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Manners & Mutiny Book Tour, YallFest, & New York Times (Finishing School)

Posted by Gail Carriger


It’s strange how long it take me to really be back from a book tour, Gentle Reader. I mean back back, mentally as well as physically. Anyway I am, and I had a lovely time. Paced myself a bit with fewer events than usual, not sure it quite worked because in the end, as Mum put it, travel is travel and that’s exhausting.

I chose red and black outfits for this tour, since I don’t wear yellow. But I think it complemented the book cover pretty well. I’ll be blogging over on Retro Rack about all the outfits if you want to know more.

There she is, Manners & Mutiny, on the Children’s Series Best Seller list at #9. The series list is a notoriously difficult nut to crack so I am eternally grateful to everyone who ordered for their school or library, pre-ordered online or at their local brick & mortar, and took the time to buy during the first week on sale. It really does mean a lot to me, and better, it means the publishing house looks on me with favor which means… for you… MORE BOOKS.

Some Quick Tour Highlights for You

Books Inc, Opera Plaza in San Francisco is always a fun time. Lovely turn out from my local crowd on a cold Tuesday night.

I wore my favorite black coat dress with red piping and multiple petticoats, none of these pack well so I rarely bring them on tour. Thus, this was the perfect outing. That’s the NYCC banner from Little Brown’s booth behind our heads. They sent it to me! Isn’t that cool?

After Books Inc I hit the road, or the airways, as it were. I ghosted into World Fantasy, wasn’t officially attending as I was mostly in town for my signing and to see friends and colleagues.

Northshire Books in Saratoga Springs is the kind of bookstore that feels like it’s been there forever, when in fact it’s only a few years old. They were very welcoming and we filled the cafe. Even a few of my fellow authors showed up (frankly, we rarely attend to each others events) which I found charming.

Peter V. Brett took this picture of me. How many of us get to claim that kind of accolade? In other news, one lovely young lady, Eva, asked that her birthday present be to visit me. So she and her dad flew all the way from Wisconsin to Saratoga Springs for my signing. Isn’t that amazing? I’m her favorite author! It’s basically a dream come true for me.

She drew this fan art for me as well. I always say that I write to be someone’s favorite author because I know what it’s like to have them. So that’s it, I’ve done it. I got to meet myself, in a strange way. I’m so honored. Thank you, Eva.

Porter Square Books in Cambridge is a new bookstore for me. Last time I was in town I was at Pandemonium. Turns out my dear friend Adam Christopher was at Pandemonium at the SAME TIME I was at Porter. Battle of the authors! If you’re inclined toward robot noir you should check out his book, Made to Kill. He had Max Gladstone at his event, though, so… jealous. We all went out for drinks after, because, why not? All good author battles end with alcohol.

At this event I was presented with the most amazing character cookies made by a fan. So stunning. And, as I found out later, delicious. I have the most talented and amazing readers in the whole world. The cookies (well, the ones I didn’t eat) came with me to YallFest and were presented unto the first fans in my signing line on Friday. The Loontwill Sisters were picked first. Somehow, I’m not surprised.

I spent a little time in Boston after tha., I have a number of college friends around the area and it was a chance to get caught up, gossip, go vintage shopping, plan future shenanigans. You know.

Then it was off to YallFest in Charleston, which is crazy, intense, glorious, and utterly exhausting.

Friday I participated in Yall Crawl, a kind of mass signing that takes place all over the city. I wasn’t expecting many but I had a whole line of people waiting. Amazing!

That night I found a shepherdess tapestry in the hotel that Lord Akeldama would approve of, scooped up my dear friend Lauren Harris, and went off to the author mingle where there were AH-MAZ-ING collard greens (I love them so) and lots of fantastic authors including one of the greatest of us all, Mercedes Lackey. Here’s the kicker, she spotted me… and knew who I was… and likes my books… it was pretty much the greatest thing EVER! Her books still take up the most shelf space on my bookshelves. Could we just pause and talk about the vital ground breaking importance of The Last Herald Mage series? So so many of us had no idea you could write a LBGT character until we read that series. Not that we didn’t want to or it wasn’t allowed, just that we didn’t even register that it was possible in fantasy. Yes, there were others before her, but she was the one we all read. Us, the girls who loved horses and fantasy and magic. We owe her a lot. And in person, she’s totally cool, and charming, and fabulous. How marvelous is that?

