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Citations & Online Sources for The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture

Posted by Gail Carriger


Technically speaking this is for listeners of the Heroine’s Journey audio book. I didn’t want to force you to go through my narrator, Starla, reading you a bunch of citations and such, so I am including them here instead. These appear in the print and digital editions of the book.

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Here’s a sample of the audiobook:

Quick Pull: Online References

Primary & Main Sources

“Women don’t need to make the journey. In the whole mythological journey, the woman is there. All she has to do is realize that she’s the place people are trying to get to.” [source]


Citations & References Explained

I intentionally chose not to write my references as footnotes or endnotes, because frankly, that kinda sucks in these days of ebooks.

Instead, I have broken these down into two sections. I’m trying to make them fun enough that you read even this bit.


Citations include those documents, archaeological fragments, and publications that I refer to in focused detail and directly quote in this book.

  • First, I’ve structured the citation as it actually appears in the text.
  • Then I’ve included a few additional notes so that you better understand why I chose it.

Hopefully, this makes it easy to find if you want to read more (and to check my work or draw your own conclusions).

(Because I read stuff both on paper and electronically, some of my direct citation points are LOC. This is a location code, the digital version of a page number. Because digital content can be reformatted, page numbers are flexible and consequently meaningless in digital. LOC is based on a percentage completed of the total word count in a book.)


In the second section, References, I did encyclopedia-style blurbs for the pop culture stuff I talk about in the books, which is listed by franchise/common name or title.

I’ve included information I feel is relevant to this book, and I’m being sublimely flippant.

Citations for Heroine’s Journey

Anonymous critic. (1966) “Extracting Emily,” Time, 22 April 1966.

Budge, E. A. Wallis. (1911) Osiris and the Egyptian resurrection. (Digital source so referenced by LOC #). Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge (1857–1934) is widely considered the father of Egyptology in the UK. His work is colored by a conflation of opinion and fact, biased Victorian notions of how the universe worked, and a telling belief in the occult. However, his translations of Egyptian myth had great impact on western culture at the time, and therefore on any resulting societywide knowledge of these myths that resulted.

Budge, Ernest Alfred Wallis. (1960) The Book of the Dead: The Hieroglyphic Transcript of the Papyrus of ANI, the Translation into English and Introduction by E. Wallis Budge, Late Keeper of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities in The British Museum. Bell Publishing, New York. I’m particularly interested in Budge’s English translation of a hieroglyphic text that was first translated into French in 1879 in Les monuments égyptiens de la Bibliothèque nationale, Plates XXI-XXVII, Paris.

Budge, Ernest Alfred Wallis. (1895) Original publication of The Book of the Dead is in the public domain and available online via this redirect gailcarriger.com/HJ_Budge1895

Burkert, Walter. (1985) Greek Religion. Harvard University Press. Comprehensive guide with secondary references to the Demeter myth, first published in German in 1977. Uses archaeological evidence, ancient philosophies on the subject, and Linear B inscriptions (amongst other things) to reconstruct religious beliefs, rituals, festivals, temples, practitioners, and cults of the Minoan-Mycenaean age. Attention is paid to contested academic analysis and parts of the historical record that are still opaque.

Carpenter, Julia. (2019) “Romance Novelists Write About Sex and Pleasure. On the Internet That Makes Them Targets for Abuse” article for Glamour Magazine online June 25, 2019. Available online via this redirect: gailcarriger.com/HJ_Carpenter

Campbell, Joseph. (1949) The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Published by the Bollingen Foundation through Pantheon Press. A work of comparative mythology describing the journey of the hero (as archetype) found in various myths and Campbell’s theory behind its structure. His analysis relied on Freudian concepts, Jungian archetypes, unconscious forces, and rites of passage rituals (e.g., Arnold van Gennep’s Separation, Initiation and Return).

Corelli, Marie. (1855–1924) English novelist and literary success (1886 through World War I) who wrote hugely popular Gothic-influenced romance novels that also incorporated occultism, mystery, and Christian morality. She has been largely ignored by history and literary critics, despite the fact that at the time she roundly outsold her male counterparts.

Homer. Homeric Hymn to Demeter translated by Gregory Nagy (no date given). Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University. One of the most commonly used translations of this myth. Made available online via Harvard University via this redirect: gailcarriger.com/HJ_Nagy

Larsen, Stephen and Robin Larsen. (2002) Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind. Inner Traditions. The authorized biography of Joseph Campbell covers his life and a personal perspective through the voices of friends and colleagues. Written by two of Campbell’s students who had access to his notes and journals.

Murdock, Maureen. (1990) Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness. Shambhala Publications. A student of Joseph Campbell, Murdock published The Heroine’s Journey partly as riposte to his Hero with a Thousand Faces. Murdock, a Jungian therapist, saw the Heroine’s Journey as primarily a therapeutic process in a search for the whole self, the story format of which remained structurally similar to the Hero’s. More can be found online, here’s a redirect: gailcarriger.com/HJ_Murdock

Plutarch. (1936 translation by F. C. Babbitt) De Iside et Osiride and Moralia. Vol. v: Isis and Osiris (transl.) London and Cambridge, MA. Can also be found online as Plutarch’s Morals, Theosophical Essays, Isis’s quest, section 18 translated by Charles William King (1908). More can be found online, here’s a redirect: gailcarriger.com/HJ_Plutarch

Rogers, Deborah D. (1994, editor) The Critical Responses to Ann Radcliffe. Greenwood Press, Connecticut and London. Collection of historically documented opinion and critical review of Radcliffe and her work during and just after her lifetime, plus modern essays and analysis. Seems somewhat positively biased and intentionally avoids negative reviews.

Radcliffe, Ann. (1764–1823) English author and pioneer of Gothic fiction, the most popular writer of her day and highest paid writer of the 1790s. Her best-known work is The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) later parodied by Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey (1817). She influenced a generation of romantic authors who would eventually spawn the romance genre as we know it today.

