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Blameless Extras ~ Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gentle Reader, here is a blast from the past for you. This blog post is all about extra bits relating to Blameless.

Blameless Cover Art

First off, we’ll start with the infamous cover art video!

Research & Characters

DELETED BITS from Blameless

In Which Alexia Compares Marriage to Kidnapping

Due, she suspected, entirely to the interference of Lord Conall Maccon, Earl of Woolsey, circumstances had arranged for Alexia to experience a series of kidnappings that culminated in a rather more long term version of the uncomfortable experience, if marriage can be referred to as such. Which, she felt, marriage to Lord Maccon, could be. Or was she, perhaps, besmirching the reputation of imprisonments everywhere through such a comparison?

Regardless, it appeared she was currently embroiled in yet another state of abduction. Although, it must be admitted, she wasn’t entirely certain that being confined to ones well-appointed room, with a delicious view of Italy’s premier artistic city could be, rightly, referred to as being kidnapped. It certainly was, so far, working out better than her marriage, but she did feel ever-so-slightly imprisoned. Since the Templars seemed to have discovered her weakness, and had been plying her with gnocchi and pesto for the entire day, she was, for the moment, disinclined to complain about the situation. She was even allowed regular trips to the library. She was not allowed into the city anymore, but this seemed a small price to pay for unending pesto and library privileges. However, as they appeared to believe they could keep her in such a state for the next seven months or so, she was figuring that at some point her love of the little green covered dumplings might deteriorate enough for her to contemplate escape. As it was, she was happy to chew and stare out into the orange glory of the Italian landscape with a head full of mild speculation and a hope for Floote and Genevieve’s safety.

Her peace was only broken by occasional visits from Mr. Lange-Wilsdorf, who insisted on running a series of intrusive and occasionally embarrassing tests, after which he would vanish once more, muttering to himself in his own language. No Templar, including the preceptor, intruded upon her peace and quiet, and if Alexia missed the bumbling clattering noises of Woolsey castle and its hairy inhabitants she did not admit it, even to herself. After the excitement of her European Tour so far, she was happy for the break, at least she was not running from anything, whacking at anyone, or passing out. Life, it might even be said, was looking up.

In Which the Origins of Ivy’s Letter are Discussed

Floote having – though some miraculous feet of butler-dum – hired a pony and trap to take their luggage back through the town, turned up at Alexia’s elbow. “If you are through here, madam?”
His tone, Alexia noticed, was unwarranted in its sharpness. “Something troubling you, Floote?”
“That letter is dangerous, madam.”
Alexia looked with shock at the innocent apple-blossom scented communiqué. “Is it really? Who would have thought?” Hurriedly she tucked it up one sleeve and followed her personal secretary towards the hired cart.
Floote explained. “Not in what in contains, madam, but in what it represents. If the honorable Mrs. Tunstell has managed to track us down here, then the vampires certainly cannot be far behind.”
Alexia considered the obsession. “Indeed. You raise very good question, Floote, how did Ivy manage such a thing?” She examined the outside of the letter. “It looks as though it came through to Monsieur Trouvé via your university contacts, Madame Lefoux. Your ghostly Aunt must have known where to send it and directed Ivy accordingly. I can’t imagine Ivy consulting with a ghost, but there you have it.”
“Oh dear,” Madame Lefoux looked apprehensive. “I did not mean to put any of my friends or scientific acquaintances in danger.”
Alexia nodded her agreement. “Nor I. After all, the vampires are after me. I do hope your associates remain unmolested. What about Monsieur Trouvé?”
Madame Lefoux sidled up to Alexia and nodded downwards. The Frenchwoman opened her tightly closed fist and flashed Alexia a peek of some small object she held clutched in her hand. It was a tiny brass octopus.
“Oh!” Alexia’s voice was soft. “Is that what was left sitting atop your hatbox! Is it a sign?”
Madame Lefoux began to explain in hushed tones, “Well, you see back when –”
Floote interrupted, sharply. “I think perhaps we ought to think on our own safety, for the moment, ladies.”

