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The Ideas Behind The Parasolverse, Worldbuilding with Gail Carriger (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gentle Reader, I frequently get repeat questions at Q&A sessions. I’ve taken to answering them here on the blog for your edification. Without further ado…

 

What’s the name of your universe?

I’ve officially started calling it the Parasolverse.

How did you come up with the idea?

The simple fact is: this was what I wanted to read. I like steampunk but it tends to be a little too dark and riddled with technobabble for me. I enjoy urban fantasy but am not wild about a modern setting. So I thought I might just combine the two, and then shake it up with a jot of romance and a whole lot of comedy.

Then I started thinking about what kind of world could accommodate all these different elements. I’m familiar with the Victorian era and I find it a rich source of amusement in and of itself. Those ridiculous fashions and that obsession with etiquette seem the perfect time period to drop in vampires (dictating such things) and werewolves (chaffing against them) not to mention steam technology. It seemed to me that what comedy I couldn’t supply with plot and character, an alternate Victorian London could provide simply by being itself.

So where did you go from there?

After deciding on a setting, I started idly toying with the idea of how a person would become undead. After all, if vampires and werewolves are bouncing about, what’s to keep them from turning everyone supernatural? There must be biological procreation controls in place on an apex predator.

Taking into account what I knew of Victorian scientific theory, I hypothesized that an excess of soul, found in only a few people might account for bite survival rates. This led me to investigate the measuring of the soul (which an American scientist actually tried to do in the late 1800s). This, in turn, lead to the idea that if some people had too much soul there should be others who had too little, or none at all. And these people could act as nullifiers to supernatural abilities. Thus Alexia and the concept of preternaturals was born.

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A Very Alexia Christmas (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Lady Maccon, as some of you may well know, is rather fond of comestibles.

Thusly, the holiday season is one of great joy to her ~ from a food standpoint if nothing else. (The shopping, it must be admitted, she could do without. Lord Akeldama, however, is overly enthusiastic on the subject.) However, she has some tips for coping with the holidays Victorian-style.

1. Mincemeat pie.

Sounds awful, looks revolting, tastes spectacular. The Americans have sadly neglected this part of their British heritage but there is much to be said for meat soaked in alcohol and then encased in pastry. If unwilling to venture in the mincemeat direction, how about exploring the fine art of Christmas Pudding? (AKA Plum Pudding ~ and no, there are no plums involved, don’t ask.) A dense fruity cake that is covered in alcohol and then set on fire. Fantastic.

Via NPR

2. Cloth wrapped presents.

Instead of paper, why not invest in some fabric remnants from a craft shop or colorful little scarves from a thrift store, and then tie with a ribbon? All the fun of unwrapping, none of the waste, and perhaps it will encourage others to reuse as well. As an added bonus cloth wrappers can be used as emergency clean-up towels for the inevitable alcohol-related spill (see: inebriation caused by over-consumption of Christmas Pudding, above.)

3. Roast goose.

Benefits? Well, a goose is bigger than a turkey and more mean-spirited. Have you ever met a goose? The only bird nastier is a swan. Unfortunately, swans are protected by the queen, so we can’t eat them. Thus goose consumption gives one a sense of self-righteousness and satisfaction all rolled into one.

Roast Goose with Giblet Stuffing

4. Frills and lace.

Perhaps not a particular favorite amongst gentlemen for themselves (unless one is of a Lord Akeldama inclination) but for the ladies… Donning a pretty frock and perhaps a corset is bound to make one feel better ~ a little constricted but definitely better. On the other hand nothing (I am convinced) is funnier than a werewolf with a doily on his head.

5. Which brings us back around to drinkies.

Lord Akeldama suggests a Pink Slurp (champagne & blood) but he’s a vampire and they have questionable palates. Alexia recommends substituting blackberry cordial for the blood, resulting in a truly delicious and festive drink. Alternatively, for those particularly cold nights, one might opt for mulled wine, which can be a most excellent way to disguise the quality of one’s vino. And one can never go wrong with hot apple cider.

Bottoms up!

Lord A at Christmas nennesis via tumblr

“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.”
~ P.J. O’Rourke

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“If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.”
~ Japanese Proverb


Soulless LTD Edition Is Sold Out, Will There Be More? Parasol Protectorate

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well, Gentle Reader, you were warned. When we do a limited run, it is LIMITED. The beautiful hardcover fancy edition of Soulless is now officially sold out. Thanks to everyone who purchased one!

