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Jun. 23rd, 2014

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[sticky post] LiveJournal Is My Backup Blog

This is my back up blog. It shadows my blogspot which is more frequently updated and better maintained.

Please feel free to friend me here, but be aware that I can not friend you back. I have maxed out my friend allotment from the LJ gods, sorry.

Dec. 5th, 2014

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10 Books to Read When You Need a Good Cry

Before I start: voting is up for the Teen Choice Long List this and Waistcoats & Weaponry is making an unexpected appearance. Thank you so much to whomever nominated it!

Now on to your regularly scheduled listical...

Look, Gentle Reader, I make no secret about the fact that I prefer to read happy and humorous books. But sometimes even I need to read just to have a good cry. There is something almost spiritually cathartic about sobbing your way through the end of a really tragic story (or story moment). Below I have compiled a list of my top 10.

Now, please be aware that there may be spoilers in the very fact that some of these books are sad, but I (for one) like to know when exactly I'm due to tumble into the waters of wailing. Not all of them have actual unhappy endings, but some do.

One of the things I always notice in these books is that moment when I'm crying over something that if I tried to explain it to anyone else would make no earthly sense. I call these "the biggest unexplainable sobs" and I have also listed them for your morbid amusement.


  1. The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault ~ I have both read and listened to this book. I think it is better on audio (although not currently available, curses) but wonderful either way. Renault's writing style is very abrupt (not unlike Judith Tarr), it translates well to the spoken word, but can take a little to process as a reader. Essentially, this is the story of an Athenian boy with a disinterested father growing up (and into) the Peloponnesian War. A fictional character, he encounters many of the famous men of his time period, including Plato and Socrates.
    Biggest unexplainable sobs? A broken sandal.

  2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller ~ Correctly hailed as the scion of Mary Renault, this is a retelling of The Iliad in first person from Patroclus's perspective. As I have always found Achilles's foil the most interesting character, I loved the idea behind this book. I wish we had a little more insight into why Achilles loves Patroclus so devotedly, but their relationship is believable and quite sweet. There is a great twist as to how Miller manages to finish the story of the war even after the inevitable you know what.
    Biggest unexplainable sobs? Angry sea nymph.

  3. Theirs Not To Reason Why (4 book series) by Jean Johnson ~ Being told from the get go that this is the story of "Ia and her Damned" it's pretty clear that this sweeping epic space opera will be the tale of a martyr. There are so many things that trouble me about these books if I stop to actually think about them: Ia's Mary Sue qualities, the religiously cult-ish nature of her followers (yet they are the good guys), a woman who actually knows all probabilities, the abrupt literary switches between intimacy of character and huge sweeping concepts, and the feeling in the final two books that this is all set up for a different series... and yet. And yet... they are UTTERLY ADDICTING. I struggle to explain why I enjoyed this series so much. Why I sat on the couch for hours sobbing through the final book (30 tissues, I counted, the AB was very worried about me). In the end, I gave up and just accepted my fate (much as Ia accepted hers) and simply read. Some additions cannot be explained.
    Biggest unexplainable sobs? 8 people who do not get the black heart of death.

  4. Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley ~ A serious and emotionally crippling take on the Robin Hood myth. Despite the fact that the vast limestone caves below Nottingham yet again make no appearance (why are the Robin Hood myths so lax on this count?) this is my favorite retelling. And yes, I include the various TV series in this statement ~ and Richard Armitage. McKinley's characters are wonderful (Little John's romantic thread is the bestest). Her final tree-borne battle scene is genius and brutally sad. It's been well over a decade since I read this book, partly because of its darkness, but I'm thinking of sticking this under-appreciated gem on the reread list for the book group next year.
    Biggest unexplainable sobs? The awful hair cut.

  5. Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce ~ the final book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet is also the saddest. The love story is fantastic, for it is the romance of attraction (but not cohesion) that most of us have had at some point in our lives. To suffer the consequences of breaking up not for lack of love but for lack of compatibility is a marker of emotional growth. In this book, Alanna is fully an adult and as such facing war means not glory but loss, betrayal, and absolution.
    Biggest unexplainable sobs? A cat constellation.

