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Coop de Book Review ~ The Blue Sword (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

When people talk about The Blue Sword, Gentle Reader, they often feel compelled to mention The Hero and the Crown. These two books are intimately connected, although each stands alone (the one is a legend in the other).

There are many out there who think The Hero and the Crown the better book. I genuinely like them both, but I read The Blue Sword first and Hari is my one true love.

Alanna was my first girl with a sword and magic, Hari was the first one I felt was like me.

That’s part of it.

I also always liked the romance line better in The Blue Sword. There’s something remarkable in that, because for most of this book the two leads are separated. Yet I believe in their love unquestionably.

Also I find the story is closer, more character driven, and more intimate in Blue. Hero always felt a bit more like a legend being told around a fireplace ~ a little distanced, as if I were watching the characters from far above.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for September is The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

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

NOW IN DIGITAL, PRINT & AUDIO!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger, now also in audio.
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

(c) Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Behind the Scenes at The Costume Institute Conservation Laboratory: House of Worth Ball Gown

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Freelance Achievement Stickers

Book News:

Cover art pose similarity, the hip cock elbow

Stephanie of Cover2Cover Blog says of Curtsies & Conspiracies:

“I really love how the girls always get into a mess and have to work their way out of it – strong females are wonderful. I also loved the humor, there is always the comic relief of a mechanical wiener dog if nothing else. Bumbersnoot makes me giggle and I love it.”

Quote of the Day:

“Editing to do list today includes “organize & pain” as opposed to “organize & plan.” Same difference, I suppose.”

~ Self

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


Did You Enjoy The Sumage Solution? Here’s What To Read Next, Miss Carriger Recommends

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello hello. I’m hoping by now you’ve had a chance to read my latest book, The Sumage Solution. If you have, as always, I’d adore a review. It’s really more helpful that you realize. I’m hoping to write the next San Andreas Shifter book soon (Competence CE permitting). Thank you to everyone who’s asked about it.

In the interim, I’m put together this list of authors I absolutely love who write m/m fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. Ones that I think you might like if you enjoyed The Sumage Solution.

Ready?

Loved The Sumage Solution? Try…

R. Cooper’s Being(s) in Love series.

Please please please just ignore the horrible cover art. (Someone has got to do better over at Dreamspinner Press. They should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.) Anyway, these books are so sweet and poignant, with prevailing themes of loneliness and cultural (usually human-to-fae) misunderstandings. Gentle HEAs, understated but lovely sex scenes. You do not have to read this series in order at all, just pick and choose whichever blurb interests you. You’ll probably end up reading them all anyway. That’s what happened to me. I started with (and loved) Treasure for Treasure, and I am so NOT a dragon shifter person. If it’s the mage/werewolf dynamic you’re after, than try A Beginner’s Guide to Wooing Your Mate.

Charlie Cochet’s Thirds series.

On a completely different vein, the Thirds series features genetically altered shifter humans (mostly cats) and their various romances and partners in an elite military task force in a quasi post-plague world. If you like Max, you’ll love Dex, who brings ridiculous snark to a whole new level. You should read these in order, so start with Hell & High Water. These books can get pretty rough and violent, and also very erotic, so trigger warnings all ’round.

The Lodestar of Ys by Amy Rae Durreson.

If your preference runs into the epic fantasy range rather than shifters, than this book is for you. It is particularly stunning and beautiful with its worldbuilding. The sex scenes are well done but can get explicit. The beginning is absorbing, featuring a country under siege from a Roman Empire-like menace. But it is the second half, when the main characters fly to the airborne islands of Ys that Durreson’s imagination soars. I hope some day we get another book of Ys, if only to read more about this beautiful world. You can read my Goodreads review as well, if you like.

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The Sacrifice and Other Stories by Kim Fielding.

