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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. 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.

Apr. 16th, 2014

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What Podcasts Do I Love? (And Some Bumbersnoot Poetry)


Lately, as it becomes more widely known what an addict I am, I am frequently asked about which podcasts I enjoy. I listen to A LOT, Gentle Reader. However, I don't think you really care about all of them, do you?

First here is a quick glimpse at: Characters with their podcast inspiration.

And now, here is a pretty comprehensive list of some of my favorites. (Podcasts are always pod fading and then I need to find new ones, so there is a constant stream of me trying something out, but these are the old work horses.)

Writing Related
Adventures in SciFi Publishing
I Should Be Writing
The Shared Desk
Writing Excuses
The History of English

Human Interest
The Moth
StoryCorps
All in the Mind
Savage Love

Academic & Educational
Freakonomics Radio
Get Fit Guy (Q&DT)
Money Girl (Q&DT)
Planet Money
The Nutrition Diva (Q&DT)

Fandom
Brass Needles
Geekson
Slice of SciFi
The Functional Nerds
SF Signal
Sword & Laser
Your Book is Why Daddy Drinks
Nerdist

Comedy
The Bugle
Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
Judge John Hodgeman
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
Scotland's Funny Bits
The Smartest Man in the World
Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's Film Reviews
Geologic Podcast
International Waters

Most Missed
Survivor Guide
Stephen Fry's Podgrams
Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour
Memories of the Futurecast
Shortcomings Audio
The Perfect Ten
Radio Free Burrito

When do I find the time to listen? Well I listen when I am driving or biking, doing any kind of household task, cooking, and so forth. If I am alone and not writing I'm probably listening to a podcast. I love to get two things done at once, I feel so efficient. Podcasts are a low entry way for me to do this. I also rarely watch television, so that figures into all calculations. Also, I'm pretty cruel about it and if the subject doesn't interest me I just delete that episode. As a result, I don't listen to every cast of every pod.


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
‘Crisp Packet’ Clutch from Luisa via Roma

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Bathtub meets sink.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
SFF Interview Swap: Elizabeth Moon interviews Rachel Bach


PROJECT ROUND UP

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Rewriting now, release date March 17, 2015.


The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies
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
$0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt
Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at crudrat.com

Book News:
Lalex (@LalexAndrea) Illustrated vSophronia with Bumbersnoot!


Quote of the Day:
How doth the little Bumbersnoot
Chew gayly on his coal
And sit beneath the petticoats
Through which he burns a hole.
~ Andrew Knighton (@gibbondemon) on Twitter

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.

Jan. 27th, 2014

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Flirtation or... Espionage?


Been working hard on the final Finishing School book. Although Sophronia and her network of spy girlfriends have their own code for speaking back and forth, I thought it might be fun to see some of the original real deal techniques.

Flirting with Gloves

Mitts  1840s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Flirting Handkerchief
Chemisette, Undersleeves, and Handkerchief  1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Ar
Flirting Parasol

1833 Sunday, September 1

(Chapeau des Magasins de Mme. Rousseau Leblanc, Place de la Rourse, 31. Redingote des ateliers de Mme. H. Larcher, Couturiere de L. M. la Reine, (Rue Vivienne, 4.) Le depot du Follet, Boulevart des Italiens, Passage de l'Opera, No. 2. Published by J. Page, 112 Fetter Lane, London.
Lady's Magazine Sunday, September 1, 1833 v. 14, plate 70.)

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Paint British Paintings Burnham Beeches - Hector Caffieri

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Cassette Tape Doormat at Perpetual Kid

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Eastgate Street, from east of the Cross looking towards the Eastgate Louise Rayner

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Writing Through Adversity. Or Not.


PROJECT ROUND UP

Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!
Soulless Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless the manga) ~ Out now!

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. Release date to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins soon.


The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
$0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt


Book News:
Library Media Journal, March 1st Edition on C&C: “The strength, wit, charisma, and sheer likeability of Sophronia is a refreshing and welcome change from the typical protagonist of today's young adult novels.”

Quote of the Day:
"We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us."
~ Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949)

Jan. 6th, 2014

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Gail's Internet Haunts: Now with Tumblr Action


This is an occasional blog entry that reader's questions find me compelled to post. Please forgive me, Gentle Reader, if this information is not new to you. But just in case...

Recently I joined Tumblr where I am having too much fun.
You can find my Fashion Blog over on Retro Rack.

Gail Fashion
Photo by J. Daniel Sawyer

You can connect with me on Facebook if you want all my crazy ramblings and posts.

Or you can like my Gail Carriger Facebook page if you just want important announcements like releases and events.

Or you can join The Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group and gossip with everyone else about the books.