  6. Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley ~ this is one that tackles loss as a marker of immortality and eternity. I've made no secret about the fact that I prefer The Blue Sword over this book, but this is the one I reach for when I want a good cry.
    Biggest unexplainable sobs? Living forever.

  7. Princess of the Camalyn by Cherry Wilder (OP as she died in 2002) ~ The first of The Rulers of Hylor series, this is the only one I really loved. As with the next book on my list, this is the story of exile. Wilder perfectly captures the lingering loss and loneliness of being unable to go home. This is what I call a "distance" book. Written more as if one were being told a legend around a campfire than with the "awful intimacy of I personal" that so often characterizes urban fantasy. (McKillip is another mistress of this style of writing.) If you don't like that feeling of almost floating above a story as you read it, then this may not touch you as much as it did me.
    Biggest unexplainable sobs? A horse race.

  8. In the Caves of Exile by Ru Emerson ~ This is The Second Tale of Nedao (the first of which is To the Haunted Mountains) and both are sob-worthy but it is the poignancy of the romantic through line that gets me the most. Yes, I cried at the end of the first book, but it is the tugging on the heartstrings from that book to this one, which highlights love lost and love's possibilities in a much more abrasive form, that really makes me cry. Like Wilder. Emerson is a distance writer. There is a lot of atmosphere in these books, but when we do get those flashes of intimate focus they are all the brighter for her style.
    Biggest unexplainable sobs? A man recognizing a dagger.

  9. Down from Ten by J. Daniel Sawyer ~ perhaps an oddball on my list as this creepy sexy story at first appears to be something like a cabin fever mystery (not my thing) but evolves into a superlative scifi. It's very hard to categorize. You can read it or listen to it, but I prefer to listen. I didn't expect to cry at the end, but I did: happy gulping blubbers.
    Biggest unexplainable sobs? The idea that you can take them with you.

  10. Once and Always by Judith McNaught ~ One of the first classic historical romances I remember really pulling at my heartstrings. This is a typical historical love story: young and innocent beauty reforms a troubled rake through the power of her love (and great sex). However, I still adore it and occasionally reread it, and I still tear up at the dénouement. Perhaps because it was one of my first?
    Biggest unexplainable sobs? The cloak in the river.


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1913 Day Ensemble  Rondeau Legrand & Cie  c.1913  Philadelphia Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The “Codex Rotundus” small book of hours.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Vampire grave found in Bulgaria

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Portable Robot Printer is Like a Roomba That Squirts Ink


PROJECT ROUND UP

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
That’s What She Read says of Waistcoats & Weaponry,
“No Victorian custom or fashion is safe under her pen, as she cleverly exposes the hypocrisy or ludicrousness of them. Without a doubt, Waistcoats & Weaponry is quintessential Ms. Carriger. Because of that and the added personal growth and development Sophronia shows during her train adventure, the Finishing School series keeps getting better and better.”

Quote of the Day:
"In general, mankind, since the improvement in cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires."
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Dec. 3rd, 2014

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December's Book Group Pick: Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts


Hello my dear Gentle Reader, this month's book pick is Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. This is the first in a trilogy. Billed as "the other side of the Rift War Cycle" that aspect of this series was not a draw for me, as I've never read the Rift War. No, what I adore about this series is that it is a high political fantasy based in an alternate Japanese empire with its epic quality balanced by a pinpoint focus on a single brilliant character: Mara, Lady of the Acoma.

Full cover Mass Market cover art

Published in the late 1980s, I must have first picked this up in the mid 90s because all three were already out in mass market paperback. I have clear memories of traveling to England with these books, when my grandparents were still alive, and hiding out from the family (I love them but... you know), claiming jet lag, in order to read them all. So good. You don't have to take my word for it, Tansy Rayner Roberts ran a reread over on tor.com back in May.

My least favorite cover, Mara is NOT blonde

I have a love of books co-authored by male/female pairs. Doyle and MacDonald's Mageworlds series springs to mind, as does Lee and Miller's Liaden Universe. I have entirely prejudiced and biased feelings on the subject of the gender of authors (and the style of writing that results). Suffice it to say that I find a balanced pairing often leaves me feeling I got the best of both styles.

