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Book Group Poll Results for 2016

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, Gentle Reader, last month I ran a poll for the book group to find out which were your favorites of 2016’s picks. Here are the results. I allowed you to pick up to 5 books. Since I can’t actually check to see if you honestly read all of them (and I didn’t require it) I’m not sure how fair the poll is, but here you go:

The question always is, with books (apart from basic statical issues) whether it was content or voice or something else you responded too as readers.

I’m not too surprised to find Sorcery & Cecilia won. It’s one of the books out there that I consider closest, in style, to my own work. Or I’d like to hope that it is. So I’m not surprised those who like my books like it. And I’m please because I feel I can continue to tell those who ask me, exactly that.

Tamora Pierce is a major voice in YA for a reason, so again, no shocker that you’d like her because few don’t. Although…

Hex Hall (which I didn’t like all that much) was higher up than I expected and the two romances (Warprize & Finders Keepers) were lower down. This makes me suspect that participants in the book group are more into YA than romance as a general rule. This might be the nature of a book group, or just a fall out of draw on Goodreads, or something else connected to my Finishing School series. Or perhaps the romances I chose (one very much Fantasy and the other very much ScFi) are not to your taste. Perhaps New Adult would work better?

So, I guess I’m saying I’m not sure what to do going forward, except pick and choose as whimsy takes me. I’m going well out of your comfort zone for the Feb pick, and diving back in (I think) for March but we shall see at the end of next year how you feel about my picks! My first book of the year A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer (review coming soon), was in part due to the fact that it keeps coming up in conversation on panels at cons. Like Gate to Women’s Country it is considered a lesser known but formative feminist work in the field. This month’s choice, Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford, is a recent urban fantasy indie read that I didn’t expect to enjoy but loved. (I can’t wait to see what you think.)

Anyway, thanks for coming along this journey with me and I hope you continue to read along.

{Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford.}

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 . . .

1880s Joseph Caraud (French artist, 1821-1905) The Red Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bookscapes

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Roundtable on diversity in SciFi that features diverse voices, includes recommendations.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

Book News:

Fan Art Alexia by Rebecca Nandi

Quote of the Day:

“The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


What Was Your Favorite Gail’s Book Group Pick of 2016?

Posted by Gail Carriger

It’s that time, Gentle Reader!

You know I want to make sure I always pick books that you like (as well as me) so I’m running a poll for the book group. You can vote for as many as five books (if you really can’t make up your mind). Feel free to vote, even if you didn’t get a chance to read all 10. (I left my own books off the list, not fair.)

Your favorite Book Group read of 2016?
  • March: Sorcery & Cecelia by Wrede & Severmer 29%, 55 votes
    55 votes 29%
    55 votes - 29% of all votes
  • Aug: Alanna by Tamora Pirece 23%, 43 votes
    43 votes 23%
    43 votes - 23% of all votes
  • Feb: Terrier by Tamora Pierce 17%, 32 votes
    32 votes 17%
    32 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Oct: The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey 9%, 17 votes
    17 votes 9%
    17 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Jan: The Raven's Ring by Patricia Wrede 7%, 14 votes
    14 votes 7%
    14 votes - 7% of all votes
  • Dec: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 5%, 10 votes
    10 votes 5%
    10 votes - 5% of all votes
  • June: Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan 4%, 8 votes
    8 votes 4%
    8 votes - 4% of all votes
  • May: Powers That Be by McCaffrey & Scarborough 3%, 5 votes
    5 votes 3%
    5 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Sept: Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair 1%, 2 votes
    2 votes 1%
    2 votes - 1% of all votes
  • April: To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane 1%, 1 vote
    1 vote 1%
    1 vote - 1% of all votes
Total Votes: 187
Voters: 119
January 1, 2017 - January 31, 2017
Voting is closed

Thanks for voting!

Last year’s winner was Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

Did you read something you really loved in 2016? I’d love to hear about it, please feel free to leave a comment.

