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  1.  Sharon Lee and Steve Miller will be Writer Guests of Honor at Confluence in Pittsburgh, PA, August 4-6.  Here's your link, and we hope to see you there.
  2. Due Diligence: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 24 is now available as an ebook from most of the usual suspects, and as a paper edition from Amazon onlyHere's your link to the Amazon catalog page.
  3. Change Management: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 23 is also now available in paper from Amazon only.  Here's your link to the Amazon catalog page.
  4. This is as far as we're going down the path of "converting to paper editions," until we see what happens with these two books.
  5. The Gathering Edge -- y'all remember The Gathering Edge, right? -- currently has 143 reader reviews on Amazon, which is awesome, and we thank you for your time!  You know what would be Even More awesome, though?  If Edge could get as many reviews as Alliance of Equals -- 266.  Can we do it?
  6. In case you missed it yesterday, Steve and I were interviewed by the Maine Sunday Telegram.  Here's a link to that article.
  7. Spoiler discussion for Due Diligence here
  8. Thanks to whomever sent me the gadget for use in waiting rooms.


Here end your Monday morning adverts.  Everybody have a great week.

rolanni: (Tea and dragon)

A.  The EBOOK edition of The Gathering Edge is now available for PREORDER from Amazon.  Here's the link.

B.  We have a new goal at Patreon, and a promise of goodies in the (very near) future.  Check it out here.

C.  Eagles Over the Kennebec is now completely installed in its new home at Dreamwidth, and the previous account at LiveJournal has been deleted.  Here's the link to the new journal.

C1.  Here's a link to an article explaining the mass exodus from LJ, for those who are interested.

D.  As previously advertised, Year's Best Military and Adventure SF Volume 3 will be published in June.  A Special Feature of this book is that it serves as a ballot for an award given at Dragoncon.  Readers may vote for the best story in the volume; the winner of that vote will receive a plaque and a check for $500.

E. Steve and I will be doing a Pre-Release Party/AMA at Reddit on May 1.  Why not stop by and see us?  Bring a friend, in fact.  There will be enough virtual brownies for everybody.  Here's a link to more information.

F.  Steve and I will be having a Real Life Meet and Greet/Book Signing at the Barnes and Noble at 9 Market Place Drive, Augusta, Maine, on Saturday, May 13, from 1 - 3pm.  Hope to see you there.

G.  I will be intermittently about this weekend.  The pace of doctor/dentist appointments has taken its toll, and I've gotta take advantage of two days in a row to write.

Everybody have a great weekend.

In case you missed the news, earlier this week, the nice folks at Baen sent Belle a box:

After a little while, she let us open it. This is what was inside:


Three Points of Light

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 05:39 pm
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A.  For those who have been anxiously waiting to learn who the narrator of The Gathering Edge Audible edition will be -- your waiting is at an end.  Eileen Stevens, who has narrated all the Theo Waitley books from Fledgling through Dragon Ship, will also be narrating TGE.

B.  We've gotten the list of TGE personalization requests from Uncle Hugo -- just under 50 folks want their books personalized. The rest of the 200 books Uncle ordered are to be signed, only. So, just as soon as they arrive here at the Confusion Factory, we'll get busy writing in books!

C.  The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 3 will be published by Baen Books in June.  For those interested, here's the Table of Contents:

Preface by David Afsharirad
Introduction by David Weber
“Cadet Cruise” by David Drake
“Tethers” by William Ledbetter
“Unlinkage” by Eric Del Carlo
“Not in Vain” by Kacey Ezell
“Between Nine and Eleven” by Adam Roberts
“Sephine and the Leviathan” by Jack Schouten
“The Good Food” by Michael Ezell
“If I Could Give this Time Machine Zero Stars, I Would” by James Wesley Rogers
“Wise Child” by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
“Starhome” by Michael Z. Williamson
“The Art of Failure” by Robert Dawson
“The Last Tank Commander” by Allen Stroud
“One Giant Leap” by Jay Werkheiser
“The Immortals: Anchorage” by David Adams
“Backup Man” by Paul Di Filippo

rolanni: (Coffee with Rolanni)

Remember!  The Uncle is now taking pre-orders for signed and/or personalized hardcover editions of The Gathering Edge, the twentieth novel in the Liaden Universe® created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller; the fifth book in the Theo Waitley story arc.  Procrastinators Take Note: Orders for personalized copies must be made no later than April 1.  Here's your link.

