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Gail released a short story set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate about Alexia's father, Alessandro Tarabott, for $0.99 on Smashwords.

Reading Guide for Etiquette & Espionage now available to teachers, students, librarians, parents, and other interested parties.

Participatine in Gail's monthly book group read along? July's book is Blood & Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.

Gail's YA SF audiobook Crudrat is up for sale to the general public on

Gail will be in England most of August. Her next events are Nine Worlds Aug. 8 ~ 10, 2014 (Heathrow area), Nottingham Waterstones Aug. 12 at 6:30 PM, & LonCon 3 Aug. 15 ~ 17, 2014 (Docklands area). She has also posted some 2015 events.

The Italian and Spanish editions of the Parasol Protectorate books are in litigation. Both publishing houses are in trouble. Even if we manage a reversion it's rare that another house picks up a series mid-publication. Conclusion? Unlikely to continue in these languages.


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. These book are all completed and released in the USA.

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, Prudence, is due to release on March 17, 2015!

Gail´s Short Stories

Audio Books

Obligatory Bio

New York Times 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. Ms. 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. Gail's books are published in over a dozen different languages and she received the Prix Julia Verlanger from French readers.


The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award and has been turned into a graphic novel. Her young adult Finishing School series begins with Etiquette & Espionage and follows the exploits of Sophronia, a young lady who discovers her dreaded lady's seminary is a great deal more than anyone realizes. 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 kickstarted a full cast audio production of her YA sci-fi Crudrat.

Gail Carriger

If I Were an Actual Celebrity Interview

Gentle Reader, I am always fascinated by those interviews they have at the back of glossy magazines. The ones that are kind of Inside the Actors Studio style. I'm a terrible judgy person (I know, like you're surprised) and I always judge the person being interviewed by his or her answers.

So I thought I would give myself one of those interviews and you could judge me.

20 Questions from Marie Claire Magazine

  1. What food is on your kitchen counter?
    The partial carcass of a papaya. The AB hates them and they are one of my favorite fruits. I buy one every week that they are in season and eat the whole thing myself.
  2. What is the best gift you've ever received?
    My first car: a 1982 Ford Courier (with a Mazda engine) and 200,000 miles on her. My mom's old work truck, Bluebell, became mine on my 16th birthday (so I could commute to high-school myself). She represented so much joy and liberty. Old Bluebell went 300,000 on the original clutch. I loved that truck.
  3. What is your fantasy vacation itinerary?
    Somewhere with good food, tropical fruit, and lots of swimming.
  4. What can you not miss on TV?
    Bob's Burgers. It's the only thing we actually try to watch regularly. Still, we usually forget and have to catch it in reruns.
  5. What is the best advice you've ever been given?
    Success is largely a matter of holding on when everyone else has given up. 
  6. What movie do you think has the greatest ending?
    Later Days. I can watch him drop that tray over and over again. It's not exactly the last scene but it's the ending. SO GOOD.
  7. What is on your perennial to-do list?
    Vacuum. There is never a time when our apartment doesn't need it.
  8. What is on your bookshelf?
    Science fiction and fantasy baby, all the way.
  9. What is on your feet right now?
  10. What is you go-to karaoke song?
    I don't sing, but I make a killer back-up dancer. If you want to catch me embarrassing myself by singing out loud? Firewater by Chome Johnson gets me every single time. 
  11. What is your beauty secret?
    Soaking my feet in hot water and baking soda every night I wear high heels. Nothing is right with the world if ones feet are sore.
  12. What should every woman try at least once in her lifetime?
    Asking for exactly what she wants in bed. And vibrating sex toys. Yeah, I said it, someone has to. Sheesh, ladies. 
  13. Do you have a secret talent? I can cut a perfectly straight even slice of bread, even those super fresh crusty round loafs ~ so long as I have a good knife.
  14. What makes you laugh?
    My friends when drunk and also: wit, absurdity, folly, mimicry, and the occasional bad pun.
  15. What makes you mad?
    Inefficiency, passive aggression, and slovenliness. 
  16. What charities do you support?
    My local Animal Shelter, Kiva, Worldbuilders, and a selection that advocate literacy, health, and education for girls and women. 
  17. What splurge is well worth it?
    Anything to do with health, safety, or natural fibers. More consumerist? Shoes, fresh fruit and vegetables, and good books. 
  18. Do you have an pet peeves?
    So many. People who can't sit still (jiggly leg ARGHHHH). Ill-disciplined children in public. Weak tea and weak handshakes. Skim milk. Anything smelly.
  19. How did you make your first dollar?
    Aside from the tooth fairy? I was a page at my local library. 
  20. What's the one thing you wish you'd known when you were younger?
    Self defense.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Red Yellow Cluster Art Bouquet to Art 2014

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Meet The Three Female Medical Students Who Destroyed Gender Norms A Century Ago

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Recollect that to a woman who gets her living by her pen, "time is money," as it is to an artist. Therefore, encroaching on her time is lessening her income.”
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)


Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Edits handed in. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date early November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 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
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt

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Quote of the Day:
“A horse who invariably preferred his own opinion to that of his rider.”
~ Amelia B. Edwards

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