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Dear Lord Akeldama: On Fashion, Drones & Meat Chops

Before we start, Gentle Reader, and thinking of fashion, this is a reminder that I have an Instagram feed. So if you are there, so am I!

And now, please welcome the gentleman vampire back to my blog this week.

As always Lord Akeldama is happy to entertain your questions. And while he may not give you the answer you wish, he always gives the question the answer it deserves. Please feel free to leave more in the comments below for a future column.

And now…

Dear Lord Akeldama

Aubrey (@LIWpride) asks:

Do I wear makeup for a job interview/presentation or no?

Makeup is only warpaint by another name, my blushing pearl.

Michael asks:

Which members of the Royal Family have benefited from your fashion advice over the centuries?

None of them, my ducky darling. Have you seen the way those poor unfortunates dress? Some, I believe, have been listening too closely to Baroness Tunstell. It is sorry state of affairs. I did, however, have a lovely correspondence with Mrs Kennedy once. Pity about her husband, if only the local hive had been a little faster.

Waistcoat 1790s The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gina asks:

I wonder what you think of Trump.

What’s that? A new cut of meat? The butchers are getting rather daring these days. I should ask my cook what he thinks, I’m convinced his opinion is more valuable on the Trump chop, or what have you, than mine could ever be.

Ember asks:

What is your favorite knot to use for tying a cravat?

The mathematical, in my case, I enjoy the sense of irony.

pimpernelfans tumblr Some of Percy’s best faces (as played by Anthony Andrews)

Nicole (@chrisiant) asks:

Scent, discreetly applied. Is it a delightful accent, or intolerable intrusion? Also..long skirts plus wheeled chair – help!

For scent, less is always more. Unless, of course you cherish an intense interest in werewolves, in which case you should leave it off entirely. Werewolves have a propensity to sneeze when in the company of perfume. My creator’s preference is for a nice body scrub or skin cream, rather than a heavy dousing of scent. And she hopes it goes without saying: NEVER when engaged in aeronautic pursuits.

New Woman Sarah Grand’s Bicycle Suit (1897)

Long skirts and wheelchair? This is much like long skirts and the bicycle, my flowy lotus blossom, a legitimate excuse for dress reform! And while my daughter and I disagree on the particulars of underpinnings, I am able to move with the times enough to admire certain aspects of a New Woman’s mobile glory.

Kim (@KimEnglish66)

White shoes in winter, yes or no?

Whatever best suits the outfit, of course.

Josh asks:

 What do you look for in a drone?

A natty dresser, a certain breeziness of morality, a zest for life and information in equal measure, and of course, beauty. As I am sure you well know, my lovely, beauty is less in the eye of the beholder than it is in the mouth of the vampire.

Her First Dance (1884), William Quiller Orchardson

{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 . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“You can’t live without me. I’m like cheese.” It took a second to process his comment.
“I’m sorry, cheese?”
“Sure. Air’s overrated. Try living without cheese.”

~ Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

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Changeless Extras ~ Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

Behind the scenes, Gentle Reader, here are some DELETED BITS from Changeless.

Description of Woolsey Castle

The most scandalous thing about Woolsey Castle was not that it housed a pack of werewolves. After all, only the best counties could boast such an eccentricity. Nor was it the fact that it boasted eight flying buttresses – an architecturally immodest choice. No, the most scandalous thing about Woolsey Castle was that there was a bedroom, and sometimes several, on every single storey, even the first. The original owner was a bit of an eccentric, in the “if he had not had money he would have been called insane” kind of way. Woolsey was no castle, not really. It was instead a modern manor house made to look like a castle with stone facings, an excessive number of haphazardly applied turrets, crenelated battlements, extensive dungeons, and the aforementioned buttresses.

Scene with Lyall, Channing, & Biffy

(just after breaking and entering)