Ah-hem, just a minor fan girl moment there. Now where was I? Oh yeah, no evidence exists of this meeting because I was too busy being delighted. Lauren witnessed it though, so it wasn’t a dream.

 By request, me with the Splendifereuous Courtney.

Next day I had a two panels, a signing at a train museum, met more famous authors than one can count on two hands, and played Vanna White in a game of YA Hollywood Squares. Which pretty much sums up the oddness that is the YallFest experience.

Yes, I wore my red opera gloves. Whatcha take me for, an amateur?

 The rhubarb strawberry was much less impressive than the buttermilk and the tea.

Charleston was charming. I discovered the joy of buttermilk pie, local tea, and the open air market. To my ever increasing joy kale salad was everywhere. I love kale salad. I know, but I do.

 Fans & octopodes at the market

Then it was home to a flurry of lapsed emails, appointments, and next year’s travel decisions. Also a very happy cat and AB, both of whom were delightfully affectionate.

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1700s via @AshmoleanMuseum A View of Dolo on the Brenta Canal

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tea cozy looks like Lilliput!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
As American as Iced Tea: A Brief, and Sometimes Boozy History

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“Hallo, Bertie, you old ass,” was her very matey greeting.
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

The Kiwi Files ~ Auckland and the End of the Road (Locus Award Nom)

Posted by Gail Carriger


The good news just keeps coming in, Gentle Reader.

I just found out Waistcoats & Weaponry is in the finals for a Locus award, alongside Paolo who’s a friend of mine (not to mention Joe, Ian, and Garth who I greatly admire).

What an unexpected pleasure!

And now on to your regularly scheduled blog post…

After an epic drive around the South Island, the AB and I headed to Auckland, where we spent four days exploring the city. I visited lots of thrift and consignment shops and rather fell in love with the modern meets artsy Auckland aesthetic. I didn’t buy anything though, because I hadn’t any luggage space. All my free space was filled with L&P and Tim Tams.

Auckland put on quite the show for us. It’s a lovely city and we spent most of our time there just wandering around.

We decided not to visit (yet another) vineyard and thus never got to any of the islands. Perhaps next time we are in town we will hop a ferry. Instead we gloried in the urban world, having just spent a great deal of time driving across vast tracts of rural land.

Look at me getting all artistic with the pictures.

“Getting urban” for Gail means eating all the things. And we did. There was a tasting menu at a Japanese restaurant (WHY IS THIS NOT A THING?), gourmet ice cream (overrated), a truly special farm to table experience at Ortolana involving lamb, and a disappointing and ultimately unsuccessful hunt for the perfect pavlova. (The Pavlova: The Story over on The Old Foodie.)

The Pavlova that wasn’t right.

In the interest of getting myself away from a food report, I should also say that I wasn’t a total slacker. The AB’s definition of “getting urban” means art shows and museums and the like. Also, we did stop by my Kiwi publishing house. They were utterly charming and stuffed us silly with New Zealand cheese and wine, of which they are justifiably proud. It made me think that my US editor, Devi, really ought to be made known to them: cheese and wine are two of her favorite things.

And that’s it for this long run of hijacking the blog for travel posts.

Or you think it is… wha ha ha! I have another trip right around the corner. I’ll have my programming stuff up the Wednesday before I leave for New Jersey and the Steampunk World’s Fair and then there will be a report on the event, and then we will return you to your regular Gail blogging warbles.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasols on display in the Auckland Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Auckland Gull

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Think Your City is Dirty? Try Living in 19th Century London.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Pottle is my new favorite word.

Book News:

Frini Georgakopoulos via FB: Cosplaying Alexia

Quote of the Day:

Virgin Radio Lebanon  FB
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The Kiwi Files ~ Steampunk Cafe in Christchurch (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger


I’m delighted to announce that Waistcoats & Weaponry has won Steampunk Chronicle’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Young Adult Steampunk Fiction! Thank you thank you!

