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Want A Sneak Peek at the Research Behind Gail Carriger’s Next Custard Protocol Book? (Competence Special Extras)

Hello Gentle Reader,

Here, for you entertainment, amusement and titillation are a few links and peeks into some of the research that I had to do for Competence, Custard Protocol #3. I do hope you enjoy!

Podcasts

Blog Posts & Other Articles

Singapore!

What was the inspiration for setting Miss Primrose Tunstell in Singapore?

I was at the Singapore Writers Festival a few years ago and just fell in love with the place.

I also visited the National History Museum there and picked up a little book of collected primary source material from the 1890s that isn’t available elsewhere.

Then I promised the Minister of Culture Sim Ann (who is a fan of mine – squee!) that I would put it in the next book. I like to keep my promises.

Want a taste of Singapore’s infamous Kaya Toast? Just get this coconut jam (actually coconut curd) and spread on toast with salted butter (it’s not exactly right but it’s still so good).

Warning, must love coconut.

Yours forever (in coconutty goodness),

Miss Gail

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  • Coop de Book for July is Competence, of course. (Discussion here.

COMING JULY 17!

Competence and matched books that influenced

Amazon (hardcover) (audio) | B&N (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Common Time March, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My new teapot purse!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Subtle Sexiness of Parasols

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Prim & Tash for Ace Artemis

Quote of the Day:

“Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter, and in wine.”

~ Polish Proverb

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Competence Has 2 Covers! UK Cover Reveal, Vote Your Favorite, & Why Are There 2? (Trade Paperback, Hardcover, B-format)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Competence has two difference overs, Gentle Reader. TWO! 2! TOOOOOOOOoooooooooo.

Competence UK Cover! Are you ready?

The cover for Competence UK and associated territories is now live in the world! The Chirrup got to see it first, but here it is for the rest of you, plus explanations and details…

Here she is!

Cover art by Starla of designedbystarla.com

Kobo UK | Kobo Australia | Kobo New Zealand

Kobo Germany | Kobo Japan – Rakuten ブックス | Kobo France

Trouble finding it on Kobo in your country?
Try searching with ISBN 9781944751128 

Bertand Livreros | bol.com

Print?

Should also be online. Also you can call or visit your favorite local bookstore! Ask them to “Order it from Ingram

Borderlands will have signed editions of the USA Hardcover. They ship worldwide.
Call 888.893.4008 or email [email protected] or ordered it via my website using the “SIGNED” button

Why 2 covers for Competence?

Because I am publishing to the UK and other non-North American territories myself.

I know, I’m scared too.

It’s out now, though. If you’re overseas and were able to get any of my novellas, then you should be able to get this book.

Please be patient with me as I have never done this before (split a series between traditional publisher and self publisher). I have plenty of practice distributing outside the USA, see all my novellas and San Andreas Shifter stuff. But this exact situation is untested waters. I promise I am doing my absolute best for you. I could not be working harder to make sure it is getting to as many of you as possible on schedule!

How will it work?

Did you get the print edition of Prudence and Imprudence in hardcover?

This is the hard cover size!

If you got the first 2 in hardcover, then you have been getting the USA edition of this book. You will continue to do so.

NO CHANGE FOR YOU.

Your cover will look like this:

Do you live outside the USA and get the B-format trade size book at release date?

These books are the SAME SIZE as my novellas! Is that what you have been getting?

Then you’ll be getting the UK cover in the same format and size and it will look like this:

Everything should hopefully match up as much as possible to the two you already own. Yes, including the spine design and everything. Do not doubt the magic that is Starla (my cover art designer).

You should notice almost no differences. Do not worry about it matching to the other books in the series. It will match.

I don’t leave the house without my hat, purse, gloves, and shoes matching. Like I would less diligent about my books!

Are you outside the USA/Canada and able to get the novellas?

Then you’ll be able to get this book.

Once more with feeling!

Here’s the bit in the Live from February where I explain the different book sizes:

I explain a lot on the different cover sizes. I go into a bit of a show and tell using Imprudence as a model (backwards because I’m using my phone’s flip camera) but you get the idea. At Time Stamp 39:00.

But Miss Gail, I like them both & want to own both!

You’re a darling and I love you!

Generally speaking (aside from second party sellers and illicit means) USA readers shouldn’t be able to get the UK edition, and visa versa. (Gail cocks an eyebrow at you thoughtfully.)

