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Comfort Reading: 8 Recommendations from Miss Carriger

Posted by Gail Carriger

Every devout reader knows that just as there are comfort foods, there are also comfort reads. And just like comfort foods, we don’t all have the same ones and they are often tied to childhood nostalgia.

I do a number of posts about the books I like to read, Gentle Reader, partly because it’s one of the questions I get a lot. Partly because I’m a voracious reader. And partly because I want to share the love.

Recently, on Twitter, I was asked what I read for comfort. I realized I’d never specifically addressed this kind of book her in the blog. The kind I reach for in times of worry and trouble. The one I wrap around my imagination like a warm fuzzy blanket. I tend to reach for different ones under different kinds of emotional stress, so I will try to tease that out for you.

Without further ado, here are my comfort reads…

Unadulterated Escape from Reality

Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

The worldbuilding (and the vast and complex cast of characters) in these books is utterly transporting. For me this is the ultimate epic fantasy. You can keep your Game of Thrones, I will reach for this trilogy once a year, sometimes more, probably for the rest of my life. (Ladies & gentlemen it’s finally coming out in digital form this month! I am over the moon. Along with the other two in the series. )

I Just Want to be Loved

Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan

I don’t know why this book. But it is this one. There is something about the way Vaughan writes culture conflict that rivets me. I love a good romantic misunderstanding (a GOOD one, mind you). I can read this particular story over and over again.

Nostalgia for Days

Pierce

Pretty much any of Tamora Pierce‘s Tortall stuff will do although I have a particular soft spot for Alanna, Kel, and Bekka. I put McCaffery, Lackey, and McKinley into this same basket. But, in all honesty, it’s usually Pierce I reach for if I want to dwell for a while in my own past.

I Just Want a Hug

Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala

At it’s heart this Sci Fi (light BDSM) m/m romance is a story about discovering exactly where you belong in the universe. Wrap that up in a big purple softie and his fantastically well done alien culture and I find myself rereading this book a lot. Especially if I feel displaced and out of whack.

I Just Want a Good Cry

The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton

This is your knights of the round table find each other instead of the chalice. Whatever, I’m losing my metaphors here. But it’s great. It’s romance so I give nothing away by saying the knights end up together, but the book then follows the men through the rest of their lives. Which means you get to see how they die. Which makes me cry.

Similarly The Song of Achilles fills this niche. But it makes me cry too much, so I don’t reach for it as often. If you’re looking to cry over het romance, try The Deep End of the Sea for modern meets ancient Greek fantasy, or the Theirs Not To Reason Why series for space opera.

Here is my: 10 Books to Read When You Need a Good Cry

I Want To Be Reminded There’s Good in the World

For Real by Alexis Hall

Strange that I should reach for a BDSM book when I’m looking for proof of goodness, right? But that’s what I do. There is not only good in the story but good in the writing of this book. Some of Hall’s sentences are almost painful. I will read anything written by this author for that reason alone, but For Real is by far my favorite.

I Don’t Want to be Myself

Mary Calmes Acrobat or Frog

Calmes is a prolific writer and I’ve read most of her stuff, but for me, these are her best. I find her better at full length stand alone than series or shorter works. Since she writes in first person (not generally something I gravitate towards) her style really takes me out of my own head.

Gimme a Happy Ending

Restitution by Aubrey Cullens

This is a straight up redemption m/m romance. (You should know by now that most of the romance I read is m/m. We can delve hard core into my psyche sometime over drinks, if you like. But there it is. I just find the gay boys more romantic because of how I was raised. Anyway, where was I?) This is one of those good man is horribly wronged by the system and then forges and new identity through love sort of stories and I adore it. Adore it. I’d have a hard time explaining why, since there are so many other books like it. But it’s this one.

More recommended reads from Miss Carriger?

So what’s your comfort read?

Meanwhile, I’m giving away 3 copies of the anglicized version of Manners & Mutiny over on Goodreads.

{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?

Tiny Navajo Reads says:

“I love that Gail Carriger is moving out of the Victorian Steampunk universe in such an amazing way, magic is explained scientifically, but it’s still magic. The two main characters are wonderfully done, I believe them, I sympathize with them, I can see the area where they are, and I love even the secondary characters.”

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Shrinking Orphan Works Problem

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Invite Your Readers to Help Get Your Books into Libraries

Book News:

V’s Reads says of The Sumage Solution

“I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot, because it’s fantastic and so very different, but I want to mention that it’s got the same fast-paced, witty movement as all the other books I’ve read by the author. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”

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


What Does Gail Carriger Read? (In which I prove that as a reader I’m an unreliable narrator)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Over on Goodreads, Gentle Reader, Theron asked me the following question, and I had such a long answer I decided I should turn it into a blog post.

He asked:

Other than your own works, what are some of your favorite steampunk novels?

Here is my answer, plus bonus burbling.

Well, they are both gaslight fantasy rather than steampunk but I love Sorcery & Cecelia and Brother’s Ruin.

