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How did you discover the Parasolverse? Gail Carriger Wants to Know (Poll)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m interested in how you discovered the Parasolverse, Gentle Reader.

I asked the FB Fan Group and Facebook, because they suck, shut the thread down. (It was getting too much conversation and we can’t allow THAT!)

However, I did gather the most likely places to have first found a Parasolverse book, and so here’s a poll for you to take! You can choose whatever is closest to your discovery. Don’t get hung up on details.

How did you discover your first Parasolverse book?

This is really just to satisfy my curiosity so I appreciate you humoring me by voting in whichever feels closest, no need to get hung up on details. Thank you!

Yours in deep interest,

Miss Gail

Oh and really quickly, I’ve added a quick visit to Seattle next month!

Jan 18, 6 PMMiss Gail At University Bookstore

University Bookstore
The U District branch,
4326 University Way NE,
Seattle, WA 98105

It’s been a while and I’m not sure when I’ll be swinging through again, so come see me, ask me questions it’ll be fun. I will sign ALL THE THINGS and gossip away.

Not in Seattle? I’ve listed new events on the website, check them out. See if I’ll be near you!

 

Also this is your reminder that we are current rereading Curious Case, the chatter is rife!

Yours in curiosity,

Miss Gail

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Can a gentle giant with a trampled heart
show a man who’s been running all his life that
sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi as G. L. Carriger). No links as yet…
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My new necklace.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Why Not Romance Novels? Showing Respect For The Romance Genre

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How to Capture Alternating Plot Lines on a Book Cover

Book News:

I made Murder by the Book’s advent calendar for top best sellers ever.

Quote of the Day:

“A certain critic — for such men, I regret to say, do exist — made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained ‘all the old Wodehouse characters under different names.’ He has probably by now been eaten by bears, like the children who made mock of the prophet Elisha: but if he still survives he will not be able to make a similar charge against Summer Lightning. With my superior intelligence, I have out-generalled the man this time by putting in all the old Wodehouse characters under the same names. Pretty silly it will make him feel, I rather fancy.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


The Curious Case DVD Extras & Alessandro Tarabotti (Parasol Protectorate Special)

Posted by Gail Carriger

The Great Parasolvere Read Along reread this story to launch the event, January 1~6, 2019.

The Curious Case short story

I don’t have many blog posts on this one. It’s just a short story featuring Alexia’s crafty father, Alessandro Tarabotti, in his assassin for the Templars days. It also showcases mummies, werewolves, and well-preserved felines and is the first hint I gave my readers that there were OTHER kinds of shape shifters.

(TO SAY NOTHING OF THE  MUMMY THAT WAS AND THE CAT IN THE JAR)

Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, are on a mission in Egypt when they encounter visiting tourists and the situation turns to mummies. What is Alessandro’s real mission and will his Aunt Archangelica approve of his treatment of her cat?

If you have ever wondered about Alexia’s father, this will give you a glimpse into his adventures, character, and romantic interests.

This is the only installment of its kind, I had always planned to write more snippets of Alessandro’s life. Perhaps I still will.

Tumblr eatingfireflies fan art for Alessandro Tarabotti

Things Pertaining to This Story

  • Alessandro Tarabotti. A good guy? A bad guy? We don’t know. All we know by the time he turns up in the Parasol Protectorate is that he is both Italian and dead.
  • I did know about Alessandro’s history with a certain beta werweolf when I wrote this story.
  • The tomb is based on the Middle Kingdom one modeled in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose. I worked there for several years and used to give the tours of the tomb.
  • Are you interested in more about Alexia’s father? Check out Alessandro Tarabotti’s Pinterest board.
  • And here is a Pinterest board with visual inspiration for this particular story.

This was not the story’s original cover. You can read all about my cover art experience the first time around in this blog post.

I switched away from drawn art because none of my other covers are like that and I wanted to stay on brand. Also I discovered Evan Butterfield‘s shoot of his model Vincent and fell in love. I actually own the rights to Vincent’s whole gallery, just in case I want to write more Alessandro I have the same cover model ready to go.

