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Defy or Defend Special Extras (Delightfully Deadly Series)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dimity’s story, Gentle Reader, is here at last!

Released May 3, 2020!

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I’m rather chuffed with it too, because Defy or Defend is particularly silly. There’s a vampire hive gone badly “to Goth” that needs tidying. Dimity plus one very tolerant (slightly twirly) knight are on the job.

This one may, or may not, contain interpretive dance, wafting white nightgowns through small forests, spontaneous intellectual salons, plus *surprise* Pillover.

How does it fit in the universe?

It occurs in March of 1869 about 2 years after Poison or Protect and four years before the start of the Parasol Protectorate series.

Gail Mint Green Lace 1960s Pattern Turban Peep Heels Teacup Defy Signing Multiple

This  Delightfully Deadly book has me lampooning:

  • Byron
  • Emo Feels
  • Industrial Rock lyrics from the 1990s

All in one REALLY bad poem.

Editing this book is also responsible for this little gem…

Note to self: “swept her up in his manly arms” is quite different from “swept her up in his many arms.”

Even if octopuses are my thing.

Defy or Defend Inspiration Board

Inspiration!

Before you ask, Defy or Defend is indeed an ode to the fantastic Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (the movie is also excellent). I always knew Cold Comfort was a reverse Gothic, but it wasn’t until I started researching for this book that I realized it was also a makeover story.

Cold Comfort Farm Movie

I do love a makeover and so, it turns out, does Dimity.

I really hope you have as much fun reading this one, as I did writing it.

Special Extras for This Book

Nottingham Graveyard Church Lace Market Hotel View by Gail Carriger

Incidentally, here is a very fun fact about Nottingham!

Characters!

The cast of characters features the irrepressible Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott from the Finishing School series, all grown up and forging her own way.

Or is she?

Dimity is inspired by my BFF, Phrannish…

Dimity Fran Phran Francesca Best Freind Character Inspiration

Sir Crispin Bontwee is Dimity’s love interest in this book…

There is in fact a whole section with interpretive dance and ballet and such, so when this came up on Twitter regarding my cat… well I knew it also should go in the special extras section for this book.

Lilliput Interpretive dance

And I am terribly excited to introduce, Justice my favorite vampire character in this book!

Justice wears an open-necked poet shirt at the beginning of Dimity’s sojourn at the hive (much to her shock). Then at one point there is a nightgown incident, it’s all very dramatic.

Finally, there is the appearance of an almost hedgehog.

Hedgehog of Day Cactus Hedgehog

So I really hope you have as much fun reading this one, as I did writing it.

Parasol Les Modes Parisiennes September, 1869 Plate Number v. 47, 117

What people are saying about this book:

Rally the Readers says:

Defy or Defend was perfect from beginning to end: the romance, the mission to save the hive, the friends from other Parasolverse stories, and as always with Gail Carriger’s books, the humor!”

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“This book was such a delight. Watching Dimity at work, cheerfully setting the [un]dead to rights and bringing, er, life back to dark and dangerous places kept the pages turning–especially with a worse kind of death overshadowing all.”

~ Shelley Adina (Author of The Magnificent Devices Devices series)

“I love Dimity, I love Crispin and his morality, and I love how much a change of scenery can change not only a person, but their outlook on life as well. If you’re looking for more of Gail Carriger’s writing, or just want to know what happened to the girls after Finishing School, then you need to read this book next!”

~ Tiny Navajo Reads 

“I recommend the book to fans of Gail Carriger’s other supernatural Victoriana books. I also suggest it’s a pretty good place for a new reader to dip their toes in, since the book stands alone well and introduces the particular flavour of Carriger vampires (and werewolves, but less so).”

~ Tsana’s Reads

quote defy She hated it when men got complicated. They were so very bad at it. Dimity

Yours (surrounded by apple green),

Miss Gail

P.S. Those of you who know me if old, know that I always buy a new pair of shoes for myself when I have a new book out. Well this one also released around my birthday and I discovered Poshmark. So instead of one fancy pair, I bought a practical pair, a skirt, and a necklace in honor of DEFY OR DEFEND. Dimity would approve, I think.

