rolanni: (perplexed)

Y'all know what tomorrow is, right?


Tomorrow is Saturday, May 13, the day that Steve and I will be doing a meet 'n greet, and signing books at Barnes and Noble, 9 Marketplace Drive, Augusta Maine, from 1 to 3 pm.  Stop by and say hi.  Here's a link for further information.

Tomorrow is also the day that the next special goody for patrons only goes live on Patreon.  This week's goody is Steve, reading his story "Charioteer."  Here's your link to the Lee and Miller Patreon page.

rolanni: (Ghost Ship)

So, yesterday, we goofed off, and went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2D).  I had a great time with it, though I didn't come away with ribs sore from laughing, as reported by some.  Excellent gosh-wow space opera -- Rocket, of course.  Recommended.

I believe this completes my list of must-see movies for this year.

Local folks!  Steve and I will be signing books and talking (try to stop us!) at Barnes and Noble, 9 Marketplace Drive, Augusta, Maine, on SATURDAY, May 13, from 1-3 pm (that's, like, the day after tomorrow!).  More information here.  (Yes, we know there's an error in the names, but the rest of the info's good.)

The B&N gig is our last pro appearance until we hit Pittsburgh for Confluence in August, which we're really looking forward to.  Here's your link to the Confluence website.

Those who have read The Gathering Edge -- please consider leaving a review on Amazon, BN, Goodreads, &c.  We are once again trying to get one hundred! reviews on, and we're already more than halfway there.  The more reviews a book has, the more attention Amazon pays to it in promotions and whatnot, so your help is really appreciated.

For those who have not heard the news, we have a new goal at Patreon, and! every other week (more or less), we're posting a patron-exclusive audio file of Steve or me reading a story.  Steve kicked it off with "A Night at the Opera," I read "Gift of Music," and upcoming -- this weekend! -- will be Steve again, reading "Charioteer."  Check it out, here.

. . .I think that catches us up. Thank you for all you do -- and hope to see those who can make the journey at Barnes and Noble, on Saturday.

To get you warmed up, here's a picture of Steve, assembling Photographic Evidence.

Where were we?

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 10:40 am
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Ah, we were promoting The Gathering Edge, which came out on Tuesday of last week, the longest week of recent memory.

We had fun at the A(sk) M(e) A(nything) on Reddit, and had some good questions.  For those who couldn't make it, the transcript is available for your perusal.  Here's the link.

Those who have (already!) read The Gathering Edge, please consider leaving a review at Amazon, BN, Goodreads, &c.  The more reviews, the more exposure for the book, the better the chances of the Liaden Universe® pulling in new readers.  Thank you.

Those who want to talk about The Gathering Edge with other readers, there's a spoiler discussion at this link.

As reported yesterday, all of the pre-ordered signed and personalized copies have shipped from Uncle Hugo's.  If you haven't already received your book, it is on its way.

If you didn't pre-order, and now find that you want a signed copy of The Gathering Edge (where "signed" means "the authors wrote their names in the book"), the Uncle does have a few that need homes.  Here's your link.

This coming Saturday, May 13, from 1-3 pm, Steve and I will be hosting a meet 'n greet/book signing at Barnes and Noble in the Marketplace in Augusta, Maine.  Here's your link.

So, there's that.  A couple out-of-state bookstores invited us to come to them for events supporting TGE.  We regretfully turned them down, as we are still ruled by doctor appointments and cardio-gym, and the constraints of having only one driver on the team.  We will find out at the end of May whether Steve is cleared to drive again, and are cautiously optimistic.  Cautiously so as not to be Plunged in The Slough of Despond(tm), if clearance is withheld.

In the meantime, we have some fun things on the schedule -- we intend to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on Wednesday, for instance.  And, of course, Fifth of Five has some claim on our attention, so we're not bored, even if we're boring.

Everybody be good.

Here's a publicity shot from earlier in the week.

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For those who ordered signed books from Uncle Hugo -- we have a correspondence from the Uncle indicating that, save for a very few "problem" orders, all of the pre-ordered copies of The Gathering Edge have been mailed.

rolanni: (Pilot Theo)
For those who have read The Gathering Edge and want to talk about, there is an on-going spoiler discussion here

May 2, 2017

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 09:37 am
rolanni: (Calvin & Hobbes happy dance)

Today's big news is!

