Japanese Covers of the Parasol Protectorate Books ~ So Cute! (Special Extras)

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Dearest Gentle Reader,

Here’s  special extra peek at the covers for the Japanese translation (not the manga) of the Parasol Protectorate series. They are so cute and little and charming. Some may even still be available (signed to buy) over in Tinker’s Pack.

Speaking of the Japanese covers…

It’s always fun to see an artist’s take on a scene from one of my books.






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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The 7 Differences Between Professionals and Amateurs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

On Parentheses:

“Never use hard words unnecessarily; nor particular words or phrases too often; use as few parentheses as possible; it is a clumsy way of disposing of a sentence, and often embarrasses the reader.”

~ The Lady’s Guide to Perfect Gentility by Emily Thornwell, 1856

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Quote of the Day:

“A good cook is not made, he is born; so if you are lucky enough to find one, do anything to keep him – short of letting him know that you are anxious to do so.”

~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888

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What’s Chirruping? Timeless Giveaway (The Parasol Protectorate)

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The Chirrup is about to go out and this month members will get gossip, an update on the third Custard Protocol book, why I’m lamenting proofs, some recommended books on sale, and a chance to enter and win one of 10 copies of Timeless (the out of print mass market paperback version).

Timeless & a 1930s Egyptian revival teacup from my collection

Join the Chirrup if you dare.* I promise I keep everything fun and light, only once a month, no spam and I never share your email with anyone.

Praise for Timeless

  • Britt Kris of For the Love of the Read says: “It made a great addition to the series, and I’m sad that it’s the end!”
  • Cassandra Giovanni says: “…that’s truly the magic of these novels, though there are many characters, you feel the depth in each one. I cannot wait to see what adventures Prudence finds herself on in the spin off series.”
  • Evaine’s Books, Books & More Books says: “It’s over??? The series is over?!? *weeps* But oh, it went out with a huge bang! The Parasol Protectorate series just kept getting better and better with each book and in this final installment, everyone was back, which made me so happy.”
  • Holed Up in a Book says: “The plot is also highly entertaining. I found the whole mystery of the God-Breaking Plague to be intriguing…”

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Coat ca. 1890 From the Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti via Europeana Fashion

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput versus my purse.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The East India Company and Nootka Sound

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Oxford Comma: Great for Listing, Pontificating, and Winning Court Cases

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Quote of the Day:

“The tea, once it arrived, had its customary effect—engendering comfort and loosening the tongue… No wonder tea was considered a vital weapon of espionage.”

~ Waistcoats & Weaponry

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Egypt from a Dirigible: Imprudence & Timeless (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

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In Imprudence Rue and her crew visit Egypt just as Alexia and Conall did in Timeless.

Rue goes in for the capital, Cairo, while Alexia spent most of her time in the port city of Alexandria.

Ancient Alexandria

  • Founded by Alexander of Macedon (the Great) c. 332-331 B.C.
  • Located in the Nile delta
  • Renowned for its giant lighthouse – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, destroyed
  • Library at Alexandria, destroyed
  • Mouseion (of which the library was a part) Ptolomy’s center of science and philosophy
  • Roman catacombs
  • Capital of the country for close to 1,000 years
  • Citadel of Qait Bey, Pompey’s Pillar, the Roman Theater, the Presidential Palace, Montaza Palace, and the Ras el-Tin Palace
  • Additional information on Ancient Vine

Victorian Alexandria

Alexandia shoreline 1882, personal collection



  • Egypt under the Muhammad Ali Pasha dynasty (1805–1953)
  • Khedivate of Egypt under British patronage ~ specifically Sanctioned khedival rule (1867–1914)
  • Nominally independent Sultanate of Egypt and Kingdom of Egypt, ending with the Revolution of 1952 and the formation of the Republic of Egypt
  • 1882 civil unrest, rebellion

In Imprudence I have one quick reference to the troubles of 1882. I knew of this from my prior research for Timeless. I did a blog post about it at the time, in March of 2011 when we were experiencing the Arab Spring.

