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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.

Gladiola

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

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

Tank

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

OUT NOW!

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a tinkered stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger pen name). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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

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The Omega Objection Sample Scene (Special Extras – San Andreas Shifters)

Posted by Gail Carriger

If you, Gentle Reader, are excited about the up coming The Omega Objection, then here is a sneak peek!

Omega Objection Sample

As always with these books, mind the sexi-times and blue language.

I trust in your own discretion to skip the bits that offend, or you know, not bother to read it at all. It’s OK, you don’t have to tell me about either decision. I trust you to take care of yourself in this matter. Honest.

The Omega Objection comes out next month!

Here is your sample…

Wait, what am I about to read?

NYT bestseller Gail Carriger, writing as G. L. Carriger, relays what happens when a werewolf walks into a bar and falls in love with a man who has no smell.

* Language warning yadda yadda. *

CHAPTER ONE

Saucebox

“What do you mean you didn’t sleep with him? You’ve been chasing his tail for six months. You got cold pussy at the last minute?” Isaac stared in awe at his friend.

“Isaac! Don’t be crass.”

“Babycakes, I’m always crass and you love me for it.”

Clara giggled and bumped against him. “I totally do.” Her eyes were big and worshipful on his face. It was only a little creepy.

Clara was human, so she didn’t understand why she liked Isaac so much. Isaac had learned not to mind. It wasn’t him, it was what he was and he couldn’t do anything about it, so he might as well enjoy the results.

“You going to tell me why you turned him down after weeks of flirting?” Isaac adored contrary women. He didn’t want his cock near them, of course, but he loved to talk about their sex lives. Mysterious alien creatures that they were.

Clara rolled her eyes and looked cagey. “Well…”

Isaac perked up. That meant there was something seriously wrong with the dude. All this time trying to get him into bed and what? “Ooo, lemme guess. He kisses like a dead fish? He’s kinky in a bad way? Smells wrong?”

Okay, maybe not that last one. Humans didn’t seem to care as much about smell as Isaac did.

Clara laughed. “Sugar, you have no idea. He’s got this—” She stopped in her tracks (and mid-explanation) and stood frozen on the busy sidewalk. Her big blue eyes were wide and staring at the club. They were across the street from Saucebox, the sacred space where Isaac and Clara practiced their nightly ritual of group counseling, liquid courage, and interpretive dance. Otherwise known as bartending.

Clara and Isaac were two of San Francisco’s best and most popular bartenders.

It’s not arrogance if it’s the truth.

Clara was clearly distracted by something very shiny. “Oh, my heavens, would you look at the new bouncer?”

Isaac laughed. “You going to put a hand to your head and faint?”

Land’s sake!” Clara always stepped up to play her part if given the right cue. “Stop looking at me, honey-child. Look at him. Does he bat for my team or yours? Oh, please say he’s straight.”

Isaac squinted across the street. “Can’t tell at this distance.”

Clara gave him an incredulous look. “You’re joking. You could stand on the top of the Empire State Building and ID every gay man in New York City.”

Isaac grinned at her. “I’d sure try.”

“With your spit.”

“Can you think of a better gay litmus test?”

They wove their way through the mostly stopped traffic. Stopped not for the bouncer, but because it was San Francisco. Such ruthless jaywalking made Isaac feel like he belonged in the city.

“Holy shit.” Isaac finally got a good look at the bouncer of questionable sexual orientation. “We are in so much trouble.”

“I know, right?”

Isaac had been against the idea from the start. Having a mingle-with-shifters event at Saucebox might prove profitable, but it was asking for trouble. Especially for him. Adding a bouncer who looking like that into the mix? Insanity.

“That’s what our boss thought would work to tame shifters? Is he crazy?” Isaac shook his head. “He’ll put most of them into heat.”

Clara glanced at him wide-eyed. “Oh, you think that’s how it works? Do you, human-boy?”

“No, but the way some of them behave around specimens like that…” Isaac let himself trail off suggestively.

“Or specimens like you?”

“It’ll be ten times worse around that mountain demigod come down from Olympus to bean us with his laurels.” Isaac tried to collect his scattered thoughts. It was going to be one hell of a long shift.

