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Poison or Protect Is Now An Audiobook!

I’m delighted, Gentle Reader, to announce that Poison or Protect is now available as an audiobook. Find it on Audible & iTunes

This Parasolverse story, the first Delightfully Deadly Novella, is read by the amazing Suzanne Lavington and produced by Bryan Lincoln.

Poison or Protect

Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black. What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment.

It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn’t anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven – massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and… working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart – a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

Now Available For Your Listening Pleasure!

I do hope you enjoy my second independently produced audiobook.

Now that we’ve things in order, I’m really trying to bring out audiobooks closer to the book’s release. If not always timed exactly to the print edition, at least as close as possible. This one should have been out 3 weeks ago but ACX QA delayed matters, over which I have no control, sadly.

Also, it all rides on the narrator. I’m obsessed with making sure I find the right narrator. I hope you understand that and don’t mind the occasional wait while I get it right.

Praise for Poison or Protect:

  • Felicia Sue Lynn Reviews says: “I really enjoy Carriger’s world building. Even without reading previous works, the world is really rich. It’s full of steampunk and supernatural elements that made Soulless so endearing in the first place.”
  • For What It’s Worth says: “All in all a rollicking fun time!”
  • Book Sojourner says: “Overall, this standalone novella is a quick read, but packed with great characters, relationship depth, a bit of adventure, and a sweet and sexy romance.”
  • Hedgehog Librarian says: “The sexual tension between the leads was nicely done and the sex scenes had an interesting take to them.”
  • V’s Reads says: “As with previous books, the story is rollicking with a pace that sweeps the reader into falling for unlikely heroes.”
  • AJ Tipton says: “Delightfully Deadly is correct, this book reminded me of why I loved Gail Carriger’s “Soulless” and the Parasol Protectorate books so much. Funny and caring, with characters that are completely competent and yet emotionally vulnerable, Poison or Protect is a wonderful romp.”
  • Rally the Readers says: “ Poison or Protect … makes maximal use of every word. I was extremely impressed with how much story this novella packed into its pages. The plot is perfectly paced, and we get to spend plenty of time becoming acquainted with its characters.”
  • The Lit Bitch says: “This novella is more of an adult romance with a little intrigue mixed in. I thought both of the main characters had chemistry and Carriger wrote tasteful love scenes that were erotic as well as tender.”
  • Traveling Through Books says: “…I loved learning more about a character that was in opposition to the main characters of Finishing School.”
  • Books and Things says: “I highly recommend it to those that have enjoyed this steampunk world and those that enjoy a good paranormal romance.”
  • E A Hennesy says: “As always, Carriger’s characters are charming and funny, as well as sincere and relatable. The romance is a very positive one, with an emphasis on mutual respect and consent.”
  • Reading the Paranormal says: “I’m very excited by this series of books. Steamy romance chock full of both old faces and new.”

Preshea’s character board on Pinterest:

More About Audio?

I love this chat between three great audiobook narrators. At the Dreamspinner Press Workshop with Greg Tremblay, Derrick McClain, and Joel Froomkin

5 Tips for Successful Audiobooks

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Local Custom by Lee & Miller.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Poison or Protect Audiobook.
    StatusOut now!
    Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

COMING SOON

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Right Face, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Dinner with Victor Hugo, 1872

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“Don’t just write a strong female protagonist. Be one.”

~ A.D. Posey

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”

~ E. B. White

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

The Gin Book Club says of Imprudence:

“In fact, everything about this novel felt more tangible to me than the first. The focus was in the right places: on the dirigible, the people, their interactions, the landscape and the events described.”

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


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 Novella?

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…

Romancing the Inventor Audiobook

Know this first:

  1. Audiobooks are costly to do well, and I only want to produce quality product. Therefore, I must be 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 British voice actors.

So where is it?

The story you are looking for may be in production. Sign up for my newsletter, 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) for novellas. 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? 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 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 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!


Poison or Protect in Print at Last

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Here she is!

