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Gail Discusses The 5th Gender, Tea Hijinks, & Why Write Explicit Sex Scenes? (Video)

I get real honest and rather deep at points during this video. So you have been warned.

We range quite widely but here’s some of what I talk about…

The 5th Gender!

Link to preorder plus blurb etc…

When will the audiobook be out? Is it a stand alone? What’s the POV? How explicit is is and why?

Hints about what “emotively sexy tentacle hair” means.

How does it connect to Crudrat? And will there be more?

Book Covers: (Time Stamp 12:00 in)

Gail covers, in great detail how she goes about picking a book cover. The kind of thought process plus how hard it was moving to science fiction. She talks in depth about the 5th Gender’s cover and the two she rejected before they ended up with this one. Why she chose this image, the tentacles, and the background and the font. Plus the photo manipulation Starla went through to get it right.

Lilliput Mocks the Cover

She also talks about picking the models and images for the Parasolverse novellas and the San Andreas Shifter series. Spine colors. And font choices and much more.

Her cover designer is the amazing Starla.

Dark Garden Corsets 

Tea & Food

Gail tells two funny stories about her mother and tea, one involving a phone and the other an earthquake. And then gives some sage advice for all to learn from these stories.

What tea Gail drinks? Twining’s 1706 Strong Breakfast 

Gail’s thoughts on fruity black teas, black current flavoring, and spicy food, oh my!

Gail makes a TERRIBLE CONFESSION about coffee.

Random Questions Answered

  • How to decide on the explicitness (heat level) of a story? 29:50
  • Also why Gail writes sex scenes and why she thinks they are important. There might be a bit of a soap box about proper education of girls.
  • Will there be witches?
  • What does Gail love most about Percy as a character?
  • What’s Madame Lefoux’s astrological sign?
  • Gail’s non fiction on the Heroine’s Journey
  • Gail explains why there are so few comedies in Steampunk or Sci fi.
  • You should read TJ Klune’s Lightning Struck Heart 
  • Gail’s up coming events.

The Outfit!

Vintage 1940s dress, vintage boater hat (probably 1960s), vintage costume earrings, lipstick is Maybelline Super Stay Matt Ink in #20 Pioneer.

Destined to be tipped over by a cat mug is here.

I hope you enjoyed this video!

Yours in purple,

Miss Gail

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OUT MAY 18, 2019!

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

Preorder on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Print and audio are coming, but will not be available for preorder. 

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.


  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, October 31, 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.


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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!

Announcing The 5th Gender: A Tinkered Stars Mystery by G. L. Carriger (Behind the Magic)

I have a new book coming, Gentle Reader.

May 18, 2019

In the Beginning…

This book started with a strange idea in the middle of the night that became a Tweet the next morning.

I know, I should know much better than that. But I did the Tweet and Twitter was basically like…


Here’s what I can remember of the Tweet… (of course I can’t find it anymore)

I want to write a space station police procedural featuring an adorable alien from a culture with five genders and his human detective crush. And funny. And sexy.

And low, I went to a writing retreat in the Smokey Mountains. And instead of writing whatever it was I ought to, I wrote this book instead. It was a lot of fun, and caused much hilarity among the other authors there. I have blog posts coming that pertain to these shenanigans, but it’s full of spoilers so I’m waiting until after the book releases.

Anyway, here it is… The 5th Gender:

PREORDER on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail

The is no preorder for this book in print and audio. These will release around or just after the digital edition.


A species that has no word for murder, has a murderer aboard their spaceship.


Tristol lives in exile. But he’s built a life for himself aboard a human space station. He’s even started to understand the complex nuances of human courting rituals.

Detective Hastion is finally flirting back!


Except that Tristol’s beloved space station is unexpectedly contacted by the galoi – a xenophobic species with five genders, purple skin, and serious attitude. They need the help of a human detective because there’s a murderer aboard their spaceship. Murder is so rare, the galoi don’t even have a word for it.

Tristol knows this because he is galoi.


Which means that he and Detective Hastion are on the case… together.

Delicate Sensibilities?

Contains men who love other men in graphic detail, regardless of gender, biology, or skin color… and lots of emotively sexy tentacle hair.

Cover art by the truly amazing Starla.

5th Gender Inception Thoughts

I honestly don’t know what you will think of it. I have no idea it you’ll even bother to follow me into weird sci-fi spaces.

