Curtsies & Conspiracies Now Available!

The second Finishing School book, Curtsies & Conspiracies, launches today! Squee!

Amazon chose it as one of their teen books of the month!
Kirkus chose it as a Best Bet for Science Fiction & Fantasy Books for November 2013

I’m super excited about this book and I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I feel like I really found my stride, and so did Sophronia and her cohorts. There are also boys in this one. Yes, boys. I know, the girls and Mademoiselle Geraldine’s were shocked and titillated too.

Mademoiselle Geraldine is a little upset, I must say.

You don’t have to take my word for it, here are some early reviews for Curtsies & Conspiracies.

  • Booklist Starred Review: “Carriger’s second steampunk adventure exceeds the first…This witty, light-hearted series is not to be missed.”
  • School Library Journal: “A must-have purchase.”
  • Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review: “Carriger’s blend of comically exaggerated characters and madcap action will easily win over readers once again.” Read the full review!
  • Publisher’s Weekly: Children’s Book Review: “Teenage and adult fans alike will rejoice that Carriger retains her flair for musical prose, over-the-top names (e.g. Algonquin Shrimpdittle), clever wit, and strange yet helpful mechanical devices of all kinds.”


  • Stuff and Nonsense says, “Carriger has a wonderful way with language:  lessons include “tea and delusions”  and “portion allotment, puddings and preemptive poisonings”.”
    Fanboy Planet says, “The books never talk down, which makes them interesting reading for adults.”
    The Best Books Ever says, “With each release, Gail Carriger more firmly cements herself onto the list of authors who I will just automatically read everything that they publish.”
    Maddie.TV says, “Full of just as much magic, and steampunk flare as the previous novel, Curtsies and Conspiracies was had some new aspects that made me love it even more.”
    The Bookbag says, “Sophronia stands out as an impressive lead character.”

Launch events are up and running and scheduled.

Hopefully, I’ll be in your area and you can come out and say hi. I promise that I try my best to put on a really good show.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1850s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Pug & parasol

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Best Possible Betrayal, or The Fine Art of the Plot Twist in Your Back


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“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.”

~ Anais Nin

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  1. Megan MacNeel said:

    Lady? I need to let you know you're amazing. I stumbled on the Parasol Protectorate books while cruising my local bookstore for my quarterly book binge (very busy a lot of the time, but I'm an avid reader. So I buy books by the armload and eat them up in a week.) and I just adored them. The characters were fun, quirky, and lively. And it was a new spin on some fun concepts. Great work!

    Then, while roaming my tumblr today I see you have another series (on its second book?) that was I was completely unaware of, having fallen out of touch! I can't tell you my excitement. Thank you so much for putting out great stories like these! (I've already contacted my fellow theater and stage combat ladies, so we can get our copies. And more than likely, a new parasol for the occasion.)

    Ciao ciao~
    Sincerely, A happy fan.

  2. Gail Carriger said:

    Why thank you so very much. And I do hope you enjoy the new series. I really appreciate you reaching out to me, it's so nice to meet a reader, even virtually. All the very best, Gail

  3. Jeremy said:

    Thank you for another wonderful story, you are one of my favorite authors. Right up there with Jim Butcher and Brandon Sanderson (in no particular order). I've bought and given your books to many a friend and family and soulless is the first book I recommend when asked for a new good book. I truly cannot wait to see what happens next with Sophronia and Lord Akeldama.

  4. Gemma said:

    I loved this book so much – I couldn't put it down… not a lot of housework got done today! Thank you for yet another great read. Gemma

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