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I’m Away: Here’s Some Super Fun Stuff (Reticence Links & Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling Gentle Reader,

I am away from my desk for the rest August 2019.

I may check in on social media, but I will not be posting here to the blog until I return. So you can keep an eye out for me on: Twitter | FacebookTumblr | Instagram

Why am I gone? Well, I’ll be at WorldCon in Dublin and then I am having a proper vacation in that part of the world. Because this is a holiday I will not be doing any book events except at WorldCon (although I will be doing research for future settings). If you want to see me while I’m in this part of the world, you’ll have to come to Dublin. It’s going to be a blast.

Gail Carriger’s Dublin WorldCon Schedule

Gail Carriger's Dublin WorldCon Schedule 2019

It seems to be about 2-4 years between Europe trips these days, so this is your chance to catch me in person for a while.

I have one final event after this in 2019 ~ San Diego’s Gaslight Steampunk Expo.

Want me at an event or in your area in 2020? Ask your local Comic Con or SF/F convention to invite me. It doesn’t do any good to whine that I never visit your area, I’m a vampire, I only go where invited by those in authority. Why Doesn’t Gail Visit Me?

Reticence Update

Here’s all the behind the scenes stuff for Reticence while you read or after you finish! I really hope you enjoy both the book and the extras.

Video About Reticence!

Questions answered while trying not to cause any spoilers. See Gail try to dodge around topics and talk in code.

More Fun Shizz to Tickle Your Fancy While I’m Away

Read The 5th Gender, because it will change the way you think about life, human interaction, and culture. Oh and it’s cute, funny, and sexy. So there!

Here’s a sample of the audiobook which is uploading and going through the quality check process…

All the Dear Lord Akeldama blog posts

All my books have been updated with special extras and behind the scenes features, just click on the book and then scroll to the bottom section.

HOW TO MARRY A WEREWOLF is on sale! USA Kindle/Zon only

Reviews Mean You Love Me

If you feel at all inclined, please review one of my books? Why? It’s really helpful in getting the word out and keeps me writing. It’s emotional motivation. Also it has lots of side effects in terms of offers for marketing deals from different platforms allowing me to reach even more readers.

Also, honestly? Soulless has been at 858 reviews for ages and I would SO SO SO love to crack 1000. I mean, come on, wouldn’t that be awesome? 1000 reviews?

Yours, traveling with lots to read,

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo UK | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU 

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasol by Jackie for Erin seen at Reticence launch

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Enjoy This ‘Divorced Birds’ Subreddit

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

9 LGBT Book Blogs That Will Keep You Up To Date With Your Favorite Authors

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How authors make money

Book News:

Joyfully Jay says:

The 5th Gender is a really engaging story that combines humor, romance, and a little bit of mystery. The first thing that struck me here is the playful tone to the story. Fans of Carriger’s San Andreas Shifters series will recognize the style with a lot of humor and silliness amidst the more serious plot elements.”

Quote of the Day:

What is it about fuzzy socks that’s so comforting? I mean it doesn’t work with… say… fuzzy undies or a fuzzy bra.

~ Self on Twitter

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Miss Gail Reads from The 5th Gender + Q&A & Praise (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.”

Every Book a Doorway says:

“I think Carriger did an excellent job of creating – and conveying – zyga as an identity; the eponymous 5th gender of the title. It’s incredibly important to Tris, the story, and his culture, and I found it deeply moving. It’s a really beautiful concept/identity, one that hearkens to the roles queer people have held in many different cultures, and especially the minor revelation of the last few pages just took my breath away.”

The Lit Bitch says:

“Carriger does such a fantastic job with her world building and this book is no exception. The world is richly described and interesting, but it’s the mystery/plot that really push this one forward.”

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!


What the Book Publishing Process is Like + Fan Service Behind the Scenes (Important for Writers) Video

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I’m hoping you’ll enjoy my latest video, Gentle Reader.

This one is less Q&A and more a bit of storytelling from yours truly.

For the first half I talk about how a book is birthed into the world from a traditionally established author perspective using Fan Service as a model. The second half is a regular Q&A.

