Posts Tagged ‘Gail Carriger’
- - July 9th, 2012
You’d think I’d be happy (and quite busy enough) worrying over the Orbit bookcovers, but I’m one of those designers that wants to try her hand at everything. Websites, branding, invites, and now, apps! I love working with Orbit because I really do get a chance to be there for the beginning of a project and say “hey, I can totally design an author app” and they believe me! Of course, then I need to go back to my desk and figure out how to actually do it, but that’s the fun part. And let me tell you, I had a hell of a lot of fun with this one.
It certainly wasn’t cool enough to have an author app that was just about books and excerpts (which, of course, are awesome, and included), we wanted to make a cool functional app that the fans of The Parasol Protectorate series (and any steampunk fans, really) would love and use everyday. So after brainstorming a lot of ideas, we came up with the idea of doing a super intricate interactive clock app that has the functionality of the standard apple clock, but is way way cooler. A Steampunk clock app.
As you can see in the screenshots below, we’ve got 3 clock skins: A Mechanical Clock with cool brass cogs and gears (and rotating cephalopods), a Steam-Powered Clock run by octopus power, and (my personal fave) a Tea Time Clock with drag-able teabags and spoons that develop your custom cup of tea, while letting you set a Tea Timer!
It’s free to and live now in the apple store, so go download and enjoy now!
- - April 18th, 2012
What a splendid time we’ve had here in the UK with the admirable Gail Carriger, author of The Parasol Protectorate novels.
Our booksellers’ evening last Wednesday at the gorgeous Drink, Shop, Do was a glory to behold. See Gail’s report of the event here.
The steampunk event at Waterstones Nottingham last Friday was also a storming success, with around a hundred people in attendance – many attired in full costume – to pay tribute to the honourable Gail and fellow steampunk fashion icon Jema Hewitt. See below for some of the wonderfully impressive regalia displayed on the night:
Gail Carriger and Jema Hewitt (top left hand corner) as well as a whole host of other wonderful costumes at the steampunk event at Waterstones Nottingham
And whilst all this was happening in the UK, fans from across the world were sending us fabulous parasol photos for our very special teapot competition. See the final entries below (and earlier entries here and here), and tune back in this Friday 20th for the announcement of the winners!
Maria Diana Broughton's photo of the darling Ane Victoria and Eirin
The beautifully coy Kirsten
The delightfully daring Elizabeth Dixon
The just divine Jaymee
The heavenly Katelynn Hickman
Terry Kroenung's capturing of a feisty low-kick
And don’t forget that Gail is now off to swan around the rest of the European continent. See her tour details here!
- - April 13th, 2012
We invite you to be so kind as to look below for some more entries to our competition to celebrate Gail Carriger‘s UK tour. What these lovely beauties are all hoping to win is a beautiful teapot or one of two tea strainers, which Gail signed for us when she graced the UK office with her presence on Wednesday. Be sure to send in your entry by 5pm UK time today to be in with a chance of winning. More entries and winners will be posted next week!
And don’t forget that tonight there will be a Steampunk Extravaganza held in Gail’s honour at the Waterstones in Nottingham. It looks like it’s turning out to be quite a party indeed . . .
The alluring Jennifer Arnold
The heroic Valerie Hernandez
The charming Rebecca Campbell
The mystical Sarah E. Miller
The surperb Janet Smith and handsome hubby
- - April 4th, 2012
Going to the RT Booklovers Convention? If so, you’ll run into some Orbit authors: Nicole Peeler, Kristen Painter, and Jaye Wells will be there, as well as new Orbit authors Amanda Carlson (whose Full Blooded [US | UK ] will be out in September) and Kate Locke (whose God Save the Queen [US | UK | ANZ] hits stores in August)! It runs April 11-15th in Rosemont, IL.
Speaking of conventions, you’ll find Nicole Peeler at Malice Domestic, and Jaye Wells at the North Texas Writers Conference. Both run April 27-29th.
Also, Gail Carriger will be touring across Europe this month! Her UK tour runs from April 8-14th, and then she’ll hit Stockholm, Budapest, and Barcelona. More details available at Gail’s website.
