3.30.2012

Win a Teapot Photo Contest


Whilst on my Grand UK Tour, I will sign three very special items for Orbit to give away as prizes. The first prize is this darling teapot, and the two runner-up prizes are these twee tea strainers (all from Oliver Bonas.)
Tea for One set from Oliver BonasTea Strainer from Oliver Bonas
To enter is take a photo of yourself with a parasol or umbrella in a darling pose and email to orbit@littlebrown.co.uk.
This is a worldwide competition, and they will be posting entries on their site. I will choose the winner and runners-up at the end of my Grand UK Tour on 13 April. See terms and conditions here.
And to show you just how easy it is, here are Orbiteers Anna Gregson, Emily Rowland, and Rose Tremlett with a shining example (and no fear, they have excluded themselves from winning):
Members of the Orbit Books tema posing with parasols to promote the author Gail Carriger's UK tour (author of TIMELESS from The Parasol Protectorate series)
Best of British, and the Empire salutes you!


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .


Cracked tea mug. Have you ever seen a sadder thing?

PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Done with a very rough draft, lots of work still to do.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Have seen cover sketch for cover and it is fabulous!
Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!


Book News:
More Timeless Reviews...
The Lit Bitch.
ALMYBNENR
Weirdmage
The Book Shop
Fangs, Wings, and Fairy Dust (18 restriction)

Quote of the Day:
"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Daisypath Wedding tickers

3.29.2012

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2012 Edition, Part Three


Yes, Gentle Reader, it is Dear Lord Akeldama time!!!

In which Lord Akeldma is given a Scenario by the Troublesome Black Cat, Nicholas Lou . . .

The Woolsey Hive's latest scientific dastardly plot strikes... as a horde of zombified/mechanical/automation/simulacra [whatever] moths descends upon Lady Maccon, her husband, his Beta, Madame Lefoux, and Mrs. Tunstell [Possibly her husband if you prefer as well] leaving them all devoid of clothing to the merest scrap of fabric, with a upcoming event that they have no choice but to attend. [Assume, of course, that their wardrobes were similarly savaged by such a truly brutal attack, and mercifully, both Conall's misshapen cravat and Ivy's supply of hats were victim as well. Your own closet, I would assume, was better defended, as is pertinent below]

Enter the infamous and ever-fashionable potentate to save the day! After, I'm sure, commissioning several of your drones to produce some tasteful artwork and sculpture that no doubt would leave Alexia in stitches and Conall searching for his Tue Tue... [And possibly Lyall looking to obtain one]

You have the majority of the Parasol Protectorate at your mercy, with little choice but to accept your choices for their wardrobe, the whole of your vast closets with ready tailors to adjust for larger frames, and your army of drones to make sure everything goes just so, whether or not the wearer has skill at dressing themselves.

Of course, even Madame Lefoux, despite whatever colorful French phrases she could offer during this process, could be dressed at your whim for whichever gender you decided. Also, assume that whatever 'offenses' might occur in this process will be forgiven. [They most likely would, but assume that choices such as daring to force Lefoux into a dress would not result in an eventual octomaton on your doorstep.]

Do paint a proper picture? Or at least an outrageous one?


What would I put them in? Ah indeed, what a question you ask, naughty kitten noir.
Alexia: I'd love to see her in wine velvet and cream embroidered brocades. I'd have Biffy concoct something for her from my own 1700's collection and the bedroom curtains.
Lord Maccon: Oh, silver, black, and white silks, very fitted, very crisp.
Madame Lefoux: She so often chooses for muted colors, I want to see her in royal blue and black, and defiantly a dress. She has such a lean frame a gown would drape beautifully.
Professor Lyall: He so often goes for somber browns I'd like to try him in something more flashy, perhaps emerald green and gold.
Ivy: Chocolate and cream, I think that would suit her complexion perfectly, and she could use the subtlety.
Tunstell: It matters not so long as he continued to wear such tight trousers.

Ki asks:
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery - I do hope to not offend, but I have begun the process of recreating the fantastic orange, yellow, and pink creation from the beginning of Soulless to wear for Seattle Steamcon IV. My only concern regarding this amazing outfit (aside from the sincerest hope that I can do it any sort of justice), is this: when wearing it out of doors, should there not be an accompanying hat? I ask with utmost seriousness, as we all know just how important it is to have just the right hat.
It should indeed have a hat. I should opt for a top hat in a matching shade, my sunset peach, perhaps with a band about it in a contrasting color. Or would that be too much? Oh, dear, what am I saying, it's NEVER too much!
(And as an aside, if this indeed does not offend, and/or if you would be interested to see it, I am more than willing to promise pictures as soon as the outfit has been completed.)
Of course! I absolutely insist!

tsgeisel asks:
I am a firm believer in the theory that some items *transcend* fashion - that they are never in-style, nor are they out of style, that they exist independent of it. That no matter where or when you, these items will be around. I include among these Hawaiian Shirts and Argyle Socks. While I recognize that people have differing opinions as to whether this is a good thing or not, you who have seen so much in the world of fashion, what items would you include on such a list?
Jewelry darling, lots and lots of jewelry, the classic Hermes scarf, oxford style shoes, a beautiful red dress, a stunning grey suit, a sweet smile, and, of course, a glass of bubbly.