Gail’s New Years Celebration

My Stats

Gail’s 2016 Reading Stats: 

  • Stories read in 2016: 353 (mostly shorts & novellas, m/m romance) – Look we all cope with sickness, depression, and tragedy in our own ways, I gorge speed-read at a rate of 2-4 books a day, don’t judge.
  • Rejected in 2016: 169 (57 full read, the rest samples) – This means I go so annoyed 57 times that I deleted the book.
  • Non-fiction: 10 (travel, historical research, or business related)
  • Reread: 12 or so, didn’t keep track.

Gail’s 2017 Ambitions:

  • Actively Reading: 30
  • On deck for possible book club: 18 (2 definite)
  • Purchased to read: 86
  • To reread: 24

I’m really trying to follow and commit to more authors that I like, so that I know to buy their new releases ASAP in a better effort at support. Do unto others, and all that.

As an Author?

  • Published: 1 trad novel, 2 indie novellas
  • Republished: 4 shorts
  • Wrote: 2 novellas, 1 novel (I’d like to keep this pace but I don’t know if I can and not burn out, particularly when also dealing with trad)
  • Travelled to: 17 cities, 1 international (Singapore)
  • Total number of 2016 events: 23 (including local events and multiples in same city)
  • Number of calling cards: 404 (thanks for your thoughts!)
  • Time lost to illness: c. 2 months (it was a rough year on my body, turns out)

{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 . . .

1920s Oᒪᗪ ᑭᕼOTOᔕ & ᙖᗩᙅOᑎ @photosandbacon Lila Lee at the Beach

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Alice White 1920s fashion via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“After the first glass you see things as you wish they were. After the second glass you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Dumbbells & Dragons interview

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


Cover Art Poll Results ~ The Ultimate Champion

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

This is exciting, Gentle Reader. Two of my covers were neck and neck the whole time. And the winner by a very slim margin is…

The Soulless special edition from Subterranean Press. (Insert wild applause here.)

Here’s the final pie chart. (PIE!)

As you can see Waistcoats & Weaponry gave Soulless Ltd a run for her money, coming is an astonishingly close second, with Prudence and then Soulless the original bringing up the rear.

 

Thank you all so much for voting!

To answer a question I’m getting a lot on social media: yes, this may indeed influence future covers on the self-publishing side of things, but not right away. Frankly the Poison or Protect cover was already taking cues from W&W (because it’s one of my favorites) and because it’s an adult spin off from that series.

I’ll keep the special edition in mind if I do my own collected special editions. For example, if/when self publishing ever makes it easy to do hard cover editions. Also I will certainly look with greater interest at the Prudence cover for inspiration. I kind of discounted it and now I see that I shouldn’t have done so.

Thanks again!

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles Saturday, May 1, 1858 v. 39, plate 105

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The First Kiss in Cinema (1896)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Answering Nature’s Call in Paris in 1800s

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
High Fantasy Vs. Epic Fantasy

PROJECT ROUND UP 

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

Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

 

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

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

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“Aunt Dahlia was drinking something that smelled like a leak in the gas-pipe, and I thought for a moment that it was that that made her twist up her face.”
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

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

Cover Art Polls, Results & Pick the Ultimate Winner!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well, my dear Gentle Reader. I ran a series of polls recently to do with cover art. I just wanted to get a feel for the prevailing opinions on my cover art out there. Partly out of pure curiosity. Partly with an eye towards my own hybrid work coming up.

Since Google forms now provides nifty pie charts (PIE!) I thought you would like to see the results for yourselves.

The Parasol Protectorate

Not unsurprisingly the clear winner was Soulless, the original. This powerful cover got me where I am today. All hail Donna, her parasol, and some serious pink slashes!

The Finishing School

I was delighted to see Waistcoats & Weaponry walk away with this win. Certainly one of my favorite covers, partly because that’s my fan. Also, I like a cover where the model is looking out at you, confrontational and powerful. Plus you all know how I feel about teals and greens. Love love.

Custard Protocol

Not really a fair fight since there are only two books in this series, so far. And one of them isn’t even published yet. Still, here we have it!

Other Covers

For the sake of international interest I included a few of my covers from outside the USA (I basically just chose my favorites of the sets, one each of the German covers and the second omnibus and the new limited edition hardcover.) The winner was, to my delight, the Subterranean Soulless!

