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Which is Your Favorite Parasolverse Cover of All Time? (Well, After 10 Years)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Gentle Reader!

So over the course of this year (my tenth year as a professional author) I’ve been asking in the Parasol Protectorate Group to vote on their favorite cover in different categories. Now it’s time for the final vote! (I’m running it here and in the Group, because everyone deserves to have an opinion… except Twitter).

Cover Art Parasol Green Gail Carriger

(Original results when I did this several years ago.)

The poll is at the bottom if you want to just skip to it and vote…


Which foreign edition cover did you like best?

For this runoff I chose my favorite representative of the German/French paperbacks, Japanese Parasol Protectorate Covers, Japanese Finishing School Covers, Japanese Custard Protocol Covers, and the Spanish Blameless.

Representing for Foreign Editions in a surprise upset….

The Spanish Blameless!

This cover happened because my Spanish publisher couldn’t afford the rights to the USA version and so they commissioned their own. (They would eventually go out of business, sadly.) One of the reasons I’ve never had any other editions in Spain, is because the rights are all tied up with this publisher.

Still, a lovely cover!

Which Finishing School cover do you like best?

In an entirely unsurprising result, Waistcoats & Weaponry stole the Finishing School category easily. Something about the fan and the teal always appeals to people.

Waistcoats & Weaponry!

Which Parasol Protectorate original cover do you like best?

This was a big category as I needed to offer up: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, Timeless, Soulless Manga 1, Soulless Manga 2, Soulless Manga 3 (the other Soulless covers were moved to a new category).

Soulless the original!

Which Parasol Protectorate hard cover do you like best?

Soulless Omnibus 1, Soulless Omnibus 2, Soulless Cameo Hardcover, Soulless Illustrated Hardcover, Fan Service

Soulless Illustrated!

This was a surprise upset as the Cameo won the whole contest last time I did this.

Which Parasolverse novella/short cover do you like best?

Poison or Protect (Presha’s book), Romancing the Werewolf (Biffy & Lyall’s book), Romancing the Inventor (Madame Lefoux’s book), How to Marry a Werewolf Channing’s book), or Curious Case (Alessandro’s story)?

Novella Cover Art Poll

Romancing the Werewolf!

Romancing the Werwolf

Which Custard Protocol cover do you like best?

Prudence, Imprudence, Competence USA, Competence UK, Reticence USA, Reticence UK


Prudence free PDF

Which cover is your overall favorite?

Spanish Blameless (representing for foreign editions), Waistcoats & Weaponry (representing for Finishing School), Soulless OG (representing for original Parasol Protectorate), Soulless Illustrated (representing for Parasol Protectorate special editions), Romancing the Werewolf (representing for the novellas), Prudence representing for the Custard Protocol!

Which of the Parasolverse cover winners is supreme?

Yours always thinking about cover art,

Miss Gail

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!


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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.



Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1905-06 France. via shewhoworshpscarlin tumblr parasol

1905-06, France. via shewhoworshpscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Your Moment of Gail


“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

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What Happens After Reticence? All Your Questions Answered!

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But, you say.

Miss Gail, you say.

No more Parasolverse?


Your End of Series Questions Answered!

Is this the last Custard Protocol Book?


Anything is possible, but for now, Rue and her crew are off about their own business and tired of  me messing with them.

Is this the end of the Parasolverse?

Absolutely not!

The three Parasolverse novella lines continue:

  1. In Delightfully Deadly you can follow the Finishing School characters all grown up and causing mischief.
  2. In Supernatural Society see your favorite queer side characters get their happy endings.
  3. In Claw & Courtship see Biffy, Lyall, and the new London Pack find love, happiness, and swaddled squash. Other werewolves also an option.

OK FINE, is this the end of longer adventure series in the Parasolverse?

For now, yes. But, again, anything is possible. I don’t like limiting my imagination.

What about more YA?

I’m considering various YA projects (and maybe even middle grade), but if set in the Parasolverse they would be much earlier in time. Join the Chirrup to find out more.

At Books Inc, Alameda for the launch of Reticence

Story Questions You Might Still Have After Reading Reticence!

First, if you haven’t finished the Custard Protocol series STOP now. POSSIBLE SPOILERS. Although mostly it will just seem confusing.

Why wasn’t Dimity at The Wedding?

