Tagged Foreign Language Editions

Japanese Cover Art for E&E

Posted by Gail Carriger


Presenting for you, Gentle Reader, the amazing cover art for Etiquette & Espionage from Japan.

This art is for the translation, not a manga version. I love the way they depict the balconies of the school. It’s very similar to how I imagined them. The book has been out in Japan for a while and I saw the cover when it was tweeted at me a little while ago, but this is the offical image. Enjoy!


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

 1895-1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Paolo and Michela Baldessari clothespin-shaped bench

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
“The one obligatory time for a man to send out his own cards was upon his marriage, the receipt of the card signaling that you were respectable enough to be retained as a friend even though the new groom’s bachelor days were now over. When a man marries, it is understood that all former acquaintance ends, unless he intimates a desire to renew it, by sending you his own and his wife’s card.”
~ Daniel Pool
(I know couples like this.)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Writing in 140: Avoiding the Info Dump in Dialogue

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Fifth draft out to Beta number 4. Things are looking up.  
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013. 
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013

~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013. 
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.


The Books!


The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series!
Please DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
 $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister’s Song

Book News:
Using gen8’s Chibi Maker 1.1 daleksatgreendale on Tumblr made Alexia, Ivy, Lord Akeldama, and Madame Lefoux.


Quote of the Day:

Gail Carriger: An American Author in France ~ Part Three, Epinal

Posted by Gail Carriger


So after eating my body weight in shell fish in St. Malo, we made our way across the width of France (pretty much) to Epinal in the Vosges Mountains for the Imaginales Festival. It was a blast, Gentle Reader.

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Self & Helen in front of Magic Mirrors Panel Room

There was an epic stall at the train station on the way there, when our lay over of two hours turned into six. I managed to convince the cafe there to give me hot boiled water (with their tea bag, which I rejected in favor of my own, Lipton indeed!) and a side of cold whole milk. As I do not speak any French, I consider this my biggest victory of the whole trip.

Tea and three little beignets: apple, raspberry, chocolate

I know most of these posts seem to be centered on food, but frankly, that’s my personality ­– entirely driven by my gullet. I know I may come off as all writerly but, really, most of what I do in life centers around food. I know, after reading my books, I am sure you are shocked by this confession. Shocked! But now, on to Epinal.

Self taking in the hotel’s lovely view of the park

Unlike Etonnants Voyageurs, Imaginales is fantasy centered. There didn’t seem to be all that much sci-fi even, although Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance are certainly creeping in. The French, rather charmingly call this sub-genre “Bit-Lit” (literature that bites). My books are classified as Bit-Lit. (I always find it interesting as to where marketing puts my series, given the books straddle so many sub genres.) At Imaginales I palled about with a group of fellow American including one of my oldest pro-circuit friends Ken Scholes. Also Kristin Cashore had come from St. Malo as well (a co-conspirator in bumbershoot obsession – she loves the umbrella, I love the parasol, an East Coast vs. West Coast thing?) and the marvelous Alexandra Ivy joined us fresh off the plane.

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American Invasion Team Fantasy: self, Ken, Kristin, Alexandra

I had a wonderful time at Imaginles. Beforehand, everyone kept telling me it’s very “family friendly.” Which I took to mean full of children, but which actually meant that everyone behaved like family and was super chummy. There was a real sense of comradeship among the visiting authors ­– American, Germans, and British alike. And I must say the translators and industry folk who attended, seemed to be having just as much fun as us authors. We got up to a great deal of raucous mischief. But when we were out with the French, it was usually they who were the rowdiest, so I refuse to take all the blame as the bonkers American. The Germans behaved themselves though.

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Self and the lovely Kai Meyer

Imaginales is a pretty big deal for Epinal, the mayor welcomed us, we appeared on local TV, and the town restaurants threw open their proverbial doors.

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A real TV Interview!

I ate three times at the local vegetarian place (so called because it has one meatless option on the menu and lots of healthy sides), twice at the delicious pizza joint, and the rest time delved deep into local cuisine. I even found tea!

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Finding joy in a cup of tea

One of the most unique experiences was the picnic, where French authors all bring their favorite local dishes to share with the visitors. Alexandra and I sallied forth into the madness and tried many a strange and delicious items. I developed a passing fondness for what was called magret (basically duck prosciutto).