On the Danger of a Fly to One’s Reputation

Those few cabs that were available were all hansoms. While Alexia admitted a two-seat fly was speedy and agile, she couldn’t get over her feeling that it was a rather racy mode of transport for a mature lady. She preferred a proper coach. But she had to cast her scruples aside for Madame Lefoux and Floote swung themselves in with alacrity into the first fly that stopped and Alexia had no choice but to follow.

In Which Floote Talks (too much) About Alessandro Tarabotti

Floote cleared his throat delicately. “Perhaps we should return to our quarters, ladies. We are perilously close to being observed in familial proximity.”
Floote drew Alexia aside once they reached their apartments on a lower deck. Madame Lefoux having gone, so she said, to ‘handle the mustache.’
“He did come to see you once, madam. He watched you crawl about, from across Hyde Park, using a spyglass. You were still in nappies.”
“A spyglass? How reassuring.”
Floote gave a funny little half shoulder twitch that Alexia suspected was his version of a shrug. “If you knew Mr. Tarabotti, you would realize, that was practically a declaration of undying affection.”
“Not very demonstrative, my dad?”
“About as affectionate as a poisonous jellyfish, and just as easy to keep hold of.”
Alexia wrinkled her nose, “Yeach.”
“Just so, madam.”
Floote turned to leave.
“But Floote, I thought you liked my father.”
Floote’s perennially stiff back, stiffened ever so slightly more.
“Good evening, madam,” he said, in his no nonsense voice.
Alexia knew that tone well enough; she would get no more out of him tonight. “Good evening, Floote.”

Praise for Blameless

  • Review of Blameless in Portuguese by Over Shock.
    Lost in Librolandia says: “I cannot recommend this series enough! Honestly, if you are not reading Gail Carriger, you are severely deprived of the most amazing witty banter I have ever read. Her writing is superb!”
  • Blogger Lé Pimenta says: “O protetorado da sombrinha não é somente mais uma serie sobrenatural salpicada de romance ou vice versa e sim algo novo, criativo e descaradamente sarcástico que promove um enredo de tirar o fôlego e idéias novas sobre como misturar todo esse mundo que falei acima acrescentando a era vitoriana e personagens e objetos encontrados nos livros de ficção cientifica e é o desenvolvimento da ideia que faz com que cada novo livro da série seja único e divertidíssimo.”
  • Thanny of Who’s Thanny? says: “Os livros anteriores eram incríveis, mas esse aqui? Esse é espetacular! Com mais ação, como no primeiro livro, cheio de novas informações sobre a mitologia criada/explorada por Carriger e divertidíssimo como ela nunca tinha sido, passar por cada página do livro foi extremamente fácil assim que começado, e era com dor no coração que se chegava às últimas páginas.”
  • Britt Kris from For the Love of the Read says:
    “This is the third in the Parasol Protectorate series, and I enjoyed this one as much as the other two. The writing style follows the same pattern as the other books, with characters speaking in a dialogue appropriate for the indicated time period but also utilizes humor to keep the reader interested.”

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

NOW IN DIGITAL, PRINT & AUDIO!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger, now also in audio.
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

The Novel Approach says:

“And, while after years of reading shifter fantasy my fear is always that a storyline and its setting will feel stale and uninspired, Carriger manages to keep things fresh and progressive in not only the contemporary urban landscape but in the diversity, humor and warmth she uses to complement some of the weightier elements of Max and Biff’s story.”

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 via @Nikolhistory Arte & Dintorni Classici Evert Jan Boks (1839-1914)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Dumbo Octopus Is Eight Cute Legs of Stone Cold Murder

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Book News:

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How the Victorians Described Italian Food

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For Blameless, Gentle Reader, when Alexia and cohorts traveled to Florence, I utilized my 1891 Baedeker’s Northern Italy extensively. Unfortunately, I don’t have an earlier version, and a lot changed in Italy over the 20 years between Alexia’s time and this edition of the travel guide (a complete rail system appeared, for example). Nevertheless, a 1891 Baedeker’s is still better than my unreliable memories of the city (from when I was excavating near there some twenty years ago).

