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How to Make Isaac’s Open Faced Omelet (Omega Objection Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

How to make Isaac’s open faced omelet. (It’s kinda like a skinny frittata.)

NOM!

In the middle of The Omega Objection the main character, Isaac, pauses his frantic escape from Enemies Unknown, to make his dear friend Clara an open-faced omelet.

Because everything stops for food in my books.

I thought you all would like the recipe!

Isaac’s Open Faced Omelet

What You Need

  • Veggies of your choice
  • Cheese of your choice
  • Eggs (at least 3)
  • Optional milk or heavy cream
  • Herbs (yummy ones)
  • Oven safe skillet

How to Cook

  1. Quickly sauté the veggies in butter or oil and any dry spices until they are cooked the way you like them. You can also use pre-cooked meat. Avoid watery veggies (like tomatoes) and if you choose mushrooms, cook them all the way through extruding and reabsorbing their moisture.
  2. Remove and put aside.
  3. Beat the eggs together with milk/cream (if you like them that way) and small amounts of any wet ingredients (mustard, Worcestershire, hot sauce).
  4. Turn the boiler on. If not a separate part of your oven, put the oven shelf as close as you can up to the top flames/heating elements.
  5. Melt butter or oil in the pan on med-low heat. Pour in the egg mixture. Let cook until it begins to thicken on the bottom.
  6. Wrinkle the eggs in the middle of the pan by pushing through so the still runny egg on top, leaks down and gets a chance to cook. Keep doing this until there is only a thin layer of liquid egg left on the top.
  7. Sprinkle all the vegetables in an even layer into this last liquid bit.
  8. Add the cheese on top in an even layer.
  9. Place under the hot grill/broiler for a few minutes, checking regularly until cheese is browned and bubbly and eggs have puffed up.
  10. Removed, serve instantly and enjoy!

Some combos Gail likes…

The welsh rarebit: rosemary, smoked paprika, garlic, Worcestershire, and mustard for spices, paired with sharp aged cheddar. (I often do this one with squash and onion.)

Oh la French: tarragon, white pepper, onion powder for spices, gruyere for cheese. Great with leeks and small diced potatoes.

Gone stuffing: thyme, black pepper, celery seed, and bouillon sprinkle for spices, paired with mild cheese of choice. Good with a mirepoix, left over roast of any kind, including roasted root veg.

Mediterranean: basil & oregano & dried tomato for spices, feta for cheese. Olives & bell peppers & cooked (squeezed) spinach are nice with this one.

Mexican sensation: cumin & oregano & chili for spices, jack for cheese. Fajita filling with salsa and guac on top.

I use this recipe a lot for next day party recovery. It’s a great way to use up leftovers from the night before and a fast way to feed lots of people. I prefer it to regular omelets because… crispy cheese!

Your,

Miss Gail

OUT NOW!

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

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He has no smell, he is popular with werewolves, and he is terrified.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a tinkered stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger pen name). 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 Infusion of Cute . . .

The two sides of the Soulless mug on Zazzle. 

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Hair Tutorial: A Basic Game of Thrones or Fantasy Hairstyle

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Little Free Library creator Todd Bol dies

Book News:

Banter Banter Banter DirigiblesSoulless gets a shout out

Quote of the Day:

“It’s amazing how the more you read, the less you know.”

~ Anna Breslaw

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


The Omega Objection Silliness: Drinks for Shifters (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Isaac, the main character in my new San Andreas Shifter book, The Omega Objection, is a bartender. Thus the meat cute and various other scenes in this book all occur inside a club named Saucebox, and the bar caters to shifters.

Oh did I have fun creating drinks for different shifter species.

Here’s an example of a few that ended up actually appearing in The Omega Objection.

Kitsune

Omnivore Special. Hot sake mixed with tuna water and wheat grass.