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Experiencing the fated Picnic

Big thanks go out to the lovely Stephanie of Imaginales, and warmest of wishes to all the volunteers, several of whom I wanted to take home in my pocket they were so cute. Also Helen is the best interpertor evah. And I can’t finish this post without mentioning my killer Orbit team, who took amazingly good care of me and ushered the lost waif from one event to the next with goodwill and the regular application of Author’s Oil (aka booze).

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Stephanie and I pose in the interview zone.

You don’t have to take my word for it, here’s a blog all about me at Imaginales from the lovely Grande Dames of French bloggers. I am particularly pleased to note the sea pig warranted a mention. You have heard of the sea pig, yes?

Day 7, Travel
Mostly in taxis, on a train, at a train station outlasting a bomb scare, then in a train again. Finally in hotel. Epinal puts its authors up in swanky digs!
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Lessons learned:
French men have a thing about lollipops.
Always pack a suitcase small enough to go in the overhead on a train.
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Day 8, Epinal
Early meet and greet panel, interviews, food, socializing, more food, signing, interviews, food, drinks, mirabelle ice cream.

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Had to share Helen with Ken for the first Panel. She’s mine!

Learns learned:
Never try to out drink or out eat the French.

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My dinner, traditional beef tartar.

Day 9, Epinal
Food, interviews, blogger lunch and tea, panel, signing, fancy dinner out at a castle Gail is delivered by a veggie truck, cheese, too much wine.

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Lesson learned:
France is not the place to visit if you are gluten intolerant, vegetarian, or allergic to cigarette smoke.
I already find coffee challenging. French coffee is like a bitter Napoleon waging war on your taste buds.

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Day 10, Epinal
Kaffeklutch breakfast, noon cocktails, crazy picnic lunch, interviews, solo panel, femmes panel, goodbye dinner with publishers.

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Lessons learned:
Never let Manuel steal the cat.
The french love sweets too.

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Happy frenchman with petit deserts.

I did get an amazing amount of tribute from my French readers. I have pictures to come. Unfortunately, I had to eat and use most of it there, as I never travel with a suitcase large enough to bring large items back with me.

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Day 11, Epinal
Food, interview, light food, signing, interview, goodbye panel, goodbye drinks, goodbye dinner

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Lesson learned:
More than three days of a convention and I struggle, must pace myself better next time.
Can’t wait to come back!

Goodbye Epinal!

The rest of my time in France I took as a vacation. I have a few pictures of steampunk and Gail-ish type things which I may do a blog about or may just leak in over the next few weeks. I know, vacation, imagine that? I realize that last year I took about 2 weeks all told. I’m trying to do better in future ~ work/life balance and all that. It’s the odd thing about working for one’s self, it’s very easy to just never stop. Even while I was on vacation I still checked in regularly, answered email, and you can probably tell form twitter/FB I had a hard time staying offline.

But I did have a fab time. The AB and I visited Colmar, Strasbourg, and ended in Paris. I ate too much. No surprise there. But the best meal I had the entire time was a duck dish at:

Chez Graff
62 Rue de Bellchasse
Near Rue De Grenelle

If you’re in Paris, do try to go there. Really, it’s worth the metro trip.


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Teapot at the Colmar musuem (could be chocolate pot)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Locking chests at the Colmar Museum

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Writing desk at the Colmar Museum

Book News:
Calico Reaction says of E&E,  “I think the best way to describe this book to readers unfamiliar with Carriger is that it’s a hyrbid of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy.”

Quote of the Day:
“A Mysterious Visitor.
Among the recent visitors to London we find notified an extraordinarily dense fog. This visitor, though somewhat obscure, created considerable sensation, and a sort of general illumination was got up by the London shopkeepers on the occasion. The fog arrived by the Thames, and made so much of the short time of remaining that the visitor was nearly all over London in a very brief period.”
~ Punch August 1853

Gail Carriger: An American Author in France ~ Part Two, St. Malo Etonnants Voyageurs

Posted by Gail Carriger


So it was that armed with crepe diagnostics and pink toilet paper we journey on through France to St. Malo and the Etonnants Voyageurs Book Festival. Let me tell you, Gentle Reader, things are a mite different at French book fairs.

Here I am on top of the tower of the old town pointing down at the white tents of the book fair.

So, as you can tell part of the fair took place in big tents, the rest was in the big stone building near by or a hotel a little down the way. So far as I could gather from the interwebs, Etonnants Voyageurs started as a travel book festival and has evolved from there. Thus, to me, it felt a little more like a baby BEA or ALA than my normal SF/F only stomping grounds. It was rather fun to be on panels with main stream and mystery writers, for example.

