12 Days Until Christmas, Finishing School Style, Plus Gift Ideas for the Gail Carriger Fan In Your Life (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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12 days until Christmas, Gentle Reader, if that’s your thing. Here is a bit of fun from the Finishing School Tumblr.

Here are 12 Gift Ideas For Gail Carriger Fans:

1. Octopus Cookie Cutter ($6).

2. Octopus necklace ($7) for any member of the OBO who doesn’t want to get a tattoo.

3. Octopus Bottle Stopper ($12) for those who prefer wine over tea.

4. 1800s Balloon Art Airship Stainless Steel ID or Cigarettes Case ($14). This is the airship design that the Flywaymen air dinghies are based off of in the Finishing School series.

Or if you’re buying for a big OBO Madame Lefoux fan, the same company makes versions of this case with octopus on the cover.

5. Lace overlay parasol (not good for rain) $13, comes in range of colors.

6. Wonderful Ocean Octopus Nightlight ($18) that I might have to buy for my office. So cute! Perhaps Quesnel had one of these while a child.

7. Stone Octopus Coaster

8. Tentacles Wall Decal Sticker ($30).

9. Lucky Ladybug Shaped Teapot ($18). For Primrose to serve tea aboard the Spotted Custard.

10. My favorite tea, Twinings 1706 Strong ($12).

11. Gail’s favorite Necklace pen  ($20). I own both and wear them constantly. Standard gel refills.

Bumbersnoot necklace
Also there is also my Zazzle shop full of Gail Carriger branded merchandise. Everything from t-shirts to mugs to buttons.
{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}


Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1921A young, brunette Carole Lombard. 1921 via fuckyeahmodernflapper tumblr

1921 A young, brunette Carole Lombard. 1921 via fuckyeahmodernflapper tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“It was one of those jolly, peaceful mornings that make a fellow wish he’d got a soul or something.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Book News:

Backwards Compatible says of Imprudence:

“With a great mix of humour and characters, Gail Carriger has created wonderfully rich world for Rue to explore. The best part is as yet she does not know what manner of adventures await though I’m hoping Carriger does. If you are new to Steampunk then this is a great series to look into and though I always say start at the beginning, you can jump into to Imprudence and still enjoy the ride.”

Quote of the Day:

“My new supervisor was a gruff old dude who liked the fact that I was a gruff young dude.”
~ Strong Signal by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

(Highly recommended for fans of contemporary m/m romance.)

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Cover Art Poll Results ~ The Ultimate Champion (Special Extras)

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This is exciting, Gentle Reader. Two of my covers were neck and neck the whole time. And the winner by a very slim margin is…

The Soulless special edition from Subterranean Press. (Insert wild applause here.)

Here’s the final pie chart. (PIE!)

As you can see Waistcoats & Weaponry gave Soulless Ltd a run for her money, coming is an astonishingly close second, with Prudence and then Soulless the original bringing up the rear.


Thank you all so much for voting!

To answer a question I’m getting a lot on social media: yes, this may indeed influence future covers on the self-publishing side of things, but not right away. Frankly the Poison or Protect cover was already taking cues from W&W (because it’s one of my favorites) and because it’s an adult spin off from that series.

I’ll keep the special edition in mind if I do my own collected special editions. For example, if/when self publishing ever makes it easy to do hard cover editions. Also I will certainly look with greater interest at the Prudence cover for inspiration. I kind of discounted it and now I see that I shouldn’t have done so.

Thanks again!

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles Saturday, May 1, 1858 v. 39, plate 105

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The First Kiss in Cinema (1896)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Answering Nature’s Call in Paris in 1800s

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
High Fantasy Vs. Epic Fantasy

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“Aunt Dahlia was drinking something that smelled like a leak in the gas-pipe, and I thought for a moment that it was that that made her twist up her face.”

~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

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Cover Art Polls, Results & Pick the Ultimate Winner!

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Well, my dear Gentle Reader. I ran a series of polls recently to do with cover art. I just wanted to get a feel for the prevailing opinions on my cover art out there. Partly out of pure curiosity. Partly with an eye towards my own hybrid work coming up.

Since Google forms now provides nifty pie charts (PIE!) I thought you would like to see the results for yourselves.

The Parasol Protectorate


Not unsurprisingly the clear winner was Soulless, the original. This powerful cover got me where I am today. All hail Donna, her parasol, and some serious pink slashes!


