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The Great 2019 Parasolverse Read Along Schedule & Guide! (Coop de Book Picks)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So the Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group voted, and the Coop de Book (along with them) are doing a massive Parasolverse read along for 2019, Gentle Reader.

I’ll keep pace here in the blog, in the Facebook Fan Group, on Twitter, and with the Chirrup. Skye will try to stay on top of the Goodreads Group. I’m going back through and finding fun behind the scenes and research blog posts, so when we start each book’s reread, I’ll post an update with yummy stuff to go alongside.

It’s going to be intense but FUN!

HERE IS THE 2019 READ-ALONG SCHEDULE

January 1/1-1/6 The Curious Case short story

January & February The Finishing School series

1/7-1/20 Etiquette & Espionage

1/20-2/3 Curtsies & Conspiracies

2/4-2/17 Waistcoats & Weaponry 

2/18-3/3 Manners & Mutiny 

March 3/4-3/10 Poison or Protect novella

March & April & May The Parasol Protectorate series

3/11-3/24 Soulless

3/25-4/7 Changeless

4/8-4/21 Blameless

4/22-5/5 Heartless

5/6-5/19 Timeless

May 5/20-5/26 Romancing the Inventor novella

May & June First 2 Custard Protocol Books, Rue’s POV

May & June 5/27-6/9 Prudence

June 6/10-6/23 Imprudence

June 6/24-6/30 Romancing the Werewolf  novella

July 7/1-7/14 Competence

July 7/15-7/21 How to Marry a Werewolf novella

Reticence!

The plan is to chat about the books as we read them and in general, both on the Goodreads group and the Parasol Protectorate group. I’ll try to stay on top of posting about which book we are on and hopefully those who are keeping pace will help me with this.

HELPFUL LINKS

The Goodreads Group

The Parasol Protectorate Group 

All Carriger Books List

There will be no regular Coop de Book pick until September 2019.

Until then, you can find my reviews of my favorite books ongoing on Goodreads or BookBub, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook for shout outs to my favorites when I spot them on sale.

Books recommendations and favorite things that make me happy will continue to show up each month in the Chirrup.

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Tiny Navajo Reads says:

“They both help each see each other for what they truly are and what it means to be family. I love it when books are able to do this and especially love it G.L. Carriger does it, because they do it in such a way as to open your eyes to all forms of love and acceptance. The way our world is becoming we need more books and characters that not only look different than us but love and act differently than us.”

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi as G. L. Carriger). No links as yet…
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Paul César Helleu, Young woman in white with parasol, 1900

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Airship Ambassador Gail Carriger Lord Bobbins Taslacon 2018 by Joseph Hernandez

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

PODCAST: Out of the Closet: The LGBTQ Community in American History

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Chuck Wendig, Chelsea Cain, and Marvel’s Latest Missteps

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

Gail’s quotes

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)”— Gail Carriger


Reticence Cover Art Reveal & Blurb (USA)

Posted by Gail Carriger

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…

JAPAN!

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?

This one is absolutely and utterly for YOU.

I’m hoping that, you’ll be as caught up as possible by the time this book releases. I’m giving you fair warning. Read like the wind!

This book will be mad cap and fun and absolutely hilarious no matter what. But you will get all the inside jokes and cookies only if you’ve read the full back catalogue of the Parasolverse.

Gear up, you’re in for a particularly puffy final float!

You have been warned.

PREORDER

USA & CANADA ONLY

Amazon: Kindle | Hardcover | Audio CD

B&N | Kobo | Apple | Google Play | Others

Add on Goodreads.

Audible: Not yet available

Where is the audiobook?

Preorder for places outside the USA will come, don’t worry. We have time.

Yours in general overindulgence induced laziness,

Miss Gail

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The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

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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?

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger pen name). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Japanese Women Warriors – History of Japan Podcast

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Is It Real? 25 Famous Writers on Writer’s Block

Book News:

Fancy Corset & Raspberry Pencil Skirt at Teslacon

Quote of the Day:

“Just say the word if you want ‘Weird Japanese Snacks’ on your name badge.”

