The Do It Like A Delm Week Seven winning challenger is!

Elizabeth Wichman, visiting with the family tree.

Elizabeth Wichman: I had to wait to take this photo until I was at the ancestral homestead, so I could climb the tree I spent my childhood climbing, like Daav and Er Thom.  Luckily, I arrived last night, just in time for the end of the contest! I coulda climbed higher, but I wanted the logo to not get lost among the leaves

Elizabeth Wichman: I had to wait to take this photo until I was at the ancestral homestead, so I could climb the tree I spent my childhood climbing, like Daav and Er Thom. Luckily, I arrived last night, just in time for the end of the contest!
I coulda climbed higher, but I wanted the logo to not get lost among the leaves

Congratulations, Beth!  And — Thank you! to all the challengers.

All challenge winners receive a coupon for a Baen ebook of their choice.

You may view all of the entries for Week Seven by clicking this link.

You may view all of the entries for Week Six by clicking this link.

You may view all the entries for Week Five by clicking this link.

You may view all the entries for Week Four by clicking this link.

You may view all the entries for Week Three by clicking this link.

You may view all the entries for Week Two by clicking this link.

You may view all the entries for Week One by clicking this link.

Many thanks to everyone who rose to last week’s challenge to display their Inner Delm.

This concludes the final week in the Do It Like A Delm Challenge.  Thanks to everyone who played along!  Steve and I had fun; and we hope you did, too.

Challenge rules may be found by clicking this link.

Dragon in Exile loose upon the world, a bestseller

Supported by a well attended East Coast book tour by the authors, Dragon in Exile, the 18th Liaden Universe® novel, was published in hardcover and audio book editions June 2, 2015, and is now available in those formats as well in multiple ebook formats.

After less than a week on sale, Neilsen Bookscan rankings showed Dragon in Exile as the #3 hardback science fiction book during release week, and over-all the #9 SF book in US markets. The mass market edition of Dragon in Exile is set for publication next June, while the next Sharon Lee & Steve Miller release to hit the shelves will be Liaden Universe® Constellation Number Three, due in stores August 4, 2015.

Alliance of Equals, the sequel to Dragon in Exile and the next scheduled Liaden novel, is also slated for publication in the summer of 2016, most likely in July.

Liaden Universe® is a registered trademark of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Dragon in Exile as an ebook, and other news

The kindle edition of Dragon in Exile, the eighteenth novel of the Liaden Universe®, created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, is now on sale.  Here’s your link.

The arrival of the kindle edition means that reviews are open at Amazon.com.  If you read the eArc, or if you are so moved after you read the eBook, please leave a reader review. Reviews help move the Amazon ranking numbers.

Also, also!  You may, of course, buy Dragon in Exile in every ebook format in the Known Universe from Baen ebooks. So even if you don’t have a kindle, you can still buy the ebook today.  Here’s your link.

And!  For those who may have missed it yesterday, “Chimera,” a Liaden Universe® short story, is available to read for free at Baen.com.  Here’s your link.

Additonally, new chapters of the old and unfinished partial novel we’re calling “Shan and Priscillia Ride Again” are up at splinteruniverse.com

Two more books under contract and more news

Baen Books has just extended an offer for two more Liaden books from the authors — those contracts are in the works and should result in new books being turned to Baen in 2018 and 2019. Alas, we’re not sure of the exact publication dates as yet. Those contracts are for books that will not be in the “Five Book Dash” we’re currently in the midst of — we’re (temporarily, at least) calling them the “mask books” since we can’t give you titles and we’re masking what they’ll be about.

In the meantime, readers and fans have been asking for ways to show extra support for our work. In the “old days” of the interwebz several Lee & Miller sites had tip jars … and now, given the frequency of the request, Lee & Miller have joined Patreon, where you can offer a dollar or two — or whatever your limit is — each month to help the authors keep things even between royalty periods. Here’s the Lee & Miller Patreon page!

