In Which Gail is a Cover Model

Lookie, Gentle Reader! Dan put me on the cover of his steampunk anthology, Frock Coat Dreams.

This picture was taken in Orycon in 2010, just before Dan and I went up to Steamcon (after which we got caught in a blizzard, had an epic car crash and miraculous journey home). Anyway, this anthology includes one of my favorite steampunk short stories of all time: “Cold Duty” and I am honored to be on the cover.

In other news, over on Retro Rack I natter on about the dresses featured in Curtsies & Conspiracies. I’ll be doing a number of posts on the fashion of the 1850s as relates to Sophronia and her friends over the next few months, mainly because with two books in the series releasing (the paperback of Curtsies on October 7, and the hardback of Waistcoats & Weaponry on November 4) these are the fashion styles that I have been thinking about a great deal.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for September? Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 Dancing Parasol via FB

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
“In all cases, when a gift is sent to you, return a note of thanks; or at least a verbal message to that effect.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Book signings from hell.  (Oh yes, I have had some. Ask me about “the one with George & Paul” sometime over a drink and I will tell you all.)

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Waiting on proofs.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Rewriting now. Release date 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

Book News:
Libby Blog Posted by Marmaladelibby (aka Ange) about C&C: “These books are SO DARN FUN!!! I just really like these characters. Each and every one that Gail has created is so well developed and interesting. …The plot in this book really opens up and thickens up. WOW! I cannot imagine how Gail Carriger keeps track of all of the twists and turns she has created in her plot. This was just mad fun. I enjoyed it so much and could not guess it ahead of time completely which is what I always hope for… If you have not tried these yet you really need to.”
(How did I keep track? Ah yes, this is the book for which I had the brain!)

Quote of the Day:
“Hell, it is well known, has no fury like a woman who wants her tea and can’t get it.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves!


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