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The Enforcer Enigma Special Extras

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dearest Gentle Reader, much to my surprise (and others), The Enforcer Enigma released August 1, 2020. (It was originally slated for the beginning of November, but I bumped it forward because of the Morbs.)

Here are some special extras for this book!

Colin and Judd get their own story at last!

Thank you so much for your patience, I hope you find that they are worth the wait. (As Judd feels about Colin.) I give you some fun new characters to get excited about, too. Plus, of course, the return of old favorites and a few nasties to keep things interesting.

This book contains both the most touching sex scene that I’ve ever written and one of the funniest crowd scenes (the pack attends a concert and has opinions). Plus, I have a lot fun lampooning food trends, cafe culture, and fancy coffee drinks.

Special Extras

Behind the Scenes

This book occasioned some hilarious comments form my beta readers, so I thought you’d like a glimpse behind the curtains at two of them…

STEFANO! It’s funny when one realizes you share a history of soap opera watching with one of your beta readers.

The convertible backpack/suitcase I took on excavations and that traveled around the world with me for two decades was named “Stefano.” We had a saying amongst my undergrad friendship group, “It’s always Stefano, because Stefano is EEEVILLL” which is a quote from 1990s Days of Our lives.

Other People’s Thoughts

Tiny Navajo Reads says:

“And you can see that in the way that Alec treats and acts around Colin and Trick, and around everyone else in their pack. That is actually one of the best parts of this book and this series, is how much Alec loves his pack and just how much his pack loves him back for giving them a safe place to be themselves. This is the beauty of found family stories, and G.L. Carriger is excellent at writing these stories!”

Reflections of a Swede says:

“In conclusion, I loved this book. And I can’t wait for the next in the series…. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes love, shifters and sequins.”

Rally the Readers says:

“I absolutely love, love, love the humor that Gail Carriger incorporates into all of her books…. And who wouldn’t welcome some laughs right now? Not only that, and more significantly, there’s also a sweet story about finding acceptance, love, family, and home and learning that everyone unconditionally deserves a family who loves and accepts them for who they are.”

Yours (typing away),

Miss Gail

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Faking Trademark in Fiction for Comedy Gold (San Andreas Shifters Special Extra)

Posted by Gail Carriger


So there is this thing about using trademarked names when you are writing fiction, Gentle Reader. Names like Facebook, or Coke, or (heaven forfend) Disney. (Frankly I’m slightly scared even to type that name into a blog post.)

Trademarks in Fiction Header Brand Omega Objection

It’s a complicated legal thing which basically comes down to (so far as I can tell) most contemporary-set authors doing the following…

  1. Putting a list of trademarked names that they use at the front of their book, and then who owns those names.
  2. Only representing trademarked products in a positive light.

I don’t know if this actually legally absolves them from any issues, but that’s what many authors  do about trademark.

The thing is, it’s hard to write fiction set in the modern world without naming any trademarks. So when I started writing the San Andreas Shifter series I looked into this and tried to decide what I was going to do about it.

I’ve been working hard over the years on my own psyche, to see a problem in the fiction writing business world as an opportunity to innovate, either with my business (see Chirrup early option to buy audio direct) or in my creative writing.

Gail Black Velvet Suit Prudence Cover

I’ve done this with my books for years. For example, my publisher put Prudence on the cover of her first book in way too much makeup with her hair down. So my first thought was:

What are they doing? She looks like a light-skirt.

But my next thought was:

Well I guess I have to write in a scene where Rue dresses as a light-skirt.

And I gave her love interest, Quesnel, a sexy clothing fetish as a bonus.

TSS TOO TEE Black Smoke

So what to do about Trademark names?

I remembered that I write comedy, which meant this was an opportunity to put my own twist on trademarks using parody and fair use, which would add a new funny element to my alternate San Francisco Bay Area.

I might have had a little too much fun imaging the names of various trademarks with a shifter twist. In The Enforcer Enigma I had to go all out, because one of the driving characters is a country music super star who is all over social media. And dealing with celebrity means dealing with brands.

So here are some of the ones I came up with, just a small sample. See if you can guess what they really mean…


There are more in the book, of course, but you’ll have to read it to see if you can catch them all.

The fun thing was taking the brand and putting an “in world” twist onto it. Since these books feature shifters heavily, there’s lots of inside jokes. Instalamb is, for example, alluding to a different werewolf character in a different series who was obsessed with sheep. I have to say I’m a big fan of WooTube.

Anywhoo (or should I say anyhowl?), I guess all I am saying is it’s fun to take what might be a problem, like coping with trademarks, and turn it into a small moment of levity. In my case this often also becomes a plot point, but either way a good time is had by all, and what could have been a bug becomes a feature.

Yours (under trademark),

Miss Gail

P.S. This is not intended as legal advice, do your own due diligence. Yadda yadda.

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The San Andreas Shifters Pack House In Detail! (Enforcer Enigma Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darlings, here is a special behind the scenes look at the pack house in the San Andreas series that features prominently in all the books in the series, but which I really had to puzzle through and lay out for The Enforcer Enigma.

Pack House Grounds San Andreas Shifters header

The Pack House Sketches

By request over email (which I promptly lost so I hope they see this) here is a very bad, not to scale, sketch of the general lay out of the pack house and grounds in Sausalito. Yes, it’s based on an actual house.

San Andreas Shifters Pack House Grounds Layout free

I also did a layout of the interior of the house, now this is basically just how it was at one moment in time. Remember there are new relationships forming so different people in the rooms, and the whole thing is being remodeled throughout most of the books so…

Also not to scale and just a rough layout so I can keep track of things in my head. But you did ask. Or at least… one person asked.

San Andreas Pack House Schematic

Now here are some images to give you an idea on the feel. This isn’t exactly right for layout, but it has the windows and the light and everything that I wanted to convey.

Also, this isn’t Marvin’s decoration style, so you’ll have to use your imagination there. But hopefully this will help…

Pack House Inspiration

This is what you’d see, as you walked in the front door and looked to the left.

