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Competence Has 2 Covers! UK Cover Reveal, Vote Your Favorite, & Why Are There 2? (Trade Paperback, Hardcover, B-format)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Competence has two difference overs, Gentle Reader. TWO! 2! TOOOOOOOOoooooooooo.

Competence UK Cover! Are you ready?

The cover for Competence UK and associated territories is now live in the world! The Chirrup got to see it first, but here it is for the rest of you, plus explanations and details…

Here she is!

Cover art by Starla of designedbystarla.com

Kobo UK | Kobo Australia | Kobo New Zealand

Kobo Germany | Kobo Japan – Rakuten ブックス | Kobo France

Trouble finding it on Kobo in your country?
Try searching with ISBN 9781944751128 

Bertand Livreros | bol.com

Print?

Should also be online. Also you can call or visit your favorite local bookstore! Ask them to “Order it from Ingram

Borderlands will have signed editions of the USA Hardcover. They ship worldwide.
Call 888.893.4008 or email [email protected] or ordered it via my website using the “SIGNED” button

Why 2 covers for Competence?

Because I am publishing to the UK and other non-North American territories myself.

I know, I’m scared too.

It’s out now, though. If you’re overseas and were able to get any of my novellas, then you should be able to get this book.

Please be patient with me as I have never done this before (split a series between traditional publisher and self publisher). I have plenty of practice distributing outside the USA, see all my novellas and San Andreas Shifter stuff. But this exact situation is untested waters. I promise I am doing my absolute best for you. I could not be working harder to make sure it is getting to as many of you as possible on schedule!

How will it work?

Did you get the print edition of Prudence and Imprudence in hardcover?

This is the hard cover size!

If you got the first 2 in hardcover, then you have been getting the USA edition of this book. You will continue to do so.

NO CHANGE FOR YOU.

Your cover will look like this:

Do you live outside the USA and get the B-format trade size book at release date?

These books are the SAME SIZE as my novellas! Is that what you have been getting?

Then you’ll be getting the UK cover in the same format and size and it will look like this:

Everything should hopefully match up as much as possible to the two you already own. Yes, including the spine design and everything. Do not doubt the magic that is Starla (my cover art designer).

You should notice almost no differences. Do not worry about it matching to the other books in the series. It will match.

I don’t leave the house without my hat, purse, gloves, and shoes matching. Like I would less diligent about my books!

Are you outside the USA/Canada and able to get the novellas?

Then you’ll be able to get this book.

Once more with feeling!

Here’s the bit in the Live from February where I explain the different book sizes:

I explain a lot on the different cover sizes. I go into a bit of a show and tell using Imprudence as a model (backwards because I’m using my phone’s flip camera) but you get the idea. At Time Stamp 39:00.

But Miss Gail, I like them both & want to own both!

You’re a darling and I love you!

Generally speaking (aside from second party sellers and illicit means) USA readers shouldn’t be able to get the UK edition, and visa versa. (Gail cocks an eyebrow at you thoughtfully.)

But you know, interesting things happen to the Chirrup members… just saying.

How about beneath the cover?

The text of the book itself is NO DIFFERENT between the two editions.

With one exception, as has always been the case:

The USA books use the word “ladybug” and the UK book suse the word “ladybird.” See this blog post on the subject of anglicization.

Now it’s your turn!

Which Competence cover do you prefer?

Who care about covers, where’s the audiobook?

  • This split in distribution should not affect the audiobook.
  • In the USA it should release as normal.
  • In the UK it’ll probably be within a month, that’s usually how it works.

Other audiobook issues? Here’s your blog post. Many of the same reasons apply.

I’ll let the Chirrup know if anything changes from normal.

Hugs!

Miss Gail

As always, you don’t have to take my word for it…

Well, actually you do, but here is a related article anyway:

Did you miss this cover art announcement?

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Coop de Book for March is Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina. (Discussion here.)

LATEST RELEASE

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910c Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Garden Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Goodreads Can Tell You When Ebooks Go on Sale

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Customers Won’t Pay as Much for Digital Goods

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

What is Paper?
A substance made by Europeans of linen rages: by the Chinese of silk. The discoverer is unknown; but it was introduced into Europe towards the close of the tenth century.
How is paper made?
The rags are first sorted, then carried to the mill, and put into an engine placed in a large trough filled with water: this engine has long spikes of iron fixed in it; and, by moving round with great swiftness, soon tears the rags every way, and reduces them to a pulp; moulds are then used, the size of a sheet of paper, which are dipped into his pulp, and shaken till the paper becomes of hte thickness and consistence the makers wish it to be.
Several of these sheets when taken from the moulds are laid one upon another, with a piece of felt placed between each; and after being twice pressed are hung up to dry.
When dry, the paper is taken off the lines, and rubbed smooth with the hand; it is then sized.
The size is made of clean parchment and vellum shavings: the size is trained through fin cloth, which is strewed with powdered white vitriol and alum; the paper is dipped in this, and, after being pressed a third time, it is separated sheet by sheet to dry, and then made up into quires and reams.