Channing crossed his arms. “I would have been just as effective.”
“Yes, but Biffy was a safer choice.”
Biffy looked mildly offended.
“If he was caught it would be thought an inter-vampire plot, if you were caught it would be considered an inter-species plot.”
Biffy looked less offended and nodded his agreement with Lyall’s assessment.
Channing was militant. “I do not trust him!”
“Biffy?” Lyall wondered mildly.
Biffy looked pleased at the accusation.
Channing was annoyed with Lyall’s obtuseness. “No, no, Lord Akeldama.”
Lyall puffed air out his nostrils in annoyance. “You do not trust vampires.”
“You saying you do trust them?”
Professor Lyall looked out the carriage window.
Channing had never learned the art of silence. “I am Gamma. It is my nature to question.”
“You are you. It is your nature to be a prat.”
Biffy gave a tiny gasp at such werewolf directness. It was most unsettling to a vampire drone.
Channing smiled. “Admit it, you sense it too. We are missing something.” He looked at the drone. “Why does your master like our fiery lady Alpha so much?”
Biffy shrugged. “They are friends.”
Channing ignored this reply and turned back to Professor Lyall. “You and I have dabbled in London politics long enough to know: Lord Akeldama doesn’t have friends.”
Professor Lyall gave his Gamma a level look. “You like her, admit it.”
Biffy muttered, “Major Channing seems to like nothing but Major Channing.”
Major Channing ignored this. “She’s plucky. I like plucky. She’s not, however, to Lord Akeldama’s taste. What does he really want with her?”
“Give it a rest, would you please Channing?”
“You know something!”
Lyall glared at him. “Yes. I know the right question to ask. You are not asking it.”
“Oh?”
“What have we learned on this little adventure of ours?”
Channing blinked icy blue eyes at his Beta blankly.
It was Biffy who answered. “That my master is not the only vampire to find Lady Maccon intriguing.”
“Exactly.” With which Professor Lyall turned once more to stare out the carriage window, apparently fascinated by the way the gas lighting flickered over the cobbled street.

  • The Avid Readers Club says of Changeless, “The author is an altogether genius at merging these genres together in a manner so utterly entertaining, the reader will be positively craving the next installment of the Parasol Protectorate series.”
    Sara of Freadomlibrary says:
    “Loved it! It was mysterious and suspenseful and intriguing. The same level of hilarity and entertainment is abound in this second installment and it was amazing.”
  • Evaine’s Books, Books, and More Books says:
    “One thing that the author does is imbue her characters with a sense of humour – all of the characters.  That just brings them alive to me.”

{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 . . .

Theodore Wendel – Lady with Parasol by Stream

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My Book Nook

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

First attempt in a dirigible balloon, aerostat of the academy of Dijon (1784), early flight collecting card, ca. 1895

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.”

~ John Updike

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“I think I’ve been looking at too many catalogs. I just read ‘The Four Tendencies’ as ‘The Four Tentacles’.”

~ Overheard at Borderlands Books in San Francisco

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Occasional FAQ: The Ideas Behind The Parasolverse

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gentle Reader, I frequently get repeat questions at Q&A sessions. I’ve taken to answering them here on the blog for your edification. Without further ado…

What’s the name of your universe?

I’ve officially started calling it the Parasolverse.

How did you come up with the idea?

The simple fact is: this was what I wanted to read. I like steampunk but it tends to be a little too dark and riddled with technobabble for me. I enjoy urban fantasy but am not wild about a modern setting. So I thought I might just combine the two, and then shake it up with a jot of romance and a whole lot of comedy.

Then I started thinking about what kind of world could accommodate all these different elements. I’m familiar with the Victorian era and I find it a rich source of amusement in and of itself. Those ridiculous fashions and that obsession with etiquette seem the perfect time period to drop in vampires (dictating such things) and werewolves (chaffing against them) not to mention steam technology. It seemed to me that what comedy I couldn’t supply with plot and character, an alternate Victorian London could provide simply by being itself.

So where did you go from there?

After deciding on a setting, I started idly toying with the idea of how a person would become undead. After all, if vampires and werewolves are bouncing about, what’s to keep them from turning everyone supernatural? There must be biological procreation controls in place on an apex predator.

Taking into account what I knew of Victorian scientific theory, I hypothesized that an excess of soul, found in only a few people might account for bite survival rates. This led me to investigate the measuring of the soul (which an American scientist actually tried to do in the late 1800s). This, in turn, lead to the idea that if some people had too much soul there should be others who had too little, or none at all. And these people could act as nullifiers to supernatural abilities. Thus Alexia and the concept of preternaturals was born.

Want to know more?

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: Developmental edit (third 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.
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
  • Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3
    Status: Outline
    Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

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 . . .

1880 fashions, summer dress

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A 5-minute Guide to the House of Worth

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Does the Epistolary Novel Still Have a Place in Modern Literature?

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Soulless LTD Edition Is Sold Out, Will There Be More?