FIY I misspoke when I say “no oxford comma.” I, of course, meant the opposite.

FIRST HALF

After the book is written, what next?

  1. The options cause: What does it mean? How do authors act because of it and their contract?
    Meaning of “under option” “not activating option” etc.. and why a broad/open/wide option is bad and a tight/narrow/restricted option is good.
  2. How authors are paid by a publisher: in 3 installments on signing, delivery & acceptance (D&A), and on publication (on-pub)
  3. What happens after the manuscript is delivered to an editor.
  4. Difference between an editor at a traditional publishing house and a developmental editor (or dev edit) as hired by an indie/self published author.
  5. How the language around editors is different between traditional and self publishers.
  6. How a dev edit difference from other types of editing. (Why we moved to Word at this juncture. UGH.)
  7. When a book “goes into production” or is “put into production.”
  8. What the copy edit process is like. (AKA line edit) And do they have a sense of humor?
    Style sheets. House rules.
  9. What a proof pass is like.
  10. What is an ARC? Why produce one? How is it different from the finished product? Using Fan Service as a demo.

Questions answered pertaining to the traditional publishing process:

  • How do beta (and alpha) readers fit into this? Can a good beta take the place of a developmental editor?
  • How to separate yourself from your work, so you can better edit yourself. Using tech and using emotions. Gail offers tips: audio pass, changing fonts etc…
  • Does Gail have advice for new authors? Try her Resources page
  • Quick chat about author copies of published print books.

Here is what the ARC of Prudence looked like.

Prudence finished hard cover on the left and the ARC on the right.

The actual release was a hard cover.

SECOND HALF

Other Fun Stuff

Gail shows you difference between a numbered Limited hard cover editions from Subterranean and a Lettered boxed edition.

Gail shows you exactly how long the Meat Cute (AKA The Hedgehog Incident) is…

Gail shouts out her local RWA chapter (San Francisco RWA)

Hints at future video.

Brief chat on poly characters and covers

Does Gail ever hate her characters?

Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse Wikia (AKA world bible)

Possibly Meat Cute at the very end of the year. Only maybe. We will see how I feel. (Big leak on who’s reading it.) How long will it be? It’s a little over 9,000 words so the same length as The Curious Case

The turban Gail is wearing can be found here: (the broach is her own)

Gail ends with her mind being BLOWN by how the German’s treat titles.

Audiobooks Coming Out This Year

The Omega Objection

The 5th Gender

Competence to the UK… maybe?

Reticence to the USA, yes in August. To the UK? Who knows.

 

If you have things you’d like Gail to cover in depth (as she did with trad publishing) please leave a comment with the subject you’d like covered. Already on the list: Gail’s self publishing book birth journey.

 

I hope you enjoyed this video!

Yours, live and in color,

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
  • 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 . . .

Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine Date May, 1877

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

How to Throw a Fabulous Book Party

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Surprising Reading Habits of Millennials

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

What are the Romance Subgenres? (And How to Pick One)

Book News:

Mayor of Baltimore Resigns After City Vendors Spent Hundreds of Thousands Buying Her Books, And Then Were Awarded Contracts Worth Millions

Quote of the Day:

Writing a book is like making stock:

  1. Boil carcass until something useful comes out.
  2. Skim the fat.
  3. Freeze.
  4. Forget about it for months.
  5. Turn into something edible or throw it away.

~ 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


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

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

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!


Failed Goals, New Surprises & Gail’s First Fan (Video Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Have another fun video for you today, Gentle reader. I actually managed to use the technology right for a change.

In This Video

Gail talks about her local RWA Chapter, the San Francisco RWA. And a category romance panel she just went to including gay romance author Amy Lane.

Gail talks about the goals she set for herself this time last year, and whether she did what she set out to do as an author.

She explains her lack of a British accent.

More hints about who shows up in Reticence, plus The 5th Gender, plus super secret project Ooooom in honor of Soulless’s 10th birthday. It is from the same publisher that brought the Soulless LTD green hardcover with the cameo on the cover, and it will match that book.