As I was reading along, in the wee hours of the night several years ago now, muttering to myself about all the things I would now have to go back and adjust in Blameless, I encountered an unintentionally hilarious section. Essentially, intended as a food guide, it was really Italian cuisine as defined by the Victorian British pallet. I re-encountered my notes on the subject recently, and thought you might find it entertaining.

Here are a few choice morsels for your amusement:

  • Antipasti: relishes taken as whets
  • Risotto: a kind of rice pudding (rich)
  • Salami: banger
  • Potaggio di pollo: chicken-fricassee
  • Funghi: mushrooms (often too rich)
  • Polenta: boiled maize
  • Gnocchi: small puddings

That last is my personal favorite. I can just see any one of my characters wafting into some Italian cafe and demanding a dish of those “delightful green covered tiny puddings.” You see how easily I amuse myself?

That’s why I was so obsessed with pesto in Blameless. This is one of the great pleasures of writing alternative history, I get to expound on the absurdity of the Victorian British abroad, but also use them as a vehicle through which I can expound on the absurdity of other cultures as well. As bad as Alexia can be about alien cuisine (she has much to say on the vileness of coffee, I must point out) you should see how she describes foreign mannerisms. The Italian language, for example, she cannot help but notice seems to be mainly comprised of “extravagant hand gestures.” And, with that, I had best get back to it.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for June? Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach ~ Book One in the Paradox series}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Godeys Dec 1872 Winter

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

via emporioefikz-tumblr Balloon Chandelier

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Star Wars X-Wing Knife Block via Retro To Go

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
AudioGals Guide to Romance Audio – Paranormal Romance

PROJECT ROUND UP 


Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Edits handed in. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date early November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming 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
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, & Fairy Debt

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics German, the lovers French, and it’s all organized by the Swiss. Hell is where the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss, and it is all organized by the Italians.”
~ An oldie but a goodie

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Trade Paperbacks of the Parasol Protectorate Coming to the US

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Orbit is releasing the Parasol Protectorate books in trade paperback size to the US market! The first three will come out tomorrow, April 1, 2014 (Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless) and the last two on July 1, 2014.

They have done a slight makeover of the cover art as well, can you spot the differences?

Answering the inevitable questions…

  • None of the text has changed. Although the “other book” samples at the end of each may be different.
  • Yes, they are entirely phasing out the mass market editions. If you have been waiting to round out your MM collection or buy the boxed set I advise doing it sooner rather than later.
  • Yes, we are still trying for hard cover editions of the Parasol Protectorate series, but it seems unlikely. The Omnibus from SF Bookclub really are your only choice at the moment.
  • The Prudence books, however, will be released as small hard covers! Exciting. It is the binding of the future! As it were. (Speaking of which how can there be already 34 votes on Goodreads? No one, not even my editor, has seen this book yet. Ridiculous interwebs.)

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Miss K with a red parasol.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My favorite from the Bouquets to Art at the de Young

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

I want this SO MUCH.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

PROJECT ROUND UP 

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: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins soon, 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
 $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 crudrat.com

Book News:
Sobre Livros (Portugal) says of Soulless: “The book is amazing, vibrant, funny … has a wonderful tone and narrative is full of mysteries. Before I even finished the first chapter I was completely enraptured. Alexia (our Miss. Taraboti) has a strong, insightful, sardonic and very courageous temperament.”

Quote of the Day:

“Neal had a gift for making someone want to punch him just for saying hello”

~ Tamora Pierce, Page


    The Manga of Blameless Releases Tomorrow!

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    Well, Gentle Reader, I’m sure you may have guessed life is pretty crazy these days. So many launches (E&E Trade, C&C new, Book of the Dead, Fairy Debt, Crudrat kickstarter) and winding up the madness, coming in at the finish:

    Soulless the Manga Vol. 3

    This is the graphic novel adaptation of Blameless, Book 3 in the Parasol Protectorate series. It goes on sale tomorrow, November 19. Here’s a little teaser.

