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Defy or Defend Cover Art Reveal! Dimity is Coming for your Sparkles

Dear Gentle Reader,

The crafty amongst you have noticed mention of a new Delightfully Deadly book. (And members of the Chirrup have known it is in the works for a while now).

I am delighted to officially announce, Dimity’s Book:

Defy or Defend!

PREORDER

(from your vendor of choice)

Directly from moi!

.mobi (for Kindle)

.epub (for Nook etc)

(You’ll need to side load when ordering direct. Google “side load” + name of your device.)

Here’s the teaser:

A vampire hive descending into madness. A beautiful spy with a sparkly plan. And the man who must keep them from killing each other.

Read the rest on the preorder listing of your choice.

Any more hints?

Dimity has to fix a hive of vampires, so you get a really fun look into what, exactly, the dynamics of a vampire hive is like. Also I lampoon/parody everything Gothic (in the original sense of the word).

DoD Defy Print Cover Jacket Defy or Defend Free

The Making of This Cover

The model is from France/UK and was rather shocked to be contacted by me. She’s the owner of Lady Love Lloyd Creations (original photo here). I found the original image on a steampunk fashion blog (just like the original Soulless cover). Fortunately for me, the model owned the rights (exactly as happened with Donna over 10 years ago).

I loved the coy innocence if this image so much I had to have it.

Defy or Defend Model Coy

Starla worked to make it fit the Finishing School meets Delightfully Deadly style. Also Dimity’s hair needed to be longer and the necklace skewed more deadly. Both of these are key plot points in the book, as is the apple green background color.

This is one of the fun things about working with a designer on my own covers, I can put little cookies and hints into the cover as well as the story!

FAQs About This Book

Where is the audiobook?

Emma Newman is narrating for me again, but audiobooks always take extra time, here’s why.

I’m considering offering this audiobook directly to my newsletter to buy from me BEFORE it hits Audible/Apple. So if you want to own the MP3 all for yourself, and you want to own it ASAP you must be a Chirrup member.

Where is the print edition?

It will be coming to the usual vendors. If you were able to get How to Marry a Werewolf in print, this will be offered the same way. You’ll also be able to order a signed edition from Borderlands as usual, using the signed button below the cover art.

Here is why print distribution is different from digital.

Because print is very expensive to produce and because Defy or Defend is longer than my previous novellas, it will also cost slightly more. Sorry, but printing companies charge authors like me a ton more than they charge big publishers. The bigger the book the more they charge. This is the only way I can afford to even offer print books.

Yours, still typing,

Miss Gail

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

Meat Cute The Hedgehog Incident Gail Carriger Free Download

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In this short story Alexia Tarabotti attends what seems to be a dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

UK Masked Singer Final

Apparently I am secretly IN CONTROL of the UK’s Masked Singer. Because guess who’s left? An octopus, a queen bee, and a STEAMPUNK HEDGEHOG. Seriously? I’d no idea I had such power!

Writerly Tincture 

2020: Zero year thoughts about the changes in book publishing

Book Nibble 

Sample RTI audio?

Quote to Sip 

Sarah Honore Quote Names Murriel Beaglehole

Challenge accepted.


Tour of the New Office + Writing Q&A (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dearest Gentle Reader,

Some of you have been waiting a while for this one!

Finally a tour of my new office digs! This is my last Live Q&A of the year. Don’t worry more coming in January!

The Video!

OFFICE TOUR!

Office Bookshelf Antique Desk Tentacle Stencil

QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Moving Offices

  1. Do you stick to a specific regime, or are you a chaotic mover?
  2. Was purging stuff hard for you?
  3. Does it FEEL different writing here? Does the environment change your mindset?
  4. Did it take you long to adjust to the new place? Feeling like you’re home?
  5. Do you do anything to make your new place *smell* right as well as looking right, to settle in?
  6. Will the kitty come visit the new office?

Act of Writing

  • What do you do to stay limber while writing all day? (Wrist braces.)
  • Do you do anything else while writing? Music?
  • Did you enjoy the Heroine’s Journey‘s process? How did it compare to the fiction?
  • How do you stay focused while writing with other people?