Change Management:  Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 23, including two novelettes, brand-new "Street Cred," and reprint, "Wise Child," is now on sale at All the Usual Suspects, and will be coming to Baen ebooks realsoonnow.  This ebook has 15 5-star reviews on Amazon!

Those who can't wait until May 2 to find out what happens in The Gathering Edge, may purchase the eArc (with all its flaws and warts) directly from Baen ebooks.  (Yes, the authors receive royalties on eArc sales.)  Here's your link.

In other news, a Humongous Winter Storm is headed for the Cat Farm, with a predicted fall of heavy snow from 14-18 inches.  I will, therefore, be going into town to take on supplies just as soon as I finish this blog entry.

Everybody stay safe.

rolanni: (Coffee with Rolanni)

A. Books make wonderful gifts.  For those who wish to give the gift of the Liaden Universe® stories and novels, here is your link to the Lee and Miller Handy Clickable Catalog of Books.

B. The Archers Beach Carousel Trilogy, by Sharon Lee, published by Baen Books, is now complete.  This means that you have an Amazing Gift-Giving Opportunity before you!  You can give an entire trilogy to some fortunate reader-or-readers on your list.  It hardly gets any better than this.  Here's your link to the ebook bundle from Amazon

C. Cool clothes also make wonderful gifts.  In celebration of the season, and this well-known fact, Offworld Designs is giving you -- yes, you! -- a coupon for 20% off your entire order with them.  This coupon is not just limited to the Liaden Universe® store, though naturally we hope you'll shop there first.  Click on the graphic below:


Here ends your Wednesday advert!

rolanni: (Pilot Theo)

It's raining in East Winslow, and aims to do so all day.  So, fine.  I have a section, ahem, "outlined" and words to go before I sleep.

In the meantime, your Friday morning adverts.

  1. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (and a Cast of Thousands) will be at the Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence, RI, November 11-13.  Look for us at the Wordfire Booth in the dealers room.  Here's your link

  2. "The Road to Pomona's," a new-old story, with author's commentary, has been posted to Splinter Universe.  Here's that link

  3. Lee and Miller and the Liaden Universe® were spotlighted in the October issue of Locus Magazine.  You can download a pdf of the article here.

  4. Speaking of the October issue of Locus, Alliance of Equals appeared in the Number 2 spot for bestselling hardcovers (in July).

  5. Alliance of Equals currently has 241 reviews on Amazon. Steve and I thank everyone who took the time to comment.  It's never too late to review a book on Amazon -- any book on Amazon, not just ours -- and by doing so you help the title, the writers, and other readers.

  6. The winter holidays will be here before you know it, and of course you want something Totally Cool to wear.  This is where the Liaden Universe® store at Offworld Designs comes in.  Polo shirts, long-sleeve denim shirts (in cool blue or formal black), the always--popular t-shirts, and! coffee mugs, which make a lovely gift for the hostess or host.  Here's your link.

  7. The Gathering Edge, the 20th novel-length Liaden Universe® adventure, will be published by Baen in May 2017.

  8. Neogenesis, the 21st novel-length Liaden Universe® adventure, has been scheduled for publication in January 2018.

  9. Steve Miller and Sharon Lee are currently scheduled to attend three science fiction conventions in 2017.  They are:  Boskone, February 17-19, 2017, Boston MA; Marscon (Lee and Miller, writer guests of honor), March 3-5, 2017, Bloomington MN; Confluence (Lee and Miller, writer guests of honor), August 4-6, 2017.