I will say that one of the things that seriously bothers me about sci-fi, particularly hard sci-fi and particularly Golden Age is how authors are perfectly fine aggrandizing and exploring advanced technology but never bother with changing culture. Yet we all know social structures are almost more malleable than scientific ones. The anthropologist in me has always been a bit.. qua? The writer in me has wondered why it has to so very concept driven and so very humorless.

So yeah, this is my opportunity to do character driven, funny sci-fi. As well as write humans from an alien standpoint… AKA we are hilarious. I think you will love Tristol, he might be my most favorite character ever written. He has very firm opinions on cats, the shades of purple, and noodles.

Your Questions Answered

Will there be a print edition?

Yes, I will try and post it as close to the digital release date as possible. It will be the same size and have the same glossy cover as the San Andreas Shifter books.

Will there be an audiobook?

Yes. Producer Bryan is auditioning narrators as I type. Hopefully, it will be a month or so after the print release, but no promises. It depends on the narrator. I’m considering distributing this one a little differently and working with Findaway Voices to try to get it as wide as possible. We shall see how it goes.

Is this the same universe as Crudrat?

Yes, but there is very little cross over. It’s the same basic galactic premise for colonization/expansion (The Tinkered Stars) as Crudrat but The Wheel is not there, and there are no cross over characters or mentioned tech. They exist completely independent of each other.

Is this a romance or a mystery or a sci-fi?


Is it a stand alone?

Yes, it is a complete story. But I am open to writing more mysteries with these characters if this one does well.

What’s the POV?

Swapped POV like the San Andreas books.

Is this YA?

Hell no.

Turns out, if you write about an alien race with 5 genders, people wanna follow them into the bedroom ~ rampant curiosity and all that. Tristol and his love interest, Drey, are also really physically into each other. So yeah, I totally went there. If you read this book, you’ll go there too.

There is a reason I’m publishing this one under the G. L. moniker. It has the same heat level and explicitness as the San Andreas books.

You have been warned.

Yours in purple,

Miss Gail

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OUT MAY 18, 2019!

The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi as G. L. Carriger).

PREORDER on Amazon | Other | Direct from Gail

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

Print & Audio are not available for preorder.


  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, October 31, 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Oh look, Gucci made shoes that represent my brand! Pretty blush pink, bit of lavender passion, sharp stylish bow, and then… spiky bits!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

7 Ways to Read Romance Without Getting Cooties

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A really great episode from Reading Glasses on why preorders are so important to authors & the book industry: 91 – Pre Orders Are Like Book Sex

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”

~ Madeleine L’Engle

(I don’t know what that says about me…)

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!

Live From Seattle: Never Get A Chance To See Gail At A Bookstore? We Recorded This For You!

Posted by Gail Carriger

Well Gentle Reader,

I was recently in Seattle at University Bookstore. They were gracious enough to organize something rather last minute for me. (All their stock is now signed, so if you missed me, you can still get something special for yourself.)

I was there visiting and staying with my author friend and podcast co-host Piper J. Drake. (We do 20 Minute Delay together.) She and Producer Matt came along to this event, and being capable sweethearts, recorded it for you! (Say “Thank you Piper and Producer Matt.”)

Producer Matt, Piper J. Drake, Gail Carriger of 20 Minute Delay Podcast

Live broadcasting an event is not something I normally do, because if the store or the convention has paid for me to visit, I want to reward them with exclusivity. But since I was up in Seattle on my own dime for PodCon (and University bookstore was sweetly amenable), here it is…

Takes a bit for me to figure out the sound (which isn’t awesome) but it’s live with a large crowd done on an old iPhone so you know… SUFFER!

Here Are Show Notes!

I talk author carrier secrets, up coming books, plus take a few pot shots and compare myself to a dominatrix. As you do.

Questions Answered:

  • Is Reticence the last Custard Protocol book? Is CP the last Parasolverse series? Some serious tips as to what happens.
  • Hints about May’s sci-fi book release, The 5th Gender, “space porn alien police procedural.”
  • Which characters do I want to have love affaires with?
  • How do I decide what to write next?
  • Why put secrets in the Chirrup but not online?

  • Feelings about book length (plus a few digs) & constructing series.
  • Writing about Japan for the first time and the delicacy of the Meiji Restoration.
  • My favorite cover?
  • Why I write finite series.
  • How do my parents feel about me giving up academia and pursuing an author lifestyle.

