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Jan. 20th, 2016

Blogging - WIth Computer

Books By Year Plus Some NYT Thoughts


Quick head's up The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett is $0.99 on kindle today. It's a favorite Discworld book of mine and certainly informed my own humor and style as a writer. I read it first in high school. It wasn't my first Pratchett, Sorcery was (and I still own my first US edition mass market from 1989).

And now: Books By Year Plus Some NYT Thoughts


Having some fun with books and photos and the course of my career as an author the other day, Gentle Reader. Ah, nostalgia.

Actually, it was mostly me going over my novels and trying to remember details about them, you know, like publication date and relative success. I thought you too, as you are responsible, might enjoy the ride.

Before 2009

There was nothing!


2009

Soulless

Soulless did eventually hit the New York Times Bestseller list but not until 5/27/2012 when a $0.99 eBook special landed it on eBooks at #22 and Combined Print & eBooks at #37. It stayed on eBooks one more week 06/03/2012 at #28.

2010

Changeless & Blameless

Changeless and Blameless were both released in 2010, a good thing too, given Changeless has a bit of a cliff hanger. (I still get angry emails on occasion about this.) Changeless was #20 on the 04/03/2010 NYT Mass Market lists, and my first book to hit. Orbit sent me champagne and everyone telephoned me. I sat on a porch on a vineyard in Sonoma and celebrated. Blameless was also # 20 on 09/19/2010 and it held on through 09/26/2010 at #35. My first to stay on for more than a week.

2011

Heartless

Heartless was my only book to release in 2011, although a lot of things were happening behind the scenes (e.g. the graphic novel deal and the seeds of a new YA series were being born). Also I was taking the plunge into life as a full time author. Heartless released to hit #11 on Mass Market (the highest standing for any of the Parasol Protectorate books) on 07/17/2011 and through to 07/24/2011 at #26.

2012

Timeless, Soulless Vol 1, Soulless Vol. 2

2012 was a busy year with three releases, both the first two mangas came out and the final Parasol Protectorate book, Timeless. Amazon shipped Timeless a week early which spread the numbers out over three weeks instead of my normal two. No idea what might have been different had they deigned to observe the on sale date. It started at #17 on 03/18/2012 Mass Market and then went to #22 on 03/25/2012 and #31 on 04/01/2012. The manga, mostly by coincidence, was released at the same time and saw a bump in orders and sales because of this, I think. It landed at #2 on the Manga list. The second volume launched at #1 on the Manga list, for 12/09/2012, my only #1 and I'm still ridiculously proud. This was also the year Soulless made the lists for the first time.

2013

Soulless Vol. 3, Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies

2013 was another busy one with the final manga and the first two Finishing School books releasing. Etiquette & Espionage marked my transition to both children's and hard back and plonked me on the NYT Lists for YA at #9 on 02/24/2013. My first novel (as opposed to manga) to get into top 10. The final manga came in at #7 at the same time.

2014


Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry was my only book to release in 2014, and it came at the end of the year. Possibly as a result of this delay, but more likely as a result of the Amazon vrs. Hachette contract negotiations meets B&N not shipping signed editions debacle this was the first time since Soulless my book didn't make the lists. I was expecting it but I was still sad. Of course, it's also possible that people just didn't like the book, but I consider it the best of my YA series so I hope that's not the reason.

2015


Prudence and Manners & Mutiny

Prudence released in early 2015, my new baby and first entry into the world of adult hardcover fiction, possibly one of the hardest lists to crack. She clawed her way on at #19 on 04/05/2015. Only a few months later, on 06/03/2015, much to everyone's total surprise an eBook deal (all of the first 3 YA books at $1.99 each) put the Finishing School series onto the notoriously impossible Children's Series list at #7. This made poor little W&W a best seller at last, and I decided *technically* I could still claim an unbroken record. We wrapped up the year releasing Manners & Mutiny who hit #9. What is it with me and odd numbers?


So there you have it. All 13 of them were New York Times bestsellers via 7 different lists (Mass Market, Hardcover, eBook, Combined Print & eBook, Young Adult, Children's Series, Manga). This occasioned me checking out how many NYT lists there are (something like 37) and wondering if I could crack them all, because I'm an ambitious old cuss who likes a challenge. Considering there are lists like "Sports" I think it practically impossible for me to do so, unless I resume my previous life as an archaeologist and delve into non-fiction. (If I wrote a tomb on the Mayan Ball game, would that count as "Sports"?) One wonders if any author has ever done this; appeared on all lists, I mean.