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The proof of Poison or Protect from Createspace

 

I know it seems like forever, but my goodness what a pain. It doesn’t help that yours truly is a horrible perfectionist, Gentle Reader.

What? You doubted that?

So, how can I buy it?

Right now?

Amazon.com (USA) & Amazon.ca (Canada) via Createspace

Supposedly (eventually) Amazon Europe (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, and Amazon.es) but this is the ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDITION. This book is not translated.

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What about my local bookstore?

I am working on that, but that usually requires I use a different vendor: Ingram Spark. (Here’s a pretty good article on why, as a rule, bookstores do not stock Createspace books.) This could, in the end, be more costly than it’s worth (in order to get a bookstore to stock a book I need to opt in for returns which drastically kills my profit margin as a sole publisher, and could put me in the negatives with Ingram). I am going to try with this book, but we shall see.

Best way to get a bookstore to stock this book?

Ask for it.

Still don’t understand why this is all so complicated? (You and me both, honey.) Here is a two-part detailed discussion on Createspace vs Ingram Spark from a self-publisher standpoint via Giacomo.

Why did the print take so long?

For Createspace (Amazon)

  1. I had to wait a bit on the formatter (who was moving house).
  2. Then wait on the cover designer (who was moving house, couldn’t start the cover until the formatter was done, because we needed to know page number for the width of spine).
  3. All told, this delayed matters about a month.
  4. Then I had to put up all the content, get through the approval process (3 days).
  5. Then order the proof to be shipped (3 days).
  6. Then review the proof (3 days over the holiday weekend).
  7. Then submit for print (2 days).
  8. Then it took Amazon another day to link up the two editions.

And this is the faster, more efficient venue!

Meanwhile I also uploaded to Ingram, but they have a less familiar formatting system, and each stage of their process takes a few days longer. I’m still waiting on the proof and I paid for expedited shipping.

Anyhoo…

So the price?

Yeah $11.99 is really the best I could do.

Honestly, I won’t go into the nitty-gritty of it (I had to make a sum spreadsheet to get to the bottom line), but even with Createspace (with whom I make 2x what Ingram offers for each sale) I’m making less on the print editions than I would if I had my normal cut from a traditional publisher for one of my trad books. Plus having to allow returns? It’s brutal.

This industry is bonkers, people. Bonkers.

So I have priced this book as low as I could reasonably go and stay in the black, and I’m still not sure this is enough margin to for any indie bookstore to take a risk on stocking it, but we will find out. You are welcome to try. If you want to order this book, most bookstores should now be able to provide it on request. Please feel free to trot on up to the info counter and… see what they say. I have told those on my tour that this book exists. But frankly it was like pulling teeth to get many to stock the manga in the past, and that was all legit and schuff.

Let the great experiment commence!

On the bright side, I have seen a proof copy and it’s flipping beautiful. So long as that’s actually what gets distributed, this is a pretty pretty book.

Enjoy your dead tree paper meats, dahlings! Nom nom nom.

 

{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.
  • Secret Project TSS ~ 16k of 80k
    Status: Rough draft.

OUT NEXT

2Imprudence

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second

Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.

Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1865 Le Follet Date- Saturday, July 1, 1865 Item ID- v. 45, plate 10

Le Follet Date- Saturday, July 1, 1865 v. 45, plate 10

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Meanwhile on Twitter

Meanwhile on Twitter

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Masculine Fashion by James Tissot: Aristocrats (1865-1868)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How Goodreads Can Help Writers Grow Their Readership

Book News:

Sophronia

Quote of the Day:

“My dear fellow, the truth isn’t quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


Poison or Protect Extras

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella, follows the exploits of one lady assassin with a penchant for poison, one gentle soldier with a white knight complex, a house party, a ghost, and … the Reform Act of 1867 (sometimes called the Second Reform Act).

 

Caught you out with that last one, didn’t I?

Anyway, here’s a sneak peak into some behind the scenes research and other tidbits that relate to this novella.

