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Pre-order *Personalized* copies of Carousel Sun

The following message from the Uncle has just arrived:

We've arranged for our order of Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee (sequel to Carousel Tide) to be shipped from the bindery to the author for signature and then shipped on to us.  If you pre-order a copy before the end of December and request a personalization as well as a signature, we'll try to arrange it.  The book won't be shipped until around the end of January or beginning of February, and you can continue to order a signed copy until we're sold out.  But if you wait until January to order a copy, you won't get a personalized copy.  (Yes, we still have signed hardcover copies of the last 2 Liaden Universe® novels by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.)  The link to all the signed Lee & Miller stuff is on the Browse Our New Books page.
Best regards,
Don Blyly
Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore

Here's the bullet-point version:

* You may now pre-order a signed copy of Carousel Sun from Uncle Hugo's Bookstore via this link

*You may also, for a limited time, have your pre-ordered signed book personalized.  "Personalized" means you ask the author to write something special on the title page in addition to their name.  These can be as simple as, "To Marge," and as complex as "To Marge in memory of that night in Seattle."  Fair Warning: I, as the Signing Author reserve the right not to inscribe a book with a personalization I find to be, in my sole judgment:  (1) offensive, (2) too long, (3) anything else.  You will use the Special Instructions box on the order form to write out your personalization -- Please check your spelling, 'cause I'm going to assume that you've typed it out exactly as you want it.

*There is a deadline involved if you want your pre-ordered signed copy of Carousel Sun personalized.  That deadline is December 31, 2013.  So you need to do this now.

*There will only be a limited number of signed copies of Carousel Sun available, they will only be available through Uncle Hugo's SF Bookstore in Minneapolis.  The exact number of signed copies available depends upon how many are pre-ordered.  So, sooner is better than later to order, if you want a signed copy.

*Here's the link again.

*The Uncle is doing me -- and you! -- a pretty substantial favor here, so please be courteous.  And while you're at the Lee-and-Miller book page that the link above leads to, take a few minutes to look around.

Thanks very much for  your interest and support.

Attention, All the Ships at Sea

The Carousel Sun eArc is now available from Baen.  Here's the link.

Book tour news, and! a hint of Sun…

Last reminder:  Steve Miller and Sharon Lee will be on the road in support of Trade Secret, the seventeenth and newest Liaden Universe® novel.  We'll be signing books, reading excerpts, talking trash, drinking coffee and eating cookies (cookies!).  This is the roadshow of the century, here, and you don't want to miss it.

Are we going to be in your town?  Here's the schedule.  We hope to see you -- yes, you! and your friends and family, too! -- at one or more of our stops along the way.*

Now!  As you see from the schedule, our very first stop on the tour is tomorrow night -- that's Halloween! -- at Pandemonium Books, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Which means?  -- anyone?

Yes, you with the curly green beard. . .thank you, very good!

It means that I'll be on the road, with limited connectivity.

This is important to you, because. . .

. . .Madame the Editor, who is, it must be admitted, a bit of a tease, has made reference to All Hallows Eve as perhaps a Day of Interest for those who have been waiting for the eArc of Carousel Sun.  This is not, understand, in any way a promise on Madame's part, though the date would be particularly apt.

So!  This is what I'd like you to do for me, if you would be so very kind:

If the eArc comes up -- shout the news from the rooftops.  Tell all your friends, post it to Facebook, Twitter, relevant listservs, and on your blog.  It would be a big help for the title, since it's been so long -- 2010! -- since Carousel Tides came out, and after a while people forget to look for a sequel.

Thank you.

On the Getting Ready to Rhumba Front, packing has been accomplished.  There are a couple more house chores to be finished ere we leave -- the sheets are washing now, for instance; and we have a late-breaking business conference call to deal with, mid-afternoon, then the Ritual Handing Off of the Key to the House Sitter.

The cats, of course, are taking all of this in stride.  I have the pictures to prove it:

Scrabble taking a bath, with heffalumps. Note the rare footage of the toes, like little pearls.
Scrabble taking a bath, with heffalumps. Note the rare footage of the toes, like little pearls.
Mozart napping on the pillow at the bottom of the bed, also displaying footage.
Mozart napping on the pillow at the bottom of the bed, also displaying footage.


Trooper in his Plan B box, in my office, overseen by a Motley Gaggle(tm) of stuffies.
Trooper in his Plan B box, in my office, overseen by a Motley Gaggle(tm) of stuffies.



