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Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3) is coming, Nov. 4, 2014! Available in ebook, hard cover, and special edition signed hard cover.

Gail's next events are this November in the greater DC, Boston, and Chicago areas.

Etiquette & Espionage wins French award for best translated young adult novel.

Audiobooks of the Finishing School series now on Audible UK: Curtsies & Conspiracies dropped Oct. 9 and you can pre-order Waistcoats & Weaponry to drop Nov. 4.

Gail has posted some pictures of Sophronia's moors.

Gail concocted a list of 10 SF/F Books That Have Stuck With Her.

Speaking of books, Gail's monthly read along for October is Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. The Goodreads group is also rereading the first 2 Finishing School books.

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


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. She has received both the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers.


The Parasol Protectorate seriesbegins with Soulless which won the ALA's Alex Award 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 she thought. 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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Contest Ends and a Lot of Chirruping

Well Gentle Reader, today my latest contest ends.

Thank you so so much to everyone who participated. And I want to remind you that one of the nicest things you can do for any author is post a review of their book in a public forum. We here on the other end of the keyboard salute you!

I have randomly selected 11 winners (utilizing this random number generator). I have sent out emails to said winners (complete with dumb spelling error, sorry) requesting mailing addresses. Please, everyone who entered, do check your spam filter?

5 winners were selected from the contest entries that ran via this very blog and 5 from those who submitted a code word out of the Monthly Chirrup. (Because the Chirrupers were included in the general draw it actually worked out to 6 of them, but then I felt guilty so still chose 5 from the reviewers.)

For the Winners (unless you request otherwise via email):

In the USA? You will receive a full set of signed trade paperback Parasol Protectorate books plus assorted swag.

Outside the USA? You will get the swag and possibly a few other specials.

Chirrup entry in the USA? You win the full set and swag plus one additional extra special book offering dejour.

Chirrup entry outside the USA? You will get swag and the extra special book offering dejour.

Where possible, books will be shipped media mail so they may take a few weeks to get to you.

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Oh yes. It's worth subscribing to the newsletter. I'm going to keep this exclusive offering thing going. For example, in this month's upcoming Chirrup I will let you know what the dejour item was.

You see, my office is full of books and things and my dear Gentle Reader, I am feeling The Urge To Purge.

But but but why this sudden Chirrup obsession? 

You may well ask. Well I do adore this blog, and I love you for reading it, but I also want something a little more intimate and slightly less, oh I don't know.. exposed? Perhaps that's not quite the right word, but you know what I mean. Also I like the idea that you don't have to remember to come to me. I can just pop into your inbox once a month. (Ooo, kinky.)

Perhaps my obsession with newsletters reminds you of something else book related? Yes, self is speculating on new ventures. But as such ventures are about a year and half out, they really are only speculations. (And I hope we all know how Dickens felt about such things, ref. Nicholas Nickleby).

Speaking of the newsletter, I have added in an Editorial Feature (Gail's Warble) wherein I offer up a few choice tidbits and may even include some sneak peeks of things before they go live on blog/website ~ like deleted scenes.

See? See? Chirrup! You know you want to.

{What is Gail's Book Group reading for October? Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Pale Blue Willow Ware Melted Teapot

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
"Artists, authors, and all other persons to whom "time is money," and whose income stops whenever their hands and eyes are unemployed, are peculiarly annoyed by the frequency of introductory letters, brought by people with whom they can feel no congeniality, and whom they never would have sought for."
~ 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:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Proof stage.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming soon: 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; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
Cora Linn reviews Curious Case, “I loved this short about Alexia's father and Floote. It was fun and paved the way for so much MORE in this already fantastic world. It revealed a little more about the history of the characters and how the world was developing.”

Quote of the Day:
"The woman just ahead of you at the supermarket checkout has all the delectable groceries you didn't even know they carried." 
~ Mignon McLaughlin

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