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

Posted by Gail Carriger

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

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

So to speak.

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

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

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

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

Before you jump down my throat:

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

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

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

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

Gender Fluidity Research

Here is a sample (updated and ongoing)…

Lists & Books

Historical & Anthropological

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

Without question historically verified presence of homosexual and gender fluid individuals exists in the past (and this archaeologists will FIGHT YOU WITH SCIENCE on this matter), but pan, bi, ace, grey, and queer+ are really hard to trace in the distant past and archaeology-only record. No doubt they were there, but it’s difficult to see given the imposition of researcher bias, physical preservation, nationalist agendas, and so forth. (I’m looking at you, Egypt. “Tomb of Two Brothers” my arse.)

Modern Reports

Podcasts

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

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Fantastic own voices and fashion bloggers:

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

In the Parasolverse

MADAME LEFOUX/GENEVIEVE/VIEVE

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

Genevieve & Imogene by Ace Artemis Fanartist

Here be spoilers for Custard Protocol, skip to next section if you aren’t caught up on Competence.

ANITRA

Anitra is first introduced as a child in Timeless.

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

PRETERNATURALS

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

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

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

In the San Andreas Shifter books

MANA

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

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

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

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

I’ll put it graphically.

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

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

Perception is a tricky beast.

Humans are complex, and complicated, and wonderful.

THE KITSUNE

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

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

Final Thoughts

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

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

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

Also, seriously, check this out…

Yours (trying to be better with pronouns),

Miss Gail

Other posts in this series

Queering-Up Genre One Akeldama at a Time ~ Why Gail Carriger Writes LGBT Characters (Important for Authors)

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

 

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OUT NOW!

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

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Peterson’s Magazine Date July, 1871

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How to Pickle a Peach

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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

~ Mark Twain

Book News:

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

~ Alexis Hall, Pansies

Quote of the Day:

My cat Rex had the following theory: “If it falls from above, eat it, you can always barf it up later.” He was very fat. And possibly a flerken.

~ Self on Twitter

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

“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


Fun Silliness While Gail Is Typing (Ketchup Blog)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling Gentle Reader,

I am at a super secret remote location right this moment, typing away on the next novel. I’m doing my very best to beat everyone else’s word count, because I’m that kinda girl. Since there are 19 other writers with me, I have my work cut out for me!

I’ll be back the second week of March.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s happening!

My very first story bundle!

Includes the following books and many more!

 

Poison or Protect is in this bundle.

RTI on Sale!

I put Romancing the Inventor ebook on sale for $2.99 (USA, Kindle). Just because, not everywhere and it won’t last. I was feeling whimsical I tell you! Whimsical! My whimsy does not obey platforms or countries, it is merely what is easiest to then undo later… We shall see how it goes.

This book is probably my most critically regarded, thank you bloggers. Lesbians for the win!

Feeling Fictional says:

“Romancing the Inventor is such an incredibly sweet, slow build romance and I totally fell for both of the main characters.”

For What It’s Worth says of Romancing the Inventor:

“This is a very slow burn romance but so, so sweet. Both women are whip smart – Genevieve with her inventions and Imogene with math – and it was fun to watch Genevieve’s resistance crumble under Imogen’s relentless pursuit.”

The Gin Book Club says:

“Lefoux has always been one of my favourite characters in the series, and it was lovely to see her finally get a happy little romance of her own. I also really enjoyed the introduction of Imogene as a character. she was fun and sympathetic, and gave the reader the opportunity to see Alexia from an outsider’s perspective, painting not an entirely favourable portrait. That shift of perspective was really compelling.”

Recognition for The Sumage Solution

The Sumage Solution made the short list for the ALA’s 2018 RUSA Book & Media Awards Reading List in Romance. Thank you to my wonderful librarian advocates out there. I don’t always know who you are, but I know you exist and I am sending you ALL THE LOVE.

The Sumage Solution was also on Tom Brady’s list of 2017 reads:

“Finally, we get to the favorite book that I read in 2017: G.L. Carriger’s The Sumage Solution. Carriger has created a fun world here.”

Hearts on Fire says:

“The story is interesting and complex with a wealth of world-building and letting the review sit and stew for a day or two has shown me that I did indeed highly enjoy it. As it turned out, I loved both characters—Bryan the sweetheart beta werewolf, and Max, the sumage Placer turned… well, I’m not going to say because that would be a spoiler.”

