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Gail Carriger’s Pie Day Video & Links (Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Good morning Gentle Reader, below is a video of a FB Live Q&A that I did on Pie Day. Accordingly, I talk about my favorite pie, drop some accidental teasers, get cagey about the evolution of the Parasolverse, and much more.

Links pertinent to the video in chronological order

Find this Video on:

Gail’s Youtube

Gail’s Amazon Page

Meanwhile if you want to hear me blather on about marketing, I was also on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Marketing Podcast.

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: Beta read (fifth 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 . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My Office Reading Nook

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How to Speak New World Victorian

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Amazon’s New Pre-Order Policies Give Authors More Flexibility

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“I don’t at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


Giveaway Goodie Box

Posted by Gail Carriger

First up, Gentle Reader, I have a Facebook Live next Tuesday, March 14, at 4:30pm PST on my Author Page for no good reason, just to say hi. Feel free to come by and hang out of ask questions. If you can’t make it, I’ll post it to my YouTube channel, Amazon Author Central, and Goodreads videos within a few days.

An now…

A Madame Lefoux Goodie Box!

Recently, Gentle Reader, I ran this poll on Twitter:

Why did I do it on Twitter? Instant gratification. And anyone can participate. (Facebook only lets admins see the first 100 answers, then requires us to pay to see the results. Because… Facebook.)

Anyhoo, the people have spoken!

So March’s Chirrup giveaway is, indeed a Goodie box. In honor of the Romancing the Inventor Audiobook release, this box is Madame Lefoux themed.

Here’s a peek inside…

Contents:

How to enter:

You must be subscribed to my monthly newsletter, the Chirrup, before Saturday for this particular prize. If you are already subscribed then you can enter via the Chirrup, after you receive it. In the newsletter, there will be a link to a form and a code word to enter.  If you want to sign up for the Chirrup you can do so here.

Why sign up?

This is how I run most of my giveaways these days.

Newsletters come once a month with insight into my books and further plans (before being announced anywhere else). Occasionally there is a special Chirrup when I have a release. In case you wondered, I also pick my mods, beta readers, and early reviewers exclusively off of the newsletter. So it really is a good idea to get it and read it, if what you want from me is more books, sooner, and if you want influence over what I write next this is it.

This particular give away is open to everyone, everywhere, so long as you subscribe to the Chirrup before it goes out Saturday. Winner will be random number generated from entries.

Good luck!

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Guy Orlando Rose – The Green Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Agency Pricing Didn’t Restrain Amazon, It Strengthened Them

Book News:

Artemis Fanartist Final ask for @glitterthegaywitch, who was sitting across from me reading Romancing the Inventor on my kindle while I was drawing the previous asks a few nights ago. She wanted Madame Lefoux and Imogene

Quote of the Day:

“Perched in one corner, like some sort of ship’s figurehead, was an oddly sinister wicker chicken. It frowned down upon her with an air of chubby disdain.”

~ Romancing the Inventor

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


Romancing the Inventor: New Character Imogene Hale (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, Romancing the Inventor has been out for a day, no news for you yet, Gentle Reader, because, well… it has only been a day.

So I thought I’d give you a look at Imogene Hale and the character design boards behind this book. You can see the full boards on Pinterest, but I know not everyone has it.

Imogene Hale

In the Book

Imogene Hale is a lowly parlourmaid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires are keeping in the potting shed.

imogene-hale-character-board

Creating the Character

Imogene started out as a kind of cool snooty blond (you know, Genevieve’s type), but that wasn’t working right for the story and I couldn’t really feel her, I wanted her warmer and more grounded, more English rose and less, well, Angelique.

I went to Tess of the d’Urbervilles for inspiration, added backbone, soul, and a certain depth of self-guidance and understanding. Genevieve, after all, likes willful ladies. The thing is, Imogene had to be what Genevieve needed more than what Genevieve wanted. Imogene also must be her own self and person, and not just a Pygmalion built for Genevieve to adore.