Spotted this shot in Paris

Sneaky Gail Is Sneaky

  • Is there a hint about Alessandro meeting Lyall in this story?
  • Who did Floote fight it Scotland, and might it account for his latter tendencies towards shooting a certain someone?
  • Remember the name Phinkerlington… it’s going to show up again, a long ways down the line.

Super special giveaway in this weekend’s Chirrup…

Only 10 of these miss-printed UK editions of Waistcoats & Weaponry exist in the world, and you will have the opportunity to win one of them.

Yours in spinal misspellings,

Miss Gail

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Joyfully Jay says:

“Carriger manages to give these guys a lot of layers and depth, while still giving the story some lightness and fun.”

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi as G. L. Carriger). No links as yet…
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My current favorite teacup.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Rare Footage of Octopus vs. Pufferfish Battle

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Barnes & Noble On Its Way Out

Book News:

Wicked Wallflowers Club interviews Gail Carriger

Quote of the Day:

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


The Great 2019 Parasolverse Read Along Schedule & Guide! (Coop de Book Picks)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So the Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group voted, and the Coop de Book (along with them) are doing a massive Parasolverse read along for 2019, Gentle Reader.

I’ll keep pace here in the blog, in the Facebook Fan Group, on Twitter, and with the Chirrup. Skye will try to stay on top of the Goodreads Group. I’m going back through and finding fun behind the scenes and research blog posts, so when we start each book’s reread, I’ll post an update with yummy stuff to go alongside.

It’s going to be intense but FUN!

HERE IS THE 2019 READ-ALONG SCHEDULE

January 1/1-1/6 The Curious Case short story

January & February The Finishing School series

1/7-1/20 Etiquette & Espionage

1/20-2/3 Curtsies & Conspiracies

2/4-2/17 Waistcoats & Weaponry 

2/18-3/3 Manners & Mutiny 

March 3/4-3/10 Poison or Protect novella

March & April & May The Parasol Protectorate series

3/11-3/24 Soulless

3/25-4/7 Changeless

4/8-4/21 Blameless

4/22-5/5 Heartless

5/6-5/19 Timeless

May 5/20-5/26 Romancing the Inventor novella

May & June First 2 Custard Protocol Books, Rue’s POV

May & June 5/27-6/9 Prudence

June 6/10-6/23 Imprudence

June 6/24-6/30 Romancing the Werewolf  novella

July 7/1-7/14 Competence

July 7/15-7/21 How to Marry a Werewolf novella

Reticence!

The plan is to chat about the books as we read them and in general, both on the Goodreads group and the Parasol Protectorate group. I’ll try to stay on top of posting about which book we are on and hopefully those who are keeping pace will help me with this.

HELPFUL LINKS

The Goodreads Group

The Parasol Protectorate Group 

All Carriger Books List

There will be no regular Coop de Book pick until September 2019.

Until then, you can find my reviews of my favorite books ongoing on Goodreads or BookBub, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook for shout outs to my favorites when I spot them on sale.

Books recommendations and favorite things that make me happy will continue to show up each month in the Chirrup.

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Tiny Navajo Reads says:

“They both help each see each other for what they truly are and what it means to be family. I love it when books are able to do this and especially love it G.L. Carriger does it, because they do it in such a way as to open your eyes to all forms of love and acceptance. The way our world is becoming we need more books and characters that not only look different than us but love and act differently than us.”

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi as G. L. Carriger). No links as yet…
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Paul César Helleu, Young woman in white with parasol, 1900

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Airship Ambassador Gail Carriger Lord Bobbins Taslacon 2018 by Joseph Hernandez

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

PODCAST: Out of the Closet: The LGBTQ Community in American History

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Chuck Wendig, Chelsea Cain, and Marvel’s Latest Missteps

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

Gail’s quotes

 

“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


Gail Carriger Shows Off Her Parasol Collection (Special Extras Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Oh, did you think my love of the humble parasol was all a ruse?

Certainly not, Gentle Reader.