Don't get me wrong I am delighted to have made anything. Goodness, my dears, I'm startled to even have Authorbeast as a career. Thank you so much. The fact that you go out and preorder, and buy right away, is how I make that list. It's amazing! But if I were ever fully satisfied with anything, I would cease trying to please you, and no one wants that now, do they? Someone more famous than me once said that life is about the quest and the struggle and I didn't grow up a fantasy reader for nothing.

Speaking of which, off I go a-questing. Got another book to finish writing.


{Gail's monthly read along for January is The Raven's Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Le Moniteur de la Mode Date-  Monday, September 1, 1845

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Shy Sea Anemone Hates Hugs

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Gold Rush California Was Much More Expensive Than Today’s Dot Com Boom

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
On Fans and Fan Mail



Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
The Writer Librarian interviews Yours Truly, and more on Manners & Mutiny.

Quote of the Day:
“This has gone too far. It's gone the way if bacon and mustaches.”
~ International Waters (regarding ugly Christmas sweaters)

Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Jan. 18th, 2016

Blogging - WIth Computer

Book Group Poll Results ~ Gail's Thoughts on 2015's Read Alongs


I just ended my 2015 poll, designed to gather readers' favorite books out of those I chose for last year. 2015 was the first full year of the book group. This kind of poll is good for me, because it provides a great deal of insight. The books that result in the most discussion (which are the ones I pay attention to at the time) are not necessarily the ones that people liked the best. Also the books that I think will cause the most excitement, because they are similar to my own work, aren't always the most popular either.

So, the poll...

205 readers participated in the poll (which was pretty awesome as I didn't know that many people were reading along with the group!)

I'm guessing there are more out there too, likely some didn't vote because the poll isn't mobile friendly, and it's outside of common use platforms (like Feedly, or Goodreads, or FB). Some may not have voted because the didn't read all 12 books. And some just don't like polls.

RESULTS


With 23% of the vote (49 people) The Eyre Affair was the most popular read. I would guess this is also the general populace's favorite of the books we read in 2015.


Uprooted came in a close second with 47 votes (22%). This startled me as I see very little cross over with my own work and Uprooted. Still, nice to know a fairy story with a darker edge is welcome, particularly one where the ebook is overpriced. Uprooted also had a clear lead at the beginning of the poll, which tells me that the most devoted readers of my social media (and those with quickest ability to respond - likely younger) favor this book.

(I must say I don't think much of Uprooted's cover.)

In order of decreasing popularity the other books were:

  1. Court of Fives 16 (7%) ~ YA epic fantasy, historical bent, modern style*

  2. Valor's Choice 16 (7%) ~ military space opera

  3. My Man Jeeves 16 (7%) ~ vintage comedy

  4. Karen Memory 16 (7%) ~ dystopian feminist steampunk

  5. Newt’s Emerald 15 (7%) ~ gaslight fantasy regency romance

  6. Kat, Incorrigible 15 (7%) ~ mid-grade regency comedy

  7. Ridiculous 7 (4%) ~ regency romance, modern style

  8. The Outlaws of Sherwood 5 (2%) ~ vintage alt-history retelling

  9. Jinn & Juice 3 (1%) ~ urban fantasy, modern style

  10. Passion Blue 0 (0%) ~ YA historical


In cases were the books were ranked the same, I put them in order of my favorite first.
* By modern style I mean written with the pace, plot tropes and character archetypes, and graphic sex we see more common in books written since the age of indy publishing. Yes, it is different.

Some thoughts:


  • I'm not certain how many people who voted actually read all 12 books. In the future, I might add a check box asking that question at the top.

  • I'm looking into a better platform for the poll in the future. Last I checked, nothing integrated well with blogger, so it may have to be an external survey generator. Could use a Google form the way I do with the Chirrup. Not sure yet.

  • Despite their 3rd place ranking, I don't see myself choosing anymore Wodehouse or anything as gritty as Karen Memory again.

  • I'm also unlikely to go for mid-grade or straight up historical. The first I now believe is too childish, the second too dry, for this particular Book Group.

  • The two books I thought most like my own were Newt's Emerald and Ridiculous. Either the people in my book group have more varied taste than my fans (who always ask for something to read that's exactly like my books) or my own estimate of what's similar to my books is wrong. Or I've no idea what people like about my books. Or all three.


STILL want something to read?
While You Are Waiting ~ Books To Read While Gail Types



{Gail's monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
via shewhoworshipscarlin.tumblr.com Summer dress fashion plate ,1808

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Ephemeral Elegance @drapedinhistory  Such an enchanting image of a couple ice skating, c.1880s

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Regency History: When Was London Season?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
We Need To Talk About Territories


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail's first foray into hybrid land. Rough draft done, wait to start first pass.




