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Help Gail Hack the System? Experimentation Operation How to Marry a Werewolf

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my darling Gentle Reader, wondering if you could help me test a theory?

With How to Marry a Werewolf now out in the world, I’m hoping you darlings would be willing to help me run a bit of an experiment?

Would you visit its Amazon page? Even if you don’t have any interest in buying it, just VISIT it. (Say hi, share some tea.) The more times a day the better.

You can either go directly to the page here, or you can just search the title or my name using Amazon proper.

I’m testing a theory on how AZ algorithm works and I’d love your help!

Thanks so much.

And if you do endup reading it I do so hope you enjoy it.

All my gratitude and affection!

Miss Gail

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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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Rest on Arms, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The History Chicks podcast episode 103: Ada Lovelace

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Know your rights as an author

Book News:

Fan Art Conall Changeless

Quote of the Day:

“I always felt, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK.”

~ Maya Angelou

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Character Study: Faith in How to Marry a Werewolf (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Here are a few images that remind me of Faith, Gentle Reader!

This is probably the most typical image of a young lady like Faith from the time period, everything is pretty spot on except she isn’t wearing a hat.

Notice her neck is very thickly covered? That would be typical for an American:

ABSOLUTELY NO VAMPIRES WELCOME.

Mlle Cassive, Nadar

A little later in time, I kind of gravitated to the style and the stance of this image. Again it’s very Faith in the way she holds herself and the simplicity of the outfit.

Viola Allen, 1898

I chose this one because I imagine Faith is often looking down, scoping for new and exciting rocks. This is typical behavior for archaeologists too, so I know it well. I’m not sure the hat is really her style, but perhaps Teddy picked it out for her.

Actress card

I chose this last because I think this is how Channing sees Faith. This is the side of her that no one else gets, that is private to them, and is one of the reasons he adores her so much.

Speaking of which, curious about the lapis lazuli reference in the book?

Lapis lazuli

To see more check out Faith’s Pinterest board!

Read more about Faith, my very first American main character, and how she goes up against the werewolf Major Channing in How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps).

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OUT NOW!

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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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Curious Case of Miss Schwich: A Victorian Girl in Boy’s Clothing

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

12 Literary Scandals That Are So Much Stranger Than Fiction

Book News:

Soulless is getting an illustrated hardcover edition! Cover reveal coming to the Chirrup soon!

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Carriger New Book! How to Marry a Werewolf

Posted by Gail Carriger

Channing and his lovely lady Faith are now available for your immediate gratification, Gentle Reader.

In other words…

How to Marry a Werewolf is ALLIIIVVEEEE!

Here’s where you can find it:

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 Direct from Gail

Today is May 14, 2018!

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

WEREWOLVES

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. 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.

AMERICANS

Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

Your Questions Answered!

Where is the print edition?

It should be mostly available.

Print on Amazon | Print on B&N

Find it also at BorderlandsPowell’s & Mysterious Galaxy

Print files are all uploaded. You should be able to order from your favorite online vendor or independent/chain bookstore.

Signed editions are available from Borderlands Books in San Francisco, email or call them for details. Or you can click the signed button below the cover image on this page.

Why does the print take longer than digital? 

Read this article, I talk about scammers, money concerns, and other issues when producing print as a self publisher.

Any problems with the spine or back cover are entirely the fault of Ingram Spark. Also, congratz, you have an off-print first edition that could be worth meeellliooonss.

Where is the audiobook edition?

It’s in production.

Emma Newman is narrating (she did Romancing the Inventor).

Audiobooks always take longer than print, here is where I talk about why that is.

Where does this one fit in the Parasolverse?

How to Marry a Werewolf is set in the spring of 1896 (at the beginning of the London season).

This story occurs after events chronicled in Romancing the Werewolf.

It is contemporaneous with events at the beginning of Reticence (final Custard Protocol book). (But that is clear only from a single sentence in this book, there is no actual crossover. There is merely an event in Reticence where the rest of the pack is in attendance and Channing is not. For reasons made clear in How to Marry a Werewolf.)

Is it sexy?

It’s about on the level with Soulless. Not explicit. Not as much as Poison or Protect. Definitely not as much as the San Andreas Shifter books.