I actually don’t read as much within steampunk as I could, because I’m frightened of having my voice colored by someone else’s prose, or of being accused of becoming derivative.

Want more stuff like mine, here’s my post on While You Are Waiting ~ Books To Read While Gail Types.

What other genres do you prefer reading?

I’m a voracious reader and tend to read a wide range of commercial genres (mostly sci-fi, fantasy, & romance). I have a propensity to binge for months on one sub-genre and then move on to something else. I am also one of those readers who finds an author she likes and then will read anything by that author, even if it’s not something I’d normally go for.

I have a book group via my fan group on Goodreads where I pick one book a month and we all read and talk about it together. Also I tend to recommend books that I’ve loved when they go on sale via my newsletter, The Chirrup.

Some of my broad quirks…

I prefer light-hearted and comedic over dark. Partly because humor is harder to write, and I think resorting to angst is all too often the author being lazy or immature. Of course, I stumble upon exceptions, but usually my weird set of codified no-goes (see below) leaves me with a healthy stack of to reads and not enough time to read them. So I’m inclined to narrow my taste, not broaden it.

I’m a non-completest. Which is to say, if the book doesn’t grab me within the first couple of chapters then I’ll drop it without further thought. This is one of the reasons I rarely judge contests. I don’t feel capable of committing to reading something from start to finish. If I don’t like it, I stop. Life’s too short to read a book that doesn’t entertain me.

Specifically?

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of m/m urban fantasy (UF), paranormal romance (PNR), or fantasy (not just gay but LBTQ too, although that’s harder to find). I love gay romantic sci-fi, but it’s practically non-existent. (I may have to write my own some day.) I love a good culture conflict misunderstanding.

I also adore space opera, alt-history non-european based fantasy, military sci-fi, even some atmospheric fantasy. But only if it has a female, gay, or non-binary main character. I prefer character-driven over concept-driven, shorter over longer, and I’m not wild about multiple POVs or first person present tense. Which rules out a lot of hard sci-fi, epic fantasy, and post-apocalyptic.

I read a lot of YA. I like the pacing, although I’m not really into YA urban fantasy/PNR or dystopian. I’ll read darn near anything if it’s a woman disguising herself as a man to subvert the patriarchy, but if it’s too much hero’s journey or too predictable (often the same thing) I scream and throw the book across the room. I demand a happy ending, or at least that the author sticks the landing.

Now, let me stress that this is my taste. It’s like my mad love of marmite, or my disgust with brussels sprouts. It doesn’t reflect on your own taste as a reader, and shouldn’t affect what you write as an author.

Please note that many of the most commercially successful books of the past decade would go straight into Gail’s DO NOT READ bin.

I guess that in reading I’m an utterly unreliable narrator. I’m full of illogical will and unsubstantiated opinion.

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Proofreader
    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.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. A maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 Beautiful Late Victorian_Edwardian dress, hat and umbrella (Source- bnspyrd.deviantart.com)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Historical Recipes

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

What Fiction Trends Say About Us

Book News:

Between Dreams and Reality says of Prudence:

“We are easily taken by the story and I let myself be carried by the chapters. It was a nice discovery full of originality and how not to be happy to see the heroes I loved! Yes, I had a great time and I’m curious about the result and to find Rue and her friends again!”

Quote of the Day:

“The tea, once it arrived, had its customary effect—engendering comfort and loosening the tongue… no wonder tea was considered a vital weapon of espionage.”

~ Waistcoats & Weaponry

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Miss Carriger Recommends Books About Women Who Dress As Men

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello gentle reader, this is a reboot of an article that I wrote for Tor.com.

I’ve chatted many times over the years about the fact that one of my favorite tropes of all time is when a girl disguises herself as a boy for the purposes of infiltration. It’s hard to articulate why I love this concept so very much, but I do. It’s possible Shakespeare is to blame, Twelfth Night has always been my favorite of his plays.

For me, a woman fooling the patriarchy has a feeling of justified espionage. I have always loved the idea of spying but been a little turned off by its associated questionable morality. Yet these girls are disguised out of necessity, because they cannot achieve their goals any other way. A girl-disguised-as-a-boy is the ultimate outsider, trying desperately to join a group that by her very nature is ultimately impossible. She can give me voyeuristic insight into the guarded interactions of the male of the species ­– those mysterious creatures.

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From a storytelling perspective, our female protagonist’s initial desperate act of subterfuge gives rise to the constant tension of possible discovery. How will friends, colleagues, and superiors react to being duped when she is found out? For the reader knows that she will, eventually, be found out. That constant stress on the character translates, at its best, to an intrinsically thrilling read.

Here I review five great books where a girl dresses as a boy or, if you prefer, a woman dresses as a man. And then I’ve added a list with more at the end.

Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

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The first in the Lioness quartet; a classic epic fantasy series for young adults. Alanna wants nothing more in life than to be a knight, so she disguises herself as a boy and travels to her nation’s capital to become a palace page. Alanna is witty, stubborn, brave, and talented, but also flawed in such a way that it is all too easy to see why she conceived of this madcap plan and why she might fail.