Mermaids

When they aren’t doing shots of high quality garum, they like Pearl of the Sea cocktails. Rum, anchovy syrup, clam juice, finished with a splash of Worcestershire sauce and a pickled onion wrapped in nori for garnish.

And now, I really am hoping you come up with other suggestions!

Yours as always,

Miss Gail

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The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

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Isaac Mercer has three problems – a werewolf, a stalker, and a secret past.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a tinkered stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger pen name). 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 Infusion of Cute . . .

Accidental Wes Anderson” Finds Immaculate Composition In Everyday Life

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Why I Reread THE PERILOUS GARD

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Marketing Advice Roundup: Best of the Last Year

Book News:

Gail Carriger’s Favorite Historically Set Fantasy Novels

Quote of the Day:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before tweets…

“To All The Boys Tweets I Liked
To All the Gays I’ve Never Killed in My Books
You’re welcome”

~ Malinda Lo

“To All The Boys Who Have A Three Part Question, Well Really It’s More Of A Comment”

~ rachel syme

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before But They Had No Idea Because My Idea of Flirting Is Debating Them About Politics and Giving Them Book Recommendations.”

~ (@NoelJnks)

“If I wrote a memoir about moving with my library, it would be called To Haul the Books I’ve Loved Before.”

~ @MissLiberty

“to all the boys i’ve loved before:
i date girls now.”

~ Chelsea Nachman

Gail’s contribution?

To all the boys who list Fight Cub as “favorite movie” and Vonnegut as “favorite author.” Sigh.

But seriously folks, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is on Netflix and it’s adorable.

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


The Teachers of Gail Carriger’s Finishing School, Do They Look How You Imagined? (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

It’s national teacher day, Gentle Reader.

Did you have a favorite teacher in fiction or real life?

I have been blessed with many fine and inspirational teachers. I’ve also gotten to write about teachers too in the Finishing School series.

I dug up these awesome old images featuring the teachers, and I thought I would share with you! Enjoy!

“The school sounds amazing, and I have begun to wonder which of the young debuts I most resemble.”

Krys of Black’n’Write

“…intensely creative fun that will have you laughing and falling in love with the characters in an instant.”

~ Cassandra Giovanni

“The names alone are something to admire…”

~ A Review in the Bristol Herald Courier

“I also really enjoyed meeting her new friends Dimity, Pill and Soap. All three of them had amazing personalities and quips. The story wouldn’t be what it was without them.”

~ Certified Book Addicts

“The story is perfectly paced with just the right balance of action, character development, and setting detail.”

~ Laura Agnella of The Book Junkie

“Pink Panther meets Monty Python–that’s how I describe this fun YA steampunk novel.”

~ L.R.W. Lee

Meanwhile I’ve created a LIST over on Goodreads for…

Books Like the Finishing School series

Please head on over and vote for ones you think work, add your favorites or suggestions!

Coop de Book for May is How to Marry a Werewolf (naturally, or should I say, supernaturally?). (Discussion here.)

OUT NOW!

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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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1912 Hobble skirts and parasols

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Eating with Dickens

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

First Aid and Field Dressings for Writers

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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


Cover Art Reveal: How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling Gentle Reader!

I’ve new cover art for you to see today. I known, I know, it seems like there have been a lot of covers on the blog recently.

But I have a lot of books coming out this year, so there’s a lot to reveal.

As always the Chirrup got to see this first, but here it is for the wide world to consume:

Preorder Now On

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Where is the print?

Where is the audio?

I love this cover. It’s a bit of a change for me, except that as the first in a new series, it’s pink. All the first books in my traditionally published series tend to be pink or have pink elements…

When I talked to Starla about How to Marry a Werewolf I told her I wanted sunset colors, but I also want the cover to hearken to older Georgette Heyer style regency romances.

Since one of my tags for this book is, Georgette Heyer goes to the wolves.

There have been some fun covers playing with the puddle or mirror look. I took that and since this book involves a trek across the Atlantic for our heroine, Faith, I wanted a dirigible porthole.

