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Winter Drinks + Books Pairings, Getting Cozy to Read (Miss Gail Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dearest Gentle Reader,

It’s finally winter round these parts, we even got some rain at last. It’s cold enough to want to curl up with a hot beverage and a book, so I thought I would have some fun and pair mine up. (Let me know if you agree with my choices?)

Gail Carriger Book + Companion Hot Beverage

RTW Romancing the Werwolf Gail Carriger Teacup Parasol

Romancing the Werewolf + Wassail

Wassail, of course. RTW is my one true holiday book, full of possible child sacrifice, swaddled squash, and wassail. (What, your holidays aren’t like that? What have you been doing with your life?) Here’s a recipe!

Soulless Gail Carriger Parasol Teacup Spine

Soulless + Cinnamon Black Tea

Ready for a reread of an old favorite? Soulless is waiting for you. Alexia’s favorite tea is Assam, try it strong with whole milk. Or if you want something more winter themed, Alexia loves her some cinnamon (so does Prudence) and I think she would adore this tea.

SIlvana Temmineck Tea

Mrs Temminneck At Tea by Silvana Bevilacqua

Etiquette & Espionage + Hot Coco

Chocolate wasn’t around much in the 1850s, certainly not for daring young high flying ladies of quality. Still, I have no doubt it would be Sophronia’s favorite, so I’m going to say pair E&E with hot coco.

Prudence Teacup Pin Merch Spotted Custard Crew Gail Carriger

Prudence + Chai

Of course it has got to be chai. Prudence would love it, Percy would find it too spicy, and Primrose would be cautiously intrigued.

Poison or Protect + Boozie Nog

You know Gavin has a sweet tooth, and you know that big soft sweetie loves him some boozed-up egg-nog. I can just see him sitting around the fireplace with all his girls. Now, I’m a brandy in my nog lady myself, but Gavin would have his with Scotch, of course.

Preshea would just drink the Scotch, neat, out of a teacup, staring at her children and husband in mild discomfort (and too much love), and wondering how she got to this point in her life.

Ace Artemis Fan Artist Imogene Genevieve Lefoux Kiss Romancing the Inventor RTI SS1

Madame Lefoux & Imogene by Artemis Fan Artist

Romancing the Inventor + Pumpkin Spice Latte

A daring choice, but I think Imogene would love a pumpkin spice latte. She hasn’t had much spoiling and I can see Genevieve getting her anything she wants (while Madame Lefoux, of course, just drinks shots of espresso).

The Sumage Solution + Chocolate Pu-erh

Max loves his sweet lattes, but Bryan has strong feelings on tea. So while his man is swilling extra sweet caf, Bryan would allow himself to branch out from his customary harsher beverage to coco pu-erh. Because he still loves sipping dead bog people, just winterfied.

(Incidentally if you are also a tea snob: Learning about puerh can help you save a lot of money.)

How to Marry a Werewolf + Peppermint & Honey

How to Marry is not a particularly wintery book (apart from the attitude and eye color of a certain character). I see Channing as quite cold and biting so I’m thinking peppermint. Faith would get in there and add a little honey, so Channing wasn’t denying himself. He probably prefers it without, but humors her because he likes that she’s looking after him.

The 5th Gender + Winter Tea Sampler

I can just imagine what Tristol would make of human holiday customs on a space station (which might make for a good short story some day). The colors, the lights, the cheer. He’d LOVE it. I think he’d go all out and just get a big sampler, so he could try all the different winter teas. I like Tea Forte’s Winter Collection, and I think he would too.

Yours destined to drown in a vat of tea,

Miss Gail

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I have a new holiday book to love!

Gail: Mad giggling.
AB: *eyebrow up*
G: Snicker snicker snicker.
G: This book is so much funnier than I thought it would be. I’m so happy.
Book: “summoning a toilet paper demon”
G: Loses her tiny mind for 10 minutes.

So what book was I reading?

A Villain for Christmas by Alice Winters

A Villain for Christmas by Alice Winters. And what an unexpected gem of a book this is! Gay superheros for Christmas. I picked it up in a string of holiday reads and this one was the star (at the top of the tree, nash). (Honestly I want a cover overhaul on this one, one of those cute cartoon ones I keep seeing like Red, White & Royal Blue.)

Look it’s not really a holiday read, it’s a HILARIOUS take on superheroes where a super-villain (who really doesn’t want to be) falls in love with a superhero and has to keep his identity secret until his bumbling evil family, a hairless cat dressed in pajamas, bags of cheese, and various other things conspire against him.