Schmidt, Victoria Lynn. (2001) 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters. Writer’s Digest Books. Draws strongly on both myth and fairy tale foundations to analyze character archetypes and discusses Inanna and the Heroine’s Journey.

Scott, William Stuart. (1955) Marie Corelli: The Story of a Friendship. Hutchinson, London.

Siculus, Diodorus. (1933 translation by C. H. Oldfather) Library of History: Book 1. London and New York.

Shaw, Garry J. (2014) The Egyptian Myths. Thames & Hudson. Secondary source gathering multiple Egyptian myths; care is given to source and conflicting accounts.

Watt, Ian. (1957) The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding. Los Angeles and Berkeley, University of California Press.

Wolkstein, Diane and Kramer, Samuel Noah. (1993) Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth. Harper & Row. Compilation of translated archaeological fragments plus essays on interpretation from multiple authors. Based on evidence collected by two separate universities around the turn of the century.

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Batman character. Superhero character from DC Comics, created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. He first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, he’s had a live action kid-focused TV show (1966–1968), as well as animated TV series, multiple movies, and video game adaptations over the years.

Gail’s assessment: Usually portrayed as a classic Byronic hero.

Battlestar Galactica TV series. (2004–2009) Science fiction TV series space opera developed by Ronald D. Moore. A reboot of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica TV series created by Glen A. Larson.

Gail’s thoughts: Notorious for its popularity at the time, yet criticized for a shabby final season. I believe this is partly the result of a conflict between Heroine’s and Hero’s Journeys.

Black Panther movie. (2018) Superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It’s technically an origin story, although it doesn’t have the typical tropes one expects of discovery and self-expression.

Gail’s analysis: This movie has elements of a Hero’s Journey in that victory is nested in an expression of physical violence and defeat of an enemy one on one. There is also the dead father/mentor figure and death (not once but twice). On the other hand, it has Heroine’s Journey tropes as well in that loss of allies and isolation results in risk and near death; help is required to revive the main character; the allies who search are family (mother, sister, lover); Black Panther’s strength is reborn through networking; and he trusts in his friends to defend him. Also, the movie has lots of elements of group action, infiltration, exchange of useful information, and spying (particularly in the first half) – the hallmarks of a caper. Black Panther ends with community outreach, but the final shot is solitary. To top it all off, the male fighters are given defensive supernatural abilities, the women offensive. Honestly, I’m including it here because it was so confusing and I want to at least give voice to that. An example of a successful work of popular culture that, in the end, uses neither the Hero’s nor the Heroine’s Journey as its solo chassis. Remarkable.

Captain Marvel movie. (2019) Superhero film based on a Marvel Comics character of the same name written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Gail’s analysis: Buddy cop comedy meets Heroine’s Journey.

Children of the Corn book by Stephen King. (1977) A short horror story first published in Penthouse magazine, and later collected in Night Shift (1978). Turned into a film (1984) by New World Pictures, and then a franchise (1992–2018), remade for TV in 2009 by Fox 21 Television for the Syfy network.

Gail’s reaction: Scary.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV series. (2000–2015) Procedural investigative crime drama TV series that aired on CBS for fifteen seasons.

Gail’s thoughts: Example of a hero leading a group in a Heroine’s Journey and changing into a heroine over time.

Dangerous Liaisons movie. (1988) Period-set dramatic film written by Christopher Hampton as an adaptation of the 18th-century French epistolary novel Les liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. This original work is so iconic it has been adapted into plays, operas, ballets, and seven films: Les Liaisons dangereuses (1959), Une femme fidèle (1976), Dangerous Liaisons (1988 – my favorite), Valmont (1989), Cruel Intentions (1999), Untold Scandal (2003), and Dangerous Liaisons (2012).

Gail’s assessment: Excellent example of repackaging Gothic archetypes into a historical melodrama.

Deadpool movie. (2016) Superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name with a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Gail’s thoughts: Deadpool is a classic Byronic antihero on an even more classic Hero’s Journey. That lovely girlfriend was never gonna make it.

Die Hard movie. (1988) Action thriller film with screenplay by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart (based on Roderick Thorp’s 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever).

Gail’s analysis: Iconic example of the Hero’s Journey and destined to define the beats of trapped location suspense and disaster storylines.

The Divergent Series (book series 2011–2013) and movies (film series 2014–2016). Three YA dystopian science fiction adventure novels (Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant) by Veronica Roth, turned into three feature films of the same names.

Gail’s assessment: The main character, Tris, engages in a tragic Hero’s Journey that ends with her death as an act of self-sacrifice and was polarizing for readers. Could be seen as a tragic Heroine’s Journey, depending on analysis, which might explain some readers’ sense of betrayal.

Dune franchise. Science fiction space opera franchise originating with the novel Dune by Frank Herbert (1965). Dune is arguably the bestselling science fiction book of all time, and has been adapted into films (1984 and 2020), TV miniseries (2000), and games.

  1. Gail’s thoughts: The books employ multiple POVs and many narrative elements of the classic Hero’s Journey.

ER TV series. (1994–2009) Medical drama TV series (with procedural elements) created by novelist and doctor Michael Crichton that aired on NBC.

Gail’s analysis: Example of different heroes and heroines leading a group in what is most likely a Heroine’s Journey. Hard to define successful outcome with something this long running.

The Expanse TV series. (2015 ongoing) Science fiction political space opera TV series based on The Expanse novels by James S. A. Corey.

Gail’s thoughts: Example of a multiple-POV narrative featuring different heroes and heroines on what could be either a Hero’s or Heroine’s Journey chassis. Hard to tell without knowing the ending.

Firefly TV series. (2002–2003) Space opera meets Western TV series, created by writer, director, and executive producer Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label.

Gail’s analysis: Cancelled early, but when taken into consideration along with the follow-up movie, Serenity (2005), this most likely has a Heroine’s Journey chassis.

