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Fortune’s Favors Update!

All righty, then! In Beautiful Theory, Fortune’s Favors: Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number 28 will go on sale at Baen, B&N, Kobo, Amazon, the IThing Store, Google Play, and a buncha teensy tiny venues on April 15.
 
However!
 
It may go on sale before April 15 in some venues — doncha love that element of uncertainty, there? Puts you right up on your toes, is what I’m sayin’.
 
I trust y’all know what to do.
 
Right.
 
Watch the Skies.

Watch the skies

Fortune’s Favors:
Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 28

Is in the proofing and recompiling stage.  We hope to see it for sale, as an ebook and (from Amazon only) a paper book on-or-near April 15.  We will tell you when it can be ordered, or you can, as above, watch the skies.

Herewith, the cover and the teaser.

Are you feeling lucky?

Mar Tyn eys’Ornstahl is a lucky man. His very presence can determine the fall of a card, the spin of a wheel, or whether the bread will rise or fall.

In fact, Mar Tyn eys’Ornstahl isn’t merely lucky. Mar Tyn is a Luck; a focal point for the elemental force of random event. While most people think that there is good luck and bad, Mar Tyn knows better. Luck is Luck; only the aftermath of Luck’s presence can be found to be good or bad.

Mar Tyn’s Luck, for instance, has recently cost him his home, and his savings. He has only one thing left to gamble.

And his life might not be enough.

NEVER BEFORE IN PRINT!

 

Books read in 2019

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)

Your mama don’t dance and your daddy don’t rock ‘n roll

This morning!  I get to hang around in my bathrobe for a bit, as a reward for having (finally, finally) finished the first draft of the untitled story, henceforth to be known to the world as “Fortune’s Favors.”  The story introduces some new characters, and looks in on some folks we’ve seen before.  I think you’ll like it.

This brand-new story, with an outtake from Neogenesis and …Lance (that’s the same outtake that didn’t ultimately fit in either book, and the story has flowed past it), and an Author’s Foreword (or, yanno, Backword) will appear in the chapbook:  Fortune’s Favors:  Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 28.

What Happens Now, since Steve read the story hot off the printer last night, and noted a couple of things to be tweaked, is:

*Go over the story, line by line, tweaking tweaks, and adding in That Thing that got dropped in the heat of the moment

*Go over the outtake, line by line

*Write the Authors’ Note, pass it to Steve for edits, go over it line by line

*Build a cover

*Compile the entire book and get it up for sale with the Usual Suspects

So, depending on Real Life, you — yes, you! — may be able to purchase the first new Adventures in the Liaden Universe® chapbook in over a year, by mid-April.  Rest assured, we’ll tell you when it’s available.

Moving on to the rest of the to-do list, I have a couple of phone calls to make, including one to the dentist, which I’ve been putting off for mumble, and really shouldn’t put off anymore.  Also today, I need to hit the gym, because today is not the day to skip the gym.  When I get back, and after phone calls, I’ll draft the Authors’ Note, and maybe start shopping for a cover.

See you on the flipside.

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Books read in 2019

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)

. . .and all the ships at sea

Are you among the dozens of readers who wants a signed*, even, a personalized** copy of A Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume 4?

Of course you are!

You may now preorder your signed and/or personalized copy from the Uncle.

Here’s your link.

RULE ONE RE PERSONALIZATIONS:  the authors reserve the right not to inscribe a requested personalization, should said personalization offendeth them.  There is no appeal of the authors’ refusal.

PRO TIP:  Do not offend the authors.

RULE TWO IN RE PERSONALIZATIONS:  Check your spelling!  The authors will exactly reproduce what you have typed into the instruction box.  If you made a spelling error, there will be a spelling error in your personalization.

Everybody clear?

Go!

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*SIGNED means the authors write their names on the half-title of your book

**PERSONALIZED means the authors write their names and a personalized inscription, requested by the person buying the book, RULE ONE RE PERSONALIZATIONS, above, applies.

 

Third Question Answered

The question, please!

I know this is after your deadline, but the question didn’t appear in my attention sphere until yesterday. In some of the audio books, scenes shift mid-chapter without any indication. It’s as if the reader didn’t notice the scene change markers or didn’t find the need to include them in the story. It takes me a bit to sort out what happened and is confusing for the person encountering the story for the first time. I realize you can’t change what is already one. Is there anything that can be done about this for future audio books ?

Short answer:  Nope; not a thing we can do about audiobook production; that’s ‘way above our pay grade.

Long answer: But!  We think we figured out why this problem occurs, so at least you can know why this happens.

So far as we can figure it, this has to do with how the books are put together technically.  When we, the authors, turn in a book, we denote breaks within the same scene with the Venerable Single Hatch Mark, like this:

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This is not a writer’s tool, it is a typesetting tool.  The hatch mark tells the typesetter that there’s a scene-break right here, and the typesetter, according to the traditions of her clan, removes the hatch mark and replaces it with two blank lines.  This is how scene breaks appear in finished paper novels.

