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Upon the Third Birthday of Soulless

October 1, 2009 a silly little book hit the market.

A very nervous debut author hummed and hawed over her offering. Would anyone actually like it? It was such an odd mash up of paranormal, steampunk, and comedy – who would enjoy such a ridiculous story? Were there readers out there irreverent enough to enjoy whimsy?


Well, Soulless turns three years old today. The silly little book that I thought would find a home in only a very few people's hearts seems to have miraculously wormed its way out into the world and touched many.

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Soulless has now sold into 13 different territories for translation. There's been a graphic novel manga version (which itself is now due for translation into German) and an omnibus. It's been optioned for TV. It's spawned a dress up doll, various videos, fan art, several tea parties, audio books, cosplay, and an iPhone app. There is even a fan site!

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Little did I know how much that one book would so utterly change my life.

In these last three years:
  • After getting my second masters degree I put my PhD on indefinite hiatus.
  • I gave up teaching archeology, discontinued my experimental work, and stopped my field visits.
  • Basically, I switched careers.
  • I relocated twice.
  • I visited 7 foreign countries promoting the books, 5 of which I've never traveled to before.
  • I made countless new friends and been blessed with a chance to visit old ones.
  • I watched the steampunk movement grow and expand.
  • I went to conventions and signings all over the world in various different capacities and learned valuable lessons from fellow authors.
  • I ate hundreds of foods, dishes, and sweets I'd never tried before.
  • I wrote 7 additional books: 4 followups to Soulless, 1 unpublished YA sci-fi, and 2 upcoming YA Finishing School books.
  • And, best of all, I got to meet my readers: some here on the blog, some on twitter, some on Facebook, some in person ~ all of you so warm and fun and strong and smart.


There have been good reviews and glorious ones, nasty gripes and soundly presented critiques. I've tackled tough times in social media, and made more than my share of online mistakes. But in the end, it always came back to Soulless and the writing. Did the book make you smile? Then I did my job.

So, thank you so very much, Gentle Reader, and if you have the time or inclination please raise up a teacup in honor of Soulless, who's original secret code name, at the dawn of this blog, was "The Little Paranormal That Could." I guess Soulless could and did.

And if you put a spot of amaretto in your tea, well, I won't tell.

Thanks for three glorious years.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Donna in the original cover image.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The Cover That Wasn't

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Party Hard

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
7 Ways to Get to Know Your Character I like to give mine quizzes out of glossy magazines.

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crew has arrived in Bombay . . .
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Awaiting copy edits.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes to begin September.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.

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

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

Book News:
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Series Review

Quote of the Day:
"Books are immortal sons deifying their sires."
~ Plato

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My darlings please recall, this is my blog and I am goddess of this little corner of the interwebs. You are always welcome to comment, as I am to delete said comments. As my dear mum often murmurers: if you haven't anything nice to say then please don't stay anything at all. Also: Thou shalt not commit Logical Fallacies.


Congratulations. Heartfelt. You deserve this, for you wrote a series of magnificent books. I am so happy that I found them, and gotten to know you a wee bit. :-)
Thank you so very much, and you were one of the first.
I am a huge fan of your books. I don't remember how I first heard about Soulless, but I'm glad I read it. Thank you for being an excellent and inspiring author!
Thank you!
I really want to thank you for your books. I think as a woman and formerly a young girl that stuck out from the norm.. Alexia strikes a chord. She makes me feel not so alone and like we all have the possibility to shine and be amazing, not in spite of being different but because of it. You think as a grown up that you wouldn't need to be reminded about this every once in a while but you do.

You paint this amazing world with your books where I find myself really caring about the characters and enjoying living with them through their story.

You tell a wonderful story, and thanks for taking us along for the ride.
Thank you, this means a lot to me. I want readers to relate to my characters because they all represent parts of me to a degree. Alexia is an oddball, it's nice to know people like that about her and consider it a strength, because so do I in myself and others.
And what a glorious three years it has been! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for putting your work out there for fans like me to fall in love with. I can't imagine my life without the Parasol books now and take such delight every time I convert a friend into becoming a fan of your works!

Awe, you are too kind. And thank you for pimping me out, it's that which has enabled me to turn writing into a career.
You've certainly made me smile, both in the books and online and twice even right out of my letterbox. Your books came at a time when I needed them dearly, and they always miraculously found their way to me against all odds (and postal services). Thank you for all of this, and for being a tech woman of style, and a tea lover, and a teacher of ways on- and offline, and always in for a laugh together. Has it been three years only? Three years already? I think we all know what this means.


Tea time.
Awe. Thank you so much. You are one of my more devoted commentors and blog readers and I can't tell you how much that means to me. It's so nice to have a familiar face turn up here on the blog. I feel supported, and sometimes when the trolls or the reviews or the business of writing gets to me a familiar face and supportive comment makes the difference between a good day and a bad one.

I can't believe it's only been three years! I feel like Alexia has been part of my reading landscape forever.

