More lovely reviews!

Rapunzel CoverIn Aurealis #90, reviewer Rebecca McEwen says The Rebirth of Rapunzel is: “…an immersive and engaging examination of the significance of a woman who, in the end, saves herself.”

And on episode #142 of Galactic Suburbia, Alex says some very nice things about the book (after announcing the winners of the giveaway) – take a listen!

BoneChimeCoverDraftIn a gorgeous recent review of Joanne Anderton’s The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, J. Ashleigh Smith over at Goodreads says the collection is: “… alive with gnarled, unusual stories, with weird, memorable worlds, every one rendered in spare, vivid prose.”

ITH CoverAlso at Goodreads, Rivqa says that the anthology Insert Title Here is: “A very strong, very dark anthology featuring some wonderfully unique voices.”

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Reviews for The Rebirth of Rapunzel

We’re chuffed to see reviews already rolling through for Kate Forsyth’s non-fiction collection The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythical Biography of the Maiden in the Tower.

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First cab off the rank, Ashleigh Meikle says the book is: a well-written, intelligent collection of non-fiction writing exploring the evolution of the tale of Rapunzel … Kate’s distinctive writing style shines through, making reading this offering as enjoyable as her novels, and is an engaging read for anyone interested in the subject matter.

A brief one at The Quirky Library, in which the reader notes: It was a very enlightening piece that helped me understand the themes of the Rapunzel tale and why it has continued to play a large part in our fairytale history, its feminist retellings and also Forsyth’s research process.

Alexandra Pierce gave us an in-depth reading of the book, saying (among other things):  Forsyth has made her research very readable … This isn’t academic-lite; it’s academic-approachable. 

Cait Coker at The Future Fire decrees the book: a fascinating and readable collection, and if the material at times overlaps and repeats, the originality of the vast remainder is utterly absorbing. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in fairy tales, genre, or honestly, just writing.

At Goodreads, reader Liesa shared a wonderful review of the book, calling it “utterly compelling”.

You can get your own copy of The Rebirth of Rapunzel from the FableCroft shop page, your preferred retailer, or via Amazon. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to review our books! 

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Pssst, want to see something cool? Get this IN YOUR FACE!

Check out the cover for In Your Face, designed by the ever-amazing Amanda Rainey!

It’s a little different to the version we first shared with our Pozible backers a while ago, but we think this suits the book perfectly.

We’re in the final throes of editing for the book, and on the downward track to publication – can’t wait to share this anthology with our readers!

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The South Australian Writers Centre Spec Fic and Fantasy Festival

Tehani is very chuffed to have been invited as a guest to the SA Writers Centre Spec Fic and Fantasy Festival taking place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May, 2016. The guest line up is amazing, with Gillian Rubenstein (Lian Hearn), Sean Williams, DM Cornish, Lisa Hannett, Jason Fischer, Ben Chandler, Tony Shillitoe and Jo Spurrier all taking part. It’s going to be a fabulous weekend – hope to see some of you there!

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Tehani’s panels next weekend at the Festival:

Panel three: WRITING SHORTS VS WRITING WORLDS (Tehani Wessely, Ben Chandler and Jason Fischer)

Panel five: BUILDING AUSTRALIAN WORLDS (Tehani Wessely, Sean Williams and Gillian Rubinstein)

Panel six: PATHWAYS TO PUBLICATION (Tehani Wessely and Ben Chandler)

(SUNDAY 2-5pm) Workshop Four: GET PITCH READY
Understanding the inner workings of small presses and publications, how they run and what they are looking for can give you “the edge” when it comes to submitting your work for publication. In this workshop, publisher and experienced writing awards judge, Tehani Wessely will share with you ways to prepare your work for submission and how you can vastly improve your chances of success.

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All the news that is news!

It’s been a very busy few weeks in the FableCroft household! In addition to two fabulous awards ceremonies on the weekend, we also launched Kate Forsyth’s beautiful non-fiction collection The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower. The launch was a great success, with over sixty guests in attendance enjoying champagne and chocolate while chatting with Kate. We had a gorgeous giveaway pack, and sold lots of books, and it was just lovely.

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Check out the Big Idea behind the book over at John Scalzi’s Whatever blog – thanks to John for letting us play in his sandbox 🙂

You have just a few days left to enter the Galactic Suburbia giveaway for The Rebirth of Rapunzel – listen to the ep here and enter to win! It’s open internationally.

On the subject of Rapunzel (and winners), congratulations to our three winners of the Goodreads giveaway. Sofia Raquel Romero Erazo from Puerto Rico, Sintija Ursulska from Latvia, and Sushma Pillai from India. We hope you love the book as much as we do!

But one Goodreads giveaway is never enough! We also need to celebrate the brand new Mocklore omnibus, so we’re giving two copies away to a lucky Goodreads user – enter below!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Mocklore Omnibus by Tansy Rayner Roberts

The Mocklore Omnibus

by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Giveaway ends April 10, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

And just in case you haven’t already got your hands on the books, some purchase links!

The Rebirth of Rapunzel can be found in ebook on Amazon, and in print from your preferred physical or online bookseller, or in the FableCroft shop.

The Mocklore Omnibus, bringing back into print for the first time in many years the novels Splashdance Silver and Liquid Gold can be found all over the place in ebook and  in print from your preferred physical or online bookseller, or in the FableCroft shop.