Game of Thrones TV series. (2011–2019) Epic fantasy TV series that aired on HBO created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, multiple-POV politically driven epic fantasy series. Widely believed to be based on various historical events, including the Wars of the Roses.

Gail’s note: The book series was unfinished at the time of this writing, but the TV show gives some insight into journey patterns and intent. This is an example of a multiple-POV narrative featuring different heroes and heroines on what is arguably a Hero’s Journey chassis.

Girls Trip movie. 2017 comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee and focused on travel and female friendship.

Gail’s note: This movie depicts power in groups in the form of female friendship and platonic relationships as well as heterosexual romances with men. It’s a Heroine’s Journey.

Harry Potter character. The titular character in the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, 1997–2007. There are seven books in the series, the first of which is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. There are eight movie adaptations (2001–2011) that follow the same narrative arc. In the text, I usually refer to this collective of both books and movies as the Harry Potter franchise.

Gail’s thoughts: I use this as an example of the Heroine’s Journey for a reason.

House M.D. AKA House TV series. (2004–2012) TV medical drama on the Fox network featuring Dr. Gregory House, a medical genius who leads a diagnostic hospital team.

Gail’s assessment: This is a doctor version of Sherlock Holmes on a medical procedure chassis. (Yeah, his tolerant BFF is named Wilson… I see what you did there.) Exactly like Holmes, House is clearly a hero, but because of the waffling nature of a long-running procedural without overarching story, it’s nearly impossible (and basically unnecessary) to apply a journey chassis to this show.

The Hunger Games trilogy (books 2008–2010) and The Hunger Games movies (film series). Three YA dystopian science fiction adventure novels: The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), and Mockingjay (2010) by Suzanne Collins, turned into four feature films of the same names (the third book split into two parts).

Gail’s assessment: The main character, Katniss Everdeen, engages in a Heroine’s Journey that includes many tropes and archetypes endemic to the journey and to coming of age YA narratives. These include love triangles and themes of partnership, delegation, and redemption. The initial prompting for her actions is the threatened removal of her sister, Primrose.

Iliad poem. Ancient Greek epic poem attributed to Homer, set during the Trojan War.

Gail’s note: Features the ultimate emo hero Achilles and his BFF/lover/foil Patroclus.

James Bond character. (1953 ongoing) Iconic example of a hero within the spy suspense genre, includes books, movies, radio plays, comics, TV shows, video games, and more. All of these focus on fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond, created by author Ian Fleming. Fleming wrote twelve Bond novels and two short-story collections. After his death (1964) eight other authors picked up the torch (or should I say, gun?). The Bond movies (of which there are 26) form the longest continually running film series in history.

Gail’s note: Bond is a classic, even archetypical, hero.

Jack Reacher character. (1997) Fictional character in thriller suspense books written by Lee Child, at a rate of approximately one per year since 1997. Main character is a former American military policeman who wanders (mostly) the United States taking odd jobs, investigating suspicious activities, and getting into danger. Adapted into two movies (2012, 2016) starring Tom Cruise.

Gail’s analysis: Wildly popular example of a hero on Heroic Journeys within the thriller genre, where he usually fits nicely.

Jeeves character. (1915–1974) Fictional character in a series of comedic novels and short stories by P. G. Wodehouse adapted to film and stage on multiple occasions. Has entered the cultural lexicon as a word used to mean butler or servant.

Gail’s thoughts: Jeeves is the brilliant, competent valet of wealthy, idle imbecile Bertie Wooster. He spends his time saving Wooster and his equally idiotic friends from a series of relationships and other scrapes. He is a perfect example of the wise servant archetype.

Law & Order TV series. (1990–2010) Police procedural meets legal drama TV series created by Dick Wolf that aired on NBC and ran for twenty seasons.

Gail’s analysis: Carries similar issues as other long-running procedurals like House M.D., ER, and CSI in terms of analysis of story journey (when there really isn’t one over the long haul), although we can spot hero and heroine archetypes at play.

The Lord of the Rings book. (1937) High fantasy novel in three volumes written (1937–1949) by J. R. R. Tolkien, turned into movies (2001–2003) as three films: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003). One of the most popular books of its day. Tolkien is widely regarded as the father of high fantasy.

Gail’s thoughts: There is a lot of Tolkien analysis out there; this book/series is multiple-POV and complex, but comprises multiple heroes (and a few heroines) on various journeys, one of the hallmarks of broad-scope fantasy.

Leverage TV series. (2008–2012) Heist/caper drama TV series with a comedic bent.

Gail’s feels: I adore this show. It follows a five-person antihero team and uses a Robin Hood narrative device. It’s multiple POVs but does have an underlying sort-of story that strongly indicates Heroine’s Journey.

Love, Simon movie. (2018) Romantic teen comedy-drama written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, and based on the YA book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (2015).

Gail’s thoughts: Good example of a well-executed Heroine’s Journey in a modern setting with standard teen romance tropes in play.

Men in Black movie. (1997) Science-fiction buddy cop comedy film written by Ed Solomon. Titular characters are tasked with supervising extraterrestrial life on Earth, based on a comic book series of the same name, but which had a much different tone.

Gail’s thoughts: Iconic combination of science fiction and buddy comedy featuring one hero and one heroine on a Heroine’s Journey chassis.

Sherlock Holmes character. (1887) The titular character of many books, movies, and TV shows. Arguably the world’s best-known fictional detective. Invented by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, first appearing in print in 1887. Doyle is often talked of as the father of cozy mysteries, with Agatha Christie as the mother.

Gail’s analysis: Most Holmes mysteries are told by his roommate Watson using a frame narrative technique and activating the explanatory sidekick plot device.

Spider-Man character. (1962) Superhero character from Marvel Comics created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko in Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962). He’s had a number of movies, television shows, and video game adaptations.

Gail’s thoughts: Possibly the primary example of a YA coming-of-age narrative in the comic book world.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie. (2018) Animated superhero film featuring the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man.