Here is my proof!

In this short video I talk about nothing but parasols!

Mentioned in this video…

Hope you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes!

Yours in shaded glory,

Miss Gail

OUT NOW!

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks
Direct from Gail

Can a gentle giant with a trampled heart
show a man who’s been running all his life that
sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger pen name). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Harpers Bazar New York Sat June 13 1891

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Snapshot of Bette Davis’s Divorce–“She Read Too Much,” Says Husband

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Thoughts About Fantasy from Write On Right On

Book News:

Sophronia Balcony Teslacon Fan Art

Quote of the Day:

“I’ve become that guy who buys his underwear on EBay.”
“You haven’t hit rock bottom until you buy it on Craigslist.”

~ Overheard in Borderlands Books, from their awesome occasional blog

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Upon the 9th Birthday of Soulless (Parasol Protectorate)

Posted by Gail Carriger

As is customary each year, Gentle Reader, at the beginning of October I take a moment to examine my career as an author.

Yes, the time has come again! It is Soulless’s birthday!

October 1, 2009 a silly little book hit the market…

A very nervous debut author hummed and hawed over her offering.

  • Would anyone actually like it?
  • It was such an odd mash up of paranormal, steampunk, and comedy – who would enjoy such a ridiculous story?
  • Were there readers out there irreverent enough to want whimsy?

*1SoullessLTDfoil

 

Well, Soulless turns nine years old today.

The silly little book that I thought would find a home in only a very few people’s hearts seems to have miraculously wormed its way out into the world and touched many.

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Soulless has now sold into over a dozen different territories for translation. There has been a graphic novel manga version (which itself is now translated into French, Taiwanese, and German) and an omnibus. It’s was once optioned for TV. It’s spawned videos, fan art, several tea parties, audio books, cosplay, and an iPhone app.

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Little did I know how much that one book would so utterly change my life.

In these last nine years:

  1. After getting my second masters degree I put my PhD on indefinite hiatus.
  2. I gave up teaching archaeology, discontinued my experimental work, and stopped my field visits. Basically, I switched careers.
  3. I moved, 3X.
  4. I visited a dozen foreign countries promoting the books, half of which I’ve never traveled to before.
  5. I made countless new friends and been blessed with a chance to visit old ones.
  6. I’ve watched the steampunk movement grow and expand, and then contract.
  7. I got a cat. (Or the cat got me.)
  8. I went to conventions and signings all over the world and learned valuable lessons from fellow authors.
  9. I ate hundreds of foods, dishes, and sweets I’d never tried before.
  10. I started a podcast.
  11. I wrote 19 additional books:
    * 4 followups to Soulless
    * 1 YA sci-fi, 1 adult sci-fi
    * 4 YA Finishing School books
    * 3 Custard Protocol books
    * 4 Parasolverse novellas
    * 2 San Andreas Shifter books
    * Assorted short stories
    (Here’s your definitive reading guide.)
  12. And, best of all, I got to meet my readers: some here on the blog, some on Twitter, some on Facebook, some in person ~ all of you so warm and fun and strong and smart.

*Box-Set-copy

 

There have been good reviews and glorious ones, nasty gripes and soundly presented critiques. I’ve tackled rough times in social media, and made my fair share of online mistakes. But in the end, it always came back to Soulless and the writing. Did the book make you smile? Then I did my job.

PPJapan1Soulless

 

So, thank you so very much, Gentle Reader, and if you have the time or inclination please raise up a teacup in honor of Soulless, who’s original secret code name, at the dawn of this blog, was The Little Paranormal That Could.

I guess Soulless could and did.

And if you put a spot of amaretto in your tea, well, I won’t tell.

Thank you all for NINE glorious years!

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Many of you have been with me all along, and several of you have already posted comments on my similar October 1 posts of the past, for which I thank you.

If you would like to share your “How I discovered Soulless” story, I would love to read it.

Or just show us a fun photo of whichever edition you have!

Want More?

And still, one of the most common questions I get is…

Will you ever write the hedgehog incident?