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Gail appears on SF Signal Podcast: The Obligatory Best of 2015 Episode

Quote of the Day:
“My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl.”
 ~ Oscar Wilde

Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Jan. 15th, 2016

Blogging - WIth Computer

Pairing Books with Tea & Nibbles


Alright, Gentle Reader, this idea came a while ago from a conversation on the Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group. One of the members was plotting gifting her family with books and chocolate. It occurred to me that this would make for a great blog post.

Reading this?

The Parasol Protectorate series
Drink this:
Eat this:


Reading this?


Drink this:
Assam
Eat this:
Madeira Cake


{Gail's monthly read along for January is The Raven's Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1845 Graham

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Dumbo Octopus in Action

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Harness’s Electric Corset

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Delete the Non-Compete


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail's first foray into hybrid land. Waiting to start next draft.




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Nalini Haynes of Dark Matter Zine says: “Manners & Mutiny is another of Gail Carriger’s highly successful adventure comedy romance steampunk fantasy novels, concluding the Finishing School series with a bang and an excellent roundup of what becomes of the survivors. One of Carriger’s many strengths is to conclude series and begin new series in the same world, keeping her stories fresh. The balance of tension, comedy and romance is fabulous. I’ve been hanging out for the next Custard Protocol book since I finished the last delicious snack; Carriger keeps me wanting more. I highly recommend all her novels.”

Quote of the Day:
“I once got engaged to his daughter Honoria, a ghastly dynamic exhibit who read Nietzsche and had a laugh like waves breaking on a stern and rockbound coast.”
― P.G. Wodehouse

Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Jan. 13th, 2016

Blogging - WIth Computer

Gail's Favorite Reads & Stats of 2015


So I wrote this great big post, Gentle Reader, with all sorts of fun things about my favorite books and their cover art and what I read and... then blogger ate it! (Hot-key fail-bug got me again!) I haven't the heart to redo it. Although, I have now instituted a policy of backing up my blog code manually (that 30 second auto-save is a doozy).

Regardless, I did calculate my stats by hand so I do have them still. And I remembered a bit of the blog so here's a summary:

Ebooks Gail Read in 2015


  • 4 Nonfiction (most of my nonfiction is read in print)

  • 28 Short Story

  • 11 Sci-fi

  • 16 YA

  • 10 Anthology/Collection

  • 11 Fantasy Novel (including urban)

  • 4 Other Novel (historical, comedic)

  • 46 Romance Novel/Novella

  • 65 rejected (16 full books, the rest samples)


Since I'm intending to write romance in 2016 I bumped up my consumption of that genre. I also read romance faster than other genres, since I can skim read it easily.


Gail's favorite books of 2015 included:


I've only included books that were new to me or newly released in 2015. I'm coming to define favorite books as ones I immediately want to reread. Or ones that I actually did reread a few months later.


I also read and enjoyed a couple Maas style YAs. These didn't make the grade for me in terms of wanting to reread. However, if you like the YA fantasy assassin thing you might try Shannon Mayer's Recurve (only $2.99), Moira Katson's Shadownborn (first book is FREE), and Terah Edun's Sworn series (first book is FREE). Like Maas's books, I find them addicting while reading, but strangely dissatisfying when over, similar to eating milk chocolate when you really wanted dark.

Also, shout out of Wolverine's Daughter by Doranna Durgin (only $3.99) which was not of the milk chocolate variety, being a YA fantasy that reminded me of Wrede's Raven Ring, never a bad thing.

Some favorite quotes from books I read this year...


“The harper ducked his head, as if hoping the words would fly over him and not land.”
~ The Reluctant Berserker by Alex Beecroft

As vague and woollen-headed a blighter as ever bit a sandwich.”
~ Carry on, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

“… gave one of Tarnekep Portree’s better smiles, the kind that tended to make law-abiding citizens suddenly remember urgent business elsewhere.”
~ By Honor Betray'd by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald

"It’s your own fault for encouraging him when he was a first-year, you know. Now he thinks he’s a human being." Owen threw himself at Neal.
~ Page: Book 2 of the Protector of the Small Quartet by Tamora Pierce (Neal & Owen: my two favorite characters in the series)

{Gail's monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1845 La Mode 102

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
A Stained Glass Octopus Chandelier

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Birth of Fashion Magazines

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Borderlands Sponsor Program is still up and running, the San Francisco SF/F bookstore is saved for another year. Here are details about what benefits sponsors receive. Want to know more about how the sponsor program came about? See the sponsor's blog. I'll be participating in their up coming February presentation program.

PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail's first foray into hybrid land. First draft finished, awaiting edits pass.




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
aretherelesbians of Tumblr says of Manners & Mutiny: “Carriger’s cast of characters (try saying that 10 times faster!) are varied and somehow even the most unlikable of them are likeable - I don’t think there is a 2D characterisation among them!”

