Tagged COMPETENCE

Pride Month: Illustrating Queer Characters Primrose & Tasherit by Ace Artemis (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

For Pride Month I’ve been featuring Ace Artemis fan artist here in the blog. Ace has been drawing my my queer characters for a while now. I hope you enjoy seeing them illustrated as much as I do.

Follow Ace Artemis on Twitter & Tumblr

My last installment features Primrose & Tasherit. Of course I had to feature them, as they take center stage in the next Custard Protocol book. I’m really hoping Ace will give me a “Primrose in Tassels” or “Tash in a Tail” after reading Competence.

Finger’s crossed.

(And yes, you have to read the book to learn what I mean.)

Primrose & Tasherit

Ace Artemis Fan Artist Merlion from Competence

I love this last one in particular, it’s so much fun to see Tash in different kinds of historical dress.

Can’t wait to see what you draw after Competence, Ace Artemis.

It is such an honor to have you drawing my words.

Miss Gail

P.S. Find More Parasolverse Fan Art on Gail’s Pinterest & Wikia.

Meanwhile, Goodreads did a round-up titled “Catch Up Now: These Big Series All Have Books Coming Out in July.” COMPETENCE was one of their picks!

OUT NOW!

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

Direct from Gail (Optional Signed Edition) 

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

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Pavlova in Phoenix

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

‘Free Parasol’ Drone Keeps You Shaded and Hands-Free

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Sky’s Scribblings says of Crudrat:

“I absolutely adored Maura – no matter how others thought of her and treated her or tried to fit her into a mold, she was always just herself and totally at ease with who she was.”

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Tea Dueling, Books That Make Me Cry & The Next Novella (Gail Carriger Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my darling Gentle Reader, here’s my latest video Q&A for your amusement!

Links to Fun Stuff Mentioned in the Video

Competence UK & Competence USA

Why are there 2 different covers?

(Gail also addresses whether Reticence will also have 2 covers.)

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

Chirrup!

Full list of all Gail’s books.

Want my stuff signed: Borderlands Books is waiting!

Next San Andreas Shifter Book, hints are given!

Main Gail Carriger Fan Group on Facebook

Parasolverse Spoiler Squees! group on Facebook 

Devon Cream Tea: Scone and then cream or jam?

FAQs Answered in the Video

Will Gail be near me? See the rest of Gail’s 2018 Events!

(Also the Dublin WorldCon 2019)

Where are the rest of the manga?

What kind of things Gail looks for in a book she’s reading.

Book club discussion on Goodreads

Books reviewed by Gail on Goodreads

Books reviewed by Gail on BookBub 

 

More FAQ 

More Resources

Craft & Writing & Specific Questions in this Video

How long does it take Gail to write a book and how many revisions for each book? More on the craft or writing under this tag.

Writing Quickly & Keeping the Passion for Writing. Has Gail’s pace changed over time?

Balance and that time Gail nearly burned out: Analytical Versus Creative or Why Gail’s Life Went Bang 

Amazon recommends books like Gail’s. How do they decide? Does Gail have control? More on this subject in this blog post on Also-Boughts:

Character Questions Answered

Who will the next novella feature?

Will there be more North Americans?

Why she steers clear of Alessandro.

Will we see more of the Wicker Chicken?

Other Stuff

Why Gail loves her fans so very much and how important the fan group is to her psyche as a writer.

WisCon in Madison

Teapot Racing

Tea Dueling!

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard 

End of the pink lipstick quest.

Retro Rack Group

Gail on Pinterst!

Book Gail just finished and really loved? Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane (Goodreads review here) Minor Trigger warning for off screen rape.

Books that made Gail sob cry, in a good way. And what she’s writing that made readers cry.

And that’s it for this one! I do hope you enjoy it!

Yours etc!

Miss Gail

OUT NOW!