A.  Steve made blueberry pancakes for breakfast this morning!
B.  I won at Scrabble last night!
C.  The Twitter-Facebook on-off love affair is ON again!
D.  The Gathering Edge is Officially Published, in hardcover! in ebook! in audio!

Let the dancing begin!


rolanni: (Calvin & Hobbes happy dance)

I may have mentioned once or twice that The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, the twentieth novel set in the star-spanning Liaden Universe®, will be published in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook, on May 2 (holy cow, that's Tuesday!)

Just to get the love going, here are some pre-Book Day activities for you.

First, if you haven't read it yet, there's "Cutting Corners" at  It's free to read, until May 14, and it'll get you in the mood for The Gathering EdgeHere's your link.

On Saturday, April 29, Patreon patrons will have a new goody waiting for them -- Sharon Lee (hey, that's me!) reading "The Gift of Music".  Yes, it's set in Archers Beach, instead of the Liaden Universe®, but it'll get you psyched, I promise!  Not a patron yet?  Here's your link.

On Monday, May 1, Steve and I will be doing an A(sk) M(e) A(nything) at Reddit.  You do need to be registered with Reddit to participate, so get that set up beforehand so you don't miss a thing!  Here's the link to sign up.

Tuesday, May 2, is the Big! Day!  The Gathering Edge will be released to the thousands who have been patiently awaiting its arrival, and!  It will get Very Quiet on the internets, while people settle down to read their book.

Wednesday, and Thursday, the internets will be abuzz as people discuss The Gathering Edge, quietly, so as not to spoil it for those who read slower, or who are waiting for the mass market, and Friday!

Friday, Steve and I will be featured on the Baen Free Radio Hour, talking about?  The Gathering Edge.

Wow, what a line-up, am I right?

But, wait!  There's more.

On Saturday, May 13, from 1-3 pm, Barnes and Noble in the Augusta (Maine) Marketplace will be hosting Steve and I at a meet 'n greet book signing.  We hope to see you -- yes, you! -- there.

I'll tell you a secret, just to kick things off.  Back when, just after Agent of Change came out the first time (as a mass market original, in January 1988), Steve and I, ahem, were really, really excited.  And our elders in publication at that time told us that, if we survived to publish more books, the release of a new one would become. . .mundane. Boring.

You know what, though?

We've published nineteen novels now, with the twentieth, as we may have mentioned, coming right up, and?

It NEVER gets old.

Let the dancing being.

rolanni: (Saving world)

Things have been happening here at the Confusion Factory.  Also, things are about to happen.  Here's your handy guide to our Official Goin's-ons.

  1.  "Cutting Corners," a Liaden Universe® short story including but not limited to: norbears, pirates, and piloting re-certs is now live and ready for you -- yes, you! -- to read it.  Here's the link.
  2. The first Patreon goody has been posted -- Steve reading "A Night at the Opera," by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.  This may be accessed by Patreon folks only.  After May 15, it will migrate to Splinter Universe for everyone's listening pleasure.  Here's your link.
  3. The second Patreon goody will be posted on or about Saturday April 29, and it will be my turn.  There's a poll open right now, to help me figure out which story I ought to read.  Here's a link to the poll.
  4. On May 1 at 12 noon Eastern Daylight Time, Steve and I will be hosting a pre-release A(sk) M(e) A(nything) at Reddit.  We hope you'll be able to join us.  You do need to register with Reddit in order to take part in the AMA.  You can register here.
  5. On Tuesday, May 2, The Gathering Edge, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, the twentieth novel-length adventure in the Liaden Universe®, will be published, in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook.
  6. On Saturday, May 13, from 1-3, Steve and I will be at the Barnes and Noble in the Augusta Marketplace in Augusta, Maine, hosting a meet and greet and a book signing, and we hope to see you there!

And now? You're all caught up.

rolanni: (Coffee with Rolanni)

This is your last, your ultimate reminder.

