The Busy Season

This morning is cool, but So Very Sunny.  My office, the repurposed sun room, is Awash, and there are three coon cats scattered among the various puddles of warm, soaking it all in.

I am at the desk, fighting sleep-rays with More! Tea! and wearing my Sun Goddess cap so that I can see the computer screen.  This is not to be understood as a complaint.  I would much rather the sunshine than not.

This morning’s check-in at Amazon reveals that pre-orders for The Wrong Lance now stands at 455, the most pre-orders for any Pinbeam Book since the mind-blowing 693 for Degrees of Separation, back in January 2018.

Which discovery led me to the realization that we are just entering a Lee-and-Miller Busy Season.  Let me just summarize what’s coming down the road for y’all from now ’til the end of the year.

Of course you all know this, but it bears repeating for the Guy in the Back:  You can pre-order signed (but not personalized) copies of Trader’s Leap from Uncle Hugo’s right nowHere’s your link.

If you can’t wait for the December publication of  the hardcover/ebook, you may purchase the Trader’s Leap eARC right now from Baen.  You may also read the first nineteen chapters here.

But wait, there’s more!  Let’s do this chronologically.

October 27:  Release Day for  Accepting the Lance mmp AND The Wrong Lance

November 15 +/-:  “Preferred Seating” published on Baen.com

Date TBA:  Paul Semel interviews Lee and Miller.

December 1:  Release Day for Trader’s Leap hardcover and ebook*

December 2:  Lee and Miller will read and talk, virtually, from Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore. There will be giveaways! The event is scheduled for 7 pm PACIFIC Time, so check your watches.  ALSO, you will need to set up an account at Crowdcast ahead of time in order to attend.  More information here.

December 15:  Ambient Conditions:  Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 31 Release Day!  This chapbook contains short story reprint “A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom,” original novelette “Ambient Conditions” and an Authors’ Foreword. This chapbook is still in process, so no link yet.  Watch the skies.

And that gets us through the end of the year.

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*YES, there will be an ebook edition of Trader’s Leap.  No, you can’t pre-order it.  This is how it always is with Baen ebooks, because they offer eARCs.  No, there is nothing the authors can do about.  I DON’T KNOW if there will be an audiobook edition of Trader’s Leap.  I have inquired at Baen and have yet to receive a reply.  As soon as I have an answer, I’ll post.

Of pre-orders, Kickstarters, and author events

This is your Friendly Reminder that you may pre-order signed (but not personalized) copies of Trader’s Leap, the twenty-third volume in Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s Liaden Universe® from Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore.  Here’s your link.

Those who are so minded may purchase the eARC of Trader’s Leap right now, directly from Baen.  Here’s your link.

If you’re on the fence about the whole Trader’s Leap thing, you may read sample chapters starting here.

Also available for pre-order at all of the Usual Suspects is the ebook edition of The Wrong Lance, which was previously published at Splinter Universe and at the Lee-and-Miller Patreon page.  I’m going to do y’all the honor of assuming that you know how to find your favorite electronic bookstore and not pile up a long line of links here.  Baen will be offering this title for sale electronically, as well, starting on October 27.  Also, for those who favor paper — there will be a paper edition of The Wrong Lance, but that edition will not be available for order until-or-pretty-near-to October 27, for Reasons of Amazon.

Lawrence M. Schoen is sponsoring a Kickstarter to publish Eating Authors:  100 Writers’ Most Memorable Meals.  I have an essay in this volume, as do 99 other authors you know or should know.  Fifty percent of the profits from the sale of this volume will be donated to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund, and 50% will be donated to cancer research.  If you would like to support this effort, here’s your link.

On December 2, at 7 pm PT, Steve and I will be doing a Virtual Event “at” Mysterious Galaxy.  We’ll be reading from Trader’s Leap, and chatting with attendees.  Please note that is 7 pm Pacific Time, which is 10 pm Eastern.  Please check your time zone carefully.  Here’s your link to the event information.

 

We’re back!

There was a database catastrophe at our web hosting facility, which brought down sharonleewriter.com, splinteruniverse.com, and pinbeambooks.com for a few days.  We are back now, and in catch-up mode.

So, let’s catch up!

1  The Wrong Lance, Splinter Universe Presents, Volume 2 has been compiled into an ebook and is available for preorder from The Usual Suspects.  Here’s a so-called “universal” link.  Here’s the link for the Kindle edition.

