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Party!

If you’re going to be in Old Orchard Beach this evening, and would like to come to the warm-up wine and cheese reception at the Seaview Inn, drop me a note at liadenuniverseAtgmailDOTcom for directions, or look for the blue and gold stars flying high above the Seaview’s driveway.

It’s a lovely day at the ocean with rolling grey clouds and a gentle surf.  Y’all should definitely come on down!

Now, off to Beggar’s Ride to talk with Jeanne and do some set-up.

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Carousel Tides: Tweets for the Tweetless, Day Four

Welcome to the penultimate day of the Carousel Tides Grand Snippet Adventure, sponsored by Baen Books. Snippets beginning in 3…2…1…

“Hair of the dog,” he said, pressing the flask into my hand. “Drink up, matey; this draught’ll make a man of ye!”

“It was an Ozali who came. Who, I cannot say. He had woven a glamour about himself, but he could not mask the odor of High Magic.”

Googin Rock lay before me, flames flickering hungrily beneath the black, bladed surface.

“That’s nice,” Borgan murmured. “Yes,” I managed to say calmly, “it is. But it’s only glamor.”

My right foot went into the cup of Borgan’s hands, there was a moment of lift, and I was airborne, the land wailing inside my head.

The willie, possibly believing it was about to witness a new and exciting form of suicide, spun closer.

* * *

Here ends Day Four of the Epic Carousel Tides tweet-a-thon.  Tune in bright and early tomorrow for the next installment!

While you’re waiting, Carousel Tides can be ordered from Amazon.com, from BN, your local independent bookstore, or download it electronically from Baen Webscriptions.

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Carousel Tides: Tweets for the Tweetless Day Three

This is Day Three of the the Epic Carousel Tides Snippet Tweet, sponsored by Baen. Street date 11/2. Book launch 10/30. Mark your calendars!

Visiting the Wood, frying a man’s grass – not exactly walking lightly on the land. And the land had taken note.

It’s an old machine; a menagerie, like the name says, three across, twenty-three animals and a chariot.

Horses: an Indian pony with a blanket saddle; a bejeweled charger; a dandy little gray with fangs, batwings furled against its sides.

Force flowed and flowered, prickly against my skin. I tasted mint and honey, a tattered remnant of Gran’s signature.

“Saw the one with batwings take a nip out of a fella come down to talk to your gran.”

“You’re trenvay,” I said, sounding accusatory in my own ears. Borgan raised a lazy eyebrow. “You say that like it’s a bad thing.”

* * *

Here ends Day Three of the Epic Carousel Tides tweet-a-thon.  Tune in bright and early tomorrow for the next installment!

While you’re waiting, Carousel Tides can be ordered from Amazon.com, from BN, your local independent bookstore, or downloaded electronically from Baen Webscriptions.

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Carousel Tides: Tweets for the Tweetless Day Two

Day Two of the Carousel Tides tweet-a-thon, excerpting snippets from the book at the dizzying rate of 6 in 12 hours. Watch the skies. . .

“Good morning, fair Nerazi,” I said, moving closer across the sand.

“Nay, nay, keep your sweet words close and be niggardly in their spending! For when those are gone, there will be no more, I warrant.”

“Normal folk see what they want to see,” I agreed. “And we’re lucky that they do.”

“That deed is ancient! We surveyed as well as we could, but when the markers are old rocks and trees that rotted 50 years ago –”

“You’re vandalizing my lawn and if you don’t cease, I’ll call the police and see you hauled away in handcuffs!”

“Hear me, Man,” I heard myself say. “The boundary will be honored.” The Word spoke itself, soft and gentle, like dew.

The line between our properties was marked with a ride ribbon of dead grass.

* * *

Here ends Day Two of the Epic Carousel Tides tweet-a-thon.  Tune in bright and early tomorrow for the next installment!

While you’re waiting, Carousel Tides can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com, from BN, your local independent bookstore, or downloaded electronically from Baen Webscriptions.

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Carousel Tides: Tweets for the Tweetless Day One

Maine fantasy Carousel Tides by Sharon Lee hits stores 11/2 from Baen. Book launch 10/30 in Old Orchard Beach. Snippet week starts: 3, 2, 1

No matter how many words they use to say it, people only ever leave home for two reasons. Money, that’s one. Love — that’s the other.

Me, I was worried about my grandmother. Worried enough to risk a homecoming.

Mind you, the crisis Bonny Pepperidge couldn’t settle with her off-hand while cooking breakfast wasn’t likely to roll over for me.

I’m only an Archer; the Pepperidges have operated the Archers Beach merry-go-round since right around the dawn of civilization, Maine time.

“Morning,” I answered. “Pleasant day for a walk.”

He laughed and jerked his head at the fog-shrouded ocean. “No going out in this, and by the time it burns off, the tide’ll have turned.”

* * *

Here ends Day One of the Epic Carousel Tides tweet-a-thon.  Tune in bright and early tomorrow for the next installment!

While you’re waiting, Carousel Tides can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com, from BN, your local independent bookstore, or downloaded electronically from Baen Webscriptions.

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Liaden Universe® InfoDumpling

Regarding the Yule Chapbook
As some of you know, Steve was recently hospitalized with pneumonia. He’s now home, but in the face of orders to rest, we have decided to postpone this year’s Yule chapbook.  We do anticipate doing a new Adventures in the Liaden Universe® chapbook in early-to-mid-2011.