Gail’s thoughts: Typical example of a coming-of-age Hero’s Journey YA narrative (AKA the action version of the emotional, psychological, and moral journey undertaken in most Bildungsroman). Includes multiple friend/mentor characters, evil uncle, violent victory in one-on-one combat, and results in typical messages of finding inner strength and the burden of adult responsibility.

Star Trek: The Original Series TV series. (1966–1967) Science fiction TV series created by Gene Roddenberry.

Gail’s analysis: Mainly a buddy comedy/drama only with one hero and two foils (Bones representing the feminine, and Spock the wise fool archetype). Series was canceled but also was distinctly episodic, so difficult to tell which journey was ultimately intended.

Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series. (1987–1994) Space opera TV series created by Gene Roddenberry and featuring an ensemble cast.

Gail’s thoughts: Egalitarian follow-up series to Star Trek: The Original Series with the captain as more of a delegating character. The TV series (at least) appears to be a Heroine’s Journey.

Star Wars movie. (1977) AKA Star Wars original or Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Science fiction film written and directed by George Lucas, and the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy, followed by The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

Gail’s note: Widely known as an intentional representation of the Hero’s Journey.

Star Wars prequel movie. (1999) AKA Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Science fiction film written and directed by George Lucas, and the first film in the second Star Wars trilogy, followed by Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Gail’s note: I honestly don’t have much to say about these except that, for various reasons, they are pretty roundly vilified.

Supergirl TV series. (2015 ongoing). Superhero TV series based on the DC Comic book character Supergirl (created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino) and set in the Arrowverse franchise.

Gail’s thoughts: As of this writing, the series still seems to be mainly a classic Heroine’s Journey.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before book (2014) and movie (2018). Text refers to both the 2014 YA romance novel by Jenny Han and the 2018 film directed by Susan Johnson.

Gail’s analysis: A Heroine’s Journey and classic romantic teen comedy that employs many of the tropes and archetypes of the YA romance genre: fake boyfriend, secret crush, miscommunication and reconciliation, complicated family dynamics, dead parent, public humiliation, self-discovery, and coming of age.

The Twilight Saga movie franchise and book series. (2005) Text refers to the four romantic fantasy YA novels by Stephenie Meyer (2005–2008) and the five adapted films from Summit Entertainment (2009–2012). The individual titles are Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn (this last was broken into two parts for the movies.)

Gail’s note: This franchise is a Heroine’s Journey and was hugely commercially successful.

Waiting to Exhale book and movie. (1992) Text refers to both the 1992 novel by Terry McMillan and the 1995 film directed by Forest Whitaker.

Gail’s note: Both book and film depict power in female friendships and platonic relationships as well as, and in some cases instead of, heterosexual romance. It’s a Heroine’s Journey.

Wolverine character. (1974) Fictional antihero superhero from Marvel Comics first appearing in print in 1974, created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita Sr. and drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe. Wolverine has appeared in animated TV series, video games, and films.

Gail’s thoughts: Possibly the best well-known iteration of a Byronic hero in modern times.

Wonder Woman movie. (2017) Superhero film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, based on the DC Comics character of the same name.

Gail’s note: One of the best recent examples of a classic Hero’s Journey.



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Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident Audio Now Available & FAQs (Special Extras)

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The Hedgehog Incident AT LAST IN AUDIO! Here!

For those of you who missed the Subterranean special edition, Fan Service, (or could not afford it, or don’t like print editions) I have been working diligently to get you the audiobook of the special short story Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident. And now it available! The digital ebook version will be available Feb 16, 2020.

Yes this is the one that relays how Alexia and Conall first met!

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This is the story of how Alexia and Conall met for the first time. AKA the Hedgehog Incident. It is ONLY A SHORT STORY! It is NOT A FULL BOOK. The audiobook is just a little over an hour long.

Questions You May Have

Why are we waiting on the digital edition?

Because I feel like audiobook listeners never get any special treatment they are always left waiting for their version and it usually comes last. I wanted to give them something special for a change.

Is that OG Alexia on the cover?

Yes. Donna (my cover model) and I remain friends to this day. She happened to have some more photos from that old series of shoots she did (which ended up on the original Parasol Protectorate series). I bought one and ta da!

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What else can you say about the story?

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

Will this one be available individually in print?

No, it’s too short.

I have considered turning it into special swag, like a mini sample booklet, but there doesn’t seem to be a good printing service designed specifically for that. I’m too old to figure out how to do it for myself in a way that isn’t prohibitively expensive in time and money.

It may be in another omnibus some day, or at the back of one of my novellas, or in an short story collection or anthology, and I will let you know if/when that happens.

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Will Fan Service be available again?

No. Special hardcover books are by definition limited run. That means only 550 (or so) books are ever printed. It’s part of the promise to those who buy them, that no more will be made so it really is a special collectors item.

There will me more special editions of that style in the future though. And least I really hope so.

Yours (plugged into audio),

Miss Gail

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Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident featuring Alexia & Conall’s first encounter!

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The 5th Gender is Now an Audiobook! Tinkered Stars in Your Ears

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I am delighted to announce that The 5th Gender is finally available in audio!

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You can listen to a sample right here right now!

It is narrated by the amazing Michael Lesley. I chose him because he works with TJ Klune on his comedic books and I knew he had the panto-like range from something as esoteric as a sci-fi featuring aliens.


“By far the greatest strength in the characterization of this story is the writer’s ability to normalize exo-cultural characters and allow us to look through their eyes. Drey serves as our access character, expressing our own confusion and occasional discomfort with his partner’s culture. But as he learns to love Tris, we learn to see the universe through new eyes. And that is the greatest power of a story.”

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“The 5th Gender delivers in so many ways: it’s sweet, it’s romantic, it’s funny, and most importantly, it tells a very impactful and very timely story.”

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“By showing that freedom that humanity has embraced (though humans certainly still have hang-ups about sex, according to other species), and contrasting it with the rigidity of galoi society, Carriger reminds readers of how far modern humanity has to go in accepting a normal beyond cis-heterosexual. But, even for the galoi, she offers a hair of hope at the end, and a reminder that the power to change and become lies in the stories we tell each other. Even stories about adorable lavender aliens and their human crushes.”