I do hope you like this new style of cover, and even more so, Channing’s story within! Look at the wallpaper background? Do you see the wolf? Squee!

 

In accordance with my usual OCD nature everything is GOING PINK for the next few months – my Instagram, Retro Rack, & my outfits. You know how it goes… I like to theme my universe to my latest book cover.

Fun times.

Do you want to read the blurb? Find out what Channing is up against?

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

WEREWOLVES

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. 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.

AMERICANS

Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series comes a stand alone romance set in the same universe. Look out for appearances from favorite characters and the serious consequences of unwarranted geology.

A Note On Chronology

The Claw & Courtship novellas can be read in any order. This book can be enjoyed without having read any of Gail’s other works.

Set in the spring of 1895 this story occurs after events chronicled in Romancing the Werewolf and contemporaneous with those of Competence. Channing is first introduced to readers in the second Parasol Protectorate book, Changeless. He also appears briefly in the Supernatural Society novellas.

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  • Coop de Book for April is Robin McKinley’s Beauty. (Discussion here.)

LATEST RELEASE

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

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) White Lilies

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput wearing an octopus

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

13 Ways To Help An Indie Author With Their Book Release

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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


Competence Cover Art & Blurb

Posted by Gail Carriger

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

Preorder Competence in the USA in digital or hardcover from:

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

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

RELEASE DATE JULY 17, 2018!

The Blurb

Accidentally abandoned!

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

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

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

Are you a British or Aussie reader?

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

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

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

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

Why?

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

Join the Chirrup to stay abreast of the situation!

About The Cover

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

But MISS GAIL!
(UK Makes Collective Pouty Face)

Calm down.

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

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

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

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

Silly Twitter.

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

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

Heh, heh.

Yours in snark forever,

Miss Gail

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

LATEST RELEASE

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

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The purest form of gastronomy is Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

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

Quote of the Day:

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


Gail’s Feelings On Chronological Order (Ketchup)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The following recently occurred in my household, Gentle Reader.

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

Gail: Chronological order.

AB: But don’t you-

Gail: Chronological order.

AB: -think that-

Gail: Chronological order.

AB: -it’d work better-

Gail: Chronological order.

AB: -to catch the jokes-

Gail: Chronological order!

AB: -if we watched-

Gail: CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER!!!

AB: -in the order filmed.

Gail: *glares*

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

Gail: See.

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

IN DIGITAL, PRINT & AUDIO!

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

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

The Lit Bitch says:

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Cosplays her own book cover, Changeless

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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

Book News:

Delighted Reader says of Changeless:

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

Quote of the Day:

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

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


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 perineal post here on the blog, which is, by it’s nature temporally, finite.

But Imma try!

This image is missing 2 (as of 2017), Curious Case – which would be far left, Romancing the Werewolf – far right.

The following list is current as of the end of 2018.

Which is to say any releases with a 2019 or later date will not appear, unless I am very good about updating this post.

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 Spring 1841
Etiquette & Espionage Fall- Winter 1851
Curtsies & Conspiracies March 1852
Waistcoats & Weaponry February 1853
Manners & Mutiny December 1853
Poison or Protect Spring 1867
Soulless 1873
Changeless Winter 1873
Blameless Spring 1874
Heartless July – August 1874
Timeless April 1876
Romancing the Inventor Summer 1878
Prudence September 1895
Imprudence October 1895
Romancing the Werewolf December 1895
How to Marry a Werewolf April 1896
Competence Spring 1896

There you have it!

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…

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

Yours,

Miss Gail

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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Werewolf.

OUT NOW!

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

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

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 . . .  

Infographic: The Most Popular Font Types in the USA

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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


This Weekend: Romancing the Werewolf is Alive

Posted by Gail Carriger

Sunday, Gentle Reader, Romancing the Werewolf – A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger (me!) will be available for download in digital form!