Keep an eye on the Delightfully Deadly series ~ you’re looking for the Honey Bee.

Speaking of The Wedding, what was Channing up to in Hyde Park?

Fraternizing with stroppy Americans, find all about it in How to Marry a Werewolf.

What happened to Lady Manami?

You might want to check out Mana in the San Andreas Shifters series.

Why didn’t we get to see Biffy and Rue make up?

Sometimes we grow apart, and have to form our own pack. And sometimes little birds need to be pushed out of nests. Biffy knows what he’s doing. I tackle all forms of love in my books, even the tough kind.

Not happy with that? There’s more Biffy to come in the Claw & Courtship series.

How did Arsenic’s parents meet and end up in Scotland?

Find out about that fateful train station meat cute in Poison or Protect.

Wait argh, what did… Lord Akeldama, Tasherit, what?!!?!!! Merephssfaldja!

Uh huh. So there. Never doubt the machinations of immortals.

Yours in craftiness,

Miss Gail

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!


USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo UK | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU 

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.



Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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“By far the greatest strength in the characterization of this story is the writer’s ability to normalize exo-cultural characters and allow us to look through their eyes. Drey serves as our access character, expressing our own confusion and occasional discomfort with his partner’s culture. But as he learns to love Tris, we learn to see the universe through new eyes. And that is the greatest power of a story.”

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You say bread, I say embryonic toast.

~ Self on Twitter

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Please Write Us A Story About Lord Akeldama, Miss Gail! (Occasional FAQ)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Write Goldenrod’s backstory for the love of Oolong!!!

Look Gentle Reader,

Lord Akeldama is best in very small doses.

Writing him for any length of time, IMPOSSIBLE. Can you imagine spending the space of one short story in that man’s head, let alone an entire book?

via antique royals tumblr

Plus most of his charm is to do with his mystery, if I tell you too much about him you’ll find him less interesting.

Although someone once said I should write about him from the perspective of his cat, which seems too silly even for me. (I know right? Who knew those words would ever come from my fingers?) But it is a possibility. Maybe some day when I am very drunk and I feel like the cat has something to say. The cat has to come alive as a voice in my head and have a specific scene or story to tell before this will happen. I’m not saying it’s impossible, just very very improbable. (10 points to anyone who gets that reference.)

Here’s what I can tell you…

There is a big, MASSIVE, reveal about Lord Akeldama’s past and his reasons for doing what he does in Reticence. So if you aren’t caught up on the Custard Protocol I recommend you do so before the last one comes out because otherwise the chatter will drive you mad.

Mad I tell you!

If what you love about Lord Akeldama is his flirty irreverence and general all knowing superiority than you should check out bot Max and Mana in the San Andreas Shifter series. And I and promise you that you will love Tristol, my alien character in the 5th Gender.

Hush now and let me write,

Miss Gail

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3 Things Readers Want to See from Authors (Occasional FAQ with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger


At the beginning of 2018, Gentle Reader, Goodreads posted this article:

Three Things Readers Want to See from Authors

I thought, hey, why don’t I just give you what they think you want?

Gail’s Top 3 Questions

1. What other books has Gail Carriger written?

You can find a comprehensive list of EVERY SINGLE thing I have officially written on the All Books section of my website.

The in world chronological order list for the Parasolverse is on the wikia!

2. What books inspired Gail Carriger to write?

To answer this question I wrote this blog post:

This Is Why I Write: 10 Books That Inspired & Formed Gail’s Identity As An Author

3. What additional background information does Gail Carriger share about the books she has written?

That is what this blog is for. Follow it or join the Chirrup.

You want everything I have written in the past? Wellp, I divide my background and behind the scenes posts into two easter egg piles by the tags:

Special Extras

  • deleted scenes
  • character studies
  • fantasy casting
  • worldbuilding thoughts & analysis
  • games & quizzes
  • academic style articles & guest blogs on steampunk

Behind the Magic

  • research & victoriana
  • cover art
  • chapter titles
  • sample chapters
  • foreign editions
  • author business musings

Hopefully you can find what you are looking for there.

If you are looking for an answer to a specific question you can Google “author gail carriger” + “[your question]” or you can search for various keywords on my massive never ending interview page.

Hope that helps!