When I made Romancing the Inventor Imogene’s story, and it was her voice that began to dominate the narrative, everything fell into place. I wrote half of RTI on a writing retreat in the space of a week, typing out 8-10k days (NOT NORMAL) and it was all because of Imogene talking to me.

Maude Fealy Wikipedia

A lot of Imogene’s physical appearance was drawn off the American silent film actress Maude Fealy (sometimes spelled Maud) who has a soft etherial dreamy beauty that made me think of Imogene. I also collected images of maids and downstairs female staff to understand posture, clothing, and so forth.

This novella is part Imogene discovering herself, and what she needs and how to ask for what she wants. And half Genevieve learning to love again, and to trust.

genevieve-lefoux-design-board

I’ve done character studies of Genevieve before, she was first written more as Q for Alexia, meets dandy meets mad-scientist trope (with a Gail twist). I’ve taken inspiration for her from diverse sources: George Sand & Colette, Vesta Tilley, Audrey Tautou’s Coco, and many more. Like Imogene, it took me writing her out in Changeless to finally understand what would make her more of a person and less of a foil. However, I feel like writing her as Vieve, before she grew up and had her heart broken, is a gift most writers don’t get. Because I could build her a foundation of delight and wonder which Imogene might remind Genevieve has still buried within.

Not that Imogene wants child-Vieve, because yech, but because one of the best things about love is that it can remind you to hope.

romancing-the-inventor-design-board

The inspiration board for Romancing the Inventor.

That’s all for today my darlings! A reminder I have a Facebook live this Sunday, you can ask all the questions you want of me then.

Nov. 6, 6:00 PM PST | Facebook Live Q&A

Q&A with Gail via Facebook Live on her Author Page. A spoiler free chat about Romancing the Inventor and much more.

 

{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: 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 ~ Novel
    Status: Rough draft completed. Lay away this month. First pass red through starts in December.
    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 . . .

1879 Édouard Manet was born #OnThisDay in 1832. Here's "In the Conservatory" from 1879

1879 Édouard Manet’s “In the Conservatory”

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

In Memory of Sheri S. Tepper

In Memory of Sheri S. Tepper

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Jonathon Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“The story is always better than your ability to write it. My belief about this is that if you ever get to the point that you think you’ve done a story justice, you’re in the wrong business.”
~ Robin McKinley

Book News:

madame-lefoux-gadgets

Some Steampunk Gadgets off one of my boards.

Quote of the Day:

“No, Hobbes, nailing a live octopus to a wall is impossible, everything else is merely difficult.”
~ Simon R. Green

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


Romancing The Inventor Releases Tomorrow! Chat With Gail On Facebook Live

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Happy Halloween!

Tomorrow Romancing the Inventor is out in the world!

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You can buy the ebook for $3.99 in all the usual places Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo, and directly from me.

The print book ($11.99) should be available as well, if not tomorrow then very very soon. Borderlands will ship you a signed copy if you call or email them.

Romancing the Inventor

Dianna says: “This story will be joyful return for those familiar with Carriger’s earlier work, but should also be a lovely romantic journey for new readers.”

Facebook Live Virtual Tour!

I have two Facebook Live events coming up in honor of this launch.

Tomorrow at 4:30 PM Pacific Standard Time, you can find me on the Parasol Protectorate Group where I’ll be talking about writing Romancing the Inventor and doing a general Q&A. I know that might be a bit early for some of you so…

Sunday Nov. 6 at 6 PM (Pacific Standard Time) I’ll be doing one over on my Author Page. I’m hoping for a spoiler free chat about the book (as some of you will have read it by then). But I’ll be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Facebook Live Gail Carriger

After that, if I can, I’ll pop into the Squee! Group for a no holds barred spoilerific discussion. That’s assuming I can get Live to work in a group for which I am not an admin.

gail-desk-set-up-with-romancing-the-inventor

{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: 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 ~ Novel
    Status: Rough draft completed. Lay away this month. First pass red through starts in December.
    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 . . .

