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What’s Chirruping? Timeless Giveaway

Posted by Gail Carriger


The Chirrup is about to go out and this month members will get gossip, an update on the third Custard Protocol book, why I’m lamenting proofs, some recommended books on sale, and a chance to enter and win one of 10 copies of Timeless (the out of print mass market paperback version).

Timeless & a 1930s Egyptian revival teacup from my collection

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Praise for Timeless

  • Britt Kris of For the Love of the Read says: “It made a great addition to the series, and I’m sad that it’s the end!”
  • Cassandra Giovanni says: “…that’s truly the magic of these novels, though there are many characters, you feel the depth in each one. I cannot wait to see what adventures Prudence finds herself on in the spin off series.”
  • Evaine’s Books, Books & More Books says: “It’s over??? The series is over?!? *weeps* But oh, it went out with a huge bang! The Parasol Protectorate series just kept getting better and better with each book and in this final installment, everyone was back, which made me so happy.”
  • Holed Up in a Book says: “The plot is also highly entertaining. I found the whole mystery of the God-Breaking Plague to be intriguing…”

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{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}


  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Copy Editor
    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 Inventor in Audiobook. A maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Coat ca. 1890 From the Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti via Europeana Fashion

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput versus my purse.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The East India Company and Nootka Sound

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Oxford Comma: Great for Listing, Pontificating, and Winning Court Cases

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Quote of the Day:

“The tea, once it arrived, had its customary effect—engendering comfort and loosening the tongue… No wonder tea was considered a vital weapon of espionage.”

~ Waistcoats & Weaponry

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Behind the Magic ~ Egypt from a Dirigible: Imprudence & Timeless

Posted by Gail Carriger


In Imprudence Rue and her crew visit Egypt just as Alexia and Conall did in Timeless.


Rue goes in for the capital, Cairo, while Alexia spent most of her time in the port city of Alexandria.

Ancient Alexandria

  • Founded by Alexander of Macedon (the Great) c. 332-331 B.C.
  • Located in the Nile delta
  • Renowned for its giant lighthouse – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, destroyed
  • Library at Alexandria, destroyed
  • Mouseion (of which the library was a part) Ptolomy’s center of science and philosophy
  • Roman catacombs
  • Capital of the country for close to 1,000 years
  • Citadel of Qait Bey, Pompey’s Pillar, the Roman Theater, the Presidential Palace, Montaza Palace, and the Ras el-Tin Palace
  • Additional information on Ancient Vine


Victorian Alexandria

Alexandia shoreline 1882, personal collection



  • Egypt under the Muhammad Ali Pasha dynasty (1805–1953)
  • Khedivate of Egypt under British patronage ~ specifically Sanctioned khedival rule (1867–1914)
  • Nominally independent Sultanate of Egypt and Kingdom of Egypt, ending with the Revolution of 1952 and the formation of the Republic of Egypt
  • 1882 civil unrest, rebellion

In Imprudence I have one quick reference to the troubles of 1882. I knew of this from my prior research for Timeless. I did a blog post about it at the time, in March of 2011 when we were experiencing the Arab Spring.

Alexandria 1882 landscape rebellion, personal collection


From Wikipedia: “Isma’il was succeeded by his eldest son Tewfik, who, unlike his younger brothers, had not been educated in Europe. Tewfik pursued a policy of closer relations with Britain and France but his authority was undermined in a rebellion led by his war minister, Arabi Pasha, in 1882. Arabi took advantage of violent riots in Alexandria to seize control of the government and temporarily depose Tewfik.”

Alexandria 1882, personal collection


“British naval forces shelled and captured Alexandria, and an expeditionary force under General Sir Garnet Wolseley was formed in England. The British army landed in Egypt soon afterwards, and defeated Arabi’s army in the Battle of Tel el-Kebir. Arabi was tried for treason and sentenced to death, but the sentence was commuted to exile. After the revolt, the Egyptian army was reorganized on a British model and commanded by British officers.”

