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Changeless Extras ~ Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

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

Description of Woolsey Castle

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

Scene with Lyall, Channing, & Biffy

(just after breaking and entering)

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

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

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

PROJECT ROUND UP

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

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Theodore Wendel – Lady with Parasol by Stream

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My Book Nook

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

First attempt in a dirigible balloon, aerostat of the academy of Dijon (1784), early flight collecting card, ca. 1895

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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

~ John Updike

Book News:

Romancing the Inventor is a Locus Bestseller!

Quote of the Day:

“I think I’ve been looking at too many catalogs. I just read ‘The Four Tendencies’ as ‘The Four Tentacles’.”

~ Overheard at Borderlands Books in San Francisco

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Books A Million & Other Ketchup

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Gentle Reader, so much to do! Proofs for W&W on the docket this week with a fast turn around so I hope you don’t mind if I am relatively scarce on line from here on out.

On the bright side, Prudence is handed in! And I, who never run long, did so with this book. It’s coming in at 102000 words, prior to this all of my stuff stayed under 100k.I’m not sure how I feel about this, emotionally. Perhaps my editor will come back with orders to chop.

In other news, Soulless and Changeless will be in a Books-A-Million promotion through the end of June. Both titles will be prominently displayed on a Buy 2 Get 1 Free table in all stores. I am nowhere near a Books-A-Million so if you spot them in the wild, do Tweet me a pic or take me on FB? That would be so fun to see.

via FB

My next blog post, barring crisis, will be my thoughts so far on this month’s book: Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

If you are reading along I hope you have managed to get hold of the book by now. It is a nice quick read so it shouldn’t be too hard to catch up. I am sorry for the confined time frame, July’s book (Blood & Chocolate by Anette Curtis Klause)  should be easier to get hold of.  

{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 . . .

2013 Lady Like spread in Marie Claire

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Dress Set  1915  1stdibs.com

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

via FB

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Handed in. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July. Not yet available for pre-order.

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

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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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


    Holiday Fun: Books as Gifts Part 2 Changeless

    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: the Parasol Protectorate books
    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 Changeless and/or Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 (the graphic novel adaptation of Changeless.)

    Changeless Madame Lefoux Cross-Dressing and/or Scotland themed

    Next up in this blog I’ll do a fantasy book basket idea for Blameless, in the meantime I’m interested in your ideas. Anything you’ve run across that would fit with this theme? Suggestions for good recipes? Other books that might work with this basket?

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Moment of Parasol . . .
    1920 Parasol

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .
    Bird Fire Alarm
    From Simple Life magazine

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    Closing bags
    From Life Hacker

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    15 Ways to Write Tight

    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:
    Still basking my the manga’s #1 debut. Otherwise, kinda slow at the moment, busy working on Prudence 24/7.

    Quote of the Day:
    “A bagel is a doughnut with the sin removed.”
    ~ George Rosenbaum

    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.


    Manga Soulless Vol. 2 Official Release!

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

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

    *Soulless2_cover

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

    Madame Lefoux

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

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

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .
    RObotTea
    Robot Tea Infuser

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    CordStorage

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    Showing an Authentic Villain

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


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

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

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

    Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

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

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

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


    Soulless Vol 2 the Manga Cover Reveal!

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    Today I am delighted to share with you the cover art for the second manga, Soulless Vol. 2 which follows the events detailed in Changeless.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I love the little cape, the lace details, and skirt tapes on the floating dress. I have a blog about them here, if you are interested.

    Vol. 2 will follow the same format as Vol. 1. There will be a few color pages at the beginning and the rest in black and white. It will shadow the events in Changeless but not be a direct translation, there are always some parts that much be cut out when going between different medium. As ever, I’m working closely with the artist and scriptor and so it does have my personal touch.

    A fan draws a scene from beginning of Changeless

    Right now the scheduled release of the print is the end of this year, Dec. 2012, but that isn’t a firm deadline. You can also read each chapter as it drops with a subscription to YenPlus. The first on drops on April 12th.

