New Release: The Blacksmith by Barbara Howe

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IFWG is pleased to announce the non-North American release of The Blacksmith by New Zealand author, Barbara Howe.  The wonderful cover art is by Catherine Archer-Wills. The North American release will occur on 23rd September 2019.

“This is the third of the Reforging series by Howe,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and it just gets better and better. Barbara shows us how to spin a convincing and evocative fantasy story, and suck the reader right in.”

How is the king like a blacksmith? He has a hammer as well as a sword.

Duncan Archer has heard that riddle many times, but he doesn’t know what it means. No one does, not even the members of the Royal Guild of Swordsmiths. It isn’t Duncan’s business anyway. Good sense tells him to stick to beating iron into shape for the residents of his backwater town, and not worry about the king and his nobles pounding Frankland into the ground.

But good sense never stopped Duncan from poking his nose into everyone else’s business. If it had, he might not be a fugitive, the subject of the biggest manhunt in the country’s history.

With a charge of murder hanging over his head like a sword, understanding that riddle becomes much more urgent…

The Blacksmith is available through all good bricks and mortar and online stores in non-North American regions. North America will have the release on 23rd September 2019.

 

New Release: The Year of the Fruit Cake by Gillian Polack

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It is with great pleasure that IFWG announces the release of The Year of the Fruit Cake by Gillian Polack in all regions except North America for the print version (16 September 2019 release).

“Polack’s novel is a unique work and attracted us from the get-go,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG. “The novel blends satire and science fiction, and makes strong comments about the human condition, particularly through a feminist lens.”

Humankind is in danger.
The Year of the Fruit Cake tells of the Earth-based life of a mostly-mindwiped alien anthropologist inhabiting a human perimenopausal body instead of her own more rational body with its capacity to change gender. This alien has definitely shaken a great intergalactic empire by sitting in cafés with her new best friends. Chocolate may or may not have played a part. Will humanity survive?
Polack describes her novel as, “Bleak. It’s political. It’s angry. It’s also sarcastic, cynical and funny.”
eBooks are available world-wide through all good online bookstores. Print books are available in all regions except North America, again through all good bricks and mortar and online stores. North America will have the release mid September 2019.

 

New Release: Switch by Rowena Evans

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Rowena Evans‘ mid-teen science fiction thriller, Switch, has been released in Australia, New Zealand and the UK on 15th February 2019. This is the long-awaited sequel to Drums and Power Lines, and continues almost immediately following the prior events. It will be released at a later date in North America.

“Evans captures the Australian country landscape beautifully,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing Australia, “and yet the parallel worlds depicted are also universal in character, and at the same time, slightly askew from what we perceive as normal. Drums and Power Lines was a delightful, thrilling read, and I am sure middle grade and young adult readers – as well as adults as often is the case – will love this next chapter in the continuing story.”

Spectacular artwork for the cover is by Rowena Evans.

Ivan hurried away from the ridge. His heart beat fast and his hands were shaking. The shock of seeing Cal appear was considerable. Yes, he and Reenie had persuaded Hugo to play his drums at sunset, but Ivan realized now that the last thing he expected was to succeed.

Ivan, Cassie and Wilfred, Reenie and Cal desperately miss each other; the friendships they made in their similar but different parallel worlds six months ago.

When Cal reappears in Ivan and Reenie’s world, the turmoil and restlessness that has lurked in each of them explodes into real life, throwing all, and the unsuspecting Jess, into a whirlwind of adventure, uncertainty and discovery.

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Switch is available in all good bookstores, online and bricks and mortar. In Australia/NZ it is distributed by Novella Distributors, and in UK/Europe by Gazelle Book Services. Switch in Kindle format is currently available through Amazon.

New Release: Clearing the Web by Cary J Lenehan

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IFWG Australia is excited to announce the third instalment of the epic fantasy Warriors of Vhast series by Tasmanian author Cary J Lenehan, ‘Clearing the Web‘. “Cary’s detailed and comprehensive world building shines out as usual,” said Gerry Huntman (Managing Director IFWG), and as the storyline progresses Cary’s work gets better and better. This is a vast project, no pun intended, and we are proud to be publishing it worldwide.”