(Another one with a craptastic cover, sigh. Why must this be? It’s so bad I refuse to even show it in this blog.) This is a collection of Fielding’s fantasy m/m shorts, which I like and think are her strongest works. Fielding writes classic stunning visionary fantasy extremely well. I could see her on the honor roll of the greats of the field, except she also includes gay sex. (And for this she must be ignored and punished, because the world is dumb.) Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, these can also get pretty rough. Her characters are almost always resilient but broken. That’s why I advise starting with this collection, get an idea of her writing style and themes and see if you want more. She’s got a good range. Also, some of her solo ebook offerings are already included here, so if you start with this collection, you won’t double up.

Jex Lane’s Beautiful Monsters series, starting with Captive.

Like your vampire with a dose of incubus? This one is for you. That said, I hesitated to recommend this series because it’s not yet finished. It really is a series and I don’t know if Lane can stick the landing. So far as I can tell, Lane is a new author. I don’t mind shouting out something like Rhys Ford’s Kai Gracen stuff, because Rhys has a track record of great HEAs. But Lane, I’m not sure what we are in for in the end. That said, I sure did find the Beautiful Monsters books riveting. Everything is pretty darn graphic though, from the violence to the sex, so all kinds of trigger warnings on these puppies. Like Kai, the main characters (and most of the side characters) are pansexual so… yeah… ALL THE THINGS in all the places.

Love The Sumage Solution & The Parasolverse?

Well Romancing the Werewolf is coming November 5th, 2017. (Please to remember the 5th of November…) That’s going to be my first major m/m love story set in the Parasolverse.

But I do have a few to suggest while you wait.

I really admire KJ Charles. Both the Society of Gentlemen series and her other regency romance stuff. All m/m, filled with manners and clothing, hiding and danger, and the risk inherent in all four. Some of the sex scenes are quite erotic, but not as many triggers, if my memory serves. A Gentleman’s Position is my favorite for the class conflict and pinning (I love a good pine) but A Seditious Affair is killer if BDSM is your jam… so to speak. I don’t think you have to read these in order, although it might be slightly more enjoyable if you do. Each one stands alone from the romance perspective.

Rowan Speedwell writes historically set m/m like Kindred Hearts but also fantasy like Bitterwood (read my review on Goodreads). I’d recommend most of her stuff, pick and choose to your taste.

Jordan L. Hawk’s Hexworld series, starting with Hexbreaker (or the short The 13th Hex). These are wonderful stories in a well conceived and unique magical system involving magicians and their shifter familiars, a victorian setting, fabulous characters with a range of personalities. Lots of cross character pollination, but (so far) no strong carry-over storyline. No cliff hangers.

Want to sample many of these recommendations in short story first?

The Charmed and Dangerous anthology, is actually where I first found a large number of these authors. Not every single story was to my taste, but it’s a well edited anthology of ten stories, and some of them are truly wonderful.

Have fun, and happy reading!

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

NOW IN DIGITAL, PRINT & AUDIO!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger, now also in audio.
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 vi antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Me and some of my friends & Alpha readers at the SAS launch party

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How Do Airlines Come Up With These Ridiculous Fares?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

4 Reasons to Love Coffee Shops

Book News:

The Key Book Publishing Paths: 2017

Quote of the Day:

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


The Sumage Solution Goes Out Into The World

Posted by Gail Carriger

Tomorrow, Gentle Reader.

Tomorrow.

Possibly one of the biggest risks in my writing career.

Gulp.

My goodness I do hope you enjoy it. Or even if you don’t, that you know someone who might like it, and consider passing it along to them.

You only live once, right?

Might as well eat the cheese and write the smut.

Wish me luck?

Yours always,

Miss Gail

P.S. The print edition is up and running, you can order it now and it will ship immediately.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.
  • How to Marry a Werewolf in 10 Easy Steps ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
    Status: Rough draft complete, on layaway.
    Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Coming 2018.

OUT TOMORROW!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Shoes of Prey Red Wingtip Pumps (read what I think of this service on Retro Rack)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

There Was No ‘Golden Age’ of Air Travel

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How Writing Short Fiction Can Enhance Your Novel (and Your Career)

Book News:

At the BayCon romance panel being an idiot.