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

Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Jan. 11th, 2016

Blogging - WIth Computer

The Story Behind the Soulless Limited Edition Cover Art


Today, Gentle Reader, I have a bit story for you concerning that wonderful cover for the limited edition of Soulless from Subterranean Press. This is the first time Soulless will be published for the English speaking market in hardcover so you can imagine I was pretty excited about said cover design.

So now I shall tell you the story of its creation...



Out February 29, 2016, order here.
Limited: 750 signed numbered copies for $50.00 each
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase for $250.00

Behind the Cover


The wonderful folks at Subterranean Press have been working very closely with me for months to come up with a cover that I truly love. Not that I don't love Soulless's other covers, but I wanted something different. I asked for something very Victorian looking, as if it had come from that time period, only skewed to look off and steampunky.

Some of the samples I sent along.

I also sent along these two pieces of fan art. You see what happens when you make fan art, sometimes you become part of an art consult!

hopeisaturtle tumblr - Soulless Minimalist Posters Alexia copy

Alexia by sweet tabby

My team actually contacted the artist behind the first image and she did a redesign for us for the central cameo! Isn't that cool?

They came up with three initial designs, we all agreed we liked the same one of the three. There was discussion over including octopus elements, and also making certain there was at least a hint of steampunk. I suggested using the "o" in Soulless and turning it into a gear. Poking about the interwebs I found this amazing cover for Julie Kagawa's Talon. Isn't it stunning?


Then I mentioned that I'd greatly appreciate it if they wouldn't do pink for this first book. Not that I mind pink, don't get me wrong, but I feel for some readers that pink is a barrier to entry. I thought they might go with wine or burgundy, but I'm DELIGHTED to see they chose green. It is, after all, my favorite color.


I do hope you guys love it as much as I do. I can't tell you how pleased I am with the end result.

Soulless covers that have come before...

US Mass Market edition (now OP); German Mass Market edition

Japanese Edition; US Trade Paperback Edition

Hardcover Omnibus Edition; German Hardcover Edition

Manga cover; US Limited Hardcover

{Gail's monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1845 La Mode 25

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Shy Dumbo Octopus Hides Inside Own Arms - Nautilus Live

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
British Tea Etiquette: How to Drink it Downtown Abbey-Style

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“He was more like something out of Dickens than anything human.”
― P.G. Wodehouse

PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail's first foray into hybrid land. First draft in holding pattern.




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:

  • Sara of Freadomlibrary says of Soulless: “I absolutely adore every single one of these characters. They are all so complex and interesting and they work so well together. Their bounce off each other in a way that’s heartfelt and hilarious.”

  • Britt Kris of For The Love of the Read says of Soulless: “I definitely recommend for readers who like paranormal novels and are looking for one that's not exactly like everything else out there.”


Quote of the Day:
“A lesser moustache, under the impact of that quick, agonised expulsion of breath, would have worked loose at the roots.”
― P.G. Wodehouse, Uncle Fred in the Springtime

Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Jan. 8th, 2016

Blogging - WIth Computer

Book Group Read Along ~ The Raven Ring


The book group will be starting this year with an old favorite of mine, Gentle Reader, finally made available in eBook form: Patricia C. Wrede's The Raven Ring.


The Raven Ring is set in Lyra, a world in which Wrede has written many stories, but with which it is not necessary to be familiar. This particular novel stands entirely alone. It features a tough mountain lass, who just happens to be a fantastic warrior. Eleret must figure out who murdered her mother and what that has to to with the magical Raven Ring that is her only inheritance. There are also two marvelous love interests without resorting to the ubiquitous triangle, and a fun ending. The plot is basically a murder mystery with magic, in the style of Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper series.


I'd say The Raven Ring is suitable to YA readers, although I was about 17 when I read it. There is some violence but nothing too graphic, and only a kiss or two.


{Gail's monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1957 Grey Check and Black Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Spud Shaped Toy A-peels to Giant Octopus at Hastings Blue Reef

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The 1830’s in Fashionable Gowns: A Visual Guide to the Decade

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don't know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail's first foray into hybrid land. Finished First Draft.




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Book Plots & Polka Dots says of the Finishing School series: “These books are so fun. They are snarky and adorable, full of mystery and suspense but also wit and romance. When Sophronia hikes up her skirts and starts climbing around the school dirigible (it's a flying school!), you know something is about to happen. There are werewolf teachers in top hats, my friends, you must read these books!”

Quote of the Day:
In keeping with Prime’s importance, the Officers’ Club there boasted the best food of any Space Force base on Galcen, which wasn’t saying that much—and the best wine cellar of any base in the galaxy, which was saying a great deal.
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, The Price of the Stars


Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Jan. 6th, 2016

Blogging - WIth Computer

Soulless Limited Edition Cover Art Reveal!