Boy Meets Boy says of The Sumage Solution Audiobook:

“Smartly written, droolworthy likable characters, sexytimes, romancey first love romance with mates, entertaining plot and fantastic narration. What’s not to like? If you like urban fantasy or romance this should be a win for you.”

Cover Art Announcement!

I announced the cover art for Competence.

This is the USA art. And that is Primrose on the cover. She is the POV character for this book, don’t worry Rue is still around and getting into trouble.

Out July 17, 2018

So if you are wondering what is going on with the UK cover. Or you’re freaking out about matching books sizes. Or just can’t stand not knowing WHY, then you might want to join the Chirrup.

Other Shizz

How to Marry A Werewolf is out before Competence!

May 13, 2018.

I’ve got the cover ready, release and preorder to come very soon. Maybe, if you happen to order one of my other books signed from Borderlands right about now, you could get a bookmark as an early peak of HTMAW’s cover. Otherwise, soon.

The announcement is SOON.

Chirrup first, naturally. Then THE WORLD!

My final book of 2018 will be The Omega Objection, the second San Andreas Shifter book.

Meanwhile here’s 10 Side Characters Who Deserve Their Own Stories (Lord Akeldama has made this list)

“Did you hear what that silly boy let loose in my house? A reptile, of all things. As if I should admit any creature born out of an egg. I don’t even like poultry. Never trust a chicken, that’s what I say.”

~ Lord Akeldama

Functional Nerds Episode 349 – With Gail Carriger

LATEST RELEASE

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

19-Year-Old Student Hides Spy Camera In His Clothing To Take Secret Street Photos In The 1890s

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

I’m National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas, and This Is How I Work

Book News:

Rue design board

Quote of the Day:

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


Sumage Solution Audiobook Available Now! Video of my Q&A

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Producer Bryan and I worked like demons (OK, OK, he and Kirt did all of the work) to get The Sumage Solution recorded and out as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it just took a little too long for Amazon to process the files so it wasn’t timed to print/digital release perfectly.

But it’s available now!

The Sumage Solution is narrated by the immeasurably talented Kirt Graves. I found him because he narrated Wolfsong (which I recommend) and I know he’s comfortable with this style of book. I wanted a talented American male voice for this puppy.

So to speak.

As ever, Bryan Lincoln did my production, because he’s AWESOME. (And no, the character of Bryan has nothing to do with this Bryan. So get those minds out of the gutter… er.. forest. Sorry, gentlemen.)

Want to know more about recording audio?

Rhys Ford posted this amazing video: At the Dreamspinner Press Workshop with Greg Tremblay, Derrick McClain and Joel Froomkin

Speaking of video, here’s my…

Sumage Solution Launch Video Q&A!

In which Gail admits to being afraid of Neil Gaiman and other secrets.

I Mentioned Stuff!

Lilliput was very taken with my Facebook live…

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

AVAILABLE NOW!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger, now also in audio.
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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 vi antique-royals tumblr 4

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Strawberry Doughnut

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Books on display at Borderlands, all now signed

Quote of the Day:

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


A Classic Gail Carriger Event: Sumage Solution Launch at Borderlands (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well, hello my darling Gentle Reader. I thought you might like to see what a classic me-event looked like. Here is what happened at Borderlands the weekend before last for the Launch of The Sumage Solution.

The Display

All the pretty books set out for sale including my novellas, my very first book, and my most recent book. Borderlands is always good about guessing what other book of mine attendees might want to buy.

Also I signed everything that was left over (which, frankly, wasn’t a whole lot) so if you want anything signed now is the time to ping them: 888-893-4008 or email [email protected]

The Event

I was a little late due to traffic, bustled in and posed a bit so the outfit could be captured for posterity. (Terribly important.) I often forget to take fashion pictures so remembering to do so is rather exciting. You can see my post all about the fashion details on Retro Rack. TK

Since I do events at Borderlands pretty regularly, Jude (manager and all around super-star) didn’t bother to introduce me, I just introduced myself. And dove right into the Q&A. OK not right in…

First, Jude brought up a lovely tray of tea for me. They stock Assam pure leaf ‘specially for me. (Or I like to pretend that they do it for me.)

