Reviews round up

December 15th, 2014 at 2:04 pm (Cranky Ladies of History, Phantazein, The Bone Chime Song)

Don’t forget to enter to win an exclusive Cranky Ladies of History calendar, designed by Tansy Rayner Roberts – these calendars are ONLY available through this giveaway, unless you were a clever campaign backer and got yours there! Competition closes tomorrow.

Speaking of Cranky Ladies, it’s very pleasing to see the anthology appearing on some “anticipated reads of 2015″ lists (such as Tsana’s, here) – we’re in the final stages of edits for the book, and can’t wait to share it with you!

PhantazeinCoverA wonderful review of Phantazein from A Fantastical Librarian, where Mieneke says the book is “filled with fabulous stories from a strong and all-female line-up” and is “…entertaining and a joy to read”. Thank you, Mieneke!

Sean Wright also reviewed Phantazein recently, noting that “Phantazein showcases the depth of talent Australia has in the fantasy field…” Indeed!

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories is unpacked a bit over at Peter Tennant’s new site Trumpetville – take a look at what he says here.

We really appreciate all the reviews from our readers – if you have read one of our books, please post (or cross-post) a review on Amazon or Goodreads, as they do help!

 

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Win a Cranky Ladies of History calendar!

December 8th, 2014 at 6:00 am (Cranky Ladies of History)

1800014_291919761007446_3196873582817157009_o We have just mailed out all the Cranky Ladies of History calendars (designed by Tansy!) that were part of some reward tiers of the Pozible campaign. However, we find ourselves with a couple of extras, so we decided to run a little competition to give them away! It’s pretty simple to enter – just use the RaffleCopter form below. Please feel free to share!

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New Reviews

November 19th, 2014 at 9:27 pm (Path of Night, Phantazein, Reviews)

Some lovely new reviews around the internet!

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 9.50.34 AMKyla Lee Ward at Tabula Rasa gives an entertaining review of Dirk Flinthart’s Path of Night, noting: “Flinthart delivers a thoughtful and entertaining take on his material.”

Elizabeth at Earl Grey Editing Service says of Phantazein: “The stories that make up the anthology had a nice mixture of cultures” and “…I’d definitely recommend it…” while Tsana Reads and Reviews declares: “there’s something here for all kinds of fairytalesque fantasy fans.”

We really appreciate all the reviews from our readers – if you have read one of our books, please post (or cross-post) a review on Amazon or Goodreads, as they do help!

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FREE Margo Lanagan!

November 10th, 2014 at 8:07 pm (eBooks)

Flower and WeedHmm. Possibly that title could have been worded a little differently, because as far as we know, Margo isn’t actually locked up anywhere (at the moment…) :)

Rather, we have a very short special on Margo’s wonderful “Flower and Weed” over at Amazon, to celebrate Margo’s wonderful Barbara Jefferis Award win for Sea Hearts. Sea Hearts is a personal favourite of ours, and “Flower and Weed” tells a little part of the story – don’t miss out!

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It’s Year’s Best time!

November 8th, 2014 at 8:00 am (Miscellaneous)

It’s that time of year when it seems a bunch of Year’s Best anthologies are announced, and we’re so pleased to see a number of our 2013-published stories recognised.

Focus2013-CoverOur own Focus 2013, which collects award-recognised Australian stories, features DK Mok’s “Morning Star” (One Small Step, an anthology of discoveries) and Joanne Anderton’s “Mah Song” (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories).

Joanne Anderton’s story “Mah Song” will also appear in the inaugural Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction from Twelfth Planet Press, which has an astonishing international lineup, and Rowena Cory Daniells’ “The Ways of the Wyrding Women” (One Small Step) has made the table of contents for Ticonderoga’s Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.