Will we finally learn about Channing’s history?

Yes.

Do Biffy & Lyall appear in this book?

Yes.

I finished it already, what’s next?

Competence.

What are you writing right now?

Reticence. The final Custard Protocol book. I’m usually writing a book that will released next year whenever you’re getting a new one.

Who will be the next werewolf to get his lady love?

I haven’t decided yet, I might put it to the vote. It always helps if you tell me which pack member you want more from. Especially if you tell me in a review.

Any other questions?

Please let me know!

Your,

Miss Gail

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Teddy & Faith, although Faith should be much taller. – 1896 Walking Dresses

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How to Drink Tea Like a Royal, According to a Royal Butler

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How Much Money Does It Cost To Publish A Book?

Book News:

Fan Art Ivy by Matt Harrison Twitter

Quote of the Day:

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How to Marry A Werewolf Sample Scene! Claw & Courtship (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My dearest gentle reader, today in the blog I have a sample of the first chapter of How to Marry a Werewolf for you!

 

Sample the opening scene!

STEP ONE

Make Yourself Readily Available

April 1896

When a young American lady of good standing is indiscreet, kind parents retire her quietly to the country with a maiden aunt and a modest stipend. Faith’s parents decided to marry her off to a werewolf.

Though you’re too soiled for even those unnatural beasts.” Faith’s mother was not looking at her. Mrs Wigglesworth hadn’t really looked at her daughter for nearly two months. Faith was more reassured by this than not. To be noticed might tempt her mother’s temper, and that was never pretty.

So, she was careful with her words. “Now, Mother, I don’t think they quibble about such things, so long as I’m fresh meat.”

None of your lip, girl. That’s what got you into this predicament.” Faith’s mother had a voice like cracked peppercorns and the face of an offended jackrabbit – all ears, red-rimmed eyes, and wrinkled nose.

No, it isn’t what got me here, thought Faith. In fact, it was the opposite. If I’d said something – if I’d lied about it – there would have been shame but no ruination.

Face it, my dear, she’s spoiled goods by everyone’s standards. Even the werewolves.” Mr Wigglesworth chewed his overcooked beef wetly, with a sound like the squelching of boots in a vat of gravy.

I don’t know where we went wrong with her. The others all turned out well enough.” Mrs Wigglesworth gave a long-suffering sigh. “I did so well with them, and then this one. Rotten to the core.”

Faith looked down at her food. It sat untouched. She didn’t feel like eating; nothing worked to fill that odd lingering emptiness. Certainly not beef, at any rate. She speared a potato and ruminated over its roundness.

They must be desperate to be rid of me, she thought, to be considering werewolves. Or Mother hates werewolves so much, she would use me to punish them.

Prior to this particular conversation, Faith could not remember the word werewolf ever spoken in the Wigglesworth household, let alone at the dinner table. For while the packs may have helped the North with their Union troubles, they still weren’t considered civilized. Now they weren’t even allowed into the city without escort. A werewolf was lower than a Californian, all things considered – rough rural hillbillies with too much hair. And open shirt collars. And no table manners.

Faith shivered in titillated horror. Werewolves were not permitted in any of Boston society’s conservatories, let alone received into drawing rooms. Certainly not by the Wigglesworths. No one would make the mistake of calling Faith’s papa a progressive. But he was a pragmatist. And everyone in Boston now knew of his daughter’s shame. And Faith’s mother? Well, she made no bones about her hatred for the beasts.

Her mother’s hand, suddenly and without warning, slapped the table. “Don’t play with your food, girl.” She barked the words so sharply that spittle sprayed the table.

Faith put down her fork.

Her mother went back to not looking at Faith. Already, in one of those lightning mood switches that had so terrified Faith as a child, Mrs Wigglesworth was directing soft lips and coy eyes at her husband and his indifference. “You see what a bother she is to me? To this family?”

So, how do we safely dispose of her?” Mr Wigglesworth asked his wife, because it really was Mrs Wigglesworth’s responsibility. A daughter embroiled in scandal was of little political value to him. He’d never paid Faith any attention anyway, not until her indiscretion.

