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Favorite Voyage & Feelings on Short Fiction

A couple fun thoughts today from some questions I haven’t answered before, Gentle Reader. On being an author: favorite voyage I’ve penned, how I feel about short fiction, and a few other bits and bobs.

What’s your favorite voyage from the Parasolverse?

I really love the voyage to Peru by way of Singapore in Competence. Two places I’ve visited and really loved. I lived and worked in the Peruvian highlands for a while and the opportunity to put my last archaeological site into a book was such a pleasure. Plus Competence has some really fun airship battles, a new kind of vampire, and weird Victorian pseudoscience.

What’s the appeal of short stories?

I actually don’t really like writing shorts. I think they are probably the pinnacle of fiction writing in others, and I LOVE reading them, but they aren’t my favorite to write myself. Usually these days I do them if I want to briefly explore a concept, close out a character arc, experiment with a different writing style, or fill in a missing element from one of my longer series. (Vixen Ecology does ALL of this.)

Vixen Ecology free ebook mana lovejoy san andreas shifter GL carriger

Now, novellas are a different matter. They are probably my favorite thing to write. I find I comfortably hit 50-80k as an author (which is novella, pulp, & middle grade length). In other words, as a novelist I tend to underwrite, not overwrite, which is pretty unusual amongst my writer friends.

Short Stories all 4 Curious Marine Fairy Meat Cute

When and where do you write?

  1. I usually write the first draft at home or in my office, at my desk, in the afternoons. If I’m really struggling, a change of location helps, so I frequent a local coffee shop or very occasionally the library (when allowed).
  2. I must hide away and do my second draft in an empty office, because I read the whole thing out loud.
  3. I usually red pen a hard-copy of the third draft on an airplane, things often arrange themselves so I’m traveling at that point in the writing process (when traveling happens). But sometimes I don’t have time for a print pass, in which case I will change the font.
  4. I used to go over the copy edits with my best friend on the couch in her living room with much companion hilarity, these days I’m usually too rushed.

You can also see my blog post on the subject of my desk and bribery system.

What traits about yourself and your writing have you noticed since Soulless was published?

As a writer: I’m good with comedy, struggle with sentimentality, and dislike writing nookie.

Physically: As a dancer I find it difficult to stay still for the amount of time needed to write.

As a public figure: Because I was a professor, I’m one of those few authors who can handle speaking before a crowd without flinching. But I was not prepared for direct contact with fans and their expectations of me as a person.

As a small business person: Time management and over-commitment is the single hardest skill to master. Oddball income streams, sporadic unpredictable amounts, and everything else about publishing is unfriendly to the modern fiscal system and that’s confusing to everyone involved.

Emotionally: Learning to say no and put people off when I have a deadline has been a challenge. Not just fans but inquiries for anthologies, interviews, events, even book proposals. Opportunities I would once have jumped at now have to get filed away under the “wait until the next novel is finished” heading. And there always seems to be a next novel.

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Vixen Ecology was originally released as a charity fundraiser. This is the hank you card I got from one of the charities.

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

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The Hedgehog Incident AT LAST IN AUDIO! Here!

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

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

Meat Cute Audiobook Cover Art Hedgehog Incident

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

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

Amazon | Kobo | Apple | B&N | Elsewhere

Why Preorders Matter

Sample the Audiobook?


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

Questions You May Have

Why are we waiting on the digital edition?

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

Is that OG Alexia on the cover?

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

Soulless Trade PP1 Gail Carriger

What else can you say about the story?

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

Will this one be available individually in print?

No, it’s too short.

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

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

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Will Fan Service be available again?

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

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

Yours (plugged into audio),

Miss Gail

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Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident featuring Alexia & Conall’s first encounter!

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

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Lake Como Italy in 2000 by Gail Carriger umbrella parasol

Lake Como Italy in 2000 by Gail Carriger

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It is Past Time to Fix IndieBound

Book Nibble 

Steampunk purveyors Abney Park on burning calliopes and Victorian sci-fi (Gail Carriger mentioned)

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“Schools and libraries are the twin cornerstones of a civilized society. Libraries are only good if people use them, like books only exist when someone reads them.”

