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12 Days Until Christmas, Finishing School Style, Plus Gift Ideas for the Gail Carriger Fan In Your Life

Posted by Gail Carriger

12 days until Christmas, Gentle Reader, if that’s your thing. Here is a bit of fun from the Finishing School Tumblr.

Here are 12 Gift Ideas For Gail Carriger Fans:

1. Octopus Cookie Cutter ($6).

2. Octopus necklace ($7) for any member of the OBO who doesn’t want to get a tattoo.

3. Octopus Bottle Stopper ($12) for those who prefer wine over tea.

4. 1800s Balloon Art Airship Stainless Steel ID or Cigarettes Case ($14). This is the airship design that the Flywaymen air dinghies are based off of in the Finishing School series.

Or if you’re buying for a big OBO Madame Lefoux fan, the same company makes versions of this case with octopus on the cover.

5. Lace overlay parasol (not good for rain) $13, come in range of colors.

6. Wonderful Ocean Octopus Nightlight ($18) that I might have to buy for my office. So cute! Perhaps Quesnel had one of these while a child.


7. Silver Octopus Tentacle Ear Cuff Wrap Earring
($23).

8. Tentacles Wall Decal Sticker ($30).

9. Lucky Ladybug Shaped Teapot ($18). For Primrose to serve tea aboard the Spotted Custard.

10. My favorite tea, Twinings 1706 Strong ($12).

11. Gail’s favorite Necklace pen in silver ($17) or gold ($8). I own both and wear them constantly. Standard gel refills.

Bumbersnoot necklace
Also there is also my Zazzle shop full of Gail Carriger branded merchandise. Everything from t-shirts to mugs to buttons.
{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 . . .

1921A young, brunette Carole Lombard. 1921 via fuckyeahmodernflapper tumblr

1921 A young, brunette Carole Lombard. 1921 via fuckyeahmodernflapper tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“It was one of those jolly, peaceful mornings that make a fellow wish he’d got a soul or something.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Book News:

Backwards Compatible says of Imprudence:

“With a great mix of humour and characters, Gail Carriger has created wonderfully rich world for Rue to explore. The best part is as yet she does not know what manner of adventures await though I’m hoping Carriger does. If you are new to Steampunk then this is a great series to look into and though I always say start at the beginning, you can jump into to Imprudence and still enjoy the ride.”

Quote of the Day:

“My new supervisor was a gruff old dude who liked the fact that I was a gruff young dude.”
~ Strong Signal by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

(Highly recommended for fans of contemporary m/m romance.)

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Finishing School Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

In honor of the full Finishing School series now being available in trade paperback, and collected ebooks, (there is no boxed set, sorry) I present unto you, Gentle Reader…

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Finishing School Deleted Scenes

Please be aware that deleted scenes may (and often do) contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Hidden Passages

Despite Lady Linette’s reluctance to talk, Sophronia pressed her. “I had thought the ceiling of the dining hall was too high. How is there room?”
“The aft section is larger than the two forward sections. ”
“It is? I hadn’t noticed.”
“Observation, Miss Temminnick, what have I told you?”
“It is the greatest friend you can have, but betrays easily, and if neglected, may get a girl killed.”
“And you, Miss Plumleigh-Teignmott, did you notice?” Lady Linette turned cornflower blue eyes on Dimity, her expression one of such innocence both girls became suspicious.
Dimity’s own hazel eyes were worried. “Perspective is difficult, from the ground. Neither of us have ever seen the school straight on. And I am not as inquisitive as Sophronia, by nature.”
“You have avoided the question, Mis Plumleigh-Teignmott. What have I told you about redirection?”
“Ask a question. People love to talk about themselves.”
“So, why have you not noticed the differential lay out?”
“Architecture has never been my strong point. How about you, Lady Linette?”
“A clumsy attempt. What is your strong point?” Sophronia thought her teacher was being needlessly tough on Dimity, who was very good at only half of the school’s training – the everyday half. Dimity wanted to become a proper lady, not an intelligencer.
Dimity gave her teacher a cheeky smile and a long blink of the eyelashes.
“Yes, yes. You’re right, that is your strength.”
Lady Linette continued walking, her pace faster even though her stride never lengthened and she glided smoothly.