And now for your regularly scheduled blog…

While in Christchurch, Gentle Reader, we stumbled upon a steampunk cafe. I had heard of its existence, but I didn’t know quite where to find it. But the AB and I spend quite some time walking around the downtown area and we stumbled upon it on one of our jaunts.

I was quite charmed by this young gentleman who chatted with us and showed us around the upper shop area.

One of the first things that caught my eye upon entering was this lamp meets dirigible. It might be fun to make some Chinese lanterns into balloons myself in that mystical land of future free time.

Found this little guy sitting atop a top hat.

And this was my favorite thing in the shop, a train meets drinks caddy. So fun!

During our rambles we also encountered a statue of Queen Victoria in one of the parks. I felt it very apt and tried to pay the proper homage.

I also fell in love with a pair of laser cut leather boots, but they were $600 and didn’t fit right, also the soles were really hard. These days I find myself (when hunting for more comfortable footwear) gravitating to men’s shoes. Not just because of the oxford style, but because they often have super comfortable squishy soles. Why don’t we women ever get those in walking boots? It’s not fair. And before you post a link to comfortable footwear I ALSO demand it be pretty, by my standards, thank you, and not look comfortable. And before you say, “Gail, just buy the men’s shoes,” I am sadly cursed with narrow, skinny feet (hence the lack of Fluvogs in my life).

And I don’t know how this post on Christchurch became one on shoes. But it’s me so I’m not surprised. The destruction wrought by the earthquakes was truly devastating, and although the spirit of the city is still there and they are fighting to come back, it did feel awfully sad.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

one fine day, Akihabara   via ninetail-fox tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

NZ is also the land of rainbows, so much changeable weather

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The fine art of walking city streets in the 19th century (via Two Nerdy History)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
In Defense of Editing

Book News:
Jess of Shelf Quest says of Prudence:

“For those familiar with the preceding series, I have no doubt that this story will enthrall and excite. We see the return of many of our most beloved characters and the way some of them have grown (up) and changed is just really lovely.”

Quote of the Day:

“More people should do things on their own, most of humanity’s problems have been caused by people meeting and talking.”

~ Andy Zaltzman

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Secret Layers, Cover Art & the New York Times for the Finishing School Books

Posted by Gail Carriger


Hello my darling Gentle Reader, you’ll notice the blog was a tad scarce last week. I’d apologize but I was away having way too much fun, and one should never apologize or excuse a really good time. I took myself off to some lovely hills and beautiful trees (and a bit of bad weather) to hole up in a super secret evil genius layer and write like the wind. I wanted to see how much I could do without distractions (from 4-8k a day, it turns out). Even though I cannot afford to repeat the process often, it was really good for me on an emotional level, and I learned a lot about myself as a writer. Also, I wrote a scene so funny I made myself cry ~ that NEVER happens. I look forward to seeing what you think of it, next year sometime.


Things That Happened While I Was Away

  1. Little Brown dropped the (not quite finished) cover art and announced the release date (November 3, 2015) of the final Finishing School Book: Manners & Mutiny.
  2. I update my FAQ!
  3. Borderlands Books was saved (for a year at least).
  4. AND the Finishing School made #7 on the New York Times Series list! (That’s super hard to make.)

This last was an unexpected pleasure… no really. My agent actually did a blog post about why this is such a surprise. It was due to the $1.99 ebook promotion, thanks so much to all of you who jumped on it. I know many already had the books and simply bought it in ebook to have a backup copy. You are the tea beneath my wings!

If you are wondering where the customary beginning of the month book review is, I dropped it over into the discussion on Goodreads. I’ll likely do that again on occasion, to give me more space in this blog, and because not everyone is interested in reading reviews.

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff.}

Book News:
I have a wiki!

Quote of the Day:
Hilarity in misspelling: martial your tropes. (Although, toupees would be even funnier.)

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5 Fun Author Tid-Bits From Gail’s Reddit AMA – Including How to Foreshadow (Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Yesterday, Gentle Reader, was utterly consumed with a Reddit AMA, book tour itinerary madness, and Prudence proofs. But I did get some great news…

Etiquette & Espionage wins French award

Prix Elbakinnet

for best translated young adult novel!