The Finishing School


I was delighted to see Waistcoats & Weaponry walk away with this win. Certainly one of my favorite covers, partly because that’s my fan. Also, I like a cover where the model is looking out at you, confrontational and powerful. Plus you all know how I feel about teals and greens. Love love.


Custard Protocol


Not really a fair fight since there are only two books in this series, so far. And one of them isn’t even published yet. Still, here we have it!


Other Covers


For the sake of international interest I included a few of my covers from outside the USA (I basically just chose my favorites of the sets, one each of the German covers and the second omnibus and the new limited edition hardcover.) The winner was, to my delight, the Subterranean Soulless!

So now, to make it utterly impossible for you, I am asking you to pick your favorite of these four! I know, I know, I’m mean. But inquiring minds want to know.

Who wins fan favorite Gail Carriger cover? Only you can decide.

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Bon Ton Sunday, August 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 123

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Welcome to the World of Library Bars

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
10 Types of Apostrophe Errors You Should Avoid

Book News:
20 Books Recommended By People with Chronic Illness for People with Chronic Illness (Parasol Protectorate made the list)

Quote of the Day:
“Lady Grenville thinks that one can reduce one’s figure by eating only grapes. Lord Grenville drinks even more claret than most gentlemen and is far fatter. (Evidently one must eat the grapes and not drink them.)”
~ Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery & Cecelia

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Sophronia & Her Sisters ~ Waistcoats & Weaponry Character Study (Finishing School Special Extras)

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Here’s some fun insider trading information on the Finishing School books, Gentle Reader. In Waistcoats & Weaponry, you finally got to see how big Sophronia’s family really is. I myself come for a rather small family, so I ended up needing to do a bunch of research, interviews, and such to get a handle on what it means to have siblings.

The Temminnick Children

  • Nigella
  • Octavia
  • Ephraim
  • Gresham
  • Petunia
  • Sophronia
  • Humphrey
  • Hudibras

A large family was intentional. I always wanted Sophronia to come from a stable, if mildly disinterested, middle class background. In YA, removal of family ~ orphaning ~ is so common I wanted my main character to be the opposite. In Sophronia’s case I was thinking of the marvelous children’s book, Molly Moves Out but also books like Little Women and Pride & Prejudice.

One of the side effects of thinking about this, is that I started to collect images that reminded me of Sophronia and her sisters growing up together. I thought you might like a look at some of them, Gentle Reader…

Frederick Cayley Robinson, A Winter Evening, 1899 via British Paintings tumblr

There is something about the sense of boredom in this picture that I always imagine was endemic to young ladies of the Victorian Era. If you were a female born into a family that earned enough money you were obliged, frankly, to do very little. How hard this must have been on ladies of bright and vibrant minds or particularly sociable dispositions.

“Diffidence is very becoming to young people, and to those who are new to the world. But it is hardly credible that it should produce a painful taciturnity in persons who have passed from youth into maturity; and who have enjoyed the advantages of education and of living in good society.”

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

In the image above, I see Sophronia as the youngest in the room, because you get that sense of sympathy mixed with observation that will become a hallmark of her character. The clothing and hair is appropriate to a slightly earlier time period, perhaps four or five years before Etiquette & Espionage. Note that only the one lying on the bed has her hair up? She is the only one out in society, the other two are still in the schoolroom as their hair is plaited (in a braid). The look about the face and the coloring is pretty near exactly how I imagined Sophronia and her family.

The Rain It Raineth Everyday – Leonard Campbell Taylor 1906

Here we have an image set a little later in time, perhaps the 1860s (or a very fashion forward 1850s), with the heightened wide skirt silhouettes. Again, this picture highlights the boredom of the time period, particularly on a rainy day when one can’t even go for a walk. I also adore the cat on the lap. That’s exactly how my cat sleeps in mine.

via the-garden-of-delights tumblr: “The Sisters” (1839) by Margaret Sarah Carpenter (1793-1872)

Perhaps not Sophronia herself, but two of her older sisters before Sophronia was born? These young girls have their hair already up, are they practicing or were they put out into society very young? Or perhaps they simply have young faces? The round, rosy-cheeked, child-like face was considered the height of beauty in the early Victorian Era, and is more how I imagined Dimity than Sophronia or her family.

