New Releases: Walking the Tree and its teen companion chapbook, Morace’s Story

IFWG is extremely pleased to announce the release in all geographies, except for now in North America, the reprint of Kaaron Warren’s acclaimed fantasy novel, Walking the Tree, and its original young teen companion chapbook, Morace’s Story. “This is an absolutely unique publishing event,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as this double release enables the whole family to read Warren’s imaginative story. But I’ll let you in on a secret: adults will find much that is entertaining and thought-provoking in the chapbook.”

Both books will release in the USA and Canada on 16 June 2022.

While not all retailers have picked up the stock as yet, over coming weeks both titles will be available in print and ebook form through all good bookstores, online and in bricks and mortar. We expect all such stores will be stocked in North America in mid-June.

All geographies – including the USA and Canada – can acquire the books (as a companion set) direct from the publisher (via our UK warehouse) by clicking here.

Special mention should be given to Greg Chapman’s excellent cover art and design.

Walking the Tree

Botanica is an island, but almost all of the island is taken up by the Tree.

Little knowing how they came to be here, small communities live around the coast line. The Tree provides them shelter, kindling, medicine-and a place of legends, for there are ghosts within the trees who snatch children and the dying.

Lillah has come of age and is now ready to leave her community and walk the tree for five years, learning all Botanica has to teach her. Before setting off, Lillah is asked by the dying mother of a young boy to take him with her. In a country where a plague killed half the population, Morace will otherwise be killed in case he has the same disease. But can Lillah keep the boy’s secret, or will she have to resort to breaking the oldest taboo on Botanica?

Morace’s Story

Botanica is the island, but all of Botanica is taken up by the Tree. When Morace and other students set out to walk around the Tree, a five year journey, he has no idea what lies ahead. Little does he know the risks his teacher, Lillah, will have to take to keep him alive, and the dangers he will face himself to save her life.

Special Offer: Kaaron Warren’s Walking the Tree companion set (with Morace’s Story)

Kaaron Warren’s classic fantasy novel, Walking the Tree, will be rereleased on the 4 April 2022, along with a brand new companion chapbook, Morace’s Story. This is a unique set, as Morace’s Story tells the same tale as Walking the Tree but through the eyes of the young protagonist from the original adult novel. For families who have older pre-teens or young teens, there is an opportunity for the whole family to delve into Warren’s storytelling; for older readers, it will be a refreshing, fascinating alternate viewpoint of the overarching story.

Both titles will be released in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand on the 4th April 2022, and in the USA and Canada on the 15th June 2022 – through all good online and bricks and mortar stores, as well as ebook retailers.

For those of you who wish to buy the two together without fuss and a decent price, or get the titles early in North America, we are offering direct sales to any English speaking country (and European country) for the next two months (offer ends 31 May 2022). Shipments will be made within a week of any order.

Purchases can be made by clicking here (AU$29.95 to all geographies covered by this offer)

Translation Acquisition: Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse (Spanish) by Lee Murray

IFWG’s long-planned move to publish Spanish-language titles will come to fruition this year, bolstered by a strong Spanish-language distribution wing of our North American distributor (IPG) as well as some distribution penetration into the marketplace in Spain via Gazelle. David Bowles’ El espejo humeante (translation of The Smoking Mirror) has already been announced and it will be released in May/June 2022.

Our second Spanish release is today’s acquisition of world-wide Spanish book and ebook rights to Lee Murray’s middle grade novel, Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse (El Amanecer del Apocalipsis Zombi). The team who were involved in the translation, editing, proofreading, and quality control, are many, and carried out their functions spectacularly.

“It’s not a coincidence that we have acquired Spanish language middle grade titles from our existing catalogue,” says Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as we have successfully tapped into a significant Spanish-speaking reader audience in the US, and our network allows us to sell books into North, Central and South America. This could not have been done without truly excellent middle grade texts, such as Murray’s Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse, as well as having a strong network of translators and proofreaders, particularly those that understand the nuances between regions in the Spanish speaking world.”

El Amanecer del Apocalipsis Zombi will be released in the Americas (via our International imprint) in the first instance, in October 2022.

Lee Murray is a multi-award-winning author-editor and poet from Aotearoa-New Zealand. A USA Today Bestselling author, double Bram Stoker, and Shirley Jackson Award-winner, Lee’s titles for children include Battle of the Birds, a Sir Julius Vogel Award winner for Best Youth Novel, MisplacedMika, and Conclave 7El Amanecer del Apocalipsis Zombi (Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse, also available from IFWG), is her first title in Spanish. Read more at https://www.leemurray.info/

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New Acquisition: The Irrawene Chronicles series by Rebecca Fraser

IFWG Publishing has two major lines of literature to its brand: adult speculative fiction, particularly on the darker side, and middle grade fiction, mostly for the 12 to 14 year age spread. We have had a long and award-laden record in middle grade fiction, such as the American Library Association Belpre Honor novel, The Smoking Mirror by David Bowles, the Zeke Hailey science fiction series by UK author Ian C Douglas, the Brumbies series by Paula Boer, and the Guardians of St Giles series by Jeffery E Doherty. And many more.

In fact, a few years back we published a wonderful stand-alone middle grade novel set in a nondescript seaside town reminiscent of so many in Australia, titled Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean, by Rebecca Fraser. We loved her middle grade novel, as we are equally drawn to her dark and brooding adult fiction, and so it is a delight to announce the acquisition of her three-book young teen fantasy series, The Irrawene Chronicles, with the first novel coming out late in 2023, Jonty’s Unicorn.

Jonty’s Unicorn is described by Fraser as “Racing Stripes meets The Brothers Grimm“, which we can’t argue with—it is a pager-turner, and full of excitement, adventure and humour. It has witches, unicorns, magical potions and intrigue. It also has heart. We believe that middle graders of all ages will thoroughly enjoy the adventures of Jonty, as she faces many challenges, both within herself, and the world around her.

Rebecca Fraser is an award-winning Melbourne-based author who writes genre-mashing fiction for children and adults. Her work has won, been shortlisted for, and honourably mentioned for numerous awards and prizes. Rebecca’s publications include over sixty short stories, poems, and articles in numerous Australian and international anthologies, journals, and magazines. Her longer works include a middle grade fantasy adventure Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean, and a collection of dark fiction Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract.

Fraser holds a MA in Creative Writing, and a Certificate of Publishing (Copy Editing & Proofreading). To provide her muse with life’s essentials Rebecca copywrites and edits in a freelance capacity and operates StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops…however her true passion is storytelling.

Two-Cover Reveal: Walking the Tree and Morace’s Story by Kaaron Warren

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the covers of two companion titles by Kaaron Warren, which will be co-released worldwide on the 4th April 2022: Walking the Tree, a reissue of a classic Warren novel, and Morace’s Story, an original middle-grade title that recounts the same story as Walking the Tree, but through the eyes of a teenage protagonist. “The combination of releases,” said Gerry Huntman, “is absolutely unique, and we look forward to producing fiction that can enchant parents and children at the same time.”

Both covers are created by the amazing Greg Chapman.

We will reveal more about this title in coming weeks.

Cover Reveal: The Paradox War by Ian C Douglas

IFWG is extremely pleased to reveal the cover of The Paradox War, by Ian C. Douglas, the fifth and last book in his middle grade science fiction The Zeke Hailey Series. It’s been a long journey and we love the final cover by the very talented Catherine Archer-Wills, not only for its quality, but also how it rounds off the series so well, including choice of colour palette.

We will reveal more about this title in coming weeks.

The Paradox War will be released world wide in March 2022, and preorders will be available in January 2022.