Links & References

By Request & Other Fun Stuff

  • Publisher and editor relationships.
  • Gail’s obsession with good editing.
  • Being clever and intentional with character names and book titles. Where to source fun super British ones!
  • Why you can’t trust dude fantasy authors not to break your heart.
  • More Lilliput follow Gail on Instagram!


The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

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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?


  • The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi as G. L. Carriger). No links as yet…
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.


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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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The Definitive Gail Carriger Book Reading Order (Special Extras)

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The most common question I get at this juncture in my career?



1. The Curious Case short story

2. The Finishing School series

(4 YA books, starting with Etiquette & Espionage)

3. The Delightfully Deadly novellas

4. The Parasol Protectorate series

(5 books, starting with Soulless)

5. Romancing the Inventor novella

6. Prudence & Imprudence

(First 2 Custard Protocol Books, Rue’s POV)

7. Romancing the Werewolf novella

8. The Claw & Courtship novellas

9. Competence & Reticence

(3rd & 4th Custard Protocol books, the twins’ POVs) * ongoing

10. The San Andreas Shifter series

(3 PNR books, start with a prequel short, Marine Biology) * ongoing

The 5th Gender

The Tinkered Stars series

(2 YA sci-fi, starting with Crudrat) * ongoing

All that said, my books are designed so that you should be able to pick up any one of the novellas or the first book in any of the series and use that as a jumping in point, or simply to decide if you like my style of writing.

Hopefully this makes sense.

And now…

Not All Fans Agree With Me!

Reading order is hotly contested by my fans. As a completest, I myself would read them in chronological order as above. However, most of the members of my Facebook Group contend they ought to be read in order written.

So if you started with Soulless then this is for you!

  1. Parasol Protectorate
  2. Finishing School
  3. Delightfully Deadly
  4. Custard Protocol
  5. Supernatural Society
  6. Claw & Courtship
  7. San Andreas Shifters
  8. Tinkered Stars

Would you like all the Parasolverse books…

In world chronological order?

That’s here, with actual dates!

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  • Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.


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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.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1915–20, from the Met Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Self & Lilliput

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

1948 History of Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book paper makers are cutting back and replacing their print runs with, among other things, tea bags! (Podcast)

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Quote of the Day:

“Now, Faith dear…”
“Yes, cousin?”
“Of course, you look absolutely ravishing, but perhaps no mention of rocks right away?”
“Not a single sedimentary sequence shall pass my lips, I promise.” Faith attempted to look grave.
“I don’t know what that means, dear, but thank you.”

~ Gail Carriger, How To Marry A Werewolf

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

Audible Now Offers Crudrat & A Carriger Quartet (Tinkered Stars & Short Stories)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Gentle Reader, I am delighted to announce that, finally, after a great deal of effort (thank you Dan) you can now buy the full cast audio production of Crudrat on Audible for $18. We are also offering an Audio CD through Amazon only (at the moment, we hope to find other distributors) for $25.

Crudrat is a YA sci-fi adventure in the style of Heinlein written with young women in mind. It was backed as a kickstarter for full cast audio. Learn more about Crudrat. Learn more about the kickstarter (now over).

Right now I have no intention of turning Crudrat into a print book. Ask me about it in person some time and I’ll explain my reasoning.

But there’s more!

You can also buy on Audible, bundled under the name A Carriger Quartet for $6, the full cast productions of my four short stories that were part of the stretch goals for the kickstarter. The Audio CD is $20 on Amazon only.

These stories are: My Sister’s Song (the first story I ever had published), The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti), Fairy Debt, and Marine Biology (my only existing contemporary M/M paranormal romance). Learn more about these short stories.

These stories are only available in print books when combined in an anthology. Both Curious Case and Fairy Debt have been recently picked up to appear in now anthologies in the coming year. I’ll let you know more when I do.

Questions Answered

The CDs are listed as Temporarily out of Stock. !?
Ignore. It’s a print-on-demand thing. They should ship if you order. If not, it’s Amazon being janky.

Can we get Crudrat and A Quartet on Audible in Australia, UK, or the rest of the world?
It should be available worldwide, we did trigger that setting when uploading to Audible. If you still can’t get it, it is available for sale on Gumroad via the Crudrat website as well.

What about the CDs worldwide?
Probably not.