Remember the den part is sunken around  fireplace in the left hand corner of the big windows, so this furniture lay out is all wrong, but you can see the deck, windows, and view that I talk about a lot in the books.

To the right and ahead of you would be the kitchen, and Lovejoy’s domain.

Kitchen Pack House

And since the house is built up against a cliff/very steep hill, the main level you walk in on also looks out with a free standing porch. See I grew up with this kind of architecture so it’s really easy for me to imagine houses built, step like, up hillsides. So here’s the big wrap around deck that takes advantage of that.

Deck San Andreas Pack House

Putting the the deck and remodeling the main room with huge windows is one of the first thing the pack does when they start to rebuild the house. Partly because werewolves in this time period do not have to protect themselves from sunlight, at least not as much as the Parasolverse, and partly because it changes the dark gloomy look of the place. Adding the deck also makes a big difference, and I always see shifters as incorporating the outside in as much as possible.

To make it comfortable for Max to visit and spend time in, they redesign the barn like monolithic mansion, as it’s called in The Sumage Solution, to be more farmhouse friendly ~ warm yet modern. But also they need to accommodate quite a number of pack members, as well as assorted new additions over the years, so they remodel with flexibility in mind.

Still I imagine they kept the rustic ceiling slants upstairs in the bedrooms, like so:

San Andreas Pack House Bedroom Upstairs

I hope this helps you picture the space, if you wanted that.

Yours (ever fascinated by architecture an interior design),

Miss Gail

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Sample That Tasty Book! Enforcer Enigma Opening Scene

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The Enforcer Enigma is coming, Gentle Reader, and probably sooner than you thought!

The Enforcer Enigma Sample Scene Chapter Extras

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Chapter One: Take Me Home, Werewolf Pack

Colin knew they were going to cause problems the moment they walked in the door. It was so obvious, in fact, it transported him to some Old West movie full of clichés.

Two men swagger into the tavern. They approach the bar and start harassing the little lady in charge. No one realizes there is a lone gunman in the corner. Cue twangy yet suspenseful music.

Except, of course, it wasn’t at all like that. The tavern was instead a quirky well-lit cafe in a busy tourist town. The kind frequented by locals who knew what they liked and ordered it quickly, and tourists who got confused by the awesome power of daily specials and were a pain to everyone except the bottom line. The cafe was called Bean There, Froth That, because the owner was an idiot. Everyone else called it the Bean. It was early evening – one of those chilly fall nights that descended suddenly in the Bay Area. No warning, no wind, just penguin-ass-nipping cold because, unlike the East Coast, the West has never learned to do autumn properly.

The two men who swaggered into the cafe bumped Colin’s table. Which was on point for Old West baddies. They both wore double-breasted pinstriped suits. No hats. Colin was disappointed – baddies should wear hats. Also, neither shirt nor tie appeared under said suit. Just suit jackets over hairy chests.

They bumped him on purpose. Yes, Colin did like the small table near the door, but it was well out of normal foot traffic, so they’d jostled him on purpose. The newcomers smelled like briny prey – browned butter and kelp – yet they were big enough to be threatening. Colin hadn’t met any face-to-face, but he still knew selkie blubber when he smelled it. So these were not really men at all, but shifters.

They didn’t act like regulars but they sure weren’t tourists. Which meant they were infiltrating pack territory – his pack’s territory. Colin really didn’t want to get involved, but selkie tended to have mob connections. Besides, his textbook on The Reality of Sense Perception wasn’t addressing the shifter sensory experience. He hated human-centric philosophy. So he marked his spot, set it down, and watched.

One of the selkie (Colin decided to call him Blubber Bozo One) leaned over the counter in a film-perfect loom.

“Yo, fag,” was his charming opening statement.

“What can I get you, sir?” The barista, Trick, dove into his role of little lady in a Western shoot-‘em-up. Trick’s attire was relatively understated for the part. He was wearing a long-fringed scarf and one dangling feather earring, which was good, but otherwise jeans and a t-shirt. Colin liked Trick because it was really hard not to like him. Colin was annoyed by this, as he tried not to like anyone. The fact that Trick had made it through his defenses was really… well, tricky of him.

“Get me? You can get me the goods. Now!” Blubber Bozo One loomed  even more loomy-like.

Trick was barely over five feet, always cheerful, with never a bad word to say against anyone. Through the relentless application of a crooked smile, sweet greeting, and always remembering Colin’s order (decaf latte with whipped cream on top) he’d endeared himself, despite Colin’s best efforts.

Colin knew Trick was some kind of shifter, because he smelled of wet riverbanks and fresh hay, but he didn’t know what kind. Trick’s scent was closest to that of a kelpie, but Trick was far too small to be a water horse. He wasn’t a merman either – no salty pong. Plus Colin’s pack had contact with the local kelpie (there could be only one) and the local merfolk pod, and Trick certainly wasn’t either. He was, in fact, a bit of a mystery.

“I’m sorry, what?” Trick batted his lashes at the bozos. Colin suspected this was a defensive mechanism.

Colin wasn’t supposed to get involved. Wolves do turf, not surf, his dad often said. But Colin hated his dad almost as much as he hated the word fag.

“Listen here, you slimy little shit, you’re Inis, aren’t you? Inis is holding our goods and owes us. Took forever to track your ass down.”

“Inis? You’re after my family?” Trick’s dark eyes went even rounder than normal. “I don’t speak to them. Or, more properly, they don’t speak to me. Whatever. We don’t speak!”

“I don’t care if you’re in with ‘em or not. They vanished with our goods and you didn’t vanish good enough.”

Trick backed away from the counter, hands up in front of his chest. “Dude, I’ve not seen them in, like, forever. Even if I did, I don’t have any money, let alone goods. Whatever those may be. I work as a barista. Come on!”

Colin ached for the little guy, he looked so scared.

“You’re still Inis.” Blubber Bozo Two was even more intellectual than One.

