New Acquisition: The Christmas Maze by Danny Fahey

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Melbourne-based Danny Fahey’s middle grade novel, The Christmas Maze. “This acquisition,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “is a welcome addition to our young teen reader catalogue. Fahey’s novel is inspirational and we very much look forward to publishing it.”

Danny Fahey works at Trinity College/University of Melbourne where he is the Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning, Pathways School. Danny has over 20 years experience working in education as a Drama teacher and theatre-in education performer. Danny is happily married with 2 grown-up children and a cat named Lenny. He has had three previous novels published by now defunct publishers. Danny is also a published poet who enjoys reading and writing, has acted in a film or two, spends his spare time managing (just) his small backyard food forest and promises himself one day he will return to occasionally painting up a mess. He is an okay cook but not a particularly good driver of motor vehicles.

The Christmas Maze will be released world-wide late in 2022.

New Release: Dispossessed by Piper Mejia

IFWG is very proud to announce the release in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and UK, Piper Mejia’s young adult urban fantasy, Dispossessed. Top genre New Zealand author, Lee Murray, says of Mejia’s work: “In this vivid and confronting YA thriller, Mejia reminds us that true monsters might be closer than we think. For anyone who ever felt othered and alone.”

Nobody likes you when you’re the ugly new kid. A hoodie and a new foster home won’t hide the creeping dread that you are dangerous. So, when you’re offered the chance to meet a grandfather you never knew, you jump on a plane to the bush-covered mountains of New Zealand.

Slate longs for a home when he finds himself living among an ancient race masquerading as travelling performers. Dispossessed and disillusioned, Slate fears being trapped in a life hiding from the world; one his own father had to run from.

However, the decision to stay or leave is taken from him when he is held captive by hunters on the trail of the ultimate game trophy. Tortured and alone Slate fears that the only way to escape is to become the monster he never wanted to be.

Piper Mejia is an advocate for New Zealand writers and liter­ature.­ Her­ short­ fiction­ has­ been­ published­ in­ a­range­ of­ magazines­ and­ anthologies, ­including­ Room Enough for Two, which­ appeared­ in­ the­ Sir­ Julius­ Vogel­ Award-winning­ anthology­ Te Korero Ahi Ka­ (2018).­A­ collection­ of­ her ­original­ short­ stories,­ The Better Sister,­ was­published­ by ­Breach­ in­ 2020.­ In­ addition­ to­ writing,­ Piper­ is­ a­ founding­ member­ of­ Young­ NZ­ Writers­–­a­ non-profit­organisation­ dedicated­ to­ providing­ writing­ and­ publishing­ opportunities­ for­ young­ writers.­ As­ a­ child,­ Piper­ stayed­up­ late­ laughing­ at­ horror­ films.­ As­ an­ adult­ she­ has­ never­ lost­ her­ love­ for­ science­ fiction­ and­ horror,­ two­ genres­ that­ continues­ to­ ask­ the­ question “What if…”

Dispossessed is available now in all good print and ebook stores and online stores in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and UK. It will be released in USA and Canada on 25th May 2021.

Cover Reveal: The Stealthcat War by Paula Boer

It is with great pleasure that IFWG can now reveal the front cover of Paula Boer’s second instalment in her The Equinora Chronicles, The Stealthcat War. The spectacular cover art and design is by IFWG regular, Steve Santiago.

When unnatural wildfires ravage the prairies, many of the horse herds and human clans are burnt. Precious warmblood mares disappear and mysterious stealthcats are killing foals, forcing a dying stallion to seek help from the guardian unicorns.

Following a confusing prophecy that threatens the whole world, Mystery, the youngest unicorn, is sent to solve the problem. But being of horse parents, Mystery is filled with doubt and scared he has no power. Nevertheless, accompanied by Laila, a young woman, and Meda, her healer dragon, he determines to confront whatever evil is behind the devastation.