1a  YES, the ebook will be available from Baen, but not until Release Day.  Baen does not have the ability to take pre-orders for Pinbeam Books (the Lee&Miller Publishing Arm)

1b  YES, there will be a paper book, but not until (or a little before or after).  Amazon is our source for paper books, and Amazon has not so far been able to figure out how to allow people to pre-order paper books

1c  If you want to talk about The Wrong Lance with other readers, a discussion area has been created for you, here

2  The eARC of Trader’s Leap, the 23rd novel in the Liaden Universe® created and authored by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller is now available for download.  Here’s your link

2a  If you’d like to read a sample of Trader’s Leap, that starts here

3  You may preorder a signed (not personalized) copy of the Trader’s Leap hardcover from Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore.  Here’s your link

3a  For those who have not heard the news, Uncles Hugo and Edgar were lost to the Minneapolis riots.  The owner, Mr. Blyly (aka the Uncle), wished to make signed books available to long-time customers and Liaden Universe® readers.  The only way this could be made to work was for Baen to have the printer send Steve and me pages for us to sign.  These pages will be bound into a set of books and sent to Mr. Blyly.  This process of binding in a special page is in the industry called “tipped in,” which technical description you will see on the catalog page linked above.

3b  Trader’s Leap hardcover may also, of course, be preordered from your favorite bookstore, whatever it is.

3c  You may not preorder the ebook edition of Trader’s Leap from your favorite bookstore as yet.  This is because of how Baen markets its bundles and eARCS and that’s all I know on the subject.

3d  There is no word yet on an audio edition.

4  If you have read the Trader’s Leap eARC and Want To Talk About It, a Spoiler Discussion space has been set up here

 

Reminder, this is YOUR reminder

This is your reminder that Offworld Designs is taking preorders for the I Dare tshirt in pink and black, unisex and ladies styles.  They are also having a sale on Dragon in Exile merch, including coffee mugs.  And YOU can find it all at this link.

Special Bonus Reminder:  If you want to own one of the I Dare tshirts, you must preorder by May 10 — that’s this coming Sunday, in the United States, it is Mother’s Day.

Here ends your reminder.

If it’s Saturday it must be Shameless Self-Promotion

1a  Tshirts!  There is a deadline involved in preordering the new run of Liaden tshirts, and that deadline is!  Mother’s Day, May 10.  Your order must be in by that date.  Shirts ship on a first-ordered, first shipped basis, and will start shipping the week of May 11.

1b  If you don’t favor pink, take a look at the shirts on offer lower on the page at the link below, which are not only Not Pink, but are on sale.  Also? There are coffee mugs.

1c  Here’s the link to the Liaden Page at Offworld Designs

2a  The ebook edition of Splinter Universe Presents! has now been distributed to all of the Usual Suspects.  Here’s the link to Baen.    Here’s a universal link to Apple, BN, Kobo, 24 Symbols,  and Angus and Robertson.  Here’s the link to the Kindle edition.

2b  Here’s the link to the paper edition which is available only from Amazon.  No, the ebook and the paper edition have not been associated yet.  This is something that Amazon does (or, doesn’t do), so telling us really doesn’t advance the cause, thank you.

3  Pinbeam Books (this would be Lee and Miller’s indie publishing arm) is a catalog of Adventures in the Liaden Universe® chapbooks, and other Lee-and-Miller, and Lee, and Miller chapbooks, with links to Amazon, Baen, and BN.  This is the link to Pinbeam Books.

4  Please feel free to let your friends and fellow readers know about the limited edition tshirt offer, Pinbeam Books, and about the Liaden Universe® in general.  You have the links, use them well and wisely.

5  Everyone stay safe, and stay peaceful.  Tell your nearest and dearest that you love them, and thank them for being there.

 

I DARE Liaden Tshirts available for preorder NOW!

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, working in partnership with Offworld Designs, offers for preorder, starting right now, a new edition of the classic Liaden Universe® tshirt.

For those who want to order NOW, here’s your link.

Continuing, for those who want the Rest of the Story…

The short sleeved shirts are offered in unisex (men) and women’s styles, in your choice of black shirt with pink message, or pink shirt with black message.  In addition, in reply to popular demand, we are also offering a long-sleeve black tee with pink message.

The first Liaden Universe® tshirts were offered to fans by the authors in 1997.  Since then, there have been several runs of tshirts, each with a different slogan.  The tshirt previous to this one — DRAGON IN EXILE — was licensed in 2015, by Offworld Designs.