 

Lady Kingair enjoying the freedoms of weapons class.

I doubt a sword is Sidheag’s preferred weapon, but anything to beat Preshea is perfect.

From Book Fanart Blog on tumblr.

 

Sneaky cookie. Remember this guy? He turns up again.

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.
    Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
  • 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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1862 Title- Ladies' Companion Date- Friday, August 1, 1862 Item ID- v. 42, plate 115

Ladies’ Companion Friday, August 1, 1862 v. 42, plate 115

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

10 Examples of Reading Rooms that Are a Book Lover’s Dream

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Sweet Strange History of Cat Funerals

Book News:

CheriePie’s Book Review says of Manners & Mutiny:

“If you love the steampunk genre, mixed in with some young adult fantasy, and appreciate good writing, then this is a series you should not miss. Love, love, loved it!”

Quote of the Day:

“That is Preshea Buss. She thinks she’s smarter than everyone, when really she’s just meaner. As to ranking, forgive me, Preshea, but don’t your parents engage in trade?’ Preshea made a face like a fish with a digestive complaint. ‘Daddy dabbles in the East India Company, thank you very much. That’s hardly trade.”

~ Etiquette & Espionage

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


Poison or Protect ~ How’s Hybrid Life Going So Far?

Posted by Gail Carriger

So my new self published novella, Poison or Protect, has been on sale for a whole 3 days, or so and here’s a run down of how it went. And how I am feeling paddling through the new world of being a hybrid author…

I’m feeling pretty darn elated. Nothing went horribly horribly wrong… yes! Pretty much, in publishing, that’s all I ask for these days. Low expectations are so manageable.

Thank you for your enthusiasm! If you pre-ordered and/or purchased the book this first week, I love you so much. I was hoping for around 2000 pre-orders and we managed 2500 (that I could see, some platforms don’t show this information), which it pretty darn great. Also I’m always happy when I have a feel for the numbers and am not wildly off base.

On Amazon

It’s hard to track details without a physical book for Nielsen to keep track of (more on that later). But Poison got up to an Amazon Bestseller Rank of #478 on its first day of sales.

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In its categories it held steady at:
#1 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk

And got as high as:

#6 in Books > Romance > Historical > Victorian

And it has 21 reviews THANK YOU. Reviews really do make a great deal of difference to any author. They effect how/when Amazon shows the book to people who haven’t bought it (among other things) so if you are at all inclined to leave a review, please please do.

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On Kobo

#1 in Science Fiction & Fantasy, Steampunk
#6 in Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
#4 in Romance, Historical

With 5 reviews. I’m not super familiar with Kobo as a platform. Although I know it’s popular with my international readership. My guess is this platform is doing next best sales for me, which is not unsurprising, although I did think in this day of mobile devices it might be iBooks.

iBooks

Well, you know Apple, even harder to extract information. Two reviews is all I can see, and all I know. Oh Apple, you’re such a mysterious silver fox. Come here and just let me love you, and take care of you, and fill the void that is your broken heart. Or something.

B&N

It took way longer to verify the upload and then it took an additional three weeks to put the description up dropping it only a few days before it went on sale. I’m not sure if this had an effect on the pre-order number or sales in general but it was a trial working with this platform.

There is one adorable review (a convert!) and if B&N has a ranking system, Poison isn’t in it. I’m pretty nervous about Nook, to be honest with you. B&N has been, over the years, one of my staunchest supporters (and the cause of some of my biggest heartaches) but I’ll stick with them as long as they keep trying.

Meanwhile, yes the 3 other short stories are pulled. They are in process of being professionally formatted and given new cover art. Because B&N is a challenge they need to be totally clear of their system before I upgrade. This will be fixed by October at the latest.

 

You see one other way reviews count, Gentle Reader? Emotional bolstering for the authorbeast. (Like tea.)

Others

Directly from my website (via Gumroad) I’ve sold a dozen or so. That’s the place to get the .pdf if you’ve no other way to read electronic.