~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

You know that scene in Mansfield Park where Fanny’s poor mother says, “Fanny, all that paper!” Now we see why, it was a laborious process and an expensive product!

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


Gail Is Away: Fun Silliness While She Is Typing (Ketchup Blog)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling Gentle Reader,

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

I’ll be back the second week of March.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s happening!

My very first story bundle!

Includes the following books and many more!

 

Poison or Protect is in this bundle.

RTI on Sale!

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

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

Feeling Fictional says:

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

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

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

The Gin Book Club says:

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

Recognition for The Sumage Solution

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

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

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

Hearts on Fire says:

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

Boy Meets Boy says of The Sumage Solution Audiobook:

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

Cover Art Announcement!

I announced the cover art for Competence.

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

Out July 17, 2018

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

Other Shizz

How to Marry A Werewolf is out before Competence!

May 13, 2018.

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

The announcement is SOON.

Chirrup first, naturally. Then THE WORLD!

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

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

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

~ Lord Akeldama

Functional Nerds Episode 349 – With Gail Carriger

LATEST RELEASE

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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

Book News:

Rue design board

Quote of the Day:

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


Have You Considered Making It Funny? The Power of Humor as Subversion (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Humor is POWER

Comedy in writing is an interesting thing, Gentle Reader. I talk about it a lot in person, but I don’t really write about it that much here on the interwebs. Whatcha know, this is special.

Writing about comedy is a little like watching one of those cooking shows, a frustrating tease. It destroys the magic, knowing how it gets made and you still don’t get to enjoy it when it’s finished.

So instead of writing about what humor is in literature, I’d going to talk about what it can do.

The Semantics of Funny Business

Can I get something out of the way first?

By humor I mean a great deal more than a sassy angst-driven pixie dream girl vomiting forth her quirky first-person perspective on life’s current tragedy. Humor is not just wit and treading the dark line between horror and slapstick.

Comedy can be anything from puns, to twisted sentences, interjected narration, complex word building, ludicrous situations, absurd exaggeration, contrast, oddball perspective, and so much more.

What humor really is, and what many more serious writers (and readers and critics) forget is that it is also a tool.

A very powerful tool.

Inbox Cat Licks Her Lips At You

 

Humor & Narrative Structure

From a purely mechanical perspective comedic moments in prose are instruments of pace. A reader will forgive many things if you make them laugh. For example, a long drawn out description is easy to digest when there are a two points of connected titillation in the beginning and middle that yields up a laugh at the end.

Comedy is part of the heartbeat of a book, as much as any action sequence. It can be used to relax a reader right before delivering a strong narrative punch, thus making that punch more powerful. It can also be used to intentionally break tension, giving the reader some breathing room.

Many authors develop a sing-song voice to their narration (sentence and paragraph structure, even length of words and the order they follow each other). This can lull readers into listlessness, wake them up with a shake of laughter, and suddenly they are once more paying very close attention to the text.

Comedy Long Form

My favorite moments of comedy are the long interwoven ones that come with plot, world-building and character.

I imagine my reader laughing out loud and a friend asking, “What’s so funny?”  The reader would have to describe the whole book, or the entire world, or a character’s background for the hilarity to be understood.

I call these “you had to be there” jokes.

This kind of humor is interwoven with fabric of the story and is, usually, instrumental in defining a book as comedic.

Most authors use some form of humor at some point, even if only a bit of witty dialogue. Funny things can happen in suspense, mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. But these are usually high notes, unexpected bright points, that give the reader a point of uplift, a chance to catch their breath.

Comedy authors tend to run the opposite pattern, the story runs brighter and lighter so that the readers pause for breath is in the moments of sadness, and poignancy. But much as the humor is more stark in a generally darker book, that moment of sadness can be more striking and impactful in a funny book.

Did you read that? I’ll say it again. If you write mostly comedy when you have something important, emotionally wrenching, or vital to say it will stick out and stick in reader’s minds by contrast.

