Friday, July 30, 2010

FF, Book Blogger Hop, and a Little Friday Tale…

I am so far behind with everything this week. But finally it is the weekend, of course I have to work, it is still the weekend. Yay! I thought I’d do something a bit different today and share a little tale with you after FF and Book Blogger Hop.

So here’s how it goes:


Follow Friday

To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { } and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. Follow our Featured Bloggers -
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!

Book Blogger Hop


1.  Enter your book blog link in the Linky List below

In your link, please state the main genre that you review:  eclectic, contemp. fiction, ya, paranormal, mystery, non-fiction, etc.  Please do not list every genre you review - if you are review a variety, please put eclectic!  The Hop gets jumbled up if the title is too long, so please limit to one genre.  I will be limiting the number of characters in the title to ensure the Hop doesn't look messy!  Thank you!

Example:  Crazy-for-Books (literary fiction)

2. Post about the Hop on your blog.  Spread the word about the book party!  The more the merrier!  In your blog post, answer the following question (new question each week!). 

Who is your favorite new-to-you author so far this year?

2.  Visit other blogs in the Linky List!  Make new friends!  Follow new book bloggers!  Talk about books!  Rave about authors!  Take the time to make a quality visit!  Check out other posts and content, make a new friend!  Don't randomly follow someone if you never intend on actually following them!  No spamming please!  (Please do not leave your link and not visit other blogs - it's just not cool and not in the spirit of the Hop!)

Who is your favorite new-to-you author so far this year?

Without a doubt Seressia Glass. She’s the author of the amazing urban fantasy novels Shadow Blade and Shadow Chase (which was published this week). I’m working on reviews for both novels at the moment.



The Little Green Butterfly: A Friday Tale

Today, on my way home from work, I went into 7/11 to buy myself some cocoa for a cup of hot chocolate and there I saw the most peculiar thing. A little green butterfly was merrily floating around the shop without a care in the world. Now, most people might think it was just another butterfly, but I’ve always thought of butterflies as fairies.

A child at heart I am.

Taking in the scenery, she flew across the room over to the coolers, but decided it was just to cold and she didn’t want to get ill. Instead she went over to the candy to get a wif of the sweet, delicious chocolates, and caramels. She stayed there for a while until some rude man waved his arms around to get her out of the way. The little green butterfly fairy was most distraught by this, and went into hiding until it was safe to come out again.

What would a pretty little thing like her be doing inside a 7/11 on a Friday night? I thought.

Maybe she just went into the shop to get out of the frightful rain. It seems possible. Yet, I think she flew out of the pages of one of the costumers’ books. And instead of seeking shelter from the rain, she in fact lost her way among the pages. A 7/11 isn’t the sort of place you find a little green butterfly fairy. No, she was on her way to a clothing shop to buy herself a pretty pink petticoat, and a celadon parasol for her dress, which she is going to wear at the Princess’ tea party on Sunday.

I didn’t see her as I left the store. I hope she finds her way back between the pages so she won’t miss the tea party. It is simply not done.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer Blogger Award…

I received a new award last night. Thanks so much to Bonnie of The Literary Gato for giving me this award *hugs*.


The criteria for this award: (created by Book Lover's Review)

Simple rules really, thank the person who passed the award on to you with a link back and pay it forward by listing four other rocking bloggers who deserve the award and post a note to them in their comments. In no particular order, here are my fab four:

VampAngel’s Reviews

Larissa’s Bookish Life

The Unread Reader

LanYap's Picayunes

I adore you all!

Please realize that you are under no obligation to accept this award and that it is done in the spirit of recognizing and acknowledging really great book blogging!






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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tea and Eternal Kiss of Darkness with Guest Reviewer Tradermare (Spoilers Ahead)…

Lots and lots of books are being released today among them the, long-awaited, second spin off book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress World series, Eternal Kiss of Darkness. I asked my friend Tradermare to review it for the blog, since she was one of the lucky people who got a copy before release day. I had to buy a Kindle edition this morning since somebody screwed up our delivery for the store *pouts* Oh well I have it and I’m about to curl up in bed with it and take-away. Thank you Tradermare for taking the time to do this *HUGS*.