~ Overheard in Borderlands Books, from their awesome occasional blog 

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Writing Characters, Future Plans & Gossip (Video Q&A)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello Gentle Reader,

The video is a little off center because frankly, so is my life right now, but here you go lots of fun and insider info…

Things Gail Discusses

Questions Answered

  • How to develop characters from 2D to 3D? What’s the nicest thing you can do for an author?
  • How, exactly does Gail write?
  • What was the easiest book for Gail to write?
  • Characters Gail misses writing.
  • Why choose werewolves over vampires?
  • Who or what inspired Tasherit Sekhmet?
  • The Phinkerlington connection? Explore the Parasolverse Wikia.

Other exciting stuff!

  • Gail drops some super fun hints about future projects.
  • Gail’s talk about her style inspiration. (See all that on Retro Rack and Pinterest.)
  • How she really feels about award shows.
  • Her current TV addiction. Hint, it’s bad, really bad, but OH SO GOOD.
  • Gail’s various connections with fellow steampunk mavin Shelley Adina

  • Did you miss this Facebook Live? Event announcements go to Chirrup members first, because I love them best. Sign up here. Also members of the Chirrup will have the option of entering to win this parasol on Sunday. You need to join before it goes out. This charming lace sunshade is one of a kind… because I decorated it with the blue ribbon myself. There will also be more gossip about WorldCon, and a super exciting secret about an upcoming project.

OUT NOW!

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SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1920 via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A cup of tea anyone, made the 18th century way?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

11 of the Most Hilarious Bookstore Signs We Could Find

Book News:

Beautiful cosplay readers at the Tattered Cover event in Denver

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Carriger Show & Tell Foreign Editions & Translations (Behind the Magic Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello my darlings,

Here’s  fun FAQ video for you in which I natter on about foreign editions and translations.

In this video you will learn…

  • Why certain editions have different covers, thicknesses, sizes, fonts, and spine style.
  • Why the style of cover art might be different in terms of marketing.
  • Which country produced the very first Gail Carriger hardcover book.
  • That there are also cover style changes for audiobooks.
  • Why lack of standardization is so frustrating.

I do hope that you enjoy this brief peek into the author life. Do let me know if you have further questions on this subject and I will be happy to answer them.

Yours as ever,

Miss Gail

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  • Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.

OUT NOW!

Amazon (hardcover) (audio) | B&N (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1912 Paul Sérusier (French artist, 1864-1927) Madame Serusier with a Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Tea Master – History of Japan Podcast

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book Stuffing Scams: Is Amazon Finally Cleaning House?

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“But I don’t want to be a vampire drone.” Sophronia winced. “They’ll suck my blood and make me wear only the very latest fashions.”

~ Gail Carriger, Etiquette & Espionage

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Rodrigo Tarabotti Character Study! (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

A bit behind the magic for you today, Gentle reader.

After his brief appearance at the end of Imprudence, you get a chance to know Rodrigo Tarabotti more in Competence.

Here’s his Pinterst character board for a peak into what he looks like in my head. 

As you can see I had a young Rufus Sewell in mind for this character. All dark and brooding.

I hope you enjoy Rodrigo’s character arc and seeing him evolve in Competence, I had a lot of fun with him.

Yours as ever,

Miss Gail

Meanwhile… RAMEN

Talking travel tips for conventions, keeping your voice, flow packing, and RAMEN FIXING EVERYTHING on the latest 20 Minute Delay Podcast Episode.
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  • Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.

OUT NOW!

Amazon (hardcover) (audio) | B&N (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

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SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1912 via michaelmoonsbookshop-tumblr Midland Railway Co Country and Seaside Holidays Official Country and Seaside Apartments directory for 1912

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Lily of Liberty: Amelia Bloomer at 200

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Tiny, Essential Google Tricks for Way Better Search Results

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“But Alpha, purple is simply not appropriate.”

~ Gail Carriger, Romancing the Werewolf (Quinn)

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


The Definitive Gail Carriger Book Reading Order (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

The most common question I get at this juncture in my career?

IN WHAT ORDER SHOULD I READ YOUR BOOKS?

HERE IS THE DEFINITIVE GAIL CARRIGER BOOK READING ORDER

1. The Curious Case short story

2. The Finishing School series

(4 YA books, starting with Etiquette & Espionage)

3. The Delightfully Deadly novellas

4. The Parasol Protectorate series

(5 books, starting with Soulless)

5. Romancing the Inventor novella

6. Prudence & Imprudence

(First 2 Custard Protocol Books, Rue’s POV)

7. Romancing the Werewolf novella

8. The Claw & Courtship novellas

9. Competence & Reticence

(3rd & 4th Custard Protocol books, the twins’ POVs) * ongoing

10. The San Andreas Shifter series

(3 PNR books, start with a prequel short, Marine Biology) * ongoing

The 5th Gender

The Tinkered Stars series

(2 YA sci-fi, starting with Crudrat) * ongoing

All that said, my books are designed so that you should be able to pick up any one of the novellas or the first book in any of the series and use that as a jumping in point, or simply to decide if you like my style of writing.

