New Release: Clearing the Web by Cary J Lenehan

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IFWG Australia is excited to announce the third instalment of the epic fantasy Warriors of Vhast series by Tasmanian author Cary J Lenehan, ‘Clearing the Web‘. “Cary’s detailed and comprehensive world building shines out as usual,” said Gerry Huntman (Managing Director IFWG), and as the storyline progresses Cary’s work gets better and better. This is a vast project, no pun intended, and we are proud to be publishing it worldwide.”

Kudos to Catherine Archer-Wills for her artwork and design for this, and previous volumes (with earlier design by Elizabeth Lang).

The world book launch for Clearing the Web will be held at:

Amor Bar,
217-219 Elizabeth Street,
North Hobart
at 7pm 29 November 2018

Clearing the Web continues to follow the unfolding events on the distant, artificial world of Vhast. A lost realm, a visit to a nearby Empire, the arrival of foes, and then a dragon test the recently anointed heroes.

Following on from Intimations of Evil and Engaging Evil, the Princess and her mage wife, the Cat, the priest, the ghazi, and the others leave their small newly freed village and set out to uncover the evil infecting The Land. One obstacle after another appears as the evil fights back.

Clearing the Web is the third book of a series that sees reality confronted and a world re-shaped as new myths are created in an epic fantasy adventure.

Clearing the Web will be released in Australia, UK and Europe on 29th November 2018, and in North America January/February 2019 (to be advised).

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For those of you who have missed the series, click on the images above to get more information.

New Signing: Books 3 to 5 of Warriors of Vhast

It is with pleasure that we can now announce the signing of books 3 to 5 of Cary J Lenehan’s Warriors of Vhast series – ‘Clearing the Web’ (Book 3), ‘Scouring the Land’ (Book 4), and ‘Gathering the Strands’ (Book 5). This follows from ‘Intimations of Evil‘ (Book 1) and ‘Engaging Evil‘ (Book 2).

“Cary’s strength is his world-building,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing, “and he delivers in spades. Books 1 and 2 have garnered a strong following by those who love epic fantasy in lush, vivid worlds, and this is great news for all. We can’t be happier to continue this series.”

IFWG Publishing will be re-releasing Books 1 and 2 in March 2018 (to ensure the look and feel of the series is entirely consistent) and Clearing the Web will be released in July 2018. Books 4 and 5 will follow annually, and it is likely it will continue beyond Book 5.

Cary Lenehan

Cary J Lenehan is a former trades assistant, soldier, public servant, cab driver, truck driver, game designer, trainee horticulturalist and university tutor (among other things). His hobbies include collecting and reading books (the non-fiction are Dewey decimalised), Tasmanian native plants (particularly the edible ones), the SCA and gaming. He has taught people how to use everything from shortswords to rocket launchers.

He met his wife at an SF Convention while cosplaying and they have not looked back. He was born in Sydney before marrying and moving to the Snowy Mountains where they started their family. They moved to Tasmania for the warmer winters and are not likely to ever leave it.

Looking out of the window beside the computer is a sweeping view of Mount Wellington and its range.

Cary has a Patreon page where he wants to expand his world of Vhast in all sorts of directions. You might want to consider helping him: Cary Lenehan’s Patreon Page

Cary’s web site: www.caryjlenehan.com

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New Release: The Locksmith by Barbara Howe

As foreshadowed in recent posts, IFWG Publishing is pleased to announce the release tomorrow of our third New Zealand title, the young adult fantasy novel, The Locksmith, by Barbara Howe. This is the first in a  five part series, ‘Reforging’, and for those of you who will read Book 1, you will definitely be impatient for future instalments.

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The Locksmith will be officially launched at Lexicon, Lake Taupo NZ on 4 June – not only will Barbara and Ali (The Rejects) will be there for their launches, but Gerry Huntman (Managing Director IFWG Publishing Australia) will be MC at the event, and Kaaron Warren will also be there.

In a world where membership in one of the four magic guilds guarantees respect and wealth, it is strange that Lucinda Guillierre is terrified of being exposed as a witch. The Fire Warlock finds her attitude puzzling, but does not give her his full attention until a long-buried secret comes to light.

She has good reasons to be afraid.

As war looms and dangerous romance beckons, who will have the best chance to kill her? Her enemies, her friends, or Lucinda herself?

From tomorrow The Locksmith will be available in all good print and ebook online bookstore, and will soon be available at all quality bricks and mortar bookstores. You can also opt to purchase direct from the publisher right now: Print and ebook.

Sneak Preview: Engaging Evil by Cary J Lenehan

We know fans have been waiting for a while, but we can now announce the release of Engaging Evil, book 2 of Warriors of Vhast, by Cary J Lenehan, on the 23rd of February 2017. Here’s the cover:

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Engaging Evil continues the unfolding series set on a distant and fabricated world where magic takes the place of technology and dragons and monsters dwell in unlikely places.

