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January 20, 2021

Masquerade in Lodi audio due February 27th


Masquerade in Lodi has now acquired a release date from Blackstone Audiobooks -- February 27th. It's not yet listed on the Downpour or iTunes sites, but I see Audible had their page up --


I look forward to seeing what they do with the cover.

Ta, L.
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Published on January 20, 2021 11:07

January 1, 2021

Penric's Progress in Paperback Jan. 27th

Happy New Year, all!

I am pleased to note that the mass-market paperback edition of Penric's Progress, the novella collection from Baen Books containing the first Penric & Desdemona tales "Penric's Demon", "Penric and the Shaman", and "Penric's Fox", plus my short introduction, will be released January 27th.


for reference. There will also be signed copies available by mail order from Uncle Hugo's and Dreamhaven here in Minneapolis. And, with luck, general bookstore distribution, something I haven't had a lot of lately.

My carton of author's copies came the other day, fresh from the printer. Also received last week were the page proofs, what used to be called galley proofs, of the succeeding Penric's Travels mass-market paperback planned for May.

I'm very glad page proofs are now electronic -- I can enlarge the print to my eyes' content, most helpful for the tedious task of proofreading for errata. A good indoor project for this weather.

Ta, L.
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Published on January 01, 2021 09:23

December 8, 2020

Minekura's SAIYUKI is back

My review here:


(My review was supposed to auto-cross-post to my blog, but does not seem to have shown up. This'll do, I guess.)

Ta, L.
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Published on December 08, 2020 19:05

December 2, 2020

new Pat Wrede podcast interview

...is up here:


Pat's blog on writing has some of the most level-headed advice on the net. It's where I send pretty much everyone who asks me about writing tips, because, y'know, that's where I got mine.


She also offers a handy ebook compendium of selected older posts, Wrede on Writing. Found at https://www.amazon.com/Wrede-Writing-... and at other vendors.

Or you could just start at the bottom of the blog column and read up. Or the top and read down. Or use the search function to explore particular topics.

Ta, L.
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Published on December 02, 2020 08:47

November 28, 2020

Penric compendiums still at Hugo's, Dreamhaven

Just a note in honor of Small Business Saturday (an adjunct of Black Friday, America's real religious holiday): both Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore and Dreamhaven Books & Comics here in Minneapolis stock the lovely recent Baen hardcover collections of the six first-published Penric & Desdemona novellas, signed. (And a bunch of my other titles and formats, also signed.) And both do mail order, including internationally, giving one an alternate buying venue to the usual suspects.



Penric's Travels, in particular, had its initial sales depressed because it was launched back in May, when everything was first shutting down for Covid. So you won't find either hardcover just out on the shelves of regular bookstores, since that shelf space is now devoted to fall titles. The books still exist, they just need to be ordered. Which you can do right from home anyway, so good all around.

Ta, L.

(And signed books make good Christmas gifts, for anyone planning ahead.)
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Published on November 28, 2020 09:39

November 11, 2020

Masquerade in Lodi now up on Nook



Special thanks to my ebook handler at Spectrum, who kept working despite frustrations to push it through.

Ta, L.
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Published on November 11, 2020 08:12

November 2, 2020

Birthday greetings from the Russian fans

In what has somehow become an annual tradition, I received another delightful birthday greeting from my Russian fans. I leave it to someone not monolingual to provide the translations...

Many thanks, Lois
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Published on November 02, 2020 17:28

October 22, 2020

#22 on Kindle this morning

I was startled to click over and see that "Masquerade in Lodi" is up to #22 in the Kindle store this morning. I was pretty chuffed when it made the mid-three-figures sales rankings last weekend, and figured that was my pop for the season. Two-figures is rare for me. Cool!

I have no idea what is driving sales up mid-week (weekends are usually better for my stuff), apart from whatever internal-to-Kindle cross-linking their sales bots supply when a title gets hot.

Possibly it's getting a bit of a boost from frustrated Nook users. We're still trying to get an upload over at B&N, and will continue to do so until we succeed, but it could be hours, days, or weeks. There is very little more that can be done from this side. Apologies to Nook users. You are not forgotten.

iBooks continues to behave, as far as I know.

Meanwhile, reviews or other mentions elsewhere book-appropriate on the net that might lead curious readers to the vendors in the first place continue to be the best thing interested folks can do for any of my titles.

Ta, L.

Addendum: it turns out the vendors are no longer requiring numbers on series titles, so we are going to dispense with them for these ala carte novellas, rendering that whole prequel-sequel puzzle moot. I'll start sticking rolling chronological-order-listings right on the vendor-copy descriptions for Pen & Des, at least, in future.
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Published on October 22, 2020 07:39

October 21, 2020

Bujold e-titles in Spanish

Also French, and a couple of other languages.

Some of my foreign publishers are starting to get into e-books at last. I think this is great, because it gives my translations a much greater geographic reach, not to mention more time on the virtual shelves. Recently, my Spanish publisher has reissued the entire Vorkosigan series with an attractive new set of covers.

All my titles on iBooks may be seen here:


Shards of Honor on Kindle here:


from which the rest may be discovered by link exploration. Author's name doesn't bring them up -- you have to enter the foreign title. Kindle seems a bit hit-or-miss compared to iBooks.

Nook has quite a few, though you have to click over to about screen 3 or 4 to see them in my Nook-books-by listing.


If anyone knows of generally available ebooks of mine in other languages or on other platforms, chime in down in the comments. (Note that some titles may not be available in all countries due to licensing issues.)

And if you know fans who read Spanish or the other languages, do please pass the word.

Ta, L.
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Published on October 21, 2020 07:25

October 16, 2020

Penric numbering dilemma

I see that both "Masquerade in Lodi" and "Penric's Mission" are presently being numbered on Amazon as "Penric and Desdemona Book 4".

This brings me back to the same puzzle I had with "Penric's Fox", when dropping in what people will insist on seeing as a prequel. At the time, we renumbered all the then-extant titles, which some people complained about. I figured if I wrote any more, I'd just continue with publication order, making "Masquerade" into #9. Even though it is, indeed, now #4 in internal chronology.

Anybody want to express an opinion on this, before I make a choice? Because one or the other can be #4, but definitely not both.

Ta, Lois.

...Noting that Arthur Conan Doyle didn't seem to have this problem with his 54 Sherlock Holmes tales, though granted he had Watson writing in retrospective.


Later: This seems a good place to recap, since I just updated some of my Author Notes on Amazon:

The internal chronological order of the Penric tales is presently:

“Penric’s Demon”
"Penric and the Shaman"
"Penric's Fox"
"Masquerade in Lodi"
"Penric's Mission"
"Mira's Last Dance"
"The Prisoner of Limnos"
"The Orphans of Raspay"
"The Physicians of Vilnoc"

The six first-published of these have been collected in two Baen Books paper editions, Penric's Progress, containing Demon, Shaman, and Fox, and Penric's Travels, containing Mission, Mira, and Limnos.

...Pretty sure we're going to go with publication order for those vendor pages that insist upon numbers, from here onward. People will just have to sort out internal-chronological for themselves, as they always have.
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Published on October 16, 2020 12:48