Characters & Silences

Comedy has an interesting effect of characterization. I’ve found over the years that it is often my most humorless characters that readers gravitate towards. The grouchy ones, and the glum ones, and the ones who have very little to say draw attention by contrast. With all these crazy hilarious dramatic stars twinkling about, it is the quiet darkness the reader ends up focusing on.

Dancers have a saying that the moment you are still on a stage is as important (if not more so) than the movements before and after.

Whether the funny parts of a book are its movement, or whether they make up the silence in between, it is the difference that readers are picking upon, and it is the contrast that will leave the most lasting memories and have the most profound effect.

My Cat Thinks You’re Hilarious

Subversion

Which leads me to my point.

Oh yes, I have one.

If you take nothing else from this, please realize that comedy is a tool, and a powerful one that can have a profound impact on readers.

As a culture we are tempted to dismiss funny things, after all, it is hard to take funny seriously. Because comedy is so easily dismissed, it becomes all the more powerful. One has only to look at sitcoms on US TV and the way they have, over the years, altered the  perception of what it means to be an American family, from the Brady Bunch to the aptly titled Modern Family. Yes, in some ways these shows played catch-up to the real world, but in other ways they normalized those differences to generations who lived without alternate models.

Hidden behind laughter is possibility.

You see the secret is, what’s funny can become what’s normal.

Laughter and relaxation can become belief and hope and understanding in a way that slides around harshness, and anger, and resistance. As an author I want my books, first a foremost to leave readers smiling. But if the comedy has really done its job, it also leaves them more accepting of the differences in themselves and others.

This article originally written for the May/June 2017 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Humor.

As always, you don‘t have to take my word for it.

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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

LATEST RELEASE!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Japanese Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tea in the Office

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Harper’s Bazaar New York Sat June 13 1891

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Saying “Goodbye” Is Never Easy

Book News:

Fan Make Manga Doll

Quote of the Day:

“A lady must always be prepared. Snacks are an essential part of espionage.”

~ Gail Carriger, Manners & Mutiny

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


Gail’s First Book Meme (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

This meme came up on Tumblr recently, Gentle Reader. I thought it was fun, so I decided to play along.

Book that made me cry:

Watership Down. I still haven’t forgiven it.

Book that was spoiled for me:

Most everything.

I like spoilers and actively seek them out, always have. I am the girl that picks up the book and flips to the end to ensure it ends happily. Blame Watership Down.

First book I fell in love with:

Molly Moves Out. To this day my mother is troubled by my love for this book.

First time I couldn’t stop smiling because of a book or character:

Probably a Brambly Hedge book.

First person who really impacted my reading:

Aside from various librarians? The BFF Phrannish.

Since then I have developed rather complex taste curator relationships with various internet bloggers, more complex on my end than theirs. As they likely have no idea I exist.

First book hangover:

The Song of the Lioness series. After the last book came out, I did nothing but reread the series for about six months and refused to read anything else in an attempt to deal with the loss. I have had this happen before, but never as badly as this first time.

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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

LATEST RELEASE!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1909 Max Pechstein. (German artist, 1881-1955) Girl in Red with a Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

1895 Very Silly flower hat for Ivy

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Harpers Bazaar New York Sat June 13 1891

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Who will save our bookstores, and the communities they tie together?

Book News:

Tumblr eatingfireflies fan ar Alessandro Tarabotti

Quote of the Day:

“I was quiet, but I was not blind.”

~ Jane Austen

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


Competence Cover Art & Blurb

Posted by Gail Carriger

Those who get the Chirrup have already gotten to see this, but for those who have not joined (silly Gentle Reader, why wouldn’t you?) here is the cover art that was recently announced:

Preorder Competence in the USA in digital or hardcover from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Your favorite local independent bookstore!

Yes, Borderlands will have signed editions.
Call 888.893.4008 or email [email protected]

RELEASE DATE JULY 17, 2018!

The Blurb

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:

  • Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
  • Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
  • And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?

Are you a British or Aussie reader?

Do you get the first editions of the Custard Protocol books in paperback?

Well the UK (AUS & associated territories) will be getting a different cover.

It will be awesome and special and just as fab as this one, only different. You’ll see it first if you are a Chirrup member, but you’ll have to be patient while I get those pesky ducks in a row. (Or do I mean pigeons, or is it wicker chickens now?)

Then you can argue about which one is prettier. Politely, of course, and with enthusiastically waved biscuits.

Why?

For… reasons. The sames reasons that mean you can’t preorder this book in the UK… yet.

