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

Gentle Reader, today I tackle my failings for you.

Miss Gail where are your Ace or Grey or Demi or Other Queer Characters?

How about a disabled characters?

What about Pan or Poly?

How about…?

I’m doing my best but even I can’t catch them all, as it were.

I will keep writing lots of queer characters, I promise, but in the meantime…

Here’s a sample some fun romantic or sexy (not too serious) books with main characters that straddle the divides that I do not – so to speak. Oh and happy endings. ALWAYS.

I’m specifically going for a lighter tone, since that’s what I like to read (although a few of these are a touch dark they always end happily). For Your Enjoyment!

Contemporary

Historical

Fantasy/PNR/UF

Won’t Someone Think of the Children!?

  • It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn (children’s picture book)
  • Having Her Back by Ann Gallagher (YA sweet romance, trans)
    A sweet first love YA about a boy whose best friend cuts him off unexpectedly for years, and when they meet again that friend is now a girl. They fall in love. It’s adorable and complex and gentle but also quintessentially YA in that it is the adults who often make mistakes, and the kids must learn to see their parents as fallible. No major triggers and yet it deals deftly with some very complex issues.
  • Dreadnaught by April Daniels (YA)
    Superhero featuring a trans main character. Everyone keeps telling me how brilliant it is and the reviews confirm.
  • Not Your Sidekick and other books in CB Lee’s series (YA queer superheroes), own voices author
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (YA)
    This is a fantastical atmospheric fable featuring varied sexual identity, own voices author.

Since I read a lot of gay romance, and I vetted these myself, you can tell my recommendations are skewed. Please feel free to submit your own in comments but remember I’m PICKY. I don’t read: Hero’s Journey, rape, abusive/stalker Alphas, explicit violence, sad endings, etc…

Gail Carriger’s Reading Wheelhouse: What I Hate, What Turns Me Off, What I Won’t Read in BOOKS!

RESOURCES!

Articles

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

Reading Lists

9 Favorite Queer Fantasy Books (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Similar to The 5th Gender, Gail Suggests More Queer SciFi (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Resource Books

Other posts in this series

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

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

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

Finally I am going to throw this AMAZING movie into the mix. I just love it so much…

Boy Meets Girl is a sweet charming contemporary romance, adorable and fun and so lovely. And yes one of the characters is trans but that’s only part of it. If you hesitate about anything around trans identity, please watch this movie.

Honestly it’s so good, it will leave you with warm fuzzies, I promise.

Yours, bathed in alternatives,

Miss Gail

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

Preorder on 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 . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles July, 1870

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Cat Rescued From Garbage Disposal

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” 

~ Madeleine L’Engle

Book News:

“I don’t remember what I ate for lunch, but I remember the plot to every one of these books.”
~ Borderlands Books Hillarious “Overhead in the store” April News

Quote of the Day:

Gail: I think I put too much garlic in the mashed potatoes.
AB: No such thing.
G: It’s like 1/3 potato, 1/3 butter, 1/3 garlic
AB: Nothing is wrong with this.

~ 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!

Quote:

“I was a baby butch who had never heard the word and so didn’t know what to call myself until I first heard that word out loud in 1992 in the back stacks of Little Sister’s bookstore. I wore second-hand army boots three sizes too big and cut my own hair with clippers and met what I didn’t know at the time was my first femme lover and bought my first necktie and she called me handsome and that one word handsome made up for two decades of knowing I was never really all that pretty.”

~ Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote


Miss Gail Reads from The 5th Gender + Q&A (Video Behind the Magic)

Dear gentle Reader, awesome video for you today. Something I rarely do, a reading of The 5th Gender!

I almost never do readings, so this is a special treat!

In this video you’ll learn…

Why I don’t normally do readings and how I was persuaded to this one. (Blame the Group!)

What’s the greatest invention of the modern age.

What my really bad British accent sounds like.

Why writing multi genres in one book is an advantage.

Why I wear gloves to events.

On The 5th Gender Specifically

  • What inspired me to write this book and what scene came into my head first (my epiphany moment)?
  • How my writing process was different with this book.Where the emotive tentacle hair idea comes from.
  • How I came up with the idea of multiple genders. How I keep 5 distinct in my head.
  • What it’s like to vomit out a book and why it’s not always a good thing.
  • How I approached the mystery element. Sci fi? Which did I like writing more?
  • Using delicacy readers.
  • Cover model? Hair? Talk to Starla!
  • More in this universe? (The Tinkered Stars)

On Writing In General

My feelings on the different kinds of mysteries, from a writer perspective. I name some of the cozies I watched as a kid with my Popster. (The two names I forgot were: Johnathan Creek & Hetty Wainthropp Investigates)

How hard cover versions of books are challenging.