1878-pierre-auguste-renoir-french-painter-1841-1919-the-parasol

1878 Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French painter, 1841-1919) The Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

lilliput-yawn-chair

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

10 Dickenseian Character Names Deciphered

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“I can’t help but to write, I have a inner need for it. If I’m not in the middle of some literary project, I’m utterly lost, unhappy and distressed. As soon as I get started, I calm down.”
~ Kaari Utrio

Book News:

I Can Read for Miles says of Romancing the Inventor: “To me, this tone fits with that of Poison or Protect, the previous romance novella Carriger published this summer from the Delightfully Deadly novella series (the Finishing School girls all grown up). Similarly between the two novellas, the sexy scenes are sweet and mildly shown, rather than explicit. This was quite fine with me in both cases, as Carriger seems to be exploring a lot about sexual personalities and perspectives we (or at least I) don’t often see in romance, which tends to be full of alpha males.”

Quote of the Day:

“[I am] a hardened and shameless tea drinker, who has for twenty years diluted his meals only with the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and with tea welcomes the morning.”
~ Samuel Johnson

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


Ketchup Blog: Goodreads Visit, Facebook Live, & More

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Without a great deal of travel (for the first time in a long long time) this month, I turned my brain and fingertips onto two things: finishing SAS and business stuff.

Writing Project: SAS

SAS is the secret non-Parasolverse project that I’ve been unexpectedly writing recently. A spin off from Marine Biology. I picked it up as an exercise in joy and silliness and it evolved from short story to novella, and from novella to novel. Since it has been a very long time since I had this kind of fun with a book, I let it evolve. It helps that I’ve a break in book contracts right now.

Marine Biology

However, this made me realize I’d no place on my website for books that weren’t Parasolverse (e.g. Crudrat). So I tracked down Todd (my website magician) and had him fix that in preparation for SAS next year (which also meant tracking down Dan for the Crudrat cover art). This is what I mean by business: one simple thing turns into a million other things.

SAS? Yes, I will release it, despite it being smutty and dirty. Because it is also hilarious and rich and wonderful. So there. I figure I’ll slap a big fat warning on the sucker, and hope those with delicate sensibilities shuffle off and read something more tame.

Romancing the Inventor: Release Imminent!

Meanwhile I have been working hard getting Romancing the Inventor out to reviewers, which includes getting the last of my survey data quantified, sorted, and followed up on.

Romancing the Inventor

Finally the pre-order print editions of RTI arrived in office. Like the previous novella, the print will be $11.99 and should deliver around the same time as the ebook. There is no pre-order for print.

Unless the industry undergoes a drastic seed change, my novella print editions are likely to remain about $11.99. You see, with having to allow returns, plus the costs of shipping and printing (which are passed on to me, of course) even at $11.99 I make about $1 per book. Considering I must pay extra for print formatting, wrap cover design, and proofing, and that print is less that 30% of my sales, I’m not yet sure I’ll break even. But I know people really want it, sooo…

Gail Carriger Signing Romancing the Inventor for Borderlands Book, San Francisco, Oct 2016

With ARCs to hand, they had to be mailed off to those more official review venues who only take print, not to mention contributor copies, etc… I took 20 in to Borderlands and signed them, so you can call or email them for a signed copy. See what I mean about the business end of writing?

crudratclip

Audiobooks

Speaking of things people really want that are a bother, it looks like we have ourselves a narrator! I won’t say more as I’m at the very start of this, but one of the novellas has officially gone into production. I make no promises, but I’m hoping that at the beginning of next year I’ll have my first self-published audiobook. Fingers crossed everyone.

Facebook Live

Facebook Live!

I discovered, recorded, and dropped a Facebook Live video on my home timeline last week. It was a total experiment and a resounding success. I plan to do more of them in future, especially around book releases. (Read about Facebook Live here.)

Visit the Page or the Group if you’d like to register your thoughts on more of these. Basically it’s a live Q&A that anyone can join in on, but you do need to be on Facebook.