So now, to make it utterly impossible for you, I am asking you to pick your favorite of these four! I know, I know, I’m mean. But inquiring minds want to know.

Who wins fan favorite Gail Carriger cover? Only you can decide

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Bon Ton Sunday, August 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 123

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Welcome to the World of Library Bars

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
10 Types of Apostrophe Errors You Should Avoid

PROJECT ROUND UP 

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

Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

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


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

Book News:
20 Books Recommended By People with Chronic Illness for People with Chronic Illness (Parasol Protectorate made the list)

Quote of the Day:
“Lady Grenville thinks that one can reduce one’s figure by eating only grapes. Lord Grenville drinks even more claret than most gentlemen and is far fatter. (Evidently one must eat the grapes and not drink them.)”
~ Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery & Cecelia

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Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

Book Group Poll Results ~ Gail’s Thoughts on 2015’s Read Alongs

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I just ended my 2015 poll, designed to gather readers’ favorite books out of those I chose for last year. 2015 was the first full year of the book group. This kind of poll is good for me, because it provides a great deal of insight. The books that result in the most discussion (which are the ones I pay attention to at the time) are not necessarily the ones that people liked the best. Also the books that I think will cause the most excitement, because they are similar to my own work, aren’t always the most popular either.

So, the poll…

205 readers participated in the poll (which was pretty awesome as I didn’t know that many people were reading along with the group!)

I’m guessing there are more out there too, likely some didn’t vote because the poll isn’t mobile friendly, and it’s outside of common use platforms (like Feedly, or Goodreads, or FB). Some may not have voted because the didn’t read all 12 books. And some just don’t like polls.

RESULTS

With 23% of the vote (49 people) The Eyre Affair was the most popular read. I would guess this is also the general populace’s favorite of the books we read in 2015.

Uprooted came in a close second with 47 votes (22%). This startled me as I see very little cross over with my own work and Uprooted. Still, nice to know a fairy story with a darker edge is welcome, particularly one where the ebook is overpriced. Uprooted also had a clear lead at the beginning of the poll, which tells me that the most devoted readers of my social media (and those with quickest ability to respond – likely younger) favor this book.

(I must say I don’t think much of Uprooted‘s cover.)

In order of decreasing popularity the other books were:

  1. Court of Fives 16 (7%) ~ YA epic fantasy, historical bent, modern style*
  2. Valor’s Choice 16 (7%) ~ military space opera
  3. My Man Jeeves 16 (7%) ~ vintage comedy
  4. Karen Memory 16 (7%) ~ dystopian feminist steampunk
  5. Newt’s Emerald 15 (7%) ~ gaslight fantasy regency romance
  6. Kat, Incorrigible 15 (7%) ~ mid-grade regency comedy
  7. Ridiculous 7 (4%) ~ regency romance, modern style
  8. The Outlaws of Sherwood 5 (2%) ~ vintage alt-history retelling
  9. Jinn & Juice 3 (1%) ~ urban fantasy, modern style
  10. Passion Blue 0 (0%) ~ YA historical

In cases were the books were ranked the same, I put them in order of my favorite first.
* By modern style I mean written with the pace, plot tropes and character archetypes, and graphic sex we see more common in books written since the age of indy publishing. Yes, it is different.

Some thoughts: 

  • I’m not certain how many people who voted actually read all 12 books. In the future, I might add a check box asking that question at the top.
  • I’m looking into a better platform for the poll in the future. Last I checked, nothing integrated well with blogger, so it may have to be an external survey generator. Could use a Google form the way I do with the Chirrup. Not sure yet.
  • Despite their 3rd place ranking, I don’t see myself choosing anymore Wodehouse or anything as gritty as Karen Memory again. 
  • I’m also unlikely to go for mid-grade or straight up historical. The first I now believe is too childish, the second too dry, for this particular Book Group.
  • The two books I thought most like my own were Newt’s Emerald and Ridiculous. Either the people in my book group have more varied taste than my fans (who always ask for something to read that’s exactly like my books) or my own estimate of what’s similar to my books is wrong. Or I’ve no idea what people like about my books. Or all three. 

