Showing posts with label Book Release. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Book Release. Show all posts

Jul 24, 2014

Get Ben Peek’s Godless with Free Shipping from Booktopia

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It doesn’t come out until the 1st of August, but Booktopia have Free Shipping until midnight Tuesday 29th of July. So if you want to pre-order The Godless Just go here, purchase and type WINTER in the appropriate coupon code box at the end of checkout.  You can of course use this coupon with any other book on the website. 

I just happen to be reading an ARC of The Godless and really starting to enjoy it.the-falcon-throne

But why stop there, also coming out towards the end of August is a new epic fantasy from Aussie Karen Miller called, The Falcon Throne (also waiting in my review pile).  Here’s the low down:

Nobody is innocent. Every crown is tarnished. A royal child, believed dead, sets his eyes on regaining his father’s stolen throne. A bastard lord, uprising against his tyrant cousin, sheds more blood than he bargained for. A duke’s widow, defending her daughter, defies the ambitious lord who d control them both. And two brothers, divided by ambition, will learn the true meaning of treachery. All of this will come to pass, and the only certainty is that nothing will remain as it once was. As royal houses rise and fall, empires are reborn and friends become enemies, it becomes clear that much will be demanded of those who follow the path to power.

Sound interesting?

I have read the first couple of pages and its suitably dark and gruesome.  The Falcon Throne can be pre-ordered with the same Free Shipping here.

 


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Jul 7, 2014

City of Masks giveaway at Goodreads

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Just another heads up for what could be my favourite fantasy read of the year.  I know Ashley through his poetry work and this novel displays his skill at writing very slick commercial fantasy fiction. Well paced, intriguing storylines and great characters that I care about.

I am about half way through City of Masks at the moment and I think it’s pretty good, so jump on this giveaway now.

Click here to enter.  It’s available to multiple countries,

 

 

 

 

 


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Book Release – Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

razorhurstI had been interested in the release of this book for some time, I like the era and was most let down by Underbelly: Razor.  Now while this isn’t historical fiction per se, I do trust Larbalestier to bring the period to life as well as add some good speculative fiction elements.

If you are already interested, Booktopia have a free shipping deal on until tomorrow midnight (just type TELSTRA in the coupon box at the end of checkout).   Click here to get Razorhurst for $14.95.

Note: Free shipping can be used on any book.

So while I am waiting for my copy to arrive you can read the blurb below:

Kelpie and Dymphna are accustomed to the mean streets of 1930s Sydney, but this is a day that will test their courage, their loyalty, and their ability to survive both the ill-intentions of the living and the ever-presence of the dead.


The setting: 1932, Razorhurst. Two competing mob bosses - Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson - have reached a fragile peace.
Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, steering her to food and safety, but they are also her torment.
Dymphna is Gloriana Nelson's 'best girl'. She knows the highs and lows of life, but she doesn't know what this day has in store for her.


When Dymphna meets Kelpie over the corpse of Jimmy Palmer, Dymphna's latest boyfriend, she pronounces herself Kelpie's new protector. But Dymphna's life is in danger too and she needs an ally. And while Jimmy's ghost wants to help, the dead cannot protect the living.
Gloriana Nelson's kingdom is crumbling and Mr Davidson is determined to have all of Razorhurst - including Dymphna. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens at every turn, Dymphna and Kelpie are determined to survive what is becoming a day with a high body count.

 

Here is Justine talking about research that she did for Razorhurst:


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May 30, 2014

Book Release - Death at the Blue Elephant by Janeen Webb

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Ticonderoga looks set to deliver another wonderful collection by yet another wonderful Aussie speculative fiction author.  Hot on the heals of Cat Sparks’ The Bride Price and Kim Wilkins’ The Year of Ancient Ghosts.

This time they have managed to snare Janeen Webb and her Death At The Blue Elephant. I am suspecting that there might be a sneak preview launch at Continuum X in Melbourne but it will be more widely available in the second half of this year.

There’s also a gorgeous cover by Nick Stathopolous. 

I have only recently come across Janeen’s short story work.  I know her more for the anthologies Dreaming Down Under edited with her husband Jack Dann.  But here in her first collection is great chance to read some older (and presumably dispersed or out of print works) as well as five original pieces composed for this tome.

Janeen is a recipient of the World Fantasy Award, the Peter MacNamara SF Achievement Award, the Australian Aurealis Award, and is a three-time winner of the Ditmar Award.