First Panel (photo by the awesome Claire)

I was given an interpreter because I don’t speak a lick of French. Helen is also a translator, and she may be one of the coolest people ever. I got her for both festivals so you’ll see lots of pictures of me leaning in towards her. She preferred for me to speak in larger chunks and then to translate the whole concept into French. After multiple interviews and panels, by the end of the ten days I think she could have answered most questions without me.

Gail & Helen

The festival put up the authors and also fed us this amazing buffet for lunch. We had meal vouchers for dinner to use at certain cafes around th city. It was great! I spent most of my time at my assigned station signing and chatting, very badly, with those who came up (Helen had more than one of us to deal with so we were on our own for signings.) The booth was run by a bookstore.

Signing in booth (also by Claire)

Also spent a good deal of time exchanging funny looks with Paolo Baccigaloupi across the way.

Paolo and his interpreter/translator Sarah

Paolo and I have been friends since we met at Balticon several years ago. (There was a late night incident with Mur Lafferty and chocolate martinis which created bonds than can never be broken … and I will say no more about that.) It was awesome to see him in France, nothing beats a friendly face.

Day 3, St. Malo

Moving between hotels ended up at the ultra modern Oceana 76 Chausse du Salon. Good internet access. St. Malo is cold and windy but beautiful!
Signing and a panel on vampires.
Dinner with publishing house and the awesome Kristin Cashore.
So much seafood. New beasties eaten included: periwinkles, whelks, raw cockles, oysters mariner.


Lessons learned:
Spoons for breakfast, forks for lunch.
One does not have to actually do all of one’s signings.


Day 4, St. Malo

Signing in the booth. Eating more seafood including the two shellfish I didn’t get yesterday – scallops and muscles. Both smaller then I am used to. Panel on gothic girls. Crazy dinner with other authors, I ate sweetbreads and they were yummy. Spent dinner mostly nattering with Paolo. Yay Paolo!


Lesson Learned:
Never let the French order the wine for everyone.
Always jump up first to pay your share of the bill.
I love whelks.


Day 5, St. Malo

Signing in the booth. Eating from the buffet in the green room I counted: 4 types pickled fish, 5 salmon dishes, 12 different head-cheese style lunch meats, whelks!, 8 cheeses, 14 desert options (not including cheese) and much more. In France buffet eats you! Went to museum and climbed up to battlements, very windy but beautiful. More signing. Arctic walk back and delicious pizza for dinner.


Lessons learned:
Flag of St. Malo is a caped weasel. Best. Thing. Ever. (Ok so it’s an ermine, but it looks like a weasel.) There is an andoulle so disgusting, I actually couldn’t eat it, and I eat anything. Also: 14 deserts is 4 desserts too many even for my super-powered sweet tooth. Regardless of what’s on offer, the mousse is always the best option. Rice pudding is the provenance of Portugal and India. Champagne goes great with pickled and smoked fish. And whelks! Love the sea snails. Love them good.


And that, from my perspective, was Etonnants Voyageurs. But, you don’t have to take my word for it, here one of my French readers gives her report.

Do let me know if I’m neglecting to answer questions you may have about French book fairs, and I will try to address them in my next report when we poodle across the country to Epinal for Imaginales.

But first, tomorrow, there will be C&C contest winners!


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Umbrellas on display in St. Malo

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Oddly stretched steampunk cats in St. Malo.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Spyglass with a steampunk look on the St. Malo ramparts.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Fun old fashioned writing utensils in a shop in St. Malo.

Book News:
Roxanne Reads/ Elise Reviews say of E&E, “Sophronia is clever and courageous…Full of fun and cheek.”

Quote of the Day:
“The dressmaking establishment recently opened in London by Princess Pierre Napoleon Bonnaparte, is thus described: A quiet page in buttons conducts the visitor to a room arranged with rare taste and elegance…”
~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine August 1872

Gail Carriger: An American Author in France ~ Part One, Paris

Posted by Gail Carriger


Hello my darling Gentle Reader, I am home!

I had a marvelous time in France. The waiters were indeed grumpy, the taxi drivers beyond the pale, but the food was amazing and everyone was impossible sweet and dear (even the waiters after some attempts at French, although the taxi drivers remained hopeless). The AB and I returned home to California making murmurs about moving to Strasbourg for three months out of every year, (dreams, dreams). I manged to eat the illusive floating island AKA ile flottante. This is a long running quest. I have been trying to eat a floating island since I first heard of the amazing concept some 20 years ago.