Their usual guy, Oscar, was also on the door. Oscar was a big friendly black dude, darker than Isaac but still apt to engage in those weird bonding things that humans did around race and gender. Isaac had learned, if not to appreciate it, at least to participate. Oscar wasn’t gay, but apparently, within the confines of co-worker status, that wasn’t as big a deal as it might have been under other social situations. They were both dudes. They were both black. They were both in San Francisco working for the same club. Thus, bonding.

Humans were weird. That would be like shifters bonding over fur color.

However, Isaac was making an effort to understand the species in general. After all, he’d chosen to live amongst them and until recently his skin color seemed to work not in his favor. As such, he considered learning to interface with Oscar as helping him with his transition.

Now, if only the new bouncer would just glance up at him, and…

Oh, just look at those eyes. Big, brown, and wicked.

Isaac’s inner wolf, who hadn’t paid attention to anything in a long time, picked up his metaphorical head in interest.

Isaac mentally slapped him. Down, boy!

Clara nudged him. “Ain’t that the most delicious hunk of brisket?” She always rediscovered her Southern roots when there was a super hot guy around.

Isaac swallowed on a suddenly dry throat. Delicious didn’t even begin to cover it. His wolf licked his chops.

Isaac knew, given what he was, that he should probably not have a thing for really big dudes. But that’s the problem with life, you can never control the thing that puberty gives you. Isaac had friends at the club who’d come into their maturity in the ‘80s and almost all of them had a thing for spandex. (For which there is no excuse. Except, of course, coming of age in the ‘80s.) Isaac, for whatever reason, had a thing for massive guys. Perhaps it was because he was a pretty big guy himself. Perhaps it was a latent revenge fantasy of wanting to take advantage of the very type of man that once made his life miserable.

The new bouncer was really fucking big. He was six and a half feet at least – all of that muscle. He had brown hair to go with the brown eyes, but with smooth, milky skin, like he didn’t see the sun often. If at all.

Isaac stopped paying attention to where he was putting his feet, and in one of his more graceless maneuvers, tripped over the uneven pavement and pitched forward right at the two bouncers guarding the door.

Huge strong hands caught him, and his world was all about a pair of thick-lashed chocolate eyes.

“Alright there?” Deep, mild voice, calm, and not easily riled by anything.

Isaac stared at the big man now holding him up and wanted to wreck him in the best possible way.

Those pretty eyes crinkled at the corners. “I hate it when the sidewalk jumps right up at me like that.” East Coast accent?

Those amazing hands steadied him back to his traitorous feet.

Isaac found his voice. “Bipedal motion has always been a problem for me.”

Big rough fingers cupped his jaw. “Yeah?” A thumb pad traced the bone under his cheek. “Ever considered trying out a quadruped?”

Isaac loosely registered Clara’s disappointed sigh behind him. Part envy, part resignation, part romantic drivel.

Well, there it is. He definitely plays for my team.

At which juncture, Isaac finally remembered to breathe. On his inhalation he smelled the man, started coughing, and freaked the fuck out.

Saucebox’s new bouncer smelled amazing – like warm brandy and lemon and nutmeg and freshly killed rabbit laid out at his feet for a courting gift which meant…

Werewolf.

His wolf, the idiot, was doing some kind of happy tail-chasing thing, which made his pulse flutter and his human self feel slightly woozy.

Isaac jerked away, still coughing, while simultaneously trying not to gag.

Clara slapped his back. “Oh sugar, you’re such a spaz.”

Isaac’s eyes watered. He carefully did not look at the new demigod-mountain-werewolf-dream-creature. Instead he caught Oscar staring at him like he’d grown a third arm.

“Oscar,” he said, on a wheeze.

Oscar grinned. “Isaac.”

Clara pushed forward and stuck her hand out at the new guy.

“Hi there, sugar, I’m Clara. This klutz here is Isaac. We’re your bartenders for this evening.”

The chocolate eyes finally left Isaac’s face. “Hello Clara, I’m Tank.” He was almost pretty in profile, if pretty was welded of steel and could crack long bones with his teeth.