MP3 CDs?
Still working on that one.

Kickstarter Update
There are a few kickstarter rewards still to come and there should be information on that coming to backers from my producer Dan very soon.

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


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Evelyn Tripp on the cover of Charm magazine, May 1954 via theniftyfifties tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Portrait of a Lady, A Brief History of the term “Lady”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
99 Ways to Spread the Word About A Book You Love

Book News:
Tsana’s Reads and Reviews says of Crudrat: “I recommend it to fans of adventure-style SF and coming of age stories.”

Quote of the Day:

‘Bring my shaving things.’
A gleam of hope shone in the man’s eye, mixed with doubt.
‘You mean, sir?’
‘And shave off my moustache.’
There was a moment’s silence. I could see the fellow was deeply moved.
‘Thank you very much indeed, sir,’ he said, in a low voice.

~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse


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Crudrat Audiobook Available Now! (Tinkered Stars)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Gentle Reader, I am delighted to report that the Crudrat audiobook is done! Coincidentally June is audiobook month.

For those of you unaware of the Crudrat kickstarter: it was for a full cast audio production of my YA Science Fiction novel, Crudrat. You can read all about it, and buy it now for $25, on the Crudrat website.

So tha weekend before last, while every author I know was off doing some convention or another (this is my first time in a decade with that particular long weekend free), and Amazon and Hachette duke it out, I experienced the results of a kickstarter for the first time.

I’ve been listening and enjoying it immensely, despite the fact that usually I can’t stand listening to my own work. Perhaps this is because because Dan and I are friends, so he knows my actual voice, which means the narration doesn’t bother me like it does with other readers. Or perhaps it is the amazing soundtrack. Or perhaps it is the fantastic voice acting.

Voice talent at the Crudrat wrap party, image from Linda Levy

You don’t have to take my word for it. One of the first reviews is up! 

If you backed at the $25 level or higher you should have already received an email with a link and password to download. If not, apply to Dan to rectify the situation.

The Crudrat Audiobook is now available for purchase at crudrat.com.

Questions Answered

1. I’m not a backer, how can I get the audiobook? 
You can buy it from the site right now.
But I’m married to X alternative platform (Audible, etc…)
Over the course of the summer, Crudrat will start showing up in online retail channels as both a download and on CD. I’m sorry we can’t be more precise on this date, but we’ve put it into a pending line with other self-pub items and then it takes as long as it takes for that venue to drop it. I promise to let you know when I do, and if you could keep your eye on your favorite source as well? Frankly, my best spy in this kind of information war is you, Gentle Reader.

2. Can I buy a CD of the audiobook? 
Yes. But, again, if you don’t want to use the site it may take a while.

3. How big/long is it?
Crudrat clocks in at a little over 400mb for the download (128kbps 44.1khz mp3), and runs just over 7hrs, and is available in 18 chapter-long files.

4. Can I buy the book? 
Nope. Crudrat was printed as a limited run, numbered, special edition, signed, hard cover book. This was available only to those who backed the Kickstarter at that level. It is not for sale to the general public. However you can always stalk ebay or whatever, it may show up there.

via Linda Levy March on  FB Self and my audio producer J.Daniel Sawyer, at the Crudrat wrap party

5. But, I want to READ it, precious! I wants it now! Please?
The Kickstarter was only for audio. Artistic Whispers only purchased limited audio rights for production. Print rights were not on the table, so the limited print run really was a special exemption. I still own print rights. Currently, I’ve no plans to produce this book in print for purchase.

6. But, but, but *lip wobble* WHY NOT?
So far as I know, no publishers are interested in Crudrat and I cannot spare the time from my crazy deadline schedule to format, ready, and POD this property myself. It is too much work to get it up to my standards. Nor am I entirely certain I want to. Apart from everything else, then readers will start winching on about wanting me to write the sequel. Right now, if you don’t like audiobooks, I suggest you make very good friends with someone who backed at the right level. Alternatively, you could persuade a reputable publisher that they want to produce the book. Heh heh.