Quote of the Day:

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

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The Sumage Solution Launch Party At Borderlands in San Francisco

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Tomorrow I’ll be doing something fun, Gentle Reader. It’s the kind of thing I can only do with an indie book. I’m having a launch party before the book is officially on sale.

I know, right? But… I CAN.

(Insert evil laugh here.)

For those of you in the Bay Area, here are the details…

Early Borderlands Gets The Book

July 15, 2017, 3pm
Sumage Solution Launch Event at Borderlands Books
Call ahead to reserve a signed copy (yes they’ll ship so you’ll get it ASAP, and yes I will dedicate it to your or to a friend or to an elder god, you know, whatever you want):

888-893-4008

The book will be available to buy (at this event ONLY) three days BEFORE official release. And yes I’ll be signing there, if you are coming to the event.

If the book isn’t enough of a draw, I’ll be there nattering away at the Borderlands Cafe where they have lovely nibbles and delicious tea. I know this about the tea because they asked me which kind I recommend. And now they stock it. This is how awesome they are.

Miss Carriger at Borderlands back in 2013

Borderlands is a truly wonderful little independent bookstore, even if you can’t make my event you should make them one of your stops if you’re ever in San Francisco.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

OUT NEXT WEEK!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Stop Overpacking for Trips With a “Luggage Audit”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

9 Reasons Audiobook Growth Is Soaring

Book News:

Freadom Library says of Manners & Mutiny:

“I think this book is a great way to finish it off. It had all the things I loved about the previous books but it was also filled with twists and turns that blew me away. The action was on point, specially [sic] precarious in this one.”

Quote of the Day:

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

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Sneak Peek! First Scene of Gail’s New Book, The Sumage Solution (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The Sumage Solution is coming, I thought you all might like a sneak peek at the first scene.

Signed pre-ordered books at Borderlands, ready to be sent out. You can still order one for yourself: 888.893.4008 or office@borderlands-books.com

Warning: Strong language!

Chapter One: On Patient Werewolves & Exploding Kitsune

“Barker!” The shout cut through Maximillian Barker’s eardrum, making him jump. He hit his rickety desk with the tops of his thighs. Of course it wobbled, scattering paperwork everywhere.

“What?” he asked the ear-bud.

“Get your scrawny ass down to the parking lot.”

Max put the form he’d been frowning over down on his now messy desk. Werewolves. Why did I have to get the werewolves for processing?

“Barker, you lazy fuck, move,” the ear-bud squawked again. His boss wasn’t known for her patience.

“I’m moving. I’m moving. You lick your girlfriend’s ass with that tongue?” Max was in the hall and heading toward the parking lot. Coworkers lunged out of his way. He refused to run. Max was tall with a propensity to gangle, meaning that him moving at speed looked unstable and might cause a panic. But he did scowl. Well, scowl more than usual.

“Why? You offering to sub in, you useless waste of space?”

Speaking of useless. “What the hell you need me for, boss? You never need me.”

“You’re the only Placer we got on staff.”

Max picked up his pace. He was the only Placer on staff because no one ever needed a Placer. Not in this government-mandated paper-pushing hellhole. So if they actually did need a Placer, it was likely to be bad. Really bad.

“What’s the damage type?”

“Shifter.”

Of course it is. “Tell me more.”

The muttering over Max’s ear-bud was embarrassed. “Not a civilian, one of ours.”

“Crap. Do we know the expected consequence?”

“Fire.”

“Oh shit.” Max began to sprint. Let everyone start panicking. He was.


Sumage Solution ARCs arrive in office.

You can preorder The Sumage Solution from Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo or elsewhere. (Print isn’t available for preorder but will be released the same time as the ebook.)

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.
  • How to Marry a Werewolf in 10 Easy Steps ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
    Status: Rough draft complete, on layaway.
    Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Coming 2018.

OUT THIS MONTH!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Arguing tea with Ty & Daniel

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

13 Ways to Support an Author Without Ever Spending a Dime

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

5 things I thought you knew (but I guess you don’t)

Book News:


Sumage Solution available for bookstores to order now from Ingram.