Oscar explained what they already knew. He was like that. “Tank’s on board tonight to help with the boss’s little shifter experiment.”

Which totally made sense – hire a werewolf to deal with shifters. They basically specialize in group activities and busting chops. Except, of course, that there weren’t supposed to be any werewolves in the Bay Area. That was one of the reasons Isaac had moved to the place.

Tank was either a loner, which was dangerous, or part of a pack, which was really dangerous.

Involuntarily, Isaac jerked away from the man. He had to hope it wasn’t pack. His wolf whined and Isaac clamped down on the muscles in his human throat to stop it from leaking out.

Clara shook her head at Isaac, mouthed What on Earth is wrong with you? and then grabbed his hand and dragged him inside.

Isaac wanted to keep right on walking out the back door, into the alley, home to his shitty apartment where he would gather up his stuff and move on to a new city. One that really didn’t have any werewolves.

Instead, he allowed her to lead him through to the far side of the club. He waited until they were well out of earshot. Which he knew with werewolves was further away than humans expected – all the way inside, behind the bar.

“So, what’s a werewolf doing in the Bay Area?”

Clara gave him a funny look.

Oh shit, that was out of the blue. She wouldn’t have known Tank’s species. She couldn’t smell the wolf in him. Plus, Isaac never really asked about the shifter community. He was nice to them, and they adored him, but he tried hard not to be curious.

Isaac shrugged. “I figured that’s what he most likely is.”

“Did you?” Clara was a good friend ­­so she let him dig his own grave.

“You know, all big and hot and growly. Plus, the quadruped quip. Aren’t werewolves supposed to be like the fuzzy best?”

“Well, he certainly fits then. But gay? I’ve never heard of a gay werewolf. Have you?”

Isaac blinked. Well, yes, intimately. Me.

He avoided the question. “There’s never been a werewolf in Saucebox before. Not since I was hired on.” I would know.

Clara shrugged. “Wouldn’t be surprised if that means there weren’t any around ’til now. Then again, seems every shifter and his cousin comes in here eventually, always asking for you.” She paused her organizing of the mixers, gave him a head tilt of query. “Why is that?”

Isaac shrugged. “I’m a likable dude?”

It was one of the reasons their boss had decided on a mingle-with-the-shifters special for this evening. Since Xavier hired Isaac a couple months ago, more and more of the local shifters had started frequenting his club. At first it was just a barghest or two. Dogs always managed to track Isaac right away – proverbial tails wagging. Then the kitsune found him, because foxes turn up like bad pennies. They brought along drama, excitement, and junk food. Turns out those plastic-packaged powdered doughnuts at gas stations that Isaac thought no one ever ate… kitsune love them. They thought everyone else loved them too. Xavier put in a vending machine. Once the kitsune found Isaac and the doughnuts, well then everyone else came in to talk to him.

They didn’t know why.

They never knew why.

They couldn’t smell what he was, because Isaac had no scent. The ultimate protection. Isaac smelled human, because he lived with humans. On purpose. Or he smelled like the bar. Or he smelled like the city. But he never smelled like wolf. And didn’t have his own signature scent like all other shifters.

For a shifter to figure out what he really was? Well, that would take frequent exposure to werewolves. Like the one guarding the door right now, massive and gorgeous and giving him the occasional puzzled glance across the wide empty expanse of the still-closed club.

Run. Run run runrunrunrun. That was Isaac the human freaking out, not the wolf. The wolf lolled a tongue at him.

Isaac didn’t run, he started the nightly ritual of setting up his bar and resolved to ask the next kitsune he saw why the hell there was a werewolf in his city. Well, another werewolf, besides him.

In the meantime, he went back to quizzing Clara about her failed sex life.

So there it is, the opening scene, blue language an all. I hope that’s tempted you.

The Omega Objection, San Andreas Shifters #2 out Nov. 04, 2018.

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OUT NOV 4, 2018!

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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?

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a tinkered stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger brand). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A brief history of singular ‘they’

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Tamora Pierce: ‘Everybody thinks fantasy is so safe. Are you kidding?’