Colin wondered if he had any kind of weaponry in his bag. Does a half-eaten peppered salami count?

Trick tossed his one earring back as if it were a lock of hair. “You want me to change my name? I’ll go down to DURPS tomorrow and fix that right quick. I never liked it anyway.”

“Don’t be cute. Just be paying us back with goods or cash. We ain’t picky, slimy little fag.”

There’s that word again. Sure, Trick looked super gay but Colin admired that. Even envied him a little. If Trick had the guts to wear makeup and earrings, Colin should have the guts to act like the werewolf he was and defend the poor thing. Wolf the fuck up, you wuss. Colin shut his laptop, then tucked it (and the disappointing Reality of Sense Perception) away in his messenger bag.

It was a Tuesday night, after dinner, and in a suburban town, so it was only locals at the cafe. At the opposite side of the front section sat the straight couple who came for date night and made moony eyes at each other over Mexican hot chocolate. Against the side wall sat dour old Floyd who liked to knit, and blessedly never tried to make small talk. (Colin supposed he could nick the man’s knitting needles and stab the selkie with them, only that’d get blood on the guy’s knitting, which was probably rude.) In the back was the lesbian couple who’d recently added a third and came in to play board games.

They were all regulars who probably loved Trick, but they were also all human, and this was shifter business.

So Colin stood and picked up his empty coffee cup − it’d work to bash a head in a pinch.

Colin was one of the world’s least threatening werewolves. Even as a wolf he wasn’t big or vicious. As a human he was the opposite of butch – a lackluster mild-mannered nerd who disappeared into the background so well he’d once considered a job in espionage. One of his older brother’s super-hot college buddies described Colin as a washed-out twinky stick figure. To be fair, the buddy hadn’t known Colin overheard him say it. And while cruel, it was accurate. Or maybe Colin had simply turned into that person from then on. He envied Trick, partly because he himself hadn’t the guts to be a true twink – flashing skin and taking names. He wore baggy clothes, his face was inclined to petulance, and his temperament towards silence. At twenty-two, he was insipid in coloring and timid in personality, not the type to go up against blubber bozos.

Still, someone had to help Trick.

So he sent a 911 text to his Alpha and jumped into the fray like a piece of wilted lettuce – AKA he slouched into line behind the selkies. Speaking of which, the word selkies sounded wrong. He wondered if selkie was like the word sheep, both plural and singular.

Blubber Bozo One turned to glare at him. “Who the hell are you?”

Fucking A, sea folk had horrible noses. Couldn’t the man smell a shifter when he was standing next to him in a coffee shop?

Trick looked at Colin, eyes swimming in hope. “Can I get you another latte, Col?”

“You doing okay, Trick? These guys aren’t bothering you?” Colin could see the confusion in Trick’s eyes. That Colin, of all people in that café, would attempt a rescue. Quiet, grumpy, fragile-looking Colin. The shy student who barely said anything, just studied by himself in a drafty corner.

“Uh, no man, I’m cool, I promise.” Trick didn’t mean a word of it.

Colin turned his attention back to the bozos. They were big, outweighing him by a hundred pounds each, at least. But he bet they were slow. Plus he’d have some advantage if he shifted into wolf.

He pulled his gray hoodie off and tossed it back to his table. He liked that hoodie and didn’t want it to get torn when he went to wolf. Of course, it slithered to the floor. Now it was all cafe-sticky. Sigh.

“I really hate shifting form, but if you guys won’t leave off harassing the staff, I guess it’s gotta be done.”

“This ain’t your business, whatever four-footed fuzz-butt you are.”

Colin huffed. “Hell it ain’t. This is pack territory. You can’t come in from offshore and just start harassing my favorite barista. I don’t care what arrangement you have with his asshole family. You got a legal complaint, you take it to DURPS. You got something locally vested, you bring it to my Alpha.”

“Pack? Alpha? You’re a werewolf? You sure don’t look like one.”

Blubber Bozo Two added the profoundly eloquent but apt “Fucking werewolves.”

Colin thought of his mild-mannered marine biologist Alpha, who was the strongest wolf he’d ever met. “Looks can be deceiving.” They weren’t in his case, but the selkies didn’t need to know that.

Trick was staring at him with wide eyes. “You’re seriously a wolf shifter, Colin? I’d no idea. Cool beans.”

Colin grinned. “I’m a pathetic one, Trick, but I’m still made for fighting on land. Selkies sure aren’t.”

“Which is why we carry these on turf, to even the odds.” Blubber Bozo Two pulled out some kind of gun.

Colin didn’t like guns, so he had no idea what kind it was. It was a big, metal, loud surrogate for a tiny dick – like all guns. He pulled his gaze away and back to the selkies. He’d read that victims of gun crime got fixated on the weapon too easily.

“Well, aren’t you smart selkies? You shoot me and bring the whole pack down on your head, not to mention our local allies. Brilliant move.”

Blubber Bozo One only crossed his arms, pretending to relax. “Bullshit. You’re a loner. There are no packs in the Bay Area.”

Colin rolled his eyes so hard the world tilted on its axis. It was a phrase people kept parroting at him like it was a mantra. There are no snakes in Ireland. There are no werewolves in San Francisco. “You mean, there weren’t any werewolves in the Bay Area. Now there are. Your information is out of date. My pack moved in over the summer. Now you’re stuck with us.”

“No,” said Blubber Bozo One, pulling out his own gun and pointing it at Trick, “we aren’t.”

“Well, this escalated quickly.” Colin pretended extreme boredom and examined his fingernails. “Just so you know, our pack allies include a kelpie, several powerful kitsune, and one sublimely bitchy Magistar. Not to brag or anything.”

“Now I know you’re lying out your ass. Ain’t been a Magistar in these parts in my lifetime.”

“You really need to keep up with the local news. Max hates being dismissed as purely hypothetical,” replied Colin.