Le squee!

And now here are 4 fun bits and 1 serious craft question from yesterday’s AMA:

1. Which superpower would you choose?
Gills. Always and forever. I want to swim underwater without having to come up for air. I’m a simple girl.

2. Favorite sport?
To play? Water polo. I was on the swim team for years, I’m a vicious little fish. To watch? American football. I can’t help it, it’s like Roman War tactics on the field. When I lived in the UK, I’ve was seen to watch the occasional bit of rugby. I am ashamed.

3. If you could would you let Lord Akeldama dress you?
Yesssss, but… only the once.

Ensemble 1790s Los Angeles County Museum of Art


“Nevertheless we favor every effort to stop the extravagant use of dry goods and millinery.”
“As it is, many of our young men are padded to a superlative degree, and 
have corns and bunions on every separate toe from wearing shoes too tight.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875) 

4. Do any teas remind you of certain characters?

Well I always think of Alexia with Assam. And I imagine Sophronia is kind of a Lady Grey type. Rue has a rather epic encounter with chai in the first Custard Protocol book, she likes it but her preference is probably for something even more daring… and alcoholic.

5. When you put in Easter eggs or foreshadowing, do you write them in on first draft, or does it come later?

Some of them come out in rough draft, although I write them not really knowing why. Some of them come in rewrites as intentional foreshadows for the end of the book or series. I recently just did my 6th draft of the final Finishing School book and only then realized why one character, from book 2, had behaved in a specific way! Often it’s like that, the characters surprise me.

Occasionally, I will drop in a thread knowing I might need it, usually I have it planned, sometimes I go overboard and drop in too many (that happened with Changeless and is one of the reasons Biffy never got his HEA). As for other Easter eggs, or cookies, I call this “rewarding the careful reader.” I’ll drop in a side character or a call back pretty often in one book referencing an earlier appearance ~ these days it could be from one series to another. Usually it’s not super relevant to the plot of that particular book, just for fun if you’re a devoted fan of the world, and kind of gives a nudge nudge wink wink moment to the careful reader. But if you aren’t a big fan, I don’t want you to feel like you are missing something. It helps that I write comedy. So what in one book can simply be a character for amusement, in a later book can have unexpected significance in retrospect. It makes me seem very clever when really, initially, I was just after the laugh. As a writer, it only really works with side characters who have little screen time and fewer tapestry threads to mess with. Does that make sense?

As for the world call backs, I’m a rereader, myself so I write with the intent that after each new book comes out, if you go back and read any of the previous ones, new things about the world are revealed in light of the latest revelations.

All of this has had some fun results where some of my readers are taking bets on which Finishing School character is (blood) related to which Parasol Protectorate character. Because they know I couldn’t resist such a temptation. They are currently employed trying to figure out ages and such to make certain the timing works. I just sit back and smile evilly.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for October? Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1903 tumblr fleurdulys-      Portrait of Lydia Vasilyevna Sychkov, the Artist’s Wife – Fedot Sychkov      1903

Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Robe à Transformation  Worth & Bobergh, 1862-1865  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
On Morning Calls and Hosting Dinner Parties, Balls and Routs in the Late Regency

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Why and How to Outline (given some of the Reddit discussion yesterday)

Book News:
Audiobook Review of Curtsies & ConspiraciesThat’s What She Read – by  Michelle says,

“Moira Quick returns as the narrator for this quirky series, and she is delightful. She has an adorable way of modulating the volume of her voice to fit the sneakiness of a scene. Also, she delivers the most satiric sentences with an innocence worthy of an award. She capitalizes on the spirit of the novel to create a performance that breathes even more life into Ms. Carriger’s eclectic world.
As always, Ms. Carriger’s balance between satire and earnestness is laugh-out-loud funny.”

