New Acquisition: Kat by Michael B Fletcher and Paula Boer

IFWG is delighted to add another new title to its forward catalogue of Young Adult fiction, in this case a science fiction titled Kat, by Australian writers Michael B Fletcher and Paula Boer. Both writers have published with IFWG before – one of our earliest titles is Kings of Under-Castle by Fletcher, a collection of dark humorous fantasy short fiction with common rogues, and we have published seven titles by Paula Boer, ranging from middle grade horse adventure stories, to young adult fantasy.

This collaboration attracted us immediately, as did the storyline, and we are pleased indeed to have acquired it. Kat will be released in the fourth quarter of 2023.

When the illegal organisation Hunters Extreme targets intelligent beings across the galaxy, Kat’s lifemate is murdered. Despite being of a pacifist feline-like species, Kat seeks vengeance, only to discover she has murdered the wrong man, the son of an Intergalactic Council member. Pursued by enforcers and exiled from her pride, Kat must kill again to save her life. Aided by a canine-like mystic and a mysterious Agency, she and two young human friends commence a deadly pursuit across the galaxy. To prevent the hunting of intelligent species to extinction, Kat must follow her predator instincts and deny her pacifist culture in a world of kill or be killed.

Michael B Fletcher is a writer of adult and YA speculative fiction including fantasy, science fiction and horror. His first book Kings of Under-Castle, humorous adventures featuring two rogues living in the drains under a medieval castle, was published by IFWG  Publishing Australia

Fletcher has over eighty short stories in magazines and anthologies in Australia, USA and the UK. An anthology of his science-fiction and fantasy stories, A Taste of Honey, was published by Double Dragon, a Fiction4All imprint.

Masters of Scent, the first book of his fantasy trilogy is to be published by IFWG Publishing Australia. 

He is a member of Gunnabees, a group of published Tasmanian writers who meet monthly to provide a supportive environment and hone their writing skills.


Paula Boer loves and cares about all animals, especially horses. She has had many animal-centric novels published as well as non-fiction. Paula conducts creative writing workshops, participates at writers’ festivals, is a regular judge for the Aurealis Awards, a submissions reader for Aurealis Magazine, and a Full Member of the Australian Society of Authors. 

New Acquisition: Masters of Scent trilogy by Michael B Fletcher

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Tasmania-based Michael B Fletcher’s fantasy trilogy, Masters of Scent. “We’ve had a long-association with Michael,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as we had the pleasure of publishing his collection of fantasy short fiction, Kings of Undercastle. This time, we have a significant body of work with a unique take on epic fantasy. We very much look forward to releasing these three books, starting with Masters of Scent.”

Michael B Fletcher is a writer of adult and YA speculative fiction including fantasy, science fiction and horror. His first book Kings of Under-Castle, an anthology of humorous adventures featuring two rogues who live in the drains under a medieval castle, was published by IFWG  Publishing Australia in 2013. 

Fletcher has published over eighty short stories, many with a ‘dark’ or horror bent, in magazines and anthologies in Australia, USA and the UK. 

The first book of Masters of Scent was previously short-listed in the Australian Olvar Wood Foundation Awards. 

Fletcher has also co-authored two books with other authors. Kat, a YA Science Fiction is currently being assessed for potential publication, while Mont of Siroc, a YA Fantasy is yet to be submitted.  He is a member of a group of published Tasmanian writers who meet monthly to provide a supportive environment and hone their writing skills

Masters of Scent (book 1) will be released world-wide late in 2022.

News: Kings of Under-Castle Official Launch

It is with great pleasure to share with you photographs from Michael B Fletcher’s official launch of his recently published collection of short stories, Kings of Under-Castle. It was held at 6pm, 6 December 2013, Petrarch’s Bookstore in Launceston, Michael’s home town, and there was a strong turnout. Cameron Hindrum, a noted Tasmanian author and local, was kind enough to attend, conduct an interview with Michael, and provide a spirited reading of an excerpt of one of the stories in the collection, The Pearl. Michael followed with his own reading. There was much laughter from those who attended, at the humour inherent in Michael’s stories.

We applaud Michael’s efforts at his home city, and particularly since he is still recovering from a major operation. We look forward to further launches in state cities to come.

The book stand

Michael in preparation for the launch, at Petrarch’s Bookshop, Launceston, Tasmania

great turnout

Attendees at the launch

a reader coming in character

Some attendees arriving in character (!)

with cameron hindrum

Michael B Fletcher being interviewed by Cameron Hindrum

Cameron Hindrum reading a story

Cameron Hindrum reading from Michael’s story, The Pearl – to much acclaim

Michael B Fletcher reading

Michael reading from his collection

book signing

Michael signing books

Congratulations to Michael, and we hope that locals who missed the launch can turn up at Petrarch’s. We believe the bookshop still has some signed copied for sale.

Those of you who couldn’t attend due to the tyranny of distance, can visit his title page, which includes links to where the title can be purchased.

News: Book Launch Kings of Under-Castle

The tyranny of distance has meant that IFWG can’t attend Michael B Fletcher’s official book launch of Kings of Under-Castle, but we will be there in spirit. We ask any of you who read this posting who live near Launceston, Tasmania, or know of anyone who does, to encourage attendance. It promises to be a great event, with nibbles, book signing, and guest speaker Cameron Hindrum. We believe a radio interview or two are slotted as well. Well done, Michael!

Kings of under-castle Launch

New Title: Kings of Under-Castle by Michael B Fletcher

Our inaugural title, Kings of Under-Castle by Michael B Fletcher is now published! More information on the formal release date, give-aways, etc, will be forthcoming. In the meantime, enjoy the cover (by John Hughes) and the blurb.

Undercastle front cover

Kings of Under-Castle is an anthology of short stories featuring two rogues, Pickel and Weasle, who live in the drains beneath the King’s castle.

Pickel and Weasle encounter the officious Courtier Bland, the macabre Surgeon Strichnin, the Keeper of the Royal Bloodhounds, and the deadly Hanging Judge. They meet up with the King and Queen, the lovely Helena von Gosporin, the cheery jailer, Drossum, all the while being supported/hindered by two cheeky urchins, Joe and Ferd.

Pickel and Weasle are quick to purloin valuables to make their life in the dark tunnels more comfortable, nor are they fussy about what they eat, as long as it’s meat. Their hilarious adventures get them into many sticky situations which test their ingenuity and they usually, but not always, end up on top.