Dressing in the Nursery

This was one of the first images I collected before I started writing the Finishing School series and I’m afraid I didn’t keep the source. There is a key scene in Waistcoats & Weaponry where Sophronia, Dimity, Petunia, and Petunia’s friends are all dressing together. This picture, I think, subconsciously informed that scene. It reminds me so much of my own youth, getting dressed up for various costume events with my friends.

Enchantment – James Elder Christie

A much later period painting. Perhaps of Sophronia and a little childhood friend? As I was conceiving Sophronia’s character, I found myself attracted to paintings of girls reading. Particularly reading outside: it represents a juxtaposition of her character, I think. She likes books but she also likes the adventure and activity in the wide world.

In the end, Sophronia doesn’t read all that much in my stories once she gets to Finishing School. So it’s likely I was more putting my childhood self into her past (as I was always to be found with my head down in a book but outside). I also used to adore reading out loud to my friends, a few of whom even put up with it. But my little friend Megan and I would spend hours on Choose Your Own Adventure stories. I would read, she would choose, both of us were happy.

Ada Thilen (Finnish painter, 1852-1933) Reading

Most of my youth was spent reading outdoors. I would pack a lunch and take to the hills, or the cliffs, or punt out in my little boat (Tersky) and find a quite space on the lagoon where my parents couldn’t disturb me and simply read all afternoon.

I know most readers are full of memories of indoors, curling up by the fire. But I was a California Coastal nerd child and my mother had an expat’s love of sun and sand, believing strongly in healthy outdoor living. She would chivy me outside every summer day, and the only way to guarantee I stayed there was with a library book (or ten). (Sadly this has also resulted in near constant mole removal in later life, I have over a dozen scars and near on 100 stitches at this point. Yes she made me wear sunscreen, no I wasn’t diligent about it.)

James Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917) The Embroiderer

This is more expected practice for young ladies of Sophronia’s time. I imagine this is one of her older sisters, one of the good biddable ones.


And here is a fashion plate of her sisters when they are older ~ all grown up and well dressed with pretty hair and pretty manners. You see what Sophronia has to contend with?

“Girls who did not need to go out to work had no break for mark their passing from childhood to adolescence: they were often children up until they married. Louise Creighton had barely been out for a walk alone until her marriage in her twenties – if she wanted to go anywhere she had to be accompanied by her governess; if the governess was not avialable she bribed her young brothers with sweets to go with her.”
~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. 52)

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Conseiller des Dames & des Demoiselles
Date-  Saturday, September 1, 1855 Item ID-  v. 37, plate 91

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Tea and coffee set designed by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
A Multi-Function Clip That Hides a Toolbox in Your Hair

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
11 Ways to Make Your Life a Little More Like a Jane Austen Novel (Without All Arranged Marriages and Oppression of Women, Of Course)

Book News:
Christine of Cannonball Read 7 says of Etiquette & Espionage: “I thoroughly enjoyed my journey to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s with Sophronia. The writing is smooth, the characters intriguing, and the names ridiculous. (Lord Dingleproops, really?)”

Quote of the Day:
“You’re overmatched, Mistress.”
There was silence, and then a blaze of green light washed over the clearing.
“I’m still alive,” said Llannat’s voice. “You have to win this fight. I only need to keep from losing it too soon.”
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, The Price of the Stars

Waistcoats & Weaponry Trade Paperback Releases in the US (Finishing School)

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Waistcoats & Weaponry releases tomorrow, October 6th, in trade paperback format in the US. Last I checked it was listed at $5.50 online. Meanwhile Etiquette & Espionage is on sale in kindle format for $3.49.

I know there are some of you out there who are fans of this format, I’d jump on this price if you can. I don’t hold out much hope that it will stay this cost for long.

Skye’s Scribblings says of W&W: “Yet another thoroughly entertaining read from Miss Gail! With the exciting twists at the end, I’m eager to to read the final installment in the series, Manners & Mutiny, due out November 2015!”

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Conseiller des Dames Date-  Sunday, May 1, 1853 Item ID-  v. 36, plate 51

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
An 18thc. Women’s Fashion Necessity: One Pretty Pocket, 1737

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Tatler and Debretts Launch School of Etiquette

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
New Adult fiction a popular niche

Book News:
Jenny @Book Sojourner says of Etiquette & Espionage:

“Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing this series. Outside of some references to seduction training and painted ladies, this is a clean book. I really hope the series stays on the clean side, because it is nice to have a YA series that is great for anyone.”