You can follow me on Twitter although I apologize as sometimes it takes me a while to follow back. I don't mean to be cruel, but I will block those who don't obey Twitter etiquette.

And I post a bit to Flickr as Gail_Carriger.

Please do not attempt to connect with me over Skype, I use that for prearranged interviews only.

I am finally working on a news letter! I hope to have one up and running this month. If you would like to be on the first round of beta testing do drop me a calling card and I will add you. Once we are totally ready I'll do a whole post about it.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1885 Nautical dress

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Flow by Cheng-Tsung Feng

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Vegan Restauran in Madrid Features an Exciting Ephemeral Installation

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Literary Trysts It Gives Me Great Joy To Think About: Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman


PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third:
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013.

Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.


The Books!


The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series!
Please DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
$0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, and Fairy Debt


Book News:
Professor Lyall by ~ AtticArt

Quote of the Day:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
~ Henry David Thoreau

Jul. 22nd, 2013

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10 Questions Answered: Gail's Books the Lightning Round

Oh so Ivy.

1. If you could describe the Parasol Protectorate series in one word, what would that word be?
Canoodle.

2. If you could describe the Finishing School series in one word, what would that word be?
Kafuffle.

3. Could you describe what you write in two words?
Canoodling kafuffles!

4. What were you trying to accomplish with these books?
I want to cheer people up and give them a fun read. Maybe keep one or two readers up all night. No real agenda. I also would love to be at least one person’s favorite author.

5. Fill in the blank’s here: If you like ______, you should read my books because _______.
Tea, there’s so much tea in my books I have to edit instances to cordial, otherwise tea will become a main character.

At Lisa's Tea Treasures in Santana Row

6. What do you feel is your strength as a writer/storyteller?
Characters, charm, and frivolity.

7. Throw away temptation lines for your books?
Soulless: Her manners are excellent, her soul is non–existent, and she wants your treacle tart.
Changeless: Werewolves in kilts.
Blameless: Beware the bad guys, they have pesto.
Heartless: The octopus rampages at midnight.
Timeless: Not for the faint of hat.
Etiquette & Espionage: Holy flying cheese pie!
Curtsies & Conspiracies: The picklemen are coming.

8. What’s your favorite thing about writing these books?
I get to write comedy, urban fantasy, and steampunk all at once. It’s the attack of the sub-genres!

9. What can readers expect from the upcoming sequels?
Articulated parasols, inappropriate passions, and an overabundance of witty banter.

10. What would you most like potential readers to know about you and/or your book?
Neither of us are meant to be taken seriously.

With Thomas pretending to faint.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Ooze Lamp

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Perfect nested mixing bowl set.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Are You a Marketing Artist or Scientist?

PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Waiting on editor.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013.

Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.


The Books!


The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series!
Please DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
$0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister's Song

Book News:

Very Lord Maccon

Quote of the Day:
“She still didn't see the hot eyes melting and running all over her.”
~ Thog's Masterclass. Eyeballs in the Sky.  (Whit Harrison [Harry Whittington], Any Woman He Wanted, 1961) [PB] via Ansible

Jul. 16th, 2013

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4 Common Questions on Categorizing Gail's Books

1. How would you describe the Parasol Protectorate series for those who don’t know about it yet?
Imagine Jane Austen dabbling in science and steam technology. Then imagine P.G. Wodehouse suddenly dropped vampires into the Drones Club. The Parasol Protectorate books are the resulting progeny. They begin with a soulless spinster confronting Queen Victoria’s grumpy werewolf investigator over the issue of lisping vampires and go on from there.

2. How about the Finishing School series?
The Finishing School series is set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, only 25 years earlier, and features a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. There is steampunk etiquette! There is well-dressed espionage! There is Victorian fake food. There is a flying mechanical sausage dog named Bumbersnoot. Here is the official industry press release about Gail expanding her world. The first book, Etiquette & Espionage, was a New York Times bestseller and garnered star reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly. Book two, Curtsies & Conspiracies releases November 5, 2013.

Parasol Protectorate Fan Art Parasol

3. And the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series?
The Parasol Protectorate Abroad books will feature a marauding team of outrageous miscreants in a high-tech dirigible charging about fixing things; loudly and mainly with tea. This series will explore the wider ramifications of Gail's steampunk British Empire, not just how technology has shifted but how vampires and werewolves have evolved differently in other parts of the world. The first book, Prudence, begins several decades after the Alexia books. It will release in 2015. You can read Gail's blog post about the delay in publication.