You know what next year is, darling Gentle Reader?

Next year is Soulless’s 10th birthday.

Just saying.

Yours (forever cheeky),

Miss Gail

OUT NOV 4, 2018!

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks
Direct from Gail

Can a gentle giant with a trampled heart
show a man who’s been running all his life that
sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a tinkered stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger brand). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

It came from beneath the sea – giant octopus sculpture takes over festival in Louth.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Honey Cakes from Winnie the Pooh

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Soulless Illustrated Hardback, Peek Beneath the Cover? Your questions answered. (The Parasol Protectorate Q&A & Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My darling Gentle Reader,

Here’s some behind the scenes deliciousness, pertaining to Soulless Illustrated Hardcover!

This special edition of Soulless includes 10 stunning full page illustrations in Edward Gorey style by the talented Jensine Eckwall.

Out Tomorrow! September 18, 2018

Here’s some close up images of what this edition looks like…

Casewrap

What kind of hardcover is it?

This edition is a board printed hard cover, better known as a casewrap. Which means it has no dust jacket, the cover art is printed directly on the book, in the style of children’s picture books.

Here’s the inside of the front cover…

And here is what the inside of the back cover looks like with the bios. I can’t believe how cute it is!

If you’d like a sample of what the internal images look like here is the one from Chapter One. They exist on their own page, so you could color them in if you like and not worry about bleed through. (Or with very little. Be careful, not stupid.)

All of the first print run of 10,000 books are signed by me. I signed their tipped-ins. Which is to say they sent me the leaves to sign before the went to press. But I did sign them all. This means that if you order now, or as soon as possible it should be signed. However, if you wait then there is a chance that there will be a second print run, and those will not be signed.

If you are scared and really want a signed edition, or you need to wait for any reason, or you’d like it personalized or dedicated then you should order from Borderlands Books using the SIGNED button on my website.

If you comment/email/post questions about…

Will Book Depository will have it signed? Will Auntie Petunia’s local teashop will have it signed? How do I get it down the Rhine and smuggled to Uncle Berry at the monastery? Or anything else, you know what I am going to say, right?

  1. Orbit is telling me the ones available online are signed.
  2. I have signed 10,000 copies. I know this. So do my hands.
  3. However, we have been on this joy ride before with Waistcoats and Imprudence.
  4. So I refuse to make promises based on online vendors or my publishing house’s distribution technique ever again.
  5. The only way I personally promise this book will be signed is if you order it from Borderlands via my website. Period. 

If you want to see it live, here is a video showing further details.

Want more?

There’s a fabulous process post on making the visuals for Soulless’s illustrated edition from ⁦‪Orbit’s Art Director‬⁩ and the illustrator, Jensine Eckwall, up on Muddy Colors.

Yours as ever,

Miss Gail

OUT IN SEPTEMBER!

Amazon | B&N  

All books in the first print run of 10,000 are SIGNED.
If you want it dedicated or are paranoid about ensuring it’s signed,
you can order it via Borderlands Books using the SIGNED button on my website.

NOT USA?

Borderlands Books will ship to you.
Order from them using the SIGNED button on my website.

This special edition of Soulless includes 10 stunning full page illustrations in Edward Gorey style by the talented Jensine Eckwall.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Victoria & Erin from the photo contest I ran in 2012

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Early History of Japanese Tea podcast

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Carriger Show & Tell Foreign Editions & Translations (Behind the Magic Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello my darlings,

Here’s  fun FAQ video for you in which I natter on about foreign editions and translations.

In this video you will learn…

  • Why certain editions have different covers, thicknesses, sizes, fonts, and spine style.
  • Why the style of cover art might be different in terms of marketing.
  • Which country produced the very first Gail Carriger hardcover book.
  • That there are also cover style changes for audiobooks.
  • Why lack of standardization is so frustrating.

I do hope that you enjoy this brief peek into the author life. Do let me know if you have further questions on this subject and I will be happy to answer them.

Yours as ever,

Miss Gail

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  • Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.

OUT NOW!

