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The Enforcer Enigma Special Extras

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dearest Gentle Reader, much to my surprise (and others), The Enforcer Enigma released August 1, 2020. (It was originally slated for the beginning of November, but I bumped it forward because of the Morbs.)

Here are some special extras for this book!

Colin and Judd get their own story at last!

Thank you so much for your patience, I hope you find that they are worth the wait. (As Judd feels about Colin.) I give you some fun new characters to get excited about, too. Plus, of course, the return of old favorites and a few nasties to keep things interesting.

This book contains both the most touching sex scene that I’ve ever written and one of the funniest crowd scenes (the pack attends a concert and has opinions). Plus, I have a lot fun lampooning food trends, cafe culture, and fancy coffee drinks.

Special Extras

Behind the Scenes

This book occasioned some hilarious comments form my beta readers, so I thought you’d like a glimpse behind the curtains at two of them…

STEFANO! It’s funny when one realizes you share a history of soap opera watching with one of your beta readers.

The convertible backpack/suitcase I took on excavations and that traveled around the world with me for two decades was named “Stefano.” We had a saying amongst my undergrad friendship group, “It’s always Stefano, because Stefano is EEEVILLL” which is a quote from 1990s Days of Our lives.

Other People’s Thoughts

Tiny Navajo Reads says:

“And you can see that in the way that Alec treats and acts around Colin and Trick, and around everyone else in their pack. That is actually one of the best parts of this book and this series, is how much Alec loves his pack and just how much his pack loves him back for giving them a safe place to be themselves. This is the beauty of found family stories, and G.L. Carriger is excellent at writing these stories!”

Reflections of a Swede says:

“In conclusion, I loved this book. And I can’t wait for the next in the series…. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes love, shifters and sequins.”

Rally the Readers says:

“I absolutely love, love, love the humor that Gail Carriger incorporates into all of her books…. And who wouldn’t welcome some laughs right now? Not only that, and more significantly, there’s also a sweet story about finding acceptance, love, family, and home and learning that everyone unconditionally deserves a family who loves and accepts them for who they are.”

Yours (typing away),

Miss Gail

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Faking Trademark in Fiction for Comedy Gold (San Andreas Shifters Special Extra)

So there is this thing about using trademarked names when you are writing fiction, Gentle Reader. Names like Facebook, or Coke, or (heaven forfend) Disney. (Frankly I’m slightly scared even to type that name into a blog post.)

Trademarks in Fiction Header Brand Omega Objection

It’s a complicated legal thing which basically comes down to (so far as I can tell) most contemporary-set authors doing the following…

  1. Putting a list of trademarked names that they use at the front of their book, and then who owns those names.
  2. Only representing trademarked products in a positive light.

I don’t know if this actually legally absolves them from any issues, but that’s what many authors  do about trademark.

The thing is, it’s hard to write fiction set in the modern world without naming any trademarks. So when I started writing the San Andreas Shifter series I looked into this and tried to decide what I was going to do about it.

I’ve been working hard over the years on my own psyche, to see a problem in the fiction writing business world as an opportunity to innovate, either with my business (see Chirrup early option to buy audio direct) or in my creative writing.

Gail Black Velvet Suit Prudence Cover

I’ve done this with my books for years. For example, my publisher put Prudence on the cover of her first book in way too much makeup with her hair down. So my first thought was:

What are they doing? She looks like a light-skirt.

But my next thought was:

Well I guess I have to write in a scene where Rue dresses as a light-skirt.

And I gave her love interest, Quesnel, a sexy clothing fetish as a bonus.

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So what to do about Trademark names?

I remembered that I write comedy, which meant this was an opportunity to put my own twist on trademarks using parody and fair use, which would add a new funny element to my alternate San Francisco Bay Area.

I might have had a little too much fun imaging the names of various trademarks with a shifter twist. In The Enforcer Enigma I had to go all out, because one of the driving characters is a country music super star who is all over social media. And dealing with celebrity means dealing with brands.

So here are some of the ones I came up with, just a small sample. See if you can guess what they really mean…

Instalamb

There are more in the book, of course, but you’ll have to read it to see if you can catch them all.

The fun thing was taking the brand and putting an “in world” twist onto it. Since these books feature shifters heavily, there’s lots of inside jokes. Instalamb is, for example, alluding to a different werewolf character in a different series who was obsessed with sheep. I have to say I’m a big fan of WooTube.

Anywhoo (or should I say anyhowl?), I guess all I am saying is it’s fun to take what might be a problem, like coping with trademarks, and turn it into a small moment of levity. In my case this often also becomes a plot point, but either way a good time is had by all, and what could have been a bug becomes a feature.

