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Several exciting things have happened about the offices (I mean house) this week.

First up, Kaaron Warren became the first Aussie ever to win a Shirley Jackson Award. This weekend she won for Best Novella with “Sky” from her collection Through Splintered Walls. The Shirley Jackson Awards recognize work that is innovative, disturbing and excellent. And I’ve long aspired for the work we publish at Twelfth Planet Press to be considered of this calibre.

“Sky” also won the Ditmar Award, the Australian Shadows Award and the Aurealis Award, becoming the first story to win all three. It’s such an astounding effort and I’m so proud that I had the opportunity to work with Kaaron on this collection.

Yesterday, we released this fabulously, deliciously inviting, scrumptious book trailer for A Trifle Dead which was made for us by Film students at Curtin University as part of their term work. It was a lot of fun seeing this come together and hearing about the progress and I think they really nailed the book in their interpretation. (We’re doing the ebook for $5.95 this week only to celebrate the release).

 


And finally, this week, all three of us at Galactic Suburbia got Mind Melded over at SF Signal on our favourite genre road trips of all time. I chose Star Trek Voyager cause I just started an entire series rewatch and I still love everything about a TV show with a female captain :)



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We’re having a competition to find the best trifle recipe for inclusion in our forthcoming crime novel A Trifle Dead.

A Trifle Competition

The search is on for the best trifle recipe!

In anticipation of A Trifle Dead, the debut novel from new crime imprint Deadlines, we seek delicious, inspiring trifle recipes to publish in the book.

We are looking for recipes that match any or all of the following themes: Shot Glass Trifle, Death by Trifle, and Tasmanian Trifle.

Up to 3 winning recipe/s will appear in the novel, with all credit and attribution to the creator/s.

The winner(s) will receive an early contributor copy of A Trifle Dead, a stack of postcards featuring your winning recipe, and your choice of 2 Twelfth Planet Press books (either backlist or forthcoming titles).

Submit your recipe to contact@twelfthplanetpress.com with subject line A TRIFLE DEAD RECIPE and including a photo of your finished masterpiece by August 8, 2012.

Please provide contact details, preferred attribution, and a mailing address.

 

A Trifle Dead

Tabitha Darling has always had a dab hand for pastry and a knack for getting into trouble. Which was fine when she was a tearaway teen, but not so useful now she’s trying to run a hipster urban cafe, invent the perfect trendy dessert, and stop feeding the many (oh so unfashionable) policemen in her life.

When a dead muso is found in the flat upstairs, Tabitha does her best (honestly) not to interfere with the investigation, despite the cute Scottish blogger who keeps angling for her help. Her superpower is gossip, not solving murder mysteries, and those are totally not the same thing, right?

But as that strange death turns into a string of random crimes across the city of Hobart, Tabitha can’t shake the unsettling feeling that maybe, for once, it really is ALL ABOUT HER.

And maybe she’s figured out the deadly truth a trifle late…

About Livia Day:

Livia Day fell in love with crime fiction at an early age.  Her first heroes were Miss Jane Marple and Mrs Emma Peel, and not a lot has changed since then!

She has lived in Hobart, Tasmania for most of her life, and now spends far too much time planning which picturesque tourist spot will get the next fictional corpse.  You can find her online at tabithadarlingsbedroomfloor.tumblr.com

 



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