Chapter Seven: Shan and Priscilla Ride Again

Chapter Seven of a Liaden novel that never was is now up for your reading pleasure.  Here’s your link.

Remember!  There will b no chapter will be posted on Monday, June 8, as we will be on the road, and the house sitter doesn’t Do computers.

For those who missed it, Steve and I will be doing a Lightning Northeast Tour in Support of Dragon in Exile!

Here’s the tour schedule.  Stop by and see us if you’re in the neighborhood.

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, 3-4 pm — Flights of Fantasy, 381 Sand Creek Road, Albany NY

Current events via Splinter Universe, including Lee & Miller news

Splinter Universe is gaining a new set of splinters, these from the early days of Liaden myth-building, a period when were learning — rather quickly — that our initial idea of having 3 books, or even 7 books — might not be adequate.

So, there’s Shan and Priscilla Ride Again….

As mentioned elsewhere, here, for the next few weeks — aka through August 3, with one week off (the week of June 8) because, Book Tour, we will be posting a chapter from Shan and Priscilla Ride Again.  The reason it’s 16 weeks for 15 chapters is because there is a prologue.

Shan and Priscilla Ride Again is a Liaden novel which was never finished, though it was written out to 15 chapters (about 22,000 words).

The latest installment of Shan and Priscilla Ride Again is up now! Remember to check for new installments regularly!

Over the last few years we’ve heard from many of our fans that they want to acknowledge their appreciation of our work in ways that go beyond buying the latest book. We must admit that a freelance lifestyle gets iffy sometimes — and we’ve even asked for extra support  on several occasions — to get to conventions, to help us with medical issues, to support the retrieval of abandoned books from a warehouse, to help with vet costs for our cats. And we’ve found support coming our way, for a long time. You, our readers have reached out numerous times.

Some have done this by taking us to lunch or dinner at conventions, others by sending cards, gift cards, tea sets, weather vanes(!), or even stuffed toys for the cats — all of which, while fun, and greatly appreciated, are sometimes hit and miss.  We do try to share what’s happening, and you’ve shared as well.

Of course Splinter Universe is another way we share, and another way we see your support — there’s a donate button, after all, at the bottom of almost every Splinter Universe feature.

Still, some folks let us know that rather than supporting individual splinters or buying cat meds or trying to find a way to take us to lunch or dinner at a convention — they’d rather be able to give us regular, extra support.

We’ve been holding off on doing this, but recently there’ve been a spate of new crowdfunding opportunities and arrangements, services and platforms. And, there’ve been more calls for us to offer ways for our readers to help.

After considerable discussion at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory and a study of what was what, we’ve elected to try one of those support platforms. It is called Patreon, and it permits support levels for $1 and up. Our section of Patreon is now live. If you’d like you can visit Lee and Miller at Patreon now.

Also, we’re doing a book tour soon, and we’ve got a new book coming and .. here’s a link to more of the latest Lee and Miller news: Liaden Universe Infodump — #108

New cover reveal

Below is the cover art for A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume Three, coming from Baen in August 2015:

Cover A Liaden Universe(R) Constellation Volume 3 --Art by Steve Hickman
Cover A Liaden Universe(R) Constellation Volume 3
–Art by Steve Hickman

For those who are curious, here’s the table of contents

Authors’ Foreword
Code of Honor
Guaranteed Delivery
Intelligent Design
Out of True
Roving Gambler
King of the Cats
Kin Ties
The Rifle’s First Wife
The Space at Tinsori Light
Landed Alien
Moon’s Honor
Quick Working Glossary

. . .you’ll note that most of the above titles come from stories that have previously appeared on Splinter Universe, so if you’re wondering why a favorite story “vanished,” this collection is where it vanished to.

And in other news

While Steve’s been bogged down in house-hunting, med changes, and a couple sides of medical stuff — as well as pitching in with the recently turned in draft of The Dragon in Exile — Sharon’s been cleaning out backfiles and has come up with a couple you may not have seen.

Most recently, there’s this discussion and outtake from Carousel Tides, which she felt ought to see the light of day.

Before that, also found in files, was this piece, a much older outtake: Strings, Strands, and Vines In Motion, which is after all a part of Cantra’s original story which morphed into the version we later settled on.

Do keep watching — the last of the scheduled follow-up med visits are coming right up and we’ve cleared some space to work in. Aside from the upcoming Principal Speaker gig at PhilCon  in a couple weeks we’re both going to be focusing on the words pretty hard between now and Boskone (in February).

 

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