But you know, interesting things happen to the Chirrup members… just saying.

How about beneath the cover?

The text of the book itself is NO DIFFERENT between the two editions.

With one exception, as has always been the case:

The USA books use the word “ladybug” and the UK book suse the word “ladybird.” See this blog post on the subject of anglicization.

Now it’s your turn!

Which Competence cover do you prefer?

Who care about covers, where’s the audiobook?

  • This split in distribution should not affect the audiobook.
  • In the USA it should release as normal.
  • In the UK it’ll probably be within a month, that’s usually how it works.

Other audiobook issues? Here’s your blog post. Many of the same reasons apply.

I’ll let the Chirrup know if anything changes from normal.

Hugs!

Miss Gail

As always, you don’t have to take my word for it…

Well, actually you do, but here is a related article anyway:

Did you miss this cover art announcement?

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Coop de Book for March is Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina. (Discussion here.)

LATEST RELEASE

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910c Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Garden Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Goodreads Can Tell You When Ebooks Go on Sale

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Customers Won’t Pay as Much for Digital Goods

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

What is Paper?
A substance made by Europeans of linen rages: by the Chinese of silk. The discoverer is unknown; but it was introduced into Europe towards the close of the tenth century.
How is paper made?
The rags are first sorted, then carried to the mill, and put into an engine placed in a large trough filled with water: this engine has long spikes of iron fixed in it; and, by moving round with great swiftness, soon tears the rags every way, and reduces them to a pulp; moulds are then used, the size of a sheet of paper, which are dipped into his pulp, and shaken till the paper becomes of hte thickness and consistence the makers wish it to be.
Several of these sheets when taken from the moulds are laid one upon another, with a piece of felt placed between each; and after being twice pressed are hung up to dry.
When dry, the paper is taken off the lines, and rubbed smooth with the hand; it is then sized.
The size is made of clean parchment and vellum shavings: the size is trained through fin cloth, which is strewed with powdered white vitriol and alum; the paper is dipped in this, and, after being pressed a third time, it is separated sheet by sheet to dry, and then made up into quires and reams.

~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

You know that scene in Mansfield Park where Fanny’s poor mother says, “Fanny, all that paper!” Now we see why, it was a laborious process and an expensive product!

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


Video Giggles: Cover Art, Book Sizes, & Secret Collaborations, Oh My!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I did another Facebook Live video and it was gobs of fun!

Thanks so much to the four dozen or so loyal fans who showed up, tuned in, and asked fantastic questions. Hooray for you, my Gentle Watcher!

In this video you will learn…

  • That the Competence cover causes me serious wardrobe issues.
  • Some secrets about Channing’s novella and his love interest.
  • Why I don’t want to write Parasolverse books set after 1900. And what periods I’d like to write in.
  • What I’m writing next.
  • My favorite Jane Austen book.
  • How much I have to do with my translations.
  • If I can sing.

Plus!

  • I go all in for a show and tell of the different book sizes! Good stuff!
    • Time Stamp: 39:00
  • I get VERY cagey about a secret project collaboration! Oh but it is so exciting.
  • My weird reason for liking mass market paperback.

HERE IT IS!

Notes, Links & Associated Goodies!

Microphone Tribble

 

How I celebrated after the live!

Did you miss the Live? Do you more gossip & behind the scenes info? New stuff goes to my Chirrup members first, because I love them bestest: sign up here.

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for Feb 2017 is Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

LATEST RELEASE

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910 parasol via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The 7 Differences Between Professionals and Amateurs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

The Lesbian Review says of Romancing the Inventor:

“Genevieve Lefoux is one of my favorite characters of all time, and I loved watching her navigate obliviously toward happiness. The sexual tension is delicious, and the payoff is sweet and wonderful, while not being terribly graphic. Fans of Carriger’s work will love this dive into a secondary character’s life, while first-time readers may very well find themselves picking up Carriger’s novels.”

Quote of the Day:

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


Competence Cover Art & Blurb

Posted by Gail Carriger

Those who get the Chirrup have already gotten to see this, but for those who have not joined (silly Gentle Reader, why wouldn’t you?) here is the cover art that was recently announced:

Preorder Competence in the USA in digital or hardcover from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Your favorite local independent bookstore!

Yes, Borderlands will have signed editions.
Call 888.893.4008 or email [email protected]

RELEASE DATE JULY 17, 2018!

