For those of you who missed the cover art announcement in the most recent Chirrup, here it is!
Since this is Percy’s book it should come as no surprise that Percy is on the cover. However, I have been pretty darn cagey about where they are going, so I hope you’re delighted to find out that it is…
Yes the Spotted Custard is off to the magic of the Paper City.
And you know what that means?
Oh yes, kitsune for all!
Here’s the Cover Copy
Percy is off to Japan, but will Japan survive Percy?
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.
Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and friends are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, the Spotted Custard. Of course, he’d never admit that he belongs among them.
Percy has always been on the outside – dispassionate, aloof, and hatless.
But accidental spies, a trip to Japan, and one smart and beautiful doctor may have him renegotiating his whole philosophy on life. Except hats.
He’s done with hats. Thank you very much.
Reticence is the final book in the Custard Protocol series. It takes place after events in Competence and contemporaneous with those in How to Marry a Werewolf.
The Spotted Custard crew is back for one last rollicking adventure! Watch Miss Gail tie up all those loose threads. Look out for appearances from beloved Parasolverse characters (and some less beloved) and learn everyone’s secrets… the hard way.
Percy, of course, could care less.
Or could he?
What else do I want you to know about this book, Gentle Reader?
Can a gentle giant with a trampled heart show a man who’s been running all his life that sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?
A werewolf walks into a bar.
Tank is working as a bouncer when he notices something odd about the new sexy-as-sin bartender. He’s odorless, he’s amazingly popular with shifters, and he’s terrified.
A man without a smell.
Isaac is trying to escape his past. He hides in San Francisco because everyone knows that there are no werewolves in the Bay Area.
Until one walks into his bar.
Can Tank figure out Isaac’s secrets in time to save him? And can Isaac forgive Tank for being a wolf in time to learn how to love?
New York Times best selling author Gail Carriger (writing as G.L. Carriger) brings you the next in her charming gay werewolves series.
The San Andreas Shifter books stand alone and do not have to be read in any particular order. But if you’re a stickler this book is preceded by Bryan & Max’s story, The Sumage Solution.
This book contains M/M sexy times, mild themes of dominance and submission, and horrible puns. If you get offended easily, then you probably will. San Andreas Shifter stories contain bad language, dirty deeds, and outright admiration for the San Francisco Bay Area. Not the faint of heart/mouth/tongue.
Miss Gail I Have QUESTIONS
Can I read this one without having read The Sumage Solution?
Yes. It’s listed as number 2 but this is a shared world, not a shared story arc. Although it does follow, chronologically, about 6 months after The Sumage Solution.
Is it as sexy and explicit as The Sumage Solution?
Yes. A bit less sweary but with more themes of dominance and submission (no whips & chains, mind you).
Do Alec & Marvin, Max & Bryan, Gladdy, Trickle, and Mana make appearances?
Yes. What do you take me for, an amateur? I know what you want.
Will there be more San Andreas Shifter books?
Yes, at least one more.
Leave a comment and I’ll tackle them in another blog post.
Yours in awesome werewolfdom,
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All Soulless illustrated editions in the first print run of 10,000 are SIGNED.
If you want it dedicated or are paranoid about ensuring it’s signed,
you can order it via Borderlands Books using the SIGNED button on my website.
You cry, the distress coloring your tone, tears in your eyes, lips trembling…
Why can’t I get the print book in the size I desire most?
Why is this book slightly bigger/smaller than this other book of yours?
I know honey, I’m a little anal too. I get your pain. I do.
Here have a handkerchief… Cuppa?
OK, let me explain…
People have very strong opinions on books sizes and formats. We aren’t going to get into a debate about that here – no we aren’t. Instead, I am going to talk about about the very wide range of book sizes that there are in the world and why you can’t always get what you want. (Sing it with me!)
Would you like a sample?
Here is Soulless (and Etiquette & Espionage for scale) in a wide range of sizes. From Left to Right:
Trade Paperback large
Trade Paperback medium
Mass Market Paperback USA
Shall I make it even more confusing?
A small sample of just trade paperback sizes
the leaning tower of Soulless
Yeah there are different hard covers sizes too. I know, right?
Honestly it’s a mess.
So that’s what the world of publishing is like. (You can carry that same level of illogical chaos into the business side of the industry too.)
Book sizes are further complicated by metric versus not metric. (For reasons of me being a former archaeologist, I tend to blog in metric.)