Alexandria 1882 landscape rebellion, personal collection


From Wikipedia: “Isma’il was succeeded by his eldest son Tewfik, who, unlike his younger brothers, had not been educated in Europe. Tewfik pursued a policy of closer relations with Britain and France but his authority was undermined in a rebellion led by his war minister, Arabi Pasha, in 1882. Arabi took advantage of violent riots in Alexandria to seize control of the government and temporarily depose Tewfik.”

Alexandria 1882, personal collection


“British naval forces shelled and captured Alexandria, and an expeditionary force under General Sir Garnet Wolseley was formed in England. The British army landed in Egypt soon afterwards, and defeated Arabi’s army in the Battle of Tel el-Kebir. Arabi was tried for treason and sentenced to death, but the sentence was commuted to exile. After the revolt, the Egyptian army was reorganized on a British model and commanded by British officers.”

Victorians leaving Alexandria by steam ship, 1882, personal collection




In Timeless, Alexia visits Alexandria, in April of 1876 when things are comparatively calm.

The eagle eye will notice that the background for the US cover is actually Cairo, where Alexia never goes in the book. Although I think I added a mention of her stopping over, just to explain away the cover. I’ve no idea what city is depicted in the background of the second omnibus.

Japan set Timeless floating over a rather lush river, it’s possible there are some areas of the Nile that are that green. Generally it’s a bit more bare or palm tree riddled, but I won’t quibble too much. Germany put Alexia back into Cairo.

Nile River


Alexandria is all the way off to the left in this image. Cairo is the bottom tip.



  • Rue visits my version of steampunk Egypt in October of 1895 during the reign of Tewfik’s son, Abbas II.
  • Sudanese territory has been lost (as the British would think of it) to an Islamic state.
  •  Shortly after Rue leaves in 1896 (Abbas II), a massive Anglo-Egyptian force, under “General Herbert Kitchener, began the reconquest of the Sudan.[12] The Mahdists were defeated in the battles of Abu Hamid and Atbara. The campaign was concluded with the Anglo-Egyptian victory of Omdurman, the Mahdist capital.”
  • At first I was going to take Rue back to Alexandria, partly so I could use Alexia to discuss how the city has changed in the past 20 years. But in Timeless I mention that Lord Maccon purchased property in Cairo for their retirement, well within the plague zone. So I switched Rue’s location to Cairo. Lost a bit of writing time there since I’d already done 2K on Alexandria in a new more steampunky form, but it worked much better for the plot line to be in Cairo, anyway.
  • I scrabbled about for any further Victorian perspectives on Cairo or the rest of Egypt between 1883 ~ 1895. But there appears to be no major issues of civil unrest and in this the British press seems akin to their modern counterparts, which is to say, not particularly interested if there is no blood involved.
  •  I didn’t spend a great deal of time on it as, quite frankly, Rue doesn’t spend a great deal of time in the city. Although I hope you will notice I steampunked Cairo up especially as compared to Alexandria in Timeless. The march of technological advancement is strong with this one.

Modern Alexandria

Alexandria Image #95


* second largest city in Egypt
* typical Mediterranean climate: extremely warm/humid days in summer, breezy and cool in the evenings, winter is chilly with rain and hail not uncommon, spring and autumn are best weather.

Mix of ancient and modern.



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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

carolathhabsburg- Mourning attire. Fashion plate, circa 1894

carolathhabsburg- Mourning attire. Fashion plate, circa 1894

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bean Back wiskers curled paws2

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Why We Should Never Underestimate the Intelligence of an Octopus

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Female Spies and Gender Bending Soldiers Changed the Course of the Civil War

Quote of the Day:

“Indifference is the revenge the world takes on mediocrities.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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Trade Release Heartless & Timeless + Victorian Slang for Alexia (Special Extras)

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Today trade paperbacks release of the final two Parasol Protectorate books, Heartless and Timeless.

 New trade covers.

These books are larger in size than the mass market editions, also the print is larger and easier to read. The backgrounds are a more pail color. Content is unchanged, apart from the sample chapters at the back which may be different.