This, my dear darling reader, is the amazing cover for the new limited edition of Soulless from Subterranean Press. Yes, you can finally purchase my first book in hardcover!



Out February 29, 2016, order here.
Limited: 750 signed numbered copies for $50.00 each
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase for $250.00

I know, spendy, but this is really it. Limited means limited, I will not be signing more and they will not be printing more. You want to own Soulless in hardback, this is your chance.

Every edition has a special beautiful dedicated page with scroll work that I've personally signed. The cover is embossed. There is also a fully drawn dust jacket by Michael Wm. Kaluta. Subterranean Press is widely considered to be among the finest specialty publishers in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres and I am ridiculously proud of this edition.

Behind the Cover


The wonderful folks at Subterranean have been working very closely with me to come up with a cover that I truly love. Not that I don't love Soulless's other covers, but I wanted something different. I asked for something very Victorian looking, as if it had come from that time period.

Some of the samples I sent along for inspiration.

I also wanted to take some inspiration from my artistic readers. You see what happens when you make fan art? Sometimes you become part of an art consult!

hopeisaturtle tumblr - Soulless Minimalist Posters Alexia copy

Alexia by sweet tabby

My team actually contacted the artist behind the first image and the artist did a redesign for us for the central cameo! Isn't that cool?

Subterranean came up with three initial designs, we all agreed we liked the same one. There was discussion over including the octopus elements, and also making certain there was at least a hint of steampunk. I suggested using the "o" in Soulless and turning it into a gear. Poking about the interwebs I found this amazing cover for Julie Kagawa's Talon. Isn't it stunning?


Then I mentioned that I'd greatly appreciate it if they wouldn't do pink for this first book. Not that I mind pink, don't get me wrong, but I feel for some pink is a barrier to entry. I thought they might go with wine or burgundy but I'm DELIGHTED to see they chose green. It is, after all, my favorite color.


I do hope you guys love it as much as I do. I can't tell you how pleased I am.

Your Questions, Answered


Will Subterranean ship internationally?
Yes, direct orders can be shipped overseas.

Will they be doing the rest of the Parasol Protectorate books?
It's been such a great experience that I certainly hope so. Can you imagine what might be in the center of the cameo for the rest of the series? What color each book might be? It's a matter of extracting the rights to do so. Also it will, I suspect, entirely ride on how well this run sells.

Is this really the only hardback EVER?
I can't predict the future. Orbit retains the right to produce their own hardcover, but they haven't in 8 years so I wouldn't hold your breath. Also, if they did, they are likely to keep the original style cover and do it much as Prudence was done. This is the only one of this vintage look and type.

Is this really the first time ever that Soulless has appeared in hardcover?
No. There are various foreign language editions in hardcover. I think perhaps my Swedish publisher, Styxx was the first to produce a hardback edition. They used the original artwork for the fly, and a plain pink cover. You could also get it, coupled with Changeless and Blameless, in the omnibus edition for the SFBC. But that is out of print now, so you'll have to find it used.


There you have it, honest answers. Frankly, if you crave hardcover, you should get this one because his is the one I would want for my collection. It reminds me so much of all those books I read in order to get inspiration for Alexia.


{Gail's monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1845 La Mode 101

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Fast-moving Octopus Tries to Steal Man’s GoPro

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Young, Black, and Victorian: Wonderful Photographs of Victorian Women of Color

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
31 Stylistic Devices for Creative Writers


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail's first foray into hybrid land. Finished rough draft. Over length, looking forward to edits.




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:

  • Sam of Mind the Gap says of Soulless: “The writing is witty, the characters are quirky, the clothing is sumptuous, and the octopuses are plentiful (but what do they mean??). And the world is built up well, integrating steampunk elements without losing the plot or becoming confusing.”

  • Victalian Granger on Gaceta del Ocio says of Soulless: “Una lectura más que recomendable para los amantes de personajes femeninos fuertes y divertidos. Una saga que no decae libro tras libro.”


Quote of the Day:
That’s the problem with being able to think. It means you wish for things you can’t have.”
~ Tamora Pierce, Lady Knight: Book 4 of the Protector of the Small Quartet


Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Jan. 4th, 2016

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Gail's 2016: What to Expect from Your Friendly Neighborhood Authorbeast


I've been planning 2016 for a long time, my dear Gentle Reader. Well, it feels like a long time. If you haven't been watching my background planning, or don't subscribe to my newsletter, or managed to one of my events recently, 2016 is to be my resting year.

As if I were a loaf of bread.

Perhaps I will swell full of air.

Perhaps then I will be popped into the oven and become crispy and delicious.