The Blurb

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:

  • Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
  • Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
  • And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?

Are you a British or Aussie reader?

Do you get the first editions of the Custard Protocol books in paperback?

Well the UK (AUS & associated territories) will be getting a different cover.

It will be awesome and special and just as fab as this one, only different. You’ll see it first if you are a Chirrup member, but you’ll have to be patient while I get those pesky ducks in a row. (Or do I mean pigeons, or is it wicker chickens now?)

Then you can argue about which one is prettier. Politely, of course, and with enthusiastically waved biscuits.

Why?

For… reasons. The sames reasons that mean you can’t preorder this book in the UK… yet.

Join the Chirrup to stay abreast of the situation!

About The Cover

It’s very GREEN isn’t it? Did you notice that the parasol is primrose colored? Yes, I did get to help choose the model. It took me a bit to get the color profile but now I really like it. I find it striking and unusual.

But MISS GAIL!
(UK Makes Collective Pouty Face)

Calm down.

Hilariously, after the cover announcement went live, someone freaked out on Twitter with the following:

But we’re getting a different cover for the UK, and that scares me, because THIS ONE matches with the first two – I don’t want two books with one cover style, and two with something totally different! 😱

To which my response was:
Are you *gasp* DOUBTING me and my aesthetic choices? 
Not to say my care and attention to things matching!
I assure you I’ve never even left the house without my shoes matching my purse. I’m not a heretic!

Those who get the Chirrup have already gotten to see this, but for those who have not joined (silly Gentle Reader, why wouldn’t you?) here is the cover art that was recently announced:

Silly Twitter.

The only real danger is that now you might want to buy both print versions. Because both covers are so good.

Which, I assure you, was not my evil plan. Although it’s a good one.

Heh, heh.

Yours in snark forever,

Miss Gail

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for Feb 2018 is Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

LATEST RELEASE

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The purest form of gastronomy is Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Biffy Robin Lyall (from Romancing the Werewolf) by ace-artemis-fanartist on Tumblr

Quote of the Day:

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


Gail’s Most Recent Video (Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Welcome, Gentle reader!

Here is the youtube video of the recent Q&A session I ran on Facebook Live.

I’m reading the questions as they are posted in comments, that’s what there are occasional pauses while I make a funny face.

Links vital to the video:

Also I talk about:

Authors/books mentioned & recommended:

{Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

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?

Romancing the Inventor made this list of “Best Books of 2016: A Totally Arbitrary List

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ephemeral Elegance @drapedinhistory Flower show and garden party dresses from May 1884

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

8 Ways to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

M. A. Kropp says of Prudence:

“Prudence is just as silly and wonderful as any of the original series.”

Book News:

Via Carina “I shield in the name of fashion. I accessorize for one and for all.”

Quote of the Day:

“After toasting, muffins should be crisp; crumpets, soft and woolly. It is like eating a bit of blanket soaked in butter.”

~ Victorian Etiquette

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


Trade Paperback Release of Gail Carriger’s Imprudence (and Praise

Posted by Gail Carriger

The trade edition of Imprudence released into the world!

Remember you can call Borderlands Books to get a signed copy (888.893.4008).

Praise for Imprudence:

“Fierce ladies that don’t back down from a fight.”

~ Bookish Things & More

“For a silly, fun escape from day-to-day dirigible-less doldrums, ‘Imprudence’ is required reading.”

~ The Oklahoman

“I enjoy Gail Carriger’s long game, and her ability to weave her different series together.”

BibliobibuliYA

Imprudence doesn’t, thankfully, read like a travelogue but there’s enough description to give a sense of place to each stop on the trek. This isn’t just the old time sets we’ve seen in movies, after all, this is a steampunk world of dirigibles and supernatural creatures.”

Un-book Report

“I’m practically giddy writing about how much I loved the humor in this book. Imprudence just sparkles with wit throughout its pages, even in the midst of battle. Yes, battle!”

Rally the Readers

“It is action packed, has fantastic characters, it made me laugh, and yes, even cry a little.”

Traveling Through Books

“All my favorite elements were still there, namely the preposterous humor and the main character’s unique brand of eccentricity which kept the story interesting. I love The Spotted Custard and all the people on board who have become Rue’s family, and I can’t get enough of her and her friends’ antics.”

The Speculative Herald

“This is Carriger at her best: witty and fun, with crisp dialog, a smattering of action, and a bit of romance. And tea. Always, tea.”

