Kura Carpenter: Sir Julius Vogel Award

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IFWG is very pleased to announce that Kura Carpenter has won the Best New Talent category in the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards, in New Zealand. It is in response to her novel, The Kingfisher’s Debt:

The award came with a commentary:

The Kingfisher’s Debt is Kura Carpenter’s debut novel and very cleverly set in an Urban Fantasy world overlaying (or underlying, depending on your perspective) Dunedin, New Zealand. The writing is crisp, the plot excellently designed and executed. The work, I believe, clearly shows a writer who has taken the writing process seriously, from conception to drafting, to re-drafting, and producing a book that fits neatly into the Urban Fantasy genre while also having a strong Kiwi flavour.

Congratulations to Kura!

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New Acquisition: ‘The Crying Forest’ by Venero (Veny) Armanno

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IFWG Publishing is exceedingly pleased with the contract signing of Veny Armanno’s latest novel, currently titled ‘The Crying Forest’.

He has a great pedigree:  Veny is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels, including his recent book Burning Down (2017). His other well-known books include Black Mountain (2012), The Dirty Beat (2007) and Candle Life (2006). Further back, Veny’s novel Firehead was shortlisted in the 1999 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award; in 2002 The Volcano won the award with Best Fiction Book of the Year. His work has gone on to be published in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Israel and South Korea.

“Veny is a highly respected author in the Australian literary scene,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and at the same time he is a master of speculative fiction. This acquisition is a synthesis of both, a work that is an intelligent, deeply mysterious and creepy story.”

Agata Rosso, a once-mighty yet now prematurely aged European witch, believes that the special gifts in a young girl named Lía Munro can restore youth and vitality both to herself and her bedridden husband. She sets a deadly plan in motion to capture and use Lía—but will the girl have enough power to protect herself, plus the father she loves so much?

IFWG will release the title in the third quarter of 2020.

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.

Preorder Offer: The Kingfisher’s Debt

IFWG is offering preorders of Kura Carpenter‘s urban fantasy novel, The Kingfisher’s Debt, set in New Zealand. The title will be on sale in Australia, UK and New Zealand on 28 September 2018, and is available for preorder until the 10th August 2018. Those who preorder will receive their copy on or just before the release date.

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Magic isn’t real, right?

Within the small coastal city of Dunedin, local translator, Tamsin Fairchild has a reputation she hates. People think she’s psychic…

Always hovering around and interfering in Tamsin’s life, part father-figure, part thorn in her side, Detective Jackson, is an old-school cop. Childhood friend to her deceased mother, Tamsin wonders  could her mother have let an outsider in on the truth?

Newcomer, rookie cop Scott Gale is forced to team-up with Tamsin when they investigate the disappearance of a newborn baby and a bizarre crime scene—satanic ritual or hoax?

More and more the blame starts to point towards Tamsin…

Tamsin must uncover who’s framing her, find the baby before it’s too late, unravel the mystery behind her elder brother’s disappearance, and stop Scott from entering a world not meant for human eyes.

But Scott has family secrets of his own and Tamsin doesn’t know who to trust.

But can you trust Tamsin? What if the person who saved your life is about to frame you for murder?

PREORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED

 

New Signing: Wicked by Blood: The Kingfisher’s Debt by Kura Carpenter

It is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of Wicked by Blood: The Kingfisher’s Debt by New Zealand author, Kura Carpenter. The novel is an urban fantasy set in contemporary Dunedin, New Zealand, with a captivating mix of fantasy, mystery, murder and satanic rituals. It is scheduled for release in the second half of 2018 – more specific dates will be determined early next year.

“Aside from having written a rip-roaring fantasy, ” said IFWG Managing Director, Gerry Huntman, “we were captivated by a story with such a strong female protagonist. We are also chuffed to add to our New Zealand author base.”

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Kura enjoys reading, calligraphy, designing fabric and constructing miniature furniture from ice-block sticks. She has a greyhound, several chickens, and may or may not have an elderly ninja cat at the time of reading. She sews Victorian and Regency outfits, because she’s a writer and, hello, not very practical. She also collects vintage sewing machines, but if her husband asks, she’s storing them for a friend.

New Signing: The Ginomees Trilogy by Ali Foster

IFWG Publishing Australia is pleased on a number of levels with the signing of the three-book young teen fantasy series of novels, collectively called The Ginomees Trilogy.

Aside from excitement of having an enchanting set of stories under our wing, we also achieved our goal to have a solid footprint in New Zealand – Ali lives in Matahiwi, near Masterton (North Island). This makes three authors now in our New Zealand stable, and with our recent hook up with a local printer, we are set for great things there. We have always wanted our Australian imprint to reach out to the UK (already achieved), Australia and, now, New Zealand.

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More on Ali’s book soon, but here is her bio:

Ali Foster lives on a small piece of paradise at Matahiwi, near Masterton, New Zealand, with her husband Garry. She has worked in a wide variety of jobs including, equine groom, café proprietor, veterinary sales rep and livestock technician and currently assists secondary school students with learning disabilities.

Her first book, Elwyn’s Dream, (illus. Viv Walker) won the 2008, Random House/ Mitre 10/ NZ Conservation Foundation picturebook competition. She has two other picturebooks: The Eels of ANZAC Bridge (illus. Viv Walker) Fraser Books/ Wairarapa Archive, 2012. A Beam of Bright Light (Illus. Viv Walker) Wai Art Press, 2013

Ali loves fantasy/sci- fi and also enjoys a good dollop of mystery. She hopes to inspire young readers to find, ‘the hero within,’ In her new Ginomees trilogy.

When she is not writing, she enjoys painting murals, getting lost in her rambling garden and spending time with her human and animal family.