Welcome to Women’s History Month 2015, which has the theme “Weaving the stories of women’s lives”, which fits perfectly with our Cranky Ladies of History anthology project! After 18 months of work, including our successful crowd-funding campaign in March last year, we are proudly releasing the anthology on March 8. To celebrate, our wonderful authors have supplied blog posts related to their Cranky Lady, and we are delighted to share them here during the month of March.
To get your own copy of Cranky Ladies of History, you can buy from our website, order your favourite real world bookshop, or purchase at all the major online booksellers (in print and ebook).
A few notes on Nora by Havva Murat (“The Pasha, the Girl and the Dagger”)
Nora of Kelmendi, literally from Kelmend: a remote, mountainous region of Northern Albanian that flows into both the neighbouring countries of Montenegro and Kosovo, was born around 1630 AD. The cultural melting pot that is the Balkans, had by this time been held for around 200 years (from circa 1431) by the Ottoman Sultans and their local (in this instance, Bosnian) Pashas, taken after a series of bloody medieval wars that saw the lowlands fall into the hands of the Turks and the highlands foster and give birth to many uprisings. Nora, born into a Roman Catholic Family, became renowned as the greatest female warrior in the history of the country for killing the aforementioned Pasha in a duel (although her feats are more the stuff of legend than historical fact, but we won’t let that get in the way of a good story). It is interesting to note here that there are still many Roman Catholic families living in this region of Albanian today despite the fact that the majority of Albanians converted to Islam while under Ottoman rule – but not the Kelmend! This group were determined to hold onto their own faith and customs in the face of the Ottoman threat and thus their reputation as the most stubborn tribe in the nation grew.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR “THE PASHA, THE GIRL AND THE DAGGER” AFTER THE CUT – check out the story in Cranky Ladies of History before you read!
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Welcome to Women’s History Month 2015, which has the theme “Weaving the stories of women’s lives”. This is pretty cool, as it fits perfectly with our Cranky Ladies of History anthology project! After 18 months of work, including our successful crowdfunding campaign in March last year, the anthology will be officially released into the world at 3pm on International Women’s Day (March 8) at The Front Gallery and Cafe in Lyneham, Canberra, with special guest Karen Middleton officiating! (You can find out more at the Facebook event page)
To celebrate, many of our wonderful authors have supplied blog posts related to their Cranky Lady, and we are delighted to share them here during the month of March. While most of these posts can be safely read in isolation of the story in the book they relate to, we’ve made sure to mark those posts which may be spoilery!
To get your own copy of Cranky Ladies of History, you can buy from our website, order your favourite real world bookshop, or purchase at all the major online booksellers (in print and ebook). We’re so proud of this book – the contributors have produced astonishing stories, and combined with amazing art by Kathleen Jennings and design by Amanda Rainey, it’s simply stunning.
Thank you to our contributors, the Pozible campaign backers, Arts Tasmania, and all those people who have supported us along the way on the Cranky Ladies journey – it’s been a heck of a ride and we’re looking forward to seeing where it goes next!
This Rafflecopter giveaway is open for ONE WEEK ONLY as we lead up to launching Cranky Ladies of History. You cannot buy the hardcover of the book – it was created as a reward for our Pozible campaign and has only very limited availability through competitions and giveaways, so don’t miss your chance to nab a copy!
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The Aurealis Awards shortlists were announced overnight, and we’re so delighted to see Phantazein appearing in the Best Anthology category, along with “Ghost of Hephaestus” by Charlotte Nash (from Phantazein) getting a nod on the Best Fantasy Short Story ballot! Congratulations Charlotte, and to all the nominees! Don’t forget you can get a free Phantazein chapbook which contains Charlotte’s story, and a coupon for a half price discount on the ebook, right here, for a limited time.