But don’t trust my word, let these individuals sway you:

Death at the Blue Elephant collects 18 incredible globe-spanning visions by the self-confessed 'inveterate traveller'. There’s magic here, and illusion, and strange wonders that’ll surprise and delight. — Robert Shearman

Exotic, cunning—often funny—and now and then edges to cut yourself on. — Tanith Lee

Gloriously adult, these stories will transport you—but they’ll never drop you home. — Anna Tambour

Janeen Webb’s assemblage of angels, aliens, devils and assorted revenants bring with them compassion and settings rich and exotic where even the mundanity of our everyday world is imbued with a sparkle rarely glimpsed in the hands of lesser writers. — Peter Crowther

Interested? You can preorder at indiebooksonline

 


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May 20, 2014

Booktopia Stephen King Special – Mr Mercedes

mr-mercedes-order-now-for-your-chance-to-win- Just chucking this up here for Australian Horror/King Fans.  Booktopia have a draw running so that if you pre-order a copy of King’s new book Mr. Mercedes before June 3rd you go in a draw to win 1 of 5 packs including the following:

 The Shining, Misery, Carrie, Firestarter, Dead Zone, Bag of Bones,Needful Things, From a Buick 8, Cell and 11.22.63

That being said if you are a fan then you probably have the above already but if you are going to buy  Mercedes anyway, why not.

So if you are interested, go here.

 

 

 

 


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May 8, 2014

Fiona McIntosh Launches Tapestry in Clare

tapestry Forty odd dedicated souls stood in the freezing temperatures of a Clare valley winter evening to hear international bestselling author Fiona McIntosh launch her latest novel, Tapestry and to kick off fundraising for the Clare Writers festival of which she is patron. 

McIntosh regaled the audience with stories of the research trips required to write Tapestry, including a behind the scenes look at the Tower of London. The crowd were treated to tales of Hitler’s toilet (the one the Brits hand installed in the Tower) and how Fiona almost caused a break in 700 years of tradition.  If you’ve not had the chance to listen to McIntosh talk I’d advise getting along to a launch - if she hadn’t become a best selling novelist she might have had a career in stand-up.

Tickets for the launch were twelve dollars with funds going toward the festival, but I think I would not be alone in saying that we got a bargain, being entertained by such a wonderful storyteller.  

And being such a wonderful storyteller she sold me the book.

If you are a fan of reading about women who have been forgotten by history, then I think you’ll enjoy this book.  The novel grew out of the story of the Earl of Nithsdale’s audacious escape from the Tower of London, orchestrated by his wife.  A tale that would seem too ridiculous if not for the fact it actually happened.

Rather than a straight historical narrative McIntosh, like Audrey Niffenegger, has employed a time travel trope, in a story that will bring her two major audiences together.


The key to her future is trapped in the past.

In 1978, Jane Maxwell is celebrating her engagement to Will, a handsome American geophysicist, but though she should be deliriously happy, she is plagued by doubts. When tragedy leaves Will hanging between life and death, Jane's guilt makes her determined to save him ... somehow.


In 1715, the Earl of Nithsdale joins the doomed Jacobite rebellion for Scottish independence. But the cause is lost and the Earl is sentenced to be beheaded. On a desperate and dangerous quest to find some answers, Jane finds herself swept away and trapped in the past. Convinced that saving Nithsdale will also save Will, Jane embarks on a daring and audacious plot to rescue the Earl from the Tower of London. Past and present become entwined in a gripping race against time -- and both will be changed by one woman's determination...

Tapestry is available from Booktopia in both Paperback and eBook form.


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May 7, 2014

More Godless news

the-godless Yet another Australian author featuring in the news.  TOR are running a book sweeptakes on their website while announcing the US and UK covers for Ben Peek’s new fantasy epic.  The US cover is to the left.

Ben is so  known in the Australian Science Fiction Community here’s hoping this series of books propels him on the world stage.

Now this sweepstakes is only open to UK and US residents, but check out the article anyway folks.

The Godless Cover Reveal and Sweepstakes!

 

 


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Love and Romanpunk gets a reprint

loveandromanpunk-115x188 In what I imagine is a pretty cool thing to happen to a small press ie that your print stocks sell out, Twelfth Planet Press have announced that they will be doing a small run to take with them to Worldcon. 

So if you ever wanted to grab a hard copy (the eBook is still available) then mosey on over to the Twelfth Planet Press site to pre order a copy here.

 

 

 

 


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Mar 14, 2014

Book Releases - The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 8 edited by Jonathan Strahan

BEST SFF 8 Just a heads up for those folks not hanging off every word of the Coode Street Podcast where Jonathan may have mentioned (though he’s modest about these things) he had sold The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 8 to the folk at Solaris.