Quote of the Day:

By Drunk Austen (Quesnel in Prudence by Gail Carriger)

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Sumage Solution ~ All Your Questions Answered, Print Editions & Events! (Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my darling Gentle Reader,

Here (for my linking ease and your general education) are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been getting about my new book, The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1.

Will there be a print edition?

Yes. But if one is independently publishing a book (which I am with this novel) it is really difficult to get a print edition up for preorder. The best I can do is try to time the release myself and activate it for print in time to:

  1. Link up to the ebook.
  2. Become available to print on demand on the right day.

Because print is expensive to produce and based partly on weight (shipping) and this is a full length novel, the best I’ll be able to offer it for is $15.99 (USA). (Vendors may offer discounts, though. I’ve no control over that.)

2 Print-Related Questions:

I REALLY want to pre-order a print edition of the Sumage Solution, can I? And/or I want one signed/personalized by Gail.

Borderlands Books has got you covered. Call them toll-free at 888 893-4008 or email office@borderlands-books.com

But What-Up With Amazon?

Some have noticed a $17 print edition up for “sale” of Sumage Solution on Amazon, that is a 3rd party scam. I mean you *can* order it if you must, but first you will see significantly delayed shipping at checkout, then you will get a further delay notification in early July (because it really isn’t available) and then you will end up paying more for the book and it’s not coming from me. Also I’m not getting credit for those sales numbers. This relates to Amazon’s Buy Box Change. No, there is nothing illegal about this. It does not contradict Amazon’s TOS and there is nothing I can do about it.

Will there be an audiobook?

Yes. But that is a slower process. Producer Bryan is working on the production edits and fine-tuning right now.

Making a print edition happen is a matter of a few additional (time consuming) steps beyond the ebook, but audio is a ton more steps and has an elaborate QA process on Amazon’s end. (For example I had valid files for Poison or Protect but it still took almost 2 months to upload.) Even if I manage to get the files up and loaded a few weeks ahead of Sumage Solution’s release date of July 18 it is really difficult to:

  1. Get approval in time.
  2. Get the two linked together in time.

I really am trying with this one, but it rides so much on other people: narrator, producer, ACX QA team, that I really can’t make any promises, and likely never will be able to with Audio.

Read More About Audio? Third Year of Strong US Audiobook Sales Growth

Is this the start of a series?

Yes. Right now I have three books in mind but there could be many many more.

Will you write more?

It depends on if this one sells well enough.

This is my livelihood, after all, if people don’t buy it, I can’t afford to write it. However, each book in the San Andreas Shifter series is entirely stand alone with an HEA. I promise, no cliff hangers.

That said, I am very passionate about these characters so I might just write more regardless – if I have the time window.

Will you be having any launch events?

Yes. I’ll be at Borderlands in San Francisco the weekend before the book is officially on sale. That’s…

July 15, 2017, 3pm

Early To Borderlands Gets The Book Party

Call ahead to reserve a signed copy (888-893-4008, yes they’ll ship, and yes I’ll inscribe). The book will be available to buy (at this event ONLY) three days BEFORE official release.

On the actual launch day…

July 18, 2017 at 5pm PST

 Facebook Live on my Author Page

Then I will be at San Diego ComicCon the whole week after that.

Mysterious Galaxy will have the book there (and others). I’ll be doing signings and panels and such (I’ll post my schedule here on the blog before I leave, and on Twitter as the event progresses). If you can’t find me, I’ll most likely be hanging out with the Mysterious Galaxy peeps, because I love them, so check that booth.

Mysterious Galaxy will also be happy to take orders for signed editions. I will be happy to inscribe if you would like and you can pick up later at the store, or they too will ship. You’ll need to call or email them to put your order in ahead of time, and tell them what you want inscribed, if anything.

Goodreads giveaway for The Sumage Solution is still going on!

A Reminder

Are you into ze BookBub? You can follow us authors there for new releases not to mention on sale deals.

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.
  • How to Marry a Werewolf in 10 Easy Steps ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
    Status: Rough draft complete, on layaway.
    Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Coming 2018.