Gail Carriger Visits Goodreads Oct 2016

Goodreads Visit

I signed an NDA so I can’t talk much about it, but I did get to visit Goodreads headquarters here in San Francisco as part of a focus group. It was enlightening, and enjoyable, and a really opened my eyes to Goodreads. I’ll be running a give-away there next week. I realized, however, that my attitude towards/on Goodreads has always been seeing it as an opportunity to pay things forward as an end user, reviewing books I really love and sharing my affection with my fellow readers. I have an open Q&A, so I answer questions there regularly. I don’t imagine I’ll change my behavior too much going forward. Still, an enlightening experience.

And, you don’t have to take me word for it! (Waves at Rabidreads.)

Interviews

Recently you can catch me talking a whole lot of Business of Writing with old friends. I’m on Ditch Diggers Podcast (recorded back in August) and the Raven & The Writing Desk on YouTube/Podcast. (Some conductivity issues effect image and audio with that one.)


I talk about going hybrid, the film option, cover art decisions, forming an LLC, and much more. We kind of lost all bandwidth at the end, but if you feel like trying, give it a go.

{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 ~ Novel
    Status: Rough draft almost done.
    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 DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1878 Gustave Claude Étienne Courtois (French painter, 1859-1923) Anne Marie Walter

1878 Gustave Claude Étienne Courtois (French painter, 1859-1923) Anne Marie Walter

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

steampunk flats

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

New Research Books

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Blake Charlton, Borderlands 2016

Blake Charlton, Borderlands 2016

blakes-book-borderlands

Book News:

Fan Art LeFoux Britta Hoyer FB

Fan Art LeFoux Britta Hoyer FB

Quote of the Day:

“If you would rule the world quietly, you must keep it amused.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


Romancing the Inventor Cover Reveal!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I’m delighted to show you the cover art and blurb for Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella!

Romancing the Inventor

This cover was designed by the indomitable Starla Huchton, the photo was taken by Pixie Vision Photography, and is used with permission from Donna Ricci. Recognize that name? Yeah, that’s because Donna was the cover model for the Parasol Protectorate series! I love working with Donna and hope to do so for future covers. She is now the proprietress of Geeky Teas. (No that isn’t her in the photo, she rarely models anymore.)

About the Book

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

Imogene Hale is a lowly parlourmaid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires are keeping in the potting shed. Genevieve Lefoux is heartsick, lonely, and French. With culture, class, and the lady herself set against the match, can Imogene and her duster overcome all odds and win Genevieve’s heart, or will the vampires suck both of them dry?

Delicate Sensibilities? This story contains women pleasing women and ladies who know what they want and pursue it, sometimes in exquisite detail.

This is a stand-alone LBGTQ sweet romance set in Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse, full of class prejudice, elusive equations, and paranormal creatures taking tea. Supernatural Society novellas can be read in any order.

Releases November 1, 2016.

Presskit for Romancing the Inventor here.

Currently it is available for ebook pre-order on…

Amazon

Apple iBooks

Kobo

Nook

Or directly from me as .mobi, .epub, and .pdf.

(Nook’s description will update in, oh, like three weeks or something ridiculous like that.)

Print?

It should also be in print around the same time as the ebook (although I make no promises) from Amazon and Ingram (AKA your local bookstore, just ask the bookstore)!

Providing print for pre-order on Amazon’s Createspace is outstandingly complicated (read the comments too, it’s INSANE). From my perspective? There is too much that can go wrong. So I’m going to have to simply post RTI for sale around the same time as the actual publication date. It may take a while to distribute through the system and to Amazon UK (for example). Also physically printing and shipping delays matters. Look I’m sorry, but they don’t make it easy for us self-publishing authors to time things perfectly. In this instance digital is so much more of a pleasure to work with that digital readers may reap the benefit of a prompt release. I swear I’m not trying to punish anyone from their reading preferences, it’s a matter of backend propinquity. (And if Backend Propinquity isn’t the name of a band, it should be.)

What exactly does this mean if I want a print copy of Romancing the Inventor?

  1. You will not be able to pre-order print from Amazon.
  2. The print will appear for sale on Amazon as close to Nov. 1 as I can manage. Could be 48 hours after, could be 2 weeks.
  3. The two versions of the book may not be immediately appear together on the Amazon book page.
  4. Oddly, you may be able to preorder print from Barnes & Noble and your local Indie bookstore.
  5. Shipping may add an additional 2 weeks regardless of venue.
  6. If at all possible I will offer signed editions, likely via Borderlands. You’ll need to call to place your order, don’t do it now. I’ll make the announcment when it becomes possible.