BiblioFile

“There was more romance in this book and we get to see so many more of the old characters, even some I wasn’t expecting and that was awesome. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the series has to offer.”

Freadom Library

In other news, this fun video clip just came across my radar. It’s from Gaslight Gathering last year. For those who doubted either my dancing or my corset wearing abilities, here is a bit of both. The corset is a custom from Dark Garden.

That big fat grin on may face? Only happens when dancing.

{Gail’s monthly read along for Feb 2017 is Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford.}

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 . . .

Helene Standish, 1882 via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Fan Art Alexia from matchoo28

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Rothschild Patent Collection

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

‘New York Times’ Cuts a Range of Bestseller Lists

RWA’s Open Letter to the New York Times

As a trade association representing more than 10,000 writers of romance fiction worldwide, Romance Writers of America (RWA) is deeply disappointed by the decision of the New York Times to change its best-seller criteria.

Romance authors, most of them women, have dominated the best-seller lists in mass market and e-books for years. To dismiss these authors and the millions of readers who buy their books is to ignore what “bestseller” truly means. Each year, consumers buy more than $1.3 billion worth of romance fiction. If the New York Times eliminates the mass market and e-book lists, they are proving that they are out of touch with what consumers actually buy. Further, the dismissal of two formats dominated by women can’t help but feel sexist.

RWA strongly urges the Times to reconsider its decision.

Book News:

Fan Art Ivy

Quote of the Day:

“My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don’t know anything at all.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


Facebook Live & Ketchup (Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dearest Gentle Reader,

I’m planning another Facebook Live, to say hello and chat on the release of Imprudence in trade. That will be next Tuesday, Feb 7, at 1pm Pacific time on my Facebook Author Page.

I know it’s not an ideal time for many of you but due to a conflagration of events, that’s when I can spare the hour. As always, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. We must keep our fingers crossed that the office internet is up and running. Although, frankly, these days anything is better than the home net.

Story of living in the Bay Area, internet invariably sucks. The place of all things silicon related… except decent wireless.

Chirrup News Ketchup

For those of you who missed this month’s Chirrup (my newsletter) I talked about some fun stuff. Including but not limited to: becoming a workaholic loony slob, writers in their native environment, what I’m writing about in Competence the 3rd Custard Protocol book (add it on Goodreads), and much more.

Audiobook News

In other news Romancing the Inventor audiobook seems to be doing well. Hard to tell so far, it’s a bit early, but thank you to everyone who has bought and downloaded. As ever, your reviews are very much appreciated, particularly on iTunes.

Romancing the Inventor Audiobook

{Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

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 . . .

1880s L’ancienne cour tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Previewing Upcoming 2017 Small Screen Period Dramas

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Turn a Wire Coat Hanger into a Book Stand

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Actual Timeline of a Book and Why it Matters

Book News:

Fan Art Alexia Parasol

Quote of the Day:

“I can resist everything but temptation.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


Announcing the Next Custard Protocol Books!

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m delighted to announce that I have sold the third and fourth Custard Protocol books to Orbit. The third book has a working title of Competence and I will be writing it for most of this year, 2017.

Orbit intends to publish it in Summer 2018. So you have some time to get all caught up on the Custard Protocol series.

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo

Add it to your shelf on Goodreads.

What will it be about?

Since I haven’t yet written it, I don’t have a description or anything for you just yet. Mostly I’m trying to get ahead of the rumor mill with this announcement. However, rest assured that Rue and her crazy crew are up to good, but in the worst possible way. This book will be told from Primrose’s perspective and will follow events shortly after those chronicled in Imprudence. 

In line with that, I’ll be releasing Romancing the Werewolf in winter of THIS YEAR (2017). This story takes place during a cold London Christmas season, December 1895, directly after events in Imprudence (but not featuring those characters). It finally ties up one very popular thread I left dangling in Timeless. Hopefully, it will tide you all over while you’re waiting for Competence.

I’m hoping this announcement makes you all happy. I look forward to telling you all about how life is changing aboard the Spotted Custard, new creatures, new friendships, new adventures, new silliness, and old heartbreak.

Feel free to ask questions if you dare. I may not be able to answer them right away but I always like to know what you’re curious about as it can dictate future blog posts.

