The Great Parasolverse read along CONCLUDES at last with How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps), the first book in my newest novella Claw & Courtship line. This story returns me to my Soulless roots, with a heterosexual couple one of whom is a werewolf. It features, however, my first American female main character. (GASP!) This is also, currently my only book available in LARGE TYPE. (And likely to remain so.)
How to Marry a Werewolf novella
released in May of 2018
Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book, character building, why I decided to redeem Channing, why Faith is a geologist, and more.
Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.
Author Thoughts on This Book
I’ve talked in person a lot about how I don’t really start writing a book until I have a “scene epiphany.” This isn’t always (or even often) the first scene in a book. And I don’t always remember which one it is. But I DO remember which one it was for How to Marry a Werewolf. It was the confrontation between Faith and Channing over rocks in a suitcase. I can still see it with perfect clarity in my head.
Without question How to Marry is my most commercially successful novella. I noodled over why, the title? The cover? The release time of year? The more standard het relationship? Channing? Facebook ads? Story pitch? But therein lies madness. The only way to know for sure is to do another in this line and see what happens.
So don’t worry there will be more!
“Who the devil are you?” Alexia asked, the man’s cavalier interference irritating her into using actual profanity. “Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings.” Alexia gawked. No wonder he was so very full of himself. One would have to be, laboring all one’s life under a name like that.
~ From Channing’s first appearance in Changeless
Incidentally it’s no accident that Madame Lefoux and Channing both first appear in Changeless, since they are kind of foils for each other.
Things Pertaining to this Book
- Blog posts specific to How to Marry a Werewolf
- The story design board on Pinterest
- Video where I talk about this book
- Behind the Scenes Pretties (clothing and hats featured in this book)
- Spot the outfit in the book! Outfits Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform
- Why write this story now? The Origins of How to Marry a Werewolf
- Chapter Titles! 10 Easy Steps
- A Great Deal Of Waffle About Werewolves in History
New Main Characters!
- Channing character design board, he first appears in Changeless (then the rest of the Parasol Protectorate series) and has a small but important roll to play in How to Marry a Werewolf, hints as to his backstory are dropped in Romancing the Werewolf
- Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings is a Cad (in 4 Quotes)
- Faith character design board, I chose sedimentary geology for her academic interest because as an archaeologist I carry a minor in geology
- Teddy character design board, I wanted to introduce the concept of familial friendships in this book, since it was so common in the Victorian era but I hadn’t really dealt with it before
Reviews of How To Marry A Werewolf…
“This book is a lot of fun but also goes a little deeper and darker into the worst of Parasolverse society problems than some of Carriger’s other books. From what sends Faith to London to Channing’s own past, I’d call both backstories much more tragic than others Carriger has written. It gives these two more minor characters a bit of depth that we don’t always get for “lesser” characters.”
“Despite its darker elements, or perhaps because of them, this was a lovely read. Faith and Channing’s relationship isn’t an all-consuming love story, but a story of two people finding something they both need in one another.”
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