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Gail has returned from the UK, where she was delighted to pick up Patrick Hester's Hugo Award for Best Fancast (SF Signal podcast). All hail the bagel overlord.

Gail has posted some pictures of Sophronia's moors, inspiration behind the Finishing School location.

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

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

Speaking of books, Gail's monthly read along for September is Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey.

Gail's next event is Convolution in Burlingame, CA. She will be there on Saturday September 27th only.

Will there be more manga?

Italian and Spanish editions of the Parasol Protectorate are unlikely to continue to be published for legal reasons.


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 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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Waistcoats & Weaponry SIGNED Copies for Pre-Order

Waistcoats & Weaponry is available for pre-order right now.

But there is something else, Gentle Reader. A little while ago I hinted at a scheme in the works that might take away the sting of being unable to pre-order this book through Amazon.

Well, in the middle of October 500 copies of W&W will be arriving at a secret location. I will pedal myself to said location on my bicycle of iniquity. Then I will spend 3 hours signing them all.

Then, you will be able to get a signed copy online through Barnes & Noble

 Pre-order now or risk the wrath of ten-thousand cheese pies. Or something.

So if you can't make any of the locations on my book tour this year, or you generally aren't the type, or you live in an out of the way spot: This is your chance. Ordinarily, I have a firm policy on no book plates and in person signings only (after all, if you take the time to come and see me you should get something special for your trouble). But I'm making an exception in extenuating circumstances.

Some answers to questions I think you may be asking:

  • This offer is online only through B&N and I'm highly unlikely to do it again with any other book.
  • First come first serve as pre-orders and with a special link (the signed version has its own ISBN). 
  • B&N will take the buy button down for signed copies once they have 90% pre-orders on the 500 copies. (We can do it! Let's kill that button!)
  • At the time of this blog post a signed copy costs $14.79
  • does ship overseas, here's information about international shipping.
  • The book will ship so that it arrives on or just after the on sale date.

{What is Gail's Book Group reading for September? Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1892-1894  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.    Release date 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; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
Lady Lauren's Panacea says of Etiquette & Espionage, “As a person who typically hates love-triangles, I would normally have been put off, but Carriger neatly sidesteps my preferences by making her heroine far too practical to fall into the usual trap. Both boys are fully-realized, lovable characters, but Sophronia has bigger things to worry about…. The Finishing School series is one of the few examples of an interracial couple in Young Adult fiction, particularly genre fiction….  their relationship adds layers of tension to the social aspect of the story. Carriger doesn't shy away from the realities of racism in Victorian England, nor does she sideline Soap as a -- well -- soapbox. He is who he is, and he is important…. Finally, amidst the mystery-solving hijinks are some girl-positive concepts that had me throwing it at my other friends.”

Quote of the Day:
“They are all the same! They know everything about everything, save, when it is to happen and how it can be stopped. My father was a man. I think I understand the sex.”
~ Cranford TV series (Miss Pole)
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