I am pleased to announce the next Penric & Desdemona novella, the sequel to "Penric's Mission", is finished in first draft and undergoing final edits. I hope to have it up as an e-book at the usual suspects within a few weeks. Title is "Mira's Last Dance"; it will top out at about 28,000 words.

Cover design by the estimable Ron Miller, incorporating but not limited to "Still Life with Fruit" by Jacob van Walscapelle, 1675.





The vendor-page ad copy will read:

"In this sequel to the novella “Penric’s Mission”, the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister Nikys across the last hundred miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas. In the town of Sosie the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even more unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria, one of the ten dead women whose imprints make up the personality of the chaos demon Desdemona, comes to the fore with her own special expertise.

Fourth novella in the “Penric and Desdemona” series."

Ta, L.
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message 1: by Silver (new)

Silver Chipmunk Can't wait!


message 2: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Selby ***SQUEEEEE!!!!!***


message 3: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Heloise Sounds amazing! Are there any plans to publish the Penric novellas together as a book at some point? It would be nice to have them in paper form.


message 4: by Amelia (new)

Amelia So exciting!


message 5: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Catherine wrote: "Sounds amazing! Are there any plans to publish the Penric novellas together as a book at some point? It would be nice to have them in paper form."

Not until there are rather more of them. At that point, if it comes, we'll see.

Meanwhile, there's Subterranean Press...

Ta, L.


message 6: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Heloise Good to know - thanks, Lois!


message 7: by Terry (new)

Terry O'Carroll Cool bananas. Love Pen & Des. Will pre-order through Amazon as soon as I can.


message 8: by Kim (new)

Kim Aippersbach Not until there are rather more of them."

So, there are more coming??? *happy dance*


message 9: by Amazonaute (new)

Amazonaute I am loving these frequent penric apprearances. Carry on.


message 10: by Rupert (new)

Rupert Morrish Squeee!
I love reading about Penric and Des, but I also like how quickly you are able to get them to us after the text is complete. You seem to have this e-publishing thing sorted.


message 11: by Estara (new)

Estara wohoo!


message 12: by Kosigan (new)

Kosigan I think I can safely say that I'm not the only one who is glad that your "semi-retirement" is proving so productive. Long may it continue. I've not long finished Penric's Mission on audio, so I'll be ready for the continuation as soon as it pops up.


message 13: by Geng (new)

Geng Hooray! Thanks for giving us another update to the always entertaining Penric and Des!


message 14: by sharon (new)

sharon arima I can hardly wait


message 15: by Ed (new)

Ed Bear Time for the traditional cry:

eARC! eARC! eARC!

[evil grin]


message 16: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Ed wrote: "Time for the traditional cry:

eARC! eARC! eARC!

[evil grin]"


This is an original e-book; the first is the final. (We won't be bothering with pre-orders, either, time being so short. I trust.)
Remember, novella. 28k words. That's about as much as 5 - 6 average chapters, for people wanting to calibrate their expectations.


Ta, L.


message 17: by Jean (new)

Jean Lamb Hmm, 4 times 28 equals a pretty nice sized fantasy book...

Yay!


message 18: by Alice (new)

Alice Bentley Hurray for a new novella on the way! Hmmmm, just the incentive for me to finish up those proto-book-reviews for the last two...


message 19: by Ed (new)

Ed Bear Lois wrote: "Ed wrote: "Time for the traditional cry:

eARC! eARC! eARC!

[evil grin]"

This is an original e-book; the first is the final. (We won't be bothering with pre-orders, either, time being so short. I..."


Ummm. It WAS intended as a joke, given the calls that go out on the Bar whenever another of your novels is announced.


message 20: by Margaret (new)

Margaret How great! I keep wondering what happens next after moonrise on the hill top.


message 21: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Ed wrote: "Lois wrote: "Ed wrote: "Time for the traditional cry:

eARC! eARC! eARC!

[evil grin]"

This is an original e-book; the first is the final. (We won't be bothering with pre-orders, either, time bein..."

Ummm. It WAS intended as a joke, given the calls that go out on the Bar whenever another of your novels is announced.



Yep, but not everyone here knows the joke. My answer should keep them from wandering down blind alleys.