I did not expect to laugh as much as a I did but honestly, it utterly ridiculous and extremely funny.

If you like my character Max in THE SUMAGE SOLUTION or took my rec and enjoyed THE LIGHTNING STRUCK HEART by TJ Klune, then this one is for you. Honestly, give it a try, you won’t be sorry.

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Gail Carriger’s Favorite Holiday Reads ~ Books for Kids & Adults (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I’m not a particularly jolly person, Gentle Reader, but I do have a weird love of holiday romances and stories. So if you are like me, I thought I might recommend a few that I recently found, or not so recently as the case may be…

I’ve chosen for a range of ages and taste, because, frankly I’m an eclectic kinda girl.

Winter Story (Age 3 & Up)

Don’t know the Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem books? OMG they are delightful! (Yes, my dear UK readers, these charming books were never a thing in the USA. We are sad.)

These lovely beautifully illustrated little stories are very, very British. Start your young ones on the path that will inevitably lead to Great British Bake OffYou want the hardcover print editions of these books, trust me. Frankly, I prefer Barklem to Beatrix Potter.

Winter Story is wonderful – the ice ball alone! So cute, such adorable little field mice running about and being so proper and cozy.

The household schematics will knock your socks off, and any kid lucky enough to receive this book as a gift. Warning, they will want all of them. They are all wonderful. And if you can’t get just Winter Story I can highly recommend the Year in Brambly Hedge box set, I grew up with this.

The Dark Is Rising (Age 10 & Up)

This is the second book in the Dark is Rising series, but it was the first one written. Like Narnia, I’m not convinced you must read these in world chronological order, but you can if you wish.

This one is both my favorite and the most winter-centered. I ADORE this book, it’s magical and wonderful and serious and thrilling. Merely thinking about the central poem gives me chills.

Come on say it with me, you know you want to.

When the Dark, comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track,
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.

Argh, it’s SOOOO good. I highly recommend the audio, as that way you know how all the welsh words are pronounced. Before there was JK Rowling we old fools had Susan Cooper. I wasn’t wowed by the movie, don’t bother.

Gay Holiday Romances

Yes, I Found a Jewish One!

For all those who lament the lack of non-Christmas romance this time of year, Eight Nights in December is rather sweet.

Orphaned Lucas figures spending the holidays with his obnoxious roommate’s family in New York City is better than staying alone on campus upstate. He ends up sharing a room again, this time with his roommate’s brother, Nate.

It’s very new-adult, exploring sex for the first time and that kind of thing. The setting is New York, the family is Jewish, the sex is explicit. It’s a bit of a love letter to New York.

And, of course, a Christmas one…

If you want your gay boys with Christmas and a hot friend-of-the-older-brother trope than try Yours For The Holiday by DJ Jamison instead.

And a REALLY Funny Basically Agnostic One

Gail: Mad giggling.
AB: *eyebrow up*
G: Snicker snicker snicker.
G: This book is so much funnier than I thought it would be. I’m so happy.
Book: “summoning a toilet paper demon”
G: Loses her tiny mind for 10 minutes.

So what book was I reading?

A Villain for Christmas by Alice Winters

A Villain for Christmas by Alice Winters. And what an unexpected gem of a book this is! Gay superheros for Christmas. I picked it up in a string of holiday reads and this one was the star (at the top of the tree, nash). (Honestly I want a cover overhaul on this one, one of those cute cartoon ones I keep seeing like Red, White & Royal Blue.)

Look it’s not really a holiday read, it’s a HILARIOUS take on superheroes where a super-villain (who really doesn’t want to be) falls in love with a superhero and has to keep his identity secret until his bumbling evil family, a hairless cat dressed in pajamas, bags of cheese, and various other things conspire against him.

I did not expect to laugh as much as a I did but honestly, it utterly ridiculous and extremely funny.

If you like my character Max in The Sumage Solution or took my rec and enjoyed The Lightning Struck by TJ Klune, then this one is for you. Honestly, give it a try, you won’t be sorry.

Christmas Romance for the Hets

Daniel and the Angel Novella

One of my favorites is a true classic, Daniel and the Angel, I read this story in a paperback collection a million years ago, well before I ever even contemplated writing romance myself. Fortunately, for all of us, it exists as an ebook now!