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“This was smart and complex, contemplating human and alien nature as Carriger creates a fascinating species with their own complicated problems and foibles. Such contrasting dynamics always bring an interesting perspective in seeing ourselves from another point of view and to be more accepting and opening minded about others’ choices and beliefs.”

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!


USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo UK | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU 

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.



Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900s Jules Bastien-Lepage (French artist, 1848–1884) Girl with a Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

OMG look: PURPLE NOODLES! Has anyone tried them, are they good?

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How I Helped My School Library Stock LGBTQ Books

Book News:

The Direction of Greatest Courage interview with Gail Carriger

Quote of the Day:

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Your Moment of Gail


“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

How to Marry A Werewolf Audiobook Available NOW

Posted by Gail Carriger


Audiobook of How to Marry a Werewolf is now available on Audible & Amazon Audio & iTunes!

Audible | Amazon Audio | iTunes

Emma Newman who narrated Romancing the Inventor stepped up to do How to Marry a Werewolf, as every I am delighted with her work.

So what does this mean?

How to Marry is now in every possible format: Print, Digital & Audio.

Behind the Scenes

This audiobook gave me some stick, quite frankly, when casting. You see Faith is American but everyone else is British. Also, I think of my narrator voice as very British. It’s swapped POV too, so half the book is told from an upper crust Channing voice perspective.

What to do?

Go out and find a new American narrator and risk a troubling approach to UK accents? Or use a UK narrator and just have her do the dialogue American?

Well, I have my feelings on the subject but I thought I had better check with you all as well…

As you can see a resounding preference for the UK.

So that’s what I went with.

You’re able to listen now and judge for yourself!

All my love,

Miss Gail

P.S. Did you know I have other independently produced audio?

Romancing the Werewolf

Romancing the Inventor

Poison or Protect

The Sumage Solution

Crudrat (full cast)

Carriger Quartet: Collected Shorts (full cast)

Here’s a Fun Audio Extra!

Yours Truly Recommending 9 Queer Fantasy Books for Pride

Let me know if you like this kind of thing and want more Gail in audio?


Amazon (print) | Kobo | B&N (print) | iBooks 

Direct from Gail (Optional Signed Edition) 

How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger features a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him).

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, 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.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ensemble ‘A la pensée’ by Henry, photo by Talbot, Les Modes June 1914. via mortisia tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Harpers Bazaar New York Sat June 13 1891 Mother Daughter Trunk Packing

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How a Small LGBTQ Bookstore Took the Internet By Storm

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Literary Tourism: The Bookstore Bars and Cafés of Paris

Book News:

In which I eat a piece of cake to celebrate my new book baby, about the size of said book baby

Quote of the Day:

“This man approached me [at a convention] & introduced himself as ‘a pre-published author’, meaning it, I think, in the same way that I am ‘pre-dead’.”

~ Overheard at Borderlands

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

Romancing the Werewolf is Available in Audio, Biffy & Lyall Will Melt Your Heart

Posted by Gail Carriger


Happy new year, my darling Gentle Reader! I am delighted to let you know that the audiobook of Romancing the Werewolf is finally available!

Audible/Amazon | iTunes

Now to forestall the inevitable questions…

Why can’t I find it?

If you were able to get the audiobook of Poison or Protect or Romancing the Inventor, you should be able to get this one at the same venue.

If you don’t see it now, it should be there soon. This is very distributor and country dependent.

Who is the narrator?

I chose the remarkable Peter Newman for this book. He has a particularly erudite way of speaking that felt right for Biffy & Lyall.

If his voice is familiar, it’s because he plays the (possibly) evil butler Lattimer on Hugo winning podcast, Tea & Jeopardy.

Speaking of audiobooks, Poison or Protect audiobook has a new cover. Just because… Gavin!

Word on the street is that last month’s Coop de Book pick, The Lightening-Struck Heart is KILLER in audio. Apparently the narrator is amaze-balls.

Did you want this information the moment it was available? The Chirrup heard about the audiobook last weekend. New stuff goes to my Chirrup members first, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for January 2018 is Angels Blood (Guild Hunter Book 1) by Nalini Singh.


Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) Lady with a Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

7 Writer Types You Should Avoid Becoming

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!

Video: Why Authors Both Love & Hate Audiobooks – Plus Mustaches & Horrifying Confessions (Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

In this month’s Facebook Live I talk quite a bit about audio & audiobooks, Lord Akeldama in the 1920s & the REAL reason I travel.

So without further ado, Gentle Reader, here I am waxing loquacious on…


Why Gail loves audio, why she hates it, and how it affects her as an author.

Also: mustaches, much love for Murder by the Book, some hints on future stories, and confessions of a competitive typer. Professor Braithwope’s “Whot whot?” is actually a secret author trick, Gail talks about why.

Relevant Links:


Gail blogs more about audiobooks here.

Narrators, does Gail get to pick them herself and how does she choose?

Behind the Writerbeast

Book Talk!

Find Gail’s book group, Coop de Book, on Goodreads!


Next Facebook Live

Nov 13, 4pm PST | Facebook Live! Romancing the Werewolf Launch Event!

Gail will be doing a live video Q&A on her Facebook Author Page. Come say hi and ask any burning questions about Biffy & Lyall a week after the release.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for September is The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip.}


  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    The werewolves are back. There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy man mountain with a powerful crush. The pack’s started a business called Heavy Lifting. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.


The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger, now in all editions.
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Afternoon Dress 1901 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Terry Pratchett’s Unfinished Novels “Destroyed” by Steamroller

Book News:

Features Gail’s short story, Curious Case

Quote of the Day:

Hilarious Thai Salad

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger

Romancing the Inventor

by Gail Carriger

Giveaway ends September 24, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway



Sumage Solution Audiobook Available Now! Video of my Q&A

Posted by Gail Carriger


Producer Bryan and I worked like demons (OK, OK, he and Kirt did all of the work) to get The Sumage Solution recorded and out as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it just took a little too long for Amazon to process the files so it wasn’t timed to print/digital release perfectly.

