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.

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.

Book Deal: The Carbonite’s Daughter by Deryn Pittar

IFWG is very happy to announce the acquisition to the rights of New Zealand author, Deryn Pittar’s science fiction/post-apocalyptic novel, The Carbonite’s Daughter. “IFWG had the pleasure of publishing a short story version of the story by Pittar in SQ Mag some years ago,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and yes, there is certainly precedent for expanded stories to end up magnificent works, and achieving success. We believe The Carbonite’s Daughter is one such work. We are over the moon.”

IFWG has had a long standing relationship with the New Zealand speculative fiction writing community, and this work will add to this strong set of partnerships. Notwithstanding these trying times, IFWG believes that this work will be released in Q4 of 2021.

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Deryn Pittar

Deryn Pittar has published Sci-Fi., fantasy, futuristic and contemporary romance, loves writing short and flash fiction, and is an occasional poet. She belongs to SpecFicNZ, and the Romance Writers of N.Z. She reads and critiques for fellow authors and listens to their advice in return.

In 2020 she gained fourth equal with her sestina ‘Australia’ in the Frank DiBase International Poetry contest.

Her dragon novel Lutapolii – White Dragon of the South is a prize-winning fantasy, winning a Sir Julius Vogel Award at Geysercon in 2019 for Best Young Adult published in 2018. She also won the short fiction contest at Geysercon with ‘Hendrik’s Pet’.

In 2016 she won a Steam Punk fiction prize with her short story ‘The Carbonite’s Daughter’, which became the inspiration for her novel of the same name.

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This is a novel of life in New Zealand when scattered populations in the Southern Hemisphere have survived world-wide destruction from a nuclear war. A collection of small communities survive in a maze of tunnels within the Southern Alps. They are connected by a railway which runs between Queenstown and Wanaka in the south, to Arthur’s Pass in the north. The southern towns under the Dome provide interludes of sunshine and natural living for those in the tunnels who have earned it.

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Being the daughter of a Carbonite isn’t easy. Calista is a breeder and to continue to enjoy her status she has to play her part: a third insemination looms. She doesn’t want another child and life is boring.

Then her father returns, not at all dead as assumed by the authorities. He wants her to join him outside, to see the world and learn to live.

She has a choice. Her father says:  ‘to lead or to breed’.

Her journey into the unknown begins. Fear, created by the lies she’d been fed, feels overwhelming and confusing, but slowly she acquires new skills, grows braver – and then begins to make her own decisions; some good, some not so good. But the Mic’s (Men In Charge) are not happy that she has left and send scouts to find her and bring her back to the tunnels.

Who wins in this battle over what is right and what is wrong with the world? And who cares what Calista thinks?

Consider our New Zealand authored titles for your Christmas List

New Zealand Titles

IFWG has recently taken stock of our titles that are authored by New Zealanders, and we were gobsmacked by the number. Take a look – what talent and what a range of genres and reader age groups!

Consider the following:

Barbara Howe’s Reforging series: The Locksmith, Engine of Lies, and The Blacksmith (with more to come). Epic fantasy for young adults to adults, with strong female protagonists (which motivated Howe to write the series)

Paul Mannering’s Drakeforth series: Engines of Empathy, Pisces of Fate, and Time of Breath (and again, more to come). Fantasy with strong satire and humour. Paul’s work has a strong fan base appreciating his unique style.

Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud (eds Sequeira, Proposch & Stevens). A New Zealand-only anthology of Lovecraftian fiction set in the local region.

Kura Carpenter’s The Kingfisher’s Debt, an urban fantasy set in Dunedin with powerful twists to well-known tropes. This book has already garnered critical acclaim and awards.

Jan Goldie’s Brave’s Journey, a middle grade (young teen) fantasy that was our very first New Zealand authored title. Jan’s book is delightful and full of magic and action.

Lee Murray’s Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse, a middle grade fantasy/horror novel. Lee’s reputation internationally is growing by the day, and this recent release is a strong foray into horror for young teens. Funny, obviously set in New Zealand for those in the know, and a story that entrances readers of all ages.

Ali Foster’s Ginomees Trilogy for children, and illustrated by Ali. The Rejects, The Clonestone, and The Cave at the End of the Universe. Cosmic-spanning adventure of rejected garden gnomes venturing out into the world to find meaning in life. Great to read to your young ones.

All these titles are available world wide as ebooks or print, online or bricks and mortar.

New Release: The Cave at the End of the Universe by Ali Foster

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It is with great pleasure that we can announce the release of the third and final instalment of Ali Foster‘s children’s Ginomees Trilogy, The Cave at the End of the Universe. “It has been a pleasure to work with Ali on this series, and marrying her wonderful sketches with her fantastical writing,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG. “The concept of cast-away garden gnomes having lives and souls – and very different personalities – was enchanting for us at IFWG and we knew this was a worthwhile project. The three covers by the very talented New Zealand artist, Cheryl Smith (of Macarn Designs) was the icing on the cake.”

The Cave at the End of the Universe is, like its two predecessors, available in all good bricks and mortar and online stores, including in various ebook formats.

The first two books in the Ginomees Trilogy:

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Kura Carpenter: Sir Julius Vogel Award

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IFWG is very pleased to announce that Kura Carpenter has won the Best New Talent category in the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards, in New Zealand. It is in response to her novel, The Kingfisher’s Debt:

The award came with a commentary:

The Kingfisher’s Debt is Kura Carpenter’s debut novel and very cleverly set in an Urban Fantasy world overlaying (or underlying, depending on your perspective) Dunedin, New Zealand. The writing is crisp, the plot excellently designed and executed. The work, I believe, clearly shows a writer who has taken the writing process seriously, from conception to drafting, to re-drafting, and producing a book that fits neatly into the Urban Fantasy genre while also having a strong Kiwi flavour.

Congratulations to Kura!

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