~ Nicholas Meyer

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

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The Curious Case short story released in…

March of 2012, online

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


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

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

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

Tumblr eatingfireflies fan art for Alessandro Tarabotti

Things Pertaining to This Story

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

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

Spotted this shot in Paris

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

Super special giveaway in this weekend’s Chirrup… (now CLOSED)

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

Yours in spinal misspellings,

Miss Gail

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Joyfully Jay says:

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


Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My current favorite teacup.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Rare Footage of Octopus vs. Pufferfish Battle

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Barnes & Noble On Its Way Out

Book News:

Wicked Wallflowers Club interviews Gail Carriger

Quote of the Day:

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

~ Oscar Wilde

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The Definitive Gail Carriger Book Reading Order (Special Extras)

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




1. The Curious Case short story

2. The Finishing School series

(start with Etiquette & Espionage)

3. The Delightfully Deadly books

4. The Parasol Protectorate series

(start with Meat Cute)

5. Romancing the Inventor novella

6. Prudence & Imprudence

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

7. Romancing the Werewolf novella

8. Competence & Reticence

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

9. The Claw & Courtship books

10. The San Andreas Shifter series

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

The Tinkered Stars series

(sci-fi, starting with Crudrat or The 5th Gender)

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

Hopefully this makes sense.

Here’s a video!


In the above I walk you through my books in chronological order (as of early 2019) and suggested reading order.

Books Mentioned

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Not All Fans Agree With Me!

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

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

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

Would you like all the Parasolverse books…

In world chronological order?

That’s here, with actual dates!

Gail Carriger All Books Reading Order 2019

Written Order (by publication date)

That’s here, by publication date.

Hopefully you’ve found what you needed, if not please leave a comment?

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1915–20, from the Met Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Self & Lilliput

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

1948 History of Tea

Quote of the Day:

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

~ Gail Carriger, How To Marry A Werewolf

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

Marine Biology Special Extras: Cover Story & Character Boards (Behind the Magic)

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So, Gentle Reader, if you sign up for the Chirrup you get the option of a digital download of Marine Biology plus sample chapter of The Sumage Solution. (You’ll have to sideload it onto your device of choice. Google sideload + your device.)

Wanna know more about the cover?

I thought you might be interested in the companion Pinterest boards. Here’s the one that is for Marine Biology. You can see how I imagine Alec and Marvin look:

Here’s Alec’s board:

And here is Marvin’s board:

I hope you like exploring these two characters. Just wait until you get to meet Bryan and Max, the main characters in The Sumage Solution. They are soooooo adorable.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Eyes Front, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888
Commercial color lithograph

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“It is no secret in the circles in which he moves that Bertram Wooster, though as glamorous as one could wish when night has fallen and the revels get under way, is seldom a ball of fire at the breakfast table. Confronted with the eggs and b., he tends to pick cautiously at them, as if afraid they may leap from the plate and snap at him. Listless, about sums it up. Not much bounce to the ounce.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Some of my research books.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Even the most productive writers are expert dawdlers.”

~ Donald M. Murray

Book News:

Tumblr’s Through the Looking Glass says of Etiquette & Espionage:

“I have quite often thought that I was born in the wrong era, but upon reading the Finishing School series I have become quite convinced I live in the wrong universe altogether. Gail Carriger pens a Victorian world filled with romance, espionage and the supernatural, a sprinkling of Steampunk and a good dollop of comedy that delights and amuses with every turn of the page, serving to make me giggle aloud on several occasions in a highly undignified fashion.”

Quote of the Day:

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.”

~ B.P. Skinner

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Next Chirrup Will Offer Marine Biology & The First Chapter of The Sumage Solution

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So I’m trying a new experiment in next month’s Chirrup (my newsletter), Gentle Readers. I’ll be offering a code to download a digital copy of Marine Biology with the new cover art and a special sample chapter of my upcoming book, The Sumage Solution, at the back.

You’ll need to Join the Chirrup BEFORE it goes out on Sunday June 4, 2017 in the afternoon. Instructions on where/how to get it (you’ll need to know how to sideload) will be inside that newsletter.