4. What genre are Gail's peculiar books?
The Parasol Protectorate books are usually filed under Science Fiction / Fantasy, although some stores put them into Romance and a few have even stuck them in the Horror section. The Finishing School books can usually be found with other Young Adult books. Gail considers her books a mix of steampunk and urban fantasy. She likes Carrie Vaughn’s term "urbane fantasy" which nicely incorporates both sub-genres. There’s also the delightful term "teapunk." There’s certainly enough tea in Gail's books for that. Gail tends to gently spoof Gothic classics, so there is also a large dose of comedy in her books - giggling readers are good.

Audio interview about the Parasol Protectorate books with Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column at SF in SF.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1896-1903 handle by Fabergé,  The Victoria & Albert Museum1

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Cloud Sofa

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Quirky Victorian Term explained: Hemp “A useful plant, resembling the common nettle; which is sewn in april, and, like flax, will flourish best in rich ground: the outward covering, or peeling of the stalk, is the part made into cloth and cordage. What is Tow? The refuse of hemp after it has been dressed; this thick gross part, when separated from the stem, is frequently spun into a kind of yarn, of which packing-cloths are made: it is useful in stopping the effusions of blood, and in lighting matches for canon.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
3 Tips for Developing Enthralling Characters
PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Fifth draft out to Beta number 4. Things are looking up.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013.

Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.


The Books!


The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series!
Please DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
$0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister's Song

Book News:

Broken Ankh Tattoo

Quote of the Day:
"The personality of a house is indefinable, but there never lived a lady of great cultivation and charm whose home, whether a palace, a farm-cottage, of a tiny apartment, did not reflect the charm of its owner."
~ Emily Post

Jul. 1st, 2013

Alexia in Shock

5 Exciting New Website Bits & Bobs

So I launched my new website on Thursday night and it went strangely well, my end at least. The new website may look similar to the old, but it is expanded and expandable. We now have drop down menus for the different book series as well as lots of extra features and links to blog posts and interviews. Hopefully, the new design will also allow me to keep the whole thing up to date as well with latest news and events. Fingers crossed, I won't have to go through another major redesign for a while.

Anyway, here are the five things I am most excited about:

  1. The site now ghosts my author blog and my fashion blog on blogspot (no more LJ!).

  2. The steampunk section is considerably expanded. I'm hoping to go in and clean it up and add new resources as well, as they come along. If you have any good suggestions for links, do let me know.

  3. There is a solid FAQ page now, separated from the Never Ending Interview, which has been combed through and brought up to date.

  4. The section for my books and all the different series has been updated and organized.

  5. I have an events and latest news section that is really easy to keep current.


Have I mentioned recently how much I love organization?

Still on the agenda, but delayed slightly, is getting together the resources for a newsletter. I know some have asked. Also, the Twitter feed is proving difficult and there are a few other bugs to iron out, but right now I'm basking in the glow of a pretty tidy site.

Thoughts and suggestions are most welcome.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Model pantry

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Set the Bar: Creative Food and Drink Station Ideas

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
One Simple Trick That Makes Editing Less Painful

PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Last draft back and ready to turn in after the holiday.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013.

Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.


The Books!


The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series!
Please DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
$0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister's Song

Book News:

Alexi fan art.

Quote of the Day:
De gustibus non est disputandum. Essentially my mom’s old favorite, “There’s no accounting for taste.” Sounds better in Latin.