Title: Eternal Kiss of Darkness

Author: Jeaniene Frost

Publisher: Avon

Date of Publication June 27th 2010

ISBN: 9780062005274


An immortal war has been brewing in the darkness . . .

And now one woman has stumbled into the shadows.

Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she's only imagined in her worst nightmares.

At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master vampire who thought he'd seen it all. Then Kira appears—this fearless, beautiful . . . human who braved death to rescue him. Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life. Yet sending her away is unthinkable.

But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose either the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction. (From

Trademare’s Review:

Romantic. Surprising. Beautiful. That’s how I would describe the latest Night Huntress World offering, Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost.

The story opens with powerful, mega-master Mencheres shackled and tortured by ghouls in a Chicago warehouse during the predawn hours. Private investigator Kira Graceling discovers the gruesome scene and intervenes, saving Mencheres, but she is mortally wounded in the process. In return for her bravery, Mencheres heals her with his blood and escapes, taking Kira with him, so he can erase her memories of the supernatural world she has stumbled on.

Somehow naturally resistant to vampire mind control, Kira spends a fateful week with Mencheres while he attempts to erase her memories. She eventually becomes a pawn in an eons old high-stakes feud between the mega-master and Radjedef, a vindictive Law Guardian seeking to steal Mencheres super powers. Their feud becomes the backdrop for the developing love story between Mencheres and Kira in Eternal Kiss of Darkness.

The story is told from both Kira’s and Mencheres’ point of view, and to me, the dominant voice in the book is not Mencheres’ as one might expect; it is Kira’s voice that stands out, her brutal honesty, intelligence, and compassion eventually tearing down Menchere’s defenses, healing his wounds and giving him hope for his future. Her strength and his vulnerability make for a wonderfully romantic coupling.

By exploring both POVs, I felt this was as much Kira’s book as it was Mencheres’. I have to thank Jeaniene Frost for writing such complex, capable, female characters. This is one of the many reasons I love the Night Huntress series. The females stand equal to the men and as in real life, are sometimes even stronger. For all of Mencheres powers and experience, it takes Kira’s strength to show him a way out of his darkness.

But don’t get me wrong. Mencheres is no wimp in this book, and once again, he brings out his black magic tricks. In another awesome spectacle of forbidden magic, he risks everything to save his love, his life, and his line.

I have always found Mencheres to be an interesting character, a master manipulator of epic proportions, and I am thrilled to have more information about his past, and hope for his continued presence in this series. Anyone reading the paranormal genre ponders the consequences of immortality. What is it like to live 1000 or more years? Jeaniene Frost puts that question on the table and answers it beautifully.

Cat, Bones and Vlad all make appearances in this book. Bones continues to harbor animosity toward Mencheres over the events in At Graves End and Destined for an Early Grave, and it brought an interesting dimension to his character. Kira takes a tough stance with Cat that made me think there was potential for more from them in future books. Even Vlad Tepesh’s cool demeanor was eroded occasionally by the events of the story. What a pleasure to see another side to these characters.

There are a few surprising turns in this book, and it is a challenge to recap the story without spoiling them. The book is peppered with stunning reveals that die-hard Night Huntress fans will love, and these little tidbits enhance the richness of all of the characters in the Night Huntress World. I wondered if some of them were setting the scene for the upcoming Night Huntress book, This Side of the Grave. So, instead of spoiling them for you, I’ll tease you a little! Would you like to know…

- What is the connection between Mencheres and Vlad?

- Did Mencheres sire Vlad?

- Why did Ian, instead of Mencheres, sire Bones?

- How old is Mencheres?

- What is the possible source of discontent between Vlad and Bones?

- What are Mencheres powers and what may he have willed to Bones?

- What is Mencheres version of what happened between him, Patra and her lover Intef?

- Where did Mencheres learn his black magic?

All of these questions and more are answered in Eternal Kiss of Darkness.

In my opinion, Eternal Kiss of Darkness is one of the best offerings in the entire Night Huntress collection. The writing was beautifully executed, and the story crafted in such a way as to keep me turning the pages until I finished it in record time. Eternal Kiss of Darkness was an entertaining read that left me wanting more. Highly recommended.