ace-artemis-fanartist FInishing School Gang

Tether Snap Discussion with Niall
Sophronia, tired from her earlier fight with the thugs, was off enough during practice for Captain Niall to notice.
The third time she tripped and fell, he pulled her aside. “Is something wrong, Miss Temminnick?” His handsome face was concerned.
“I’m just a little tired today, Captain. I do apologize.”
“Everyone has their off days Miss Temminnick, even you. Are you certain there’s nothing else the matter?”
Sophronia remembered what Sidheag had said, about the werewolves not liking the idea of vampires extending their reach. Perhaps Captain Niall would know and tell her the answer to that niggling question Professor Braithwope kept avoiding. Only one way to find out. “I have been wondering captain, what happens if a supernatural creature snaps his tether?”
The good captain looked startled and then took a moment to shout a correction at one of the girls. By the time he returned his attention to her, he was composed. “Well, Miss Temminnick ghost dissanimate and go into second death. Effectively they would be exorcised. And werewolves, well, our tether is to pack. Loners like me, who have no pack, tend to go a bit funny about the brain after a while.”
Sophronia tilted her head in encouragement.
The werewolf laughed. “I’ve a good while to go yet. And I could always join a pack to gain stability.”
Sophronia pretend interest in the antics of her fellow classmates, asking oh so casually, “And vampires?”
Captain Niall said, equally casually. “Most of them don’t survive. It’s not pleasant way to go, death by insanity.” He looked ironically up at the quarter moon. “I suppose you could say that they know for a bit what it’s like to be a moon-mad-like a werewolf.”
“And the ones that do survive?” Sophronia knew she was pushing her luck, but she desperately wanted to know. Felt like she needed to know.
“You know those legends about vampires, the ones from before, the ones from the Dark Ages? Monsters feeding on thousands and bathing in blood? Some of them are invented, many of them are exaggerations to keep daylight folk afraid. But not all of them. And the ones that are true, well, they feature vampires who survived snapped tethers. Far better to die.”
No wonder Professor Braithwope doesn’t want to talk about it. Sophronia said, casually, “Professor Braithwope risks much, living in a floating school.” Every day the possibility that he might fall not to his death, but to madness and destruction. No wonder so few vampires chose a dirigible as a home.
The werewolf looked at her, sharply, something like respect in his tone, “You have no idea, Miss Temminnick.”

FInsihing School Cosplay Sophronia Dimity Vieve

FInsihing School Cosplay Sophronia Dimity Vieve

Sophronia Being Secretive

Dimity shook her honey brown curls. “You’re incorrigible, Sophronia. You’re out most nights about some secretive business or another. Don’t you ever sleep? What about beauty rest? It’s all very well to be an intelligencer, but you can’t let the other side of our education drop. You still have to be a lady! And pretty. Not that you aren’t pretty.”
Sophronia patted her hand. “Don’t worry about me.”
She went out that night, dressed once more in men’s garb. It was so much easier, and if she was seen from a distance the visiting Bunson’s boys would be blamed. So it made for a good diversionary tactic as well.
Unfortunately, though she skulked about various teacher’s balconies with her ear trumpet until well into the wee hours, she heard nothing, and could not even find where the fortune teller had been put to stay. It was a dismal failure.
There was one incident. She caught Professor Lefoux checking in on Professor Braithwope. Before the insanity incident, Sophronia would never have thought they were on friendly terms. Professor Lefoux didn’t seem to be friendly with anyone. But now it was common knowledge that Professor Lefoux was the vampires drone. If if he was mad, he still needed to feed.

Mrs Barnicalegoose

Mrs Barnicalegoose

More Fun Stuff!

Praise

Motive by Tanya says of Etiquette & Espionage: “What I like about Sophronia is she is not just book smart. She has common sense and she isn’t drawn into herself. She is friendly and really nice girl. Overall just a very likable character.”

The Peach Martini says of Etiquette & Espionage: “I would recommend this if you enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate series, and I LOVE that you aren’t required to read that before starting this series. There is action, adventure, covert shenanigans…and a few paranormal beings sprinkled in for good measure.”

Mrs Temminneck Tea

Mrs Temminneck Tea

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Randomly Yours, Alex says of Curtsies & Conspiracies: “I continue to be fascinated by the development of this world that Carriger initially developed for the Alexia books. And of course I remain desperately keen to find out how this series will intersect with the earlier one.”

Powder & Page says of Curtsies & Conspiracies: “The Finishing School books are immensely fun to read; the characters are bright and lively and I often find myself laughing aloud at their antics.”