 

Book Tour in support of Dragon in Exile, updated

In June, Baen and Simon and Schuster will be sending Sharon and Steve on a New England book tour, in support of Dragon in Exile.  Here’s what it looks like:

Tuesday, June 2, 7-9 pm — Release Day Party at Pandemonium Books, 4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge MA
Wednesday, June 3, 6:30-9 pm — Toadstool Bookstore, Colony Mill Marketplace, 222 West Street, Keene NH
Thursday, June 4, 6-8 pm — Toadstool Bookstore, 586 Nashua Street, Milford NH
Friday, June 5, 7-9 pm — Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, 65 James Street, Worcester MA
Saturday, June 6, 7-9 pm — Northshire Books, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
Sunday, June 7, 3-5 pm — Flights of Fantasy, 381 Sand Creek Road, Albany NY

Signed Copies of Dragon in Exile

Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore in Minneapolis will be your source for signed copies of Dragon in Exile.  Ordering will open at the end of February/beginning of March and close on May 1.  More details — and a link! — as they become available.

Uncle Hugo’s (and its brother store, Uncle Edgar’s) ships worldwide, and does not charge your credit card until your order has been assembled and is ready to go.

 

Liaden Universe® InfoDump Number 106

LEE AND MILLER REGRET
Sharon and Steve are very sorry to have to cancel out of Boskone and SasQuan.  The reasons are complex, having to do with a challenging combination of financial, time, and health resources.  We’re not happy about this, but — our health comes first, as do the two Liaden books that are to be delivered in 2015.

NOTE:  We are, with appropriate time to schedule and prepare, available to Skype to conventions and/or fan gatherings.  Please write to Steve via Facebook or at kinzelATkorvalDOTcom if you would like to coordinate a Skype event.

BOOK TOUR DISTANT EARLY WARNING
In early June, Baen will be sending Steve and Sharon on a Northeast book tour in support of Dragon in Exile, the 18th novel of the Liaden Universe(R).  More details as they are forthcoming.

WE HAD FUN AT PHILCON
We had a great time as Principal Speakers at PhilCon, in mid-November. Thanks to the ConCom for inviting us; for all the folks who stopped to talk with us; and the stuffies who made it their business to attend the Teddy Bear Tea.  Also, a special shout-out to Gene Olmstead, for his outstanding assistance with the Teddy Bear Tea, elevating what we expected to be a pleasant, low-key gathering into one of the High Points of the Season.

For those who were not able to come to PhilCon, the text of our Guest of Honor speech may be read here:  http://korval.com/2014/11/28/lee-and-millers-philcon-principal-speaker-speech-in-its-entirety/

ARCHERS BEACH NEWS
Carousel Seas, the final book in the Archers Beach trilogy, was published on January 6, 2015, and is now available as a trade paperback; an ebook; and an audiobook!  In addition, signed copies of the trade paperback, as well as other Lee, and Lee-and-Miller novels, are available from Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore in Minneapolis.  Uncle Hugo’s does mail order around the world. Here’s your link:  http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-lee-miller.php

Also!  Archers Beach novelette, “The night don’t seem so lonely,” has been published at Baen.com, where you may read it for free.  Here’s the link:  http://www.baen.com/The_night_dont_seem_so_lonely.asp

PODCASTS
Sharon recently chatted with Baen editor Tony Daniel about Carousel Seas and the Archers Beach Trilogy, here:  http://baen.com/podcast/mp3/Baen-Free-Radio-Hour-2015-01-02-Sharon-Lee-Magic-39.mp3

Steve and Sharon talk about A Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume 2, here:  http://www.baen.com/podcast/mp3/Baen-Free-Radio-Hour-2014-02-07-Lee-Miller-Shadow-47.mp3

Check out the other many fine podcasts with Baen authors here:  http://baen.com/podcast/podcast.asp

EYE CANDY
For those who missed it, and for those who would like to see it again, here’s the link to David Mattingly’s cover for Dragon in Exile:  http://korval.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DragonInExileFinal_Flat.jpg

We’re told by those who read kanji and Turkish that the two signs on the sides of the alley read: The Dragon in Exile; and The Dragon is in the Coffeehouse.  Which is really going the extra mile.  And, yes, there is a cat in the painting, as always.