Hopefully this makes sense.

And now…

Not All Fans Agree With Me!

Reading order is hotly contested by my fans. As a completest, I myself would read them in chronological order as above. However, most of the members of my Facebook Group contend they ought to be read in order written.

So if you started with Soulless then this is for you!

  1. Parasol Protectorate
  2. Finishing School
  3. Delightfully Deadly
  4. Custard Protocol
  5. Supernatural Society
  6. Claw & Courtship
  7. San Andreas Shifters
  8. Tinkered Stars

Would you like all the Parasolverse books…

In world chronological order?

That’s here, with actual dates!

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SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

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Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1915–20, from the Met Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Self & Lilliput

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

1948 History of Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book paper makers are cutting back and replacing their print runs with, among other things, tea bags! (Podcast)

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“Now, Faith dear…”
“Yes, cousin?”
“Of course, you look absolutely ravishing, but perhaps no mention of rocks right away?”
“Not a single sedimentary sequence shall pass my lips, I promise.” Faith attempted to look grave.
“I don’t know what that means, dear, but thank you.”

~ Gail Carriger, How To Marry A Werewolf

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


An Author’s Research, Gail Carriger Talks 1890s Singapore & Peru for Competence (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I thought you’d enjoy some insight into my research for Competence today, Gentle Reader.

Primrose starts out being stranded on a Singapore whey-station while the rest of the Custard crew sort of, well, crashes in Singapore.

SINGAPORE!

Early, well before the Custard visits the area.

 

Transport 1889…

Some insights into the different types of attire and clothing, from much later on in time but still interesting.

Meanwhile, here I am in Singapore attempting to drop a baby live at the Equator! Proof I was there.

PERU!

Later on in the book we visit Peru.

I don’t want to give anything away so I thought I’d show you a few images of places the crew visits, and after you read about it in Competence you might be able to guess what is what…

I hope this insight pleased you, Gentle Reader, and that it added to your enjoyment of the book!

Other Competence Shout Outs!

Over on Amazon/Omnivoracious: I talk about my Favorite Historically-Set Fantasy Novels

Yours,

Miss Gail

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At RWA with my new babies!

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 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

In the Blogosphere

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Guest offering from Phoenix Comic Fest

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

What’s going on in the Facebook Fan Group?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Lilliput pretending to read

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


What are the professionals saying? Competence Early Reviews (Spoiler Free)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello my dear Gentle Reader,

In case you needed further encouragement regarding my next book, Competence, early reviewers have been very kind.

“In this charming, laugh-out-loud steampunk escapade, set in an 1895 populated by a variety of supernatural creatures, the crew of the Spotted Custard return for a third adventure (after Imprudence).
The focus shifts to the British airship’s purser, Miss Primrose Tunstall, a straitlaced, proper young woman who finds her perceptions of self and propriety increasingly challenged by Tasherit, an immortal werelioness who persistently, and often nakedly, flirts with her. But romance, however unconventional, takes a backseat to adventure. Primrose and Tasherit must engineer a helium heist to save their ship, and then the Custard is dispatched to Peru to investigate rumors of a new breed of vampires.
While there’s a healthy dose of action in the form of airship pirates and other hazards of the open sky, the emphasis is on the character-driven, romantic comedy of manners at its heart. Carriger excels at wry humor and clever phrasing, and her ensemble cast is thoroughly charming and satisfyingly diverse. There’s a genuine sense of whimsy and fun running throughout this story, making it a treat for fans of the series.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly

“The focus of Carriger’s popular Custard Protocol series, including Prudence (2015), shifts from Captain Rue to her sensible, genteel best friend, Primrose Tunstell. Prim’s latest beau calls off their engagement, and, once again, she doesn’t seem to mind.

