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Character Names & The British Aristocracy (Special Extras from Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I was reading Vanity Fair recently, Gentle Reader, and they had one of their swanky photo bits on this British aristocratic wedding in Suffolk (Alexander Spencer-Churchill and Scarlett Strutt).

Crazy British Names

I just glanced over the names of the wedding guests and they gave me the giggles. One of the things I get asked about a lot is how I come up with names, and all you really have to do is take inspiration from the existing ridiculous reality of the British blue blooded.

Want a sample?

  • Viscount Astor
  • Anthony Gordon Lennox
  • Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill
  • Henry Wyndham
  • Anton Bilton
  • Fritz Von Westenholz
  • Lord & Lady Bamford
  • Alice Brudenell-Bruce
  • Viscount & Viscountess Rathermere
  • Florence St. George
  • Leo Fenwick
  • Kimi Hammerstrroem

Look, all I’m saying is the comedic house party regency romance practically writes itself. At least so far as names are concerned.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

NEXT UP

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles Saturday, August 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 59

Magasin des Demoiselles Saturday, August 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 59

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Ghetty Tea Display

Ghetty Tea Display

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

George Sand 1865

George Sand 1865

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Book News:

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ace-artemis-fanartist- Finished Imprudence! Primrose and Tasherit are my newest ship

Quote of the Day:

“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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


Manners & Mutiny Available in Trade

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For those of you who are collectors of the trade paperbacks (here in the USA) Manners & Mutiny is finally available today!

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This is my last official release of a Finishing School book. Yes there will be other translations, but I tend not to know when those come out.

Those of you who have been waiting for this edition to read the last installment, I do hope you like the closing of The Finishing School Series.

ace-artemis-fanartist- Soap and Sophronia (from the Finishing School series) out for a nighttime stroll

ace-artemis-fanartist- Soap and Sophronia (from the Finishing School series) out for a nighttime stroll

Yes this is the official end of Sophronia and Soap’s story. They will not show up as main characters again. (But don’t rule them out of side-ways appearances.)

As a special treat, I thought I would give you a bit of a flashback to an original blog tour I did just prior to the release of Etiquette & Espionage.

Extra Special Stuff!

Here are samples from my original blog tour, in which I play at teaching Finishing School myself.

Deportment & Disguises with The Book Rat

The business of espionage and finishing can sometimes be rather uncouth; what tips should a lady always follow to conduct herself appropriately while on the job?
Good posture is a must, and perfume strong enough to confuse supernatural senses. Lastly, a lady should never forget her sewing scissors, handkerchief, and small vile of poison – best to be prepared.

What must a lady never do, even in the hairiest of situations?
Dance with a gentleman more than two times, show her neck to a vampire without introduction, or faint without purpose.

What rules or guidelines should a lady always follow in donning a disguise?
Consider the hair in all things ­– mustaches, for example, should be treated gently. No one likes to look at the underclass, the ugly, or the uncouth, so when in doubt don all three. Also consider the opposite direction, aristocratic children, for example, can be both unseen and unheard.

A lady should always be ready for anything that comes her way at the drop of a hat (god forbid one were to drop it, that is). What are the most useful items to have on-hand to design a disguise on the fly?
Hair ribbons, sap paste, and smelling salts.

Curtsy

Drawing & Death with Alice Marvels

When drawing a friend with an unfortunately large nose, which is more important, artistic integrity or artistic tact?
Tact. Always go with tact, it’s far more versatile. I would go so far as to say it looks good on everyone.

When drawing a still life fruit bowl, is it unladylike to snack on your subject?
Yes, but if you can get away with it and not have anyone notice, there’s always the fall back of wide eyed innocence. Besides good fruit should be eaten not sketched.

What is the best way to kill someone in a crowded theater or opera house without ruining the performance?
Poison during the break that results in a subject that seems asleep. After all, everyone falls asleep at the theater, it’s practically mandatory and could even be considered a sign of good breeding.

What do you do if you’re at a fancy ball and you need to get rid of a dead body in between dances?
If you’re strong enough, dance with the body, right out into a garden. Make use of a duck pond. Duck ponds are good.

Are there any women in history you believe could have secretly attended Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality?
A very great number I believe, of course I’m not at liberty to reveal such secrets.