Sword Masters by Selina Rosen

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The story of a woman with a very particular set of skills, and some seriously dangerous secrets, who infiltrates not only a school for swordsmen but a foreign culture, in an effort to build alliances and defeat a common enemy. Disguised as a man she is forced, eventually, to marry a woman, and must face the consequences of her own lies on a personal, as well as a professional, level.

The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle & James D. MacDonald

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The first book in a sprawling space opera trilogy. Beka fakes her own death and becomes Tarnekep, a thoroughly unpleasant space pirate, in order to unravel the twisting political coils that are tightening the noose of responsibility around her reluctant neck. Beka loves being her male alter ego, and there is a definite aspect of transgender to Beka’s personality, which is neither empathized nor criticized. When Beka is Tarnekep she is described in 3rd POV as a he, a narrative trick that forces the reader see him for what Beka also is, male. Tarnekep allows Beka access to freedom, places, people, and information she could never have as her other self. He also finds it much easier to kill. Thus we are never certain if Beka loves being Tarnekep for what he can give her, for what he is innately, or if she/he simply exists comfortably as two distinct personalities.

To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane

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The first book in an as yet unfinished series. It features many of the things I love about a girl playing a boy, although in this story our low class tomboy from another culture must play at being both a noble lady and a stable lad. Politics force Jenna to assume this double act, hiding her magical abilities and her manly skills. If discovered, Jenna will bring shame and destruction down upon her family, her nationality, and her entire social caste. For Jenna, the stakes are very very high indeed.

Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

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A charming take on gaslight fantasy, Nix uses the girl-disguised-as-boy trope in its more light-hearted guise. In regency times, Newt must track down a missing emerald. As it is much easier to get around alone as a mustache-wearing man, Newt dons the mustache with gusto. Hijinks and a very confused romance result.

Want more?*

And one where a boy disguises himself as a girl:

The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett (no ebook available)

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* This is an ever expanding list that I refer to constantly so if you have more to suggest, please do leave a comment. Main characters only please. I haven’t read them all but I plan to!

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Copy Editor
    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.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. A maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1895 The Metropolitan Museum of Art _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

‘Dancing’ Octopus Photo Wins Underwater Photographer of the Year

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Everything You Know About Corsets Is False

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

27 Hard-Won Lessons about Writing from New York Times Bestselling Authors

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“She slid into the vampire’s main hallway. The gas was turned down, making sinister shadows out of dancing cherub statuary. Preshea became one with their devilish waltz.”

~ Poison or Protect

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Where’s The Audiobook? Occasional FAQ

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dear Gentle Reader, this blog is part of my occasional FAQ series being comprised of questions I get a lot and would like to answer here in depth.

So what is today’s question?

Where is the Audiobook of Gail’s Parasolverse Novella or San Andreas Book?

It doesn’t matter which story you’re looking for, if you can’t find it by clicking on the audiobook buy button on that book’s website page (and if you can’t, that button may have brought you here *waves*) then this is what is going on…

Know this first:

  1. Audiobooks are costly to do well, and I only want to produce quality product. Therefore, I’m careful about investing in production.
  2. Audiobooks are time consuming for everyone, so it’s highly unlikely one will ever drop at the same time as one of my novella ebooks.
  3. Voice talent is not easy to find. Gail will only use high quality voice actors.

So where is it?

The story you are looking for may be in production. Sign up the Chirrup to find out exactly when it releases. Sure, you can follow me on Twitter or whatever, but you’re more likely than not to miss the announcement. The Chirrup goes out only once a month. I will never spam you or give your email to anyone else.

Audiobook Buy Button

If the story you are looking for has no Audiobook buy button then currently I’ve no plans to produce it in audio.

Why?

Because it did not make enough money as a print/ebook to warrant the expense. If people don’t want to read it then likely they really won’t want to listen to it. I know you may want to, but you’re obviously unique.

Other FAQs

Will you be using the same voice actress as the Parasol Protectorate (Emily) or Finishing School/Custard Protocol books (Moira)?

No. I would love to but, both are high end professional voice actresses with multiple contracts for existing books. They do not have the time (nor do I have the money) . However, if I find a voice actress I like, who is comfortable with my range of accents, then I will likely use her multiple times.

Will you ever use a male voice actor?

Yes. For those books which have all/mostly male POV characters.

Will you read/record your own books?

No. (See the part about high quality and professional. I am neither.)

Will you ever use an American voice actor?

Yes. For those stories with an American main character.

Miss Gail, I want to do eeet! I can voice act with the best of ’em.

Do you have a reel? Do you have a professional voice acting website with contract information? How good is your accent range? Are your recording instruments high quality? Do you have a studio? Will you work for hire (flat fee)? Are your rates competitive?

Answer yes to ALL of the above questions? Then you can contact me through the calling card feature on my website. However, I have a producer and he still has the final say.

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Will you do any full cast audio (like Crudrat) or use multiple voice actors for multiple POVs?

Unlikely.

But I REALLY WANT the book on audio, how about crowd funding it?