Quote of the Day:
“Well … what I really need to get on Pleyver is advice.”
“Don’t sit with your back to the door,” Nannla said promptly. “Never volunteer. When in doubt, wear your good clothes.”
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, The Gathering Flame

Victorian Slang Pertaining to Cohabitation (Finishing School Special Extras)

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1811 Slang Pertaining to Cohabitation

  • Heavy baggage ~ Women and children.
  • She wears the breeches ~ The wife governs her husband.
  • Butcher’s dog. i.e. lie by the beef without touching it ~ A simile often applicable to married men.
  • To join giblets ~ Said of a man and woman who cohabit as husband and wife, without being married.
  • He has tied a knot with his tongue, that he cannot untie with his teeth ~ He is married.
  • Noozed ~ Married, hanged.

~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue 
“He always was a small man. Made smaller by his wife.”
~ Emma (2009 movie)

“If you cannot get the right kind of business partner, marry a good honest wife.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

“Why should she be rewarded for gratifying her own inclination in marrying the man of her choice? We repeat, that we cannot exactly perceive why, when the union of a couple of lovers, in many cases, adds to the happiness, honour, and glory of the married pair alone, their friends should think it a duty to levy on themselves these contributions; so often inconvenient to the givers, and not much cared for by the receivers.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 Longchamp, France. 1900 via Edwardian Time Machine tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Pixar’s walking teapot.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Widow & the Law: A Brief History of Widows’ Pensions in Britain

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Writer Wheel

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“Marriage is for noblewomen with nothing else to do.”
~ Tamora Pierce, Trickster’s Choice

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Waistcoats & Weaponry is Alive & Book Tour Details (Finishing School)

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Waistcoats & Weaponry, Finishing School book the Third (penultimate) is in the world! Hooray!!! *

It is available in ebook, hard cover, and somewhat on Amazon. (Why are there problems with Amazon shipping in a timely fashion?)

* Update while Gail is on the road: Madness. Distress. Crazy case of hiccoughs.


  • Amazon did drop the kindle edition and it’s available now.
  • B&N did not ship the Signed Special Edition Hardbacks of W&W, and now it looks like they cancelled them. I signed them on schedule and shipped them back. After that, it seems no one could handle the complexity of the situation. Or perhaps the books themselves went all stealthy. I blame Flywaymen.
  • I will make this up to you: drop me a calling card with your address and I will mail off a signed sticker or book plate as soon as I get home. I know it is not the same thing, but I’m scrambling for a way to make this right for you.
  • The audiobook is available in the US for Audible. There is supposed to be a limited CD run as well, but it is listed out of stock and with no picture so we don’t know what is going on there. I wouldn’t hold out hope in that regard, the fact that they even considered CDs came as a huge surprise to me.
  • There seem to be issues with the audiobook in the UK and associated territories (I can’t check since I am not within that particular firewall and just am not up for a VPNing right now). There were problems with C&C audiobook in the UK last release so I guess it is happening again.

Here, Gentle Reader, are the details of my tour…

  • Washington DC Nov. 9 at Noon International Spy Museum (800 F St., NW, 20004). There might be a companion steampunk scavenger hunt throughout the museum!

“The ladies of Boston have more color in their cheeks than those of many cities, and walk as though they would live to get round the next corner. It is not so fashionable to be delicate. They are robust in mind and always ready for an argument.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)



Can’t catch me out tour?

Never fear here’s some fun virtual touring!

Interviews with yours truly:

On USA Today’s Happily Ever After Blog with other paranormal authors on our favorite creatures of the night
TOR.com Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe

W&W excerpt reveals:

Romantic Times

You can read some early reviews too!

Cherry Blossoms & Maple Syrup 
The Fairview Review 
My Guilty Obsession 
Fan Girl Nation

I’ll be doing a Live Q&A on Goodreads on November 20th.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for November? Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via hoopskirtsociety tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Victorian Strangeness: Seven singular sports from the Victorian era 

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Meals Recreated from 9 Famous Books

Book News:
Libby Blog says of Waistcoats & Weaponry, “This was a fun thrill ride a minute (literally as usual)! And, as usual we have mechanimals, picklemen, sooties, vampires, werewolves, dirigibles, and so much more.”

Quote of the Day:
“the short beds and narrow sheets of Germany; the slow and lumbering diligence-riding of France; the garlicky stews of Spain with a feline foundation; the little vine-twig fires in the chilly winters of Northern Italy”~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864) on traveling to other countries.