A plethora of diversions occupy her attention aboard the Spotted Custard, whose latest mission takes the airship and its quirky crew to Peru to rescue a breed of near-extinct vampires. Her scholarly twin brother, for example, is trying to reform their murderous prisoner through a philosophy book club. Not to mention Tasherit the werecat—who can shape-shift between a powerful lioness and a golden-legged, silk-robed woman—and who enjoys flustering Prim as her advances become harder to resist.

Carriger’s characteristically droll, voice-driven writing alternates between Prim, who certainly lives up to her name, and her socially obtuse brother. High jinks and peril abound as the Custard navigates uncharted air currents, and the characters bicker over everything from Thomas Aquinas to tasseled hats. Recommend this amusing romp to steampunk and LGBT+ readers looking for suspenseful and romantic fantasy.”

~ Booklist

Skye’s Scribblings says of Competence:

“A playful and witty adventure from Prim & Percy’s point of view that was a pure delight of a read and my favorite of the series so far!”

More from Skye on release day.

Honestly I thought Orbit wasn’t going to do ARCs for this book, it being the third in the series that isn’t tradition. Perhaps it’s because there was a bit of a break between this one and Imprudence? Or perhaps because of the switched POV?

Anyway, I’m delighted this third installment is being so very well received.

But the real proof is in how you, my dear Gentle Reader, feel about it.

Yours in anticipation,

Miss Gail

P.S. Stop by Reddit on Weds? I’ve and AMA!

P.P.S. Look what happened while I was in Denver!

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  • Coop de Book for July is Competence, of course. (Discussion here.

OUT NOW!

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 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) Sun and Wind

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Magnifying the beauty of tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Ace Artemis Tasherit Fanart

Quote of the Day:

“I don’t have a cock, but if I did I’d be too much of a lady to wave it.”

~ Lauren drunk on retreat

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Competence is Alive! Launch Events in Denver & More!

Posted by Gail Carriger

Tomorrow (today for some lucky ducks) Competence hits the world!

Gentle Reader, I do hope you enjoy getting Primrose’s perspective on life aboard the Spotted Custard.

I believe you ought, she is quite a hoot, and as near to an Alexia style character as I have written (since Alexia).

The UK edition contains words and a formatting slightly different than the USA (more parentheses, for example) because it is done to my whim rather than publisher house’s specifications.

Both editions are anglicized with the exception of the word ladybug/ladybird because USA readers just find it too confusing to see ladybird in print. See a discussion of this issue here.

Competence Launch Event!

I’ll be doing a fun Q&A + Signing at

Tattered Cover Denver

7 PM Tuesday July 17

Lo Do Store

1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Local to the Denver Area?

If you can’t make Tuesday you can come by RWA Nationals on Saturday for the the Readers for Life Literacy Signing…

2018 Literacy Autographing at RWA Nationals

When: Saturday, July 21, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT

Where: Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel

  • This event is open to the public and is free of charge.
  • You do not need to register to attend this event as a fan.
  • Since this is a fundraiser event, attendees are not be allowed to bring books from home. Please plan to purchase books on site. RWA accepts cash and major credit cards. 
  • RWA will be selling How to Marry a Werewolf and Competence (supplies are limited, first come first serve)
  • More Information

So Denver, no excuses not to see me! I’ll be in blues and green to match my cover.

This will be my first ever visit to RWA nationals.

I have been to only one romance convention in the past, RT in LA years ago in 2011 for the release of Timeless. It wasn’t… er… stellar.

I am hoping RWA will be different.

Since I can now count a number of romance authors as my friends (thanks to my killer local chapter the SFA-RWA (join them, you know you want to). I imagine I will have a much better time.

Jacqueline Yau @jyauzer Fantastic showing by @sfarwawriters! @gailcarriger @Beth_Barany @kristinmiller02 @AuthorVA @CarolinaMontag

Want more tips on visiting Denver?

Meanwhile…

From Kate Strasdin (  on Twitter)


Want A Sneak Peek at the Research Behind Gail Carriger’s Competence? (Custard Protocol Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello Gentle Reader,

Here, for you entertainment, amusement and titillation are a few links and peeks into some of the research that I had to do for Competence, Custard Protocol #3. I do hope you enjoy!

Podcasts

Blog Posts & Other Articles

Singapore!

What was the inspiration for setting Miss Primrose Tunstell in Singapore?

I was at the Singapore Writers Festival a few years ago and just fell in love with the place.

