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Announcing the Final Cover Art for Manners & Mutiny! (Book will release Nov. 3, 2015, now avaiable for pre-order.)

Gail is on medical leave for most of July, if your buisness can wait she would very much appreciate it.

Waistcoats & Weaponry has been nominated for a Locus Award. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 26-28, 2015; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

Etiquette & Espionage is available on board participating Southwest flights via Kobo in June & July.

Gail has added further details on the last of her events for 2015 (Spokane, San Francisco, Saratoga Springs, Boston, Charleston - SC)

Gail's monthly read along for July is Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss.


Gail Carriger currently has three book series, all set in her whimsical steampunk meets urbane fantasy vision of the Victorian past.

The Parasol Protectorate Series

Beginning with Soulless, these five books chronicle the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including large Scottish werewolf, battle-parasol, gossip, and treacle tart tenancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul.

The Finishing School Series

Sophronia is secretly recruited to 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. Book the First, Etiquette & Espionage, released early 2013 with three more to follow.

The Custard Protocol Series

The British Empire is deflating, only Rue and her marauding team of outrageous miscreants in their high-tech dirigible, the Spotted Custard, are still charging about trying to fix things, loudly and mainly with tea. The first book in this series is Prudence.

Gail´s Short Stories

Audio Books

Obligatory Bio

Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Miss Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.


Miss Carriger's books are published in eighteen different languages. All twelve of them were New York Times bestsellers via seven different lists (Mass Market, Hardcover, eBook, Combined Print & eBook, Young Adult, Children's Series, and #1 in Manga). She has received the Alex Award from the American Library Association (for Soulless) and the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers. Her most recent release is Prudence first in the new Custard Protocol series.

The Parasol Protectorate series begins with Soulless and has been turned into a graphic novel and optioned for TV. Her young adult Finishing School series begins with Etiquette & Espionage and follows the exploits of Sophronia, a young woman who discovers her dreaded lady's seminary is a great deal more than expected. In the Custard Protocol series, beginning with Prudence, Rue and her crack (or possibly cracked) dirigible crew get into trouble around the Empire on behalf of queen, country, and tea. Gail also has a full cast audio production of her YA sci-fi Crudrat.

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Book Review ~ Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted was this month's book pick. It is Novik's foray into alternate fairy stories. Known for her Temeraire novels, this is a Grimm (and grim) atmospheric piece with an immersive narrative and a bewitching sense of place.

My Thoughts:

This book kept me pretty darn riveted despite considerable lack of sleep on tour, which is saying a lot. However, it does get gloomy and while there are bright splashes of humor, that certainly isn't its strongest trait. There were a few points where I got frustrated with the heroine's willful obtuseness, but that is a minor quibble. Sometimes it felt as if the Wood was more dangerous, then at other times people just wandered in unscathed, but I'm not the most careful of readers so I might have missed explanations for this discrepancy.

The book started out a bit like Beauty by Robin McKinley (one of my all time favorite retellings, right up there with Lackey's The Black Swan), but gets considerably darker and rather more violent, like some early Simon Green. When the main character heads to court there was even a feel of Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel (a favorite recent discovery of mine). In fact, that bit made me want to reread Crown Duel again... so I did (read my review of Crown Duel on Goodreads).

Anyway, Uprooted. I don't consider fairy stories particularly my Thing, such as it is, but I still very much enjoyed this one. The main characters are both extremely likeable, and the love story is sweet. I do adore a grumpy hero, of course I do, and there is a really good sex scene that is totally worth the wait. ​I liked the dichotomy of the Wood and its relationship to those living around it. As a reader, I felt (rather than was beat over the head by) the connection and love between the people who live near The Wood but also their fear of it. That sense of feeling a writer's intent is rare and I found myself savoring it. I look forward to rereading this book again and again. and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that Naomi Novik’s recent fantasy novel, Uprooted, is being adapted to film, to be produced by Warner Bros and A Very Good Production, a prodcution company run by Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. Read more at SF Signal.

{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1839 Ladies' Cabinet Date-  Sunday, September 1, 1839 Item ID-  v. 21, plate 118

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
emporioefikz-tunblr Handmade Steampunk Fan by Zeitunschaerfe      H_T Mélanie Hoppe

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."
~ Robert A. Heinlein


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!  
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny
 The Custard Protocol Series
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

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