I was raised in the canebreak by an ol’ momma lion

So, suddenly and with only a little bit of warning — we’re busy.

Well.  I’m busy.

Steve was already busy.  Being lead on a novel comes with an “I’m busy” card.  Plus, he’s already recorded a short story for Patreon.  Here’s the link.

Me, though, I had a couple things on my plate — getting the taxes ready for the accountant, a short story that may come under contract a little further down the line, that Archers Beach universe story I’ve been thinking about, the next novel after Steve’s got done with his two.  Also, I’d been thinking about another Liaden story or two, for inclusion in a new chapbook.  So — work, but not a lot of work.

And then?  I started going through the “cope with this after you’ve healed” folder on my desk, and I discovered that I had some splinters for eventual posting on Splinter Universe (there’s one up now, with author commentary, at this link).

The rest of the splinters in hand are Liaden in nature, and the plan is to get them up in a more-or-less leisurely manner.  First, I have to do something about the color scheme at Splinter Universe.

Then, Steve had finished drafting a story that Would Not Be Quiet just before my foot got rebuilt, and I put it aside to read until I was back on both feet.  That story — “The Gate that Locks the Tree In: A Minor Melant’i Play for Snow Season” — is destined to become a chapbook, Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 30.

So, this is what’s lined up, so far:

1  Do the taxes
2  Edit, format, put on sale “The Gate That Locks the Tree In”
3  Write short story
4  Fix Splinter Universe template
5  Plot  and write Archers Beach story
6  Type in Liaden snippets/write author commentary for each
7 Plot and write story(ies) for Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 31
8  Post Liaden snippets
9  Plot and write Liaden novel
10 Confer with Steve over producing possible “outtake” chapbook

So, that’ll keep me busy for a while, I guess.

And now you’re up to date.

Today’s blog title brought to you by Tennessee Ernie Ford, “Sixteen Tons.”

Family Portrait

Those who have been with us for a while will recall that, back in 2012, Steve and I pitched five books to Madame at Baen, the so-called Five Book Dash.

Well, in the Way of Things Lee and Miller, the Five Book Dash became a Six Book Dash, and just yesterday, we got the cover art for the sixth book — Trader’s Leap — in the mail.

All art by David Mattingly.

Here’s a family portrait:

Accepting the Lance National Bestseller

Bookscan reports that Lee and Miller’s Accepting the Lance, the 22nd novel set in their Liaden Universe®, debuted on its bestseller list at the Number Three position, behind  Dead Astronauts, by Jeff Vandermeer; and Rebecca Roanhorse’s Star Wars novel, Resistance Reborn.

Lee and Miller extend their thanks to all Liaden Universe® readers — give yourselves a hand!

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.

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.

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.

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*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

Update the Sixth

So, yesterday, Steve and I took our planned excursion to the Festival of Trees, me on my shiny blue scooter and Steve doing the driving and the heavy lifting.  The entrance to ELM (formerly the VFW Hall), site of the Festival, has a lovely, lovely ramp, and I scooted right on up to the doors, which!

. . .open out, and no push-button in sight.  Oops.

Steve had gone to park the car, and I was considering turning the scooter around to meet him at the end of the ramp (thereby clearing the entrance door for the able-bodied) when a very nice lady, who was exiting the facility by the other door, saw and instantly understood my problem, said, “Let me open that for you!” and did, so that got worked out.

I scooted into the lobby and the ticket seller called out, “Hey, nice rig!” and we talked scooters vs wheelchairs, and one hand brake vs two until Steve arrived, paid our way in, and we went into the big room.

There were two ticket-takers at station.  One said, “I know you didn’t do this to get attention, but that’s a really nice scooter.”  The other asked me to ring the scooter’s bell for him, which I did, explaining about the cats, who no longer really regard the scooter, or the bell, as having anything to do with them — and then we were in!