Mrs Barnaclegoose

Mrs Barnaclegoose

Candace’s Book Blog says of Waistcoats & Weaponry: “ … does have some serious events that take place in it. That’s okay though, the author does a fantastic job in including serious bits in amongst what is mainly a fun read.”

Sophronia Fna Art Fall

Sophronia Fna Art Fall

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger. Oh don’t look so shocked.}

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 . . .

Le Follet Friday, September 1, 1865 Item ID- v. 45, plate 24

Le Follet Friday, September 1, 1865 Item ID- v. 45, plate 24

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Stockholm Library, Gail Carriegr Tea

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Temple of Hatshepsut Egypt Middle Kingdom, British Museum display

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”
~ Cyril Connolly

Book News:

The Raven and the Writing Desk Interview with Gail Carriger (audio/video)

Quote of the Day:

“We are told that several ladies have actually appeared in public without gloves; no gloves! Do not these two words imply a verdict of vulgarity?”
~ 1873 Fashion Papers

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


Manners & Mutiny Available in Trade

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For those of you who are collectors of the trade paperbacks (here in the USA) Manners & Mutiny is finally available today!

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This is my last official release of a Finishing School book. Yes there will be other translations, but I tend not to know when those come out.

Those of you who have been waiting for this edition to read the last installment, I do hope you like the closing of The Finishing School Series.

ace-artemis-fanartist- Soap and Sophronia (from the Finishing School series) out for a nighttime stroll

ace-artemis-fanartist- Soap and Sophronia (from the Finishing School series) out for a nighttime stroll

Yes this is the official end of Sophronia and Soap’s story. They will not show up as main characters again. (But don’t rule them out of side-ways appearances.)

As a special treat, I thought I would give you a bit of a flashback to an original blog tour I did just prior to the release of Etiquette & Espionage.

Extra Special Stuff!

Here are samples from my original blog tour, in which I play at teaching Finishing School myself.

Deportment & Disguises with The Book Rat

The business of espionage and finishing can sometimes be rather uncouth; what tips should a lady always follow to conduct herself appropriately while on the job?
Good posture is a must, and perfume strong enough to confuse supernatural senses. Lastly, a lady should never forget her sewing scissors, handkerchief, and small vile of poison – best to be prepared.

What must a lady never do, even in the hairiest of situations?
Dance with a gentleman more than two times, show her neck to a vampire without introduction, or faint without purpose.

What rules or guidelines should a lady always follow in donning a disguise?
Consider the hair in all things ­– mustaches, for example, should be treated gently. No one likes to look at the underclass, the ugly, or the uncouth, so when in doubt don all three. Also consider the opposite direction, aristocratic children, for example, can be both unseen and unheard.

A lady should always be ready for anything that comes her way at the drop of a hat (god forbid one were to drop it, that is). What are the most useful items to have on-hand to design a disguise on the fly?
Hair ribbons, sap paste, and smelling salts.

Curtsy

Drawing & Death with Alice Marvels

When drawing a friend with an unfortunately large nose, which is more important, artistic integrity or artistic tact?
Tact. Always go with tact, it’s far more versatile. I would go so far as to say it looks good on everyone.

When drawing a still life fruit bowl, is it unladylike to snack on your subject?
Yes, but if you can get away with it and not have anyone notice, there’s always the fall back of wide eyed innocence. Besides good fruit should be eaten not sketched.

What is the best way to kill someone in a crowded theater or opera house without ruining the performance?
Poison during the break that results in a subject that seems asleep. After all, everyone falls asleep at the theater, it’s practically mandatory and could even be considered a sign of good breeding.

What do you do if you’re at a fancy ball and you need to get rid of a dead body in between dances?
If you’re strong enough, dance with the body, right out into a garden. Make use of a duck pond. Duck ponds are good.

Are there any women in history you believe could have secretly attended Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality?
A very great number I believe, of course I’m not at liberty to reveal such secrets.

Fashion

Household Management & Hand-to-Hand Combat with Supernatural Snark

What’s the most important quality to look for when hiring someone for a position within the home?
Smooth running on all rails, a good set of basic protocols, well polished exterior, and gears in excellent working order. Oh, did you mean human staff?

Someone has just arrived at the front door completely unannounced and uninvited. What’s the proper response to such a situation?
Send out the butler to make it clear at you are Not At Home to callers.