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well, Gentle Reader, you were warned. When we do a limited run, it is LIMITED. The beautiful hardcover fancy edition of Soulless is now officially sold out. Thanks to everyone who purchased one!

Soulless LTD Edition

Will there be more in the series?

I’d be open to it, but my publisher, Orbit, has the rights to hardcover releases. They might not be willing to license an edition of Changeless. Also, I don’t know how well Soulless LTD sold for Subterranean, so they might not want to do the next in the series. It’s a balancing act.

Sign up for the Chirrup newsletter and I will tell you the moment I know more. Also, I myself managed to hoard quite a few of these beauties and if I decide to give them away, I’ll be doing it over Chirrup. So yeah, if you want one, that’s likely one of the few ways you can now get one.

{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 . . .

1923 Batik dress and parasol by Madame Pangon, photo by Henri Manuel, Les Modes June 1923. via motyisia tumblr

1923 Batik dress and parasol by Madame Pangon, photo by Henri Manuel, Les Modes June 1923. via motyisia tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Spiral Fractal Leaf

Spiral Fractal Leaf

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

British Empire Map

British Empire Map

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

10 Things Every Writer Should Know About Amazon Publishing

Book News:

DualReads says:

“I had been eagerly anticipating Imprudence ever since I finished Prudence one year ago so I was incredibly excited to receive this from the publishers for review. And it did not let me down. Everything I had expected – the wonderful characters, engaging plot and great relationships were all present.”

Quote of the Day:

“Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.”
~ Honoré de Balzac

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Gail’s Character Names & The British Aristocracy

Posted by Gail Carriger

I was reading Vanity Fair recently, Gentle Reader, and they had one of their swanky photo bits on this British aristocratic wedding in Suffolk (Alexander Spencer-Churchill and Scarlett Strutt).

I just glanced over the names of the wedding guests and they gave me the giggles. One of the things I get asked about a lot is how I come up with names, and all you really have to do is take inspiration from the existing ridiculous reality of the British blue blooded.

Want a sample?

  • Viscount Astor
  • Anthony Gordon Lennox
  • Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill
  • Henry Wyndham
  • Anton Bilton
  • Fritz Von Westenholz
  • Lord & Lady Bamford
  • Alice Brudenell-Bruce
  • Viscount & Viscountess Rathermere
  • Florence St. George
  • Leo Fenwick
  • Kimi Hammerstrroem

Look, all I’m saying is the comedic house party regency romance practically writes itself. At least so far as names are concerned.

{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 DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles Saturday, August 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 59

Magasin des Demoiselles Saturday, August 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 59

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Ghetty Tea Display

Ghetty Tea Display

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

George Sand 1865

George Sand 1865

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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


Your Parasol Protectorate Code Name

Posted by Gail Carriger

Recently I posted on the social medias about how to get your Parasol Protectorate code name. (Look, I’ve had a rough weekend, Gentle Reader, girl has to entertain herself somehow.) I could have done a little quiz for it, but I came up with a formula instead.

Here it is:

most frivolous piece of clothing you own

+

favorite food

And here are some gems from the response threads, that I played around with in the Parasolverse.

1924 filmsploitation-      Sunshade Styles 2

1924 filmsploitation- Sunshade Styles 2

In Italy, working secretly to undermine the Templars we have:

  • Goggles Lasagna
  • Armored Tiramisu
  • Hoopskirt Caprese
  • Spats Macaroni

Meanwhile in the wild west of the USA a gang of agents attempt to re-unify the natural and the supernatural…

  • Bandana Lampchop
  • Poncho Naan
  • Cozy Artichoke
  • Sequined Enchilada
  • Fascinator Manhattan
  • Flightsuit Burrito
  • Stetson Manchago
  • Trenchcoat Tamale
  • Fedora Curry

In Europe, all is in chaos, the hope of civilized discourse and modest bloodshed rests in the gloved hands of…

  • Pearl Etouffee
  • The Plaid Pecan
  • Petticoat Brulee
  • The Hooded Biscuit
  • NeckFrill Von Goulascz
  • Veil Biscoff
  • Parka Beignet
  • Fluevog Nugget

Around the remnants of the empire, solitary yet diligent (and well shaded) agents work against oppression and anti-supernatural regulations…

  • Tutu Paneer
  • Kimono Nachos
  • Boots Pakora
  • Sarong Gumbo
  • Thigh-high Hamachi
  • Booty Shorts Pho
  • Catsuit Mango

While back in London the remaining agents attempt to infiltrate BUR, promote the Progressive Party line, and generally strive for etiquette, respect, and the Maccon way.