Feb. 1st, 2013

Finishing School

Etiquette & Espionage ~ Reviews & Praise

Etiquette & Espionage ~ Reviews & Praise

Gentle Reader, I present for your titillation links and quotes from some of the early reviews for Etiquette & Espionage. I've taken pains to use only non-spoiler quotes, but I can't guarantee that the full review will be spoiler free. So follow the links at your own risk...cheese pies may be hurled in your general direction. (Wouldn’t if be fun if "hurling the cheese pie" were a euphemism for spoilers?)
  • Publisher's Weekly Galley Talk says: "When I opened the novel, I was immediately enchanted and delighted."
  • A fan of the Parasol Protectorate weighs in: "Firstly, while it is very apparent from the tone and voice that this is the same author's work, Carriger has done a fantastic job of giving it the feel of a young adult novel, as opposed to simply making the characters young, like many traditionally adult fiction authors can make the mistake of doing."
  • Elephants on Trapezes says: "Gail Carriger has a distinctive voice I still can't quite describe other than to say that she has a talent for describing the most ridiculous things with a sly helping of droll humor."
  • Miss Literati says: "The names in the novel are fun and quirky and Sophronia and her friends have intriguing and goofy personalities."
  • WTF Are You Reading? is a little more guarded: "While it is true that Sophronia Temminnick is a very likable character and Etiquette and Espionage is a very readable book; both take a while to warm up to."
  • Shelf Awareness says: "If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick."
  • Megan Likes Books starts off with: "What a pleasant surprise this book was! I've always thought steampunk was cool, but this is my first time reading a steampunk novel. I love it!"
  • Diary of the Bookworm says: "A totally different, but equally fantastic female lead, a whole new set of strange circumstances, the same great humour, and sleek writing prowess, and of course, the same Steampunk world her readers have become so enamoured of and voila! A new series that will captivate readers new to Carriger and her die hard fans alike."
  • Steampunk Canada says: "I love this new female heroine, I love the many ways Ms. Carriger has connected this series with her first, and I want my very own Bumbersnoot."
  • Fantasy Faction says: "it was as refreshing as a summer blackberry and ginger trifle and just as enjoyable."
  • Sci-Fi Fan Letter says: "The book is a fun romp, with quirky characters and a quick plot."
  • Skye’s Scribbling’s says: “Harry Potter meets Jeeves & Wooster. Or, if Jane Austen wrote Harry Potter after apprenticing under P.G. Wodehouse and H.G. Wells.”
  • I Read to Relax! says: “The tie-ins to Carriger's adult series had me giggling throughout.”
  • Dark Faerie Tales says: “It doesn’t matter that Sophronia wasn’t considered to be lady-like, nor does it matter that she wasn’t as prim and proper as the others, I loved her for who she was.”
  • Goldilox and the Three Weres says: “I admit to not having read Carriger's popular adult series, Parasol Protectorate, but after reading - and loving! - this book I will certainly be remedying that!”
  • Dark Matter Fanzine says: “Gail’s acerbic observations on human nature, social mores and manipulations, are hilarious...Highly recommended for fans of adventure/comedy, steampunk and comedies of manners such as The Importance of Being Ernest.”
E&E Final Cover

Etiquette & Espionage has also received:
  1. A starred review from Kirkus
  2. A starred review from Publisher's Weekly
  3. A starred review from Booklist

I'm quite overwhelmed and honored. Thanks to everyone for the nice things you have written about Etiquette & Espionage and for taking the time to review my book.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Spring 2013 Runways
From the Spring 2013 Runways

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Severin Bookshelf
Severin Bookshelf

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
"Rules of the Road

The rule of the road is a paradox quite;
In riding or driving along,
If you keep to the left, you are sure to go right,
If you keep the the right, you are wrong.

The rule of the footpath is clear as the light,
and none can its reason withstand:
Each side of the way you must keeps to the right,
and give those you meet the left hand.

The rule of the rail is – soon come or soon go,
admitting of little delay;
If you go, get in quick – you're left if you're slow;
Get out – and get out of the way."


~ Schott's Quintessential Miscellany

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How to foster a love of reading. Also this is a good way to foster children who grow up to become authors too. Be warned.

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Release date November 2013. Proofs handed in. Done my end.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Tour events planned!


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, both now available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

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



Book News:
Fan Art of Alexia by Sweet Tabby
Fan Art of Alexia by Sweet Tabby

Quote of the Day:
"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways."
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Daisypath Wedding tickers

Jan. 18th, 2013

Blogging - WIth Computer

Bumbersnoot Art!

Bumbersnoot is a new and excitingly silly character in the up-coming Finishing School series.

On his first introduction...

It had four legs—four very short legs—and a small, spiky tail. Steam emanated slightly from its underbelly, and smoke came out from under its leather earflaps. It looked a little like one of those sausage dogs the Germans were so fond of.

Sometime later . . .

Sophronia hesitated, and then—because everyone seemed to have forgotten him and he looked so forlorn—she scooped up the sausage dog mechanimal and hid him in her large pinafore pocket.

Sophronia names her new pet Bumbersnoot. And later introduces him to another new friend who has the following opinion . . .

“He’s quite the little beauty, isn’t he?”

Bumbersnoot had a long, sausage-like body, and while he was mostly bronze, it was clear he had some brass and iron parts, so that he was rather a patchwork. Fond of him though she was, “little beauty” was not a phrase Sophronia would have used to describe him.

“If you say so.”


A little while ago I ran an art contest and here are some images of Bumbersnoot!

Amanda
Amanda

More to come!

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Tissot 1876 The Metropolitan Museum
Tissot 1876 The Metropolitan Museum


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Severin-Bookshelf
Severin Bookshelf

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
KiltInspection
From FB

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Kurt Vonnegut Can Bite Me

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Corralling edits. Working 3rd draft.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Release date November 2013. Proofs handed in. Done my end.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Tour events planned!


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, both now available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

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



Book News:
Interview about E&E over on PW Kidscast.

Quote of the Day:
"He wants to know if you can ride. he says you have the right build. ANd he says you are a pei-makhe halak – a milk faced boy."
~ Second Lieutenant Francis Yeats-Brown, 1906 via Richard Holmes's Sahib the British Soldier in India, pg. 263

Daisypath Wedding tickers

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