New Acquisition: The Wildcard by Kathryn Hore

IFWG is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Kathryn Hore’s thriller, The Wildcard. “Kathryn is an excellent speculative fiction writer,” said IFWG Managing Director, Gerry Huntman, “and we couldn’t look past this exceptional thriller piece, despite it being outside our mainstream brand. Kathryn spins an amazing story in her debut novel, of intrigue and underworld card playing taken way too far.”

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Kathryn is a Melbourne writer of speculative and thriller fiction, who enjoys blending dark genres in twisting ways, often throwing in a dash of romance for good measure. Her short fiction has been published in an number of magazines, including Aurealis, Midnight Echo and The Crime Factory, and anthologies such as Transcendent (Transmundane Press), Dead of Night (AHWA), Beautiful Lies Painful Truths (Left Hand Publishers) and Hear Me Roar (Ticonderoga Publications). When not writing she works in information management, archives and libraries, and has a couple of small children to keep her busy. You can find her on her website www.letmedigress.com, or catch her on the usual social media haunts as @kahmelb.

The Wildcard:

Jem doesn’t do risk. He doesn’t play games with chance. At least not until his ex-girlfriend shows up on his doorstop in tears and tricks him into signing for an impossible debt.

Thrust into an underworld of card players who bet anything they can think of – favours, information, secrets, even coffee – Jem has to figure his way out of a debt he doesn’t understand, in a world where the rules are twisting, complex and never explained. Relying only on a woman who plays life like she plays a game of poker, and drawn to a young man who offers temptations Jem’s not sure he can trust, there is only one thing he is clear on: the consequences of losing in this crowd. Because the last guy to owe a debt like his was just found floating face down in the ocean, and if Jem doesn’t sort this out fast, he could be next.

The Wildcard will be published in late 2020/early 2021.

Preorder: Towards White by Zena Shapter

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IFWG Publishing Australia is pleased to announce the release date for Zena Shapter’s Towards White: 29 September 2017, and preorders are now available. Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing said, “We are so pleased to add a science fiction novel – albeit outside of the stock-standard – to our catalogue. We were immediately attracted to Zena’s fast-paced narrative and tension built up over the course of the entire novel.”

They know what’s going to happen to you… after you die.

Scientists in Iceland think they’ve figured out one of our greatest mysteries – where the electrical energy in our brains goes after we die. According to the laws of physics, one form of energy must always become another form. So the electrical energy in our brains and nervous system can’t simply disappear…

When ex-lawyer Becky Dales travels to Iceland to track down her missing brother, she doesn’t care about the groundbreaking discoveries, or the positive-thinking practiced by the Icelanders – she just wants her brother back. Having stumbled on something she thinks the Icelandic government wants covered up, Becky must piece together the answers fast… before she becomes a victim herself.

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Cover Reveal: Towards White by Zena Shapter

IFWG Australia is very pleased to reveal Zena Shapter’s upcoming science fiction/thriller, Towards White.

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They know what’s going to happen to you… after you die.

Scientists in Iceland think they’ve figured out one of our greatest mysteries – where the electrical energy in our brains goes after we die. According to the laws of physics, one form of energy must always become another form. So the electrical energy in our brains and nervous system can’t simply disappear…

When ex-lawyer Becky Dales travels to Iceland to track down her missing brother, she doesn’t care about the groundbreaking discoveries, or the positive-thinking practiced by the Icelanders – she just wants her brother back. Having stumbled on something she thinks the Icelandic government wants covered up, Becky must piece together the answers fast… before she becomes a victim herself.
This novel will be released in a few months, and officially launched at Conflux 13. Great cover design by Elizabeth Lang.

Preview: Dark Waters / Ronnie & Rita by Deborah Sheldon

Leading up to the 2017 release of Deborah Sheldon’s collection of short stories, ‘Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories’, IFWG Publishing Australia will be releasing in coming weeks her two crime-noir novellas in a single volume, ‘Dark Waters’ and ‘Ronnie and Rita’.

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Each story a mirror-image of the other…

A bad man trying to become good.

A good man turning bad.

Both men motivated by love.

DARK WATERS

Brendan Reilly, a.k.a. Danny Boy, is a veteran of the Overlords, an outlaw motorcycle club. A near-fatal accident leads him to an epiphany: he is determined to quit the life and reconnect with his ex-wife and son. At the same time, the Overlords are preparing for war against a rival gang, the Golden Jackals, and with Brendan’s loyalty in question, he is pushed further into the war when all he wants is a way out.

Dark Waters is a triumph through tragedy; a dark and uncompromising noir-like tale that is as much about the violence as it is about one man trying to escape it’
– Just a Guy That Likes to Read

RONNIE AND RITA

Ron Spooner is middle-aged, alone and lonely, a nobody who has mowed lawns for a living ever since he was a boy. When he meets a young drifter, Rita, they fall in love, and want nothing more than a family of their own. Too bad it isn’t possible. Or is it? What Rita asks him to do is wrong. Terribly wrong. But Ron is willing to sacrifice everything for this twisted love affair.

Ronnie and Rita punches far above its weight. A poignant and clever combination of sadness and tension, manipulation and desire, right from the beginning there’s no way of avoiding the sense of impending disaster’
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