Join the Chirrup to stay abreast of the situation!

About The Cover

It’s very GREEN isn’t it? Did you notice that the parasol is primrose colored? Yes, I did get to help choose the model. It took me a bit to get the color profile but now I really like it. I find it striking and unusual.

But MISS GAIL!
(UK Makes Collective Pouty Face)

Calm down.

Hilariously, after the cover announcement went live, someone freaked out on Twitter with the following:

But we’re getting a different cover for the UK, and that scares me, because THIS ONE matches with the first two – I don’t want two books with one cover style, and two with something totally different! 😱

To which my response was:
Are you *gasp* DOUBTING me and my aesthetic choices? 
Not to say my care and attention to things matching!
I assure you I’ve never even left the house without my shoes matching my purse. I’m not a heretic!

Those who get the Chirrup have already gotten to see this, but for those who have not joined (silly Gentle Reader, why wouldn’t you?) here is the cover art that was recently announced:

Silly Twitter.

The only real danger is that now you might want to buy both print versions. Because both covers are so good.

Which, I assure you, was not my evil plan. Although it’s a good one.

Heh, heh.

Yours in snark forever,

Miss Gail

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for Feb 2018 is Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

LATEST RELEASE

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The purest form of gastronomy is Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Biffy Robin Lyall (from Romancing the Werewolf) by ace-artemis-fanartist on Tumblr

Quote of the Day:

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


This Is Why I Write: 10 Books That Inspired & Formed Gail’s Identity As An Author (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, Gentle Reader, because I am a lover of reading, I often talk about books here on my blog.

Today is no different, except that I thought I would discuss a few of the books that I feel formed me as a writer not just my taste a reader.

These are the books that drastically impacted not only my psyche as a reader, but how I knew I wanted to entertain readers going forward.

1. Tamora Pierce ~ The Song of the Lioness series

I make no bones about my adoration for Pierce and this series in particular. Look, I am an old fart and this was the first fantasy book (so far I as know) written for a young female audience with a kick ass girl main character. After a childhood of Tolkien and Alexander and Montgomery (much as I love them) Pierce was a revelation. She changed my life by presenting me with my first strong female main character. Period.

2. Gerald Durrell ~ My Family and Other Animals

Durrell is a master of comedy ~ his descriptions, his situations, the absurdity of the British abroad, the ridiculousness of family life. I listened to all these books on tape, over and over and over. If it’s my details on Ivy’s outfits that make you laugh, then that’s the Durrell in me.

3. James Herriot ~ All Creatures Great and Small

I suspect Herriot & Pierce & Durrell combine to influence me into including animals in all of my books. Pets (particularly cats) have always been prevalent in my life. But it was reading these books that taught me they were a source of joy, amusement, and characterization.

4. Mercedes Lackey ~ By the Sword

If Pierce was my introduction for chicks with swords, this books is the pinnacle achievement in that regard. Specifically interesting from the writer’s perspective is that this is a heroine’s journey (not a hero’s) and thus Kero succeeds by building a network and helping her friends (and being helped by them). She learns to be a leader as well as a fighter. (Yes, Pierce eventually wrote Protector of the Small which also does this, but I read By the Sword first).

This book informed my whole approach to empowerment and strength in all my characters. Also Lackey has had (and always will have) queer characters. At the time, this blew my ever-loving little mind. (I have a whole blog post about it.)

5. Diana Wynne Jones ~ Howl’s Moving Castle

Now we are getting to a place where fantasy begins to meld with humor. Jones messes with character tropes in this book so brilliantly, and celebrates peculiarity with such joy. Yes, Terry Pratchett (see Mort ) helped, but this book really opened my eyes to the possibilities. Also the tidiness of the ending, the tightness of the hints and how it all comes back together. She is so brilliant at threading, mistress of the tapestry.

6. Douglas Adams ~ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Those places where my humor gets slapstick, absurd, or surreal all owe themselves to Douglas Adams. I can quote the opening chapter of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by rote. I listened to the audiobook and a radio play over and over and over again so much, I have huge chunks memorised. If you think there is an oblique reference to this series in one of my books, you are probably right. And it’s probably not that oblique.

7. P.G. Wodehouse ~ Laughing Gas

On the other hand, those places where the humor is entirely character based, where much is made of very minor details, where everything stops for tea and silliness, that owes itself to Wodehouse. Also, all the parody, baby. Again I listened to every single one of the Jeeves books on audiotape as I drove across country during my college years. This stand alone, however, is the funniest. Yes I am aware of the many social issues surrounding Wodehouse, but the man made me cry laughing, I have to give him some kind of credit for that.