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

Direct from Gail (Optional Signed Edition) 

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

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1911-1914 Longchamp, France via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Phoenix Comic Fest: The View From the Center Hallway

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

20 Minute Delay Hotel Hack, using an ironing board as additional counter space

I’m talking convention tips and travel hacks over on Beyond the Trope.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How to Cheat the Kindle Store (and Get Away With it!)

Book News:

LeFoux on this list! Bookish BAE: Literary Loves, Dream Dates, and Space Partners

Quote of the Day:

 

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


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.

  • Not into newsletters? Get only new releases by following Gail on Amazon or BookBub!

 

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!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct from Gail

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!


All About Parasols, What Do Prim/Rue/Alexia’s Actually look like? (Parasol Protectorate & Custard Protocol Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Today, my darling Gentle Reader, I want to talk to you about my great love and passion, the humble parasol!

Alexia carries several Parasols through the course of the Parasol Protectorate and passes on various others to her daughter, and her daughter’s best friend, Primrose.

When conceiving the original parasol I went off of this kind of style:

1895 via @AngelaKCouch Twitter Parasol, design c.1895-1900

Here it is as I had it sketched some ten years ago (with steampunk gadget action).

And my sketch of Alexia carrying it looked like this:

Here’s an 1875 fashion plate, playing with a similar style.

If you are look for something online for an Alexia cosplay, I feel like this one most closely resembles this original parasol (which she eventually loses) is here for $24.

 

Through the course of the Parasol Protectorate series I realized that I needed to give here something bigger and more exciting. I ran across this style of parasol from the 1890s…

I love the shape, I’m a bit mad for anything approaching sphere shaped. So here is the sketch for Alexia’s second parasol.

The parasol is such an ubiquitous accessory up through the 1920s. One of the rabbit holes my obsession with the parasol has taken me on is how it was carried. There is, of course, the parasol pocket on 1870s dresses. There are a few examples of this but it isn’t particularly common.

It seems to me that’s it’s more likely to have rigged up some kind of belt and chatelaine holder. But then one would expect more parasols to have hooks in them, which we don’t.

1872 Godeys Oct 1872 Parasol belt & holder

I myself have quite the collection of parasols, you can check them all out over on Retro Rack.

My favorite is a vintage Edwardian tilt parasol.

I use this so much for steampunk events that I created a holster for it out of a pair of cargo shorts.

Speaking of parasols, I’ll be offering up this beauty:

cream lace with royal blue ribbon hand threaded throughout

In a giveaway to my Chirrup members. Sign up here. Opportunity to enter happens when that issue goes out. 

I once received a concerned correspondence froms a member of the Victorian Society and had just attended, of all marvelous things, a parasol covering workshop. I learned some interesting things:

    • early parasol ribs were made of bone, like corsets
    • parasols were particularly popular after the 1860’s as hats began to decrease in size but the pale complexion was still de rigueur
    • handles started out short (under 28″) and grew longer as decades passed, longest during the Edwardian era when the parasol could rest on the floor and handle came up to the lady’s waistline (some parasols had handles that collapsed down for easy storage)
    • early Victorian fashion plates show parasols the size of handkerchiefs, with a 1-to-1 handled-shade ratio, diameters increased over time as well
    • the truly fashionable lady carried a different parasol for each outfit
    • a parasol was one of the most popular gifts for a lover to give his sweetheart, and was often part of the groom’s gift to has new bride
    • they were made from lace, cotton, or silk
    • could be trimmed in anything from silk tassels, to cotton lace, to crystal beads
    • Parasol Language: Carrying it elevated in the left had – desiring acquaintance. Carrying it elevated in the right had – you are too forward.

1905 Fringed Parasol, ca. 1805 via LACMA

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Coop de Book for April is Robin McKinley’s Beauty. (Discussion here.)

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

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Tiny New York Town With Not One, But 5 Indie Bookstores

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Difference Between a Revision, a Rewrite, and a Redraft

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“A parasol boasts more virtues than the eminently practical one of shading the eyes from the impertinent rays of the sun. It gives an air of smartness to the summer girl.”