For my money, Fiest and Wurts are the best of the epic pairs. I adore this trilogy and I defy you to stop after the first book. Daughter of the Empire has a slow descriptive beginning, dense with contemplative back story, an infodump-style start that is a classic hallmark of 1980s epics. It's worth the minor slog, I promise.

Geoff Taylor cover

If you are a YA or urban fantasy reader you may find this initial lack of action frustrating. Try immersing yourself into the language, for by page 4 everything changes and you will be hooked. Having read this whole series multiple times I can tell you that now, reading Kayoke's line, "We seek the Lady of the Acoma!" brings tears to my eyes. Because I know what will happen as a result of that single statement. And how Mara's pathway is formed. How better suited she is for politics than a life of contemplation. And how much she will suffer for that ability.

If you are a romance reader you may be frustrated by the lack of amour in Mara's life. Don't worry, she will get her passion and her love, and lose it, and find it again, and lose it, and find it at last. And it will be glorious.

First edition cover

Mara is one of the strongest female main characters you will ever read, because she is very very smart. For me, that is the touchstone of joy in this book. She makes hard choices, she does the wrong thing on occasion, but she is so very good with people: cultivating loyalty and friendship. I feel like Mara is the closest thing fantasy has ever wrought to what a female with political power might actually have been like historically. Zenobia, Boudicca, Hatshepsut... Mara draws from all of these without ever having to defy her gender.

Aus (UK?) cover art

I cannot wait to reread this book. I'll be taking it on vacation with me next week and am contemplating packing all three, except that I know the end result is always me curled on a couch rereading them, back-to-back, for hours. Sometimes for days. I'm not sure I should check out so entirely from my vacation. (Although, in my universe, that basically is the best vacation, I think the AB would like to spend some time with me.) Still. Awfully tempted.

My copy's cover

A quick apology: I do wish this was available in all e-book formats (I found it on Amazon UK but not US, iBooks, but not B&N or Smashwords, sigh). Since this series was published before the e-revolution, I suspect the rights are under contention, or the authors are not motivated to self pub. I really wish they would. Since I first packed Mara off the the UK with me I have transported her to Italy and Peru on excavations, and through most of Europe and Mexico on vacation. For some reason, Mara is my book travel companion of choice. And boy do I wish I could get her on my generic e-reader and save my weight limit. But if I have to keep packing the mass markets, I will. And I will leave out the extra pair of heels.

Would you look at that? Me! Electing to pack a paper book rather than a pair of shoes. Amazing!

For those of you who absolutely positively refuse to read paper anymore, I pick for you the first book of the The Dragon Variation (Liaden Universe omnibus pairing). The specific book is called Local Custom and it is my favorite Liaden book. It's classic space opera romance culture clash and I think any reader of mine would like it. Also Lee and Miller are some of the earliest and most savvy participants in the e-revolution, props!



For everyone else, I do hope you all enjoy Daughter of the Empire as much as I do and forgive it for mostly being available in print.


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
artschoolglasses-tumblr De Gracieuse, 1914

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
10 of the deadliest shoes and accessories of the 19th Century

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Lock pick earrings

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
5 Best Yoga Poses for Reading


PROJECT ROUND UP

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Meghan B on Stellar Four says, “The action in Waistcoats & Weaponry is top notch. It's full of daring do and impressive feats of espionage. The dialog is Carriger's usual brand of wit and whimsy and the characters are all at their best here. The story rockets around and doesn't let up for a second.”

Quote of the Day:
"This special feeling towards fruit, its glory and abundance, is I would say universal.... We respond to strawberry fields or cherry orchards with a delight that a cabbage patch or even an elegant vegetable garden cannot provoke."
~ Jane Grigson

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
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Dec. 1st, 2014

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10 Random Interview Moments


Today, Gentle Reader, here are 10 random interview questions that are relatively unusual for me... so I'm asking myself.

1. If someone were to write your biography, what would be the title and subtitle?
Let It Steep: Chronicles of a Wierdo between Tea Breaks.

2. Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
Not unless you can the Boston Worldcon to meet Tamora Pierce.

3. Describe the best breakfast of your life.
Oh this is an easy one. At the Denver Worldcon in 2008 (an all around awesome trip) the hotel I stayed at across from the Convention Center had, in my book, the perfect breakfast. It was a little sew pot of tomatoes with spinach topped with two poached eggs and toast tips. That said: I'll always happily murder a classic British Fry Up.

4. What is your idea of absolute happiness?
See breakfast above.

5. What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
Puff pastry, anything custard or passion fruit related, German half-sweet Rieslings, shellac manicures, large scale fish consumption, bitter greens, poached eggs, massages, hot tubs, Italian leather shoes, vintage dresses, patterned tights, industrial inspired jewelry, whole milk, imported tea, expensive bed linen. I case you hadn't guessed: I likes to eat, sleep, and dress up.

6. Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin?
Walk into a bar on Mercury?

7. Who are your favorite characters in history? Have any of them influenced your writing?
I like powerful women, and I gravitate to any point in history when a female has significant power: anyone from Ching Shih to Hatshepsut to Boudica to Zenobia.

8. Aside from other writers, name some artists from whom you draw inspiration and talk a little about their work.
I love stand up comics, particularly those who have embraced podcasting. Some of my current favorites include Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies), Judge John Hodgman, John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman (The Bugle), and Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, Matt Mira (the three man team behind The Nerdist). I'm also addicted to any quiz show featuring comics like QI, International Waters, The News Quiz, and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. Inspiration? I suppose you could say I enjoy dissecting humor, determining what makes me laugh and then try to employ similar techniques when I'm writing.

9. Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
Penguins!

10. In the For-All-Eternity category, what will be your final thought?
I probably shouldn't have tasted that.

(Adapted from a 2012 Powells Interview.)


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1907 Mourning Ensemble  1907  The Museum at FIT

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
join-facet-placemat

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
What do genre readers look like? (According to YouGov)


PROJECT ROUND UP

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Madame Lefoux fan art via lavendertruffles-tumblr


Quote of the Day:
"The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and in the passive."
~ William Ralph Inge


Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Nov. 28th, 2014

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Steampunk (and Parasol Protectorate) Holiday Gift Ideas


Hello my dear gentle reader. The time of giving people stuff is nearly upon us. Here are a few things I enjoy and think would make nice gifties in the stuff arena...


 {What is Gail's Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1907 ]Mourning Ensemble  1907  The Museum at FIT

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Charlotte Olympia Fantastic tasseled metal clutch

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Diagrammatic Writings of an Asylum Patient (1870)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How to motivate yourself as a writer


PROJECT ROUND UP

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Kathy Rodas created a murder scene #costumesforbooks via @WOPSmslibs

Quote of the Day:
“Chowder breathes reassurance. It steams consolation.”
~ Clementine Paddleford

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Nov. 26th, 2014

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7 Answers From Gail's Goodreads AMA ~ The Occasional FAQ


I had an AMA recently over on Goodreads and here are the eight most frequent questions that I got. I thought I'd give them to you as well, just in case you also wanted to know...

  1. Will there be another Parasol Protectorate book?
    The Parasol Protectorate series ends with Timeless. I have no plans to write any further stories staring Alexia and Conall. Frankly, Alexia would appreciate it if I left her in peace for a while. However, many favorite characters show up in the Finishing School books. Prudence launches the new Custard Protocol series (March 2015), a spin off from the Parasol Protectorate that takes place 20 years (or so) later.

  2. Will you write a book featuring Lyall/Biffy? Or the Finishing School characters grown up? Or Alessandro Tarabotti?
    I have some short stories/novellas/novels in my brain featuring some favorite side characters. They are a few years away while I work on the novels, but I really hope they happen. The best way to keep track of me and my side projects is via my newsletter, The Chirrup. It's only once a month with important information about releases. I also use it for give-aways and such.

  3. Will there be another manga?
    The graphic novels include only Soulless Vol. 1 (aka, Soulless), Soulless Vol. 2 (aka Changeless), and Soulless Vol. 3 (aka Blameless). You can read my post about the release of Vol. 3 and why it's likely to be the last.