“By Blood and Incantation” (One Small Step) by Lisa Hannett and Angela Slatter received honorable mentions in two anthologies, Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing and Ellen Datlow’s, with Datlow also highlighting Kathleen Jennings’ “Ella and the Flame” (One Small Step), “Sand and Seawater” by Joanne Anderton and Rabia Gale (One Small Step), and Joanne’s “Mah Song” and “Fencelines” from The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories. 

 

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Announcement: Cranky Ladies of History Table of Contents

November 7th, 2014 at 8:30 am (Cranky Ladies of History)

Cranky Ladies logoOur Pozible campaign backers had an advance preview of the table of contents for Cranky Ladies of History a few days ago, but now we are delighted to share it with the world! It seems like so long ago this idea came to life, and we still have a ways before the book itself is released, but right now we are SO excited to present to you the line up for the anthology (presented in approximately era-order):

Author Provisional Title Cranky Lady A little detail…
Joyce Chng “Charmed Life” Leizu Chinese empress who discovered silk
Amanda Pillar “Neter Nefer” Hatshepsut Egyptian ruler
Barbara Robson “Theodora” Theodora, wife of the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian the first Wife of the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian the first
Lisa Hannett “Hallgerðr Höskuldsdóttir / For So Great a Misdeed” Icelandic woman
Garth Nix “The Company of Women” Lady Godiva Anglo-Saxon noblewoman
Juliet Marillier “Hallowed Ground” Hildegard of Bingen German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath
LM Myles “Little Battles” Eleanor of Aquitaine French queen & mother of dynasty
Foz Meadows “Bright Moon” Khutulun Central Asian warrior
Laura Lam “The lioness and her prey” Jeanne de Clisson French pirate
Liz Barr “Queenside” Mary Tudor (Mary I of England) Queen of England
Deborah Biancotti “Look How Cold My Hands Are” Countess Bathory countess from the renowned Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary. She has been labelled the most prolific female serial killer in history
Dirk Flinthart “The gift of freedom” Grace O’Malley Queen of Umaill, chieftain of the Ó Máille clan sometimes known as “The Sea Queen of Connacht”
Faith Mudge “Glorious” Elizabeth I Queen of England
Havva Murat “The Pasha, the girl and the dagger: The story of Nora of Kelmendi” Nora of Kelmendi Albanian warrior
Kirstyn McDermott “Mary Mary” Mary Wollstonecroft English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights.
Thoraiya Dyer “Vintana” Queen Ranavalona I of Madagascar, also known as Ranavalona the Cruel Queen of Madagascar
Stephanie Lai “The dragon, the terror, the sea” Cheng Shih Chinese pirate
Jane Yolen SACAGAWEA SACAGAWEA Lemhi Shoshone woman, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, acting as an interpreter and guide, in their exploration of the Western United States
Kaaron Warren “Another week in the future” Miss CH Spence Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, politician and leading suffragist.
Sylvia Kelso “Due care and attention” Lilian Cooper British-born Australian doctor
Sandra McDonald “Cora Crane and The Trouble with Me” Cora Crane American businesswoman, nightclub and bordello owner, writer and journalist.
Nisi Shawl “A Beautiful Stream” Colette French novelist and performer
Liz Argall “Oodgeroo is Not Yet Your Name” Oodgeroo Noonuccal Australian poet, political activist, artist and educator.

Isn’t that AMAZING? Tansy and I are so chuffed to have such a marvellous bunch of stories to work on (and yes, we’re just a little bit smug that we have already read them :) ). So, which cranky lady are YOU most keen for?

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Conflux, Phantazein, Cranky Ladies…

October 26th, 2014 at 2:58 pm (Phantazein)

We had a lovelyIMG_6854 weekend at Conflux a couple of weeks ago, and celebrated the launch of Phantazein with a fantastic roll up of con attendees. Cake and champagne were consumed, and wonderful congoers purchased books. I made a short and hopefully coherent launch speech that thanked the contributors, the cover artist Kathleen Jennings, and our designer Amanda Rainey, and also the authors of the forthcoming Insert Title Here anthology, which got slightly bumped because of Phantazein leapfrogging it (it will now launch in April 2015). The convention itself was quite intimate, but had some big-hitting panellists and a really lovely friendly feel to it. Was great to catch up with so many interstate friends, and I must give a huge shout out to intern extraordinaire Katharine and (sub intern?!) Elanor, who spent a great deal of time in the dealer room taking care of the table – it made such a big difference to my con experience, and is so much appreciated!