Book News:

This puppy is on offer, one only, random drawing, to Chirrup members this month. Must subscribe before newsletter drops (first weekend of November).

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10 Things Only Gail Carriger Readers Understand (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Just for fun, Gentle Reader…

10 Things Only Gail Carriger Readers Understand

  1. The octopuses are behind EVERYTHING.
  2. When in doubt, throw your food.
  3. The best accessories are also weapons.
  4. Parasol = adventure.
  5. It’s quite likely that your friend is queer. Actually, it’s practically guaranteed. You might also be queer. Heck, everyone is queer! Weeeeeeeee.
  6. Tea is the answer.
  7. Sometimes authors write their own fanfic.
  8. Everyone is connected to or related to everyone else, in some way or another.
  9. Color has meaning. So does smell.
  10.  It will all come out OK, in the end.

OUT NOV 4, 2018!

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

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?

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a tinkered stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger brand). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Victorian Advice on Civility Toward Women

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Readers Don’t Care Who Publishes Your Book–Really!

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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An Author’s Research, Gail Carriger Talks 1890s Singapore & Peru for Competence (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I thought you’d enjoy some insight into my research for Competence today, Gentle Reader.

Primrose starts out being stranded on a Singapore whey-station while the rest of the Custard crew sort of, well, crashes in Singapore.

SINGAPORE!

Early, well before the Custard visits the area.

 

Transport 1889…

Some insights into the different types of attire and clothing, from much later on in time but still interesting.

Meanwhile, here I am in Singapore attempting to drop a baby live at the Equator! Proof I was there.

PERU!

Later on in the book we visit Peru.

I don’t want to give anything away so I thought I’d show you a few images of places the crew visits, and after you read about it in Competence you might be able to guess what is what…

I hope this insight pleased you, Gentle Reader, and that it added to your enjoyment of the book!

Other Competence Shout Outs!

Over on Amazon/Omnivoracious: I talk about my Favorite Historically-Set Fantasy Novels

Yours,

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

At RWA with my new babies!

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 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

Accidentally abandoned!

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

In the Blogosphere

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Guest offering from Phoenix Comic Fest

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

What’s going on in the Facebook Fan Group?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

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Want A Sneak Peek at the Research Behind Gail Carriger’s Next Custard Protocol Book? (Competence Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello Gentle Reader,

Here, for you entertainment, amusement and titillation are a few links and peeks into some of the research that I had to do for Competence, Custard Protocol #3. I do hope you enjoy!

Podcasts

Blog Posts & Other Articles

Singapore!

What was the inspiration for setting Miss Primrose Tunstell in Singapore?

I was at the Singapore Writers Festival a few years ago and just fell in love with the place.

I also visited the National History Museum there and picked up a little book of collected primary source material from the 1890s that isn’t available elsewhere.

Then I promised the Minister of Culture Sim Ann (who is a fan of mine – squee!) that I would put it in the next book. I like to keep my promises.

Want a taste of Singapore’s infamous Kaya Toast? Just get this coconut jam (actually coconut curd) and spread on toast with salted butter (it’s not exactly right but it’s still so good).

Warning, must love coconut.

Yours forever (in coconutty goodness),

Miss Gail

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  • Coop de Book for July is Competence, of course. (Discussion here.

COMING JULY 17!

Competence and matched books that influenced

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Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

Accidentally abandoned!

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Common Time March, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My new teapot purse!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Subtle Sexiness of Parasols

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Prim & Tash for Ace Artemis

Quote of the Day:

“Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter, and in wine.”

~ Polish Proverb

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Competence Chapter Titles & Percy’s POV Will Make You Giggle (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darlings,

I sent this out already to the Chirrup but just to tempt you a bit, here are the very silly chapter titles from my forthcoming book, Competence.

Trouble finding the paperback edition of Competence in the UK? It’s here.

Gail Loves Chapter Titles

I always love writing chapters and titles. Like names, there are some of us authors relish coming up with such things. Others really really hate it. Anywhoo, I often use it as an excuse for a particularly bad pun.

What can I say? It’s my thing.