I bought my tickets and scooted off to consider decorated trees and the gifts under each.  I try not to bid on tree-packages that were clearly put together with children in mind, though I was very, very tempted by the unicorn/mermaid package, which included a wooden rocking unicorn, a fairy tent, and unicorn/mermaid ornaments on the tree.  Sprite would’ve loved it.

Anyhow, most of my tickets went to packages offering three days at this or that lodge, or cooking utensils, electric “wood stoves,” season tickets to the Opera House, and like that.

When I was done, I sat myself down in one of the chairs up front, people-watched, and talked with the neighbors as they came by.  One lady let me know that she had used to play “Beano” (the Maine equivalent of Bingo, and they let people who aren’t Catholic play), when the building was the VFW Hall, and years ago.  “People still smoked inside then,” she said, “and there was this blue haze, and the caller’s voice coming out of it.  There was a guy who sold ham sandwiches — they were very plain; just butter on bread, and a piece of ham, and they tasted so good!”

I love talking to the neighbors.

Anyway, Steve having finished his communing with the trees, we got back in the car and headed out for a ride.  I had in mind a long, looooooonnnnnnggggg ride, because I’ve been stuck in the house since the rocks cooled.  Unfortunately, that turned out to be a case of the brain being willing, but the body saying, You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me, and we wandered home after a shortish ride, having taken on-board a Subway flatbread sammich for lunch.

Back home, we each ate our half-sammich, and then finished reading Welcome to Temptation (Jennifer Crusie) to each other, and then, what the heck, we said, and watched “Kinky Boots” (again).

Truly, it was a Very Fine Writers’ Day Off.

Today, I have work to do — no really.  I finished reading Trader’s Leap.  I am therefore on-deck to take my swing at a blurb (Steve has taken his swing and a very fine effort it is. Usually, these things wind up being part of this one, part of that one, and part of what the House has to say, so once again we see that writing is a Science.  Ahem.)

After the blurb, since I did just finish reading Trader’s Leap, Steve and I need to talk about the difficulties with the script mentioned by Madame the Publisher, so — revisions in future!  What fun.

In the meantime, I’m a little wrung out from all of yesterday’s excitement, and a nap has been penciled into the afternoon schedule.

For those who come here for publication news:  Accepting the Lance, the 22nd novel of the Liaden Universe®, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, owner-operators, will be published on December 3.  That’s, like, ten days from now.

There is a short story, “A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom,” posted on Baen.com to tide you over.  The story is free for everyone to read, but!  It will be taken down in mid-December when another story, by another Baen author will be posted.  The story is on the front page, but you need to scroll down to find it*.

Also, the new mass market edition of Carpe Diem — the third Liaden book ever written — will be released  on February 25, 2020.

Trader’s Leap is, I believe, scheduled for publication around this time, next year.

One more thing, and I’ll let y’all go:  I had been going to title this blog post “My Ramblin’ Boy,” for obvious reasons.  I had always thought this song was old, old, really old, because I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know the words.  But!  Peter Seeger lets us know that it was written by Tom Paxton (who subsequently recorded in on the album “Ramblin’ Boy,” in 1964). So!  This song was written in my lifetime; simple math tells us that I was twelve the first time I heard it.

Here’s your link.

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*For those who are tired of hearing me say this:  there are many people who miss this point, about scrolling down, and for some reason they write to us to complain that the story isn’t there, after all.  My patience is a Very Limited Commodity, therefore the oft-repeated instruction.

Deadlines, Book Day, and Discounts

Even more news you can use!

ONE

The Uncle writes to remind us of the deadline for ordering signed and/or personalized copies of Accepting the Lance. 

November 10 is the deadline to order a personalized copy.

After, you may still order SIGNED copies, until supplies run out.

Here’s your link.

TWO

Today is Book Day for Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers! Here are your links to BN /
Amazon

THREE

Offworld Designs is having a half-price sale on all things Liaden!  Here’s your link.

FOUR

Our authors’ copies of Accepting the Lance arrived yesterday.  It is beautiful, no?