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Gail Is Away at WorldCon in Kansas City

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling Gentle Reader, as this post drops I am winging my way across the continent with a brief lay-over in parts unknown to meet with old college chums.

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Here is my final schedule for Kansas City WorldCon…

Gail Carriger @ MidAmeriCon II: Aug. 17~21
Kansas City Convention Center

Friday 19th
2~3 The Steampunk Explosion (KCCC #2209)
6~7 Families and Friends in Steampunk (KCCC #2503B)

Saturday 20th
12 Signing (KCCC autographing area)
5~6 How to Handle Rejection (KCCC #3501D)

Sunday 21st
11~12 Zen Scavenger Hunt (KCCC #2503B)
12~1 Kaffeeklatch

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For those of you who’ve never come to meet me before I always bring free swag to my kaffeeklatch.

I know it doesn’t look packed, but I fill in the rest helping out at the Locus table, chatting with friends in the Dealers Room, taking business meals, and then hanging out in the author bar (whichever one that is). You can find me and say hi at any one of those locations, except the business meals, of course. If you see an author eating… leave the poor beastie alone. We are skittish and easily scared off by people approaching us when our mouths are full.

Indecently, some good advice on social drinking.

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{Gail’s monthly read along for August is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.}

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

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Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1930s Margaret Tarrant (English Illustrator, 1888-1959)

1930s Margaret Tarrant (English Illustrator, 1888-1959)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

 

OMG. Cutest thing ever.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Octopus Takes Leisurely Stroll on Washington State Beach

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Where Romance Has the Advantage, Hands Down

Book News:

Curiosity Killed the Bookworm: Q&A with Gail Carriger

Quote of the Day:

“I was so anxious to do what is right that I forgot to do what is right.”

~ Jane Austen

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


Gail Carriger at the Bay Area Book Festival 2016

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My Dear Gentle Reader! I shall be swanning about my very own beautiful neck of the woods this weekend at the Bay Area Book Festival.

Alex Gail Selfie

Author Alex White and self taking the obligatory rooftop gala selfie.

I will be in Berkeley, CA on Sunday, June 5, 1:30~2:45 pm to do a panel entitled The Evolution from Bodice Rippers to Trailblazers: Feminism through Romance. My RWA chapter pulled me in to do this which is pretty flipping fantastic of them. Yeah RWA.

My fellow panelists include:

Sessions are free, but you can buy a ticket ahead of time for $5 if you want guaranteed seating and no line.

Then I will be signing after. I’ll have special Poison or Protect bookmarks to give away, while supplies last.

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Tonight I will also be at the Gala with my dear friend Alex White dressed in cocktail attire and being all fancy-like. I believe the Gala is for sponsors and authors only, but if you are one of the two and planning to be there, I demand you come and introduce yourself!

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Here are some photos!

SFA-RWA @sfarwawriters Our panelists are signing their books after a phenomenal panel! @BayBookFest

SFA-RWA @sfarwawriters Our panelists are signing their books after a phenomenal panel! @BayBookFest

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

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

Bethany Anne Bachman @matzangel @gailcarriger was everything I hope for and more. Truly a joy to meet you and hear the panel

Long time and wonderful Twitter friend Bethany Anne Bachman @matzangel makes up the elder half of a most adorable pair!

 

For those of you who want my suggested alternative to 50 Shades BDSM book recs here they are…

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}

OUT NEXT

Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella

 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Hidden History of Maps Made by Women: Early North America

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Facebook Branded Content Policy Change and What it Means for Bloggers

Book News:
Soulless made this list of Living for the Past: 8 Sci-Fi Books That Channel the Victorian Era

Quote of the Day:
“The worst thing about being old enough to know better was the realisation that you weren’t.”
~ For Real: A Spires Story by Alexis Hall

 

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

 


Imprudence Tour Dates & Locations

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My darling Gentle Reader, here is my…

Gail Carriger Imprudence Tour

 

One Day Break for Gail

These dates and locations have JUST been cemented so the bookstores likely will not have any announcements live on their websites yet. Don’t panic if you don’t see me listed. You are the first to know!

