Re: Meisha Merlin
I heartily agree with you Finnien: Meisha Merlin not only publish good books, but they are good people. I talked to Stephen Pagel at the WorldCon in San Francisco and felt right at home. (Dog enthusiasts, take note. Meisha and Merlin are the names of the publishers' dogs.)
Some of the earlier Meisha Merlin publications need more careful copyediting to get rid of typos and other tiny glitches, but the books are consistently interesting and entertaining.
And I can't rave enough about Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden books! (Swooning now . . . )