No. That’s exponentially more work on the back end and while I enjoyed my Kickstarter experience with Crudrat, I am not inclined to do it again. Ever. Sorry.

Where’s the Audiobook of Gail’s latest Parasolverse Novel?

What you’re asking about here, is traditionally published. In the USA it comes out right around the same time as the first edition of the physical book, usually within a few days. In the UK and other English language territories it can take up to a month for the audiobook to drop.

Hidden in Pages says of Imprudence audiobook:

“The narrator does an absolutely wonderful job narrating and it was a joy to listen to. I kept finding myself creating reasons to listen to the audiobook so that I could listen to more.”

Midwest Book Review: Library Watch says of the Imprudence audiobook:

Imprudence will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library audio book collections and is a “must” for all science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts.”

I Am, Indeed says of the Imprudence audiobook:

“Narration for this story is provided by Moira Quirk, and she does manage to present both sides of every conversation with clarity and style: each character is distinct, the rapid-fire moments of dialogue don’t impede her forward progress, and there are appropriate pauses for breath, laughter and tension (when required).”

Herding Cats & Burning Soup reviewed the Etiquette & Espionage audiobook:

“Floating schools, mechanimals (omg I want!), vampires and werewolves and highwaymen. How to curtsy, poison guests, and spying lessons. I mean. This is what everyone learns at finishing school…right?”

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: First draft done. Resting before second 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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1874-1875The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston _ OMG that dress!

1874-1875The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Flower Island

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Traditional Publishing Timeline

Book News:

Characters on the Couch: Gail Carriger’s Imogene & Genevieve

Quote of the Day:

“I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!


Miss Carriger Recommends Lesbians in Genre Fiction (Romancing the Inventor Is Coming)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I did a recent blog post about how Mercedes Lackey opened my heart to writing about LBGTQ characters in genre fiction. Still, I struggled to find other characters (main or side) who represented lesbians in particular, in the genre books I loved to read.

(Quick added note: Best Lesbian Romance of the Year, Edited by Radclyffe on sale for $1.99 ebook USA)

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I guess I was thinking about characters like Madame Lefoux, who so many of my readers expressly told me they admired seeing in print. (In case you are out of the proverbial loop, Genevieve Lefoux makes her first appearance as a main character in Romancing the Inventor. but she’s a pretty active side character from Changeless on in the Parasol Protectorate and in the Finishing School series.)

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Romancing the Inventor

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Giveaway ends November 06, 2016.

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So a few months ago I threw this question out to FB and Twitter, were are all the great lesbian characters in genre? My readers came up with this list.

Now, I’m not claiming it’s comprehensive. I certainly haven’t read most of these myself so I can’t vouch for quality, but I figured since I was interested, some of you might be interested too. Many of these are certainly getting onto my to read pile.

I tried to put them by category, as I know not everyone has the same taste in which commercial genre they like to read. But in some cases I couldn’t figure out from blurb or cover what was going on so I made an educated guess. In a few cases, I eliminated on the basis of utter confusion.

First: Other People’s Lists

Without further ado!

Awesome Lesbian Characters in Genre Books

Curated by Gail Carriger’s Readers

Entirely Biased and Not Definitive*

Historical Drama

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Urban Fantasy

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Mystery

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Sci Fi

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Fantasy

Romance

* Please note these are recommend by MY FANS not me. If you are ONE OF MY READERS and you know what style of books I write, then you should feel free to add more in the comments. If you are on a self promo bandwagon, or have attitude, or an axe to grind then you should have a cup of tea and a nice baby cupcake, and reevaluate your life choices. This is not a shouty, mean, or uncomfortable part of the Internet. This is my blog. I am queen here. Shoo.

TV Honorable Mention

  • Garnet from Steven Universe
  • Sailor Moon’s Sailor Uranus
  • Legand of Korra 
  • Thelma in ‘HEX’
  • Carmilla & Laura, Lexa, Clarke from ‘The 100’
  • Nicole Haught & Waverly from ‘Wynonna Earp’
  • Cosima from ‘Orphan Black’
  • Bo & Tamsin from ‘Lost Girl’
  • Helen Magnus from ‘Sanctuary’
  • Cassandra from ‘The Librarians’
  • Dorothy (bi) and Portia (lesbian) from ‘One For All’
  • Root & Shaw from ‘Person of Interest’

More Lists & Such!

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey (no lesbians, curses).}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, 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.

NEXT UP

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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Victorian Web @VictorianWeb Paris fashions for Sept., ILN 1864

Victorian Web @VictorianWeb Paris fashions for Sept., ILN 1864

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Harlequin Lawsuit’s Happy Ending

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

20 Book-Title Hacks that Work for Any Genre

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

House Passes Bill Making it Illegal for Companies to Sue for Negative Reviews

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“I don’t know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.”
~ E.B. White

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


Behind Romancing the Inventor: Blame Mercedes Lackey

Posted by Gail Carriger

Back when I was first transitioning into reading adult books, Gentle Reader, it was pretty natural to cross from children’s fantasy (there was no YA as a category back then) into adult fantasy via Mercedes Lackey. (I still hold that Arrows is, in fact, YA. It simply has never been packaged that way. Silly marketing.)