Fashion

Household Management & Hand-to-Hand Combat with Supernatural Snark

What’s the most important quality to look for when hiring someone for a position within the home?
Smooth running on all rails, a good set of basic protocols, well polished exterior, and gears in excellent working order. Oh, did you mean human staff?

Someone has just arrived at the front door completely unannounced and uninvited. What’s the proper response to such a situation?
Send out the butler to make it clear at you are Not At Home to callers.

When facing a larger opponent in hand to hand combat, what’s one thing a person of smaller stature should never do?
Direct attack. Diversion is always a superior approach.

Is there one part of our bodies that most people don’t know makes a great weapon?
The tongue is all too often underestimated.

If you were sent to finishing school, what’s the name of one class at which you would excel?
Tea Parties, Tarts, and Tarting It Up for all occasions.

Husband

Dress & Diversion with Forever Young Adult

Which gown styles would best benefit a young lady with an ample bosom?
Mademoiselle Geraldine would say that a lady should always dress to emphasi’ze her assets. A nice tight bodice with a scoop or square neckline, and a complimentary lace tuck never goes amiss. Besides, it never hurts to have an additional…pocket, shall we say?

The best diversionist has to think on her feet.
When in doubt: Faint backwards

In which article of a young lady’s clothing is it best to conceal a dagger?
See question number one, if possible. If not, pagoda sleeves are wide and ample, it’s best to have all ones visiting gowns designed with them for daggers or any additional necessities, like perfume.

To attract the attention of one specific individual in a crowded place from across the room, a young lady’s best weapon is:
A brightly colored fan or a very large hat.

If a lady needs to make a quick departure off of a dirigible, what is her best course of action?
Jump.

Maid Travel

Music & Modern Weaponries with Mundie Moms

If you could make yourself a clockwork weapon, what would it look like and what would it do?
I would like a holstered version of a crank heater than could boil water in a mug so I could have tea on the go.

We hear that dancing is a required skill for all Finishing School ladies. Which is the most challenging to master?
The waltz is very challenging because of the intimacy entailed, but every young lady struggles with the quadrille, particularly if she has to pass secret notes at the same time.

What is a memorable piece of music that either makes your heart skip a beat, or makes you think of a dashing young man?
Cup of Brown Joy by Professor Elemental, it does both in the best possible way and for the most excellent reason.

In between all the lessons at school, what are the ladies’ most common leisure activity?
For these young ladies, spying on each other, the teachers, and the staff not necessarily in that order.

What’s your favorite weapon to practice with?
The pen, of course. Mightier as it may be…

Money

CheriePie says of Manners & Mutiny: “If you love the steampunk genre, mixed in with some young adult fantasy, and appreciate good writing, then this is a series you should not miss.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

NEXT UP

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1864 Albert Lynch (Peruvian artist, 1851-1912) A Summer Stroll

1864 Albert Lynch (Peruvian artist, 1851-1912) A Summer Stroll

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Marshalls has a teacup! Watch out USA tea is coming.

Marshalls has a teacup! Watch out USA tea is coming.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Talking to Writers at Parties

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Book News:

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Praise for the Finishing School Series

Stephanie Wood Franklin of Insert Scene Here says:
“Following young women in the early 19th century as they learn how to set up a household and also spy for Queen and country (or hive, or pack, or some other service) is a joy to behold. The characters grow over the course of the books, while still behaving believably as teenagers would. The language is appropriate for the time period, but doesn’t hit you over the head with dialect.”

Cory Chambers of Lily Cahill says:
“This book is classified as YA, which makes sense given the age group of the characters, but it has a sophistication and sense of humor that is very adult. Seriously, this world is so real, so developed, and so delightfully British. It’s like Jane Austen meets James Bond by way of Fawlty Towers.”

Through the Looking Glass says of the Finishing School series:
“Cementing my love for these books is the wonderful notion that most problems can be solved by tea, and if no tea is readily available then there is always a wicker chicken. Again, don’t ask. Judicious use of my favourite beverage accompanied by the addition of a charming mechanimal named Bumbersnoot has endeared Gail Carriger’s world as close to my heart as the Discworld, and shall await every new book with eager anticipation.”