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .

    Alexia Manga Cover Cosplay from Vol. 1

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    Interesting article on Pottermore

    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) First chapter reviewed, drops on YenPlus April 12th. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.
    Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
    Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 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 ~ Not yet Released

    Book News:
    Some reviews of Soulless Vol. 1 Manga . . .
    Addicted to Heroines.
    Fandom
    Alpha Reader loved it
    And Addicted to Heroines reviews Changeless.

    Quote of the Day:
    “The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters.”
    ~ Ross MacDonald


    Dustave Doré & Victorian London’s Suburbs

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    Thank you for being so kind, Gentle Readers, during my LJ breakup troubles. I will keep you all well informed, and, as I said, try to keep this LJ blog as my backup if nothing else. I have taken all your suggestions to heart and as soon as we begint he trial switch I will let you know which platform works best with my website and go from there. And now, on to today’s post!

    Dustave Doré & Victorian London’s Suburbs

    Today’s Blog is a Break for a Research Moment. You know you want one! Prepare to be . . . Derailed!

    Just discovered the amazing illustrations of London by Gustave Doré. He mainly sketched the lowlife and slums from about 1860-1880.


    Over London by Rai 1872 (From London- A Pilgrimage)


    Low Lifes


    Dudley Street SevenDials (from London a Pilgrimage) 1872


    Westminster Stairs 1872

    On the London suburbs, according to contemporary guidebooks complied by Judith Flanders in The Victorian House.

    • Because of a direct railway Chamberwell and Peckingham: clerks
    • Hammersmith, Balham, and Leyton: lower middle class
    • Penge and Ealing: middle class (no direct railway)
    • Hampstead: upper middle
    • St. Jon’s Wood: authors, journalists, publishers
    • Tyburnia, Bayswater, Haverstock Hill, Brixton, Clapham, Kenninton, and Stockwell: city men like stockbrokers, merchants, commercial agents
    • Sydenham, Highgate, Barnes, Richmond: the wealthy (swells & ladies)

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .

    I like the idea of a saucer and a scone plate in one.

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    Have you returned your SFWA ballot?
    Timeless: Galleys done, Timeless now in production. The release date on Amazon has been corrected.

    Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book the First: Slaving over second pass edits. Release date Fall 2012.

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


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

    Book News:

    Quote of the Day:
    “The most convenient arrangement I have ever tried. However, was a little electro-silver reading lamp lent me a year or two ago by a friend when I was traveling to the Scotch Highlands, and had a long night journey from town. It consisted simply of a case to hold the candle – which it exactly fitted – with a strong, self-actign spring, which raised the candle to the proper height as fast as it burnt down.”
    ~ Lillias Campbell Davidson (1889)


    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


    Reno WorldCon 2011 Renovation Convention Report

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    Gentle Reader, I understand from previous surveys that convention reports are not your favorite, but I am in need of processing, and being a writer I do that best in print. I have endeavored to be as amusing as possible while also stretching my very foggy brain back over the events of the past few days. Truly my brain is not the steel trap it once was, well, honestly, it was always more a soft squishy kind of trap but I digress.

    Reno, Reno, Reno.

    A strange place in the middle of the desert where the lights go flashy-flashy, the cigarette smoke wafts in some pale reminiscence of the 1940s, the food is banal, the service is excellent, the heat unacceptable, and (for the last week) the Geeks were At Play.

     
    The funniest thing about this WorldCon was all my friends who’s first WorldCon was Melbourne last year or had never been to one before. In the case of the first party, they compared the one to the other, and in the case of the second, they compared the one to other SF conventions.

    WorldCon is different. It’s different each location, that’s part of it’s charm, and it’s different from a regular convention. AussieCon 2010 was fun, but universally admitted a nightmare in many regards. It was disorganized to the point of inattentiveness and chaos and, because it was all the way in Australia had about half the average attendance. This year, being in Reno (driving distance from the fannish enthusiasm of the left coast) attendance was up to about 4000.