Trick, suddenly oblivious to the danger, was now staring at Colin with his mouth slightly open. “You don’t mean Max? Morning blue-eyes Max? Hotness with the snark and Asian god prince come down to preach the gospel of running in tight leggings for the good of all mankind? That Max? I love Max. Terrible taste in coffee, but I try not to hold that against people.”

Colin nodded. “He’s Beta-mate in my pack.”

“He is? Cool. That the big hunk who comes in with him sometimes?”

“Bryan. Yeah, that’s our Beta. Also Max’s familiar.” Colin let himself be proud of that. Bryan and Max were something to be proud of. Special. Unique.

“Nice. I didn’t know I was surrounded by wolves.”

“Pack house is just up the hill.” Colin gestured with his mug towards the back of the cafe, away from the ocean.

The bozos did not like being ignored. “Good little faggots, now that you’ve got that cleared up. You still owe us, Inis.”

Trick glanced at them as if he’d momentarily forgotten they were there. “How much?”


“How much was my idiot family in it, before they ran?”

“Two hundred grand.”

Trick cast his hands up to the heavens. “Two hundred! What the fuck? Well, I don’t have that kind of money. I can’t even make rent. You can threaten all you like, nothing will come of it.” Trick gave one of his patented half-smiles. “Beat me up, you might get blood outta me, but you can’t get blood from a stone.”

“Impasse,” added Colin. “Because I’ll sure try to get blubber out of a selkie. You two smell delicious.”

“You think you can move faster than a bullet, asshole?” Blubber Bozo Two asked, cocking his head as if in admiration.

“He can’t, but I can sure try,” said a deep rumbling voice from the entrance to the cafe.

Colin glanced back even though he really didn’t need to. He knew the voice.

Judd had managed to open the door without the bell sounding, because he did things like that. He could move unbelievably quietly for such a big dude.

Judd was everything Colin was not in terms of threatening and werewolf. He was massive, rippling with muscles, full of scowls and teeth and power. He smelled wonderful, because he was pack and enforcer, which meant the scent of safety and protection, but also because he was Judd. And Judd had smelled like the pinnacle of yummy from the moment they met. Judd was also the hottest thing in Colin’s universe.

Trick seemed to agree. “Ohmygod, whothat?”

“That mine,” Colin hissed back, hoping Judd was too far away to hear such an unsubstantiated claim. It was only an impossible wish, a fantasy, but Trick was so cute and bold and charming that Colin couldn’t let him even think of pursuing Judd.

“Share?” suggested Trick, hopefully.


Kevin pushed into the cafe after Judd. This time the bell jingled. Kevin was the other pack enforcer. He was as tall as Judd and almost as muscled but somehow less threatening. Probably because he was always smiling and cheerful. He was also a true redhead – disgustingly jock and inexcusably hot about it.

“How about that one?” asked Trick.

“That’s related. Don’t even.”

The selkies were focused on the two enforcers, as they should be, much greater threat. Which allowed Colin and Trick to pretend to relax with banter.

“Well, wasn’t your family blessed genetically.” Trick leered at Kevin.

“Stop, please, that’s my brother you’re drooling over.”

“So. That’s your problem.”

“He’s tragically straight.”

Trick pouted. “Well, fiddlesticks. So they’re basically the cavalry?”

“More like the musculature.”

Trick nodded, tossing his earring and grinning happily. “Oh, I see, enforcers. Goodie!”

Colin may not know what kind of shifter Trick was, but now that Trick knew he was in the presence of werewolves, he could guess at pack dynamics. Sometimes it sucked being the face of shifters in the modern world, everyone always knew werewolf business.

Still, at least Colin wouldn’t have to test his wilted-salad fighting skills. “Yeah. Enforcers.”

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Yours (scrambling madly),

Miss Gail

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The Enforcer Enigma Print Editions & Borderlands

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m not going to sugar coat this, things are grim in publishing right now, Gentle Reader.

The Enforcer Enigma print editions will be delayed.

I have no idea exactly how long for, but I can’t see any way in which it will be possible for me to have it available by Aug 1, 2020 at this juncture. The delay will be less than a month, more than a week, is my best guess.

I’ll update this post a soon as I know more.

The Enforcer Enigma is NOT traditionally published, it’s self published (AKA POD or print on demand). I’ve been working very hard to get it out to you.

However, because I bumped the digital release up, the print edition is delayed by comparison. Thus the ebook will release first. Here’s a detailed article on why this happens.

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Ordering the Print Edition

The book will be available to order from some local independent bookstores. They will be able to get it from Ingram and will then distribute to you. As soon as the listing is up, I will let everyone know (you and them).


When available, you’ll be able to order easiest with the ISBN:


If you want to support a local store, here is short list of bookstores who have regularly offered my indie projects to their customers in the past. Although, due to The Morbs, I cannot guarantee any of them will have my books, or are even open for business.

Gail Carriger Signing Romancing the Inventor for Borderlands Book, San Francisco, Oct 2016

Signed Print Editions – UNAVAILABLE

Signed books are unavailable at this time.

Why am I no longer offering signed editions through Borderlands?

Borderlands Books is embroiled in a controversy with serious sexual allegations (originally reported on by The Horror Show with Brian Keene: Kaitlyn Booth and Nick Hanover – Ep 271 – a lot of the feelings discussed in the episode reflect my own).

As a result, I’ve removed all links to buy signed editions from my website. I’ve also asked Borderlands to refund and cancel existing preorders of Enforcer Enigma.

Unfortunately, I have no other means of offering signed editions or print preorders.

If you are a member of my newsletter, the Chirrup, I will give you an opportunity to buy signed bookplates from me (shipping within the USA only).

Why do I not offer signed editions for sale directly?