When facing a larger opponent in hand to hand combat, what’s one thing a person of smaller stature should never do?
Direct attack. Diversion is always a superior approach.

Is there one part of our bodies that most people don’t know makes a great weapon?
The tongue is all too often underestimated.

If you were sent to finishing school, what’s the name of one class at which you would excel?
Tea Parties, Tarts, and Tarting It Up for all occasions.

Husband

Dress & Diversion with Forever Young Adult

Which gown styles would best benefit a young lady with an ample bosom?
Mademoiselle Geraldine would say that a lady should always dress to emphasi’ze her assets. A nice tight bodice with a scoop or square neckline, and a complimentary lace tuck never goes amiss. Besides, it never hurts to have an additional…pocket, shall we say?

The best diversionist has to think on her feet.
When in doubt: Faint backwards

In which article of a young lady’s clothing is it best to conceal a dagger?
See question number one, if possible. If not, pagoda sleeves are wide and ample, it’s best to have all ones visiting gowns designed with them for daggers or any additional necessities, like perfume.

To attract the attention of one specific individual in a crowded place from across the room, a young lady’s best weapon is:
A brightly colored fan or a very large hat.

If a lady needs to make a quick departure off of a dirigible, what is her best course of action?
Jump.

Maid Travel

Music & Modern Weaponries with Mundie Moms

If you could make yourself a clockwork weapon, what would it look like and what would it do?
I would like a holstered version of a crank heater than could boil water in a mug so I could have tea on the go.

We hear that dancing is a required skill for all Finishing School ladies. Which is the most challenging to master?
The waltz is very challenging because of the intimacy entailed, but every young lady struggles with the quadrille, particularly if she has to pass secret notes at the same time.

What is a memorable piece of music that either makes your heart skip a beat, or makes you think of a dashing young man?
Cup of Brown Joy by Professor Elemental, it does both in the best possible way and for the most excellent reason.

In between all the lessons at school, what are the ladies’ most common leisure activity?
For these young ladies, spying on each other, the teachers, and the staff not necessarily in that order.

What’s your favorite weapon to practice with?
The pen, of course. Mightier as it may be…

Money

CheriePie 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.”

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

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

NEXT UP

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

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

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1864 Albert Lynch (Peruvian artist, 1851-1912) A Summer Stroll

1864 Albert Lynch (Peruvian artist, 1851-1912) A Summer Stroll

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Marshalls has a teacup! Watch out USA tea is coming.

Marshalls has a teacup! Watch out USA tea is coming.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Talking to Writers at Parties

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Book News:

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Praise for the Finishing School Series

Stephanie Wood Franklin of Insert Scene Here says:
“Following young women in the early 19th century as they learn how to set up a household and also spy for Queen and country (or hive, or pack, or some other service) is a joy to behold. The characters grow over the course of the books, while still behaving believably as teenagers would. The language is appropriate for the time period, but doesn’t hit you over the head with dialect.”

Cory Chambers of Lily Cahill says:
“This book is classified as YA, which makes sense given the age group of the characters, but it has a sophistication and sense of humor that is very adult. Seriously, this world is so real, so developed, and so delightfully British. It’s like Jane Austen meets James Bond by way of Fawlty Towers.”

Through the Looking Glass says of the Finishing School series:
“Cementing my love for these books is the wonderful notion that most problems can be solved by tea, and if no tea is readily available then there is always a wicker chicken. Again, don’t ask. Judicious use of my favourite beverage accompanied by the addition of a charming mechanimal named Bumbersnoot has endeared Gail Carriger’s world as close to my heart as the Discworld, and shall await every new book with eager anticipation.”

V’s Reads says (in a review of Manners & Mutiny):
“I simply adored this series. It’s witty and fun, and frisky! There are some not-so-subtle hints toward burgeoning sexuality, male nudity, interracial romance, even…well, allusions toward outre lifestyles for some of the boys. It tickled me from the first page, and wrapped up the four-book plotline beautifully.”

Quote of the Day:

“When he spoke again, it was to talk of pumpkins and cabbages, and after that, for he was a man of limited ideas, of cabbages and pumpkins.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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


Preshea All Grown Up (Behind the Scenes of Poison or Protect)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Poison or Protect the first novella in the Decidedly Deadly series features Preshea. It’s out June 21, 2016 and as a result I’ve been particularly focused on inspirational images for her. Here are a few I have collected…

 

Carmen, Duchesse de Montmorency
via Dr Rachael Turner @turner_rachael

Here’s a painting of Preshea dreaming. (You know at least one of her husbands would have had her painted in an overly romantic manner.)

via @MimiMatthewsEsq  “The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of” by John Anster Fitzgerald, 1858

Here’s another one of her looking languid. For some reason, with Preshea, I gravitate towards these kinds of images. I see her as sad and pensive, warn by all that poisoning.