 

About the Voting

Thank you to everyone who voted, here are the results: As you can see Orbit is flying me to all three of the top winners for the poll, so there you have it, vote and you shall receive a Gail!

I found the poll results fascinating. I’m kinda into big data and analytics so I have a pretty good handle on where my sales are. SLC is consistently one of my top sellers as is Phili but rumor on circuit is that neither of these are great event cities and the voting numbers supported this. NY was a surprise, as it has a similar reputation. (Prevailing opinion being there is always so much to do in NYC that author signings fall to the wayside.)

Washington DC was one vote short of top three. It means I won’t make it this tour (although I’ve set a ping out to see if they want to add one last stop, it’s a matter of finding the willing and right venue). However, it also means I will look will a great deal more interest on that area in future for events or conventions. I had a great time at the Spy Museum when I was there so…

Now a word on the future: I will not be touring next year (2017) as for the first time in a decade I will have no book coming out through a major publisher. (There will be novellas though, so don’t you worry.) I will be bopping around visiting conventions and so forth, and I will arrange bookstore events if I happen to be in the area and I find a willing store to host me, but there will be no tour. That’s one of the reasons I’m allowing a two week stint this time (I usually ask for only the one week).

What does that mean?

This is likely the last chance you will get to see me in person, especially at a place like Brooklyn which would be prohibitively expensive for me to visit on my own.

This is it my darling Gentle Reader, the last chance to catch your Gail for a while. Ask her all the burning questions she carefully never answers on line.

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan. The book group is also doing a reread of Prudence.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

 

“The Pink Silk Dress,” by Sir James Jebusa Shannon, 1880s. via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

 

 Social Deception @socdec  Poster for Georges Méliès’ ‘The Conquest of the Pole’ (1912)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“Chekov’s Lesbian”. A File 770er coined phrase for mistaken idea that character diversity must have plot relevance via Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin on Twitter)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

 

Book News:

Ivy Hat

Quote of the Day:
“He was good at this sort of affection, general and unbinding.”
~ The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Imprudence Tour ~ Where should Gail go? You decide!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

OK my dear Gentle Reader, I’m embroiled planning my book tour for Imprudence and it’s going to be a doozie. First of all: the book is out July 19th, so all my dates will be that week and the following one.

Here’s what we currently have on the docket:

  • Houston, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • San Diego, CA (yes during Comic Con, and yes we are trying to get me to sign there and maybe even do a panel)
  • Petaluma (or Santa Rosa), CA
  • Portland, OR (likely, not yet confirmed)

 

I have 2 additional stops open on this tour!

Orbit has decided to throw this choice to my readers.

So here are 10 additional cities. Please follow this link to vote for whichever city you want me to visit. Please only vote if you would actually attend my event in that city.

  1. Salt Lake City, UT
  2. New York, NY
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Philadelphia, PA
  7. Minneapolis, MN
  8. Phoenix, AZ
  9. Atlanta, GA
  10. Grand Rapids, MI

Or follow this link to find out:

Why isn’t my city on this list?

Tweets and comments do not count towards totals. You have to vote.

I have absolutely no other details on the rest of the tour, only what I have listed above. I promise I will let you know more when I do.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Powers That Be by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles Friday, June 1, 1860 ID-  v. 41, plate 31

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Octopus That Ruled London

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
What’s The Best Writing Advice You Ever Received?

Book News:
P is for Parasol Protectorate (and Prudence)

Quote of the Day:
“He thinks I’m this astonishing, talented, wonderful person, in spite of all available evidence to the contrary. But that’s sort of what love is, I guess. A perpetual state of semideranged partiality.”
~ For Real: A Spires Story by Alexis Hall

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ECCC ~ The Comicon to Beat

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I have just returned from Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), Gentle Reader, and what a pleasant time was had by all. The only other comic con I have attended is San Diego (SDCC). While I enjoyed it very much, it was, frankly, overwhelming.