7. Speaking of which, when do we get a sequel?
I don’t know. Someday? I really would love to write it, which makes the pleading hurt all the more keenly but frankly, contract gigs must take priority right now. I’m a working writer which means I write for my living, which means when I am under contract that has to be the thing I work on first. This was, from the beginning, a passion project. And like all such projects must sit the back burner until I can carve out time. I am trying to pull back a bit. Once the final two Finishing School books have launched and the first Custard Protocol, and the second one written I am going to try to pull back. I’d like to do only one book a year for a little while. I’m hoping that will free me up do do some self publishing, more short stories, and a even some at-whimsy for fun novel writing. But this is still publishing and publishing moves slowly so I for-see myself having the time to write a sequel in about three years, whether I still have the inclination is up in the air. That’s the for fun part of this equation.

And goodness with the world going the way it is, who know that the publishing industry will look like in three whole years.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

castaroundlesmodes tumblr

Twenty-two-year-old Miss E. Alice Austen poses in her Sunday best – a smart overskirt and a hat decorated with white lilacs. She holds a parasol and a silver change purse. Photo taken in June 1888 by Captain Oswald Muller.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gear Bookend $55

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Summer Corset  Royal Worcester Corset Company, 1872  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

 Hachette Launches Dedicated Bookshop on Booksamillion.com

“Ignorant people always suppose that popular writers are wonderfully well-paid—and must be making rapid fortunes—because they neither starve in garrets, nor wear rags—at least in America.”

by Eliza Leslie (American 1864) 

Book News:

Recently acquired books: 2 on the right to read & 2 on the left, I’ve already read digitally, to donate.

Quote of the Day:

“Last evening we were all in such a gale!”

by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)


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Crudrat Drops, Prudence Tease, Plus 4 Book Reviews! (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Hello Gentle Reader, I’m back on the grid after several days of restorative rest and relaxation.

While Gail Was Away

Crudrat audiobook released to backers! Hooray! I will let you know when it’s available for purchase to the general public. (Official kickstarter announcement.)

What Gail Got Up To

I managed to stay on top of my Prudence editing, including a nice little epiphany to do with the cover art. (You know I always try to write the dress on the cover into the book, right? If I have a gander at the cover far enough in advance I usually can. Well, this time it became a plot point. I will say no more, but I am hugely chuffed with myself. And you should look out for the scene in Prudence.)

And I managed to read four whole books! Knowing I won’t really have a chance to read much again until August (London trip) made me hungry for the written word. Two were romances, because I like to go with a bit of candy on occasion, one a space opera (one of my favorite sub-genres) and the last was… special.

  • Summer in Napa by Marina Adair is set near my home turf (well, one of them) so I picked it up on a whim. Classic romance novel, but nice witty light fair with enjoyable characters. I’ll probably invest in the rest of the series just because I like to have romance on stand by, in case of emotional or literary crisis. This was the second in the series but each one stands alone so order doesn’t really matter.
  • The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons was also a romance, but, frankly, a bit odd. It featured Medusa and the Greek gods and felt, at times, a bit like that Dangerous Liaisons with rich kids movie Cruel Intentions. After I stopped getting tetchy about the world building, I enjoyed the main character’s journey. Be warned there’s rape, Greek god style incest, and a few other triggers plus I did spend most of the first half of the book in tears. However, I well-up easily. Knowing there is an HEA I enjoy a good cry, so in the end this book also gets a thumbs up. But be warned… odd.
  • Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach is the first in the Paradox space opera trilogy. I really enjoyed it. However, since all three are out (yes!) I’m going to wait and review the trilogy together. I’m so excited to read the next two.

However it’s Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix I MUST tell you about. (I loved Garth’s dark necromancer YA series, but I’ve been waiting to review it until after I do a reread.)

This is a complete departure from his previous YA work. It’s adult regency romance meets gaslight fantasy. If you took Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamour series and crossed it with the Parasol Protectorate books you’d get something like this. It’s similar in tone to Sorcery & Cecelia in that it has a nice light touch with a plucky heroine. It features one of my very favorite tropes: girl disguises herself as a boy ~ w00t! It’s not steampunk, but an alternate regency era with magic in it. It was such a surprise and so very good. The magical system is a little underdeveloped but the characters are marvelous. Truthful is fun and engaging, her lover is a darling, and I adored the book. No major nookie but the romance element is sweet. In the end I must simply dub it charming, quite quite charming.

There you have it, four very different but most enjoyable books. That’s what I call a vacation!


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

La Mode Saturday, June 1, 1833 v. 14, plate 23

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

moarrrmagazine on tumblr Sushi Pads

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Most Stylish Gadget Ever nastygal.com

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

“We never see a valuable book without wanting it. The most of us have been struck through with a passion for books. Town city and state libraries to us are an enchantment. We hear of a private library of ten thousand volumes, and think what a heaven the owner must be living in.”