Will there be more Biffy/Lyall? Claw & Courtship.
Sophronia/Soap? Upcoming releases.

What is it about writing retreats that works so well for me? (Big confession.)

Easiest character voices for me to fall into?

How many novels do I work on at once?
What am I writing right now.
What’s coming up next? Always keep an eye on the Chirrup.

You Shall Not Write

LINKS to Stuff Mentioned

I have a complicated relationship to purple. Necklace & earrings from Etsy vendor Hibernacula

Grey lilac fascinator

Eye makeup!

  • Vamp Stamp
  • Liquid pen liner
  • White liner on bottom lash line.
  • White eye shadow, best with my kind of glasses and eye shape.

Dress from eShakti (no longer available).

Gail’s Podcast 

Yours in lavender love,

Miss Gail

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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.

Den of Geek says:

“While some of these dynamics may play a little more comfortably for readers familiar with category romance novels (the sex scenes here are certainly as graphic and creative as category romances strive to be), the world-building has the depth that science fiction readers crave, and the cozy mystery plot, though frequently interrupted by the other two aspects, hangs together well, hitting all the right emotional points.”

Tiny Navajo Reads says:

“This was such a sweet book! I loved it and I loved how much a culture of a society can affect how they treat those that are of greatest importance.”

Rally the Readers says:

“The 5th Gender delivers in so many ways: it’s sweet, it’s romantic, it’s funny, and most importantly, it tells a very impactful and very timely story.”

Hugh Likes Fiction says:

“…the story is charming and sexy, with delightful characters you’ll want to see more of when you get to the back cover.”

BookRiot says:

“This is a fun, funny, sexy book, and I’m so happy it exists. It hits you in the feels, makes you laugh and cry, and makes you think about matters of family, kin, and the heart.”

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. Aug 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus (SOLD OUT), Oct 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 . . .

La Mode Illustree September 3, 1870

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Sporting a boater hat, talked about on Retro Rack

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Teahouse at Koishikawa the morning after a snowfallPrint shows men and women at a teahouse looking at Mount Fuji.Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849, artist

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Why, Exactly, Do We Have Subtitles on Books?

Book News:

Beyond Romance says:

Soulless is the rollicking first volume of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. Set in an alternative Victorian period in which vampires and werewolves have been integrated into British society, the book seamlessly melds steam punk, fantasy, humor and romance.”

Quote of the Day:

“Someone had an Emotional Support chicken on the bus today.”

~ Borderlands Books’ hilarious “Overheard in the store” April News

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!


Similar to The 5th Gender, Gail Suggests More Queer SciFi (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Miss Gail, you cry, The 5th Gender was like my FAVORITE new thing.

Please write more?

Why thank you, Gentle Reader.

Maybe.

OK, how about recommending something to tide me over?

Now that, I can do!

Queer sci-fi is a tiny niche in romance but it is one I happen to love. So I definitely have some books for you. Please remember one of my fav tropes is also culture conflict, and sci-fi is the perfect space for exploring that.

See what I did there? Space. Heh heh.

Gail’s List of Fab FUN Queer Sci Fi!

I’ve chosen human/alien pairings, like my book. As opposed to humans together in space. Not that I don’t read that, it’s just I enjoy it when the alien-ness is an integral part of the plot and relationship. We are back to that culture conflict thing that I love so much.

Some of these are sexier than others.

As always I lean towards lighter stuff, which is why finding f/f was a challenge. Books like Ascension, while critically acclaimed, are too dark for me.

I also left off books where the aliens aren’t really alien ~ as in they are just bigger than us and green, or what have you. One of my reasons for reading sci-fi is enjoying a really well developed alien culture, so I only chose ones that satisfy that particular criteria.

One last point, ARGH THESE COVERS. Some of them are truly truly heinous. I promise the words inside are so much better than many of these covers make them seem. Please forgive the book and give it a chance.

Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala

(M/M & gentle BDSM)

A favorite comfort read of mine. It has several follow up books that are also excellent, but first one stands alone. The aliens are VERY alien despite cover image. It’s charming and absorbing and heartwarming and full of nuances of language and concepts of acceptance.

Missy Welsh’s Destination Lost books (specifically Healing Touch & Warrior Mine)

(M/M higher heat level, alien biology)

The alien love interests have animal genetic alterations, dolphin and cat respectively, plus lots of sex. So if any of that wigs you out, avoid. But otherwise the premise is super fun, three space-born humans are sucked through a worm hole, then separated, then meet aliens while trying to find each other.

Breeding Stations by Chris T. Kat

(M/M military space opera, sexy)

Aliens are big alpha warrior type humanoids, kind of Klingon-ish, lots of fighting and death of side characters but if you’re one for more military sci-fi this might work for you. If you liked Tanya Huff’s Valor series but wanted more gay sex and shorter books, try this two book series (first one stands alone fine).

Changing Worlds by Cari Z.

(M/M, planetary adaptation)

One of the better covers, if a tad old school, the aliens are humanoid with some fascinating porcupine-like adaptations, some great world building and a lovely complex culture. Most of the romance takes place in the first 1/3 of the book the rest is more alien world sci-fi politics. Bonus yummy Korean food.

Sunder by Lexi Ander

(M/M mixed high fantasy elements)

Aliens are mostly humanoid, edging towards elves and mythos, but with some inventive biological repercussions. The titular character is the love interest and way more interesting, to me, then the human POV character. It waffles a bit as the author finds her voice, but still interesting. Closest I can think of is something like Grace Draven.

Safety Protocols for Human Holidays by Angel Martinez

(f/f short sweet funny Christmas in space)

The aliens in this story range from humanoid to not at all human. The love interest, and POV character, is an alien who is confused by a human crew mate suffering from seasonal depression. She tries to cheer her up with charming results.

Alien ‘N’ Outlaw by C Burn

(M/M, lots of sexitimes)

Possibly the most similar to The 5th Gender, although character personalities are different. This one contained a lavender alien love interest from a herbivore based tri-romance culture who is unexpectedly fascinated by a street-rat human. The alien is a noble looking for adventure, the human is a smuggler on the wrong side of the law. Hi-jinks ensue.

Earth Fathers are Weird by Lyn Gala

Might as well start and end with Lyn Gala, since she is my queen of this genre. Did you want your sic fi with a big helping of found family AND some serious tentacle action? Then this one is for you. (You don’t have to take my word for it, here’s Jay’s review.) It has only one relatively low heat sex scene near the end, but it’s achingly sweet. I adore it and I can tell I’ll be rereading it over and over.

There is also an early little known character I want to bring up… gender bending possible split personality Beka/Tarnekep from the Mageworlds series.

“… gave one of Tarnekep Portree’s better smiles, the kind that tended to make law-abiding citizens suddenly remember urgent business elsewhere.”

~ By Honor Betray’d by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald

Tarnekep is a male pirate and Beka is a female politician, and they are also the same person. It’s a three book series I loved as a kid, not quite sure how well it has stood the test of time but worth trying, I think.

Other blog posts recommending queer fiction:

9 Favorite Queer Fantasy Books (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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

Pride Month: Lesbians in Genre Fiction (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Other People’s Lists

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Yours, with a side of purple aliens,

Miss Gail

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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 June, 1876

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Our Bookstore Reading Meet-Cute

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

From the inestimable Awful Library books blog . I just couldn’t believe it when it popped up in my feed because Tristol’s hair is such a big deal in The 5th Gender.

As Drey puts it:

“Your hair alone is a goddam gift to mankind, and I’m just selfish enough to keep it all to myself.”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”

~ Mark Twain

Book News:

Check this out! Talking about The 5th Gender on Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast

Quote of the Day:

“There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.”

~ Franz Kafka

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!


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

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

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

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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


The Most Important Question Gail Has Ever Asked a Chef (The 5th Gender Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Picture this, Gentle Reader:

Gail on writing retreat with 18 other authors and 2 awesome chefs.

She’s typing furiously on her laptop.

Suddenly, she looks up.

All the authors around her are also typing away. She leaps to her feet. She dashes out of the room in an obvious panic, and rushes upstairs. Into the kitchen. Confronts the two cooks.

Gail: OMG, I need your help!

Cooks:???

Gail: You have a vital, absolutely vitally important question to help me answer.