For me that transition went pretty smoothly because, well… girls and soul bonded horses. I know, but in case you never guessed, I’ve always been a super girly girl (aside from being totally not squeamish about bugs and food and dirt and climbing anything that will stand still long enough for me to get up it and… where was I?) Oh yes, so child Gail began reading adult books because white horses with purple eyes on cover. Duh.

I don’t know that I have a pithy place I am going with this post. I guess I’m writing it because I get asked a lot:

Why do you include gay characters in your books?

I find the question confusing. Like, Gail, why do you include food in your books? Or descriptions of dresses? Or fragment sentences? It’s part of my DNA as a writer. My world view. My world.

But that also seems to trivialize the whole darn thing.

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I think a better question is, why on earth would I not?

Mercedes Lackey always inhabits her work with gay and lesbian characters. They are not always central characters, as they are the Last Herald Mage series, but they are always there. (Keep reading Lackey and you end up with poly relationships. Gail, age 14 thought Knight of Ghosts and Shadows had the most romantic ending of any book EVER, and kinda still does.) All these relationships are presented in a supportive light. Which made perfect sense to child Gail with all her Berkeley and San Francisco poet, artist, dancer, musician aunties and uncles (and uncles who were also aunties).

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Since then, I’m lucky enough to have socialized with Mercedes on a few occasions as a grown up professional author (and she is just as warm and wonderful as you might hope). I’m afraid when I first met her, my friend Lauren and I rather fan-girled all over her. Almost entirely because we wanted to impress upon her the fact that her books were so very important because they gave us a model of fantasy that included alternate sexuality. As she went to pains to point out, there were other genre authors doing this before her. But those authors were generally less accessible to young women. Her books were/are important because in them queer wasn’t a big deal. It just was. And so when Lauren and I began to write it just was for us, too.

And that, my darlings, is a powerful instrument of change.

So there it is. As we move to a place where I, as an author, am finally writing a LBGTQ main character the answer to your question of why is essentially… blame Mercedes Lackey.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, 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.

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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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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1872 Fashion plate via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

10 Times Umbrellas Became Works of Art

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

5 Travel Pillows in Order of Ridiculousness

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How to Create an Anthology

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“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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Coop de Book Review: Finders Keepers

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, Gentle Reader, I chose this book blind (without having vetted it) and this is the second time I have done that and regretted it.

Ominous start.

That said, I enjoyed the book. It kept me glued to the couch while convalescing from my own stupidity, which is all I ask for from books as a rule. However, I think the other Linnea Sinclair that I read, Games of Command, was more to my taste. (Prevailing opinion amongst those in my readership who also regularly read Sinclair, is that An Accidental Goddess is her best. For some reason the blurb for that book has never sucked me in.)

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First of all, I chose Finders Keepers because it was the only other of Sinclair’s blurbs that appealed. I was interested in this author for the Book Group (A) because I enjoyed Games, and (B) because she is basically the acknowledged queen of SF romance.

So far as I understand, there isn’t a great deal of super popular SF romance. It’s a burgeoning field but a sticky one to navigate. There’s already not a huge number of crossover genre readers between Mystery, SF/F, and Romance, and (as a rule) SF readers get tetchy about how their SF element is handled.

I’m not big on hard sci-fi myself (I prefer character over concept) but I do love my space opera, and I think that Sinclair does a solid job with her SF elements: the aliens, the spaceships, the ship-board culture, the societies, the technology, and languages, etc… In fact, I think with this book that the science fiction parts were the best parts, the plot was tightly paced, and technobabble was handled well. For me it was the romance that felt a little lackluster. (Funnily enough, Games of Command was the opposite. I found the romance compelling but the plot waffled a great deal in the middle. Just a data point.)

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An interesting thing about SF romance, and I noticed this with Bach’s book and a few others, is that it isn’t always the heroine who is the Special Snowflake but the hero. In other words, Sinclair seems to write tough yet pretty ladies who happen to fall in with very special alpha warriors who are built by their governments to be deadly … yet tumble deeply into love with the rough-and-tumble chick. Usually, particularly in YA, the main female character is the Special Snowflake, but I’m wondering if in SF romance it’s an accepted trope to have it be the hero? Or maybe its a pull from military romance?

Not that I mind a Special Snowflake trope, it’s just that occasionally it edges (particularly in YA) too far into Mary Sue and then I get turned off.

“Tastes like rice that was ashamed of its identity.”

~ Finders Keepers

Where was I?

Right, Finders Keepers.

So it was the romance that disappointed me. Most of the initial approach was driven by proximity alert. A SF parlance term I believe was popularized in Star Trek but which the cast of Farscape used to describe the fact that any action aboard ship inevitably resulted in the heroine and hero being physically thrown together. (If you watch Farscape, you’ll see they use this with Aeryn and John a lot). Trilby stumbles and falls into or on top of Mr. Genetic-Engineered-and-Mustached at least four times in the first third of the book. This is also associated with the trope of the clumsy heroine, one which I dislike, not intensely, but which can cause me to raise an eyebrow.