  4. Explain your crazy character names.
    On a few occasion the character will choose his/her own name (Soap, Dimity), but most of the time my names are cookies, that is: a reward for the careful reader. The name either tells readers something about the character, where he came from, her real identity, his true purpose (Tunstell), or relate to someone historical (Tarabotti), or are some kind of hint or foreshadow (Akeldama). I love names so I always play with them if possible. Some just have a great "mouth feel" like Barnaclegoose. Some are real, actual names of British aristocrats!

  5. Why did you decide to write YA?
    I adore young adult literature. Since a librarian passed me Alanna by Tamora Pierce I've been hooked. To this day it's my favorite genre to read. There's something breezy and tidy about the best YA novels. I find them comfortably immersive and I can finish one in a single afternoon. I've always been fascinated by all girls boarding schools since reading A Little Princess when I was a child. And I love spy novels. So I just wrapped them all up together.

  6. What was it like to transition from Adult to Young Adult?
    I have a whole article on this subject that I wrote for Fiction University ~ if you don't mind me pointing you in that direction?

  7. Tell us more about all the crazy interrelating threads between all your series. Friendships, foreshadows, and backshadows! Oh, my.
    Backshadows, I like it! Well I started planning the Custard Protocol series in Soulless, and the Finishing School series in Changeless. But only loosely. My technique was to drop a lot of threads and pick them up in different books as the series dictates. Sometimes this does backfire on me. Sometimes it is pure serendipity. Lord Akeldama, I've learned, is an instrument of my subconscious and he knows what is going on usually better than I do. These days, I have a master timeline on my wall: two sheets of legal size graph paper. I use that to keep track of everything, and so I don't forget if I already killed a character. Someday I'll have to crowd-source a wiki because it's getting too much for my poor old brain.


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1897 Day Dress  1897  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Massive but actually not very tasty macaron.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Modern London, 1888

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Rising to the Bookplate Challenge (Flickr Album)


PROJECT ROUND UP

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:


Quote of the Day:
 “I pressed down the mental accelerator. The old lemon throbbed fiercely. I got an idea.”
~ PG Wodehouse - Jeeves Takes Charge ( My Man Jeeves is available for free download on kindle)

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Nov. 24th, 2014

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Amazon & Hachette find Prudence at Last


Amazon and Hachette have resolved their dispute. I am no longer in #Amazonjail. This means my books should, once again, be available to ship via Prime and up for pre-order. We will be running the test with Prudence, I suppose. And then Manners & Mutiny in a year (not yet up for pre-order, I haven't even seen any cover art).

 “He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life, and found a beetle at the bottom.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse

Speaking of Prudence, yes indeed, Orbit is producing ARCs for this book. The book itself will be out in hard cover but the ARC is trade size paperback.


They are available through the usual press channels. I have no idea if they plan to do a net galley as well. I will certainly let you know as soon as I have further information. Aside from offering a few ARCs to the Chirrup subscribers or on my website via contests (likely to happen in January) I can't send you one myself. It must come via my publisher.

So far as I know, plans are to drop the print edition, audiobook, and the ebook at the same time in the US & UK, March 17. I don't know who my reader will be on the audiobook.

"The Gamma paused. 'You have a crazed werewolf in your wine cellar?'
'You can think of a better place to stash him?'
'What about the wine?'"
~ from Heartless, just because

I'm collecting questions for the pre Prudence release FAQs so if you have anything to ask me about this book that you would like answered here on the blog feel free to comment or calling card them my way.

{What is Gail's Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1892 Day Dress  1892-1894  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
An octopus teapot.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .


PROJECT ROUND UP

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Cherry Blossoms & Maple Syrup says of Waistcoats & Weaponry, “Gail Carriger’s writing continues to delight in this installment, and for those who are huge Parasol Protectorate fans, this book has so many references it’s pretty fabulous. I admit, reading this book on the bus ride home and giggling in public — yeah, that happened pretty often.”