V’s Reads says (in a review of Manners & Mutiny):
“I simply adored this series. It’s witty and fun, and frisky! There are some not-so-subtle hints toward burgeoning sexuality, male nudity, interracial romance, even…well, allusions toward outre lifestyles for some of the boys. It tickled me from the first page, and wrapped up the four-book plotline beautifully.”

Quote of the Day:

“When he spoke again, it was to talk of pumpkins and cabbages, and after that, for he was a man of limited ideas, of cabbages and pumpkins.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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


Poison or Protect, Gail Carriger’s First Novella, On Sale Today (Delightfully Deadly)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

After a great deal of fretting and paper pushing, emails and crisis coping, countless cups of tea and likely too much chocolate I present unto you, Gentle Reader….

 

POISON OR PROTECT

A Delightfully Deadly Novella

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Where to buy?
Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Kobo

What’s this book about?

Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a stand-alone romance novella set in her popular steampunk universe full of manners, spies, and dainty sandwiches.

Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black. What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment.

It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn’t anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven – massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and… working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart – a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

Warning: Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail. May also contain plaid, appearances from favorite characters, and the strategic application of leather gloves.

Thank you!

I am indebted to my super talented freelance team:

Sue Brown-Moore did the developmental edit.
Richard Shealy was my copy editor.
Shelley Bates did the proof pass.
Nina Pierce did the formatting.

Print edition is in progress and forthcoming. Still at least two more weeks.

OUT NOW!

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 Moment of Parasol . . .

1861 Collection ID- 3 Title- Le Follet Date- Thursday, August 1, 1861 Item ID- v. 42, plate 20

Le Follet Thursday, August 1, 1861 v. 42, plate 20

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

LilliSleeping long

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How the Hatpin Became a Tool of Women’s Liberation

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Wonderful and Terrible Habit of Buying Too Many Books

Book News:

Online Eccentric Librarian says of Manners & Mutiny audiobook:

“The whole series has been fun but it really is a very inspired Audible version narration that elevates this and the other books so immensely. If anyone had ever wondered how a narration can make a book better, they should definitely check out the Finishing School series. There were so many witticisms that I would have missed otherwise but the narrator was able to voice perfectly. As well, many subtleties and nuances from the writing that would have gone unnoticed otherwise.”

Quote of the Day:

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.”

~ Oscar Wilde

 

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


The Finishing School Girls… All Grown Up (Delightfully Deadly Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

In my  Delightfully Deadly series, Gentle Reader, I’m writing about the Finishing School girls (some of them) after they have left school and are out in the world being all crafty and spy-ish.

I starting by thinking about the kind of things that the Finishing School girls would get up to once they grew up. As a result, I started to collect images that were reminiscent of the side characters, particularly gravitating to period paintings.

I thought you might like a glimpse of them, Gentle Reader. Now, the clothing represented might not be quite right, but there is something about the mood in many of these paintings that I really loved and felt like went with that character.

This, for example, could be Agatha (having learned some things about dressing properly) consulting with yet another fortune teller.

via @MimiMatthewsEsq Twitter

Speaking of which Mimi Matthews post on 19th Century Fortune-Telling- From the Drawing Room to the Court Room is excellent.

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A daguerreotype showing a hypnotist at work, c.1845.

By- John Adams Whipple (1822-1891) New York Metropolitan Museum

I like this one for Agatha too:

James Tissot, Young Ladies Looking at Japanese Objects, 1869via myhellodarling Tumblr

And what about Monique? Well she always has a bit of a thing for duck ponds.

James Tissot Painting via @Moorreen Twitter

Here’s some Sidheag imagery. For some reason I chose this first one for her even though the hair is a little dark, but the way she holds herself seems right. You know Sidheag would totally sit on the floor reading letters from her lost love.

Old Letters and Dead Leaves by Claude Andrew Calthrop via @04artemis Twitter

However the real historical Gwladys Robinson, Marchioness of Ripon, looks way more as I imagined Sidheag Maccon, Lady Kingair. I suppose, that after the Parasol Protectorate books (SPOILER if you haven’t read them, skip to the next photo) as a real Alpha, Sidheag would hold the position of Countess of Kingair (titles for supernaturals do not carry the same gender restrictions as they do for daylight folk). So she might just be this regal by the 1880s!

 1880s Gwladys Robinson Marchioness of Ripon via antique-royals Tumblr

Well, that’s all for now, just a little insight into how the mind of an author works form a visualization perspective.