STILL want something to read?
While You Are Waiting ~ Books To Read While Gail Types

{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 . . .

via shewhoworshipscarlin.tumblr.com Summer dress fashion plate ,1808

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Ephemeral Elegance @drapedinhistory  Such an enchanting image of a couple ice skating, c.1880s

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Regency History: When Was London Season?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
We Need To Talk About Territories

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. Rough draft done, wait to start first pass.



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:
Gail appears on SF Signal Podcast: The Obligatory Best of 2015 Episode

Quote of the Day:
“My dear fellow, the truth isn’t quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl.”
 ~ Oscar Wilde

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

Character Story Poll Results

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

At the beginning of the month, I asked you, Gentle Reader, which side character you would like to see star in their own story. Fascinating results my dear Gentle Reader, absolutely fascinating.  

Blogspot’s percentages are all over the place (likely because people could vote from more than one character at a time). Livejournal is a super pain to work with as a platform, but their blog-internal polling widget is not to be sneezed at. Far superior. However, you can see the results in both venues were pretty similar. Ah, demographics.

The final ranking results were as follows:

  1. Lyall ~ 528
  2. Biffy ~ 523
  3. Lefoux ~ 509
  4. Sidheag ~ 380
  5. Dimity ~ 189
  6. Channing ~ 153
  7. Alessandro ~ 131
  8. The Dewan ~ 89
  9. Agatha ~ 79
  10. Monique ~ 30
  11. Preshea ~ 23

Mostly things fell out as I expected. Not to be cocky… but you think I don’t pay attention to the forums and in Q&As? I know who you love… Although I will say, Sidheag was a surprise. I had no idea she was such a popular character.

There were some interesting side suggestions as well. Of course, many mentioned Lord Akeldama. I left him off the list intentionally because I didn’t want him to distract from the other characters. He is nothing if not distracting! Soap, Ivy, Felix, and Pillover were commonly requested as well. I have reasons for all four of these omissions. It would be spoiler-ish to say why.

A few commenters specified time lines: Lyall’s origin story (I’ve never thought about this, it would be fun), Ivy as a baroness, Sophronia as a working adult. One wanted to know about Dimity’s parents. (I hadn’t even considered them. But what a wonderful idea for a evil genius star-crossed lovers story, and it would have a regency setting!)

You see? This I why I do this. So many fun things to think about. You guys are constantly leading me towards further insight into my own characters. It’s awesome.

Does it mean there is an immanent Lyall/Biffy short on the way? Nooooooo. But it means it jumped higher up the queue. No promises on timelines until I get Imprudence roughed out and a few other 2015 projects socked away. But 2016 should be fun. Thank you for taking the poll, you have made it that much funner.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for Febuary? Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear, read about its inception from a conversation and a YA proposal, and glorious hair. Or here is another one on Suvudu}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1837 Robe des magasins Delisle, rue Grammon-? Chapeau de chez Lemonnier, rue St. Honore, 348. Voile de chez Mme. Lasalle, passage des Panoramas, 54. Title-  La Mode Date-  Saturday, July 1, 1837 Item ID-  v. 18, plate 95

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Who’s Running Your Writers’ Group? Why You Should Be Careful

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 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:
Jenny of Book Sojourner says of Waistcoats & Weaponry:
“I am still loving this series. It’s fun, it’s creative, and it’s completely engaging. … I got a real kick out of all the situations they would find themselves in, the twists and developments, and especially the witty dialogue.”

Quote of the Day:

Grammerly FB
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Which Gail Carriger side character would you like to see star in their own story?

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Blogger is super tetchy about embedding polls into a post, but I am very curious so I have widgeted in one in the side bar for you to take, if you would be so kind?

/________________ Right there, see?

I am contemplating future side scribbles, my dear Gentle Reader, and I figure who better to ask then you? Of course, I am a willful creature and one of the reasons for me to do side projects is so I can write whatever I feel like for once. So I may ignore you entirely in this matter. However, I still really want to know which side characters would you like to see get their own story? You can pick as many as you like.

I’ll leave the poll up for a month or so.

