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Gail is now releasing a monthly newsletter. Click over to her Contact page to sign up for Miss Carriger's Monthly Chirrup!

Gail's next major event in 2014 will be Pikes Peak Writer's Conference. If you are a Colorado Springs local, she hopes to see you there!

Waistcoats & Weaponry is officially available for pre-order!

Gail released the cover art for Prudence, first book in the new Custard Protocol series.

Still no word on what's up with the Italian and Spanish editions of the Parasol Protectorate books. Both publishing houses are in trouble yet may still own the rights to the books. There is absolutely nothing Gail personally can do about this, welcome to the crazy world of copyright.


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 recieved 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 soon 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 Carriger

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
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)

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

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. 


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


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
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $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

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

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