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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.

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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


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!


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!”

Karen McCoy Interview’s Gail Carriger about Defy or Defend

“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, a new Delightfully Deadly book featuring Dimity!

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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 Launch Video

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

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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.


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Yours (still rather frantic),

Miss Gail

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Defy or Defend, a new Delightfully Deadly book featuring Dimity!

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Direct from me?

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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Defy or Defend, a new Delightfully Deadly book featuring Dimity!

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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 Print Editions

Posted by Gail Carriger


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 #


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.

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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 orde[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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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.


Miss Gail

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Defy or Defend, a new Delightfully Deadly book featuring Dimity!

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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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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.


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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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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Defy or Defend, a new Delightfully Deadly book featuring Dimity!

Defy or Defend by Gail Carriger Free Download


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!


(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).

DoD Defy Print Cover Jacket Defy or Defend Free

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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Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident featuring Alexia & Conall’s first encounter!

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The Changing & Evolving Fashions of Late 1860s Victorian Dresses (Poison or Protect Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Poison or Protect follows the exploits of one lady assassin with a penchant for poison, one gentle soldier with a white knight complex, a house party, a ghost, and…

The changing fashions of 1867.

No really, the diminishing nature of full skirts is a plot point.

I roll like that.

Even so, I can’t go all over with the info-dumping in the story itself, although I hope I’ve made the point as needed, so I thought I’d give you a glimpse at what I mean in further detail.

So here you have a peek at the evolving nature of skirts in the 1860s. I’ve chosen to give both fashion plates and actual dresses.

Fashion plate, 1860 V&A Museum no. E.267-1942


At the beginning of the 1860s dress skirts were very wide indeed, notably assisted by the cage crinoline.

“The steel-hooped cage crinoline, first patented in April 1856 by R.C. Milliet in Paris, and by their agent in Britain a few months later, became extremely popular.” (source)

1860  The Victoria & Albert Museum

By the end of the 1850s, the cage was hugely popular with the fashionable set as it allowed one to wear (slightly) fewer petticoats.

Note, however, that it was the height of vulgarity to see evidence of the cage in terms of steel rings or tapes (like VPL), so one did still require several petticoats over the crinoline to hide these.

A ruffle was often sewn on the bottom, which could be replaced with a different color to match the over-skirt.

Also the cage caused ladies to be vested in the need for longer underpinnings, should the cage swing too far when dancing. Hence the brief fad for pantalettes.

And now for the retrospective: 1860-1869

Emile Pingat, 1860  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Spring Pardessus, No. 2”, fashion plate from Harper’s Monthly Magazine, 1861
Evening Dress  Charles Fredrick Worth, 1861  The Chicago History Museum
Fashion plate, 1862 US, Godey’s Lady’s Book
1862  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Fashion plate, 1863 England, the Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine


As you can see, the early 1860s were very wide full skirts. But right around the middle the century they began to shift toward the back into a train…

Cage Crinoline  1862  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1863  The McCord Museum
1864 (source)
1864  The Kyoto Costume Institute

1865 Dresses from the The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Les Modes Parisiennes

Date: Sunday, January 1, 1865

Item ID: v. 44, plate 64


Note how the skirts are sliding more and more towards the back by this point? At the same time they become more narrow.

An advanced oval form of the cage crinoline became quite popular, but a lady was also permitted to wear layers of petticoats cleverly cut instead.

A discussion on this matter occurs in Poison or Protect, and is key to understanding Preshea’s character.

Godey’s Fashion Plate 1866
1866  Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
Plate 39. December 1867.

Robe à Transformation  1867  Collection Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti1

Fashion plate, 1868 England
Dinner Dress  Emile Pingat, 1868  The Philadelphia Museum of Art
1869  Collection Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti


And so the style leads into the 1870s tighter bustle silhouette, as described in the Parasol Protectorate series.

Cage Crinolette  1872-1875  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Want more on these specific transition of styles?

I hope you have enjoyed this insight, Fashionable Reader.

Yours in ovals,

Miss Gail

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Parasol Les Modes Parisiennes April, 1867 Plate Number v. 46, 36

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“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

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Poison or Protect Special Extras (Delightfully Deadly)

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Poison or Protect the first (and currently only) Delightfully Deadly novellas (yes there will be MORE) was also my very first self published novella adventure. It released in June of 2016.

Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book. These include behind the scenes research and chattering on the subject of starting my self publishing and indie author journey, why I love novella length, and more.

A sexy assassin, a Scotsman, and two lobsters attend a Victorian house party.

This was my first independently produced novella and my first romance. Of course I had to start with a femme domme spin on one of my reader base’s least favorite characters.

Because why would I make it easy on myself?

Gavin though.

I mean come on!

He is probably my favorite hero I have ever written.

Why do novellas?

Novellas are my favorite length to read.  They’re perfect for a single evening’s entertainment, long enough for the author to develop character and plot, but not so long they have a chance to waffle about with description. Shorts, for me tend to be mostly pacing and concepts, but the novella really lets me explore relationships and people. Why Doesn’t America Love the Novella? I don’t know, because I really do.

History of novella in genre sets them at anything from 30,000 to 60,000 words (for those who don’t know in genre novels are usually 90-120k (YA 70-90k). Because of the underuse of the novelette and dominance of the romance genre in defining electronic fiction I find most novellas these days are more like 20-40k. Amazon considers anything over 50k a book, so a lot of romance ebooks have set precedence for something like 60k in contemporary romance.

My novellas all come in around 40k. That’s that max I am allowed by my contract without having my option clause engage.

My personal reading preferences tend to be 40-90k. I don’t like an author to waffle too much. In the genres I read the most, I find anything over 90 usually means the book hasn’t had a good content edit pass. SO for me, a longer book is actually a red flag. So yeah, I LOVE novellas.

Why write about Preshea first?

It’s my profound opinion that most evil characters are coming from a place of hurt. I wanted readers to learn more about Preshea and why she behaves the way she does. How she doesn’t fit into the world and why this damaged her.

You may not end up loving her by the end of this book, but you will understand her. And I suspect you will love Gavin and understand why he’s perfect for her.

Things Pertaining to This Book

Afternoon dress, 1860, Charlotte, North Carolina. via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Fashion Related to this Book!

Other Rabbit Holes & Research Opportunities

Praise for Poison or Protect:

Felicia Sue Lynn Reviews says:

“I really enjoy Carriger’s world building. Even without reading previous works, the world is really rich. It’s full of steampunk and supernatural elements that made Soulless so endearing in the first place.”

For What It’s Worth says:

“All in all a rollicking fun time!”

Book Sojourner says:

“Overall, this standalone novella is a quick read, but packed with great characters, relationship depth, a bit of adventure, and a sweet and sexy romance.”

Hedgehog Librarian says:

“The sexual tension between the leads was nicely done and the sex scenes had an interesting take to them.”

V’s Reads says:

“As with previous books, the story is rollicking with a pace that sweeps the reader into falling for unlikely heroes.”

AJ Tipton says:

“Delightfully Deadly is correct, this book reminded me of why I loved Gail Carriger’s “Soulless” and the Parasol Protectorate books so much. Funny and caring, with characters that are completely competent and yet emotionally vulnerable, Poison or Protect is a wonderful romp.”

Rally the Readers says:

Poison or Protect … makes maximal use of every word. I was extremely impressed with how much story this novella packed into its pages. The plot is perfectly paced, and we get to spend plenty of time becoming acquainted with its characters.”

The Lit Bitch says:

“This novella is more of an adult romance with a little intrigue mixed in. I thought both of the main characters had chemistry and Carriger wrote tasteful love scenes that were erotic as well as tender.”

Traveling Through Books says:

“…I loved learning more about a character that was in opposition to the main characters of Finishing School.”

Books and Things says:

“I highly recommend it to those that have enjoyed this steampunk world and those that enjoy a good paranormal romance.”

E A Hennesy says:

“As always, Carriger’s characters are charming and funny, as well as sincere and relatable. The romance is a very positive one, with an emphasis on mutual respect and consent.”