In which I meet DOOM

 

Emerald City Comicon Report

ECCC had everything I liked best about SDCC, but on a much more manageable scale. It has fewer actors and thus less star power (obv. no LA), but since that’s not really my fandom, I didn’t miss it. I have a Nor Cal lady’s suspicion of LA whenever it rears its beautiful plastic head. I liked that ECCC felt more down home and properly fannish. It really was all about the comics.

 Yes, I did try to dress on the first day to match the convention’s color theme.

Seattle seemed to handle the influx with aplomb. They even rolled out nice weather for us. The con-bar was good (if overwhelmed). I liked my hotel (there was a pool, a bathtub, and a decently priced veggie omelet on room service, all I really care about). I even managed to figure out the convention center lay out, after a few days. I never had to wait too long in any line (several of the bathrooms are gender neutral, which always helps with the line situation).

All in all, I highly recommend it and I intend to return again… if invited of course.

The Details of Gail in Seattle

I actually arrived a day early with the AB in tow, to spend time exploring the city. We started out by tracking down the Crumpet Shop for breakfast (on the recommendation of the awesome Piper J. Drake).

It’s a tiny place but well worth a visit. The crumpets were delicious and they offered butter and proper Marmite. Which, as this is basically my standard breakfast, made me endlessly happy.

The tea was excellent too. I had the loose leaf Assam (of course) a nice full leaf, rich aroma, malty and subtle. Highly recommended. Whole milk available to add, as it should be (but often isn’t).

We then visited the fish market. Where I admired this fine fellow:

We then trekked all over the city, visited Serious Pie (also thanks to Piper) and other yummy food spots. That evening was Drinklings (a private gathering for writer and other industry pros) and was, as always, a blast.

via @photosandbacon  Seattle, Washington, c.1891, Puget Sound, Aerial, “Bird’s Eye View”

Friday I had two panels, each followed by a signing. My first panel was standing room only, and I had thought it would be your standard world building 101, but the moderator kept us at a clip, my fellow panelists (Lisa MantchevDavid Levine) were witty and smart, and the audience questions were engaging. The second panel was the Orbit crew (Seanan McGuire, Sam Sykes, Brent Weeks). I’ve said it before: I feel like Orbit picks authors based on who is the biggest punk-arse at the bar. Sam started us off by stealing my hat and accusing Brent of something unmentionable and it went downhill from there. I had no less than three people come up after to say that they had never before laughed so hard at a panel. I call that a win.

After that, it was off to an evening of bar crawling and debauchery. As you do. Memorable moments include meeting a young man at the Boom party who has a new urban fantasy coming out based on bartenders fighting crime with cocktail magic (the mind, she boggles), several excellent cosplays, too many Moscow mules (I blame Myke Cole), and a great deal of gossip all of which is now quite fuzzy. That’s OK, I shall enjoy being shocked by it all over again at the next con.

The next day I had a signing at the Badali Jewelry booth. The ladies were most welcoming, the Bumbersnoot necklace was much admired, and I still had time to nip over and up to University Books to sign stock for them. So if you missed me, Seattle, you can get a signed book from them until they run out.

Then I walked the length of the city to Seattle Mystery Bookshop for my off site signing. (I found Gelatiamo on the way where they had Diplomatico, my favorite pastry, and Affogato, the only way to drink coffee). Everyone not a the con met me there, and a few hardy souls followed me over. I had a super fun Q&A with the die hard fans ~ I love you all so much!

 With a visiting Alexia and Sophronia!

I was gifted some wonderful loot including a hat, some buttons, a calligraphic letter, bookmarks, tea, octopus necklace set and so much more. Everyone is always so generous and crafty in Seattle.

The AB being exhausted from a long hike up a mountain, I crashed the Worldbuilders charity gaming event (well, OK, Pat said I could) and played games to raise money for Heifers International. It’s a fun idea, you pay to attend and then you can play your favorite board or card games with famous authors and comic book artists. There was also a silent action, a raffle, snacks, and a bar.

Peter Orullian (@PeterOrullian) took this photo as evidence. With @bobproeh

Yes I, even I, will play a game on occasion if is is antiquities based and for charity. I settled into 7 Wonders. And quite enjoyed myself.