Soulless LTD Edition

Will there be more in the series?

I’d be open to it, but my publisher, Orbit, has the rights to hardcover releases. They might not be willing to license an edition of Changeless. Also, I don’t know how well Soulless LTD sold for Subterranean, so they might not want to do the next in the series. It’s a balancing act.

Sign up for the Chirrup newsletter and I will tell you the moment I know more. Also, I myself managed to hoard quite a few of these beauties and if I decide to give them away, I’ll be doing it over Chirrup. So yeah, if you want one, that’s likely one of the few ways you can now get one.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

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1923 Batik dress and parasol by Madame Pangon, photo by Henri Manuel, Les Modes June 1923. via motyisia tumblr

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Book News:

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“I had been eagerly anticipating Imprudence ever since I finished Prudence one year ago so I was incredibly excited to receive this from the publishers for review. And it did not let me down. Everything I had expected – the wonderful characters, engaging plot and great relationships were all present.”

Quote of the Day:

“Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.”
~ Honoré de Balzac

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Upon the 7th Birthday of Soulless (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

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

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A very nervous debut author hummed and hawed over her offering. Would anyone actually like it? It was such an odd mash up of paranormal, steampunk, and comedy – who would enjoy such a ridiculous story? Were there readers out there irreverent enough to want whimsy?

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

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

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

In these last seven years:

  1. After getting my second masters degree I put my PhD on indefinite hiatus.
  2. I gave up teaching archaeology, discontinued my experimental work, and stopped my field visits.
  3. Basically, I switched careers.
  4. I visited a dozen foreign countries promoting the books, half of which I’ve never traveled to before.
  5. I made countless new friends and been blessed with a chance to visit old ones.
  6. I’ve watched the steampunk movement grow and expand.
  7. I went to conventions and signings all over the world and learned valuable lessons from fellow authors.
  8. I ate hundreds of foods, dishes, and sweets I’d never tried before.
  9. I wrote 13 additional books: 4 followups to Soulless, 1 YA sci-fi, and 4 YA Finishing School books, 2 Custard Protocol books, 2 Parasolverse novellas.
  10. And, best of all, I got to meet my readers: some here on the blog, some on Twitter, some on Facebook, some in person ~ all of you so warm and fun and strong and smart.

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

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

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

Thank you all for seven glorious years!

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

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

Natalie Girshman says of Soulless: “Intrigue, flirtation, a mysterious order with nefarious intentions and treacle tart ensue. Carriger manages to strike a skillful balance between mystery and romance…”

Of Books and Baily says of Soulless: “The wit and humor of Soulless left me giggling out loud and blushing furiously. The world Carriger creates is meticulously put together much like the Victorian ladies of old. The characters are delightful, charming, and perfectly flawed. You cannot help but adore them.”

Alwaysbooking says of Soulless: “I can’t wait to read the next book.. this book has everything you are looking for romance, steam punk, vampires, werewolves and 19th century language!”

Gunna Blogs went for a vacation to Soulless and said: “I would love a jaunt through Hyde Park along with Alexia and Ivy Hisselpenny, even if she does wear hideous hats.”

Keep Calm with Books and Coffee gives Soulless 5 stars and says: “From the very first pages I found these characters irresistible. Alexia is witty and has some modern ideas but she is still a proper Victorian lady. I loved how Carriger created a strong lady of her time rather than a lady out of time.”

Cannonball Read 8 says: “The plot moved along in a sprightly manner. The characters were quickly sketched and sharply drawn. Carriger assumes that the reader can put together what alternate London would look like. The whole read was a delight.“

Shooting Star Reviews says of Soulless: “The heroine had me laughing out loud several times, and the whole plot line filled with mystery, a dash of romance, also had me devouring the book all in one sitting.”

Book Queen Reviews says: “Gail Carriger is a master at creating this world and incorporating details that are now considered to be “steampunk” in detail.”

Merin says: “It had been a long time since I’d read a book that was such pure and delightful fun. Soulless is exactly that, and I have to say, I definitely think going the audio route made it even more so.”

Catherine Hunt says of Soulless: “I can say without hesitation that I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance books with a supernatural/steampunk basis to them.”