The Publishers Weekly Deal Announcement

Sci-Fi/Fantasy
NYT bestseller Gail Carriger’s Books 3 & 4 in the Custard Protocol Series, chronicling the continuing adventures of a woman’s crack-pot dirigible team, following them as they explore the crumbling supernatural remnants of the British Empire, to Lindsey Hall at Orbit, in a good deal, for publication in 2018, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

{Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: Developmental edit (third 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.
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
  • Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3
    Status: Rough Draft
    Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

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 . . .

1880s Game of Tennis via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Author Kate Elliot suggests a change to “Rogue One” and discusses relationships in narrative fiction, including recommending stories that presented compassionate and complex relationships.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

10 Things Authors Do Wrong (and How to Fix Them)

Book News:

Fan Art Alexia Black White

Quote of the Day:

“Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


Behind the Magic ~ Egypt from a Dirigible: Imprudence & Timeless

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

In Imprudence Rue and her crew visit Egypt just as Alexia and Conall did in Timeless.

 

Rue goes in for the capital, Cairo, while Alexia spent most of her time in the port city of Alexandria.

Ancient Alexandria

  • Founded by Alexander of Macedon (the Great) c. 332-331 B.C.
  • Located in the Nile delta
  • Renowned for its giant lighthouse – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, destroyed
  • Library at Alexandria, destroyed
  • Mouseion (of which the library was a part) Ptolomy’s center of science and philosophy
  • Roman catacombs
  • Capital of the country for close to 1,000 years
  • Citadel of Qait Bey, Pompey’s Pillar, the Roman Theater, the Presidential Palace, Montaza Palace, and the Ras el-Tin Palace
  • Additional information on Ancient Vine

 

Victorian Alexandria

Alexandia shoreline 1882, personal collection

 

 

  • Egypt under the Muhammad Ali Pasha dynasty (1805–1953)
  • Khedivate of Egypt under British patronage ~ specifically Sanctioned khedival rule (1867–1914)
  • Nominally independent Sultanate of Egypt and Kingdom of Egypt, ending with the Revolution of 1952 and the formation of the Republic of Egypt
  • 1882 civil unrest, rebellion

In Imprudence I have one quick reference to the troubles of 1882. I knew of this from my prior research for Timeless. I did a blog post about it at the time, in March of 2011 when we were experiencing the Arab Spring.

Alexandria 1882 landscape rebellion, personal collection

 

From Wikipedia: “Isma’il was succeeded by his eldest son Tewfik, who, unlike his younger brothers, had not been educated in Europe. Tewfik pursued a policy of closer relations with Britain and France but his authority was undermined in a rebellion led by his war minister, Arabi Pasha, in 1882. Arabi took advantage of violent riots in Alexandria to seize control of the government and temporarily depose Tewfik.”

Alexandria 1882, personal collection

 

“British naval forces shelled and captured Alexandria, and an expeditionary force under General Sir Garnet Wolseley was formed in England. The British army landed in Egypt soon afterwards, and defeated Arabi’s army in the Battle of Tel el-Kebir. Arabi was tried for treason and sentenced to death, but the sentence was commuted to exile. After the revolt, the Egyptian army was reorganized on a British model and commanded by British officers.”

Victorians leaving Alexandria by steam ship, 1882, personal collection

 

 

Timeless

In Timeless, Alexia visits Alexandria, in April of 1876 when things are comparatively calm.

The eagle eye will notice that the background for the US cover is actually Cairo, where Alexia never goes in the book. Although I think I added a mention of her stopping over, just to explain away the cover. I’ve no idea what city is depicted in the background of the second omnibus.

Japan set Timeless floating over a rather lush river, it’s possible there are some areas of the Nile that are that green. Generally it’s a bit more bare or palm tree riddled, but I won’t quibble too much. Germany put Alexia back into Cairo.

Nile River
Source

 

Alexandria is all the way off to the left in this image. Cairo is the bottom tip.

