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Sumage Solution ~ All About The Cover Art

So one of the things I knew the cover for The Sumage Solution had to be was different from everything I’ve done before.

Since The Sumage Solution is pretty darn racy I needed visual markers for telling my readers that this is something different from me…particularly my YA readers! The best way to do this is with cover art.

So in addition to a new pen name (more on that in another blog) I really focused on a spectacular cover that said “sexy and urban fantasy” but was different both from what is out there right now and what I’ve had on my covers in the past. This meant a different layout (centered), different font (serif), and a clean smooth background.

The first thing I had to do was find a gorgeous model to portray my hot mage, Max. So what did I do first? Went to Evan of course!

Evan is a killer photographer, his images are sensual, powerful, and interesting. And, let’s be honest, hot. I found out about him via the Airship Ambassador years ago. Steampunk is such a small world, we tend to all meet each other one way or another. I’ve used his photos before (Marine Biology & Curious Case) but he also has a boudoir line, so I went to check those out for Sumage Solution.

Marine Biology 

And who did I see first thing for a recent shoot on Evan’s website? Quinn Knox. And Quinn looked so close to my vision for Max it was almost uncanny. It’s like Evan read my mind! Or read my book.

As always, Evan was grace personified to work with and soon I had Quinn in hand, so to speak. Then it was merely a matter of some chatting with Starla, my cover art designer. She fooled around with silhouettes and fractured mirrors and color options. I dithered over fonts and arrangements and finally everything gelled into a truly spectacular result.

I can’t tell you how happy I am with this cover.

If you want to see the Pinterest inspiration board that I made for Starla to use as inspiration for this cover, you can check it out now as I have made it a public board.

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


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    Status: Battling ACX. (AKA Audible/Amazon)
    Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?


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?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

The Groundbreaking Silhouette Animations of Lotte Reiniger

The Groundbreaking Silhouette Animations of Lotte Reiniger: Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and More

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Taste of the Past Podcast discusses Tea Time. (Yes the ceramic stuff is still wrong, but interesting buy in to the propaganda of the Victorian era ceramic production companies.)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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~ Toni Morrison

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Mostly Dead in Translation

Posted by Gail Carriger


I had the most fascinating conversation with a translator recently, Gentle Reader. I have blogged a bit before about how much I enjoy chatting with those who translate my words. It forces me to think about language differently, and how I apply it.

Such a discussion started recently with the phrase “mostly dead.”

Woman reading a book. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

A translator emailed to tell me that she was struggling to properly translate my term “mostly dead.”

I use it at various points in my Parasol Protectorate books:

Changeless p. 205
“Werewolves being supernatural and mostly dead, could have no children.”

Blameless p. 13 p. 17
“Your husband is basically dead, or was basically dead and is mostly dead now.”
“So what if he was mostly dead?”

Blameless p. 179
“Your preternatural touch, it does not cancel out the fact that the supernatural person has, already, mostly died.”

At first, the translator thought it meant “almost” or “practically.” However, the proofreader disagreed. Because “mostly” could mean “most of the time,” they began to think it meant “almost dead,” that is, not completely dead. Or, it could also mean “essentially.” (In which case, a supernatural is dead, and the only time he is not dead is when a preternatural touches him.)

I also use the phrase “basically dead” in the text, but that’s Mrs. Loontwill speaking, and we know we cannot trust her…

My Thoughts on Being Mostly Dead

First, of course, I’m using that particular term as an ode to Douglass Adam’s description of Earth as mostly harmless.

That said, some philosophy:

I am using the term mostly to imply a level of confusion on the part of the characters and the scientists of the time. Werewolves/vampires are considered undead, that is, they have died but are still walking around. They aren’t living because they don’t die ~ life being partly defined by mortality (Victorians are morbid) thus these creatures aren’t mortal anymore. It’s a condition of stasis. They can’t procreate, for example. But they are alive in terms of they walk, talk, and interact. Would an android, for example, be considered a living creature?

The physicality:

So far as the in-world scientists are concerned, the best way to think about it is that most of a person’s soul has died. Hence “mostly.” By using the word “mostly” I am contrasting against the world “all” or “entirely” or “completely.”  It is a matter of proportion or percentage. Death in my universe is not an absolute, it is an end point. Glass full, glass mostly full or mostly empty, glass empty. The stage of immortality is that middle stage: mostly dead. Closer towards dead than alive, but still present above ground.