Which meant I was then chatting while drinking tea. (Much was remarked upon my coordinating pink with the Borderlands’ curtains.)

In case you hadn’t guessed my events are pretty casual and friendly. Generally, I answer a few questions (from myself) to start, things I know people want to hear, and then the audience starts asking. My readers are always a great group and lots of fun. And yes, I do talk about stuff in person that I can’t talk about online.

People line up to get stuff signed.

And I signed stuff.

And talked too much. Afterwards it was time for a few photo ops.

This is one of my favorites: An editor and her authors! That’s my developmental editor, Sue Brown-Moore, in the middle with me & Lea Kirk author of Prophecy.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

AVAILABLE IN AUDIO!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger now in audio read by Kirt Graves
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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Celebratory brunch the morning after book launch

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How British and American Spelling Parted Ways

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

3 Examples of Dashing to the Rescue

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“No two persons ever read the same book.”

~ Edmund Wilson

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

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Gail Carriger is at San Diego Comic Con International 2017 Launching The Sumage Solution

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Happy bookday to me!

The Sumage Solution hit the world yesterday! I hope you’re enjoying it, Gentle Reader.

Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

Meanwhile, I am off to San Diego for Comic Con International!

You can follow me on Twitter as the event progresses and I’ll be posting where I am and what I’m doing (and what I’m wearing, of course).

Or, if you just want pretty pictures of what I see, where I go, and life inside the madness you can follow me on Instagram. I’ll try to play along with The Nerdy Girlie’s photo challenge.

Will you be at Comic Con?

You can find me (when I’m not otherwise occupied) hanging out with the Mysterious Galaxy peeps in the dealer’s room (far right section).

Booth #1119

They’ll have copies of The Sumage Solution for sale there (as well as my other books) and I will be delighted to sign everything for you. If if it’s not my book.

Also, if you are there for preview night, you might want to swing by Orbit next door in #1116…

Miss Gail’s SDCC Schedule

THURSDAY July 20, 2017

1:30pm -2:30pm Panel: Sixty Seconds with SFF Authors
Horton Hotel Grand Theatre
Paul Cornell moderates this version of the BBC radio game show “Just a Minute.” The object of the game is for panelists to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, “without hesitation, repetition or deviation.” The comedy comes from attempts to keep within these rules and the banter among the participants. For science fiction and fantasy authors, the possible topics are endless, and no one’s better suited to lead this geeky version of the game than author Cornell.

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

FRIDAY July 21, 2017

2:00pm – 3:00pm Signing with Badali Jewlery
Booth #532
Free ticket is required. The tickets have an assigned time for the signing. This is to prevent lines from forming and maintain crowd control. The tickets will be available at our booth starting preview night. People can also contact us by email ([email protected]) to reserve a ticket.

7:30pm – 8:30pm Panel: Alien Civilizations
Room 8
Award winning science fiction authors, a scientist/futurist, screenwriters and actors talk about alien civilizations and how to design alien species, ships and societies for use in storytelling.

SATURDAY July 22, 2017

12:00pm Starburner Awards
Location: North stairs behind the mezzanine

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

SUNDAY July 23, 2017

10:00am – 11:00am Panel: Spotlight on Gail Carriger (Q&A with Bestselling Author)
Room 4
Come meet New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger and ask her all your burning questions on writing, steampunk, the publication process, film options, tea and so much more.

12:30pm ~ 1:30pm Panel: Fantasy Literature
Room 8
With Robin Hobb, Seanan McGuire, & Mary Pearson

1:45pm ~ 2:45pm Signing
AA09

 Your Final San Diego Comic Con Check List!

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

AVAILABLE!

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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

6 Savory Uses for Marmite, The World’s Most Polarizing Spread

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Really excellent podcast ep from The Allusionist on the nuances of translating into a foreign language.

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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

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The Sumage Solution Goes Out Into The World (San Andreas Shifters)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Tomorrow, Gentle Reader.

Tomorrow.

Possibly one of the biggest risks in my writing career.

Gulp.

My goodness I do hope you enjoy it. Or even if you don’t, that you know someone who might like it, and consider passing it along to them.

You only live once, right?

Might as well eat the cheese and write the smut.

Wish me luck?