The Stealthcat War will be released worldwide on 14 June 2021, and preorders will be available from April. For those of you who haven’t read the series, we encourage you to read volume 1, The Bloodwolf War, and we would be betting that you will want to see the series to completion.

March Release: Gathering the Strands by Cary J Lenehan

Gathering the Strands by Cary J Lenehan is part of IFWG’s ‘Uncaching the Treasures‘ campaign, and is the fifth novel in Lenehan’s Warriors of Vhast series. It was released world-wide on 1 March 2021 and the cover was once again rendered by the talented Catherine Archer-Wills.

A few events have already taken place with respect to Gathering the Strands, including an entertaining podcast interview of Lenehan by Jason Henderson of Castle of Horror (particularly about world-building), and a blog interview by Maureen Flynn. The official launch has just occurred in Hobart.


Gathering the Strands starts to bring together the story of adversaries struggling over the distant and artificial world of Vhast towards what looks to be resolution. The inhabitants of Mousehole, instead of reacting to what is happening around them, begin to strike out and shape their own future as they travel around The Land.

Following on from Intimations of Evil, Engaging Evil, Clearing the Web, and Scouring the Land, the Princess, and her wife the mage, the Cat, the priest, the ghazi, and the growing number of people that they are bringing together, strike out both in lightning raids and in mobilised armies, against their foe. Now they are being reacted to instead of hitting out blindly at unfathomed foes.

Gathering the Strands is the fifth book of a series that sees magic as a scientific experiment as good struggles with evil in a world made by an alien race for their own ends.


Gathering the Strands is now available worldwide through all good bricks and mortar and online stores, print and ebook.

February Release: Silent Sorrow by Russell Kirkpatrick

Silent Sorrow is the first title released in 2021 by IFWG Publishing, and also the first title in IFWG’s ‘Uncaching the Treasures‘ campaign. The campaign recognises that IFWG ‘cached’ most of its 2020 scheduled titles to avoid the worst of COVID’s effects on the industry, and in the period February to June 2021, all will be ‘uncached’. And they are treasures indeed, including Russell Kirkpatrick’s first volume in his The Book of Remezov fantasy series.

A few events have already taken place with respect to Silent Sorrow, including an intriguing podcast interview of Kirkpatrick by Jason Henderson of Castle of Horror, and an insightful blog interview by Maureen Flynn.

Brilliant and ambitious, Remezov is already recognised as the best earthquake predictor in the business. He travels to the ancient city of Hanemark to be received into the powerful Guild of Geographers, the youngest inductee in decades.

On the way he finds a dead scientist’s diary, warning of an imminent invasion. Nonsense, of course—except the diary explains otherwise puzzling occurrences. Does he surrender it to the Guild, risking accusations he killed the scientist and stole the diary—all for an invasion that may never come—or does he keep it and use it to make his name? He has to decide soon, because he’s being hunted by something leaving a trail of mutilated bodies across the city.

The lizards are coming…

Silent Sorrow is now available worldwide through all good bricks and mortar and online stores, print and ebook.

Preorder Offer: Dispossessed by Piper Mejia

IFWG is pleased to offer preorders for Piper Mejia’s wonderful young adult fiction novel, Dispossessed.

Nobody likes you when you’re the ugly new kid. A hoodie and a new foster home won’t hide the creeping dread that you are dangerous. So, when you’re offered the chance to meet a grandfather you never knew, you jump on a plane to the bush-covered mountains of New Zealand. 

Slate longs for a home when he finds himself living among an ancient race masquerading as travelling performers. Dispossessed and disillusioned, Slate fears being trapped in a life hiding from the world; one his own father had to run from.

However, the decision to stay or leave is taken from him when he is held captive by hunters on the trail of the ultimate game trophy. Tortured and alone Slate fears that the only way to escape is to become the monster he never wanted to be.

Dispossessed will be released on 5 April 2021, world-wide. Preorders are open until 10 March, and the book will be shipped and arrive at its destination on or close to release date. Ebook versions will be available for preorder soon, via the relevant ebook online stores.

PREORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED.