1.31.2013

Cover Art ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies


Today, Gentle Reader, even though I am running around like the proverbial chicken coaxing Etiquette & Espionage (there is a sneak peak up at Tor.com) into existence, the great cogs of industry continue in the background. Little Brown has produced the cover art for Book Two of the Finishing School Series, Curtsies & Conspiracies, out at the end of this year, probably in November 2013.

Curtsies & Conspiracies

I hope you like it as much as I do!

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Photo Rachel Parasols
One of my beta readers with a few parasols from my own collection.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Tentacle Heals via Tunblr
Tentacle Heals via Tunblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Tomato Soup
Via Facebook

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Q&A With Nelson Literary Agency's Anita Mumm

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Corralling edits.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Release date November 2013. Proofs handed in. Done my end.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Tour events planned!


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, both now available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013


Book News:
Soulless Review Books Inc
Soulless Staff Review spotted at Books Inc

Quote of the Day:
"Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company."
~ Author Unknown

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1.30.2013

Etiquette & Espionage ~ FAQ the Second

Today, with the release less than a week away, here are some more philosophical frequent questions I am getting regarding Etiquette & Espionage . . .

1. Why did you decide to write a YA series?
I adore YA. Since I picked up Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce I've been hooked. It's still my favorite genre to read and I've always hoped to be able to write it. There's something so breezy and tidy about the best YA novels. I find them comfortably immersive...and I can finish one in the space of an afternoon!

2. Why keep the Finishing School series in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate?
I felt there was more about the universe I wanted to explore. More about the way the Victorians accepted or reviled the supernatural creatures and their Steampunk technology. More about class structure and the etiquette of social interaction. More about what this environment was like for a normal, daylight girl. I've always admired writers like Mercedes Lackey who create a universe and then play with multiple books, various characters, and different time settings.

3. What's the biggest aesthetic difference?
Etiquette & Espionage is set in 1851, while Soulless takes place in 1873. Aside from different kinds to steampunk technology and a much diminished presence of dirigibles (and more frequent use of hot air balloons) the clothing style is different. Alexia wears drape layers and bustle dresses, curiasse bodices, and perch hats. Sophronia wears large poofy skirts held out by multiple petticoats, often horsehair (crinoline had yet to be invented), the occasional Swiss waist, and classic broad brim bonnets. Alexia wields her parasol with untrained verve, while Sophronia carries about her person multiple small useful devices and weapons her first objective being to keep both hands free for nefarious purposes (or possibly porpoises).

1872 Afternoon Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1854-1856 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1872 Afternoon Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art versus 1854-1856 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

4. How did you approach a younger audience?
I worked to create a more youthful and accessible voice and characters who would grow and change with the books. Sophronia has a different world view than Alexia. She's private and introverted and must become more self actualized along the way by making new friends and discoveries. Her focus is on her immediate environment, less political, more personal.

5. Will we recognize any characters in Etiquette & Espionage?
Absolutely! One of the wonderful things about writing with immortals is they are immortal. Even though this series is set 22 years before Soulless there are plenty of familiar faces, although perhaps not immediately recognizable. There are also many lovable newcomers. In addition, I hope fans will have fun theorizing on how and why the technology is so different between the two time periods. Many steampunk details mentioned only in passing during Alexia's journey will be explained through Sophronia's adventures.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1895-1900  Mourning Parasol  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1895-1900 Mourning Parasol The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
A teacup planter from Hobby Lobby

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
MIND MELD: Rebranding Fiction as Young Adult

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Cakes wrecks goes all literal.

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Corralling edits. Working 3rd draft.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Release date November 2013. Proofs handed in. Done my end.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Tour events planned!


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, both now available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013


Book News:
Blameless review

Quote of the Day:
"Six Ways of Wasting Time to be Guarded Against
1. Indefinite musings
2. Anticipating needlessly
3. Excessive speculation
4. Indulgence in reluctance to begin a duty
5. In doubtful cases, not deciding at once
6. Musing on what has been said or done, or what may be."
~ Adapted from Schott's Quintessential Miscellany (Indispensable Irrelevance)

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1.28.2013

Etiquette & Espionage: The Cover Copy!

Today, Fashionable Reader, I present to you the book cover copy for Etiquette & Espionage as it appears around the web and on the dust jacket. Those of you who have been following my inglorious career will know from past chattering that I wrote in-house cover copy for Orbit which ended up being used for my back cover copy. Little Brown is a bit different. This copy is written by them with my input and approval, hope you enjoy it!

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Finishing School logo

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail Carriger's legions of fans have come to adore.

ARCcover

Praise for Etiquette & Espionage:

"Carriger's YA debut brings her mix of Victorian paranormal steampunk and winning heroines to a whole new audience...with cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people."
~ Booklist (starred review)

"Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page...Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series."
~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] delightfully madcap espionage adventure..."
~ Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Blending intrigue and elements of the school story, Carriger introduces teen readers to a supernatural-meets-steampunk world full of action and wit."
~ Horn Book

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1880s Mourning Ensemble  The Mint Museum
1880s Mourning Ensemble  The Mint Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Fireplace Pod

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Old style slang terms for various professions:
Tailor ~ Stitch
Soldier ~ Blade
Schoolmaster ~ Birch
Sailor ~ Salt
Pimp ~ Gusset
Painter ~ Brush
Judge ~ Robe
Friend ~ Smut
Coachman ~ Whip
Author ~ Quill


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How Much Do You Understand About Your Writing Process?

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Corralling edits. Working 3rd draft.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Release date November 2013. Proofs handed in. Done my end.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Tour events planned!


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, both now available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013


Book News:
Soulless review from The Dairy of a Bookworm.

Quote of the Day:
"It is well, therefore, to understand that every organ is notified on the telegraphic system, if anything offends the spirit of the human being, and these organs are often taxed or compelled to give back part of the nervo-electricity with which they are performing thei offices."
~ Edward B. Foote, 1971

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