    This is the US release date, it will also be available as an ebook at that time. However, it may not be available in your area or at this time for these reasons. Since I am away from my computer at a convention in Canada right now, I won’t be able to answer any additional questions about the release at this time, for which I do apologize. I’ll be back online the day after the release.

    To the best of my knowledge, this will be the last of the Soulless manga. I feel both blessed and lucky to be one of the few authors to get a graphic novel adaptation of her work, and Yen has been a real pleasure to work with the entire time. Those of you who have read Heartless and know how manga art works can probably guess why. Also REM’s talent is amazing, and I think we can understand that she might want to work on her own stuff for a change.

    As a semi spoiler teaser for those of you unhappy with me for a certain romantic twist in the book Blameless, you may be pleased to find that in this adaptation things come out a little differently for two well loved and extremely stylish characters.

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Moment of Parasol . . .

    1980princess-di-and-fergie-with-umbrellas

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .

    Peacock-Chair-Dror

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
    Reinventing the Book, Part 1
    PROJECT ROUND UP 
    Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Turned in.
    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:
    The third manga is out, and I’m in Canada, I’m tapped out peeps.

    Quote of the Day:

    “Now I will let you in on something about me. That pang is about feeling out of step with the stages of life more than having missed out on them. This is not to say that I haven’t, for maybe I have, but I have also been too busy to notice.”

    ~ Laurie Graff


    Cover for Soulless the Manga Vol III (AKA Blameless)

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    Yen Press has released the cover art for Soulless the Manga Vol. III (the adaptation of Blameless).

    Soulless Vol 3

    I hope you are as thrilled as I am. I do so love REM’s artwork and I have confidence in her as I believe both the previous volumes have shown how good her voice meshes with mine.

    The print release is currently scheduled for November 2013. Although that date subject to change if REM needs more time. We want beautiful drawings and are willing to wait.

    In the interim, the chapters are serialized by subscription, online in Yen Plus as before. So if you can’t wait and want to get it in bite size segments (the way I do) that’s how to do it.

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Moment of Parasol . . .
    1920 Vogue

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .
    Chickopolis via FB
    Chickopolis via FB

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    Living Off the Grid FB
    Living Off the Grid via FB
    (I can never envision a time when I woudl have enough closet space to do this.)

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    Include Surprises in Your Stories

    PROJECT ROUND UP
    Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Handed in to editor.
    Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Release date November 2013. Working page proofs.
    Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
    Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Planning tour events!


    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 Feb. 5, 2013

    Book News:
    E&EBox
    Just arrive on my doorstep.

    Quote of the Day:
    Beth sent me this via Goodreads
    Teacher Arrested
    A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement.
    He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.
    ‘Al-Gebra is a problem for us’, the Attorney General said. ‘They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.’ They use secret code names like “X” and “Y” and refer to themselves as “unknowns” but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, “There are 3 sides to every triangle.”
    NOTE – Beth’s (retired) teacher friend replied to the above with this come back:
    The solution to this (in)fraction is plane and solid, requiring simply the right angle.

    Daisypath Wedding tickers

     

    Holiday Fun: Books as Gifts Part 3 Blameless Basket Parasol Theme

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    The book basket ideas continue, if you want to know what I’m on about the introduction to this idea is here.

    Our example is the Parasol Protectorate books but you can do this with any genre book, I think. Just run with your imagination what about a Dune themed basket full of spices and spice cakes?

    1. Order signed from Borderlands (Definitely get your request in before Dec 15th, that’s the last time I’ll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays.)
    2. Source a vintage looking basket, possibly from a local thrift store
    3. Fill with accompanying fun items, many of which might also be found at a thrift store

    This basket is themed to Blameless and/or The Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Vol. 1.

