5.27.2016

Imprudence Tour Dates & Locations



My darling Gentle Reader, here is my...

Gail Carriger Imprudence Tour



One Day Break for Gail


These dates and locations have JUST been cemented so the bookstores likely will not have any announcements live on their websites yet. Don't panic if you don't see me listed. You are the first to know!


About the Voting


Thank you to everyone who voted, here are the results: As you can see Orbit is flying me to all three of the top winners for the poll, so there you have it, vote and you shall receive a Gail!


I found the poll results fascinating. I'm kinda into big data and analytics so I have a pretty good handle on where my sales are. SLC is consistently one of my top sellers as is Phili but rumor on circuit is that neither of these are great event cities and the voting numbers supported this. NY was a surprise, as it has a similar reputation. (Prevailing opinion being there is always so much to do in NYC that author signings fall to the wayside.)

Washington DC was one vote short of top three. It means I won't make it this tour (although I've set a ping out to see if they want to add one last stop, it's a matter of finding the willing and right venue). However, it also means I will look will a great deal more interest on that area in future for events or conventions. I had a great time at the Spy Museum when I was there so...

Now a word on the future: I will not be touring next year (2017) as for the first time in a decade I will have no book coming out through a major publisher. (There will be novellas though, so don't you worry.) I will be bopping around visiting conventions and so forth, and I will arrange bookstore events if I happen to be in the area and I find a willing store to host me, but there will be no tour. That's one of the reasons I'm allowing a two week stint this time (I usually ask for only the one week).

What does that mean?

This is likely the last chance you will get to see me in person, especially at a place like Brooklyn which would be prohibitively expensive for me to visit on my own.

This is it my darling Gentle Reader, the last chance to catch your Gail for a while. Ask her all the burning questions she carefully never answers on line.

{Gail's monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan. The book group is also doing a reread of Prudence.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
“The Pink Silk Dress,” by Sir James Jebusa Shannon, 1880s. via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
 Social Deception @socdec  Poster for Georges Méliès' 'The Conquest of the Pole' (1912)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
"Chekov's Lesbian". A File 770er coined phrase for mistaken idea that character diversity must have plot relevance via Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin on Twitter)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Out in June 2016! Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail's first foray into hybrid land.)
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.
    Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

Gail Carriger's Scribbles! 



 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
My Sister's Song; Marine Biology; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Ivy Hat


Quote of the Day:
“He was good at this sort of affection, general and unbinding.”
~ The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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5.25.2016

Powers That Be Review for the Book Group


This month's book pick, Powers That Be, was a reread for me. But a reread of something I hadn't picked up in decades. It was an interesting experience.

Powers That Be centers on Major Yanaba Maddock, a disabled veteran, sent to the icy planet Petaybee to die, but also on one last mission: to spy on the locals and find out what is really going on there. This book has a naive sweetness to it. It reminds me of early McCaffrey books, like the Dragonsinger series. (Also my favorite of her work, and feels very YA to me.) Or even like a Mercedes Lackey book. The storyline features a native culture full of good people having nice parties and being very accepting of alternative lifestyles versus a counter culture that's more stiff and traditional. This is a trope McCaffrey is fond of exploring, like the Weyrs verses the Holds on her best known Pern. I find it interesting to read about, but in my older years I could wish it were less black and white.


The authors use a lot of Intuit culture and mix it with Irish traditions and some simplistic terraforming in a far future science fiction setting, like the Pern books or the Ship Who Searched series. This ends up feeling far more fantasy than sci-fi. One can come up for a scientific explanation as to why the horses would evolve one horn, but one has still stuck a unicorn on ones ice planet.

I know, I know, it sounds like I'm belittling the book. I'm not, but it is a creature of its time. It's like an 80s rock anthem: cheesy, and nostalgic, and taken SO seriously by the musicians who played it. Now it makes me wince a little, but I still put it on and dance around my living room. And I feel guilty and ashamed any time it comes on streaming, or is mocked in some youtube video, because I know all the words.

Powers That Be is kind of like that, only in book form. I know as I read that everything is going to be alright for the characters, the romantic thread is going to pull through, no one is going to hurt too bad. The SF concepts are going to be pretty basic and predictable, essentially I kind of know all the words.