Yours always,

Miss Gail

P.S. The print edition is up and running, you can order it now and it will ship immediately.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

OUT TOMORROW!

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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Shoes of Prey Red Wingtip Pumps (read what I think of this service on Retro Rack)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

There Was No ‘Golden Age’ of Air Travel

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How Writing Short Fiction Can Enhance Your Novel (and Your Career)

Book News:

At the BayCon romance panel being an idiot.

Quote of the Day:

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

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The Sumage Solution Launch Party At Borderlands in San Francisco

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Tomorrow I’ll be doing something fun, Gentle Reader. It’s the kind of thing I can only do with an indie book. I’m having a launch party before the book is officially on sale.

I know, right? But… I CAN.

(Insert evil laugh here.)

For those of you in the Bay Area, here are the details…

Early Borderlands Gets The Book

July 15, 2017, 3pm
Sumage Solution Launch Event at Borderlands Books
Call ahead to reserve a signed copy (yes they’ll ship so you’ll get it ASAP, and yes I will dedicate it to your or to a friend or to an elder god, you know, whatever you want):

888-893-4008

The book will be available to buy (at this event ONLY) three days BEFORE official release. And yes I’ll be signing there, if you are coming to the event.

If the book isn’t enough of a draw, I’ll be there nattering away at the Borderlands Cafe where they have lovely nibbles and delicious tea. I know this about the tea because they asked me which kind I recommend. And now they stock it. This is how awesome they are.

Miss Carriger at Borderlands back in 2013

Borderlands is a truly wonderful little independent bookstore, even if you can’t make my event you should make them one of your stops if you’re ever in San Francisco.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

OUT NEXT WEEK!

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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Stop Overpacking for Trips With a “Luggage Audit”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

9 Reasons Audiobook Growth Is Soaring

Book News:

Freadom Library says of Manners & Mutiny:

“I think this book is a great way to finish it off. It had all the things I loved about the previous books but it was also filled with twists and turns that blew me away. The action was on point, specially [sic] precarious in this one.”

Quote of the Day:

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

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The Sumage Solution: A Playlist for Max & Bryan & Ketchup (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Let’s talk music, Gentle Reader!

It must be something about writing in a contemporary setting, but for the first time, with The Sumage Solution, I actually found myself thinking about the music I associate with my main characters.

As a sort of a teaser for this upcoming novel I present unto you a…

A Playlist for Bryan & Max

  • Ask the Magic 8 Ball by Less Than Jake
  • You Look So Fine by Garbage
  • The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage by Panic! At The Disco
  • Beyond the Invisible by Enigma
  • Absurd by Fluke
  • Sinner by Curve
  • Skin Against Skin by DJ Krush
  • Eyes, Lips, Body by Ramshackle
  • Pedestal by Portishead
  • Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want by Muse
  • Original Bedroom Rockers by Kruder & Dorfmeister
  • Thanks for the Memories by Fall Out Boy

A Poem for Max

One of the very favorite classical poems that I remember loving, and so very Max:

“On Aphrodite’s island all I found
was a token gallows where my image hung . . .
Lord give me strength and courage to behold
my body and my heart without disgust.”
~ Horusev

And in case that makes you think this book too serious (it isn’t, but Max can be rather over-dramatic in his self-recriminations) I give you: 15+ Tactics for Writing Humor

Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot of my life in social media:

What was the cat’s name? Hestia

Finally, join me on Reddit Tomorrow!

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

OUT THIS MONTH!

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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Difference Between Professionals and Amateurs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

50 Things I Learned about The Writing Life

Book News:

Meet & Greet @ BayCon 2017

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Sneak Peek! First Scene of Gail’s New Book, The Sumage Solution (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The Sumage Solution is coming, I thought you all might like a sneak peek at the first scene.

Signed pre-ordered books at Borderlands, ready to be sent out. You can still order one for yourself: 888.893.4008 or [email protected]

Warning: Strong language!

Chapter One: On Patient Werewolves & Exploding Kitsune

“Barker!” The shout cut through Maximillian Barker’s eardrum, making him jump. He hit his rickety desk with the tops of his thighs. Of course it wobbled, scattering paperwork everywhere.

“What?” he asked the ear-bud.

“Get your scrawny ass down to the parking lot.”

