Cover Reveal: Following the Braid by Cary J Lenehan

IFWG Publishing is very pleased to reveal the cover for Cary J Lenehan’s sixth instalment in his epic 8-part fantasy Warriors of Vhast series, Following the Braid. Artwork and design by UK-based Catherine Archer-Wills – we think this is one of her best.

“Again we have chosen a non-combative scene for the cover,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as Lenehan’s work is a triumph of world-building and this, like book 5’s cover, adds richness to the presentation of his narrative tableaux. The quality of Archer-Wills’ work is outstanding as usual.”

Here is the artwork for the full wrap – we are impressed!

artwork by Catherine Archer-Wills

Following the Braid will be published world-wide on the 2nd May 2022.

New Acquisition: The Revelationary War: Book 1: Demoniacs by Craig Cormick

A few years ago IFWG had the good fortune to acquire and release a wonderful novel by Craig Cormick, titled The Years of the Wolf. It isn’t just a page-turner; it is also a work resulting from extensive and insightful research, and it was experimental – bridging historical fiction with suspense, mystery, and a dash of fantasy.

Cormick has done it again with a new work, The Revelationary War: Book 1: Demoniacs, which we have greedily snapped up, that blends what is a rare combination: narrative interspersed with vignette (but important) mini-comics. While mashing narrative and graphics is common, it is much less common to have these small comics seductively (and critically support) the narrative. Bravo to Craig to have such inspiration and courage, and we are pleased indeed to announce that we will be publishing this work in the first quarter of 2023.

Evie Mickelson really knows what a bad day is. It’s the type of day that you discover your father is a demi-god, or angel maybe, and that you have been thrust into an eternal battle between the forces of good and evil, with the expectation that you are going to be the one to kick evil-ass and bring home a victory for the forces of good. Or a loss, if things don’t go too well.

The Revelationary War: Book 1: Demoniacs is not your average urban fantasy, road-trip novel, of smart-arse ninja demons and world-weary angels battling for control of the world and everyone in it. Expect the unexpected!

Dr Craig Cormick OAM is an award-winning author and science communicator. He has published over 30 books for adults and children, and has been a Writer in Residence in both Malaysia and Antarctica. He has a PhD in Creative Writing and is a graduate of the Yale Writers’ Conference. He is also co-host of the writing podcast Secrets from the Green Room

New Acquisition: The Ferren Trilogy by Richard Harland

IFWG Publishing is delighted to have acquired the rights to publish best-selling author, Richard Harland’s Ferren Trilogy.

The trilogy received critical acclaim well over ten years ago, with literary luminaries such as Isobel Carmody calling the first book, Ferren and the Angel, a “…rare thing, a profoundly original fantasy that is at the same time, funny, tender and wise. A lovely gem of a book.” Ian Irvine called it a “[c]aptivating, dazzlingly original fantasy.” IFWG recognised the brilliance of this trilogy and was acutely aware that it wasn’t released with any significant market penetration beyond Australia’s shores, and that there is a new generation of young adult fantasy readers waiting in the aisles for this masterpiece series.

Additionally, Richard Harland has expressed his eagerness to do a best and final edition of the books, making changes that he believed cried out for improvement. We certainly want to facilitate Richard’s wishes, and so we view this book deal as a rare and ideal collaboration. We are very much looking forward to working with him on this exciting project.

Ferren and the Angel (second edition) will be released in the second quarter of 2023, with books 2 and 3 following through in 2024 and 2025.

A fantasy world like no other – a retro-future where the armies of Earth wage war against the armies of Heaven. Heaven’s armies are composed of angels and archangels, but Earth’s armies aren’t human – they’re artificially created beings known as Humen. The real remaining human beings, or Residuals, have been reduced to scattered primitive tribes, fearful of Heaven, beaten down by the Humen, and living their lives in ignorance and superstition.

