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Gail Carriger’s New Book: Romancing the Werewolf, Features Biffy & Lyall

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m traveling for the next few weeks, Gentle Reader.

In case you missed it, I announced my new book!

Romancing the Werewolf, coming Nov 5th, 2017.

Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

Would you like to read  sample of the first chapter?

You can do that here!

Thank you so much to everyone who pre-ordered, we maintained rotating dominance (wha ha ha!) of three niche categories on Amazon for two whole weeks! I think this is about the best a girl could hope for. And I didn’t even know to hope for it. So I am super chuffed!

Are you wondering where the print edition is?

It will follow the digital edition, hopefully also during November, and here is why.

Are you wondering where the audio edition is?

Audiobooks always take a lot longer to make and to upload. I can’t make any promises, but it is in production. Please be patient.

How about fantasy casting and behind the scenes?

That’s still not enough!

If you want to know more about this book, it’s editions, and their releases as soon as possible you really, honestly, should just join the Chirrup.

  1. It’s only once a month.
  2. It’s very fun and light hearted.
  3. It (hopefully) satisfies all your intermediary Gail Carriger needs.
  4. And I give away some KILLER swag!

Meanwhile, here’s an adorable video featuring gay werewolves…

More Gail?

I had a lot of fun on a couple podcasts recently, check them out:

READING GLASSES: Book Etiquette Tips or Maybe Just Put People in the Trash and Gail Carriger!

BEYOND THE TROPE: Interview with Gail Carriger

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for October is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.}

COMING NOV 5th!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger will be available in digital form on Nov 5th (print & audio to follow).

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

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1903-1906 French Cotton Suit, Jacques Doucet.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The purest form of gastronomy is Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

7 New Writer Mistakes That Make You Vulnerable

Book News:

BansheeBender Lyall & Biffy

Quote of the Day:

“He was white and shaken, like a dry martini.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? 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.

ace-artemis-fanartist biffy & lyall

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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