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Meat Cute Special Extras (Parasol Protectorate)

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Meat Cute AKA the Hedgehog Incident is now available in all formats! If you’re not seeing the platform you want, it should be getting there soon.

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Released in print: October 2019 as part of Fan Service

Release in audio: December 2019 directly.

Released in digital: Feb 16, 2020

This is the story of how Alexia and Conall met for the first time. AKA the Hedgehog Incident.

It is ONLY A SHORT STORY! It is NOT A FULL BOOK.

Here are some special extras related to this story!

Special Extras

About this story:

In Meat Cute, Alexia Tarabotti attends what appears to be a very dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

This charming novelette features the very first encounter between the Parasolverse’s most popular power couple, preternatural Alexia and supernatural Lord Conall Maccon.

Look out for cheeky appearances from other much beloved characters, not to mention the strategic application of a certain wicker chicken.

Poison Protect Parasol Teacup

A Note On Chronology

Set in the spring of 1872 this story occurs just prior to events chronicled in The Parasol Protectorate series (featuring Alexia and Conall) and after those in Defy or Defend (Dimity’s book) and Poison or Protect (Preshea’s book).

Alexia also appears briefly in Romancing the Inventor, and Conall and England’s most scandalous wolf pack is referenced in The Finishing School series.

Other things to know?

This is a quick read at 9000 words (about 15 printed pages). It is best read if you are already familiar with the Parasolverse, as it was written specifically with my fans in mind (and at your request).

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Out to tea to celebrate the launch! Dressed to match the cover, of course. 

FAQ’s About Meat Cute

Will this one be available individually in print?

No, it’s too short.

It may be in another collection some day and I will let you know when that happens.

Is that our original Alexia model on the cover?

Yes.

Donna (my cover model) and I remain friends to this day. She happened to have some more photos from that old series of shoots she did (which ended up on the original Parasol Protectorate series).

I bought one and ta-da, we have a cover with the same model on it!

Isn’t that awesome?

Of course then I went to Starla who did a wonderful job fiddling with everything to give us this new cover. Hooray!

Sneaky peaky?

This is the only story, so far, where you get to see Sophronia and Soap all grown up and being tricky.

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

All Hedgehogs All Day

I learned that there are Hedgehog Olympics and my life is complete.

Yours, always trying to make you happy,

Miss Gail

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All About Meat Cute, Producing Audiobooks, Word Counts Fueled by CAKE & More (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

In this video, Gentle Reader:

Why did I write Meat Cute at all? I admit to teas I don’t like. Plus a big confession about Defy or Defend. (DON’T TELL!)

LINKS OF INTEREST

Meat Cute in digital format is out Feb 16, 2020!

Meat Cute Audio is out NOW can be purchased directly from me.

Meat Cute in print is in Fan Service, why only there in print? Too short.

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AUDIOBOOKS

How they come to be, my process, why they take so much longer than other editions. Picking a narrator? Can’t Moira do them all?

Want a whole lot more info about audio.

Here’s a sample of Emma’s narration:

Emma Newman my narrator is ALSO an author herself. She’s great AND she narrates her own books.

Listen to the alien dialect that Michael Lesley came up with for Tris in The 5th Gender in this sample:

 

Kirt Graves narrates the San Andreas books & mispronounces Marin (as it turns out) East Coast action:

BOOK CHAT

Nicole asked for POC fluff suggestions, so if you have them bring ’em on!

I scrabbled about the fuzzy noggin can came up with: Nikki Woolfolk (in general) but specifically her: Mise en Death

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This is where I sit to do my lives…

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OTHER STUFF

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Here’s photo evidence of one of the MANY cakes I ate while on retreat…

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Yours having fun with video,

Miss Gail

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Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident Audio Now Available & FAQs (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The Hedgehog Incident AT LAST IN AUDIO! Here!

For those of you who missed the Subterranean special edition, Fan Service, (or could not afford it, or don’t like print editions) I have been working diligently to get you the audiobook of the special short story Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident. And now it available! The digital ebook version will be available Feb 16, 2020.

Yes this is the one that relays how Alexia and Conall first met!

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Directly from Gail!

Google Play

Other vendors are coming but honestly you can just get it direct and then you don’t have to wait.

Digital preorder is up too, here’s where you can get it:

Amazon | Kobo | Apple | B&N | Elsewhere

Why Preorders Matter

Sample the Audiobook?

 

This is the story of how Alexia and Conall met for the first time. AKA the Hedgehog Incident. It is ONLY A SHORT STORY! It is NOT A FULL BOOK. The audiobook is just a little over an hour long.

Questions You May Have

Why are we waiting on the digital edition?

Because I feel like audiobook listeners never get any special treatment they are always left waiting for their version and it usually comes last. I wanted to give them something special for a change.

Is that OG Alexia on the cover?

Yes. Donna (my cover model) and I remain friends to this day. She happened to have some more photos from that old series of shoots she did (which ended up on the original Parasol Protectorate series). I bought one and ta da!

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What else can you say about the story?

In Meat Cute, Alexia Tarabotti attends what appears to be a very dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog. Look out for cheeky appearances from other much beloved characters, not to mention the strategic application of a certain wicker chicken.

Will this one be available individually in print?

No, it’s too short.

I have considered turning it into special swag, like a mini sample booklet, but there doesn’t seem to be a good printing service designed specifically for that. I’m too old to figure out how to do it for myself in a way that isn’t prohibitively expensive in time and money.

It may be in another omnibus some day, or at the back of one of my novellas, or in an short story collection or anthology, and I will let you know if/when that happens.

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Will Fan Service be available again?

No. Special hardcover books are by definition limited run. That means only 550 (or so) books are ever printed. It’s part of the promise to those who buy them, that no more will be made so it really is a special collectors item.

There will me more special editions of that style in the future though. And least I really hope so.

Yours (plugged into audio),

Miss Gail

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Meat Cute Cover Art Reveal & Digital Preorder

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Gentle Reader, here is the digital & audio cover for Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident

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Preorder at your vendor of choice!

or directly from me

or Amazon (kindle etc) or other eReaders (nook etc)

What are Preorders, and Why Do They Matter?

And now…

THE COVER ART!

Is that our original Alexia model on the cover?

Yes.

Donna (my cover model and the genius behind Geeky Teas) and I remain friends to this day. She happened to have some more photos from an old series of shoots she did (several of which ended up on the original Parasol Protectorate series).

I bought one and ta-da, we have a cover with the same model on it!

Isn’t that awesome?

Meat Cute Audiobook Cover Art Hedgehog Incident

Who actually made it?

As usual I used the fantastic Starla to manipulate Donna’s image into something approaching the other books in the Parasol Protectorate series. And, as always, she did a wonderful job. See how it goes with?

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Why blue?

I have no idea, I guess I just liked it? Perhaps it’s a bit close to Changeless, but I think of that cover as more teal.

Note it does have some differences? For example I chose a silhouette skyline for the background partly because I wanted to bridge to the cameo style of Fan Service

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Anyway, there you have it!

In the next cover announcement you’ll get to see it Dimity’s book, Defy or Defend. I hope you’re excited for that one! And yes, that’s the title. Sneaky Gail is sneaky.

Yours (drowning in cover art decisions),

Miss Gail

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In this short story Alexia Tarabotti attends what seems to be a dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

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