Amazon (hardcover) (audio) | B&N (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1912 Paul Sérusier (French artist, 1864-1927) Madame Serusier with a Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Tea Master – History of Japan Podcast

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book Stuffing Scams: Is Amazon Finally Cleaning House?

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“But I don’t want to be a vampire drone.” Sophronia winced. “They’ll suck my blood and make me wear only the very latest fashions.”

~ Gail Carriger, Etiquette & Espionage

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Soulless Illustrated Signed Hardcover Edition Announcement (The Parasol Protectorate)

Posted by Gail Carriger

For the Gentle Reader who hasn’t been paying much attention to my social media accounts or getting the Chirrup, I’m delighted to officially announce that Soulless is getting a hardcover illustrated edition!

Artwork by the amazing Jensine Eckwall.

Details!

Hardcover

Illustrated Cover

10 Interior Illustrations

All Books Will Be Signed

Here is a peak at two of the illustrations inside…

I specifically asked that they be drawn in such a way that they could also be good for coloring. I hereby give you permission to color them in the book, and/or make copies and color them in and hang them on your wall. I’d love to see some of them in color! So please post photos and tag me if you do?

The book is unchanged in terms of wordage & story.

NOT THIS ONE!

This hardcover is different from the hardcover of Soulless done by Subterranean press as a limited edition.

Anything else different?

These are signed!

One of the big things I did for this illustrated hardcover edition is sign…

Every. Single. One.

Yes, that means the ENTIRE first print run.

That’s a LOT of books.

Signing stacks of tipped-in pages for this print run

It took me 3-4 hours a day for several weeks to sign all the tipped-ins. Tipped-ins are pages that will end up inserted into the book during the actual printing process, as opposed to me signing all the physical books after printing which would have required renting a warehouse.

If we sell out of this first run and do another one, those will NOT be signed.

So if you want a signed version you need to order them right away rather than wait.

Unlike the B&N debacles with Waistcoats & Weaponry and Prudence, it’s unlikely these will get lost since, you know, I signed ALL of them. This also means you can pick your platform:

Any store front you order from, whether it be your local books store or online, the first edition should be signed.

It took months of my life, a very sore arm, and a delay on my deadline to so this. So I am hoping you are excited by the prospect. I ran a poll in the fan group before I agreed to do it, just to make certain you might be. I always try to take into account your interest in such matters, after all I’m doing it for you.

Availability Outside the USA?

These books are being produced by Orbit USA for the USA market. However, they may be available from 3rd parties etc… overseas. I don’t know anything about how that works, who is supplying them, etc.

Borderlands Books ships overseas. You can order it personalized from them via the SIGNED button on my website.

I can promise that the ones from Borderlands will be first run versions. And if there is a second printing, these will still be signed.

I have no idea how Book Depository or any other third party vendor will be treating this edition. Emailing me will not change my utter ignorance on this matter. If you have questions, please contact Orbit about it.

If you want the editions dedicated or to ENSURE that it’s signed, you know what I’ll say? Order it from Borderlands using the SIGNED button on my website. 

Yours as ever,

Miss Gail

At the printer!

  • Did you miss the announcement of this book? I complained about how long it took me to sign them all. This stuff goes to my Chirrup members, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.
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  • Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.

OUT NOW!

Amazon (hardcover) (audio) | B&N (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1918 Bernard Dorotheus Folkestad (1879-1933) Mildred with Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Jewelry of Sentiment pt. 1: The Art of Hair Work (Podcast)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A (not so) Short History of Fake Reviews on Amazon

Book News:

28 Fabulous Works of Queer Historical Fiction for Pride Month
RTI made this list

Quote of the Day:

“This is the truth of my trouble with trigger warnings: there is nothing words on the screen can do that has not already been done. A visceral reaction to a trigger is nothing compared to the actual experience that created the trigger.”

~ from The Illusion of Safety/The Safety of Illusion by Roxane Gay

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


The Definitive Gail Carriger Book Reading Order (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

The most common question I get at this juncture in my career?