Meanwhile here is some silliness of me taking the Tea Scout Oath at Tucson Festival of Books!

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Coop de Book for March 2018 was Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina. (Discussion here.)

OUT MAY 13, 2018!

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger is now awabile (print, audio & other editions will follow). Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Add this book on Goodreads.

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.



Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910 via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Self in various Dark Garden Corsets

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Gail Carriger Parasolverse All Books In-World Chronological Order & Dates! (Occasional FAQ)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my darling Gentle Reader!

By far one of my most frequently asked questions is:

In what order do the Parasolverse stories take place?

This is a really hard question answer because I am always adding new ones, and they often fit in around one another. So I can’t really do a perennial post here on the blog, which is, by it’s nature temporally, finite.

But Imma try!

Gail Carriger All Books Reading Order 2019

The following list is current as of 2020.

If you want the MOST updated list of Gail’s Parasolverse books then you MUST VISIT THE WIKIA. Sorry but, frankly, that is what the wikia is for. Ya know?

Parasolverse Books

Chronological Order

With Dates!

The Curious Case 1841 Spring
Etiquette & Espionage 1851 Fall- Winter
Curtsies & Conspiracies 1852 March
Waistcoats & Weaponry 1853 February
Manners & Mutiny 1853 December
Poison or Protect 1867 Spring
Defy or Defend 1869 Spring
Meat Cute 1872 Spring
Soulless 1873
Changeless 1873 Winter
Blameless 1874 Spring
Heartless 1874 July – August
Timeless 1876 April
Romancing the Inventor 1878 Summer
Prudence 1895 September
Imprudence 1895 October
Romancing the Werewolf 1895 December
Competence 1896 Spring
How to Marry a Werewolf 1896 April
Reticence 1896 Spring
San Andreas Shifters Post Supersaturation
Tinkered Stars MUCH Later

What About Reading Order?

Now reading order is a different matter and is hotly contested by my fans. As a completest I myself would read them in chronological order. However, most of the members of the Parasolverse Facebook Group contend they ought to be read in order written.

Which, as of now is loosely…

  1. Parasol Protectorate
  2. Finishing School
  3. Delightfully Deadly
  4. Custard Protocol
  5. Supernatural Society
  6. Claw & Courtship


Miss Gail

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Carry Arms, from the Parasol Drills series

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Earl Grey Comes Out of the Cupboard

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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What Would Gail Do?

Posted by Gail Carriger

For the today’s blog post, Gentle Reader, here’s a quick fun one for you.

Some pithy answers to some frequently asked questions.

What is your guiltiest pleasure that few know about?

Great British Bake Off, closely followed by Trader Joe’s Paneer Tikka Masala and Marie Claire magazine. Sometimes I can be found indulging in all three at once.

What hobbies do you have and how do they influence your work?

I like to sew, dance, cook, read, and eat. All of these things sneak into my books: I’m always describing the way people move, what they are wearing, and what they consume. In Competence my characters form an on dirigible book group.

What can we find you doing to relax?

Shoe shopping, drinking tea, more shoe shopping, thinking about shoe shopping, drinking more tea – it’s a simple life.

What would happen to your writing if there was a shortage (gasp!) of tea or chocolate?

I could probably survive without the chocolate. I don’t know if I could function as a human being without tea, let alone write.

Has your sense of humor ever gotten you into trouble?

More times than I can possibly count. I always think I’m hilarious and I will open my big mouth at the most inopportune times. Booze, let me just say, does not help with this problem.

Is there a place, activity, or person that is your hiding spot?

Yes, any place where I can have a great cup of tea and be surrounded by a civilized little shade garden.

1925 Esther Borough Johnson (British artist, 1867-1949) Tea Table in the Garden

What’s one random tidbit about yourself?

I find endless comedic enjoyment in the ridiculous: the Westminster Dog Show, rubber animals, string cheese, squid, that kind of thing. Also, I’m a mean lean pinball player.

Can you tell us something about you we can’t see on your wikia?

All my inanimate objects have names (I think it’s rude to yell at them without calling them by name). Oh and I’m famous amongst my friends for a certain breakfast item called the “eggy cup.”

Would you rather be a vampire, a werewolf, or a ghost?