~ Around the Tea Table, by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

Quote of the Day:

“Make it a rule to repeat to your friends all the pleasant remarks that (as far as you know) are made on them, and you will increase their happiness, and your own popularity. We do not mean that you should flatter them, by reciting compliments that are not true; but truth is not flattery, and there is no reason why agreeable truths should not always be told.”

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

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The Crudrat Wrap Party (Tinkered Stars event)

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The Crudrat Wrap party was a great success! We had so much food the table was quite groaning.

And this was just the start!

The weather cooperated resulting in a lovely turn out, there was standing room only (literally, there were no chairs). I talked all about how the book got started and my inspiration, and Dan talked about how he got the audio books and Kickstarter going.

Special Edition Book & the Coupons for the Audiobook

Then we called up the voice talent to stand with us, and people asked questions about the project and my books. The voice talent complained about my tongue twisters in the book and short stories. I talked about my love of language and silly names.

It was lots of fun. Dan recorded the whole thing and if the sound quality is OK he will include some of it on the blooper reels.

One young lady (friends with an Australian backer) took a picture of the voice talent all standing together, I’d love a copy if I could get it?

Also Dan just released this:
Crudrat state of play (Marine Biology and Crudrat release update)


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Murmurations of Starlings 

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Women in the saddle – Kaiser & The Times agree on medical dangers of riding astride! 1914 via @TimesArchive twitter

See You At The Crudrat Wrap Party This Sunday?

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Hoping to see you in Hayward on

Sunday March 30, 3 ~ 5 PM 2014

for the

 Crudrat Wrap Party

It’s going to be pretty casual and fun just swilling tea at the

Book Shop

1007 B St, Hayward, CA 94541

From the Crudrat kickstarter photo shoot
I’ll do a Q&A with my audio producer and any voice talent who might be there.
Feel free to bring a finger food or nibble to share, if you eschew paper cups BYOTC (bring your own teacup).

Party attire is encouraged!

@kittyniciaian: Hardcovers are pretty! #crudrat pic.twitter.com/kMsJsbQQB7


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

From my personal collection, since died

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bouquets to Art at the de Young in San Francisco

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Skirts hijabeng tumblr

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Action and Reaction: The Building Blocks of Story Structure

Book News:

“With Sophronia’s quick wit and free spirit, you’re addicted from the very beginning. Her spunky nature and dry wit easily won me over and her curiosity led to many, many interesting adventures.”

Quote of the Day:

“Haven’t you ever noticed that people who win say it’s because the gods know they are in the right, but if they lose, it wasn’t the gods who declared them wrong? Their opponent cheated, or their equipment was bad.”

~ Tamora Pierce, Squire

Crudrat Teas Kickstarter Backer Rewards (Tinkered Stars event)

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The Crudrat teas, however, have already happened.

These were the highest backer rewards for the Crudrat Kickstarter.

I only remembered to photo the first two. Everyone opted for tea in the office (they could have gone to a proper tea house) and they were a blast.

Tea One


Tea Two


Setting Up the Office for Tea Three

I did learn, however, that four is really the maximum that can fit (besides yours truly) into my tiny space.

Remember, if you are local to the Bay Area and wish to come the Book Shop in Hayward is hosting a wrap party the afternoon of March 30th.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

greatgdean tumblr (via 1908 fashion illustration by April-Mo on deviantART)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

1861 Calender Crinoline

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Monday morning madness at #liverpoolstreetstation! Some things hardly change.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Visual Compendium Of Typewriters

Book News:

Trade Paperbacks for the first 3 PP releasing soon. Blog post to come.

Quote of the Day:
bibliophiliacs says of Soulless,

“Lovers of many different genres will enjoy these, and I encourage even those who don’t normally venture into sci-fi or fantasy to read them.  You can tell that Carriger is having a great time writing them, and it makes for an equally great time reading them.”

Gail Writes Science Fiction? Crudrat Audiobook Kickstarter (The Tinkered Stars)

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So I passed out a few business cards at WorldCon and the word has slowly been leaking out but here’s the offical announcement…

Crudrat is coming!

OK, so we hope Crudrat is coming.