8. Jasper Fforde ~ The Eyre Affair

Speaking of… this book. I guess it mainly changed the way I thought about the world, and thought about writing alternate history. The idea that alt-hist didn’t have to be some dark battle goes awry, instead it could be a skewed world more ridiculous than our own. It informed how I conceptualised and thought about the Parasolverse.

9. Elizabeth Vaughan ~ Warprize

I’d given up reading romance for years until I picked this book up. Vaughan based her romantic misunderstanding on culture conflict and two capable characters who just don’t get each other through no fault of their own. I love that. I hate conflict based on two people unwilling to just talk to each other. This book showed me how to do romantic tension right, and I’ve always tried to be good about it ever since. It’s also the first book I read that was 50/50 fantasy and romance. Until I read it, I thought you had to err heavily into one or the other. Turns out, nope.

10. Wrede & Stevermer ~ Sorcery & Cecelia

Possibly the one on this list most like the Parasolverse, this book showed me that comedy of manners could be combined with fantasy. Through reading this story I realized that pace and action can be quiet and refined. Heros can be grumpy and brooding but still bashful and sweet. If the others on this list informed the style of my writing, this one is the heartbeat of my universe.

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Latest 20 Minute Delay episode is all about how to negotiate hotel food. I know, yech, and yet…

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Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

Tempted?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“A home without books is like a room without windows.”

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

27 Great Websites for Writers

Book News:

Speculative Chic says of The Parasol Protectorate:

“I didn’t know steampunk paranormal romance was a thing until I read these. I’ve been trying to decide if it falls into one category more than the other, but it really sits squarely in the middle of the two. A smart and sexy romance with a werewolf in the middle of a steam-driven Victorian London sounds a little cluttered when you first hear it, but Gail Carriger makes it work.”

Quote of the Day:

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


2017 In Retrospect: What Gail Did, Where She Went, Did You Catch The Elusive Authorbeast?

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well my darling Gentle Reader, it’s a new year and that means I get all nostalgic and introspective (and purgy and clean like a mad woman). So here are some of my thoughts on 2017, and where I might be headed in 2018.

Where did Gail Go in 2017?

Here are some of the places I traveled to last year for events.

1. Confusion, Detroit

A small con in mid winter in Detroit doesn’t seem like a big draw but it was such a blast. I met the James SA Corey boys (and played a prank on them) and hung out with a number of old friends and made a few new ones. Confusion is small industry-heavy convention, highly recommended if you are in the area.

Great networking opportunity for authors plus star packed panels for fans. If I lived closer, and the risk of being stranded during air travel at this time of year weren’t so high, I would return regularly.

2. Steamposium, Anchorage

Fun tiny tiny convention, plus I visited glaciers and all sorts of other outdoors type madness. The cosplay was off the chart for such a small event.

3. BayCon, San Jose

BayCon used to be my regular con in my days as a fan girl. I don’t make it often anymore because that particular weekend is so convention heavy. Next year, for example they host my favorite author of ALL TIME, Tamora Pierce, however I’m likely going to Phoenix Comic Con because… that weekend.

Ty & Dan turned up again (plus I ran into them at SDCC), so this was the year of James SA Corey, for me.

4. Steampunk World’s Fair, New Jersey

This was my second time at this event and I had another fun weekend. World’s Fair is probably the largest Steampunk Convention in continual operation. I enjoy it so much and I feel like I have a lot of old friends there now.

I hope to make it back again in a few years. For me, the highlight was Ashley’s one woman show, Pass Fail. So good. I still think about it.

5. San Diego Comic Con International

This was my second official time at SDCC (I did a flash visit of 20 minutes last year). I had an OK time, it’s a rough haul on those of us who don’t handle crowds well. I self-medicated with a lot of ice cream. Once or twice a decade is about what I can handle with SDCC.

Still, I do like the option to dress up.

My highlight was whipping Sam Syke’s arse at Paul Cornell’s silly author-panel game.

It’s small goals, darling, that make life worth living.

6. Denmark, Fantasy Book Faire

A small event in a beautiful setting. I met my Danish translator and ate way too much delicious food.

7. Local Stuff, San Francisco Bay Area

I did some local events: a book group here, a library there, some visits to Borderlands. Good old Borderlands also hosted my book launch for The Sumage Solution.

How I love my darling Borderlands. Let me count the ways?