Working On Now

Meat Cute The Hedgehog Incident Gail Carriger Free Download

Working On Next

  • Who is the next San Andreas book about?
  • Did that poll influence the next projects you have planned? (The poll in question.)
  • What is the the most “out there” project you want to do?
  • Do you have any more books geared toward 12-14 year olds coming out? Stephanie Burgis writes middle grade so I don’t have to. Gail does have one middle grade! Fairy Debt

Fairy Debt free PDF

Random!

RTW Feather Wreath Octopus Decoration Christmas Romancing the Werwolf Gail Carriger

Other Things Mentioned

Office Sitting and Book Nook

Yours (enjoying a fabulous new office),

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR?

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

Meat Cute The Hedgehog Incident Gail Carriger Free Download

PREORDER NOW!

In this short story Alexia Tarabotti attends what seems to be a dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Lilliput Cat Bow Tie Formal Wear Front Facing Stoool

Lilliput doing dapper December, Madame Lefoux style.

Writerly Tincture 

Ten Commandments for the Happy Writer

Book Nibble 

Lost in a Good Book says of Soulless:

“The pure joy of this is not even these supernatural creatures, it is Carriger’s storytelling ability and her way with words and dialogue.”

Quote to Sip 

“Grammar is a flexible thing, especially where commas are concerned.”

~ Gail when her copy editors disagree


Miss Gail Cooks with Tea: Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu

Posted by Gail Carriger

By request, Gentle Reader (and because you know me and tea… why not cook with it?)

Here is my Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu recipe!

Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu Recipe Free From Gail Carriger

I’m thinking of having Lovejoy cook this in one of the San Andreas Shifter books. I have already posted Isaac’s open faced omelet which is in The Omega Objection.

Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu

INGREDIENTS
2 teaspoons Powdered Milk
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 tablespoons Chai Latte Powder (pre-sweetened)
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon + more to sprinkle (other spices if you like)
12-20 Lady’s Fingers (depending on your dish + preferred proportions)
Trifle or other medium-sized display dish
*** Everything Below Should be CHILLED VERY COLD*** 
4 Bags Chai (UNSWEETENED) mixed with 1 cup boiling water  + 2 tablespoons rum (optional)
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 lb Mascarpone (1 tub)
1/2 cup Pumpkin Pie Filling (canned or homemade) just CHILL IT
Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu free recipe
DIRECTIONS
(takes 1/2 hour to assemble)
  1. Check layering in the dish with dry lady’s fingers so you know how many layers you’ll be doing (2 0r 3)
  2. In large mixing bowl, whip cream into very stiff peaks
  3. Whip in vanilla + powdered milk, put aside
  4.  In small mixing bowl, mix mascarpone + pie filling until blended
  5. Mix in 3 tablespoons chai latter powder
  6. Fold mascarpone mixture into whipping cream, mix gently, can leave white swirls or not, to your taste, chill in fridge
  7. Using a shallow pan or Tupperware roll the lady’s fingers in the chai/rum three quick full rotations (you might not use all the liquid)
  8. Place 6-10 fingers in a single layer at the bottom of your serving dish
  9. Put 1/3-1/2 of cream mixture (depending on your layering ratios) on top, smooth gently and sprinkle with cinnamon and chai latte powder (I use a tea wand for the chai)
  10. Layer lady’s fingers again, then cream, then sprinkle chai powder & cinnamon and any other spices you like (repeat again if you’re doing 3 layers)
Best if left to sit for at least 6 hours. With the stabilizing agents (from powdered milk + chai latte powder) this Tiramisu keeps really well for at least 24 hours. Serves 6-12 depending.
As a GF option you can make just the cheese filling sprinkled with spices and serve with gluten free ginger snaps, gram crackers or other spice cookies as a “sweet dip.” Also makes a wonderful frosting.
Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu Full Assembled

Here’s a cocktail to go with it… 

Yours (destined to die from trying new foods… but what a way to go),

Miss Gail

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Campton Place Indian Anniversary Food

10th Anniversary Dinner

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Taste of the Past podcast: PICKLES!

Savor podcast: A Passion for Lilikoi (Passion Fruit)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

neil gaiman quote writer idea

Book News:

Cozy With a Side of Crime Audiobooks

Quote of the Day:

“Some fungi are only edible once.”

~ Borderlands Books, Overheard in the Store


My Octopus Collection! (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Just a little video for you today Gentle Reader, as I begin the arduous process of shutting down my old office and the fun of decorating my new one.

Here I am talking about my octopus collection… So many tentacles!

I also have an octopus Pinterest board.