Werewolf, no question. I’ve always wanted to be able to change shape, even if I were forced to do it every month. Most of us ladies are quite accustomed to engaging in the emotional equivalent of a monthly shape change already, I suspect it wouldn’t be too difficult to adapt to werewolfdom.

How would you react if you were you attacked by a vampire without even a proper introduction?

Oh, I have no pride or gumption. I would run to the nearest public area yelling for the constabulary.

If you could spend one day in Victorian–era London, what would you do (and, more importantly, what would you wear)?

I should love to visit the Crystal Palace and the Great Exhibition displays housed there. I’d wear the appropriate day dress, probably something in teal velvet with hundreds of tiny buttons and a very outrageous hat. Ivy has nothing on me with regards to taste in hats. (Find out more on the Crystal Palace on my 1850s History Pinterest board.)

What are some of your favorite films?

In no particular order:

Find out more on my Recommended TV & Movies Pinterest board.

What would you like it to say on your tombstone?

“Died still angry about Firefly and the Library of Alexandria.”

what it will actually say is

“She only wanted to taste it once.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}


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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1888 Charles Courtney Curran – Lotus Lilies via history-of-fashion

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

All the colors people purchased this t-shirt in from my store just after it was announced. You ladies & gentlemen are the best!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

High Street, Exeter, Devon, England, ca. 1895

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Three Award-Winning Romance Novelists Discuss Their Craft

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Quote of the Day:

“There are lots worse curses to have, but she writes them SO SLOWLY, and I read them SO FAST!”

~ Overheard at Borderlands Books in San Francisco

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When Gail Carriger Was An Archaeologist (Occasional FAQ)

Posted by Gail Carriger


One of the things that often comes up on Facebook Lives and in person events is my past as an archaeologist. So here, for your edification Gentle Reader, is me answering some of the most frequently asked questions on this topic.

What’s the 411 on Gail Carriger prior to becoming the author we all know now?

I was born in small town California to a British expat gardener with a tea habit and a woodworking Dane who sidelined as a philosophical scribbler. I spent summers in a small town in Devonshire with my grandparents, and matured with a burning need to investigate the past and escape to other small towns all around the world. Hence archaeology. I ended up back in California with too many advanced degrees, a tea habit inherited from my mother, a scribbling habit inherited from my father, and a dreadful penchant for gadding off to foreign countries in hot pursuit of fascinating ancient artifacts – dragging both habits ruthlessly in my wake.

What jobs did you have on your way to being a writer?

Let me see, the order would go something like: library page, nursery plant waterer, nanny, PA, telecommunications specialist, software QA, book reviewer, museum docent, bartender, teacher, archaeologist, university lecturer, adjunct faculty, and now author.

What is your university degree in?

I have a BA in Archaeology (with minors in Anthropology, Classics, Theology, Geology, and Philosophy), a MS in Archaeological Materials with a focus on inorganics, and a MA in Anthropology with a focus on ceramic artifact analysis. I got a book contract and left academia 2 years before completing my PhD. Oddly enough, I have few regrets.

Can you tell me a bit about your archeology work?

While I have some field experience, I’ve spent most of my time in the laboratory sticking artifacts into very expensive instruments that go “beep” (XRD, SEM with EDX attachment, and finally an ISP-MS acid prep). I’ve worked on artifacts from Egypt, Italy, Greece, Britain, Italy, North America, South America, and the Islamic Empire (North West Syria). The last excavation I was connected to was in Peru, and I did work at a field lab there. You can find out more about my archaeological interests on my Archaeology Pinterest board.

Chokepukio, Peru, my last archaeology site

How has your background in archaeology influenced your writing?

It’s made me very concerned with details, and very conscious of how material objects reflect culture and can be used to bring setting and characters to life. Readers may notice that what people wear and own is almost as important as what they do and say in my books. A career as an archaeologist and academic has also given me good research skills, a respect for deadlines, a fascination with historical cultures, and, most importantly, the ability to subsist entirely on instant soup.

How does your background in archaeology influenced your steampunk?

Archaeology has its provenance in the Victorian era, so I’ve studied the time period in an effort to understand my own discipline. This has helped me grasp the mindset of the scientists of the day. Archeology has also led me to approach the entire genre differently. Steampunk is, by its very nature, alternative history, but we archaeologists work by interpreting existing facts. I went with the premise that all the strange and absurd facts of real history could be explained away as the meddling of vampires and werewolves. This included the weirdest historical event of all: the expansion of the British Empire.