  • Crinoline Lobster
  • Poofy Potatoes
  • Custard Stockings
  • Cardigan Fig
  • Tap Pants Banana Cake

(These could also viably be: mob names, bond girls/villains.)

Of course you don’t have to find your code name this way exactly, you can go with any variation. After all the books feature:

  • Puff Bonnet
  • Wingtip Spectator
  • The Ledger
  • The Ruffled Parasol
  • Hot Cross Bun

None of these really follow the formula, it’s just a jumping off point.

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

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Working proof. Releases Nov. 1 2016.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlourmaid 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.
    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.

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GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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1930 Oᒪᗪ ᑭᕼOTOᔕ & ᙖᗩᙅOᑎ @photosandbacon 1930s “Chicago the Vacation City” Vintage Travel Poster

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How the Corset Turned into a Girdle

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Furry Faces of Bookselling: Bookstore Pets

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Quote of the Day:

“Such a fragile thing, wanting to please someone else. Such endless scope for disappointment and failure.”

~ Glitterland by Alexis Hall

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Soulless Special Hardbacks Have Shipped! Extras: The Mad Hatter Interviews Alexia, Conall & Lord Akeldama

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Thank you to everyone who purchased the limited and special hard cover editions of Soulless. I’ve been told that it has shipped at last! I do hope you like it!

As a thank you: Here’s an interview with three of your favorite characters in Soulless from back when the book was first released in 2009.

The Mad Hatter Interviews Alexia & Lord Maccon

MH: Thank you for gracing my gentle readers with your presence. It is a great honor to have both of you here.
ALEXIA: Delighted.
LORD MACCON: Of course, of course.
MH: Now, Alexia, my dear, what made you choose someone such as Gail Carriger to chronicle your life story?  And why do you think other people would want to hear about you traipsing about with Werewolves and Vampires? This is most unbecoming information concerning a well-bred lady such as yourself.
ALEXIA: Well, the horrible little strumpet chronicled my doings entirely without my knowledge or approval. Naturally, I am considering legal action, but right this moment I simply don’t have the time to chase after a minor American authoress with delusions of grandeur. Really, what one has to wonder is, how does she get all of her information?
LORD MACCON (under his breath): Lord Akeldama perhaps?
MH: What unfolds during the telling of Soulless?
ALEXIA: I suppose, since the so-called Ms Carriger has gone around writing inappropriate novels sullying my name, I might simply relay the gist of the matter. I go around, in a perfectly respectable way, looking for clues as to the appearance of these unexpected vampires and Lord Maccon here keeps getting in my way.
LORD MACCON: Funnily enough, I was going to say exactly the same thing, only with a reversal of roles.
MH: In that you are known to be a strong willed woman.  How do you think that affects public opinion of you? Does the negative commentary overwhelm your reputation or are their advantages to your unique personality?
ALEXIA: A pox upon public opinion. Oh, please excuse my blunt language, but I do get riled up on this matter. What good, I ask you, has public opinion ever done anyone? Except perhaps an actress or two. I will say that not giving a fig for the general approval of others allows me a certain amount of leeway and liberty, that, were I more conscientious of the fine feelings of others, might not ordinarily be the case.
MH: What kind of evolution have you encountered since you’ve become involved with one another?
ALEXIA: I have evolved to find him increasingly more annoying.
LORD MACCON: And I to find her less so.
ALEXIA: Fortunately for both of us, I am finding that I rather enjoy living life in a mild state of annoyance.
MH: As you may be aware I have a great proclivity to hats, so I simply must know, what was the most ghastly hat ever worn by Miss Ivy Hisselpenny?
ALEXIA: Oh dear. It was horrible, a recent purchase, for she only seems to be getting worse with age. It was a toque covered in purple tweed with black ball fringe edging, purple taffeta ruffles, a bird, a bow, grey ostrich feathers, and this black and white feather puff at the end of a length of wire that looked like she was being stalked by a jellyfish. I shudder to recall it.
MH: For our gentle readers can you describe what your transformation feels like?
LORD MACCON: Ah, yes well, it is highly unpleasant. The process does involve bones actually breaking and then reforming, you understand? Oh dear, I do apologize for offending any ladies present with such crass speech. Lyall is always having to remind me of such things. Perhaps I should leave it there.
MH: What is one thing about each of you that most people do not know?
LORD MACCON: Before metamorphosis, I used to be a rather well known opera singer – bass-baritone.
ALEXIA: That is a slightly intrusive question, don’t you find? Would you mind if I were terribly frivolous with my answer? I love marmalade.
MH: Thank you both for you time and civility. I so look forward to hear about your latest happenings.