1811 Slang for Alexia

  • Sauce box ~ A bold of forward person.
  • Ottomised ~ To be dissected.
  • Trigrymate ~ An idle female companion.
  • I am not a plump currant ~ I am out of sorts.
  • Gudgeon ~ One easily imposed on.
  • Hobbleygee ~ A pace between a walk or a run, a dog-trot.
  • Piddling ~ Trifling, to do a thing in a small degree.
  • She’s a prime article ~ she’s a devilish good piece, a hell of a goer.
  • Bushel bubby ~ A full breasted woman.
  • Comfortable importance ~ A wife

~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

“…there is no wit, but there is shocking ungentility, in a lady to speak of taking a “snooze” instead of a nap,—in calling pantaloons “pants,” or gentlemen “gents,”—in saying of a man whose dress is getting old that he looks “seedy,”—and in alluding to an amusing anecdote, or a diverting incident, to say that it is “rich.” All slang words are detestable from the lips of ladies.”

by Eliza Leslie (American 1864) 

Want more behind the scenes tricks and Easter eggs for these books? I am interviewed all about Timeless over on Sci-Fi Encounters

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


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1870  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

rufflesnotdiets tumblr

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“It is well to have always there a small writing-case of your own, with paper, pens, ink, wafers, sealing-wax, envelopes, post-office stamps, &c.”

by Eliza Leslie (American 1864) 

Book News:
Girl Lost in a Book says of Heartless, “I love the characters and they feel like family…A fabulous read and I simply couldn’t put it down.”

Quote of the Day:

“It’s not just children who need heroes.”

~ Tamora Pierce

Victorians In Egypt ~ Researching Timeless (Behind the Magic of the Parasol Protectorate)

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With the release of the trade paperback of Timeless immanent, Gentle Reader…


I thought you would enjoy a flashback glimpse at some of my research for that book.

British Paintings tumblr: Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream – Reginald Arthur 1894


British Paintings tumblr: 1839 David-Roberts-Interview-With-Mehmet-Ali-In-His-Palace-At-Alexandria


Below are some quick sources off the top of my head for the Victorians in Egypt, some you need a library, some are available to buy, some are in Google online or project Gutenberg. They range in time from early to late Victorian. Because of #AmazonJail I am leaving the source up to you. I trust you are intelligent enough to get hold of the book from wherever you like, should you wish.

Secondary Sources:

  • Queen Victoria’s Little Wars
  • Rape of the Nile
1880 Ladies Dahabia Egypt, Gutenberg project



  • A Thousand Miles Up the Nile
  • Baedeker’s Upper Egypt
  • Baedeker’s Lower Egypt
  • Travels in Greece, Palestine, Egypt, and Barbary, during the years 1806 and 1807 (FA de Chateaubriand) ~ this is too early but I still found it useful. And you better believe I drew upon it heavily for Alessandro, especially to soon to release short story.
1876 Port of Alexiandria, Gutenberg project


  • Google Images search: 1882 London Times coverage of the riots in Egypt (I’ve blogged about that already)
  • Google Images search: lithographs of David Roberts: A bit earlier than Victorian times but a great visual for what many of the famous sites looked like back then.

Some images that informed Timeless most particularly…

1882 Alexandria Suburbs, Gutenberg project
Desert Balloon 1 via Wiki commons
Hatshetsup’s Temple Wiki commons

Random thing: Portrayals of Cleopatra on film.

 Via booksnbuildings tumblr – Houses in Cairo showing carved windows, 1868 Photo by Frank M. Good (Getty)


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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1882 Picnic Nile River, Gutenberg project

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tomb of Two Brothers wiki commons

Google it, you won’t be disappointed. Let’s just be quite clear, they are most likely NOT brothers.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
This Is Your Brain on Writing

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Quote of the Day:

“It is to be supposed that before her arrival, the mistress of the house has inspected the chamber of her guest, to see that all is right—that there are two pitchers full of fresh water on the stand, and three towels on the rail, (two fine and one coarse,) with a china mug for teeth-cleaning, and a tumbler to drink from; a slop jar of course, and a foot-bath.”

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

What Year Are The Parasol Protectorate Books Set In? (Special Extras)

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Soulless Vol 3 (the manga adaptation of Blameless was #7) on the New York Times Best Seller List for graphic novels. Thank you for your support!

On a few occasions someone has asked me what exactly are the dates for my five Parasol Protectorate books.