We’ve begun a Kickstarter for a full cast audiobook of my pet YA sci-fi project chronicling a tough young woman in space.

Crudrat may be familiar to you as the formerly-referred-to-on-this-blog as Girl Ass Kicks Everything In Space. I posted about it in the project files for a while there, a few years ago. So, I’m hoping you are now rife with questions.

Many of your questions are answered in the most awesome video for the kickstarter. But below are a few in detail for those of you who prefer to read.


1. Why did you write this book?
When I was a young reader I felt that the barrier to entry for a female to read sci-fi was too high. I couldn’t identify with the main characters or the style of writing. I picked up Fantasy fast because of authors like Robin McKinley and Tamora Pierce but it took me much longer to learn to love science fiction (despite being a science geek) because I felt I had nothing in common with the main characters. I waited for someone to write this book. Someone with a strong female voice. And then gave up and wrote it myself.

2. Why aren’t you writing our next Parasol book instead?
Crudrat was finished years ago, don’t worry it’s not distracting me. Right now I’m working hard to complete the Finishing School series so I can turn my attention to the Parasol Protectorate Abroad books. Everything is on schedule. Trust me, I am genuinely typing as fast as I can without burning out. Sometimes a girl needs a breather.

3. Why an Audiobook?
I happen to adore audiobooks and am an avowed podcast addict. I consume most of my day to day information via podcasts these days. I think the narrative voice in Crudrat favors audio. Most of my books do. You see I grew up without a television listening to books on tape. I read at least one draft of every book I write out load. For me audio is an intimate part of the author’s medium.

4. Why the kickstarter?
Because of #2. This book is very dear to me and so different from my Parasol Protectorate universe, Crudrat gave me an opportunity to stretch my writing muscles in different ways but I can’t take the time to produce this book myself. Publishers aren’t interested in it but I happen to love it. So does Dan of Artistic Whispers Productions. He offered to whisk it away into a full cast audio. However, I want Dan and the talent to be compensated for their time, hence the kickstarter. This is a way for me to pass the project over to someone I trust, so that I can continue writing and make my deadlines for you.

5. What should I expect from Crudrat?
A fantastically smart, capable, and independent outcast wreaking havoc on a space station in order to save a big fuzzy alien. I’m melding such desperate elements as child labor in the UK cotton mills of the industrial revolution, caste systems of Ancient India, and cultural eccentricities of the Inka and the Wari of Highland Peru. Oh and lots of Parkour. And blue hair.

Crudrat is nothing like the Parasol Protectorate or the Finishing School series except that it takes a smart young woman and places her in extraordinary circumstances. It’s not steampunk and it’s not a comedy of manners. Yes there’s the expected witty quips, it is me after all, but adrenaline is high and murmmel’s are screaming, so there isn’t much time to sit and sip tea.

6. A little more please?
My best friend and I came up with the science behind the space station and space travel of Crudrat when we were in high school and the universe has been percolating in my brain for nearly 20 years.

If you are or were a young woman who dislikes science fiction, who isn’t inclined to read it, and who never understood the appeal, I wrote this book for you.

7. But I want to read your books, not listen to them.
One of the kickstarter rewards is a limited edition publication of the book, and another includes an ebook version. And if the kickstarter does well and people seem to like the book who knows… a publisher could take interest. Or I could build some time into my schedule to type set it and put it out there myself (always remembering that you need your Parasol Protectorate fix).

If you want more about Crudrat go ahead and poke about the website. There’s a lot there about the project and the universe. You can sign up for the newsletter if you’d like to stay abreast of the latest information. As I said, I have passed off production and such to Dan, so you’ll get an occasional blog here, but mostly it’s in his capable hands. You can ask him any questions you would like.

Or, if you’d prefer you can leave a question bellow and I will . . . eventually . . . formulate another blog post on the subject. I’m awful slow to respond to things these days, for which I appologize, remember those deadlines we talked about?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

via Brian Kesinger’s Tea Girls FB

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
I wrote Crudrat a while ago, before Parkour was everywhere, but in line with that please enjoy this YouTube: Assassin’s Creed Meets Parkour

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Pornokitch on what is science fiction?

Book News:
Go, find out more on the Kickstarter.
Also here’s Dan and Kitty talking about making that fantastic kickstarter video via podcast on The Next Ten Thousand Hours, Ep 02.

Quote of the Day:

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”

~ E. M. Forster 

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