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Sophronia’s Great Question in Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ Felix or Soap (Finishing School Special Extras)

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The great question…

Sophronia & Felix?

via mformelancholy tumblr


Sophronia & Soap?

Soap & Sophronia via Natalie Jenkins on FB
photographer: David Birdsong
models: Natalie Jenkins, Corian Johnson
MUA, hair: Stacey Manuel Mua






Find out Tuesday!

Waistcoats & Weaponry

November 4, 2014

“You’re a wonderful dancer, Ria.”
“Mademoiselle Geraldine’s takes such things seriously.”
“Ah. And how many ways do you know to kill me, while we dance?”
“Only two, but give me time.”
“You have lovely eyes. Has anyone ever told you that?”
“What rot. They are a muddy green. What are you about, Lord Mersey?”
Felix sighed, looking genuinely perturbed. His air of ennui was shaken. “I am trying to court you. Truth be told, Miss Temminnick, you make it ruddy difficult!”
“Language, Lord Mersey.” Sophronia felt her heart flutter strangely. Am I ready to be courted?
― Gail Carriger, Curtsies & Conspiracies

“So, did you hold back during that test?”
“Maybe a little,” Sophronia admitted.
Soap grinned. “That’s my girl.”
Sophronia glared at him. He was getting familiar.
“You are, miss.” He continued to grin.
“I’m my own girl, thank you very much.”
― Gail Carriger, Curtsies & Conspiracies 

Come Away With Me by KateBloomfield

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for November? Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

My balloon pumpkin this year


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Contest packaging up for the winners

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“Fortunately for you, Josie, the only thing you’ve ever had to wear twice is a sour expression.”
~ Anne of Avonlea

P.S. Happy Halloween!

Kathy Rodas created a murder scene #costumesforbooks via @WOPSmslibs on Twitter
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Victorian Slang for Sophronia in Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School Special Extras)

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1811 Slang for Sophronia

  • Taradiddle ~ A fib, or falsity.
  • Quirks and quillets ~ Tricks and devices.
  • To milk the pigeon ~ To endeavor at impossibilities.
  • Sacheverel ~ The iron door, or blower, to the mouth of a stove.
  • Grumbletonian ~ A discontented person.
  • Jerrycummumble ~ To shake, towzle, or tumble about.
  • Rum ogles ~ Fine eyes.
  • A blowsabella ~ A woman whose hair is disheveled, and hanging about her face.
  • Clanker ~ Big lie
  • Gilflurt ~ A proud minks, a vain capricious woman

~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

“One of the great intelligence services of the nineteenth century in Europe was maintained not by a government but by a private firm, the banking house of Rothschild.”
“It was rumored that some of the Rothschild “scoops” were obtained by the use of carrier pigeons.”
“…one of the Rothschilds, immobilized in Paris when the city was surrounded by Germans in the Franco-German War of 1870, used balloons and possibly also carrier pigeons to communicate with the outside world. The world heard of the armistice ending the war through this means, rather than through conventional news channels.”
~ The Craft of Intelligence: America’s Legendary Spy Master on the Fundamentals of Intelligence Gathering for a Free World by Allen W. Dulles

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for October? Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Next month is Waistcoats & Weaponry.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1905 Travelling Dress  1905  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Wooden Safe Box Inspired by Clock Gears

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Learn to Pick Locks for Fun and an Increased Understanding of Security

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
History of the Quill Pen (video)

Book News:
Fan Girl Nation says,
“… Waistcoats & Weaponry keeps the humor of the previous two books, but adds more complex relationships and plotting to the mix.”

Quote of the Day:
“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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9 Burning Questions About Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ Answered! (Finishing School Q&A)

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Before we start, Gentle Reader, you can read an exclusive sneak peek of Waistcoats & Weaponry over on io9.

9 Questions About Waistcoats & Weaponry

1. Will the Finishing School Books be made into a lovely omnibus one day? (@SpottyBlanket via Twitter)
SFBC produced their own edition of E&E but I don’t know if they intend an omnibus of all four. I think that would be great, so fingers crossed. Right now, however, the only ones in existence are of the Parasol Protectorate series. These are also the only English language hardbacks of my first series.

 The Parasol Protectorate Omnibuses from SFBC

2. Will the Finishing School Books get a manga adaption like Soulless? (@SpottyBlanket via Twitter)
I don’t think so. It was particularly unusual that there was a manga adaptation of my first three books, and the result of a complicated series of serendipitous events. I would love it, but I don’t think it likely.