I Read What I Want To says of Soulless: “The author is amazing in her inclusion of LGBT characters to her Victorian society. I love having LGBT characters that are fully realized, nuanced, and important to the story be included, since so many authors either don’t include any LGBT characters, make just a passing mention either them or their LGBT-ness, or have a LGBT character who is there just for representation purposes.”

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Quote of the Day:

“I love talking about nothing… It is the only thing I know anything about.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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Your Parasol Protectorate Code Name (Parasolverse Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Recently I posted on the social medias about how to get your Parasol Protectorate code name. (Look, I’ve had a rough weekend, Gentle Reader, girl has to entertain herself somehow.) I could have done a little quiz for it, but I came up with a formula instead.

Here it is:

most frivolous piece of clothing you own

+

favorite food

You can fiddle with it and reverse the order or what have you.

And here are some gems from the response threads, that I played around with in the Parasolverse.

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In Italy, working secretly to undermine the Templars we have:

  • Goggles Lasagna
  • Armored Tiramisu
  • Hoopskirt Caprese
  • Spats Macaroni

Meanwhile in the wild west of the USA a gang of agents attempt to re-unify the natural and the supernatural…

  • Bandana Lampchop
  • Poncho Naan
  • Cozy Artichoke
  • Sequined Enchilada
  • Fascinator Manhattan
  • Flightsuit Burrito
  • Stetson Manchago
  • Trenchcoat Tamale
  • Fedora Curry

In Europe, all is in chaos, the hope of civilized discourse and modest bloodshed rests in the gloved hands of…

  • Pearl Etouffee
  • The Plaid Pecan
  • Petticoat Brulee
  • The Hooded Biscuit
  • NeckFrill Von Goulascz
  • Veil Biscoff
  • Parka Beignet
  • Fluevog Nugget

Around the remnants of the empire, solitary yet diligent (and well shaded) agents work against oppression and anti-supernatural regulations…

  • Tutu Paneer
  • Kimono Nachos
  • Boots Pakora
  • Sarong Gumbo
  • Thigh-high Hamachi
  • Booty Shorts Pho
  • Catsuit Mango

While back in London the remaining agents attempt to infiltrate BUR, promote the Progressive Party line, and generally strive for etiquette, respect, and the Maccon way.

  • Crinoline Lobster
  • Poofy Potatoes
  • Custard Stockings
  • Cardigan Fig
  • Tap Pants Banana Cake

(These could also viably be: mob names, bond girls/villains.)

Of course you don’t have to find your code name this way exactly, you can go with any variation. After all the books feature:

  • Puff Bonnet
  • Wingtip Spectator
  • The Ledger
  • The Ruffled Parasol
  • Hot Cross Bun

None of these really follow the formula, it’s just a jumping off point.

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

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“Such a fragile thing, wanting to please someone else. Such endless scope for disappointment and failure.”

~ Glitterland by Alexis Hall

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The Mad Hatter Interviews Alexia, Conall & Lord Akeldama (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Thank you to everyone who purchased the limited and special hard cover editions of Soulless. I’ve been told that it has shipped at last! I do hope you like it!

As a thank you: Here’s an interview with three of your favorite characters in Soulless from back when the book was first released in 2009.