Hope you are having a lovely octopus-filled day!

Yours (surrounded by tentacles),

Miss Gail

Octopus Shelf In Office

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Day dress, 1895-96 parasol striped victorian

Day dress, 1895-96 From the Cincinnati Art Museum

1894, Montreal, Canada via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Beware the Octopus Mug merch gail carriger

Octopus Mug

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How a Literary Prank Convinced Germany That ‘Hansel and Gretel’ Was Real

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Gender and the Hugo Awards, by the Numbers

Book News:

Eliza Dana Sophronia Finishing School Cosplay Baraclegoose Hay Trifle

The amazing Dana as Eliza the Maid from Etiquette & Espionage carrying Mrs Barnaclegoose’s trifle covered bonnet.

Quote of the Day:

“Fair Fatality, you are the most unusual female I have encountered in all my thirty-eight years!”
“You can’t think how deeply flattered I am!” she assured him. “I daresay my head would be quite turned if I didn’t suspect that amongst so many a dozen or so may have slipped from your memory.”

~ Venetia by Georgette Heyer

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!


The Great Office Purge of 2019 (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello Gentle Reader,

Been a bit absent recently on social media and here on the blog. You see, I returned from my last event in San Diego, to a rent increase on my office space.

Wait, Gail, why do you have an office? Why not write at home in your sweatpants swilling gin like a normal author?

Well, I don’t like gin and I never wear sweatpants.

But actually, I live in less than 600 square feet with an AB and a cat, so there isn’t much space for my books or much quiet to write in. Thus about six years ago I got myself a tiny remote office in a nice old Victorian historic building. Gussied it all up girly and retro (as is my wont) and happily pursued my authorial endeavors.

Gail Carriger office book nook

Sadly the book nook will be no more.

Until this rent increase. (Before you say anything: Here in CA there is no rental protection on commercial units for tenants, so there’s not much recourse I have except to leave.)

So leaving I am.

I’ve found a very nice place that is bigger and more accessible, if perhaps without as much character and historic charm. It will, I hope, be cooler in the summertime.

Because of the move, I’ve been getting rid of a ton of stuff. I’ve donated to charity shops, put a raffle together for Borderlands, consigned clothing, sold costumes, and listed first edition book exclusives on my Gumroad storefront. I even did an eBay auction.

Here’s some of what I got rid of…

The Clothing!

Cream brown 1870s inspired outfit.

1880s inspired wine and black lace outfit.

Persian belly dancing outfit.

Changeless cover outfit.

Madame Lefoux jacket.

The Books!

I included clutch items like ARCs and obscure articles, and (of course) signed everything that I should. The advantages of being THE author, I suppose.

Soulless LTD Boxed Green Cameo SOLD

Parasol Protectorate Trade First Editions Gail Carriger

Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set Gail Carriger Free Book

Anyway, why am I blogging about all of this?

Just the freeing nature of getting rid of things, I suppose. It’s very liberating… The older I get the less I want stuff around me, it feels heavy both literally and figuratively. With the possible exception of shoes.

It feels like the right time to do this what with the move and celebrating 10 years as an author.

And you seemed to be pleased with the offerings. The person who got the Madame Lefoux jacket wrote about it with such beauty, it made me cry. I’m sorry if you missed something you hoped to get. Don’t worry, I still kept one of everything for myself. Just in case. And who knows I may move again!

What Else Have I Been Up To?

I also scanned a decade of academic notes, ripped apart old notebooks, developed a dust mite allergy (yeah hives and lack of breathing), cleaned out an improbable amount of dish-wear and thinned out the teacup collection. I also collected fun extras together into goodie boxes for upcoming Chirrups.

Meanwhile, I managed to turn in The Heroine’s Journey to my agent and Dimity’s book to my beta readers. More on the title, cover, and release dates for Dimity, plus details on the release of Meat Cute in digital and audio, PLUS audiobook codes for The Omega Objection and a Romancing the Werewolf goodiebox in up coming Chirrups.

Yours, surrounded by boxes,

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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

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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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910 Parasol Big Hat Flowers Wide Belt

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Carriger 10 Years of Steampunk Oufits

Self in 10 Years of Steampunk Outfits

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Keep Calm and Eat Pudding

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How authors make money

Book News:

My dear friend Alex White interviews me at SFWC about the career side of writing. 

Quote of the Day:

Quote Bookworms TBR pile

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!


