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:

The rejects front cover   The Clonestone Front Cover

Kura Carpenter: Sir Julius Vogel Award

photo Kura Carpenter

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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New Release: Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud

It is with great pride that IFWG announces the release of Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud, a Lovecraftian anthology of short fiction by New Zealand authors.

“IFWG Publishing Australia has published two Australian volumes in the Cthulhu Deep Down Under series, with a third coming in 2019,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “but I had the privilege and opportunity to meet and befriend a lot of talented dark and weird fiction writers in New Zealand, and it made a lot of sense to publish an anthology of Mythos fiction from a land referenced so vividly by Lovecraft. This is the exciting culmination of that idea.”

Cthulhu Land of the Long White Cloud FRONT PAGE

New Zealand—Aotearoa—Land of the Long White Cloud: the island remnants of the sunken continent of Zealandia. With its boiling geysers, active volcanoes, earthquakes, deep water fjords and lush forests of fern, these are realms once home to forgotten creatures like the giant Moa bird Dinornis. But there is something else…

In this collection we find an Aotearoa with the proud history, myths, and legends of the Māori, and the impacts of the white settler’s later presence, and the blended society that encompasses both, but we see the shadow of other things.

Herein lies the cosmic horror of the Old Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos in an anthology featuring Lovecraftian tales from some of New Zealand’s finest speculative fiction writers.

Stay brave. Because here there be monsters.

Tales of terror by:
Debbie & Matt Cowens
J. C. Hart
David Kuraria
Tracie McBride
Paul Mannering
Lee Murray
Jane Percival
Dan Rabarts
Grant Stone
Lucy Sussex
Marty Young

Introduction by Kaaron Warren.

Cover art and design by Steve Santiago, and skilfully edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira, and Bryce Stevens.

Print and Kindle versions available now, except in North America (released in November 2018).

Preorder Offer: The Kingfisher’s Debt

IFWG is offering preorders of Kura Carpenter‘s urban fantasy novel, The Kingfisher’s Debt, set in New Zealand. The title will be on sale in Australia, UK and New Zealand on 28 September 2018, and is available for preorder until the 10th August 2018. Those who preorder will receive their copy on or just before the release date.

kingfisher's Debt - front cover

Magic isn’t real, right?

Within the small coastal city of Dunedin, local translator, Tamsin Fairchild has a reputation she hates. People think she’s psychic…

Always hovering around and interfering in Tamsin’s life, part father-figure, part thorn in her side, Detective Jackson, is an old-school cop. Childhood friend to her deceased mother, Tamsin wonders  could her mother have let an outsider in on the truth?

Newcomer, rookie cop Scott Gale is forced to team-up with Tamsin when they investigate the disappearance of a newborn baby and a bizarre crime scene—satanic ritual or hoax?

More and more the blame starts to point towards Tamsin…

Tamsin must uncover who’s framing her, find the baby before it’s too late, unravel the mystery behind her elder brother’s disappearance, and stop Scott from entering a world not meant for human eyes.

But Scott has family secrets of his own and Tamsin doesn’t know who to trust.

But can you trust Tamsin? What if the person who saved your life is about to frame you for murder?

PREORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED

 

New Release: Books 1 and 2 of the Drakeforth Series

It is with pleasure that we can can announce the release of the first two volumes of New Zealand author Paul Mannering’s Drakeforth series, Engines of Empathy, and Pisces of Fate. These two fantasy books were out of print and we are pleased to have acquired rights, and in November 2018 we will release the third book, Time of Breath, which will be original. And more will come. Also, this is the first time Paul’s Drakeforth short story, Uncertainty of Goats, is included in the novel series, added at the end of Pisces of Fate.

These two books are now available in Australia and New Zealand in print format (bricks and mortar as well as online), and worldwide in ebook formats very soon. North American distribution is available over coming months.

Booktopia: Engines of Empathy, Pisces of Fate

The covers were rendered by the very talented Luke Spooner.

Engines Of Empathy Drakeforth Book 1 draft cover

Charlotte Pudding, computer psychologist and recent orphan, is not precisely thrilled with her lot in life (and not just because of the ‘orphan’ bit).

Nevertheless, having her routine disrupted by a shadowy corporation, a man who claims to be a retired god, and the secrets of her own family history isn’t a walk in the park, either.

Charlotte’s quest for answers will lead her on a perilous journey into a religion based on quantum physics, a hunt for unexpectedly rare plant oil, and a fight to the shame against a black-belt in sarcasm.

In a world that runs on peace and harmony, Charlotte is about to discover just how far some people are prepared to go to maintain tranquillity.

Pisces Of Fate Drakeforth Book 2 draft cover

All is not as it seems in the tranquil waters of the Aardvark Archipelago…

After the death of his parents, Ascott Pudding ran away to the ends of the Earth–that is, to the Aardvark Archipelago, which is basically the same thing. But these tropical waters hold more than just fish, and Ascott soon finds himself in the grip of an ancient mystery…and an extremely violent invertebrate.

With the help of his best friend, Shoal, and an artistically temperamental parrot, Ascott will face down a homicidal octopus, an extreme whale-based sporting event, and several varieties of pirate. Above all, though, they must unravel the ancient mystery of a treasure beyond imagining: the Pisces of Fate.

Contains a bonus short Drakeforth short story, Uncertainty of Goats.

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