~ Parasol quote from a 1909 newspaper

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


Going Deep on Books Sizes: Trade Paperback, Hardcover, B-format! Why do Competence & Reticence Have 2 Covers? (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Competence and Reticence each have two difference overs, Gentle Reader. TWO! 2! TOOOOOOOOoooooooooo.

Competence Covers

Left is the UK trade paperback edition, right is the USA hardcover edition

Print Editions?

You can call or visit your favorite local bookstore! Ask them to “Order it from Ingram.

Borderlands offers signed editions of the USA Hardcover. They will ship worldwide. Use the SIGNED button under the book’s image on my website: Competence & Reticence

Why 2 covers for Competence & Reticence?

Because I am publishing the final Custard Protocol books to the UK and other non-North American territories myself.

I know, I’m scared too.

If you’re overseas and were able to get any of my novellas, then you should be able to get these books.

I promise I will do my absolute best for you. I could not be working harder to make sure these books get to as many of you as possible!

How will it work?

Did you get the print edition of Prudence and Imprudence in hardcover?

This is the hard cover size!

If you got the first 2 in hardcover, then you have been getting the USA edition of this book. You will continue to do so.

NO CHANGE FOR YOU.

Your cover will look like this:

Do you live outside the USA and get the B-format trade size book at release date?

These books are the SAME SIZE as my novellas! Is that what you have been getting?

Then you’ll be getting the UK cover in the same format and size and it will look like this:

Everything should hopefully match up as much as possible to the two you already own. Yes, including the spine design and everything. Do not doubt the magic that is Starla (my cover art designer).

You should notice almost no differences. Do not worry about it matching to the other books in the series.

It will match.

I don’t leave the house without my hat, purse, gloves, and shoes matching. Like I would less diligent about my books!

Are you outside the USA/Canada and able to get the novellas?

Then you’ll be able to get this book.

Once more with feeling!

The three standard sizes my books come in: UK B-Fromat, USA trade paperback, USA hardcover.

Here’s the bit in the Live from February where I explain the different book sizes:

I explain a lot on the different cover sizes. I go into a bit of a show and tell using Imprudence as a model (backwards because I’m using my phone’s flip camera) but you get the idea. At Time Stamp 39:00.

But Miss Gail, I like them both & want to own both!

You’re a darling and I love you!

Generally speaking (aside from second party sellers and illicit means) USA readers shouldn’t be able to get the UK edition, and visa versa. (Gail cocks an eyebrow at you thoughtfully.)

But you know, interesting things happen to the Chirrup members… just saying.

How about beneath the cover?

The text of the book itself is NO DIFFERENT between the two editions.

With one exception, as has always been the case:

The USA books use the word “ladybug” and the UK book use the word “ladybird.”

See this blog post on the subject of anglicization.

Now it’s your turn! VOTE!

Which Competence cover do you prefer?

Who care about covers, where’s the audiobook?

  • This split in distribution drastically impacts the audiobook.
  • In the USA it should release as normal.
  • In the UK and beyond it isn’t available.
    • I am trying to negotiate a deal to have Moira’s narration of this book distributed to you. It’s NOT going well. Write to my publisher and ask them for it. No really, try. Hachette Audio. The stonewalling is their end.
    • To do this myself I would have to rerecord with a different reader. Then you’ll complain that it’s a different reader.
    • It costs thousands of dollars to make an audiobook, and I don’t have the funds right now.
    • Finally, the distribution mechanism isn’t in place. Audible doesn’t offer the option of ONLY distributing overseas, yet I’m contractually obliged to do that.
    • In other words: Right now, convincing my US audio publisher to strike an overseas distribution deal is your best option.

Your Salvation?

Borderlands assures me they can mail out the CD.
It would be $30 + shipping.
If this solution works for you, please email them requesting it via the SIGNED button on Competence’s page, make sure to specify “AUDIOBOOK CD”.

Other audiobook issues? Here’s your blog post. Many of the same reasons apply.

I’ll let the Chirrup know if anything changes from normal.