The folks at Solaris are pretty excited too:

The celebrated The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year series comes to the UK – Solaris is proud to be the new home for the latest volume in Jonathan Strahan’s critically-acclaimed SFF anthology series!

and the table of contents is pretty impressive:

The best, most original, and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past twelve months are brought together in one collection by the multiple-award-winning editor. This highly popular series is released in the UK for the first time and includes stories from both the biggest names in the field and the most exciting new talents, including Neil Gaiman, Joe Abercrombie, Karin Tidbeck, An Owomoyela, Madeline Ashby, Lavie Tidhar, Charlie Jane Anders, Geoff Ryman, Caitlin R Kiernan and many more.

This is a monster of a collection some 620 pages of fiction from the best in the business.  It features new writers like Benjanun Sriduangkaew and Sofia Samatar and on a casual glance seems to be making a definite attempt at being gender and culturally diverse.

Note: Booktopia have the book available for pre-order (it’s released on the 10th of April) if Australians order before the 16th of this month (Sunday midnight) and enter the coupon code MARCH at checkout you can get free shipping.  Pre-order it here.


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Feb 14, 2014

Coming Soon – Stars Like Sand – Australian Speculative Poetry Anthology

starsSome time last year I, amongst others, answered the call to submit poetry to a new project showcasing Australian speculative poetry.  So I am excited to share with you the cover of said anthology that is coming out in a couple of months time.  It contains my poem Dead Messengers and will be my first print publication.

The Anthology is being edited by PS Cottier and Tim Jones, both fantastic people and poets in their own right.

The anthology is being published by Interactive Publications.

 

 

 

 

 


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Oct 26, 2013

Book Release – Path of Night by Dirk Flinthart

PathofNightCoverSMIt’s been a weekend of excitement for me so far.  But this bit of excitement is the new Supernatural Thriller from Australian author Dirk Flinthart.  Now if you have been a part of the Speculative fiction community for some time, you should have come across Dirk before.  Most of his rescent works have been short fiction but Path of Night seems to herald a return to the longer form.

Dirk has had a varied career editing Canterbury 2100 by Agog Press, sharing a Ditmar award with Margo Lanagan, and co writing How to be A Man with John Birmingham.  For a full list of his credits see here.

Path of Night:

Michael Devlin is the first of a new breed. The way things are going, he may also be the last. Being infected with an unknown disease is bad. Waking up on a slab in a morgue wearing nothing but a toe-tag is worse, even if it comes with a strange array of new abilities.

Medical student Michael Devlin is in trouble. With his flatmates murdered and an international cabal of legendary man-monsters on his trail, Devlin's got nowhere to hide. His only allies are a hot-tempered Sydney cop and a mysterious monster-hunter who may be setting Devlin up for the kill. If he's going to survive, Devlin will have to embrace his new powers and confront his hunters. But can he hold onto his humanity when he walks the Path of Night?

Path of Night represents Flinthart's longest published work to date, and is planned as the first in a series of stories centering around Michael Devlin.The next one is well under way...

Interested? You can purchase both print and ebooks from Fablecroft.

So expect a review from me soon.


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Sep 30, 2013

Book Release – Trucksong by Andrew Macrae

What's Trucksong?

In a post-apocalyptic Australian landscape dominated by free-wheeling cyborgs, a young man goes in search of his lost lover who has been kidnapped by a rogue AI truck – the Brumby King. Along the way, he teams with Sinnerman, an independent truck with its own reasons for hating the Brumby King. Before his final confrontation with the brumbies, he must learn more about the broken-down world and his own place in it, and face his worst fears.

The strange and playful voice of the first-person narrator keeps the story kicking along as he comes to his final realisation that the only meaning to be found in a world in slow decay is that which you make for yourself. This genre-bending work of literary biopunk mixes the mad fun of Mad Max II with the idiosyncratic testimony of works like Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang or Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting. [Courtesy of Twelfth Planet Press]


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Aug 6, 2013

Book Release - The Blood She Betrayed by Cheryse Durrant

The-Blood-She-Betrayed-front-cover-199x300Just a heads –up to let you know that debut novelist Cheryse Durrant will finally be releasing The Blood She Betrayed through Clan Destine Press, in September.  Cheryse sustained a broken knee earlier in the year that delayed publication - see writing can be a dangerous activity.

Cheryse will be running a blog tour in the next couple of weeks but you may want to get in early and have a look at want Clandestine and Cheryse are doing for the launch of the book

You can check out Cheryse’s post here.


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Jun 10, 2013

Ticonderoga eBooks a treasure trove of SpecFic win

tbpI have slipped in my role as Australian Speculative fiction guide.  Either that or Russ at Ticonderoga has been very sneaky.  Somehow, as if by magic, there appears to be a number of their quality paperback collections/ works available as ebooks.

I am reading Cat Spark’s The Bride Price at the moment, just go and buy the collection NOW, don’t wait for my review.  I am about 75% through and every story has been brilliant.