Self holding a sml Aribalo pot from Chokepukio

Have the locations you visited for digs inspired any scenes or details in the books?

The Etruscan excavation site the Templars take Alexia and Madame Lefoux to visit for a tomb picnic in Blameless is based on the first site I ever excavated in Northern Italy. Similarly, the descriptions of Florence are from my own memory. I drew on a lot of my research from when I was connected to an Egyptian museum for Timeless and Imprudence and The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t. My Peruvian site shows up in Competence. My Syrian site hasn’t appeared in my books… yet.


{Gail’s monthly read along for March 2017 was Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}

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Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

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


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 cgmfindings- Art Nouveau Advertising Parasol „Fiumaner Reisstärke“ 1900 Austria

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Carriger’s cat, Lilliput the Bean, versus a very beat-up paper bag, and a slightly smaller less beat-up paper bag. An ode in two parts, featuring co-star Zanie rattling mouse. (Her favorite toy.)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Clothes as Historical Sources: What Bloomers Reveal About the Women Who Wore Them

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Quote of the Day:

“I don’t remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away.”

~ Mark Haddon

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Where’s The Audiobook? Occasional FAQ

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dear Gentle Reader, this blog is part of my occasional FAQ series being comprised of questions I get a lot and would like to answer here in depth.

wher is the audiobook gail carriger

Where is the Audiobook of Gail’s latest…

Parasolverse tie in story?

San Andreas book?

Competence & Reticence outside the USA & Canada?

Audiobook Buy Button

If you can’t find it by clicking on the audiobook buy button on that book’s website page (and if you can’t, that button brought you here *waves*) or it’s not in Audible in your country, then this is what is going on…

The Sumage Solution Carriger Audiobook Free Download

Where is it?

  1. The story you are looking for may be in production. Sign up the Chirrup to find out exactly when it will release. (And if there are snags.) Also I give away audiobook codes pretty darn regularly.
  2. If you are outside the USA or Canada: There are likely distribution & rights issues in play. I’m working on it, struggling, or have given up.
  3. I’ve no plans to make it an audiobook.


  1. Audiobooks are costly. I only want to produce quality books. Therefore, I’m careful about investing in production. We’re talking thousands of dollars.
  2. Audiobooks are time consuming for everyone, so it’s unlikely one will EVER drop at the same time as an ebook.
  3. Voice talent is not easy to find. I only use high quality professional voice actors.

Why none at all?

Because the book you want in audio did not make enough money as a print/ebook to warrant the expense. If people don’t want to read or review my book in print, then likely they really won’t want to listen to it. I know you may want to, but you’re obviously unique.

  • If you are outside the USA or Canada and you know the audiobook exists (just not in your country), I suggest trying another platform like GooglePlay or buying directly from me.

But I REALLY WANT the book on audio, how about crowd funding it?


Time project managing is also money. That’s exponentially more work on the back end than you think it is, and while I enjoyed my Kickstarter experience with Crudrat, I am not inclined to do it again. Ever. Sorry.

Where’s the Audiobook of Gail’s latest Parasolverse series Novel?

What you’re asking about here, is traditionally published.

In the USA it drops within a few days of the first edition of the physical book. In the UK and other English language territories it can take up to a month for the audiobook to drop. Sometimes longer.

Are you looking for Competence & Reticence outside the USA & Canada?

  • I own foreign rights but I must rerecord (with a different narrator, pissing people off) or buy & redistribute the USA version. Both are prohibitively expensive.
  • I negotiated a distribution deal with the original publisher (Orbit), and they are supposed to be distributing them for me. Ask them why it’s taking so long.

Chirrup members are kept regularly updated on the woes and drama behind audiobook production. They also get a chance at audiobook codes on occasion.

Sometimes it can get very exciting indeed.

Other FAQs

Will you be using the same voice actress as the Parasol Protectorate (Emily) or Finishing School/Custard Protocol books (Moira) for other books?

No. Both are high-end professional voice actresses with multiple contracts for existing books. They do not have the time (nor do I have the funds) . However, if I find a voice actress I (and fans) like, who is comfortable with my range of accents, then I will try to use her multiple times. See Emma Newman who narrates How to Marry a Werewolf, Romancing the Inventor, Meat Cute, and more.

