Books read in 2019

65. A Quiet Life in the Country, T.E. Kinsey (e)
64. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
63. Bet Me, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
62. Witchmark, C.L. Polk
61. Death at Victoria Dock, Kerry Greenwood
60. Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
59. Rock Hard , Nalini Singh (e)
58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)

For those awaiting the Audible edition

We have been in touch with Mr. Feldberg at Audible, who lets us know that the audiobook edition of Accepting the Lance will be available from Audible tomorrow.

“Tomorrow” from the reference of Mr. Feldberg and ourselves would be Tuesday, December 10.

Mr. Feldberg apologizes that the fact of the delay was not shared with us — so we could share it with you — there was an internal mismatch of schedules, which has since been resolved.

Books read in 2019

64. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
63. Bet Me, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
62. Witchmark, C.L. Polk
61. Death at Victoria Dock, Kerry Greenwood
60. Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
59. Rock Hard , Nalini Singh (e)
58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)

Notes on Accepting the Lance

OK, everybody, deep breaths — good. . .good. . .

Focus, now — Can you hear me?  Good. . .

Now.

As I write this, Lee and Miller have FOUR MORE Liaden books under contract.

The first is Trader’s Leap, which is scheduled for publication in November/December 2020.

Then, there will be two Jethri books — Steve is lead of both of these; the first of which is due with Madame the Editor in May 2020.  The second is due in January 2021.

After those are two nameless and as yet formless Liaden novels.  I’ll probably start with them while Steve’s coping with Jethri, but first?  I’ll finish the revisions of Trader’s Leap.

TO SUM UP:
Accepting the Lance is the 22nd novel set in the Liaden Universe®.  It will be followed by!
Number 23Trader’s Leap
Number 24 — Jethri book, sequel to Trade Secret
Number 25 — Jethri book, sequel to the above, as yet titleless
Number 26 — Liaden book
Number 27 — Liaden book

Everybody up to speed?  Good.

In which the authors know the words to far too many classic rock songs

So, the melancholy truth found yesterday was that — though I was cleared for shoes, my beloved Dansko oxfords did not fit me.  Well.  The right foot fit just as always, but the reconstructed left foot — did not.  This was lowering, to say the least, and I was cast into Deep Despair until Steve came home from running errands with a pair of oversized fleece-lined men’s slippers that the surgeon’s preferred insoles fit, so I was able to lose the surgical shoe which was Just. So. Wonderful.

This morning, deciding that solving the shoe problem was Priority One, we took ourselves to Laney Wellehan in Augusta, where the manager and podiatry specialist took me in hand, and speedily found me a pair of Clark women’s pull ons, in wide, with a nice broad toe box. The manager also gave me tongue pads and heel pads for the right shoe, which is, as you’d imagine, a little large.

Shoes achieved, we went up the hill to Pier One, where I wandered about and stared at All The Stuff.  I have loved Pier One since a young girl, and Pier One in All its Potlatch Finery is not to be missed; it’s better than the Macy’s parade.  After about 45 minutes of wandering the store in amaze, my foot started to ache, so back we went to the car, and Steve took us for a drive out through Monmouth, up Mount Pisgah Road, through Wayne, Jay, Wilton, Farmington, Norridgewock, and so to home, and lunch, and catching up on work and correspondence.  During our ride, the predictive mileage meter went from predicting that we would need gas in 310 miles to needing gas in 380 miles.  The predictive mileage meter probably amuses me more than it should.

While we drove, we sang along with whatever was on Sirius Vinyl and/or Cassette.  Very probably we heard songs to which we did not know all the words, but there were far more to which we knew every word.  Yes, yes, I hear you, there in the back — if only we would use our power for good.

One thing became apparent as we traveled up and down the world, and that is — I’m going to have to have a refresher course in driving. Sitting in a stable chair for eight weeks has given me a Whole New, and not entirely useful, reading on how close other vehicles are, and our relative speeds.  Well.  Something to do.

…and that’s what we’ve been up to.  Hope your day was as pleasant.

 

In which Rolanni is cleared to walk

So, today was the 7.5 week checkup since my foot operation, and the news is better than I had dared hope.

I can start walking again, easing into my good Dansko oxfords (though I can’t (for a year!) go barefoot), and losing (at last!) the surgical shoe.  The scooter is now a back-up tool, for use when my foot achy, and tomorrow?