But it’s available now!

The Sumage Solution is narrated by the immeasurably talented Kirt Graves. I found him because he narrated Wolfsong (which I recommend) and I know he’s comfortable with this style of book. I wanted a talented American male voice for this puppy.

So to speak.

As ever, Bryan Lincoln did my production, because he’s AWESOME. (And no, the character of Bryan has nothing to do with this Bryan. So get those minds out of the gutter… er.. forest. Sorry, gentlemen.)

Want to know more about recording audio?

Rhys Ford posted this amazing video: At the Dreamspinner Press Workshop with Greg Tremblay, Derrick McClain and Joel Froomkin

Speaking of video, here’s my…

Sumage Solution Launch Video Q&A!

In which Gail admits to being afraid of Neil Gaiman and other secrets.

I Mentioned Stuff!

Lilliput was very taken with my Facebook live…

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}


The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger, now also in audio.
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 vi antique-royals tumblr 4

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Strawberry Doughnut

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Books on display at Borderlands, all now signed

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!

Poison or Protect Audiobook! (Delightfully Deadly)

Posted by Gail Carriger


I’m delighted, Gentle Reader, to announce that Poison or Protect is now available as an audiobook. Find it on Audible & iTunes

This Parasolverse story, the first Delightfully Deadly Novella, is read by the amazing Suzanne Lavington and produced by Bryan Lincoln.

Poison or Protect

Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black. What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment.

It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn’t anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven – massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and… working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart – a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

Now Available For Your Listening Pleasure!

I do hope you enjoy my second independently produced audiobook.

Now that we’ve things in order, I’m really trying to bring out audiobooks closer to the book’s release. If not always timed exactly to the print edition, at least as close as possible. This one should have been out 3 weeks ago but ACX QA delayed matters, over which I have no control, sadly.

Also, it all rides on the narrator. I’m obsessed with making sure I find the right narrator. I hope you understand that and don’t mind the occasional wait while I get it right.

Preshea’s character board on Pinterest:

More About Audio?

I love this chat between three great audiobook narrators. At the Dreamspinner Press Workshop with Greg Tremblay, Derrick McClain, and Joel Froomkin

5 Tips for Successful Audiobooks

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Local Custom by Lee & Miller.}


The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Right Face, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Dinner with Victor Hugo, 1872

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“Don’t just write a strong female protagonist. Be one.”

~ A.D. Posey

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”

~ E. B. White

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

The Gin Book Club says of Imprudence:

“In fact, everything about this novel felt more tangible to me than the first. The focus was in the right places: on the dirigible, the people, their interactions, the landscape and the events described.”

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!

Romancing the Inventor is an Audiobook! (Supernatural Society)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m not going to bury the lead, darlings, because that is so not my style. Here, in all its glory is the link to buy Romancing the Inventor in audiobook form on Audible! (Also on iTunes.)

Concerning Audiobooks, Tea, & Mild Peril

Well my darling Gentle Reader, after scanning a bunch of articles (mostly useless) and poking some of my audiophile friends (mostly not used to my approach) I took a deep breath and ever-so-cautiously tried ACX. Imagine Gail clutching her new audiobook baby, trembling to her heaving (but well-supported) bosom. Teetering on the edge of the abyss in her 6″ stilettos.

Drama much?

Have I mentioned recently how much I suck at new technology? Well I do. It frightens me.

ACX, incidentally, is the (supposedly) easiest way to publish to audible and iTunes. And yeah, it’s yet another thing that belongs to Amazon. (Incidentally, I now have like 7 Amazon accounts, because god forbid publication occur all under one log in, but… I digress.)

It’s a process because there are a lot of files, so I had to get those from Bryan (my producer extraordinaire) and my internet has been hella whack recently. (Yeah, I said hella whack, I’m a norcal girl, sue me.) So that took, like, days. Then I had to upload them one by one to ACX, which took hours. And do I put in Chapter titles? This is always the questions. I decided yes because I am stupid-proud of my dumb pun chapter titles. And then we realized we needed other stuff, like credits, and then Em’s voice was shot due to a cold, and so forth…

But, it’s there now!

Why Romancing the Inventor first and not Poison or Protect?

Because I found Emma (my narrator) first, she was available immediately, and we decided she was much better suited to Imogene than to Preshea. Frankly, I’m going to see how this one sells. If I manage to recoup my expenditure, I will put another audiobook into production.

Why can’t I get it in Mazzoooka, on my Diddlewhap Player, on a CD/cassette tape/wax cylinder?

Because I can only get it out to the places ACX covers. Because I can only get it to the players that ACX supports. Because you need to give over obsolete tech. I know. It’s hard. Deep breath, let it go.

Why the weird price?

So far as I could figure out, Amazon DOES NOT LET YOU set the price. Not in the current UI. I know, I thought it was weird too. Probably something to do with the subscription model.

You wanna know more?

Romancing the Inventor is read by the incomparable Emma Newman. Emma is a killer narrator with a beautiful soft-and-proper British accent, a fantastic author, and a wonderful human being. Her voice is lovely and she was particularly good about both the lower class and the french accents in Romancing the Inventor which were important to me. We had a consult about pronunciation, so all names & Parasolverse words in the book are pronounced how I would pronounce them. If you don’t like it, blame me, not Emma.

Photo by Lou Abercrombie

Emma Newman writes dark short stories and science fiction and urban fantasy novels. She won the British Fantasy Society Best Short Story Award 2015 and ‘Between Two Thorns’, the first book in Emma’s Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel and Best Newcomer 2014 awards. Her first science-fiction novel, Planetfall, was published by Roc in 2015. Emma is an audiobook narrator and also co-writes and hosts the Hugo-nominated, Alfie Award winning podcast ‘Tea and Jeopardy’ which involves tea, cake, mild peril and singing chickens. Her hobbies include dressmaking and playing RPGs. She blogs at www.enewman.co.uk and can be found as @emapocalyptic on Twitter.