This is not necessarily a measure of time, but of content. Saying “almost dead” implies that one soon will be. Not the case. Saying “practically dead” implies one step removed, so also not right.
 “Almost dead” might work, but again the implication is temporal – that death is immanent. Which it istn’t because immortals are in stasis.

“Essentially” might work best as an alternative.

Ah, the precision of English.

I choose “mostly” because it is so often associated with volume or measurement rather than time. Thus the reader is reminded of the remains of soul and the way the transfer of immortality works in my universe ~ that someone can only be immortal with what’s left of the soul. Mostly can then be a measurement of what has gone (measurable or immeasurable as the soul may be).

I know, welcome to my brain. Did you know I have a philosophy minor? Epistemology was my focus. So, yeah.

{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 . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
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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

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Victorian Travel Times ~ Updated

Posted by Gail Carriger


This is from an old blog I did, but as I’m constantly referencing it, I thought you, Gentle Reader, might be interested in an update. Before writing Changeless in late 2008, I knew there would be travel involved. I began by asking myself: How efficient were trains back in 1874? How long would it take to get from London to Scotland? There seemed no simple answer on the net, so I had to draw my own conclusions. And here is how…

A horse at a forced pace can cover c. 50 miles a day, depending on terrain and weather. A desperate man in very good physical condition can handle the same distance on foot. One horse, one rider could do 200 miles in 24 hours but the horse would probably die. Lets call that 4 mph normal, and 8.5 mph at a push. In my world werewolves in wolf form can move faster than horses at a run, giving them about a 10 mph, but they can only do so at night.

In 1956, the 789-mile Madras-Bombay stretch was done in c. 29 hours by the Madras Express mail carrier (the fastest train on its route). That’s about 27 mph. My characters in Changeless were traveling north of Glasgow into the Highlands towards Dunblane, I only needed a lose estimate. It’s 414 miles from London to Glasgow. So a train of a similar type to the Madras Express would take 16 hours or so. (Modern direct fast trains from London take about 6 hours to get Scotland, meaning we are now over 2x faster than the Victorians.) But no passenger train of the Victorian era traveled so fast through the UK, my Victorian time or the real one. There would be stopovers and passenger pick ups. So let us, for the sake of argument, double that time to 32 hours.

After all, this is my universe I get to make adjustments as I see fit.

So from London to Glasgow
By train: 32 hours, or a day and a half. But given Victorian leisure ideals, it’d probably take more like 2 full days on a sleeper train.
By horse: 103 hrs or 4 full days, but with resting each night, detours, and other stops, I’d say it’d take a little over 8 days.
By horse at top speed: 49 hours (switching mounts 2x), lowering that to save the horse to around 60 hours, that’s 2.5 full days, adding in overnights to sleep, a fast messenger would arrive at the end of day 3 with a winded horse.
By werewolf: 41.5 hours, but he only has moon darkness, which is about 8 hours each night in September. So it would take him 5 days.
By dirigible: in my world, these are said to move at about half the speed of a train, so it would take 4 days. But they are safer than ground transportation, as neither vampires nor werewolves will travel by air.

The estimates are probably a little high given weather and terrain.The interesting thing is, of course, that the advent of the steam engine would have eliminated a major advantage initially held by werewolves, namely that they could move across the landscape faster than daylight folk. Coincidence? Or is this the reason humans are so strongly in favor of increased transport speeds?

So, Gentle Reader, I wrote the original post is for 1874 all about travel times, train vs. werewolf vs. dirigible vs. horseback. Then a few years later, when I was working on Curtsies & Conspiracies recently, I need to do it again. Only this time I went back in time to 1852 when technology was more primitive.

My original post concerned London to Glasgow, a little over 400 miles. Then I calculated Exeter to London or there abouts, which is 200 miles driving in modern times (because there it no direct route, as the crow flies it’s more like 160). So in 1874 it would take 4 days (96 hrs) get 400 miles by dirigible (c. 4 mph). Ugh, that’s slow. Why did I write myself into that corner? Oh yes, Alexia had to be on board for a while.

