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Prequel Short in  Series

The Hedgehog Incident

From the comedic mind of New York Times bestseller Gail Carriger comes the much requested prequel short story to Soulless.

Alexia Tarabotti attends what appears to be a very dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

Don’t miss this charming novelette featuring the very first encounter between the Parasolverse’s most popular power couple, preternatural Alexia and supernatural Lord Conall Maccon.

Look out for cheeky appearances from other much beloved characters, not to mention the strategic application of a certain wicker chicken.

A Note On Chronology

Set in the spring of 1872 this story occurs just prior to events chronicled in The Parasol Protectorate series (featuring Alexia and Conall) and after those in Defy or Defend. Alexia also appears briefly in Romancing the Inventor, and Conall and England’s most scandalous wolf pack is referenced in The Finishing School series.

This is a quick read at 9000 words (about 15 printed pages) available in print only as part of Fan Service (collected Supernatural Society omnibus). It is best read if you are already familiar with Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse and comedy of manners style, as it was written specifically with her fans in mind.

AUDIOBOOK is available directly from Gail or here but not on on Audible for the usually Amazon is evil reasons that I’d be happy to tell you about at a bar sometime.

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Gail has no plans to produce this as a solo printed edition, it’s too short to work as a solo print book.


Meat Cute was an Amazon #1 bestseller in Steampunk Fiction!

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Praise for Meat Cute

“Devoted fans will assuredly enjoy this nice little Easter egg.”

Amy Goldschlager for Locus Magazine (Meat Cute audiobook)

“Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series beautifully blends together alternate history, steampunk and paranormal romance into stories that are witty, engaging and fun.”

Kirkus, starred review (Soulless)

“This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans. ”

Publishers Weekly, starred review (Soulless)

“Carriger’s leading lady is a strong, independent role model for female readers.”

School Library, starred review (Soulless)

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