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New Short Story ~ Fairy Debt

Posted by Gail Carriger


So a while ago I wrote this little ditty of a short I titled Fairy Debt.

Of all my short stories out there, and there aren’t many, I think this one is closest to my heart. It’s basically told the way I talk, and it was unbelievably easy to write, just rolled off the fingertips. It’s silly and fun and includes my favorite fantasy invention out of my own brain: teacup daemons. All yours for $0.99 I hope it makes you smile. It’s safe for all ages, I think.

It features:

A Fairy who is forced to infiltrate a royal court disguised as a jester.

A princess who is far too much like a dairymaid for her own good.

And a dragon who is overly fond of cupcakes.

There are extremely ridiculous hats, amazing food, and daemons seeped in tea. You expected something different from me? Well, yes, that’s coming… But for now, this is a return to form, and a hint at what life would be like if Gail wrote fairy tales.

You can get it on Amazon for Kindle.
Barnes & Noble for Nook.
Or Smashwords for everything else.

Here’s the blurb:

“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 is she under a death promise to a local king. So she takes service at his castle as the Least Jester, hoping to earn her wings and learns a great deal about cupcakes, tea daemons, and earth dragons along the way.

This a short comedic fairy tail, coming in at just under 5000 words (or about 10 pages). In it Gail gets up to her usual silly tricks, tea saturated prose, and food driven biting wit.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Ululì-Ululà by Matteo Ugolini for Karman

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Stairs Awesome

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Biggest Fantasy Series of All Time is…

Book News:
Curtsies & Conspiracies goes on sale November 5, 2013 in hardback & electronic form. It’s available for pre-order and Tor.com has posted an excerpt.

Quote of the Day:
“I bought it in a department store.”
“One reads about such places, of course, sir.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

Gail’s First Self Published Short Story!

Posted by Gail Carriger


So, Gentle Reader, I spent most of the day Tuesday struggling and battling to learn and put up my very first . . . self-published ebook! (Well, to be perfectly correct, eshort.) As I have mentioned before I struggle mightily with technology. So, as you might well imagine, this was an epic battle requiring a great deal of tea and chocolate. On more than one occasion I had to pointedly walk away from my computer, so it would think I was not involved, and thus work properly. Sometimes I have to be trixy with my technology.

But, in the end: accounts were made, new coding learned, three new programs acquired, cover art designed, and the struggle was fruitful. I could not have done it without J. Daniel Sawyer my cover artist and consummate guide through the mire of epub. I don’t know if I am more inept than everyone else, but ebooks are hard.

So, I decided to start, as is my wont, with the beginning. For $0.99 you can read the very first short story I sold to a professional market, “My Sister’s Song.” For the writers out there, you can see how my voice is just beginning to develop. It’s different from the Parasol Protectorate stuff, but still has that underbelly of comedy, and I do hope you enjoy it.

Cover Copy: The warrior Mithra must repel a Roman legion alone and armed only with a very peculiar weapon. To protect her lands and her tribe, Mithra comes up with a sticky solution to an impossible problem. Written in 1998, this short story was New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger’s first professional sale.

I’m going to try to put one short up a month through the rest of the year. To keep me on my toes and you entertained while you wait for Timeless. These will represent my small backlog of previously published works. After that, I have one of two unpublished pieces I might put up. One of these features Alessandro Tarabotti. They’ll take more work, since I am a perfectionist and I wouldn’t want to present a product that hadn’t been carefully checked over and copy edited.

To answer the inevitable print question. . . I’ve no intentions to self pub a print collection of these shorts. There is no unifying theme and I have never considered myself a short story writer. They are available in all possible electronic formats, though, so you can download and read them on your computer if no other way.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Steampunk video article.
And because it doesn’t talk about the literature, here’s Ranting Dragon’s top 20 Steampunk books.
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Dan’s follow up report on WorldCon.
Timeless: Galleys done, Timeless now in production. The release date on Amazon has been corrected.
Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book the First: First run passes in.
Secret Project PPA: Announced at WorldCon . . . coming soon.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

Book News: More from my interview with the Airship Ambassador.

Quote of the Day: “Good cuisine is the result of nonconsensual relations with invading armies.”
~ Tony Bourdain

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