Ferren is a young Residual in a tribe that calls itself the People, and he’s a little less beaten down, a little more curious than the rest. When a warrior angel is shot from the sky and crashes to Earth nearby, he goes to investigate.

That’s the beginning of his adventures. He journeys to the military camp of the Humen where he finds out about the horrific technology used to create artificial beings from the raw material of Residuals; encounters the morphs or souls of the deceased no longer allowed into Heaven; fights against the giant Doctor Saniette; unites the scattered tribes in a revolutionary alliance; is deceived by a darkly beautiful angel with a flying wing composed of souls; and finally pursues the invading Humen armies right up into Heaven itself.

In the face of apocalyptic battles, psycho-spiritual weapons, betrayal and monstrous evil, Ferren’s only hope of survival and success lies in joining forces with the damaged warrior angel who crashed to Earth and can never fly again…

Richard Harland is the author of the internationally best-selling steampunk novel, Worldshaker, and its sequels Liberator and Song of the Slums. He also wrote the bizarre gothic-macabre duopoly, The Vicar of Morbing Vyle and The Black Crusade, and for younger readers, the Wolf Kingdom quartet, Walter Wants to be a Werewolf and Sassycat. Other novels include the Eddon and Vail SF series; his published short stories move into horror and the supernatural as well as SF, fantasy, steampunk and slipstream.

Richard has won many awards for his novels and short stories, including six Aurealis Awards, the A. Bertram Chandler Award, and (in France) the Tam Tam Je Bouquine Award.

Before resigning to write speculative fiction full-time, he was a university lecturer, and before that, a folk-rock singer-songwriter and a published (but not very productive) poet. He was born in Huddersfield in England, and grew up in Hadleigh, a very pretty village in Suffolk. But the weather wasn’t pretty, and he escaped to Australia at the age of 22. Since then, he’s moved in a circle around Sydney – Newcastle to the north, the Blue Mountains to the west and the Illawarra to the south. He’s now settled in Figtree, near Wollongong, between the green escarpment and a string of golden beaches. He lives with partner Aileen and labrador Yogi. He writes every morning of every day of the year until about 1.30 p.m., then plans and drafts more writing for a couple of hours in the afternoon. He loves cooking, watching crime series and soccer on TV, and playing with the dog.

New Acquisition: Kat by Michael B Fletcher and Paula Boer

IFWG is delighted to add another new title to its forward catalogue of Young Adult fiction, in this case a science fiction titled Kat, by Australian writers Michael B Fletcher and Paula Boer. Both writers have published with IFWG before – one of our earliest titles is Kings of Under-Castle by Fletcher, a collection of dark humorous fantasy short fiction with common rogues, and we have published seven titles by Paula Boer, ranging from middle grade horse adventure stories, to young adult fantasy.

This collaboration attracted us immediately, as did the storyline, and we are pleased indeed to have acquired it. Kat will be released in the fourth quarter of 2023.

When the illegal organisation Hunters Extreme targets intelligent beings across the galaxy, Kat’s lifemate is murdered. Despite being of a pacifist feline-like species, Kat seeks vengeance, only to discover she has murdered the wrong man, the son of an Intergalactic Council member. Pursued by enforcers and exiled from her pride, Kat must kill again to save her life. Aided by a canine-like mystic and a mysterious Agency, she and two young human friends commence a deadly pursuit across the galaxy. To prevent the hunting of intelligent species to extinction, Kat must follow her predator instincts and deny her pacifist culture in a world of kill or be killed.

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, humorous adventures featuring two rogues living in the drains under a medieval castle, was published by IFWG  Publishing Australia

Fletcher has over eighty short stories in magazines and anthologies in Australia, USA and the UK. An anthology of his science-fiction and fantasy stories, A Taste of Honey, was published by Double Dragon, a Fiction4All imprint.

Masters of Scent, the first book of his fantasy trilogy is to be published by IFWG Publishing Australia. 

He is a member of Gunnabees, a group of published Tasmanian writers who meet monthly to provide a supportive environment and hone their writing skills.