IN WHAT ORDER SHOULD I READ YOUR BOOKS?

HERE IS THE DEFINITIVE GAIL CARRIGER BOOK READING ORDER

1. The Curious Case short story

2. The Finishing School series

(4 YA books, starting with Etiquette & Espionage)

3. The Delightfully Deadly novellas

4. The Parasol Protectorate series

(5 books, starting with Soulless)

5. Romancing the Inventor novella

6. Prudence & Imprudence

(First 2 Custard Protocol Books, Rue’s POV)

7. Romancing the Werewolf novella

8. The Claw & Courtship novellas

9. Competence & Reticence

(3rd & 4th Custard Protocol books, the twins’ POVs) * ongoing

10. The San Andreas Shifter series

(3 PNR books, start with a prequel short, Marine Biology) * ongoing

The 5th Gender

The Tinkered Stars series

(2 YA sci-fi, starting with Crudrat) * ongoing

All that said, my books are designed so that you should be able to pick up any one of the novellas or the first book in any of the series and use that as a jumping in point, or simply to decide if you like my style of writing.

Hopefully this makes sense.

And now…

Not All Fans Agree With Me!

Reading order is hotly contested by my fans. As a completest, I myself would read them in chronological order as above. However, most of the members of my Facebook Group contend they ought to be read in order written.

So if you started with Soulless then this is for you!

  1. Parasol Protectorate
  2. Finishing School
  3. Delightfully Deadly
  4. Custard Protocol
  5. Supernatural Society
  6. Claw & Courtship
  7. San Andreas Shifters
  8. Tinkered Stars

Would you like all the Parasolverse books…

In world chronological order?

That’s here, with actual dates!

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 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1915–20, from the Met Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Self & Lilliput

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

1948 History of Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book paper makers are cutting back and replacing their print runs with, among other things, tea bags! (Podcast)

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“Now, Faith dear…”
“Yes, cousin?”
“Of course, you look absolutely ravishing, but perhaps no mention of rocks right away?”
“Not a single sedimentary sequence shall pass my lips, I promise.” Faith attempted to look grave.
“I don’t know what that means, dear, but thank you.”

~ Gail Carriger, How To Marry A Werewolf

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More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Books Sizes – Custard Protocol Models (Important for Writers)

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Miss Gail!

You cry, the distress coloring your tone, tears in your eyes, lips trembling…

Why can’t I get the print book in the size I desire most?

or

Why is this book slightly bigger/smaller than this other book of yours?

I know honey, I’m a little anal too. I get your pain. I do.

Here have a handkerchief… Cuppa?

Feeling better?

OK, let me explain…

People have very strong opinions on books sizes and formats. We aren’t going to get into a debate about that here – no we aren’t. Instead, I am going to talk about about the very wide range of book sizes that there are in the world and why you can’t always get what you want. (Sing it with me!)

Would you like a sample?

Here is Soulless (and Etiquette & Espionage for scale) in a wide range of sizes. From Left to Right:

  • Hardcover USA
  • Trade Paperback large
  • Trade Paperback medium
  • Mass Market Paperback USA
  • Japanese wee

Shall I make it even more confusing?

A small sample of just trade paperback sizes

the leaning tower of Soulless

Yeah there are different hard covers sizes too. I know, right?

Honestly it’s a mess.

So that’s what the world of publishing is like. (You can carry that same level of illogical chaos into the business side of the industry too.)

Book sizes are further complicated by metric versus not metric. (For reasons of me being a former archaeologist, I tend to blog in metric.)

Different books sizes: USA Hardcover, USA trade paperback, UK b-format trade paperback

See above, that’s just the English language new releases!

Still with me?

The Custard Protocol books release to the USA in hardcover, then about six months after the USA trade paperback releases.

  • We aren’t going to talk about hard cover because I can’t control that. Or, more precisely, at the moment I don’t want to.
  • We aren’t going to talk about mass market. That’s my favorite size and my books don’t come out in it anymore. I’m a bitter sad resentful old bitty about it.