Accompanying it on the menu was something called a chocolate quenelle, which of course the AB ordered (because it’s chocolate) but which I was deeply excited about because of the name. More than one Quenel! How fun is that? (It turned out to be very tasty indeed, kind of like a very dense puddingy ganoche).

Speaking of characters turning up on menus, the very first night we were in Paris we encountered a rosé on offer at a pub called Chateau Lefoux! Of course, I ordered it.


It was a bit sharp for me, perhaps a little too fresh, but then many readers feel that way about Madame Lefoux. (Oh, aren’t I witty!?) Now where was I?

Oh yes, France, the food. I ate too much of it. Particularly the cheese. For France is a land that puts cheese in its proper place. Its proper place being everywhere, available at all times, and if not actually in the dish, then served as its own course, often both. So much cheese.


And now, what did I get up too?

Day 1, Paris

Checking into hotel then consuming croissant and coffee. Walked through Luxembourg Gardens looking for dinner. Not much in the way of dinner before 7:30 PM so instead found wine. Eventually, sourced crepes, realizing that most savory ones are made from buckwheat and called galettes.


Lessons learned:
The French do not line up, nor do they form a queue, they cluster.
In Paris, parks and cafes are living rooms.
When hungry before 8pm best to eat crepes. Hell it’s always best to eat a crepe.

Day2, Paris

Consuming an amazing breakfast of coffee and croissant, packing and organizing for trip to St. Malo. Lunch of puff pastry filled with goat cheese and grilled veggies and then a visit to my publishing house.


Navigated to Norte Dame and encountered epic number of flying buttresses. I love flying buttresses. Weee! Walked around Latin Quarter and discovered a Jules Verne Bookstore, also paid homage to Shakespeare & Company, obtained tasty portable leak quiche for dinner on the train to St. Malo.


Lessons learned:
It’s very peaceful, being surrounded by books, perhaps because they are essentially boxed dreams?
In Paris cheese on a sandwich or on a crepe, seems to mean some form of Swiss.
Some French trains have pink toilet paper.

Next up I tell you a bit about my sojourn in St. Malo and the Etonnants Voyageurs Book Festival.

Also, I believe I have a contest to conclude . . . !!


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Doll Parasol at Colmar Musuem

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Doll Tea Set at Colmar Musuem

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Fashion store that shows gowns in fields of tea.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
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Writing Desk at Colmar Museum

Book News:
BOOKGailShelved copy
My book in a French bookstore!

Quote of the Day:
“Are French Canadian Ducks Quebec Quack?”
~ Gail & the AB in conversation

Gail is in France!

Posted by Gail Carriger


Well, my dear Gentle Reader, I am off to foreign climes. I’ll be traveling from May 15 ~ June 7 in France. The first half will be work, and the second half vacation. I’ll be checking in online, periodically, but mostly unable to respond to anything until I get back.


If you would like to see me while I am there, I will be in St. Malo for Etonnants Voyageurs Festival May 18 ~ 20, and then in Epinal for Imaginales Festival May 23 ~ 25.

When I’m not at panels or eating, I can probably be found at the Calmann/Orbit booth signing and chatting. I’d love love love to see you!

Etonnants Voyageurs Festival in St. Malo

* Signing in the Libraire L’Atlante (we thingk) Booth 84 *

May 18, Saturday
2:15 pm Panel: “Le Retour des vampires” = “Vampires are back”
Maison de l’Imaginaire

May 19, Sunday
4:45 ~ 5:30 pm Panel: “Gothic Girls”
Nouveaux Mondes, Room 2

May 20, Monday
9:00 am Breakfast with Fans
Café L’Univers, Grande Terrasse

Imaginales Festival in Epinal

* Signing in the La Bulle du Livre (the main festival room) *

May 23, Thursday
10:00 am Panel: “coup d’envoi des Imaginales”, which means “Welcome to Imaginales!”.
Espace Cours
Ken Scholes, Lucius Shepard

May 24, Frday
4:00 pm Panel “All kinds of creatures”
Magic Mirrors 2

May 25, Saturday
9:00 am Breakfast Kaffeklutch
Noon ~ 1:00 pm “La fantasy urbaine, réenchanter notre époque” or “Urban Fantasy, how to re-enchant our time”.
Magic Mirrors 2
4:00 pm Q&A/Reading: “Meeting Gail Carriger”
Magic Mirrors 1
5.00 pm Panel: “Femmes et Fantasy, du faire-valoir à la femme” or “Women and Fantasy, from a foil to an action woman”
Magic Mirrors 1

May 26, Sunday
6:00 pm Panel: “One for the Road”
Magic Mirrors 1


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Guest Agent Sara Megibow: Is the Agent Pitch Session an Effective Tool or Could it use a Tweak?