I also visited the National History Museum there and picked up a little book of collected primary source material from the 1890s that isn’t available elsewhere.

Then I promised the Minister of Culture Sim Ann (who is a fan of mine – squee!) that I would put it in the next book. I like to keep my promises.

Want a taste of Singapore’s infamous Kaya Toast? Just get this coconut jam (actually coconut curd) and spread on toast with salted butter (it’s not exactly right but it’s still so good).

Warning, must love coconut.

Yours forever (in coconutty goodness),

Miss Gail

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Competence and matched books that influenced

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Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My new teapot purse!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Subtle Sexiness of Parasols

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Prim & Tash for Ace Artemis

Quote of the Day:

“Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter, and in wine.”

~ Polish Proverb

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More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Books Sizes – Custard Protocol Models (Important for Writers)

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Miss Gail!

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?

or

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?

Feeling better?

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:

  • Hardcover USA
  • Trade Paperback large
  • Trade Paperback medium
  • Mass Market Paperback USA
  • Japanese wee

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…

TRADE PAPERBACK

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.

However…

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.

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Why?

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.

Wait, what?

Written & in-world chronological reading order of my recent books should go something like:

  1. Prudence (Custard Protocol Book 1)
  2. Imprudence (Custard Protocol Book 2)
  3. Romancing the Werewolf (Supernatural Society Novella)
  4. Competence (Custard Protocol Book 3)
  5. How to Marry a Werewolf (Claw & Courtship Novella)
  6. Reticence (Custard Protocol Book 4)
  7. More Claw & Courtship novellas possibly set before/during, or after Reticence.

Make sense?

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?

The suffering.

Oh, publishing.

Yours etc,

Miss Gail

You Don’t Have To Take My Word For It

Having A Preference On The Shape Of Books

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:

Website | via RSS | on iTunes

COMING JULY 17!

Amazon (hardcover) (audio) | B&N (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ensemble 1913 The Philadelphia Museum of Art _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Too shy cards...

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Aggie by Ace Artemis Fan Artist

Quote of the Day:

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.”

~ James Bryce

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Competence Chapter Titles & Percy’s POV Will Make You Giggle (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darlings,

I sent this out already to the Chirrup but just to tempt you a bit, here are the very silly chapter titles from my forthcoming book, Competence.

Trouble finding the paperback edition of Competence in the UK? It’s here.

Gail Loves Chapter Titles

I always love writing chapters and titles. Like names, there are some of us authors relish coming up with such things. Others really really hate it. Anywhoo, I often use it as an excuse for a particularly bad pun.

What can I say? It’s my thing.

Competence Chapters

  1. A Lioness in a Hat and Other Concerns
  2. A Bad Case of the Dropsies
  3. A Merlion in a Mushroom
  4. The Premier Floating Philosophy Club
  5. A Grey Melancholy Danger
  6. In Which Thomas Aquinas is an Absolute Corker
  7. A Very Warm Welcome
  8. A Mystery, a Fez, and an Italian Mathematician
  9. Soup Ladle of Death
  10. Cats Can’t Be Trusted
  11. Our Lord and Saviour the Spotted Custard
  12. Rumours of Pishtacos
  13. On Hives, Haciendas and Hijinks
  14. The Etiquette of Proper Introductions
  15. Weddings and Their Consequences
  16. Homeward Bound

Of course my absolute favorite in chapter 9. It makes me soooooooo happy…

Soup Ladle of Death

Also, if you still aren’t tempted, in this book, you get….

Percy’s POV!

Percy & Footnote Fanart by Desiree Schwartz

Ever wonder how or why Percy comes up with those ridiculous non-sequiturs?

Want more of the Latin in his warped little brain?

Well in this book you get a peek into his head.

Okay, I’ll stop now.

Yours etc…

Miss Gail

P.S. In case you missed it, look what I got in my office recently!

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  • Coop de Book for July is Competence, of course. (Discussion here.

COMING JULY 17!

Amazon (hardcover) (audio) | B&N (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

William John Leech (Irish artist, 1881-1968) The Sunshade

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Publishing Success: Genre Loyalty vs. Plot Bunny Saboteurs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Tiny Navajo Reads says of How To Marry A Werewolf:

“I love this book and I love that we get to see some of what makes Channing, Channing. We also get to see some of the differences between the American perspective and the London perspective of the supernatural.”

Quote of the Day:

“This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


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