E&E Japanese cover, how I imagine the manga art

3. How does the Bunsons’ knot look in finishing school? (via Araidne)

What an interesting question.  Here is something all about cravats (a little earlier in time but still useful) I was imagining something a little like this:

From: The Art of Tying a Cravat.

Although I could imagine something more complicated like the Eldridge or the Trinity.

Modern Ties: Groom’s Website

4. When you burn waistcoats with weaponry, what is the minimum safe distance? (@cirby on Twitter)
Should Lord Akeldama feel insulted or is this a Fahrenheit 451 question?

5. Will it be the last in the series? (@theogany on Twitter)
Nope, there is one more, Manners & Mutiny which I am finishing up right now and which will come out November of next year. I think I read too much Tamora Pierce, for my YA tendencies lean in favor of four book series.

6. Will we see more how it connects to the Parasols Protectorate series? Either through characters or events? (@i_haik on Twitter)
Of course! Much will be revealed in these last two books. I think you will find it most satisfying, yet still a great deal of fun even if you haven’t read the other series. Also there are a few thread that connect way into the future as well, to the Custard Protocol books. You know me. I like my Easter Eggs and cookies.

7. Do you know when the book will be available in Audio? Do you know if it will be the same narrator? (via Amanda)

I believe (in the USA) that the audio will drop at the same time with the same narrator. The UK is less reliable.

8. What happens to a vampire who over-extends his tether? (via Jo)

You will find all about it in the final two Finishing School books, but their are certainly some odd facial hair repercussions.

9. What drew you to the idea of a “finishing school”? (via up coming SfSignal interview)

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of girls boarding schools. I blame A Little Princess. However, I realized recently, as I was re-watching the BBC adaptation of Gaskell’s North & South, that I think this TV Series may be to blame. There is a line where Mr. Bell says, “Have you meet Miss Latimer? Just returned from Switzerland and very much finished.” Or something like. Mr. Bell is a facetious character and I think he is meant to be contemptuously dismissing both the young lady and the very idea of women being made into mere representations of a minimalistic social ideal. But the line has always stuck with me. It made me think about the very idea of sending girls away from home to be finished, and what a powerful thing that could become, were they to learn a whole new set of social skills.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for October? Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1905 end-of-monarchy-tumblr Fashions at the races, Les Modes September 1905. Photo by Ed. Cordonnier.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Willow Ware Sugarbow

Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Author Elizabeth Gaskell’s house restored to ‘former glory’

Book News:

This is what signing 500 books looks like.

Quote of the Day:
“I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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Tour, Signed Waistcoats & Weaponry, Mailing List (Finishing School)

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My mind is full of many random interesting fizzles right now, Gentle Reader. This often happens when I am in the middle of an edit pass, I start to fantasize about all the stuff I would rather be doing. Not only writing other stories, but business projects related to being an author that I keep putting off. Like contests. I have too many books. I must disperse them unto you, my loyal peeps, in my favorite dance-monkey-dance style. (Chuck remind me of this by doing an Awkward Author Photo Contest at which I shake my tiny fist because it is such a good idea.)

In other news THANK YOU THANK YOU to all who pre-ordered the signed Waistcoats & Weaponry B&N special (now only $10). We made it to #6 on their teen customer favorite list. Isn’t that the bee’s knees? Thank you again.

Onward to the Ketchup!

First to address some social media teen angst.


Oh yes I am SO dramatically hormonally aware that the solitary current Chicago stop on my tour is listed as teen only. Gasp! I have three pings out to the library in question whining about WHY MUST THIS BE and ideas in to my publishing house with other options in the area. Even if the library will not relent, do not fret Gentle Reader, we will solve this situation. Experts are on the case. Rest assured that I will be somewhere signing something on Nov. 13, even if it is only me, in a tea house, alone, waggling a pen about and autographing the aether.

Bay Area! Texas! Pacific Northwest!

I will not be doing a tour for W&W in your area. I know, you are accustomed to my visiting ~ the sparkling wit, the pithy irreverent commentary, the refusal to read aloud, the banter, the whatnot. But the East Coast has never gotten a look in at all. They are pining. Pining for the fjords. Dead parrots. Ah hem. Where was I? Oh yes. So sorry: no Gail for you. At least not this time. Oh but wait? Is that? Oh, yes, it is? Prudence on the horizon. A chubby dotted ship floating just out of reach. March launch… so close… visits likely.