Yes it’s alternate history, but what exactly is that alternate time? There are, of course, some hints, but in most of the books I never come outright and say. Some of the later books I have determined so closely it’s down to the time of year or even month, usually indicated by the type and kind of meals the characters are consuming. I know OCD for a writer whose science is based on defunked theories and whose dirigibles defy physics. What can I say, food and fashion, they are most meaningful to me. I’m so darn supercilious.

So here you go, Gentle Reader, the Parasol Protectorate Books by date:

Soulless ~ 1873
No specific month but the ladies are swanning around Hyde Park during the Season so it has to be sometime between late spring and late summer. Probably more towards the latter half of the year.

Changeless ~ Winter 1874
And by that I mean probably January or February, because it follows relatively quickly on the heels of Soulless but the weather is atrocious.


The Fashions for 1974 Season


Blameless ~ Spring 1874
Again, quickly after Changeless. These first three books formulate a pretty cohesive trilogy both temporally and plot wise. Which is one of the reason the mangas stick to these three books.

Heartless ~ July 1874
Because of Alexia’s condition this date is very firmly fixed. Also the time and location hinges on one of the key events that occurs in this book, in the real world the Pantechnicon burned as well.



Timeless ~ April 1876
There’s a time jump between these two books, for reasons to do with Prudence.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Recycle a Wine Bottle Plant Nanny Stake

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
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7 Steampunk-ish Things In France (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

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It’s hard for me to turn the steampunk hunting instincts off, Gentle Reader. I’m like a truffle pig in this particular matter. Snuffle snuffle snort . . . steampunk!

1Balloon St. Malo 1BalloonCarroseell copy

I thought there would be a more propitiatory connection to early flight, all my research suggests the French were once particularly enamored of floating about full of hot air, as it were. But I did see some fun items.

2CathedralClock copy2HousesWatch copy2ClockMusic copy

Some amazing clocks inside cathedrals, outside churches, and in museums.

3ClockRepair copy 3Closcks copy

The local market in Colmar had a clock repair station, rather charming.

4Crossbowl copy

Perhaps the crossbow isn’t quite steampunk, but there is something deliciously mechanical about this particular weapon.

5JulesVerneOld copy

Jules Verne, godfather of us all. We found ourselves in this fab old bookstore and whittled away many hours looking at the pretties. The fanciest older books were all either religious or Jules Verne. I don’t quite know what that says about the French but I found it intriguing.

6TinyTrain St Malo

Not on tracks, mind you, which means they aren’t really trains but they are cute. This one was in St. Malo. The AB and I rode on one in Colmar. Very silly.

CrazyObjects copy CrazyObjectss copy

These are Renaissance or earlier objects, so more clockpunk than steampunk, but I was still drawn to them at the museum in Colmar. They just all look like they do such interesting things. Even if that thing is just to sit and look intriguingly useful.


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The Orchid
The Ambassador survived my trip away

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Finishing School

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
The Book Wranglers say of E&E that, “The pure charm radiating from this book (and, hopefully the series to come) is palpable.  Pick it up, read it once, then read it again – it’s that good and it’ll have you laughing the entire time!”
(This review is one of the cutest I’ve seen, with gifs punctuating it that were charming.)

Book News:
Gathering of English and Japanese Parasol Protectorate books

Quote of the Day:
“To be sold, an Erard grand piano, the property of a lady about to travel in a walnut-wood case, with carved legs.”
~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine November 1872

Holiday Fun ~ Books as Gifts Part 5 Timeless Egyptian Themed (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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The book basket comes to an end with one final installment. If you want to know what I’m on about the introduction to this idea is here.

1. Order signed from Borderlands (Definitely get your request in before Dec 15th, that’s the last time I’ll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays.)
2. Source a vintage looking basket, possibly from a local thrift store
3. Fill with accompanying fun items, many of which might also be found at a thrift store

This basket is themed to Timeless and/or The Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Volume 2.

1880 Ladies Dahabia Egypt
1880 Ladies Dahabia Egypt

Timeless Egypt Themed Basket

I’d like to reiterate that this doesn’t have to be done with my novels, I’m just the most familiar with them. It could be done with any fun book. I remember one young lady had a belly dance themed romance novel and include with it a teaching CD on how to belly dance, a coin belt, fun jewelry, and various other associated items. Have a younger reader on your list? Patricia Wrede’s excellent Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons is on special as a box set for $16.29! But you’ll have to learn how to make Cherries Jubilee.

