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Behind the Magic ~ Romancing the Inventor Chapter Titles And Other Quandaries

Posted by Gail Carriger

I have a mad love of chapter titles, Gentle Reader.

 

You may, or may not, have noticed that all of my books have chapter titles. I’ve no idea where this love comes from, that’s the weird thing. Yes many of my early reader books had chapter titles, but it’s not like as I got older they didn’t fade away as they mainly do in genre. And didn’t most other authors have that too? Yet they readily abandon the chapter title. Perhaps it’s because of my comedy bent?

For example, here’s a look at the chapter titles in Romancing the Inventor:

  1. In Which We Hope Vampires are Perverted
  2. In Which Inventors Have Powerful Dimples
  3. In Which Equations Prove Fruitful and Multiply
  4. In Which Werewolves Come Calling
  5. In Which Things Get Perverted at Supper
  6. In Which Imogene Contemplates Rodger
  7. In Which We Learn the Source of Vanilla
  8. In Which There are More Dimples
  9. In Which Werewolves Meddle
  10. In Which We Solve All the Equations

I don’t always use the “In Which” tag, but in this particular book I really wanted to. It felt right. Perhaps, if you want me to seem very smart, I’m playing on the idea of solitary women of the dark past (particularly those with aberrant sexual interests), being monikered witch? (There’s you college essay for you.) Competence, the book I’m working on now, has a different approach. But it still has chapter titles.

One of my great joys as an indie author is that I get to make sure my chapter titles appear at the front of the ebook. My formatter and I had a long hash out of the necessity of this and how I wanted them to appear, exactly. Because when I can be in control, I am such a control freak.

I don’t necessarily gravitate to reading books that have chapter titles, but I do notice when they appear and I like it. Possibly because it is so rare these days.

I wonder why it’s so out of fashion. Too much like non-fiction? Perceived as juvenile?

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

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GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

 After a design by Cornelis Pronk (Dutch, Amsterdam 1691–1759 Amsterdam), Chinese, for Dutch market

 Cornelis Pronk (Dutch, Amsterdam 1691–1759 Amsterdam)
Plate depicting a lady with parasol, ca. 1734–37
Chinese, Yongzheng (1723–35)–Qianlong (1736–95) period
Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware); H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.); Diam. 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm.)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Purchase, Winfield Foundation Gift, 1968 (68.153)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Globo dirigible de M. Giffard

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Publishing Predictions: What Will Happen in 2017

Book News:

Dianna Sachs says of Romancing the Inventor:

“The relationship between Madame Lefoux and the intrepid parlormaid, Imogene, has a sweetness that underlies their discovery of each other. The pair must navigate their emerging feelings for each other while withstanding the manipulations of a few familiar characters – some benign and others decidedly hostile.”

Quote of the Day:

“Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Romancing the Inventor is an Audiobook!

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m not going to bury the lead, darlings, because that is so not my style. Here, in all its glory is the link to buy Romancing the Inventor in audiobook form on Audible! (Also on iTunes.)

Concerning Audiobooks, Tea, & Mild Peril

Well my darling Gentle Reader, after scanning a bunch of articles (mostly useless) and poking some of my audiophile friends (mostly not used to my approach) I took a deep breath and ever-so-cautiously tried ACX. Imagine Gail clutching her new audiobook baby, trembling to her heaving (but well-supported) bosom. Teetering on the edge of the abyss in her 6″ stilettos.

Drama much?

Have I mentioned recently how much I suck at new technology? Well I do. It frightens me.

ACX, incidentally, is the (supposedly) easiest way to publish to audible and iTunes. And yeah, it’s yet another thing that belongs to Amazon. (Incidentally, I now have like 7 Amazon accounts, because god forbid publication occur all under one log in, but… I digress.)

It’s a process because there are a lot of files, so I had to get those from Bryan (my producer extraordinaire) and my internet has been hella whack recently. (Yeah, I said hella whack, I’m a norcal girl, sue me.) So that took, like, days. Then I had to upload them one by one to ACX, which took hours. And do I put in Chapter titles? This is always the questions. I decided yes because I am stupid-proud of my dumb pun chapter titles. And then we realized we needed other stuff, like credits, and then Em’s voice was shot due to a cold, and so forth…

But, it’s there now!

Why Romancing the Inventor first and not Poison or Protect?