Thank you for your understanding.

SRM Publisher Store Temporarily Closed
Those who shop the SRM online store will perhaps have noticed that the ordering system has been turned off.  This is also due to Steve’s illness.  Orders that were placed before the switch was thrown will be indefinitely delayed.  We very much regret this.  Those wishing a refund for their unfilled order, please write to SHARON at rolanniATkorvalDOTcom with your PayPal receipt.

We will by the end of November be closing the current SRM headquarters location and bringing the business back into the basement of the Confusion Factory.

An announcement will be made when the SRM store is again open for business.

Where in the world are Lee and Miller?
Sharon will be launching Carousel Tides from Beggar’s Ride Studio and Gallery, 39 Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach, Maine, on Saturday, October 30, from 7-9 p.m.  Beggar’s Ride owner-operator Jeanne Peterson Kamfonik is hosting, catering by Roma, more information here.

Steve Miller and Sharon Lee will be signing at the Barnes and Noble Marketplace in Augusta, Maine on Saturday, December 4, beginning at 1 p.m.

Disclaimer Stuff
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Books read in 2010

Chill, Elizabeth Bear

The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff

Ghost Ship, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Merchanter’s Luck, C.J. Cherryh (reread)

Mr. Monster, Dan Wells

Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

I Am Not a Serial Killer, Dan Wells

Deceiver, C.J.Cherryh

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson

Half Magic, Edward Eager

Unknown, Rachel Caine

The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson

Sunshine, Robin McKinley

Bone Crossed, Patricia Briggs

‘Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis

The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield

The Ten-Cent Plague, David Hajdu

Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart

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About the Yule Chapbook

Dear Friends of Liad.

As some of you know, Steve has been in the hospital since Sunday evening with pneumonia.  While the doctors were doing their various things, it was also discovered that his heart muscle is. . .weak, which we’ll be dealing with after the pneumonia has been run out of town.  The current situation is that Steve must maintain a normal-within-tolerances temperature for X readings in a row before the hospital will release him to home and rest.  I hope to spring him tomorrow; Friday at the very latest.

The above means that there will not — that’s NOT — be a Yule chapbook this year.  I had said “perhaps there won’t be a Yule chapbook” in another venue — possibly over in the Bar? — and I want to now make this definitive.  We apologize, and are sorry to break with tradition.  We do each have a story that we were planning to write, and hope to do a Liaden Universe® chapbook early in 2011, but for the moment our lives are about divesting ourselves of as much stress as possible, and getting some room to breathe.

Speaking to that, those who shop the SRM internet store will note that orders are not being accepted at this time.  Orders placed before we turned the store off are going to be indefinitely delayed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please feel free to share this.

Edited to add: In answer to a question posed in email (because if one person is thinking it, others are):  Yes! the Carousel Tides book launch is on as scheduled.

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Books read in 2010

The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff

Ghost Ship, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Merchanter’s Luck, C.J. Cherryh (reread)

Mr. Monster, Dan Wells

Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

I Am Not a Serial Killer, Dan Wells

Deceiver, C.J.Cherryh

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson

Half Magic, Edward Eager

Unknown, Rachel Caine

The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson

Sunshine, Robin McKinley

Bone Crossed, Patricia Briggs

‘Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis

The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield

The Ten-Cent Plague, David Hajdu

Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart

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Carousel Tides Launch Progress Report TWO

Only fourteen days until the Big Carousel Tides Book Launch!

For those who came in late — Carousel Tides (by Sharon Lee, street date November 2, from Baen Books) takes place in the fictional seaside town of Archers Beach, Maine, a place where magic works — sometimes.

However, Archers Beach isn’t entirely fictional.  It’s based on the real Maine resort town of Old Orchard Beach.  So! When the opportunity to have a book launch presented itself, I naturally wanted to send the book off from the town that gave it birth.

This is not, however, a singleton effort.  Jeanne Peterson Kamfonik of Beggar’s Ride Studio and Gallery, is generously hosting the launch on Saturday, October 30, from 7-9 p.m.  The Studio is located at 39 Old Orchard Street in Old Orchard Beach, and is worth a visit on its own merits, so, really, you can’t go wrong by coming down to the book launch.

In addition to Jeanne’s help, Becky, the front desk manager at the Seaview Inn, at 65 West Grand (right on the ocean!), came up with a celebratory 20 percent discount plan.  That’s right — the Seaview is offering 20 percent off rack for any room to book launch attendees who mention the Secret Word “carousel” when making their reservation.  If you want to come in a day early or stay a couple days late to enjoy the ocean or peep some leaves, the discount will apply for the length of your stay.  This discount offer is good for phone reservations and reservations made off the Seaview website, but you must remember to include the Secret Word.

Also, Steve and I are hosting a “warm up reception” at the Seaview on Friday evening, October 29, from 7-9 p.m. If you’re going to be in town and would like to attend, please RSVP to liadenuniverseATgmailDOTcom

I’m really very excited about this whole adventure.  Carousel Tides is what some of us in the writing biz call “a book of the heart” — that is, it exists only because the author wanted to write it.  It’s no easy thing for a freelancer to write a book of the heart; it often means passing up a paying gig in order to pursue a project that has no guarantee of ever being published.  That being so, I was extremely pleased when Baen agreed to take the project on, and delighted with the support the book is receiving in its hometown, so to speak.

Here ends Carousel Tides Book Launch Progress Report Two.

So!  Who’s coming to the party?

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