When wealthy financier D. L. Stewart’s finds an injured woman in the snow in front of his New York City mansion, he has no idea she is the fair Lillian, a big-hearted and somewhat inept fallen angel, sent back to teach him what Christmas is really about.

A delightful tear-jerker that’s almost painfully sweet, I nevertheless still love this one.

BONUS: A Princess for Christmas Movie

I am weak in the face of sappy Christmas movies recommended to me by romances authors on Twitter. (This one then conformed by Drunk Austen. Trust me, just do everything Drunk Austen does. You can thank me later.) So this year I watched A Princess for Christmas (featuring Sam Heughan).

It is plagued with all the flaws of the genre: cliches, bad dialogue, and the child actors are cringe-worthy. BUT I still enjoyed it and there may even have been a little tear. So, spike that nog, or tot that totty with an extra jigger of brandy, sit back, and wallow.

There it is, I hope I have managed to make your holidays a little more fun and romantic or at the very least given you a gift idea or two.

And if you’re looking for Hallmark movies only really very gay? Track down this one:

Hugs and happiest of happies!

Yours in cosy tea-riddle and slightly grumpy comfort,

Miss Gail

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A Very Alexia Christmas (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Lady Maccon, as some of you may well know, is rather fond of comestibles.

Thusly, the holiday season is one of great joy to her ~ from a food standpoint if nothing else. (The shopping, it must be admitted, she could do without. Lord Akeldama, however, is overly enthusiastic on the subject.) However, she has some tips for coping with the holidays Victorian-style.

1. Mincemeat pie.

Sounds awful, looks revolting, tastes spectacular. The Americans have sadly neglected this part of their British heritage but there is much to be said for meat soaked in alcohol and then encased in pastry. If unwilling to venture in the mincemeat direction, how about exploring the fine art of Christmas Pudding? (AKA Plum Pudding ~ and no, there are no plums involved, don’t ask.) A dense fruity cake that is covered in alcohol and then set on fire. Fantastic.

Via NPR

2. Cloth wrapped presents.

Instead of paper, why not invest in some fabric remnants from a craft shop or colorful little scarves from a thrift store, and then tie with a ribbon? All the fun of unwrapping, none of the waste, and perhaps it will encourage others to reuse as well. As an added bonus cloth wrappers can be used as emergency clean-up towels for the inevitable alcohol-related spill (see: inebriation caused by over-consumption of Christmas Pudding, above.)

3. Roast goose.

Benefits? Well, a goose is bigger than a turkey and more mean-spirited. Have you ever met a goose? The only bird nastier is a swan. Unfortunately, swans are protected by the queen, so we can’t eat them. Thus goose consumption gives one a sense of self-righteousness and satisfaction all rolled into one.

Roast Goose with Giblet Stuffing

4. Frills and lace.

Perhaps not a particular favorite amongst gentlemen for themselves (unless one is of a Lord Akeldama inclination) but for the ladies… Donning a pretty frock and perhaps a corset is bound to make one feel better ~ a little constricted but definitely better. On the other hand nothing (I am convinced) is funnier than a werewolf with a doily on his head.

5. Which brings us back around to drinkies.

Lord Akeldama suggests a Pink Slurp (champagne & blood) but he’s a vampire and they have questionable palates. Alexia recommends substituting blackberry cordial for the blood, resulting in a truly delicious and festive drink. Alternatively, for those particularly cold nights, one might opt for mulled wine, which can be a most excellent way to disguise the quality of one’s vino. And one can never go wrong with hot apple cider.

Bottoms up!

Lord A at Christmas nennesis via tumblr

“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.”
~ P.J. O’Rourke

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

The Camelback Library

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

9 Rules for Female Travelers from the Victorian Era

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Hybrid Author: Everything You Need to Know

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.”
~ Japanese Proverb


12 Days Until Christmas, Finishing School Style, Plus Gift Ideas for the Gail Carriger Fan In Your Life (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

12 days until Christmas, Gentle Reader, if that’s your thing. Here is a bit of fun from the Finishing School Tumblr.

Here are 5 other things I love right now:

1. Romance Novels for Feminists blog: Fun, insightful, engaging reviews and romance recommendations from a feminist stance. Not an attack, more an analysis, as the blog focuses on books she likes rather than all the ones that are getting things wrong. I’m not often interested in buying the books recommended, but I always enjoy reading the review.