OUT THIS MONTH!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 vi antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

​The True Story Behind Those “Antique” Vampire Hunting Kits

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Amazon’s Buy Box Change

Book News:

Kirkus Reviews says of Etiquette & Espionage:

“This genre-blender will introduce fans of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls and Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Squad to a world of mechanical maids and flying machines, while bringing a spy-school romp to readers of the weightier worlds of Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfeld. It’s higher on silliness and lower on romance than we have come to expect for this age range, but that just leaves more room for exploding wicker chickens.”

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Marine Biology New Cover & Character Boards (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, Gentle Reader, for those of you who sign up for the Chirrup before the next one goes out Sunday morning (and for those who are already members) I’ll be offering a digital download of Marine Biology with new cover art and a sample chapter of The Sumage Solution. (You’ll have to sideload it onto your device of choice. Google sideload + your device.)

Wanna know more about the new cover?

Here you can take a look at the design board I handed off to Starla to make this cover. You can see it shifted quite a bit from my original idea, but I hope you still like it!

Here are the two covers side by side:

 Marine Biology

I thought you might be interested in the companion Pinterest boards. Here’s the one that is for Marine Biology. You can see how I imagine Alec and Marvin look:

In line with that, I also released two SAS character boards. (More to come after The Sumage Solution drops).

Here’s Alec’s board:

And here is Marvin’s board:

I hope you like exploring these two characters. Just wait until you get to meet Bryan and Max, the main characters in The Sumage Solution. They are soooooo adorable.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Poison or Protect Audiobook.
    StatusOut now!
    Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

UP NEXT

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Eyes Front, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888
American,
Commercial color lithograph

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“It is no secret in the circles in which he moves that Bertram Wooster, though as glamorous as one could wish when night has fallen and the revels get under way, is seldom a ball of fire at the breakfast table. Confronted with the eggs and b., he tends to pick cautiously at them, as if afraid they may leap from the plate and snap at him. Listless, about sums it up. Not much bounce to the ounce.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Some of my research books.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Even the most productive writers are expert dawdlers.”

~ Donald M. Murray

Book News:

Tumblr’s Through the Looking Glass says of Etiquette & Espionage:

“I have quite often thought that I was born in the wrong era, but upon reading the Finishing School series I have become quite convinced I live in the wrong universe altogether. Gail Carriger pens a Victorian world filled with romance, espionage and the supernatural, a sprinkling of Steampunk and a good dollop of comedy that delights and amuses with every turn of the page, serving to make me giggle aloud on several occasions in a highly undignified fashion.”

Quote of the Day:

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.”

~ B.P. Skinner

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


A Gail By Any Other Name Should “L” As Sweet

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

After some dithering and hemming and hawing, Gentle Reader I chose the new pen name G.L. Carriger for my upcoming urban fantasy, The Sumage Solution.

What you got in your inbox if you follow me on Amazon. You can also follow me on BookBub.

G. L. Carriger

I talk about why I felt I needed a changed name in this blog post: Why G. L. Carriger? On Pen Names, Cover Art & Reader Betrayal

The question then became:

What does the L stand for?

Because they had already had some chatter on the matter, I asked the Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group to weigh in first. I read through their suggestions and then I picked those I like best, based on meaning, cadence, feel when said between Gail and Carriger, and also memory. (Some names, for me, have negative associations.)

I chose Lovelace because of the wonderful Ada Lovelace, Lilac because it was my Grandmother’s favorite flower, Ladybird because I’m amused by the idea, and Libellus because it means little book in Latin.

Then I had Twitter vote on the finalists.

Then I asked my Facebook Page if they agreed. And mostly they did.

So the winner is…

Lovelace

So now whenever anyone asks me what the “L” stands for, that is what I will say.