Gail tells a sad/happy story of meeting her very first fan, the amazing Carey of Borderlands Books in San Francisco.

Gail ends on a funny story about typhoid.

Important Details & Questions Answered

Gail’s lipstick is: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in Pioneer #20

The Jacket is a 1940s style revival velvet from It’s A Wrap in LA. The turban is here, with a vintage broach pinned to it.

Hints about a possible upcoming YA series, balancing YA and steamy adult books, some chatter about Crudrat.

Gail’s policy of Fan Fiction.

Gail’s Heroine’s Journey Course and what it’s about.

Drop Gail a Calling Card?

Play/movie/anime adaptations? Any 2019 book tours? Parasolverse books set further back in time?

Places Gail ate and loved in Seattle: Sushi Kashiba (sushi domination AKA omakase), Place Pigalle (French), Flintcreek Cattle Co (game). Thanks to Piper J Drake for the assist. We will chat about the on 20 Minute Delay

Links of Interest

The 3 books Gail released last year:

The 3 books Gail will release this year:

Other People’s Books

Gail’s up-coming events possibly Dublin WorldCon.

Thank you for watching my darling!

Miss Gail

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OUT MAY 18, 2019!

The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi as G. L. Carriger). COVER ART TO BE SEEN SOON BY THE CHIRRUP.

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.

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 . . .

PArasol Le Follet Date April, 1867 v. 46, 39

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

10 Things You Need to Know About the Ancient Library of Alexandria

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Comping White

Book News:

7 Authors to Follow on Goodreads for Diverse Romance Recs

Quote of the Day:

“My toast was ‘To 2019 – may it be a great year for schadenfreude!'”

~ Borderlands Overheard in the Store

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!

Photo of all Competence trade signed at Borderlands. Used SIGNED button on Competence’s page to order one.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

~ Arthur C. Clarke


Never Able to Catch Gail Carriger at Events? Check out this video of her Panel on the Parasolverse at Teslacon!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dear gentle reader, here is the FULL video of one of my panels from my recent visit to Teslacon. This steampunk event is fabulous and well worth a visit.

The lovely Airship Ambassador is ostensibly interviewing me, but we kinda just talk about the Parasol Protectorate for 90 minutes. The audio isn’t great and there is a brief glitch while I’m telling the cover art story so that will have to wait for another day.

If you don’t often see me at a convention, this is a taste of what it’s like.

Mentioned in this video!

“I find that writing is a constant battle with exactly the same problems you’ve always had.”

~ Douglas Adams

Questions Answered

  • Yes, that’s a knitted octopus on Gail’s head.
  • First writing and trying to sell Soulless, did Gail intend a series how did it go? Troubles with Changeless.
  • Getting and agent and getting a publisher.
  • How did Soulless get its cover?
  • The inception of Lord Akeldama. Will we get more of his back story?
  • Did Gail intend the Finishing School and the Parasol Protectorate character interconnection from the get go?
  • Books tours, why, how many, why stop?
  • How much feedback and contact does Gail really have with her fans.
  • How much influence did Gail have over the manga and illustrated edition? How did they come into existence? What two scenes did REM have to redraw? Why isn’t there a coloring book?
  • How to take advantage of serendipity?
  • How much input does Gail have in her audiobooks and her narrators? Will there be other versions?
  • Film option?
  • Why does Professor Lyall exist? Is he just a foil or more?
  • Werewolf back story, does Gail know how they all experience metamorphosis?
  • Which character does Gail identify with the most? How to name them?
  • Gail in England? Research, travel, and her mother.
  • How much does the author’s Archaeology background play into these books?
  • What werecreature would Gail choose?

With members of the Parasol Protectorate FB Fan Group in real life!

I hope you enjoyed this is a rare opportunity to see what I’m like on a panel.

Rare because it took most of my data to film and post and it’s kinda hard to get the tech right.

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 under the G. L. Carriger pen name). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

1890s Hat

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

You Don’t Always Need To Find A Smarter Room: Here’s Why

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Hackers Are Targeting Createspace Author Accounts

Book News:

Gail Chatting Panel Teslacon Fan Art

Quote of the Day:

“That’s my motto, go somewhere, fall in love with an ancient culture.. mock it in fiction.”