Different books sizes: USA Hardcover, USA trade paperback, UK b-format trade paperback
See above, that’s just the English language new releases!
Still with me?
The Custard Protocol books release to the USA in hardcover, then about six months after the USA trade paperback releases.
We aren’t going to talk about hard cover because I can’t control that. Or, more precisely, at the moment I don’t want to.
We aren’t going to talk about mass market. That’s my favorite size and my books don’t come out in it anymore. I’m a bitter sad resentful old bitty about it.
Instead we will talk…
USA Trade (non-standardized)
For Gail Carriger (that’s me), that size in the USA is:
20.85 cm X 13.80 cm
This is the exact same size of the Finishing School and Parasol Protectorate trade paperbacks. These are the ones that are still available new. So if you wanted all my novels in EXACTLY the same size, then you’d need the USA trade paperback size.
In the UK the most common (although there is a wide range) trade paperback size is something called b-format.
B-Format (UK standard)
That size is:
19.80 cm X 12.60
These are all stupid measurements. It bugs the donkey’s butt out of me.
So B format is smaller than USA trade (for me).
Guess what else, I can’t print exactly that size myself for my self published projects.
When self publishing, especially in order to distribute as widely as possible and in as many different parts of the world, I’m much more limited in options similar to either of my USA or UK trade – that still allow me to cover costs. (I already make little to no money on print editions of my indie books, going custom is simply not an option.)
So I chose…
20.20 cm X 12.50 cm
That’s taller but about the same width as the UK’s B-format.
Why use that size?
Well that’s billed as 8 X 5 inches on most publishing platforms. It actually isn’t, it’s slightly smaller, but it’s good enough, and it’s easiest to work with. This size has been standardized as the smallest option for self pub, easily accessible, on both Ingram and Createspace. I prefer smaller books and I need to stay smaller for my novellas so I get some kind of spine to work with. (It needs to be thinker.)
So that’s what you get.
So yeah, If you’re upset that Competence for the UK is about 4 mm taller than Prudence and Imprudence. I tried, I really did. But at least this matches to my novellas. And the Custard Protocol series is interrupted by novellas, if you want to stack them that way on your shelf at least so all the later ones will match.
Written & in-world chronological reading order of my recent books should go something like:
Prudence (Custard Protocol Book 1)
Imprudence (Custard Protocol Book 2)
Romancing the Werewolf (Supernatural Society Novella)
Competence (Custard Protocol Book 3)
How to Marry a Werewolf (Claw & Courtship Novella)
Reticence (Custard Protocol Book 4)
More Claw & Courtship novellas possibly set before/during, or after Reticence.
No it doesn’t. But then again the fricken sizes of books makes no sense to me, why shouldn’t I pass along the pain?
Meanwhile over on 20 Minute Delay I tell a HORROR story about a Lyft experience and Piper and I go deep on how we get around on the ground, from Public Transport to the gig economy to Car Rentals.
Secondary Travel; How to get around Once you’ve arrived at your destination”
We also get into extended stay suites, how to stay safe while using ride-share services, stopping for cannolis in New York, and tracking progress when someone else drives. Piper talks about choosing between rental cars and ride-shares, positive car-service experiences and rental car apps. Listen to the podcast on our:
Today I thought it might be fun for you to see the range of cover art that my book Heartless got over the course of time and space and 7 years in publication.
Here we go…
First off is the original mass market paperback as produced July 17, 2011. Next to it I have the updated trade version. The mass market size is now out of print.
Here on left is the Japanese translation version, this is the smallest of my books. It’s about the size of a 3X5 card. Next to it is the german translation of Heartless.
Aside from Germany (and the pocket edition in France) and Japan, every other foreign publisher chose to do a take on the original cover image for their translations. This is pretty unusual and rather flattering.
Lastly here is the Omnibus cover for the collected Heartless & Timeless. Currently the only way to get Heartless in hardcover.
There it is. What do you think of the different covers? Anything surprise you? Any one you really love?
Praise for Heartless
Stacy of Lost in Librolandia says: “Heartless by Gail Carriger was a rip-roaring, side-splitting good time, to be sure. It is crazy how much can happen in such a short time when Gail Carriger is organizing the plot. … The historical accuracy is fascinating, the characters are delightful, and the witty banter is sheer perfection, the best I’ve ever read!”
Sara from Freadom Library says: “The supporting characters are freaking awesome. There’s a new specific story line that I think is amazing and there’s also some new information about a particular character’s past that just blows my mind.”