Of relevance to this post: The Evolution of Female Pen-Names from Currer Bell to J.K. Rowling

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Poison or Protect Audiobook.
    StatusOut now!
    Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

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The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Paris, 1900 (Source- pinterest.com) via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”

~ Neil Gaiman

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Singular ‘They’ Now Acceptable

Book News:

What’s She Reading? says of Manners & Mutiny

“This book probably had more action than the first three (or it at least felt like it) and that’s not a bad thing. I really liked getting into Sophronia’s head and seeing all of the skills that she’d been learning at school come into play. It’s kind of hard to explain without spoiling anything, but it was really enjoyable to watch Sophronia strategize.”

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Next Chirrup Will Offer Marine Biology & The First Chapter of The Sumage Solution

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So I’m trying a new experiment in next month’s Chirrup (my newsletter), Gentle Readers. I’ll be offering a code to download a digital copy of Marine Biology with the new cover art and a special sample chapter of my upcoming book, The Sumage Solution, at the back.

You’ll need to Join the Chirrup BEFORE it goes out on Sunday June 4, 2017 in the afternoon. Instructions on where/how to get it (you’ll need to know how to sideload) will be inside that newsletter.

What’s so exciting about this?

This new version of Marine Biology includes an exclusive sneak peek at the full first chapter of The Sumage Solution. You see, Marine Biology is the prequel story for the San Andreas Shifters series, so I thought I might use it to whet your appetite.

For now, the one for sale on Amazon and other vendors will remain unchanged. This has to do with the fact that it’s pretty complicated to switch over to a new author (G. L. Carriger) without everyone red flagging you for copyright infringement on yourself and causing issues. I’ll likely update it at some point with this version with the new cover art and sample chapter, but not immediately. (I’m still recovering from the epic ACX battle of 2017, see Poison or Protect Audiobook.)

So this pretty Chirrup version is EXCLUSIVE to newsletter subscribers for the time being.

For those of you who care deeply about such things, there has been no substantial change to the text of Marine Biology with this edition. So if you read the original version, even as far back as the first publication in Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance II, then you have read it already. And if you bought it, I really am grateful for your support. I promise I will try for the new version so you will have it upgraded on your device, it’s just taking a while.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

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The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Phyllis and Zena Dare, 1900s. via shewhosorshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“‘Then what’s to be done?’
‘May I brood, sir?’
‘Certainly, Jeeves.’
‘Thank you, sir.’”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“You cannot divide the world into good or evil, but you can divide it into those who use the Oxford comma, and those who don’t.”

~ Gail Carriger

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“I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.”

~ William Lyon Phelps

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Why G. L. Carriger? On Pen Names, Cover Art & Reader Betrayal (Important for Writers)

So let us talk a little bit about pen names, shall we Gentle Reader?

G. L. Carriger

My next book, The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1, is a big departure for me. OK, perhaps not that big. It’s still me, full of silliness and fun. It’s urban fantasy, but it’s set in contemporary times, in America. It’s not steampunk. It has more sex than my other writing has in the past. It’s certainly got worse language.


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I dithered for a while about what to do about this. You see, I worry about reader betrayal… a lot.

Reader Betrayal

Reader betrayal can take many forms. At its root, it is that sensation one gets if the book you’re reading does something totally unexpected in a bad way. Like if a book you picked up thinking it was romance suddenly doesn’t have a happy ending.

Now, why does this happen?

Well, it can be a flaw in story: you’re reading one thing when the author suddenly takes a dive and turns it into something else. That is the author’s fault. (This is what I call the “scream and hurl” scenario.) Or it can be a flaw in expectation, you thought it was one kind of book, despite the cover and blurb trying to tell you otherwise, and you read it anyway.

Far more common these days is visual marker caused betrayal. This means that you picked up the book expecting one thing because of the cover and then got something completely different from the words within. Controlling these expectations is a serious business. It’s done many ways: visually through cover art (image & text), but also via author name, and cover copy/blurb and description. (There are also things that can’t really be controlled like algorithms offering “similar books you might like.”)

For example, if I showed you this cover:

You’d expect one thing. Dark gritty urban fantasy. Possibly noir tropes in use. If that’s the kind of thing you like, you might then take a look at the book description and decide to buy it.