That’s an Eva Mendes “umbrella skirt” that also comes in black and red. No longer for sale but I found a few on Poshmark if you are as excited as I was.

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Defy or Defend Launch Video

In which I read for you from my new book, Defy or Defend. Dimity’s story, Gentle Reader, here at last!

Gail Carriger FB LIVE Defy or Defend Launch Title

In this video I spend the first 15 minutes reading from Defy or Defend so you can hear what it sounds like in my head and then there’s a Q&A.

I drop some hints about the audio for this book, characters from other books making appearances, and what’s going on with Enforcer Enigma and Heroine’s Journey releases.

 

Non-fiction book suggestions?

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Yours (still rather frantic),

Miss Gail

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Dimity, London’s cheerfullest spy, must fix a broken vampire hive while a gentle soldier tries to keep her safe. A charming makeover story set in the popular Parasolverse.

It’s a battle for survival… and wallpaper!

Rally the Readers says:

Defy or Defend was perfect from beginning to end: the romance, the mission to save the hive, the friends from other Parasolverse stories, and as always with Gail Carriger’s books, the humor!”

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Fashion in Defy or Defend (Special Extra Delightfully Deadly Series)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling Gentle Reader, here are some bits of fashion I included in the new Delightfully Deadly book, Defy or Defend.

Defy or Defend Gail Carriger the Fashion Title

I’m posting them ahead of time so you can look out for them and because I don’t consider fashion a spoiler, not even in a makeover story.

First, this meme went around a long time ago, and I saved it at the time because it so perfectly portrays several scenes in this book. A certain vampire gets hold of Dimity’s nightgown at one point and…. well you’ll have to read it to find out what happens next.

I promise, I wrote the scene before I saw the meme!

Here are some of the fashion plates I used to reference various dresses in this book.

On Dimity

Dimity Les Modes Parisiennes

Les Modes Parisiennes February, 1869

I love that cape but it’s actually too elaborate for Dimity under the context of this particular operation, the yellow and white ball gown, however…

Dimity Les Modes Parisiennes September 1869

Les Modes Parisiennes September 1869

I don’t know why I think of Dimity in yellow, but I do. I love this yellow and brown dress. I think it’s such an interesting color combination that screams 1970s in the modern age, but it was fun to put Dimity into it.

Dimity Hair

Dimity’s hair is the subject of much discussion in the book. Here is an example of how it might be arranged in this story.

Dimity & Justice

Dimity is depicted helping new character, Justice, with a personal makeover. So the two of them appear in a number of scenes together.

Dimity (yellow) Justice (pink)

Dimity (yellow) Justice (pink) Les Modes Parisiennes February 1869

Justice (pink) Dimity (blue)

Justice (pink) Dimity (blue) Les Modes Parisiennes June 1869

Justice (white) Dimity (orange)

Justice (white) Dimity (orange) Les Modes Parisiennes July 1869

Dimity & the Nottingham Hive Queen

Hive Queen Dimity

Hive Queen (pink) & Dimity (blue) Les Modes Parisiennes March, 1869

Hive Queen Dimity

Hive Queen (fringe) Dimity (blue) Les Modes Parisiennes October 1869 

Find more fashion from this time period (the 1860s) on my Pinterest board.

I hope you’ll have fun looking out for some of these dresses. Although, be warned, I tend to change colors or trims or fabrics, to make it more key to the character’s personality. In any case, you get an idea for the fashion in this book, and the fashion is VERY important!

Yours (always deciding between fringe and brocade, but fringe AND brocade???),

Miss Gail 

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It’s a battle for survival… and wallpaper!

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Defy or Defend Print Editions

I’m not going to sugar coat this, things are rough in publishing right now, as they are everywhere my darling Gentle Reader.

Defy or Defend in Print

Here is what is going on with print books that are traditionally published right now.