The Mad Hatter Interviews Alexia & Lord Maccon

MH: Thank you for gracing my gentle readers with your presence. It is a great honor to have both of you here.
ALEXIA: Delighted.
LORD MACCON: Of course, of course.
MH: Now, Alexia, my dear, what made you choose someone such as Gail Carriger to chronicle your life story?  And why do you think other people would want to hear about you traipsing about with Werewolves and Vampires? This is most unbecoming information concerning a well-bred lady such as yourself.
ALEXIA: Well, the horrible little strumpet chronicled my doings entirely without my knowledge or approval. Naturally, I am considering legal action, but right this moment I simply don’t have the time to chase after a minor American authoress with delusions of grandeur. Really, what one has to wonder is, how does she get all of her information?
LORD MACCON (under his breath): Lord Akeldama perhaps?
MH: What unfolds during the telling of Soulless?
ALEXIA: I suppose, since the so-called Ms Carriger has gone around writing inappropriate novels sullying my name, I might simply relay the gist of the matter. I go around, in a perfectly respectable way, looking for clues as to the appearance of these unexpected vampires and Lord Maccon here keeps getting in my way.
LORD MACCON: Funnily enough, I was going to say exactly the same thing, only with a reversal of roles.
MH: In that you are known to be a strong willed woman.  How do you think that affects public opinion of you? Does the negative commentary overwhelm your reputation or are their advantages to your unique personality?
ALEXIA: A pox upon public opinion. Oh, please excuse my blunt language, but I do get riled up on this matter. What good, I ask you, has public opinion ever done anyone? Except perhaps an actress or two. I will say that not giving a fig for the general approval of others allows me a certain amount of leeway and liberty, that, were I more conscientious of the fine feelings of others, might not ordinarily be the case.
MH: What kind of evolution have you encountered since you’ve become involved with one another?
ALEXIA: I have evolved to find him increasingly more annoying.
LORD MACCON: And I to find her less so.
ALEXIA: Fortunately for both of us, I am finding that I rather enjoy living life in a mild state of annoyance.
MH: As you may be aware I have a great proclivity to hats, so I simply must know, what was the most ghastly hat ever worn by Miss Ivy Hisselpenny?
ALEXIA: Oh dear. It was horrible, a recent purchase, for she only seems to be getting worse with age. It was a toque covered in purple tweed with black ball fringe edging, purple taffeta ruffles, a bird, a bow, grey ostrich feathers, and this black and white feather puff at the end of a length of wire that looked like she was being stalked by a jellyfish. I shudder to recall it.
MH: For our gentle readers can you describe what your transformation feels like?
LORD MACCON: Ah, yes well, it is highly unpleasant. The process does involve bones actually breaking and then reforming, you understand? Oh dear, I do apologize for offending any ladies present with such crass speech. Lyall is always having to remind me of such things. Perhaps I should leave it there.
MH: What is one thing about each of you that most people do not know?
LORD MACCON: Before metamorphosis, I used to be a rather well known opera singer – bass-baritone.
ALEXIA: That is a slightly intrusive question, don’t you find? Would you mind if I were terribly frivolous with my answer? I love marmalade.
MH: Thank you both for you time and civility. I so look forward to hear about your latest happenings.

And a Brief Interview with Lord Akeldama

MH: Thank you for gracing us with your presence. Do tell us, Lord Akeldama, what intrigues you about Alexia so much that it encourages you to invite her into your world? Also, where did you first meet?
LORD AKELDAMA: Well, my darling pumpkin seedling, it’s not like me to gossip behind someone’s back, but I will say this. She’s such an adorably practical little thing, who wouldn’t like her? All that common sense and assertive attitude is quite refreshing in a female of this day and age. Also, my little sprouted potato, it’s been so very long since I have had any genuine social interaction with a preternatural, I find it enchanting. One might even be tempted to say: revitalizing. As to the location of our first meeting, I’m afraid I must demur and simply point out that that is not, entirely, the right question to ask
MH: Do you think Alexia and Lord Maccon are a good pairing?
LORD AKELDAMA: Darling, I refuse to commit myself to the very idea of pairing, one wouldn’t want to limit oneself like that, now would one? Thusly I feel entirely incapably of judging the matter. That said, they do seem to enjoy barking at one another, which, I’m under the impression, is the practice amongst werewolves.
MH: How do you view the Victorian era versus the other epoch’s you’ve lived through?
LORD AKELDAMA: Ah, sugar bell, I do find this era a little staid in the matter of color and shoe adornments, and of course I simply cannot and will not approve of the muttonchops. Not even slightly. But I shall admit that I do find some of the new brass accessories unexpectedly intriguing.

Scottish myths: Wulver the kindhearted Shetland werewolf
A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Hairdressing (written by Biffy?)
Victorian Party People Unrolled Mummies for Fun (what, you thought I was making that up?)
The Trouble with Bustles: Victorian Fashion in the 19th Century News

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.}

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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“How excited, and sad, I was to listen to Manners & Mutiny, the last in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series. I began the book knowing that Carriger had a lot of loose ends to wrap up and confident she could handle such a task. Readers, I’m very proud to say the combination of Carriger and Quirk (that should totally be the name of an investigative agency BTW) in no way disappointed.”

Quote of the Day:

“A burglar alarm,” said Jessan. “Or so your sister tells me. You wake up when the burglar starts screaming.”
Llannat looked curious. “You believe that?”
“Implicitly,” Jessan assured her.