~ Gail reflecting on archaeology and being an author

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Carriger Shows Off Her Parasol Collection (Special Extras Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Oh, did you think my love of the humble parasol was all a ruse?

Certainly not, Gentle Reader.

Here is my proof!

In this short video I talk about nothing but parasols!

Mentioned in this video…

Hope you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes!

Yours in shaded glory,

Miss Gail

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 under the G. L. Carriger pen name). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Harpers Bazar New York Sat June 13 1891

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Snapshot of Bette Davis’s Divorce–“She Read Too Much,” Says Husband

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Thoughts About Fantasy from Write On Right On

Book News:

Sophronia Balcony Teslacon Fan Art

Quote of the Day:

“I’ve become that guy who buys his underwear on EBay.”
“You haven’t hit rock bottom until you buy it on Craigslist.”

~ Overheard in Borderlands Books, from their awesome occasional blog

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Reveals Secrets About Cover Art, Book Titles, & The Omega Objection (Video Q&A)

Posted by Gail Carriger

In my most recent video, I talk about my latest book, The Omega Objection, plus cover art secrets, coming up with book titles, and more!

IN THIS VIDEO

  • I make tea in my office.
  • All about covers, traditional versus indie, stock art, finding models and photographers. Which one is my favorite?
  • All about titles, how do I come up with book titles, series titles, and more.
  • How are the narrators chosen for my audiobooks? Which one do I recommend to reluctant listeners?
  • Why do books cost so much in certain parts of the world?
  • What is my Meyers Briggs?
  • My biggest markets outside the USA.
  • Any short stories? Is this a trend? How do I feel about them?
  • My favorite of my characters.
  • What kind of British accent do I like best?
  • Hints about Reticence.
  • The 5th Gender by G. L. Carriger with be the next release in the spring.

Percy & Footnote Fanart by Desiree Schwartz

LINKS OF INTEREST

Models in Dark Garden & Even Butterfield Photographer used for cover art.

My cover art designer, Starla.

Want more on how I think about covers?

Why Designers Love The Ampersand

Order signed editions of any of my books using the signed button on that book’s page on my website.

Tips for getting over writer’s block.

Linked information and sneaks peeks in the Chirrup.

Dress in the video

GAIL’S OUTFIT

Eye makeup done using the amazing Vamp Stamp.

Retro Rack: Gail’s Makeup Routine

Turquoise dress from eShakti, necklace from Gail’s grandma.

Want more of me blogging about cover art? Here is this blog post where I get very snippy about it and it’s purpose in life.

Cover Art & Its Purpose in Life (Important for Writers)

Hope you enjoyed the video!

Yours,

Miss Gail

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Direct from Gail

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Mourning Ensemble 1880s The Mint Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

A Parisian Dog Arrested for Theft

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Paddington’s Marmalade

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“At the end of all this being-determined-to-be-a-jack-of-all-trades, I think I’m better off just sitting down and putting a hundred thousand words in a cunning order.”

~ Douglas Adams

Book News:

23 Of The Best Fantasy Book Series for Adults (guess which made the list?)

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


When the Book Surprises the Author, How Gail Decides What To Write Next & Sneaky Hints on Future Projects (Video Q&A)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darlings a new chatty video for you. I got silly and excited about the Soulless Illustrated HC, new nonfiction book Girl Squads, and seeing a performance of queer Oklahoma!

Questions Answered

Will there be more illustrated editions of the Parasol Protectorate Series? How does Gail feel about the style of the illustrations? How does she feel about how the artist interprets her characters?

What hashtag should we use when showing off our Soulless illustrations colored in? #colorsolverse

Who has the rights to Gail’s series?

What surprised Gail when writing The Omega Objection (the next San Andreas Shifter book)? Where is the pre-order? (It’s COMING SOON.) Hints about cover art.

Why Gail is so discombobulated?

Will there be a movie/film? Will there be a Finishing School manga?

More Sophronia? More Alexia? More Lord A? (Plus some insight into his sex life.)