{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 Moment of Parasol . . .

 

Le Follet Saturday, September 1, 1866 v. 45, plate 105

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Revealing History of Underwear

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Joy’s Book Blog reviews Prudence and says:

“Gail Carriger has such a fun and ridiculous sense of humor that I always know that her books are good for a laugh.”

Quote of the Day:

“Bread and butter, devoid of charm in the drawing-room, is ambrosia eating under a tree.”

~ Elizabeth Russell

 

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

 


Preshea All Grown Up ~ Secrets of Poison or Protect (Delightfully Deadly Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Poison or Protect the first novella in the Decidedly Deadly series features Preshea.

I’ve been particularly focused on inspirational images for her. Here are a few I have collected…

 

Carmen, Duchesse de Montmorency
via Dr Rachael Turner @turner_rachael

Here’s a painting of Preshea dreaming. (You know at least one of her husbands would have had her painted in an overly romantic manner.)

via @MimiMatthewsEsq  “The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of” by John Anster Fitzgerald, 1858

Here’s another one of her looking languid. For some reason, with Preshea, I gravitate towards these kinds of images. I see her as sad and pensive, warn by all that poisoning.

Preshea Relaxing via Natl Gallery of Art @ngadc  by John Singer Sargent

 

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Curtis & Crosby, Lewiston, Maine, USA, ca. 1870s
Carte de visite, 4 x 2 ½ ins. (10 x 6 cm) © Fine Vernacular Photography

And here is an image that is insight into something that happens in the story itself: Preshea actual consoling one of the other house guests. Does she actually manage to grow a heart? You’ll have to read to find out.

“The Approaching Footstep” by Thomas Brooks 1853
via Ephemeral Elegance @drapedinhistory

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

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.
    Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

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 Moment of Parasol . . .

1862 Title- Ladies' Companion Date- Friday, August 1, 1862 Item ID- v. 42, plate 115

Ladies’ Companion Friday, August 1, 1862 v. 42, plate 115

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lillput Long Stretch Cute

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Orchids and Wolves

Book News:

Beyond the Trope says of Manners & Mutiny:

“Many of the questions left open at the end of the last two books are finally answered. New questions arise through this story, as well, and Carriger successfully gives the readers what they want: a satisfying conclusion full of answers.”

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


Gail Carriger On Author Identity ~ Genre Bending Non-conformity For All! (Special Extras) Important for Writers

Posted by Gail Carriger

This post is the result of the spontaneous AMA I ran recently. Thanks to all who asked questions and gave me ideas for future blog posts. You, Gentle Reader, are the best!

Do you consider yourself a romance author or a YA author? 

Yes! All the things!

I generally introduce myself as a “commercial genre writer.” Partly because I want to own those three labels. I want to take commercial back from all this odd negativity around writers being nothing but artists who shouldn’t be paid well, and battle against genre not being considered proper literature. Viva la revolution!

I write fun stuff that makes people happy and they pay me enough for me to make it my living… and I’m ridiculously proud of that fact!

Cover art range you can see that they are targeting different markets with my cover art from Soulless‘s pink slashes (romance) to the Japaneses cover for E&E (young enough to be mid grade), to Imprudence‘s bright yellow aggressive look (suspense meets urban fantasy) to C&C which has a definite secretive spy YA look.

What Does Your Genre’s Theme Promise to Readers?

Are you over labels? 

Sort of. I’m enough of a social scientist to believe in some form of categorization. I like things organized and I like spreadsheets. To a certain extent, expectations and managing them are important to working real world relationships (that is, in the end, the social function of labels). I guess I’m more over the negative side effect of labels. I can be a feminist and read romance. I can be girly and tough and a nerd. I believe in categorization with allowance for nuance and complexity. It’s a tough balance, but it is possible.

How do you feel about stereotypes of romance and YA authors and readers?

They’re silly, most stereotypes are. I don’t feel like I fit them and that’s what I read. I also read military sci-fi, and historical fiction. The danger comes from those who believe the labels whole hardheartedly. One of the reasons I dodge labels as much as they’ll let me, is I can then subvert stereotypes.

A dude SF friend of mine likes to rant about Soulless and how he was “tricked by Gail into reading romance.”

“Did you like it?” I asked.

“Loved it!”