Following on from Book 1, Intimations of Evil, we follow the Cat, the priest, the princess, the ghazi, the tribesman and others, as they leave civilisation and enter the wilds and discover the hidden village of Mousehole, where lurks bandits and indescribable evil.

Engaging Evil is the second book of a series that sees worlds reshaped and myths confounded in a far-flung fantasy adventure.

Well done to Elizabeth Lang of EL Designs, and artist Catherine Archer-Wills for the spectacular cover.

News: Successful Official Hobart Launch of Intimations of Evil

The official Hobart launch of Cary J. Lenehan’s epic fantasy novel, Intimations of Evil, was held on Thursday evening 2 December 2015 with a great turnout at  Amor Bar on Elizabeth Street. It would be easier for Cary to recount the event:

During the afternoon our house began to resemble a CWA kitchen as four trays of quartered sandwiches were assembled. It had started in earnest. The launch was happening. At 4.30 I realised that I had not yet picked up the business cards from Xerox. Why was I just sitting around answering queries on the Book of Face? Into the car, get those, to our son, Brenden’s place to get him and he is playing World of Warcraft (bloody geeks), to Woolworths to pick up some more nibbles – four trays of them and then to pick up my mother. To her, as to me, it is still not real. Her son is actually a real author and her friends want to buy books because they like the cover art (as do I – good choice of artist by Gerry at IFWG).

We arrive at Amor Bar at 5.45. We said 6pm, but there are already people moving around. Is everyone early? Is this all that will come? I set up the banner with the cover on it. It stands taller than I do and looks great. Marjorie and Alice already are setting up a sales table and people are buying books and wanting me to sign them. Out goes the first food. I know my customers. Quite a few are students or not far removed from it and so hunger is never far away. The serious bit of greeting people and thanking them begins. I get given a martinus (my first Manhattan for years). Coffee and drinks are being bought and it looks like the bar is adding people behind it. How Irish to launch a book in a bar. I am sure that James Joyce is smiling at me. I might even write a limerick.

It is 6.15 and I give a short speech. It may be hard to believe, but I am nervous and someone asks me to speak up. Because we hurried things to get the book out well before Christmas we ended up with only me to launch my own book. It was unusual, but it seems to have worked. At any rate the applause was a little louder than polite. Looking around some people I was expecting to see were not there and there are quite few that I have no idea about. The room seems fairly full.

Time to sit and start signing books. I apologise for the wobbly signatures, but it was a new experience for me and hard to think of something individual to put down to make it more memorable for people. The attendees vary from a person I have known since she was in pre-school with my daughter to people I have only ever met on Facebook. My favourite surprise was a chap who was dining with his wife next door and, looking for a drink after, wandered in. They heard the speech and decided that they wanted a book. A couple of people have bought it as a Kindle and already read it. They love it so much they want signed copies. To me, as someone that has been a fan most of their life, that is way cool. My first drink finished I have the rest of a martini and then something called a Monkey Wrench (I think). Once we account for pre-orders, we are out of books and need to order more. That has to be counted as a good night for a new author. Add in that we have been in the top 10% of Kindle sales on Amazon most of the time since the book came out and I thing that we may have done something right.

I sit and talk about the book with people and how it came to be. Drop hints about the series without revealing key plot details. Talk about gaming and my background as people ask questions. I could get used to this. We continued talking (and drinking) well into the night. All the food (8 large platters) is gone. There were still quite a number of younger ones looking to make a night of it. The bar has never had a book launch before (and the staff bought books) and they are not normally open on Thursdays. They already want us back next year for volume two.

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 Below are a sample of photographs taken at the event (permission granted from Wendy Calabria and Cary J. Lenehan).

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It started with receiving a few boxes of books…

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Banner at Amor Bar

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Getting to the books…

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The speech

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Book signing – very casual

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Happy fans!

New Release: Intimations of Evil by Cary J. Lenehan

It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of Intimations of Evil, book 1 of the Warriors of Vhast series. This is Cary J. Lenehan‘s debut novel, and a feast of epic fantasy.

Cary is a resident of Tasmania and will soon be book signing in the official release in Hobart – stay tuned!

The artwork is by Catherine Archer-Wills, and the cover design is by Elizabeth Lang.

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The title will soon be available through all good online book and ebook stores, but right now you can order it through our website.

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From every direction nine individuals of varied races and walks of life are drawn to the village of Evilhalt on the shores of Lake Erave. A foundling, a princess; a huntress and secret policeman; a shepherd and a huntress; a tribesman and a Battle Mage.; a Ghazi…

As they journey each faces trials beyond those of normal travellers. On arrival they meet a local leatherworker and militiaman, Stefan, who just wants more of life than what seems to be offered to him. They uncover deep, dark mysteries which hints of greater evil. Together, and for a mix of reasons, they set off to face their destiny.

Intimations of Evil is the first book of a series that sees worlds reshaped and myths confounded in a far-flung fantasy adventure.