We’re launching the long awaited Mocklore collection Bounty by Tansy Rayner Roberts this weekend at Conflux. Join us in Canberra at the Novotel on Northbourne Avenue, 5.30pm on Sunday October 2. We’d love to hang out with you!
And don’t forget, there’s just one day left to enter to win a copy of the book on Goodreads!
After a bit of a quiet period recently, we’ve got a busy couple of weeks ahead!
- The official (if belated…) book launch for In Your Face is happening THIS Saturday in Canberra! Details here.
- We’ve sent Tansy Rayner Roberts’ new Mocklore book, Bounty, off to the printer, and the ebook is available for preorder on Amazon right now! You can also enter to win a copy over at Goodreads.
- On Sunday October 2, as part of the Canberra speculative fiction convention Conflux, Tansy and I will be launching Bounty – it’s bound to be loads of fun! More information here.
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.
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!
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.
Check this out!
Splashdance Silver and Liquid Gold, books one and two of the Mocklore Chronicles are coming back to print with a fabulous new cover (by the amazing Tania Walker) in this omnibus edition. More details soon!
We’re ecstatic to see several FableCroft mentions on the 2015 Aurealis Awards and 2016 Ditmar Awards (covering the same year of work…) shortlists.
In the Aurealis Awards, special mention to Dirk Flinthart, finalist for Best Collection for Striking Fire AND for Best Horror Novella with “Night Shift” from the collection, Joanne Anderton, shortlisted for Best Science Fiction Short Story with “2B”, and DK Mok, shortlisted for Best Fantasy Short Story with “Almost Days” (both stories being from Insert Title Here). It’s also super exciting to see Focus 2014: highlights of Australian short fiction on the Best Anthology list.
The complete shortlists are available on the Aurealis Awards website, and showcase some of the absolute best of Australian writing produced in 2015 – such an honour to be part of it!
For the Ditmars, it’s fantastic to see Joanne Anderton double up with “2B” on the Best Short Story ballot, alongside Deborah Biancotti’s creepy Cranky Ladies of History story “Look How Cold My Hands Are”. The Cranky Ladies anthology also made the Best Collected Work ballot, and Kathleen Jennings’ gorgeous cover and internals for the book are shortlisted for Best Artwork. Editor Tehani Wessely is also on the ballot for the William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review for both the team efforts of “Squeeing Over Supergirl” (with David McDonald) and “Reviewing New Who” (with David McDonald and Tansy Rayner Roberts). If you were a member of Swancon last year, or of Contact 2016 this year, you are eligible to vote, so please do (for ANY of the fabulous work shortlisted!).
Congratulations to everyone appearing on these shortlists – it really shows the strength of Australian speculative fiction.
A couple of new snippet reviews around the ridges:
Over on Amazon, reader Ladi8ug loved The Aware, saying: This was a fantastic read! Lots of twists and turns and just a few easy to see plots to make you feel like you know what’s going on, then you are back to wondering what will happen next. I rarely give 5 stars, but this book deserved it.
And still on Glenda Larke, Goodreads reviewer Siavahda wrote a wonderfully detailed review of Havenstar which ends with: …this has gone straight onto my favourites shelf, and is going to get recced to everyone I know.
At Goodreads, reader Liz gave Cranky Ladies of History five stars and said: Thoroughly enjoyed it! Many of the stories had me looking for more information on these fascinating women. A great introduction to women in history.
We missed this lovely review of Pratchett’s Women on Amazon, courtesy of reader Syntia, when it written earlier this year: …not afraid to point out and analyze glaring problems with portrayal of female characters…
And this great line from a review of Guardian by Jo Anderton on Goodreads: …included many really visceral moments that I loved…
As always, thank you to all the wonderful readers who take the time to rate and review our books on Amazon, Goodreads and other forums – we appreciate each and every one!
For less than 24 hours, we still have SPLASHDANCE SILVER by Tansy Rayner Roberts and THE AWARE by Glenda Larke absolutely free on all ebook platforms – don’t miss out!
And don’t forget, there are only a few days left to enter to win a FREE copy (one of two) of CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY on Goodreads – just in time to be a fabulous Christmas gift!
Thanks to the always-on-top-of-things VentureAdlaxre, we have our first review of Cranky Ladies of History (due out March 8)! Absolutely delighted to see she loved it, with a comprehensive five-star review! Among other things, she says of various pieces: “…a gentle and beautiful piece of writing…”, “…rich in culture and a joy to read…”, “…a light touch yet with a depth of thought…”.
A short review of Jo Anderton’s Guardian by reader John on Goodreads has this great line: This is sci-fi done right.
Alex Pierce reviews One Small Step, saying: …a who’s who of established and emerging Australian writers, too, which is a total delight.
Over at Beyond the Dreamline, Faith calls Splashdance Silver: definitely funny…a bouncy, airy charm.
Focus 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.
We woke up this morning (in Australia) to the very exciting news that DK Mok’s wonderful story “Morning Star” from One Small Step has been shortlisted for the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award! This is one of my absolute favourite awards, and I’m delighted to see DK’s story recognised, and amid fantastic company! FableCroft author David McDonald is also shortlisted, alongside another Aussie Sean McMullen — yay Aussies!
In other excitement, Tansy Rayner Roberts’ essay collection Pratchett’s Women is having a good week – first it appeared on the MetaFilter site amid some fantastic discussion, and then it got a mention at BoingBoing! This makes us very happy 🙂