Hugs!

Miss Gail

As always, you don’t have to take my word for it…

Well, actually you do, but here are related articles anyway:

Did you miss the cover art announcements?

New stuff goes to my Chirrup members first, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.

Coop de Book for March is Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina. (Discussion here.)

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910c Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Garden Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Goodreads Can Tell You When Ebooks Go on Sale

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Customers Won’t Pay as Much for Digital Goods

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

What is Paper?
A substance made by Europeans of linen rages: by the Chinese of silk. The discoverer is unknown; but it was introduced into Europe towards the close of the tenth century.
How is paper made?
The rags are first sorted, then carried to the mill, and put into an engine placed in a large trough filled with water: this engine has long spikes of iron fixed in it; and, by moving round with great swiftness, soon tears the rags every way, and reduces them to a pulp; moulds are then used, the size of a sheet of paper, which are dipped into his pulp, and shaken till the paper becomes of hte thickness and consistence the makers wish it to be.
Several of these sheets when taken from the moulds are laid one upon another, with a piece of felt placed between each; and after being twice pressed are hung up to dry.
When dry, the paper is taken off the lines, and rubbed smooth with the hand; it is then sized.
The size is made of clean parchment and vellum shavings: the size is trained through fin cloth, which is strewed with powdered white vitriol and alum; the paper is dipped in this, and, after being pressed a third time, it is separated sheet by sheet to dry, and then made up into quires and reams.

~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

You know that scene in Mansfield Park where Fanny’s poor mother says, “Fanny, all that paper!” Now we see why, it was a laborious process and an expensive product!

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


Some Silly 1890s Hats For Ivy & Primrose (Custard Protocol Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Just some fun hats for you today, Fashionable Reader. I’m thinking of Ivy, or Primrose, or what Ivy might buy for Primrose.

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

If you haven’t found it already this kind of thing shows up on the Retro Rack Group quite a bit, and there you can also share your own.

Feathers!

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

Dead Bird!

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Not Engaged, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Flowers!

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

This last one I think is particularly Ivy!

 

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

Related Yummy Links

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Coop de Book for March is Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina. (Discussion here.)

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

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) In the Garden, Giverny

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Child Gail & Grown Up Gail #cosplayersaskids

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

An Introduction to Black Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“There is no I in team but there is tea. Just thought I’d point that out.”

~ Gail on Twitter

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


Giggles: Cover Art, Book Sizes, & Secret Collaborations, Oh My! (Video Q&A)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I did another Facebook Live video and it was gobs of fun!

Thanks so much to the four dozen or so loyal fans who showed up, tuned in, and asked fantastic questions. Hooray for you, my Gentle Watcher!

In this video you will learn…

  • That the Competence cover causes me serious wardrobe issues.
  • Some secrets about Channing’s novella and his love interest.
  • Why I don’t want to write Parasolverse books set after 1900. And what periods I’d like to write in.
  • What I’m writing next.
  • My favorite Jane Austen book.
  • How much I have to do with my translations.
  • If I can sing.

Plus!

  • I go all in for a show and tell of the different book sizes! Good stuff!
    • Time Stamp: 39:00
  • I get VERY cagey about a secret project collaboration! Oh but it is so exciting.
  • My weird reason for liking mass market paperback.

HERE IT IS!

Notes, Links & Associated Goodies!

Microphone Tribble

 

How I celebrated after the live!

Did you miss the Live? Do you more gossip & behind the scenes info? New stuff goes to my Chirrup members first, because I love them bestest: sign up here.

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for Feb 2017 is Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

LATEST RELEASE

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

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

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910 parasol via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The 7 Differences Between Professionals and Amateurs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

The Lesbian Review says of Romancing the Inventor:

“Genevieve Lefoux is one of my favorite characters of all time, and I loved watching her navigate obliviously toward happiness. The sexual tension is delicious, and the payoff is sweet and wonderful, while not being terribly graphic. Fans of Carriger’s work will love this dive into a secondary character’s life, while first-time readers may very well find themselves picking up Carriger’s novels.”

