10.24.2014

9 Burning Questions About Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ Answered!


Before we start, Gentle Reader, you can read an exclusive sneak peek of Waistcoats & Weaponry over on io9.

9 Questions About Waistcoats & Weaponry


1. Will the Finishing School Books be made into a lovely omnibus one day? (@SpottyBlanket via Twitter)
SFBC produced their own edition of E&E but I don't know if they intend an omnibus of all four. I think that would be great, so fingers crossed. Right now, however, the only ones in existence are of the Parasol Protectorate series. These are also the only English language hardbacks of my first series.

 The Parasol Protectorate Omnibuses from SFBC


2. Will the Finishing School Books get a manga adaption like Soulless? (@SpottyBlanket via Twitter)
I don't think so. It was particularly unusual that there was a manga adaptation of my first three books, and the result of a complicated series of serendipitous events. I would love it, but I don't think it likely. 

E&E Japanese cover, how I imagine the manga art

3. How does the Bunsons' knot look in finishing school? (via Araidne)

What an interesting question.  Here is something all about cravats (a little earlier in time but still useful) I was imagining something a little like this:

From: The Art of Tying a Cravat.
Although I could imagine something more complicated like the Eldridge or the Trinity.

Modern Ties: Groom's Website
4. When you burn waistcoats with weaponry, what is the minimum safe distance? (@cirby on Twitter)
Should Lord Akeldama feel insulted or is this a Fahrenheit 451 question?

5. Will it be the last in the series? (@theogany on Twitter)
Nope, there is one more, Manners & Mutiny which I am finishing up right now and which will come out November of next year. I think I read too much Tamora Pierce, for my YA tendencies lean in favor of four book series.

6. Will we see more how it connects to the Parasols Protectorate series? Either through characters or events? (@i_haik on Twitter)
Of course! Much will be revealed in these last two books. I think you will find it most satisfying, yet still a great deal of fun even if you haven't read the other series. Also there are a few thread that connect way into the future as well, to the Custard Protocol books. You know me. I like my Easter Eggs and cookies.

7. Do you know when the book will be available in Audio? Do you know if it will be the same narrator? (via Amanda)

I believe (in the USA) that the audio will drop at the same time with the same narrator. The UK is less reliable. 

8. What happens to a vampire who over-extends his tether? (via Jo)

You will find all about it in the final two Finishing School books, but their are certainly some odd facial hair repercussions.

9. What drew you to the idea of a "finishing school"? (via up coming SfSignal interview)

I've always been fascinated by the idea of girls boarding schools. I blame A Little Princess. However, I realized recently, as I was re-watching the BBC adaptation of Gaskell's North & South, that I think this TV Series may be to blame. There is a line where Mr. Bell says, "Have you meet Miss Latimer? Just returned from Switzerland and very much finished." Or something like. Mr. Bell is a facetious character and I think he is meant to be contemptuously dismissing both the young lady and the very idea of women being made into mere representations of a minimalistic social ideal. But the line has always stuck with me. It made me think about the very idea of sending girls away from home to be finished, and what a powerful thing that could become, were they to learn a whole new set of social skills.


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


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1905 end-of-monarchy-tumblr Fashions at the races, Les Modes September 1905. Photo by Ed. Cordonnier.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Willow Ware Sugarbow

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Calendar

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Author Elizabeth Gaskell's house restored to 'former glory'


PROJECT ROUND UP  
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

Book News:
This is what signing 500 books looks like.


Quote of the Day:
 “I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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10.22.2014

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}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

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)


PROJECT ROUND UP  
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

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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10.20.2014

13 Quirky Lesser Known Movies Gail Loves


Mostly, for obvious reasons, I talk about books on this blog Gentle Reader. Today I decided on movies. I was in the shower speculating recently, as you do, about some of the movies I adore that no one seems to know about but that I feel sort of have the same feel as my own world. Not in specifics, but in, oh I don't know, aura or something. Ugh, I'm waffling. I'll stop now.

Here is a list of 13 movies that I think, if you like my books, you might enjoy watching but that, for some reason, no one ever seems to talk about...

  1. Center Stage ~ Yes it's a cheesy dance movie but I have a horrible weakness for dance movies and this is one of the best and cheesiest. (Oh and there is a young Zoe Saldana in her first movie, chosen because yes - you're not surprised - she's a trained ballerina.)
  2. City Hunter ~ Jackie Chan as a comic book character, because, well he kind of is already. I will never understand why it didn't get wide release in the US.
  3. Cold Comfort Farm ~ Just as charming as the book (how often does that happen?) with a KILLER cast.
  4. D.E.B.S. ~ Not what you thought it was from the trailer, lovely and sweet in the end, trappings of Disney's bright color pallet with better romance than any Disney movie. Yes some of the acting is AWFUL, but I sill love it.
  5. I Can't Think Straight ~ Culture clashing coming-out romance story of the best kind, mostly drama, but utterly delightful.
  6. Imagine Me & You ~ About falling in love with the right person, when already married to another right person. A bit over-dramatic at times bit it worked for me because I really liked all three in the love triangle, and the movie doesn't cop out or make it easy for either the heroine (or the audience) to choose. 
  7. Latter Days ~ Possibly my favorite movie of all time. Why aren't you off watching it? Why aren't I?
  8. Maurice ~ A poignant look at male love as a period drama (after the Wilde case) but also heart-wrenching self discovery and class commentary. Don't worry it has a happy ending. (Foster's original book is widely thought by critics to be semi-autobiographical.)
  9. Practical Magic ~ I guess this is better known than some of the others on this list, but I include it anyway. The book is different, but also quite enjoyable.
  10. Shelter ~ Surfers in love with each other but also learning to love family, duty, friends, and art. It's a little stiff in places, very Indy, but worth the effort for the unmitigated charm.
  11. Shooting Fish ~ Con artists in action before Leverage and Oceans XX came along. Of course, there is also romance. Duh. It's me.
  12. Tipping the Velvet ~ The feminine balance to Maurice, a Victorian set journey of self discovery that takes an oyster girl from the coast to a stage in London, to being a kept woman, to finding acceptance. 
  13. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec ~ I swear I had heard of neither the book nor the movie before I wrote Soulless. (Finally available in the USA.)

Honorable mention to these not-movie-type-things
  • ShakespeaRe-Told: Season 1, Episode 3 The Taming of the Shrew ~ I LOVE the cross-dressing part (well, of course I do).
  • Regency House Party ~ Ridiculous premise for a dating meets reality show and yet so educational and entertaining regarding the Regency Era. Wish there had been more of them.


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


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
wikicommons-Tom-Roberts-Lady-with-a-Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
roman-multitool

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Persons who have no turn for humour, and little perception of it, are apt to mistake mere coarseness for that amusing gift; and in trying to be diverting, often become vulgar—”
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)


PROJECT ROUND UP  
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

Book News:
WiLoveBooks by Brinda says of E&E, “I loved the witty humor and the characters. There's even a little mechanimal dog. And the sheer absurdity of girls learning how to flutter eyelashes and curtsy along side classes in poisoning is just entertaining.”

Quote of the Day:
"Even as she hesitated, the distance between them folded like a silk scarf, and she was face-to-face with him."
~ Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

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