There is a Story behind this new tshirt, which I posted on Facebook barely three days ago, and which is reproduced below.

So, I was getting dressed this morning, and, since today’s adventures encompass me going to the pharmacy to pick up my new drugs and old, I said to myself, said I, “Self, you need something to coordinate with your face mask. How about! an I DARE tshirt?”

I went to the tshirt drawer, but of course I don’t have an I DARE tshirt, I have a DRAGON IN EXILE shirt — which is, don’t get me wrong, an EXCELLENT shirt. But I really wanted and I DARE shirt, and I figure to want an I DARE shirt for several weeks in the future.

And then I thought — it should be pink.

Um. I looked at that for a long while, trying to figure out where it had come from, and as I was doing that I was putting on my rings and my stylish new silicon bracelet that says NO IV/BP/NEEDLES THIS ARM, which is ALSO pink, for everyday wear, though I do have a black one, for formal occasions.

SO, for those of you who are with me so far, and before I pitch it to the long-suffering folks at Offworld Designs, here is The Question.

IS THERE ANY INTEREST IN AN I DARE TSHIRT, FEATURING THE TREE-AND-DRAGON ON THE FRONT, CHOICE OF COLORS BLACK OR PINK?

The answer to the above question was a resounding YES! and here we are.

Here’s the link to preorder your shirt-or-shirts.

Liaden Universe® Awards and Honors

So, I’m updating the List of Honors received by the Liaden books, because with one thing and another thing, and that thing over there, dammit — I’d gotten behind on recordkeeping.

Over 300,000 Liaden books in print — this was in April last year, but the best number I have.

13 National Bestsellers:
Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume I
Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume II
Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume III
Ghost Ship
Necessity’s Child
Trade Secret
Dragon Ship
Dragon in Exile
Neogenesis
Mouse and Dragon
Agent of Change
The Gathering Edge
Accepting the Lance

One USA Today Bestseller: Saltation

22 Locus Bestsellers — that’s 22 titles, not weeks on the list

Awards
Balance of Trade, Hal Clement Award 2005
Scout’s Progress, Prism Award #1 2002
Local Custom, Prism Award #2 2002
Scout’s Progress Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, Best Science Fiction novel of 2002

Nebula Award Nominee: “Changeling”

Lee & Miller joint recipients of the Skylark Award, February 2012

Well, there. Busy little universe, ain’t it?

In which Rolanni picks up sticks

The last couple days have been sunny and warm, with high temperatures near 60F/16C, here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory.  Tomorrow, the weatherbeans predict rain, or possibly snow, with a high around 36F/2C.

Welcome to Maine.

The deck is not quite finished — still lacking a privacy panel and the stairway down to the yard.  But it’s plenty finished enough to put the deck chairs out, so that’s what we did.  It’s nice to sit in the sunshine.  I took advantage of that same warm sunshine to play the games of post-winter trash collection and pick-up-sticks in the yard.  The Lawn Guys promise to come by next week to do a serious clean up — for instance, the branch that fell out of the apple tree needs either an application of chain saw to get it into pieces short enough to schlepp down to the Big Pile of Twigs by the Forest Gate, or it needs a tractor to drag it there.

We have hyacinth and snowdrops in the backyard, and several pods of daffodils blooming by the front door.

So, yes, it is spring, Maine-style.

For those who may have missed it — Splinter Universe Presents! has published.  Here’s a link to Apple, BN, Kobo, and Angus & Robertson.  Here’s the Kindle linkHere’s the link to the paper edition.

Splinter Universe Presents! is a collection of character sketches, discovery drafts, portions of novels, and of stories, that quit before they became whole.  Each piece comes with an author commentary, which may make the volume of value to those who are interested in the writing process, and possibly to those who wish to become — or who are becoming — writers.  All of the material has been previously published to splinteruniverse.com, and all are Liaden in nature.

In other news, I have what I sincerely hope is the definitive telehealth visit with Oncologist the First this afternoon, to discuss the results of the oncotyping.  Today, I should find out what my treatments will be, going forward, and have the beginning of a schedule for same.  Which is to say, Waiting will End, and Events will Move.  That by itself will be a relief.

At the moment, I have two coon cats — Trooper in the copilot’s chair, and Sprite on the desk by my keyboard — snoring in the sun, my mug is empty, and it’s time to make up a list for Instacart, and start the towels to washing.

See y’all on the flipside.  Stay safe.