Paula Boer loves and cares about all animals, especially horses. She has had many animal-centric novels published as well as non-fiction. Paula conducts creative writing workshops, participates at writers’ festivals, is a regular judge for the Aurealis Awards, a submissions reader for Aurealis Magazine, and a Full Member of the Australian Society of Authors. 

New Acquisition: Dream Weaver by Steven Paulsen

IFWG has had a long and fruitful relationship with the very talented Australian author, Steve Paulsen, including publishing a collection of his weird and dark fiction, Shadows on the Wall, as well as publishing some of his short fiction in flagship anthologies over recent years. It is with great pleasure that we can announce the acquisition of his Young Adult historical fantasy novel, Dream Weaver, which will put on display another dimension to Paulsen’s already significant literary repertoire, and which also adds to IFWG’s YA catalogue, which is growing in respect and acclaim.

Dream Weaver will be released in the second quarter of 2023. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming title.

Anatolia – Autumn, 1405 AD.

The Ottoman Sultan and the barbaric Turko-Mongol conqueror Timur Lenk are both dead.

The empire is on the verge of collapse, caught up in bloody civil war. And dark powers are rising, employing Uzbeg mercenaries and blood magic to wrest control of the country.

In a small Mediterranean coastal town, a street-wise sixteen-year-old orphan named Ali starts to have uncontrollable nightmares he thinks are predicting the future, only to learn they are creating the future.

His dreams attract unwanted attention, and in an attempt to rid himself of them, Ali sets off on a quest to find a mythical sage called Luman, pursued by the evil men who killed his mother and will stop at nothing to capture him and corrupt his unwanted powers with gemeye blood magic.

An historical adventure/fantasy/romance story for Young Adults that will appeal to readers young and old.

Steven Paulsen is an award-winning Speculative Fiction writer. His bestselling spooky middle-grade children’s book, The Stray Cat (Lothian/Hachette 1996), illustrated by Hugo and Oscar Award winning artist Shaun Tan, was runner up for the Ditmar Award and has seen publication in several English and foreign language editions. His short stories, described by Isobelle Carmody as beautifully written and subtle, have appeared in books and magazines in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The best of these (including new fiction written expressly for the book) can be found in his short story collection, Shadows on the Wall (IFWG Publishing Australia, 2018), which won the Australian Horror Writers Association Shadows Award for Best Collected Work.

New Acquisition: Final Three Books of the Warriors of Vhast series by Cary J Lenehan

IFWG Publishing has had a strong association with Cary Lenehan, exclusively with his long-running epic fantasy series, Warriors of Vhast. Right from the beginning we were entranced with the world building he carried out, and the diversity of characters, associated (inexplicably, but with reason) with many real human cultures. This was and is his strength and sales and a continuously growing fan base has vindicated our decision to publish his novels.

To date we have published books 1 to 5 of the series, and understanding that it will finish at book 8, we have acquired the rights to the final three instalments: books 6 to 8. We are very happy to have completed the legal end of this acquisition and now can focus on the production side, to continue the saga to its fantastical conclusion.

Book 6, Following the Braid, is earmarked for May 2022 – please keep checking in on more news about this exciting new instalment in the series.

Cary J. Lenehan is a former trades assistant, soldier, public servant, cab driver, truck driver, game designer, fishmonger, horticulturalist and university tutor— among other things. His hobbies include collecting and reading books (the non-fiction are Dewey decimalised), Tasmanian native plants (particularly the edible ones), medieval re-creation and gaming. Over the years he has taught people how to use everything from shortswords to rocket launchers.

He met his wife at an SF Convention while cosplaying and they have not looked back. He was born in Sydney before marrying and moving to the Snowy Mountains where they started their family. They moved to Tasmania for the warmer winters and are not likely to ever leave it. Looking out of the window beside Cary’s computer is a sweeping view of Mount Wellington/Kunanyi and its range.