Victorians leaving Alexandria by steam ship, 1882, personal collection




In Timeless, Alexia visits Alexandria, in April of 1876 when things are comparatively calm.

The eagle eye will notice that the background for the US cover is actually Cairo, where Alexia never goes in the book. Although I think I added a mention of her stopping over, just to explain away the cover. I’ve no idea what city is depicted in the background of the second omnibus.

Japan set Timeless floating over a rather lush river, it’s possible there are some areas of the Nile that are that green. Generally it’s a bit more bare or palm tree riddled, but I won’t quibble too much. Germany put Alexia back into Cairo.

Nile River


Alexandria is all the way off to the left in this image. Cairo is the bottom tip.



  • Rue visits my version of steampunk Egypt in October of 1895 during the reign of Tewfik’s son, Abbas II.
  • Sudanese territory has been lost (as the British would think of it) to an Islamic state.
  •  Shortly after Rue leaves in 1896 (Abbas II), a massive Anglo-Egyptian force, under “General Herbert Kitchener, began the reconquest of the Sudan.[12] The Mahdists were defeated in the battles of Abu Hamid and Atbara. The campaign was concluded with the Anglo-Egyptian victory of Omdurman, the Mahdist capital.”
  • At first I was going to take Rue back to Alexandria, partly so I could use Alexia to discuss how the city has changed in the past 20 years. But in Timeless I mention that Lord Maccon purchased property in Cairo for their retirement, well within the plague zone. So I switched Rue’s location to Cairo. Lost a bit of writing time there since I’d already done 2K on Alexandria in a new more steampunky form, but it worked much better for the plot line to be in Cairo, anyway.
  • I scrabbled about for any further Victorian perspectives on Cairo or the rest of Egypt between 1883 ~ 1895. But there appears to be no major issues of civil unrest and in this the British press seems akin to their modern counterparts, which is to say, not particularly interested if there is no blood involved.
  •  I didn’t spend a great deal of time on it as, quite frankly, Rue doesn’t spend a great deal of time in the city. Although I hope you will notice I steampunked Cairo up especially as compared to Alexandria in Timeless. The march of technological advancement is strong with this one.

Modern Alexandria

Alexandria Image #95


* second largest city in Egypt
* typical Mediterranean climate: extremely warm/humid days in summer, breezy and cool in the evenings, winter is chilly with rain and hail not uncommon, spring and autumn are best weather.

Mix of ancient and modern.



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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

carolathhabsburg- Mourning attire. Fashion plate, circa 1894

carolathhabsburg- Mourning attire. Fashion plate, circa 1894

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bean Back wiskers curled paws2

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Why We Should Never Underestimate the Intelligence of an Octopus

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Female Spies and Gender Bending Soldiers Changed the Course of the Civil War

Quote of the Day:

“Indifference is the revenge the world takes on mediocrities.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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Trade Release Heartless & Timeless + Victorian Slang for Alexia (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Today trade paperbacks release of the final two Parasol Protectorate books, Heartless and Timeless.

 New trade covers.

These books are larger in size than the mass market editions, also the print is larger and easier to read. The backgrounds are a more pail color. Content is unchanged, apart from the sample chapters at the back which may be different.

1811 Slang for Alexia

  • Sauce box ~ A bold of forward person.
  • Ottomised ~ To be dissected.
  • Trigrymate ~ An idle female companion.
  • I am not a plump currant ~ I am out of sorts.
  • Gudgeon ~ One easily imposed on.
  • Hobbleygee ~ A pace between a walk or a run, a dog-trot.
  • Piddling ~ Trifling, to do a thing in a small degree.
  • She’s a prime article ~ she’s a devilish good piece, a hell of a goer.
  • Bushel bubby ~ A full breasted woman.
  • Comfortable importance ~ A wife

