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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.

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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.

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Character Study: Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Happy Monday, Gentle Reader. I’ve a busy week with my Sword & Laser interview and some associated business that puts me up north and off the internet most of this week. So, I have assembled for you, a character study! I know, I know it’s been a while. But bellow you will find a collection of images that remind me of Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings.

“Lady Maccon whirled to glare at the man who dared to interrupt her mid rant. The gentleman in question was both tall and broad, although not quite to her husband’s scale. Lord Maccon was Scottish-big; this gentleman was only English-big – there was a distinct difference. Also, unlike the earl, who periodically bumped into things as though his form were larger than his perception of it, this man seemed entirely comfortable with his size. He wore full officer formals and knew he looked good in them. His boots were spit-shined, his blond hair coiffed high, and he boasted an accent that very carefully was no accent at all. Alexia knew the type: education, money, and blue blood.”
~ Changeless

Manga Channing

Major Channing enters our collective lives in book two, Changeless. He is introduced in a rather spectacularly negative fashion but by the end of Blameless has his roll as reluctant hero. Channing is one of those character who spawned from his own name, the moment I had it I knew what kind of person he was. At least outwardly.

“No wonder he was so very full of himself. One would have to be, laboring all one’s life under a name like that.”
~ Changeless

*Mantra

Of course, he is far more than the arrogant blue blooded officer that Alexia dislikes instantly. Alexia, however, being Alexia, never quite manages to get over that. Fortunately for us, Prudence is not so willfully obtuse. But you will have to wait to find out more about Channing . . .

Here are Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings’ stats:

1. Long blond hair
2. Sculptor converted to werewolf during Napoleonic war
3. Toff accent
4. Pale blue eyes
5. Tall, handsome, lanky
6. Skilled swordsman
7. Respected by his soldiers and fellow officers

Here are a collection of images that remind me of Channing. Sometimes literally, sometimes they tie to his hidden personality, the mysteries of his past, and some of the reasons for his abrasive personality.

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