Preshea Relaxing via Natl Gallery of Art @ngadc  by John Singer Sargent

 

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Curtis & Crosby, Lewiston, Maine, USA, ca. 1870s
Carte de visite, 4 x 2 ½ ins. (10 x 6 cm) © Fine Vernacular Photography

And here is an image that is insight into something that happens in the story itself: Preshea actual consoling one of the other house guests. Does she actually manage to grow a heart? You’ll have to read to find out.

“The Approaching Footstep” by Thomas Brooks 1853
via Ephemeral Elegance @drapedinhistory

{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 . . .

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 . . .

Lillput Long Stretch Cute

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Orchids and Wolves

Book News:

Beyond the Trope says of Manners & Mutiny:

“Many of the questions left open at the end of the last two books are finally answered. New questions arise through this story, as well, and Carriger successfully gives the readers what they want: a satisfying conclusion full of answers.”

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


Poison or Protect is Coming June 21, 2016

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well hello Gentle Reader, I’ve had a busy weekend. I hope yours was more relaxing.

Why was I so busy?

Well, subscribers to my newsletter, the Chirrup have a super secret preview in their inboxes today!

Here’s a bit of a teaser for the rest of you…

Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella is up for preorder on Amazon! It will drop to other platforms on (or as close as possible to) the release date. And it will (eventually) be available in print, but that will take me a bit more time to figure out how to execute properly.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasol and Bonnet  1860  Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Forgotten Women of 1857

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

 
Breaking the Glass Slipper: 15 of the Amazing Women Writing Genre Fiction

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 Carriger’s Scribbles! 

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.)

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)


 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
My Sister’s Song; Marine Biology; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:

Silvana Fan Art Sophronia from instagram

Quote of the Day:
“To gather up the dust of my heart and scatter it again on the winds of hope.”
~ Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

Want Gail in you inbox once a month? Get the Chirrup!
Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

Official News ~ Merch! Bumbersnoot Necklace Now Available

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Dear Gentle Reader, I have arranged with Badali to create a few Finishing School fine jewelry pieces. Badali makes beautiful high-quality pieces and have worked with various author friends of mine, so I have complete confidence in them. Badali is mainly owned and run by women. I met them at ECCC and they were wonderful ladies.

I think that this first piece shows that my confidence is very well placed.

Bumbersnoot Necklace!

The adorable Bumbersnoot necklace for $29 is available in two bronze patinas (antique and plain) and comes with three chain options (stainless steel, silver, or black leather cord).

They will be rolling out more items over the coming months. They have been wonderful to work with so far, and have involved me in consultation on every part of the design. So yes, this looks very much like the Bumbersnoot in my imagination.

The necklace debuted at the Badali Booth at ECCC, where I also did a signing. Last I heard on Saturday they were close to selling out! If you were lucky enough to get one there, and like your purchase, please do leave a review on their site?

It’s a delicate little pendant necklace, and I put it on myself so you could see what he looks like.

For those who love behind the scenes stuff, here are some photos of the Bumbersnoot cast being created out of wax.

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1850 Parasol via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Victorian-era Exercise Machines

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Imagining Backward: Or, Why Steampunk is History, The Past is Present, and Up is Down

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    Status: Back from developmental editor. Cover art complete. Release date and cover art reveal to come.
    Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Awaiting first pass edit. Cover art photo targeted, in negotiations.
    Gail’s second foray into hybrid land, LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

 

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

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Soap and Sophronia from Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series.
This is after the series.
These cuties are about to make a mess of an airship (they do that often) and kissing good luck before they get down to work.

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Sophronia’s Map in Manners & Mutiny (Spoiler Alert)

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Gentle Reader, please not that this blog post contains spoilers for those who have not yet read Manners & Mutiny. Please skip to the Daily Dose if you haven’t read the book yet. If you haven’t read the Finishing School books at all, this will make no sense.

Read further at your own risk!