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The 2016 Peter McNamara Achievement Award: Rowena Cory Daniells

Awarded to: Rowena Cory Daniells, March 2016 at the Brisbane Natcon Contact

Judge Tehani Wessely would like to note that it has been her privilege to know Rowena for well over a decade, not just as a professional, but as one of the nicest and most hardworking people in the field. Rowena has been a mentor and friend to Tehani since she came on the scene in 2001/2002, and is a very welcoming figure in the community. Rowena continues to support writers throughout Australia with her generous advice and insights, as she has done for many years, through raising a large family and (more recently) despite personal tragedy. We are wiser for her presence, and happier for her company. She is a well-deserved recipient of this prestigious award.

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Rowena Cory Daniells & Tehani Wessely (March 2016)

Rowena Cory Daniells

Known variously as RC Daniells, Cory Daniels, Rowena Cory, Rowena Lindquist and Rowena Cory Daniells, Rowena is perhaps best know within the science fiction community as a writer. However, many don’t realise how much she has done to support not only other writers within the community, but organisations and events as well.

Rowena been involved in speculative fiction since 1976 when she and Paul Collins set up the small press publishing house Cory and Collins in Melbourne, and Rowena’s first publications included cover art for several Void publications titles.

Rowena’s speculative fiction stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies both in Australia and internationally since 1997. Her first novel, The Last T’En, was published in 1999. She has subsequently published further T’En books, and several books in the King Rolen’s Kin and Outcast Chronicles series, as well as the children’s novel The Evil Overlord, teen mystery Mystery at Devon House and the crime paranormal The Price of Fame.

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She has supported the writing community by serving on the management committees of two national genre awards, as well as the Romance Writers of Australia, Queensland Writers Centre, the Brisbane Writers Festival and Fantastic Queensland. Rowena has worked in independent press, run a bookshop, served as a volunteer on state and national Arts Bodies, and organised national awards. She was instrumental in the establishment of the wRiters on the Rise (ROR) workshop group (with Marianne de Pierres), which has helped support the careers of authors such as Margo Lanagan Trent Jamieson, Richard Harland, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Maxine McArthur and Dirk Flinthart. Again with Marianne, Rowena was a founding member of the VISION writing group in 1996, the group that went on to form Fantastic Queensland, which subsequently ran Clarion South, and she served as a judge for the Aurealis Awards for five years, as well as judging short story competitions for different organisations. Rowena has set up national workshops and pitching opportunities and run workshops on writing at national SF conventions, schools and libraries and World Con 1999.

Rowena has consistently supported new writers and editors in the field, offering advice and stories without hesitation. Her professional writing work has been shortlisted for many awards over the years, such as the Norma K Hemming Award, the Romance Writers of Australia Book of the Year, and the Ned Kelly Awards, most recently including Aurealis Awards nominations for both her short story “The Giant’s Lady” and her Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin series for the inaugural Sara Douglass Book Series Award.

 

Thank you, Rowena, for your (continuing) contribution to the field.

Pat McNamara, Rowena Cory Daniells and Sean Williams (who presented the award on Tehani's behalf)

Pat McNamara, Rowena Cory Daniells and Sean Williams (who presented the award on Tehani’s behalf)

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Congratulations to all the Awards winners!

We were delighted to see that Cranky Ladies of History took home the Ditmar Award for Best Collected Work last night at Contact 2016, and that Kathleen Jennings also got the gong for her beautiful artwork for the book! There was strong competition in every category, so this is a real pleasure.

We didn’t have as much success in the Aurealis Awards on Friday night, but wanted to congratulate both the winners and all the finalists in every category – it was a fabulous event.

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Updates updates updates: so much going on!

The wonderful Galactic Suburbanites are hosting a giveaway of Kate Forsyth’s new non-fiction collection, The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower – listen to their latest episode for details to win!

The book will be officially launched THIS SATURDAY at Contact 2016, this year’s Natcon in Brisbane, at 11am Queensland time. We’d love to see you there, so RSVP through Facebook if you’re planning to attend.

If you can’t be in Brisbane, you can pre-order an ebook copy via Amazon now (it will probably drop by Thursday!) or in beautiful hardcover from your preferred retailer.

And there are just two days left to enter to win one of three copies over on Goodreads. Click and be in it!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Rebirth of Rapunzel by Kate Forsyth

The Rebirth of Rapunzel

by Kate Forsyth

Giveaway ends March 23, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Speaking of being in Brisbane, we’re waiting eagerly for the Aurealis Awards ceremony taking place on Friday night at Contact (live streamed to Swancon on the West Coast!) and the Ditmar Awards on the Sunday night as well. It’s not too late to get your membership to attend the convention, or a ticket to the Aurealis Awards (although time is running out!). Good luck to all our nominees, and to everyone on the shortlists!

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Goodreads Giveaway: The Rebirth of Rapunzel by Kate Forsyth

You have just two weeks to enter to win one of three copies of Kate Forsyth’s forthcoming book, The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower. It’s a fabulous collection of Kate’s research into the Rapunzel story, supplemented by related material, and is released on March 25!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Rebirth of Rapunzel by Kate Forsyth

The Rebirth of Rapunzel

by Kate Forsyth

Giveaway ends March 23, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with a Cranky Ladies discount offer!

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and the one year anniversary of our launch of Cranky Ladies of History! To celebrate, we’re offering a whopping 50% discount on the ebook at Smashwords until March 9 (just to cover all the international bases…). You can grab a copy of the book in your preferred, DRM-free ebook format for just $5.00 – just use the coupon code SJ32H at the Smashwords checkout! 

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And if you’d like to read more about some amazing women, check out the awesome blog tours from our crowd funding ride back in 2014, and the launch bubble last year.

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