Book News:
5BookScan copy

Quote of the Day:
“My hands are perfumed with her delicious limbs, and I cannot wash off the scent. And every moment the thought comes across me of those mysterious recesses of beauty where my hands have been wandering.”
~ Reverend Charles Kingsley, 1840 (AKA the author of The Water Babies)

In Which Gail Worries About France

Posted by Gail Carriger


I am going to France in a little over a month, Fashionable reader. I’ll be in Saint Malo of Les Etonnants Voyageurs Festival (May 18-20) and then Epinal for Imaginales (May 23-26)! If you are in the area and can come and see me, the details of my French trip can be found on the Gail Carriger sightings page. After that, the AB and I will explore of the countryside near the German border and end with a few days in Paris. I am excited, of course I am excited, but I am all scared.

Via Facebook

I have been to France briefly before but I don’t speak any French and I’m terrified by the language and intimidated by the culture. I excavated in Italy, I speak decent Spanish, and many of my friends in graduate school were Greek. As a result, those tend to be the Mediterranean counties I gravitate towards. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know a part of Europe I’ve never really explored before, but I do suffer from travel fatigue.

no more
Via Facebook

Of course, I am attracted by the fashion, the food, and the wine. I understand all about the romance and the beauty. But I’m still scared, and the fear is blocking me from getting as enthusiastic as I want to be about the trip.

Via Facebook

I thought I might appeal to you for help, Gentle Reader. Have you visited France? Have you always wanted to visit? Do you simply love France, or French culture? Would you mind telling me one exciting thing about the country or the people? Something that is not common knowledge? Something fun and unusual? Something a crazy tea drinking octopus centered glove wearing steampunk author might latch on to?

All thoughts appreciated.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1865 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1865 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Felted Octopus spotted in Jack London Square

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Quirky Victorian Term explained: Ambergris “Ambergris (or grey amber) is a perfume found in the intestines of the spermaceti whale, of floating on the sea; it is an unctuous solid body, of an ash colour. The Europeans value it only as a scent; the Asiatics and Africans use it in cookery.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

Book News:
Not only I had a good time at AnomolyCon.

Quote of the Day:
— The man is a fool who, when asked for his candid opinion, gives it.
~ Punch December 1853

Etiquette & Espionage On NYT

Posted by Gail Carriger


I’m delighted to announce that Etiquette & Espionage debuted at #9 on the New York Times Hard Back Young Adult Bestseller List! I know who did this, you Gentle Reader. Thank you so much! And yes, this is my first time cracking top 10! I feel euphoric. I celebrated with tea and truffles.

Celebrator tea and orange chocolate truffles

Tomorrow, Saturday Feb. 16, I’ll be in Sacramento & Davis!

1:30 pm Steampunk Emporium & Swap Meet (1250 Howe Avenue, suite 3A, Sacramento, CA 95825) Signing

4 pm The Avid Reader (617 2nd St. Davis, CA 95616) Signing and Q&A

I hope to see some of you there.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Dress 1923 The Philadelphia Museum of Art
1923 The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
iHome Portable Speaker

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
The Most Important Qualities in Best Selling Authors

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Release date November 2013. Await ARCs.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date OUT NOW Tour events in progress!

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, both now available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ OUT NOW

Book News:
E&EJapaneses copy
Etiquette & Espionage Japanese

Quote of the Day:
“Whence have we Lead? It abounds most in England: the best mines are in Cornwall, Devonshire, Derbyshire, Northumberland, and Durham. Cumberland has a mine of the best black lead for pencils. This mineral is quite different from lead, and is called Plumbago.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

Daisypath Wedding tickers

Foreign Editions & Fantasy Hat Cameo for Charity!

Posted by Gail Carriger


In other exciting news, I’ve several foreign editions of various Parasol Protectorate books in the available for purchase over on Pat Rothfass’s Tinker’s Pack. All proceeds benefit Heifer International. This is a great opportunity to own an Alexia book in a different language! And please do check back regularly, more may pop up as the month progresses.