Will we get an American story line in the Parasolverse?

Would Gail ever write fantasy with a full-on magical system?

Why does Gail decide to write a book and how does she choose a main character? What’s her favorite weather for writing? Time of day?

Mentioned in this Video

Soulless Illustrated edition, direct link to buy on Amazon. Get it personalized by ordering it from Borderlands, use the “signed” button off Gail’s websiteThe Soulless Manga series. Casting Soulless the TV series (or movie). (Casting the Custard Protocol series here.) How did Soulless get its cover.

Soulless Illustrated Edition Launch Party at Borderlands! September 23, 3pm.

Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History.

Queer gender bending fabulous production of Oklahoma! in Ashland.

Crazy Rich Asians & To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Gail watched them and loved the both.

Characters & Up Coming Projects

The next San Andreas Shifter book, The Omega Objection. Cover art reveal to come in the next Chirrup.

Some sneaky insights and quasi spoilers for what side characters are making appearances in Reticence. Also who is appearing in up-coming novellas. Who would give Biffy away?

Where is Biffy from? Take a look at his wikia entry for all hints.

The greater function of Lord Akeldama.

Gail’s favorite scene in the Parasol Protectorate.

Some of Ivy’s silly hats and outfits Ace by Artimis Fan Artist

What’s Gail Wearing & Where’s Gail Going?

Gail will be at TeslaCon and also DemiCon next May.

Gail is drinking a Thai Tea out of an antique teacup.

Gail’s YouTube tour of office & tour of teacup collection.

Gail’s turban is Raylans Womens Bowknot Turban Headwear Puggaree. Her lipstick is Maybelline Super Stay Lipcolor, Flame #725. These and other fashion tips from Gail in Retro Rack.

Hope you enjoyed it and hope you can join me live next time!

Yours in discombobulations,

Miss Gail

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All books in the first print run of 10,000 are SIGNED.
If you want it dedicated or are paranoid about ensuring it’s signed,
you can order it via Borderlands Books using the SIGNED button on my website.

NOT USA?

Borderlands Books will ship to you.
Order from them using the SIGNED button on my website.

This special edition of Soulless includes 10 stunning full page illustrations in Edward Gorey style by the talented Jensine Eckwall.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Steampunks Abound at Worldcon: The huge sci-fi event featured panels, dealers, readings, parties and, of course, the Hugo Awards

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Romance Tropes

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Writing Characters, Future Plans & Gossip (Video Q&A)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello Gentle Reader,

The video is a little off center because frankly, so is my life right now, but here you go lots of fun and insider info…

Things Gail Discusses

Questions Answered

  • How to develop characters from 2D to 3D? What’s the nicest thing you can do for an author?
  • How, exactly does Gail write?
  • What was the easiest book for Gail to write?
  • Characters Gail misses writing.
  • Why choose werewolves over vampires?
  • Who or what inspired Tasherit Sekhmet?
  • The Phinkerlington connection? Explore the Parasolverse Wikia.

Other exciting stuff!

  • Gail drops some super fun hints about future projects.
  • Gail’s talk about her style inspiration. (See all that on Retro Rack and Pinterest.)
  • How she really feels about award shows.
  • Her current TV addiction. Hint, it’s bad, really bad, but OH SO GOOD.
  • Gail’s various connections with fellow steampunk mavin Shelley Adina

  • Did you miss this Facebook Live? Event announcements go to Chirrup members first, because I love them best. Sign up here. Also members of the Chirrup will have the option of entering to win this parasol on Sunday. You need to join before it goes out. This charming lace sunshade is one of a kind… because I decorated it with the blue ribbon myself. There will also be more gossip about WorldCon, and a super exciting secret about an upcoming project.

OUT NOW!

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 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

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

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

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

Accidentally abandoned!

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1920 via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A cup of tea anyone, made the 18th century way?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

11 of the Most Hilarious Bookstore Signs We Could Find

Book News:

Beautiful cosplay readers at the Tattered Cover event in Denver

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Author Show & Tell: A Tour of Gail Carriger’s Teacup Collection (Video – Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Here’s a fun little video tour I did of my super special teacup collection, Gentle Reader. Just a sneaky look into the things that I love.

