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?
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.