I think it’s a fun way to riff off of someone’s favorite read and can be made into a really nifty gift idea. It doesn’t have to marry to the theme of the book: if, for example, you’re gifting a romantic novel why not include it with a nice bottle of wine, a candle, some bubble bath, and a little box of chocolates? Steampunk novels are easy and fun, there’s so much good steampunk out there on Etsy and Clockwork Couture. A friend once gave me a cookbook complete with a set of cooking utensils, frying pan, spatula, pot, and mixing spoon ~ all mini sized. I just use google images “Gift Baskets” for ideas and ways to arrange. Here’s Zabar’s take. Better than a basket of soaps, I say!

I would be remiss if I did not remind you I have two short stores that make fun gifts, My Sister’s Song and Marine Biology. Buy, print out on fancy paper, roll and tie with a little ribbon add to the basket. Marine Biology is a contemporary paranormal romance, kind of like if Biffy and Lyall existed in the modern day.

Yes, I am trying hard to get you one more new short story up and available before the end of the year, but I simply must get this First Draft of Prudence done first! I hope you understand.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Ladies Seminary OUt and About
1910 Lady’s Seminary Trip

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How to Finish Writing a Novel

Book News:
Los Angeles Public Library picked Timeless as one of its Best Books of 2012. Their lists were also picked up by the Huffington Post.

Quote of the Day:
“Sleep ’til you’re hungry, eat ’til you’re sleepy.”
~ Author Unknown

How Could You End the Parasol Protectorate Series? (Occasional FAQ)

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Today, Gentle Reader, I am introducing an new occasional series of installments of questions I get constantly. I hope you out there also want the answers to these questions because a great deal of people over email certainly seem to.

How Could You End It?

I’m delighted you liked the series but it is finished at five books. I believe in leaving a party while I am still enjoying it, and, perhaps more importantly, while others are still enjoying my company. I’ve never been a “beat that dead horse, beat it!” kind of author.

Also, I wanted to have one arc completed in case I get run over. Far too many of my favorite authors have died on me without finishing their long running sagas. Or worse, been dropped by their publisher and never finshed a series.

Fire Dancer
I’m looking at you, Ann Maxwell.

I’ve gotten bitter, I now rarely pick up a new series before the author has finished it. I know, this makes me the kind of reader authors and publishers hate. I’m embarased to admit it openly, but I’m a very emotional reader and I can’t help what disappointment has forced me to become. So I finished Alexia’s journey because I wanted the Parasol Protectorate to go out there and pull in new readers, like me, who would only pick up the first book with the intrinsic satisfaction of knowing there was a last one already available.

I hope you will forgive the few loose ends left in Timeless. I did try to tie up as much as possible while keeping it realistic. After all, not everything in life ends with a comforting cup of tea.

Timeless Final

Please do rest assured that familiar friends and faces will turn up in both of my new series. The Finishing School and the Parasol Protectorate Abroad are set in the same universe before and after the Alexia books. You can read the official press release here. One of the great pleasures of writing with immortals is that they are immortal, and so can show up throughout time.

I blog about the writing practicalities in ending a series, and my emotional feelings on the matter.

Thanks again for your affection for my characters.

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
I am An Artist

Quote of the Day:
“These invalid carriages are furnished with comfortable couches, easy springs, abundant conveniences; and have the great advantage that they secure absolute privacy, and that they do away with the trying changes from one train to another, since the whole carriage is simply uncoupled from one engine, shunted to another line, and taken up by the new train.”
~ Lillias Campbell Davidson, 1889

Timeless Clock App (Parasol Protectorate)

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Orbit has developed a steampunk Parasol Protectorate clock app for me! Very exciting, and free on iTunes. I am a particular fan of the teatime feature. If you turn it on, a little quote appears at tea time every day.

Time Clock App 1
Timeless Clock App

So far as I know there are not plans to put it on any other platforms.

Tomorrow I will be posting my Comic Con Schedule! I do hope to see many of you there and don’t forget, if you are going, to take advantage of the super secret swag give away.