Mrs Wigglesworth sighed again, louder and with more force. “We must still try for an advantageous match. Your cousin offers us a relatively inexpensive option – a London season.” She tapped the letter that had started the whole conversation. “Since I’d never allow American werewolves to darken our door, I was thinking of something grander. England. Some of those British monsters are even titled.”

Faith couldn’t face the potato. She slid it off her fork untouched. Not more society. Critical eyes, and uncomfortable clothes, mixed with monsters. The potato wobbled. Imagine having to sit across the table from a real vampire. Those fangs. Do they suck blood at dinner? She shuddered.

Mrs Wigglesworth continued, “Then she might marry and stay across the ocean.”

To rot,” added Faith under her breath. The subtext being that then the Wigglesworths would never have to see their youngest daughter again.

Her mother gave a tight smile. “Cursing some monster with her wicked ways and amoral behavior, instead of us and our good name.”

Faith tried not to find that funny. Isn’t that what they call the irresistible need to shapeshift every full moon – werewolf’s curse? Midnight special, she thought, curse now comes with your very own indiscreet American fortune hunter. Buy while fresh.

Papa made his decision. “Send her to England then, my dear. No one will have heard of her shame there.”

No one will have heard of me at all. Faith was cheered by that thought. Oh, the joy of anonymity.

Hardly matters. Werewolves don’t have standards.” Mrs Wigglesworth spoke with unsubstantiated confidence.

Faith actually didn’t mind overmuch. Anything to get out of the house. Apparently, she hadn’t any standards either.

Her mother glared at her, sharp and vicious. “We are being whispered about. In the streets! Mrs Kensington cut me in the park yesterday. Me! I want you gone from here and forgotten. You will find yourself a werewolf, girl. You aren’t good enough for a human man. Not even an English one.”

Faith hung her head. She wants me shamed for the rest of my life. Tied forever to the same supernatural creatures that deceived and ruined me. All because she is being whispered about this month in a minor scandal that will be forgotten by summer.

So it was that Faith, with only her maid Minnie as chaperone, and last season’s dresses (which might themselves be considered a chaperone, for the discouragement that they afforded) and a few outfits Faith had made in secret (even more discouraging to prospective suitors, as these involved menswear), were packed into a dirigible and floated off to England. Properly, Mrs Wigglesworth ought to have gone along, but Faith’s mother obviously thought nothing worse could happen to her daughter.

She was, of course, entirely wrong.

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Coop de Book for May is How to Marry a Werewolf (naturally, or should I say, supernaturally?). (Discussion here.)

OUT MAY 13, 2018!

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger is now awabile (print, audio & other editions will follow). Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Add this book on Goodreads.

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Garden Umbrella

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Victorian Sewing Box, c.1880

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

10 Famous Book Hoarders

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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


Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings is a Cad (in 4 Quotes) (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gentle Reader,

A bit of a look back on Major Channing, today.

How to Marry a Werewolf Gail Carriger scarf teacup poppy

Here’s a collection of some of my favorite Channing quotes from his appearances as a side character in other Parasolverse books!

“Who the devil are you?” Alexia asked, the man’s cavalier interference irritating her into using actual profanity.
“Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings.”
Alexia gawked. No wonder he was so very full of himself. One would have to be, laboring all one’s life under a name like that.

~ Changeless

“Really, Channing,” remonstrated Alexia, “did you have to eat the man’s dog? I am convinced you will experience terrible indigestion.”

~ Blameless

“As to your sister, she is quite a peach, is she not? You have been hiding her from me.”
Lady Maccon would not be goaded. “Really, Channing, she is practically”―she paused to do some calculations―“one-twentieth your age. Or worse. Don’t you want some maturity in your life?”
“Good God, no!”
“Well, how about some human decency?”
“Now you’re just being insulting.”
Alexia huffed in amusement.

~ Heartless

“Channing was incredibly easy on the eyes. Lanky but muscled, with crystal-clear blue eyes and pale blond hair. He was like some winter god, Jack Frost perhaps.
If only he didn’t also shoot first in the firing squad of premier pompous twats.”

~ Romancing the Werewolf

OUT MAY 13, 2018!

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger is now awabile (print, audio & other editions will follow). Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Add this book on Goodreads.