  • Polish
  • Japanese
  • German
  • French
  • Swedish
  • Hungarian
Japanese Blameless

Also I have a sort-of Tuckerization available. You know I never do anything normal, so I’m offering a hat Tuckerization in either of my new series.

Joe Dallek Ivy Hat

Here’s the blurb:

A Fantasy Hat Cameo to appear in a novel by Gail Carriger.

Gail Carriger is pleased to offer a Fantasy Hat Cameo for inclusion in one of her up-coming Parasol Protectorate universe novels. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Worldbuilders fundraiser.

Gail will work with the winner to describe a hat (or sketch, or photo, or real life headpiece) to appear in a Parasol Protectorate Abroad or Finishing School book. Put a bonnet on a vampire queen or a steampunk topper on your favorite drone. Who knows, if it’s truly outrageous, perhaps even Ivy herself will give your hat a twirl.

Contact details with Gail to be set up following the auction.

To bid on the most awesome hat option, click here.

Book News:
Cosplay of the cover parasol of Soulless!

Quote of the Day:
“Ivy Hisselpenny was the unfortunate victim of circumstances that dictated that she be only-just-pretty, only-just-wealthy, and possessed of a terrible propensity for wearing extremely silly hats. This last being the facet of Ivy’s character that Alexia found most difficult to bear. In general she found Ivy a restful, congenial and, most importantly, willing partner in any excursion.”
~ Soulless

Daisypath Wedding tickers

Latest Parasol Protectorate German Cover ~ Heartless

Posted by Gail Carriger


I think this is the German Cover for Heartless, although I’m not certain, it could be Timeless. I also have no idea what the title translates to.

German Cover Heartless maybe

You can see all my thoughts on the first three German covers here. Not a whole lot has changed. These are also the covers that France is using for their new Mass Market Paperback editions. France consulted me, Germany is less communicative, shall we say.

You might recognize her outfit from a certain stage show in Timeless. I do what I can.


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Cow Riding

Book News:
Have fun casting an imaginary movie of my books over on Story Casting

Quote of the Day:
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”
~ Francis Bacon

In Which Gail Interviews the Lovely Morgan Keyes

Posted by Gail Carriger


Today, Gentle Reader, one of my occasional series of interviews with other authors (gasp!) Please kindly welcome Morgan Keyes to the Parasol Protectorate arena. I asked her to stop by because her upcoming book looks like so much fun, as was exactly the kind of novel I would have devoured as a child, or, indeed today. Many of you may know my unfettered love for children’s fiction, it’s the reason I myself am writing YA.

So, without furthur ado, Morgan Keyes . . .

About you, the Author!

Tea or coffee and how do you take it?
Tea, black and too weak to be acceptable to any British tea-drinker (preferably with a lemon or berry flavor, but not with actual lemon slices).

Describe your personal style for author appearances.
Trousers – the better to sit on the floor with young readers. A blouse – the better to avoid the authorities taking an untoward interest in my appearance. Funky necklace – the better to amuse myself (and to justify the odd collection of beading materials spread across my dining room table.) Comfy shoes – the better to keep my temper for a day of authorly fun.

If I were to observe the writer beast in its native environment, what surprising thing might I see? What does the environment look like?
The writer is seated at a two-level computer desk, in a comfy executive chair that she bought with the profits from her first published novel. On the top level of the desk is an ancient laser printer, covered with a dishtowel, to protect the creaky inner workings from cat fur. Next to the printer is a small bowl of cat food, the better to please the feline mistress who controls the writer’s environment.
On the lower level of the desk, the writer has her iMac computer, a beat-up thesaurus (the traditional kind, not one of those dreadful alphabetic-order monstrosities), a more beat-up dictionary, a Thermos container of tea, and a hand-crafted ceramic mug.
On the writer’s lap sits the long-haired orange tabby that necessitates most of the accouterments on the upper level of the desk.

If you drive, what do you drive?
My family nuts? Oh – you probably mean my 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid (the first new car I’ve purchased in 23 years, lest you get the wrong idea about my car-buying habits!)

No deviating: vanilla or chocolate ice cream on a plain or a sugar cone? (Gail will use this to determine your level of sanity.)
Chocolate on a sugar cone. Am I sane?
*You are the sanest possible.*

What’s most likely to make you laugh?
Wry comments about people making idiots out of themselves, usually in public situations where they desperately want attention or to seem smarter than they are.