~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, The Price of the Stars

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2 Deleted Scenes from Soulless by Gail Carriger (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Please be aware that deleted scenes may and often do contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

DELETED BITS from Soulless

The Hypocras Club Objectives

* Attentiveness — Identify and understand the supernatural threat, assess vulnerabilities, determine potential impacts and disseminate information to our members and security partners.
* Preclusion — Detect, deter and mitigate the supernatural threat to the commonwealth.
* Precaution — Safeguard normal humans and their freedoms, and maintain critical infrastructure and intellectual advancement of the scientific community.

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Alexia’s Father’s Journal

Ivy had always been faintly cheered by the fact that should a marriage bed ever be in her future, she could go to Alexia for an explanation of what might occur there. Sadly for Miss Hisselpenny, such an explanation was likely to contain concepts that would shock the most experienced whore down dockside, let alone a gently bred lady. Mr. Tarabotti had had very exotic interests indeed, and Alexia hadn’t the experience to provide any kind of filter.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February 2018 is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Edgar Degas (French artist, 1834–1917)  In the Tuileries, Woman with a Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .
19th Century Fortune Telling: From the Drawing Room to the Court Room

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Periodic Table of Storytelling

Book News:
Merin of Read and Reviewed said of Soulless:

“All in all, I found Soulless to be completely delightful in every way. It had an interesting story, a unique paranormal world, and two very head strong and stubborn characters.”

Quote of the Day:

Have you seen Miss Pringle?’
‘Yes, sir, from a distance.’
‘The best way to see her.’

~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

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German Parasol Protectorate Hardcovers ~ Cover REVEAL (sort of)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well, Gentle Reader, I finally got around to hunting and pecking the interwebs to find my German Hardcover art.

I don’t hear much from my foreign publishers as a rule, but I did hear Germany was releasing the Parasol Protectorate in hardcover, although it seems they have only done the first three.

Anyway, here they are:

Soulless

 

Changeless

 

Blameless

I rather like them. They are very different from anything else I’ve ever had. And I do love RED.

You can read about the original covers for the German paperbacks, my mixed feelings (although I have come around), and the dubious title changes in my original post on the subject of the German translations. Discussion of the German editions and again concerning the relation to a certain Ivy outfit in Timeless.

German readers have embraced my books, for which I am most grateful. They are the first to bring out the Parasol Protectorate in both hardcover and trade with different cover art. They also have translated the manga editions into German. Read more about foreign covers and translations of this series on my wiki.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ladies’ Cabinet Date-  Wednesday, July 1, 1846 Item ID-  v. 31, plate 25

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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How sweet to revel in the world of books”
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Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopus Gets Mental Workout with Hamster Ball

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
5 Industry Issues for Authors to Watch in 2016

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Quote of the Day:
“He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse


The Story Behind the Soulless Limited Edition Cover Art (Behind the Magic of the Parasol Protectorate)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Today, Gentle Reader, I have a bit story for you concerning that wonderful cover for the limited edition of Soulless from Subterranean Press.

 

This is the first time Soulless will be published for the English speaking market in hardcover so you can imagine I was pretty excited about said cover design.

So now I shall tell you the story of its creation…

Out February 29, 2016, order here.
Limited: 750 signed numbered copies for $50.00 each
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase for $250.00

Behind the Cover

The wonderful folks at Subterranean Press have been working very closely with me for months to come up with a cover that I truly love. Not that I don’t love Soulless‘s other covers, but I wanted something different. I asked for something very Victorian looking, as if it had come from that time period, only skewed to look off and steampunky.

 Some of the samples I sent along.

I also sent along these two pieces of fan art. You see what happens when you make fan art, sometimes you become part of an art consult!

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Alexia by sweet tabby

 

My team actually contacted the artist behind the first image and she did a redesign for us for the central cameo! Isn’t that cool?

They came up with three initial designs, we all agreed we liked the same one of the three. There was discussion over including octopus elements, and also making certain there was at least a hint of steampunk. I suggested using the “o” in Soulless and turning it into a gear. Poking about the interwebs I found this amazing cover for Julie Kagawa’s Talon. Isn’t it stunning?

 

Then I mentioned that I’d greatly appreciate it if they wouldn’t do pink for this first book. Not that I mind pink, don’t get me wrong, but I feel for some readers that pink is a barrier to entry. I thought they might go with wine or burgundy, but I’m DELIGHTED to see they chose green. It is, after all, my favorite color.