Kudos to Catherine Archer-Wills for her artwork and design for this, and previous volumes (with earlier design by Elizabeth Lang).

The world book launch for Clearing the Web will be held at:

Amor Bar,
217-219 Elizabeth Street,
North Hobart
at 7pm 29 November 2018

Clearing the Web continues to follow the unfolding events on the distant, artificial world of Vhast. A lost realm, a visit to a nearby Empire, the arrival of foes, and then a dragon test the recently anointed heroes.

Following on from Intimations of Evil and Engaging Evil, the Princess and her mage wife, the Cat, the priest, the ghazi, and the others leave their small newly freed village and set out to uncover the evil infecting The Land. One obstacle after another appears as the evil fights back.

Clearing the Web is the third book of a series that sees reality confronted and a world re-shaped as new myths are created in an epic fantasy adventure.

Clearing the Web will be released in Australia, UK and Europe on 29th November 2018, and in North America January/February 2019 (to be advised).

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For those of you who have missed the series, click on the images above to get more information.

New Release: The Years of the Wolf by Craig Cormick

IFWG Publishing relishes experimentation – something different, something controversial, something that raises the eyebrows, and it is with great pleasure that we announce the release of Craig Cormick‘s newest novel, The Years of the Wolf.

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The novel is a murder mystery that looks not just at the way that internment brutalises and dehumanises people – as we have seen in contemporary internment – but the lengths that people will go to, to create fantasy worlds less hostile to them.

The book is set in the old prison at Trial Bay near Kempsey in northern New South Wales, whose ruins still remain, that housed over 500 civilian internees between 1915 and 1918.

Craig Cormick said, “We know that war leads to extreme circumstances, and that internment leads to extreme behaviours – taken together the German civilian internees in Australia created a strange fantasy world of Alpine village huts and German theatre – with men by necessity playing the roles of women.”

“Photos of the time – used in the book – show seductive middle eastern dancers and genteel ladies – who were actually the men’s cell mates, which meant things were bound to get a little strange.”

The murder mystery in the book is underpinned by racial tensions, inner-camp factional tensions and sexual tensions.

“Beyond the entertainment of the story, as we reach the end of the 100thanniversary of the First World War, we should remember the impacts of the war on those who have largely been written out of histories of the war,” he said.

“German internees were treated appallingly amongst the anti-German hysteria of the times and despite many of them having lived in Australia for many years, or married Australians, most were sent back to Germany at the end of the war. The story certainly resonates with contemporary attitudes to internees.”

Craig Cormick’s previous writing awards include a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, the ACT Book of the Year Award, a Victorian Community History Award and the Tasmanian Writer’s Prize.

The Years of the Wolf is now available in all good Australian, UK and NZ bookstores, in print and ebook formats, and will be released in North America November 20th. The novel contains photographs of the internees and internment camp.

New Release: Engine of Lies by Barbara Howe

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IFWG Publishing Australia is delighted to announce the release of Engine of Lies, by Barbara Howe, book 2 in her  young adult Reforging series. “IFWG has long recognised the immense catchment of speculative talent in New Zealand,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “and Engine of Lies is the latest title representing that impressive pool. This series is impressive and what attracted us to publishing Barbara’s work is the strong female protagonists – young adults and adults alike will love them.”

NEVER, EVER, LIE TO A WARLOCK

He never promised happily ever after, but Lucinda is still dismayed by how quickly reality intrudes on her fairy tale. Assassination attempts and lightning strikes disturb her honeymoon, but the return home brings no peace of mind. When the discovery of a magical conspiracy shakes her faith in everything she trusts, she vows to expose the Fire Warlock’s most shameful secret and see justice done.

As a hot summer draws towards a violent end, Lucinda teeters between terror and rage. She’d be less angry about risking her life if she didn’t suspect her husband – her hero! – intends to step aside and let her die.

Engine of Lies is now available from all good bookstores, online and bricks and mortar, in Australia, Canada and the US, and online in other geographies. It is available in print (North America, Australia, International) and ebook formats (North America, Other Geographies).


For those who haven’t been introduced to the Reforging series, read first Book 1, The Locksmith.

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