Miss Gail’s Scariest Author Stories, Happy Halloween! (Video Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For Halloween this year, I did this video telling some of my scariest author stories, Gentle Reader.

Shiver in horror as I reveal the worst book tour ever, disastrous adventures in airport bathrooms, being orphaned, abandoned, stranded, and that time when hundreds of books went missing.

Are you ready for the fear and terror?

Well, tea will help you cope, of course. Although… did it help me? Watch to find out!

Author Horror Stories with Gail Carriger

The blog post about those signed editions going missing is here.

Unscrewing the Bumbersnoot ~ In which Flywaymen Hijack Waistcoats & Weaponry Signed Editions (The Missing 500)

And the video of the Spy Museum event that I did the day after I cried my little heart out is here:

Yours (destined to die on book tour),

Miss Gail

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  • Coop de Book for October 2019 is Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern (comic). I bit spendy but it will make a GREAT Christmas gift. 

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Gail Carriger Gold Parasol Circus Waist Cinch Swiss Waist Dark Garden

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Carriger Mirror Teacups

My two mirror teacups, the saucer image is distorted until you look at it in the reflection on the teacup.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  (A Writer Beware Selection)

Book News:

The History and Future of Audiobooks

Quote of the Day:

Perhaps cats get into boxes because they are, in fact, just like phone booths installed with cat-to-cat communication.
Hello? How’s your day going? Knock any good things off tables?
We got some nasty smelling feet round these parts, you should come visit sometime.
Well, I have been thinking about bolting. Or maybe just standing in the doorway indecisively for an hour.
Sounds fun. Well, gotta go lick my butt now.

~ Gail & AB

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!


Miss Gail’s Childhood Favorite Books & Research Bookshelf – Behind the Magic (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Darling Gentle Reader,

In this video I talk you through some of my favorite children’s books and how they influenced my writing. Then I show off some of my non-fiction research book collection (secondary resources). What I use, what I keeps on hand and why.

Gail Carriger’s Research & Children’s Books

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

RESEARCH BOOKS

A list of Gail’s favorite research books (available for purchase)

Gail Carriger Research Books Tips and Tricks

A selection of Gail’s favorite non-fiction and the books they influenced

Yours (figuring out what to do with all her books),

Miss Gail

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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UK digitalprint | Kobo | 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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1862 Ladies' Companion May Parasol Teal Pink Trim Victorian

Image that influenced lesbian characters Lady Flo and Jane in Poison or Protect fromLadies’ Companion Thursday, May 1, 1862

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Strawberry Pie Tart Little House

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Random Advice That Might Save Your Life, According to Reddit

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Allusionist podcast 106: Typo Demon

Ever misspelled a word or committed a typo? It wasn’t your fault; you were demonically possessed. Ian Chillag from Everything is Alive podcast introduces us to Titivillus, the typo demon.

Book News:

Man jailed for stealing 7,000 books from Scottish universities

Quote of the Day:

“Oh, yes, she’s unusual!” he said bitterly. “She blurts out whatever may come into her head; she tumbles from one outrageous escapade into another; she’s happier grooming horses and hobnobbing with stable-hands than going to parties; she’s impertinent; you daren’t catch her eye for fear she should start to giggle; she hasn’t any accomplishments; I never saw anyone with less dignity; she’s abominable, and damnably hot at hand, frank to a fault, and—a darling!”

~ Sylvester by Georgette Heyer

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!


Everything I Wore to Gaslight Steampunk Expo ~ Vote for Your Favorite!

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my darling Gentle Reader, Gaslight Steampunk Expo was my last event of 2019 (and my last event for a while I’m taking a travel hiatus). The theme was Ancient Egypt, and here are all the outfits I wore…

Gail Carriger Blue Maxi Pattern Teapot Purse Blue Turban

Blue pattern maxi dress, with blue turban, net gloves, teapot purse.

Gail Carriger Lace Cream Gold Deco Teapot Purse

Cream lace skirt + top and gold shrug (all from Ross), Dark Garden waist cinch corset (decorated by me), net gloves, gold turban, teapot purse.

Gail Carriger Navy Blue stars exhakti cape bottle

New favorite dress, eShakti navy dress with gold stars and capelet (custom length & sleeves) and pockets, gold sandals (old Sofft), tan leather drivers (old Modcloth) gold turban decorated with vintage brooch, champagne bottle purse.