    Alexia Park

    Blameless Parasol theme

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Moment of Parasol . . .
    What you want more? OK
    Chain Parasol

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .
    hippo coffee tables

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    Fridge
    From Lifehacker

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    Plot and Subplot: Several Strands, One Yarn

    PROJECT ROUND UP
    Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Working first draft.
    Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits done and in!
    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:
    The Art for ARCs contest continues. So far everyone who’s entered gets an ARC since there are less than 20 entries! Please read the instructions carefully and be sure to post a link to the image with your contact information in the comments!

    Quote of the Day:
    “Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great.”
    ~ Henry IV of France
    “Whoa there!” ~ Gail Carriger

    Daisypath Wedding tickers
    My darlings please recall, this is my blog and I am goddess of this little corner of the interwebs. You are always welcome to comment, as I am to delete said comments. As my dear mum often murmurers: if you haven’t anything nice to say then please don’t stay anything at all. Also: Thou shalt not commit Logical Fallacies.


    My What a Lovely Herbaceous Border: Victorian Term Explained

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    Gentle Reader, I present to you, this week’s weird Victorian term explained: herbaceous border.

    This style of gardening, begun in the Victorian Era, remains a hallmark of the English landscape to this day: shorter plants to the font, and taller ones to the back, arranged closely together.

    From Pullham photo by Charles Hawes

    Despite its name, herbs do not necessarily have to be involved in a herbaceous border, although they often are.

    Usually herbaceous borders are a riot of different colors, running alongside a path or a wall.

    Helen Allingham (British, 1848-1926). A Garden In October, Aldworth, 1891. Watercolor.

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    8 Ideas for Decorating a Victorian Bedroom

    Jordan House, Virginia

    1873, a typical Victorian bedroom, cluttered with antiques (highboy chest of drawers – Georgian, mirror above the washstand – Federal). I imagine Alexia’s room in town as much like this. Note how dark everything is – clearly interior design of the period was intended to easily accommodate vampires or werewolves by blocking out the sun (from picasaweb). Going to Minnesota? Why not stay at the Victorian Oaks Bed & Breakfast, so cute!

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    Guest Author Jen Blood: 5 Ways to Build Suspense Like a Master

    PROJECT ROUND UP
    Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crazy encounters and climatic battle sequences ahead.
    Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits incoming.
    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:
    Respiring Thoughts on Blameless.

    Quote of the Day:
    “What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.”
    ~ Charles Dudley Warner


    Comic Con Report from the Author-Side ~ Sunday (the last)

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    The last day of Comic Con and I managed to haul my sorry self out of bed for a swim, no Kevin Bacon sightings today. I saved my favorite silly gingham dress for last, paired with a crochet teacake for a hat.

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    The AB and I wandered, once last time, around the Exhibition Hall saying goodby to what friends we could find. Soon enough the experience taxed my crowd coping reserves. At which point the AB ~ with Floote-like skill ~ sourced a beverage stall and acquired a nice cup of tea for me. It doesn’t take much to make Gail a happy girl.

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    Wandering the hallways towards my afternoon panel, I was approached by the Littlest Spiderman for a photo. So cute and so polite. Not everyone asks, you know?

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    (I am conscious of other’s reasonable fears of photos of children on line, so if you are the owner of this spider kid and would like me to take this photo down, please don’t hesitate to ask.)

    After that, it was time for the Foes with Fur and Fangs panel. Just prior to arriving at the door, I realized I had lost my badge. Sometime after the spider kid photo, during the half block’s walk . . . poof. I sent the AB off to GRT to see if he could alert someone. Meanwhile, my handler-man turned up, saw me safely installed in the panel room, and went off to make me a new badge. Just before the panel started, a different GRT member appeared up with my original badge which had been found and returned to them. They had alerted the AB to this fact, so he wandered off. (Hence no pictures of this panel.) My handler also had a new badge for me by the end of the panel. Their efficiency was AMAZING!

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    Back to the panel. Sadly I was so out of it by Sunday, I don’t remember much. Plus, I always feel a little awkward amongst contemporary urban fantasy writers. I don’t know why, I guess the steampunk community is my safety net. Anyway, our moderator was great, asked lots of fun questions, and things seems lively and well received. You don’t have to take my word for it, here’s an audience member’s perspective on this panel.

