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Gail Parasol

New Series Announced! The Parasol Protectorate Abroad ~ Prudence and Imprudence

It's official, Gentle Reader! The announcement has been made. In addition to writing the new YA series, The Finishing School, and shepherding the Soulless manga into existence, I will be writing a new adult series for Orbit called the Parasol Protectorate Abroad. If you've finished Heartless you know who that series will feature! The first one will be called Prudence and the second Imprudence.

For those of you who have been following my blog regularly, this was secret project PPA. I'll begin writing it next year, the first book to appear, hopefully, in 2013 but it could be more like 2014.

The delay is on me, Gentle Reader, for which I apologize. I asked for a bit of a breather. I've been writing 2~3 books a year plus travel and promotion for the past several years. During part of that time I was also teaching and traveling to excavate. I've ended relationships and started new ones. I've moved house, switched careers, had various medical kerfuffles, and commenced a second blog. I've taken tentative steps into self publishing. Mostly, I just need a break. And to take a break now means trickle down effects in the future. I need to balance my future deadlines as well, it was one of the life lessons learned early this year. Now, hopefully, one book will be due in the spring (Finishing School) and one in the winter (PPA). Release dates will depended on how the publishing houses decides to release the books and in what format. I will keep you informed as and when I can.

SPOILER ALERT for Blameless and Heartless
My intention with the Parasol Protectorate Abroad books is to explore the wider ramifications of my Steampunk British Empire, not just how technology has altered but how vampires and werewolves have evolved differently in other parts of the world. I'm not going to tell you too much, as Timeless will give you some set up for this series. But sufficient to say, that the Prudence currently in my head has much of her mother's go-get-em attitude mixed with a bit of her father's temper and a certain love of fashion the result of a particularly colorful upbringing. She and her crack dirigible team lark about performing Leverage-like infiltration and rescue missions at the behest of (but if asked they will deny everything) Queen Victorian and her shadow council. It is going to be so very fun!
Being a writer, of course, all this is subject to change without notice at the whim of the muse.

A reminder I'm running a contest this month to win foreign editions of the Parasol Protectorate books.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
How to make a parasol from and umbrella.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Parasol Lollipops

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Some thoughts on sacrificing plot and character.

Timeless: Galleys done, Timeless now in production. The release date on Amazon has been corrected.

Etiquette & Espionage: Handed in second pass edits. Release date Fall 2012.

The Parasol Protectorate Abroad, Book the First: Prudence afloat!

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

Book News:
Frankfurt Germany Meet Up. Fox and Hound Pub Tuesday Night October 11, 2011.
Quote of the Day:
"The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television."
~ Andrew Ross
Daisypath Graduation tickers


Good Heavens, I go away for the long weekend and look what happens! Though I can't really complain about coming back to such good news! It is actually making me look forward to the end of the series, so that we can start the new one! It will be so interesting to see Alexia and Conall's daughter all grown up. I hope we get glimpses of her parents and assorted friends and relatives too, no matter how small those glimpses may be.

Thank-you, Miss Gail, for ensuring I will have plenty of steampunk-y goodness in the years to come. I hope you are able to work out a schedule that works well for you and allows you to keep your sanity, health and free time. Small delays in publishing if it keeps you happy and healthy!
Uh, I feel like I should clarify that when I said it makes me look forward to the end of the series, that I was of course already looking forward to Timeless and reading it and seeing how things wrap up (especially after the ending of Heartless!). However, I was also sad about it being the last book (and I still am), but now I'm also hopeful and excited because I know there is more to come!
Of course!
You are so very very welcome!