“Giffard’s first flight took place on September 24, 1852. He traveled almost 17 miles (27 kilometers) from the Paris racecourse to Trappes moving approximately 6 miles per hour (10 kilometers/hour).” (From this online source.) But that was with the wind and untroubled by weather.

Aegis Dearborn

My tech is more advanced in Sophronia’s world that in real Victorian times (although less so than in Alexia’s day), so that in the second book of the Finishing School Series Giffard is flying the first aetherographic dirigible in the spring of 1852 instead of the first working dirigible ever. However, before he came along, floating had to be slower. So I made my Finishing School dirigible fly at 2 mph. That’s about 80 hours, plus some extras for shilly-shallying to get to London. So . . . 4 days. Its amazing how much time it took me to figure this out. But it gave me some good idea on plot and action, and that’s the important bit.

Just goes to show, pay attention in math, you never know when you are going to need it!

Now of course, I’m working on the Custard Protocol Series, which is well into the future, about 20 years after the Alexia books. So everything has advanced again. The aetherosphere has been conquered completely as a means of travel, and once people can get inside it, in my universe, it looks and acts in an entirely different manner than Sophronia or Alexia might have supposed. Since I’m conceptualizing aether as the Victorians did, neither air nor water but some other “elemental phase” (much in the same way light is both particle and wave) I get to have lots of fun with this fantastical part of my world. Above the atmosphere and beyond!

Ah travel, these days I’m either thinking about it, calculating it, or engaging in it myself.

Speaking of, Prudence is calling me, characters must get out of Bombay and into the surrounding countryside, scandal is afoot on four paws. Or is it?

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1880 Ladies Parasols Nile

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Panda's Fly Coach Too

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Hackney Coach in the 1830s

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
5 Tips to Trap Your Characters

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“What is meant by Highland clans? Tribes of Scotch Highlanders, who bore the names, and anciently lives upon the lands, of their respective chieftains, to whom they showed every mark of attachment, and cheerfully she their blood in their defense: these chieftains, in return, bestowed a protection upon their clans, equally founded on gratitude and a sense of their own interest.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

Going Regimental

Posted by Gail Carriger


So, Gentle Reader, I tried to watch Four Feathers recently. Before you accuse me of slacking off the writing, this was part of my on going attempt to understand the Victorian army system and breakdown of regiments and ranks and so forth. Four Feathers featured Rupert & Heath, a few nice costumes, a number of questionable accents, and some spectacular scenery, but it was . . . (how do I put this nicely?) not good. Le sigh. Can’t win them all.

It did prompt me did go back over my old notes from Changeless on the subject for the regimental system in my particular version on Victorian England. So here’s a little DVD extra moment for you all.


Victorian Regimental System ~ Gail’s Universe

The Queen’s Regiment
AKA the Regulars

  • Officer corps = ruling class drawn from squires, clergy, civil servants, politician, pack members
  • Soldiers drawn from all manner of personal, include a number of convicts who are given military service as an option instead of prison or deportation
  • Military caste is a narrow, closed society
  • Barracks and officer’s wife’s also rather liminal to regular society
  • A kind of unspoken code that officers marry other officer’s daughters
  • Pack or family mentality

Company Regiment
AKA the Company

  • 1/2 British army abroad, including the commander-in-chief of India, privately chartered by the Honorable East India Company (a vampire funded and owned trade concern)
  • British East India Company founded in 1300 and incorporated by Elizabeth I under royal charter December 1, 1600
  • Familiarly known as “Bloody John Company” or sometimes Old Jack (See what I mean? Vampires)
  • East India Company’s Army comprised of various divisions.
  • European Regiments = British & Irish recruits, used in daylight action
  • Native Regiments = high caste Hindus from bengal + Sikhs + some Muslims + Gurkhas + some local vampires if willing + local werewolves if around in that part of the Empire
  • British werewolf packs do not serve in the Company, only in the Regulars.
  • Although the Company could hire regular regiments from the government, posing an interesting problem in some parts of the Empire with packs fighting under vampires

Werewolf pack members generally carry (baring personal issues, experience, and other concerns) the following rank:
Alpha = Colonel
Beta = Lieutenant-Colonel
Gama = Major
However, they do not necessarily command the ordinary number of soldiers associated with such ranks, but act more as scouts or special services
They are attached to a regiment but not always fully integrated within that regiment.