Enjoy!

Things you will learn in this video…

  • How long have I been collecting teacups?
  • Why do I like the small ones?
  • What attracts me to the different types of ceramic and pottery?
  • What shapes and designs do I look for?

And, of course, a full tour of my absolute favorites!

  • Want more behind the scenes info? This kind of thing goes to my Chirrup members, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.
  • Not into newsletters? Get only new releases by following Gail on Amazon or BookBub!
  • Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.

OUT NOW!

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

 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

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

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

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

Accidentally abandoned!

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

Booklist Online says:

“High jinks and peril abound as the Custard navigates uncharted air currents, and the characters bicker over everything from Thomas Aquinas to tasseled hats. Recommend this amusing romp to steampunk and LGBT+ readers looking for suspenseful and romantic fantasy.”

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1919 (Source- chatterblossom.blogspot.dk)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bumbersnoot Reticule at Tattered Cover 2018

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Starbucks Egg Puff Bites

Recently discovered new great travel food. Starbuck’s egg puff thingies. Bit salty but yum! Very much excited for 20 Minute Delay reasons.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How we discovered three poisonous books in our university library

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Tea Dueling, Books That Make Me Cry & The Next Novella (Gail Carriger Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my darling Gentle Reader, here’s my latest video Q&A for your amusement!

Links to Fun Stuff Mentioned in the Video

Competence UK & Competence USA

Why are there 2 different covers?

(Gail also addresses whether Reticence will also have 2 covers.)

How to Marry a Werewolf Audiobook is now available! Audible & Amazon Audio & iTunes!

Chirrup!

Full list of all Gail’s books.

Want my stuff signed: Borderlands Books is waiting!

Next San Andreas Shifter Book, hints are given!

Main Gail Carriger Fan Group on Facebook

Parasolverse Spoiler Squees! group on Facebook 

Devon Cream Tea: Scone and then cream or jam?

FAQs Answered in the Video

Will Gail be near me? See the rest of Gail’s 2018 Events!

(Also the Dublin WorldCon 2019)

Where are the rest of the manga?

What kind of things Gail looks for in a book she’s reading.

Book club discussion on Goodreads

Books reviewed by Gail on Goodreads

Books reviewed by Gail on BookBub 

 

More FAQ 

More Resources

Craft & Writing & Specific Questions in this Video

How long does it take Gail to write a book and how many revisions for each book? More on the craft or writing under this tag.

Writing Quickly & Keeping the Passion for Writing. Has Gail’s pace changed over time?

Balance and that time Gail nearly burned out: Analytical Versus Creative or Why Gail’s Life Went Bang 

Amazon recommends books like Gail’s. How do they decide? Does Gail have control? More on this subject in this blog post on Also-Boughts:

Character Questions Answered

Who will the next novella feature?

Will there be more North Americans?

Why she steers clear of Alessandro.

Will we see more of the Wicker Chicken?

Other Stuff

Why Gail loves her fans so very much and how important the fan group is to her psyche as a writer.

WisCon in Madison

Teapot Racing

Tea Dueling!

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard 

End of the pink lipstick quest.

Retro Rack Group

Gail on Pinterst!

Book Gail just finished and really loved? Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane (Goodreads review here) Minor Trigger warning for off screen rape.

Books that made Gail sob cry, in a good way. And what she’s writing that made readers cry.

And that’s it for this one! I do hope you enjoy it!

Yours etc!

Miss Gail

OUT NOW!

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Direct from Gail (Optional Signed Edition) 

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

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1911-1914 Longchamp, France via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Phoenix Comic Fest: The View From the Center Hallway

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

20 Minute Delay Hotel Hack, using an ironing board as additional counter space

I’m talking convention tips and travel hacks over on Beyond the Trope.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How to Cheat the Kindle Store (and Get Away With it!)

Book News:

LeFoux on this list! Bookish BAE: Literary Loves, Dream Dates, and Space Partners

Quote of the Day:

 

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


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