And a Brief Interview with Lord Akeldama

MH: Thank you for gracing us with your presence. Do tell us, Lord Akeldama, what intrigues you about Alexia so much that it encourages you to invite her into your world? Also, where did you first meet?
LORD AKELDAMA: Well, my darling pumpkin seedling, it’s not like me to gossip behind someone’s back, but I will say this. She’s such an adorably practical little thing, who wouldn’t like her? All that common sense and assertive attitude is quite refreshing in a female of this day and age. Also, my little sprouted potato, it’s been so very long since I have had any genuine social interaction with a preternatural, I find it enchanting. One might even be tempted to say: revitalizing. As to the location of our first meeting, I’m afraid I must demur and simply point out that that is not, entirely, the right question to ask
MH: Do you think Alexia and Lord Maccon are a good pairing?
LORD AKELDAMA: Darling, I refuse to commit myself to the very idea of pairing, one wouldn’t want to limit oneself like that, now would one? Thusly I feel entirely incapably of judging the matter. That said, they do seem to enjoy barking at one another, which, I’m under the impression, is the practice amongst werewolves.
MH: How do you view the Victorian era versus the other epoch’s you’ve lived through?
LORD AKELDAMA: Ah, sugar bell, I do find this era a little staid in the matter of color and shoe adornments, and of course I simply cannot and will not approve of the muttonchops. Not even slightly. But I shall admit that I do find some of the new brass accessories unexpectedly intriguing.

Scottish myths: Wulver the kindhearted Shetland werewolf
A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Hairdressing (written by Biffy?)
Victorian Party People Unrolled Mummies for Fun (what, you thought I was making that up?)
The Trouble with Bustles: Victorian Fashion in the 19th Century News

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Victorian London, 1977 (16 rare photos)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Best of Writer Beware: 2015 in Review

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.



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)

Book News:
Diana of Audio Gals says: “How excited, and sad, I was to listen to Manners & Mutiny, the last in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series. I began the book knowing that Carriger had a lot of loose ends to wrap up and confident she could handle such a task. Readers, I’m very proud to say the combination of Carriger and Quirk (that should totally be the name of an investigative agency BTW) in no way disappointed.”

Quote of the Day:
“A burglar alarm,” said Jessan. “Or so your sister tells me. You wake up when the burglar starts screaming.”
Llannat looked curious. “You believe that?”
“Implicitly,” Jessan assured her.
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, The Price of the Stars

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Soulless Hardcover Delayed Shipping ~ Some Parasol Protectorate Extras for You!

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Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the limited edition of Soulless in hardcover from Subterranean Press. You are the bee’s knees, or should I say ladybug’s spots? I do hope you like it.

Unfortunately, there have been some issues with production and Subterranean has informed me shipping is delayed about 2 weeks due to “paper milling.” I will let you know more when I do.

Meanwhile, here’s some collected background rabbit holes for you to fall into…

Parasol Protectorate World Building 

 German covers for Soulless

Fun Research Links

Waiting for the Train (Willesden Junction, c. 1871-73), by James Tissot.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand

Find out more about Soulless including tons of behind the scenes tips and articles on Gail research at the Carriegr Wikia.

Soulless LTD Samples The limited is on the left, lettered on the right

Quick note, if you’d like to read me in another language, new foriegn language editions of my books have been uploaded for sale on Worldbuilders. They are signed and all proceeds go to charity.

Airship Ambassador reviews Soulless for Steampunk Hands 2016:
“I found the book to be a fun, witty, and pleasantly sarcastic read with a strong, smart, and resourceful lead character. Mystery, adventure, and world on the supernatural side of steampunk.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline Stevermer.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1873-1875  Collection Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Steampunk Hands 2016 – Favorite People: Mike Perschon

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea: George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Bouncing Back When Your Writing Routine Gets Disrupted

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.