Because I found Emma (my narrator) first, she was available immediately, and we decided she was much better suited to Imogene than to Preshea. Frankly, I’m going to see how this one sells. If I manage to recoup my expenditure, I will put another audiobook into production.

Why can’t I get it in Mazzoooka, on my Diddlewhap Player, on a CD/cassette tape/wax cylinder?

Because I can only get it out to the places ACX covers. Because I can only get it to the players that ACX supports. Because you need to give over obsolete tech. I know. It’s hard. Deep breath, let it go.

Why the weird price?

So far as I could figure out, Amazon DOES NOT LET YOU set the price. Not in the current UI. I know, I thought it was weird too. Probably something to do with the subscription model.

You wanna know more?

Romancing the Inventor is read by the incomparable Emma Newman. Emma is a killer narrator with a beautiful soft-and-proper British accent, a fantastic author, and a wonderful human being. Her voice is lovely and she was particularly good about both the lower class and the french accents in Romancing the Inventor which were important to me. We had a consult about pronunciation, so all names & Parasolverse words in the book are pronounced how I would pronounce them. If you don’t like it, blame me, not Emma.

Photo by Lou Abercrombie

Emma Newman writes dark short stories and science fiction and urban fantasy novels. She won the British Fantasy Society Best Short Story Award 2015 and ‘Between Two Thorns’, the first book in Emma’s Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel and Best Newcomer 2014 awards. Her first science-fiction novel, Planetfall, was published by Roc in 2015. Emma is an audiobook narrator and also co-writes and hosts the Hugo-nominated, Alfie Award winning podcast ‘Tea and Jeopardy’ which involves tea, cake, mild peril and singing chickens. Her hobbies include dressmaking and playing RPGs. She blogs at www.enewman.co.uk and can be found as @emapocalyptic on Twitter.

Readers of my books may particularly enjoy her Split Words series, the first of which is Between Two Thorns.

Beautiful and nuanced as it is dangerous, the manners of Regency and Victorian England blend into a scintillating fusion of urban fantasy and court intrigue.

Emma also runs the Tea & Jeopardy podcast with her husband. It was through this podcast that I found her voice. I adore it and long time readers of this blog will have heard me talk about it before.

As ever you don’t have to take my word for it. Here is more on Audio Books – Options, Pros, Cons, Dos, and Don’ts

{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 . . .

Departure Platform, Victoria Station (c. 1880), by James Tissot. (Photo- Wikiart.org)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Home Decor Gifts for Booklovers

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

What It Takes to Open a Bookstore

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Ask Me Another podcast featuring Literary Favorites

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“Never trust anyone who thinks they can weaponize crumpets.”
~ Steampunk Worlds Fair

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Ketchup Blog: What’s Next For Gail Carriger

Posted by Gail Carriger

As 2016 comes to its close (how did it go so fast?) I’m already focused on what’s coming up in 2017, Gentle Reader. Chirrup readers will receive further details on my schemes and plans soon, but here I’ll simply say 2017 will bring you:

  1. A much anticipated Parasolverse novella
  2. A bran spanking new non-Parasolverse novel that’s something a bit different

Behind the scenes, I’ll be writing a lot. I can’t quite talk about what just yet. I very much hope the first Claw & Courtship novella is in there. Fingers crossed.

I’ve two writing retreats planned, hoping they will help out with my deadlines, and less travel (for the same reason). Travel takes so much out of me. Not having a book tour is actually a really good thing, under these circumstances.

That said, you will see me at San Diego Comic Con, the great and fateful. As well as Detroit, Alaska, and a few other places.

Changes!

I’ll be putting the price of digital edition of Poison or Protect up next year, so now is the time to jump on the $2.99 (USA ebook). Yes, all platforms including international may go up.

PoisonOrProtect_promo

Want incentive? Here’s some people saying some nice (and funny) things about Poison or Protect!

Praise

ALPHA reader says: “I adored this novella. There are lots of old favorites and familiar faces peppered throughout, but Preshea and Gavin’s romance is entirety fresh and fabulous.”

I Smell Sheep gives Poison or Protect 5 sheep (Lyall would approve) and says: “If you enjoy alternate historical fantasy with steampunk and erotic romance added, you will enjoy this story.”

Hoot Reads Books says: “This was a novella full of surprises, new romances, juicy secrets, and returning characters including my favorite dandy vampire.”