~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

“…there is no wit, but there is shocking ungentility, in a lady to speak of taking a “snooze” instead of a nap,—in calling pantaloons “pants,” or gentlemen “gents,”—in saying of a man whose dress is getting old that he looks “seedy,”—and in alluding to an amusing anecdote, or a diverting incident, to say that it is “rich.” All slang words are detestable from the lips of ladies.”

by Eliza Leslie (American 1864) 

Want more behind the scenes tricks and Easter eggs for these books? I am interviewed all about Timeless over on Sci-Fi Encounters

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for July? Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause ~ YA werewolf from before it was a thing}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1870  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

rufflesnotdiets tumblr

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“It is well to have always there a small writing-case of your own, with paper, pens, ink, wafers, sealing-wax, envelopes, post-office stamps, &c.”

by Eliza Leslie (American 1864) 

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Edits handed in. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date early November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 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
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, & Fairy Debt

Book News:
Girl Lost in a Book says of Heartless, “I love the characters and they feel like family…A fabulous read and I simply couldn’t put it down.”

Quote of the Day:

“It’s not just children who need heroes.”

~ Tamora Pierce

Behind the Magic ~ Victorians In Egypt – Researching Timeless

Posted by Gail Carriger


With the release of the trade paperback of Timeless immanent, Gentle Reader…


I thought you would enjoy a flashback glimpse at some of my research for that book.

British Paintings tumblr: Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream – Reginald Arthur 1894


British Paintings tumblr: 1839 David-Roberts-Interview-With-Mehmet-Ali-In-His-Palace-At-Alexandria


Below are some quick sources off the top of my head for the Victorians in Egypt, some you need a library, some are available to buy, some are in Google online or project Gutenberg. They range in time from early to late Victorian. Because of #AmazonJail I am leaving the source up to you. I trust you are intelligent enough to get hold of the book from wherever you like, should you wish.

Secondary Sources:

  • Queen Victoria’s Little Wars
  • Rape of the Nile
1880 Ladies Dahabia Egypt, Gutenberg project



  • A Thousand Miles Up the Nile
  • Baedeker’s Upper Egypt
  • Baedeker’s Lower Egypt
  • Travels in Greece, Palestine, Egypt, and Barbary, during the years 1806 and 1807 (FA de Chateaubriand) ~ this is too early but I still found it useful. And you better believe I drew upon it heavily for Alessandro, especially to soon to release short story.
1876 Port of Alexiandria, Gutenberg project


  • Google Images search: 1882 London Times coverage of the riots in Egypt (I’ve blogged about that already)
  • Google Images search: lithographs of David Roberts: A bit earlier than Victorian times but a great visual for what many of the famous sites looked like back then.

Some images that informed Timeless most particularly…

1882 Alexandria Suburbs, Gutenberg project
Desert Balloon 1 via Wiki commons
Hatshetsup’s Temple Wiki commons

Random thing: Portrayals of Cleopatra on film.

 Via booksnbuildings tumblr – Houses in Cairo showing carved windows, 1868 Photo by Frank M. Good (Getty)


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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1882 Picnic Nile River, Gutenberg project

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tomb of Two Brothers wiki commons

Google it, you won’t be disappointed. Let’s just be quite clear, they are most likely NOT brothers.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
This Is Your Brain on Writing

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Quote of the Day:
“It is to be supposed that before her arrival, the mistress of the house has inspected the chamber of her guest, to see that all is right—that there are two pitchers full of fresh water on the stand, and three towels on the rail, (two fine and one coarse,) with a china mug for teeth-cleaning, and a tumbler to drink from; a slop jar of course, and a foot-bath.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

Behind the Magic ~ Victorian Pregnancy Research for Heartless

Posted by Gail Carriger


July 1, 2014 Heartless and Timeless released in trade paperback size to the US market. At that juncture the mass market editions have been discontinued.


If you have already read the Parasol Protectorate series, read on! (Or if you don’t mind spoilers.) Otherwise, just skip today’s blog post, OK?