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)

Book News:
Evie from Just Another Belle says of Soulless:
“This book was ridiculous in the best possible way.  I loved the writing, the story, the setting, the characters- just all of it. More than once I wished I could interact with the characters in real life.This book made me happy. Giddy, even.  There’s something entirely too rare about a book constantly making me smile.”

Quote of the Day:
“A friend had commented once that Neal had a gift for making someone want to punch him just for saying hello.”
~ Tamora Pierce, Squire: Book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

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Books By Year Plus Some NYT Thoughts

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Quick head’s up The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett is $0.99 on kindle today. It’s a favorite Discworld book of mine and certainly informed my own humor and style as a writer. I read it first in high school. It wasn’t my first Pratchett, Sorcery was (and I still own my first US edition mass market from 1989).

And now: Books By Year Plus Some NYT Thoughts

Having some fun with books and photos and the course of my career as an author the other day, Gentle Reader. Ah, nostalgia.

Actually, it was mostly me going over my novels and trying to remember details about them, you know, like publication date and relative success. I thought you too, as you are responsible, might enjoy the ride.

Before 2009

There was nothing!

2009

Soulless

Soulless did eventually hit the New York Times Bestseller list but not until 5/27/2012 when a $0.99 eBook special landed it on eBooks at #22 and Combined Print & eBooks at #37. It stayed on eBooks one more week 06/03/2012 at #28.

2010

Changeless & Blameless

Changeless and Blameless were both released in 2010, a good thing too, given Changeless has a bit of a cliff hanger. (I still get angry emails on occasion about this.) Changeless was #20 on the 04/03/2010 NYT Mass Market lists, and my first book to hit. Orbit sent me champagne and everyone telephoned me. I sat on a porch on a vineyard in Sonoma and celebrated. Blameless was also # 20 on 09/19/2010 and it held on through 09/26/2010 at #35. My first to stay on for more than a week.

2011

Heartless

Heartless was my only book to release in 2011, although a lot of things were happening behind the scenes (e.g. the graphic novel deal and the seeds of a new YA series were being born). Also I was taking the plunge into life as a full time author. Heartless released to hit #11 on Mass Market (the highest standing for any of the Parasol Protectorate books) on 07/17/2011 and through to 07/24/2011 at #26.

2012

Timeless, Soulless Vol 1, Soulless Vol. 2

2012 was a busy year with three releases, both the first two mangas came out and the final Parasol Protectorate book, Timeless. Amazon shipped Timeless a week early which spread the numbers out over three weeks instead of my normal two. No idea what might have been different had they deigned to observe the on sale date. It started at #17 on 03/18/2012 Mass Market and then went to #22 on 03/25/2012 and #31 on 04/01/2012. The manga, mostly by coincidence, was released at the same time and saw a bump in orders and sales because of this, I think. It landed at #2 on the Manga list. The second volume launched at #1 on the Manga list, for 12/09/2012, my only #1 and I’m still ridiculously proud. This was also the year Soulless made the lists for the first time.

2013

Soulless Vol. 3, Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies

2013 was another busy one with the final manga and the first two Finishing School books releasing. Etiquette & Espionage marked my transition to both children’s and hard back and plonked me on the NYT Lists for YA at #9 on 02/24/2013. My first novel (as opposed to manga) to get into top 10. The final manga came in at #7 at the same time.

2014

Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry was my only book to release in 2014, and it came at the end of the year. Possibly as a result of this delay, but more likely as a result of the Amazon vrs. Hachette contract negotiations meets B&N not shipping signed editions debacle this was the first time since Soulless my book didn’t make the lists. I was expecting it but I was still sad. Of course, it’s also possible that people just didn’t like the book, but I consider it the best of my YA series so I hope that’s not the reason.

2015

Prudence and Manners & Mutiny

Prudence released in early 2015, my new baby and first entry into the world of adult hardcover fiction, possibly one of the hardest lists to crack. She clawed her way on at #19 on 04/05/2015. Only a few months later, on 06/03/2015, much to everyone’s total surprise an eBook deal (all of the first 3 YA books at $1.99 each) put the Finishing School series onto the notoriously impossible Children’s Series list at #7. This made poor little W&W a best seller at last, and I decided *technically* I could still claim an unbroken record. We wrapped up the year releasing Manners & Mutiny who hit #9. What is it with me and odd numbers?