  1. Warehousing: It’s expensive and unpredictable.
  2. Illness: I do not have a hands free means of shipping, which means taking each individual book into the post office myself, standing in line, forms, and more (a high risk environment & I have compromised lungs).
  3. International shipping: Even if I could offer signed editions, I wouldn’t be able to offer international shipping (and I hate having to exclude people) because it’s hellishly expensive and hard to predict the right charge, plus I have to be in the post office filling out a long customs forms, which is expensive in time and health risk.
  4. Taxes: Retail puts me into a new tax bracket that is hellishly expensive and messy to set up.
  5. Could I sell these on etsy or ebay? Sure, but many of the same issues still apply. Plus there is monitoring the listings and that takes a lot of time.
  6. Frankly? It’s Not Smart Business: I make less than $1 per print book and that doesn’t include my time processing or shipping.

Flapdoodle Jeeves Wooster Wodehouse

Why can I not develop a similar relationship with another local indie? 

My nearest alternative indie bookstore, Books Inc, will not run consignment deals at a price commensurate with my ability to make a living. They will not order POD books from Ingram and then call me to come sign. Other bookstores feel similarly about consignment with self-pub authors and are too far away for an Ingram deal.

Plus my experience with Borderlands has now made me very gun shy.

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As I said, Chirrup members are offered the opportunity to buy bookplate stickers with my signature whenever I have a new release. Otherwise, you will have to track me down at an event, when and if those ever happen again.

This decision is final.

Yours (huddled in a corner, eating marmite on toast, and whimpering into her tea),

Miss Gail

Gail’s Daily Dose of Distractions

Because SCIENCE! 

Book Nibbles 


Staying In with Gail Carriger – recorded author chat!

Enforcer Enigma Gets Early Release + Cover Reveal & Blurb

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, here’s the thing, Gentle Reader,

With shelter in place still, somewhat, in place for many of us, I thought maybe you’d like to get the next San Andreas Shifter book early?

Enforcer Enigma Cover Art Reveal Header

Books help comfort, right?

Particularly books with lovely pining gay werewolves. I was going to release it in the fall, but instead, I’ve decided to bump it up to the summer and release Heroine’s Journey in the fall.

So, The Enforcer Enigma will release August 1, 2020.

I hope this brings a little happiness to your day.

Speaking of which, would you like to see Enforcer Enigma‘s MOST AWESOME cover? Drum roll please…

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Preorder from Your Vendor of Choice

or Directly from Me 

The cover was designed by the amazing Starla of Designed by Starla. She actually did this one a while ago at the same time she did The Omega Objection, because I wanted the series to look good together.

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So what’s this one about?

Colin and Judd get their own book at last! Thank you so much for your patience, I think you’ll find that they are worth the wait. (As Judd feels about Colin.) I’m giving you some fun new characters to get excited about. Plus, of course, the return of old favorites and a few nasties to keep things interesting.

This book contains both the most touching sex scene that I’ve ever written and one of the funniest crowd scenes (the pack attends a concert and has opinions). Plus I have a lot fun lampooning food trends, cafe culture, and fancy coffee drinks.

As always, the audiobook will take much longer to produce, but it will again be narrated by the amazing Kirt Graves.

Now, are you ready for the description? Here it is!

The Cover Copy!

A werewolf without rank or hope and an enforcer who has lived too long go up against the selkie mob.

Charming urban fantasy from New York Times bestselling comedy author Gail Carriger.


Judd has wandered from pack to pack his whole life, searching for wolves who will accept him for who he is and who he loves. Now he believes that he’s finally found the right pack and the right man.


Rejected by his family for being gay and geeky, Colin has never fit in with werewolves, yet now he is one. He doesn’t know how to react when Judd starts courting him. He’s even more lost when a famous singer, the selkie mob, and the feds also start chasing him.

Can Judd protect Colin and still prove his love? Can Colin figure out why enemy shifters are invading his favorite cafe? And what’s with all the gold sparkle? Find out in The Enforcer Enigma.

“This might be the closest my Kindle Fire has ever come to, well, catching fire.”

~ Rally the Readers (The Sumage Solution)

“Carriger has created a world that’s uniquely her own in the shifter-verse that I thoroughly enjoy visiting and can’t wait to see what comes next.”

~ Boy Meets Boy reviews (The Omega Objection)

Delicate Sensibilities?

This paranormal romance contains M/M sexy times, horrible puns regarding country music, and men who wear suits without shirts underneath. If you get offended easily, then you probably will. The San Andreas Shifter stories include blue language, dirty deeds, and outright admiration for the San Francisco Bay Area. Not for the faint of heart (or mouth or tongue).

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And there it is, hoping you’re pleased!

Yours (typing as fast as she can),

Miss Gail

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Defy or Defend, a new Delightfully Deadly book featuring Dimity!

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Direct from me?

Dimity, London’s cheerfullest spy, must fix a broken vampire hive while a gentle soldier tries to keep her safe. A charming makeover story set in the popular Parasolverse.

It’s a battle for survival… and wallpaper!

Bookshelf Fantasies says:

Defy or Defend is a completely wonderful and welcome addition to the larger world of the Parasol Protectorate. As always, the author gives up quippy dialogue, great fashion, silliness galore, and unexpected treats.”

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

This is Lilliput’s regular schedule.

Writerly Tincture 

Podcast interview with Joanna Penn: Building A Unique Author Brand With Gail Carriger

Book Nibble 

Top 10 Best YA Quarantine Reads! (E&E gets a shout out)

Quote to Sip 

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Why Write Sexy? High Heat in Genre Fiction (Important for Authors)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’ve written books that fall all across the spectrum.

No, not that spectrum.

I’m talking about sex scenes here.

The 5th Gender, is sexy, Gentle Reader. It has a high heat level. Not all of my books do. They range with regards to how explicit they are. The Finishing School is at one end with a tiny bit of smooching, while the San Andreas books are at the other, in which everything is blue, including language and (occasionally) balls.

Most of my stuff falls somewhere in the middle. I enjoy writing a delicate sex scenes, ones where I challenge myself else not to name any parts but to simply allude to the the act euphemistically (many of the adult Parasolverse books) as much as a dirty one.

Here’s the thing.

I’m never asked why I don’t include sex in a book, but I sure am asked (or complained at) every time I do put it in.

How much? How sexy is this one? Is it appropriate for…. X?