The deadline for ordering personalized copies of The Gathering Edge, the twentieth novel in the Liaden Universe®, the direct sequel to Dragon Ship, the fifth book in the Theo Waitley story arc is!

Tomorrow, April 1, 2017

Everything you need to know about pre-ordering your book may be found at this link

Here ends your ultimate reminder.

rolanni: (Coffee with Rolanni)

Uncle Hugo is taking pre-orders for signed and/or personalized* copies of the hard-bound edition of The Gathering Edge, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

The deadline for ordering personalized copies is April 1.

Repeat:  The deadline for ordering personalized copies is April 1.

Here's your link to instructions and order form: Pre-order The Gathering Edge from Uncle Hugo.


*"Personalized" means that the authors will write, in addition to their names, a salutation requested by the reader.  The authors retain the right to refuse to inscribe any salutation for Reasons.

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: (Surprise!)


For those who missed the earlier announcement:  The eArc of The Gathering Edge, the twentieth novel set in the Liaden Universe® created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, is now available from Baen.

EArcs are only available from Baen; they are a specialty item that arose from the Baen Barfly community many years ago. EArcs contain errors in sentence structure, spelling, grammar. However, in our case at least, The Story is the exact same story that will be finally published in hardcover and in ebook.  EArcs cost more than the regular ebook edition because you are getting The Story approximately three months' ahead of final publication.

Belle and Sprite have entered the Betting Pool again for this release.  Details of the wager are included in this blog post.


For those who have downloaded the eArc of The Gathering Edge, read it, and now want to Talk About It, there is a spoiler discussion here.


Yes, the Uncle, aka Mr. Blyly at Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction and Fantasy Bookstore, will once again be offering signed and/or personalized copies of the new hardcover.  We'll let you know when the pre-order page for The Gathering Edge goes live.  In the meantime, there are still some signed copies of previously-published Lee and Miller titles here.


Neogenesis, formerly Fourth of Five, has been turned in to Baen. Yes, Theo does make an appearance in this book.  It is not, however, a "Theo book."  Neogenesis is currently scheduled for hardcover/ebook publication in January 2018.


Fifth of Five, which doesn't yet have a Public Title, is due at Baen on January 15, 2018.


We have five books scheduled for delivery after Fifth, so we continue to run the Red Queen's Race here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory.  This is, as you know, All Your Fault -- yes, you over there, it's your fault, too!  -- and we thank you very much for your continued support.

The books come in two contractual packages, to wit: the Masks (2 books); and the Triple Threat (3 books).  They will be set in the Liaden Universe®; beyond that -- no, we don't know, and it's no sense asking.  It really doesn't do much good to  talk about deadline dates this far out, but we're looking at having work into the next decade.


Here, have a picture of Belle on my printer:

rolanni: (Coffee with Rolanni)
If you've read the eArc of The Gathering Edge, and you want to talk about it, there is a spoiler discussion topic on sharonleewriter.  This a moderated venue, so it will take some time for your comment to appear.  Do Not Despair if it does not show up immediately.  All will be well in the fullness of time.

rolanni: (Coffee with Rolanni)

The Gathering Edge, the twentieth novel-length Adventure in the Liaden Universe®, and! the direct sequel to Dragon Ship, which makes it the fifth book in the Theo Waitley arc --

Is now available as an eArc, directly from Baen.

Here's your link

rolanni: (Coffee with Rolanni)

Page proofs for The Gathering Edge hit the mailbox yesterday.  This means that, today, I will set up station here on the desk, with our submission copy up on the screen, and the proofs in paper, compare one against the other, and mark any errors on the paper copy.

At the very least, this is a tedious process, and I enter into it with a strong sense of trepidation.

Most of you who read here are aware that the arrival of page proofs in our mailbox means that the release of the Baen eArc is not far away.  We, personally, do not know the name of that happy hour, 'k? So it's no use asking us.  Usually, we find out that the eArc has gone live because an alert reader drops us a note, which we do appreciate. So, if you notice that the eARC is up for download, do let us know, and we'll help spread the word.