It should come as no surprise at this juncture, I hope, that in my fourth book, Heartless, Alexia is pregnant. Very pregnant, in fact. This book was so much fun to write, partly because in her advanced state the slapstick part of humor writing was really easy to come by.

Never having endured the condition myself, I did a lot of research into what it was like to be pregnant. Fortunately for me, at least half my friends were in various states of inconvenience at the time. I asked them many questions. I had them tell me stories which entered the text in new and Victorian form. Alexia is tired and hungry all the time, the werewolves around her are in a snack-carrying panic. The thing with the fried eggs staring back at her? Yeah, that’s my friend Willow.

Maternity corset, 1908via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr


But I also did a lot of research into Victorian pregnancy as it actually was particularly the ridiculous medical advice surrounding it. That thing about avoiding bad expressions in people around you when pregnant or the child will end up ugly and looking like them? Yeah, real advice from Medical Common Sense and Plain Home Talk by Edward B. Foote, M.D., 1871.

“– gave the signs of pregnancy, in order of appearance, as ‘ceasing to be unwell’ (i.e. menstruate); morning sickness; painful and enlarged breasts; ‘quickening’ (which would not have been felt until the nineteenth week); increased size. That meant that no woman could be absolutely certain she was pregnant until the fifth month. As early as the 1830s it had been known to doctors that the mucosa around the vaginal opening changed colour after conception, yet this useful piece of information did not appear in lay publication until the 1880s, and the doctor who wrote it was struck off the medical register – it was too indelicate, in its assumption that a doctor would perform a physical examination. Neither doctors not their patients felt comfortable with this.”
~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. 15)

Maternity corset, 1900-20svia shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr


And a note for the upcoming Prudence books, you may notice that there is a certain awkwardness between the young persons, now grown up, and their respective parents. Some of this has to do with personality, but not all.

“The higher up the social scale, the more open about this distance from their children the parents were.”
~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. 15)

Example from the footnote, same page, references upper-class child Augustus Hare.
“Hare’s uncle, also an Augustus Hare, died shortly before his godson-to-be was born; his widow, Maria, stood god-mother instead, and she tentatively asked his parents if she could perhaps have the child to stay for a while. The answer to her letter was immediate: ‘My dear Maria, how very kind of you! Yes, certainly, the baby shall be sent as soon as it is weaned; and if anyone else would like one, would you kindly recollect that we have others.’ Maria Hare cared for him for the rest of her life, and he called her his mother.”

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Godeys Aug 1872

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My new tiny under seat travel case for going to England. So cute.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

My repainted coffee table

Sometimes when I am really over-run with writign obligations I need an art project to just rest my brain wish a less demanding creative endeavor. This month I worked on sanding down and repainting the house coffee table. The finished product appears above! Super pleased with myself.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

Water-Cure Journal, June 1855

Holiday Fun ~ Books as Gifts Part 5 Timeless Egyptian Themed (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger


The book basket comes to an end with one final installment. If you want to know what I’m on about the introduction to this idea is here.

1. Order signed from Borderlands (Definitely get your request in before Dec 15th, that’s the last time I’ll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays.)
2. Source a vintage looking basket, possibly from a local thrift store
3. Fill with accompanying fun items, many of which might also be found at a thrift store

This basket is themed to Timeless and/or The Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Volume 2.

1880 Ladies Dahabia Egypt
1880 Ladies Dahabia Egypt

Timeless Egypt Themed Basket

I’d like to reiterate that this doesn’t have to be done with my novels, I’m just the most familiar with them. It could be done with any fun book. I remember one young lady had a belly dance themed romance novel and include with it a teaching CD on how to belly dance, a coin belt, fun jewelry, and various other associated items. Have a younger reader on your list? Patricia Wrede’s excellent Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons is on special as a box set for $16.29! But you’ll have to learn how to make Cherries Jubilee.