 

I do hope you guys love it as much as I do. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the end result.

Soulless covers that have come before…

 

 US Mass Market edition (now OP); German Mass Market edition

 

 Japanese Edition; US Trade Paperback Edition

 

 Hardcover Omnibus Edition; German Hardcover Edition

 

Manga cover; US Limited Hardcover

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

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Soulless Limited Edition Cover Art Reveal! (Parasol Protectorate)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

This, my dear darling reader, is the amazing cover for the new limited edition of Soulless from Subterranean Press. Yes, you can finally purchase my first book in hardcover!

Out February 29, 2016, order here.
Limited: 750 signed numbered copies for $50.00 each
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase for $250.00

I know, spendy, but this is really it. Limited means limited, I will not be signing more and they will not be printing more. You want to own Soulless in hardback, this is your chance.

Every edition has a special beautiful dedicated page with scroll work that I’ve personally signed. The cover is embossed. There is also a fully drawn dust jacket by Michael Wm. Kaluta. Subterranean Press is widely considered to be among the finest specialty publishers in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres and I am ridiculously proud of this edition.

Behind the Cover

The wonderful folks at Subterranean have been working very closely with me to come up with a cover that I truly love. Not that I don’t love Soulless’s other covers, but I wanted something different. I asked for something very Victorian looking, as if it had come from that time period.

 Some of the samples I sent along for inspiration.

I also wanted to take some inspiration from my artistic readers. You see what happens when you make fan art? Sometimes you become part of an art consult!

hopeisaturtle tumblr – Soulless Minimalist Posters Alexia copy

 

Alexia by sweet tabby

My team actually contacted the artist behind the first image and the artist did a redesign for us for the central cameo! Isn’t that cool?

Subterranean came up with three initial designs, we all agreed we liked the same one. There was discussion over including the octopus elements, and also making certain there was at least a hint of steampunk. I suggested using the “o” in Soulless and turning it into a gear. Poking about the interwebs I found this amazing cover for Julie Kagawa’s Talon. Isn’t it stunning?

Then I mentioned that I’d greatly appreciate it if they wouldn’t do pink for this first book. Not that I mind pink, don’t get me wrong, but I feel for some pink is a barrier to entry. I thought they might go with wine or burgundy but I’m DELIGHTED to see they chose green. It is, after all, my favorite color.

I do hope you guys love it as much as I do. I can’t tell you how pleased I am.

Your Questions, Answered

Will Subterranean ship internationally?
Yes, direct orders can be shipped overseas.

Will they be doing the rest of the Parasol Protectorate books?
It’s been such a great experience that I certainly hope so. Can you imagine what might be in the center of the cameo for the rest of the series? What color each book might be? It’s a matter of extracting the rights to do so. Also it will, I suspect, entirely ride on how well this run sells.

Is this really the only hardback EVER?
I can’t predict the future. Orbit retains the right to produce their own hardcover, but they haven’t in 8 years so I wouldn’t hold your breath. Also, if they did, they are likely to keep the original style cover and do it much as Prudence was done. This is the only one of this vintage look and type.

Is this really the first time ever that Soulless has appeared in hardcover?
No. There are various foreign language editions in hardcover. I think perhaps my Swedish publisher, Styxx, was the first to produce a hardback edition. (They used the original artwork for the fly, and a plain pink cover.) You could also get Soulless, coupled with Changeless and Blameless, in the omnibus edition for the SFBC. (That is out of print now, so you’ll have to find it used.)

There you have it, honest answers. Frankly, if you crave hardcover, you should get this edition because this is the one I would want for my collection. It reminds me so much of all those books I read in order to get inspiration for Alexia.

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1845 La Mode 101

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Young, Black, and Victorian: Wonderful Photographs of Victorian Women of Color

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
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Book News:

  • Sam of Mind the Gap says of Soulless: “The writing is witty, the characters are quirky, the clothing is sumptuous, and the octopuses are plentiful (but what do they mean??). And the world is built up well, integrating steampunk elements without losing the plot or becoming confusing.”
  • Victalian Granger on Gaceta del Ocio says of Soulless: “Una lectura más que recomendable para los amantes de personajes femeninos fuertes y divertidos. Una saga que no decae libro tras libro.”

