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?

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.

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.


The Archers Beach Diary

As advertised elsewhere, I will be on-site at Archers Beach Old Orchard Beach during the month of September.  This is a working research and writing trip — my first ever!  This is what comes of mostly working in a totally imaginary universe.  Not to mention that I’d scarcely last an hour on Solcintra port, given the Utter Terran-ness of my manners.

Be that as may be, I’ll be repurposing this space as a working blog.  I’ve also set up a Pinterest board, here, where I’ll be posting such photographs of the town as I may make.  Be aware that I am not a photographer of note.

Anyone who may be interested in these various iterations of an Author at Work is invited to join the fun.

Since it has been requested, and assuming I can figure out how to make it work, I’ll be adding a PayPal button to the sidebar.  If you’re of a mind to support the site, the blog, the photographic endeavors, or the author at work — the button is your friend.

Here ends your Distant Early Warning.