Gail Carriger Gold Evening Dress Sparkle Brown Shrug

New gold evening gown (Amazon special), brown velvet shrug, vintage brown leather gloves, brown wedge sandals with shoe clips, brown turban, vintage jewelry.

Gail Carriger Gold Cocktail eshakti Fur cape bottle bag

Gold eShakti cocktail dress (custom neck line, length, added sleeves), gold sandals, cream capelet, champagne bottle purse, vintage cream gloves, gold turban.

Gail Carriger Gold Parasol Circus Corset Red Teapot Purse

Gold skirt and top (Amazon if you’d believe), Dark Garden striped Swiss Waist, vintage red gloves, tentacle parasol, new massive red teapot bag, red turban with brooch on it.

Which Outfit Do You Like Best?

Yours (drowning in gold),

Miss Gail 

P.S. Spies report Competence is finally available to UK audio! (Reticence should be coming soon too.)

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OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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

UK digitalprint | Kobo | 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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1896 Fashion plate via shewhoworshipscarlin parasol yellow victorian primrose

Fashion plate, 1896 via shewhoworshipscarlin

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Cat - Felis domesticus 1873

Felis domesticus 1873

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How to Get Your Cat to Be Quiet in the Morning

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

7 Homes of Writers and Authors For You to Explore

Book News:

Custard Protocol Spotted Custard Pastic Toy

Quote of the Day:

“I see now that there is a great deal in what Aunt Almeria says. She considers that there are terrible pitfalls in Society.”
Sir Richard shook his head sadly. “Alas, too true!”
“And vice,” said Pen awfully. “Profligacy, and extravagance, you know.”
“I know.”
She picked up her knife and fork again. “It must be very exciting,” she said enviously.”

~ The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer

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

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10 Most Popular Gail Carriger Quotes (Behind the Magic)

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Over ten years in publishing (and quite a few books), Gentle Reader, and here are some of the most quoted sections of my books (or interviews) as voted on by Goodreads and social media…

#1 Quote = Not from a book at all!

I was asked in an interview early on how I felt about reading and being a reader. The above quote is genuinely how I feel about it. I do read basically every day, even if it is only a chapter or two.

#2 Quote = BRAINS!

#3 Quote = Vampires!

Lord Akeldama showing up very early on in this list. No surprise there! This one came from Blameless.

Quote #4 = Gossip!

This is a Biffy quote, but it comes straight from my heart. Gossip has always been a lifeline in my family, Mum, Granma, so forth. This might be my favorite quote on this list.

Quote #5 = Sexy!

I love this one because it hints at the way I write sex scenes and how much humor I like to bring to and find in nudity and flirting.

Quote #6 = Evil Genius

This is the first on from the Finishing School series.

Quote #7 = Sledgehammer

This is Lord Maccon talking to (and describing) Alexia.

Quote #8 = Cats!

This one is Alexia thinking about herself.

Quote #9 = Steampunk

I am specifically talking about steampunk fashion in this quote from an interview I did super early on in my career.

Quote #10 = Tough Lady

This is a long one but it may be one of my favorite descriptions. I love writing something that is both funny and accurate.

There is is. After 10 years the top 10 quotes from my books!

Honorary mention to one of my favorites:

Yours (Oscar Wilde is my idol),

Miss Gail

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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.

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GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1861 Le Follet Parasol Pink Blue Swiss Waist Victorian

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The phrases you’ve been getting wrong all your life

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Soulless’s Birthday, Stories From A Book’s Misspent Youth (Behind the Magic)

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Soulless is having its birthday today, Gentle Reader!

Thought I might share a few of my most fun, and most silly stories revolving around the launch of my very first book, some decade or more ago now! I know, right?

Shortly after Soulless came out, through no fault of mine, World Fantasy Convention came to town.

And I said to my darling friends, I said…

“Darling friends. You know that wedding you had at my mother’s place? You know those baby showers and wedding showers you made me attend? You know those parties I hosted over the years? The time has come,” said I, “to talk of recompense. The chips… I am casting them.”

And so my friends, who are darlings, became many things: caterers, cooks, flower arrangers, interior decorators, event coordinators, brewmasters, bartenders, tea mistresses, servants, cleaning staff and all the steampunk personas one must to throw a very impressive BASH.

And together we threw a rather memorable party. There may even be a few reading this blog who remember it still, and read my book because of it.