  • Their sponsor program helped me find my lovely assistant.
  • They are the only place readers can consistently buy my books, signed.
  • They support my indie efforts, Romancing the Inventor even made their bestseller list.
  • Their sponsor-only events are a blast.
  • They are a home away from home when shopping in the Mission.

Borderlands will be moving, and as a result SURVIVING, next year.

I look forward to their new location on Haight Street (my high school stomping grounds). I did a lot of shopping on that street in my youth. I look forward to reacquainting myself with the area.

How do I feel about my 2017 events?

Relieved.

Why?

Because that was it, that was the sum total of the in person events I did this year.

As opposed to 12 + a book tour. (Which is what I’ve done in previous years. Madness.)

You know what?

I feel great. Refreshed and good. Not threadbare and burned out like I have done at the end of previous years. I also get the sense that in-person events are shifting and fading, less well attended and less urgent than they were at the start of my career.

And, you know what, that’s fine.

Why? Because…

Facebook Lives

So yeah, this is where I am going with all this… virtual Gail is in your house!

I will keep up with the Facebook Lives (and companion YouTube videos) as you really seem to like them. I feel like I can reach so many more people than hauling my exhausted self all over the place.

I’m sorry if you’re opposed to Facebook, or otherwise struggle with this method of communication. But, frankly, it is so much easier and more relaxing for me, and more importantly it eats up so much less of my writing time.

And you want me to write more, right?

Speaking of which…

Writing Retreats

I did two writing retreats last year. A one weeker and a two weeker. I managed to finish a book, and write you How to Marry a Werewolf plus a super cute short story.

I find writing retreats work really well for me, especially if I have good synergy with the other authors. So I have 4 planned for 2018, 2 shorter long weekend ones, and 2 week long ones.

I hope they will be very productive, for all our sakes.

Teaching

I taught an all day workshop and also gave a 2 hour lecture in 2017. I forgot how much I enjoyed teaching to an eager audience on a subject I adore.

By Sarah Coldheart (@sarahcoldheart)

I’m trying to get back into it, partly to give back to my fellow writers. Now I’m 10 years into being a professional author I feel like I have something to say that might actually help others.

To that end, I learned how to use Keynote and really love the program. Right now I have three decks going and I hope to do more.

I also started up a Travel podcast, 20 Minute Delay, with my friend Piper, talking about all the things I learned about traveling, doing it as much as I do.

The Future!

So 2018 looks like fewer, mostly bigger, events (to maximize travel versus number of people likely to show up ratios). No international travel (I’ve a big one in 2019). No book tour. Lots of writing retreats and Facebook Lives.

Of course, everything will be announced via the Chirrup, on the Events section of my website, and of course here in the blog.

Hoping to see many of you in 2018, in one form or another.

Woman by pond, ca. 1906-12. Autochrome (early color photograph) by the Lumiere brothers. source

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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for January is Angels Blood (Guild Hunter Book 1) by Nalini Singh.

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

One corset 4 different ways

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Business Musings: Quitting

Book News:

On Instagram, I talked briefly about this book and how I am still surprised I had the guts to write one with a pregnant main character.

Quote of the Day:

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


7 Things Pinterest Just Doesn’t Understand

Posted by Gail Carriger

Here are 7 Things Pinterest simply fails to understand…

  1. All periods of historical clothing are NOT created equal.
  2. Just because I like Tom Hiddleston pictures does not mean I like Loki pictures.
  3. I don’t practice witchcraft.
  4. I’m never interested in dragons. Yes that’s a pretty dragon picture… still not interested.
  5. I don’t want tips on how to travel or how to write ~ funnily enough I’m pretty good at both.
  6. I’m not getting married. I’m not going to get married. Marriage is not for me. STOP with the marriage already. Oh, now you’re just judging my life choices.
  7. GOTH DOES NOT EQUAL STEAMPUNK

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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for December is The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune.

OUT IN PRINT & DIGITAL!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Woman with a Parasol – Henri Matisse 1905

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Teapot in an Octopus Cameo Steampunk T-Shirt

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Dear Broke Reader: Your Sense of Entitlement is Killing Me

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

What Rene Penn learned from reading Soulless:

She makes an alternative world seem believable. The novel is set in London, 1800s, where werewolves and vampires are part of British society. An unbelievable concept, but she sold me on it. She provided lots of information and tidbits about this other society–sometimes repeating them to make sure the reader’s got it. It helped bridge the gap between a far-fetched idea and magical make-believe. Nicely done.”