I know very little about inktera or 24symbols. If anyone uses those, would you let me know? The back end distribution is a bit of a pain to deal with, and with a long delay in all changes I may pull out of these platforms in future.

Why is this book not on Google Play or Smashwords?

Here’s an old blog from a few years ago talking about some of the issues (from an author standpoint) with Google Play. From everything I’ve been able to dig up, none of these issues have been fixed and I’m really not wild about some of the codicils in their distribution contract. They aren’t a big enough fish to take the risk, so far as I am concerned. I’m sorry if this is your preferred venue but that’s why I’m putting these novella up on my website you can use that as a work around.

For those few who asked, I’ve quit Smashwords. They were proving very difficult to work on tax stuff and I just don’t want to take that risk.

Print

I’ve got the internal matter formatted (thanks Nina!) and uploaded to Createspace for distribution on Amazon. It’s 200 pages long. However, I needed to know the page count before Starla could finalize the cover art. Now we’re ready, she’s going to get on that as soon as possible. Things aren’t awesome for her right now and she really needs our support to get through a rough patch, so, while you’re waiting how about trying out one of her books? She’s a wonderful author in her own right and if you get a printed one you can see her lay-out style and what you might expect with Poison.

Because this isn’t something I can do anything about, we are all going to have to be patient. Once it’s ready I will accelerate the production process as fast as I can (while still meeting my rather exacting standards). I will also be trying for venues other than Createspace, because I don’t believe in an Amazon monopoly. But all signs point to the fact that Ingram is even slower, so we start with Amazon.

Imprudence is coming, so you’ll get your print fix soon regardless. And you’ll love this next book, I promise you will. (There are even some signed editions out there.)

 

{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.

OUT NEXT

2Imprudence

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second

Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.

Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

The Young Ladies' Journal Monday, May 1, 1865 v. 44, plate 107

The Young Ladies’ Journal Monday, May 1, 1865 v. 44, plate 107

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Steampunk Book Ends

Steampunk book ends!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Fearless Photographs of the First Tornado Chasers (1884)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

If you doubted there was gender bias in literature, this study proves you wrong

Book News:

Petunia

Petunia fan art.

Quote of the Day:

“You can either shut yourself up in a country house and stare into a newt tank, or you can be a dasher with the sex. You can’t do both.”

~  Bertie Wooster (P. G. Wodehouse)….tv version of the original quote

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


Poison or Protect, Gail Carriger’s First Novella, On Sale Today

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

After a great deal of fretting and paper pushing, emails and crisis coping, countless cups of tea and likely too much chocolate I present unto you, Gentle Reader….

 

POISON OR PROTECT

A Delightfully Deadly Novella

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Where to buy?
Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Kobo

What’s this book about?

Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a stand-alone romance novella set in her popular steampunk universe full of manners, spies, and dainty sandwiches.

Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black. What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment.

It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn’t anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven – massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and… working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart – a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

Warning: Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail. May also contain plaid, appearances from favorite characters, and the strategic application of leather gloves.

Thank you!

I am indebted to my super talented freelance team:

Sue Brown-Moore did the developmental edit.
Richard Shealy was my copy editor.
Shelley Bates did the proof pass.
Nina Pierce did the formatting.

Print edition is in progress and forthcoming. Still at least two more weeks.

 

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.
    Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
  • 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?

OUT NOW!

Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella

 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1861 Collection ID- 3 Title- Le Follet Date- Thursday, August 1, 1861 Item ID- v. 42, plate 20

Le Follet Thursday, August 1, 1861 v. 42, plate 20

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

LilliSleeping long

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How the Hatpin Became a Tool of Women’s Liberation

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Wonderful and Terrible Habit of Buying Too Many Books

Book News:

Online Eccentric Librarian says of Manners & Mutiny audiobook:

“The whole series has been fun but it really is a very inspired Audible version narration that elevates this and the other books so immensely. If anyone had ever wondered how a narration can make a book better, they should definitely check out the Finishing School series. There were so many witticisms that I would have missed otherwise but the narrator was able to voice perfectly. As well, many subtleties and nuances from the writing that would have gone unnoticed otherwise.”