Here are some stories from that time…

The Shortbread Fiancee

A dear friend made shortbread for Soulless’s coming out party. A fellow author was so enamored of her shortbread (and rather drunk) he immediately proposed marriage. He went on to become rather famous, but amongst my friends he will be forever known as “The Shortbread Fiancée.”

The Armenian Lovers

My original bio said I had a haram of Armenian lovers (and I did at the time) but the gentleman manning the bar was not one of them. (There was character themed cocktails and bathtub gin, just FYI.)

Still, my editor, who is a tiny terrifying human but generally looks about 12, came to the party. I had special cheese platters prepared just for her. She loves cheese. She went to get a drink and then returned to report excitedly that she had been “carded by one of the Armenian lovers!”

Kitty (Ivy’s companion), Ivy & Tunstell.

Ivy Hisselpenny in the Flesh

I had actor friends playing the parts of my characters at the launch. My dearest Miss Kalandar represented Ivy. (She is also the inspiration for many of Ivy’s best lines, among other things.)

Next to her is Paul as Tunstell, who IS Tunstell, only I didn’t realize it when I was writing that character. Fortunately, I have the kind of friends who, when I accidentally put them into my novels, will find their tightest loudest pants and show up at a launch party portraying that character.

Soulless Alex Award Scarf Gail Carriger Parasol Protectorate

Ah, the beginnings!

You can read more about this event and book launch teas here:

World Fantasy Day 3 ~ Saturday October 31, 2009 SOULLESS BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

And you can read the full menu here:

How to Throw a Book Launch Tea Party (Special Extras)

Meanwhile in honor of Soulless’s 10th Birthday I am giving away 10 of the Soulless green cameo hardcover books to Chirrup members. These are out of print, there are no more for sale from the publisher. It matches Fan Service.

Chirrup Soulless free from Gail Carriger

You need to have joined the Chirrup (and gone through the verification process) BEFORE midnight this Saturday October 5th, 2019.

This is the last of my stock of this book. I will never do this giveaway again.

Yours getting rid of books!

Miss Gail

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“A thoroughly delightful read that was even better than expected, and I expected to be thoroughly delighted! Percy was adorkable, Arsenic gave Sophronia a run for her money as my favorite Parasolverse female, and the surprise third POV was such fun.”

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Candy UK

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Being a Library Power User

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Author Prayer: 

Autocorrect please stay thy hand,

type this clean, at my command,

And if readers should an error see,

I pray they will blame you, not me. 

~ Adapted from the scribe’s prayer to Titivillus (daemon of typos) recited by Ian Chillag on The Allusionist podcast

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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

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16 Future Writing Projects I Might Try AKA Authors Don’t Need Your Ideas (Behind the Magic)

I tend to talk about what I’m actually writing in the Chirrup on a monthly basis, Gentle Reader.

But in the interests of accountability, I thought I might post about some of the many projects I’m considering writing, so you can rest assured that I’ll never run out of ideas.

It’s possible someone made the mistake on social media of saying to me,

“Gail… why don’t you write X character, or X book?”

Or perhaps,

“I have this great idea for a book, you should write it, and we’ll split to profits.”

Blink. Blink. Blink.

Look, seriously? Ideas are cheap. It’s the writing that’s costly in time and sweat and tears and tea…

So to prove that, here are 16 possible ideas I’m contemplating writing right now (and some of these are multiple books or multiple story possibilities in the same universe). No promises that I’ll actually write any of them.

Pre-note on Epiphanies

I’ve talked before about the fact that I don’t start actually writing a book until I have had its epiphany. By epiphany I mean, I see a crystal clear scene in my head of two characters talking together and know their personalities and then I know what the story is. For Soulless this was Alexia and Ivy walking in the park and discussing the fact that Alexia accidentally killed a vampire the night before. (This epiphany scene is rarely the opening of a book.)

Right so here you go….

16 Things Gail Could Be Writing Right NOW

1. Delightfully Deadly #3 (novella)

PITCH: Would you wait forever for true love?
GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this book, it’s a long time span snippet book full of pining and lost love ending in a very late in life romance.
BAD: I need to do lots of back referencing to other parasolverse books.

2. The Enforcer Enigma (San Andreas #3 – novel) 

GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this book and I’ve a rough outline. Three books in a series is a marketable asset.
BAD: These books aren’t selling as well as my other stuff.