Romancing the Inventor Audiobook

Will you read/record your own books?

No. (See the part about high quality and professional. I am neither.) Although I would consider doing any non-fiction I write, myself.

Will you ever use an American voice actor?

Yes, for those stories that take place in America.

Listen to Kirt Graves narrate the San Andreas Shifter series.

Miss Gail, I want to do eeet! I can voice act with the best of ’em.

  • Do you have a professional voice acting website with samples and contract information?
  • How good is your accent range & do you have a reel?
  • Do you have a studio or booth and are your recording instruments high quality?
  • Will you work for hire (flat fee) and are your rates competitive?

Answer yes to ALL of the above questions?

Then you may contact me through the calling card feature on my website. However, I have a producer and he has the final say.

Will you do any more full cast audio (like Crudrat) or use multiple voice actors for multiple POVs?

Unlikely. I’m open to working with a producer on this but won’t do it myself. Here’s a sample of the first chapter to see what we’re talking about…




Poison or Protect

Poison or Protect narrated by Suzanne Lavington ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

How to Marry a Werewolf

How to Marry a Werewolf narrated by Emma Newman ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor narrated by Emma Newman ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

Romancing the Werewolf

Romancing the Werewolf narrated by Peter Newman ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

The Sumage Solution

The Sumage Solution narrated by Kirt Graves ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

The Omega Objection

The Omega Objection narrated by Kirt Graves ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon


Crudrat full cast produced by Artistic Whispers ~ Audible | iTunes | Amazon

The 5th Gender

The 5th Gender narrated by Michael Lesley ~ Audible USA |  UK | FR | DE | iTunes | Amazon

Meat Cute

Meat Cute narrated by Emma Newman ~ get the MP3 directly from me | Audible | Apple | GooglePlay

Soulless (and the Parasol Protectorate series)

Soulless narrated by Emily Gray ~ Audible | Apple | GooglePlay

Etiquette & Espionage (and the Finishing School series)

Etiquette & Espionage narrated by Moira Quirk ~ Audible | Apple | GooglePlay

Prudence (and the Custard Protocol series)

Prudence narrated by Moira Quirk ~ Audible | Apple | GooglePlay

Hidden in Pages says of Imprudence audiobook:

“The narrator does an absolutely wonderful job narrating and it was a joy to listen to. I kept finding myself creating reasons to listen to the audiobook so that I could listen to more.”

Midwest Book Review: Library Watch says of the Imprudence audiobook:

Imprudence will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library audio book collections and is a “must” for all science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts.”

I Am, Indeed says of the Imprudence audiobook:

“Narration for this story is provided by Moira Quirk, and she does manage to present both sides of every conversation with clarity and style: each character is distinct, the rapid-fire moments of dialogue don’t impede her forward progress, and there are appropriate pauses for breath, laughter and tension (when required).”

More on audiobooks!

Are You Self-Publishing Audiobooks? Why You Should Be

Gail Carriger on Audible

“…every carriger audiobook is like a being told you are going to get an entire month paid vacation with unlimited snuggle up doing whatever you want time, and loads of perfect cups of tea and cookies. It’s a dream come true.”

~  Megan


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1874-1875The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston _ OMG that dress!

1874-1875 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Flower Island

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Traditional Publishing Timeline

Book News:

Characters on the Couch: Gail Carriger’s Imogene & Genevieve

Quote of the Day:

“I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse

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Why Do Books Release Later to the UK, Australia & New Zealand? (Occasional FAQ)

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This is one of those blog posts, Gentle Reader.

Like the Fat Chance of my Book Actually Being Made into a Movie post, I’m writing this one primarily so I can direct annoyed email + social media demands at it. Humans need a why in order to calm down.

Things A Lady Would Like To Know 1872

What follows is a great deal of why


I’m an Aus/NZ reader of your books, why does it always take so long to release here? Why do you hate people in the Southern Hemisphere?
Not my choice. Nothing to do with me.
Aus/NZ market is usually 2 weeks later than the UK, because that is how long it takes physical copies of a book to ship from the UK to the far reaches. Books have to get across the sea, and then overland into the shops. Shipping early, if even possible for the distributor, results in confused bookstores shelving the book for sale at different times before the ISBN is in their computer. This means errors at check out, possible litigation from the publisher if the book has a SOS (strict on sale date), and serious damage to the author’s sales figures and general sucess of the book.