Quote of the Day:

“That’s the problem with being able to think. It means you wish for things you can’t have.”

~ Tamora Pierce, Lady Knight: Book 4 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

 


Upon the 6th Birthday of Soulless

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

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

A very nervous debut author hummed and hawed over her offering. Would anyone actually like it? It was such an odd mash up of paranormal, steampunk, and comedy – who would enjoy such a ridiculous story? Were there readers out there irreverent enough to want whimsy?

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

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Soulless has now sold into 15 different territories for translation. There has been a graphic novel manga version (which itself is now translated into French, Taiwanese, and German) and an omnibus. It’s been optioned for TV. It’s spawned a dress up doll, various videos, fan art, several tea parties, audio books, cosplay, and an iPhone app.

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

In these last six years:

  • After getting my second masters degree I put my PhD on indefinite hiatus.
  • I gave up teaching archaeology, discontinued my experimental work, and stopped my field visits.
  • Basically, I switched careers.
  • I visited a dozen foreign countries promoting the books, half of which I’ve never traveled to before.
  • I made countless new friends and been blessed with a chance to visit old ones.
  • I’ve watched the steampunk movement grow and expand.
  • I went to conventions and signings all over the world and learned valuable lessons from fellow authors.
  • I ate hundreds of foods, dishes, and sweets I’d never tried before.
  • I wrote 11 additional books: 4 followups to Soulless, 1 YA sci-fi, and 4 YA Finishing School books, 2 Custard Protocol books.
  • And, best of all, I got to meet my readers: some here on the blog, some on Twitter, some on Facebook, some in person ~ all of you so warm and fun and strong and smart.

 

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

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

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

Thank you all for six glorious years!

Soulless’s original cover art photograph and the cover that never was.

Many of you have been with me all along, and several of you have already posted comments on my similar October 1 posts of the past, for which I thank you. But if you would like to share your “How I discovered Soulless” story, I would love to read it.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Your Tisane of Smart . . .
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Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

 

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (forthcoming)

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:

People are still finding Soulless!

  • Kallen of the Geeky Library says: “A bold protagonist, well-imagined steampunk london, amusing scenarios and well-developed characters all wrapped up with a satisfying ending— this may not be a thought-provoking novel, but it is a perfectly entertaining adventure.”
  • Coven Book Club says: “A steampunk romp is the best way to describe this book. It’s action-packed with a most wonderful smattering of romance.”
  • Sheila of Booker Tease says: “Carriger has done a brilliant job of combining a bunch of different genres and producing a witty and fun coherent novel. There are elements of urban and paranormal fantasy, steampunk, romance, and thriller; just enough of each of not too much of any.”
  • Bookmark Maiden says,  “The “Unexpected Awesome” of the year. … So, it’s vampires and werewolves and that’s old hat, you say. Well, you haven’t seen them in this alternate history. … They don’t hide in the dark anymore… Alexia Tarabotti, as practical and brilliant as my favorite character, Jane Eyre. … She can give as good as she gets.”
  • The Brass Army says: “If you like humor, it’s funny. If you like action, it’s actiony. If you like romance, it’s sexy. If you like steampunk, it’s all bustles, mad science and parasols.”
    Felicia Sue Lynn Reviews: “I also loved all the characters and boy does Carriger know how to create characters. I mean, I felt myself falling in love with even Floote the trusty butler who barely has more than a few paragraphs devoted to him.”
  • Evaine’s Books, Books, & More Books says: “What a FUN romp!  I love the premise, I love the characters and I adore the dialogue between those characters.  The romance is quite lovely – amusing and hot and fun all at once.  It totally worked for me.“
  • Kaja of Of Dragons and Hearts says: “I had a lot of fun with Soulless. It’s a great mixture of dry humor, sexy, scruffy werewolves and witty retorts, all with a steampunkish vibe (I always have trouble sorting these kinds of books into appropriate genre slots…). I never had much luck with this genre but I think this series might just change my opinon[sic] of it!”
  • Fleur of Hodderscape says: “Friends don’t let friends miss out on sexy werewolves. That’s a policy we strictly enforce at Hodderscape. So, Anne did her duty and instructed me to read Gail Carriger’s Soulless. I dutifully obeyed, and loved it.”
  • Adaline_LBK of Les Bookinistes says: “Comment vous dire : C’est frais, c’est drôle, c’est rythmé, c’est intelligent, c’est rocambolesque, c’est raffiné, c’est subtil… C’est comme lire du Jane Austen sous hallucinogènes !”
  • Ace from A Tree Grows in Bookland says: “The atmosphere of this book is jolly, whimsical, curious, and it will leave you squealing and running for the next one.”