Readers of my books may particularly enjoy her Split Words series, the first of which is Between Two Thorns.

Beautiful and nuanced as it is dangerous, the manners of Regency and Victorian England blend into a scintillating fusion of urban fantasy and court intrigue.

Emma also runs the Tea & Jeopardy podcast with her husband. It was through this podcast that I found her voice. I adore it and long time readers of this blog will have heard me talk about it before.

As ever you don’t have to take my word for it. Here is more on Audio Books – Options, Pros, Cons, Dos, and Don’ts

{Gail’s monthly read along for January 2017 is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}


Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Departure Platform, Victoria Station (c. 1880), by James Tissot. (Photo- Wikiart.org)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Home Decor Gifts for Booklovers

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

What It Takes to Open a Bookstore

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Ask Me Another podcast featuring Literary Favorites

Book News:

chaseau- -] Yeah… Looks much better scanned -D Soulless fan art.

Quote of the Day:

“Never trust anyone who thinks they can weaponize crumpets.”
~ Steampunk Worlds Fair

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!

Where’s The Audiobook? Occasional FAQ

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dear Gentle Reader, this blog is part of my occasional FAQ series being comprised of questions I get a lot and would like to answer here in depth.

wher is the audiobook gail carriger

Where is the Audiobook of Gail’s latest…

Parasolverse tie in story?

San Andreas book?

Competence & Reticence outside the USA & Canada?

Audiobook Buy Button

If you can’t find it by clicking on the audiobook buy button on that book’s website page (and if you can’t, that button brought you here *waves*) or it’s not in Audible in your country, then this is what is going on…

The Sumage Solution Carriger Audiobook Free Download

Where is it?

  1. The story you are looking for may be in production. Sign up the Chirrup to find out exactly when it will release. (And if there are snags.) Also I give away audiobook codes pretty darn regularly.
  2. If you are outside the USA or Canada: There are likely distribution & rights issues in play. I’m working on it, struggling, or have given up.
  3. I’ve no plans to make it an audiobook.


  1. Audiobooks are costly. I only want to produce quality books. Therefore, I’m careful about investing in production. We’re talking thousands of dollars.
  2. Audiobooks are time consuming for everyone, so it’s unlikely one will EVER drop at the same time as an ebook.
  3. Voice talent is not easy to find. I only use high quality professional voice actors.

Why none at all?

Because the book you want in audio did not make enough money as a print/ebook to warrant the expense. If people don’t want to read or review my book in print, then likely they really won’t want to listen to it. I know you may want to, but you’re obviously unique.

  • If you are outside the USA or Canada and you know the audiobook exists (just not in your country), I suggest trying another platform like GooglePlay or buying directly from me.

But I REALLY WANT the book on audio, how about crowd funding it?


Time project managing is also money. That’s exponentially more work on the back end than you think it is, and while I enjoyed my Kickstarter experience with Crudrat, I am not inclined to do it again. Ever. Sorry.

Where’s the Audiobook of Gail’s latest Parasolverse series Novel?

What you’re asking about here, is traditionally published.

In the USA it drops within a few days of the first edition of the physical book. In the UK and other English language territories it can take up to a month for the audiobook to drop. Sometimes longer.

Are you looking for Competence & Reticence outside the USA & Canada?

  • I own foreign rights but I must rerecord (with a different narrator, pissing people off) or buy & redistribute the USA version. Both are prohibitively expensive.
  • I negotiated a distribution deal with the original publisher (Orbit), and they are supposed to be distributing them for me. Ask them why it’s taking so long.

Chirrup members are kept regularly updated on the woes and drama behind audiobook production. They also get a chance at audiobook codes on occasion.

Sometimes it can get very exciting indeed.

Other FAQs

Will you be using the same voice actress as the Parasol Protectorate (Emily) or Finishing School/Custard Protocol books (Moira) for other books?

No. Both are high-end professional voice actresses with multiple contracts for existing books. They do not have the time (nor do I have the funds) . However, if I find a voice actress I (and fans) like, who is comfortable with my range of accents, then I will try to use her multiple times. See Emma Newman who narrates How to Marry a Werewolf, Romancing the Inventor, Meat Cute, and more.

Romancing the Inventor Audiobook

Will you read/record your own books?

No. (See the part about high quality and professional. I am neither.) Although I would consider doing any non-fiction I write, myself.

Will you ever use an American voice actor?

Yes, for those stories that take place in America.

Listen to Kirt Graves narrate the San Andreas Shifter series.

Miss Gail, I want to do eeet! I can voice act with the best of ’em.

  • Do you have a professional voice acting website with samples and contract information?
  • How good is your accent range & do you have a reel?
  • Do you have a studio or booth and are your recording instruments high quality?
  • Will you work for hire (flat fee) and are your rates competitive?

Answer yes to ALL of the above questions?

Then you may contact me through the calling card feature on my website. However, I have a producer and he has the final say.

Will you do any more full cast audio (like Crudrat) or use multiple voice actors for multiple POVs?