But we always get it on the same release date if it’s a King, Simmons, Patterson, (name your preferred major white dude authorbeast), why not you?
I’m not that big a deal. Thanks for thinking I am.

Surprise! Laundry Jail.


So why don’t your publishers just drop the eBook at the same time in all English speaking territories?
My agent has a blog post touching on this. Other guesses: Because they are afraid that then no one would buy the physical book if it released behind the eBook? Because then all the readers of paper books would write emails to me complaining that I am punishing them for preferring the dead tree and why do I hate print readers so much? Because digital globalization is terrifying? Because rights and distribution contracts vary? Here is Charlie waxing poetical on the subject.


I’m a UK/Aus/NZ listener to your books, why does it always take even longer to release audiobooks? Why do you hate audiobook listeners?
Not my choice. Nothing to do with me.
I don’t know what’s up with UK audio distribution services. They seem to take forever. Or maybe it’s my UK audiobook publisher. If I were to ask, I can guarantee you that each would blame the other. Having minimal contact with Audible US via Crudrat, I can say that they are unusually painful to work with on these matters. Regardless, it seems about 2 weeks after print release before my audiobook drops in old Blighty.
Aus/NZ audiobook dropping can be as much as a month after US print release date if not more. I DO NOT CONTROL THIS. This has nothing to do with me. My guess is that, as an offshoot of the already challenging UK audiobook market, things are compounded down there. I don’t know what the audiobook market share is Down Under, but I should think small. Thus no one is motivated to fix it.

I really do feel empathy for you. Nothing is more frustrating than being unable to get a hold of the book you want, in the medium you want, in a timely manner. (Don’t get me started on all the OP books from my youth that aren’t available as ebooks.)

As a traditionally published author, I do not have the power to affect this. And YES I have tried. SO HARD. It’s wrapped up in contracts, rights grabs, fighting for other things I really want as a creative, and sacrificing some stuff on the altar of others. On the bright side, you do get the book, eventually. Imagine being one of my Italian or Spanish readers?

Yes, it is monumentally frustrating. Imagine being on my end of this equation? Because, boy, there ain’t enough tea in England… or Australia.

Here have a photo of a cute cat, fuzzy blanket, and tea. Does that make it better?

Things Gail Collects (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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Things Gail Collects

  • Octopus ephemera
  • Shoes (specifically peep toes & wingtips)
  • Demitasse teacups
  • Baedeker’s, Terry’s, Baddeley’s, and Galignani’s travel guides printed prior to 1900
  • Ideas for making decorative canapés
  • Recipes for cakes that can be made with only a food processor

Information Gail Collects

  • Mythology from cultures and times her characters might visit
  • Images of vintage corsets
  • Anything about real historical female warriors
  • Custard recipes
  • Old Victorian menus


Proofs have arrived


Lilliput is excited about it.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February  2016 was Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.} Review might be a little late, compressed edit and proof pass deadline is really killing me.

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1857 shewhoworshipscarlin-tumblr Fashion plate, 1857, Philippines.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:
Books and Knitting says of the Finishing School series:
“These books are fantastic. Gail Carriger really knows how to create illustrious adventures with humor and action. Really, in my opinion, these books are never dull, a lot due to the great writing style Carriger has.”

Quote of the Day:
“It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.”
~ Julia Child

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Inside the Actor’s Studio Questions with Gail Carriger (Occasional FAQ)

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Inside the Actor’s Studio: 10-questions

1. What is your favorite word?

2. What is your least favorite word?

3. What turns you on?

4. What turns you off?

5. What sound do you love?
The pop noise you make with your finger and your cheek.

6. What sound do you hate?
Screaming children.

7. What is your favorite curse word?

8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

9. What profession would you not like?
Anything to do with bad smells.

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Good God, who let you in?

Silliest Questions Gail Carriger Has Ever Been Asked (Occasional FAQ)

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Silliest Questions Gail Carriger Has Ever Been Asked

Why don’t you have an English accent?
I’m not actually British. My mum is an expat, I spent many a summer in Devon, several months in London, and two years in Nottingham. I’d put one on for you, but my fake accent is really bad. There is a reason I hire Emma to narrate my audiobooks.