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. We have encountered chai, and had a bit of a nookie scene. Rue is unsure of both, but not entirely opposed.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Awaiting copy edits.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes to begin September.
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:
Dark Faerie Tales reviews the manga.

Quote of the Day:
“And there is really no reason why the Englishwoman in India should burden herself with the same number of petticoats, shifts, bodices, and what not, that her great-grandmother wore in temperate climes. We so not advocate any sloppiness in dress; on the contrary, we would inveigh against any yielding to the lassitude and indifference which comes over the most energetic in tropical heat, but we would have people as comfortable as they can be under the circumstances. And any multiplicity in under-garments, no matter how thin they may be, keeps in perspiration and conduces fatally to prickly heat.”
~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888

Character Study: Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings

Posted by Gail Carriger


Happy Monday, Gentle Reader. I’ve a busy week with my Sword & Laser interview and some associated business that puts me up north and off the internet most of this week. So, I have assembled for you, a character study! I know, I know it’s been a while. But bellow you will find a collection of images that remind me of Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings.

“Lady Maccon whirled to glare at the man who dared to interrupt her mid rant. The gentleman in question was both tall and broad, although not quite to her husband’s scale. Lord Maccon was Scottish-big; this gentleman was only English-big – there was a distinct difference. Also, unlike the earl, who periodically bumped into things as though his form were larger than his perception of it, this man seemed entirely comfortable with his size. He wore full officer formals and knew he looked good in them. His boots were spit-shined, his blond hair coiffed high, and he boasted an accent that very carefully was no accent at all. Alexia knew the type: education, money, and blue blood.”
~ Changeless

Manga Channing

Major Channing enters our collective lives in book two, Changeless. He is introduced in a rather spectacularly negative fashion but by the end of Blameless has his roll as reluctant hero. Channing is one of those character who spawned from his own name, the moment I had it I knew what kind of person he was. At least outwardly.

“No wonder he was so very full of himself. One would have to be, laboring all one’s life under a name like that.”
~ Changeless


Of course, he is far more than the arrogant blue blooded officer that Alexia dislikes instantly. Alexia, however, being Alexia, never quite manages to get over that. Fortunately for us, Prudence is not so willfully obtuse. But you will have to wait to find out more about Channing . . .

Here are Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings’ stats:

1. Long blond hair
2. Sculptor converted to werewolf during Napoleonic war
3. Toff accent
4. Pale blue eyes
5. Tall, handsome, lanky
6. Skilled swordsman
7. Respected by his soldiers and fellow officers

Here are a collection of images that remind me of Channing. Sometimes literally, sometimes they tie to his hidden personality, the mysteries of his past, and some of the reasons for his abrasive personality.

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Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Bombay, officers, flirtation, old friends, tea & the real reason for the visit uncovered at last!
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Awaiting copy edits.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes to begin September.
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

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Quote of the Day:
“A parasol boasts more virtues than the eminently practical one of shading the eyes from the impertinent rays of the sun. It gives an air of smartness to the summer girl.”
~ Parasol quote from a 1909 newspaper

Professor Randolph Lyall, Character Study

Posted by Gail Carriger


“Professor Lyall, the Beta in question, was a slight, sandy-haired gentleman of indeterminate age and pleasant disposition, as agreeable, in fact, as his Alpha was sour. He grinned at her and doffed his hat, which was of first class design and sensible material. His cravat was similarly subtle for, while it was tied expertly, the knot was a humble one.”
~ from Soulless

“There was an awful thud of fur-covered flesh, and the two scrabbled against one another, claws and teeth ripping. The white wolf was bigger, but it presently became clear that the smaller wolf possessed greater speed and cunning. He used the other’s size against him. In a matter of moments, the smaller wolf had twisted about and taken a clean firm death grip on Major Channing’s throat.”

~ from Changeless

Professor Lyall looked modestly proud. “I am considered a bit of an expert on the procreative practices of Ovis orientalis aries.”
~ from Blameless

“Well, given the general foulness of food while floating, that could simply have been a coincidence.” Professor Lyall removed his spectacles and began to clean the clear lenses with a spotless white handkerchief.
“Oh, Professor Lyall, are you making a funny? It doesn’t suit you.”