What’s so exciting about this?

This new version of Marine Biology includes an exclusive sneak peek at the full first chapter of The Sumage Solution. You see, Marine Biology is the prequel story for the San Andreas Shifters series, so I thought I might use it to whet your appetite.

For now, the one for sale on Amazon and other vendors will remain unchanged. This has to do with the fact that it’s pretty complicated to switch over to a new author (G. L. Carriger) without everyone red flagging you for copyright infringement on yourself and causing issues. I’ll likely update it at some point with this version with the new cover art and sample chapter, but not immediately. (I’m still recovering from the epic ACX battle of 2017, see Poison or Protect Audiobook.)

So this pretty Chirrup version is EXCLUSIVE to newsletter subscribers for the time being.

For those of you who care deeply about such things, there has been no substantial change to the text of Marine Biology with this edition. So if you read the original version, even as far back as the first publication in Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance II, then you have read it already. And if you bought it, I really am grateful for your support. I promise I will try for the new version so you will have it upgraded on your device, it’s just taking a while.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}


The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
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?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Phyllis and Zena Dare, 1900s. via shewhosorshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“‘Then what’s to be done?’
‘May I brood, sir?’
‘Certainly, Jeeves.’
‘Thank you, sir.’”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“You cannot divide the world into good or evil, but you can divide it into those who use the Oxford comma, and those who don’t.”

~ Gail Carriger

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.”

~ William Lyon Phelps

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Curious Case New Cover Art

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My first Parasolverse short story, The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t (to Say Nothing of the Werewolf That Was and the Cat in the Jar) has new formatting and new cover art. Here it is!

Curious Case

This cover was done by the remarkable Starla Huchton, using a photo of Vincent  © Evan Butterfield. Go look at Evan’s gallery and droll!

The Blurb

A short tale of mummies, werewolves, and well-preserved felines set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate.

Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, are on a mission in Egypt when they encounter visiting tourists and things go pie shaped. What is his real mission and will his Aunt Archangelica approve of his treatment of her cat?

In this short story, New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger uses her comedic voice to delve into the history of her beloved steampunk universe.

If you have ever wondered about Alexia’s father, this will give you a glimpse into his adventures, character, and romantic interests. (9000 words ~ 15 pages). First published online (2012), reprinted in The Book of the Dead (2013), and Clockwork Cairo (2016).

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{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

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Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

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


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Cendrillon Saturday, July 1, 1865 v. 45, plate 12

Cendrillon Saturday, July 1, 1865 v. 45, plate 12

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Amazing red and grey 1899 dress that I want to wear right now.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

10 of the Best SFF Romances Readers Don’t Know About

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Famous Authors’ Bad Writing Advice

Book News:


Quote of the Day:

“If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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

My Sister’s Song by Gail Carriger has a New Cover!

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My dear Gentle Readers, I am delighted to announce that my very first professional sale, the short story, My Sister’s Song, finally has it’s new cover art!


Designed by the amazing Starla Hutchton. This one is done with all stock art, pretty nifty.

This is the first story that I ever sold to a professional market (Sword & Sorceress). In addition to the new cover it has updated formatting inside, but otherwise the story is unchanged for those who have already purchased it.

The warrior Mithra must repel a Roman legion alone and armed only with one very tasty weapon.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a short story about a woman warrior set in ancient times. To protect her lands and her tribe, Mithra comes up with a sticky solution to an impossible problem.

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On Amazon for Kindle

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Or on Kobo for…uh… Kobo



This story is most closely based on my Archaeological past. It’s also a bit funny but you can totally see how my writing as matured and changed.

{Gail’s monthly read along for September 2016 is Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair.}



My Sister’s Song

The warrior Mithra must repel a Roman legion alone and armed only with one very tasty weapon.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine Wednesday, July 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 57

Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine Wednesday, July 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 57

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The 1880’s in Fashionable Gowns: A Visual Guide to the Decade

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Airplane Passengers as Explained by their Pants

Book News:

Book Bin Display

Book Bin Display

Quote of the Day:


Hilarious typo in WorldCon programming.

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




Marine Biology Has A New Cover!