Competence Chapters

  1. A Lioness in a Hat and Other Concerns
  2. A Bad Case of the Dropsies
  3. A Merlion in a Mushroom
  4. The Premier Floating Philosophy Club
  5. A Grey Melancholy Danger
  6. In Which Thomas Aquinas is an Absolute Corker
  7. A Very Warm Welcome
  8. A Mystery, a Fez, and an Italian Mathematician
  9. Soup Ladle of Death
  10. Cats Can’t Be Trusted
  11. Our Lord and Saviour the Spotted Custard
  12. Rumours of Pishtacos
  13. On Hives, Haciendas and Hijinks
  14. The Etiquette of Proper Introductions
  15. Weddings and Their Consequences
  16. Homeward Bound

Of course my absolute favorite in chapter 9. It makes me soooooooo happy…

Soup Ladle of Death

Also, if you still aren’t tempted, in this book, you get….

Percy’s POV!

Percy & Footnote Fanart by Desiree Schwartz

Ever wonder how or why Percy comes up with those ridiculous non-sequiturs?

Want more of the Latin in his warped little brain?

Well in this book you get a peek into his head.

Okay, I’ll stop now.

Yours etc…

Miss Gail

P.S. In case you missed it, look what I got in my office recently!

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  • Coop de Book for July is Competence, of course. (Discussion here.

COMING JULY 17!

Amazon (hardcover) (audio) | B&N (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

Accidentally abandoned!

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

William John Leech (Irish artist, 1881-1968) The Sunshade

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Publishing Success: Genre Loyalty vs. Plot Bunny Saboteurs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Tiny Navajo Reads says of How To Marry A Werewolf:

“I love this book and I love that we get to see some of what makes Channing, Channing. We also get to see some of the differences between the American perspective and the London perspective of the supernatural.”

Quote of the Day:

“This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Pride Month: Illustrating Queer Characters Primrose & Tasherit by Ace Artemis

Posted by Gail Carriger

For Pride Month I’ve been featuring Ace Artemis fan artist here in the blog. Ace has been drawing my my queer characters for a while now. I hope you enjoy seeing them illustrated as much as I do.

Follow Ace Artemis on Twitter & Tumblr

My last installment features Primrose & Tasherit. Of course I had to feature them, as they take center stage in the next Custard Protocol book. I’m really hoping Ace will give me a “Primrose in Tassels” or “Tash in a Tail” after reading Competence.

Finger’s crossed.

(And yes, you have to read the book to learn what I mean.)

Primrose & Tasherit

I love this last one in particular, it’s so much fun to see Tash in different kinds of historical dress.

Can’t wait to see what you draw after Competence, Ace Artemis.

It is such an honor to have you drawing my words.

Miss Gail

P.S. Find More Parasolverse Fan Art on Gail’s Pinterest & Wikia.

Meanwhile, Goodreads did a round-up titled “Catch Up Now: These Big Series All Have Books Coming Out in July.” COMPETENCE was one of their picks!

OUT NOW!

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger features a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him).

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Fire, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Pavlova in Phoenix

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

‘Free Parasol’ Drone Keeps You Shaded and Hands-Free

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Sky’s Scribblings says of Crudrat:

“I absolutely adored Maura – no matter how others thought of her and treated her or tried to fit her into a mold, she was always just herself and totally at ease with who she was.”

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Pride Month: Illustrating Queer Characters Madame Lefoux & Imogene by Ace Artemis

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Ace Artemis is an amazing fan artist who often draws my queer characters. In honor of Pride month, I’m featuring Ace’s work here in my blog, Gentle Reader. I hope you enjoy Ace’s take on my characters.

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It’s time for the ladies!

Genevieve & Imogene

The above is a scene from Romancing the Inventor. Since I rarely get illustrated editions, I do love seeing the scene in reality.

Romancing the Inventor

Find More Parasolverse Fan Art on Gail’s Pinterest & Wikia.

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger features a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him).

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Arms Port, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

British Empire Map From Singapore National Museum

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

More On Why Print Books Make So Little Money

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Lots of good stuff in this SciFi Pulse Interview

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Pride Month: Illustrating Queer Characters Biffy & Lyall by Ace Artemis

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Ace Artemis is a stalwart of the fan art community who has been particularly kind to my queer characters. In honor of Pride month, Gentle Reader, I’m featuring Ace’s work here in my blog.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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First up?