I’m delighted to see the first reviews of Phantazein starting to come in now – people seem to be enjoying it! Over at Butterfly Elephant, Bethwyn says “There is something dark to this collection, something that weaves everything together and leaves you coming back for more each time.” Katharine gave it five stars on Goodreads and said “From the very first piece in this anthology (one of my favourites!) I was swept away. This is a collection of wonderous fantasy, the kind that don’t always have a happy ending…” and Matt Morrison says of the stories “…all have a fresh voice and a unique spin…”.

My co-editor Tansy Rayner Roberts and I had a chat about the line up for Cranky Ladies of History today, and we’re very VERY close to being able to announce the table of contents. It’s SO exciting and we’re so delighted with the stories our amazing authors have shared with us – just you wait and see!

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Tehani’s Conflux schedule

September 29th, 2014 at 9:48 am (Conventions)

Barring unforeseen changes, I’ll participating in the following program items at Conflux:

SECRET TIME LORDS: Most Time Lords apparently perished in the Great Time War. Ah, but did they? Our panellists speculate on Time Lords hidden amongst us.  6pm Friday, Forest Room 2.

EDITING ANTHOLOGIES – TIPS FOR THE UNINITIATED:  11am Saturday, Forest Room 3.  

PITCH SESSION (by advance booking only) – midday, location unknown!

BOOK LAUNCH – PHANTAZEIN EDITED BY TEHANI WESSELY:  5pm Saturday, Conflux Registration area.

THE DOCTOR’S JOURNEY – REVIEWING THE 11TH DOCTOR’S TRAVELS: Yes, we know there’s some debate about the numbering with John Hurt’s War Doctor, but we’re sticking with the published designations. 4.30am Sunday, Board Room 3.

CROWD FUNDED PUBLISHING – ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: 10am Monday, Forest Room 3.

THE SPOKEN JOURNEY: Podcasts, talking books, radio, audio journals: in a multi-media environment the writing market includes audio presentations. This panel explores audio as a medium and issues in accessibility, technology and performance. 1pm Monday, Forest Room 3.

I hope to also attend both guest of honour speeches, but the rest of the time, I’ll be hanging out in the dealer room! See you there?

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New release – FOCUS 2013: highlights of Australian short fiction

September 28th, 2014 at 10:00 am (FOCUS)

Focus2013-CoverFocus 2013: highlights of Australian short fiction hits the virtual shelves on October 1, 2014. The second of an annual series, Focus 2013 collects an elite selection of work which has received acclaim via national and international Awards shortlisting.

Focus 2013: highlights of Australian short fiction features work by…

D.K. Mok – “Morning Star”

Juliet Marillier – “By Bone-Light”

Joanne Anderton – “Mah Song”

Thoraiya Dyer – “Seven Days in Paris”

Tansy Rayner Roberts – “Cold White Daughter”

C.S. McMullen – “The Nest”

Cat Sparks – “Scarp”

Kaaron Warren – “Air, Water and the Grove”

Kirstyn McDermott – “The Home for Broken Dolls”

Kathleen Jennings – Illustrations and cover art

The book is officially on sale on October 1, and is currently available for pre-order at Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords for US$4.99.

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Invitation: Phantazein book launch

September 27th, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Phantazein)

PhantazeinCoverPlease join us to launch Phantazein, 5pm on Saturday 4 October, 2014 at Conflux, Rydges Capital Hill, Canberra. As usual, there will be prizes and giveaways and all going well, drinks!

Feel free to add yourself and invite friends at the Facebook Event page!

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