With Peter Brett at the bar after.

All in all, a wonderful trip. I look forward to returning in the future.

As ever, you don’t have to take my word for it. Aloisius and I ~ The Adventures of Literary Miscreants reports on my bookstore visit, Gail Carriger, Steampunk Maven.

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Mrs. Henry Standish née Hélène de Pérusse des Cars (28 March 1882).
Paul Nadar (1856-1939).
Charenton-le-Pont, Médiathèque de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine.jpg

Here shown posing with a book and umbrella [no, parasol says Gail], Helen Standish, a woman of the world known for her beauty, was a familiar figure in French and British society. She received in her Paris salon many renowned artists and inspired Marcel Proust.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Adorable blowfish hat featured in my signing line on Saturday

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Matrimonial Advertisements in the 19th Century

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Ready to Write Bag

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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Gail is in Seattle at Emerald City Comicon

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dear Gentle Reader, I’m off to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon!

Here is my schedule:

April 8-9

Emerald City Comicon (Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Pl.)
2 panels and 2 signings on Friday. Gail has one more signing on Saturday in the dealer’s room.

FRIDAY

12:15 – 1:15 PM, W603 Aliens and Airships and Authors, Oh My!
1:30 – 2:30 PM Autographing Table 29
2:45 – 3:45 PM, W603 Orbit Books Panel with Seanan McGuire, Sam Sykes, & Brent Weeks
4:00 – 5:00 PM Autographing Table 29

SATURDAY

1:00 – 2:00 PM Autographing at Badali Jewelry, Booth #111

Seattle Mystery Bookshop (117 Cherry St)  4:00 – 6:00 PM Q&A and Signing. Bookstore is walking distance from the convention center. Facebook Event Page

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Peterson’s Magazine Monday, August 1, 1859 Item ID-  v. 40, plate 97

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput Prudecne Orchid

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Shifting Colors of an Octopus May Hint at a Rich, Nasty Social Life

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Key Differences Between Middle Grade vs Young Adult

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    Status: With developmental editor. Cover art almost done. Release date to come.
    Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Awaiting first pass edit. Awaiting art photo.
    Gail’s second foray into hybrid land, LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

 

Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

 

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Meanwhile on Twitter…

Quote of the Day:
“Some folk just aren’t greedy.”
“Don’t say that where the gods can hear,” Tunstall whispered. “They hate talk of things unnatural.”
~ Terrier by Tamora Pierce

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Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

Gail Is In Florida

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Right now I am traveling, Gentle Reader. I’m either getting to Florida, in Orlando, or in a secret bunker location writing the next tie-in novella. I’ll be back in two weeks.

 

Events in Orlando!

This will be my first time visiting Florida for an author event. I’m a little scared, I hope it goes well.

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

La sœur aînée (The Elder Sister) via @HammockAuthor twitter

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
 My Country, ‘Tis of Tea — Florida

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Writing: How to Take Care of Your Hands and Wrists

PROJECT ROUND UP 



Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

 

 

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Writing Excuses podcast: The Convention Survival Kit, with Gail Carriger

Quote of the Day:
“So I shot a goon and cut the head man’s throat, and after that things got violent.”
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, The Price of the Stars

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Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

Gail Will Be At Emerald City Comicon in Seattle in April

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I will be visiting Seattle for Emerald City Comicon April 7-9.

I will do 2 panels/signings on Friday afternoon. Also I’ll be signing at a vendor’s booth Saturday afternoon (special announcement to come). Details on my website, and I will also post my scheduled the day before I leave. I’m hoping to attend Writers with Drinks, if it happens.

  Seattle, Washington, c.1891, Puget Sound, Aerial, “Bird’s Eye View” via @photosandbacon

I’ve organized an off site meet up, for those unable to attend the convention. However, for my own sanity’s sake, it is walking distance from my hotel. Which means downtown. Here are the deets:

Seattle, WA April 9, 4:00 – 6:00 PM Q&A and Signing at Seattle Mystery Bookshop (117 Cherry St). Walking distance from the convention center. Facebook Event Page

Yeah I know, but I’ve come most of the way to you, and presumably you’re better on public transport than me, so you can get to me. I have faith.