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) Woman Seated in a Garden

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput, AKA Superior General Bean

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Swedish Academy DRAMA!

Book News:

The Tome Gnome says of Soulless:

“This was my first foray into the world of steampunk, and I’m completely in love. I didn’t think I liked historical-ish books, so I passed over Soulless so many times. Perhaps I don’t like straight up historicals, but I sure do love them with vampires, werewolves, and all sorts of steampunk inventions.”

Quote of the Day:

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


Teacups, Side Characters & Scammers Plus Glorious Links & Behind the Scenes of Competence (Video Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello Gentle Watcher,

here is my latest Facebook Live!

In this Live:

Gail tells a story about teacups and shows off her new acquisitions. Gail is drinking Twinings 1706 strong tea with milk out of her new teacup.

The Questions!

New book?

Gail answers the following questions about How to Marry a Werewolf:

Why write about Channing? The answer to that in this blog post!

Gail didn’t get to answer a question about whether there was explicit sex or not in this book. Answer:

Sex style is about on the level with Soulless.

Gail also never got to a question about writing an American for a change.

It was challenging! She had to have a couple editors help her to make certain Faith sounded American. (Although at the time Boston high society tried to be as British as possible, so Faith probably wouldn’t have sounded all that different.)

Specific Characters?

Why LBGTQ Characters: Gail answers in the video but here’s further reading:

Floote: How did his character develop? Did Gail know what would happen with him from the start?

Aggie: Timeline, how does she fit in with Lefoux, more about her as a person?

Dimity: Where did she come from?

 

Pillover & Felix: Will they reappear?

Lord Maccon: Where did he come from?

Sophronia & Soap: More?

Business of Writing?

Focusing on Indie: What does the future of publishing look like to Gail?

Difference between writing adult and YA for traditional publishers and why Gail chooses one over another.

Print editions and scammers and why it’s such a hassle.

Some advice for aspiring authors. More resources with tips here.

THREE NOVELLA LINES

Blog post explaining why Gail chose 3 separate novella lines to come, meanwhile here they are:

  • Delightfully Deadly: Stand alone romances set in Gail’s Parasolverse full of manners, spies, and supernatural creatures taking tea. This series follows the exploits of the highly trained and dangerous graduates of Mademoiselle Geraldine’s.
  • Supernatural Society: Queer romances and super niche fan service stories. Contains a great deal of shockingly forward flirtation between members of the same sex, between supernaturals of different species, and even between high society and the lower orders (gasp).
  • Claw & Courtship: Stand alone romances set in Gail’s Parasolverse full of werewolves in cravats and the women who love them (both the werewolves and their cravats). The London Pack finds love at last.

Other Stuff in the Video

Has Gail any plans for other non Parasolverse universes and stories?

The great Resources (sorry, not references) Page, and specifically Gail’s recommended books for readers. Gail calls out the following romance authors in this vide:

The fateful movie question.

Trouble getting the Chirrup? Drop Gail a Calling Card and Kelly will try to help figure out what is going on.

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Does Gail like Outlander?

Final Notes

Gail’s YouTube channel.

WorldCon’s LBGTQ Initiative.

What is Gail reading RIGHT NOW?

Loving Jay

I just find this story very comforting. I keep rereading it because it makes me so happy. It’s set in Perth and it’s basically a coming out story. It’s a train-set meet cute. Jay is delicious, flamboyant, and dramatic (if you like Lord Akeldama you’ll love Jay) and Liam is such a sweetheart. A big warm hug of a book.

OUT MAY 13, 2018!

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger is now awabile (print, audio & other editions will follow). Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Add this book on Goodreads.

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1908 Old Pics Archive @oldpicsarchive Inspiration for Rue, Prim & new character in Reticence

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Nothing is funnier than a cat yawn

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

 

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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


Why write this story now? The Origins of How to Marry a Werewolf (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, darling Gentle Reader, you might be wondering:

Why did I write Channing’s novella now?

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Ever wonder about Channing’s backstory?

Well I always have. This novella will reveal all, plus introduce you to some lovable new characters. And you’ll get your Biffy & Lyall fix too.

I guess that was what I was craving, so that’s what I wrote.