It’s only $5.99

Buy It NAOW

And while you are there pick up The Girl With No Hands and other tales, Midnight and Moonshine, Dead Red Heart, The Year of Ancient Ghosts and Heliotrope.


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Jun 2, 2013

Havenstar releases from Ticonderoga

havenstar-web I reviewed Glenda Larke’s novel Havenstar here, shortly after she republished it as an ebook.  The wise folk at Ticonderoga though sought out the rights to publish the book in paper form again.  So for those that prefer the feel of crisp paper between their fingers you can now preorder a copy through the links below.

Additionally if you wish to buy some more Ticonderoga titles say Prickle Moon by Juliet Marillier, or Kim Wilkins’ The Year of Ancient Ghosts if you make a purchase over $49 you will get free shipping with in Australia.

 


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May 22, 2013

Cover Candy - Caution: Contains Small Parts

smallpartsTwelfth Planet Press has released the cover of the next Twelve planets volume, Caution: Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermott.

The book is available for pre order here.

The cover artist Amanda Rainey has also done an interview with David McDonald which can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 


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Mar 29, 2013

A Trifle Dead launched

merricktrifleTwelfth Planet Press’ new crime imprint officially launched yesterday in Perth and Hobart,  A Trifle Dead by Livia Day, combines two great Australian loves; food and crime.

In Perth A Trifle Dead was launched by Dr Helen Merrick, snapped here by Twelfth Planet Press Director, Alisa Krasnostein. I believe that the author appeared at the Hobart launch, but shots of the elusive Ms Day are …um ..eluding me.

You can check out Ms Day’s website here.  And follow her on Twitter as @liviadaysleuth.

If you want to get a sneak peak at Australia’s best kept Crime fiction secret check out the first chapter below:

Chapter 1.

You can tell a lot about a person from their coffee order. I play a game with the girls who work in my café—guess the order before the customer opens their mouth. It’s fun because half the time you’re spot on—the bloke who would rather die than add anything to his long black, the girl who doesn’t want to admit how weak she likes her latté, the woman who’ll deliberate for twenty minutes as to whether or not she wants a piece of cake (she does), the mocha freak, the decaf junkie.

The rest of the time, you’re completely wrong. An old age pensioner requests a soy macchiato, a gang of pink- haired school girls want serious espresso shots, a lawyer in a designer suit stops to chat for half an hour about free trade… The best thing about people is how often they surprise you.

Ever wondered what kind of coffee a murderer drinks? Yeah, me neither.

I tumbled into the kitchen of Café La Femme, arms full of bakery boxes, a vintage mint-green sundress swirling around my knees. Late as usual, but at least I was wearing my favourite sandals.

A gal can cope with anything when her shoes match her bra.

Nin paused in the middle of kneading focaccia dough to stare at me from under her expressive eyebrows. I love her eyebrows. They make Frida Kahlo’s look meek. ‘They’re here again,’ she said, and went back to kneading. [read on…]


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Mar 7, 2013

Xoum picks up another Spec Fic writer

xoum_logo Angela Slater reliably informs us that Xoum, publisher of Perfections and Blood and Dust has picked up her contemporary novella Narrow Daylight.  It’s interesting to watch digital first or digital only publishers form in a response to the changing market.  Keep your eyes open for Angela’s work and more exciting stuff from Xoum.

And if you are keen on watching what the big publishers are doing it’s also interesting to note that Little Brown Books have got a digital only imprint launching mid year called Black Friars.


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Feb 27, 2013

More cover goodness – One Small Step and The Bone Chime Song

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I’m so late on this news that Fablecroft are already taking preorders on the One Small Step Anthology and Jo Anderton’s The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories. You can check out the TOC of One Small Step here.  I think you’ll agree its a killer collection by the names alone.

The Bone Chime Song is one of my favourite Anderton shorts, so I’am pretty much predisposed to picking up this one as well.

 

 

 

 


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Splashdance Silver rereleased in eBook form

Splashdance Silver, the book that birthed the writing career of the talented Tansy Rayner Roberts is now available from a number of online stores.  Check out Tansy’s post here. 

So here’s a thing.

Fifteen years ago (YES REALLY) when I was not yet out of my teens (just), I wrote a book and entered a competition and by a blinding stroke of right-place-right-time I won. My fluffy comic fantasy adventure romp about a pirate queen in the making was published in 1998 and it and set me on the course of a writing career.

Now, thanks to FableCroft Publishing and the wonders of the internet,Splashdance Silver – Book 1 of the Mocklore Chronicles, is about to be officially back in print. Well, e-ink, anyway!

Thanks to Cheryl being more organised by Amazon, it’s currently exclusively available at Wizard’s Tower, though it should be on Kindle sometime later this week, and thence to other places.

[Read on dear friend read on]


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