Max put the form he’d been frowning over down on his now messy desk. Werewolves. Why did I have to get the werewolves for processing?

“Barker, you lazy fuck, move,” the ear-bud squawked again. His boss wasn’t known for her patience.

“I’m moving. I’m moving. You lick your girlfriend’s ass with that tongue?” Max was in the hall and heading toward the parking lot. Coworkers lunged out of his way. He refused to run. Max was tall with a propensity to gangle, meaning that him moving at speed looked unstable and might cause a panic. But he did scowl. Well, scowl more than usual.

“Why? You offering to sub in, you useless waste of space?”

Speaking of useless. “What the hell you need me for, boss? You never need me.”

“You’re the only Placer we got on staff.”

Max picked up his pace. He was the only Placer on staff because no one ever needed a Placer. Not in this government-mandated paper-pushing hellhole. So if they actually did need a Placer, it was likely to be bad. Really bad.

“What’s the damage type?”

“Shifter.”

Of course it is. “Tell me more.”

The muttering over Max’s ear-bud was embarrassed. “Not a civilian, one of ours.”

“Crap. Do we know the expected consequence?”

“Fire.”

“Oh shit.” Max began to sprint. Let everyone start panicking. He was.


Sumage Solution ARCs arrive in office.

You can preorder The Sumage Solution from Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo or elsewhere. (Print isn’t available for preorder but will be released the same time as the ebook.)

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.
  • How to Marry a Werewolf in 10 Easy Steps ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
    Status: Rough draft complete, on layaway.
    Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Coming 2018.

OUT THIS MONTH!

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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Arguing tea with Ty & Daniel

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

13 Ways to Support an Author Without Ever Spending a Dime

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

5 things I thought you knew (but I guess you don’t)

Book News:


Sumage Solution available for bookstores to order now from Ingram.

Quote of the Day:

By Drunk Austen (Quesnel in Prudence by Gail Carriger)

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Werewolves & Tea or How Gail Handles The Sacred Leaf In A Modern Setting (Pu-erh)

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So the werewolf love interest in my upcoming book, The Sumage Solution, has a bit of an obsession with tea. Which he takes very very seriously.

Unlike me, his obsession is with all different kinds of high quality tea (as opposed to just English breakfast with milk). His favorite is Puerh. Which, frankly, I never know how to spell, wikipedia has it as Pu-erh or Pu’er. (I went with Pu-erh in the book.)

Let’s be clear here, you know those bog people that come up in anoxic environment excavations?

“A bog body is a human cadaver that has been naturally mummified in a peat bog.”

From wikipedia.

Puerh tastes pretty much exactly like eating one of those, if you ask me.

Bryan, however, loves it. Here’s a sneak peak where he’s making warm beverages for himself, his brother Alec (pack Alpha), and Alec’s merman boyfriend, Marvin.

He brought back three cups without having to be asked. Peppermint for Alec, because he was a putz, seaweed for Marvin, because he was a fish, and Pu-erh for himself. Because I’m a real man.

Find out more about Bryan and his tea habit in The Sumage Solution

Want to learn more about this particular tea variant?

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

OUT THIS MONTH!

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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 vi antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

~ Tom Clancy

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Memorable Author Screw Ups

Book News:

Kitty G ays of Prudence on YouTube:

“Gail Carriger just thinks in a way that is so witty and so funny…”

Quote of the Day:

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”

~ Voltaire

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


Sumage Solution ~ All Your Questions Answered, Print Editions & Events! (Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my darling Gentle Reader,

Here (for my linking ease and your general education) are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been getting about my new book, The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1.

Will there be a print edition?

Yes. But if one is independently publishing a book (which I am with this novel) it is really difficult to get a print edition up for preorder. The best I can do is try to time the release myself and activate it for print in time to:

  1. Link up to the ebook.
  2. Become available to print on demand on the right day.

Because print is expensive to produce and based partly on weight (shipping) and this is a full length novel, the best I’ll be able to offer it for is $15.99 (USA). (Vendors may offer discounts, though. I’ve no control over that.)

2 Print-Related Questions:

I REALLY want to pre-order a print edition of the Sumage Solution, can I? And/or I want one signed/personalized by Gail.

Borderlands Books has got you covered. Call them toll-free at 888 893-4008 or email [email protected]

But What-Up With Amazon?