3. San Andreas #4 (novel)

GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this book, and I’ll be introducing the new love interest as a side character in #3.
BAD: See #3 plus #3 needs to come out first.

4. Book 1 in The Lost Animech Chronicles (mid grade series)

PITCH: A girl must find a magical familiar and control her abilities or be stripped of power and become a political pawn.
GOOD: New kind of book, agent is interested
BAD: I have no idea what I’m doing, I’m risk averse, and scared.

5. Crudrat (YA sci-fi) in Print & Digital

GOOD: It’s basically written just needs a heavy revision pass. I’d like to put some more YA out into the universe.
BAD: It’s impossible to sell YA sci-fi right now, even non-YA is a struggle for self pub.

6. Cypher (Crudrat #2 YA) in Print & Digital & Audio

GOOD: Right now, not a lot except satisfying the very few fans Crudrat has now.  It has an outline.
BAD: Time consuming, unproven, risky proposition in terms of sales. Nice to have something completely different to play with though. It would be impossible to do this one with the same cast as the first one in audio.

7. Claw & Courtship #2 (novella)

GOOD: CC is my best selling novella series, the most popular with Zon to promote and by far my best indie seller. Adding a new addition to this novella line would be fiscally sensible.
BAD: Haven’t had the epiphany yet and don’t know which character I’d like to work with.

8. Dear Lord Akeldama (compilation ebook)

GOOD: I have so many blog posts, I could form them all up into one fun ebook collection of the Dear Lord A advice column. It’d give me something to point people at who want “more Lord Akeldama.”
BAD: Does anyone really want that?

9. Lord Akeldama Short Story

GOOD: It’d give me something to point people at who want “more Lord Akeldama.”
BAD: I’d have to write it from the perspective of the cat. Not super inspired by this idea. Short stories don’t sell.

10. Other Parasolverse Shorts

GOOD: It’d be fun to have a few “seasonal” offerings, I’ve had some idea featuring old favorite main characters.
BAD: Probably pretty plot-less and just fan service, worth the time to write?

11. New YA Techno-Fantasy Series

GOOD: I have several ideas set in the same techno-fantasy world, The Banded Lands.
BAD: It’s something new and different for and from me, I’m not sure readers would like it. YA is a struggle for self pub. Traditional publishers likely uninterested.

12. Queensman (early parasolverse YA series)

GOOD: Adventure YA featuring a gay knife fighter from a northern island who unexpectedly becomes the bodyguard of young Boudicia. Meanwhile, the vampire-run Roman Empire is invading. Revolves around the introduction of werewolves to the British Isles.
BAD: Is anyone interested in something like this? Plus research sucks. Still Romano-British was one of my fields of study for a while.

1900s Giovanni Boldini (Italian artist, 1842-1931) The Summer Stroll

13. Camp Residual series

GOOD: Wet Hot American Summer meets Jane Austen. A series of lighthearted romantic comedies with supernatural elements.  Because each would stand alone, can basically drop them whenever.
BAD: No one seems as excited about this concept as me.

14. Geomage series

GOOD: Urban fantasy series based on gargoyles and geology – rocks, lots of rocks. Could be YA.
BAD: Do I want to go into UF right now? Will it sell? Do we care?

15. Alessandro Tarabotti serialization

GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this serialization, it’s a long time span snippet book starting with Alessandro as a kid training, including his journal entries, forming his whole life. Kind of linked short stories.
BAD: Very experimental, could be released as a serial or as a novel or both, no major arc or through line, does not have a happy ending.

16. Tinkered Stars mystery #2

GOOD: I’ve had a minor epiphany for another space station mystery for Drey and Tristol. Would be super fun to write, plus wedding plans? A few people do want more of these books.
BAD: Should I really write more in yet ANOTHER series? Don’t yet know how well The 5th Gender actually did.

So there you have it, some of the MANY options on my plate.

You can vote for your favorite, although no promises. One of the reasons I do independent projects is so that I could write what amuses me most when it amuses me and not before. Still, I do write for you and I want to make you happy so I am interested in your opinion. 

Vote for your favorite!

Which of the above story ideas are you most interested in seeing Gail Write? 