Quest Book Reviews says: “Even though I knew I would enjoy the book because of the familiar world it was set in and the appearance of some of my favorite characters, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually LIKED Preshea.”

Feeling Fictional says: “Poison or Protect was everything I’ve come to expect from one of Gail Carriger’s stories, it had great characters, a brilliant setting, plenty of humour and a wonderful (and surprisingly steamy!) romance and I can’t wait to read more of these Delightfully Deadly novellas.”

Leonard Was Hopeful gives Poison or Protect 5 stars and says: “It is the mark of a good writer that s/he can make us feel affection for villains, or, more accurately, that s/he gives us rounded, fleshed out characters who are complicated and complex, rather than flat characters who can be described as “hero” or “villain” with no grey area in between.”
Also: “Dammit, Gail Carriger, you got me to read a romance novel(la)!! And I may or may not have enjoyed it. I may never forgive you for that.”

*insert Gail’s evil laugh here* and if you read Soulless, sorry, you’ve already read a romance novel.

{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 . . .

Fashion plate, 1876, France via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Fashion plate, 1876, France via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Fan-made bookmark for Etiquette & Espionage

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Red whiskered men should marry brunettes…

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“It’s a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.”
~ Andrew Jackson

Book News:

Rally the Readers says:

“Like Poison or Protect, Romancing the Inventor was just the right number of pages. Other novellas I’ve read felt a bit short and not long enough to really get to know the characters and/or tell a complete story, but neither issue arises here.”

Quote of the Day:

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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


Romancing the Inventor Ketchup

Posted by Gail Carriger

Romancing the Inventor has now been out 10 days, Gentle Reader. I cannot thank you enough for all your love and support. Particularly those who took the time to review and to comment and let me know that you enjoyed it. It really does mean a lot. And I notice, I do.

You know what? This book has be really fun from start to launch. And I don’t say that about most book launches!

Facebook Live Meets Spoilers

I did some Facebook Lives yesterday (a longer Q&A and a shorter spoilerific) that I hope some of you managed to watch. OK I know some of you managed it, because you were there, and I love you. The spoilerific one on the Squee Group will be deleted at the end of day 11/7/2016. I’m not comfortable leaving it up there for posterity. In the future, I’ll not even bother to upload those ones for replay. They will be a catch it only when live kind-of-deal. Since I didn’t warn you this time, that’s not fair, but going forward you have been warned.

Gail Carriegr Facebook Live Q&A https://www.facebook.com/gailcarrigerllc/

Travel

Tomorrow I leave for Singapore. I have blog posts scheduled to drop for while I am away but I’m not sure how much I, personally, will be online. So don’t drink all the tea while I’m gone.

Lilliput Suitcase, Gail Carriger Travel

I’ve an 18 hour flight: 4 magazines (Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, RWR, Locus), notes for a class I’m teaching to review, hundreds of books to read, dozens of podcasts to listen to, and 4 possible projects to work on (first pass on SAS novel, RTW novella outline, CP3 novel outline, some possible shorts). I even banked a few movies. I know, look at me getting caught up on pop culture. Not to mention the fact that I intend to try to sleep at least 6-8 of those hours. In case you wondered, I don’t mind long plane rides!

Being original and creative on a plane can be hard for me, so I’ll likely do the first read of SAS (which I was going to hold of on, but a review of next year’s production schedule means I need to move quicker than I thought), as that’s less brain power. But I wanted to bring options, just in case.

Gail Carriger On The Go Set Up: iPad Mini, blue tooth keyboard, scrivener iOS

This will be the first heavy test of my remote writing set up using Scrivener for iOS, my tiny bluetooth keyboard, and my iPad mini. I’m hoping it goes as well as it did on tour last July.

For those of you doing NaNoWriMo, very best of luck. And to all of you have a wonderful few weeks and I’ll chat with you when I get back.

{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: First pass read through.
    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 . . .

Fashion plate, May, 1877, England via shewhosorshipscarlin tumblr

Fashion plate, May, 1877, England via shewhosorshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Victorian Tea Boxes New Zealand Museum

Victorian Tea Boxes New Zealand Museum

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

All About Steampunk: Gaiters, Goggles & Glory

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.”
~ Isaac Asimov

Book News:

E&E made the list of “100 Must-Read YA Historical Fantasy Novels” on Book Riot

Quote of the Day:

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”
~ Susan Heller

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


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?

