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Manners & Mutiny has been chosen as one of Amazon's most anticipated fall reads in Science Fiction & Fantasy. (Manners & Mutiny releases Nov. 3, 2015.)

A Crudrat update. I have signed the CDs and they are off for distribution. Crudrat MP3 $25. Carriger Short Story Quartet MP3 $15.

Gail's read along for September is Court of Fives by Kate Elliot.


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

The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

Soulless Changeless Blameles Heartless Timeless

This popular five books series chronicles the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including a large Scottish werewolf, a battle-parasol, gossip, and treacle tart tenancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul.

The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny


In this whimsical young adult series, Sophronia is secretly recruited to a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed.

The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence

Prudence Imprudence

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

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 are 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), the Steampunk Chronicle's Reader's Choice Award in YA (for Waistcoats & Weaponry), and the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers. In 2012 she was honored with a Starburner Award in Literature for her "contributions to the steampunk community."

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 deadly 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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It's Give Away Time! Court of Fives, Waistcoats & Weaponry, Beka Cooper

Giveaway time! 

It’s a YA special here in the wild lands of the authorbeast. I have two copies of Court of Fives, September’s book group pick to give away!

I'll be picking two winners. Each winner will also get a signed hardcover copy of Waistcoats & Weaponry, and one will get (my personal) trade paperback editions of the Legend of Beka Cooper trilogy by Tamora Pierce.

All you have to do is post a picture (of yourself, or your pet, or a pretty garden, or a foreign location or whatever silliness you like) featuring one of my books or one of Kate's books. Please post in a venue that can be linked publicly.

Giveaway open to all and can be entered using this Google form. You'll be asked for the photo link when you enter. One photo entry per person, please. (Chirrup subscribers, you know what you can do.)

Address and email are required, but will be kept entirely private. If you don't want to input such information, then this giveaway is not for you. Under 18, please obtain permission from your parents first, or have them do it. Sorry. It's just when I go with email only, inevitably I get bounces and mistypes and it's easier simply to request the address up front.

Book nook holding the prizes.

 Giveaway closes September 13th midnight Pacific Time.

{Gail's monthly read along for September is Court of Fives by Kate Elliott}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Le Moniteur de la Mode Date-  Saturday, June 1, 1844 Item ID-  v. 28, plate 71

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Late 18th or Early 19th Century Sun Dial & Noon Gun

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft.

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 (There are only 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

Book News:
Onirik says of Jupons & Poisons: “Impossible de résumer l’intrigue sans trop en dévoiler, mais l’essentiel ici n’est pas tant l’intrigue justement, mais plutôt l’étonnant monde steampunk dans lequel évoluent les personnages, c’était un univers déjà bien maîtrisé dans Le Protectorat de l’Ombrelle (et sans doute était-il plus original d’ailleurs). On retrouve également le ton iconoclaste et plein d’humour so british de l’auteur, parfaitement rendu par la traduction.”

Quote of the Day:
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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