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How to Throw a Book Launch Tea Party

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dearest Gentle Reader, Romancing the Werewolf is right around the corner. And it lands on a Sunday.

Do you know what that means?

High Tea!

Here’s a sample of how to throw a high tea in honor of this or any other Parasolverse book (or any other book at all, I suppose)…

Invitation

You are cordially invited to a Parasolverse High Tea. There can be no more delightful way to enjoy the season than with delicious nibbles and a fabulous cup of tea.

Please attend {name of hostess/host} at {time} on the {day} of {month} at {venue} to enjoy good food, pleasant company, and scintillating conversation.

Guests are encouraged to wear hats in honor of Ivy or Biffy, carry parasols in honor of Alexia or Prudence, or even (gasp) cross-dress in honor of Madame Lefoux or Aggie. BYOI (Bring Your Own Inventions) if you are maker and would like to expose others to your scientific method in steampunk style. Vampires and werewolves welcome, with the understanding that the former will keep their fangs to themselves, and the later will dress accordingly.

We hope to enjoy the pleasure of your company.
Sincerely,
Lady/Lord/Countess/etc. {your name here}

RSVP by footman, pigeon, or aetherogram.

P.S. Do not trust the ladybugs.

1900s via steampunktendencies

Venue
If your own abode is undersized, a backyard garden is a lovely place to host tea or, barring that, a public park or lakeside aspect.

Suggested Savory Comestibles

Sandwiches

  • Cucumber Sandwiches liberally spread with butter are always popular – I like to add a dash of fresh dill.
  • Egg Salad
  • Watercress
  • Chicken Salad
  • Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Cheese & Chutney
  • It is never a good idea to prepare the sandwiches too far ahead of time but if you do a clean, lightly damp dishtowel spread over the arrangement will prevent them from drying out or being attacked by bugs

Other Savory Nibbles

  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Scotch Eggs with Chutney
  • Sausage Rolls with English Mustard
  • Savory Scones
  • Pickled Onions
  • Crackers and Good English Cheddar

1925 Esther Borough Johnson (British artist, 1867-1949) Tea Table in the Garden

Suggested Sweets & Puddings

  • Brownie bites with a dollop of whip cream, a raspberry or a sprig of mint
  • Upgrade gingersnaps by spreading lemon curd between 2
  • Turkish Delight
  • Strawberry Tarts
  • Sweet Scones with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam
  • Candied Lemon and Orange Peel
  • Trifle
  • Meringues (and their derivatives)
  • Macarons
  • Shortbread
  • Raspberry Mousse Cups with Cream
  • Mincemeat Tarts
  • Sugared Rose and Violet Petals
  • Treacle Tart

The All Important Tea

Teacups

Now, if you do not own enough teacups and saucers you can encourage guest to bring their own. Ones that express individuality. This has benefits:

  1. You do not have to store them all
  2. Each guest can always identify his/her own cup
  3. Conversational openers are provided

Tea

Twinings English Breakfast Gold Label is high quality, not bitter, and hard to over brew. But it is expensive. I sometimes, sometimes, stock Earl Grey.

Never Herbal, tisanes are for medicinal uses only.

Whole milk

Guests who require alternatives should bring such things as *shudder* skimmed milk or *double shudder* soy on their own.

Dietary Quirks

No hostess or host should ever have to suffer the peculiarities of diet in others that the modern world has foisted upon us. Eccentricity is one thing, pickiness another thing entirely. Medical dietary restrictions of an un-tea-party-like nature dictate the guest see to her own health through self-care or absence.

More on parties?

Book Party Tips

Speaking of tea parties, here’s the original Parasolverse tea, the Soulless Book Launch Party back at World Fantasy in San Jose 8 years ago on October 31, 2009.

Baked Apples from Jane Austen’s Emma

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{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for October is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.}

COMING NOV 5th!