  10. Neogenesis, aka The Book Scheduled for January 2018 publication, now stands at 73,891 words, more or less.

As a reward for reading this far, here's a snippet:

"Only think! I may call upon soldiers and specialists. You may call upon -- forgive me -- a gaggle of pilots. While they are very fine pilots, they are of little use to us in the absence of --"

rolanni: (Carousel Seas)

1.  Have you ordered your signed and/or personalized copy of Carousel Seas from Uncle Hugo yet?  No?  Time's running short.  No, I really mean that time's running short, if you want your pre-ordered signed copy of Carousel Seas personalized.  That deadline is November 15, 2014 -- which is next Saturday.  So you need to do this now.

Here's how you can order.

1A. Uncle Hugo will also be offering signed copies of Dragon in Exile.  More on that as we get closer to June.

2.  Steve Miller and Sharon Lee will be Principal Speakers at PhilCon, November 21 - 23. We will not only be giving a speech — which is a thing I do but rarely, so you know you want to hear this one — but we will — rather, our traveling companions will be hosting a Teddy Bear Tea* on Saturday, November 22 at 11 a.m.  Coffee, tea, cookies will be served, so bring your favorite stuffed animal to share an hour of refinement, relaxation and camaraderie.

3.  If you so desire, you may order a limited edition print of the cover of Dragon in Exile from the artist, David Mattingly, by writing to him at davidATdavidmattinglyDOTcom.  In case you missed it, here's the front panel of the Dragon in Exile cover:

-- art by David Mattingly

-- art by David Mattingly

* * *

As advertised elsewhere, Steve and I took each other to see Big Hero Six for our anniversary.  We both liked it a lot.  Steve is thinking he might like to see Interstellar; despite the presence of Michael Caine, I'm not so sure.   ("Look, professor!  A black hole!"  I mean -- c'mon, guys.)  I definitely want to see Into the Woods, though.

. . .and I think that's all the news that's fit to print.

* * *

Progress on Alliance of Equals
23,048/100,000 OR 23% complete

He flung a hand up and toward the screen, fingers sketching disdain.

"This is the enemy that Korval cannot defeat."

"Nor can we," she observed, drily.

He sniffed.

"Nor have we.  Yet."

rolanni: (moon & mountains)

. . .because I'll be on the road on Thursday.

1.  Tom Piccirilli, prolific author in just about every genre you can think of, and that other one, too. . .Tom was last weekend diagnosed with brain cancer, and on Monday underwent extensive surgery to remove a golf-ball sized tumor.  Despite initial optimism, last night, Tom's wife, Michelle, reported that the battle has only just been joined.  Tom will be receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments over the next couple weeks, and then. . .

I gather that the insurance situation is about what you'd expect -- we've talked about creative folks and health insurance before, here -- and another colleague provides the information that Michelle is going to have to quit her job in order to take care of Tom.

Tom's sister-in-law has set up a fundraiser, hopefully to help Michelle and Tom cope with the oncoming tsunami of medical bills.  Here's your link.  

Please help if you can; and please spread the word.  Thanks.

. . .

2.  Uncle Hugo's is taking pre-orders for signed copies of the next Liaden book, Necessity's Child.  Here's your link.

2a.  Necessity's Child is a Liaden Universe® novel taking place on the planet Surebleak.  It is NOT the sequel to Dragon Ship.   For an explanation of Why This Is So, please go here.

2b.  Baen recently purchased five Liaden Universe® books, as yet untitled, delivery dates still somewhat fluid, but beginning in 2013.  Those five books are your sequel to Dragon Ship.

You're welcome.

3.  All fifteen existing Liaden novels are available as audiobooks, right here.    Also downloadable from that page -- hour long free samples of the first book in each of the four sequences.

4.  For those looking to read Liaden short stories electronically, Pinbeam Books is your friend!

4a.  For those wishing to read the Liaden novels on the ereader of your choice, every single one of them -- all 15! -- are available directly from Baen Books, right here

4b.  You'll want to keep a close eye on that link above, because the Necessity's Child eArc ought to be making an appearance there in a matter of a few weeks.

5.  Today is the 24th anniversary of the Lee and Miller (with Archie, Arwen, and Brandee) arrival in Maine.  The state has yet to recover.