******* SPOILERS *******

So, in M&M, Sophronia is stuck aboard her school (mostly alone) trying to stop the bad guys from attacking London. I was thinking about a ST:TNG episode called Starship Mine. It, in turn, comes from that grand tradition of “one good guy on a ship full of bad guys” endemic to the Boys Own Adventure novel. You know it the noble cabin boy on the pirate ship, the lone gunman riding into the den of thieves. Someone on Twitter likened this to Die Hard (or Con Air or Alien or…).

Anyway, Sophronia is on the school dirigible, alone against many. She draws herself a map of the airship as she systematically works her way through it, eliminating the bad guys. Because I’m a pretty visual person, I ended up drawing myself this map, here it is!

Many of you were gratifyingly thrilled to see a map of the school included in this final book, but you’ll notice ti wasn’t this one.

Just as some insider trading: we actually discussed whether to use a full internal schematic of the dirigible or if it would be more helpful to have a professional redraw my sketch above.

In the end, we went with the schematic, as follows:

I did draw one of these too, but I’ve had it since the first book. Either way, I adore that Little Brown agreed to let me have a map in my book!

In other news,  I ran across this fan recently, and it occurred to me to wonder if there would be a commemorative fan for the ending of the mechanicals era.

The Fan Museum @TheFanMuseum
French fan (c.1770) commemorating the union of the Dauphin & #MarieAntoinette

Lindsay of Me on Books says of Manners & Mutiny: “As with the previous books, there is no shortage of mystery or deception, of truth-seeking or secret-uncovering. Of Picklemen-hunting or sootie friendship-making. But this is certainly the most dastardly plan Sophronia has ever had to untangle and thwart. The one that might reveal the most about this secretive intelligencer world of hers. The one that, if mishandled, might bring down society as they know it.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ladies’ Companion Date-  Tuesday, June 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 112

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
How to Write Better Short Stories

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Handed in. Available for pre-order, releases July 19, 2016 in the US.



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Robin Willis of Library School Journal says of Manners & Mutiny: “I could not be happier with the outcome of this series, along with its ties to her other books. Ms. Carriger is firmly down as one of my favorite authors. I strongly recommend this title, as well as every other one in the Finishing School series to any collection serving students in grades 6 and up.”

Quote of the Day:

“A typical afternoon’s calling for Marion Sambourne, who was enthusiastically social, was ‘Called on Mrs Kemp, Mrs Christopher, Mrs Humphreys, all out. Had tea at Mrs Holmes, stayed some time. Called & had tea at Mrs Tuer’s and at Miss Hogarth’s, saw Mrs Andrews and girls teas, three cards left was about average for her.”

~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders 

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Gifts for the Gail Carriger Uber Fan

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So, here are some gifts that I, in my limited expert experience on the subject, think that a Gail Carriger fan would really enjoy. Just getting into the spirit of the season.

Gifts for the Gail Carriger Fan

Sparkly fan! ($1.50) Silk Fan with Green Sequins for Dimity from Sophronia.

Parasol Straws ($3.50).

Octopus Cookie Cutter ($5).

Octopus necklace ($7) for any member of the OBO who doesn’t want to get a tattoo.

Fans of the Soulless manga series might like this adorable business card case featuring a parasol ($7).

Octopus Bottle Stopper ($12) for those who prefer wine over tea.

1800s Balloon Art Airship Stainless Steel ID or Cigarettes Case ($14). This is the airship design that the Flywaymen air dinghies are based off of in the Finishing School series.

Or if you’re buying for a big OBO Madame Lefoux fan, the same company makes versions of this case with octopus on the cover.

Lace overlay parasol (not good for rain) $16, come in range of colors.

Wonderful Ocean Octopus Nightlight ($18) that I might have to buy for my office. So cuts! Perhaps Rue had one of these while a child.

Mademoiselle Geraldine’s preferred Tea Cozy ($11). Let the tiny cakes fly!


Silver Octopus Tentacle Ear Cuff Wrap Earring
($20).

Tentacles Wall Decal Sticker ($30).

Lucky Ladybug Shaped Teapot ($18). For Primrose to serve tea aboard the Spotted Custard.

My favorite tea, Twinings 1706 Strong ($12).

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Francisco Goya (Spanish artist, 1746-1828) The Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Millinery prints (1891 – 1896) by G. Gonin (France, active late 19th century) 
Image and text courtesy LACMA. Costume and Textiles 
http-_collections.lacma.org_node_240646

Very Ivy.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Deep Sea Robots Livestream Ocean Floor Landscapes, Creatures

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
A Literary History of Dot, Dot, Dot

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Handed in. Available for pre-order, releases July 19, 2016 in the US.



