After my successful Kickstarter and nearly a year of distributing rewards, this award-winning fantasy trilogy is finally coming back into print on February 14, 2019, featuring revised text and gorgeous new cover art by the amazing Kathleen Jennings.
“Blistering fire raining from the sky, explosions and devils and stabbing shards of ice. A city of people sheltering underground, rebuilding their lives despite the horrors that screamed down from above. It was the stuff of legends, ancient history, stories that had grown bigger in the telling. But the truth, Velody, is that the skywar never stopped. It’s hidden from the daylight folk, but we of the nox are still fighting that war. It’s our job to protect the city that can’t protect itself.”
The next couple of months are going to be all about The Creature Court for me as I work to fulfil rewards for my Kickstarter, the most ambitious crowdfunding & publishing project I’ve ever been involved with.
Have you seen the gorgeous covers yet? Thanks to artist Kathleen Jennings and designer Cathy Larsen, we now have glorious book covers for the Creature Court trilogy, including ebooks, hardbacks and paperbacks.
If you didn’t back the Kickstarter, don’t worry, you will be able to get your own lovely copies of these books when the ebook and paperback are released for general sale in February 2019… which is sooner than you think!
Meanwhile, Cabaret of Monsters, the original prequel novella that I wrote for the Kickstarter campaign, is going on general sale NEXT WEEK. If art deco fantasy, bloodthirsty shapeshifting werewolves and backstage theatricals drinking gin and eating pastries sounds like your kind of book, you can preorder your copy of Cabaret of Monsters right now:
I have two books currently available for pre-order! Get in now and buy a gift for your future self.
Cabaret of Monsters, the prequel novella for the Creature Court trilogy, is dropping on November 15th! If you missed the Kickstarter, this is your chance to score a copy of this thrilling, theatrical art deco fantasy.
Saturnalia in Aufleur is a time of topsy-turvy revels, of the world turned upside down and transformed before your eyes. The city’s theatres produce an annual display of reversals, surprises and transformations. In Aufleur, flappers can transform into wolves. Even the rats are not what they seem.
Evie Inglirra is on a mission to infiltrate the theatrical world of Aufleur and discover what lies beneath their glamorous cabaret costumes and backstage scandals. Has she bitten off more than she can chew?
Coming even sooner is the latest story in the Belladonna University series about student share house friendships, witches and geeky rock music: yes, it’s Halloween is Not a Verb!
Young Aussie witches Hebe and Holly Hallow are bringing their friends home to meet their mums for Halloween! What terrible life choices will Sage and Jules make around the bonfire? Why is Ferd flipping out about poetry? What’s with all the butternut pumpkins?
Epic friendship and festive shenanigans with the magical students from Belladonna University.
My Kickstarter backers have spoken, and the two most popular enamel pin colours in the poll were green and teal. The plum (which is a personal favourite of mine) ran a very close third, so I will keep that one in mind for later stretch goals.
What does this mean? Until we make the first stretch goal of $16,000, absolutely nothing! But if we do make it…
1) Every backer with an enamel pin in their reward will be able to choose which variant of pin they wish to receive: black, teal or green.
2) A few more pledge levels will open up, allowing backers to add extra pins before the Kickstarter campaign closes.
3) Every pledge level at $99 or above will receive all 3 pins, one of each colour variant.
4) All backers will have the option of purchasing pins as add-ons via Backerkit, a few weeks after the Kickstarter campaign closes.
So let’s do this thing. Please spread the word about our awesome Kickstarter campaign, so we can reach $16,000 and unlock this awesome stretch goal. ONLY THREE DAYS TO GO!
I’m delighted to announce that the Creature Court Kickstarter is FULLY FUNDED! This means all four books published, beautiful cover art by Kathleen Jennings, and all the other delightful rewards that my 340 first backers chose for themselves will all get to be made and sent out over this year.
It’s so exciting that I will have this trilogy back in print properly, and the new novella as well! I’ll also have the resources to do a paperback release next year, keeping these books in print into the future.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the campaign so far… and it’s not too late! We have stretch goals to shoot for now, starting with:
$16,000 – two colour variants of the enamel pin, to be unlocked! Backers are voting on their favourite options right now to decide which two colours will be selected.
$17,000 – Tansy will write a Creature Court flash/micro fiction for every day remaining of the campaign, to be published on the Kickstarter page! Backers will be invited to contribute prompts & requests.
You can still pledge for the next 4 days to get awesome rewards including limited edition hardbacks, digital bundles, felt mice, ebooks, postcards, enamel pins and more! LET’S SEE HOW FAR WE CAN TAKE THIS!
Hello, the Creature Court Kickstarter is at 89% and I am crazy excited at how close we are to funding! Here’s another blog post based on some thoughts I had on Twitter this week. This is the story of my love affair and lifelong obsession with Ancient Rome, and how that fed into this, still one of the most ambitious writing projects of my life to date.
I’ve been talking about the Creature Court non-stop for weeks now, because #kickstarter is a shameless beast. But I haven’t talked enough about the importance of Ancient Rome to these books. My university didn’t teach genre writing, so I decided to study History & English to fuel my future fictional endeavours. I got diverted into Classics because those subjects were just more INTERESTING. And that’s how my life got eaten by the Ancient World.
So here’s a thing: when you study women of the ancient world, you can’t rely on literature because so few of their words survive: you have to look at the spaces between the history of men: at art and archaeology and numismatics as well as words.
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Hold on tight, duckies and hoppers. Time for an epic thread about My Favourite Flappers (not for Old Fogies). In the 1920s a new kind of woman emerged: she bobbed and shingled her hair, drank and smoked in public, left her corset at home, and decided to enjoy herself.
Let’s start with Clara Bow, the original “It Girl.” This glamorous, tousle-haired actress was the queen of the silent era silver screen. The self-described “awkward, funny-faced kid” hustled her heart out to get parts from age 16. As the quintessential Flapper in film after film, Clara came to symbolise the wild freedoms women claimed for themselves in the Roaring Twenties.
Adele Rogers St Johns, screenwriter, said:
“Clara is the total nonconformist. What she wants she gets, if she can. What she desires to do she does. She has a big heart, a remarkable brain, and the most utter contempt for the world in general. Time doesn’t exist for her, except that she thinks it will stop tomorrow. She has real courage, because she lives boldly. Who are we, after all, to say she is wrong?”