Quote of the Day:

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


Competence Cover Art & Blurb

Posted by Gail Carriger

Those who get the Chirrup have already gotten to see this, but for those who have not joined (silly Gentle Reader, why wouldn’t you?) here is the cover art that was recently announced:

Preorder Competence in the USA in digital or hardcover from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Your favorite local independent bookstore!

Yes, Borderlands will have signed editions.
Call 888.893.4008 or email [email protected]

RELEASE DATE JULY 17, 2018!

The Blurb

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:

  • Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
  • Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
  • And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?

Are you a British or Aussie reader?

Do you get the first editions of the Custard Protocol books in paperback?

Well the UK (AUS & associated territories) will be getting a different cover.

It will be awesome and special and just as fab as this one, only different. You’ll see it first if you are a Chirrup member, but you’ll have to be patient while I get those pesky ducks in a row. (Or do I mean pigeons, or is it wicker chickens now?)

Then you can argue about which one is prettier. Politely, of course, and with enthusiastically waved biscuits.

Why?

For… reasons. The sames reasons that mean you can’t preorder this book in the UK… yet.

Join the Chirrup to stay abreast of the situation!

About The Cover

It’s very GREEN isn’t it? Did you notice that the parasol is primrose colored? Yes, I did get to help choose the model. It took me a bit to get the color profile but now I really like it. I find it striking and unusual.

But MISS GAIL!
(UK Makes Collective Pouty Face)

Calm down.

Hilariously, after the cover announcement went live, someone freaked out on Twitter with the following:

But we’re getting a different cover for the UK, and that scares me, because THIS ONE matches with the first two – I don’t want two books with one cover style, and two with something totally different! 😱

To which my response was:
Are you *gasp* DOUBTING me and my aesthetic choices? 
Not to say my care and attention to things matching!
I assure you I’ve never even left the house without my shoes matching my purse. I’m not a heretic!

Those who get the Chirrup have already gotten to see this, but for those who have not joined (silly Gentle Reader, why wouldn’t you?) here is the cover art that was recently announced:

Silly Twitter.

The only real danger is that now you might want to buy both print versions. Because both covers are so good.

Which, I assure you, was not my evil plan. Although it’s a good one.

Heh, heh.

Yours in snark forever,

Miss Gail

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for Feb 2018 is Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

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Announcing the Next Custard Protocol Books!

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I’m delighted to announce that I have sold the third and fourth Custard Protocol books to Orbit. The third book has a working title of Competence and I will be writing it for most of this year, 2017.

Orbit intends to publish it in Summer 2018. So you have some time to get all caught up on the Custard Protocol series.

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What will it be about?

Since I haven’t yet written it, I don’t have a description or anything for you just yet. Mostly I’m trying to get ahead of the rumor mill with this announcement. However, rest assured that Rue and her crazy crew are up to good, but in the worst possible way. This book will be told from Primrose’s perspective and will follow events shortly after those chronicled in Imprudence. 

In line with that, I’ll be releasing Romancing the Werewolf in winter of THIS YEAR (2017). This story takes place during a cold London Christmas season, December 1895, directly after events in Imprudence (but not featuring those characters). It finally ties up one very popular thread I left dangling in Timeless. Hopefully, it will tide you all over while you’re waiting for Competence.

I’m hoping this announcement makes you all happy. I look forward to telling you all about how life is changing aboard the Spotted Custard, new creatures, new friendships, new adventures, new silliness, and old heartbreak.

Feel free to ask questions if you dare. I may not be able to answer them right away but I always like to know what you’re curious about as it can dictate future blog posts.

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NYT bestseller Gail Carriger’s Books 3 & 4 in the Custard Protocol Series, chronicling the continuing adventures of a woman’s crack-pot dirigible team, following them as they explore the crumbling supernatural remnants of the British Empire, to Lindsey Hall at Orbit, in a good deal, for publication in 2018, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

{Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford.}

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Gail Carriger Talks About The Food In Singapore

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Meanwhile – in the USA we just gorged ourselves on turquay, Gentle Reader. So here’s my post all about food in Singapore! Yes yes yes (and one great big NO).