I'm losing track of my analogy here.

Anyway, I hope 2016 is a year of both rest and monumental change in the Gail-verse.

1950 Vogue Photo by Erwin Blumenfeld via soleil-de-matin tumblr

"There's this insane thing that happens where you... start not just doing things because you're lucky to have gotten the job, but you actually start making choices."
 ~ Emma Stone to The Wall Street Journal in September of 2015

Don't worry, you'll absolutely get Imprudence as promised. But on this side of the computer screen, I won't be working on the third book in the Custard Protocol series for some while. Yeah, you guessed it, that means you won't be getting a new one for even longer. Don't worry, I think you'll be happy with where I leave Imprudence, no Changeless-esk cliff hangers or anything like that.

1921 Henri Matisse (French artist, 1869–1954) Reading woman with a Parasol

Here's what's going on instead...

I made the switch to full time writer in 2011. It's not what I thought I would do with my life. I'm certainly not complaining. I adore my job. It's only that I'm still adjusting my worldview to that of Author with a capital A. Since my first book came out at the end of 2009, I have faithfully produced 13 books and one full cast audio. That's about 2 books a year. I need a break.

It's time for me to focus on the business side of authorbeast. Stupid little things like: installing new accounting software, updating my website, and learning Scrivener. The thing I have to remember is that this is my career now and I'm a planner, yet I didn't plan for it. It rather swept me up and overwhelmed me. Now that I've accepted it as my future, I must organize all the things. It's an archaeologist predilection. Or possibly a control freak obsession.

I won't be leaving you parasol-less, I promise. I hope to produce several novellas featuring some of your favorite characters, and less favorite, and possibly some new ones. I've this mad passion to write at different lengths (I adore novellas and shorts), with silly storylines, in abnormal settings, and oddball relationships. And romance. I'm feeling very romantic these days.

1920s Alfred James Munnings (British Painter, 1878-1959) The White Canoe on the Stour at Dedham

Hopefully, I haven't disappointed you yet, so I won't disappoint you now. At the very least, I promise you two new novella length stories featuring familiar faces. They will be fun. And touching. And sexy. And absurd.

I do hope you are as excited as I am!

Let's do this thing, shall we?


{Gail's monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
via Mimi Matthews @MimiMatthewsEsq
French Impressionist Claude Monet Here's Jardin à Sainte-Adresse, 1867.jpg

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The Gallery of HMS Calcutta (Portsmouth) c.1876

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
10,000 Wax Cylinders Digitized and Free to Download

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Are Short Stories Worth It?


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail's first foray into hybrid land. Working rough draft.




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Foxes722 celebrates the release of Manners & Mutiny.

Quote of the Day:
“New York is a large city conveniently situated on the edge of America, so that you step off the liner right on to it without an effort.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse (The Man with Two Left Feet)

Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Dec. 30th, 2015

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Book Review Newt's Emerald & Ridiculous


Newt's Emerald was just as much fun on the reread as it was the first time I read it, Gentle Reader. There is something so light and easy about this book. This is a bit of a shock from Mr. Nix. Not that his necromancer YA is labored, just that it is, by necessity given the subject matter, weighty. (Still, I recommend it if you like that kind of dark well-done fantasy. Just don't go in expecting anything like Newt's Emerald.)


While I like the cover well enough, as covers go, I do think it does this particular book a disservice. It's not going to find an eager New Adult or YA market. Nor will it draw in any romance readers with this style of art and price point. In fact, I'm hard pressed to think what market the publisher thinks this cover targets. Perhaps they were after Night Circus readers, but why? The books aren't at all alike. Regardless, it's a pity, as I think Newt's Emerald could do very well with YA, New Adult, and Romance readers. I can only hope with the paperback they change up the cover and that love for this novel spreads. I'd suggest something like the cover of Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal. Not that anyone is asking at me, but they might try a different title too ~ one with better keyword action.

Now, let us put aside the things over which the author (self or the admirable Mr. Nix) has very little control (at least in this instance) and move on to story and writing. It's brilliant, my dears, just brilliant.

"By the time Truthful had carefully put away her ensorcelled moustache, soaked in her lemon verbena-scented bath, slept for an hour, and dressed in a charming walking dress of green crape with puffed sleeves embellished with silver knot-ribbons, she felt much better."

I should just like to say that Ensorcelled Moustache is the name of my dub-step meets opera cover band.

"Out of my way, spider-shanks! Fellow with calves like that shouldn’t be seen in knee breeches.”

So right, this is me, all the quotes I pick are going to revolve around clothing. Can't be helped. Spider-Shanks indeed. Might be my second favorite insult after Poodle-Faker. (All the best insults have hyphens. Incidentally, that's the name of Ensorcelled Moustache's first hit single.)