Now, what happens is that the readers get the typeset edition of the book, not the author’s manuscript (this is a good thing; the typeset edition has also been copy edited, line edited, and in general made better than the manuscript, because authors do crazy things in manuscripts, I can’t even tell you).

But, wait, there’s more!  Not only do the readers get the typeset edition, they get an electronic version of the typeset edition.  Which they import into their Ipads, for ease of use (and absence of rustling pages) in the recording booth.

And what we think happens is that — between the conversions those double spaces denoting screen breaks — get lost.

So, yeah, you’re right; it’s just like the readers don’t see that there’s a new scene starting, because, well, the marker isn’t there for them to see.

Here ends the answer to the third question.

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Previous Answers:
Second Questions Answered
The First Answer

 

Shameless Self-Promotion

All righty, then.

You all of course know that the eArc of Liaden Universe® Constellation Number 4 is now available directly from Baen books, here.  This Constellation includes previously published short works Street Cred, Due Diligence, Friend of a Friend, Cutting Corners, Block Party, Degrees of Separation, Excerpts from Two Lives, and Revolutionists — together again for the first time!  The tradepaper and ebook editions of Constellation 4 will ship on — appropriately enough — June 4.

Also!  On March 26 — Good Ghod, that’s this coming Tuesday! — the mass market edition of Neogenesis, the twenty-first novel of the Liaden Universe® created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, will hit the shelves at your favorite bookstore.    Neogenesis is the direct sequel to The Gathering Edge and! the immediate prequel to Accepting the Lance.

NOTE:  Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore in Minneapolis will be taking pre-orders for signed copies of Constellation 4 and Accepting the Lance.  Pre-orders for …Lance will open after Labor Day.  We do not have a firm date for the opening of pre-orders for Constellation 4, but realsoonnow is a good guess, so keep an eye on the catalog, here.

The other things you need to know, in re Liaden publications are!

*”Dark Secrets,” a brand-new Liaden short story, will be published in the anthology Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers in September.

*Anniversary edition of the second Liaden Universe® novel, Conflict of Honors, will be published in November as a mass market paperback.

*A short story in support of Accepting the Lance will be published to Baen.com in November

*Accepting the Lance will be published in hardcover and ebook editions on December 3*

We also have five novels still under contract.  One of those novels is the book due in September, detailing the Further Adventures of the Dutiful Passage, which are happening concurrently with the action in Accepting the Lance**; another is the third Jethri Gobelyn novel, direct sequel to Trade Secret.  No, we have no idea what-or-who the other three novels will be about.  They will be Liaden Universe® novels, because the contract says so.

Here ends Shameless Self-Promotion.

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*Do not, for the love of ghu, ask me ANYthing about an eArc.

**So concurrently, in fact, that we tried to write both books at the same time.  Which worked about as well as you might imagine.

Friday Ketchup

We have still not settled down into what I like to call “normality” here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory.  We keep trying, but it’s an uphill climb.

We’ve been entertaining earnest practitioners of heating installations, which has been about as much fun as you might expect.  I’ve been making phone calls, which isn’t even that much fun, and doing not as much writing as needs to happen, if we opt to replace the 25-year-old boiler, rather than just repair it.

In and among all that, and in place of the three-week cruise that is certainly in order, given It All, Steve and I went to see Captain Marvel  at the 12:30 show on Wednesday.  There were all of four of us in the theater, and us two, at least, had a good time.

While we were out and about, we arranged for David Mattingly’s cover art for Accepting the Lance to be framed*.  That should be home and ready to be hung in the next couple weeks. (*David has a limited number of this art available, suitable for framing.  If you’d like one for your wall, write to him at david at davidmattingly dot com.)

I don’t know how many here have been following the Saga of Moose, my new Linux desktop.  Moose was ordered in in November, and I was going to get him on line just as soon as  . . .Lance was done, but. . .Life Happened in Big Packing Case Lots.  Which meant that I didn’t get back to Project Moose until a couple weeks ago, and started transferring all the files (so many files!) in Victor F. (the Windows 7 machine, whose days are surely numbered) to Dropbox.  Once that was done, I uncoupled Victor F., wired up Moose, plugged ‘er in and!

Nothing happened.  The power switch was rock hard.  I plugged it into another outlet — same non-result.  I called System76, in Colorado, on the day of the Epic Snowstorm, and left a message, expecting a call-back sometime around April.  In this,  I was proved a pessimist; my call-back came in less than an hour, and the verdict was — Moose had to go back to Colorado for examination and repair.

Just yesterday, I got a note from System76 that Moose is on his way back home; the power cable was the culprit.  He’ll arrive on Tuesday, it says here, and Project Moose can recommence.

In the meantime, we have the weekend theoretically free, so I’m bending my best efforts to finishing the (yes, still) untitled story, so we can get that published, and I can move on to the book that’s due in September (which also doesn’t have a title.  Coincidence?  Probably not.).

So, that, I think, catches us all up.

Oh.  Here, have a picture of Victor F. and Moose.  Victor is on the left.