Cooks: We are here for you, Gail.

Gail: What does alien jizz taste like?!!

Much hilarity and discussion ensues.

Because we all know what werewolf jizz tastes like. And Mage jizz. Or we do if we’ve been reading The San Andreas Shifter series.

But this is a serious question?

Gorgeous purple alien with sea anemone hair:

What does his jizz taste like?

Ponder that my lovelies.

And find out in The 5th Gender.

So there.

Your (big tease),

Miss Gail

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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, puhlease!) 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 . . .

Le Follet Date June, 1878

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“Everything in life that’s any fun, as somebody wisely observed, is either immoral, illegal or fattening.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How to Calculate Amazon Fees for Printing Paperbacks Using KDP Print

Book News:

Something I would write…

“I’d be a really Casual Assassin, like ‘You’re gonna die, no doubt about that, but meantime would you like a coffee or a soda?”

~ Borderlands Books Hilarious “Overhead in the store” April News

Quote of the Day:

“Aliens, robots, & monsters — that’s my kink!”

~ Overheard in Borderlands Books, from their awesome occasional blog 

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!


Sample This Tasty Book! The 5th Gender First Scene (Tinkered Stars Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Here is your tasty book sample, Gentle Reader!

Introducing The 5th Gender!

THE 1ST CHAPTER

What’s with the pet thing anyway?

There is no doubt about it. Humans are weird.

Surely all the other aliens would agree with Tristol on this subject ­– especially at the pub (which was run by humans) on the space station (also run by humans). But humans could be efficient in their weirdness and often quite fun. And no one argued with the fact that they were awfully prolific in all things, breeding faster than any other space-faring species ever encountered in the charted galaxy. They spread. Like fungus. They also spread their legs. A lot.

They were cute, though. Tristol admitted that. Fertile sexy brown-toned creatures, humans, with those adorable round little ears and petal shaped eyes.

But they were also weird.

Take the whole keeping of pets thing. Who would have dreamed up such an eccentricity? Keep an animal in one’s abode intended for neither work nor food but just companionship? Very weird.

Tristol, however, was a galoi, the notoriously easygoing loga variant, too. Which meant that once he met one of these so-called pets, he was rather taken with the concept. Or at least, this particular sample thereof.

*Cat*neuter*pet* Mister Montiguous was currently under Tristol’s care. And Tristol was utterly enamored of the funny hairy four-footed beastie. To have charge of a cat, particularly this cat, was a truly sacred responsibility.

Mister Montiguous’s humans were away on their second honeymoon. Tris had been chosen to feed the cat, and to pet the cat, and to call the cat a wonderful feline creature.

Tristol had no idea what a second honeymoon meant. To start with, the word honeymoon ­was mysterious. What did the excrement of bees and a satellite astral body have to do with spousal contracts? And then, why did one need two of them?

*Human*female*friend* Elle spoke eloquently about wanting to sit on sand and drink fruity drinks with umbrellas in them for her second honeymoon.

Tristol’s hair quivered in confusion. Why sand? Would not sand get into certain intimate places? Most uncomfortable. Then, after looking up the word umbrella because it was new to him, there being no weather on a space station, Tris was also left wondering, Why stick a large accessory meant for rain into one’s drink? Would this not damage both the accessory and the drink? Seemed a soggy bit of business.

But Elle and *human*male*friend* Olav (Elle’s spousal contract) were excited about the whole endeavor. Since Tris spent most of his life excited about something, he was always delighted to facilitate the sensation in others. So he sent his *human*heterosexual*spousal-unit*friends* off on their weird *soggy*sandy*honeymoon* thingy and undertook the task of looking after their cat.

Mister Montiguous was a diminutive furry creature who happened to miraculously weigh the same as a small asteroid when standing on one’s chest. Tris thought dark matter might be involved. The cat had the general attitude that if given due worship, devotees would be rewarded with a loud rumbling sub-vocalization (called a purr) and the occasional tiny tongue lick.

Tris thought both purr and licks were the most wonderful things. He was a particular fan of all sub-vocal rumblings. The isoga of his own species made a similar noise when calming their young.

Elle had actually been hesitant when asking Tris to help with the cat. Not because she did not trust Tris, but because she thought Mister Montiguous might require too much effort.

“He can be such a bother, Tris love.”