You will perhaps recall that, last year, Belle and I had a wager about how many Alliance of Equals eArcs we could sell.  At that point, Belle was of the opinion that we wouldn't sell more than 500 (which would have been about 150 more than the total eArc sales of Dragon in Exile).  Sprite, who last year was too young to wager, had it as her Strong Opinion that we would earn out our advance on eArc sales.

Neither was right, though Sprite came closer to the truth.  We exceeded Belle's high figure by a factor of twelve, indicating that a lot of Liadens were into eArcs last year, but we did not earn out the entire advance.

This year, Belle is taking the position that last year was a fluke, and that no one wants to read a Whole Book about a Tiresome Kitten, anyway.  Sprite, who this year can place a formal wager, has modified her position to Edge sales equaling sales of Alliance.

My position is that, with All the Uncertainty in the air, it could go either way.  People could hunker down, and hold their purses tight, hoping that the storm passes them by, or they could figure wotthehell; a short life but a merry one.

And now, it's time for coffee and the first shift of proofing.

Everybody stay safe.

rolanni: (Coffee with Rolanni)

We here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory celebrate Yule as our Winter Holiday, but, in order to keep peace in the family, most of whom celebrate the Commercial Christmas*, we traditionally raise a glass, and give and open presents, if any, on Christmas Eve.

We are this year, including you -- yes, you! -- in our hybrid holiday, and giving you a Yule present, which you may open on Christmas Eve.

Sometime between 10:30 pm and 11:59 pm on Christmas Eve, Maine time, if you click on the link below, you will be able to read the first few pages of The Gathering Edge, which is, it says here, the twentieth novel-length adventure in the Liaden Universe®, scheduled to be published by Baen in May 2017.  It is the direct sequel to Dragon Ship, and the action happens concurrently with the action in Alliance of Equals.

Everybody confused now?


Here's your link


EDITED TO ADD: Once the excerpt goes live, it will remain live, until routine housekeeping takes it down, which means you have months to read it.


*Which is to say, they do not attend services or mass.  The last time anyone in my family went to midnight mass on Christmas Eve was 'way back in 1978, when I drove my grandmother and aunt, as had become my habit, and attended mass, too, since I was there, and midnight mass is kinda pretty, really.

rolanni: (Red umbrella from rainbow graphics)

Yesterday was a half-holiday.  Steve made His Own Sort of Gourmet Mac-n-Cheese for our supper, then we -- with the coon cats, who were very interested, indeed -- viewed The Book of Life, and assorted short features.  We also finished reading aloud Feet of Clay, the. . .third? Night Watch novel.  Next up is Peter Pan.

Why Peter Pan, you ask?  Well, when we were down south, sitting vigil for Steve's step-father, I was at one point the only one in the room, aside Pete.  I figured he might miss all the noise and voices, being so very used to living in hubbub.  I'm not much of an extemporaneous chatterer, but I can certainly read out loud.  So I started reading Peter Pan, since I don't seem to have The Prince and the Pauper on my tablet at the moment.  Steve came in at some point, and when I would have stopped, asked me to go on.  Turns out, he doesn't remember reading Peter Pan, so we'll finish it up properly.

After Peter -- or, at least, starting on September 30 -- we will of course begin reading A Night in the Lonesome October one chapter a night 'til Halloween, as has been our custom for some years now.  After that, perhaps it will be time again for the Watch, and Jingo.

In possibly more relevant news, readers are already writing to me in various states from mild curiosity to barely-restrained panic, wondering why it is that they cannot yet! pre-order the electronic edition of The Gathering Edge from Amazon (and I assume the other on-line bookstores).  The fear is that ...Edge will only be available in hardcover, and be released in electronic at some later date, after Demand Has Built.  Or something.

Now, if y'all will cast your minds back, you will recall that Amazon has not, at least for the last four Liaden titles, opened pre-orders for the electronic edition this early.  Yes, I say early.  ...Edge is scheduled to be released in hardcover on May 2, 2017 -- more than eight months from now.  Regardless of what may be done for other titles by other authors, for Liaden titles -- and the Carousel titles, too -- Amazon opens pre-orders for electronic editions somewhere between one month and three days before the hardcover release date.