I have to give *smooches and hugs* to the lovely @BonTempsCutie, who “procured” this book for me before its release! Thanks so much, sweetie!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Blogger Hop and FF…

I joined my first Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday last week and with in a short few hours I had almost 20 mew followers *waves to all the girls*.


Book Blogger Hop

Go to Crazy for Books and follow the rules:

1.  Enter your book blog link in the Linky List below (be sure to include how long you've been blogging and what genres you review!). 

  • If you have been blogging 3 months or less, please note that you are a NEW blogger!
  • If you post about the Hop on your blog, please link directly to your Hop post (don't forget to answer this week's question - see below!).

2.  Visit other blogs in the Linky List!  Make new friends!  Follow new book bloggers!  Talk about books!  Rave about authors! (Please do not leave your link and not visit other blogs - it's just not cool and not in the spirit of the Hop!)

3.  Post about the Hop on  your blog!  Spread the word about the book party!  The more the merrier!

4. In your blog post, answer the following question (new question each week!): 


I just finished a book a few hours ago, so I’ll need to write a review tomorrow before I start another one. Next on my list is Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente. I’ve heard a lot about and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.

In the Cities of Coin and Spice and In the Night Garden introduced readers to the unique and intoxicating imagination of Catherynne M. Valente. Now she weaves a lyrically erotic spell of a place where the grotesque and the beautiful reside and the passport to our most secret fantasies begins with a stranger’s kiss.…

Between life and death, dreaming and waking, at the train stop beyond the end of the world is the city of Palimpsest. To get there is a miracle, a mystery, a gift, and a curse—a voyage permitted only to those who’ve always believed there’s another world than the one that meets the eye. Those fated to make the passage are marked forever by a map of that wondrous city tattooed on their flesh after a single orgasmic night. To this kingdom of ghost trains, lion-priests, living kanji, and cream-filled canals come four travelers: Oleg, a New York locksmith; the beekeeper November; Ludovico, a binder of rare books; and a young Japanese woman named Sei. They’ve each lost something important—a wife, a lover, a sister, a direction in life—and what they will find in Palimpsest is more than they could ever imagine. (From


Today FF is featuring the lovely Barbara of , she is all kinds of awesomesauce. If you aren’t already following her, do it NOW.

To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { } and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. Follow our Featured Bloggers -
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

When I’m Not Reading…

When I’m Not Reading is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Missie of The Unread Reader (*waves* hello darling!).

Here is how When I'm Not Reading works:

1. Every Thursday make a post in which you share a little something about yourself or what you like to do outside of blogging. Include pictures or videos.  Make it fun and wild or simple and sweet!

2. The point of this meme is to get to know other bloggers!  And the one thing I've learned is that bloggers love comments! Everyone that agrees to participate will try to visit each other's post and leave comments!

3. Anyone is welcome to join at anytime, but no one is obligated to participate every week.

4. Be sure to sign the Mr. Linky Widget that will be posted here on Thursdays.

5. In your post provide a link back to this When I'm Not Reading intro post so that other people can find the information about participating and grab the coolest button ever!

Honestly, reading is kind of my job. When I’m not reading I usually work or spend my time commuting to and from work. For my first post I thought I’d take you on a little tour of the town I live in. I assume you’re all familiar with Shakespeare’s Hamlet (although Shakespeare did steal it from Saxo Grammaticus)? Excellent! Well I live in Elsinore, Denmark. The town in which Hamlet takes place…and yes we do have a HUGE freaking castle, Kronborg, is actually on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

I have a lot of history in Elsinore. My dad’s aunt and uncle lived here, my mom grew up here, and I still have friends and family here. I didn’t grow up in Elsinore, I’m from a town in the northern part of Jutland, but Elsinore has always been like I second home to me. I moved here nine years ago when I started university – I couldn’t get a place in Copenhagen and Elsinore is only about an hour away by train.