Since I’ve made no bones (or should I say boners?) about the fact that I find the nookie parts challenging to scribble, the real question is…

Why write sexy books?

I write kissing books. I also write more-than-just kissing books. I write hot sexy explicit sexy AF books.

Want to know why?

Get ready, it’s flouncing time.

Imma gonna flounce all over this!

Gail Commences A Major Flounce!

  1. I write sexy because I believe fiction writers have a responsibility to culture. I consider it my duty to glorify different types of healthy adult sexual interaction.
  2. I write sexy because violence in fiction is lauded, revered, awarded, and magnified while sensuality, pleasure, joy, and humor are not and that’s wrong.
  3. I write sexy because conversation between characters about sex is hot and needs representation in fiction. Because we should all talk about desire with our lovers and learn what we want and how to articulate it.
  4. I write sexy because most of my readers are women, and women need models of female characters knowing, asking, and communicating their sexual needs.
  5. I write sexy because I want to show lovers in heterosexual relationships that the man should not be expected to read the woman’s mind about what she wants. That’s profoundly unfair.
  6. I write sexy because I want to show lovers in homosexual and queer relationships that they don’t have to model their dynamic of sex or love on heterosexual norms.
  7. I write sexy because someone has to write love scenes where who’s in charge and who’s in control and who’s the dominant partner defies cultural expectations.
  8. I write sexy because fiction has the power to show that passion can be the big guy on the bottom, or the femme on top, or the extrovert being emphatic, or a desire being voiced without mockery.
  9. I write sexy because to do any of this I have to write (at least some) explicit sex. Because it’s hot. Oh yeah, and because I want to. So there.

I dare you to try it.

No seriously. You know what’s easy to write? Fighting. Violence. Action. It’s easy and it’s lazy. Try writing a hot, unpredictable, emotion-packed, sex scene. Try writing a funny poignant one. Go on. I dare you. Every writer reading this right now. I. Dare. You.

(Flouncing done now.)

If you want me to talk more explicitly about writing sexy and how why I chose it for my own books, it do that in this video at TS 39.16 in.

The four books I reference in this Video:

images of YA versus not YA

Crudrat (YA no sex at all) vs 5th Gender (explicit gay-ish); Finishing School (YA bit of kissing) vs Poison or Protect (explicit het femme domme) 

A Breakdown of My Books By Heat Level

Is this a kissing book?

Crudrat (YA) ~ Nothing sexy at all, probably kissing in the (eventual) second book.

The Finishing School series (YA) ~ Some kissing in the later books, interracial het relationship, no marriage.

Wait, am I reading a romance novel?

The Parasol Protectorate series ~ Sex is discussed but not in detail, we follow characters into bedroom but no parts are named, het main relationship with some bisexual and homosexual flirtation.

Supernatural Society ~ Sex is discussed and alluded to exactly as in the Parasol Protectorate above, but the relationships are all queer.

The Custard Protocol ~ Sex is discussed somewhat in detail using Victorian terms, characters are flirty and followed into the bedroom both heterosexual and homosexual and in between.

Getting jiggy with it.

Claw & Courtship ~ Heat levels range, but mostly similar to Custard Protocol, slightly explicit with parts named. Relationships are heterosexual but emphasis is on female sexual agency and choice, slightly kinky twists on a vanilla dynamic.

Delightfully Deadly ~ Mostly heterosexual relationships, sex act is described, female character has agency and choice. Some have little to no explicit sex, or the door is “closed on the couple.” Intended to explore feminist approaches to traditional romance writing (from a true Domme, to a self aware woman who actually just wants to marry, to an older/plump woman finding love).

All the things! As G. L. CARRIGER

The 5th Gender ~ Explicit queer sex, gentle relationships, humor, a bit of hentai (just a bit), complex notions of gender and sexuality and self-definition.

San Andreas Shifters ~ Explicit queer sex and bad language involving complicated sometimes broken men. Mostly gay, includes models of healthy poly, BDSM, bisexual, and other queer sexualities. Explores flipped dynamics such as true switches, gay verse, big guy bottoms, alpha subs, power play, etc…

Which book does Gail think is sexiest?

Want someone analyzing my sex scenes?

Poison or Protect: or Doing Sex Scenes Correctly by Robert Mitchell Evans

As always, you don’t have to take my word for it…

Weekly Book Recs?

If you want regular book recommendations from me (or to suggest books to me) I often call out favorites on Twitter & Facebook.

Yes I often suggest sexy stuff. You can too. It’s OK.

If you want to know whenever I post a review, follow me on BookBub or Goodreads.

Yours in sexy-times,

Miss Gail

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Book de Jour!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

The Queen Date August, 1873

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Allusionist podcasts about Polari (the coded languages of the queer community)
Also covers some of the history of queer culture, including that in the Victorian era.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.”

~ John Updike

Quote of the Day:

Researching Gender Fluidity & Representing it in Fiction – The 5th Gender by Gail Carriger (Custard Protocol, San Andreas Shifters & Tinkered Stars Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Note: This resource is ongoing & updated, if a link doesn’t work or if you have other resources to offer (remember this is for fiction writers) please leave a comment. 

I’ll be honest, Gentle Reader, I wrote The 5th Gender, basically, in the space of one week without internet. So while I was writing it. I just let it come…

So to speak.

In it, I’m dealing heavily with a completely alien culture.

I wanted to represent Tris and his people as very different from humans in every way. That includes modern approaches to gender identity, but isn’t limited to them. I should add it’s not a utopia either. Like any culture the galoi have some positives and some negatives about their society.

Part of my reasons for doing this is the profound neglect early science fiction writers (particularly those of my youth) had for social structure.

SF is eager to embrace a future with advanced technology but frankly poor at conceiving how culture might change. When, in fact, social structure, languages, identities, syntax, and definitions shift almost as quickly (if not more so) than technology.

Before you jump down my throat:

Yes there are good examples of this kind of sci-fi, but statistically they’re the outliers not the norm.

You’ll have to read The 5th Gender to find out the complexities in biology, identity, personality, socialization, and restrictions that surround Tris and his people, the galoi. It’s part of the story. Tristol’s human lover, Drey, has a journey of discovery throughout the book that ties the murder mystery to the galoi social structure.

I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m not going into detail as to how I am playing with these concepts in the context of an alien culture.  But that doesn’t mean I didn’t do research into modern human society in order to be aware of the now when dabbling in the future.

I’ve dated, loved, and grown up with gender fluid lovelies. But I don’t identify as gender fluid myself, and I’m an academic so… research!

Gender Fluidity Research

Here is a sample (updated and ongoing)…

Articles & Books & Lists

Historical & Anthropological

A quick word on gender and sexual fluidity in the historical & archaeological record:

(Gail pop’s her 2 Anthropology Masters Degrees on her head.)

Without question there is a historically verified presence of homosexual and gender fluid individuals in the past (and this archaeologist will FIGHT YOU WITH SCIENCE on this matter). However, pan, bi, ace, grey, and many queer+ are really difficult to trace in the distant past and archaeology-only record. Without question they were present, but it’s difficult to see them given the imposition of researcher bias, physical preservation, nationalist agendas, and so forth. (I’m looking at you, Egypt. “Tomb of Two Brothers” my arse.)

Modern Reports


Further Fiction Reading: Gender Fluidity & Varied Sexual Identities (The 5th Gender – Special Extras)

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Fantastic own voices and fashion bloggers:

Timeless and a 1930s Egyptian Revival teacup from my collection.

In the Parasolverse


I’ve blogged about Madame Lefoux extensively elsewhere, which is why I’m not addressing her in depth here. If you want a modern definition for her, I would call her a gender fluid butch lesbian. Her preference is for women, and she identifies as a woman, with a performative aspect to her masculine attire, so perhaps she might also identify with drag king on occasion?


Anitra is first introduced as a child in Timeless.

  • Anitra’s drifter parents refer to her as female. She’s gender identified as female by Alexia, but remember that Victorian children during this time period are already dressed and thought of with a kind-of gender amorphia.
  • Later Anitra is identified by Rodrigo as aravani. This is a word he picked up on his travels, probably on a mission to kill someone, it sort-of correlates to third gender.
  • However, Anitra identifies herself as a woman. She was raised within Drifter culture – that culture is essentially binary but in an opt-in way. (Remember Ay from Imprudence who tried to marry Primrose had a male identity. And yes, Ay’s brief appearance was absolutely a foreshadow for Anitra’s reveal in Competence.)
  • Anitra eventually ends up marrying (and reforming) Rodrigo Tarabotti. As is often the case, questions pour in about Rodrigo and his sexual identity as a result.
  • Under modern terminology: Rodrigo would likely identify as pan.


A brief segue into sexual fluidity (I KNOW it’s not the same thing as gender fluidity, but I’m forestalling questions). It is cannon in the Parasolverse that preternaturals are all pan or at least bisexual. Alexia, Alessandro, Rodrigo, and… others. Why? Because it’s my universe and I WANNA. So there.

Seriously though? It ties into my thoughts on the fluidity and adaptive state of being soulless. Preternaturals are simultaneously very stiff and ridged in their emotions – practical and pragmatic, but also fluid in their morality and ability to adapt and change, not just in what they think is wrong or right, but what they think is hot. They are… flexible. It is the nature of their bond with the universe. They’re born this way.

(And for those of you who are wondering, at this juncture, if my use of the term progressive to define the political parties who accept the supernatural element in British society as a reference to the acceptance of queers… OF COURSE that’s what I’m doing. Sheesh.)

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In the San Andreas Shifter books


Mana, of course, required a bit of both the present and the past. (Mana = Manifest Destiny later to become Mana from Heaven is a long lived kitsune drag queen in the San Andreas Shifter series.) She is trapped in an immortal body that repairs itself and cannot be changed. For someone born with male biological sex characteristics who identifies as female, that’s an intense burden. I believe, however, at this stage in her long life, Mana is comfortable in her own skin, even if it’s not the one she would have choose had she had the option.

Mana is very old and has lived in many places and times which has given her iron backbone and the ability resist perception while accepting what she cannot change.

Mana owns to the moniker drag queen because she feels an affinity to that identity in this time and place. She’s also sexually active and a dominant who is comfortable with her birth anatomy. Her lover, who identifies as a straight male, sees her as wholly female.

I’ve had a bit of a confusion from readers in how to reconcile this.

I’ll put it graphically.

Is a woman who happens to have a cock and use it (whether biological or strap on) any less a woman?

Is a straight man who likes to be pegged by his girlfriend any less straight?

Perception is a tricky beast.

Humans are complex, and complicated, and wonderful.


Kitsune are tricksters and meddlers, wise but not entirely to be trusted. I’ve always written my immortals as capricious, possibly because I grew up with an over abundance of Greek mythology.

It is interesting to think about what immortality would ACTUALLY do to the psyche.

  • To watch everyone you love die?
  • To watch humans make the same mistakes over and over again?
  • To know humans as prey and to think of them as inferior?

This too effects identity, gender, sexuality, and beyond.

Mana is MANY things as well as gender fluid. She is power and unity and grace. She is the grey space and she embodies it. She embraces all parts of herself without care to what others may think. Especially not what piddly humans might think.

“She’d managed to shift from fox to human without anyone the wiser and was back to being fully clothed and entirely made up in a way that Isaac suspected had something to do with savage mage-craft because no one could just shift into false eyelashes like that. No one.”
~ The Omega Objection

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

Also, here’s a fun little hint… pay werry werry close attention to Mana’s 3rd Form. For Kitsune, it’s all about the tails.

Final Thoughts

Before you ask, yes, I had Mana, Anitra & all of The 5th Gender read for sensitivity by self-identified gender fluid delicacy readers. Everyone, however, experiences gender differently whether now, in the past, or in the future. Time is, after all, also fluid.