Reading the Paranormal says:

“I’m very excited by this series of books. Steamy romance chock full of both old faces and new.”

image that influenced lesbian characters Lady Flo and Jane in Poison or Protect 1862 Title- Ladies’ Companion Date- Thursday, May 1, 1862

ALPHA reader says:

“I adored this novella. There are lots of old favorites and familiar faces peppered throughout, but Preshea and Gavin’s romance is entirety fresh and fabulous.”

I Smell Sheep gives Poison or Protect 5 sheep (Lyall would approve) and says:

“If you enjoy alternate historical fantasy with steampunk and erotic romance added, you will enjoy this story.”

Hoot Reads Books says:

“This was a novella full of surprises, new romances, juicy secrets, and returning characters including my favorite dandy vampire.”

Quest Book Reviews says:

“Even though I knew I would enjoy the book because of the familiar world it was set in and the appearance of some of my favorite characters, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually LIKED Preshea.”

Sophril Reads says:

“I loved this novella. Gail took a character that was in the finishing school series that I didn’t really care about and made me like her. Preshea was a fixture in the finishing school series; however, I always found her annoying and I am sure that I would not have picked up this book had it not been for this read-along.  I am so happy that I did!” 

Feeling Fictional says:

Poison or Protect was everything I’ve come to expect from one of Gail Carriger’s stories, it had great characters, a brilliant setting, plenty of humour and a wonderful (and surprisingly steamy!) romance and I can’t wait to read more of these Delightfully Deadly novellas.”

1865-1869 The FIDM Museum _ OMG that dress!

Leonard Was Hopeful gives Poison or Protect 5 stars and says:

“It is the mark of a good writer that s/he can make us feel affection for villains, or, more accurately, that s/he gives us rounded, fleshed out characters who are complicated and complex, rather than flat characters who can be described as “hero” or “villain” with no grey area in between.”

Also: “Dammit, Gail Carriger, you got me to read a romance novel(la)!! And I may or may not have enjoyed it. I may never forgive you for that.”

*insert Gail’s evil laugh here* and if you read Soulless, sorry, you’ve already read a romance novel.

I hope you enjoy Preshea, Gavin, and the lobsters.


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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1860 The Philadelphia Museum of Art _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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Quote of the Day:

“What do you call the second cup of tea reusing the first teabag?
After much discussion we settled on “victory cuppa.”
Like victory garden, because reusing a bag smacks of rationing.”

~ Gail Carriger

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

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ENDED! But you’re always welcome to do this yourself.

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!


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

January & February The Finishing School series

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

March & April & May The Parasol Protectorate series

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

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

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


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.


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.”


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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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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

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“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

The Definitive Gail Carriger Book Reading Order (Special Extras)

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




1. The Curious Case short story

2. The Finishing School series

(start with Etiquette & Espionage)

3. The Delightfully Deadly books

4. The Parasol Protectorate series

(start with Meat Cute)

5. Romancing the Inventor novella

6. Prudence & Imprudence

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

7. Romancing the Werewolf novella

8. Competence & Reticence

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

9. The Claw & Courtship books

10. The San Andreas Shifter series

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

The Tinkered Stars series

(sci-fi, starting with Crudrat or The 5th Gender)

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.

Here’s a video!


In the above I walk you through my books in chronological order (as of early 2019) and suggested reading order.

Books Mentioned

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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!

Gail Carriger All Books Reading Order 2019

Written Order (by publication date)

That’s here, by publication date.

Hopefully you’ve found what you needed, if not please leave a comment?

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1915–20, from the Met Museum

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Self & Lilliput

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1948 History of Tea

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

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Three Novella Lines, Gail Carriger Why Are You Confusing Us? (Behind the Magic)

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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:

Delightfully Deadly

Bladed Fan icon for the Delightfully Deadly novellas

Supernatural Society

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.

(In defiance of this article ~ Don’t Over Explain: Readers Get It the First Time)

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Here’s the novella line breakdown:

Delightfully Deadly

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.

Supernatural Society

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.)

Also, I wanted a bit of a break from my standard cover fair and went with something that harkens to more classic regency romances, since the pitch for these is:

What if Georgette Heyer wrote about werewolves?

While this books will initially feature the London Pack, I’m not ruling out the Kingair Pack, which would, of course, beg the question…

If I were to write a book featuring Sidheag, which novella line would it belong in?