I can actually go sit at my desk and work.

Well.  After I get all the Stuff that got piled on it while I was occupying the Command Chair sorted and put away.  The Command Chair will still be part of my routine, because the foot will swell, and ache, just given the normal wear and tear put on it by gravity.  My Plan at this point is to sit at the desk and enter corrections to the WIP, retreating to the Command Chair to mark up pages.

Tomorrow, I will be able to fix my own breakfast and carry it to the dining room table, and eat at the dining room table!

Hold on just a second; I’m feeling a little giddy.

I can go back to gym after Christmas, for weight bearing exercise; I may also use the treadmill — as long as I don’t run, and  we’re safe there, because?

I don’t run anywhere.

The swelling, which is not actually swelling, but rather scar tissue and affronted muscles, can take up to a year to subside, from which springs the prohibition on barefootin’ it.  Wearing shoes all the time will take some getting used to, since I’m a dedicated sock-footer, but honestly? at the moment that seems like a First World Problem.

Steve and I will have to make a Plan, so I don’t push on too quickly, but I expect we’re up to the challenge.

After we saw the surgeon, we celebrated the good news by stopping at Dairy Queen for milkshakes.  Then, Steve drove us to the Barnes and Noble in Augusta, where we both walked in and signed copies of Accepting the Lance and Conflict of Honors.

. . .and that’s the news as we know it.

 

Book Day: ACCEPTING THE LANCE

Today is the day!  The day that Accepting the Lance, the 22nd novel in the Liaden Universe® created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller is officially released*!

We here at the Confusion Factory are of course very excited, and grateful that Baen was able to get the book — submitted in January — out this year.

We do know that there are a number of you who purchased the eARC, and therefore are finding the Book Day festivities a little flat.  If you wish, you may celebrate by leaving a review for LANCE on the venue of your choice.

The authors are celebrating each in our own way.  First, by announcing Book Day as far and as wide as we may.  Secondly, Steve is celebrating by working on the next book detailing the adventures of Jethri Gobelyn, which is due on Madame’s desk in May 2020.  And, thirdly, I am celebrating by editing Trader’s Leap, scheduled for publication in November/December 2020.

The chickadees, titmice, nuthatchen, goldfinches, sparrows, and cardinals are celebrating by mobbing the bird feeders, because it’s snowing up a Real Storm here in Central Maine.

In other news, I am due at the surgeon’s office tomorrow at 2 pm, by which time the snow will have stopped and the driveway cleared.  This visit will determine if my time in the Command Chair is about to end or if it will be another four weeks until I see my shadow.

Fingers crossed.

___________
*Yes, there is supposed to be an Audible edition.  No, I don’t know why it’s not available.  No, I don’t know when it will be available.  Authors are always the last to know these things.  Naturally, I deplore my ignorance, and the distress of those who had hoped to listen to the book today, but, really, the non-appearance of the Audible edition is not my fault.

Hey, do you know what tomorrow is?

Tomorrow, December 3, is Book Day for Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller!

Here’s the promo:

KORVAL IN THE CROSSHAIRS

Exiled from Liad after bombing a city to save it from The Department of the Interior’s infernal weapons and plans, Clan Korval has gone to ground on the back water planet Surebleak, whose people are as untamed as its weather.

Far beyond the surface of frigid Surebleak, Korval’s far-flung trade network needs a serious reset. From flagship Dutiful Passage to the experimental self-aware Bechimo, the clan’s ships are prowling space lanes seeking trade. Meanwhile, old tech from a failed universe and the machinations of the mysterious Uncle are coalescing into dangerous opportunity or nefarious trap.

And the Department of the Interior is not done with Clan Korval yet. They seek a final fully reckoned revenge, with Surebleak and Korval’s ships and people everywhere in the crosshairs.

About Accepting the Lance:

“Accepting the Lance is a tour de force! So many threads woven, so many pieces moved on the board, old and new friends met, this book is an extraordinary installment in a brilliant series. I stayed up till 3 a.m. reading it and I have zero regrets. An incredible ride of a book!”—Nalini Singh

Books read in 2019

63. Bet Me, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
62. Witchmark, C.L. Polk
61. Death at Victoria Dock, Kerry Greenwood
60. Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
59. Rock Hard , Nalini Singh (e)
58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)