Quote of the Day:

“She looked away. Her attitude seemed to suggest that she had finished with him, and would be obliged if somebody would come and sweep him up.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

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Awards Lists, Librarians, and Tubas ~ Notable Books for Children & Best Fiction for Young Adults

Posted by Gail Carriger


I attended an undergraduate university attached to a well known conservatory of music.  (Follow me for a moment, please, I do have a point.) I had a number of friends who were musicians and ended up getting a wide musical education as a result of supporting them by attending their recitals and concerts. One of the things I grew to love was the modern classical movement. Not because I have depth of appreciation for the style (because I don’t have the ear) but because of the tuba. Particularly because modern composers often use the tuba to make some fantastic noises, one of which is a protracted, resounding, low fart (there really is no other way to describe it).

I’d like you, Gentle Reader, to imagine that noise while I say that I’m as self conscious as most authors when tooting my own horn, so instead please allow me to…

Fart my own tuba.

I’m delighted to announce, much to my pleasure and surprise, that Etiquette & Espionage was selected for both:

the Notable Books for Children list


the Best Fiction for Young Adults list

The Notables list is sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (the ALSC) and the BBYA list is sponsored by Young Adult Library Services (the YALSA).

“In this madcap, steampunk-mystery, Sophronia Temminnick learns that etiquette and espionage go hand-in-glove when she is covertly recruited from Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. A paranormal mashup set in Victorian England.”

YALSA says,

“Proper etiquette is most important for young ladies, but so is knowing how to correctly conceal a weapon.”

What I say is,

hooray for librarians!

I do love them so so much. I’ve blogged before about how I grew up in the library, how library page was my first job, and how much their support means to me as an author. To know I managed to hold on to it when I transitioned to YA actually does bring tears to my eyes. I know, I’m corny.  Thank you from the bottom of my warped little soul. 

And we fade to silence the ptttt noise of the farting tuba.

Comedy, my dear gentle reader, is the only means I have of dealing with accolade. Frankly, it’s the only way I have to deal with most things. 


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Self at Nova Albion with the Golden Mean

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lumio Book Lamp

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Suffragette Style by Lucy Adlington (@HistoryWardrobe)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:
Orson Scott Card says,

“Somewhere between Steampunk, Oz, and Jane Austen, you can find the world of Gail Carriger’s wonderful new young adult series, starting with Etiquette & Espionage. A misfit young English lady in the Napoleonic era is sent to a highly unusual finishing school — where, dodging highway robbers and the occasional werewolf, she finds her way through the cracks and creases of society and school. The sequel, Curtsies & Conspiracies, just came out.”

Quote of the Day:

“When in doubt, shoot the wizard.”

~ Tamora Pierce

2013 In Retrospect ~ Breakdowns & Awards

Posted by Gail Carriger


Well my dear Gentle Reader, another year comes to an end. 2013 seems to have been a mixed bag for many, but mine was pretty darn good. I cut back on travel, and tried for a better work/life balance, as they say. This is the end of my third year as a full time author and I still love it, although self-motivating, dahlings! Sometimes I had a little Lady Linette ordering my day.

amor–vita tumblr

What Happened in Gail’s Life in 2013?

1 Creative Breakdown
2 Book Launches (in one year, hopefully never again)
3 Book Releases (Etiquette & Espionage ~ hardcover & paperback, Curtsies & Conspiracies, Soulless Vol. 3)
1 New Office
2 Short Story Releases (Fairy Debt in ebook form, The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, The Mummy that Was, and the Cat in the Jar in an anthology)
3 Opportunities to Read (for me! Part of the balance thing. Yes!)
1 New Website
2 Trips Abroad (France & Canada)
3 SF/F Conventions (1 large, 2 Small)
1 Kickstarter
2 Steampunk Events
3 Other venues (Library, Bookstore, Reddit)
1 Music Video
2 Polite Rants (Cafe & Twitter)
3 Never Before Eaten Meats (Bone Marrow, Sweetbread, traditional Andouillette sausage ~ meh, yum, and never again)
1 Major Award
2 Never Before Eaten Sea Critters (Whelks & Winkles ~ anytime I get the chance)

And a very stroppy tuxedo cat!

Here’s wishing you a lovely New Years full of delicious food and fizzy drinks and I’ll see you again soon in 2014.