    I planned my outfits with much attention to the ability to pack any number of shoes (generally sacrificed on the alter of flight) and the certain knowledge that there would be a pool! I am proud to report I made it to bed by midnight every night save one and that I made it for a swim every morning save the one after the night I stayed up after midnight. Starting the day with a little light exercise and a soak in the hot tub turned my brain on much earlier than normal and keep my poor feet from going entirely bonkers.

    I lost my voice but did not pick up Con Crud, and I should far rather one over the other. There meetings and reunions with friends and business associates, lovely dinners out, and an excellent Greenroom providing me with enough healthy nibbles I didn’t have to do breakfast or lunch which was good as I wouldn’t have had the time. The parties were up to snuff. A dear friend won a Hugo. My outfits went over well, and I’ll be bloging more about them on Retro Rack as photos come in. The drive was mainly painless. I meet the editors I was supposed to meet, and chatted with the authors I wanted to chat with, and renewed old acquaintances near and dear to my heart. All in all, a successful con.

    The Nitty Gritty

    Thursday, Futuristic Fashion and Wearable Art. Moderated by Cory Doctorow Himself. A pleasant start and a pleasing topic well moderated before an engaged and attentive audience. Can’t ask for more.

    Thursday, Presentation on Experimental Ceramic Archaeology. Since this was at 7 pm dinner time I thought no one would come,and I was in one of the double sized room. It was very well attended and people seemed to really enjoy themselves, I was so pleased to exhibit the other side of my career path. It was like teaching students who were actually interested, a nice change. I need to righten the presentation though if I plan on doing it again for a convention audience.

    After that I changed for the Girl Genius Ball and put in an appearance with the Locus-ites but quickly drifted away to the parties instead.

    Friday, Urbane vrs Urban Fantasy with such heavy hitters as Patricia Briggs and Carrie Vaughan and newcomer Dale Ivan Smith. Carrie moderated beautifully and was as sweet and lovely a ever, we have meet before. This seems to have been a useful pannel for me th author as a numebr of people came up to say they bought the first book in my series in the Dealer’s Room later as a result.

    On Friday I also worked the SFWA table and visited the Orbit book panel where we made a Very Big Announcement. I haven’t had the go ahead to talk online about it, yet, and so far as I can tell the info hasn’t been leaked so I’m keeping mum for the time being.

    However I did an interview with Rome and he gave me permission to announce that the SF Book Club will be bringing out an omnibus edition of Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless this September.

    Hit the parties that night and stayed up way too late.

    Saturday I had a KaffeeKlatsch and a TeaTalk. I basically ran the second just like the first since the KaffeeKlatsch was so small. However the TeaLounge was very very loud right next to the stage and it was at this point I started to loose my voice.

    Nevertheless, I went off and out to very loud parties that night and ruined the rest of it. The life of an author does not prepare one for short bouts of public speakign at high volumes.

    Sunday, I was up for autographing. I had a nice line, always complimentary, and many well dressed fans. I am proud to say mine are the best dressed in fandom, if you ask me. Report from the dealer’s rom was most favorable, I mainly sold out, which made them happy.

    I made the acquaintance of Jean Johnson who interdicted me to Decent Exposures, a custom cotton bra maker. I intend to give them a try, expect a report in Retro Rack.

    Then I wandered about the Dealers Room delighted to discover a very plain steel ring that fit (I have a 5.25 size ring finger) and the first Schlock Mercenary book. After that, I snuck off for some Timeless galley work by the pool (and perhaps a little comic book reading) and hit the Dead Dog party later that night.