Besides eating your cat, what is your zombie plan?
I have this vague idea of escaping to Alcatraz, depending on whether the zombies can go under water. Otherwise, I think heading out to the coast to some obscure fishing village would be best. Isolated, ready food source, and one can always take to the ocean if necessary.

If you could be any element on the periodic table, which would you be and why?
Helium. Because I’m a rare noble gas that makes people squeak on a regular basis.

What’s the hardest question you’ve ever been asked?
What’s your favorite fruit?

Have you ever been fishing for octopus? What’s your favorite way to eat them?
I’ve never fished for them, but I do love the story one of my professors told of his Greek fishing village and the treatment of octopuses there. Apparently, they slap them against the streets to tenderize them and hang them out on clotheslines.

“You know you’re in Greece,” he used to say, “When you wake up to the sound of an octopus being slapped of a morning.”

My favorite way to eat them is Greek style ~ grilled with lemon, olive oil, and fresh oregano. Heaven.

Octopus Clothesline

Thus far, have you been able to get through an interview without the word “steampunk” coming up?
Nope. But then, why would I want to?

What’s one random tidbit about yourself?
I find endless comedic enjoyment in the ridiculous: the Westminster Dog Show, rubber animals, string cheese, squid, that kind of thing.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
That jiggly leg thing particularly prevalent in men, or any similar hand tapping, twitching, etc. It drives me bonkers. I’ve been known to go up to perfect strangers and stress the delicacy and skill required to sit STILL. With friends, I’ll put my hand on said leg and then slowly but surely start digging the nails in until it stops.

Give us one embarrassing author moment:
I arrived for my very first in-person meeting with my agent with the back of my dress unzipped. The moral of this story? Always travel with a lady’s maid. The moral of the moral? Sell enough books to afford a lady’s maid.

What will you name the three monkey butlers we’re sending you for Christmas this year?
Eeek, Oook, and Ni. Because I am 1. afraid of monkeys, 2. enamored of Terry Pratchett’s Librarian (I know, not a monkey), and 3. a Monty Python fan.

What is your guiltiest pleasure that few know about?
Project Runway, closely followed by Trader Joe’s Paneer Tikka Masala and Marie Claire magazine. Sometimes I can be found indulging in all three at once.

How often do you wear your Victorian and Steampunk clothes around the house, just for yourself?
Dahling, who says I wear anything around the house when I’m by myself? Honestly though, I only wear full on Victorian costumes for appropriate events. I wear steampunk jewelry and little touches of steampunk garb most of the time when I’m going out.

Gail Carriger first 5 years steampunk outfits

Do you name each of your parasols?
Nope. I name my machines, but not my clothing or accessories. The car is The UPH (Underwater Polar Bear Head), the computer is Hermia, and the .

Can you tell us something about you we can’t see on your website?
I’m famous amongst my friends for a certain breakfast item called the “eggy cup.”

What’s your D&D Alignment?
Somewhere between Neutral Good and Chaotic Good last time I checked.

Any favorite vampires from lit, film, or TV?
I don’t think he really counts, but I love Dorian Gray. I have a real soft spot for Mina Murray in The League of Extraordinary Gentleman graphic novel series and I adore the character of Drusilla on Buffy. Not to sneak in werewolves, but I was turned to the furry side by Klause’s brilliant YA novel Blood and Chocolate.

2010 Faire Paol Window Dorien Gray Oscar Wilde

My dear friend Paol (inspiration for Tunstell) playing Dorian Gray in the Dark Garden window at the Dickens Christmas Fair in 2010

Has your sense of humor ever gotten you into trouble?
More times than I can count. I always think I’m hilarious and will open my big mouth at the most inopportune times. Bubbly, let me just say, does not help with this problem.

Strangest dream you have ever had?
One of my favorites was a zombie attack dream where the zombies could be killed if I threw uncooked yams at them, at which point they turned into rock salt.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
This one.

If someone were to write your biography, what would be the title and subtitle?
Let It Steep: Chronicles of a Wierdo between Tea Breaks

Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
Boston Worldcon to meet Tamora Pierce.

Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin?
Walk into a bar on Mercury.

Johanna von Klinkosch wife of Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein
via antique-royals-tumblr

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