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2 New Parasolverse Novellas: Romancing the Werewolf & How to Marry a Werewolf

Posted by Gail Carriger

Those of you, Gentle Readers, who pay very close attention to my blog post footers have noticed a change since I returned from my latest writing retreat.

I thought, perhaps, you’d like additional insight on my upcoming Parasolverse indie projects…

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What the footer says about Romancing The Werewolf:

What’s up with this one?

November release barring outright catastrophe. I have the photo for the cover already. Have my eye on a narrator, not sure if he’ll be willing.

Want to know more about the story?

Romancing the Werewolf tells the long awaited reunion of Biffy & Lyall and features Greenwich, wassail, and a very strange series of seasonal offerings.

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What the footer says about How to Marry a Werewolf:

What’s up with this one?

This story will be set chronologically after Competence, so I will probably release it after that book, sometime in 2018. (Although the two are not tied together.) For this novella I turned my hand to a classic regency (style) romance meets The Buccaneers.

Want to know more about the story?

Sneak peek opening lines…

When a young American lady of good standing is indiscreet, kind parents retire her quietly to the country with a maiden aunt and a modest stipend. Faith’s parents decided to marry her off to a werewolf.

OUT THIS MONTH!

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 . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Get a Load of These Unexpected Uses for Teabags

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Writing Historical Fantasy Fiction: Resources and Tips for Writers

Book News:

Lez Geek Out interview’s Yours Truly

Quote of the Day:

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

~ Harper Lee

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Marine Biology Has A New Cover!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I have a great fondness for all four of my shorts, but Marine Biology may be my favorite. It’s just so much fun, Gentle Reader. Fun to write, fun to read, fun to find a model, and an image. It is with great pleasure I reveal a new and sparkling cover for my dear baby…

Marine Biology

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Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

In this LBGT sweet short love story, New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger brings her comedic voice to contemporary fiction and m/m romance. Explicit language warning but very little erotic content. (11,000 words ~ 43 pages) First published in The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 (2010).

Warning: Contains confused lovelorn werewolves and very pretty ex-Goth mermen who are exclusively interested in each other. May also contain fish, Irish mafia, and a shocking lack of tea.

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The Story Behind The Cover

This photo is by the truly wonderful Evan Butterfield. He’s a fantastic steampunk photographer, among other things. You can check out his work in this stunning gallery. You can also buy two photo books featuring his excellent eye for a sexy steampunk man: Gentlemen of Steampunk & Gentlemen of Steampunk II: Being Part the Second in a Series of Photographs of Certain Gentlemen in a State of Modest Undress, with Biographies. I’ll be using Evan again for the Alessandro story cover photo. (What, you doubted me?)

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The model is the lovely Louis. I chose him because he has Alec’s sweet easy going look to him, and in this image he’s even a little marine biologist with his microscope. The story takes place in Boston so that’s the city-scape in the background.

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Starla Huchton, my cover art designer, managed to give me the werewolf claw scratches for the name and title. The idea being to reflect on the bold color title slashes of the Parasol Protectorate series but with this new idea of claw marks to show the book features werewolves (I don’t like the “wolf in the background” trope most M/M paranormal romances use).

Why?

Well, a naked torso is a clear signal of sexy-times and reflective of the m/m romance. City lights in background show this is contemporary set. Claw slashes plus moon to indicated it’s got a paranormal element. (I hope that’s enough, but I didn’t want it too busy.) General design to tie in with my other books and… ta da! Yeah, I am ridiculously pleased with it.

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for August is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Beta edit back, working now. Tentative release date Nov. 1 2016.
    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 SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something utterly new and different for Gail. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

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Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasol by Schiaparelli, 1937-40, France

Parasol by Schiaparelli, 1937-40, France

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

8 Surprising Facts About British Tea Traditions

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Better Response to Working for Exposure

Book News:

Imprudence makes B&N Booksellers’ Best Science Fiction/Fantasy books of July 2016

Quote of the Day:

“Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.”

~Oscar Wilde

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


Queering-Up Genre One Akeldama at a Time ~ Why Gail Carriger Writes LGBT Characters

Posted by Gail Carriger

 
I’ve been contemplating this blog post for a while, Gentle Reader.
Generally, I try to avoid matters personal or political online, but a review of Changeless finally convinced me I should say something on the subject. (As an aside, images to this post added in 2017, after the switch to a new website/)
You are hereby warned that if you are of a conservative inclination you may find the following post uncomfortable. It is also, I am sad to say, serious. I promise a return to my normal fripperies next entry.
Here’s the passage from The Librarian’s Bookshelf:
I was also incredibly pleased with how delightfully gay the subplots of this book were. Madame Lefoux is a fantastic addition to the main cast, and Alexia’s naiveté as Lefoux flirts with her is fantastic. It’s not just Lefoux, though: Angelique, Countess Nadasdy, and both Alexia and Lefoux’s fathers are outed as well (they were dallying with each other, which makes Lefoux flirtation that much more fantastic). Add in Akeldama and Biffy, and a couple of hints about Woolsey’s Beta, and it’s possibly the gayest mainstream book I’ve read in a while.