I think it’s a fun way to riff off of someone’s favorite read and can be made into a really nifty gift idea. It doesn’t have to marry to the theme of the book: if, for example, you’re gifting a romantic novel why not include it with a nice bottle of wine, a candle, some bubble bath, and a little box of chocolates? Steampunk novels are easy and fun, there’s so much good steampunk out there on Etsy and Clockwork Couture. A friend once gave me a cookbook complete with a set of cooking utensils, frying pan, spatula, pot, and mixing spoon ~ all mini sized. I just use google images “Gift Baskets” for ideas and ways to arrange. Here’s Zabar’s take. Better than a basket of soaps, I say!

I would be remiss if I did not remind you I have two short stores that make fun gifts, My Sister’s Song and Marine Biology. Buy, print out on fancy paper, roll and tie with a little ribbon add to the basket. Marine Biology is a contemporary paranormal romance, kind of like if Biffy and Lyall existed in the modern day.

Yes, I am trying hard to get you one more new short story up and available before the end of the year, but I simply must get this First Draft of Prudence done first! I hope you understand.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Ladies Seminary OUt and About
1910 Lady’s Seminary Trip


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How to Finish Writing a Novel

Book News:
Los Angeles Public Library picked Timeless as one of its Best Books of 2012. Their lists were also picked up by the Huffington Post.

Quote of the Day:
“Sleep ’til you’re hungry, eat ’til you’re sleepy.”
~ Author Unknown

Daisypath Wedding tickers

Happy Halloween Gentle Reader!

Posted by Gail Carriger


I hope you are going about looking fabulous today, eating things that are not good for you, and generally getting in touch with the silly and the fun. I’m dressing up as Julie Newmar and heading into San Francisco despite rain, crazy city parting, and the Giant’s Victory Parade. Wish me luck! Mostly, wish me the benefit of my hair staying in place?

Just a note to say the name a Finishing School class contest (win 1 of 20 ARCs) ends officially tonight. More precisely, it probably ends when I haul my sorry self out of bed tomorrow and close comments. If you win, you’ll be notified by my publishing house at which point they will ask for your mailing address.


Also both Timeless (in Paranormal Fantasy) and Soulless Vol. 1 (in Graphic Novels & Comics) have been nominated for Goodreads Choice awards. If you feel inclined to vote, I’d be most grateful.


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
My pumpkins!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
7 Steps to Creating Suspense

Book News:
Fan pumpkin art!

Quote of the Day:
Frisbeetarianism (n.): The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
~ Unknown

Occasional FAQ ~ How Could You End the Parasol Protectorate Series?

Posted by Gail Carriger


Today, Gentle Reader, I am introducing an new occasional series of installments of questions I get constantly. I hope you out there also want the answers to these questions because a great deal of people over email certainly seem to.

How Could You End It?

I’m delighted you liked the series but it is finished at five books. I believe in leaving a party while I am still enjoying it, and, perhaps more importantly, while others are still enjoying my company. I’ve never been a “beat that dead horse, beat it!” kind of author.

Also, I wanted to have one arc completed in case I get run over. Far too many of my favorite authors have died on me without finishing their long running sagas. Or worse, been dropped by their publisher and never finshed a series.

Fire Dancer
I’m looking at you, Ann Maxwell.

I’ve gotten bitter, I now rarely pick up a new series before the author has finished it. I know, this makes me the kind of reader authors and publishers hate. I’m embarased to admit it openly, but I’m a very emotional reader and I can’t help what disappointment has forced me to become. So I finished Alexia’s journey because I wanted the Parasol Protectorate to go out there and pull in new readers, like me, who would only pick up the first book with the intrinsic satisfaction of knowing there was a last one already available.

I hope you will forgive the few loose ends left in Timeless. I did try to tie up as much as possible while keeping it realistic. After all, not everything in life ends with a comforting cup of tea.