Quote of the Day:
"There is no love sincerer than the love of food."
~ George Bernard Shaw

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Nov. 19th, 2014

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Whirlwind Book Tour ~ Alcohol, Libraries, and Green Based Outfits


While I did spend a great deal of time coping with the already discussed, and eventually never to have to think about again, B&N signing fiasco. I did manage to have some fun on my Waistcoats & Weaponry tour.


I actually was flying most of that Tuesday launch day so I didn't even know anything had gone wrong until I landed in Washington DC. That evening my traveling companion (Vanessa A. of Whiskey Tango Fashion) and I met up with the most marvelous Mur for a nice long gossip. Too many beverages later (bought for us by mysterious admirers) may have resulted in some rather witty drunken texting. Well, we are still authors, our wit is mostly written and rarely spoken.


The next day I had a school visit, a lot of very thoughtful questions were asked and I found myself having to talk about the writing life differently than I ever had before. I found it most educational, who knows how they felt.


Then it was back to the hotel to change into my favorite dress, for that evening was my official launch at a local library. It was a fun gathering, including being pounced upon by creatures from my past life (in this case, undergraduate malcontents) which turned out to be only the beginning. (Apparently, many of my friends from college have ended up in the DC and Boston areas.)

Basically this is what I look like giving a talk. Lots of funny expressions and gesticulations.

We managed to get into bed early that night, thank goodness, because the next day World Fantasy began in earnest. The World Fantasy Convention may, actually, be one of my most favorite conventions because so many of my friends and contacts throughout the publishing industry attend.

Sharing the space with a large group of Bikers, they were friendly

World Fantasy is fun. It's mostly socialization: some pleasure and some business. Lots lunch and dinner meetings ~ as you do ~ combined with much hanging out with fellow authors and illustrators, swapping stories, getting advice, and poaching contacts. I'm hoping to go again next year to Saratoga Springs.

Beyond Rebellion in Young Adult Fantasy panel
(with @crackpothall and @sarahbethdurst) via @LadyMarvolo on Twitter

I had a really fun panel on Friday and joined the mass autographing session later thatnight, as usual a cheerful chaos. When not socializing with other authors, meeting with important industry types, or liaising with readers, I was either hung over or tracking the Missing 500. (The hung over aspect might account for the missing other, although I doubt it.) There were other launch kerfuffles as well. It's all a bit of a haze.

With the fantastic Howard Tayler, cartoonist of brilliance, and Vanessa A of Whiskey Tango Fashion
Of course there was also a great deal of no good gotten up to. I shall pursue the use of passive voice in this matter to avoid incriminating myself and others. (Passive Voice = a writers way to Take the 5th.) Although Myke Cole did take this fantastic picture of Peter V. Brett in Vanessa's outrageous hat.

Via the Twitters

Authors up to no good = hats... Of course. Later that night I might have had a tiny bit of a break down brought to you by Barnes & Noble, Amazon, vodka, and possibly Peat in that hat. Actually Peter V. Brett and Wesley Chu where white knight champions coming to my rescue. It was they who concocted the bookplate scheme, so you have them to thank for both the solution and my peace of mind throughout the rest of the tour. Want to thank them? Try a book. Here's Peter's first, The Warded Man, and here's one of Wes's firsts, The Lives of Tao.

The last day of World Fantasy, while everyone else gussied up for the awards banquet, I hustled off to the International Spy Museum. Where octopuses are deadly weapons...


A lovely crowd turned up to ask tons of questions and watch me waffle about.

waffle, waffle, waffle

You don't have to take my word for it, Julia (@mizzelle) does a write up of my spy museum event on her blog.

Afterwards, I got to meet my adorable new editor. I am beginning to suspect I have a talent for picking the most fashionable editors in New York. Or is it they who pick me?


Returned back to the hotel to catch the last of the last death throws of the convention which was pretty much everyone looking and acting like so...

Aren't they the cutest sleepy little beans?

Then I packed the lovely Vanessa on her way homeward and sallied forth alone on to Boston. Didn't stay alone long, however, as two of my besties from college descended upon me and my decidedly dorm-like hotel room (most apropos) and we spent a good solid few hours getting caught up on the decade or so since we spent any real time together. It was wonderful.