Yours (under trademark),

Miss Gail

P.S. This is not intended as legal advice, do your own due diligence. Yadda yadda.

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The San Andreas Shifters Pack House In Detail! (Enforcer Enigma Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darlings, here is a special behind the scenes look at the pack house in the San Andreas series that features prominently in all the books in the series, but which I really had to puzzle through and lay out for The Enforcer Enigma.

Pack House Grounds San Andreas Shifters header

The Pack House Sketches

By request over email (which I promptly lost so I hope they see this) here is a very bad, not to scale, sketch of the general lay out of the pack house and grounds in Sausalito. Yes, it’s based on an actual house.

San Andreas Shifters Pack House Grounds Layout free

I also did a layout of the interior of the house, now this is basically just how it was at one moment in time. Remember there are new relationships forming so different people in the rooms, and the whole thing is being remodeled throughout most of the books so…

Also not to scale and just a rough layout so I can keep track of things in my head. But you did ask. Or at least… one person asked.

San Andreas Pack House Schematic

Now here are some images to give you an idea on the feel. This isn’t exactly right for layout, but it has the windows and the light and everything that I wanted to convey.

Also, this isn’t Marvin’s decoration style, so you’ll have to use your imagination there. But hopefully this will help…

Pack House Inspiration

This is what you’d see, as you walked in the front door and looked to the left.

Remember the den part is sunken around  fireplace in the left hand corner of the big windows, so this furniture lay out is all wrong, but you can see the deck, windows, and view that I talk about a lot in the books.

To the right and ahead of you would be the kitchen, and Lovejoy’s domain.

Kitchen Pack House

And since the house is built up against a cliff/very steep hill, the main level you walk in on also looks out with a free standing porch. See I grew up with this kind of architecture so it’s really easy for me to imagine houses built, step like, up hillsides. So here’s the big wrap around deck that takes advantage of that.

Deck San Andreas Pack House

Putting the the deck and remodeling the main room with huge windows is one of the first thing the pack does when they start to rebuild the house. Partly because werewolves in this time period do not have to protect themselves from sunlight, at least not as much as the Parasolverse, and partly because it changes the dark gloomy look of the place. Adding the deck also makes a big difference, and I always see shifters as incorporating the outside in as much as possible.

To make it comfortable for Max to visit and spend time in, they redesign the barn like monolithic mansion, as it’s called in The Sumage Solution, to be more farmhouse friendly ~ warm yet modern. But also they need to accommodate quite a number of pack members, as well as assorted new additions over the years, so they remodel with flexibility in mind.

Still I imagine they kept the rustic ceiling slants upstairs in the bedrooms, like so:

San Andreas Pack House Bedroom Upstairs

I hope this helps you picture the space, if you wanted that.

Yours (ever fascinated by architecture an interior design),

Miss Gail

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The Enforcer Enigma Print Editions & Borderlands

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m not going to sugar coat this, things are grim in publishing right now, Gentle Reader.

The Enforcer Enigma print editions will be delayed.

I have no idea exactly how long for, but I can’t see any way in which it will be possible for me to have it available by Aug 1, 2020 at this juncture. The delay will be less than a month, more than a week, is my best guess.

I’ll update this post a soon as I know more.

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

However, because I bumped the digital release up, the print edition is delayed by comparison. Thus the ebook will release first. Here’s a detailed article on why this happens.

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Ordering the Print Edition

The book will be available to order from some local independent bookstores. They will be able to get it from Ingram and will then distribute to you. As soon as the listing is up, I will let everyone know (you and them).

IT IS NOT YET LISTED

When available, you’ll be able to order easiest with the ISBN:

9781944751173

If you want to support a local store, here is short list of bookstores who have regularly offered my indie projects to their customers in the past. Although, due to The Morbs, I cannot guarantee any of them will have my books, or are even open for business.

Gail Carriger Signing Romancing the Inventor for Borderlands Book, San Francisco, Oct 2016

Signed Print Editions – UNAVAILABLE

Signed books are unavailable at this time.

Why am I no longer offering signed editions through Borderlands?

Borderlands Books is embroiled in a controversy with serious sexual allegations (originally reported on by The Horror Show with Brian Keene: Kaitlyn Booth and Nick Hanover – Ep 271 – a lot of the feelings discussed in the episode reflect my own).

As a result, I’ve removed all links to buy signed editions from my website. I’ve also asked Borderlands to refund and cancel existing preorders of Enforcer Enigma.

Unfortunately, I have no other means of offering signed editions or print preorders.

If you are a member of my newsletter, the Chirrup, I will give you an opportunity to buy signed bookplates from me (shipping within the USA only).

Why do I not offer signed editions for sale directly?