Channing first appears in Changeless and despite his attitude problem (or possibly because of it) he has had his fair share of reader love over the years.

He redeems himself slightly by the end of the Parasol Protectorate, and even more so during his brief appearances in Romancing the Inventor.

Romancing the Werewolf drops a big hint as to the cause of some of his bitterness.

I have always felt his issues stem from the fact that he’s lonely. Although, he is trouble, never doubt.

So I asked myself this question:

Who can handle a sarcastic werewolf with trust issues and antisocial behavior?

That, my darlings, takes an American.

I do hope you enjoy seeing Channing get not only a women to love, but the woman he so richly deserves.

Yours forever,
Miss Gail

OUT MAY 13, 2018!

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger is now awabile (print, audio & other editions will follow). Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Add this book on Goodreads.

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) Hollyhocks

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Queen of All the Books

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Victorian Cards That Explained How to Use a Book to Flirt

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Then Things Never to Say to a Writer

Book News:

After Dark Book Lovers says of Soulless:

“The Bottom Line: I loved it. Quirky fun with a great cast of unique characters, I’m very happy to find my latest series binge. If you love historicals, I think you’ll enjoy this, even if you’ve never read steampunk in your life. I know I did and I want more.”

Quote of the Day:

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


How to Marry A Werewolf Chapter Titles! 10 Easy Steps (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My dearest Gentle Reader,

The full title of my forthcoming novella is…

How to Marry a Werewolf

(In 10 Easy Steps)

A Claw & Courtship Novella

Frankly it’s a bit much to get that meta data uploaded into Amazon and places like that. So the (In 10 Easy Steps) part will only appear  in the print edition fly page and internal layout of the ebooks.

However, I was rather chuffed with myself because the chapters are laid out as “steps” and not chapters, in line with the “10 Easy Steps.”

Because I am a trixie trixie authorbeast. Wanna see?

  • Step 1: Make Yourself Readily Available
  • Step 2: Situate Yourself in an Advantageous Location
  • Step 3: If You Must Be Bait, Be Very Stylish Bait
  • Step 4: Take Every Opportunity To Dance
  • Step 5: Become the Social Butterfly He Wants to Catch
  • Step 6: Take Your Werewolf into The Garden for an Airing, They Must Be Exercised Regularly
  • Step 7: Remember: Either You Are At Dinner or You Are Dinner
  • Step 8: Never, Under Any Circumstances, Make a Public Scene
  • Step 9: Small Tokens of Your Affection Are Always Welcome
  • Step 10: Get Him to the Altar

I do love being clever with my chapter titles. I feel like I am one of nature’s last chapter-wielding authorbeasts.

Meanwhile we are #1 New Release in Steampunk Fiction! Thanks for preordering my darlings!

OUT MAY 13, 2018!

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger is now awabile (print, audio & other editions will follow). Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Add this book on Goodreads.

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) Garden in June

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How the New England Vampire Panics Worked

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The 8 Best Writing Retreats That Won’t Break the Bank

Book News:

Petting Zoo Rejects says of Soulless:

“I’ve never laughed so hard at such an honest (and, because it’s me, nice) portrayal of an antagonistic relationship making that dangerously precipitous voyage from loathing to love.”

Quote of the Day:

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


Cover Art Reveal: How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling Gentle Reader!

I’ve new cover art for you to see today. I known, I know, it seems like there have been a lot of covers on the blog recently.

But I have a lot of books coming out this year, so there’s a lot to reveal.

As always the Chirrup got to see this first, but here it is for the wide world to consume:

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I love this cover. It’s a bit of a change for me, except that as the first in a new series, it’s pink. All the first books in my traditionally published series tend to be pink or have pink elements…

When I talked to Starla about How to Marry a Werewolf I told her I wanted sunset colors, but I also want the cover to hearken to older Georgette Heyer style regency romances.

Since one of my tags for this book is, Georgette Heyer goes to the wolves.

There have been some fun covers playing with the puddle or mirror look. I took that and since this book involves a trek across the Atlantic for our heroine, Faith, I wanted a dirigible porthole.

I do hope you like this new style of cover, and even more so, Channing’s story within! Look at the wallpaper background? Do you see the wolf? Squee!