Poll is only letting you vote for one but please feel free to leave a comment with further thoughts, or to advocate for one of the above. Please note that I can not write new books featuring characters who have already been in the limelight (Alexia, Sophronia, Rue etc…)

Other short story options? Holiday fun! San Andreas Pack Thanksgiving or Halloween shenanigans. Akeldama and Maccons do Christmas (Conall insists on gifts of fish, Channing pees on the tree, and teen Rue is very angsty and sullen). What would Tristol make of human holiday traditions?

Yours (never to run out of ideas),

Miss Gail

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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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1880 fashions, summer dress

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Dan’s opening monoluge for Savage Lovecast: 663 is VITALLY IMPORTANT for all queer folk, particularly younger ones, to listen to. We are losing the battle for acceptance and this is a huge reason why (statistically backed up). I’ve been noticing this a lot myself these days. Please listen to him.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“I think I’ve been looking at too many catalogs. I just read ‘The Four Tendencies’ as ‘The Four Tentacles’.”

~ Overheard at Borderlands Books in San Francisco

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!


What Do All Those Latin Phrases Mean in Reticence? (Custard Protocol Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So in Reticence one of the love languages between Percy and Arsenic is, in fact, another language: Latin.

In this post I’m going to talk all about it, Gentle Reader. There shouldn’t be any obvious spoilers, but you can save this post to return to later (or as you read) if you’re super worried.

Percy has always been a fan of mumbling to himself in Latin. Arsenic comes along and not only understands him, but gently teases him in the same language.

From Reticence

Rue looked at Quesnel and then Primrose. “Are they flirting?”
“It’s like watching dirigibles crash midair, filled with hot air, slow and horrible yet inevitable,” said Quesnel.

Latin, It’s What’s for Flirting!

Because I am a tricky bit of baggage, I don’t always translate all the phrases in the text for you, so I thought I would put them all here, for you to reference if you like…

  • Panem et circenses “bread and circuses” ~ a commentary on basic human desires, i.e. food and entertainment
  • auribus teneo lupum “holding a wolf by the ears” ~ a popular proverb in Ancient Rome meaning an unsustainable situation like “holding a tiger by the tail.” From Phormio by the Roman playwright Terence (c.161 BC).
  • Hanniabl ad portas “Hannibal is at the gates” ~ danger is upon us
  • vox nihili “the voice of nothing” ~ an utterly pointless statement, the equivalent of “don’t speak nonsense”
  • barba non facit philosophum “a beard does not make a philosopher” ~ don’t judge a book by its cover
  • ex nihilo nihil fit “nothing comes from nothing” ~ to achieve something, work hard
  • hic manebimus optime! “here we will stay, most excellently!” ~ stand your ground!
  • corvus oculum corvi non eruit “a crow will not pull out the eye of another crow” ~ basically “honor amongst thieves” (one of my personal favorites)
  • omnia iam fient quae posse negabam “everything which I used to say could not happen, will happen now” ~ I don’t know the exact English proverb for this, but I love the sentiment, sort of like “nothing surprises me anymore”
  • helluo librorum “a glutton for books” ~ basically a bookworm
  • in libras libertas “in books, freedom” ~ a little bit like “knowledge is power”
  • alis volat propriis “he flies by his own wings” ~ he dances to the beat of his own drummer
  • Homo sum humani a me nihil alienum puto “I am a human being, so nothing human is strange to me” ~ a motto advocating respect for people and cultures that appear different from your own, from The Self-Tormentor by Roman dramatist Terence.
  • felix culpa “happy fault” ~ basically the Roman way of saying serendipity or happy accident (AKA my whole career)

Some other stuffs

Stratocumulus lux is latin but it’s not a Latin phrase, it’s a meteorologic term. See wikipedia’s article on the subject. It’s a type of cloud formation and Percy thinks Edo looks like it.

A Word on Italicization

Now, I did keep Latin italicized in Reticence, where as the rest of the foreign language words in the book are not italicized.

This is a personal choice. Over the course of my career I stopped italicizing foreign languages for the reasons outlined in this post.

Why I Stopped Italicising Non-English Languages

But in Reticence I wanted to emphasize the Latin, and there is something different about a dead language, so I kept Latin phrases italicized.

What can I say? I’m a contrary woman.

Yours (in Latin, tua),

Miss Gail

dum spiro spero

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Reticence

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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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Scientists built a robot octopus that moves its tentacles like the real thing

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Quote of the Day:

“I’m turning my life in a new direction: Horizontal.”

~ Borderlands overheard in the store

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!


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