And oh, what’s that I see? Your chain of (increasingly sloppy) signatures need not be broken! For you too can get a signed copy of Waistcoats & Weaponry anyway, on B&N. Though they are going fast.

Which brings me to: The Mailing List

This is your offical reminder that I have one. It is called the Monthly Chirrup. Here is where you can sign up:
(I hope it works coded into Blogspot, Livejournal, and Goodreads, if not you can do it on my website below the calling card option.)

If you choose to subscribe you get an email in your inbox once a month with my latest news, releases, updates, and events. Nothing more. I work hard to keep it clean, simple, and relevant. No clutter. However, I’m thinking of doing a give away to those signed up to the list. Don’t worry, there will be other give aways. If you aren’t actually interested in the newsletter, please don’t bother. I have a 70% click through rate of which I am extremely proud. (I nearly typed “chick through rate” heh.) Which just means people are actually reading it, hooray! (Probably, mostly my mum.)

Thank you to those who have signed up, you are marvelous. Soon you may be randomly chosen for Cool Gail Related Stuff & Things.

Just what you always wanted, I’m sure ~ More Stuff & Things!

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for September? Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1895 Dinner Dress  1895  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I question calling it a “dinner dress” when it comes with a parasol. Only Alexia woudl be so gauche.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Soon, on a new podcast I will be rewatchign and talking about North & South, the movie, and how it has influenced me as an author.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Madame Bob Walter – A Notorious Arranger of Elopements 

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Fan Girl Nation by Jessica Greenleee says of E&E, “Take a boarding school story. Add a dollop of steampunk, a sprinkling of mystery, and a healthy helping of humor, and you have Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. …Carriger has a light touch, creating a mystery compelling enough to keep my attention while also making me laugh…”

Quote of the Day:
“Much inconvenience has been caused by the “sociable visiting” of determined coffee-drinkers. It is very easy to make green or black tea at a short notice—but not coffee.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

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Waistcoats & Weaponry SIGNED Copies for Pre-Order (Finishing School)

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Waistcoats & Weaponry is available for pre-order right now.

But there is something else, Gentle Reader. A little while ago I hinted at a scheme in the works that might take away the sting of being unable to pre-order this book through Amazon.

Well, in the middle of October 500 copies of W&W will be arriving at a secret location. I will pedal myself to said location on my bicycle of iniquity. Then I will spend 3 hours signing them all.

Then, you will be able to get a signed copy online through Barnes & Noble!

 Pre-order now or risk the wrath of ten-thousand cheese pies. Or something.

So if you can’t make any of the locations on my book tour this year, or you generally aren’t the type, or you live in an out of the way spot: This is your chance. Ordinarily, I have a firm policy on no book plates and in person signings only (after all, if you take the time to come and see me you should get something special for your trouble). But I’m making an exception in extenuating circumstances.

Some answers to questions I think you may be asking:

  • This offer is online only through B&N and I’m highly unlikely to do it again with any other book.
  • First come first serve as pre-orders and with a special link (the signed version has its own ISBN).
  • B&N will take the buy button down for signed copies once they have 90% pre-orders on the 500 copies. (We can do it! Let’s kill that button!)
  • At the time of this blog post a signed copy costs $14.79
  • BN.com does ship overseas, here’s information about international shipping.
  • The book will ship so that it arrives on or just after the on sale date.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for September? Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1892-1894  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:
Lady Lauren’s Panacea says of Etiquette & Espionage,

“As a person who typically hates love-triangles, I would normally have been put off, but Carriger neatly sidesteps my preferences by making her heroine far too practical to fall into the usual trap. Both boys are fully-realized, lovable characters, but Sophronia has bigger things to worry about…. The Finishing School series is one of the few examples of an interracial couple in Young Adult fiction, particularly genre fiction….  their relationship adds layers of tension to the social aspect of the story. Carriger doesn’t shy away from the realities of racism in Victorian England, nor does she sideline Soap as a — well — soapbox. He is who he is, and he is important…. Finally, amidst the mystery-solving hijinks are some girl-positive concepts that had me throwing it at my other friends.”

Quote of the Day:

“They are all the same! They know everything about everything, save, when it is to happen and how it can be stopped. My father was a man. I think I understand the sex.”

~ Cranford TV series (Miss Pole)

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