You wrote 7 books in 3 years? Did you ever sleep?? I think I need to start drinking more tea. :)

I assure you that was rather a freak of the times. Now that I have more promotion and conventions and signings and things that's slowing down. I can't tell you how frequently I wish I had more time.
Oh fabulous!
I finally got my mittens on the Manga version of Soulless. So much fun to watch the characters become alive in a different version. One can't help but love them more.
Thank you! I do love the manga, I know the art style isn't for everyone, but I kind of adore seeing the come to life reinvented.
Happy Birthday to Alexia.
Thank! And what and adorable icon!
Congratulations! I can't believe how many books you've written since Souless's release! You're truly an inspiration to me, as I struggle through writing my first novel. Reading your blog, I've come to realize that the things I'm going through while writing it are completely normal, and it makes me feel a lot better. :-)
Oh, thank you so much. I know I don't blog about writing as much as other authors, but I try and be honest abotu the emotional component when I do. It is something so very difficult, and at other times so joyous. Good luck with yours!
Thanks for the link! And congrats on all your novel writing success. I'm having a great time exploring your website and blog!
Oh, thank you! It's a bit of a warren. I'm int he process of revamping the website right now. Trying to organize everything a little bit more cleanly. Hopefully by the end of the year it will all be more assessable.
Congratulations! I too, don't remember where Soulless first stumbled into my life, but after meeting you and reading the series I am forever smitten. It's wonderful to be able to recommend and pass the book along to new readers. I'm very excited to see the film/ tv production if it comes to that.
Thank you, and thank you so much for recommending me. I think those of us authors who really survive on writing do so because of readers like you who actively spread the word.
Back then, both io9 and Bookgasm reviews sold me on getting a copy.

Now, I got all five books. Thoroughly enjoyed each of them and long for more.

Thank you! And thanks for telling me where you read the reviews. The people at io9 have been really good to me and it's nice to know that's why you gave me a chance.
Woo! Happy Birthday to the book! Here's to one more year of wonderfulness!
I sure do hope so! It's hard to imagine it getting any better.
Happy birthday to a wonderful world and awesome people! It's been a great joy and I'm looking forward to the new books. It's also been wonderful getting to know you here. Enjoy your day!
Thank you, and my what a sexy icon you have there! I love it.
Thank you for your delightful books, websites, and advice on writing, clothing, period details and delicious food and tea!
Awe, thanks for reading them!
Congrats! Love this book forever.

Thank you. <3

Thank YOU for creating such amazing books! (And for the shout-out to PP!)

That original cover design is adorbs.

Re: Thank you. <3

It is cute isn't it? I imagine it would make a great YA-target cover, should anyone every decide to repackage. I know Orbit has give some thought into producing a hardback version, I'd love it if they went with something like that cover.

What a wonderful thing

Congrats on such a wonderful evolution over these three years. Your stories have definitely brought laughter to my life and I've enjoyed sharing the books with multiple friends. I love to read your blogs and feel like I'm getting to know you a bit. Thank you for all your time and energy and sharing with us all.

Re: What a wonderful thing

I assure you, it is my pleasure. I am so glad the books make you laugh. There is no greater joy, I think, than inspiring laughter.
Congratulations! Without your books there would be something missing in my life and my bookshelves! Blessed be the day when I found the first Alexia Tarabotti novel in American Book Center in Amsterdam (highly recommended place to visit if the opportunity presents itself).

I must say that even if the books haven't been translated into various languages (yet) they are being read worldwide! I am from Finland and to Amsterdam to discover your book, other friend found it while traveling to Ireland. Your fans here in the North are saluting you :)
Wow, what a place to find the book! And thank you for telling me you're from far away. It's so crazy to think about how my network of readers stretches the globe!
Hurray! Three years seems a very short time to have accomplished so much. I loved the humour in Soulless when I first picked it up, and I can't wait to keep reading your books as they come out. Congratulations on the last three years of work, I hope there are many more 'books that could' to come!

It seems like a very long time to me, I think because so much happened. When I think back to the time before Alexia is seems long long ago. Thanks so much for the support!
Happy 3rd book birthday! (late though this may be...) Congratulations on everything you have achieved and will go on to achieve in the future :)

Sometimes it saddens me that I came to the Parasol Protectorate series a bit late (not long before Heartless was released), because think of all the time I could have been enjoying it and wasn't! But in some ways it worked out quite well, because Heartless came out just before I went on an overseas trip and I was able to take all three with me. Travelling around Europe was a wonderful way to experience these amazing books :)
Thank you for three years of magnificent characters, outrageous hats, strapping dandies and the occasional naked werewolf!
I still know how I came about Soulless via The Lady of the Manners aka cupcakegoth, who highly recommended your work. I was in desperate need for some good reads at that time and found it in that lovely and intriguing series of yours. Again, thank you!

And - did you say you wrote a YA sci-fi novel?! WHY is it not published yet? Me wants!
No one wanted it. Very different from my normal style. I'm thinking of launching a kick-starter for a full cast audio production . . . in all my spare time.