Singapore Food: The Bad

I’m an incredibly experimental eater. You can take a look at some of the wide ranging Things I Have Stuck in My Mouth on my Ate It Weird Pinterest board. If I can, I’ve likely tried it: ostrich, alligator, crocodile, frog, snail (both types), Morton Bay bug, guinea pigs, alpaca, haggis, horse, head cheese, sweetbreads and other offal, homemade chicha beer (yes, THAT), any fruit I can get my hands on (generally I know the Spanish word for it), and so much more.

My general philosophy is I will try anything 3 times (on the theory that the first two times it might have been ill prepared). Until Singapore I had only 2 exceptions to this rule:

  1. Raw sea urchin (or uni) and yes I am willing to try it cooked.
  2. Andouillette sausage, the traditional pig colon kind. Yes it tastes EXACTLY how you would expect.

And now:

3. Durian

Durian Ice Kacang = Disgusting

I am terribly sad to say I have added durian to the list of NEVER AGAIN. Look, yes it tastes a bit like custard apple (cherimoya) meets passion fruit (maracuya) and I LOVE both those fruits, but frankly, mostly, it tastes like baby poop mixed with gasoline. And I can’t imagine any circumstances where that will change.

No, not even Durian Baked Alaska

The worst part?

It repeats on you. Or it did me. It’s been weeks and I am still terrified to burp. A durian burp is like that scene from Thelma & Louise where they explode the gas station. With added vomit.

Singapore Food: The Good

Now that I have totally grossed you out, I’m going to wax poetical about all the actually amazingly yummy  food in Singapore.

First of all, there are fresh fruit juice stands everywhere and I learned real quick not to ever pass one up. Sometimes they frap it with ice, sometimes they whip it so there’s a fruit foam at the top, and sometimes it’s more like a single-fruit smoothie. Not matter what, yum!

Hotdog Juices

Okay, maybe not hotdog juice.

Secondly, lets talk kaya (coconut jam of deliciousness). I liked the green kind with pandan best. Why is this not a thing EVERYWHERE? Why? Watch Gail wail into the deep. I want to buy kaya at my local supermarket. And while we are at it, can we add Apple Banana Butter (as in from the Apple Banana, not a mix of apples and bananas) and Passion Fruit Curd to this list? Look, I’m telling you there is a wide world away from stupid old strawberry out there. (Not that I dislike strawberry jam but COME ON.)

Kaya Pau

Kaya Pau – the steamed sweet bun form of kaya

Finally, can we talk desert?

Oh, were we already? Okay but look, look at all the gelatinous deserts! I love them so.

buffet-deserts

Singapore Food: The Ugly

I was a wiggly delighted Gail the first morning in Singapore because after breakfast I got to proudly bop along and claim I’d stuck 6 things in my mouth and I’d no idea what they were. Still don’t. Came from an unlabeled pickled-things bar. I adore pickled things.

Anyway, the first place we stayed at offered this amazing breakfast buffet with All The Things.

Around the World Breakfast

Around the World in One Breakfast: Top, L-R: Italian marinated tomatoes, Indian upma, Korean pickled items, Scandinavian smoked salmon on American hash brown patty in the Jewish fashion, Chinese red bean paste pau, French cheese and bread, egg white omelet with Thai spices & chili sauce.

What a food looks like doesn’t bother me much. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to try Singapore’s fish head curry. At first I avoided it because it thought it’d be just like a normal Thai red or yellow curry. Turns out it traditionally comes with more tamarind in it than other curries and it has more Indian spices. After learning that, I tried hard to get hold of it, but I’d left it too late. So I have a good reason to return to Singapore.