And old friends:

  • Mike Perschon says: “I like having Soulless as an addition to my steampunk reading list, since it is the first ostensibly steampunk novel I’ve read that pays homage to the comedy of manners made famous by Jane Austen…”(more of an analytic than review, but I liked this quote)
  • On teaching Soulless in the classroom, Mike Perschon says: “Anyone looking to do feminist studies in steampunk would do well to consider the intersections between Soulless and the New Woman as places to begin.”

Quote of the Day:
“The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit.”
~ St Frances de Sales

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Vampires & Werewolves: Around the World in 8 Absurdities (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Little article for you today, Gentle reader…

Vampires & Werewolves: Around the World in 8 Absurdities

Since I write comedy and alternate history, I spend a good deal of time investigating historical quirks.

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One of my favorite things to do is take vampires and werewolves and make them responsible for the most unexplainable facts and ridiculous minutiae of the ancient world.

Why?

Because werewolves and vampires are intrinsically absurd.

For example:

Have you ever worn fangs? Well I have, and there’s quite the adjustment period resulting in a tender lower lip and a pronounced lisp. Thus, newly minted vampires are obviously going to lisp. Those with longer fangs may even drool a bit. You see? Comedy gold.

And werewolves?

My warped little mind always jumps to other types of were-creature. How about a were-sheep, a were-dachshund, or a were-platypus? A were-goat? Bahahaha! Skulks about under the full moon, viciously breaking into a girl’s closet to eat all her shoes. I don’t know about you, but I’m trembling in my… oh wait.

What I ended up doing for my paranormal meets steampunk universe was divide up world history into different camps. For some cultures this is easier than others. The Vikings, with all that hair and Fenrir and everything, were definitely werewolf oriented. The Romans, being decadent, incestuous, and obsessed with luxury goods, certainly trafficked with the vampires. I’m inclined to think the ancient Greeks were altogether anti-supernatural because of their obsession with human perfection and generally xenophobic attitude. The ancient Egyptians had animal headed gods, so I come right back to werewolves. Catholic Inquisition? Now we can all guess what that was really about.

And then I sally forth into the unexplainable: how did tiny Britain manage to conquer an empire? Because they were the first culture to integrate vampires (as political advisers) and werewolves (as military agents) fully into their society. This, coincidentally, also explains King Henry VIII’s break with the Catholic Church (the marriage thing was just a cover up) and the British Regimental system (which makes absolutely no sense until you realize it’s based on werewolf pack dynamics).

But what about that minutiae you mentioned, Ms. Carriger? Well, Gentle Reader, here are some quick thoughts.

1. Russian folk dancing = squarely at the werewolf door.
2. Bet I can guess who started the whole “quenching a sword in blood” rumor.
3. Retsina, metaxa and ouzo = cruel tricks played on the Greeks by the vampires.
4. Absurdly high cravats; well, they hide neck bites, now don’t they?
5. Ever wonder why Italian food has so much garlic in it? Anti-vampire protection. And that led me to basil being anti-werewolf.
6. That phrase “born with a silver spoon in his mouth” takes on a whole new meaning if there are werewolves running around.
7. And what about the term “Dark Ages?”
8. I shall leave you with one final thought: Scottish haggis and blood pudding.

Forget the Free Masons, in my world it’s the Unshackled Silver Smiths and Detached Carpenters that supernaturals have to watch out for.

This post is based on a guest blog I did for varkat on the Sillier Side of Vampires.

Relevant to this post? This book!

Romancing The Werewolf Gail Carriger audiobook free download

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“Can I have your door jam on door toast?”

~ The Iz (re. Gail’s misspelling of doorjamb)

{Gail’s monthly read along for August is My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
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Book News:
A of JAF Ink says:

“In Etiquette & Espionage, Carriger manages to give us a compelling plot set in a steampunk England, engaging and interesting characters, all while introducing us to a new school system that is both unique yet somehow familiar.”


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