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Tea Sample: Tea at the Empress blend
A bagged tea, but filled with a larger leaf than most bags. It seeped to a rich chestnut color. It had a delicious mild but fully rounded flavor with some caramel notes, perhaps even a slight citrus at the tip of the tongue and a little almond at the finish. The blend is top secret but my guess would be mostly Assam with perhaps some Ceylon an maybe a little Keemun.
Verdict? I loved it! I shall be sad when my box is gone.

Book News:
FanArtThe Parasol Protectoratemangaka-chan
Fan Art

Quote of the Day:
” ‘I get up at six, so ungenteel am I grow,” wrote Mrs Vigor, wife of the minister resident in St. Petersburg in 1730, ‘have done looking about, and giving orders in the family, to come to breakfast by eight. When that is over I spend an hour with my instructor in French; then retire to my room, and either work, or read, ’till twelve, when I dress for dinner at one; after dinner we chat a little; the I work, or read again, ’till eight, at which hour we always sup, and go to bed at ten.'”
~ Hickman, Daughters of Britannia

European Tour Schedule

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I leave tomorrow, Gentle Reader. Am I running around like the proverbial headless chicken? Darlings, I’m a boneless skinless chicken breast. It’s not pretty at the House of Gail, right now, not pretty at all.

I both love and loathe packing, all that neat organization and rolling of clothes and tucking of socks into nooks versus the panicked worry that I have forgotten something absolutely vital. However, I have 14 event outfits planned and in rotation (out of two suits and two dresses), three of which are unused and waiting on the sidelines in case something gets spilled on or torn or additional events are added. That is about as ready as I get for anything.

If you want to catch me on my whirlwind tour, this is your chance. I won’t be back to any of these locations for a while. My next three years of overseas trips (I only do one a year) are already decided.


Sunday 8th April: Eastercon
11:00am Panel “Meet the new king (same as the old king)”
3:00pm Panel “You got your robot elf sex in my SF”
9:00pm Panel “Multicultural steampunk”

Monday 9th April
6.30pm Steampunk soiree at Foyles
In association with PornoKitsch

Tuesday 10th April
Press and stock signings
Tea with Editor

Wednesday 11th April
Possible Steampunk shopping jaunt.
6.30pm Bookseller meet-and-greet event

Friday 13th April
6.30pm Steampunk Night at Waterstones Nottingham
Gail Carriger interviewed by Jema Hewitt, Q+A and signing.Waterstones Nottingham, 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR


Wednesday 18th
Interviewed at bookstore and sign books
Dinner with fans and representatives from store and editors at Styxx.

Thursday 19th
Marketing department meeting.
Press meetings
6:00pm Interview at Stockholm’s main library
Dinner with Swedish translator


Friday 20th

Saturday 20th
2:00pm – 3:00pm Signing at Budapest International Book Festival


Monday 23rd
1:00pm ~ 2:00pm Signing Libreria Gigamesh
3:00pm ~ 3:50pm Signing at Maite Libros
6:00pm ~ 7:00pm Signing FNAC Traingle

Weds 25th, fly home


Book News:
Timeless Reviews . . .

Quote of the Day:
“The chicken stalks at midnight.
But the duck dances at dusk.
The penguin looks inscrutable.
And the rooster preys at dawn.
While the hen shops on ebay.
The password is three clucks and a b’kaw.”
~ Adapted from some fun with fans on Facebook yesterday.

Win a Teapot Photo Contest

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Whilst on my Grand UK Tour, I will sign three very special items for Orbit to give away as prizes. The first prize is this darling teapot, and the two runner-up prizes are these twee tea strainers (all from Oliver Bonas.)

Tea for One set from Oliver BonasTea Strainer from Oliver Bonas

To enter is take a photo of yourself with a parasol or umbrella in a darling pose and email to [email protected].

This is a worldwide competition, and they will be posting entries on their site. I will choose the winner and runners-up at the end of my Grand UK Tour on 13 April. See terms and conditions here.
And to show you just how easy it is, here are Orbiteers Anna Gregson, Emily Rowland, and Rose Tremlett with a shining example (and no fear, they have excluded themselves from winning):

Members of the Orbit Books tema posing with parasols to promote the author Gail Carriger's UK tour (author of TIMELESS from The Parasol Protectorate series)

Best of British, and the Empire salutes you!


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

Cracked tea mug. Have you ever seen a sadder thing?

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