But if I gave you this one:

You’d expect something else. Upbeat, cheerful, youthful, pulp-ish.

Both covers are based off photos. Both are single person images, saturated color use. But the kind of image chosen, from dress to facial expression, and the tweaks then made to it, from color choice to the overlay of type and font in use, all tell you, the reader, something about what is inside.

You may not know exactly what you are being told, or how to control your own response, but trust me, you’re reacting. The thing that worries a savvy author the most is NOT “does this cover depict what’s inside my book” but “does this cover accurately portray the spirit of my book?”

If you picked up Fairy Debt and did not get a fun little light hearted read about a fairy in silly times, you would be angry with me as the author. You would feel betrayed.

Print edition proofs arrive in office.

Why talk about covers when I should be discussing pen names?

Because most of the time, covers come first. Covers are the single most important thing when selling a book or establishing a brand as an author. Initially. After that, of course, its up to the author to pull the reader in and make them want more.

Which brings us to author name recognition.

After a certain point, if lucky, an author starts to accrue loyal readers. These are the readers who write to say they love you. Who regularly leave book reviews. Who vow to buy “anything you write.” These readers follow an author’s newsletter (if really lucky) and get excited when a new book comes along.

These readers are you, eyeballs reading this blog post right now. I LOVE YOU.

You know what to expect from me as an author because I have tried to give you something quite consistent over the last few years. Yes, it jumped around from YA to adult to novella, from espionage to romance to adventure, but the spirit of the Parasolverse has been unchanged.

Cover art plays into this too, keeping a theme going is pretty darn important:

Here’s how I played with my own themes for my indie stuff:

Romancing the Inventor

Do you see the similarities, and to which books? Can you understand why I might want to make some of the changes I did between my novels and my novellas? (Perhaps that is a whole other discussion if you’re interested.)

One of the things I’d encourage you to notice is that I made my name bigger than the title for the first time when I produced my own stuff.

Why?

Because when self-pubbing I’m banking on name recognition. Because it’s more common in romance to do this for well known authors, and my novellas touch on romance more heavily. (And, because I have noticed over the years that male F/SF authors get this kind of name glorification treatment while the rest of us, erm, do not. That gets my goat because it smacks pretty darn strongly of sexism.)

So, why go through all this trouble to establish name recognition, only to change my name… slightly?

G. L. Carriger

Because we are back to the first part of this post: reader betrayal.

My new non-parasolverse m/m urban fantasy is just different enough for me to worry. Even knowing that I could give you a very different cover, which I have done, I worried that my name was now strong enough to sucker readers into expecting things: gentleness, steampunk, sweet romance, Victorian food & clothing.

I worried that if it says “by Gail Carriger” readers would expect exactly the kind of thing they had gotten from me before. The Sumage Solution is just different enough for readers to get mad at me. Not because I don’t write urban fantasy or paranormal romance well (This book is oodles of fun. It makes me so happy.) but because it’s not what readers expected from Gail Carriger going in. Which isn’t really my fault.

Except that it is. It is certainly my responsibility.

I have established Gail Carriger expectations with 17 or so books now. So it’s up to me to shift those expectations. So I’m publishing The Sumage Solution under G. L. Carriger. Still me. Just tweaked. This way, going in, readers pick up the book and perhaps go:

“Huh, I wonder if this is still Gail? I wonder why Gail is doing this? Perhaps it’s not quite the same thing as before.”

It wasn’t an easy decision, I’ll tell you that much.

And, I hope you like her.

Still and always yours,

Miss G

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{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

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  • Poison or Protect Audiobook.
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    Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

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The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Longchamp, France. 1900 via Edwardian Time Machine tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Carriger Sketched by Howard Tayler

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“The only thing you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

~ Albert Einstein

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait 2 years to know whether or not it was funny.”

~ Alain de Botton

Book News:

The Reading Chick says of Prudence:

“The style of the characters meld completely with the storyline, that it all seems completely believable, in a rather fantastic way.”

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“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”

~ Logan Pearsall Smith

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