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A Classic Gail Carriger Event: Sumage Solution Launch at Borderlands (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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Well, hello my darling Gentle Reader. I thought you might like to see what a classic me-event looked like. Here is what happened at Borderlands the weekend before last for the Launch of The Sumage Solution.

The Display

All the pretty books set out for sale including my novellas, my very first book, and my most recent book. Borderlands is always good about guessing what other book of mine attendees might want to buy.

Also I signed everything that was left over (which, frankly, wasn’t a whole lot) so if you want anything signed now is the time to ping them: 888-893-4008 or email office@borderlands-books.com

The Event

I was a little late due to traffic, bustled in and posed a bit so the outfit could be captured for posterity. (Terribly important.) I often forget to take fashion pictures so remembering to do so is rather exciting. You can see my post all about the fashion details on Retro Rack. TK

Since I do events at Borderlands pretty regularly, Jude (manager and all around super-star) didn’t bother to introduce me, I just introduced myself. And dove right into the Q&A. OK not right in…

First, Jude brought up a lovely tray of tea for me. They stock Assam pure leaf ‘specially for me. (Or I like to pretend that they do it for me.)

Which meant I was then chatting while drinking tea. (Much was remarked upon my coordinating pink with the Borderlands’ curtains.)

In case you hadn’t guessed my events are pretty casual and friendly. Generally, I answer a few questions (from myself) to start, things I know people want to hear, and then the audience starts asking. My readers are always a great group and lots of fun. And yes, I do talk about stuff in person that I can’t talk about online.

People line up to get stuff signed.

And I signed stuff.

And talked too much. Afterwards it was time for a few photo ops.

This is one of my favorites: An editor and her authors! That’s my developmental editor, Sue Brown-Moore, in the middle with me & Lea Kirk author of Prophecy.

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


  • 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.


The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger now in audio read by Kirt Graves
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?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Celebratory brunch the morning after book launch

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How British and American Spelling Parted Ways

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

3 Examples of Dashing to the Rescue

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“No two persons ever read the same book.”

~ Edmund Wilson

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


Signed Copies of Prudence

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Miss Gail, how do I get your new book signed? 

Gentle Reader, if you call to pre-order Prudence at any of my INDY book tour stops (before I get there) I can sign one for you. I am even willing to personalize it. In fact, I will do this for any of my books that the store has in stock. However, some of the stores do not permit this. It’s not my policy, it is theirs.

I’ve done personalized signings before for Murder by the Book (Houston), Borderlands (San Francisco) and Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego) so I know they do it. Powells (Portland) does not. I don’t know about Tattered Cover (Denver). Barnes & Noble? Ah, read on…

500 pages signed for B&N heading back to the distributor

Ostensibly, signed editions are available through Barnes & Noble. Buy at your own risk. I signed them because I said I that would before the last debacle. And I keep my word… even if they do not. But I’m not cleaning up their mess this time if it all goes south again. However, they will ship international (I don’t know if the Indy’s on my tour will).


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1838 Petit Courrier des Dames Date-  Friday, June 1, 1838 Item ID-  v. 19, plate 106

Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Emotional Milestones of Writing A Novel- A Handy Guide! via terribleminds- chuck wendig


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

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

The Books! 

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

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Dickens Signing Moves to Borderlands

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My dear Gentle Reader, I profoundly apologize for having to cancel my trip to Dickens Fair tomorrow. Please don’t worry there’s nothing wrong with me, unless you count a twitchy shoulder and a brutally unmanageable first draft. (Yes, I believe the two might be linked.) It seems we are no longer welcome at the venue, and as I have said before, feeling rather vampiric, I don’t go where not invited.

On the very bright side:

The very fine people at Borderlands have opened their doors. I know it’s not quite the same as Dickens, but I will be sitting and signing starting at 5 pm in that very fine establishment just down the way. (Bonus they are near a BART station!)

Borderlands Chatting

Self at my very first Bookstore signing ~ Borderlands 2009

Please drop by whenever you can to say hi if nothing else. (Also Borderlands Cafe is the only place in the Bay Area where you can buy a cup of my favorite tea, they import it from England special!)

I imagine it’ll go until 6, later if needed. There will be no audience seating and I won’t be doing a reading but you can ask me any question you like and I promise to answer in truthful confidence.

Thank you Borderlands!!!!

So for those of you who will still be attending Dickens, I hope you have a marvelous time, remember the Rum Cake is amazing! And for those of you who were only going to see me and can’t make Borderlands, my next big Bay Area Event is in April at the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition.

I have tried to get the message out in every way I can, but I’d certainly appreciate your help in the matter of spreading the word to those who may not know.

P.S. I may just be bringing a few fun goodies to give away to those who show up first!



Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Organic Herbs Seed Bombs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Ten Techniques for Getting Tension on Every Page

Book News:
Trip to France next spring is a go. I’ll be at St. Malo and Epinal!