Jami asks (/rants):
Considering some women are forbidden by their religion from showing any bare arms from the elbows on up, others like myself just should not show their upper arms for the good of humanity, and some, even though they have lovely upper arms, just don't like showing them - why is it that every single formal gown out there is sleeveless?! And why do the ones that at least come with a jacket or those awful bodello coats that only really work for body types that are not mine look like they were made for some 80 year old dowager?!
Oh ever fashionable and clothing wise Lord A, only you can bring light back into my heavy heart with a pithy answer to my dilemma. Even if I can't find an elegant yet sexy (without my risking a Janet Jackson moment) formal gown in a deep rich purple and instead have to get my now too large black gown from three years ago taken in - at least I know you can make me smile again!
Seriously, dude, why is it so hard for the designers to make a formal gown with sleeves?!

Dude? Ah hem!
Let me see, my dearest boysenberry. You must strike out on your own in this matter and buy (duh duh duh dum ~ separates!) I suggest one of those terribly fetching embellished little cardigans, you know with all the beading and sparkles. A cream cashmere, or a pale purple to go with your royal purple. Perhaps a fitted blazer might do as well, velvet, because velvet is lovely. Or how about one of those pretty lace Nataya jackets, they have a bit of stretch to them and will dress up any gown, and they come in plus sizes. They aren't cheap but you only have to buy the one. (To which Gail adds, my friends at Dark Garden often carry these.)

Lord Akeldama by Matt Harrison @matchoo28 on Twitter

Sassy Gay Octopus asks:
What is your opinion on fanfiction? Do you love the idea that very soon there will be dozens, if not hundreds, of erotic stories of you? Do you hate it? Why?
Me dearest poppet, what care I so long as I am appropriately dressed? And, of course, so long as it takes an appropriately long time to get me undressed.

Have a question for Lord Akeldama? He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Lesbians and Cycling: an Illustrated History

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

plissemain folder

PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Done with word count but not book. Lord Akeldama just showed up, dam him! He's not supposed to be in this series!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Have seen cover sketch for cover and it is fabulous!
Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!


Book News:
Soulless reviews . . .
In very grand company.
Another review.
Defective Geeks.
Winning over a reluctant anti-paranormal reader.
Joplin Library.
A quick succession of busy nothings.
Madame Guillotine is a convert.

Quote of the Day:
"If you have never said "Excuse me" to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time."
~ Sherri Chasin Calvo

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3.27.2012

Announcing Gail Carriger’s Grand UK Tour (…and a terribly delightful competition)

Orbit has announced the details of my UK tour! Here it is.

Gail Carriger, author of the steampunk urban fantasy romance books the Parasol Protectorate series
Great Britain is honoured and privileged to announce that Gail Carriger shall be setting foot on our shores this April – for a gloriously grand UK tour. Orbit Books shall also be launching a frightfully wonderful competition to celebrate – where you can win this enchanting teapot. Read on for more . . .
For years Ms Carriger has resided in the colonies, supping on the finest of infusions imported from London, wearing the tiniest of hats and penning the novels which have brought her fame and fortune throughout the Empire: the Parasol Protectorate novels – most recently Timeless (UK | US | ANZ).
Yet now the time has come for this illustrious lady to return to the British Isles – and to greet the legions of fans waiting to pay tribute to her magnificent work.
You are all cordially invited to attend several splendid events taking place over the course of a week in April:
Sunday 8 April: Eastercon, Heathrow, London
Those of you attending this year’s convention will be delighted to hear that Gail shall be appearing on the following charming panels:
‘Meet the new king (same as the old king)’ – 11am, Room 12
‘You got your robot elf sex in my SF’ – 3pm, Commonwealth
‘Multicultural steampunk’ – 9pm, Room 38
Monday 9 April: Foyles, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, 6.30pm
Steampunk soiree event at Foyles in London for Gail Carriger, urban fantasy romance author of the novel Timeless
In coordination with the most honourable chaps over at Pornokitsch, Gail shall be hosting an exclusive steampunk soirĂ©e at Foyles bookshop in Central London. Climb into that corset, pull out your pocket watch and buff up your brass goggles – and pop along for a tipple or two and to get your book signed by her fair hand. This event is free but ticketed, so please send an email as soon as possible to events@foyles.co.uk to obtain a cherished spot on this exclusive guest list.
Friday 13 April: Waterstones, Nottingham, Bridle Gate, 6.30pm
Gail shall be speaking to a thoroughly privileged throng for another steampunk extravaganza at the Waterstones in Nottingham. Special guest Jema Hewitt (author of Steampunk Emporium) and friends will also be frequenting the event in full costume. The evening shall commence – as is only right – with Pimm’s & cake at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. This event is ticketed and costs £5, or £3 if you hold a Waterstones card, so please purchase them here in advance.
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Now on to the competition. We are delighted to announce that whilst on her Grand UK Tour, Gail shall be signing three very special items for us to give away as prizes. The first prize is this darling teapot, and the two runner-up prizes are these twee tea strainers – all from the lovely shop Oliver Bonas.
Tea for One set from Oliver BonasTea Strainer from Oliver Bonas
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning these prizes is send us a photo of yourself with a parasol or umbrella in a darling pose and send it to orbit@littlebrown.co.uk. This is an Orbit worldwide competition, and we shall be posting the entries on the site. Ms Carriger herself will choose the winner and runners-up herself at the end of her Grand UK Tour on 13 April. See terms and conditions here.
And to show you just how easy it is, here are Orbiteers Anna Gregson, Emily Rowland, and Rose Tremlett with a shining example (and no fear, they have honourably excluded themselves from winning):
Members of the Orbit Books tema posing with parasols to promote the author Gail Carriger's UK tour (author of TIMELESS from The Parasol Protectorate series)
Best of British, and the Empire salutes you!