 

In accordance with my usual OCD nature everything is GOING PINK for the next few months – my Instagram, Retro Rack, & my outfits. You know how it goes… I like to theme my universe to my latest book cover.

Fun times.

Do you want to read the blurb? Find out what Channing is up against?

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

WEREWOLVES

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. 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.

AMERICANS

Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series comes a stand alone romance set in the same universe. Look out for appearances from favorite characters and the serious consequences of unwarranted geology.

A Note On Chronology

The Claw & Courtship novellas can be read in any order. This book can be enjoyed without having read any of Gail’s other works.

Set in the spring of 1895 this story occurs after events chronicled in Romancing the Werewolf and contemporaneous with those of Competence. Channing is first introduced to readers in the second Parasol Protectorate book, Changeless. He also appears briefly in the Supernatural Society novellas.

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LATEST RELEASE

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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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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A Great Deal Of Waffle About Werewolves in History (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I’ve been nose deep into werewolves lately, Gentle Reader.

Yes, pun intended.

First there was releasing The Sumage Solution, then there was writing How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) and now there’s the arrival of Romancing the Werewolf.

In the process of all of this writing about werewolves, I came across some interesting articles, ballads, poems, and songs concerning historical Britain’s relationship to the wolf.

I thought you too might find them intriguing.

“Cambria’s proud Kings (tho’ with reluctance) paid
Their tributary wolves; head after head,
In full account, till the woods yield no more,
And all the rav’nous race extinct is a lost.”

~ Somerville’s Chase from James Harking’s British Animals Extinct Within Historic Times published in 1880.

“Thrice race famous Saxon king, on whom Time ne’er shall prey.
O Edgar! who compell’dst our Ludwall hence to pay
Three hundred Wolves a year for tribute unto thee;
And for that tribute paid, as famous may’st thou be,
O conquer’d British king, by whom was first destroy’d
The multitude of Wolves that long this land annoy’d.”

~ Drayton’s Polyolbion (Song ix) from James Harking’s British Animals Extinct Within Historic Times published in 1880.

“I see the ridge of hinds, the steep of the sloping glen
The wood of cuckoos at its foot,
The blue height of a thousand pines,
Of wolves, and roes, and elks.”

~ Translated from the Gaelic, The Aged Bard’s Wish from James Harking’s British Animals Extinct Within Historic Times published in 1880.

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{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for October is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1905 The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

We all knew Biffy would start designing clothing eventually.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Victorian Art of Photography

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

“They have committed one of two misdemeanors (or both). First, they have demonstrated that they have no respect for my time—and no concept of the value of what they’re asking me for. … The real ask in these cases is ‘Can I have your reputation?’ In other words, ‘Will you give me, for free, the single most valuable commodity you own, that you’ve worked your entire life to acquire?’”

~ Steven Pressfield on “clueless asks” (I get these all the time too)

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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

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


2 New Parasolverse Novellas: Romancing the Werewolf & How to Marry a Werewolf

Posted by Gail Carriger

Those of you, Gentle Readers, who pay very close attention to my blog post footers have noticed a change since I returned from my latest writing retreat.

I thought, perhaps, you’d like additional insight on my upcoming Parasolverse indie projects…

From ace-artemis-fanartist

What the footer says about Romancing The Werewolf:

What’s up with this one?

November release barring outright catastrophe. I have the photo for the cover already. Have my eye on a narrator, not sure if he’ll be willing.

Want to know more about the story?

Romancing the Werewolf tells the long awaited reunion of Biffy & Lyall and features Greenwich, wassail, and a very strange series of seasonal offerings.

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What the footer says about How to Marry a Werewolf:

What’s up with this one?

This story will be set chronologically after Competence, so I will probably release it after that book, sometime in 2018. (Although the two are not tied together.) For this novella I turned my hand to a classic regency (style) romance meets The Buccaneers.

Want to know more about the story?

Sneak peek opening lines…

When a young American lady of good standing is indiscreet, kind parents retire her quietly to the country with a maiden aunt and a modest stipend. Faith’s parents decided to marry her off to a werewolf.

OUT THIS MONTH!