*If we are not going to be in your town this time, and you are, or know of, a bookstore or convention who would like to host us, please pass this information on to Baen.  Thanks!


Regarding Carousel Sun

Asyouknowbob, Carousel Sun, the eagerly-awaited  sequel to 2010's smash hit Carousel Tides, will be published in February 2014.

Now, asyouALSOknowbob, Carousel Sun will, like its prequel before it, be published as a trade paperback.  Which is perfectly fine; I like trade paperbacks.  Especially when they have my name on the front cover.  In fact, the only thing wrong with trade paperbacks is that they do not enjoy the "signed edition" status currently bestowed upon Baen hardcovers.  Doesn't seem fair, somehow. I said as much to Don Blyly of Uncle Hugo's, and --

He agreed.

So, here's the deal.  Don and I are working on a way to provide those who want them with signed copies of Carousel Sun.

But that's not all!  We're trying to figure out a system that will allow me to personalize copies of Carousel Sun pre-ordered from Uncle Hugo's (and only from Uncle Hugo's).  Which, if we can pull it off, would be very cool indeed.

Watch this space for details.  This has been a Distant Early Warning; the pre-order page will in no case go up on Uncle Hugo's website before mid-November.

. . .and there you have it.  Is that exciting or what?


Carousel Seas

by Sharon Lee

Approximately 106,817 words

Submitted August 1, 2013

High Season in Archers Beach

I went down to Old Orchard Beach for a couple days last week -- a business trip.  Carousel Seas, which is due on August 15, is set during High Season -- July and August -- and I wanted to be certain that I had the world-building right.

Mostly, I did, but I'd forgotten how very, very noisy the town is during the height of the Season.

For those who had been following the Archers Beach photo diary in the fall, I've uploaded some pictures from this recent trip, right here.

Final Cover, Carousel Sun

And here we have the final cover.  Carousel Sun is available for pre-order now from Amazon and BN.

Carousel Sun cover art by Eric Williams.

Carousel Sun cover art
by Eric Williams.


Eye Candy! Carousel Sun cover art

We have, through the kind offices of Tony Daniel and Danielle Turner at Baen, the following Sneak Peak of the cover art for Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee, which is tentatively slated for publication in early 2014.

I like it.

Carousel Sun cover art by Eric Williams
Carousel Sun cover art
by Eric Williams

For those coming in late, Carousel Sun is the sequel to Carousel Tides -- available even now at a bookstore near you; in all ebook formats known to man from Baen, from the Kindle Store, and the Apple ebook store.  It is also available as an audiobook from Audible.  I'm writing the last book in the trilogy -- Carousel Seas -- as we speak.



Carousel Sun

Sharon Lee

Approximately 104,000 words

Submitted February 11, 2013

In which Rolanni forgets that it’s a new year

So, after breakfast, I walked into town to fetch home some bagels, and seeing as how I was out, I extended my walk over to Heath Street, where I found the AZ Market, an institution for 50 years, real world time, has closed.  This is a sad thing.  I liked the AZ Market; it had character.  It had fresh donuts.  It had weird wines that no one in Waterville is allowed to sell.

In Archers Beach, the AZ Market is Ahz's Market and it's run by Ahzan Dhar, aka Ahzie.  I just last night wrote a scene where Ahzie was present, so this morning's revelation was a double shock.  One of the perils of writing mundane fiction set in the almost-real-world, I suppose.

Going a little further down that path...a while back, someone asked why St. Margaret's Church wasn't mentioned in Carousel Tides.  The answer to that, of course, is that Carousel Tides took place mostly within the amusement park, and the beach.  There was no mention of the church, because Kate hadn't walked up the hill to look it and relate it to the readers.

Carousel Sun, now, opens up the setting, as Kate's concerns expand with her continuing duties as Guardian, so readers will be seeing lots of things that were never mentioned in the first book.

Stories are, after all, as much about what the author chooses not to talk about, as they are about those things that she brings to the table for reader examination.  No story can tell everything, show everything, examine every character.  It's all in the telling detail.

So, anyhow, after the shock to my system of finding AZ Market gone, I walked through Memorial Park, and Fountain Circle, paid my respects to the sea and came home.  As I was passing the synagogue (which I keep meaning to take a picture of), I saw three Rabbis in white and black robes on the porch.  Totally forgot it was the new year!  L'shana tova.

So now I'm back home, and have uploaded pictures here, and it's time to get to work.