“Well then, perhaps you should try reading more romance.”

Getting hung up on labels limits the person doing the labeling far more than the one being labeled, if you ask me. It prevents you from enjoyment: whether that is trying a new book, a new food, or talking to a new person. You could miss out on something wonderful! Why do that to yourself? But then Rue’s attitude of “let’s try that thing!” comes directly from me.

{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 . . .

Fashion plate, 1873, France via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
How Female Computers Mapped the Universe and Brought America to the Moon

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Basic Author Platform

Book News:
7 Young Adult Series That Deserve the TV Treatment (Finishing School made the list)

Quote of the Day:
“She seems to have been able to conceal much of her fear of Schofield since learning of my betrothal. Indeed, she wished me happy in a very affecting way, and then spent a merry quarter hour cutting up his character with me.”
~ Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery & Cecelia

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Gail Carriger Merchandise Now Available on Zazzle

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Those of you who get the Monthly Chirrup got an exciting sneak peek in the April newsletter. For everyone else, here is the Official Announcement…

I’ve started puttering about with merchandise!

I know, isn’t that exciting?

Gail Related Apparel

After a great deal of research I chose Zazzle to host my shop and produce the items for me. Frankly the royalty isn’t much, but the range and quality of the items seems superior to other options. Also, the interface is easier to learn (you know me). Please be patient with me, these are only initial forays. I’m still figuring it all out.

Fun Tea Related Items

Now, before I get tetchy emails…

  1. It is not possible for me to offer items showcasing my novel covers or manga art.
  2. You can switch the product, so if you want it on a different color or style… YOU CAN CHANGE IT YOURSELF! (I know right? So cool.)
  3. Zazzle’s interface, prices, and goods are not totally flexible. I can add more fancy stuff or more cheap stuff from what Zazzle has on offer, but the baseline cost of a mug, for example, can’t be altered.
  4. Thus I can’t offer something like a chatelaine, parasol, or teacup ~ not on Zazzle anyway.

 

Finishing School Stuff

I was going to roll out merch along with the new website, but the website is taking longer than anticipated and I can’t wait, I’m too excited.

So, because this is me, I’m starting off talking about apparel!

Witty grammar related statements, and fan pins. (Ellipses Are Forever shirt)

T-Shirts for Ladies, Gentlemen, & Infant Inconveniences

So the thing to know about Zazzle is you can take any of the designs you like and put them on 146 other styles ~ men’s, babies, hoodies, tanks, polo, jersey, etc. Although I tend to have destined for the shirt displayed.

 

Finishing School Shirts
Vintage fan and name of book and author on front pocket, quote on back:
All the Best Geniuses Are Evil & Who Doesn’t Want a Wicker Chicken?

 

 

WARNING

The American Apparel line (while the highest quality & thickest cotton) runs SMALL. 
Gail Tested: I’m a size 6, normally wearing between and small and medium. I ordered this in M and it was at least a size too small. The LARGE was still a bit tight in the arms. I’d suggest ordering a men’s SMALL instead.

I talk more on fit and style in this Retro Rack post.

Zazzle Shirts On The Rack! How Do They Fit? Gail Carriger Merch!

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

“The New Look”  Christian Dior, 1947  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
These Self-parking Office Chairs Return to Their Desks

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
So You Want to Become An Author Assistant?

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: 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. Chasing cover 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:
Anomaly: Star Trek TNG: Remember Me (with Gail Carriger)

Quote of the Day:
“I’m off to the punch bowl, dear hearts—collect me when it’s time to leave in disgrace.”
The man’s wasted as a medic, Beka thought, smiling after him. He should have gone on the stage.
~ 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!

Cover Art Poll Results ~ The Ultimate Champion

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

This is exciting, Gentle Reader. Two of my covers were neck and neck the whole time. And the winner by a very slim margin is…

The Soulless special edition from Subterranean Press. (Insert wild applause here.)

Here’s the final pie chart. (PIE!)

As you can see Waistcoats & Weaponry gave Soulless Ltd a run for her money, coming is an astonishingly close second, with Prudence and then Soulless the original bringing up the rear.

 

Thank you all so much for voting!

To answer a question I’m getting a lot on social media: yes, this may indeed influence future covers on the self-publishing side of things, but not right away. Frankly the Poison or Protect cover was already taking cues from W&W (because it’s one of my favorites) and because it’s an adult spin off from that series.