Quote of the Day:

“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


Gail’s Feelings On Chronological Order (Ketchup)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The following recently occurred in my household, Gentle Reader.

AB: You know the new Wet Hot American Summer is out, so we must commence the rewatch.

Gail: Chronological order.

AB: But don’t you-

Gail: Chronological order.

AB: -think that-

Gail: Chronological order.

AB: -it’d work better-

Gail: Chronological order.

AB: -to catch the jokes-

Gail: Chronological order!

AB: -if we watched-

Gail: CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER!!!

AB: -in the order filmed.

Gail: *glares*

AB: Netflix only has the “first day of camp” series anyway.

Gail: See.

And for those of you who ask where to find a list of my books Parasolverse chronological order (with dates), here it is on the Wikia.

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The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger, now also in audio.
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

The Lit Bitch says:

“The characters themselves were funny and quirky but that added a lot for me. I also thought the characters were relatable even if you aren’t an LGBTQ individual, as I said before good characters and romance to me is all the same, it’s undeniable that the characters in this book had a dynamic and loving relationship …. I felt invested in them and the story had Carriger’s hallmark quirkyness which I loved.”

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900s Giovanni Boldini (Italian artist, 1842-1931) The Summer Stroll

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Cosplays her own book cover, Changeless

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

If You’re Successful, Lots of People Ask for Your Help. Who Deserves It?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Review coping mechanisms: A great example of how a book can really resonate with one reviewer and not with another.

Book News:

Delighted Reader says of Changeless:

“Alexia is still her confident, capable, abrasive self that only her husband and a few friends see value in…. I loved seeing her in action and on a mission…”

Quote of the Day:

“My CE suggests an alternate name for the Pink Slurp (Lord Akeldama’s preferred cocktail of champagne & blood) = the kir infernal. A Twitter fan suggested the kir eternal.”

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


In Which Gail Dives Head First Into Also-Boughts (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my darling Gentle Reader.

This is blog post is going to be one of those long rambling ones where I am ruthlessly using you to try to understand the strange world of ebooks and publishing.

So, yeah, you can skip it if you’re not into that kinda thing.

Also-Boughts!

Oh you know them, they live on Amazon and other book vendors, below the description, lurking like tempting little sweets…

You might also like…

or

or

Readers who likes this book also liked…

Most authors, including me, find these utterly fascinating. It’s basically:

Who am I author-friends with without ever actually meeting them?

A strange kind of author gossip.

We know something (although certainly not everything) about Also-Bought algorithms:

  • They are often tailored not just to the book but to you, the reader, and your previous buying history.

But not everything:

  • They’ve changed a lot over they years, Soulless, for example, had the movie Serenity as an Also-Bought, now that kind of cross pollination between media seems verboten.
  • You can read more about also boughts from an author perspective, here.

I had a new release recently, and with that a shift in my Also-Boughts. At the same time, Amazon (accidentally?) killed sponsored ads site-wide for desktop (who knows if this is a blip or not).

This meant those Als0-Boughts were pretty much the only other thing offered up to readers and for this short spate of time, and they couldn’t be easily hacked into.

So I thought I’d investigate…

Why these books?

Wanna play?

Here are some of my Also-Boughts, in order, and not my own books.

OK, so first we have Louis McMaster Bujold. I love her and she’s quite popular and this is a lower price point than her normal offerings on a recent release, but this looks to be a continuing series het fantasy.

I’m guessing fan crossover is likely responsible?

Jordan L. Hawk. No surprise here. Hawk’s Hexworld is an alternate Victorian universe with shapeshifters featuring gay romances, lots of crossover with Romancing the Werewolf. I purchased it recently myself. I read everything she writes in this universe.

Grace Draven is a killer romantic fantasy author, and this is a holiday novella offering, so it shares that with RTW. I picked her excellent Radiance for Coop de Book a while ago so I’m not surprised to see her here. She’s been making waves for a while now. (Amused to see that title though, what with Georgette Heyer and all.)

A Thousand Miles Up the Nile got a shout in the same Chirrup that announced the RTW release. I’m assuming that’s why it’s here.

Okay, here is where things start to get interesting. With the exception of Trickster’s Queen (which is on massive sale, is by my favorite author, and is spy related so I gave it a huge shout out and I think everyone should buy/read it) the other three are total unknowns to me.

Third page in and already I’m confused, so now I investigate!