P.S. Speaking of tasty things, Tentacle & Treacle has a new recipe up: scones and clotted cream.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Personal Airships 2000 (as predicted in 1900)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

One of my holiday gifts, fan earrings made of shell

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Postcards Show the Year 2000 (circa 1900) ~ really fun and very steampunk.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . . 
Short and Sweet: Selling Books in 140 Characters

Book News:
Feeling Fictional says of E&E, “I love the creativity of the story, everything from the finishing school and Sophronia’s crazy antics to the amusing chapter headings (little gems like “Never hurl garlic mash at a man with a crossbow”) has been well thought through and just adds to the atmosphere.”

Quote of the Day:
“There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Soulless by Gail Carriger Wins the Prix Julia Verlanger French Award (The Parasol Protectorate)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I am delighted to announce that I have won the Prix Julia Verlanger, a French Award for Sci-Fi and Fantasy. They give the award once a year, to one author. I am quite chuffed. This is my first genre award and my first international award!*

The award was announced at les Utopiales de Nantes but I’ve known for three weeks and been eager to tell you, Gentle Reader. I am so sad I wasn’t able to be there. My awesome French publishing house picked it up for me.

I asked them to please thank all my French readers for taking a chance on books set in England, and my publisher and translator for doing such a wonderful job. Also I wanted to thank everyone for being so gracious to me when I visited earlier this year, I feel spoiled by France in many ways.  

I am reminded of a silly story from the begining of this crazy journey into writer-doom.

You see, France was the first territory my books sold into, outside of the US. Before the UK.

Yes, you read that right.

Well my Mum, who is Properly British, was so upset about this. It was as if the French had conquered some desirable foriegn territory before the Queen manged to get there. Mum was mighty perturbed with her own country.

Of course, now the series is in both territories. And there are many reasons the French “got there first,” as some are prone to putting it. But I can’t help cherishing affection for my French readers, not to mention lingering surprise that have taken something so ridiculously Victorian into their hearts. Perhaps it’s something to do with the fact that Alexia talks about, and I describe with such evident delight, food? Perhaps it’s because I’m gently poking fun at those Victorians? Perhaps it is because Madame Lefoux is so bad ass? I suppose when push comes to shove, Steampunk is French by rights of Jules Verne. And I suspect the French of being quiet open and willing to immerse themselves in the wonder of whimsey.

What ever it is, I can only say thank you from the bottom of my marmite-eating soufflé-loving warped little heart. 

Vive la France!

* Soulless did win the Alex, an award from librarians, who are so awesome to me and my books. So one could make the argument that the “librarians got there first.” Which makes me picture librarians armed with rulers as swords and books as shields in phalanx formation storming the beach at Normandy. I know I’m mixing so many times and places and metaphors. My brain is like that.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via the FB

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Miniature corset, 1890s

Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure

Book News:
Curtsies & Conspiracies makes Kirkus: Best Bets for Science Fiction & Fantasy – November 2013 

Don’t be misled into thinking that such books offer little for adults.”

Quote of the Day:

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”

Oscar Wilde

BFYA Nomination for Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Posted by Gail Carriger


Etiquette & Espionage has been nominated by the American Library Association as one of 2013’s Best Fiction for Young Adults!

Many thanks to all the wonderful librarians out there.


I can’t tell you how honored I am to be recognized by librarians. I pretty much grew up inside libraries. I believe many of us writers did. My first job was as a library page (shelving books and getting distracted in corners reading them). Whenever I’m home, I still visit my old boss at the library (and we are talking over two decades now). Some of the most heroic people I know are librarians. I am touched to have been so championed, first with an Alex Award for Soulless and now with this nomination.

At AnomolyCon I got to meet a number of librarians and it is always a delight. (More on the con to come.)

Thank you all again.

“Harry Potter meets Jeeves & Wooster. Or, if Jane Austen wrote Harry Potter after apprenticing under P.G. Wodehouse and H.G. Wells.”

Young Adult Books Central


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Nov 1853 Punch

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Steampunk clocks for sale in Jack London Square.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Throw pillow, anyone? (Same as above.)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
5 Tips to Effective Dialogue

Book News:
More Etiquette & Espionage Reviews

Burn Bright says,

“Carriger’s voice is almost like another character in the book; quirky, witty and delightful. From the opening page it draws you in, imbuing everyday objects with motives and making the most tedious events into adventures.”

