Tara Takes ‘Sharp Turn’ To Twelfth Planet Press

Marianne Delacourt’s unorthodox PI Tara Sharp finds a new home at Twelfth Planet Press as the second novel in her award-winning series, ‘Sharp Turn’ gets a revamp

Cover design by Catherine Larsen

UK 12/12/16 – Award-winning author Marianne Delacourt has just unveiled the new look for her action-packed crime series Tara Sharp and a rewrite of the gripping second novel Sharp Turn. Under the crime imprint Deadlines, this version of Sharp Turn is published by Twelfth Planet Press, an advocate of women’s voices in science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime genres and a natural home for Delacourt. The re-release offers new and revised material for fans of Tara’s exploits, but retaining the humour, peril and paranormal flavour of the original release.

The latest in her series of ‘funny, sexy, smart crime novels for men and women’, Sharp Turn sees Tara’s unconventional PI business evolving, and she’s attracted some interesting customers.  With her dryly humorous take on the world, Tara is expected to both charm new audiences and delight old fans this winter, as she confronts a shady job in the high octane world of the motor cycle industry. Luckily, Tara is better equipped than most, with the uncanny ability to read people’s auras. Armed with a vanilla slice and backed up by her pet galah, Tara is about to come head-to-head with some very dangerous characters.

Book One in the Tara Sharp series, Sharp Shooter was the 2010 winner of the Davitt Award for Best Crime Novel and nominated for the Ned Kelly Award 2010 Best First Crime Novel. Expect the release of Book Three Too Sharp and Book Four Sharp Edge in early 2017.

Author MARIANNE DELACOURT says, “Tara is a protagonist who really grows with her readers. To begin with, she’s an outgoing Australian girl who’s never really taken responsibility for herself. Her unusual gift puts her in some risky situations and through her tenacity and resourcefulness she comes out on top. The series shows her learning how to find a meaningful way to use her gift, while trying to maintain normal relationships with the people around her. She’s just trying to make a living, stay alive, and keep her sense of humour.”

Praise for the Tara Sharp series:

“Australia’s Marianne Delacourt delivers the laughs and action with her sassy, unorthodox PI Tara Sharp…” The Herald Sun

“Tara Sharp is a gust of fresh air in the local crime fiction scene. While it is wonderful that our more literary crime writers are finally getting the attention they deserve, there’s still plenty of room for fast-paced commercial female-oriented Australian crime fiction. And Marianne Delacourt (aka sci-fi writer Marianne de Pierres) has certainly nailed that brief.” The Australian Bookseller and Publisher

“Delacourt has invented a Stephanie Plum character who is just as ballsy and loveable but this one lives in Perth and has two pet Galahs instead of a hamster. An easy read with multiple story layers, Sharp Turn will keep you guessing till the end, pick it up this summer if you like Janet Evanovich and Val McDermid’s Blue Genes.” She Said

Sharp Turn is available now from Twelfth Planet Press. Book One Sharp Shooter is available from Twelfth Planet Press and from Amazon.

Notes for Editors:

Author MARIANNE DELACOURT is the alter ego of award-winning, internationally published Science Fiction writer Marianne de Pierres. Renowned for dark satire in her Science Fiction, Marianne offers lighter, funnier writing under her Delacourt penname. As Delacourt, Marianne is also the author of Young Adult fiction series Night Creatures (Burn Bright, Angel Arias and Shine Light). She is a co-founder of the Vision Writers Group and ROR – wRiters on the Rise, a critiquing group for professional writers. Marianne lives in Brisbane with her husband and two galahs.


Australian Publisher TWELFTH PLANET PRESS is a Perth-based publisher, seeking to challenge the status quo with books that interrogate, commentate and inspire. While showcasing the depth and breadth of Australian fiction to a wider audience, Twelfth Planet Press aims to and provide opportunities for fiction written by female writers, raising awareness of women’s voices in science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime genres.



Thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Shorty Awards. Have ended up about 58th of 1286 nominees, so thought that was pretty cool. It’s some kind of validation that I’m tweeting content that’s useful and interesting to t y’all. Not just boring you senseless!

The exciting news for the week though is that Sharp Turn, my crime novel written under the pseudonym, Marianne Delacourt, is Book of the Month on the Foxtel Channel, 13th Street Universal. Bestselling crime author Tara Moss recommends and reviews the novel.

Incomings amount to the release of Transformation Space my final segment in the Sentients of Orion series. It’s out in a month, maybe a little earlier, and I’m terribly nervous about how my loyal readers will find the grand finale. I tried so hard to stay true to the characters and the kind of endings to which, I felt, they were destined. It was a completely exhausting, stimulating book to write and I’ve never worked so hard on anything as I did trying to bring this together in a satisfactory manner. I’ll be too scared to look in the book when it arrives, in case I find something I could have done better!

My other December incoming, is Sharp Turn, book 2 in the Tara Sharp series. This was fun to write but still provided its challenges – namely heart surgery during the middle of my edits. I also learned a few big lessons about crime plotting which should stand me in good stead for the future. Nicola O’Shea (uber freelance editor) and Louise Thurtell gave me a lot of extra help and good advice with Sharp Turn and I’m indebted to them. I recently recorded a radio interview with Radio Port Phillip in which the interviewer, Del Nightingale, described Tara Sharp as an anarchist. I was *delighted* at this, because she is essentially – in a terribly polite, Western Suburbs kinda way. The segment will air on January 10th between 9-11am.

But enough about me!

Upcomings… well I  mentioned Anne Bishop is a Special Guest blogger in December but I’m also really excited to say that famous comic writer and new media guru Paul Jenkins will be next in my Super Creatives series. Paul is a great guy and someone who I would call an instinctively entrepreneurial creative person.

I’m also thinking a running a Random Reader Series where anyone can send me a blog piece pertaining to speculative fiction and I’ll pick the best ones to publish on my site. If anyone has thoughts on the idea, please speak up. Does this appeal?


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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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