However, Defy or Defend is NOT traditionally published, it’s self published (AKA POD or print on demand). So I’ve been working very hard to get it out to you.

Here is evidence to that effect, Lilliput at the ARC from Amazon’s KDP print…

Lilliput DoD Defy ARC Proof Sitting Couch

Because this book is longer than normal and print costs take into effect weight, this book is a little more than others in the series, it’s $14.99 USA.

Basic Print Edition

The regular print edition is ready to go with Amazon, it’ll drop just after May 3. Because of C19, Amazon is delaying shipping on non-essentials. This includes books. Amazon does not allow for preorders on print editions but I assure you it will be available. 

The book is NOW available for your local independent bookstore to order from Ingram and distribute to you. Where possible, you can order from them by means of their website. To ensure all goes smoothly you might give them the ISBN #

9781944751432

If you want to support a local store in times of trouble, here is short list of bookstores who have regularly offered my indie projects to their customers in the past:

Incidentally, it is worth supporting these and keeping them in business if you can because, frankly, they are also the places I’m likely to visit and do signings in future.

DoD Defy Print Book Plant Promo

SIGNED Print Edition

Borderlands and I have coordinated to offer signed editions. I have two big boxes of first editions in my office, all signed. Those who asked for a dedication, your book will be dedicated and processed this Thursday, April 23, 2020. The Sainted AB will then be driving them into San Francisco for curbside drop off at Borderlands for them to disperse to YOU.

Yes they ship anywhere. Here’s their official announcement that they are open for mail order. 

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Signing the Borderlands Books!

There are 3 ways to get one of these SIGNED first editions: 

  1. Use the SIGNED button beneath the book cover on my website
  2. Contact Borderlands directly at [email protected]
  3. Use this link to pre-order online (whether it says it or not, if it comes from Borderlands, it’s signed) 

You can support Borderlands by ordering many of my other books signed from them, as well. There is no extra charge for the signed edition, but you will have to play shipping. 

Timing will entirely depend on the postal service after that. I will be doing another pick up box for Borderlands as well, in case you missed the deadline. But these will take longer.

 More on print books. 

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Audiobook

Yes Defy or Defend will be an audio. Emma Newman has completed her narration and is just doing a few pick ups for us. However, my audio producer is overloaded with his day job right now, and so it may be delayed. I have a plan to make it up to you, I promise. More on audiobooks.

Please be kind about this situation, we are all doing our very best.

Yours,

Miss Gail

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It’s a battle for survival… and wallpaper!

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Sample that Tasty Book: Defy or Defend (Behind the Magic Delightfully Deadly Series)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Today, dearest Gentle Reader, I have a sample of Defy or Defend: A Delightfully Deadly Novel for you.

But first I thought you’d like a peak at the chapter titles of this book. You know how I love me my chapters.

DEFY OR DEFEND CHAPTER TITLES SAMPLE SCENE

Chapter One: In Which There May, or May Not, Be Sparkles
Chapter Two: Wedded Bliss & Other Complications
Chapter Three: In Which There Are Pointy Bits
Chapter Four: Why Not Be Tidy?
Chapter Five: In Which Sir Crispin Critiques Tennyson
Chapter Six: Dangerous Buttons
Chapter Seven: The Tragedy of the Colors
Chapter Eight: The Vampires Are Convinced to Throw a Party, Despite Themselves
Chapter Nine: On the Transcendent Nature of Interpretive Dance

This book opens with our hero, Sir Crispin, visiting his eccentric friend and learning about his new frustrating assignment.

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DEFY OR DEFEND ~ CHAPTER ONE

In Which There May, or May Not, Be Sparkles

March 1869

(Just prior to the introduction of the bustle. No, really, it’s important to know this.)

Sir Crispin Bontwee chivvied up to an impressively large chartreuse front door with a sense of overwhelming relief. Not because of the color of the door, mind you (which was a touch assertive, frankly, for a door – what did it think it was playing at?) but because of the possibilities that lay behind it.