Quote of the Day:

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.”

~ Oscar Wilde

 

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


Poison or Protect On Sale Tomorrow ~ Squee

Posted by Gail Carriger

Poison or Protect is on sale tomorrow!

PoisonOrProtect_promo

Cue Gail crazy running around flapping arms in a hyperventilating kind of way. Oh wait, that’s not dignified. I’m sitting drinking tea. Calmly. Oh so calmly.

I’m hoping it drops out everywhere it is supposed to. This is the cross my fingers that I have done everything I can, clear this week’s schedule in case of crash and burn, and… go.

You are hereby warned that if you are outside the US and/or not using Amazon and you don’t get it tomorrow at midnightrightawayohmygoshpleasepleaseplease and you tweet/comment/email/whatever at me freaking out, this will be my answer:

We can but hope it gets to you eventually. There is nothing more I can do. May Lord Akeldama be with you.

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.
    Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
  • 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?

OUT NEXT

Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella

 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)

 

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Extraordinary Life of Marianne North: The Victorian Gentlewoman Who Travelled the World

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Making Fun of the Romance Reader

Book News:
Librarina says of the Finishing School Series:
“If you like steampunk, supernatural mysteries, and/or tales of girls who don’t quite fit in with their high society families, I recommend you check this series out.”

Quote of the Day:
“A little farm-house boy, of three years old, made a pet of a large squash, which he dressed in a pocket-handkerchief, and called Phebe Ann.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

 

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

Poison or Protect Extras ~ The Finishing School Girls… All Grown Up

Posted by Gail Carriger

For my new novella series, Delightfully Deadly, I starting by thinking about the kind of things that the Finishing School girls would get up to once they grew up. As a result, I started to collect images that were reminiscent of the side characters, particularly gravitating to period paintings.

I thought you might like a glimpse of them, Gentle Reader. Now, the clothing represented might not be quite right, but there is something about the mood in many of these paintings that I really loved and felt like went with that character.

This, for example, could be Agatha (having learned some things about dressing properly) consulting with yet another fortune teller.

via @MimiMatthewsEsq Twitter

Speaking of which Mimi Matthews post on 19th Century Fortune-Telling- From the Drawing Room to the Court Room is excellent.

fromthehandsofquacks- tumblr

A daguerreotype showing a hypnotist at work, c.1845.

By- John Adams Whipple (1822-1891) New York Metropolitan Museum

I like this one for Agatha too:

James Tissot, Young Ladies Looking at Japanese Objects, 1869via myhellodarling Tumblr

And what about Monique? Well she always has a bit of a thing for duck ponds.

James Tissot Painting via @Moorreen Twitter

Here’s some Sidheag imagery. For some reason I chose this first one for her even though the hair is a little dark, but the way she holds herself seems right. You know Sidheag would totally sit on the floor reading letters from her lost love.

Old Letters and Dead Leaves by Claude Andrew Calthrop via @04artemis Twitter

However the real historical Gwladys Robinson, Marchioness of Ripon, looks way more as I imagined Sidheag Maccon, Lady Kingair. I suppose, that after the Parasol Protectorate books (SPOILER if you haven’t read them, skip to the next photo) as a real Alpha, Sidheag would hold the position of Countess of Kingair (titles for supernaturals do not carry the same gender restrictions as they do for daylight folk). So she might just be this regal by the 1880s!

 1880s Gwladys Robinson Marchioness of Ripon via antique-royals Tumblr

Well, that’s all for now, just a little insight into how the mind of an author works form a visualization perspective.

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.
    Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
  • 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?

OUT NEXT

Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella

 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

 

Le Follet Saturday, September 1, 1866 v. 45, plate 105

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Revealing History of Underwear

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Joy’s Book Blog reviews Prudence and says:

“Gail Carriger has such a fun and ridiculous sense of humor that I always know that her books are good for a laugh.”