Just Another Belle says: “Gail Carriger has a fantastic way of writing a (larger) cast of characters but feeling like each one of them is completely fleshed out. I wish I could jump into the pages of this book to interact with every single one of them– I couldn’t even pick one that I’d like to meet most.”
Cassandra Giovanni says:
“I did like that we got to see a bit more of the secondary characters of Lyall and Biffy and the background of Alexia’s birth and being soulless rolls out nicely. Overall, it was an excellent read.”
My Thoughts Literally says: “I have always absolutely loved Gail Carriger’s books for the characters and that was totally the case in Heartless. You will often find me complaining about books with large casts of characters being confusing and it hard to keep the characters straight and that is not the case here at all. There’s a massive cast of characters here and they are all memorable, unique, and amazing. I honestly get excited when someone comes back into the story because they are so fun and quirky.”
Hugh Likes Fiction says: “Carriger does it again with her fast paced comic misadventures in Victorian supernatural society. Her grasp of character and timing is once again on display as she navigates Alexia through mystery, society expectations and steampunk hi-jinx.”
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Dearest Gentle Reader, it was brought to my attention recently that having three different novella lines is rather confusing.
Here they are:
Bladed Fan icon for the Delightfully Deadly novellas
Loving Teacups icon for the Supernatural Society novellas
Claw & Courtship
Wolf Top Hat icon for the Claw & Courtship novellas
Shall I try to explain my reasons?
First I should say that I’m hoping that you, my devoted Parasolverse reader, will not care too much about categories and will merely read if the character and plot interest you.
Frankly, the reason I divided into three is for the sake of different covers and different marketing approaches so new readers would know what they are in for.
And because well, I like to organize things.
I assure you, as the novella lines fill out with more and more books, you will notice how the novellas in each line are similar to each other, and how those in different lines are categorically and visually different.
However, confusion amongst some of my fans means I decided to do something I rarely do… explain my reasoning.
This line features the grown up female spies from the Finishing School series. We follow them as they practice their deadly arts and fall in love despite themselves.
Note the similarities between the two covers, if you would?
However, I chose a much sexier central images for Delightfully Deadly, so that readers would be aware that these are grown up stories, and that sex scenes are likely. (Tastefully done, of course, but sexy.) While the Delightfully Deadly novellas may spin-off of the Finishing School books, but they are NOT intended for a YA audience.
Currently there is only one book in this line, Poison or Protect, but I hope to write several more.
Next up I plan to give either Agatha or Dimity her happy ever after, I just have to get a few other things written first.
This line features fan favorite queer characters from throughout the Parasolverse. We follow them as they take center stage and fine love at last.
As you can see, these books draw on my original cover art, only there is an indoor setting instead of outside for the background. This is intended to indicated that these will be cozy romances, which is to say mostly take place in only one location, like a cozy mystery or a regency house party romance.
I chose two central figures for these covers because I really wanted to show a loving moment between same sex couples. Also I wanted a clear break from my other covers that is instantly obvious.
Unfortunately, this makes a good photo twice as hard hard to track down!
These books will be written as inspired as as needed, currently there are only two. Also these do no necessarily have to involve werewolves.
Claw & Courtship
This is my newest line of novellas which will always feature a werewolf and a human romance.
Right now I intend to focus on the London Pack in the 1890s.
As you can see on this cover I’m playing on a few of the tropes in my original books. The font is the same, although without the background paint-slash treatment. I’m reusing the wallpaper motif from Finishing School. See that the wall paper is a werewolf? Cute right?
I still have a central figure, but I chose a farther away image, and I have a London background as in Soulless, but instead I went with the circle portal. Frankly I really like circles. (More silliness around this cover here.)
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.
Do you want to read the blurb? Find out what Channing is up against?
Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.
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.
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.
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.)
Competence B-format UK (tight dress, parasol in hand) 56%, 250 votes
250 votes - 56% of all votes
Competence Hard Cover USA (poofy dress, parasol over shoulder) 44%, 200 votes
200 votes - 44% of all votes
Total Votes: 450
February 6, 2018
You or your IP had already vote.
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.
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!
Here’s special extra peek at the covers for the Japanese translation (not the manga) of the Parasol Protectorate series. They are so cute and little and charming. Some may even still be available (signed to buy) over in Tinker’s Pack.
Speaking of the Japanese covers…
It’s always fun to see an artist’s take on a scene from one of my books.
“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.”