The Librarian is not the first to notice. I also, recently, keep getting asked… why?

(Leaving aside what readers should be asking is “why” of every other het-only narrative out there…)

Gail’s Background

I grew up in-and-around San Francisco in the 1980s immersed in the dying threads of the Beat Generation. This should tell you many things, but relevant to this post are the following two points.

First: All the stable relationships I observed in my youth were gay men. These relationships were, to my innocent eyes, incredibly romantic, artistic, loving, and enriching both to the couple in question and the world they inhabited. Aside from myself, all my little friends were the property of neurotic single mothers. (Yes, I intend the use of the word property.) You can imagine this gave me a rather interesting outlook on romance.

The second thing, of course, is that these wonderful relationships all buckled under the weight of three little letters.

The Victorians… Totally Gay

So far as my books are concerned, there is another balance to this equation, which is the Victorian world itself. The England of 1870 was a morally conservative, anti-hedonistic, ultra-religious place full of individuals who valued duty above all else, and regarded anything that smacked of fun as suspicious. This comes off to most Americans as, frankly, gloomy.

Because I have the luxury of writing alt-history, I injected the comedy back into Victorian England through the vehicle of immortality combined with my childhood memories.

The Immortals… Totally Queer

This seems logical to me. After all, if you live for hundreds of years, no matter how straight your inclinations initially, you are likely to get, well, bored and experimental as the decades roll by. And I warn you all now, this probably goes both directions. Don’t settle Lord Akeldama too firmly on the Kinsey scale, for there may well have been a young lady or two in his past. Not that I think sexuality is a choice, just more fluid than the binary system has imposed upon humanity for thousands of years.

The vampires and werewolves in my books can get away with this, of course, because they are supernatural creatures. Church and moral law has no bearing on them for Victorians perceive them as outside the natural order. Ironically, this allows them the power to be even more extravagant and trend setting.

It is no accident that excess soul is linked to creativity in my universe, and that my immortals are forced by procreative necessity to become, basically, patrons of the arts. My Victorian world emphasizes the split between those of a theatrical inclination and the rest of society, but also the strange power that the vampires in particular have over the aesthetic mindset of the ton.

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This is not so very far-fetched. Throughout history is it the disenfranchised who not only bring about social change, but underwrite society’s most dearly beloved (and consequently disregarded) frivolities: music, art, fashion, architecture, dance, or comedic literature.

But why?!

Sorry to get a tad academic, but I guess what I am trying to say is the following:

There are queer characters in my books because there are queer people in my life and soul, always have been, so it would not be my universe without them. They are as fallible, flawed, and as changeable as any other characters.

There are also queer characters in my books because (for me) they correlate to the most dynamic part of any society, the part that brings about wonder.

Romancing the Werewolf (Gail’s first gay main character romance)

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor (Gail’s first lesbian main character romance)

These books are part of Gail’s Supernatural Society Novella series which features only queer main characters.

The third book in her Custard Protocol Series, Competence, also features a queer main character.

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Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
The Tomb of Two “Brothers” Because the Egyptian goons will come in and deny your permit or shut down your site few Egyptologists will talk about this tomb publicly. But I worked for years inside the museum and archaeological world and I can tell you there is very little contention outside of Islamic countries that this is, in fact, the tomb of a gay couple.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
All about writing gay characters.

Michelle has some very thoughtful things to say including, “Even though it may be satirical, Soulless is not without its serious messages. Tolerance and the dangers of science come to the fore as the story proceeds along its path. Good and evil are not easily discerned as “monsters” protect the Crown, fops come to the rescue, and (heaven forbid!) women hold positions of power.”
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless.
In which I am called a “Naughty Little Minx”: “What’s not to love about this book? There’s a murder mystery. Were-less Scottish werewolves. An attempted poisoning. A tumble off the side of a dirigible. More mysterious vampire politics. A shockingly brazen new friend for Alexia – a female milliner who scandalously goes about in trousers!”
Out September 1, 2010! Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first.
Super Secret Project H: Time to start writing the beast.
Super Secret Project F: Sent to agent.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. Book available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
“Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.”
~ Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524


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