2. Broaden the mind and be entertained, an oldie but a goodie, youtube music video of Bad Romance parody: Women’s Suffrage. Every time I watch it the end note makes me cry, in a good way.  Want more? International Woman Suffrage Timeline. I also enjoyed both Iron Jawed Angels and Suffragette.

3. Trader Joe’s Soup Dumplings. From the frozen food section. Yes they’ve got like half the day’s allotment of salt and they aren’t as good as the fresh ones from a restaurant, but they are pretty darn tasty, relatively low caloric, and ready in 3 minutes. In my world these are the PERFECT midwinter lunch with a little side salad or some greens. Best of all the AB doesn’t like them at all, so they are all mine! Eating the whole package feels decadent but really isn’t so bad. Win win.

4. & 5. These Two Cakes:

Both are naturally GF, which is to say the original recipe never called for flour. I’m not GF myself, but that doesn’t mean a good cake can’t be eggy and delicious.

Bonus 12 Gift Ideas For Gail Carriger Fans:

1. Octopus Cookie Cutter ($6).

2. Octopus necklace ($7) for any member of the OBO who doesn’t want to get a tattoo.

3. Octopus Bottle Stopper ($12) for those who prefer wine over tea.

4. 1800s Balloon Art Airship Stainless Steel ID or Cigarettes Case ($14). This is the airship design that the Flywaymen air dinghies are based off of in the Finishing School series.

Or if you’re buying for a big OBO Madame Lefoux fan, the same company makes versions of this case with octopus on the cover.

5. Lace overlay parasol (not good for rain) $13, comes in range of colors.

6. Wonderful Ocean Octopus Nightlight ($18) that I might have to buy for my office. So cute! Perhaps Quesnel had one of these while a child.


7. Stone Octopus Coaster
($25).

8. Tentacles Wall Decal Sticker ($30).

9. Lucky Ladybug Shaped Teapot ($18). For Primrose to serve tea aboard the Spotted Custard.

10. My favorite tea, Twinings 1706 Strong ($12).

11.  Bumbersnoot necklace $23-35

Bumbersnoot necklace
Also there is also my Zazzle shop full of Gail Carriger branded merchandise. Everything from t-shirts to mugs to buttons.
{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

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Fun & Practical Gifts for the Writer in Your Life (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The holidays are upon us. So here are some fun ideas for gifts for the writer in your life, Gentle Reader.

Gifts for Writers

Profession association membership: Coupon to purchase membership for your budding author in something like SFWA (if they qualify) or RWA. (You can always give a coupon for drop-in attendance at the local RWA chapter, which allows your author to sample this experience.)

Tiny Apple Macbook Air Make-Up Compact Mirror ($9)

Professional Magazine subscription: A subscription to Locus Magazine, or RT or something similar (depending on genre) is a nice jumping off point.

Octopus pen ($7).

Scrivener ($40-$45) & Scrivener for Dummies ($13 – $19): I’ll be moving to this processing program soon. Designed by and for writers. Every author I know who uses it, loves it. It’s not for everyone, but it’s worth a try.

Spendy: The experience gift. Check about to see if the there is a local writers conference, for example Pike’s Peak Writers runs a wonderful annual event in Colorado Springs. Sometimes these are run through a local university and often local libraries know about such things.

My favorite t-shirt! 

Spendy: Professional courses. Professional crafting course, evening class, or private lessons in something useful to a writer or a small business. All things from Scrivener to Office, to the basics of bookkeeping to Photoshop 101 can be helpful for beginning writers.

Mini lumio is pretty darn cute too.

I have a fully updated list on Amazon.

Still not happy with any of these suggestions? Chuck has more.


Gifts for People Who Love To Read ~ Including Unique DIY Ideas (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The holidays are upon us and so here are some fun ideas for gifts for the reader in your life, Gentle …erm… Reader.

Gifts for People Who Love to Read

Feather Metal Bookmarks ($7).

DIY IDEA:

Purchase eBook-only shorts from your reader’s favorite author, especially if the reader doesn’t like eBooks. Get some fancy paper, print out the short story, roll up like a scroll and wrap with a pretty ribbon. (My shorts are here.)

Knock Knock Personal Library Kit ($15).

DIY IDEA:

Email your reader’s favorite author and offer to mail an SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) if they have any book marks, or even business cards with cover art on them that they’d be willing to sign. You can turn these into magnets.

