysterious and suspenseful and intriguing. The same level of hilarity and entertainment is abound in this second installment and it was amazing.”
  • Evaine’s Books, Books, and More Books says:
    “One thing that the author does is imbue her characters with a sense of humour – all of the characters.  That just brings them alive to me.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: Beta read (fifth draft).
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Theodore Wendel – Lady with Parasol by Stream

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.”

~ John Updike

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Questions About Imprudence Answered

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello, Gentle Reader, below I answer some frequently asked questions about Imprudence.

Will we get the Audiobook at the same time as the print and ebook?

Did you get it at the same time for Prudence? If yes, then mostly likely yes for Imprudence. If no (waves at the UK) then you are stuck waiting just like last time. I’m given to understand that this is an Audible UK issue.

Will the book/ebook/audiobook release at the same time in the UK, Aus, or other English Language Territory?

It depends. Anything is possible. It’s base your expectations on Prudence, if I were you. I talk about this complicated issue in this Occasional FAQ: Why Do Books Release Later to the UK, Australia & New Zealand?

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Is this the last book in the series?

Freaked out by the yellow cover, were you? Rest assured I intend to write more Custard Protocol. Right now I have two more books planned and there is a possibility of one or two after that. However, you will not be getting one next year, 2017. I took a break this year to deal with family, medical, and business stuff which means there is nothing in production for next year. Thus CP3 will have a 2018 release.

Is the Custard Protocol series adult or YA?

Adult. New Adult if you must.

Look, I know some bookstores keep putting Custard Protocol books in YA (if you are at your favorite indie looking for it, try that section) but while Prudence may have passed I doubt Imprudence will. All I have to say to bookstores and libraries is: if you don’t mind your teens getting a SERIOUS education then by all means, shelve it in YA. But you might want to put it into the right section with this book. The gloves, literally and figuratively, are most certainly off!

Can I get a signed copy?

Yes. Here are your options:

  1. You can come meet me on tour and I will sign and dedicate anything you like (including biceps, teapots, and parasols).
  2. You can order signed copies for BOTH Poison or Protect and Imprudence from Mysterious Galaxy and Borderlands. Mysterious Galaxy will have plenty signed books in store and at Comic Con (while supplies last). 858-268-4747
  3. Basically, you can usually order ANY of my books signed from Borderlands, they will ship overseas. They are my local indie and we have a relationship.  888.893.4008 or email (webmail@borderlands-books.com) If you call before Weds 07/13 I can also personalize it for you.

Will we see Custard Protocol characters in your novellas?

Not as such.

The inevitable: What about Lyall & Biffy?

OK. So the second Supernatural Society Novella will deal with both them and the doings in London after Imprudence. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been holding off on that novella, Imprudence has to release first and you all need to be caught up. It’s not yet written so I make no promises on a release date, and that’s why it’s not up on the website. But I intend to try to write it when I get back from tour.

What are you working on right now?

An utterly ridiculous, totally raunchy, passion project that is so off brand I’m not sure it will ever see the light of day. If it does, it’ll come with hella warnings, a super sexy cover, and likely a G. Carriger by line. (Yeah, I busted out hella.) If I finish it, I’m most likely to poll the newsletter regarding its fate. So pay attention to the Chirrup if you’re intrigued. But for now, I’m keeping a tight lid on this one. It’s… risky, and filthy, and adorable. But oh my god so much fun!

Soon as I’m back from tour, I switch to the Biffy Lyall reunion. Gotta do some reading first. Of my own books. I know, right? Bah!

And here’s some other stuff I can’t really talk about much here in this blog, but which people may want to read about:

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGT reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.

OUT NEXT

2Imprudence

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second

Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.

Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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The Evolution of the Dandies

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Easter Egg Extras ~ Prudence Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

So I’ve updated the website with a few deleted scenes from Prudence for your amusement.

Deleted Scenes from Prudence

Since this series is currently being written, please be aware that deleted scenes may and often do contain spoilers for this series AND both other series (since this is chronologically last). Read at your own risk.

Dama & Uncle Rabiffano Conflict over Shopping with Rue & Primrose

Dama took Prim’s deviance from her mother’s questionable taste as a point of personal pride. When, in fact, Rue suspected Uncle Rabiffano had more of an effect. Uncle Rabiffano was a very odd sort of werewolf. He often shopped with them, and was always open to advise on outfit coordination, hair, and hats. Adoring him as she did, Primrose was wide open to his influence. Fortunately, Uncle Biffy was the most fashionable member of Rue’s father’s household. Which wasn’t saying much, when one considered Lord Maccon and his pack. But was saying a great deal if pitted against Rue’s adopted father and all the drones. Lord Akeldama’s taste was flashy, Uncle Rabiffano’s was elegant. Both girls had adored Dama’s style when they were six, but now they sought Rabiffano’s council and Lord Akeldama’s approval afterward. It was a delicate wardrobe situation that Rue only managed to balance because the two gentlemen lived in separate houses. They both knew, of course, that the other had influence. It took a great deal of wheedling to convince each that the other didn’t have too much influence.