But there is comfort in that. There's a joy in reading a book like this. It's the book equivalent of a decent cup of tea. Not a really good tea with nibbly bits and company, but still tea. And you know how I feel about tea.

Meanwhile, over on Barnes and Noble I am in some very fine company...



{Gail's monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Magasin des Demoiselles Tuesday, May 1, 1860 v. 41, plate 22

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
East side of Bedford Square #London  (1857) by Thomas Hosford Shepherd

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
How the Mid-List Died


PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    StatusRelease date SOON to come.
    Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail's first foray into hybrid land.)
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Developmental edit.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


Gail Carriger's Scribbles! 



 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
My Sister's Song; Marine Biology; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Evidence that the ARCs are going out there.

Quote of the Day:
“It was one of the dullest speeches I ever heard. The Agee woman told us for three quarters of an hour how she came to write her beastly book, when a simple apology was all that was required.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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5.23.2016

10 of the Best SF/F Romances That Romance Readers Don't Know About


I've been hanging out a lot recently with my local chapter of RWA, and two very special ladies there-in. Once of them, Lea Kirk, has written the lovely Prophecy. This is very much a romance with sci-fi elements. As I started to prattle on about all the sci-fi romances I loved with them, my recommendations were met with blank stairs.


For so long, the various commercial genres have been kept artificially separate (with the possible exception of SF/F, but even there people argue about the worthiness of soft fantasy compared to hard sci-fi and such rot). Look, it's a marketing thing, we all know that. People like categories. And labels. But it occurs to me that much as labeling people or authors causes heartache so labeling books can cause problems. Such as readers who might adore a book not even knowing it exists!

There are a number of wonderful SF/F books with HEAs and glorious romance threads that romance readers don't know about because they were given cover art and shelf space in the wrong part of the bookstore.

I aim to rectify this!


Some romance readers have already bravely crossed from paranormal romance into urban fantasy. Well, ladies and gentlemen, there is a whole new world after that, and I am giving you a glimpse into the possibilities...

So here is my wholly biased and preferential list of wonderful, satisfying, romances that just happen to be set in a SF or F world. There may be is a bit more world-building and fewer sex scenes than you are accustomed to, but I think they will totally satisfy the romance reader. And frankly, you can always read them and tell me how wrong I was.

Sci-Fi


1. The Paradox Series by Rachel Bach ~ Devi, a badass mercenary with a core set of moral values, meets Rupert, the starship cook (or is he an alien, or is he an assassin, or both?) with no moral values what-so-ever. You'll need to read all three to get your HEA. But you can watch this amazing author build a universe destroying problem in which everyone is trying to do the right thing for the wrong reasons and every bad guy may actually be a good guy in the end. Bach is the story-crafting mistress of us all!


2. Local Custom by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller ~ This deeply romantic, fraught tale of a galactic trader bound by duty and the academic who loves him yet understands him all too well. Epic culture clashing, deep soul bonding, and a matriarch who would keep them apart. Spine tingling stuff. Read my full review on Goodreads.


3. Restoree by Anne McCaffrey ~ Perhaps this book is a gimme. The original cover certainly makes it look romance, if old fashioned romance, but I always found it filed in SF/F. Our heroine wakes up on an alien world with an alien face as the nurse to a man with no name. When she begins to remember she takes steps to free them both, sparking worldwide political intrigue and falling in love with the man she was supposed to destroy. Read my review on Goodreads.


4. Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold ~ You don't have to jump into the never ending Vorkosigan saga, you can just read this book (an omnibus of the two Cordelia books: Shards of Honor and Barrayar). Watch bold as brass and intensely honorable Cordelia fall in love with a most inappropriate alien with universe-wide consequences. Yes you even get an HEA, although it is very hard won. Full review on Goodreads.

Fantasy


5. Warprize  by Elizabeth Vaughan ~ This is book one of a trilogy, but I prefer to read it as a stand alone with an HEA. Our heroine is a healer from a medieval style culture taken captive by invading barbarians. But who really is the captive, and who really is the barbarian?


