Cranky Ladies wins at the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards!

9780992553456It was very exciting to find out last night that Cranky Ladies of History won the Fiction category at the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards, announced at a special event at the Gorman Arts Centre in Canberra. A huge thanks to contributor Barbara Robson who was kind enough to be our representative on the night, as neither Tehani nor Tansy could be there. It was wonderful that one of the authors could collect the award on behalf of us all!

We would like to thank the judges, the ACT Writers Centre and the awards supporter Dymocks Belconnen, ACT for this wonderful opportunity – we are so delighted to be the award recipients, amid excellent company. A huge shout out to the many awesome backers of the Pozible crowdfunding campaign back in 2014, who helped make the book possible, and to Arts Tasmania’s Crowbar grant, of which we were the inaugural recipients. Thank you to everyone who has read and reviewed the book – we love you all! And of course, thanks to Kathleen Jennings for the gorgeous cover and illustrations, Amanda Rainey for the beautiful design, and most especially to our amazing contributors, without whom this wonderful and important book could not exist.

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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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.

Looking for the perfect gift? Cranky Ladies in hardcover!

Just in time for the forthcoming gift-giving season (if that’s your thing), we have now released the hardcover of Cranky Ladies of History for general purchase! Gorgeous art by Kathleen Jennings, complemented by the stunning design from Amanda Rainey, encloses the very excellent selection of astonishing stories. The book has received rave reviews and is being read by people all over the world. 9780992553456

Whether it is for yourself or for someone special (or, you know, that fond acquaintance you buy gifts for… or your child’s teacher… or the delivery guy you like…), the hardcover book makes a fantastic present.

Available to order from the FableCroft website, your favourite bookstore, or grab it at Amazon, Booktopia, Book Depository and more. (Paperback also available)

We recommend shopping around, because prices vary at different sites and unfortunately we can’t control that. US folks might be best at Amazon, but for Aussies, our shop may be cheapest for you!

The ebook is also available from your preferred etailer.

Rounding up the Cranky Ladies launch posts

I realised today that I hadn’t done a final round up of the blog post series our authors contributed during Women History Month to celebrate the launch of Cranky Ladies of History. So now I’m doing that, in one easy click post! Enjoy 🙂

9780992553456CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: A few notes on Nora (of Kelmendi)

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Juliet Marillier’s author notes for “Hallowed Ground”

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Elizabeth Tudor, last Queen standing

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Due Care with the Truth (Dr Lilian Cooper)

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Hatshepsut’s rise to power

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Countess Bathory

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: The Pirate Queen of the Connacht

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: A story about the story you won’t see (and why that’s okay)

And don’t forget, we still have a Cranky Ladies of History Mothers’ Day Special running – a rare chance to grab a hardcover of the book, plus other offers!

Cranky Ladies of History Mothers’ Day Special

CLOH cover small“…a strong anthology…”

“…highly recommended…”

“The works run the gamut of straight historical to historical fantasy.”

“…a unique project…”

“…an important collection of fiction that gives voice to an extraordinary selection of women from a broad range of backgrounds, eras and cultures…”

“…full of stories of fascinating, powerful, determined, and yes, occasionally cranky women.”

“…the stories overall show the power of women…”

These are just some of the things people are saying about Cranky Ladies of History, and so many people we talk to have bought copies not just for themselves, but for other people in their lives. As Mothers’ Day approaches, we thought it a perfect time to offer a special deal!

THE OFFERS:

The hardcover of the book is not available for general sale, but we have the opportunity to offer a VERY limited number of copies. If you are looking for something special for the cranky lady in your life (or gentleman – really, we don’t mind!), now is your chance. It’s one of the offers below. Another option? Nab a copy of the trade paperback and get the ebook sent to you free. Want more? Buy the Cranky Ladies of History trade paperback and get a copy of Phantazein for just $10. And one more – buy the Cranky Ladies of History trade paperback and for just $10 extra, receive ebook copies of Cranky Ladies, Phantazein and One Small Step.

This offer will run right up until Mothers’ Day, but if you want to gift a physical copy of the book, you will need to place the order by the end of April to guarantee delivery!

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: A story about the story you won’t see (and why that’s okay)

Cranky Ladies logoWelcome 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 story about the story you won’t see (and why that’s okay) by Liz Argall

In December 2013 I saw that Fablecroft had sent out a call for proposals for their Cranky Ladies Anthology. I’d been stuck in a creative quagmire and depressed and one thing I had learned was that if you feel stuck do something in service of people or things you like. Then it isn’t about you, it is about the work, it is about service and you will push yourself harder and won’t give up. I like Fablecroft and I liked their concept, so I checked them out.

Scanning through the list and thinking about what wasn’t on the list I swiftly decided that Oodgeroo Noonuccal needed to be in the anthology. I had fallen in love with her poetry in high school, its ferocity, tenderness and politics. She had an unflinching power that created space for all the motions, space for anger, despair, fighting spirit and a wry sense of humour. I feel like through her work I experienced one of my first role models of a balanced fighter. She was someone who was an activist, but did not let the consuming nature of the fight tear her apart. She was a whole human being. Continue reading “CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: A story about the story you won’t see (and why that’s okay)”

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: The Pirate Queen of the Connacht

Cranky Ladies logoWelcome 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). 

The Pirate Queen of the Connacht by Dirk Flinthart

Grace O’Malley: a woman so swashbuckling and amazing that she really ought to be fictitious, because her actual-factual self makes most of us look like timorous, lazy slugs.

Look – I like pirates, okay? I’ve liked pirates ever since I was old enough to read Treasure Island for myself. (My mum read it to me first, but she was going too slowly for me. I kidnapped the book and read it in a day.) I know that in reality, most pirates were (and are) amoral, bloodthirsty, violent thugs… but every now and again somebody like Grace O’Malley crops up.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR “Granuaile” AFTER THE CUT – check out the story in Cranky Ladies of History before you read! Continue reading “CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: The Pirate Queen of the Connacht”

CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Countess Bathory

Cranky Ladies logoWelcome 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). 

Countess Bathory by Deborah Biancotti (“Look How Cold My Hands Are”)

She was called witch, Vampire, the Blood Countess and the Beast of Cjeste. She was accused of bathing in the blood of virgin girls. She’s been described as the worst female serial killer of all time, with her victims numbering anywhere from fifteen to three hundred to six hundred girls and women.

Since the eighteenth century she’s been held up as an example of the evils of feminine vanity, a woman who painted her face with blood in order to preserve her youth.

And yet, she died nearly two hundred years before the worst of these claims were ever made.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR “LOOK HOW COLD MY HANDS ARE” AFTER THE CUT – check out the story in Cranky Ladies of History before you read!

Continue reading “CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY: Countess Bathory”