I’ll keep the special edition in mind if I do my own collected special editions. For example, if/when self publishing ever makes it easy to do hard cover editions. Also I will certainly look with greater interest at the Prudence cover for inspiration. I kind of discounted it and now I see that I shouldn’t have done so.

Thanks again!

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles Saturday, May 1, 1858 v. 39, plate 105

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The First Kiss in Cinema (1896)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Answering Nature’s Call in Paris in 1800s

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
High Fantasy Vs. Epic Fantasy

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“Aunt Dahlia was drinking something that smelled like a leak in the gas-pipe, and I thought for a moment that it was that that made her twist up her face.”

~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

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Cover Art Polls, Results & Pick the Ultimate Winner!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well, my dear Gentle Reader. I ran a series of polls recently to do with cover art. I just wanted to get a feel for the prevailing opinions on my cover art out there. Partly out of pure curiosity. Partly with an eye towards my own hybrid work coming up.

Since Google forms now provides nifty pie charts (PIE!) I thought you would like to see the results for yourselves.

The Parasol Protectorate

 

Not unsurprisingly the clear winner was Soulless, the original. This powerful cover got me where I am today. All hail Donna, her parasol, and some serious pink slashes!

 

The Finishing School

 

I was delighted to see Waistcoats & Weaponry walk away with this win. Certainly one of my favorite covers, partly because that’s my fan. Also, I like a cover where the model is looking out at you, confrontational and powerful. Plus you all know how I feel about teals and greens. Love love.

 

Custard Protocol

 

Not really a fair fight since there are only two books in this series, so far. And one of them isn’t even published yet. Still, here we have it!

 

Other Covers

 

For the sake of international interest I included a few of my covers from outside the USA (I basically just chose my favorites of the sets, one each of the German covers and the second omnibus and the new limited edition hardcover.) The winner was, to my delight, the Subterranean Soulless!

So now, to make it utterly impossible for you, I am asking you to pick your favorite of these four! I know, I know, I’m mean. But inquiring minds want to know.

Who wins fan favorite Gail Carriger cover? Only you can decide.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Bon Ton Sunday, August 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 123

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Welcome to the World of Library Bars

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
10 Types of Apostrophe Errors You Should Avoid

Book News:
20 Books Recommended By People with Chronic Illness for People with Chronic Illness (Parasol Protectorate made the list)

Quote of the Day:
“Lady Grenville thinks that one can reduce one’s figure by eating only grapes. Lord Grenville drinks even more claret than most gentlemen and is far fatter. (Evidently one must eat the grapes and not drink them.)”
~ Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery & Cecelia

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Official News ~ Merch! Bumbersnoot Necklace Now Available

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Dear Gentle Reader, I have arranged with Badali to create a few Finishing School fine jewelry pieces. Badali makes beautiful high-quality pieces and have worked with various author friends of mine, so I have complete confidence in them. Badali is mainly owned and run by women. I met them at ECCC and they were wonderful ladies.

I think that this first piece shows that my confidence is very well placed.

Bumbersnoot Necklace!

The adorable Bumbersnoot necklace for $29 is available in two bronze patinas (antique and plain) and comes with three chain options (stainless steel, silver, or black leather cord).

They will be rolling out more items over the coming months. They have been wonderful to work with so far, and have involved me in consultation on every part of the design. So yes, this looks very much like the Bumbersnoot in my imagination.

The necklace debuted at the Badali Booth at ECCC, where I also did a signing. Last I heard on Saturday they were close to selling out! If you were lucky enough to get one there, and like your purchase, please do leave a review on their site?

It’s a delicate little pendant necklace, and I put it on myself so you could see what he looks like.

For those who love behind the scenes stuff, here are some photos of the Bumbersnoot cast being created out of wax.

 

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1850 Parasol via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Victorian-era Exercise Machines

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Imagining Backward: Or, Why Steampunk is History, The Past is Present, and Up is Down

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: Back from developmental editor. Cover art complete. Release date and cover art reveal 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. Cover art photo targeted, in negotiations.
    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:

ace-artemis-fanartist:
Soap and Sophronia from Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series.
This is after the series.
These cuties are about to make a mess of an airship (they do that often) and kissing good luck before they get down to work.