Here ends your Wednesday Morning Advert & Intelligencer.  Be well, and remember to hug the people you love.

rolanni: (i've often seen a cat without a smile)

1.  Lee and Miller sold five Liaden Universe® novels to Toni Weisskopf at Baen Books through the offices of Jennifer Jackson of the Maass Agency.  The question has been, which book will be the sequel to Dragon Ship.  The answer is:  They all are.

2.  Fifteen Liaden novels (aka all of them), divided into four Sequences are now available from  For those who may wish to sample the material, or the narrator, or both before purchase, Audible has generously provided a free hour sample of the first book in each of the four Sequences.  Handy links:  right here.

2a..  We hear from Mr. Feldberg at Audible that, yes, it is his intention to acquire the audio rights to Necessity's Child.

3.  There's a new splinter/story up at Splinter Universe.  Here's the link.

4.  There was error at the bindery which resulted in some signed sheets being bound into the wrong edition (by which I mean wrong-ISBN, since the signed and unsigned editions bear two distinct ISBNs) of Dragon Ship.  This has, as you may well imagine, Caused Some Problems.  The quickest to recover is Don Blyly, who, now in receipt of Simon and Schuster's fix (no, I don't know whose fault it was, who's fixing what, or exactly what the fix is -- don't, I beg of you, ask me to explain any this; I'm reporting, here.), is continuing to ship pre-ordered books.  He lets us know that he has another 100/150 unspoken for signed editions, so if Amazon has failed you -- about which more in a moment -- contact Uncle Hugo.

4a.  Amazon, evidentally neither as clever nor as accommodating as Uncle Hugo's, is having head explosions all over the known book-selling universe.  It's cancelling orders; sending unsigned books to people who ordered signed books; sending signed and unsigned books to people who only ordered signed books; sending signed books to people who didn't order signed books.  None of that -- not one detail of that -- can we the authors fix for you.  We are very sorry for the mix-up.  But honestly?  It has sorta palled, even as black comedy.  Be it written that, by this point in the play, we are informed of the problem.

5.  Yes, we are also aware that the advertisement for Necessity's Child that ran in Locus (and the art on the catalog pages at BN and Amazon) displays "Final Art to Come" on the cover.  No, we don't believe that the final cover will display this message.   If it happens that we're wrong about that, then we'll have the opportunity henceforth to refer to that novel as Necessity's Child: Final Art to Come.  Which has a nice, academic ring to it.

6.  It's a cool and sunny day down here in the south.  I've finished my breakfast, the coffee's gone and I need to go into Saco to take on supplies.

Here ends your Thursday morning Advert and Intelligencer.

Housekeeping note:  The wifi here at Temp Headquarters went out just as I was about to post the above at 9:15ish, so I have already accomplished #6, above.  On my way to Saco, I cruised by Camp Ellis, and Wormwood's (which actually isn't on the way to anything, but I digress).  I did see two cats, so apparently the gentleman from Away has not yet gotten his way.

Signal Boost

Friday, July 27th, 2012 08:22 am
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For those who were looking for James A. Hetley's backlist in ebook format, The Summer Country and The Winter Oak are now available.


Amazon         BN          

Ghost Ship Prep

Thursday, July 26th, 2012 01:05 pm
rolanni: (Ghost Ship)

Asyouknowbob, the mass market paperback edition of Ghost Ship will ship on July 31 (Hey, that's Steve's birthday!  And also?  Next Tuesday!).

Now, I know that lots of people read Ghost Ship a thousand years ago, internet-time, as an eArc, and still more snabbled it up in hardcover last August.  However, there are some people who wait for the mass market, and my further remarks are mostly for them -- though all you early adopters can listen in, if you want.

There is some prep work for Ghost Ship.  It's not necessary prep -- if you've been following along the novels, you'll do just fine moving from Saltation to Ghost Ship.  However, there are a couple short stories that may deepen your enjoyment -- or at least your understanding of certain events touched on in the novel.  And, with a whole week left before your book ships, these morsels might soothe your hunger pangs.

The prep stories are:  Hidden Resources, Moon on the Hill, Prodigal Son, and (to a lesser degree) Fighting Chance.  These four stories are available, DRM-free, and in the format of your choice, in echapbooks Halfling Moon, and Allies.