The door opened, and the possibilities proved themselves to be a female of biblical proportions and eccentric dress. She was that particular style of solid British womanhood that held firm against both military invasion and recalcitrant pie crusts, rolling pin wielded with consummate skill in either case.

Sir Crispin knew her of old.

He bowed slightly and hid his grin, because both woman and door demanded respect. “My dear Madame, what a pleasure to see you again.”

“It’s you, is it?” Mrs Bagley pursed her lips to hide her delight and threw the door wide.

“At your service.” He strode inside, fairly vibrating with suppressed excitement. It had been ages since his last mission. He was restless with a need to fix something, or rescue someone, or perhaps both.

Today Mrs Bagley was dressed like a butler. She looked rather dashing, truth be told. Her cravat was chartreuse to match the door and her striped waistcoat was cut to perfection. Cris was mildly perturbed by the fact that trousers suited her demeanor better than they did most men of his acquaintance. It could have been worse – Mrs Bagley had once answered the door dressed as a yellow butterfly. Or was it a moth? Regardless, a winged cape had been involved. One was never certain what exactly Bertie’s housekeeper would be wearing on any given evening. It was one of the most exciting things about Bertie’s household.

“I’ve been summoned, Madame.” Cris always referred to Mrs Bagley as Madame. Mrs Bagley suited her ill, and anything more informal from Cris would cause a one-woman riot. Mrs Bagley took meticulous handling. He didn’t envy Bertie.

Mrs Bagley widened her eyes at him in pretend shock. “Summoned, were you indeed? Wipe your feet, young man.”

Cris was already wiping them. Mrs Bagley’s favorite thing was to give orders she knew were already being obeyed. She didn’t even pause for breath. “A new mission, is it?”

“Now, Madame, I can’t discuss such things with you, even if I had an inkling.” Cris drew himself up, but only a little – wouldn’t do to loom over a woman like Mrs Bagley.

“As you’re very well aware, I’ll hear about it later.”

“Of course you will, although I’m not supposed to know that. I must say, it’s a good thing you’re on our side.” He twitched towards the hallway, needing to move past niceties into useful activity.

“Are you sure about that?” She pretended a wicked glare.

“I live in fear, dear Madame. We all do. No doubt the fate of the War Office rests upon your discretion. Now, where is he?”

“In the conservatory, of course. Is he ever anywhere else?” Mrs Bagley marched off. Cris strode eagerly after, careful not to overtake her. It was pleasing to trail behind a woman who walked like she had places to be and people to kill.

The hallway was scrupulously clean and well maintained, despite the fact that the walls were lined with hundreds of tiny drawers topped by glass-fronted curio cases. There might, just possibly, have been wallpaper behind it all, but no one would ever know.

Bertie was a dedicated dilettante who picked up and put down interests obsessively. They walked past a beautifully mounted collection of wooden ladles (not spoons, ladles) and a display of Bertie’s own taxidermic caterpillars. It was a little like the natural history museum, only more eclectic, and with no apparent curation or connection between one case and the next.

Cris was so accustomed to the spectacle he barely glanced at the curiosities.

Mrs Bagley paused mid-hallway (much to his frustration) and turned on Cris, contorting her face into one of concern. It didn’t work well, as she was not a particularly sympathetic person, so her face went a little twitchy with the effort.

“Most distressing to hear about your father, Sir Crispin. I am sorry for your loss.”

What Cris wanted to say was, Hang my father, everyone I know is delighted that he’s dead, but one didn’t do that to a housekeeper, especially not Mrs Bagley. Plus, as an Englishman, Crispin didn’t like making others uncomfortable with real feelings.

So he drew his own face into an expression of sorrow and said politely, “Thank you kindly, Madame.”

Niceties observed, the housekeeper marched on, eventually opening the double doors to the conservatory with a jerk. Then, because it would take too long to find him amongst all the plants, she raised her voice in the manner of a governess, and yelled into the teeming verdancy, “Bertie, you blighter! Sir Crispin is here to see you.”