Sunday 8th April: EasterCon, Heathrow ~ 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 9th April: Foyles, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, 6.30pm ~ In association with Pornokitsch, a steampunk soirée with special guests at Foyles bookshop in Central London.
Friday 13th April: Steampunk Night at Waterstones, Nottingham ~ To commence at 6.30pm with Pimm’s & cake for a 7pm start. Special guest Jema Hewitt (author of Steampunk Emporium) and friends will be frequenting the event in full costume.
And finally, in the UK, EasterCon is this weekend, 6th to 9th April, at Heathrow, with Guest of Honour Tricia Sullivan; and Alt.Fiction is the following weekend, 14th and 15th April, in Leicester, with special guest Ken MacLeod.
- - March 27th, 2012
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
In coordination with the most honourable chaps over at Pornokitsch, Gail shall be hosting an exclusive steampunk soirée 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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):
Best of British, and the Empire salutes you!
- - March 7th, 2012
Timeless by Gail Carriger just hit the New York Times Print Paperback Fiction List at #17!* It also hit the USA Today Bestseller List at #98!
Soulless, The Manga, Vol. 1, hit #2 on the New York Times Manga List!
Congratulations to Gail from all of us at Orbit!
And remember, you can read samples from all of the books at the new Parasol Protectorate Facebook page.
*Goes live on Sunday the 11th!
- - February 29th, 2012
On either side of the pond, there are plenty of places to run into Orbit authors in March.
Thursday, March 1
Gail Carriger at Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA, 7 PM
Kristen Painter at Fantasy on the Bayou, New Orleans, LA
Mira Grant at Consonance, San Francisco, CA
Friday, March 2
Gail Carriger at Murder by the Book, Houston, TX, 6:30 PM
Saturday, March 3
Gail Carriger at Book People, Austin, TX, 7 PM
Thursday, March 8
Jon Courtenay Grimwood at A Gothic Evening at Blackwell’s, Blackwell’s Charing Cross, London
Saturday, March 10
A. Lee Martinez at B&N at North East Mall, Hurst, TX, 2 PM
Wednesday, March 14
Amanda Downum at Dragon’s Lair Comics, Austin, TX, 6 PM
Saturday, March 17
Robert Jackson Bennett at Murder by the Book, Houston, TX, 1 PM
Wednesday, March 21
Ken MacLeod at Pulp Fiction Books, Edinburgh
Thursday, March 22
Amanda Downum at Pandemonium Books, Cambridge, MA, 7 PM
Mira Grant at AggieCon, Austin, TX
Gail Z. Martin at Books-a-Million Carolina Mall, Concord, NC
March 30-April 1
Mira Grant at Emerald City Comic Con, Seattle, WA
- - February 27th, 2012
Sadly, it is that time. It is Alexia’s last—and latest—madcap adventure. Alexia began her adventures with SOULLESS (US/UK/ANZ) and now finishes her adventures with TIMELESS (US/UK/ANZ). More about her adventure below.
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.
Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?
If you want more of Alexia — please do check out SOULLESS, THE MANGA, VOL 1 (US/UK/ANZ), which is also out now!
Check out the whole series of novels below:
- - February 17th, 2012
Timeless, the final book in Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series — as well as the first graphic novel adaptation, Soulless: The Graphic Novel — will be out in March, and Gail will be making a number of appearances to mark the occasion. Click through for details!
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- - February 1st, 2012
Locus published their 2011 Recommended Reading List today, and you’ll see a lot of Orbit authors among their choices:
- Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (US | UK | ANZ)
- Deadline, Mira Grant (US | UK | ANZ)
- Rule 34, Charles Stross (UK | ANZ)
- The Heroes, Joe Abercrombie (US)
- The Dragon’s Path, Daniel Abraham (US | UK | ANZ)
- Heartless, Gail Carriger (US | UK | ANZ)
- The Fallen Blade, Jon Courtenay Grimwood (US | UK | ANZ)
- The Kingdom of Gods, N.K. Jemisin (US | UK | ANZ)
- The Hammer, K.J. Parker (US | UK | ANZ)
And, in case you missed them the first time around, keep reading for a round-up of other Best of 2011 lists!
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