News: Final, Additional Bonus for Preorders of Peripheral Visions

Giveaway: Shades Quadrilogy

A random person who pre-orders the deluxe hardcover edition of Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories by Robert, will be chosen to win a complete set of Robert Hood’s four-book supernatural series, Shades. The draw will be made at 8pm on 25th April (AEST).

The books are in mint condition and unread. Robert will, of course, sign them for you.

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The Shades series was published by Hodder Headline in 2001. It is composed of four inter-related short novels (ranging from 35,000 to 40,000 words each): Shadow Dance, Night Beast, Ancient Light and Black Sun Rising. Each book is told in first-person narration by a different character. They are separate but sequential.

In effect the novels are ghost stories, but ghost stories with a difference. The main characters are 16-17 year-old teenagers who died, and were taken to a lightless shadow realm. For reasons they don’t totally understand, they have been returned to this world, where they appear as corporeal ghosts – most ghost-like when in the presence of light, but solid in darkness and shadows. Light causes them to become transparent and incorporeal, and they can transport from place to place by stepping into one shadow and re-appearing another.

The oldest of these “Shades” died over 100 years ago (though Shades exist that date back thousands of years). Our protagonists are trying not only to survive against assorted monstrous creatures and human ghost-hunters, but also are struggling with their own sense of purpose and searching for the truth that lies behind their very existence. You can read more about the series here:

Though written for a young adult audience, the Shades books are neither simplistic nor condescending. They have been described as “an extremely absorbing and satisfying read, which should please readers of all ages” (Chuck McKenzie) and “definitely not to be missed” (Courier Mail). Said one reviewer: “As with his more adult-orientated fiction Robert Hood has the ability to cast a spell over the reader and drag him/her into the narrative and force you to keep reading right to the final page.” (Scary Minds)

The books are currently unavailable, but the author has resurrected a full set of these rare novels for a lucky reader who pre-orders his current collection of ghost stories. The series represents another spectacular example of the author’s inventive approach to a time-honoured trope: the ghost, and as such are a fitting companion to Peripheral Visions.

Giveaway: Paper Magic by Jeffery E Doherty

The third and final ebook giveaway from IFWG Publishing Australia for the Festive Season is Paper Magic, by writer and illustrator, Jeffery E Doherty. This is a marvellous children’s story that teaches about friendship, and the lifting of the human spirit above apparent disability. The five day giveaway begins on 1 January and finished on 5 January 2015 (US time zones).

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Paper Magic is a story about finding courage, facing challenges and overcoming self-doubt. It is about the power of friendship and discovering you don’t need magic to be worthwhile. The park calls to Marina. It tugs at a place deep in her chest but the thought of meeting the children who play there sends her into a breathless panic.

This beautiful story deals with issues of bullying, anxiety and being different, issues increasingly relevant to children of all ages. The story will delight any reader who has ever felt awkward, lonely or anxious.

Giveaway: The Infinity Trap by Ian C Douglas

To parallel our ebook giveaway for the New Year in Australia, we have chosen for the UK offerings Ian C Douglas‘ all-ages science fiction adventure, The Infinity Trap. For the period 1 to 5 January (US time zones), you can download Ian’s great Martian adventure ebook for free!

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How far would you go to find your missing father? For Zeke Hailey, a teenager living in the 23rd century, even Mars is not too far. Zeke’s dad is one of the Mariners, a mysterious elite of psychics who have conquered Outer Space. Now he’s vanished on a secret mission.

But Zeke is an ordinary schoolboy without a shred of his father’s psychic powers. Armed with nothing but his wits, he bluffs his way into the prestigious Mariner’s school on Mars in search of answers. Mind-reading teachers and psychokinetic bullies are the least of his worries. A ruthless archaeologist is seeking the Infinity Trap, an ancient machine of unimaginable power and lair to an evil as old as the Universe.  An alien artefact downloads the language of the long dead Martians into Zeke’s brain. Thanks to this newfound skill, Zeke alone understands the apocalyptic danger about to be unleashed.

Not only must Zeke rescue his friends, but humanity itself. If he can first survive a planet filled with demons, outlaws, and androids, not to mention quicksand and dust storms. And, as the odds stack against him, will Zeke make the ultimate sacrifice—his father?

Giveaway: Brumbies by Paula Boer

IFWG Publishing is giving away the ebook title, Brumbies, by Paula Boer, in celebration of the release of the new and final instalment of the 5 part series, Brumbies in the Mountains (the ebook is out now, the print title is out in the new year).

We figure that you will like Brumbies enough to consider purchasing the entire series.

The giveaway offer runs from 1 to 5 January 2015, based on US time zones.

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When city girl Louise moves to the country, she discovers the mountain brumbies are to be killed for pet food. She and Ben, a local farm boy, determine to save as many of the wild horses as they can. Despite opposition, they arrange a muster, but nothing goes according to plan.

Following in the hoof-prints of “The Silver Brumby” and “The Man from Snowy River”, this horse-packed adventure encounters challenges through some of the toughest territory in Australia.

The book is richly illustrated by artist and writer, Rowena Evans.