    At some point I was interviewed for the Short Story Geeks podcast, photographed by Lincoln Peters, introduced by the ever entertaining Kollin brothers to David Boop, ran into Amy & NASA Paul, and encountered the face that thereis a new convention coming to the Bay Area, Convolution. I also gained a roommate, the lovely Unwoman‘s cello took up residence in my room for the duration of the con. Definitely the nicest quietest tidiest roommate I’ve ever had.

    Gail’s Daily Dose
    Your Moment of Parasol . . .

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .

    Fan Art Alexia by Rebecca Nandi
    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    I have a long interview with the Airship Ambassador that recently dropped.

    Timeless: Working galleys. The release date on Amazon is WRONG. Scheduled release March 1, 2012.
    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:
    School Library Review discusses Heartless and a little about my Finishing School series. “These books just keep getting better and better.” ~ Caroline Bartels

    Quote of the Day:
    “If you present a book to a friend, do not write his or her name in it, unless requested. You have no right to presume that it will be rendered any the more valuable for that addition; and you ought not to conclude beforehand that you gift will be accepted.”
    ~ Etiquette for Gentlemen, 1850

    A quick final note. I LOATHE what LJ is doing to my code and their image handlers. I’m planning on making the switch permanently to Blogspot by the end of the year.


    The First Three Parasol Protectorate Books in Ebook Bundle

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    I was very excited, Gentle Reader, to hear that Orbit is offering an ebook bundle of the first 3 Parasol Protectorate books on their Orbital Drop). (I like the term bundle, it makes me think of warm knitwear.) For the month of July, you can purchase Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless together for $9.99 across digital retailers.

    Orbit US often does digital deals like this with their authors. I’ve been eager since I signed with them to do some kind of ebook special. Many of my best writer friends, and favorite new authors, produce more for the ebook market than the print, but it always seemed awe-inspiring territory to me.

    Contrary to some rather odd rumors, Fellow Reader, I am a fan of ebooks. It was glorious to be excavating in Peru, run out of material, hop online, and buy an ebook. Also, you may have noticed that I am a bit of a thrift shopper, and as a result, a Collector of Stuff. Yet I am also a purger, for I move around so much I can’t keep many objects (and when I do, it’s usually shoes). The glamorous life of a writer/archaeologist involves a good deal of couch-surfing. As a result, I tend to favor any device that allows for the maximum collection of books in the minimum amount of space ~ it’s tidy.

    I like tidy. As said in Cold Comfort Farm, “Like Jane Austen, neither of us could abide a mess.”

    On the other hand, many of my favorite books are out of print yet never became popular enough to warrant an e-release. Unless the author chooses to put them out herself they may never find an electronic home. Also, I admit to being one of those readers who enjoys an old fashioned book in her hands, although carpel tunnel may eventually put and end to that romantic notion. In addition, I find research much easier on paper.

    But I don’t believe one has to choose to self identify with one or the other. There is much to recommend both sides. I am confused by the factioning of readership. This may come as a shock, but I believe it is possible to enjoy both *gasp* ebooks and print books. I know, I know, crazy talk! I can’t afford an ereader yet, but, as a reader, I hope to one day find a device that suits my needs and a publicity model that allows everyone to embrace reasonable pricing.

    As a teaser for the future, I’m also intending to put some short stories up in e-form within the next year. I simply haven’t had the time to learn how to format them properly. Like my website, I believe it is something I ought to know how to code, fix, and maintain myself (but I’m such a technophobe, wish me luck).

    Gail’s Daily Dose
    Your Infusion of Cute:
    Still life ~ purses and shoes.
    Your Tisane of Smart:
    Food for the Victorian poor.
    Your Writerly Tinctures:

    Timeless: Finished with last draft, awaiting copyedits.
    Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book One: Third draft done and in to first reader. Yes!
    Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.


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

    Book News:
    Katie’s review of Heartless.
    You’ll have to forgive me if this is a repeat, for some reason my alerts aren’t working very well.

    Quote of the Day:
    “Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”
    ~ Stephen Fry


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