 

Imprudence

  • Rue visits my version of steampunk Egypt in October of 1895 during the reign of Tewfik’s son, Abbas II.
  • Sudanese territory has been lost (as the British would think of it) to an Islamic state.
  •  Shortly after Rue leaves in 1896 (Abbas II), a massive Anglo-Egyptian force, under “General Herbert Kitchener, began the reconquest of the Sudan.[12] The Mahdists were defeated in the battles of Abu Hamid and Atbara. The campaign was concluded with the Anglo-Egyptian victory of Omdurman, the Mahdist capital.”
  • At first I was going to take Rue back to Alexandria, partly so I could use Alexia to discuss how the city has changed in the past 20 years. But in Timeless I mention that Lord Maccon purchased property in Cairo for their retirement, well within the plague zone. So I switched Rue’s location to Cairo. Lost a bit of writing time there since I’d already done 2K on Alexandria in a new more steampunky form, but it worked much better for the plot line to be in Cairo, anyway.
  • I scrabbled about for any further Victorian perspectives on Cairo or the rest of Egypt between 1883 ~ 1895. But there appears to be no major issues of civil unrest and in this the British press seems akin to their modern counterparts, which is to say, not particularly interested if there is no blood involved.
  •  I didn’t spend a great deal of time on it as, quite frankly, Rue doesn’t spend a great deal of time in the city. Although I hope you will notice I steampunked Cairo up especially as compared to Alexandria in Timeless. The march of technological advancement is strong with this one.

Modern Alexandria

Alexandria Image #95

 

* second largest city in Egypt
* typical Mediterranean climate: extremely warm/humid days in summer, breezy and cool in the evenings, winter is chilly with rain and hail not uncommon, spring and autumn are best weather.

Mix of ancient and modern.

 

 

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Why We Should Never Underestimate the Intelligence of an Octopus

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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“Indifference is the revenge the world takes on mediocrities.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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Imprudence is ALIVE & Gail is on Tour

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Today Imprudence, my latest novel and the second in the Custard Protocol series released into the world.

2Imprudence

Thus, I am off on tour. I will try to check in online when I can, but I will be mostly on the move for the next two weeks! Please do come out and see me if you can, I love meeting people, and I don’t bite, I swear. Well, unless you happen to look exactly like treacle tart.

Gail Carriger Imprudence Tour

Houston, TX

July 19, 6:30 pm (Tuesday) | Murder by the Book
Imprudence book tour, LAUNCH! Facebook event.

Austin, TX

July 20, 7 pm (Wednesday) | BookPeople
Imprudence book tour stop #2. Facebook event.

Denver, CO

July 21, 7 pm (Thursday) | Tattered Cover (Aspen Grove)
Imprudence book tour stop #3. Facebook event.

San Diego, CA

July 22, 4 pm | Comic-Con International
Imprudence book tour stop #4A. Facebook event. Gail will be at SDCC signing at 4 pm at the Orbit booth #1116 in exhibitor hall.

July 22, 7 pm (Friday) | Mysterious Galaxy
Imprudence book tour stop #4B. Facebook event. You can special order SIGNED editions of both Imprudence AND Poison or Protect.

Petaluma, CA

July 23, 2 pm (Saturday) | Copperfield’s
Imprudence book tour stop #5. Facebook event.

Beaverton, OR (Portland)July 25, 7 pm (Monday) | Powell’s (Cedar Hills Crossing)
Imprudence book tour stop #6. Facebook event.

Chicago 1871 viaOld Photos & Bacon @photosandbacon

Chicago 1871 viaOld Photos & Bacon @photosandbacon

Chicago, IL

July 26, 7:30 pm (Tuesday) | Volumes Bookcafe
Imprudence book tour stop #7. (NEW venue!) Facebook event. Eventbrite event.

Brooklyn, NY

July 27, 7 pm (Wednesday) | WORD Bookstore
Imprudence book tour stop #8. Facebook event.

New York 1867 via Old Photos & Bacon @photosandbacon

New York 1867 via Old Photos & Bacon @photosandbacon

Cambridge, MA

July 28, 7 pm (Thursday) | Porter Square Books
Imprudence book tour stop #9. Facebook event.
{Gail’s monthly read along for July is Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.
    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.

 

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bean Back wiskers curled paws

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Michaeline: Lois McMaster Bujold Answers Three Questions about Self Publishing

Book News:

Dual Reads says of Imprudence:
“Surprisingly, my favourite thing about this series (aside from the humour which is spot on) is actually Prim and Rue’s friendship. They are such a supportive pair and their conversations, when casual, are hilarious and when serious are just perfect and everything a friendship should be.”

Curiosity Killed the Bookworm says of Imprudence:
“Whilst it took a while to get into the first Custard Protocol book, I fell straight into Imprudence and I warmed so much more to the characters.”

Signed Books at Borderlands

Signed Books at Borderlands Books, SF

Quote of the Day:

“I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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