Posted by Gail Carriger


I have a great fondness for all four of my shorts, but Marine Biology may be my favorite. It’s just so much fun, Gentle Reader. Fun to write, fun to read, fun to find a model, and an image. It is with great pleasure I reveal a new and sparkling cover for my dear baby…

Marine Biology


Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

In this LBGT sweet short love story, New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger brings her comedic voice to contemporary fiction and m/m romance. Explicit language warning but very little erotic content. (11,000 words ~ 43 pages) First published in The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 (2010).

Warning: Contains confused lovelorn werewolves and very pretty ex-Goth mermen who are exclusively interested in each other. May also contain fish, Irish mafia, and a shocking lack of tea.

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The Story Behind The Cover

This photo is by the truly wonderful Evan Butterfield. He’s a fantastic steampunk photographer, among other things. You can check out his work in this stunning gallery. You can also buy two photo books featuring his excellent eye for a sexy steampunk man: Gentlemen of Steampunk & Gentlemen of Steampunk II: Being Part the Second in a Series of Photographs of Certain Gentlemen in a State of Modest Undress, with Biographies. I’ll be using Evan again for the Alessandro story cover photo. (What, you doubted me?)

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The model is the lovely Louis. I chose him because he has Alec’s sweet easy going look to him, and in this image he’s even a little marine biologist with his microscope. The story takes place in Boston so that’s the city-scape in the background.


Starla Huchton, my cover art designer, managed to give me the werewolf claw scratches for the name and title. The idea being to reflect on the bold color title slashes of the Parasol Protectorate series but with this new idea of claw marks to show the book features werewolves (I don’t like the “wolf in the background” trope most M/M paranormal romances use).


Well, a naked torso is a clear signal of sexy-times and reflective of the m/m romance. City lights in background show this is contemporary set. Claw slashes plus moon to indicated it’s got a paranormal element. (I hope that’s enough, but I didn’t want it too busy.) General design to tie in with my other books and… ta da! Yeah, I am ridiculously pleased with it.


{Gail’s monthly read along for August is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.}


  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Beta edit back, working now. Tentative release date Nov. 1 2016.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGT reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something utterly new and different for Gail. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.



Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasol by Schiaparelli, 1937-40, France

Parasol by Schiaparelli, 1937-40, France

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

8 Surprising Facts About British Tea Traditions

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Better Response to Working for Exposure

Book News:

Imprudence makes B&N Booksellers’ Best Science Fiction/Fantasy books of July 2016

Quote of the Day:

“Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.”

~Oscar Wilde

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

New Cover Reveal ~ Fairy Debt

Posted by Gail Carriger


Gentle Reader, I’m delighted to announce that my short story Fairy Debt has new cover art!

Isn’t it wonderful? I’m so very pleased. It was assembled by the ridiculously talented Starla Huchton.

The original photo was taken by the marvelous Jen (all rights reserved) of the lovely Madeline in a costume by Firefly Path. They were all very kind when I approached them and I am so grateful.

This is one of those covers where everyone worked together seamlessly and were really excited to be part of the process. Steampunkers for the win!

I chose the photo because Madeline looks so cheerful and cheeky which really goes with Cups’ personality. We went with the monochrome figure over the colored background to hearken to my YA series, because this is also for younger readers. The scaled background is because this book involves dragons – well, one dragon. And we went with pink to stay with the upbeat comedy of the story.

This short is very light and cheerful, even silly in places, and definitely YA. In fact you could even read this out loud to younger children. It’s a true Fairy Tale in the comic sense of the word. Here’s the blurb:

Fairy Debt by Gail Carriger

I knew it would all end in tears the moment I saw the hat.

Cups is a fairy with a problem. She can’t grow wings because she under a death promise to a local king. So she takes service at the castle as Least Jester hoping to earn her wings, learning a great deal about cupcakes, tea daemons, and earth dragons along the way.

In this short comedic fairytale New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger gets up to her usual tea saturated prose and food driven biting wit. (5000 words ~ 10 pages)

First published in Sword & Sorceress 22 (2007), reprint in Funny Fantasy (2016).

