New Acquisition: The Christmas Maze by Danny Fahey

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Melbourne-based Danny Fahey’s middle grade novel, The Christmas Maze. “This acquisition,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “is a welcome addition to our young teen reader catalogue. Fahey’s novel is inspirational and we very much look forward to publishing it.”

Danny Fahey works at Trinity College/University of Melbourne where he is the Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning, Pathways School. Danny has over 20 years experience working in education as a Drama teacher and theatre-in education performer. Danny is happily married with 2 grown-up children and a cat named Lenny. He has had three previous novels published by now defunct publishers. Danny is also a published poet who enjoys reading and writing, has acted in a film or two, spends his spare time managing (just) his small backyard food forest and promises himself one day he will return to occasionally painting up a mess. He is an okay cook but not a particularly good driver of motor vehicles.

The Christmas Maze will be released world-wide late in 2022.

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.

New Two-Book Deal: The Salt Lines Duology by Nathan Burrage

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Sydney-based Nathan Burrage’s two books that comprise The Salt Lines duology. “We were fortunate to sign up Burrage’s short fiction collection a few months ago,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and we are now doubly-fortunate to pick up his historical fantasy manuscripts. This is a testament to his writing prowess, and we are delighted to showcase his skills and talent over the three releases in 2022 and 2023.”

July 1099: sweltering in the merciless heat, the desperate survivors of the First Crusade finally breach the walls of Jerusalem. Concealed within the ranks of Godefroi de Bouillon’s army are members of a secret fraternity called the Salt Lines. Pursuing an artefact that pre-dates even King Solomon, the Salt Lines are willing to sacrifice everything Godefroi values to gain possession of it: the lives of his closest confidants, the only woman he has ever loved, even his very soul.

October 1307: when Bertrand de Châtillon-sur-Seine finally bowed to his family’s will and joined the Brotherhood of the Temple of Solomon, no one expected the brutal suppression of the Order that followed. Thrown into a violent and desperate search for an object known only as ‘the keystone’, Bertrand unwittingly becomes the only person who can safely lay it to rest. But can he resist its temptations whilst eluding the agents of the man who stands behind the French throne?

With the veil of secrecy in tatters, truth has become the most dangerous possession of all.

Nathan Burrage lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of FIVEFOLD, a supernatural thriller first published by Random House Australia, and subsequently translated into Russian as Code Kabbalah

In 2005, Nathan graduated from Clarion South, an intensive, six-week residential writing program based on the famous workshops of the same name in the US. In 2011, he co-convened the Aurealis Awards in Sydney and remained part of the Organising Committee in 2012 and 2013.

Nathan has over twenty-five short story credits and has been shortlisted for both the Aurealis Awards and the Ditmar Awards. His short story collection—Almost Human—will be released by IFWG in the last quarter of 2022.

Infrequent transmissions can be intercepted at www.nathanburrage.com

Book 1 of The Salt Lines will be released world-wide late in 2022/23 – stay tuned for more details.

Cover Reveal: The Stealthcat War by Paula Boer

It is with great pleasure that IFWG can now reveal the front cover of Paula Boer’s second instalment in her The Equinora Chronicles, The Stealthcat War. The spectacular cover art and design is by IFWG regular, Steve Santiago.

When unnatural wildfires ravage the prairies, many of the horse herds and human clans are burnt. Precious warmblood mares disappear and mysterious stealthcats are killing foals, forcing a dying stallion to seek help from the guardian unicorns.

Following a confusing prophecy that threatens the whole world, Mystery, the youngest unicorn, is sent to solve the problem. But being of horse parents, Mystery is filled with doubt and scared he has no power. Nevertheless, accompanied by Laila, a young woman, and Meda, her healer dragon, he determines to confront whatever evil is behind the devastation.

The Stealthcat War will be released worldwide on 14 June 2021, and preorders will be available from April. For those of you who haven’t read the series, we encourage you to read volume 1, The Bloodwolf War, and we would be betting that you will want to see the series to completion.

March Release: Gathering the Strands by Cary J Lenehan

Gathering the Strands by Cary J Lenehan is part of IFWG’s ‘Uncaching the Treasures‘ campaign, and is the fifth novel in Lenehan’s Warriors of Vhast series. It was released world-wide on 1 March 2021 and the cover was once again rendered by the talented Catherine Archer-Wills.

A few events have already taken place with respect to Gathering the Strands, including an entertaining podcast interview of Lenehan by Jason Henderson of Castle of Horror (particularly about world-building), and a blog interview by Maureen Flynn. The official launch has just occurred in Hobart.


Gathering the Strands starts to bring together the story of adversaries struggling over the distant and artificial world of Vhast towards what looks to be resolution. The inhabitants of Mousehole, instead of reacting to what is happening around them, begin to strike out and shape their own future as they travel around The Land.

Following on from Intimations of Evil, Engaging Evil, Clearing the Web, and Scouring the Land, the Princess, and her wife the mage, the Cat, the priest, the ghazi, and the growing number of people that they are bringing together, strike out both in lightning raids and in mobilised armies, against their foe. Now they are being reacted to instead of hitting out blindly at unfathomed foes.

Gathering the Strands is the fifth book of a series that sees magic as a scientific experiment as good struggles with evil in a world made by an alien race for their own ends.


Gathering the Strands is now available worldwide through all good bricks and mortar and online stores, print and ebook.

February Release: Slights by Kaaron Warren

Slights by Kaaron Warren is part of IFWG’s ‘Uncaching the Treasures‘ campaign, and it is the only reprint in the event’s catalogue. IFWG has a long and fruitful relationship with Warren, beginning with the multi-award-winning The Grief Hole, and followed up by her collection, The Gate Theory. Apart from new Warren titles coming out in the next 12 months, IFWG jumped at the chance of buying the rights to some of Warren’s back catalogue, and in particular titles that have been inaccessible for some time. Slights is the first of several such titles, and we are pleased to see the print version releasing world-wide this month.

A few events have already taken place with respect to Slights, including an insightful podcast interview of Warren by Jason Henderson of Castle of Horror, and a blog interview by Maureen Flynn.

When Stevie Searle almost dies in the accident that kills her mother, she doesn’t see a shining path or a golden light.

Instead, she sees everyone she’s ever slighted, waiting to take a piece of her in a cold, dark room. The person whose place she took in the queue, the schoolmate she cheated off, the bus driver she didn’t pay? All waiting. All wanting to take their revenge when she finally crosses over.

Stevie is fascinated by the dark room so she sends herself there again.

And again.

And Again.

Slights is now available worldwide through all good bricks and mortar and online stores, print and ebook.