~ teaser from Heartless

Original Notes
Angular vulpine face
Sandy hair
Hazel eyes
Fond of steampunk gadgetry, often tinkering with soem new invention
Has been Beta to three Alphas
Older than any other Woolsey Pack member
c. 300 years old or so
Waistcoat of plenty
Lt. Colonel in Coldsteam Guards of 50 years
Lord Akeldama calls him Dolly

Pale yellow eyes
Sandy Fur
Small & fox like
Very quick and cunning
Hates to fight
“Best nose of any of us.”

Professor Lyall is a bit of an enigma. His motives, however, are clear, he will do anything for the pack he loves.

Here is a collection of images that remind me of Professor Lyall.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:The Literature Map such fun.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Canada’s largest book distributor, H.B. Fenn and Company Ltd., announced that it plans to file a proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

The Pesky Library says, “If you enjoyed Twilight and you also enjoy Jane Austen, then Soulless is the perfect read for you.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first.

: Working galleys. Available for preorder on Amazon.
Timeless: Clomp, clomp, comp. Paused for Bk 4 galley review.
Secret Project F: We’re waiting. We’re waiting.

Quote of the Day:
“Tea has been one of saviors of mankind. I verily believe that, but for the introduction of tea and coffee, Europe might have drunk itself to death.”
~ Sir James Crichton-Browne

Wednesday Ketchup Blog and Missive Worms

Posted by Gail Carriger

My dearest Gentle Reader, I am remiss. There is this Thing that happens to us scribblers. We get all tangled up with the end of a project, and then visitors from abroad descend and conventions come knocking at the door. One has put off missives and interviews and calling cards in order to finish the book, and finds that they have piled up in a great mound of To Dos. I am at that state. The mound is not unlike a compost heap where one feels the emails from a month ago are, in fact, molding. Missives from convention organizers are now riddled with the little worms of “I asked NOT to be a moderator” and “you put that on a day I said I wasn’t going to be in attendance.” But, because of the writing delay, it is all now too late.

It has caused me to come over all determined, and I am unanimous in this. I’m putting the royal smack down: no interviews over 10 questions. I’m revamping my webpage to include all old interview questions, so I stop constantly getting repeats. I’m also not booking anything in the months of December, January, and February. My intention is to work hard on Timeless, and not be distracted. Lastly, I am trying to narrow my appearances down to only one a month next year. Gentle Reader, you probable care very little about any of this, but I’m putting it here in writing as a mandate unto myself. I feel rather stretched and over-committed right now. It’s been a very long 2010. Good. Great, even. But looooong.

However, there were Parasol Protectorate pumpkins!

The website is undergoing a revamp. I have a new FAQ page and other things are getting moved around. It’s messy, like all home improvements, and I apologize. Please bare with me during this trying time.

The last of the New York ComicCon Parasol Protectorate CoversThe Yen Press ComicCon official announcement. And the last of the Parasol Protectorate covers from NYCC.

In other news, I’m pleased to announce that the Parasol Protectorate books will be out in Polish and Japanese. Proszynski will publish the first three in Poland, and Hayakawa the first two in Japan. No publication dates as yet.

Sin Alma has been released! So far as I know, you can now buy it in Spain ~ if no where else. A copy of the book will be raffled at the Barcelona Steampunk Convention. (Thanks to [info]judit_dixit for the link.)

I have an interview up on I Love Vampires. Here is as sample:
Gail Carriger on Gail Carriger – something not in your usual bio!
I find endless comedic enjoyment in the ridiculous: the Westminster Dog Show, rubber animals, string cheese, squid, that kind of thing. Also, I’m a mean lean pinball player.

I hope to see some of you at OryCon in Portland (Nov. 12 ~ 14), or the Powell’s Beaverton signing (Nov 14 5PM), or my own personal books signing at Powells on Monday night (15th at 7PM). If you want some private Gail time to ask all the burning questions I don’t answer online (because I can’t) you are best off attending Monday night. Then I’ll be at the Seattle SteamCon (Nov 19 ~ 21), you may recognize one of my outfits.

This will be my last appearances until March 2011 as I’ll be working on Book 5.

