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Tau CetiHi Guys,

the second half of 2016 is upon us, so I thought I’d update you on some bookish events in the offering.

My NSW Writers centre gig was sold out, and everyone worked hard on the day. I expect to see some great stories come out of our workshop in time. Well done to everyone who participated.

Aside from the workshops I have coming up in Brisbane and Rockhampton, I’ll also be launching Chris McMahon’s SF novel Tau Ceti Diversion on September 22nd at Books@Stones in Stones Corner. It’s open to the public and you can find it as a FaceBook event. I’ve known Chris for many, many years and I’m thrilled that Severed Press are publishing it.

I’ll also be appearing at the annual Conquest SF convention on October 23rd (con runs 21st,22nd,23rd) at the Hotel Jen in Brisbane. Conquest is an intimate, friendly, lovely convention and the guests this year include Daniel Davis (Nialls from the Nanny), Richard Arnold (Trek expert), and I heard a little whisper that YA author Paul Weston will be there too (jus’ saying!). This is also an open invite. Some come and get your geek on with me.

Conquest 2016

And below is reminder of upcomings…


 

Lord Mayor’s Writers in Residence

Women of Action: the new wave of crime and thriller fiction – Friday 5 August 6-7pm, Brisbane Square Library

Join authors Marianne Delacourt and L.A. Larkin in conversation with Amanda Bacchi about creating dynamic female central characters in crime and thriller fiction. In a genre that often depicts women as victims or side-kicks, these authors are turning the tables. How do their lead characters’ lives reflect those of the authors? This event is ideal for crime fiction and thriller lovers, aspiring writers, and anyone who will enjoy an evening with two highly entertaining authors.

Date: Friday 5 August 2016
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St, Brisbane QLD4000
Cost: Free – bookings essential
Bookings/Enquiries: Bookings essential. Contact Brisbane Square Library at (07) 3403 4166

 


World-building – creating authentic fictional worlds
06 Aug 2016 12:30pm
Bank of Qld Room, Level 4, State Library Qld
Stanley Place, South Brisbane Qld 4101
12.30 – 2.30 pm $15 members, $25 non-members World-building – create authentic worlds with Marianne de Pierres

Worldbuilding – Place as Character

Saturday October 8 @ 9.30 am–3.30 pm
Rockhampton Library, 230 Bolsover Street, South Rockhampton

QWC Members $65
QWC Member Concessions $59
Full Price $110
Concession $99

 


 

Oz Comic Con – Sydney and Brisbane

 September 10/11 and 17/18

 Panels on Saturday and Sunday of each convention.

 


 

Conquest SF convention:

October 21,22,23.

Hotel Jen

Brisbane

3D-marianne2Hi All Y’all,

The year is slipping by and I have a few appearances coming up. Hope to see some of you at one of my upcoming workshops or conventions!

Marianne xxxx

Writing Speculative Fiction – SOLD OUT!

Who: Marianne de Pierres

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

When: Saturday 23 July, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Award-winning science fiction author, Marianne de Pierres, will conduct a comprehensive workshop on writing speculative fiction. Participants will learn how to amass the right tools for world building; how to create convincing worlds that are authentic, logical, and original; and how to effectively blend the sub-genres of speculative fiction to create more exotic stories. …..


Lord Mayor’s Writers in Residence

Women of Action: the new wave of crime and thriller fiction – Friday 5 August 6-7pm, Brisbane Square Library

Join authors Marianne Delacourt and L.A. Larkin in conversation with Amanda Bacchi about creating dynamic female central characters in crime and thriller fiction. In a genre that often depicts women as victims or side-kicks, these authors are turning the tables. How do their lead characters’ lives reflect those of the authors? This event is ideal for crime fiction and thriller lovers, aspiring writers, and anyone who will enjoy an evening with two highly entertaining authors.

Date: Friday 5 August 2016
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St, Brisbane QLD4000
Cost: Free – bookings essential
Bookings/Enquiries: Bookings essential. Contact Brisbane Square Library at (07) 3403 4166

 


World-building – creating authentic fictional worlds
06 Aug 2016 12:30pm
Bank of Qld Room, Level 4, State Library Qld
Stanley Place, South Brisbane Qld 4101
12.30 – 2.30 pm $15 members, $25 non-members World-building – create authentic worlds with Marianne de Pierres

Worldbuilding – Place as Character

Saturday October 8 @ 9.30am–3.30pm
Rockhampton Library, 230 Bolsover Street, South Rockhampton

QWC Members $65
QWC Member Concessions $59
Full Price $110
Concession $99

 


 

Oz Comic Con – Sydney and Perth

 

 Panels on Saturday and Sunday of each convention.


 

 

 

Sharp Shooter-larsenI’m super excited to announce that the Tara Sharp series is being re-released by the Deadlines imprint of Twelfth Planet Press. To go with the re-issue of the first three books, the new novel (book 4), will be out in November 2016.

But right now you can pre-order SHARP SHOOTER’s new edition through Amazon or Twelfth Planet Press.
It is being released on May 23rd 2016.

TPP have re-packaged and re-edited the entire series. SHARP SHOOTER has had some tweaking done to it, and brand new material will be inserted into book two, SHARP TURN.

As part of the re-packaging, Cathy Larsen has designed an absolutely kick ass cover. I particularly love the colours, which are reminiscent of a blue sky and ochre dirt of the Australian landscape.

Cathy, as some of you know, has been designing for Penguin for many years, including being the cover artist for Isobelle’s Obernewtyn series.

The Tara Sharp site will have some re-design work done to it also, to fall in line with the new look. Currently, it features some designs we had originally planned to use, and changed our minds about. They were great, but we feel the new ones represent the look we want.

This is the first time the books have been released internationally (outside Australia and New Zealand), so please help us spread the word by writing an Amazon review, or simply recommending them to a friend. We hope the rest of the world has as much fun hanging out with this Aussie girl as we do.

Thanks for you patience, and welcome to new era of Tara’s life!

 

Awards

davitt-award  aurealis-award   logo-curtin-university

Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 

 

 

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