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Sharon Lee & Steve Miller are the author team behind the classic and ever-popular Liaden Universe®. This series of “adventurous romantic space opera” holds cross-over appeal for both romance and science fiction readers.

To celebrate the release of MOUSE AND DRAGON, Lee and Miller’s thirteenth Liaden novel, the authors are hosting a contest. It’s open to anyone and everyone who has yet to sample a Liaden Universe® novel. They're giving away 36 digital copies of THE DRAGON VARIATION omnibus, which includes CONFLICT OF HONORS, LOCAL CUSTOM, and SCOUT’S PROGRESS.

Not only that, but if you’re a blogger who wants to help spread the word about it, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $36.00 gift card from Barnes and Noble! And if you’re a blogger new to the Liaden novels of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, you can enter both tiers of the contest.

Here is an excerpt from the official announcement at Sharon Lee’s blog:
In celebration of the publication of Mouse and Dragon, the thirteenth novel set in their Liaden Universe®, authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are holding an Expanding Universe Contest! Yes! No less than thirty-six electronic copies of The Dragon Variation will be given away.

The Dragon Variation is an omnibus edition of three Liaden Universe® novels — Conflict of Honors, one of the first modern SFRomances; Local Custom, second place winner of the Prism Award for best Futuristic of 2002; and Scout’s Progress, the first place winner of the Prism Award for best Futuristic of 2002, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice for Best SF Novel of its year, and the prequel to Mouse and Dragon.

That's three complete novels under one cover. No prior knowledge of the Liaden Universe® required. Electronic! In Baen Books’ DRM-free, multiplatform style. This omnibus can be read on your Kindle, your phone, your iPad, your desktop, or other ereader.
To enter the contest, visit the Expanding Universe post at Sharon Lee’s blog and follow the instructions you see there (it’s easy). The contest ends at "midnight Eastern Daylight Time (4:00 a.m. GMT) Friday, July 16". Winners will be announced on Saturday, July 17, 2010.

I love these books and just started to reread the series. I highly recommend them and this is the perfect way to try them out.

04 July 2010 @ 11:54 am

I’ve just updated my blogging software (I use Windows Live Writer) and discovered that it supports Livejournal as well as Blogger. I thought it didn’t for some strange reason. So that makes it relatively easy to send my posts out to my LJ as well as my blog while only having to write them once. They’re sporadic and not particularly interesting these days, I have to admit, but it’s still nice to have somewhere to throw out one’s thoughts now and then.

So just maybe, you’ll see something appearing in this space.

18 May 2008 @ 08:41 pm
I can barely keep up one blog, so more than one is impossible.

I'm going to keep my LJ so I can easily follow other people's journal and comment on them, but when I have things to post myself, I'm going to stick with my blog and start doing a bit of personal stuff over there are well and reading and crafting.

If you want to keep up with me, please either come directly to my blog at or use the syndicated feed I set up at rocalisablog.
23 February 2008 @ 06:18 pm
Cricket and cross stitch. Ah, the joys of summer.

So why is it pouring with rain outside?
23 February 2008 @ 09:28 am
I've got my header image back. I like my triceratops and I'm glad he's back.

We decided we didn't need three domains we had to keep paying for and let one go. Of course, the image link in the CSS page was to the one we now don't have any more. Once I figured that out all I had to do was change a bit of text and yay, my dinosaur is back.

In case you hadn't guessed, I'm not all that internet savvy really. I rely on my brilliant husband. Which makes me all the more smug when I work it out for myself.
20 January 2008 @ 06:37 pm
Cross posted from my blog...

Marcus told me he needed to go to the toilet, so I sent him off to do his thing. (He's at the point where he's toilet trained but still feels the need to tell us when he needs to go.)

After a while, I decided things had got a bit quiet, about the same time he called for me (which usually means helping him get the right foot through the right hole in his underwear).

Instead, he proudly showed me the door handle. Naked from the waist down, he'd taken the screwdriver from his tool box (which Daddy made up for him with real tools) and quietly removed one of the screws holding the door handle to the door. There was no sign of the screw.

"Where's the screw?" I asked.

"In there," he told me, pointing at the wall cupboard.

Sure enough, there beside the spare rolls of toilet paper was the screw.

Fortunately, with a bit of praise and encouragement he was happy and willing to replace the screw and tighten it up again.

You can't turn your back on this kid.
15 December 2007 @ 09:05 am
I took this on Thursday when Marcus fell asleep on the sofa. He looked so sweet and angelic, which he isn't always when he's awake.

We're all doing pretty well here at present. Dave managed to bash his head on the car door last night and cut open the top of your head - especially easy when you don't have a lot of hair for protection. It looks nasty this morning, but he assures me it doesn't hurt much. (Of course, I suspect we have different definitions of "much").

Marcus is looking forward to Christmas so much as he's looking forward to going to stay with Granny. He gets the trappings of Christmas and loves the tree, but I don't think he totally gets it yet. That's okay with me as we don't have lots of "I want..." going on. My mother made him an advent calendar with a book cover behind each door, giving us a book to read each day. She also provided most of the books so we're discovering new stories we haven't read before which is fun. Marcus is loving it.

I have my Christmas shopping done with the exception of some small things for Marcus, so that's a huge relief as I really do hate dealing with the growing crowds.

I've been stitching like a maniac on a project that is close to being finished after nearly 3 years, but I think I burnt myself out on it, so I'm taking a break until I'm ready to face it again. I've still got 2 1/2 months to get it finished within 3 years and I'm confident I'll manage to do that.

I've been tired by too ansty to rest lately, which has meant I'm not getting over it, but I'm finally starting to feel more relaxed so hopefully things will start improving now.

We head off for my parents' place on the 23rd, so I've still got time before then, and we should have a nice week with family once we get there.
07 December 2007 @ 06:13 pm
I've just been reminded by the lovely kaymickbee that I've neglected my LJ. I haven't been writing up family stuff much, and my craft and books posts have been on my blog. Trying to keep with two journals has been a bit difficult, but I will try to do better in future.

I have just syndicated my blog to LJ if anyone wants to add that to their friends list. I'm not sure if this is the right coding for the link, but I'll give it a go. Try rocalisablog.
19 October 2007 @ 06:48 am
10 minutes ago I was woken (at 1am) by Marcus' voice telling me he was cold. As I staggered out of bed and out of dream fog (about premature babies of all things) I realised why. Of course he was cold. He'd taken off his pyjama pants AND his nappy before venturing out of his warm bedroom to find me. He said he wanted to go to the toilet, but agreed to the compromise of using the potty in his room where it was warmer.

He's now fully dressed again and back in bed - and hopefully asleep. Which is what I should be, but I just needed to note this down first for posting in the morning. I've been waiting for a breakthrough on the toilet training and I'm trying not to be too hopeful that this is it in order to avoid disappointment. But a half-naked boy at 1am is hopefully a good sign rather than just a new way to torture Mummy.
16 October 2007 @ 04:30 pm
Marcus has conjunctivitis. Poor kid - one eye is all gooey and nasty and the other is threatening to do the same thing.

And on a personal note, it means he can't go to daycare tomorrow (since he's infectious) which means I don't get my rest day, which isn't good for me either.

So neither of us is particularly happy right now. I suspect Dave isn't either, as it means he may have to stay home from work some time in the next two days to give me a break. It just frustrates me so much; I know it isn't my fault, but I seem to end up adding to each family problem instead of contributing to the fixing of any of them. If I was well, it would be yuckky for Marcus to be ill, but I'd just look after him and all would be well with time. Instead, his being ill worsens my being ill and it all spirals. All from a little bit of gooey eye.