If the author doesn’t offer swag, you can print out the cover of a favorite book followed by quotes onto nice paper with a high quality printer and make all manner of things with it, from a specialized bookmark (most print shops will do cheap lamination), to Christmas tree decoration, to framed art.

Fight Evil Read Books mug $18 (or others)

Pre-order a few up coming favorite authors for the reader in your life.

Print out the pre-order page as a kind of coupon of goodness to come.

Read Harder (A Reading Log Journal): Track Books, Chart Progress $15

Offer the convention experience.

Poke about to see if there are any major or minor conventions in your area that feature the reader’s favorite author. Get tickets to attend with the reader, or for the reader and a friend. This can be a spendy gift, but experience gifts are pretty darn awesome.

Harry Potter Themed Book of Spells Kindle Paperwhite Cover (comes in all house colors, black, and purple) $25.

DIY IDEA:

Pull together a book themed basket. For example, collect some of your favorite romance novels with some chocolates, a bath bomb, and a bottle of wine (or two). Here is one example I did for Blameless several years ago.

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Gail Has 24 Valentines Crushes? (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I love the idea, Gentle Reader, of blogging a bit about my other valentines. Of course, there is the AB and Lilliput, but you know how much I love them. (And they do too, I suspect.)

RTW Biffy Lyall Heart Romancing the Werwolf Love Gail Carriger SS2

No, instead I want to tell you my other loves ~ 24 of them, to be precise. The ones that brighten my day in less intimate ways, as it were. These are loves I can share with you, Gentle Reader, in hopes that you find one or two loving, yourself. So here we go!

3 Blogger Crushes

  • Grace Bonney ~ the brains behind Design Sponge
  • The boys of the Lifehacker Travel Tag feed ~ yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s mostly boys, but I love their tips even if they aren’t always exactly travel related.
  • The Airship Ambassador ~ a truly wonderful warm loving unifying force for the steampunk movement.

3 Author Crushes

  •  Janice Hardy ~ her blog always has something interesting to say about being a writer and how to get on with it.
  • Myke Cole ~ one of my chronic convention drinking buddies, also a bang up decent human whose tweets are hilarious.
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch ~ a long running voice for authors in the field, hugely respected as both a writer, journalist, and promoter of writing as a business.

 

3 Fashion Crushes

  • My swingy black coat from H&M ~ I’ve had it for many years now, found second hand, it needed a zipper repair and I just added a second one for a quirky look.
  • OMG That Dress tumblr ~ still my favorite source for vintage clothing images.
  • Couture Carrie blog ~ currently my top pock of fashion blogs that focuses on modern clothing.

3 Food Crushes 

  • Trader Joe’s Frozen Hash Brown Patties ~ I love them with an entirely unhealthy passion.
  • Honey crisp apples ~ only the best eating apples on the planet, ’tis the season right now, eat them, eat them all!
  • Treader Joe’s Multigrain Pita Chips with Sesame Seeds ~ what can I say, we do most of our grocery shopping at TJs, these are my crispy addiction.

3 Household Crushes

  •  Lilliput’s bar stool (similar) ~ scored this puppy at Ross for $40, a raising and lowering stool which, at the highest setting, is higher than our little dining table which means the cat would rather sit on it than on the table, success! She loves this thing, and, in a pinch we can lower it for extra seating when we have company. In an apartment our size everything has to serve double duty. I do feel like a fool buying a stool for my cat, though. Spoiled little bean.
  • Our new toaster ~ this was a big decision and quite the investment but it may be the greatest toaster ever, it’s so fast and so good and so pretty and so small and so tidy.
  • Dipping bowls ~ on a whim I bought 3 from Ikea and we used them so much the AB trotted into China Town and bought 4 more. One of the primary uses is to dip French toast into the maple syrup rather than poor it over, saves on cleaning the plate and the amount of syrup used.

3 App Crushes

  • Repost ~ for Instagram. How did I gram without it?
  • Tumblr ~ it has it’s flaws as a medium but I am happy flipping through pretty pictures over tea and reposting them on a whim. I like it much better than pinterest, instagram, or flikr, I know they aren’t comparable but if I have to pick one, it’s tumblr.
  • Stylebook ~ still the best and only worthy handler for my vast closet, outfit planning, and packing.

