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.

Sneak Preview: Intimations of Evil by Cary J. Lenehan

In less than a week we will be releasing a new title, Intimations of Evil, by Cary J. Lenehan, Book 1 of the Warriors of Vhast epic fantasy series. While we are not new to fantasy, with a number of titles under our belt, and many more in our US imprint, we are particularly pleased to publish IFWG Publishing Australia’s first adult epic fantasy novel.

This is Cary’s debut novel and we are excited for him. He is a resident of Tasmania – our second author from that lovely island.

The artwork is by the fine artist, Catherine Archer-Wills, and the cover design is by Elizabeth Lang. A quality match.

Stay tuned for the release announcement.

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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.

News: New Contract for ‘Warriors of Vhast: Intimations of Evil’ Signed

We are pleased to announce the signing of our last new author’s work for 2015: Intimations of Evil (Volume 1 of the Warriors of Vhast series), by Tasmanian author Cary Lenehan. “This is the perfect addition to 2015’s Australian catalog, as we wanted a strong, enduring epic fantasy series, which is conspicuously absent at the moment,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing/IFWG Publishing Australia.

We are expecting this title to be released in the second half of 2015. Stay tuned for more information about the forthcoming title early next year.

Cary Lenehan

Cary Lenehan is a former trades assistant, soldier, public servant, cab driver, truck driver, game designer, and university tutor (among other things), who is currently a student horticulturalist volunteering at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. 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 a SF Convention 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.