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New Tara Sharp Novel ‘Sharp Turn’ Released

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.

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.

Book Launch – Gillian Polack – The Wizardry of Jewish Women

The fantastic Gillian Polack is releasing her new book ‘The Wizardry of Jewish Women’ at Readings, Hawthorn on the 5th of September at 6:30pm. A delightful, poignant novel that details the lives of Jewish women in Canberra. Mystical, memorial, and cheeky – come and experience the launch of one the next talked about spec-fiction books to be released this year. There may even be pink tutu’s involved.

Gillian Polack Launch Picture

Tales From The Scribe is now LIVE

That is right.

You can now read my collection ‘Tales From The Scribe’ It is officially live on Amazon with the Kindle and print version.

Book Depository available HERE

Kindle available HERE

Amazon Paperback available HERE

Kobo available HERE

Smashwords available HERE

Tales From The Scribe: A Collection

Tales From The Scribe: A Collection

Time twisting, dystopian, and epic fantasy stories

Tale of Cerdiwen
Cerdiwen of Llyr was thrown into another time. Suddenly faced with the real people and situations she was just reading about, will Cerdiwen be able to do as Taliesin instructed? Can she save her mother?

Life After Death
What really happens to us after we die? A question asked by many over the years. Gillian goes on a dark journey to discover her own life and death.

Dance of the Gods
Looking a noble in the eyes is punishable by death. This is what Ryukan faces when he comes across a noblewoman who is lost in the woods. Can the Dance of the Gods change Ryukan’s fate?

Icons of Power
Australia is in ruins.
Light and Dark are fighting for control of the Icons of Power. Whomever has then, can change the world. The race is on to gain control of the last Icon.

It has started to get some great reviews already!

Jul 15, 2016 Kayla rated it liked it 3 Stars

Tales from the Scribe consists of a collection of four short stories by Adelaide writer, Tarran Jones, and joined by a mystical theme. Each short story is broken into chapters, making it easy to read in small bursts, or as a whole. The e-book version which I read was beautifully typeset and visually appealing throughout.
The first story is Journey of Cerdiwen and centres around a Druid girl, Cerdiwen who time travels during a ceremony to change the course of history. The goddess, Epona, guides
her hand, leading her through time to her mother (from whom she was stolen) in time to prevent a war.
The second, Life and Death, is perhaps the one I engaged with most. It follows Gillian, a woman who commits suicide, through her journey into the afterlife. It speculates about reincarnation, and the beginning and end of life being centred on blood and pain.
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Kathryn White reviews it on her site

Tales From the Scribe by Adelaide author Tarran Jones moves at a fast, though strangely dreamlike pace where the imagery and setting can change in an instant–and it works.

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Book Review – Ruined – Amy Tintera

Ruined (Ruined, #1)Ruined by Amy Tintera

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Amy Tintera’s work and this book is simply fantastic. The characters are well developed and you see the progression they go through as you read.

Loved Cas and Em, they fall in love even though Em knows she isn’t meant to love the enemy.

Fabulously written and once again I am left hanging for book two. There we get to see the monster Lera created.

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Book Review – The Doctor Calling – Meredith Appleyard

The Doctor CallingThe Doctor Calling by Meredith Appleyard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great Australian outback story. The characters are engaging and the author makes you care about them.

The feel of the house Laura inherited is strong and you can picture it in your mind. Very realistic portrayal of country life.

My first book by Meredith but it won’t be my last.

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Book Review -Missing – Melanie Casey

Missing (Cass Lehman and Detective Ed Dyson #3)Missing by Melanie Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another brilliant book by Melanie Casey.

Cass and Ed are together and working out how to be a couple. Ed gets a case where someone is killing homeless men in Adelaide.

Cass has her own problems when the past comes back to hurt her and te ones she loves.

Brilliant writing and wonderful description of our city.

Took me only a day to finish the book and I am curious if there will be anymore books in this series. I really hope so.

Love reading a book set in my home city.

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Book Review – Warded Man – Peter V Brett

The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1)The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book captured my attention right from the start. Arlen’s decent into the Warded Man was intriguing and interesting to read. Loved the characters very much. The world building is great, making you feel like you are actually out in the hamlets and cities. Am about to read the next one in the series, Desert Spear. Go and read it if you haven’t already.

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