Unlikely. I’m open to working with a producer on this but won’t do it myself. Here’s a sample of the first chapter to see what we’re talking about…




Poison or Protect

Poison or Protect narrated by Suzanne Lavington ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

How to Marry a Werewolf

How to Marry a Werewolf narrated by Emma Newman ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor narrated by Emma Newman ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

Romancing the Werewolf

Romancing the Werewolf narrated by Peter Newman ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

The Sumage Solution

The Sumage Solution narrated by Kirt Graves ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

The Omega Objection

The Omega Objection narrated by Kirt Graves ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon


Crudrat full cast produced by Artistic Whispers ~ Audible | iTunes | Amazon

The 5th Gender

The 5th Gender narrated by Michael Lesley ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

Meat Cute

Meat Cute narrated by Emma Newman ~ get the MP3 directly from me | Audible | Apple | GooglePlay

Soulless (and the Parasol Protectorate series)

Soulless narrated by Emily Gray ~ Audible | Apple | GooglePlay

Etiquette & Espionage (and the Finishing School series)

Etiquette & Espionage narrated by Moira Quirk ~ Audible | Apple | GooglePlay

Prudence (and the Custard Protocol series)

Prudence narrated by Moira Quirk ~ Audible | Apple | GooglePlay

Hidden in Pages says of Imprudence audiobook:

“The narrator does an absolutely wonderful job narrating and it was a joy to listen to. I kept finding myself creating reasons to listen to the audiobook so that I could listen to more.”

Midwest Book Review: Library Watch says of the Imprudence audiobook:

Imprudence will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library audio book collections and is a “must” for all science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts.”

I Am, Indeed says of the Imprudence audiobook:

“Narration for this story is provided by Moira Quirk, and she does manage to present both sides of every conversation with clarity and style: each character is distinct, the rapid-fire moments of dialogue don’t impede her forward progress, and there are appropriate pauses for breath, laughter and tension (when required).”

More on audiobooks!

Are You Self-Publishing Audiobooks? Why You Should Be

Gail Carriger on Audible

“…every carriger audiobook is like a being told you are going to get an entire month paid vacation with unlimited snuggle up doing whatever you want time, and loads of perfect cups of tea and cookies. It’s a dream come true.”

~  Megan


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1874-1875The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston _ OMG that dress!

1874-1875 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Flower Island

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Traditional Publishing Timeline

Book News:

Characters on the Couch: Gail Carriger’s Imogene & Genevieve

Quote of the Day:

“I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse

More from Gail? Join the Chirrup!

Readathon Report

Posted by Gail Carriger


Accountability, Gentle Reader, is a dangerous thing.

So I committed to this readathon as soon as I found out it existed. I did a warm up post and during the event on Saturday I also conducted a mini challenge give away (one lucky person won a copy of Soulless limited hardback).

It was fun and, schedule permitting, I’ll do it again next year.

Gail’s Results!

  • Skim/rereads: 6
  • New read: 2
  • Samples read & rejected: 8 (3 because of formatting issues, reminding me that formattign must be excellent)
  • Audio short story: 3
  • Stretching sessions: 5
  • Cups of tea: 4
  • Breaks: 7 (lunch, category sorting, dancing round living room with the AB, cutting Lilliput’s nails, picking #readblock winner, dinner, groceries)

Total hours read: 11

Fuel & Encouragement included:



So yeah, I didn’t even get to half the 24 hours (which was my personal goal), but still that’s pretty darn good for me.

A recommendation based on my day of reading will be in the next newsletter.

Random thoughts of annoyance.

Someday ereaders will allow tagging, and show book summaries at a click (without leaving native), and my life will actually be complete. It’s frustratingly hard to locate a specific book on my device (I never remember title or author) and even more annoying to have to look up book information online and wait the interminable spin of a slow processor and refresh rate. Reminds me of the 1990s. Is it so hard to build an e-ink device where you can locate what you want, and check a back cover blurb easily?

And for those of you who cutely wish to comment with a “just read a paper book, Gail” might I remind you I fly almost 30 times a year? With all their faults, ereaders are still a way better option for frequent travelers.

Plans for next year’s readathon.

I think I really need to isolate, if possible, and not try to do this at home. Too many distractions.

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Bon Ton Thursday, July 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 116

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

A very Lord A tapestry

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  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    Status: Editing. Cover art reveal to come. Release date to come.
    Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Awaiting first pass edit. Chasing cover art photo (failing miserably, help me)
    Gail’s second foray into hybrid land, LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


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 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

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Audible Now Offers Crudrat & A Carriger Quartet (Tinkered Stars & Short Stories)

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Gentle Reader, I am delighted to announce that, finally, after a great deal of effort (thank you Dan) you can now buy the full cast audio production of Crudrat on Audible for $18. We are also offering an Audio CD through Amazon only (at the moment, we hope to find other distributors) for $25.

Crudrat is a YA sci-fi adventure in the style of Heinlein written with young women in mind. It was backed as a kickstarter for full cast audio. Learn more about Crudrat. Learn more about the kickstarter (now over).

Right now I have no intention of turning Crudrat into a print book. Ask me about it in person some time and I’ll explain my reasoning.

But there’s more!

You can also buy on Audible, bundled under the name A Carriger Quartet for $6, the full cast productions of my four short stories that were part of the stretch goals for the kickstarter. The Audio CD is $20 on Amazon only.

These stories are: My Sister’s Song (the first story I ever had published), The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti), Fairy Debt, and Marine Biology (my only existing contemporary M/M paranormal romance). Learn more about these short stories.

These stories are only available in print books when combined in an anthology. Both Curious Case and Fairy Debt have been recently picked up to appear in now anthologies in the coming year. I’ll let you know more when I do.

Questions Answered

The CDs are listed as Temporarily out of Stock. !?
Ignore. It’s a print-on-demand thing. They should ship if you order. If not, it’s Amazon being janky.

Can we get Crudrat and A Quartet on Audible in Australia, UK, or the rest of the world?
It should be available worldwide, we did trigger that setting when uploading to Audible. If you still can’t get it, it is available for sale on Gumroad via the Crudrat website as well.

What about the CDs worldwide?
Probably not.

MP3 CDs?
Still working on that one.

Kickstarter Update
There are a few kickstarter rewards still to come and there should be information on that coming to backers from my producer Dan very soon.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}


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‘Bring my shaving things.’
A gleam of hope shone in the man’s eye, mixed with doubt.
‘You mean, sir?’
‘And shave off my moustache.’
There was a moment’s silence. I could see the fellow was deeply moved.
‘Thank you very much indeed, sir,’ he said, in a low voice.

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