Quote of the Day:
“The desire for order is the only order in the world.”
~ Georges Duhamel

Daisypath Wedding tickers

Things Gail Does Upon Visiting the UK

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Things Gail Does Upon Visiting the UK

  1. Buys and consumes at least four bags of Walkers Crisps in the most peculiar flavors possible.
  2. Buys and consumes yoghurt, searches for gooseberry, settles on raspberry.
  3. Indulges in vast amounts of tea.
  4. Hunts down blueberries, if possible. They are my favorite fruit and taste better in the UK.

Yes, I have arrived in London, Gentle Reader, and because I am stomach orientated the first thing I did was find a Tescos. Nom nom nom. But on to more exciting things. Tea!

I arrived at my very lovely hotel (amazing bathtub) to find that they had a tea cubby. So cute. I want one. I mean just look at it. Someone should make a little suitcase that does the same thing, wouldn’t that be adorable? You could repurpose one of those 1950’s hair dryer cases.

On to Foyles!

I arrived to find everything happening seamlessly, or should I say seamfully? As I was sharing the event with master fiber artist Lauren O’Farrell (author of Stitch London: 20 kooky ways to knit the city and more.)

Knitted Queen!

I’m often surrounded by fiber artists *looks at Miss K* everyone should be so lucky.

Massive Knitted Squid (he’s made of bags)

And the folks from pornokistch and my publishing house making everything beautiful.

And enthusiastic and lively crowd turned up (for a Monday night in the rain) and we commenced with tea and nibbles moving on to knitting and then a little Soulless. After a Q&A I signed and chatted.


And I tweeted recently that this would make a great cake:

And a lovely lady made me this!

It was lemony deliciousness.


Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Visiting the first Beta.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) First chapter reviewed, drops on YenPlus April 12th. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.
Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013.

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

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

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

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Not Yet Released

Book News:
What the Cat Reads likes me!

Quote of the Day:
“The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.”
~ Samuel Butler

Reno WorldCon 2011, Ho!

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A quick Public Service Announcement. The release date for Timeless on Amazon is WRONG! It is still coming out March 1, 2012. My publishing house is trying to get Amazon to fix this error. Trying. Rest assured if any dates for my books ever change you will see it here long before Amazon knows about it.

I’ll be gone most of this week and the beginning of next, Gentle Reader, to Reno, NV for World Con (August 17 ~ 21, 2011). I am very much looking forward to this convention. It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited for an event. Bellow I’ve posted my schedule and (depending on the vittles, the hour, and the company) you will probably be able to find me in the bar, in the con suite, or at the SFWA table the rest of the time.


2 ~ 3 pm Futuristic Fashion & Wearable Art
(Panel in D05)
Fashion that can collect and broadcast video, bio-genetic art, LED tattoos… what’s coming around the bend in RL and visible now in the latest science fiction?

7 ~ 8 pm Adventures in Ceramics Archaeology: a Field Report
(Presentation in A02)
In her other life, author Gail Carriger is an experimental archaeologist. Her talk will present the history of ceramic technology, utilizing samples of pottery from various cultures and ending with a focus on one particular kiln re-recreation and its humorous results.

Night: Girl Genius Steampunk Ball!


11 ~ noon Urbane Fantasies vs Urban Fantasy
(Panel in A04)
Urban fantasy is fantasy in which fantasy elements intrude into the real world. Mix that with a comedy of manners and you get something that is perhaps better described as urbane fantasy. And what do you get when you then throw in a dash of steampunk?

2 ~ 4 pm SFWA Table

5 ~ 6 Orbit Book Panel


11 ~ noon KaffeeKlatsch AKA TeaTalk

2 ~ 3 pm Self Defense with a Parasol and Fine Teas
(Talk in Hall 2 Teen Lounge)


11 ~ noon Autographing
(Hall 2)

I very much hope to see many of you there. I have set Twitter to send Tweets regarding these events daily but I don’t think I will be online myself very much. Look for Retro Rack posts about the outfits seen at the convention in the weeks following my return.

Gail’s Daily Dose

The Many Ways of Tea
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Livejournal is failing me again.
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
In which Francesca and I discuss conventions at the Locus roundtable. Phrannish is my BFF and has been my Beta Reader for 20 years, so we rather chatter int eh manner of very old friends. She is also an editor at Locus Magazine.

Timeless: Copyedits back in, awaiting galleys.
Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book the First: First run passes from editor, much tweaking.
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!

Book News:
Parasol Protectorate on tumblr.

Quote of the Day:
“If when you are walking with a lady in any crowded thoroughfare you are obliged to proceed singly, always precede her.”
~ Etiquette for Gentlemen, 1850

Off to New Orleans ~ Crayfish, Ho!

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gentle Reader, I’ll be away from the blogosphere for the next few days. I’m delighted to be visiting the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, (June 25 – 26) and Books A Million in Baton Rouge, (June 26).

Here’s my schedule. Please don’t hesitate to track me down and say hello.

  • Speaking at the YA Luncheon on Saturday at noon.
  • On the Science, Fantasy & Information Science Program Saturday, 4 ~ 5 PM.
  • Signing at the ALA Hachette booth Sunday, 11 AM ~ noon.
  • Signing at Books A Million in Baton Rouge at 3 PM on Sunday (there is a Facebook events page).

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