  1. Warehousing: It’s expensive and unpredictable.
  2. Illness: I do not have a hands free means of shipping, which means taking each individual book into the post office myself, standing in line, forms, and more (a high risk environment & I have compromised lungs).
  3. International shipping: Even if I could offer signed editions, I wouldn’t be able to offer international shipping (and I hate having to exclude people) because it’s hellishly expensive and hard to predict the right charge, plus I have to be in the post office filling out a long customs forms, which is expensive in time and health risk.
  4. Taxes: Retail puts me into a new tax bracket that is hellishly expensive and messy to set up.
  5. Could I sell these on etsy or ebay? Sure, but many of the same issues still apply. Plus there is monitoring the listings and that takes a lot of time.
  6. Frankly? It’s Not Smart Business: I make less than $1 per print book and that doesn’t include my time processing or shipping.

Flapdoodle Jeeves Wooster Wodehouse

Why can I not develop a similar relationship with another local indie? 

My nearest alternative indie bookstore, Books Inc, will not run consignment deals at a price commensurate with my ability to make a living. They will not order POD books from Ingram and then call me to come sign. Other bookstores feel similarly about consignment with self-pub authors and are too far away for an Ingram deal.

Plus my experience with Borderlands has now made me very gun shy.

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BUT I WANT IT SIGNED!

As I said, Chirrup members are offered the opportunity to buy bookplate stickers with my signature whenever I have a new release. Otherwise, you will have to track me down at an event, when and if those ever happen again.

This decision is final.

Yours (huddled in a corner, eating marmite on toast, and whimpering into her tea),

Miss Gail

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Enforcer Enigma Gets Early Release + Cover Reveal & Blurb

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, here’s the thing, Gentle Reader,

With shelter in place still, somewhat, in place for many of us, I thought maybe you’d like to get the next San Andreas Shifter book early?

Enforcer Enigma Cover Art Reveal Header

Books help comfort, right?

Particularly books with lovely pining gay werewolves. I was going to release it in the fall, but instead, I’ve decided to bump it up to the summer and release Heroine’s Journey in the fall.

So, The Enforcer Enigma will release August 1, 2020.

I hope this brings a little happiness to your day.

Speaking of which, would you like to see Enforcer Enigma‘s MOST AWESOME cover? Drum roll please…

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Preorder from Your Vendor of Choice

or Directly from Me 

The cover was designed by the amazing Starla of Designed by Starla. She actually did this one a while ago at the same time she did The Omega Objection, because I wanted the series to look good together.

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So what’s this one about?

Colin and Judd get their own book at last! Thank you so much for your patience, I think you’ll find that they are worth the wait. (As Judd feels about Colin.) I’m giving you some fun new characters to get excited about. Plus, of course, the return of old favorites and a few nasties to keep things interesting.

This book contains both the most touching sex scene that I’ve ever written and one of the funniest crowd scenes (the pack attends a concert and has opinions). Plus I have a lot fun lampooning food trends, cafe culture, and fancy coffee drinks.

As always, the audiobook will take much longer to produce, but it will again be narrated by the amazing Kirt Graves.

Now, are you ready for the description? Here it is!

The Cover Copy!

A werewolf without rank or hope and an enforcer who has lived too long go up against the selkie mob.

Charming urban fantasy from New York Times bestselling comedy author Gail Carriger.

ENFORCER

Judd has wandered from pack to pack his whole life, searching for wolves who will accept him for who he is and who he loves. Now he believes that he’s finally found the right pack and the right man.

NERD

Rejected by his family for being gay and geeky, Colin has never fit in with werewolves, yet now he is one. He doesn’t know how to react when Judd starts courting him. He’s even more lost when a famous singer, the selkie mob, and the feds also start chasing him.

Can Judd protect Colin and still prove his love? Can Colin figure out why enemy shifters are invading his favorite cafe? And what’s with all the gold sparkle? Find out in The Enforcer Enigma.

“This might be the closest my Kindle Fire has ever come to, well, catching fire.”

~ Rally the Readers (The Sumage Solution)

“Carriger has created a world that’s uniquely her own in the shifter-verse that I thoroughly enjoy visiting and can’t wait to see what comes next.”

~ Boy Meets Boy reviews (The Omega Objection)

Delicate Sensibilities?

This paranormal romance contains M/M sexy times, horrible puns regarding country music, and men who wear suits without shirts underneath. If you get offended easily, then you probably will. The San Andreas Shifter stories include blue language, dirty deeds, and outright admiration for the San Francisco Bay Area. Not for the faint of heart (or mouth or tongue).

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And there it is, hoping you’re pleased!

Yours (typing as fast as she can),

Miss Gail

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