So, there's no need to panic, honest.

Related to this -- yes, work is going forward on Book the Next, still without a proper title, poor tyke.  Before our unfortunate break, I had said that I would post snippets, but not word count, because of the Very Odd Way in which this book is going together.  That is still in force.

So!  Today's blog post title is brought to you by Foul Ole Ron, from Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett.  Because it amuses me.

# # #

"Don't you get attitudinal with me! Won't hurt you to show a little respect – and a lotta restraint! What if he'd been driving? Or flying? You might've killed him, is what -- and I ain't having it! Acazzi?"

rolanni: (Alliance of Equals art by David Mattingl)

Let's do the bragging first, and get that out of the way.

Last week, Alliance of Equals by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller hit Number 3 in the list of bestselling science fiction hardcovers, and! it was also Number 8 on the All Science Fiction list.

Thank you all very much.  This would not have happened without you!

Steve and I have been working on putting together a new Echapbook.  It is currently title-less, but will contain two novelettes, one old and one new.  The "old" story is "Chimera," which was published to in March 2015.  The "new" story is "Friend of a Friend."  Both stories take place on Surebleak.  An author's introduction will also be included.

Speaking of Echapbooks!  Over the next couple weeks, in my Abundant Spare Time(tm), I will be removing our Pinbeam Books chapbooks from the Smashwords store.  There may be a Small Period of Readjustment as I set up distribution through Draft2Digital, but eventually the books will be back in the iStore, Kobo, and everywhere else.  Amazon and BN listings will not be impacted.

Amazon reader reviews for Alliance of Equals as of this writing number 48!  Only 152 more needed to reach our goal of 200 reader reviews!  Go, Team Liad!

Also!  For those who pre-order 'waaaaaaaaaay out from Amazon -- The Gathering Edge, to be published in May 2017, is now available for pre-order.  We hope, but do not yet know (because, c'mon -- eleven months out?) that the Uncle will once again conspire with us to offer signed and/or signed and personalized copies for pre-order sometime much closer to the publication date.

And, remember!  Steve and I will be talking books and signing them, too, at the Children's Book Cellar, 52 Main Street, Waterville, this Saturday, July 16, at 2 pm. Hope to see you all there!

I was editing today, and I want to assure you that I had Expert assistance.

Cat editors hard at work July 14 2016###

An' if he wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, he'd do 'til something lethal came along.

Today's blog title brought to you by Pete Seeger by way of Bruce Springsteen, "Erie Canal."  Here's your link.

Even more eye candy!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 09:58 am
rolanni: (Alliance of Equals art by David Mattingl)

A couple days ago, we were pleased to show you David Mattingly's painting that would become the cover for The Gathering Edge.

Today, we are pleased to share the comp cover, still smokin' hot from the Baen Art Department.

Layout 1

Also!  If viewing the art above has made you a little peckish, Cedar Sanderson has featured Daav yos'Phelium's Extra Special Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in today's Eat This While You Read That column.  Here's your link.

Also, also!  Alliance of Equals has 40 reader reviews on Amazon!  Only 160 to go!  You guys are doing great.

And! (given "also" a rest, you see)  Steve and I will be signing Alliance of Equals at Children's Book Cellar, 52 Main Street, Waterville, Maine (our local indie bookstore) on Saturday, July 16 (that's this Saturday!) at 2 p.m.  If you're in the area, come on by and say, "hi!"

The weatherbeans are calling for A Warm One, as Maine counts these things.  I, of course, will be at the nice, air conditioned, hospital doing the volunteer gig.  Steve and the cats will likely need to put the portable A/C unit in to play.  Ah, summer. . .And, as Mainers say earnestly to each other, under just these sorts of conditions: "At least it ain't snowin'."

Hope you have a good day, wherever you are.

rolanni: (Alliance of Equals art by David Mattingl)

David Mattingly has kindly sent us the finished art for the cover of The Gathering Edge, coming to a bookstore near you in May 2017.

Yes, this does depict a scene from the novel.

Art for The Gathering Edge cover by David MattinglyArt for The Gathering Edge cover
by David Mattingly

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