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Sophie of So Many Books So Little Time says of Manners & Mutiny:
“This was a wonderful ending to a wonderful series and I’m glad I’ve got a whole other series of Carriger’s still to read.”

Quote of the Day:

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Finishing School 12 Days of Christmas & 5 Things Gail Loves

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Bit of fun from the Finishing School Tumblr for you today, Gentle Reader.

Here are 5 other things I love right now:

1. Romance Novels for Feminists blog: Fun, insightful, engaging reviews and romance recommendations from a feminist stance. Not an attack, more an analysis, as the blog focuses on books she likes rather than all the ones that are getting things wrong. I’m not often interested in buying the books recommended, but I always enjoy reading the review.

2. Broaden the mind and be entertained, an oldie but a goodie, youtube music video of Bad Romance parody: Women’s Suffrage. Every time I watch it the end note makes me cry, in a good way.  Want more? International Woman Suffrage Timeline. I also enjoyed both Iron Jawed Angels and Suffragette.

3. Trader Joe’s Soup Dumplings. From the frozen food section. Yes they’ve got like half the day’s allotment of salt and they aren’t as good as the fresh ones from a restaurant, but they are pretty darn tasty, relatively low caloric, and ready in 3 minutes. In my world these are the PERFECT midwinter lunch with a little side salad or some greens. Best of all the AB doesn’t like them at all, so they are all mine! Eating the whole package feels decadent but really isn’t so bad. Win win.

4. & 5. These Two Cakes:

Both are naturally GF, which is to say the original recipe never called for flour. I’m not GF myself, but that doesn’t mean a good cake can’t be eggy and delicious.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Renoir  Gentleman’s Essentials  tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

via steampunk-beauties tumblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopus Makes Own Quicksand to Build Burrow on Seabed

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Writing Dialogue: 4 Ways to Avoid Floating Head Syndrome

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Handed in. Available for pre-order, releases July 19, 2016 in the US.



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
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Quote of the Day:
“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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Behind the Scribbles ~ Unused Finishing School Notes

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I have finally returned from my book tour!

Thank you so much to everyone who managed to make it out to my events. You are fabulous, and it was a pleasure to meet you. I will blather at you all soon about what happened but right now I need Mexican food, sleep, and tea … in that order. And now for some serious bloggage…

Finishing School DVD Extras!

One of the last things I did, Gentle Reader, some 14 months ago when I was handing in my final draft of Manners & Mutiny, was go over my story bible for the whole book series. Now, Gentle Reader, I’m not going to let you peek at the bible itself. For one thing, my handwriting is awful. For another, my spelling is embarrassing. (By all accounts, I am not an Accomplished Young Lady.) The story bible is a messy creature full of crossed out bits, arrows from one section to another, pasted in photos, funny small sketches, different colored pen. It’s not worth sharing. Even if it didn’t have notes and thoughts on future unwritten things which would be much with the ruination of future works.

But, I thought you might like a peek as some fun bits and bobs from that final read through. Me trying to pick up all my threads. Trying not to forget anything or anyone (expect by intent). I’ve marked the point when the notes become spoilery for the last book.

Enjoy!

Dates of Finishing School Books

  1. October 1851
  2. March 1852
  3. February 1853 (Soph 16, Sid 16, Dim almost 15, Ag 14)
  4. December 1853 (Soph 16, Dim 15, Ag 15) Transitions into New Year 1854

Girls Birthdays

  • Sidheag February 1, 1837
  • Sophronia November 29, 1837
  • Dimity February 2, 1838
  • Agatha May 4, 1838

Ran across this inspiration image of the Misses Zena and Phyllis Dare: actresses of the Edwardian musical comedy fame (set much after these books).

CardCow.Com

I know it’s the wrong time period but this image very much informed my idea of the relationship between Dimity and Sophronia. Dimity is the more round face smiling Phyllis to the left, and Sophronia the longer face more reserved Zena at the front.