[This new edition has an updated cover and a new modern formatting for the ebook (thank you Nina Pierce). Typos etc have been fixed as well, for which I indebted to Richard Shealy.]

Right now you can get the updated story on:





Barnes and Noble

And directly from me (via Gumroad) in the digital format you need/prefer:

Amazon readers .mobi

Other eBook readers .epub

Or as a PDF

If you already own this book from Amazon, it should be able to auto-update. However, if you have it from another vendor, I don’t know.

This is the story that had issues with Amazon because they decided to flag the updated version as not belonging to me (see previous blog post).

If you enjoyed Fairy Debt and want something similar to read I highly recommend:

The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye or Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles) by Patricia C. Wrede.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Powers That Be by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Bon Ton Date-  Wednesday, August 1, 1860 v. 41, plate 42

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Birthday Flowers

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Author PSA, I get so many ideas in the shower, aqua notes is the best $8 I’ve ever spent.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Final read through of Poison or Protect overseen by Lilliput and a mug of tea

Book News:
Damsels Causing Distress (Blameless cover used)

Quote of the Day:
“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Audible Now Offers Crudrat & A Carriger Quartet (Tinkered Stars & Short Stories)

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Gentle Reader, I am delighted to announce that, finally, after a great deal of effort (thank you Dan) you can now buy the full cast audio production of Crudrat on Audible for $18. We are also offering an Audio CD through Amazon only (at the moment, we hope to find other distributors) for $25.

Crudrat is a YA sci-fi adventure in the style of Heinlein written with young women in mind. It was backed as a kickstarter for full cast audio. Learn more about Crudrat. Learn more about the kickstarter (now over).

Right now I have no intention of turning Crudrat into a print book. Ask me about it in person some time and I’ll explain my reasoning.

But there’s more!

You can also buy on Audible, bundled under the name A Carriger Quartet for $6, the full cast productions of my four short stories that were part of the stretch goals for the kickstarter. The Audio CD is $20 on Amazon only.

These stories are: My Sister’s Song (the first story I ever had published), The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti), Fairy Debt, and Marine Biology (my only existing contemporary M/M paranormal romance). Learn more about these short stories.

These stories are only available in print books when combined in an anthology. Both Curious Case and Fairy Debt have been recently picked up to appear in now anthologies in the coming year. I’ll let you know more when I do.

Questions Answered

The CDs are listed as Temporarily out of Stock. !?
Ignore. It’s a print-on-demand thing. They should ship if you order. If not, it’s Amazon being janky.

Can we get Crudrat and A Quartet on Audible in Australia, UK, or the rest of the world?
It should be available worldwide, we did trigger that setting when uploading to Audible. If you still can’t get it, it is available for sale on Gumroad via the Crudrat website as well.

What about the CDs worldwide?
Probably not.

MP3 CDs?
Still working on that one.

Kickstarter Update
There are a few kickstarter rewards still to come and there should be information on that coming to backers from my producer Dan very soon.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Evelyn Tripp on the cover of Charm magazine, May 1954 via theniftyfifties tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Incredible Footage Reveals How the Coconut Octopus Got Its Name

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Portrait of a Lady, A Brief History of the term “Lady”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
99 Ways to Spread the Word About A Book You Love

Book News:
Tsana’s Reads and Reviews says of Crudrat: “I recommend it to fans of adventure-style SF and coming of age stories.”

Quote of the Day:

‘Bring my shaving things.’
A gleam of hope shone in the man’s eye, mixed with doubt.
‘You mean, sir?’
‘And shave off my moustache.’
There was a moment’s silence. I could see the fellow was deeply moved.
‘Thank you very much indeed, sir,’ he said, in a low voice.

~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse


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The Story Behind Alessandro Tarabotti’s Cover Art

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Here’s how an illustrated cover can come into existence…

For my new short story featuring Alessandro Tarabotti, Gentle Reader, I decided one of the things I really wanted to do was commission a professional artist. This was the end result…

The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
By Gail Carriger

Cover art by Pete Venters

How did it happen?