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

For those of you who do not like to preorder, Sunday November 5, 2017 this book will be available to buy and read immediately. I have it distributed digitally to as many platforms as I possible.

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Apple | Direct

And it’s only $3.99!

I’m hoping that will cut down on pirating.

Reviews are always greatly appreciated, if you feel so inclined. Why? Because they really are a tremendous boost to a book’s lifespan, reach, and (for self-pub) general acceptability in the eyes of the world.

All that said, this book is really for you. My ultimate fan service. I don’t know if someone unfamiliar with the Parasolverse would even get aspects of Romancing the Werewolf. The story will be accessible to everyone but the rest…?

I shall pass it along to a few of the mm reviewers who enjoyed The Sumage Solution but are not familiar with the Parasolverse. We shall see what they make of it. I’m wildly curious. I honestly have no idea what a reader new to my universe will take away from Romancing the Werewolf.

It’s going to be an interesting November.

What’s next?

On Sunday, while the ebook launches I will be doing battle to upload the print edition. There will be a lag while it’s approved through the distributors, and then I must snail mail myself a proof copy to check and make certain it’s printing correctly. After that it will be released into your hot little hands. See why there is a delay?

The size and style of this book will match the other two novellas (Romancing the Inventor and Poison or Protect) and I included The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t short story at the back as a bonus for your patience (and for those who have been waiting to collect it in print outside of an anthology).

Print could take a week, but more likely two. The second it is available I will send out a special announcement to the Chirrup, so keep an eye to your inboxes.

Audio is in production but that takes as long as it takes. There is nothing I can do at this juncture, it is in Producer Bryan’s hands and the voice actor, Peter, has begun the slog.

Meanwhile, I hope you are content with the digital edition. I’m sincerely grateful for your patience with me as I continue to explore the odd ramifications of my hybrid author life.

Please enjoy Lyall’s homecoming, Biffy’s curtains, the questionable presence of wassail (I expect recipes to be shared on the Parasol Protectorate Group) and so much more silliness.

Yours in launch madness,

Miss Gail

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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Werewolf.

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Joaquín Sorolla Bastida (1863-1923) – Figura en blanco, Biarritz, 1906

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Girl behind the Wallpaper

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Bechdel Test, and Other Media Representation Tests, Explained

Book News:

Little Gail BIG Chair

Quote of the Day:

“One should do what one is best at on as large a scale as possible.”

~ Gail Carriger

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


How to Throw a Book Launch Tea Party (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dearest Gentle Reader, Romancing the Werewolf is right around the corner. And it lands on a Sunday.

Do you know what that means?

High Tea!

Here’s a sample of how to throw a high tea in honor of this or any other Parasolverse book (or any other book at all, I suppose)…

Invitation

You are cordially invited to a Parasolverse High Tea. There can be no more delightful way to enjoy the season than with delicious nibbles and a fabulous cup of tea.

Please attend {name of hostess/host} at {time} on the {day} of {month} at {venue} to enjoy good food, pleasant company, and scintillating conversation.

Guests are encouraged to wear hats in honor of Ivy or Biffy, carry parasols in honor of Alexia or Prudence, or even (gasp) cross-dress in honor of Madame Lefoux. BYOI (Bring Your Own Inventions) if you are maker and would like to expose others to your scientific method in steampunk style. Vampires and werewolves welcome, with the understanding that the former will keep their fangs to themselves, and the later will dress accordingly.

We hope to enjoy the pleasure of your company.
Sincerely,
Lady/Lord/Countess/etc. {your name here}

RSVP by footman, pigeon, or aetherogram.

P.S. Do not trust the ladybugs.

1900s via steampunktendencies

Venue
If your own abode is undersized, a backyard garden is a lovely place to host tea or, barring that, a public park or lakeside aspect.

