Cover Reveal for Ambush or Adore by Gail Carriger

Gentle Reader, here’s the cover art for the next Parasolverse book, Ambush or Adore.

This is Delightfully Deadly #3, Agatha’s book. You don’t have to have read any of the others in the series.

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How did this cover come to be?

This one is partly due to you, Gentle Reader. I randomly posted a photo of the first two in the series, Poison or Protect and Defy or Defend, and asked if anyone had thoughts on what the next one should be.

Instagram Poison or Protect Defy or Defend Comments

Normally when I post an open ended question like this to the socials, you are all over the place, but there was a CLEAR trend in responses: orange-peach-amber. It is so rare it for people to agree.

So I went to Starla. I already knew Agatha’s code name, of course, The Wallflower (it’s revealed in Reticence). So I decided that would be fun to incorporate in the covers.

FS Finishing School Series Curtsies Conspiracies Waistcoats Weaponry Manner Mutany

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So where as the other two, and the Finishing School books, all play on shadows, with Ambush or Adore one I wanted Starla to give Agatha the look of emerging from the wallpaper as well. Starla very cleverly did this with the lace of the dress.

I really hope you like it.

Note how her code name, The Wallflower, is reflected in the cover? Aren’t Starla and I clever girls?

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Here’s the blurb!

London’s best and most covert spy tries to escape the man who has always adored her.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger brings you a charming story of enduring love set in her popular Parasolverse. 


Agatha Woosmoss, the Wallflower, is the greatest intelligencer of her generation. And no one knows she exists. She has been invisible, capable, and cunning for well over four decades. Her greatest skill is in her ability to go forever unnoticed.

Except by one man.


Pillover Plumleigh-Teignmott is a professor of ancient languages at Oxford University. He’s tried to ignore his training as an Evil Genius and live a quiet life away from politics and intrigue.

When an assignment goes horribly wrong, Agatha must hide and heal. So she goes to ground with the only person who’s always kept her safe, Pillover.

Can Pillover hold onto the deadly woman who specializes in getting away? Will Agatha realize that patience is indeed a virtue, and that perhaps it is good to be noticed by the one who waits?

Spinning off from Miss Gail’s Finishing School series, this story stands on its own and spans decades but was written after Defy or Defend. May contain vampires, old injuries, lost love, and the reappearance of many favorite characters.

Delicate Sensibilities?

This tale concerns a considerable amount of pining and the repressed passion of two people who secretly adore each other and occasionally act on it. Agatha and Pillover are mature characters who act maturely, please be aware of this.


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Miss Gail

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Ambush or Adore: Delightfully Deadly #2 – AGATHA’S BOOK

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London’s best and most covert spy tries to escape the man who has always adored her. Out October 1, 2021

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2 Responses

  1. Wes Volkenant said:

    I was just catching up with your 2016 You Tube conversation about Audiobook productions. I understand your need for a professional voice actor, but I must say, your voice is so easy and pleasant to listen to.

    Do you have any friends who have an adult California-girl lead character who has spent time abroad? They would be crazy not to enlist you as their narrator. I’m sure there really is a higher degree of professionalism involved in voicing a book, but sometimes with someone like Dick Hill, it’s just a great voice to listen to, too!

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