Forthcoming Release: The Bloodwolf War by Paula Boer

IFWG is very excited to announce the world-wide release date of Paula Boer’s young adult novel, The Bloodwolf War, the first volume in The Equinora Chronicles. The wonderful cover art and design is by IFWG regular, Steve Santiago.

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The Bloodwolf War will be released on 15 November 2019.

Equinora, the world where horses live in harmony with people, is in trouble. The six unicorn guardians created by the Goddess have abandoned their roles and vicious bloodwolves rampage across the land, massacring the herds and villagers.

Fleet, a young stallion without a territory, dreams of galloping with other horses and building a herd of his own. But an attack by a bloodwolf leaves him poisoned and alone. Driven by despair and a promise to fulfil his dying dam’s vision, Fleet sets out to discover how to vanquish the bloodwolves. The only help the renegade unicorns provide is to insist Fleet follow a prophecy to confront the villainous Shadow, an equine so powerful that the Goddess imprisoned him to prevent him destroying her realm.

Accompanied by Yuma, a young man desperate to escape his destiny, and Tatuk, a tiny dragon, Fleet seeks Shadow and a cure for the bloodwolf poison. But even as he begins to fear the selfish unicorns have sent him to his death, he discovers a secret that might mean he has a chance to save all horses and people from annihilation.

New Acquisition: The Wildcard by Kathryn Hore

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Kathryn Hore’s thriller, The Wildcard. “Kathryn is an excellent speculative fiction writer,” said IFWG Managing Director, Gerry Huntman, “and we couldn’t look past this exceptional thriller piece, despite it being outside our mainstream brand. Kathryn spins an amazing story in her debut novel, of intrigue and underworld card playing taken way too far.”

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Kathryn is a Melbourne writer of speculative and thriller fiction, who enjoys blending dark genres in twisting ways, often throwing in a dash of romance for good measure. Her short fiction has been published in an number of magazines, including Aurealis, Midnight Echo and The Crime Factory, and anthologies such as Transcendent (Transmundane Press), Dead of Night (AHWA), Beautiful Lies Painful Truths (Left Hand Publishers) and Hear Me Roar (Ticonderoga Publications). When not writing she works in information management, archives and libraries, and has a couple of small children to keep her busy. You can find her on her website www.letmedigress.com, or catch her on the usual social media haunts as @kahmelb.

The Wildcard:

Jem doesn’t do risk. He doesn’t play games with chance. At least not until his ex-girlfriend shows up on his doorstop in tears and tricks him into signing for an impossible debt.

Thrust into an underworld of card players who bet anything they can think of – favours, information, secrets, even coffee – Jem has to figure his way out of a debt he doesn’t understand, in a world where the rules are twisting, complex and never explained. Relying only on a woman who plays life like she plays a game of poker, and drawn to a young man who offers temptations Jem’s not sure he can trust, there is only one thing he is clear on: the consequences of losing in this crowd. Because the last guy to owe a debt like his was just found floating face down in the ocean, and if Jem doesn’t sort this out fast, he could be next.

The Wildcard will be published in late 2020/early 2021.

New Acquisition: Black Moon by Eugen Bacon

IFWG is proud to announce the acquisition of a collection of dark flash fiction by Eugen Bacon, each paired with gorgeous illustrations by Elena Betti, entitled Black Moon. “This is an opportunity we can’t miss,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG. “This is an amazingly unique project, bridging literary, dark speculative fiction, and powerful commissioned illustrations. This will be a significant contribution to dark fiction in a multi-media format.”

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Eugen Bacon is a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing. She has sold many stories and articles, together with anthologies. Her stories have won, been shortlisted and commended in international awards, including the Bridport Prize, L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, Copyright Agency Prize and Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards. Her creative work has appeared in literary and speculative fiction publications worldwide, including Award Winning Australian Writing, AntipodeanSFAndromeda, Aurealis, Bards and Sages Quarterly, The Victorian Writer and New Writing (Routledge). Publications in 2019: Writing Speculative Fiction (Macmillan). Claiming T-Mo (Meerkat Press). In 2020: A Pining (Meerkat Press). Black Moon (IFWG Publishing Australia).