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Via the Jane Austen Centre

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Casper, the Friendly Deep Sea Octopus Who’s Entirely New to Science

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
5 Quick Tips to Make Your Copy Shorter and Snappier

Book News:
Prudence and Manners & Mutiny made All About Romance’s list of Best of 2015

Quote of the Day:

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Borderlands Sponsor Special Event Tomorrow!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Gentle Reader, tomorrow (Tuesday Feb. 23) I am doing a special event in San Francisco, CA at 6:00 PM at Borderlands Books.

This sponsor ONLY panel features yours truly with Richard Kadrey and Pat Murphy: Been There, Done That, Wish I Hadn’t. We’ll share our worst career mistakes, as well as advice we wish someone had given us from the start.

Borderlands Sponsor Program is a community grassroots experiment to save a wonderful San Francisco SF/F bookstore. (Here are details about what benefits sponsors receive. Here is information about how the sponsor program came about.)

My very first bookstore reading at Borderlands in 2009. (Crazy Hair!)

 

Can’t Make It?

Here are something to read on the subject.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1820 Harvard Art Museums @harvartmuseums
Portrait by itinerant, self-taught painter Ammi Phillips.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Everything a #19thcentury soldier needs is in this Wooden Toilet Case from 1801-1830.
Image via @wellcometrust

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Hackney Cab vs. Hackney Coach

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.



Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

 

 

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:

FS FAn Art  ace-artemis-fanartist-
Sophronia and Soap from the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

Quote of the Day:
‘Why, Miss Roxborough!’
‘Why not?’ I said.
‘Don’t you remember me?’
I didn’t.
~ The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse

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Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

Steampunk Tea Party Fundraiser for Locus Foundation

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Over the weekend, Gentle Reader, Borderlands hosted a steampunk tea party to raise money for the Locus Foundation with yours truly. “The Locus Science Fiction Foundation (LSFF) is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and preservation of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.”

It was a really fun morning. 20 enthusiastic and devoted readers of my books attended, prepared to pepper me with questions, drink the tea carafe dry, and risk eternal damnation through the consumption of scotch eggs.

Nibbles included poached salmon, crab cakes, petite quiche, tea cakes, confectionery, biscuits, scones, crumpets and the most adorable cupcakes ever seen.

Rina of SF-in-SF did the bulk of the heavy lifting, and she was wonderful. Francesca, Graphics Editor at Locus attended to take photos and help, as well as other able assistants and volunteers. Borderlands was, as always, kind and gracious about allowing us to use their space. Since the cafe was open, the tea event took over the bookstore.

The goodie bags.

 

The grand prize basket & all the prizes waiting to be distributed.

Every attendee received a goody bag of Gail Carriger swag and then everyone also received a raffle prize with one grand prize winner. Everyone seemed please with their prizes. Rina and I had a wonderful time putting things together.

in which everyone is serious about tea

There was a good deal of civilized discourse and a great deal of raucous laughter. I told stories about the people behind my characters, revealed secrets about Imprudence, and I gave attendees a sneak peek at some upcoming cover art that has carefully not hit the internet yet.

It was meant to be a casual milling gathering but quickly became a sit down affair with everyone gathered around, like a large tea-orientated kaffeeklatsch. I’ve said before that kaffeeklatsches are my favorite thing to do at conventions so this was, as far as I am concerned, the best kind of event.

There might have been some animated gesticulating. I’ve blogged about my outfit over on Retro Rack.

It was great fun and we raised just about $900 for the foundation. I hope it is the kind of event that will be repeated again in the future. Everyone asked such insightful questions. As always, my readers proved themselves to be the most well dressed, creative, cheerful, and entertaining in all fandom.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1890s Royal Group –  via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

With the BFF

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
There’s A Life Form That Exclusively Lives Inside Cephalopods

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Overrepresentation

Book News:
The Horn Book says of Manners & Mutiny: “The Finishing School series goes out in style, with plenty of derring-do action, witty repartee, several surprising revelations, and satisfying romance. And, of course, some to-die-for accessories.”