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger will be available in digital form on Nov 5th (print & audio to follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

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 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1904 EnsembleGustave Beer, 1904-1905The Metropolitan Museum of Art _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Tea Masters: Jasmine tea’s many secrets

Alsace traditions and tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Bibliophile’s Guide to Finding Your Park

Book News:

Biffy YES!!!! Thank you! My victorian werewolf baby! via ace-artimis-fanartist tumblr

Quote of the Day:

“‘Yes, sir,’ said Jeeves in a low, cold voice, as if he had been bitten in the leg by a personal friend.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!

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A Classic Gail Carriger Event: Sumage Solution Launch at Borderlands

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well, hello my darling Gentle Reader. I thought you might like to see what a classic me-event looked like. Here is what happened at Borderlands the weekend before last for the Launch of The Sumage Solution.

The Display

All the pretty books set out for sale including my novellas, my very first book, and my most recent book. Borderlands is always good about guessing what other book of mine attendees might want to buy.

Also I signed everything that was left over (which, frankly, wasn’t a whole lot) so if you want anything signed now is the time to ping them: 888-893-4008 or email office@borderlands-books.com

The Event

I was a little late due to traffic, bustled in and posed a bit so the outfit could be captured for posterity. (Terribly important.) I often forget to take fashion pictures so remembering to do so is rather exciting. You can see my post all about the fashion details on Retro Rack. TK

Since I do events at Borderlands pretty regularly, Jude (manager and all around super-star) didn’t bother to introduce me, I just introduced myself. And dove right into the Q&A. OK not right in…

First, Jude brought up a lovely tray of tea for me. They stock Assam pure leaf ‘specially for me. (Or I like to pretend that they do it for me.)

Which meant I was then chatting while drinking tea. (Much was remarked upon my coordinating pink with the Borderlands’ curtains.)

In case you hadn’t guessed my events are pretty casual and friendly. Generally, I answer a few questions (from myself) to start, things I know people want to hear, and then the audience starts asking. My readers are always a great group and lots of fun. And yes, I do talk about stuff in person that I can’t talk about online.

People line up to get stuff signed.

And I signed stuff.

And talked too much. Afterwards it was time for a few photo ops.

This is one of my favorites: An editor and her authors! That’s my developmental editor, Sue Brown-Moore, in the middle with me & Lea Kirk author of Prophecy.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

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.

AVAILABLE IN AUDIO!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger now in audio read by Kirt Graves
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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Celebratory brunch the morning after book launch

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How British and American Spelling Parted Ways

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

3 Examples of Dashing to the Rescue

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“No two persons ever read the same book.”

~ Edmund Wilson

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!

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The Sumage Solution Launch Party At Borderlands in San Francisco

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Tomorrow I’ll be doing something fun, Gentle Reader. It’s the kind of thing I can only do with an indie book. I’m having a launch party before the book is officially on sale.

I know, right? But… I CAN.

(Insert evil laugh here.)

For those of you in the Bay Area, here are the details…

Early Borderlands Gets The Book

July 15, 2017, 3pm
Sumage Solution Launch Event at Borderlands Books
Call ahead to reserve a signed copy (yes they’ll ship so you’ll get it ASAP, and yes I will dedicate it to your or to a friend or to an elder god, you know, whatever you want):

888-893-4008

The book will be available to buy (at this event ONLY) three days BEFORE official release. And yes I’ll be signing there, if you are coming to the event.

If the book isn’t enough of a draw, I’ll be there nattering away at the Borderlands Cafe where they have lovely nibbles and delicious tea. I know this about the tea because they asked me which kind I recommend. And now they stock it. This is how awesome they are.

Miss Carriger at Borderlands back in 2013

Borderlands is a truly wonderful little independent bookstore, even if you can’t make my event you should make them one of your stops if you’re ever in San Francisco.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

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

OUT NEXT WEEK!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Under Inspection, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888
American.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Stop Overpacking for Trips With a “Luggage Audit”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

9 Reasons Audiobook Growth Is Soaring

Book News:

Freadom Library says of Manners & Mutiny:

“I think this book is a great way to finish it off. It had all the things I loved about the previous books but it was also filled with twists and turns that blew me away. The action was on point, specially [sic] precarious in this one.”

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!

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