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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!


The Incomparable Vesta Tilly – Victorian Actress & Crossdresser (Special Extras)

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 famous 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.

Want more behind the scenes sneak peeks? Join the Chirrup

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

1862 Promenade Ensemble   The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 
Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Minoan, I think. Form the BM.

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

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
A fun look at book cover art featuring THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NYC by Mur Lafferty  


Character Study ~ Madame Genevieve Lefoux Original Notes & More (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 
Genevieve Lefoux enters the Parasolverse in the second book of the series, Changeless. She is, in essence, Alexia’s Q. As I wrote her she turned into much much more than that. Her hidden contrivance chamber beneath the hat shop is possibly the most steampunk element in any book I’ve ever written.

All About Madame Genevieve Lefoux (AKA Vieve)

Later on, she becomes Sophronia’s Q as well, in the Finishing School series. Even though she is only 10.
Eventually, of course she get’s her own book, Romancing the Inventor.
Because, apparently I can not leave this poor character alone!
Here is how she is originally introduced to my readership…

“Alexia thought, without envy, that this was quite probably the most beautiful female she had ever seen. She had a lovely small mouth, large green eyes, prominent cheekbones, and dimples when she smiled, which she was doing now. Normally Alexia objected to dimples, but they seemed to suit this woman. Perhaps because they were offset by her thin angular frame and the fact that she had her brown hair cut unfashionably short, like a man’s.
Ivy gasped upon seeing her.
This was not because of the hair. Or, not entirely because of it. This was because the woman was also dressed head to shiny boots in perfect and impeccable style . . . for a man. Jacket, pants, and waistcoat were all to the height of fashion. A top hat perched upon that scandalously short hair, and her burgundy cravat was tied into a silken waterfall. Still, there was no pretense at hiding her femininity. Her voice, when she spoke, was low and melodic, but definitely that of a woman.”

~ From Changeless

Original Notes

  • Human
  • Tall and boney
  • Dimples
  • High Cheek bones
  • Short black slightly curly hair
  • Green eyes

Additional Reminders:

  • Madame Lefoux once had access to a partial copy of the Templar’s sacred scriptures
  • Her father fraternized with Alexia’s (who didn’t?)
  • Smells of vanilla and mechanics oil
  • Member of the OBO (Order of the Brass Octopus)
  • Travels with a tool kit in a hatbox

In the Parasol Protectorate series, Madame Lefoux is an enigma and her relationship with Alexia is quite turbulent. She clearly has much love to give and is a creature of emotions as well as science, a marker of her excess soul. But her motives are often unclear and her loyalty seems to be to family, friends, and lovers over society or government.

She is, in many ways the polar opposite of Alexia and thus Alexia finds her very difficult to understand. That doesn’t stop the two women from liking one another, something Alexia finds equally difficult to understand.

It was fun to write her earlier in time for the FInishing School books because as a child she is more open and less guarded. Also I could explore her relationship with her aunt.

Later on, of course I spend a great deal of time with her as the romantic love interest in Romancing the Inventor.

Artemis Ganartist 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

And finally she makes a brief appearance in the Custard Protocol series by virtue of her relationship with Quesnel.

That’s a lot of bandwidth for a character who essentially started out as a means to the invention of one very cool parasol.

Inside information into the authors head. . . I had originally intended Madame Lefoux to be a alternate love interest. And she is definitely interested in Alexia. But any escalation of romance between them felt forced, and I realized that it was too out of character for Alexia. Unfortunately, poor Madame Lefoux is left rather lovelorn as a result. Despite (or perhaps because of?) the many difficulties and challenges Madame Lefoux has giving me as a character, she is one of my very favorites.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Vintorian Ladies traveling case.

“It is wise never to travel unprovided with a small flask of brandy and water, a tiny case of court-plaster, with scissors, and either strong smelling salts or salt-volatile.” “In the summer a fold up fan and a flask of eu-de-Cologne or toilet vinegar will be found a great refreshment, and an unlimited stock of clean pocket-handkerchiefs is almost indispensable.”

~ Lillias Campbell Davidson, Hints to Lady Travellers, 1889

Quote of the Day:

“Port, sherry, and Madeira are decanted. Hocks and champagnes appear in their native bottles. Claret and burgundy are handed around in a claret-jug.”

~ Etiquette for Gentlemen, 1850


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