Then I had an interview, talk, tea, and signing at the local Brookline library. A fab crowd gathered including what was apparently the entire cast of the Parasol Protectorate (character doppelgangers in real life, is that even possible?), and more old friends from high school and college.


Next day I visited an all girls school where they served me lunch and tea (I know, right!) and that evening had an event at Pandemonium, a books and games store in Cambridge. We packed the upper part of the store with awesome peeps. After that I toodled off to an amazing bar where I had some of the best gnocchi of my life (and I've lived in Northern Italy) with yet more college friends. I tell you, go to school in Ohio and they all end up in Boston.

via @DrJuliaBucci on Twiter

Next morning early it was off to Chicago where I was met with freezing weather, teens consuming deep dish pizza (a first... deep dish pizza, not teens, obviously) and a cake with my book on it (also a first), in a library. In my day there was no such thing as food in a library.


We ate the cake it with tea. And it was good.

Next morning I quested for a Belgium bakery in 28 degree cold (found it and consumed vast amounts of carbs, because, frankly, I don't care); had an interview with boys who love manga and brought me macarons (nom to the nom); and did my final library event. Right around then I learned of the end to the Amazon Hachette kerfuffle. Thus I had good reason to celebrate when dining that night with the fantastically talented authors Wesley Chu, Scott Lynch, and Elizabeth Bear. We went to this killer restaurant (called Parachute) where they had a pork belly dish with little acidic cilantro tapioca pearls that nearly made me cry. It was soooo good. And a cocktail take on the Pisco Sour (already one of my favorites) that knocked my socks clean off (OK, it caused a run in my stocking but for me that's sock-knocking stuff). We rounded out the evening quite late indeed, with me heading homewards and them heading to WindyCon.


Then it was back to the airport with me, de-icing the plane caused a delay. I nearly missed my connector and ended up running through Salt Lake City airport. I always seem to be running through SLC. But I made it and home to the AB and a very pleased Lilliput who was actually pretty affectionate, there may even have been a audible purring. I must have been missed, my cat never purrs.

For those of you who did not catch me this tour I will be on the East Coast in Piscataway, NJ on May 15 ~ 17 next year for the Steampunk World's Fair. As I said I'm also considering World Fantasy in Saratoga Springs, NY November 5-8, 2015, but I've not completely decided yet. That's it, though, for the East Coast/Chicago in 2015 and likely 2016. It's the way of things, I am afraid. It is usually several years between visits.


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1870 Mourning Ensemble  1870-1872  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .


A sampling of the lovely things I was gifted with on tour, so sweet!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
All about Barley Water on the Parasol Protectorate food blog.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“It requires some heroism to say you have not read such and such a book. Your friend gives you a stare which implies your literary inferiority.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

PROJECT ROUND UP

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
BookNut 101 on 21st Century Once Upon a Times says, “Waistcoats & Weaponry is the latest thrilling book in the Finishing School series and will have you wishing you could attend Mademoiselle Geraldine's, too!”

Quote of the Day:
"I told her, however, that she had an imbalance of the humors, gave her that green tonic, and told her that she needed to take a brisk walk daily until she perspired, to balance the phlegm, and to take up a hobby that required concentration, like reading or needlework, to balance the sanguinary humors."
~ Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell

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Nov. 18th, 2014

Blogging - WIth Computer

Goodreads AMA Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Gentle Reader, I have a Goodreads AMA. I'll be popping in and out most of the day to answer any questions you may have. Looks like I already have over a hundred, that should keep me busy! Also if you have any questions not for me, that you'd like to chat about with other like minded peeps there is a discussion orientated Gail Carriger Fan Group that is not moderated by me. (Although I do nip in on occasion to chat about my latest book group pick.)


Goodreads sent out a notification to over 40k users on November 6 that read the following:

You're receiving this message because you've read and liked a book by Gail Carriger. We have exciting news!
Gail is taking questions from readers to promote the release of her new book, Waistcoats and Weaponry, the third book in the Finishing School series. She will be answering questions on Thursday, November 20th.
Submit a question for the author here! If Gail answers your question, you will be notified via email message and notification on Goodreads.
"Ask the Author" launched in late May, and it is now open to all authors on Goodreads. Click here to see a list of more participating authors.