On Hair Pieces

“It has been suggested that those ladies who wish to wear a real hair mattress on their heads, surmounted by several stories of hat, with a parterre of flowers to crown the whole, shall insert in their headdress for the theatre an opera-glass, to rest on the top of the head, ranging fore and aft, so that gentlemen witting behind can see through it to the stage.”
~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine August 1872

C&C in Japan

Various Level of Evil Genius (top down)

  1. Evil Genius
  2. Vengeful Genius
  3. Spiteful Genius
  4. Reprobate Genius
  5. Discourteous Genius 
  6. Mildly Rude Genius

 

Stuff That Never Made It In:

  • Notes on history of Dartmoor, stone circles, etc. Dartmoor in time-lapse.
  • Background information about Alessandro and his activities before his death in 1850. Might he have had some connection to the school before Sophronia arrived? Ended up not being relevant to these books. Is there a short story there? Maybe. We know he knew Professor Lefoux from before, in Paris, because Vieve remembers him.
  • Long list of silly Sister Mattie-isms. Apparently I had intended to introduce her character by depicting her praise a student for making the whole class sick. She ended up with a lot less screen time than I had anticipated. It’s OK, the students were the important focus. Funny how when I started I thought the teachers would be so much more prevalent in these books, and adult/teacher perspective. But as I got immersed in Sophronia and her world I realized to her, they were less necessary than her friendships. Which is exactly right, I feel. 
  • 1853 Royal christening, Nesselrode pudding a big deal, fog in London much remarked upon.
  • Picklemen also referred to as The Men Who Pickle.
  • Mademoiselle Geraldine was supposed to call the students “my dumplings.”
  • Lady Linette, “So you have learned how to walk. Next we learn how to walk and steal a man’s heart at the same time.”
  • Sophronia walnut-dying her skin to see what it’s like to be black.  
  • The fact that Soap doesn’t like fish.

    E&E in Japan

On the French System of Manners

“One of the highest merits of the French system of manners is that it tacitly lays down the principle that all persons meeting in the same house know each other without the formality of introduction. Any man may ask any girl to dance, or speak to anybody at a private party. This in no way extends to public gatherings, where the guarantee of supposed equality, which results from the fact of knowing the same host, does not exist. But in drawing-rooms the rule is absolute; everybody may talk to everybody. This is an intelligent and most practical custom; it facilitates conversation, is dispels all awkwardness towards your neighbor, it melts cold in a house were you do not now a soul, it gives a look of warmth and unity to a room.”
~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine July 1872

via History In Pictures @HistoryInPics  48-shot revolver from 1855
The kind of gun I imagine the Pcklemen might carry.

SPOILER ALERT FOR M&M FROM HERE ON!

 

Random Things of Interest

  • Noted that there’s Professor Lefoux back-story in Blameless pg. 182, 190 
  • Preshea Buss’s name… “Frances Mary Buss was the founder in 1850 of North London Collegiate School for girls, one of the earliest girls’ schools to focus on academic attainment.” ~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders
  • Yes, Monique is based on a real person/people I knew in high school. Yes, I really didn’t like her. Apparently, she’s also a really bad whist partner. If you want my research and thoughts on Girls Bullying Girls you should listen to Dave and I talk about the movie Mean Girls over on Pop Culture Case Study
  • Yes, I always intended to have Sophronia and Monique work together. Part of growing up is learning to function around people you dislike. In other words, the great and fateful… suck it up moment. 
  • Parasol Protectorate readers: did you recognize a briefly introduced pansy-eyed blonde, one of the last ever students at Finishing School? 

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1870 Umbrella brooch shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

cgmfindings-      art nouveau octopus brooch     
Louis Aucoc      Paris 1900     
gold, diamonds, rubies, pearls, and plique à jour enamel

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
5 Octopus Articles!

  1. Solitary Octopuses’ Strong Statements
  2.  The Octopus Can See With Its Skin
  3.  Amazing Facts About the Octopus
  4.  Octopus Genome Offers Insight into One of Ocean’s Cleverest Oddballs & Octopus Genome Reveals Seat Creature’s Secrets 
  5. Zoo Seeks New Puzzles for Intelligent Octopus Ursula

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Word Hoard” and the Pitfalls of Dialogue Authenticity

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working third draft. Available for pre-order in the US publication date is not reliable.



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
MK of Popcorn Reads says of the Finishing School series: “This series is making this Gail Carriger fan very happy. All of the fun elements from the Parasol Protectorate with a fresh new sbu-world within that world.”

Quote of the Day:
“Very good,” I said coldly. “In that case, tinkerty tonk.” And I meant it to sting.
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

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