I’ll leave the superfans to noodle over that one,


Forever teasing,

Miss Gail

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

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

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


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910s John Lavery (Irish artist, 1856-1941) Summer

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How Science-Fiction Continues to Influence the Runway

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Fun Silliness While Gail Is Typing (Ketchup Blog)

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My darling Gentle Reader,

I am at a super secret remote location right this moment, typing away on the next novel. I’m doing my very best to beat everyone else’s word count, because I’m that kinda girl. Since there are 19 other writers with me, I have my work cut out for me!

I’ll be back the second week of March.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s happening!

My very first story bundle!

Includes the following books and many more!


Poison or Protect is in this bundle.

RTI on Sale!

I put Romancing the Inventor ebook on sale for $2.99 (USA, Kindle). Just because, not everywhere and it won’t last. I was feeling whimsical I tell you! Whimsical! My whimsy does not obey platforms or countries, it is merely what is easiest to then undo later… We shall see how it goes.

This book is probably my most critically regarded, thank you bloggers. Lesbians for the win!

Feeling Fictional says:

Romancing the Inventor is such an incredibly sweet, slow build romance and I totally fell for both of the main characters.”

For What It’s Worth says of Romancing the Inventor:

“This is a very slow burn romance but so, so sweet. Both women are whip smart – Genevieve with her inventions and Imogene with math – and it was fun to watch Genevieve’s resistance crumble under Imogen’s relentless pursuit.”

The Gin Book Club says:

“Lefoux has always been one of my favourite characters in the series, and it was lovely to see her finally get a happy little romance of her own. I also really enjoyed the introduction of Imogene as a character. she was fun and sympathetic, and gave the reader the opportunity to see Alexia from an outsider’s perspective, painting not an entirely favourable portrait. That shift of perspective was really compelling.”

Recognition for The Sumage Solution

The Sumage Solution made the short list for the ALA’s 2018 RUSA Book & Media Awards Reading List in Romance. Thank you to my wonderful librarian advocates out there. I don’t always know who you are, but I know you exist and I am sending you ALL THE LOVE.

The Sumage Solution was also on Tom Brady’s list of 2017 reads:

“Finally, we get to the favorite book that I read in 2017: G.L. Carriger’s The Sumage Solution. Carriger has created a fun world here.”

Hearts on Fire says:

“The story is interesting and complex with a wealth of world-building and letting the review sit and stew for a day or two has shown me that I did indeed highly enjoy it. As it turned out, I loved both characters—Bryan the sweetheart beta werewolf, and Max, the sumage Placer turned… well, I’m not going to say because that would be a spoiler.”

Boy Meets Boy says of The Sumage Solution Audiobook:

“Smartly written, droolworthy likable characters, sexytimes, romancey first love romance with mates, entertaining plot and fantastic narration. What’s not to like? If you like urban fantasy or romance this should be a win for you.”

Cover Art Announcement!

I announced the cover art for Competence.

This is the USA art. And that is Primrose on the cover. She is the POV character for this book, don’t worry Rue is still around and getting into trouble.

Out July 17, 2018

So if you are wondering what is going on with the UK cover. Or you’re freaking out about matching books sizes. Or just can’t stand not knowing WHY, then you might want to join the Chirrup.

Other Shizz

How to Marry A Werewolf is out before Competence!

May 13, 2018.

I’ve got the cover ready, release and preorder to come very soon. Maybe, if you happen to order one of my other books signed from Borderlands right about now, you could get a bookmark as an early peak of HTMAW’s cover. Otherwise, soon.

The announcement is SOON.

Chirrup first, naturally. Then THE WORLD!

My final book of 2018 will be The Omega Objection, the second San Andreas Shifter book.

Meanwhile here’s 10 Side Characters Who Deserve Their Own Stories (Lord Akeldama has made this list)

“Did you hear what that silly boy let loose in my house? A reptile, of all things. As if I should admit any creature born out of an egg. I don’t even like poultry. Never trust a chicken, that’s what I say.”

~ Lord Akeldama

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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.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

19-Year-Old Student Hides Spy Camera In His Clothing To Take Secret Street Photos In The 1890s

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

I’m National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas, and This Is How I Work

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