Quote of the Day:
“Include a beautiful woman with raven locks and porcelain skin, preferably quite young, and let her die tragically of some unknown ailment.”
~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

Your Favorite Parasolverse Character Paired with a Movie (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Just a fun thought experiment, Gentle Reader.

Fan Art Characters by _cosmashivah

If X is my favorite character, what should I watch?

Characters I struggled with…

  • Lord Maccon ~  Needs to be Scottish, obvs, but is Outlander too… Outlanderish? Thoughts?
  • Ivy Hisselpenny ~ Ridiculous hats and extra silliness. I considered Stiff Upper Lips (hats not big enough).
  • Dimity ~ As challenging as Ivy in her own sparkling way.
  • Percy ~ He’s just so Percy, he wouldn’t approve of any of this.
  • Soap ~ Too difficult! Save the Last Dance maybe?

Your suggestions welcome!

{Gail’s monthly read along for April 2016 is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

nion Magazine Date-  Friday, September 1, 1848 Item ID-  v. 33, plate 57

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
19th Century Lost Connections and Lonely Hearts

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Is Freelance Writing as Great as it Sounds?

Book News:

ace-artemis-fanartist-tumblr
A quick Finishing School doodle. Sophronia fighting Monique in
Waistcoats & Weaponry.

 

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Sophronia’s Map in Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Gentle Reader,

please note that this blog post contains spoilers for those who have not yet read Manners & Mutiny. Read further at your own risk!

******* SPOILERS *******

So, in M&M, Sophronia is stuck aboard her school (mostly alone) trying to stop the bad guys from attacking London. (I was thinking about a ST:TNG episode called Starship Mine.) It, in turn, comes from that grand tradition of “one good guy on a ship full of bad guys” endemic to the Boys Own Adventure novel. You know it, the noble cabin boy on the pirate ship, the lone gunman riding into the den of thieves. Someone on Twitter likened this to Die Hard (or Con Air or Alien or…).

Anyway, Sophronia is on the school dirigible, alone against many. She draws herself a map of the airship as she systematically works her way through it, eliminating the bad guys.

Because I’m a pretty visual person, I ended up drawing myself this map, here it is!

Many of you were gratifyingly thrilled to see an actual schematic map of the school included in this final book, but you’ll notice ti wasn’t the one pictured above.

Just as some insider trading: we actually discussed whether to use a full internal schematic of the dirigible or if it would be more helpful to have a professional redraw my sketch above.

In the end, we went with the schematic, as follows:

Finishing School Free JPG Schematic Map

(You can download a digital copy of this map for free here, or you can buy a poster version from my merch shop.)

I did draw one of these too, and I’ve had that since the first book.

Finishing School Gail's Sketch Map Schematic

Either way, I adore that Little Brown agreed to let me have a map in my book!

In other news,  I ran across this fan recently, and it occurred to me to wonder if there would be a commemorative fan for the ending of the mechanicals era.

The Fan Museum @TheFanMuseum
French fan (c.1770) commemorating the union of the Dauphin & #MarieAntoinette

Lindsay of Me on Books says of Manners & Mutiny:

“As with the previous books, there is no shortage of mystery or deception, of truth-seeking or secret-uncovering. Of Picklemen-hunting or sootie friendship-making. But this is certainly the most dastardly plan Sophronia has ever had to untangle and thwart. The one that might reveal the most about this secretive intelligencer world of hers. The one that, if mishandled, might bring down society as they know it.”

{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 . . .

Ladies’ Companion Date-  Tuesday, June 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 112

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How to Write Better Short Stories

Book News:
Robin Willis of Library School Journal says of Manners & Mutiny:

“I could not be happier with the outcome of this series, along with its ties to her other books. Ms. Carriger is firmly down as one of my favorite authors. I strongly recommend this title, as well as every other one in the Finishing School series to any collection serving students in grades 6 and up.”

Quote of the Day:

“A typical afternoon’s calling for Marion Sambourne, who was enthusiastically social, was ‘Called on Mrs Kemp, Mrs Christopher, Mrs Humphreys, all out. Had tea at Mrs Holmes, stayed some time. Called & had tea at Mrs Tuer’s and at Miss Hogarth’s, saw Mrs Andrews and girls teas, three cards left was about average for her.”

~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders 


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