Quote of the Day:

“Bread and butter, devoid of charm in the drawing-room, is ambrosia eating under a tree.”

~ Elizabeth Russell

 

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

 


FAQ: What’s Inside the New Gail Carriger Novellas?

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I ran a bit of an AMA on the novellas a little while ago, here are answers to your questions, Gentle Reader! And if they spark more questions, please, ask away.

Are these novellas more on the young adult or the adult side of the spectrum?

Adult. Specifically romance. I love reading romance and I wanted to challenge myself to write it, because that scares me. And I respond to fear with efficiency.

 

Are there going to be any characters we recognize besides Preshea (first novella) and Madame Lefoux (second novella)?

Oh yes. All over. In Poison or Protect a certain person who always shows up, has shown up. (Are we surprised? No.) And I had an unexpected visit from an old favorite in the second novella as well. I think you’ll be very pleased to see her.

When are the first novellas set?

Poison or Protect is 1867, basically half way between Finishing School and Parasol Protectorate. The second novella, however, will be set after the Parasol Protectorate, and the one after that will likely fill a gap between Imprudence and the third Custard Protocol book (although not involving any of those characters). In truth? It’s pretty much where I think things work for the story and the greater character arcs and life-cycle of my whole parasolverse.

Les Modes Parisiennes Monday, April 1, 1867 v. 46, plate 36

Why did you choose Preshea for your first indie, rather than a more “fan-favorite” character?

Many reasons. The most important being that, hers was the first story that really sang in my head. And my main purpose in going hybrid is the opportunity to write whatever moves me, when it moves me.

The questions then is, why push Preshea out to production first?

Partly because she isn’t a fan favorite. I can take more risks with Preshea ~ with her story, with the genres it straddles, with everything. Also, I can make mistakes on the other side of production, formatting, uploading, distribution, and so forth with fewer angry emails (I hope). Can you imagine if I wrote about Biffy and Lyall, and then it didn’t download properly to all Amazon.uk customers? Or I couldn’t figure out how to get it into print production fast enough? Or…

So much anger.

And I would have no familiarity at all with what could be done to solve any given problem. Just typing about it gives me that stress stretched feeling between my eyes.

I’ve always been risk averse by nature, and hybrid is a very risky proposition, so I figured I should learn to swim before I jump in the deep end. Of course, I’m a pretty good swimmer, but you know what they say: it is always the best swimmers who drown.

Now I’m losing the analogy.

Anyway, those are my honest reasons: inspiration, caution, and, frankly, fear. Nothing ruins my day faster than an email from someone who wants to read my book and can’t get it. As things stand now there is usually nothing I can do about it. But as my own publisher? I need to make sure I know what I’m doing before I push a fan favorite out into the world.

 

Are you planning a whole series of novellas related to the characters we already know (and adore)?

Yes. You can find little teasers of information here on my website: Delightfully Deadly, Supernatural Society, and Claw & Courtship. Right now it looks like the first is a Delightfully Deadly Novella, the second two will be Supernatural Society, and next year will see the first Claw & Courtship.

Would you accept suggestions for the protagonists of future novellas?

No. As I said above, my main reason for going hybrid is the opportunity to write about the character I find inspiring. That said, I did run a poll at the beginning of last year and I am taking some cues from there. Trust me, I go out and talk to my readers so often I have a pretty good idea who you’re interested in seeing more of. However, that may not be what I want to write first. Don’t worry, I think you’ll like the results either way.

 

Was the cover influenced by your recent cover poll?

Sort of. That poll was mainly for my own interest and to see what kinds of options I have. Sadly what people like, or say they like, is not necessarily what will sell a book. And I do need these novellas to earn enough money to at least cover their costs or I really can’t afford to produce them. (That said, I was pleased to see Waistcoats and Weaponry do so well in the poll because of its influence on the design of Poison or Protect. Which I think you can kind of see.)

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.
    Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
  • 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?