Audio

It’s so expensive and time consuming. I’m still trying to do audio of Poison or Protect. The decision to do Romancing the Inventor one will ride entirely on the success and bother of that one. Audio is not something I am willing or able to do myself and so I have to find someone who can produce to my very exacting standards both in sound quality, voice acting, and working relationship. I’m not gonna line, it’s proving darn near impossible.

Extra tid bit?

Look for a surprise appearance from some very popular characters and the strategic application of cognac.

I loved writing this story. It was a delight to give Genevieve her happy ending at long last. My poor Madame Lefoux, I put her through so much heartbreak. Imogene is strong and courageous a willing to do anything for her beloved inventor, which is exactly what Genevieve always needed. I hope you enjoy reading their adorable love story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for September is Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair.}

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 DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ascot, 1926 via thecostumeblog.blogspot.com

Ascot, 1926 via thecostumeblog.blogspot.com

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Mystery of the Phantom Page Turner

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

It’s Official – Ebooks Really are Books

Book News:

Fan Art of Madame Lefoux

Fan Art of Madame Lefoux

Quote of the Day:

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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


10 Random Interview Moments

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Today, Gentle Reader, here are 10 random interview questions that are relatively unusual for me… so I’m asking myself.

1. If someone were to write your biography, what would be the title and subtitle?
Let It Steep: Chronicles of a Wierdo between Tea Breaks.

2. Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
Not unless you can the Boston Worldcon to meet Tamora Pierce.

3. Describe the best breakfast of your life.
Oh this is an easy one. At the Denver Worldcon in 2008 (an all around awesome trip) the hotel I stayed at across from the Convention Center had, in my book, the perfect breakfast. It was a little sew pot of tomatoes with spinach topped with two poached eggs and toast tips. That said: I’ll always happily murder a classic British Fry Up.

4. What is your idea of absolute happiness?
See breakfast above.

5. What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
Puff pastry, anything custard or passion fruit related, German half-sweet Rieslings, shellac manicures, large scale fish consumption, bitter greens, poached eggs, massages, hot tubs, Italian leather shoes, vintage dresses, patterned tights, industrial inspired jewelry, whole milk, imported tea, expensive bed linen. I case you hadn’t guessed: I likes to eat, sleep, and dress up.

6. Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin?
Walk into a bar on Mercury?

7. Who are your favorite characters in history? Have any of them influenced your writing?
I like powerful women, and I gravitate to any point in history when a female has significant power: anyone from Ching Shih to Hatshepsut to Boudica to Zenobia.

8. Aside from other writers, name some artists from whom you draw inspiration and talk a little about their work.
I love stand up comics, particularly those who have embraced podcasting. Some of my current favorites include Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies), Judge John Hodgman, John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman (The Bugle), and Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, Matt Mira (the three man team behind The Nerdist). I’m also addicted to any quiz show featuring comics like QI, International Waters, The News Quiz, and Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. Inspiration? I suppose you could say I enjoy dissecting humor, determining what makes me laugh and then try to employ similar techniques when I’m writing.

9. Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
Penguins!

10. In the For-All-Eternity category, what will be your final thought?
I probably shouldn’t have tasted that.

(Adapted from a 2012 Powells Interview.)

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1907 Mourning Ensemble  1907  The Museum at FIT

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
What do genre readers look like? (According to YouGov)

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:

Madame Lefoux fan art via lavendertruffles-tumblr

Quote of the Day:
“The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and in the passive.”
~ William Ralph Inge

 

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The Incomparable Vesta Tilly ~ Victorian Actress (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Vesta Tilley was an actress famous for her cross dressing stage performances during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.  She retired in 1920.

She performed before Queen Mary by Royal Command in 1912. The queen is reputed to have averted her eyes the entire time because she thought a woman in trousers was the height of indecency. I guess no one warned her that the 1920s were immanent.