Tris had bounced on his heels, hair trembling in excitement. “It is a profound honor. You will show me everything to do with Mister Montiguous’s maintenance and I shall be most diligent in his alimentation.”

Elle had looked at him as if he were daft.

Tris was accustomed to that, from humans. His boss gave him that look nearly half a dozen times a day. But Tris was genuinely thrilled. After all, wasn’t this the reason to live among aliens? To experience their foibles. Like tiny predators as pets. And honeymoons. Perhaps when Elle and Olav took their third honeymoon, they would let him join them and observe.

The first time Tris met Mister Montiguous, Tris had been, as Olav put it, gobsmacked. (A good word, that. Tris would have to find a moment to apply it himself. )

“But why do you have a *cat*neuter*pet*?” Tris kept asking them, after he determined the creature was not a new species of sentient alien. He would not want to offend the cat by talking about it, as if it could not participate in the conversation.

Mister Montiguous had a certain level of sentience, but not so that Tristol’s diplomatic training need be applied.

“Because cats are great,” Elle explained. “And they’re one of the few pets not restricted to the home world.” Apparently cats came from Hu-Core and had spread across the universe along with their human protectors.

They had been sitting in the humans’ living room and drinking tea at the time, a ritual Tris found odd if enjoyable. Hot beverages as an instrument of welcome, fancy that? They were all watching the cat. Mister Montiguous performed some kind of interpretive dance move in pursuit of a tossed fluffy ball. Olav laughed and called him a wonderful feline creature.

“You keep it around for entertainment?” Tris had learned early on that there was very little humans would not do in pursuit of entertainment. (This also possibly explained all the progeny. ) They were easily entertained, especially, as it turned out, by Tris. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement. Tris was wildly curious and naturally flirty, and humans were easily flattered by both. Perhaps cats were the same.

Olav was good about explaining things once he knew Tristol was eager to learn. “Originally, cats went on ships for pest control. They’re rather ferocious hunters, although you’d never know it looking and old Monty here. His most strenuous activity is eviscerating a bowl of protein sim.”

Mister Montiguous stopped chasing the fluffy ball and flopped over in apparent exhaustion.

“It is marvelous,” defended Tris, utterly charmed.

When Mister Montiguous staggered over to him, and pressed a furry face into the hand Tris offered, Tris fell in love. Physical affection was something he greatly missed. Humans were not nearly as *open*contact*touch* as the galoi. He missed that a lot, and this funny hairy beastie seemed to notice.

“You can pet him, Tris. Just down his back and then scratch about the ears. Exactly.” Elle’s eyes were pleased as Tristol worshiped her cat.

“It is so soft!”

He is a he, Tris,” Elle corrected, gently.

“But I thought you said it was a neuter?”

Olav laughed. “Neutered, not neuter. He has masculine parts. Well, some of them, just no longer the ability to procreate.”

Tristol nodded. That made sense. The cat was like a male isoga, then. Physically male, only without the ability to inseminate like an antiga. Tris adjusted his vocabulary to the proper pronoun and worked hard to become very good friends with Mister Montiguous. Male isoga were often the most powerful of the galoi. He would not want to make a mistake with the cat equivalent.

Tris had been invited over to Elle and Olav’s quarters for a meal (hot beverages came before food). It was his first time inside the private quarters of a human couple on a friendship basis. It was always amazing to see the inside workings of a human home. Tris would do anything not to offend and be dismissed. So he did exactly as Elle instructed and stroked the cat along the grain of his fur.

Mister Montiguous began to purr.

Tris decided that Mister Montiguous was the best thing in the whole galaxy.

Except for Detective Hastion, of course.

Detective Hastion made his hair fluff.

Now, several rotations later, Elle and Olav had invited Tris to cat-sit, and Tristol was beyond honored. Although cat-sit was another odd word. Tris hoped he was not meant to actually sit on top of Mister Montiguous. He did not think either of them would enjoy that. In fact, it seemed to work the other way around. The cat would occasionally sit atop him in some kind of primitive dominance display, as if Tristol were mere furniture designed specifically for one dictatorial carnivore. Tris accepted this status gravely.

He took his cat-sitting duty very seriously, more seriously than his actual professional job on the space station.