Quote of the Day:
“Everything in life that’s any fun, as somebody wisely observed, is either immoral, illegal or fattening.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse


Special Event ~ Steampunk Tea for the Locus Foundation at Borderlands

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I hinted at this a little while ago, Gentle Reader, but I have added one final event for 2015 in San Francisco. You won’t see me again in public until I visit Orlando next March.

I’ll be attending this event in costume (either steampunk or full Victorian, I haven’t decided which) and I’ve donated a number of items from my collection to the goody bags. Finally, there is a good chance you will get to try my Mum’s famous scotch eggs.  Previously they honored the Soulless book launch party in 2009, but haven’t been seen in public since. Very coveted, Mum’s scotch eggs.

Here are the details:

Steampunk Tea Party Fundraiser with Gail Carriger

Sat. Dec. 5, 10AM – noon

Join author Gail Carriger and SF-in-SF for Elevenses!

TICKETS $45

 We are pleased to announce a mid-morning Steampunk Tea.
Complete with beverages, snacks, goodie bags, and prizes, this delightful soiree is being held to help raise money for the Locus Science Fiction Foundation.

 

  • Where: Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia, between 19th & 20th, San Francisco, CA; street parking is metered, and there is also a parking garage on 22nd & Valencia 
  • Cost: $45 per person (this is a charity fundraiser after all), seating is extremely limited.
  • Menu: We’ll be serving scrumptious nibbles, tempting teas, and giving away pretty prizes.
  • Everyone goes home a winner – you’ll be collecting an exclusive gift bag to take home!
  • Program: Come please mix and mingle with your fellow callers during morning tea; author Gail Carriger will be present and we’ll be raffling off some AMAZING items. Gail’s books and others with be available for private perusal and purchase, or feel free to bring your own books to be signed by Ms. Carriger at the end of the event.

PLEASE, do feel free to come in costume!!

Can’t make it?
Here’s an 8 minute video on how to make Scotch eggs. This isn’t exactly the way my Mum does it, but close enough.

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900s antique-royals.tumblr.com

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Character Cookies the Loontwill sisters

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Before Green Tea Was a Superfood, It Was Feared as a Super Toxin

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The First Museum for US Writers Will Open in 2017

Book News:

Puck Roberts (@RidiculousSquid) twitter Lord Maccon anubis form cosplay

Quote of the Day:
“This Fink-Nottle, you see, was one of those freaks you come across from time to time during life’s journey who can’t stand London.” … “He makes no secret of the fact that the place gives him the pip.”
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse


Manners & Mutiny Book Tour, YallFest, & New York Times (Finishing School)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

It’s strange how long it take me to really be back from a book tour, Gentle Reader. I mean back back, mentally as well as physically. Anyway I am, and I had a lovely time. Paced myself a bit with fewer events than usual, not sure it quite worked because in the end, as Mum put it, travel is travel and that’s exhausting.

I chose red and black outfits for this tour, since I don’t wear yellow. But I think it complemented the book cover pretty well. I’ll be blogging over on Retro Rack about all the outfits if you want to know more.

There she is, Manners & Mutiny, on the Children’s Series Best Seller list at #9. The series list is a notoriously difficult nut to crack so I am eternally grateful to everyone who ordered for their school or library, pre-ordered online or at their local brick & mortar, and took the time to buy during the first week on sale. It really does mean a lot to me, and better, it means the publishing house looks on me with favor which means… for you… MORE BOOKS.

Some Quick Tour Highlights for You

Books Inc, Opera Plaza in San Francisco is always a fun time. Lovely turn out from my local crowd on a cold Tuesday night.

I wore my favorite black coat dress with red piping and multiple petticoats, none of these pack well so I rarely bring them on tour. Thus, this was the perfect outing. That’s the NYCC banner from Little Brown’s booth behind our heads. They sent it to me! Isn’t that cool?

After Books Inc I hit the road, or the airways, as it were. I ghosted into World Fantasy, wasn’t officially attending as I was mostly in town for my signing and to see friends and colleagues.