 

3 Business Crushes

  • Syncing statement dates ~ this is a weird one, but I found out recently (probably from Lifehacker) that you can change the dates upon which your credit card and bank statements are issued so that they all sink up and, basically, mirror the month. I took a morning to call them all up and sync them all and now all my bills come in at the same time, beginning of the month, this make little OCD me soo happy.
  • The Digital Reader ~ one of the ways I stay in touch with what’s going on in the publishing industry.
  • Google Calender ~ basically it runs my life, planning and scheduling since I can’t find a Gantt chart app works for me and integrates with a calendar. It’s going well, I anticipate betrayal.

3 Beauty Crushes

  • Spa Girl Bath Bomb Fizzies (I like the fruity ones) ~ I bring these when I travel for use in hotel tubs, the smell lovely (so will my hotel room), travel easy through TSA, and I love a bath.
  • Baking soda facials ~ I make a little paste of baking soda and cold water in the palm of my hand then rub over my face and wash off, once a month. It exfoliates a bit and leaves my skin feeling really smooth, no adverse reactions or anything
  • CloSYS Alcohol Free Mouthwash ~ I HATE mouthwash, it makes me gag, this stuff has very little resemblance to what one would ordinarily expect, and I won’t say I love it, but at least I use it.

Special mention goes to…

Any gif showing inter-species affection or a cat beating up a dog/baby. Don’t ask me why, I just find it hilarious. Secretly, I am both more corny and more cruel than you would expect. Or not?

You’re in material affection,

Miss Gail

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Octopus for the Holidays with Gail Carriger (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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If I had time to get contemplative and nostalgic I might. Perhaps next week. Holidays are busy in the world of Gail, full of hugely trying bouts of vast food consumption, epic rivers of tea, presents, and a great deal of driving. Woe is me.

Look at me, all about the sarcasm this season. I can’t help it, good cheer and sparkly lights make me come over all snarky.

Mine appears to have been a very octopus steampunk set of festivities. This does not warrant sarcasm but is, in fact, a serious business. Look at my pretties!

Octopus Decoration Octopus Steampunk Decoration
From my Popster. Octopus globe available here, source of steampunk one is unknown.
Pink Octopus
From Ellen (found similar here)
Octopus Wrapping Paper
What Mum wrapped my pressies in, found here.
Steampunk Sleep Mask
From the In Laws (Archie McPhee’s)

 

Teapot in an Octopus Cameo Steampunk Tote Bag

Prudence is off my radar at the moment out getting critiqued. Wish me luck? This means I am attempting to complete all those tasks I put off in order to finish my draft. You know, tiny little things like overhauling my entire website, and e-formatting another short story, and last quarter’s accounts. Small insignificant little bits and bobs.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1913Mantle Paul Poiret, 1913 The Victoria & Albert Museum
1913Mantle Paul Poiret, 1913 The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Steamboat Menu
1913 Cruise Ship Menu

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
7 Setting Basics That Can Bring a Story to Life 

Book News:
Book Orniment

Quote of the Day:
“It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption.”
~ Edward Bunyard

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Borderlands for the Holidays

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Recently Borderlands saved me by stepping in to host my last signing of 2012. Since this event happened unexpectedly, during the holidays, I was honored that a dozen or so people made the effort to come say hi. There was even press coverage! At least half of attendees drove over from the Cow Palace after Dickens and then parked in the Mission, on a Saturday night, to see me! Now THAT makes me feel special.

Jared & Gail
Jared and I at Borderlands

I hopped BART, an uncomfortable experience at the best of times. Whenever I travel on public transit I can’t help but fantasize about Victorian trains ~ first class of course! How wonderful would it be to someday take the Orient Express? (There’s a wonderful BBC documentary on the train with David Suchet of Piorot fame.) unlike BART, Borderlands was a lovely and welcoming as always!

Gail at Borderlands
If you’re interested in my outfit I did a Retro Rack post on the subject.

Books were signed, photos were taken, swag was given out. (I never have much swag so I just took a few odds and ends from my publicists as an apology for having to cancel the Dickens event.) And I received tribute!

Tribute
Citron, book, pocket watch

After scenting my office beautifully for a day, the citron went off to a new life in marmalade. The pocket watch will make an appearance at an upcoming steampunk event (hopefully meaning I won’t be chronically late for all my panels). And the book is sitting patiently on my bedside table.

Thanks everyone so much and have a happy holiday! May your break be filled with Indy Bookstores coming to your rescue, tenticular citrus fruit, and steampunk goodness!