“Instinctively he clasped her tightly against him and rolled away, placing his body protectively over hers.”

~ Finders Keepers

However, my reservations over the meat of the romance have almost entirely to do with the middle of the book after Trilby has rejected Rhis. He goes through the middle third stalking her in a pretty sleazy fashion. There were a couple of scenes that really made me uncomfortable. This may be a personal trigger so I won’t ding the book for it too hard, but I wonder if others got squeamish? (I have to admit to not loving a mustache either, except for comedic value.*)

My only final thought is that I wish Sinclair would write in the same universe. Each one of her books seems to be set in an entirely different star system with totally new characters. I’d be more tempted to continue reading her stuff if there were more crossover. I don’t demand a series, in fact I’d rather not, but I like the romance genre’s inclination to write shared-world books. (That’s why I’m doing it with my novellas.) I’d like the option of seeing how politics shake out in one of her universes, but instead it felt like the SF element in both these books was rather sacrificed on the alter of HEA.

This might say more about me as an SF/F reader who came late to romance than it does about her as a writer. And part of what writing this review has taught me is what a very difficult genre SF Romance must be to write in. What a challenge! Maybe someday I’ll pick up that gauntlet… or not.

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So?

If you like the trope of a super strong bad-ass female-driven sci-fi with a special snowflake alpha warrior hero then I’d suggest the Paradox series is your best bet. It’s not strictly romance but the romance is good, the plot and pace are killer, and its a tidy three books you can sink into without getting lost forever Liaden style.

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* A note on the mustache quibble. Things that are a matter of erotic preference I try not to use to judge a romance book. I mean, we all know what we like and what we would rather not read about. I remember one reviewer of Soulless (early on before I stopped reading such things) didn’t like the fact that there is sexy biting in my books. I kinda feel that werewolves are gonna go there, but she/he was totally entitled to be turned off by nibbles. This falls under my shrug-it-off category. As a romance reader I tend to fall into the GGG camp, as in: I may not like it personally but I am willing to give it a read/write to see why someone else might, and if it upsets me I’ll just skip it next time. Mustaches, however, when all is said and done, not my thing.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey. This is a reread for me, and old favorite but it has  been years.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Working proof. Releases Nov. 1 2016.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlourmaid 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.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, 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.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

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My Sister’s Song

The warrior Mithra must repel a Roman legion alone and armed only with one very tasty weapon.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Follet Thursday, October 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 76

Le Follet Thursday, October 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 76

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Beyond the Temporal ~ Spirits and Faith in Victorian England

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The ellipsis in medieval manuscripts

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“He had the sort of flowing accent you rarely heard these days, an old BBC accent, the type where you knew the speaker had been brought up to hate rudeness above all other sins.”
~ Snow on the Roof by J. Leigh Bailey, Mari Donne, Amy Rae Durreson, Tray Ellis, Kim Fielding, Laylah Hunter, John Inman, Linda James, Rhidian Brenig Jones, Anne Regan

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Coop de Book Review ~ Steamed Up Anthology (M/M Steampunk Romance)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Gentle Reader, this is a mid month book review of an anthology of m/m steampunk short stories. Sometimes I break the pattern of only reviewing at the end of the month. I know, crazy talk.

OK so the Steamed Up anthology came across my radar via the m/m romance arena as it is has Eli Easton as a contributor. I’ve read a bit of her contemporary stuff and liked it, so I decided to give this a try.  (What, you’re surprised?)

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I really enjoyed it. The romances sweet and mainly pretty tame in the smut arena, and utilized largely very well developed steampunk worlds and settings (for short stories). The editing was spot on and the writing of an unexpectedly high caliber, all-in-all I recommend the book.

Here are my thoughts on the specific stories:

