Tansy Rayner Roberts pops in to give us a sneak look at the next book in her delightful Creature Court series.

The Shattered City, Creature Court Book Two
Velody is now the leader of the Creature Court – and struggling to keep her daylight life separate from the nightly battles against the sky.  But both worlds are about to collide in a devastating way.

Two young men are murdered, and the Lords and Court turn against each other with grief, anger and accusations.  The Duchessa cancels the Sacred Games, and the city of Aufleur stops healing itself after every battle…

Things, in short, get worse.  That’s what Book 2 is all about, isn’t it?  Things Get Worse.  The middle book of a trilogy often gets a bad rap for being ‘padding’ or ‘extraneous’ but I have always loved them best.  The middle is when things get really interesting, once you’re fully invested in the characters and their torments, but not yet having to psych yourself up for the grand wrap up.  It’s also often the hardest for an author to talk about, because beginnings and endings are so much more glamorous.

Rest assured, in The Shattered City, things get worse. There’s more sex, death and natural disasters than in Book One, and the frocks are prettier. Some things that we thought were gone for good are back with a vengeance.  And you have a 100% authorial guarantee that a City. Will. Fall. — Tansy Rayner Roberts


And while we’re looking at some excellent upcoming reading, I’d like to mention Nightsiders by Sue Isles. This is part of Twelfth Planet Press’s Twelve Planet series.

In a future world of extreme climate change, Perth, Western Australia’s capital city, has been abandoned. Most people were evacuated to the East by the late ’30s and organised infrastructure and services have gone.

A few thousand obstinate and independent souls cling to the city and to the southern towns. Living mostly by night to endure the fierce temperatures, they are creating a new culture in defiance of official expectations. A teenage girl stolen from her family as a child; a troupe of street actors who affect their new culture with memories of the old; a boy born into the wrong body; and a teacher who is pushed into the role of guide tell the story of The Nightside.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Introduction by Marianne de Pierres
  • The Painted Girl
  • Nation of the Night
  • Paper Dragons

It has been a reflective time for me of late as you’ve probably noticed. Been thinking a lot about my childhood and how wonderful it was, and about what I want to do with the rest of my life. I know now that I will make some changes. It’s time.

But first, today is a day of celebration of friendships and that wonderful sense of being connected with others. Thank you to all my well-wishers. I’ve loved hearing from every single one of you.

Today has started brilliantly by being sent Peter Bishop by my beloved Tansy Rayner Roberts who also blogged this amazing post.

Then Cels sent me Adam Carter (Rupert Penry-Jones) and blogged her wonderful Transformation Space review.

Rowena has posted an interview I did with her on the ROR blog, where I talk at length about various books and do a giveaway for a Tara Sharp novel.

Part1 finished with brunch with Nick and Jules, and host of calls from my Perth family. Part 2 to be reported on tonight.

I’m so excited about this I have to do a bit of jumping up and down. Just heard that Alisa Krasnostein from Twelfth Planet (the publisher of my Glitter Rose collection) has won the Washington Science Fiction Small Press Award (at Capclave in Washington DC) for Tansy Rayner Roberts novella, Siren Beat.

I’m excited about this for sooooo many reasons. Firstly, two of my friends got some MUCH deserved recognition, beating out a bunch of super-talented North American writers.

Secondly, Twelfth Planet Press is taking another step towards becoming a force amongst independent publishers the world over. In fact they’re calling TPP the Giant Killer.

Thirdly – and now a story I haven’t told anyone before – one of my own dreams got inadvertently realised. A couple of years ago myself and co-editor Lynne Jamneck put together a proposal for the first ever Australian Urban Fantasy anthology with an awesome lineup of Aussie writers. It was to be charity antho to fundraise for The Australian Crohn’s Association and was to also offer an *amazing* bonus story by (our only non-Australian) Anne Bishop. I approached two of our raft of brilliant writers to write sample stories for the proposal. Can you guess who????? Tansy’s Siren Beat was one, and Pamela Freeman’s story The Lord of Misrule was the other. We got SO close to selling the antho to a major publisher (it actually was going to acquisitions) and literally that week, the GFC hit, and everyone backed away. I’d put a huge amount of work into the proposal, not mention feeling like I’d totally failed to help the Crohn’s Ass’n, and was quite devastated.

But my dark cloud now finally has a silver lining… Alisa (also a sufferer of Crohn’s – kinda karmic that things worked out the way they did, AK!) published the story and put it in her Twelfth Planet Press doubles series and since then it has gone to garner all sorts of attention, including shortlisting for an Aurealis Award, being on the Locus recommended reading list, and now winning the WSFA.

Kudos to both Tansy and Alisa! Here’s Tansy’s acceptance speech:

As an author, “Siren Beat” is the story that keeps giving back. I have been overwhelmed by the buzz and response to this story, which began as an experiment in trying to create urban fantasy with a distinctly Australian flavour. My Australia is not the outback or the crocodiles or the soap opera suburbs. I live in Hobart, a small city on the edge of a bright grey coastline; there’s nothing between us and Antarctica but a very cold wind. I loved bringing monsters to my hometown, and indulging in the Tasmanian obsessions with weather and seafood to drag a kraken and a handful of sirens into our harbour.

Receiving international recognition for a story I thought would not make sense to anyone but me is a tremendous honour, and I am very grateful for it. I am also delighted to announce that I recently received an Australia Council grant to write the first Nancy Napoleon novel, further exploring the characters and world of “Siren Beat.”

I would like to thank Alisa of Twelfth Planet Press, not only for publishing this story and creating such a beautiful book, but for taking up the challenge to fly halfway around the world to have an adventure I would have loved to attempt myself, if I was not at home with a baby glued to my left leg. Credit also goes to Marianne de Pierres, who originally inspired this story, to my partner Andrew who supports me with every definition of the word, and to Kaia Landelius, my Swedish Writing Fairy, who pitched in when I was struggling with one of the most confrontational scenes. Everyone needs a friend who will help them write tentacle smut.

Awards

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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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