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Zepplin Dress 1930s
Zepplin Dress 1930s

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Want to know what’s keeping me so busy right now? Pretty much this: Unleashing the Internal Editor: A Self-Editing Checklist

Quote of the Day:
“Nothing is more nourishing than a well-made mutton broth with plenty of ride or barley in it, and the meat stewed down into the soup. This, with an honest milky pudding eaten with stewed fruit, is as wholesome a dinner as it is possible to give.”
~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888


Holiday Fun ~ Books as Gifts Part 5 Timeless Egyptian Themed (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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The book basket comes to an end with one final installment. If you want to know what I’m on about the introduction to this idea is here.

1. Order signed from Borderlands (Definitely get your request in before Dec 15th, that’s the last time I’ll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays.)
2. Source a vintage looking basket, possibly from a local thrift store
3. Fill with accompanying fun items, many of which might also be found at a thrift store

This basket is themed to Timeless and/or The Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Volume 2.

1880 Ladies Dahabia Egypt
1880 Ladies Dahabia Egypt

Timeless Egypt Themed Basket

I’d like to reiterate that this doesn’t have to be done with my novels, I’m just the most familiar with them. It could be done with any fun book. I remember one young lady had a belly dance themed romance novel and include with it a teaching CD on how to belly dance, a coin belt, fun jewelry, and various other associated items. Have a younger reader on your list? Patricia Wrede’s excellent Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons is on special as a box set for $16.29! But you’ll have to learn how to make Cherries Jubilee.

I think it’s a fun way to riff off of someone’s favorite read and can be made into a really nifty gift idea. It doesn’t have to marry to the theme of the book: if, for example, you’re gifting a romantic novel why not include it with a nice bottle of wine, a candle, some bubble bath, and a little box of chocolates? Steampunk novels are easy and fun, there’s so much good steampunk out there on Etsy and Clockwork Couture. A friend once gave me a cookbook complete with a set of cooking utensils, frying pan, spatula, pot, and mixing spoon ~ all mini sized. I just use google images “Gift Baskets” for ideas and ways to arrange. Here’s Zabar’s take. Better than a basket of soaps, I say!

I would be remiss if I did not remind you I have two short stores that make fun gifts, My Sister’s Song and Marine Biology. Buy, print out on fancy paper, roll and tie with a little ribbon add to the basket. Marine Biology is a contemporary paranormal romance, kind of like if Biffy and Lyall existed in the modern day.

Yes, I am trying hard to get you one more new short story up and available before the end of the year, but I simply must get this First Draft of Prudence done first! I hope you understand.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Ladies Seminary OUt and About
1910 Lady’s Seminary Trip

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How to Finish Writing a Novel

Book News:
Los Angeles Public Library picked Timeless as one of its Best Books of 2012. Their lists were also picked up by the Huffington Post.

Quote of the Day:
“Sleep ’til you’re hungry, eat ’til you’re sleepy.”
~ Author Unknown


Holiday Fun ~ Books as Gifts Part 4 Heartless (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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The book basket ideas continue, if you want to know what I’m on about the introduction to this idea is here.

Our example is the Parasol Protectorate books but you can do this with any genre book, I think. Imagine how fun it would be to theme The Eyre Affair basket!

1. Order signed from Borderlands (Definitely get your request in before Dec 15th, that’s the last time I’ll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays.)
2. Source a vintage looking basket, possibly from a local thrift store
3. Fill with accompanying fun items, many of which might also be found at a thrift store

This basket is themed to Heartless and/or The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set

Heartless Octopus themed basket:
Alternative book option: Kraken
Alternative basket: Octopus Beach Tote Bag

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
John Cleese – a lecture on Creativity Youtube

Book News:
Heartless review.

Quote of the Day:
“Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that’s how dogs spend their lives.”
~ Sue Murphy


Holiday Fun ~ Books as Gifts Parasol Protectorate Basket Theme (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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The book basket ideas continue, if you want to know what I’m on about the introduction to this idea is here.

Our example is the Parasol Protectorate books but you can do this with any genre book, I think. Just run with your imagination what about a Dune themed basket full of spices and spice cakes?

1. Order signed from Borderlands (Definitely get your request in before Dec 15th, that’s the last time I’ll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays.)
2. Source a vintage looking basket, possibly from a local thrift store
3. Fill with accompanying fun items, many of which might also be found at a thrift store

This basket is themed to Blameless and/or The Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Vol. 1.

Blameless Parasol theme

Quote of the Day:
“Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great.”
~ Henry IV of France
“Whoa there!” ~ Gail Carriger


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