  1. Five to One by Angelia Sparrow ~ two young lower class men build a racing machine to enter a cross country speed competition. The romance is between long time friends Jonathan and Dee, told from Jonny’s perspective. Dee is the inventor. It’s a sexual awakening story, as such the sex manages to be both innocent and graphic.
  2. The Clockwork Nightingale’s Song by Amy Rae Durreson ~ Probably my favorite of the stories, this is a love story between a mechanical nightingale and a real bird paralleled to that of an eccentric aristocratic genius (Gabriel) and a lowly mechanic (Shem). I adored the setting: a floating Vauxhall Garden. Beautifully written, the two characters are very gentle with one another, and I’m a sucker for a cross-class romance. “Instead, he wrapped his own arms around Gabriel and let him murmur wild, disorderly words into the crook of Shem’s neck, until Shem just had to kiss him quiet again.”
  3. Durreson Ace of Hearts by Mary Pletsch ~ very WWII feeling  love story between a hot shot dirigible pilot Captain James Hinson and Aeroplane Mechanic First Class William Pettigrew that concerns planes, a daring rescue mission, and an in-air dog fight. This one was quite chaste, just some kissing, but the airship action was fantastic.
  4. Caress by Eli Easton~ this story was by far the darkest and the creepiest, not what I expected from Eli, but quite enjoyable nevertheless. It had a Crimean battlefield medical tent feel to it and involved a tinker who must build the man he loves new hands, hands that can kill and will obey their general’s commands. There’s an element of PTSD, and the suffering inherit in war forcing good men to kill. This one pulls no punches but still manages to be impossibly sweet.
  5. The Galatea’s Captain by Anka Grace ~ A very British Empire feel to this romance involving a multiracial couple, the man who needs a new leg and the airship captain who can build it for him. It’s very much a sweet romance, with only kissing and has yet another red headed love interest. (Several of the stories involve red-heads.)
  6. Screws by R.D. Hero ~ This was probably the most graphic of the stories, sexual, and more what one might expect from a standard m/m romance. This was a another mixed-class romance, and a I liked the factory setting, and the poor-little-rich-boy slumming-it premise.
  7.  The Clockwork Heart by Kim Fielding ~ An extremely touching Pygmalion story of a withdrawal social awkward scrap-heap tailor and the automaton he finds, repairs,  and falls in love with. This one was quite the tear jerker. (If you like my recommend read of Bitterwood I think you would enjoy Kim’s other work too, which is mostly m/m fantasy. Start with this one The Sacrifice and Other Stories ~ please ignore the appalling cover.)
  8. The Golden Goose by Mark Lesney ~ a botched robbery leads a thief to rescue an impoverished nobleman from rape. There’s an undersea a la Jules Verne element to this but I found the mad genius con artist aspect a bit trying.
  9. Spindle and Bell by Augusta Li ~ this one was very sad, a opium addicted fae thief finds love with a lonely doctor dying from plague.
  10. Untouchable by Layla M. Wier ~ A detective with a clockwork heart and the new kid federal investigator form ranks to fight Capone’s gang. This one had a wild west meets detective noir hard-bitten loner cowboy meets his match feel to it, ah la Brokeback Mountain. So, of course, I liked it.
  11. Swiftsilver by Bell Ellis ~ the misused and misunderstood apprentice of an alchemist finds love with a crazy daredevil rake. “Disasters were always striking Thio.” This one felt the most like my kind of steampunk, with a country house, high society, and a crazy laboratory. It’s a longer story and a fitting one for the end of the series, full of sexual awakenings turning into long running love, and a airship into forever.

I was impressed that the anthology not only balanced different kinds of romances, characters, and plots, but also setting and general feel of plot and world building. It’s rare for me to find an anthology where I enjoy all the offerings, even the sad ones. If you’re one for a bit of steampunk and some m/m romance this if for you.

Missing your Biffy and Lyall? This might help ease the pain.

{Gail’s monthly read along for September is Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Working proof. Releases Nov. 1 2016.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlourmaid 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.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, 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.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

MySistersSong_ebook

My Sister’s Song

The warrior Mithra must repel a Roman legion alone and armed only with one very tasty weapon.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Follet Saturday, August 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 60

Le Follet Saturday, August 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 60

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

For the First Time You’ll Be Able to Read Ancient Egyptian Literature in English

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

In Praise of Reader Reviews ~ A book critic on what she learns from the masses on Amazon and Goodreads. “The novel I regard as brilliant never quite wins the audience I feel it deserves, while the one I wave away as mawkishly overwritten strikes the reading public as wonderful. This happened before the internet, of course, but now, thanks to reader reviews, I stand a better chance of finding out why.”

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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Coop de Book Review: Not Really a Book Review of Alanna by Tamora Pierce

Posted by Gail Carriger

OK, up front confession, the The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce pretty much changed my life, Gentle Reader. I was eight when I first read Alanna and it altered my world view on fantasy and books in general ~ the very I idea that a young girl could be the central character and really kick some proverbial ass did not jive with anything I had read before! I haunted the bookstore for the new one to come out (usually didn’t buy many books – I read too many too quickly would have beggared my family, but I had a very understanding library). This is one of the only series for which I have hard back first editions (which I keep in my office for safety) and pocket paperbacks (initially to travel around to various academic institutions with me, now reside at my mother’s place) and ebooks (for travel now). As a general rule I’m not a collector, I don’t care about the edition. But I have a signed first edition of Alanna and it is a prized possession.

Tamora Pierce was the reason I went to my first WorldCon. She was my first author kaffeeklatsch. In consequence, it is really hard for me to review Alanna in any kind of objective fashion. So instead I am going to tell you the story of how this book changed my life.

Picture a small town girl, 13 people in her eighth grade class, tried everything she could not to go to gangland public high. Luckily, she managed to slide into a private prep school (and while there was a scholarship, we aren’t going to talk about what the parentals had to do to afford it, not to mention make the drive every morning). So, there I was in Freshman English class and this adorable sweet-tempered other-worldly young lady and I start gravitating towards each other. However, it wasn’t until after class, at lunch, that Tamora Pierce came up in conversation.