Kronborg is a Renaissance castle, and absolutely beautiful both on the inside and the outside. Construction began in 1574, and reinforced in the 17th century. There are all sorts of hidden gems in and around the castle in particular Denmark’s Viking protector, who is sleeping in the casemates under the castle.


Oh woops! Sorry wrong Viking! (Sweden is just 20 minutes away by boat though).

Okay right Viking. His name is Holger Danske (Holger the Dane). Legend has it that is Denmark is ever attacked Holger will wake from his slumber, defend the country, and be triumphant.


Beautiful ballerina fountain.


On of my favourite places to go, just to enjoy the silence, is Sankt Mariæ Kirke (St. Mary’s Church). It’s part of a medieval Karmeliter monastery.


The last place I want to show you is the cemetery. I’ve always hated. As a kids my parents would drag my brother and I there every time we were in town because our grandparents are buried there. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to appreciate it more – it’s situated right in the middle of town yet it is very quiet and peaceful.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little tour of Elsinore.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tynga’s 900 Followers Giveaway – The Clockwork Angel & Eternal Kiss of Darkness

Tynga Review’s is hosting a great giveaway to celebrate having reached 900 followers. Here is what she writes:

900 Followers Giveaway – The Clockwork Angel & Eternal Kiss of Darkness

That’s right ladies and gents!

A while ago (last week, or the one before last) I hit 900 followers! *happy dance* So I cooked a giveaway for you, which, to my humble opinion, is pretty awesome!

As you guessed you will win:

A brand-spanking-new copy of Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost


My used (because I wanna read it, dah!) ARC of The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Now all you’ve got to do is go to Tynga’s Reviews and enter the giveaway *runs off to enter*.


New Feature: The Weekly Delivery…

As some of you know I work at this amazing book store in Copenhagen. My Mondays and Tuesdays consist of unpacking our weekly book delivery from the US and the UK. Thursdays and Fridays I usually go through the order numbers for the next week’s delivery, and plug them into our system. We usually get promo book covers from publishers months in advance, which is great so I know what books to look forward to. So why not make a feature with the paranormal romance, urban fantasy and steampunk books we receive? I’ll be posting both old and new books.
Let’s get cracking.
Title: Magic Bleeds
Author: Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Ace (Penguin)
Date of Publication: May 25th 2010
ISBN: 9780441018529
Kate Daniels cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to deal with-especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community.
And now there's a new player in town-a foe that may be too much for even Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family.
Extra: Ilona Andrews wrote a short essay on Magic Bleeds. You can read it here.

Title: Soulless
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Orbit
Date of Publication: October 1st 2009
ISBN: 9780316056632
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking. (From

Title: Changeless
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Orbit
Date of Publication: April 1st 2010
ISBN: 9780316074148
Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.

She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it. (From )

Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry
Date of Publication: March 24th 2008
ISBN: 9781416972242
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation. (From

Title: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: June 5th 2010
ISBN: 9780316125581
Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion. (From )