Those who would like a print of this cover art (and, also, possibly of others of the Mattingly covers), write to David Mattingly at davidATmattinglyDOTcom.

SILLY SEASON
Award Season is upon us, where authors point to their work published in the previous year, and ask readers to remember those works when it comes time to vote on the Nebulas, Hugos, and other awards and best-of lists that are coming up.

Lee and Miller had published several novelettes in 2014.  Here are the titles, and the links, so that you may read, or re-read, the work:

The Rifle’s First Wife, published January 20, 2014, at Splinter Universe:  http://splinteruniverse.com/?page_id=673   (novelette)
Roving Gambler, published April 15, 2014, at Splinter Universe:  http://splinteruniverse.com/?page_id=763  (novelette)
Code of Honor, published May 5, 2014, at Splinter Universe:  http://splinteruniverse.com/?page_id=816  (novelette)

IN ADDITION, Sharon Lee saw published a novel, a short story, and a novelette, listed below, with links, for your convenience:

Gift of Music, short story published January 15, 2014, at Baen.com:  http://baen.com/MusicGift.asp
Carousel Sun, novel published February 15, 2014, by Baen
The night don’t seem so lonely, novelette published December 15, 2014 at Baen.com:  http://www.baen.com/The_night_dont_seem_so_lonely.asp

LIADEN WIKI NEEDS YOU
In case you haven’t noticed, Gus Fleischman and various other volunteers have been building a wiki designed especially for those interested in things Liaden. You can find it here:
http://liaden.wikia.com/wiki/Liaden_Wiki   and you’ll see it covers such things as a timeline, names, bows, and more – lots more – there are 75 pages worth so far. If there’s something you’d like to see (Is there a section on weaponry? How about a list of planets? What food (if any) has been named?) you can add it, help beef up what’s there, or make a request to your friends. If you’ve always wanted to reach out to other Friends of Liad, this is a good place to start!

LIADEN UNIVERSE(R) IN THE NEWS
Jeff Somers writes about military sf/space opera for BN News:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/genre-primer-military-sci-fi/

2015 PUBLICATION SCHEDULE
January 6:  Carousel Seas, final book in Sharon Lee’s Archers Beach Trilogy
May 15:  Short story for Baen.com, title TBA
June 2:  Dragon in Exile, 18th novel of the Liaden Universe(R)  EARC published approximately 60-90 days prior to paper publication
August 4:  A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 3

DELIVERY SCHEDULE  (NOTE:  these are deadlines for turn-in Madame the Editor, NOT publication dates)
April 15, 2015:  Short story for Baen.com, title TBA
May 29, 2015:  Alliance of Equals
November 15, 2015:  Sequel to Alliance of Equals (aka Third of Five)
August 15, 2016:  Fourth of Five
May 15, 2017:  Fifth of Five

Blogs and Other Webly Things of Note
Steve Miller’s blog, Journeyman: http://kinzel.livejournal.com/
Sharon Lee’s blog, Eagles over the Kennebec: http://rolanni.livejournal.com/
Sharon Lee’s “Professional” blog: http://sharonleewriter.com
Splinter Universe Discussion List: http://splinterverse.livejournal.com

Facebook Connections — please feel free to add us!
http://facebook.com/kinzel — Steve Miller
http://facebook.com/rolanni — Sharon Lee

Pinbeam Books: http://www.pinbeambooks.com an online catalog, with vendor links, to all Lee-and-Miller eChapbooks
Splinter Universe: http://www.splinteruniverse.com features outtakes, splinters, and oddities from the Lee&Miller writing career, currently changes irregularly.
Welcome to Liad — The official homepage for Liaden Universe® news — http://www.korval.com
The Hyperspatial Boardwalk Shop: T-shirts, mugs, more! — http://www.cafepress.com/hyperspatial

Liaden Interest Groups on Facebook
Clan Korval: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=38719490864&ref=ts
Friends of Liad: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=16280839259&ref=ts
Flaran chamenthi: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=2213414696&ref=ts

Twitter
Steve’s on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bechimo
Sharon’s on Twitter, too: http://twitter.com/ClanKorval
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rolanni/

Disclaimer Stuff
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