I’m also completely over the moon that my launch order of Cranky Ladies of History arrived yesterday! So many beautiful books (I may have overused my apostrophes on social media yesterday, such was my excitement) But they are so very pretty, and I cannot wait for people to start getting their hands on these gorgeous things. We have sent out all the Pozible hardcover rewards now, as well as contributor copies, and we’d love you to tweet us a picture of yours when it arrives – tag it #mycrankyladies !
The Cranky Ladies giveaway ends in about 10 hours (I’m also just a little bit ecstatic to see the number of entries – at least double of any Goodreads giveaway we’ve ever done before) – enter now!
Lots of Cranky Ladies things happening in the lead-up to our launch on International Women’s Day on March 8. We’ve started organising the Pozible rewards mailout from our distributor, and hope to have the books for our backers in their hands ahead of the launch date. We’re also planning some special blog content for Women’s History Month, which we look forward to sharing with you.
Remember, you can still enter to win one of three copies of Cranky Ladies of History at our Goodreads giveaway:
And we’re so excited to be on them! It’s a fantastic list again this year, and I’m very proud to have been involved with so many great projects that have been recognised. Congratulations to all the shortlistees – a privilege to have FableCroft noted alongside you.
If you would like to read our shortlisted stories as a sample of Phantazein, we’ve made it easy for you! Download a free chapbook of the three shortlisted pieces right here! We’ve also discounted the full anthology at Smashwords (epub/mobi/PDF etc) – use the coupon XY47E to buy the whole book for just $3.99 – valid until April 1, 2015.
- The Lascar’s Dagger, Glenda Larke (Hachette)
- Bound (Alex Caine 1), Alan Baxter (Voyager)
- Clariel, Garth Nix (HarperCollins)
- Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule 1), Trudi Canavan (Hachette Australia)
- The Godless (Children 1), Ben Peek (Tor UK)
Best Novella or Novelette
- “The Ghost of Hephaestus”, Charlotte Nash, in Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
- “The Legend Trap”, Sean Williams, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)
- “The Darkness in Clara”, Alan Baxter, in SQ Mag 14 (IFWG Publishing Australia)
- “St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls”, Angela Slatter, in Review of Australian Fiction, Volume 9, Issue 3 (Review of Australian Fiction)
- “The Female Factory”, Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter, in The Female Factory (Twelfth Planet Press)
- “Escapement”, Stephanie Gunn, in Kisses by Clockwork (Ticonderoga Publications)
Best Short Story
- “Bahamut”, Thoraiya Dyer, in Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
- “Vanilla”, Dirk Flinthart, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)
- “Cookie Cutter Superhero”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)
- “The Seventh Relic”, Cat Sparks, in Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
- “Signature”, Faith Mudge, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)
Best Collected Work
- Kaleidoscope, Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios (Twelfth Planet Press)
- The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)
- Phantazein, Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)
- Illustrations, Kathleen Jennings, in Black-Winged Angels (Ticonderoga Publications)
- Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, of Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
- Illustrations, Kathleen Jennings, in The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings (Tartarus Press)
Best Fan Writer
- Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work
- Tsana Dolichva, for body of work
- Bruce Gillespie, for body of work
- Katharine Stubbs, for body of work
- Alexandra Pierce for body of work
- Grant Watson, for body of work
- Sean Wright, for body of work
Best Fan Artist
- Nalini Haynes, for body of work, including “Interstellar Park Ranger Bond, Jaime Bond”, “Gabba and Slave Lay-off: Star Wars explains Australian politics”, “The Driver”, and “Unmasked” in Dark Matter Zine
- Kathleen Jennings, for body of work, including Fakecon art and Illustration Friday series
- Nick Stathopoulos, for movie poster of It Grows!
Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
- Snapshot 2014, Tsana Dolichva, Nick Evans, Stephanie Gunn, Kathryn Linge, Elanor Matton-Johnson, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Jason Nahrung, Ben Payne, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Helen Stubbs, Katharine Stubbs, Tehani Wessely, and Sean Wright
- It Grows!, Nick Stathopoulos
- Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
- The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
- Galactic Chat, Sean Wright, Helen Stubbs, David McDonald, Alexandra Pierce, Sarah Parker, and Mark Webb
Best New Talent
- Helen Stubbs
- Shauna O’Meara
- Michelle Goldsmith
William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
- Reviews in The Angriest, Grant Watson
- The Eddings Reread series, Tehani Wessely, Jo Anderton, and Alexandra Pierce, in A Conversational Life
- Reviews in Adventures of a Bookonaut, Sean Wright
- “Does Sex Make Science Fiction Soft?”, in Uncanny Magazine 1, Tansy Rayner Robert
- Reviews in FictionMachine, Grant Watson
- The Reviewing New Who series, David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Tehani Wessely
It is with great pleasure we invite our readers to the official launch of the Cranky Ladies of History anthology on International Women’s Day. We are delighted to announce that author and journalist Karen Middleton will be our special guest and official launcher! Please join us if you can:
The Front Gallery and Cafe
1 Wattle Place, Lyneham, ACT
3pm Sunday 8 March, 2015
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Facebook event page.
Throughout history, women from all walks of life have had good reason to be cranky. Some of our most memorable historical figures were outspoken, dramatic, brave, feisty, rebellious and downright ornery.
Cranky Ladies of History is a celebration of 22 women who challenged conventional wisdom about appropriate female behaviour, from the ancient world all the way through to the twentieth century. Some of our protagonists are infamous and iconic, while others have been all but forgotten under the heavy weight of history.
Remember, you can also enter to win a copy of the book on Goodreads!
We’re very excited to announce a new book to our ebook reprint range, Havenstar by the always fabulous Glenda Larke! Havenstar was Glenda’s first published book, and we’re extremely proud to be able to bring it to you for Kindle. Havenstar joins our range of Glenda Larke ebooks, and trust me, if you’ve never had the opportunity to read this early Larke, you NEED to – Glenda’s writing is amazing, and Havenstar is just as wonderful as her Isles of Glory trilogy and other later work.
Want to know more? Here’s the blurb:
The Eight Stabilities are islands of order surrounded by lethal chaos—and the order is being swallowed by the unstable. The religious leaders of Chantry try to maintain the Stabilities by ordering the necessity of a once in a lifetime pilgrimage across the chaos. And in that ever-changing world, the most important person is a mapmaker who can make a chart of secure pilgrimage routes…
Keris Kaylen is a mapmaker’s daughter. When her father is murdered and a mountain disappears, Keris is betrayed by her brother. Forced to flee into the Unstable, she finds her safety is in the hands of a man bonded to the Lord Carasma, the Unmaker…and her ordered life is turned upside-down. Her survival will depend on a map and a place called Havenstar—but she can’t reproduce the map, and Havenstar may not even exist…
Havenstar is just $3.99 and is available in all Amazon territories. What are you waiting for?!
So much Cranky Ladies news! First of all, Tansy and I just signed off on the internal layout this morning, so we are ready to go to print! For our Pozible backers, this means we hope to have your ebooks to you within a week, with the exclusive hardcover edition (for backers who chose one) on track to be with you by the end of February. For everyone else, the official release date is March 8, 2015 (International Women’s Day), and we have a launch event planned! We’re very excited that Tansy is coming up from Tasmania to celebrate, and if you are in the general Canberra vicinity, we’d love for you to join us. More information here.
We are also delighted to show you the official covers for the hardcover and trade paperback editions of the book. Amanda Rainey has worked her magic once more, and gorgeously enhanced Kathleen Jennings’ beautiful artwork to create stunning designs that showcase the amazing stories contained within. I’m not sure I can adequately express just how pleased I am with the covers – I actually gasped aloud when Amanda first sent the hardcover design to me!
On top of all this, the ebook editions of the book are now available for pre-order from Kindle and Smashwords – Kobo pre-order link will also be live soon!
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