6.28.2012

Best San Diego Comic Con Swag Evah


Well, OK "best swag, I hope, and only if you are a fan of my books." Which I suspect you are, otherwise it's a little odd that you are reading this blog.

So here's the deal. I am going to San Diego Comic Con 2012 in two weeks! (I hope it isn't like this. Eeep!) My publishing house and I have been plotting and we will be giving away something very awesome at the convention.

I can't tell you what it is. Although, trust me, you'll love it.

I can tell you there's only going to be 100 there.

So. If you are going to SDCC, here's what you need to do to get the swag. (You didn't think I'd make it easy did you? Oh no, I do love a treasure hunt and I'm hoping to make this a reward for my Particular Fans.)
  1. Drop me an email using the Calling Card feature on my website. I will email you back with a secret code word.
  2. Drop by the Hachette Book Publishing Booth (spaces 1116-1118-1120) AFTER 1 pm on Thursday and give them the code word.
  3. You will get awesome-sox swag.
First come first serve basis. Distribution will start 1 PM Thursday and go until they are out.

Please do not email me begging for the swag because you couldn't get tickets, aren't going to be there, or might not make it in time. Hachette is bringing said swag and I have no control over distribution.

My schedule for SDCC is still not ironed out. I promise I will post it as soon as may be. I've been researching survival tips and getting advice from fellow authors. I'm trying not to book too many things.

I can tell you:
  1.  I will probably have autographing sessions in the Autographing Zone from 3 ~ 4 on both Saturday & Sunday.
  2.  I probably won't be around Friday.
  3.  I'm considering a tweet-up at a local frozen yoghurt place on Saturday around 6 for an hour or so. If you are local but can't make the convention itself, that will be your chance to see me.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
2012 Tracy Reese S/S

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Knitted Star Wars

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Awesome sweater

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

My fantasy book case!

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


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

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Not yet Released


Book News:
Nicole gives me a fun shout out.

Quote of the Day:
5 funny quotes from SDCC 2011.

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6.26.2012

Aspic & Old Lace


The rabbit hole of research led me to investigate aspic the other day, Gentle Reader. What this article calls "Jelly covered piles of carved food are an excellent visual shorthand for absurdly poncey cuisine."

Aspic Ham

Despite the general pooh-pooh attitude, I would actually rather like to try aspic. I've managed to make it inadvertently out of fish once or twice. If memory serves I did the pink peppercorn Ancient Roman dish and . . . but that's another story.

Then, on the feed, this article from Time Travel Kitchen on the subject of tomato aspic turned up and I figured it was a sign.

Aspic Mushroom

Don't tell the AB, but I think I might have to try to make aspic soon. I do love strange and wiggly foods. I blame copious amounts of blancmange foisted upon me by my grandmother as an innocent child. Gelatinous just seems exciting. Plus it's an excellent word, gelatinous.

This may, or may not, explain the reoccurring presence of calf's foot jelly in my novels.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1874-1875  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
cari8

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Bacon & Egg Cupcakes

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Books

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


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

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Not yet Released


Book News:
Heartless reviews:
Quote of the Day:
Recent research on Wiki and I found this fascinating.
"In Scandinavia, there existed, for example, the famous race of she-werewolves known with a name of Maras. If a female at midnight stretches between four sticks the membrane which envelopes the foal when it is brought forth, and creeps through it, naked, she will bear children without pain; but all the boys will be shamans, and all the girls Maras. Women who took on the appearance of the night looking for huge monster half human and half wolf. The transformation was slow and suffered from screaming, hair and nails grow, the woman's face stretched into that of a hungry wolf meat and leaving room for animal instinct. In fact, the Maras were almost all women from peasant and plebeian classes. Let's just say a popular version of the Norse Valkyries." From Wikipedia on shapeshifting

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6.20.2012

While You Are Waiting ~ Books To Read While Gail Types

It's looking to be a busy summer, too busy, Gentle Reader. I thought you might like some suggestions on what to read while I'm typing because every spare moment is going to be spent typing.

Speaking of which I just handed in the second Finishing School book, Deportment & Deceit, and I'm already starting in on the first Parasol Protectorate Abroad book, Prudence. It's research and outlining time over here in Nor Cal.

So these first books are one's I have read and can personally vouch for, and then I included a few suggestions from the fan group on Facebook who have been engaging in a lively discussion on the matter over the last few months. All links are to Amazon because I am lazy.

If You Love the Fantasy Take on Historical Tropes

If You Just Want to Laugh

If You Want A Strong but Well Rounded Female Heroine
www.kirstymitchellphotography.com


A Small Sample Recommended by the Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group

Full listing here.
(Gail has grouped to the best of her ability)

Urban Fantasy

Steampunk

Other

Want to see more? Full listing here. Want to add to the discussion? Please, join the Facebook Group.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
2012Tracy ReeseSpirngLace

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Book Cup Cakes

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Equestrian ascent by M. Poitevin in 1850

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

7 Tricks to Write More with Less Willpower

PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit
~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) First chapter reviewed, drops on YenPlus April 12th. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.
Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013.


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

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Not yet Released


Book News:
Timeless Reviews

Quote of the Day:
"The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

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