Event: Triple Header Children’s Book Launch

We are very happy to announce that three of our most recent titles, all children/young teen books, will have their formal book launch together at the marvellous Harry Hartog Bookstore in Westfield Woden, ACT, on 13 February 2016. It will be held from 1.30pm to 3.00pm and we hope that plenty of book-reading families take their children along. There will be readings, signings, music, colouring-in, sketching by artists, and drinks and nibbles. 4 of our authors, two of whom are fine artists, are represented, covering 10 titles published by IFWG Publishing Australia.

Come and enjoy the festivities!

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News: Sneak Peek at Rowena Evans’ Forthcoming Release

IFWG Publishing Australia’s last release for this quarter will be Rowena Evans‘ young teen/young adult novel, Drums and Power Lines. It was a pleasure to work with Rowena on this project, one where an absolutely unique contemporary fantasy story blossomed, and where Rowena’s artistic skills were set in motion to create, again, a unique product.

We look forward to seeing her work officially launched at Harry Hartog Bookshop in the ACT on 13th February, alongside Jeffery Doherty’s Olivia Stone and the Trouble with Trixies, and Rolf Svensen’s The Adventures of Teddy and Karl. We will also have the pleasure of Paula Boer attending with her successful Brumbies series.

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It must have been the drumming that woke him. Why did he feel so uneasy? Phil was gone.

“I thought you’d never see me.”

Ivan took a step back, tripped, and sprawled on the ground. A girl was perched on a small platform near the top of the pole.

“We have to go. Now.”

Ivan wants to get away from his life and the small town where he lives, and finds himself in a place where everything is disturbingly the same, and yet unnervingly different. Cassie thinks Ivan is clueless, while he thinks she’s the prettiest – and most annoying – girl he’s ever met.

Meanwhile the sensitive Reenie and the enigmatic Phil have other complications to untangle. Ivan, Cassie, Reenie and Phil will have to do a lot of thinking, motorbike riding and taking the unexpected in their stride, and will need to draw on courage they didn’t know they had, before they can find what is lost and get to where they want to be.

An adventure/fantasy story for high school aged readers to adults.

 

Drums and Power Lines will be released over the next week.

Special Offer: Discount for purchasing entire Brumbies Series set

With the release of the fifth and final volume of Paula Boer’s Brumbies Series, IFWG is offering a great price for purchasing all five in ebook or print formats. Click here (or the image) and take advantage of these excellent savings offers, for wonderful children’s horse stories, lavishly illustrated by Rowena Evans.

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Giveaway: Brumbies by Paula Boer

IFWG Publishing is giving away the ebook title, Brumbies, by Paula Boer, in celebration of the release of the new and final instalment of the 5 part series, Brumbies in the Mountains (the ebook is out now, the print title is out in the new year).

We figure that you will like Brumbies enough to consider purchasing the entire series.

The giveaway offer runs from 1 to 5 January 2015, based on US time zones.

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When city girl Louise moves to the country, she discovers the mountain brumbies are to be killed for pet food. She and Ben, a local farm boy, determine to save as many of the wild horses as they can. Despite opposition, they arrange a muster, but nothing goes according to plan.

Following in the hoof-prints of “The Silver Brumby” and “The Man from Snowy River”, this horse-packed adventure encounters challenges through some of the toughest territory in Australia.

The book is richly illustrated by artist and writer, Rowena Evans.

News: Sealskin Coast Official Launch

On 30 May 2014 Rowena Evans’ launch of her children’s novel, Sealskin Coast, was held at Cooma Public Library, in the Snowy Mountains (for international readers, it is in the state of New South Wales, Australia).

 

The launch went well with a large turn out, and all available copies were sold. The library staff put a lot of work into it, and said they renewed relationships with several inactive borrowers, and got one or two new ones as well. They bought two copies for their collection and at least one of the local schools has them too.
Rowena, author and illustrator of her novel, did a workshop with a local school that morning and is hoping to do others with nearby schools in the future.
 
They had, depending on the person estimating, between 60 and 100 people there, and the local press (Monaro Post and the Cooma-Monaro Express) took photos. Rowena’s ex-lighthouse keeper friend, Richard Jermyn, made a very nice opening speech and they had a colouring competition – by good chance the winner was one of the children present.

 

We at IFWG Publishing Australia, are proud of this wonderful title, and especially chuffed with Rowena’s efforts in coordinating a very successful launch of her debut solo novel. Congratulations, Rowena!
Guests at Sealskin Coast Launch (thanks to Monaro Post)

Guests at Sealskin Coast Launch (thanks to Monaro Post)

 

Richard Jermyn, a long-time friend of Rowena's, was master of ceremonies

Richard Jermyn, a long-time friend of Rowena’s, was master of ceremonies

 

Richard Jermyn makes a launch speech

Richard Jermyn makes a launch speech

 

Book signing at the Sealskin Coast launch

Book signing at the Sealskin Coast launch

 

Ben Warner was the sound engineer, played bass and guitar and sang on the animation, "The Greet Selkie of Sule Skerry", the song quoted in Sealskin Coast

Ben Warner was the sound engineer, played bass and guitar and sang on the animation, “The Greet Selkie of Sule Skerry”, the song quoted in Sealskin Coast

 

Eleanor Evans, animator in the same production

Eleanor Evans, animator in the same production

 

Some of the children who took part in the colouring competition (Oscar, Rowena, Tayla, Mitch and Izzy)

Some of the children who took part in the colouring competition (Oscar, Rowena, Tayla, Mitch and Izzy)

 

Clipping from the Monaro-Express, reporting on the success of the Book Launch

Clipping from the Monaro-Express, reporting on the success of the Book Launch

Animation/Music Video associated with Sealskin Coast

Rowena Evans, author and illustrator of Sealskin Coast, says:

“The ballad of the Greet Selkie of Sule Skerry is a story from the Scottish legend of the selkies, people who have the ability to transform into seals and vice versa. Selkies are reputed to be beautiful in human form, and from time to time marry ordinary humans, usually with tragic consequences one way or another – but what self respecting folk song isn’t full of tragedy? The words, from the island of Orkney, are found in the Child Ballads, collected in the second half of the 19th century, and the tune that is now known was written in the 20th century in a traditional style.

I have been free with both the words and the tune in what I consider to be the prerogative of anyone who sings a folk song, and hope that this version of the song will be enjoyed by those who hear it and see the animation that accompanies it. Many thanks to those who participated in making the clip; Eleanor Evans, Ben Warner and Rodney Clancy.

This song and animation is an accompaniment to my novel for readers of 10 to 100, Sealskin Coast, released May 2014 by IFWG Publishing Australia http://www.ifwgaustralia.com, which is a depiction of the selkie myth in a modern, southern hemisphere setting.”

Well done, Rowena!