My characters are written as individual examples unique to themselves, not as judgmental models of behavior.

I’m hoping they broaden readers minds, optimism, and willingness to accept all the glorious possibilities life has to offer us without constraint. I want to offer possibilities, not dictate certainties. Fluidity in all things… if you would.

Also, seriously, check this out…

Yours (trying to be better with pronouns),

Miss Gail

Other posts in this series

Queering-Up Genre One Akeldama at a Time ~ Why I Write LGBT Characters from Gail Carriger

Queer Characters? Blame Mercedes Lackey, Behind The Supernatural Society (Special Extras)


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The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Peterson’s Magazine Date July, 1871

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“It takes a heap of sense to write good nonsense”

~ Mark Twain

Book News:

“He tasted like starlight: cool and bright and impossible.”

~ Alexis Hall, Pansies

Quote of the Day:

The Omega Objection Out In Audio At Last! San Andreas Shifters Announcement

Posted by Gail Carriger


The Omega Objection is available in audio at last!

*Insert wild cheering here.*

A werewolf walks into a bar, and falls in love with a man who has no smell.

Amazon | Audible | iTunes

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

The narrator is Kirt Graves, same as The Sumage Solution.

This audiobook took much longer than expected.

  • First Kirt was sick.
  • Then Amazon’s audiobook department, ACX, kicked it back.
  • Audio, always a nightmare to produce.

But it’s out at last!

Here is a sample!

I do hope you enjoy it.

Did you know you can listen to samples of all my independently produced audiobooks?

Coming next in audio? The 5th Gender

Yours in near constant battle with vendors over something or another,

Miss Gail

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The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Preorder on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.



Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ladies’ Friend June, 1870

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Kid Food-British Style

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Amazon Conundrum (AKA Why Some of My Books Are in Kindle Unlimited and Most Are Not)

Book News:

The Books That Turned Us On To Romance 

Quote of the Day:

Most things can be solved with tea.
Except decapitation.
And even then I’d give it a go.

~ Self on Twitter

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

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

Visual Inspiration for Characters! Tank, Isaac, Gladiola (The Omega Objection Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger


In honor of The Omega Objection I’ve release a few more Pinterest boards. If you are interested in what characters look like in my head, Gentle Reader, then check these out.

However, you can picture them in your head any which way you like!

I’m not precious about this, you know that.


Gladdy was in the last book and she’s in this one too, slightly bigger role. But I kind of adore her, so here’s her Pinterest board.


Isaac is a main POV and cover character in The Omega Objection. He has a very complicated and interesting background, which comes to light during the course of the book. He looks like this in my head


Oh Tank, how I adore you. Such a big sweet softie. Tank is the existing member of the San Andreas Pack who is the other POV character for this book. He’s a big old push over, or is he? Here’s what he looks like in my head

“You didn’t want to come out to them?”
“I didn’t.”
“Nice to be bi.”
“Easy to be invisible. Not quite the same thing.”
~ The Omega Objection by G.L. Carriger

Yours etc,

Miss Gail


The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

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Direct from Gail

 “The omnivore shifters had learned early on that a werewolf gathering was not to be trusted on the subject of vegetables. Gladdy and her crew always came with vegans in tow. They lived in the East Bay, after all. But it meant lots of bowls of grains, and grasses, and garbanzos and such. Vegetables were messy. Tank didn’t mind, but most werewolves found vegans innately suspicious. It had taken the pack a while to accept that the kitsune came bearing tofu. Tofu was not to be trusted on principal.”
~ The Omega Objection  by G.L. Carriger


Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Halloween Tea Party for Unmarried Victorian Ladies

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

What A Year Of Self-Publishing Taught Me

Book News:

Sigheag, spotted by a fan at Ikea.

Quote of the Day:

“Do you want the dragon or the gargoyle?”
“That sounds like my dating scene.”

~ Overheard in Borderlands Books, from their awesome occasional blog

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

Gail Reveals Secrets About Cover Art, Book Titles, & The Omega Objection (Video Q&A)

Posted by Gail Carriger

In my most recent video, I talk about my latest book, The Omega Objection, plus cover art secrets, coming up with book titles, and more!


  • I make tea in my office.
  • All about covers, traditional versus indie, stock art, finding models and photographers. Which one is my favorite?
  • All about titles, how do I come up with book titles, series titles, and more.
  • How are the narrators chosen for my audiobooks? Which one do I recommend to reluctant listeners?
  • Why do books cost so much in certain parts of the world?
  • What is my Meyers Briggs?
  • My biggest markets outside the USA.
  • Any short stories? Is this a trend? How do I feel about them?
  • My favorite of my characters.
  • What kind of British accent do I like best?
  • Hints about Reticence.
  • The 5th Gender by G. L. Carriger with be the next release in the spring.

Percy & Footnote Fanart by Desiree Schwartz


Models in Dark Garden & Even Butterfield Photographer used for cover art.

My cover art designer, Starla.

Want more on how I think about covers?

Why Designers Love The Ampersand

Order signed editions of any of my books using the signed button on that book’s page on my website.

Tips for getting over writer’s block.

Linked information and sneaks peeks in the Chirrup.

Dress in the video


Eye makeup done using the amazing Vamp Stamp.

Retro Rack: Gail’s Makeup Routine

Turquoise dress from eShakti, necklace from Gail’s grandma.

Want more of me blogging about cover art? Here is this blog post where I get very snippy about it and it’s purpose in life.

Cover Art & Its Purpose in Life (Important for Writers)

Hope you enjoyed the video!


Miss Gail


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?


  • 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. Summer 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.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Mourning Ensemble 1880s The Mint Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

A Parisian Dog Arrested for Theft

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Paddington’s Marmalade

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“At the end of all this being-determined-to-be-a-jack-of-all-trades, I think I’m better off just sitting down and putting a hundred thousand words in a cunning order.”

~ Douglas Adams

Book News:

23 Of The Best Fantasy Book Series for Adults (guess which made the list?)

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

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.)


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!


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