Rue’s Mother’s Profession

Her mother’s profession, that of secret preternatural adviser to Queen Victoria, sometime spymaster, and member of the Shadow Council, was supposed to be just that . . . secret. Only Britain’s most respectable vampires and werewolves, and a select handful of progressive politicians, even knew of the Shadow Council’s existence, let alone the muhjah. Rue had never quite figured out what her mother specifically did, but it certainly kept said mother busy most nights. Her Paw had once said, not entirely sarcastically, that, “It is a position that allows my darling wife to meddle on as wide a scale as possible. She has the whole Empire to organize and terrorize. Keeps her mostly out of household business, offspring. I should be grateful, if I were you.” Rue had taken this as advice, and given her mother’s personality, been very grateful indeed.

More on the website.

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is: Uprooted by Naomi Novik}

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Your Tisane of Smart . . .
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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
5 Ways to Endear Yourself to Your Book Editor

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Final stages.
  • 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
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Character Study: Biffy

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Biffy appears briefly in the first Parasol Protectorate book, Soulless as a minor drone and then becomes gradually more important as the series progresses. In Changeless he plays a key role black in London spilling a cup of tea. In Blameless he is the catalyst for much of the events of Lord Maccon’s story line. And has a whole new life by Heartless.

A personable young man appeared at his elbow with a solicitous cooling cloth draped artistically on a silver tray. Lord Akeldama dabbed at his brow delicately. “Oh, thank you Biffy. So thoughtful.” Biffy winked and skipped off again. He displayed impressive musculature for all his grace. Acrobat? wondered Alexia. Lord Akeldama watched the young man walk away appreciatively. “I should not have favorites, of course…” he sighed.
~ From Soulless

(Lord Maccon has changed out of wolf form unexpectedly ,and is left naked in the streets of London.)
A toff of the highest water, dressed to the nines in a lovely cut-front jacket and stunning lemon yellow cravat, tied in the Osbaldeston style, materialized out of the darkness behind a brewing pub, where no toff had a right to be. The man doffed his top hat amiably at the naked werewolf.
“Why, I do declare, if it isn’t Lord Maccon. How do you do? Fancy, aren’t we a tad underdressed for an evening’s stroll?” The voice was mildly familiar and laced with amusement.
“Biffy,” said the earl, on a growl.
“And how is your lovely wife?” Biffy was a drone of reputation, and his vampire master, Lord Akeldama, was a dear friend of Alexia’s. Much to Lord Maccon’s annoyance. So, come to think of it, was Biffy. Last time the drone had visited Woolsey Castle with a message from his master, he and Alexia had spent hours discussing the latest hairstyles out of Paris. His wife had a penchant for gentlemen of the frivolous persuasion. Conall paused to deduce what that said about his own character.
“Hang my lovely wife,” he answered. “Get into that tavern there and wrestle me up a coat of some kind, would you?”
Biffy arched an eyebrow at him. “You know, I would offer you my coat, but it’s a swallowtail, hardly useful, and would never fit that colossal frame of yours anyway.” He gave the earl a long, appraising look. “Well, well, isn’t my master going to be all of a crumble for not having seen this?”

~ From Changeless

SPOILER ALERT, DO NOT READ FURTHER
if you have not read through Blameless

Original Notes

  • Human
  • Drone to Lord Akeldama
  • Medium height
  • Dark brown hair
  • Blue eyes
  • Hair styling skills

Secondary Notes

  • Sandalio de Rabiffano = real name (Spanish)
  • Aristocracy of some kind
  • Interior decoration skills
Fan Art of Biffy in Wolf Form

Wolf

  • Chocolate brown wolf with oxblood red stomach
  • Pattern of fur about his neck looks like a cravat

Biffy is one of those characters who was never meant to be a main dish, as it were, but seemed to have a lot to say for himself and took over as a result. By the last book in the series, Biffy is a main character.

Here is a collection of images that remind me of Biffy.

         

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

Timeless: Galleys done, Timeless now in production. The release date on Amazon has been corrected.
Next project: another e-short story.

Etiquette & Espionage: Handed in second pass edits. Release date Fall 2012.

Secret Project PPA: Announced at WorldCon . . . coming soon.


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

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