Instead we will talk…

TRADE PAPERBACK

USA Trade (non-standardized)

For Gail Carriger (that’s me), that size in the USA is:

20.85 cm X 13.80 cm

This is the exact same size of the Finishing School and Parasol Protectorate trade paperbacks. These are the ones that are still available new.  So if you wanted all my novels in EXACTLY the same size, then you’d need the USA trade paperback size.

However…

In the UK the most common (although there is a wide range) trade paperback size is something called b-format.

B-Format (UK standard)

That size is:

19.80 cm X 12.60

These are all stupid measurements. It bugs the donkey’s butt out of me.

So B format is smaller than USA trade (for me).

Guess what else, I can’t print exactly that size myself for my self published projects.

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Why?

When self publishing, especially in order to distribute as widely as possible and in as many different parts of the world, I’m much more limited in options similar to either of my USA or UK trade – that still allow me to cover costs. (I already make little to no money on print editions of my indie books, going custom is simply not an option.)

So I chose…

20.20 cm X 12.50 cm

That’s taller but about the same width as the UK’s B-format.

Why use that size?

Well that’s billed as 8 X 5 inches on most publishing platforms. It actually isn’t, it’s slightly smaller, but it’s good enough, and it’s easiest to work with. This size has been standardized as the smallest option for self pub, easily accessible, on both Ingram and Createspace. I prefer smaller books and I need to stay smaller for my novellas so I get some kind of spine to work with. (It needs to be thinker.)

So that’s what you get.

So yeah, If you’re upset that Competence for the UK is about 4 mm taller than Prudence and Imprudence. I tried, I really did. But at least this matches to my novellas. And the Custard Protocol series is interrupted by novellas, if you want to stack them that way on your shelf at least so all the later ones will match.

Wait, what?

Written & in-world chronological reading order of my recent books should go something like:

  1. Prudence (Custard Protocol Book 1)
  2. Imprudence (Custard Protocol Book 2)
  3. Romancing the Werewolf (Supernatural Society Novella)
  4. Competence (Custard Protocol Book 3)
  5. How to Marry a Werewolf (Claw & Courtship Novella)
  6. Reticence (Custard Protocol Book 4)
  7. More Claw & Courtship novellas possibly set before/during, or after Reticence.

Make sense?

No it doesn’t. But then again the fricken sizes of books makes no sense to me, why shouldn’t I pass along the pain?

The suffering.

Oh, publishing.

Yours etc,

Miss Gail

You Don’t Have To Take My Word For It

Having A Preference On The Shape Of Books

Meanwhile over on 20 Minute Delay I tell a HORROR story about a Lyft experience and Piper and I go deep on how we get around on the ground, from Public Transport to the gig economy to Car Rentals.

Secondary Travel; How to get around Once you’ve arrived at your destination”

We also get into extended stay suites, how to stay safe while using ride-share services, stopping for cannolis in New York, and tracking progress when someone else drives. Piper talks about choosing between rental cars and ride-shares, positive car-service experiences and rental car apps. Listen to the podcast on our:

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COMING JULY 17!

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 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ensemble 1913 The Philadelphia Museum of Art _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Too shy cards...

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Aggie by Ace Artemis Fan Artist

Quote of the Day:

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.”

~ James Bryce

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The Range of Cover Art ~ Gail Carriger’s Heartless (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

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Good morning, Gentle Reader.

Today I thought it might be fun for you to see the range of cover art that my book Heartless got over the course of time and space and 7 years in publication.

Here we go…

First off is the original mass market paperback as produced July 17, 2011. Next to it I have the updated trade version. The mass market size is now out of print.

Here on left is the Japanese translation version, this is the smallest of my books. It’s about the size of a 3X5 card. Next to it is the german translation of Heartless.

Aside from Germany (and the pocket edition in France) and Japan, every other foreign publisher chose to do a take on the original cover image for their translations. This is pretty unusual and rather flattering.

Lastly here is the Omnibus cover for the collected Heartless & Timeless. Currently the only way to get Heartless in hardcover.

There it is. What do you think of the different covers? Anything surprise you? Any one you really love?