I started by pinging a number of author friends of mine for professional artist recommendations. I wanted someone who did good work in a timely manner and had ebook experience. I also asked for ball park cost figures, so I had some idea of budget. (I do not expect a short story to recoup paying professional artist rates, this was about the experience.)

However, before reaching out to any of the recommendations provided, I remembered Pete.

Pete Venters had shown me the most amazing sketch of Cherie Priest’s main character, Briar from Boneshaker, partnered with Alexia when we were all at a steampunk event together. I knew his reputation as an amazing artist, particularly for Magic the Gathering. This influenced me, since I’ve had a tough time dealing with amateur artists in the past. I wanted a professional who could make deadlines and would not be insulted by criticism if I wanted alterations to the sketch. I pinged him to see if he might be interested, and he was!

Then, while on book tour, I met up with Pete for dinner and we chatted briefly about the project. After a number of email exchanges we hammered out a contract, payment, and expectations on both sides.

The Process

First, Pete read the story.

Then, over email exchanged, I described what I envisioned: the figure, Alessandro’s looks, and various different background options. We talked back and forth about what would work best. It’s important with ebooks to have something relatively clear and easy to read in thumbnail size for mobile devices and grey-scale for eReaders.

We addressed Alessandro himself. Pete did research into the clothing for men at the time period. I sent him various images. We discussed actors/personalities who I imagined looked like Alessandro.

copyright Pete Venters

Pete sent me the above faces sketch and we hashed out which expression I liked and how this effect his seeming age and mood. I wanted Alessandro annoyed, but not angry, and looking relatively young.

copyright Pete Venters

Then Pete sent me a sketch of him in his outfit and background. We decided on inside the tomb as a good way to show he was in Egypt, but not be too busy, and not give plot away. We discussed how the sand would look and the Ka statue in the background. I think Pete learned more about Middle Kingdom Egyptian rock cut tombs than he strictly wanted. We started to talk about the appearance of the steampunk device in Alessandro’s hand.

copyright Pete Venters

Next Pete sent me the beginnings of color. I had earlier suggested the Ka statue could be less pristine but I reacted negatively to the decay on the statue, I felt it looked like a zombie. We agreed that the shadow on Alessandro’s face made him look old. Also, there was some question of the hat. Did I make the grave mistake of having him leave it behind in the text? Oh no! Alessandro would never abandon his hat. So I had to fix a bit of the story itself.

Pete was like, “You can do that?”
I was like, “The glory of self publishing, if she wants to, the author can accommodate the cover art.”

Besides I often do that anyway, if I can. The mention in Changeless where Ivy straightens Alexia’s hair on board the dirigible to Scotland? That’s because Donna’s hair is straight on the cover, but Alexia has curly hair in the text so I wrote a new scene to compensate.

copyright Pete Venters

In the next version of the cover, Pete zoomed in on the figure. As you can see the background statue is fixed to be less a zombie, and Alessandro’s face is brighter lit and appears younger. Also texture has been added to his waistcoat. The title is put in, which gave us some concern, as it’s so long. In the end, we put half the title at the top and the rest as the tag line.

Although it was not part of our contract, Pete kindly did the titles for me. This was awfully nice of him. However, you should know that if you intent to higher a professional artist for the cover art (and not for the finished cover itself) that artist is only responsible for the image, not the title text.

Because this is a Parasol Protectorate in world short story, Pete kept the title as similar as possible in style and font to those used by Orbit on the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol books. He zoomed in a little more for clarity and also to mirror the aspect proportions on my book covers (AKA how much space on the cover the figure takes up with respect to background).

There you have it, mostly the basics. There were a lot more tiny details (like pixel proportions of a retina-screen iPad) but I don’t think you would find them all that interesting.

I enjoyed the experience of working directly with a professional immensely. And I highly recommend Pete’s work and attitude.

Pete is talking about this too: The Curious Case Covered

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for July 2014? Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause ~ YA werewolf from before it was a thing}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1814 via fashionsfromhistory-tumblr Fashion Plate from ‘Les Incroyables et Merveilleuses’V&A

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

donotchoosesidesyet-tumblr Sir Reginald Wiggly

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

via Maria Diana BroughtonThe Parasol Protectorate Books Group

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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