Suggested Savory Comestibles

Sandwiches

  • Cucumber liberally spread with butter or cream cheese – I like to add a dash of dill
  • Egg Salad
  • Watercress (also good with cream cheese)
  • Chicken Salad
  • Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Chutney

It is never a good idea to prepare the sandwiches too far ahead of time but if you do a clean, lightly damp dish towel spread over the arrangement will prevent them from drying out or being attacked by bugs

Other Savory Nibbles

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

Suggested Sweets & Puddings

The All Important Tea

Teacups

Now, if you do not own enough teacups and saucers you can encourage guest to bring their own. Ones that express individuality. This has benefits:

  1. You do not have to store them all
  2. Each guest can always identify his/her own cup
  3. Conversational openers are provided

Tea

Twinings English Breakfast Gold Label is high quality, not bitter, and hard to over brew. But it is expensive. I sometimes, sometimes, stock Earl Grey. If you want to wow your guests and you number coffee drinkers in the mix, try 1706 Strong.

Never Herbal, tisanes are for medicinal uses only.

Whole milk

Guests who require alternatives should bring such things as *shudder* skimmed milk or *double shudder* soy on their own.

Dietary Quirks

No hostess or host should ever have to suffer the peculiarities of diet in others that the modern world has foisted upon us. Eccentricity is one thing, pickiness another thing entirely. Medical dietary restrictions of an un-tea-party-like nature dictate the guest see to her own health through self-care or absence.

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

 

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1904 EnsembleGustave Beer, 1904-1905The Metropolitan Museum of Art _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Tea Masters: Jasmine tea’s many secrets

Alsace traditions and tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Bibliophile’s Guide to Finding Your Park

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Dear Lord Akeldama ~ Gifts, Endearments & Peas

Posted by Gail Carriger

Please welcome the gentleman vampire back to my blog this week, Gentle Reader!

As always Lord Akeldama may not give you the answer you wish, he always gives the question the answer it deserves.

With Biffy & Lyall’s book on the horizon, I may invite the werewolves over for a round, perhaps you have questions for them?

Rudderbuddy asks:

Where did you get you love for food and floral related nicknames?

You can think of a better source of endearments?

Melissa asks:

When visiting the home of a new acquaintance for the first time, what is the most appropriate gift, or is a gift necessary?

I’m always in favor of something small and edible ~ chocolates, bubbly, svelte young men with sparkling eyes and questionable moral fiber.

Jessica asks:

What is the best possible way to go about mixing patterns in fashion choices?

Keep your colors close and your sizes separate. In other words, mix a large pattern with a small one, but make sure they are both black & white.

Mandy asks:

What fashions would you put a butterfly of a toddler in, considering that she likes to run and climb…

Waistcoat and trousers, naturally, darling. Or perhaps a very small lab coat emblazoned with “evil genius in training,” just to keep everyone around watchful.

Court suit Uncut voided silk velvet, silk faille, silk embroidery floss, gold & silver embroidery purl & frieze, rhinestone & metal sequins c. 1810-14

Sharon asks:

I’m considering becoming a vampire queen. Suggestions? Hints?

Endeavor to be as fabulous as possible.

Tracy asks:

If one has an extensive library, do you recommend shelving them by height, color, or some other system?

Color, setting, and approval rating.

Avery asks:

If one must color one’s hair and belonging to the male gender with pale olive skin would you advise, ginger or blonde or black?

Black, my darling little eliá.

Irene asks:

If one is setting up a network of secret agents, what is the best type of training for them: espionage, assassination, accountancy, or a combination?

Never forget table manners, wardrobe selection, and hat decoration. Oh and the consumption of peas. Peas always give trouble to those who have not been trained properly.

 

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1905 (Source- pinterest.com) via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Why octopuses are building small “cities” off the coast of Australia

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

10+ Times Writers Took Book Dedications To Another Level

Book News:

By Rebecca Nandi

Quote of the Day:

“I have only two things to say to you, Lord Tilbury. One is that you have ruined a man’s life. The other is Pip-pip.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

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