Since writers inevitably end up in the bar, what’s your poison?
Gossip from the person sitting next to me (along with a tall glass of tonic, extra lime).


Morgan Keyes grew up in California, Texas, Georgia, and Minnesota, accompanied by parents, a brother, a dog, and a cat.  Also, there were books.  Lots and lots of books. She now lives near Washington, D.C.  In between trips to the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery of Art, she reads, travels, reads, writes, reads, cooks, reads, wrestles with cats, and reads.  Because there are still books.  Lots and lots of books.

About your book!

What should readers eat while consuming your novel?
Toffee bread. Or seedcake. Or some other fortifying sweet that will give them the stamina to travel the Great Road with my characters.

What form does evil take within its pages?
Religious extremism – people who would rather follow the rules than follow their hearts.

What’s your favorite period in history and does it influence your world building?
I love to read about the Middle Ages and to visit the churches (and the stained glass windows!) created during that time. Of course, I wouldn’t want to live amid the stink and the disease and the general difficulty of life, but I can gloss over a lot of that in my worldbuilding… (One thing that fascinates me about the Middle Ages is how they built, in part, on the ruins of past empire – the Romans, for example. Those ruins are evident throughout Darkbeast.)

Which one of your characters would you most like to slap and why?
I’d like to slap an Inquisitor. But I’d be afraid to – they have far too much power at their command, and their vengeance would be greater than any satisfaction I could gain from the slap.

Without spoilers, what’s the funnest (or funniest) part of the book?
Caw’s incessant hunger – in the face of mortal threat, in the ordinary course of living, whatever is going on, that raven cannot get enough food.

If your story smelled of something, what would that be?
Fresh-cut grass on a summer day.


In Darkbeast, twelve-year-old Keara runs away from home rather than sacrifice Caw, the raven darkbeast that she has been magically bound to all her life. Pursued by Inquisitors who would punish her for heresy, Keara joins a performing troupe of Travelers and tries to find a safe haven for herself and her companion.

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crew has arrived in Bombay, I’ve paused draft for . . .
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Received next pass edits, second major revision under way. Title change!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes to begin next week!
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

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The French mass market edition of Soulless.

Quote of the Day:
“Packing for a return home is not half such a bother of a worry. You know just what things must go without the trouble of selection, and you also know that the going is a necessity, and that if they refuse to accommodate themselves to the limited space of the boxes, force may legitimately be employed.”
~ Lillias Campbell Davidson, 1889

Gail Carriger Treks Trough Europe

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Forgive me for a massive post, Gentle Reader, but I had so little time on the second half of my trip abroad (aka Gail’s Grand Tour) that I did not have the opportunity to blog, or even make notes, that I feel I must get it all out at once so I am caught up on my own life.

Last of England

After Nottingham I had a brief few days in London visiting family. I stopped consuming a ridiculous amount of fat in the form of British breakfasts, and actually walked around for a while. Visited the meat market and St. Bartholomew’s church.

And was spoiled by the second cousins with a posh trip to the amazing Gilbert Scott at the newly made over St. Pancreas station. The food was absolutely delicious and the company more so.

I saw old friends I hadn’t seen in ages. One of them it’s been over 12 years and she hasn’t changed a bit. The other whisked me away to a speakeasy in Soho. I tasted two cocktails themed on tea, amazing, and after ate some of the best food I have ever eaten in London at a little place called Spuntino’s. It’s what I would call New York Italian American fusion. It pays to know people who work in hospitality, what we used to call R&B in my day (restaurant & beverage).

I had two clandestine meetings. One of them with my French publisher (there is a good chance I will be in Paris next year) and the other with . . . wait for it . . .

Stockholm, Sweden

My publisher at Styxx is absolutely lovely, and full of news of her new kittens. (Photos of said kittens left me wondering how difficult it might be to get a Swedish cat into the USA.) The coffee in stockholm amazing, and I can’t even talk about the cakes, soooo good.

The Swedish edition of Soulless is the first on in hard back and it has lovely black page edges, Styxx’s signature look.

Stockhom is a lovely city, and not as cold as I had expected. I really had a very lovely time wandering around, everyone spoke English beautifully, which was slightly embarrassing.

I spoke at the library which is this amazing building, a full circle of books surrounds you, it is the closet thing to a literary mecca on earth.

I ate delicious Italian and the Japanese food. The Swedes rather disregarded their own cuisine, except the cakes of course. The following conversation occurred on several occasions.