Title: Fatal Circle
Author: Linda Robertson
Publisher: Pocket
Date of Publication: June 29th 2010
ISBN: 9781439156803
Destiny sucks. . . .
There was a time when Persephone Alcmedi thought her life was hard to manage, what with wondering how to make sure she took adequate care of both her grandmother and her foster daughter, Beverley, whether she’d end up in the unwanted position of high priestess of a coven, and whether her wærewolf lover, Johnny, would resist the groupies who hang around his band Lycanthropia.
But that was before the fairies started demanding that Seph’s frightening, unpredictable ally—the ancient vampire Menessos— be destroyed . . . or the world will suffer. Seph and Menessos are magically bonded, but that’s a secret she dares not reveal to her fellow witches lest they be forced to reject her and forbid her use of magic. And, despite the strain this casts on her relationship with Johnny, as a showdown with the fairies nears, she and Menessos badly need the wærewolves as allies.
Life, death, and love are all on the line, but when destiny is calling, it doesn’t help to turn away. With the individual threads of their fates twisted inextricably together, can Seph, Johnny, and Menessos keep the world safe from fairy vengeance? (From ) 
Title: Love Bites
Author: Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon
Date of Publication: June 29th 2010
ISBN: 9780062019745
True love: good from the first bite . . .
Etienne Argeneau's three hundred years of bach- elorhood were at an end. Either that, or he'd be forever alone. He could turn only one human in his lifetime, and most of his kind created a life mate. If he turned this stranger . . . But what choice did he have? He had to help Rachel Garrett. The beautiful coroner had saved his life. To save hers, he would make her immortal.
. . . to the last
Rachel Garrett awoke surprised. All she'd wanted was to get off the night shift in the morgue; now here she was staggering to her feet naked and in a strange place. But everything would be all right. She'd just make like a bat out of— Then she saw the man of her dreams emerging from his . . . coffin? And the look in his bright silver eyes said they'd be spending a lot of time together. She just hoped he tasted as good as he looked. (From
Title: Single White Vampire
Author: Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon
Date of Publication: June 29th 2010
ISBN: 9780062019806
Roundhouse Publishing editor Kate C. Leever's first letter to her newest legacy author was intended to impress upon him the growing demand for his "vampire romances." Though he'd expressed little to no desire for publicity, book tours or the like, it was clear that this was a writer waiting to be broken out. Correspondence with Mr. Lucern Argeneau tended to be oddly delayed, but this time his response was quick and succinct.
But Kate was adamant: Luc will attend a romance convention to meet his fans. By hook or by crook, despite his reclusive nature, odd sleep schedule and avoidance of the sun, the surly yet handsome Luc was going to be recognized as the real charmer a nationally bestselling author should be. But soon Kate would learn that his novels were more biographies than bodice rippers, and it'd be her neck on the line.
A sweeter surrender, or more heartwarming a love story—his own—Luc has yet to write. (From
Title: Tall, Dark & Hungry
Author: Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon
Date of Publication: June 29th 2010
ISBN: 9780062019837
The taste of temptation
Terri had flown from England to help plan her cousin's wedding, but paying for a New York hotel room was like giving blood! She had an alternative: the new in-laws were offering lodging.
Of course, the Argeneaus were a certifiably odd bunch. There was the sometimes chipper, sometimes brooding Lucern—a "vampire romance" writer. There was the wacky stage actor, Vincent. She couldn't imagine Broadway casting a more ravenous singing-and-dancing Dracula. And then there was Bastien. Of this unique cast of characters, he seemed the tallest, darkest and hungriest—and his effect on Terri was decidedly delicious. Just looking into his eyes made her want to serve up her innocence on a silver platter. And she had a feeling the love feast was about to begin. (From

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lauren Kate's Torment Giveaway...

Carly Bennet over on Writing From the Tub is hosting a Lauren Kate Giveaway. Torment  is the second book in her Fallen series. The first book, Fallen, was incredibly well written, and I am very much looking forward to reading Torment. Click the link to go to the Giveaway post for entry and rules.


There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story. (From


Lucinda is sure that she and Daniel are meant to be together forever. Now they are forced apart in a desperate bid to save Luce from the Outcasts–immortals who want her dead. As she discovers more about her past lives, Luce starts to suspect that Daniel is hiding something. What if he has lied to her about their shared past? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else? 


Monday, July 19, 2010

Tea and Gail Carriger…

Back in January I did an interview with Gail Carriger for a Danish blog I run, my friend LanYap of LanYap's Picayunes asked me post it on Greenabsinthia Book Blog. Without further ado here is the interview.


Personally, I have always loved the Victorian era - the literature, the science, the fashion of the time. You have some interesting theories about the Victorian society. Would you tell the readers why you chose to set your books in this era and mixed it with steampunk? What was your inspiration?

  I've always considered the Victorian era one of history’s greatest mysteries: How did one tiny island manage to conquer an empire? I decided that the only possible answer was that England openly accepted supernatural creatures, and put them to good use, while other countries persecuted them as monsters. This gave Great Britain a leg up dealing with messy little situations like winning major foreign battles or establishing an efficient bureaucracy or convincing the world cricket is a good idea. It's so very Victorian to take a stance, the equivalent of, “Ah yes, vampires, jolly good chaps, excellent fashion sense, always polite, terribly charming at cards, we just won’t mention that little neck biting habit.”

