Thursday, May 3, 2012

Featured Author: Gail Carriger

Q: What do you get when you mix paranormal romance, steampunk, Victorian fashion, adventure action, humor and parasols?

A: The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.

"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 the back cover

The Parasol Protectorate series gives readers a clever, cheeky, saucy romp through an alternate Victorian London where airships soar above, vampires are Lords, and army officers are werewolves. Alexia Tarabotti is a heroine well before her time, busy dealing with her own special nature, the restrictions of "proper behavior for a lady", and the challenge of staying fashionably dressed while having extraordinary adventures. Author Gail Carriger is herself something of a fashion statement, known for attending events in authentic 1950s ensembles. Her website is an entertainment all by itself and worth a visit, full of information about Victorian London, links to steampunk sites, and of course fashion advice.

  • Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate, Book the First)

  • Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate, Book 2)

  • Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate, Book 3)

  • Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate, Book the Fourth)

  • Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, Book 5)

1 comment:

J'Andrea said...

These look really cool! I'll have to check 'em out :)