So there you have it. All 13 of them were New York Times bestsellers via 7 different lists (Mass Market, Hardcover, eBook, Combined Print & eBook, Young Adult, Children’s Series, Manga). This occasioned me checking out how many NYT lists there are (something like 37) and wondering if I could crack them all, because I’m an ambitious old cuss who likes a challenge. Considering there are lists like “Sports” I think it practically impossible for me to do so, unless I resume my previous life as an archaeologist and delve into non-fiction. (If I wrote a tomb on the Mayan Ball game, would that count as “Sports”?) One wonders if any author has ever done this; appeared on all lists, I mean.

Don’t get me wrong I am delighted to have made anything. Goodness, my dears, I’m startled to even have Authorbeast as a career. Thank you so much. The fact that you go out and preorder, and buy right away, is how I make that list. It’s amazing! But if I were ever fully satisfied with anything, I would cease trying to please you, and no one wants that now, do they? Someone more famous than me once said that life is about the quest and the struggle and I didn’t grow up a fantasy reader for nothing.

Speaking of which, off I go a-questing. Got another book to finish writing.

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is The Raven’s Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Moniteur de la Mode Date-  Monday, September 1, 1845

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Shy Sea Anemone Hates Hugs

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Gold Rush California Was Much More Expensive Than Today’s Dot Com Boom

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
On Fans and Fan Mail

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:
The Writer Librarian interviews Yours Truly, and more on Manners & Mutiny.

Quote of the Day:
“This has gone too far. It’s gone the way if bacon and mustaches.”
~ International Waters (regarding ugly Christmas sweaters)

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.


The Story Behind the Soulless Limited Edition Cover Art

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Today, Gentle Reader, I have a bit story for you concerning that wonderful cover for the limited edition of Soulless from Subterranean Press. This is the first time Soulless will be published for the English speaking market in hardcover so you can imagine I was pretty excited about said cover design.

So now I shall tell you the story of its creation…

Out February 29, 2016, order here.
Limited: 750 signed numbered copies for $50.00 each
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase for $250.00

Behind the Cover

The wonderful folks at Subterranean Press have been working very closely with me for months to come up with a cover that I truly love. Not that I don’t love Soulless‘s other covers, but I wanted something different. I asked for something very Victorian looking, as if it had come from that time period, only skewed to look off and steampunky.

 Some of the samples I sent along.

I also sent along these two pieces of fan art. You see what happens when you make fan art, sometimes you become part of an art consult!

hopeisaturtle tumblr – Soulless Minimalist Posters Alexia copy

Alexia by sweet tabby

My team actually contacted the artist behind the first image and she did a redesign for us for the central cameo! Isn’t that cool?

They came up with three initial designs, we all agreed we liked the same one of the three. There was discussion over including octopus elements, and also making certain there was at least a hint of steampunk. I suggested using the “o” in Soulless and turning it into a gear. Poking about the interwebs I found this amazing cover for Julie Kagawa’s Talon. Isn’t it stunning?

Then I mentioned that I’d greatly appreciate it if they wouldn’t do pink for this first book. Not that I mind pink, don’t get me wrong, but I feel for some readers that pink is a barrier to entry. I thought they might go with wine or burgundy, but I’m DELIGHTED to see they chose green. It is, after all, my favorite color.

I do hope you guys love it as much as I do. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the end result.

Soulless covers that have come before…

 US Mass Market edition (now OP); German Mass Market edition

 Japanese Edition; US Trade Paperback Edition

 Hardcover Omnibus Edition; German Hardcover Edition

Manga cover; US Limited Hardcover

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1845 La Mode 25

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Shy Dumbo Octopus Hides Inside Own Arms – Nautilus Live

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
British Tea Etiquette: How to Drink it Downtown Abbey-Style

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“He was more like something out of Dickens than anything human.”
― P.G. Wodehouse

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail’s first foray into hybrid land. First draft in holding pattern.



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:

  • Sara of Freadomlibrary says of Soulless: “I absolutely adore every single one of these characters. They are all so complex and interesting and they work so well together. Their bounce off each other in a way that’s heartfelt and hilarious.”
  • Britt Kris of For The Love of the Read says of Soulless: “I definitely recommend for readers who like paranormal novels and are looking for one that’s not exactly like everything else out there.”

Quote of the Day:
“A lesser moustache, under the impact of that quick, agonised expulsion of breath, would have worked loose at the roots.”
― P.G. Wodehouse, Uncle Fred in the Springtime

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

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