Timeless Final

Please do rest assured that familiar friends and faces will turn up in both of my new series. The Finishing School and the Parasol Protectorate Abroad are set in the same universe before and after the Alexia books. You can read the official press release here. One of the great pleasures of writing with immortals is that they are immortal, and so can show up throughout time.

I blog about the writing practicalities in ending a series, and my emotional feelings on the matter.

Thanks again for your affection for my characters.

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
I am An Artist

Quote of the Day:
“These invalid carriages are furnished with comfortable couches, easy springs, abundant conveniences; and have the great advantage that they secure absolute privacy, and that they do away with the trying changes from one train to another, since the whole carriage is simply uncoupled from one engine, shunted to another line, and taken up by the new train.”
~ Lillias Campbell Davidson, 1889

Too Funny Not to Post ~ the Convention Commandments Babled (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger


So my French publishing house reposted my 10 Comic Con commandments, and then, since I don’t speak french, I translated them using google translate. It’s hilarious. Thus, one last time I present them too you here, Gentle Reader.

Gail Carriger has also participated in this event and, on this occasion, has issued the Ten Commandments that were followed during the four days she would go to the San Diego Convention:

1. You will apply a policy network and will agree schedules and meeting places with other participants.

2. You make friends in the queue and you will speak loud when you will leave the (so no sting you in your place), so that all may know that you come back (but you do not appliqueras this method if there are only fifteen minutes).

3. You do parcourras point while the exhibition hall in one day (because, as Tom says Galloway, visiting all the stands is equivalent to walking at least 6.5 km).

4. You’ll remember the location of toilets and sanctify them.

5. You will bear the pinnacle of the survival tips from other authors (and other third parties).

6. Thou shalt put sunscreen and comfortable shoes bear.

7. Thou shalt not take a taxi or rickshaw without a specific address in mind. (And if you would take a rickshaw, you will not forget the point of negotiating the price in advance).

8. You will go ahead half an hour or an hour to reach your goal, whatever it is.

9. You do poseras point of silly questions to security guards (the stormtroopers you will be more helpful).

10. Thou shalt not covet an abundance of goods (or you and you anticiperas muniras prepaid packages).

My favorite is the bathroom one. Sanctify my brothers and sisters! Sanctify!

Just FYI, Gentle Reader, there may be a bit of a pause in blogging for the next few weeks. I’ve got some serious edits to enact upon Deportment & Deceit. Watch me whip the sucker into shape. Or don’t watch me, cause I won’t be online much. But, worry not, I shall be triumphant! Gail for the editing gold! Duum duum da dum da dum dum. Dum de de de, da da da, da da dah da da.

Can you tell I’ve be watching the Olympics?


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
First gay president.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Fixing a Stalled Scene

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. Got peeps floating, about to land in the Maltese Tower but have had to pause to do edits on D&D.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.

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 ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

Book News:
Timeless reviews . . .

Quote of the Day:
The Ever Helpful Ivy



Posted by Gail Carriger


Eastercon was a blast!

Panels are so much more intellectual in this part of the world, and the bickering is a hoot. Had a marvelous time nattering and swilling tea and nattering and swilling more tea. Am loosing my voice and sloshing slightly.

Here’s my first panel discussing the monarchy trope in fantasy, taken by an audience member.

And here I am with fans havign crashed the author signing room.

After panels and food and company and more panels I ended up at the bridge-like bar swilling Pims with the irrepressible James (congratz on 4 Hugo noms) and company. That boy knows everyone and turns up everywhere. Such a bad penny. I want to be him when I grow up.

I suggest that you ought to stop by Eastercon should you ever be afforded the opportunity.

Posts are going to come in fits and starts, I’m afraid. My internet connections are troubled. And now, I’m off to London proper!

Oh, one more thing before I go. British breakfast! SQUEEEEE! I forgot how very much I adored thee.


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:

Alexia & Conall by Matt Harrison @matchoo28 on Twitter

Quote of the Day:
Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve
accidentally walked through a spider web.

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