I leave you with some very lovely fan art.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
Sea Life Aquarium has Developed Paul the Octopus for Your iPad and iPhone
Your Writerly Tinctures:
More no nos from my agent

Emily says, “I was beyond pleasantly surprised with this book. I don’t read a lot of paranormal romance, but the story of Soulless was something I’d never encountered before.”
SPOILER ALERT! Sarah does a series review. “Oh I loved this ‘Parasol Protectorate’ series. In fact after I read the very last page of the third book, I returned to the beginning of the first and read all three again.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first. Bold Fortune says, “The story moves along quite nicely. I don’t think there was ever a time that I really thought, “Oh for god’s sake, why is this scene here?” It does take our travellers (yeah, go read the book) quite a while to actually reach Italy and the Templars, but it serves to introduce new characters (we learn who actually created said mechanized ladybugs).”

Heartless: Draft 6 in to my editor early. How often does that happen? (Truth? I have friends visiting from England and wanted to clear my schedule.)
Timeless: Just an outline, making sure I pick up cookies and threads.
Secret Project F: Axed down and back with the agent.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded is out. And here’s a review.
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 is out.

Quote of the Day:
“There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut

Parasol Protectorate Quiz

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gail ParasolSo, Gentle Reader, I’ve been playing about with a Parasol Protectorate Quiz and here it is.

It’s not jiving quite right with Facebook, Livejournal, and co, so I may redo it for internals. But who knows if I’ll get the time. Sorry if it doesn’t quite work for you, it seems to be happy on the second try, but I had fun making it.

In other news I (utterly unsurprisingly) lost the Locus Award to Mr. Bag’o’doughnuts himself. *Shakes tiny fists of furry into the air, throws head back and yells “Paolo-o-o-o-o-o!”* In all honesty, I adore this guy and I have a sinking feeling his book actually is genius, so I don’t mind. But he totally owes me a chocolate martini.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
I’m obsessed with vanishing edge pools (AKA infinity pools)

To me swimming is already as close as a girl can get to flying, this kind of pool only emphasizes that fact. I’ve never actually been in one, but someday I hope to.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Glyde Vegan Condoms are fair-trade natural latex, they even have organically flavored ones.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
What it takes to be a literary agent.

Clockwork Pen says, “Soulless is a satisfying book that takes a fresh perspective on vampires (they don’t sparkle), werewolves, and other supernatural things that go bump in the night.”
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. Kristi syas, “I just adore these books and the more I read them, the more they stand out as very different from the norm, in a good way.”
Out September 1, 2010! Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first.
Heartless: Plugging away. Due Nov 1.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision. Due July 1.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
“If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.”
~ Gladstone, 1865

Q&A All About Books

Posted by Gail Carriger

Research - Tea and BooksWhat was your favorite childhood book?
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
What are you reading at the moment?
The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers
Has any one book changed your life?
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, because of that book I met one of my best friends and through that friendship all my high-school chums. Twenty years later these people are still my greatest allies.
Which fictional character do you resemble?
I’d like to think I’m Alanna-like (apart from appearance).
The book that made you want to be a writer?
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
Was there a book you were supposed to like but hated?
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
What’s the most recent book you’ve read you would recommend to others?
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
What’s your favorite book of all time?
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Some wonderful stampunk sculptures.

Your Tisane of Smart:
Why time flies as we get older.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Guardian article all about werewolves

The Disgruntled Bear, is not so disgruntled. “I started this review a couple of days ago, but got so caught up in SOULLESS again that I ended up reading it cover-to-cover again.”
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon and Powell’s have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives bits of Soulless away so don’t read if you haven’t read the first book.
Blameless: Done, happy dance.
Super Secret Project H: Treatment submitted to agent. Paused.
Super Secret Project F: Consulted betas, good to go. Hope to write first two chapters next week.
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Non-fiction short: (can go up to 3000) Finished first draft.
Not so secret fiction short: (can go up to 13,000) Working this week. Yes, it’s true. This is for the Mammouth Book of Paranormal Romance 2. For once, my British fans will get something first. I’m warning you now, it may not be what you expect.

Quote of the Day:
“Okay, so I had maybe a little too much fun w/ this…”
~ Blake on the subject of our up coming interview (wait for it . . .)

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