Singapore Hawker Center Food stand

Singapore Hawker Center Food stand

I also never got to try the chili crab. I tried the local crab at a raw seafood bar, which tasted a bit like a mix of Snow and Dungeness. I’m a crab fan, but the chili crab I found to buy was always too expensive, I suspect I was there off season.

In Singapore Corn & Beans are a desert. So there.

In Singapore Corn & Beans are a desert. So there.

So what was the first hing I ate when I landed to remind me I was home? The first thing I always eat, Pinky, fish tacos nor cal style.

“It is hot — so hot! — but not stifling, and all the rich-flavored, colored fruits of the tropics are here — fruits whose generous juices are drawn from the moist and heated earth, and whose flavors are the imprisoned rays of the fierce sun of the tropics.”

~ The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither by Isabella Brid, 1883

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger. Oh don’t look so shocked.}

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~ Gustave Flaubert

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How to Stock an Victorian Airship Medicine Cabinet ~ Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol Research (Special Extras)

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Primrose is particularly good at her job of ship’s purser (and chief of supplies) aboard the Spotted Custard.

One of Primrose’s jobs consists of stocking the medicine cabinet on board the Spotted Custard. Alexia in the Parasol Protectorate series is rather infamous for insisting that either vinegar or bicarbonate of soda could solve all of life’s ills, however her daughter is a bit more (shall we say) prudent on these matters.

Via the Smithsonian’s Pinterest Board

I’ve listed the items as the Victorians might have. [In brackets is the use or perceived use and/or more modern term.] I hope it goes without saying that this is in no way a suggested medical selection for modern times. However, this is the internet, so I’m saying it.

A Household Medicine Cabinet 1870s ~ 1900

  1. Powdered ipecacuanha [induce vomiting]
  2. Purgative powder [laxative]
  3. Sulphate of quinine [malaria treatment]
  4. Chlorodyne [chloroform and morphine tincture] & laudanum [opiate in alcohol, often sherry]
  5. Carbolic acid [antiseptic]
  6. Castor oil [Ricinus]
  7. Eno’s fruit salts
  8. One bottle each of M’Kesson and Robbin’s compound podophyllin and aloes and myrrh pills [for warts and verrucas, also purgative]
  9. Stick of nitrate of silver [antibacterial, often used in eyes for conjunctivitis, skin infections, ulcers]
  10. Cholera pills
  11. Iodine [used on rashes and wounds]
  12. Tabloids of antipyrin and phenacetin [analgesic and antipyretic]
  13. Aspirin [willow bark extract]
  14. Salicylate of soda [pain relief, for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis]
  15. Boracic acid [disinfectant]
  16. Cough lozenges
  17. Tabloids of grey powder [mercury in calk, mainly purgative and antisyphilitic]
  18. Kay’s essence of linseed [coughs and colds]
  19. Clean undyed squares of cotton, wool, linen
  20. Oiled silk
  21. Roll of adhesive plaster
  22. Bandages [usually linen]
  23. Dressing forceps

Gail’s Sources:

I drew up this list from a combination of sources:

Foote‘s Medical Common Sense and Plain Home Talk (American 1871)

Southgate’s Things A Lady Would Like to Know (English 1876)

Davidson’s Hints to Lady Travellers (English 1889)

Steel & Gardiner’s The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook (1898, revised). Steel also includes recipes for common ailments, unfortunately not gun shot wounds.

Medical Common Sense & Plain Home Talk.

 

via @photosandbacon  Iron Cordial, King of Tonics, 1886 includes a remedy for being female

 

Other Blog Posts on Victorian Health & Medicine

 

via @photosandbacon

Now don’t even get me started on Victorian cosmetics.

Advertisement for Fould’s arsenic complexion wafers by H B Fould in New York, 1901. (Photo by Jay Paull_Getty Images)

{Gail’s monthly read along for July 2016 is Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger.}

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Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second

Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.

Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.

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1895 via @AngelaKCouch Twitter Parasol, design c.1895-1900

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Gail Carriger Fantasy Casts Custard Protocol the Movie (Special Extras)

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Hello, dear Gentle Reader.