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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1898-1899 Collection Galleria del Costume di Palazzo via OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Get a Load of These Unexpected Uses for Teabags

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

~ Harper Lee

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


What’s Inside the New Gail Carriger Novellas? (Behind the magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I ran a bit of an AMA on the novellas a little while ago, here are answers to your questions, Gentle Reader! And if they spark more questions, please, ask away.

Are these novellas more on the young adult or the adult side of the spectrum?

Adult. Specifically romance. I love reading romance and I wanted to challenge myself to write it, because that scares me. And I respond to fear with efficiency.

 

Are there going to be any characters we recognize besides Preshea (first novella) and Madame Lefoux (second novella)?

Oh yes. All over. In Poison or Protect a certain person who always shows up, has shown up. (Are we surprised? No.) And I had an unexpected visit from an old favorite in the second novella as well. I think you’ll be very pleased to see her.

When are the first novellas set?

Poison or Protect is 1867, basically half way between Finishing School and Parasol Protectorate. The second novella, however, will be set after the Parasol Protectorate, and the one after that will likely fill a gap between Imprudence and the third Custard Protocol book (although not involving any of those characters). In truth? It’s pretty much where I think things work for the story and the greater character arcs and life-cycle of my whole parasolverse.

Les Modes Parisiennes Monday, April 1, 1867 v. 46, plate 36

Why did you choose Preshea for your first indie, rather than a more “fan-favorite” character?

Many reasons. The most important being that, hers was the first story that really sang in my head. And my main purpose in going hybrid is the opportunity to write whatever moves me, when it moves me.

The questions then is, why push Preshea out to production first?

Partly because she isn’t a fan favorite. I can take more risks with Preshea ~ with her story, with the genres it straddles, with everything. Also, I can make mistakes on the other side of production, formatting, uploading, distribution, and so forth with fewer angry emails (I hope). Can you imagine if I wrote about Biffy and Lyall, and then it didn’t download properly to all Amazon.uk customers? Or I couldn’t figure out how to get it into print production fast enough? Or…

So much anger.

And I would have no familiarity at all with what could be done to solve any given problem. Just typing about it gives me that stress stretched feeling between my eyes.

I’ve always been risk averse by nature, and hybrid is a very risky proposition, so I figured I should learn to swim before I jump in the deep end. Of course, I’m a pretty good swimmer, but you know what they say: it is always the best swimmers who drown.

Now I’m losing the analogy.

Anyway, those are my honest reasons: inspiration, caution, and, frankly, fear. Nothing ruins my day faster than an email from someone who wants to read my book and can’t get it. As things stand now there is usually nothing I can do about it. But as my own publisher? I need to make sure I know what I’m doing before I push a fan favorite out into the world.

 

Are you planning a whole series of novellas related to the characters we already know (and adore)?

Yes. You can find little teasers of information here on my website: Delightfully Deadly, Supernatural Society, and Claw & Courtship. Right now it looks like the first is a Delightfully Deadly Novella, the second two will be Supernatural Society, and next year will see the first Claw & Courtship.

Would you accept suggestions for the protagonists of future novellas?

No. As I said above, my main reason for going hybrid is the opportunity to write about the character I find inspiring. That said, I did run a poll at the beginning of last year and I am taking some cues from there. Trust me, I go out and talk to my readers so often I have a pretty good idea who you’re interested in seeing more of. However, that may not be what I want to write first. Don’t worry, I think you’ll like the results either way.

 

Was the cover influenced by your recent cover poll?

Sort of. That poll was mainly for my own interest and to see what kinds of options I have. Sadly what people like, or say they like, is not necessarily what will sell a book. And I do need these novellas to earn enough money to at least cover their costs or I really can’t afford to produce them. (That said, I was pleased to see Waistcoats and Weaponry do so well in the poll because of its influence on the design of Poison or Protect. Which I think you can kind of see.)

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}

OUT NEXT

Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella

 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

 

Magasin des Demoiselles Tuesday, May 1, 1866 v. 45, plate 78

 

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Tea Gowns

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

What an Author Reading is and Why You Should Go to One

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Quote of the Day:

“Bread deals with living things, with giving life, with growth, with the seed, the grain that nurtures.  It is not coincidence that we say bread is the staff of life.”
~ Lionel Poilane

 

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