All in all, I felt the story, the characters, and the romance all rubbed along together in a topping manner. It reminded me of my youth spent smuggling illicit regency romances to read on the beach, meets Sorcery & Cecelia. And anything that reminds me of my youth plus a favorite book must be praised.

The character of Lady Badgery greatly intrigued me. I should dearly love to read her story some day.

“As to the impressive score of deaths that may be laid at my door, they all occurred in the six years I lived as a man, in the Army, as a lieutenant to my beloved Badgery. All were in battle, you understand. Oh, there was one duel, but that was an accident."

“Hasn’t Parkins been with you since you were married?” she asked.
Lady Badgery smiled again. “Sergeant Harkins she was in those days,” she said. “She had the most remarkable beard. I wonder if she still has it?"

I want that book Mr Nix. Pretty please?

Meanwhile, if you are at all inclined, please give this little gem a review? Newt's Emerald could very much use the boost. And if you want to read something similar go get Sorcery & Cecilia, last I checked the ebook was listed for sale in the US at only $1.99. (Although if you have been having around me for any length of time, you likely already have it. I am constantly pimping it.)


I found Ridiculous by D L Carter a frivolous but very fun regency romance. It has more sexy-times than normal in such books, and a whole lot of pining girl disguised as a boy a favorite trope of mine. Also it is really quite funny. I laughed out loud at least a dozen times.

Again, it has a pretty sorry cover. But with over 1000 reviews on Amazon, a great star rating, and a $0.99 price point I think it's doing fine for this author. Although, I did see some of the negative reviews specifically complained that there was too much sex. (Despite the author's clear attempt to manage expectations with: ***Mature Audience Advisory*** Identity theft regency style. Funny. Sexy. Cross Dressing. Not your mother's Regency Romance.) If the cover were a little sexier and more modern style, modeled and less traditionally regency sketch (not to mention weirdly awkward) this might manage expectations. (Where are their feet? Why is the perspective & of the background and that of the figures so mismatched? Why is he sucking on his cane? Why does the blond look like Macaulay Culkin? It is all very concerning. I have to stop looking at it now, or I'll keep worrying.)

Here's the blurb:
After the death of her miserly cousin Antony North, Millicent Boarder is determined her family should never be poor or vulnerable again. To protect them she conceals her cousin's death and assumes his identity. Now she must face the Ton and the world as Mr. North and accept the price she must pay for her family's safety -- she will never be loved. Which means, of course, at this point she will meet the perfect man.

Here we see Millicent herself put the plan into words:

"There are many types of men in society. If I set out to be deliberately silly, inconsequential, and foolish, then if I should do something odd, people will say, ‘Oh, that is just that odd Mr. North. Think nothing of it.’"

And so she creates a kind of foolish Wilde character, only with far less fashion sense. In order to disguise her body shape she must affect very ill-fitting suits. Again, I tend to gravitate towards and enjoy the quotes that deals with clothing and apparel. Here's a fun one:

“We met at the assembly,” replied Mildred. “The widow of Sir Richard Whenthistle with the purple turban and astonishingly black hair for her age.”
“And six flounces at the hem,” added Maude with a shudder.

But my favorite things by far in this book are when Mr. North (AKA Millicent) is at his most witty.

“Ah, I realize we have not been properly introduced,” said Millicent to the dark haired creature who sat shivering on her lap. “But I fear you have hopelessly compromised me. We shall have to be wed.”

“Your horses are all well. Merely shaken a bit with one or two scratches. However, I fear it will be necessary to shoot your carriage to put it out of its misery.”

Mr. North as a fribble is released from many societal requirements because of his absurdity. Like the class clown getting away with misbehavior because he makes the teacher laugh.

“Elizabeth Rose Edwina Genevieve Helene, actually,” said Lady Beth. “Good heavens. You should be six feet tall to bear the burden of so many names.”

Mr. North can be either kind or cutting, depending on the circumstances. And Millicent, who is sympathetic to the plight of young lady wallflowers, often uses the foolishness of her alter ego to be kind.

“You have had a London season?” asked Millicent in her softest voice. The answer was the barest nod. “And it did not go well?” An even smaller shake was her answer.
“Whatever is wrong with London?” demanded Millicent.

“Yes, he is a duke,” said Millicent softly. “But what are we to feed him?” demanded Mrs. Prichart. “Food, I imagine,” said Millicent, “since it is only a rumor that they live on moonbeams and starlight.”

I liked how the ending was treated, and I did think it was inevitable, given this is a romance novel. Nevertheless, I was sad to see Mr. North go, and to know Millicent could never be him again and enjoy the freedom of the opposite sex.