Here are your links:

Allies: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® No. 12
Includes: “Fighting Chance,” and “Prodigal Son”
|Kindle| |Nook| |Smashwords|

Halfling Moon: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® No. 16
Includes: “Hidden Resources,” and “Moon on the Hill”
|Kindle| |Nook| |Smashwords|

Edited to Add:

Steve points out that Intelligent Design may also be of interest.  Your links are below:

Legacy Systems: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® No. 19
Includes novelettes “Intelligent Design,” and “The Space at Tinsori Light”
|Kindle| |Nook| |Smashwords|

And, here's a link to Pinbeam Books, in case you'd like to check out the other chapbooks and audiobook on offer.


rolanni: (Saving world)

You are perhaps not aware that Cuttlefish, by Dave Freer is now available for sale from all of the Usual Suspects, including your favorite indie bookstore. Having now been made aware of this fact, you should forthwith go out and obtain a copy. I had the great good fortune to read an advance edition of Cuttlefish, and enjoyed it immensely. I mean, really -- steam-powered submarines! Drowned London! airships! cross-and-double-cross! What's not to love?

This is a reminder -- because I know how you are -- that fellow Mainer James A. Burton's fantasy Powers is on the shelves now. Genre-wise, Powers is contemporary mythic fantasy, with a side order of hard-boiled detective. Think Zelazny crossed on Butcher and you won't be far wrong. I should also mention that Mr. Burton is a very close friend to Maine author James A. Hetley. Fans of Mr. Hetley's work should by all means check out Mr. Burton.

Liaden Audiobooks
This has been mentioned elsewhere, but it's worth saying again: On September 4, 2012 (that's less than two months from now!), Audible will be releasing, simultaneously, every damn' one of the Liaden Universe® novels ever published -- Agent of Change through Dragon Ship!  One million, five hundred thousand words of Liad, four Sequences, four narrators, no waiting!

The Hyperspatial Boardwalk Store
What's summer without a visit to the Boardwalk? Can't get to the boardwalk? We've got you covered. They Hyperspatial Boardwalk Store carries a line of Liaden Universe® t-shirts, coffee mugs, bags and jewelery. While you're there, check out the Archers Beach Store!

Pinbeam Books for summer reading
Thirty electronic chapbooks containing Liaden, Lee, and Miller short stories. One previously very hard to find poetry chapbook by Miller, and! Lee and Miller space opera, The Tomorrow Log. Links take you straight to the Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords edition of each book. Plus! Check out the new Audiobook page!

. . .this has been your morning advert for Thursday, July 12, 2012.

rolanni: (kitty!)

Carousel Tides T-Shirt
Only 10 more days to order one (or more!) of these stylish and beautiful t-shirts. This piece will become an essential element in all your summer ensembles! Go here for details and order form. Orders close 12:01 a.m. EDT July 1. (P.S.: If you prefer to send a check, please drop me a note at rolanniATkorvalDOTcom and let me know that the check has been mailed, how many shirts you're ordering and the sizes.)

New Story at Splinter Universe!
In celebration of the beginning of summer -- a beach story! "Emancipated Child," presented for your reading pleasure.

Beach Reading!
Headed out to the shore? Don't forgot to load up your ereader with Lee-and Miller echapbooks from Pinbeam Books (with links to the Kindle and Nook stores and to Smashwords). And! While you've got that ereader out and primed, why not stop by Baen Books and download your favorite Lee and Miller novels in the format of your choice?

Clarion Write-A-Thon
Steve is taking part in the Clarion West Write-a-thon, and plans to help raise $1000 this year. Steve’s goal for the Write-A-Thon is to finish the upcoming Jethri novel, Trade Secrets. Clarion West is one of the oldest major workshops for science fiction and fantasy writers and proceeds are used for scholarships. Those wishing to donate to support Clarion West through Team Miller can take a look here: … donate a buck or two to the cause to let him know you’re watching for Jethri.

. . .here ends your Thursday morning advert. Thank you for reading.

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