There were enough complaints, the first outing or two, from inattentive readers charging in expecting a novel and being brought up short by the novella length that I've taken to hitting the length descriptions pretty hard. After some point, one can't save people from themselves, but I do try.

Or I may be getting folks trained. We'll find out...

Ta, L.


message 22: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Johnson Outstanding! The whole series has been absolutely worth reading, and the first and third in particular show you at the top of your form. There's never enough excellence in the world, looking forward to more.


message 23: by Contrarius (new)

Contrarius Lois wrote: "Not until there are rather more of them..."

I love the sound of that. :-)


message 24: by DebL (new)

DebL Ooh! I see an owl mask and a raven mask!


message 25: by Mary (new)

Mary Great news!


message 26: by Jerri (new)

Jerri Fantastic news! If I had seen this one day earlier I would have included the news in my review of Penric's Mission in audiobook format. I haven't found a way to modify Audible reviews, as you can do on Amazon.


message 27: by Lee (new)

Lee Chiming in with another request for the collected novellas of Penric & Co in print to purchase for the library. We've had several requests. I'm buying them individually via OverDrive but a significant percentage of our population don't read digital versions.

Any chance of a Print-On-Demand at some point? Subterranean Press is usually above our price point.

Thanks ~


message 28: by Lois (last edited Feb 21, 2017 02:56PM) (new)

Lois Bujold Lw wrote: "Chiming in with another request for the collected novellas of Penric & Co in print to purchase for the library. We've had several requests. I'm buying them individually via OverDrive but a signific..."

Our trial of print-on-demand with The Spirit Ring was rather disappointing, for the amount of work we put in on it. (Granted, we were scrambling up the learning curve at the same time.) So probably not PoD.

The Penric now on hand is not enough for a fix-up, but rather, enough for two halves of two fix-ups. It will be quite some time before the market weight is made up to do them that way, assuming Pen remains interesting and fun for me, although at that point you might not get one volume, but two. Maybe.

No promises. But that's why I'm not rushing anything ahead prematurely. You all will just have to wait. There are lots of other books out there to read meanwhile.

Yeah, Subterranean really serves the collectors' market, not the mass market. But the mass market requires higher sales to make ends meet; as collections traditionally are low-sellers, Penric may end up falling between two stools. Or the shifts in the underlying technology may make it a whole new ball game; we'll have to see.

I assume the Overdrive editions are of the audiobooks? I haven't been able to get our own e-editions into Overdrive yet. Spectrum isn't set up to handle it, and I've been too lazy busy to learn how to do it myself.

Ta, L.


message 29: by Terry (new)

Terry O'Carroll Shame about the Spirit Ring; I rather enjoyed it (although not as much as your other worlds, I admit).


message 30: by Kelley (new)

Kelley Thrilled to hear about this! I really love the speed (on the readers end) of the e-publishing for these novellas. I *really* hope this stays fun for you because I love getting novella length "chunks" more frequently than waiting longer for novels. (I'm greedy like that!)

The World of the Five Gods is one of my favourite places to visit; thank you for being such an outstanding tour guide.


message 31: by Rachel (new)

Rachel "as the courtesan Mira of Adria comes to the fore with her own special expertise"
:D


message 32: by Terngirl (new)

Terngirl Read this, then read all three Penric novellas (for the umpteenth time)...is the 4th ready yet??


message 33: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Terngirl wrote: "Read this, then read all three Penric novellas (for the umpteenth time)...is the 4th ready yet?? "

The final (well, as final as it ever gets) file is turned in to my e-books person for processing. How long now before it goes live will depend on what else is in her packed work-queue. I'm hoping more for days than weeks, but that's not under my control (see, work-queue.)

Also, some people actually take weekends off. Strange but true.

Anyway, I'll make a blog post when it goes up.

Ta, L.


message 34: by Terngirl (new)

Terngirl Cheers!


message 35: by Woman Who Weaves (new)

Woman Who Weaves Lois wrote: "Our trial of print-on-demand with The Spirit Ring was rather disappointing, for the amount of work we put in on it."

I'm still sort of hoping for another peek at that world. Maybe Fiametta's granddaughter in a novella? I own a Hardcover Baen copy bought used but very clean. Still has the dust jacket.


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