OUT NEXT

Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella

 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

 

Magasin des Demoiselles Tuesday, May 1, 1866 v. 45, plate 78

 

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Tea Gowns

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

What an Author Reading is and Why You Should Go to One

Book News:

Gail makes an appearance in this documentary: Vintage Tomorrows

Quote of the Day:

“Bread deals with living things, with giving life, with growth, with the seed, the grain that nurtures.  It is not coincidence that we say bread is the staff of life.”
~ Lionel Poilane

 

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

 


The Story Behind the Cover Art of Poison or Protect

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello Gentle Reader,

Today I have for you the story behind the cover of Poison or Protect! Which you can now Preorder from:

Kobo

Apple

Amazon

Barnes & Noble


Quick reference (from my RWA chapter presentation on Saturday)

 

And now more on the cover art of my first self-published novella…  

POISON OR PROTECT: A Delightfully Deadly Novella

Out June 21, 2016!

 

 

I had a good idea of what Preshea looked like, and frankly, Autumn is a friend of mine and I always thought of Preshea as looking a little bit like her. Not that Autumn is cold or liable to poison you (in fact she is one of the warmest, nicest, most generous people I know), but she does have the right LOOK.

Autumn and I have worked together (once, long ago in a different life I actually did some modeling for her, but I digress) so I pinged about her professional images and turned up this gem.

 

Why did it attract me?

I wanted something confrontational, with Preshea staring out of the cover directly at the reader. (She’s an assassin after all. It needed to feel almost aggressive.) I liked the contrast of the white dress/underthings with this pose. (This was from a wedding shoot. Dark Garden does some truly amazing bridal couture.) Also the cover MUST say romance, I can’t have readers deluded by the cover into thinking this is any other kind of story. I work very hard never to leave my readers feeling betrayed and that starts with cover art. I feel like this image hit all the right notes. So I reached out to Autumn and she gave me the photographer’s contact info. A short while later the lovely Perry Gallagher had licensed me the image.

Image in hand I went to Starla Huchton for the cover design.

How did I find Starla?

Starla is a friend of mine via the podcasting world. However, that alone would not have been enough, if the quality of her work weren’t stellar. She’s a particularly adaptable cover art designer, who can change her style drastically given the type of story. Take a look at her gallery if you don’t believe me.

So we talked fonts, putting paint slashes behind my name and title, arrangements, layout, and so forth. The idea was to draw on the slashing-behind-the-words style of my first series, but keep the coloration and lay out style of my second series, since the Delightful Deadly Novellas feature characters from the Finishing School books. At the same time, this cover had to be different enough to show that this was a new series, adult, and romantic.

 

 

The first and second passes.  You can see that after the first pass I asked to see the font as white over black, and shifted down, also I wanted to see what a more vibrant background looked like. I found that blue too vibrant. So Starla tweaked it one final time and…. MAGIC

 

 

You can see how the purple is more vibrant but not as overwhelming as the blue? The text is balanced at the bottom, and Preshea looks out at you, calm, coy, and ever so slightly threatening.

Perfection!

Why the purple and not pink like the other first books in your series?

Well, Poison or Protect is NOT the first in a series. It’s a stand alone. I wanted to make that very clear. I felt pink might be misleading. Also Preshea is not a pink person. She is cool and calm and very icy. She wears blues, greens, greys, and whites in all her appearances in this book and I wanted to stick with that for her character.

 

Print 1Prudence 1Etiquette&Espionage

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.
    Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
  • 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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

 

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1861 La Belle Assemblee
Wednesday, May 1, 1861 Item ID-  v. 41, plate 123

 

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Afternoon dress, 1855-65. via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

 

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
10 Tea Mugs & Sets Perfect for an Afternoon Break

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Harvard Loses Copyright Infringement Case Against Steve Elmo

Book News:
Gail Carriger Made the 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors list by BookRiot

Quote of the Day:
“Everyone’s mysterious before you know them.” “But w-when you know me, I won’t be mysterious anymore.” “Yeah, you’ll be you, and that’ll be better.”
~ Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

 

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

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