Bec McMaster – a name I know because she also writes steampunk (and there really aren’t that many of us). From the cover I am assuming Fantasy Romance. However, from the others in the series this might be steampunk, or at least gaslight fantasy. The price point is right to be rec’d along side RTW and it’s also a recent release. That said hers isn’t a name I hear often from my readers.

Devon Monk – is a urban fantasy author out of Portland with a huge Oregon following. Pacific Northwest is also my biggest US territory. I blame Powell’s. This is a holiday themed short for only $1,99 set in a popular fantasy world, so I’m guessing that explains the connection.

Amy Hoff – Is a totally new name to me, the book is described as a supernatural crime novel “When Scottish folklore meets everyday Glasgow.” This book is in KU and so far is the only KU to show up in the Also-Boughts. I’m wondering that’s why it was nested there? As a kind of lure?

Jeannie Lin is a new author to me but I sure am intrigued. Steampunk China, dark, but fascinating twist on alt-history. Reviews look good. Have any of you read this series?

“In 1842, the gunpowder might of China’s Qing Dynasty fell to Britain’s steam engines. Furious, the Emperor ordered the death of his engineers, eliminating China’s best chance of fighting back.”

Patricia Briggs is no surprise at all. I nest next to her in bookstores (last names, you see?) and we share quite a few readers. What’s interesting is that it’s the first obviously traditionally published book to show up as an Also-Bought. This is also a pre-order, it’s not out until next March.

Anne Renwick, another new author name to me. (I do try to keep a close eye on my fellow authors, I swear I do!) This is a prequel short set in a KU only steampunk world. Pretty cover.

Josh Lanyon, a surprise to me. This is looks like a straight up noir mystery short, with a dude gumshoe. Not normally a story to be connected with my stuff. But looking at HIS also-boughts and categories it seems like this might be a queer character? And it looks like he writes pretty snarky. I didn’t get any of that from the description or the cover.

KJ Charles is one of the leading authors for MM historical, mainly regency set. So no surprise at all to see her listed here in pre-order form, also this does not look to be a gay romance. Surprised there wasn’t more, to be honest. I really enjoyed her Society of Gentlemen series.

Ministry book, since Tee & Pip are dear friends of mine and we came into steampunk pretty much together I’m not at all surprised to see their next listed here for pre-order. I know we have a ton of crossover fans, to the point where people want cross over stories (sorry, IP issues make that impossible). I believe this is the last one in their Books & Braun series, comes out boxing day.

Nalini Singh & Courtney Milan are two of the biggest stars in the het romance firmament at the moment, the one in PNR and the other in Historical. Courtney and I share an agent, and this is Hamilton related (props on that bandwagon jump). It also looks like her story in the collection might be… could it be … gay? Hummmmm. And one of my Alpha readers is a big Singh fan, although this one is contemporary het rom, so I don’t know how many of my readers would read this book.

Kate Danley (never heard of her). Looks like chick-kicking-arse UF, so basically on brand for my trad books.

Lyn Gala, fantastic gay SF author who I have rec’d a million times, this is her Aberrant Magic series, which is gay UF. I comfort reread her sci fi regularly, don’t know why I never tried this series. Runs off to sample the first book.

Robin LaFevers’ Grave Mercy was a Coop de Book pick, and it was on super sale recently and I gave it a shout out. Light fantasy with strong historical element and assassins so… yeah. Perhaps not like Romancing the Werewolf, but definitely one for my reader base.

Angel Martinez, I have tried the first book in Offbeat Crimes like three times now. It should be totally my thing: gay, cops, urban fantasy, humor. It’s like a laundry list of Gail’s loves. But for some reason that first book…and you need to read them in order. Grrr.

J Kathleen Cheney.  No clue on this one. Not sure from the description what this series even is. Fantasy maybe?

Okay, there’s a bunch more but I’m gonna leave it there. Not sure where I’m going with this, just find it interesting.

Pippity pip,

Miss Gail

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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for December is The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales From Verania Book 1) by TJ Klune.

OUT NOW!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available in digital form (print & audio to follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

Rally the Readers says:

“Don’t let the novella length of Romancing the Werewolf fool you: there’s a sweet, wonderfully developed story here, along with some lovably quirky characters, lots of witty dialogue, and tea. This novella was everything that I’d hoped it would be—simply perfect from beginning to end.”

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1905 NYU Costume Studies @NYUcostume Mary Garden wearing Redfern Ltd., Les Modes 1905.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput on her 5th Birthday

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Caffeine in tea – is it bad for you?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Top 20 Scariest Things Ever Said to Writers

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


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