Pretty amazing to think about actually. As an author. I don't know it just feels so vast.  I'm not surprised I have over a hundred questions waiting! but I promise I will try to get to them all!

Also I have massive blog post to drop tomorrow all about the tour and Retro Rack has already started chronicling the outfits.


In other news, I have mailed off the first batch of apology bookplates. It seems that a few people have actually gotten their signed copy but most were cancelled. We still have no idea why or what happened.

We had a little cottage industry going in the office all yesterday: signing, stamp & rtn label sticking, and envelope stuffing. I got a brief glimpse as to what it must be like to be part of an election campaign. I have run out of what I keep to hand in the manner of bookplates and are now waiting on Little Brown to send more. If I don't get them by Thursday I'll buy additional myself. I hope to finish out the rest that have contacted me next Monday with only a few strays to go after that.

Everyone who has one in the mail should have received an email to that effect already. If you haven't gotten one, then you are in round two. We are responding in order of date on calling cards received. So that those who emailed first get priority. It seemed the fairest approach.

{What is Gail's Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1895 Mourning Parasol  1895-1900  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Cross stitch Tuck Shop craft kits by Pearl and Earl

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
18th and 19th Century: Lady's Maid and Her Duties in the Georgian and Regency Era

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“There is a spice of meanness in requesting from her, as a gift, any portion of her stock in trade.”
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)


PROJECT ROUND UP

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
In which I interview with Horn.

Quote of the Day:
 “And she’s got brains enough for two, which is the exact quantity the girl who marries you will need.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
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Nov. 15th, 2014

Blogging - WIth Computer

Unscrewing the Bumbersnoot ~ In which Flywaymen Hijack W&W Signed Editions


As many of you have noted the 500 B&N signed editions seem to have vanished.

Here they are, after I signed them, waiting to be shipped... somewhere

I suppose I should have known better than to chronicle the evils of the Picklemen. It's never wise to go openly up against the Flywaymen either. And writing about both, publicly? They were bound to want revenge.

I don't know how they got hold of those signed editions, but it seems they did. Since Barnes & Noble sent out cancellation notices over last weekend.

In all honestly, someone proverbially screwed the pooch. Or should I say unscrewed the Bumbersnoot? I still don't know what exactly happened. I'm getting conflicting reports and it is really hard to sort out the details. But the "why" is irrelevant to you, because you didn't get your signed book. And I am a little ball of vibrating rage over this whole situation. I feel like I led you astray, and if you read my books, you know how important loyalty is to me.

So anyway...

It's not my custom to do book plates but I do have a few from Little Brown (and I hope to get more) and some sign-able stickers, and there are a few lingering swaggy bits. If you ordered the signed book and it didn't arrive and you still want my signature, please send me your address via the calling card feature on my website and I will pop one in the mail to you ASAP.

If you still really want an actual proper signed copy (of any of my books) you can always order one from Borderlands (my local indy in San Francisco). I went in special to sign this weekend. Either send them an email (webmail@borderlands-books.com) or call (888.893.4008), they will ship pretty much anywhere (but you will have to pay shipping). If you are willing to wait a bit, I will even personalize your book, although that often has to hold until I carve out time to BART into the city.

I am so so so so sorry.

If it is any consolation, I have taken to calling them the Missing 500, and being constantly reminded of the Battle of Thermopylae. (I know, I know, that was 300.) But it bring me weird consolation to think that somewhere the 500 signed copies lie: "Oh stranger, tell the Carriger readers that we lie here, trusting Barnes and Noble's words." Or something like...

Oh dear they have driven me to defame history. I really must stop now.


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for November? Waistcoats & Weaponry}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Parasol at Persepolis

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Miz Mooz Debra that I did not buy, but am oh so tempted...

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Electric Rise and Fall of Nikola Tesla

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
"in listening to a woman of real wit, you will see that it is her hearers who laugh, and not herself."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Proof stage.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming soon: November 4, 2014)
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
"Go tell the Spartans, thou who passest by,
That here, obedient to their laws, we lie."
~ My favorite translation of the Epitaph of Simonides

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
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