Biffy & Lyall!

Want a behind the scenes nugget?

Ace drew this image, and I liked the sentiment so much I wrote it into Romancing the Werewolf.

After Romancing the Werewolf came out, we got these ones as well…

And, here’s a special sneaky future window, I was also inspired by this image…

…for a major scene at the beginning of Reticence, the final book in the Custard Protocol series, out next year.

Find More Parasolverse Fan Art on Gail’s Pinterest & Wikia.

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger features a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him).

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Aim, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

What Does A Goodreads Three Star Rating Mean to You?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Do You Choose a Protagonist for Yourself While Reading Romance?

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“I just hate my sneeze. It undermines my authority.”

~ Borderlands Books

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The Range of Cover Art ~ Gail Carriger’s Heartless (Special Extras)

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Good morning, Gentle Reader.

Today I thought it might be fun for you to see the range of cover art that my book Heartless got over the course of time and space and 7 years in publication.

Here we go…

First off is the original mass market paperback as produced July 17, 2011. Next to it I have the updated trade version. The mass market size is now out of print.

Here on left is the Japanese translation version, this is the smallest of my books. It’s about the size of a 3X5 card. Next to it is the german translation of Heartless.

Aside from Germany (and the pocket edition in France) and Japan, every other foreign publisher chose to do a take on the original cover image for their translations. This is pretty unusual and rather flattering.

Lastly here is the Omnibus cover for the collected Heartless & Timeless. Currently the only way to get Heartless in hardcover.

There it is. What do you think of the different covers? Anything surprise you? Any one you really love?

Praise for Heartless

  • Stacy of Lost in Librolandia says: “Heartless by Gail Carriger was a rip-roaring, side-splitting good time, to be sure. It is crazy how much can happen in such a short time when Gail Carriger is organizing the plot. … The historical accuracy is fascinating, the characters are delightful, and the witty banter is sheer perfection, the best I’ve ever read!”
  • Sara from Freadom Library says: “The supporting characters are freaking awesome. There’s a new specific story line that I think is amazing and there’s also some new information about a particular character’s past that just blows my mind.”
  • Brittany of For the Love of the Read says: “This author has a way of writing these stories that keeps me hooked. I’m excited to read the last book, but I’m not sure I’m ready to be done!”
  • Just Another Belle says: “Gail Carriger has a fantastic way of writing a (larger) cast of characters but feeling like each one of them is completely fleshed out. I wish I could jump into the pages of this book to interact with every single one of them– I couldn’t even pick one that I’d like to meet most.”
  • Cassandra Giovanni says:
    “I did like that we got to see a bit more of the secondary characters of Lyall and Biffy and the background of Alexia’s birth and being soulless rolls out nicely. Overall, it was an excellent read.”
  • My Thoughts Literally says: “I have always absolutely loved Gail Carriger’s books for the characters and that was totally the case in Heartless. You will often find me complaining about books with large casts of characters being confusing and it hard to keep the characters straight and that is not the case here at all. There’s a massive cast of characters here and they are all memorable, unique, and amazing. I honestly get excited when someone comes back into the story because they are so fun and quirky.”
  • Hugh Likes Fiction says: “Carriger does it again with her fast paced comic misadventures in Victorian supernatural society. Her grasp of character and timing is once again on display as she navigates Alexia through mystery, society expectations and steampunk hi-jinx.”

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Coop de Book for June is The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard. (Discussion here.) Gail’s review in this blog post.

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger features a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him).

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Left Shoulder Arms, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lord akeldama eat your heart out!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Podcast Recommendation: Dressed: The History of Fashion

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How #MeToo Movement Impacts All Authors

Book News:

The Hedgehog Librarian says of How To Marry A Werewolf:

“Carriger does not excuse the faults of her leads, nor does she indicate that love will perfectly solve everything. That realistic aspect keeps the characters from becoming caricature.”

Quote of the Day:

“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.”

~ Author Unknown

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