Literary Swoon, Day Two: Gail Carriger

February 7, 2012 2012, author interview, gail carriger, literary swoon, Wendy 30

Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Gail Carriger

Hail the Victorious Parasol! The delightful Gail Carriger is here as part of our Literary Swoon series, in which we’ve asked our favorite young adult authors to share their favorite romantic book scenes. As a writer who has written some giddily romantic moments into her own novels—you’ll remember she describes Lord Maccon in Soulless as “A man who tastes like one of those expensive French soups, dark and rich”–we couldn’t wait to find out what Gail herself found swoon-worthy.

Don’t forget that the scene may contain a spoiler, so proceed at your own risk!

Gail Carriger’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene:

Oh, without a doubt my favorite romantic scene is the one where Hetwith finally makes his move near the end of Taming the Forest King by Claudia J. Edwards.
He wakes up Tevra, his superior officer of ten years, in the middle of the night with the sign for “silence an enemy is approaching.” He then launches himself on top of her, naked, knowing she is perfectly capable of killing him.
There is something so tender in his actions and yet so rough and earnest. The way Edwards describes it, the reader can feel everything – his frustration in having had to wait so long and always be overlooked on the sidelines; Tevra’s surprise and then joy; his total belief that he will be rejected. Yet it is all done from Tevra’s first person point of view. Add to that the fact that the reader knew along along that Hetwith loved her, but it’s perfectly plausible that Tevra didn’t until that moment. It’s beautiful.

Gail Carriger was raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and incurable curmudgeon. The New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate books will introduce a brand new Victorian steampunk series for young adults entitled The Finishing School, to be released in February 2013. Her latest release, Timeless, comes out on March 1, 2012.

Check out the rest of the Literary Swoon series! 

Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls
Gail Carriger, author of Soulless
Rebecca Lim, author of Mercy
Deborah Cooke, author of Flying Blind
Cynthia Hand, author of Unearthly
Shirley Marr, author of Fury 
Lauren Oliver, author of Delirium

Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood
The Midnight Garden Bloggers

30 Responses to “Literary Swoon, Day Two: Gail Carriger”

  1. Lynne Phelps

    Do not forget The Parasol Protectorate audiobooks. They are absolutely brilliant, the narrator is perfect and does snarky quite well. I love them and have listened to the series many times!

  2. melyferg

    I love, love, love Gail Carriger! I was completely enthralled by these books that I promoted them to everyone!No matter who they were… Parasol Protectorate had to be the next thing they read! I’m pretty sure that people got really tired of me talking about these books non-stop. :)

  3. melyferg

    I love, love, love Gail Carriger! I was completely enthralled by these books that I promoted them to everyone!No matter who they were… Parasol Protectorate had to be the next thing they read! I’m pretty sure that people got really tired of me talking about these books non-stop. :)

  4. Book Sake

    I have Souless but haven’t gotten to finish it yet. I really need to make more time for “for me” books so I can get to some of these great reads!
    – Jessica @ Book Sake

  5. The Sagacity Quest

    A guy launching himself on a woman, naked? I’m totally sold!

    I just saw Timeless in another blogger Waiting on Wednesday post, and I’m really surprised that I didn’t know about it. It sounds really intriguing.

  6. Bookworm1858

    I’ve never heard of this book but looking at the plot on gr makes it sound very intriguing…I’ll have to see if I can scrounge up a copy.

  7. Mimi Valentine

    Oh my gosh, I actually just read a review for the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series and it convinced me to add it to my TBR right away! And seeing it here is like a sign, I think — and it’s telling me to definitely get my hands on the first book soon! ;) Anything fun & steampunkish is an automatic must-read!

    Your favourite romantic book scene is sooooo sweet, Gail! I want to read that book now just to sigh about that part with you. Thanks so much for sharing! :) <3

    • Wendy Darling

      That’s what I thought, too! Must must must. :) I like this more obscure choice as well, it’s great to get the word out there about books that most of us may not have heard of.

  8. Flannery (The Readventurer)

    SOLD on the book Carriger picked. That scene sounds amazing. Also, just mentally kicked myself in the butt for not reading her Parasol Protectorate series yet. I bought Soulless ages ago and everyone keeps recommending it. *sigh*

    I am so happy about this Literary Swoon week. It is so much fun to read what authors themselves love about other books:)

    • Wendy Darling

      I knew you’d love this fantasy pick! It sounds like it’s right up your alley.

      And yay, I’m glad you’re enjoying the series. :)

  9. starryeyedjen

    I haven’t picked up any of this author’s works, but just reading what makes her swoon makes me think I should! Thanks for this series of posts! I love finding new reads…even if I don’t really have the time for them. :P

  10. Giselle

    Oh I’ve been meaning to give these books a try! And steampunk I usually enjoy I might give her new one a try! :)

  11. A Canadian Girl

    I haven’t read Carriner’s adult books, but I’m really looking forward to her YA steampunk series because I love steampunk and have heard she’s a really good author.

    It’s always interesting to hear what books authors love.

    • Wendy Darling

      I know, right? I looked for it in a couple of bookstores yesterday, but no luck. I think I’m going to have to order it online. :) It sounds too delicious to be borne.

  12. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    Wendy I am so behind on Ms. Carringer’s series. I have only read book 1.. now the next one is almost here! Yikes! Her series is definitely fascinating and unique. I will be interested in checking out her new YA series but I have to wait a year!?

    • Wendy Darling

      I know, I’m so sad that we have to wait a whole year for Finishing School. :( If anyone’s going to do a great job with historical/steampunk YA, it will be Ms. Carriger.

  13. Jenny

    Um. How do I get a hot man who’s been in love with me for years pounce on me naked? Is that an inappropriate for YA question? Maybe:) Props to Hetwith for putting himself (ahem – ALL of himself) out there:)

  14. Tatiana_G

    I won’t lie, I am intrigued by this scene, and have never heard of this book. Might need to check it out…

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, I LOVE this series, Missie! So witty and totally different from all the other UFs out there. Hope you get the chance to try them out sometime.