Bertie was undergoing a cactus stage. Had been for near on a year now. It was getting increasingly prickly at his house, particularly in the conservatory.

Accordingly, Bertie appeared from behind a large, fluffy bit of shrubbery clutching a pot from which protruded a small round cactus with a single bright pink flower. It so closely resembled a hedgehog wearing a hat that Cris was mildly startled not to see it sprout little legs and waddle off.

“Crispy, my dear fellow! What a lovely surprise to see you.”

You summoned me, Bertie.” Cris spread his hands wide in supplication.

“Did I? How very peculiar of me. Have you met an Echinocereus engelmannii before? Isn’t it remarkable? This one just flowered. I think it’s rather jolly, don’t you?”

Echinocereus engelmannii wikipedia

“Looks like a hedgehog in a hat.” Cris was one for honesty when it didn’t matter or hurt anyone’s feelings. He then took off his own hat and looked for a place to put it. There wasn’t one. So he put it back on his head. He’d never dare give it to Mrs Bagley.

“Fantastic, I say. I shall name it Wobesmere. Note the shortness of the internode? Just there? No, don’t touch! Nasty things, cacti. Now, let me tell you, one of the most remarkable things about them is the areoles. You see this bit here—”

Mrs Bagley interrupted him, crimson-faced. “Really, Bertie, Sir Crispin is suffering a great loss at the moment. Do stop prattling on at the poor fellow.”

“Really? What’s he lost?” Bertie had a large straight nose, beady dark eyes, and a wide smiling mouth. He had unfortunately fine hair, close cut, that had gone gray when they were at university together and begun a brave retreat some years later, so that he now resembled a surprised but cuddly mongoose. He mostly acted like one too, chattering and familiar, unless a snake was about. Then he proved quite deadly.

“His father, you nubbin.” Mrs Bagley indicated Crispin’s mourning attire with a flick of two fingers.

Cris would have preferred Bertie continue on in ignorance and get to the mission, but Mrs Bagley was clearly having none of that.

Bertie, a true friend, instantly forgot about the cactus and its areoles and dashed forward to clutch one of Crispin’s hands in his own, waving the cactus about dangerously with the other. “My dear Crispy, forgive me. I entirely forgot. Do come in. Sit down, sit down. Oh, there isn’t anywhere to sit, is there? Wait a moment. Eudora, would you be a dove and move those whatever-they-ares off that bench-seat-thingame there? Yes, I know, this is business. We ought to go to the study, but I don’t feel right leaving the engelmannii alone right now, not when it’s in the midst of flowering for the first time. Might put it off. You understand, don’t you, Eudora? No, you don’t, do you. Well, Crispy understands, don’t you, old chap? There, see? Sit down, do.”

Cris sat, minding his posture and trying desperately to sit still, while Mrs Bagley scowled affectionately and made room for them both.

Bertie plonked down next to Cris, cactus on his lap.

~ * ~ * ~ * ~

And there you have it. Incidentally, it was because of this scene that I lost my tiny mind over this image when it came across my feed…

Hedgehog Cactus

I really hope you enjoyed this sample and if you want to read the book you can find it at your vendor of choice.

Here’s something from Book Riot:

Yours (deeply excited about this book),

Miss Gail

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Dimity, London’s cheerfullest spy, must fix a broken vampire hive while a gentle soldier tries to keep her safe. A charming makeover story set in the popular Parasolverse.

It’s a battle for survival… and wallpaper!

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

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Dear Gentle Reader,

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

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

Defy or Defend!

PREORDER

(from your vendor of choice)

Directly from moi!

.mobi (for Kindle)

.epub (for Nook etc)

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

Here’s the teaser:

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

Read the rest on the preorder listing of your choice.

Any more hints?

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

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The Making of This Cover

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

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

Defy or Defend Model Coy

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

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

FAQs About This Book

Where is the audiobook?

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

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

Where is the print edition?

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

Here is why print distribution is different from digital.

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

Yours, still typing,

Miss Gail

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