Praise for Heartless

  • Stacy of Lost in Librolandia says: “Heartless by Gail Carriger was a rip-roaring, side-splitting good time, to be sure. It is crazy how much can happen in such a short time when Gail Carriger is organizing the plot. … The historical accuracy is fascinating, the characters are delightful, and the witty banter is sheer perfection, the best I’ve ever read!”
  • Sara from Freadom Library says: “The supporting characters are freaking awesome. There’s a new specific story line that I think is amazing and there’s also some new information about a particular character’s past that just blows my mind.”
  • Brittany of For the Love of the Read says: “This author has a way of writing these stories that keeps me hooked. I’m excited to read the last book, but I’m not sure I’m ready to be done!”
  • Just Another Belle says: “Gail Carriger has a fantastic way of writing a (larger) cast of characters but feeling like each one of them is completely fleshed out. I wish I could jump into the pages of this book to interact with every single one of them– I couldn’t even pick one that I’d like to meet most.”
  • Cassandra Giovanni says:
    “I did like that we got to see a bit more of the secondary characters of Lyall and Biffy and the background of Alexia’s birth and being soulless rolls out nicely. Overall, it was an excellent read.”
  • My Thoughts Literally says: “I have always absolutely loved Gail Carriger’s books for the characters and that was totally the case in Heartless. You will often find me complaining about books with large casts of characters being confusing and it hard to keep the characters straight and that is not the case here at all. There’s a massive cast of characters here and they are all memorable, unique, and amazing. I honestly get excited when someone comes back into the story because they are so fun and quirky.”
  • Hugh Likes Fiction says: “Carriger does it again with her fast paced comic misadventures in Victorian supernatural society. Her grasp of character and timing is once again on display as she navigates Alexia through mystery, society expectations and steampunk hi-jinx.”

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger features a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him).

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lord akeldama eat your heart out!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Podcast Recommendation: Dressed: The History of Fashion

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How #MeToo Movement Impacts All Authors

Book News:

The Hedgehog Librarian says of How To Marry A Werewolf:

“Carriger does not excuse the faults of her leads, nor does she indicate that love will perfectly solve everything. That realistic aspect keeps the characters from becoming caricature.”

Quote of the Day:

“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.”

~ Author Unknown

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings is a Cad (in 4 Quotes) (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gentle Reader,

A bit of a look back on Major Channing, today, before his new book comes out.

Here’s a collection of some of my favorite Channing quotes from his appearances as a side character in other Parasolverse books!

“Who the devil are you?” Alexia asked, the man’s cavalier interference irritating her into using actual profanity.
“Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings.”
Alexia gawked. No wonder he was so very full of himself. One would have to be, laboring all one’s life under a name like that.

~ Changeless

“Really, Channing,” remonstrated Alexia, “did you have to eat the man’s dog? I am convinced you will experience terrible indigestion.”

~ Blameless

“As to your sister, she is quite a peach, is she not? You have been hiding her from me.”
Lady Maccon would not be goaded. “Really, Channing, she is practically”―she paused to do some calculations―“one-twentieth your age. Or worse. Don’t you want some maturity in your life?”
“Good God, no!”
“Well, how about some human decency?”
“Now you’re just being insulting.”
Alexia huffed in amusement.

~ Heartless

“Channing was incredibly easy on the eyes. Lanky but muscled, with crystal-clear blue eyes and pale blond hair. He was like some winter god, Jack Frost perhaps.
If only he didn’t also shoot first in the firing squad of premier pompous twats.”

~ Romancing the Werewolf

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) Woman Seated in a Garden

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput, AKA Superior General Bean

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Swedish Academy DRAMA!

Book News:

The Tome Gnome says of Soulless:

“This was my first foray into the world of steampunk, and I’m completely in love. I didn’t think I liked historical-ish books, so I passed over Soulless so many times. Perhaps I don’t like straight up historicals, but I sure do love them with vampires, werewolves, and all sorts of steampunk inventions.”

Quote of the Day:

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