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    After that, it was off for a signing session with all the other authors form the panel. I was once more charmed by how chattery and personable my readers were, not that I would cast dispersions on anyone else’s readers, but mine are, obviously, the best evah!

    Then I nipped outside for an interview with Lauren Zurchin of Lytherus. She was charming and I nattered away, as I tend to do in interviews, well over time.

    Then the AB and I snuck off for dinner with old friends of mine from the convention circuit before I was a pro. Back to the hotel there was some talk of things I was supposed to do, and places I ought to put in an appearance. But utterly exhausted we settled on a trio of creme brulee and a nice glass of wine while we watched the sun set.

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    All-in-all, I’m calling Comic Con a pretty darn successful convention. I was a little overwhelmed by the numbers and the Hollywood-ish-ness of it all. But i did feel prepared, I’m glad I did the research and grateful to friends and fellow authors who advised me before (and during) on how to cope. For those who have kindly asked, I don’t know if I will do it again on my own dime. I certainly wouldn’t do it without my adorable travel companion, and the AB has a very tight work schedule that doesn’t permit us to travel together all that much. A once in a lifetime thing, perhaps?

    5_USAtoday

    An odd final punctuation to the convention was the USA today paper popped under my hotel door that Monday. What should be on the front page? An article on steampunk. So it goes.

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Moment of Parasol . . .
    1775-1780  Robe à la Poloniase  The Victoria & Albert Museum

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    By Amanda Oakleaf Cakes
    This is a cake!

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    How to Develop Conflict in your Stories

    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 ~ Due Feb. 5, 2013

    Book News:
    Blameless reviews . . .

    Quote of the Day:
    “In the club there was a sign saying NO DOGS OR NANNIES BEYOND THIS POINT. Things were like that. It wasn’t peculiar, bit it was the order of it the really upset me. I thought it was so insulting to my nanny.”
    ~ Felicity Wakefield, Egypt 1956

    Daisypath Wedding tickers


    Spanish Cover Art for Blameless

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    For the first two books my Spanish publisher, Versatil, used the US cover art. But for Blameless they switched it up and gave me a new cover. It’s lovely, I like the expression on Alexia’s face, very arrogant.

    The dirigibles are, in fact, blimps and this is the book the features the ornitopter which I would have loved to see on the cover, but there you have it, I still love this image. I do think the color pallet is amazing, so very Gothic.

    I’ll be in Barcelona and get to see this book in person on April 23rd. I hope to see some of you there.

    I’ve done a Retro Rack entry of clothing to go with this cover for today as well.

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

    PROJECT ROUND UP
    Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Done with a very rough draft, lots of work still to do.
    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:
    The Timeless audiobook is a March favorite on Audible.

    Quote of the Day:
    “Cats regard people as warmblooded furniture.”
    ~ Jacquelyn Mitchard, The Deep End of the Ocean


    Cover Launch: Parasol Protectorate Omnibus

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    SF Book Club’s Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Edition.

    In case you missed it buried in the con report last entry, the SF Book Club will be bringing out an omnibus edition of Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless this September. There is a little forward writen by self. I think she looks a lot like Gillian Anderson in Bleak House. Of course, I love the teal. I am a fan of the color as you will know if you see me a any steampunk events.

    Gail’s Daily Dose
    Your Infusion of Cute . . .

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    Weird Tales no longer to be edited by Ann VanderMeer.

    Timeless: Galleys done, Timeless now in production. The release date on Amazon has been corrected.
    Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book the First: First run passes in.
    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!

    Book News:
    Demons Read Too reviews Soulless.

    Quote of the Day:
    “As soon as you are helped, begin to eat: or, if the viands are too hot for your palate, take up your knife and fork and appear to begin. To wait for others is now not only old-fashioned, but ill-bread.”
    ~ Etiquette for Gentlemen, 1850


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