Some have noticed a $17 print edition up for “sale” of Sumage Solution on Amazon, that is a 3rd party scam. I mean you *can* order it if you must, but first you will see significantly delayed shipping at checkout, then you will get a further delay notification in early July (because it really isn’t available) and then you will end up paying more for the book and it’s not coming from me. Also I’m not getting credit for those sales numbers. This relates to Amazon’s Buy Box Change. No, there is nothing illegal about this. It does not contradict Amazon’s TOS and there is nothing I can do about it.

Will there be an audiobook?

Yes. But that is a slower process. Producer Bryan is working on the production edits and fine-tuning right now.

Making a print edition happen is a matter of a few additional (time consuming) steps beyond the ebook, but audio is a ton more steps and has an elaborate QA process on Amazon’s end. (For example I had valid files for Poison or Protect but it still took almost 2 months to upload.) Even if I manage to get the files up and loaded a few weeks ahead of Sumage Solution’s release date of July 18 it is really difficult to:

  1. Get approval in time.
  2. Get the two linked together in time.

I really am trying with this one, but it rides so much on other people: narrator, producer, ACX QA team, that I really can’t make any promises, and likely never will be able to with Audio.

Read More About Audio? Third Year of Strong US Audiobook Sales Growth

Is this the start of a series?

Yes. Right now I have three books in mind but there could be many many more.

Will you write more?

It depends on if this one sells well enough.

This is my livelihood, after all, if people don’t buy it, I can’t afford to write it. However, each book in the San Andreas Shifter series is entirely stand alone with an HEA. I promise, no cliff hangers.

That said, I am very passionate about these characters so I might just write more regardless – if I have the time window.

Will you be having any launch events?

Yes. I’ll be at Borderlands in San Francisco the weekend before the book is officially on sale. That’s…

July 15, 2017, 3pm

Early To Borderlands Gets The Book Party

Call ahead to reserve a signed copy (888-893-4008, yes they’ll ship, and yes I’ll inscribe). The book will be available to buy (at this event ONLY) three days BEFORE official release.

On the actual launch day…

July 18, 2017 at 5pm PST

 Facebook Live on my Author Page

Then I will be at San Diego ComicCon the whole week after that.

Mysterious Galaxy will have the book there (and others). I’ll be doing signings and panels and such (I’ll post my schedule here on the blog before I leave, and on Twitter as the event progresses). If you can’t find me, I’ll most likely be hanging out with the Mysterious Galaxy peeps, because I love them, so check that booth.

Mysterious Galaxy will also be happy to take orders for signed editions. I will be happy to inscribe if you would like and you can pick up later at the store, or they too will ship. You’ll need to call or email them to put your order in ahead of time, and tell them what you want inscribed, if anything.

Goodreads giveaway for The Sumage Solution is still going on!

A Reminder

Are you into ze BookBub? You can follow us authors there for new releases not to mention on sale deals.

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.
  • How to Marry a Werewolf in 10 Easy Steps ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
    Status: Rough draft complete, on layaway.
    Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Coming 2018.

OUT THIS MONTH!

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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 vi antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

​The True Story Behind Those “Antique” Vampire Hunting Kits

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Amazon’s Buy Box Change

Book News:

Kirkus Reviews says of Etiquette & Espionage:

“This genre-blender will introduce fans of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls and Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Squad to a world of mechanical maids and flying machines, while bringing a spy-school romp to readers of the weightier worlds of Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfeld. It’s higher on silliness and lower on romance than we have come to expect for this age range, but that just leaves more room for exploding wicker chickens.”

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Marine Biology New Cover & Character Boards (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, Gentle Reader, for those of you who sign up for the Chirrup before the next one goes out Sunday morning (and for those who are already members) I’ll be offering a digital download of Marine Biology with new cover art and a 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 new cover?

Here you can take a look at the design board I handed off to Starla to make this cover. You can see it shifted quite a bit from my original idea, but I hope you still like it!

Here are the two covers side by side:

 Marine Biology

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:

In line with that, I also released two SAS character boards. (More to come after The Sumage Solution drops).

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.}

Want more behind the scenes sneak peeks? Join the Chirrup

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Eyes Front, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888
American,
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!
Share & Enjoy!


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