Lesa’s Book Critiques says,

“Etiquette & Espionage is an entertaining book that examines the rituals of polite society in 1851, and the clever women who manipulate it behind the scenes… It’s a humorous book focusing on a young woman who can’t help but find herself in scrapes.”

Fabbity Fab Book Reviews says,

“Mrs. Temminnick’s youngest most difficult daughter has just been whisked away to an agency that trains women to duel, fight, spy, wound, poison, deceive and kill. Admittedly, this is all learned while learning to dance, curtsy and bat eyelashes with the utmost perfection.”

Up In the Bibliosphere says,

“Gail Carriger writes the most amusing books…Sophronia was a very sensible character, despite her lackluster curtsy, and her ragtag group of friends were just as well developed.”

Book Sp(l)ot Reviews says,

“Etiquette and Espionage is wildly imaginative and draws readers in from the very beginning. Sophronia is a fun character, one you know right away is not the typical Victorian teenage girl.”

Quote of the Day:

“It was Warren Dibrell, a noted profligate about town – gambler, libertine, and infidel – the most dangerous because his person was handsome and his manners winning.”

~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine August 1872

Goodreads Choice Awards

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Ketchup seems to be my life right now, Gentle Reader. I’m sorry I have nothing more witty to say. Soon I hope to be back to blogging norm but right now anniversaries, writing, negotiations, publishers, rain, broken car, and a whole host of other niggling details are interfering in this, obviously, the most important part of my day. Here’s a fun little bookmark that turned up on Facebook:

Changeless is nominated for a 2010 Goodreads Choice Award for Paranormal Fantasy. According to the missive I received: The polls are open to all readers throughout the month of December, and the winners will be announced in the January 2011 newsletter.
So do please vote of me if you feel like it.

Someone posted this image to Facebook recently of both the German and English cover art. It’s rather lovely, I feel.

takes on yet another language!

Lastly, victory is mine, I have finished Daft 8 of Heartless, and I *think* that’s it until copy edits, Gentle Reader. I can but hope. I’m really pleased with it, this one is my quazi-Sherlock Holmes ode. It was fun to write, but a real pain to edit for some reason. Funny how each book has it’s own set of quirks for the writer. I wonder what Timeless will be like. I guess there is only one way to find out . . .

Quote of the Day:
“No tale tells all.”
~ Alexei Panshin

Locus Awards, Website Update, & Balticon Schedule

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Gentle Reader, I am most excited to report that

I’m a Locus Awards Finalist!


In less exciting news, I’ve updated my website’s Alexia’s London page with DVD extras from Changeless, now that the book has been out for a month or so. This includes my sketch of The Parasol, one section of description, and a cute little bit between Lyall, Channing, and Biffy that ended up slowing the pace too much to be included in the print version. It begins as follows:

Channing crossed his arms. “I would have been just as effective.”
“Yes, but Biffy was a safer choice.”
Biffy looked mildly offended.
“If he was caught it would be thought an inter-vampire plot, if you were caught it would be considered an inter-species plot.”

I’ve also put my full schedule for Balticon up on the website, in the Upcoming Sightings section.

The Bibliophile Stalker says,

“Well, to be honest, I stayed up late just so that I could finish it. In the case of genres, I’m usually confused by Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance but in the case of Soulless, I’d gladly conclude that this book falls under both, and throw in Steampunk for good measure.”

Lily says,

“Furthermore, Ms. Carriger has enabled me to enjoy steampunk more than I had ever anticipated I would. I can barely contain my anticipation for the third book in the series Blameless (rightly named, I think), which is due to be out this coming September.”

Quote of the Day:

“The two most engaging powers of an author are, to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.”

~ Samuel Johnson

Alex Award for Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)

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Just in a quick note, I was delighted to find out this morning that Soulless has appeared on the American Library Association’s Alex Awards list.

“The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.” Many of you know how near and dear YA is to my heart, so I am particularly honored by this recognition. (The weirdest part is that I started a story this morning with a main character named Alex ~ before I found out.)

And now on to your regularly scheduled blog…

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