Also feel free to leave a comment bellow if I have left anyone out, or if you have more to say on the subject.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for January? Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1923  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Images of Sewing Outdoors 1800-1900s

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
“Maccarony Cheese” Cooking in the Archives

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
What I Do as a Librarian

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 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:
Shae Has Left the Room says, “Basically, if you want all the hijinks and escapades of the previous two books with a slightly more mature stable of topics and a slathering of swoony but not too serious romance, you’re going to love Waistcoats & Weaponry.”

Quote of the Day:
“Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter, and in wine.”
~ Polish Proverb

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The Winnah & Poll Results

Posted by Gail Carriger

 


Contest winner

Alicia is the winner of the Sans Âme Contest & A New Facebook Group. I simply put the number of members (1076) into a random number generator and got 63, which happened to be her.

Please don’t be disappointed, as I pointed out on the Facebook group there will be many more contests. Some coming right up for the new fashion blog and for the release of Heartless. Some time in the distant future I am also plotting a Parasol Protectorate Ultimate contest. (I have been saving first editions of every book, including the ARC and foreign language publications, plus all the swag, plus the audio-books on CD, in a special octopus bag for the be-all end-all Uber Fan contest after the series has ended).

Poll Results
Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent poll, I found the results very interesting. I neglected certain areas of media and literature because those are things I have little or no contact with myself, so I’m unlikely to blog about them. The poll was more for me to determine what I should chat with you about. I mean there is hardly any point in me burbling on about Top Chef if none of you watch it, now is there?

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:

Your Writerly Tinctures:
Size matters?

Timeless: Back from editor, off to Gamma (who is taking it to Israel). My book travels where I haven’t!
Secret Project F: Plod plod.
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.


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

League of Steam Interview for the SteamGeeks Podcast. Discussed Mourning Jewelry among many other things. Really fun. Although the last 15 minutes got eaten, so not quite certain what is there.

Quote of the Day:
“It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon it says, “Work!” After beefsteak and porter, it says, “Sleep!” After a cup of tea (two spoonfuls for each cup, and don’t let it stand for more than three minutes), it says to the brain, “Now rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature, and into life: spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!”
~ Jerome K. Jerome, ‘Three Men in a Boat’


Poll Time: In Which Gail Wants To Know About You

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In order to better cater to your blog-reading needs, Gentle Reader, I am always trying to further my understanding of . . . well, you. So here’s a poll! (You’ll need to go to my LJ blog to actually answer the questions.)

Poll #1742606 Trying to Better Understand My Readers
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All
Self Identity (Gail’s definitions in brackets)











Books, my thoughts on Gail’s picks . . .













Movies/TV, I mostly watch . . .





Oh and don’t forget, tomorrow the Facebook French Edition Contest ends.

{For the record I consider myself a: Nerd Un-Gamer with Fascist Stylista Tendencies and Chronic Costumer’s Guilt Complex.}

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Beautiful vintage inspired lingerie.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Justice.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
New Blog discovery for new writers, Query Shark.

Timeless: Back from editor, off to Gamma (who is taking it to Israel). My book travels where I haven’t!
Secret Project F: It is ALIVE! But I’m struggling, so the number hasn’t move much recently.
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.


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


Lady Alexia Maccon by RohanElf

Quote of the Day:
“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.”
~ Author Unknown


What Made You Pick Up Soulless?

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My friend, The Steampunk Scholar, is teaching Soulless at his university this semester. We got into a whole discussion, sparked by a student, over Twitter regarding why people originally picked up the book and what accounted for the steady rise in interest. As it is for an educational cause, I was hoping you wouldn’t mind another poll so close to the last. The Scholar and I are quite interested, Gentle Reader.

Poll #1721567
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 1
What made you pick up Soulless? The first thing that made you do it, or that really clinched it. Please try to pick just the most important or pivotal option . . . this is for science!

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
A classic Ivy hat

Your Tisane of Smart:

Your Writerly Tinctures:
My agent talks derivative works.

Timeless: Working second draft.
Secret Project F: It is ALIVE!
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.


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

All Things From My Brain reviews Soulless. “Check it out, people – it’s a great ride.”

Quote of the Day:
“I write plays because dialogue is the most respectable way of contradicting myself.”
~ Tom Stoppard


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