Black Moon is an illustrated collection of speculative flash fiction interspersed with prose poetry. It carries themes of love and war, life and the afterlife, hope and despair. It is a philosophical assortment that questions normalcy, embraces opposition, and takes a keen interest on peculiarity. It will appeal to curious lovers of literary dark fantasy and all places in between.

Black Moon will be released in the second half of 2020.

Forthcoming Release & Preorder Offer: Children’s Fiction

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the October release of Ali Foster‘s last book in her Ginomees Trilogy, The Cave at the End of the Universe. Ali is based in New Zealand and her Ginomees Trilogy has been received very well. How can you not love an adventure where the protagonists are rejected garden gnomes? This last adventure is cosmic indeed and children of all ages will adore it, including Ali’s sketches of the main characters.

“What happens when you roll a six? You have to roll again!”

After discovering his true identity and unlocking the secret of the Clonestone, Eamonn sets off with his clones to find the legendary Ginomehenge, a magical portal that takes them far across the universe to Planet Magnetica.

There Eamonn meets his grandfather, the mighty Ginomus Giganticus, creator of them all. Can Eamonn and his clones destroy the Magnetaur, their grandfather’s most terrifying creation, before it destroys them and everything else on the planet?

To commemorate the completion of the series, we have a combined full trilogy and preorder offer. By clicking the purchase/preorder link below you will receive all three books of the trilogy just before release date (late September 2019). This offer is for any reader in US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. In Australia the combines retail cost (not counting shipment) would be just under AU$60.00. For this special occasion, and ending COB 1 September 2019, we will offer AU$40.00 including shipping to the above geographies. Special indeed!

Click here to order/preorder the Ginomees Trilogy. 

Preorder: Metamorphosis by Claire Fitzpatrick

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IFWG are pleased to offer preorders for Claire Fitzpatrick’s debut collection, Metamorphosis, with free shipping to US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

The collection will be released worldwide on 2 September 2019, and those who preorder will get free shipping and it will be shipped prior the release date.

This offer ceases 31 July 2019.

Madeline will never become a woman. William will never become a man. Does June deserve to be human? Does Lilith deserve a heart? 

Seventeen stories. Seventeen tales of terror. 

If imperfection is crucial to a society’s survival, what makes a monster?

CLICK HERE FOR PREORDER (COST AU$24.95)

Week of Awards

IFWG aims to publish, above all other traits, quality books. While we don’t obsessively seek awards and shortlisting in awards, garnering them is a type of validation that we are heading in the right direction.

We attended GeyserCon (Rotorua NZ) last week (31 May to 2 June 2019) and just flitted through Continuum 15 (Melbourne, Australia) (7 – 10 June 2019 – which this year was also the National Awards convention for the Ditmars and several other important industry prizes). The Sir Julius Vogel Awards were announced on the 2nd of June and the Shadows and Ditmar Awards were announced on the 8th – a concentration of accolades over a week.

We were ecstatic to be shortlisted for many categories in all three pertinent Awards (SJVs, Ditmars and Shadows), which in itself is no mean feat and a strong validation of where we are headed in terms of quality of publishing, and we also had two authors who actually won in their categories. The following IFWG titles achieved shortlisting and/or awards (and due to the size of lists, we will leave out non-IFWG short listed titles and winners but convey our heart-felt congratulations to them all!).

Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Best Novel category: The Kingfisher’s Debt by Kura Carpenter (finalist)
Best Short Story category: ‘Dead End Town’ by Lee Murray (Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2, eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
Best Collected Work category: Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud (eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
Best New Talent category: Kura Carpenter (winner)

Australian Shadows Awards

Best Novel category: Contrition by Deborah Sheldon (finalist)
Best Short Fiction category: ‘The Ward of Tindalos’ by Debbie Cowens & Matt Cowens (Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud, eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
and ‘Slither’ by Jason Nahrung ((Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2, eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (finalist)
Best Collected Work category: Shadows on the Wall by Steven Paulsen (winner)
Best Edited Work category: Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2 and Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud (eds Proposch, Sequeira, Stevens) (both finalists)

Ditmar Awards

Best Novel category: Faerie Apocalypse by Jason Franks (finalist)

That’s 12 finalists, of which 2 were winners. We consider this a special week.

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Silvia Brown, Shadows coordinator, and Steven Paulsen, winner of the Best Collected Work category, 2019