I can’t claim Vesta Tilly as inspiration for Madame Lefoux (that can be laid squarely at the door of George Sand). But I just discovered Vesta Tilley. I think she may be the inspiration for one of the characters in the movie Tipping the Velvet, which I recommend if you are interested at all in the subject of Toms in Victorian England. Highly fantasized, of course, but still fun.

 Publicity still from IMDB

Vesta was not alone in her daring stage exploits. A number of actresses pushed the bounds of propriety in a myriad of different ways. Although Vesta seems to have been one of the most famuous for cross dressing in particular.

It’s a great sadness to me that I never had the page time or plot direction to elaborate on the character of Mabel Dair in my books. She’s based, loosely, on the Jersey Lilly.

Lillie Langtree was, so far as I can guess, an absolute battleaxe of a female who blew through a cornucopia of rich and powerful male lovers, was friends with Oscar Wilde, and lived well into her seventies. There’s an indifferent but absorbing mini-series from the late 1970s on her life,. If the actresses of the Victorian and Edwardian era interest you, it’s worth a peek. The costumes are marvelous.

If it’s the cross dressing you’re after (and really, who isn’t?) there’s the hilarious You Rang M’lord featuring one of the most iconic female cross dressing characters of the small screen, in the form of Sissy. And if you can tolerate Julie Andrews, there is always Victor Vitoria.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Forget steam: Some Victorian era machines were powered by dogs.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
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Manga Soulless Vol. 2 Official Release!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Soulless Vol. 2 (the manga version of Changeless) releases officially today! (I know some of you have gotten it already.)

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I am deliciously pleased with the book. I particularly love Rem’s rendition of Madame Lefoux, not to mention all the kilts!

Madame Lefoux

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Quote of the Day:
“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”
~ Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)


E&E ARC Contest ~ Class Titles (CLOSED)

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THIS CONTEST NOW CLOSED

The lovely folk over at Little Brown have decided, in their wisdom, to do a give away for my readers through my blog. You know me, Gentle Reader, nothing is for free. You can never take the teacher out of a girl.

 

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So, I have 20 ARCs of Etiquette & Espionage and it’s contest time!

The Rules

  • 1 entry per person.
  • Open to continental US only, no PO Boxes
  • 20 winners are chosen by random number Weds. Oct. 31.
  • You must leave your email address with your entry.
  • I will pass along your email to Little Brown, they will contact you for your non-PO Box mailing address.

Here’s what to do to enter . . .

  1. At the very beginning of the book our heroine Sophronia is covertly recruited to attend a Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing School that just happens to train young ladies as spies. Classes include Petit Fours & Poisoning; Household Accounts & Assignations; and the like.
  2. Come up with your own rift on a lady’s seminary class title combing victorian etiquette with espionage.
  3. Post your class title in the comments section bellow of either my Live Journal or Blogspot blog by Weds. Oct. 31. I am sorry, I can’t enable anonymous posting, I get over 20 spams a day. Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook and other comment-challenging arenas are not valid.
  4. You MUST include an email. If you forget and have to re-comment, edit or delete your first comment and include both entry and email together, please.
  5. One entry per person.
  6. You have until the end of October. Winners will be chosen on October31  and notified by Little Brown directly. Check your Spam filters.
  7. Have fun!
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I can’t promise that you won’t come up with titles I’ve already used, some of you practically share a brain with me. Remember, I’ve already written two books in this series so chances are good. I hope that if you encounter your own title within my text you with take that as synergy or compliment and not insult or theft.

No title repeats. So the longer you leave it, the harder it will get!

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Heston Blumenthal cooks Treacle Tart

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Five Stages in Reacting to a Critique

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crew has arrived in Bombay,on the reread . . .
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Awaiting copy-edits. Title changed.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

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Quote of the Day:
“If the lady on whom you call is not at home you must leave your card. If she has grown up daughters or a sister living with her, two cards: or you may slightly turn down the corner of your card, which signifies that the visit is paid to all.”
~ Etiquette for Ladies 1850


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