“You need to do what?” His *human*female*boss* Adjudicator Jones seemed more than unusually gobsmacked by his insistence. (Such a good word. )

“I must leave early, my boss,” Tris said, clasping his fingers, bouncing only a little, and trying to control the rapidity of his breathing. He was about to go feed a cat! “I must go forthwith to bestow upon Mister Montiguous his protein supper. It is the hour of his consumption.” Tristol tried to use big impressive words so his boss might understand how important this was.

“Who,” Adjudicator Jones asked with slow confused gravity, “is Mister Montiguous?”

Tristol was amazed. “You have not met him? Oh but he is wonderful! He is…” he allowed a significant pause to draw out the verbal tension, “…a feline.”

His boss did not seem suitably impressed. “You need to leave early to feed a cat?”

“Yes! Do you not see how important it is? I have been given sacred charge of a beloved human pet. He is a delicate thing. I must take the greatest of care with him.”

“Tristol, it’s just a cat.”

Tris did not understand such a dismissive attitude.

“Oh, stop looking at me with such big wounded eyes. Go on, then.” She flapped her hand at him. “Wait.”

Tris paused before sprinting out the door.

“Don’t forget your com pad.”

Tristol’s hair wilted slightly in embarrassment. “Oh dear. Of course not.” He gathered up his small portable computing device and other necessary communication equipment from his desk, as he was supposed to do every night.

The adjudicator merely looked affectionately amused. “How long will you have care of this cat?” How long, he knew she was really asking, will you be so scattered?

“Six whole days!” Tris tried to impress upon her the significance of the responsibility. “I am the only one they asked. Such a privilege.”

His boss looked as if she were trying not to laugh. She did that a lot around him. Tris thought, sometimes, it was one of the reasons she hired him. Humans and their love of entertainment.

He was also an excellent diplomatic negotiator and cultural mediator, of course. He was, after all, loga. Those few galoi who left Gal were in high demand because they were all loga, and loga got along well with every other species. Loga got along with everyone. Except for the pakaa nova. But then no one got along with them. And even pakaa nova were still more likely to talk to a galoi than any other alien.

Most species also thought galoi were cute and unthreatening. Big round eyes, excitable hair, and purple tones apparently conveyed wonder and innocence. Tristol would take what he could get.

Humans also thought the galoi were sexy.

Tris thought this was great.

But right now he had a cat to feed.

Lilliput Mocks the Cover

There it is, the first scene of The 5th Gender, I hope you enjoy Tristol and his general perspective on humans and life aboard a space station. 

You can buy here, or you can find out more about this book on my website.

If you want more insight into this book you can take a look at the inspiration board on Pinterest!

Yours with silly aliens,

Miss Gail

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OUT TOMORROW!

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

Preorder on 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 . . .

The Queen June, 1874

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

10 Specialty Bookstores That Are Definitely Worth a Visit

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Funniest and Weirdest Stories Of Damaged Library Books

Book News:

Some days I’m a machine, some days I move the colored squares around on my Google calendar so it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.

~ Self on Twitter

Quote of the Day:

“Does anything ever get described as a ‘low-octane thriller’?”

~ Borderlands Books Hillarious “Overhead in the store” April News
(Gail suggests Mad Max… haw haw)

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!


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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • 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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Download Coloring Pages From Over 100 Museums

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing Report

Book News:

Lord Akeldama (vampire) pretends to be a werewolf for Alexia in the Soulless manga

Quote of the Day:

Answers Magazine 1890

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…

GAIL, WRITE THE THING!

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.

Blurb

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

ALIEN

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!

MURDER

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.

ROMANCE

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?

Yes.

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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • 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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

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:

Etiquette & Espionage mentioned in: Teen tech week goes back to the future

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!

OUT NOW!

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks
Direct from Gail

Can a gentle giant with a trampled heart
show a man who’s been running all his life that
sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi 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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Finland’s flagship library so popular it’s running out of books

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The semicolon is pointless, and it’s ruining your writing

Book News:

Unboxing Competence USA Trade Paperbacks: Out Feb 6

Quote of the Day:


The Definitive Gail Carriger Book Reading Order (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

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

IN WHAT ORDER SHOULD I READ YOUR BOOKS?

HERE IS THE DEFINITIVE GAIL CARRIGER BOOK READING ORDER

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.

Here’s a video!

 

In the above I walk you through my books in chronological order (as of early 2019) and suggested reading order.

Books Mentioned

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

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)

Book News:

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

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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.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Incredible Footage Reveals How the Coconut Octopus Got Its Name

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

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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