Northshire Books in Saratoga Springs is the kind of bookstore that feels like it’s been there forever, when in fact it’s only a few years old. They were very welcoming and we filled the cafe. Even a few of my fellow authors showed up (frankly, we rarely attend to each others events) which I found charming.

Peter V. Brett took this picture of me. How many of us get to claim that kind of accolade? In other news, one lovely young lady, Eva, asked that her birthday present be to visit me. So she and her dad flew all the way from Wisconsin to Saratoga Springs for my signing. Isn’t that amazing? I’m her favorite author! It’s basically a dream come true for me.

She drew this fan art for me as well. I always say that I write to be someone’s favorite author because I know what it’s like to have them. So that’s it, I’ve done it. I got to meet myself, in a strange way. I’m so honored. Thank you, Eva.

Porter Square Books in Cambridge is a new bookstore for me. Last time I was in town I was at Pandemonium. Turns out my dear friend Adam Christopher was at Pandemonium at the SAME TIME I was at Porter. Battle of the authors! If you’re inclined toward robot noir you should check out his book, Made to Kill. He had Max Gladstone at his event, though, so… jealous. We all went out for drinks after, because, why not? All good author battles end with alcohol.

At this event I was presented with the most amazing character cookies made by a fan. So stunning. And, as I found out later, delicious. I have the most talented and amazing readers in the whole world. The cookies (well, the ones I didn’t eat) came with me to YallFest and were presented unto the first fans in my signing line on Friday. The Loontwill Sisters were picked first. Somehow, I’m not surprised.

I spent a little time in Boston after tha., I have a number of college friends around the area and it was a chance to get caught up, gossip, go vintage shopping, plan future shenanigans. You know.

Then it was off to YallFest in Charleston, which is crazy, intense, glorious, and utterly exhausting.

Friday I participated in Yall Crawl, a kind of mass signing that takes place all over the city. I wasn’t expecting many but I had a whole line of people waiting. Amazing!

That night I found a shepherdess tapestry in the hotel that Lord Akeldama would approve of, scooped up my dear friend Lauren Harris, and went off to the author mingle where there were AH-MAZ-ING collard greens (I love them so) and lots of fantastic authors including one of the greatest of us all, Mercedes Lackey. Here’s the kicker, she spotted me… and knew who I was… and likes my books… it was pretty much the greatest thing EVER! Her books still take up the most shelf space on my bookshelves. Could we just pause and talk about the vital ground breaking importance of The Last Herald Mage series? So so many of us had no idea you could write a LBGT character until we read that series. Not that we didn’t want to or it wasn’t allowed, just that we didn’t even register that it was possible in fantasy. Yes, there were others before her, but she was the one we all read. Us, the girls who loved horses and fantasy and magic. We owe her a lot. And in person, she’s totally cool, and charming, and fabulous. How marvelous is that?

Ah-hem, just a minor fan girl moment there. Now where was I? Oh yeah, no evidence exists of this meeting because I was too busy being delighted. Lauren witnessed it though, so it wasn’t a dream.

 By request, me with the Splendifereuous Courtney.

Next day I had a two panels, a signing at a train museum, met more famous authors than one can count on two hands, and played Vanna White in a game of YA Hollywood Squares. Which pretty much sums up the oddness that is the YallFest experience.

Yes, I wore my red opera gloves. Whatcha take me for, an amateur?

 The rhubarb strawberry was much less impressive than the buttermilk and the tea.

Charleston was charming. I discovered the joy of buttermilk pie, local tea, and the open air market. To my ever increasing joy kale salad was everywhere. I love kale salad. I know, but I do.

 Fans & octopodes at the market

Then it was home to a flurry of lapsed emails, appointments, and next year’s travel decisions. Also a very happy cat and AB, both of whom were delightfully affectionate.

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1700s via @AshmoleanMuseum A View of Dolo on the Brenta Canal

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tea cozy looks like Lilliput!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
As American as Iced Tea: A Brief, and Sometimes Boozy History

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“Hallo, Bertie, you old ass,” was her very matey greeting.
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse


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