Turns out we were both rabid fans. No, really. And then, as you do with books, we started sharing the other ones we really loved, and she told me ones I should read, and I told her ones she should read. And by the end of that lunch, we were rabid friends. And that, as they say, was that.

Going on almost 30 years now, Phran and I have played writer’s hopscotch with each other. She got her first short story published in MZB’s Sword & Sorceress when we were 15. Took me 3 years to catch up. She dragged me to my first science fiction convention (BayCon ’95). Significant others have come and gone, but it’s Phran and I who go to book parties together, who made the first trek to WorldCon together, and who still, more often than not, are each others plus one. She’s gone on to work for Locus and I’ve gone on to write books. I was her plus one at the Hugo party only a few days ago.

So how do you thank a book for bringing you your best friend? I guess what I am saying is Alanna is wrapped up in so much of my life I can’t really review it, it’s less a book than a beacon, and less an annual re-read than a visit through my own memories. It’s the ultimate comfort.

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Gail, Tamora & Beyond the Trope Podcasters

So. Yeah. Anyway…

My pick for next month is Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair. Why? Well I read her Games of Command and quite enjoyed it so I thought this one might be fun too. I usual vet the books before I choose them so I am out on a limb with this one, but I hope you all enjoy it. It’s a sci-fi romance, which seems to me just another way to say space opera only with more sex and a happy ending.

Looking for more to read?

{Gail’s monthly read along for September is Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Working proof. Releases Nov. 1 2016.
    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.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, 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.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

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Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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1930 Cecil Beaton’s fantastic portrait of the Queen Mother when she was young. via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

 

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

10 Dangerous Beauty Trends From The Victorian Era

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Busting” Some Popular Copyright Myths

Book News:

All Things Urban Fantasy says of Imprudence: “IMPRUDENCE is very entertaining and even sweet in some moments. It’s a wonderful continuation of the series and I am looking forward to seeing Prudence go on yet another adventure.”

Quote of the Day:

“And then he smiled his smallest smile, the secret one, the one with all his pain in it.”

~ For Real by Alexis Hall

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Amazon Kindle Automatic Book Update Issues

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’ve had  a number of people contact me about the fact that although I’ve updated the formatting and cover art for two short stories (Marine Biology & Fairy Debt), they aren’t automatically updating on Kindle device.

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Did anyone out there who purchased either story before the re-release have it update successfully?

I’d love to know. The new versions have the copyright information at the back rather than the front. (There’s no substantial content changes so don’t worry about that.)

Here is how to turn on Amazon automatic updating. (And here’s Amazon being sublimely unhelpful on the subject of issues.)

Here is how to manually update your Kindle device via your Amazon account settings.

But Gail, no matter what I do it won’t update!

I’m afraid this is an Amazon issue and I can’t diagnose it for you. (I can’t even do it for myself.) Fixing it will have to do with your account, operating system, e-reader type, settings, cloud storage, and a host of other things. If you have annotated or highlighted the original version there may be a safeguard in place that prevents any update.

All I know it that it’s supposed to automatically update.

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Look, I’m just as frustrated as you. I deleted my version of Marine Biology from everywhere. I deleted it from my device. Then I double checked all bits of it were deleted by plugging my Kindle in to my computer in USB mode. Then I went to my account and deleted it from the cloud too. I rebooted my Kindle. Then I re-purchased the darn thing and… nothing. Oh I got the new cover, but only in gallery view. Everything else remains the 2013 version (2.0). I’ve tried googling, I’ve tried KDP forums, there’s unhelpful tips on updating for publishers and even more unhelpful tips on updating for readers. Yet nothing changes, those embedded extensions are like a cancer.

You longtime Kindle users know how buggy the darn things are. Right?

There’s that one book that will never stay in a category but always wants to be in the main drive. Or the one that, in the end, you have to manually delete by hooking your kindle into your desktop. Or the one that just won’t open no matter what you do.

Yeah. I have those too. Having hundreds of books with me when I travel still trumps everything else. Everything.

Your, extremely frustrated,

Miss Gail

P.S. And you, yes you with the supercilious expression, I don’t want no cheeky “just read the old fashioned way” comments.” Zip it. We all like what we like. And you will pry my e-reader from my cold dead heads. No wait, I want to be buried with it, just in case.

P.P.S. Don’t even get me started on nook…

Meanwhile… Parlourmaids Trouble Gail

While you face this crisis, I tumble down the British excessive “u” rabbit hole over the word parlourmaid. You see, I want to use the word parlourmaid because that’s how it was used and spelled (and in the USA we didn’t really have them, as such) but that means I must also use the word parlour. If I use parlour then why not colour? There in lies UTTER MADNESS.

Copy edit conundrum and impasse. You see how my life is?

What to do over the extraneous u?

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for August is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Working copy edit. Release date Nov. 1 2016.
    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.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something utterly new and different for Gail. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

MarineBiology_promo

Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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With India Cloud at Copperfield’s Books

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

What’s Old is New: Double Rings

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”

~Oscar Wilde

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