6. By The Sword by Mercedes Lackey ~ Mercenary and ultimate tough chick, Kero, accidentally rescues a herald and accidentally falls in love in the process. Yes the romance takes a back seat, but it's still an emotional roller-coaster as the two jockey for power across countries in the midst of war. Read it for the amazing battle sequences and killer side characters, but yes, that oh so impactful HEA.


7. Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline Stevermer ~ Two romances for the price of one! Regency London with magic and fun, always keeping a light touch, this epistolary book is the story of two girls unraveling a magic mystery, and falling in love along the way. Read my full review on Goodreads.


8. Lord of the Two Lands by Judith Tarr ~ Like your romance steeped in history? This is the story of an ambassador priestess of ancient Egypt and her complex relationship with Alexander the Great. It is also the story of the contentious love she shares with the man assigned to be her guard. Tarr has a unique writing style that I love. Oh and there is a sacred cat. Full review on Goodreads.


9. Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith ~ Do you like your fantasy set in a high court, full of politics and princesses and game playing? Is Pride and Prejudice your favorite Austen? Then this omnibus is for you. Mel is raised in the countryside to be a warrior countess, set out to defeat the evil king, and ends up getting a great deal more than she bargained for in the form of one reserved nobleman. Review on Goodreads.


10. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley ~ A YA fantasy (that really isn't YA) in which a girl is kidnapped by a desert king to train to be his kingdom's last female warrior and only hope. Strong personalities and serious conflict drive their relationship (don't worry - no Stockholm syndrome) and ancient evils will be defeated. Magic swords, hunting cats, and delightful horses abound.

Hard to find but worth hunting down...


Blade Dancer by S.L.Viehl ~ If you like your lovers star-crossed (literally) and soul bound, with both parties trying to defy the connection then this is for you. Tough warrior Jory pulls together seven rejected half-alien children in order to fight for justice, but she doesn't know what to do when one of them is the love of her life. Read my review on Goodreads.

Soulstring by Midori Snyder ~ Playing with various fairy tale tropes and Greek myths this story follows the courageous journey of a powerful female protagonist with sweet hidden love story and an utterly charming conclusion. Review on Goodreads.

Fire Sword by Adrienne Martine-Barnes ~ Darn near impossible to get hold of, this wonderful book is the start of a larger series, but each one is designed to stand alone. The books tackle fate, mythology, time travel, and the meddling of iron age Celtic gods. One of whom becomes one of the most sympathetic alpha heroes I've ever read. This HEA involves resurrections, prophecies, and world snakes. Read my full review on Goodreads.

Taming the Forest King by Claudia J. Edwards ~ Military leader and soldier Tevra is sent in to pacify a branch of the empire mire in secrets and magic. There she is forced to choose between two men without realizing it. One of my favorite tropes, the man who has pined for years but never dared speak up. This is both a killer love triangle, utterly believable, and the HEA to end all HEAs. Read my review on Goodreads.

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip ~ If you like your fantasy very high indeed, steeped in riddles and legends and ancient exotic animals than this book is for you. The story of the most powerful sorceress on earth and the seventh son of a seventh son, so steeped in his family's petty wars that he drags her into them. Or is she using him to her own ends? You'll get your HEA, it's bittersweet but there. Everything about this book is magic, including the prose itself. This is my desert island book. Read my full review on Goodreads. 

{Gail's monthly read along for May is Powers That Be by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1940 Ziegfeld Girl  (Source- doctormacro.com)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Read Some Victorian Gossip: 1871 Newspapers to Read Online

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    Status: With CE. Release date to come.
    Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail's first foray into hybrid land.)
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: First pass edit.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


Gail Carriger's Scribbles! 



 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
My Sister's Song; Marine Biology; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Hodderscape named the Parasol Protectorate series one of “Friday Favourites: Books Set in London.”

Quote of the Day:
“It’s all I’ve ever wanted, really. Someone to make tea for. To know how they like to drink it, and share some pieces of time with them at the end of long days, and short ones, good days and bad, and everything in between.”
~ Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

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Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail's steampunk world? There's a wiki for that!