Publisher, “What shall we do now?”
Gail, “I’m open to anything.”
Publisher, “Shall we have some cake? Yes.”
Gail, “Yes!”

Sometimes I am more like Alexia than even I care to admit.

Budapest, Hungary

I’ve never been to Budapest before. I have to say something about the hungarian language ~ it is remarkable. At times it sounds Finnish or Italian but also has some passing resemblance syntactically to Japanese. It’s a very old living language and I thought it amazing to listen to. I was lucky enough to have three days in Budapest and my publisher there was determined I should make the most of it. They spoiled me rotten with both events and much personal touring. I got to see a great deal of the city and have a Turkish bath!

Self and my lovely guides!

At first we ate more amazing Italian food, but then my guide, the adorable Szilvia, discovered my love of local cuisine and made certain I had an abundance of Hungarian fare.

Goulash soup (sort of beef stew with tomato broth and potato and carrots and lots of paprika) + kind of potato casserole made with egg, sour cream and sausage + a Greek salad (for my California sanity) + elderflower juice.

Chimney cakes! A street food that like a baguette meets pretzel meets churro big enough to wear on my forearm. Made wrapped around a steel cylinder over and open brassier and then rolled in cinnamon sugar or vanilla sugar.

At the book faire, a small version of our BEA, I had my very own booth babes. So fashionably dressed.

I got to meet my Hungarian translator. I asked her how difficult the books were to translate and she said the steampunk parts were the hardest but that I did manage to make her laugh even when working.

The city is just lovely and we mostly walked everywhere. I took a million photos, but I won’t bore you with all of them here since they are mostly old buildings. I have a weakness for spires and Budapest indulged me shamelessly.

The parliament building with a Earthday fair out front.

“Just an apartment building,” says Szilvia.

Had a meeting with bloggers at this fantastic cathedral like cafe, but we were driven out by piano playing and ended up in a smaller one down the road.

On the way there we encountered the Budapest’s critical mass, strangely accompanies by a Zombie flash mob.

Getting out of Hungary, however, was a bit dodgy for a while. I had Szilvia’s number and several a horrible moments of thinking I may end up stranded on her couch. RyanAir “had no record” that my checked luggage had been paid for already, and with no time to argue they sucker-punched me with $120 in charges. (Twice what the flight cost!) No more RyanAir for me. The security was so slow at the Budapest airport, and I got a pat down, that in the end I literally had to sprint for my plane. (Discovering that I am well out of shape!) Luckily, there were two other girls in the same situation so they held the plane for us, but I was literally the last person on board!

Barcelona, Spain

I fancy myself having ~ after too seasons excavating in Peru, high school spanish, and a two week language emersion in Cuernvaca ~ a decent understanding of Spanish (if not being a very good speaker). However, I forgot how incredibly fast they speak the language in Spain. I catch maybe one word in five, so I can only loosely follow any given conversation. Lets not even mention Catalan.

After the horrendous RyanAir debacle of the wee morning hours, I landed feeling slightly shaky and not a little traumatized. My pick up was then late which left me with the realization that, without internet, I had no phone number and no hotel information for Barcelona. I was just considering my options when a lovely young lady with a horrible cold came bouncing up full of apologies. She proved to be my editor. Thank goodness! After the stoicism of the Hungarians and the Swedes the effusive exuberance of the Spanish was quite awe inspiring.

As was the whole concept of St. George’s day. This is a massive festival in Barcelona all about St. George, the city’s patron saint, and the fated dragon. For some reason it has be co-opted by vast numbers of books and a red roses. Everywhere, you go in the city there are tents with books and stalls selling flowers. It’s quite remarkable.

I ended the day at a signing that included several famous musicians and possibly a reality TV star or two. This occasioned the appearance of large crowds which gave me my first taste of what it will be like at ComicCon, I suspect. None of them were for me, of course, but it was brilliant people watching.

I’m writing this at the airport in Barcelona. I left the same amount of time to get here as I did in Budapest yet I am over an hour early. My gate information still isn’t posted and I’ve been typing for over an hour. Thus I sit, sipping my very last European coffee and listening to the British Tourists Abroad down the end of the table from me talk about their pregnancies.

This is a strange life my little scribbles have catapulted me into.

[Posted from Heathrow hotel night before I return home.]

P.S. Flight from Barcelona to Gatwick on EasyJet was wonderful. Pleasant, not crowded, on time and one could buy both magazines and bus/train tickets on board.


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