New Release: The Five Star Republic, Book 1 of the City of the Sun trilogy

It is with great pleasure that IFWG Publishing announces the Australian, New Zealand, and UK/European release of The Five Star Republic by Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice, the first instalment of their alt-history trilogy, City of the Sun. The print edition will be released in the US/Canada on 26th October 2021.

“IFWG has been waiting with anticipation for this day,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “as it really is our flagship title for 2021. It has so much going for it: incredibly well researched in Australian/Victorian history, a delightful twist that sends it into ‘what if’ territory, the injection of solar technology (that actually existed in the nineteenth century), and a riveting, compelling storyline spanning generations. We jumped at purchasing the rights to this trilogy and we know it will be a hit among speculative readers and historical fiction readers alike.”

IFWG is also offering preorders for a limited signed edition of The Five Star Republic.

“Multigenerational, sweeping across three continents…Inventive and absorbing alternate history.” -Nancy Kress

The date is 1854. The place is the Australian goldfields in the British colony of Victoria-the richest prize on earth. The story begins with a stockade. The flag of independence is unfurled. Men driven beyond endurance take arms against British redcoats. At their forefront are two hundred Colt-wielding Americans, the California Rangers, led by the charismatic and idealistic Captain James McGill.

The stockade falls. The Rangers are scattered. But from the ashes will rise a new revolution-a revolution powered by the sun. And this one will not fail.

In the 19th century, just how close did we come to a world run on solar power? The Five Star Republic is history with a twist, the story of a world that might easily have been-the future you’ll wish we’d had.

“Original and enthralling…an alternate history imbued with hope and promise.” -Pamela Sargent

“Harry Turtledove fans are in for a treat…” -Publishers Weekly (US).

The Five Star Republic is available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores. The US and Canadian release of the book will occur on 26 October 2021.

Preorder Offer: The Five Star Republic limited signed edition

IFWG is very pleased to offer a limited signed edition version of Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice’s new novel, The Five Star Republic. It is in hardcover format, with a signed block page (by both authors) and numbered. There will be a limit of 100 numbered copies available. A similar offer will be available next year for books 2 and 3 of the City of the Sun trilogy.

Furthermore, each reader can, if they wish, nominate up to 3 numbers they prefer to have in the signed block, and if they order book 2 next year, they can opt to have the same number (it will be reserved for a limited amount of time). This additional offer extends to book 3 as well.

IFWG believes that The Five Star Republic will be a notable book for 2021 in the speculative fiction field, particularly for readers of alternate history (Publisher’s Weekly stated that “Harry Turtledove fans are in for a treat…”). We believe this signed, limited edition will be eagerly sought after by fans, as well as those investors who recognise it as a fast appreciating asset.

This offer is open until all 100 copies are exhausted. We don’t know how long this will take, but we would advise interested readers to purchase copies as soon as possible (and in particular if a particular number is sought after). Mail-outs will occur in several waves, the first will occur mid October 2021. If a purchaser bids for 1 to 3 numbers and they are exhausted, the purchaser will get the next available lowest number.

This offer is only available to Australian, UK, US and Canadian purchasers. It will be shipped from Australia.

The following preorder offers are available:

Australian readers: AU$65.00 (includes shipping)

US/Canadian readers: US$65.00 (includes shipping)

UK/Europe: GB£50.00 (includes shipping)

Cover Reveal: The Forge by Barbara Howe

IFWG is over the moon with the cover of The Forge, Barbara Howe’s last book in her five-part The Reforging YA series. All of the series’ covers were rendered and designed by the very talented Catherine Archer-Wills (UK based).

We will reveal more about this upcoming title in coming weeks.

The Forge will be released world wide on 3 December 2021, and preorders will be available in coming months.

Cover Reveal: Mistification by Kaaron Warren

In an earlier posting IFWG revealed it had acquired the rights to Kaaron Warren’s Mistification, a dark urban fantasy previously published in 2011. With this new release, we have acquired the services of the very talented Vince Haig for the cover, and we are delighted by the result, one that complements his rendering of Slights earlier this year.

We will reveal more about this upcoming title in coming weeks.

Mistification will be released world wide on 3 December 2021, and preorders will be available in coming months.

New Release: The Stealthcat War

IFWG is excited to announce the world-wide release of Paula Boer‘s YA novel, The Stealthcat War, book 2 in her The Equinora Chronicles. “We are proud to release book 2,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as it continues the story begun in The Bloodwolf War, and adds to the series’ wonderful world-building, in a universe where horses are sentient beings and unicorns absolutely exist.” The cover is masterfully rendered and designed by 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 is available now in all good print and ebook stores and online stores.

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.