"Tea was drunk and stories told of the odd little fellow who had won the hearts of the ton, then died, tragically, before he became unfashionable."

Mr. North was more powerful than she could ever be, even as a duchess. I have to imagine that after all her liberty she would chaff against the bounds of being a woman once more in the early 1800s. Would marriage and great sex be enough to compensate, do you think? I don't know.

"When Mr. North’s coffin was carried from the church with Shoffer, Duke of Trolenfield leading on the right side, Mr. North’s brother-in-law to be, a simple secretary, in the middle, and a farmer come hot foot all the way from Wales to fulfill this honor following, the other side staffed by officers in full regimentals, one wag was moved to comment that all that was required was an Indian chief to make the funeral complete."

Silly stocking stuffers from the Mum

I do hope you are enjoying your holidays. I've lots of fun blog posts planned for the next few weeks and this month's Chirrup contains some Very Good News.

Talk to you again in 2016!


{Gail's monthly read along for January is The Raven's Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Le Moniteur de la Mode Date-  Tuesday, July 1, 1845

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Scientist Tries to Photograph Octopus, Octopus Photographs Scientist Instead

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
How Did Prison Change Oscar Wilde?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
He Never Wasted A Single Failure

PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Handed in. Available for pre-order, releases July 19, 2016 in the US.




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
21 Amazing Young Adult Series That Ended in 2015

Quote of the Day:
“They are not so very much older than me, are they? I would not want them to laugh at my presumption.” Millicent paused before answering. “Far be it from me to estimate any lady’s age, whether young or old. Let me only say you are taller.”
~ Ridiculous by D L Carter

Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Dec. 28th, 2015

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A Very Alexia Christmas


Lady Maccon, as some of you may well know, is rather fond of comestibles. Thusly, the holiday season is one of great joy to her ~ from a food standpoint if nothing else. (The shopping, it must be admitted, she could do without. Her sisters are overly enthusiastic on the subject.) However, she has some tips for coping with the holidays Victorian-style.

1. Mincemeat pie. Sounds awful, looks revolting, tastes spectacular. The Americans have sadly neglected this part of their British heritage but there is much to be said for meat soaked in alcohol and then encased in pastry. If unwilling to venture in the mincemeat direction, how about exploring the fine art of Christmas Pudding? (AKA Plum Pudding ~ and no, there are no plums involved, don't ask.) A dense fruity cake that is covered in alcohol and then set on fire. Fantastic.

Via NPR

2. Cloth wrapped presents. Instead of paper, why not invest in some fabric remnants from a craft shop or colorful little scarves from a thrift store, and then tie with a ribbon? All the fun of unwrapping, none of the waste, and perhaps it will encourage others to reuse as well. As an added bonus cloth wrappers can be used as emergency clean-up towels for the inevitable alcohol-related spill (see: inebriation caused by over-consumption of Christmas Pud, above.)

3. Roast goose. Benefits? Well, a goose is bigger than a turkey and more mean-spirited. Have you ever met a goose? The only bird nastier is a swan and, unfortunately, swans are protected by Queen Victoria. Thus goose consumption gives one a sense of self-righteousness and satisfaction all rolled into one.

Roast Goose with Giblet Stuffing

4. Frills and lace. Perhaps not a particular favorite amongst gentlemen for themselves (unless one is of a Lord Akeldama inclination) but for the ladies... Donning a pretty frock and perhaps a corset is bound to make one feel better ~ a little constricted but definitely better. On the other hand nothing (I am convinced) is funnier than a werewolf with a doily on his head.

5. Which brings us back around to drinkies. Lord Akeldama suggests a Pink Slurp (champagne & blood) but he's a vampire and they have questionable pallets. Alexia recommends substituting blackberry cordial for the blood, resulting in a truly excellent and festive drink. Alternatively, for those particularly cold nights, one might opt for mulled wine, which can be a most excellent way to disguise the quality of one's vino. And one can never go wrong with hot apple cider.

Bottoms up!

Lord A at Christmas nennesis via tumblr

Queen Victoria and Her Grandson dine in 1899.


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1915 British Paintings tumblr Fashion 1915

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Queen Victoria’s children photographed by Roger Fenton in Tableaux of the Seasons, 1854.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Zeppelin: Aboard ‘the hotel in the sky’

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Literary Advent Calendar


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail's first foray into hybrid land. Working rough draft.




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;


Book News:
Kristina of All Things Urban Fantasy says: “Manners & Mutiny is a wonderfully action packed and fun end to a very unique series. One thing I loved about this book was how it so neatly melds into the Parasol Protectorate series as a precursor to that series' story.”

Quote of the Day:
"A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do."
~ P.J. O'Rourke

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
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