Today I am fantasy casting the crew of the Spotted Custard for you!

One of the questions I often get is how I might dream cast my books. It’s a fun mental exercise, although I’m not married to any casting and pretty open to other people’s thoughts. You can check my Pinterest boards for more options.

Or recommend your own!

My only restriction is that the person be able to do a proper British accent, which, frankly leaves most Americans well out of it. I may not be able to do one myself, but I sure can tell when it’s off. And it drives me bonkers. Anyway, here we go…

Dream cast for Prudence

Rue (Prudence Akeldama): Jessica Brown Findlay

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Best known for her tragic role as Lady Sybil in Downton Abby, I chose Jessica Brown Findlay mainly because she can (obviously) do the right upper crust accent for Rue. Also, I think she would have fun with a more upbeat cheerful role.

Rue is often described as round and jolly and while this actress is skinny (aren’t they all?) she has a sweet expressive face which I think could do well for my main character.

Primrose Tunstell: Felicity Jones

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Primrose is Rue’s best friend and main confidant. Rue and Prim look a little alike, in fact they use this in their schemes, often pretending to be the rich and feckless “Hisselpenny sisters.” Occasionally, they will even switch names when visiting those who don’t know them by sight (most do know them by reputation).

Primrose is more reserved and interested in manners and organization than Rue. I’m thinking of Felicity‘s portrayal of the sister in Hysteria (Emily Dalrymple) when casting Primrose.

Frankly, given the skill of both the above actresses, I could also see Felicity play Rue and Jessica play Primrose. Another good alternate for either? Daisy Ridley

Percy Tunstell: Simon Woods

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I know Simon Woods from Cranford and I was thinking of him as the physical model as I wrote Percy. I don’t know if he is a natural redhead but he looks good as one.

I think he could play the part of stuck up bookish weirdly irresistible Percy beautifully. Although, I bet Tom Felton could also do a great job.

Quesnel Lefoux: Freddie Stroma

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Quesnel is French, raised in England, but bilingual and educated in France. I want a really boyish cheerful clownish feel for him, but also an actor able to show strong emotion and sex appeal. Quesnel is at least ten years older than the three other main characters. When I describe him in the books, I was thinking someone like Alex Pettyfer (possibly too pretty?) crossed with young Leonardo DiCaprio. So I basically ended up with Freddie Stroma.

But can he put a tiny hint of French into his accent? That’s the question. If not, one wonders: how good is Vincent Lecoeur’s English? Then again I’ve had a long running affection for Charlie Hunnam (from his Queer as Folk days, naturally) but he’s gotten awfully weather beaten (I blame Sons of Anarchy). Douglas Booth is also lovely.

I guess I am picking lots of Harry Potter actors (or might have-been) because they are all now around the correct age to be the characters in this series. Woe is me.

Tasherit Sekhmet: Indira Varma or Lisa Ray

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Tasherit Sekhmet is drawn, in my head, off a combination of Nefertiti and Claudia Lynx and a magazine ad for shampoo showing an amazing woman in a robe that I clipped years ago.

I don’t see her as particularly puffy lipped and that seems to be something a lot of Middle Eastern and Indian actresses are getting done these days. A bit disappointing actually, I dithered over casting Priyanka Chopra as a result.

Also Tasherit isn’t cute. Someone like Aishwarya Rai, while utterly stunning, is a bit cute. I like Indira Varma because she is intensely regal, and can do a range of accents. Lisa Ray is also a great option, but can she change her Canadian accent for the role?

Miss Sekhmet is a fun one to cast because she doesn’t have to have a British accent. In fact, I’d welcome a bit of something else hinted as she speaks. Also her origins are unknown. Finally, I could see her played by a range of ages or ethnicities, so long as she has the regal beauty, so I’m not married to the Hollywood attitude of no female on screen after about age 30 (sigh).

Based off a post originally written for My Book, The Movie for Soulless.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February 2016 is Terrier by Tamora Pierce.}

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