I added the steampunk in as a side effect of my world's theories about the soul. It's also a very Victorian thing to try and scientifically understand supernatural creatures, if they actually did exist. One consequence might be an alternative timeline with new and different steampunk gadgetry.

You've created these amazing characters for Soulless. Miss Tarabotti is the epitome of a classic, spitfire heroine: she reads too much, is not afraid to let her opinions be known (especially when it comes to hats and food), and she always seems to get in trouble. Lord Maccon, is scruffy, dangerous and very much an alpha-male, and together with his beta, Professor Lyall, they resemble a were version of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Last, but not least, there is the decadent and delicious vampire, Lord Akeldama (one of your favorites I've heard). In one of the numerous blogs you have contributed to you said your life is filled with many colorful people, that they have snuck into your stories. What else inspired you when you came up with the characters?

I love the ridiculous, in life, in literature, in television. Like most authors, I find myself borrowing from any or all of these places when building characters. I don't like to be too stereotypical, if you continue to read the Parasol Protectorate series you will find I have built up some archetypes in Soulless that I will take great glee in tearing apart. I do find myself, now, stopping in the middle of a book or a movie I'm enjoying, stepping back and thinking: "I really love/hate this character, why? How did the writer do that? What qualities annoy/amuse me? What's the trick?" It can get a bit aggravating, because it's hard to simply immerse myself and be entertained these days.

The language you use in Soulless is wonderful and witty. Was it difficult to stay in that frame of mind throughout the writing process of the three books? What authors have influenced you throughout your life?

Actually, very difficult. I have to "climb into the voice" which can involve a lot of BBC costume dramas and a flat out ban on reality TV. I tend to only allow myself to read original material when I'm writing a first draft. That is, lots of Dickens, and Lady's journals from the 1800s, Victorian medical texts, and the like. Many, many authors have influenced me, but I was raised by an x-pat on British YA (that's all there really was, back then) like Tom's Midnight Garden, The Water Babies, Wind in the Willows, The Borrowers, The Railway Children, Three Children and It, and so forth. I wonder sometimes if my mum knew what she was doing, and that it would all end in a Parasol Protectorate.

You are an archaeologist; will that play a part in any of the future Alexia books?

Absolutely. The Victorian era is the birth of the archaeological discipline, so I have a vested professional interest in seeing it pop up (and a pretty decent knowledge base to draw from). Both of the next two books involve antiquities collecting to a small but significant degree. But it's Alexia's father who got around to sites, causing problems and killing things.

There are many attributes associated with the octopus, however most noticeable is its ability to adapt and transform in an element that is always moving, as well as being governed by the wax and wane of the moon. Why the fascination with this aquatic chameleon? Will we ever find out its significance to the story? A hint, maybe?

Each book reveals a bit more about the octopus and its significance. Someday, perhaps, all will be revealed. I will hint that I chose this particular creature for its intelligence.

Last two questions. Will there only be these three books for the Parasol Protectorate or will Miss Tarabotti go on more adventures? And will she ever get to ride on a dirigible?

I'm only under contract for the three books, but if Orbit is willing to do more, I'd certainly consider it. And, officially, that's all I can say. However, if nothing else, I can certainly see short stories set in this world. As to your last question, have you read the tag line for Changeless? "A novel of vampires, werewolves, and dirigibles."

Since this interview Changeless was of course published, and Gail has been given a contract for two more Parasol Protectorate novels after the third novel, Blameless, which will be out in September. Gail also has two stories out in the anthologies Steampunk II: Reloaded and The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2, both books will be out in November.

Friday, July 16, 2010

New and Getting Around...Hop and FF

I'm still getting into this whole blogging world, in the past week I've become better at it. Alas, I am still a newbie but I'm enjoying every minute of it. Through some friends' blogs I found these two great ways of meeting new people...well I hope to meet new people. 

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Right this instant, what book are you dying to get your hands on (past, present, or future)?

Well, there are five actually:

Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost 

Blameless by Gail Carriger 

The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron 

The Spirit Rebellion by Rachel Aaron

The Spirit Eater by Rachel Aaron

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