New Release: The Stealthcat War

IFWG is excited to announce the world-wide release of Paula Boer‘s YA novel, The Stealthcat War, book 2 in her The Equinora Chronicles. “We are proud to release book 2,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “as it continues the story begun in The Bloodwolf War, and adds to the series’ wonderful world-building, in a universe where horses are sentient beings and unicorns absolutely exist.” The cover is masterfully rendered and designed by Steve Santiago.

When unnatural wildfires ravage the prairies, many of the horse herds and human clans are burnt. Precious warmblood mares disappear and mysterious stealthcats are killing foals, forcing a dying stallion to seek help from the guardian unicorns.

Following a confusing prophecy that threatens the whole world, Mystery, the youngest unicorn, is sent to solve the problem. But being of horse parents, Mystery is filled with doubt and scared he has no power. Nevertheless, accompanied by Laila, a young woman, and Meda, her healer dragon, he determines to confront whatever evil is behind the devastation.

The Stealthcat War is available now in all good print and ebook stores and online stores.

New Release: Dispossessed by Piper Mejia

IFWG is very proud to announce the release in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and UK, Piper Mejia’s young adult urban fantasy, Dispossessed. Top genre New Zealand author, Lee Murray, says of Mejia’s work: “In this vivid and confronting YA thriller, Mejia reminds us that true monsters might be closer than we think. For anyone who ever felt othered and alone.”

Nobody likes you when you’re the ugly new kid. A hoodie and a new foster home won’t hide the creeping dread that you are dangerous. So, when you’re offered the chance to meet a grandfather you never knew, you jump on a plane to the bush-covered mountains of New Zealand.

Slate longs for a home when he finds himself living among an ancient race masquerading as travelling performers. Dispossessed and disillusioned, Slate fears being trapped in a life hiding from the world; one his own father had to run from.

However, the decision to stay or leave is taken from him when he is held captive by hunters on the trail of the ultimate game trophy. Tortured and alone Slate fears that the only way to escape is to become the monster he never wanted to be.

Piper Mejia is an advocate for New Zealand writers and liter­ature.­ Her­ short­ fiction­ has­ been­ published­ in­ a­range­ of­ magazines­ and­ anthologies, ­including­ Room Enough for Two, which­ appeared­ in­ the­ Sir­ Julius­ Vogel­ Award-winning­ anthology­ Te Korero Ahi Ka­ (2018).­A­ collection­ of­ her ­original­ short­ stories,­ The Better Sister,­ was­published­ by ­Breach­ in­ 2020.­ In­ addition­ to­ writing,­ Piper­ is­ a­ founding­ member­ of­ Young­ NZ­ Writers­–­a­ non-profit­organisation­ dedicated­ to­ providing­ writing­ and­ publishing­ opportunities­ for­ young­ writers.­ As­ a­ child,­ Piper­ stayed­up­ late­ laughing­ at­ horror­ films.­ As­ an­ adult­ she­ has­ never­ lost­ her­ love­ for­ science­ fiction­ and­ horror,­ two­ genres­ that­ continues­ to­ ask­ the­ question “What if…”

Dispossessed is available now in all good print and ebook stores and online stores in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and UK. It will be released in USA and Canada on 25th May 2021.

Cover Reveal: The Stealthcat War by Paula Boer

It is with great pleasure that IFWG can now reveal the front cover of Paula Boer’s second instalment in her The Equinora Chronicles, The Stealthcat War. The spectacular cover art and design is by IFWG regular, Steve Santiago.

When unnatural wildfires ravage the prairies, many of the horse herds and human clans are burnt. Precious warmblood mares disappear and mysterious stealthcats are killing foals, forcing a dying stallion to seek help from the guardian unicorns.

Following a confusing prophecy that threatens the whole world, Mystery, the youngest unicorn, is sent to solve the problem. But being of horse parents, Mystery is filled with doubt and scared he has no power. Nevertheless, accompanied by Laila, a young woman, and Meda, her healer dragon, he determines to confront whatever evil is behind the devastation.

The Stealthcat War will be released worldwide on 14 June 2021, and preorders will be available from April. For those of you who haven’t read the series, we encourage you to read volume 1, The Bloodwolf War, and we would be betting that you will want to see the series to completion.

Preorder Offer: Dispossessed by Piper Mejia

IFWG is pleased to offer preorders for Piper Mejia’s wonderful young adult fiction novel, Dispossessed.

Nobody likes you when you’re the ugly new kid. A hoodie and a new foster home won’t hide the creeping dread that you are dangerous. So, when you’re offered the chance to meet a grandfather you never knew, you jump on a plane to the bush-covered mountains of New Zealand. 

Slate longs for a home when he finds himself living among an ancient race masquerading as travelling performers. Dispossessed and disillusioned, Slate fears being trapped in a life hiding from the world; one his own father had to run from.

However, the decision to stay or leave is taken from him when he is held captive by hunters on the trail of the ultimate game trophy. Tortured and alone Slate fears that the only way to escape is to become the monster he never wanted to be.

Dispossessed will be released on 5 April 2021, world-wide. Preorders are open until 10 March, and the book will be shipped and arrive at its destination on or close to release date. Ebook versions will be available for preorder soon, via the relevant ebook online stores.

PREORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Cover Reveal: The Wordsmith, by Barbara Howe

It is with great pleasure that we reveal the cover of Barbara Howe‘s The Wordsmith, Book 4 in her 5-part Reforging series. As usual, it captures the essence of the series, an alt-history/epic fantasy blend, geared toward Young Adults and mature audiences alike, with very strong female protagonists. Kudos to artist and illustrator, Catherine Archer-Wills.

The Wordsmith will be released on the 15th February 2021, with a call for preorders coming in November 2020. The final instalment of the series, The Forge, will also be released in 2021.

Irene van Gelder’s drudge job is killing her, but how can she earn a living as an air witch when her own guild calls her a fraud?

The Fire Warlock doesn’t ask for her credentials, but with tensions rising between the Fire and Air Guilds, proving her value to him is not a safe move. With the White Duchess and her son intent on revenge, what defences can a failure as an air witch muster? All she has is words. Will that be enough to save herself, and Frankland?

The first three books in the Reforging series (click images):

The Locksmith (Book 1)
Engine of Lies (Book 2)
The Blacksmith (Book 3)

New Release: The Bloodwolf War by Paula Boer

bloodwolf cover

IFWG is very pleased to announce the release of Paula Boer‘s first instalment in her Equinora Chronicles, The Bloodwolf War. “It’s wonderful to have Boer contribute such an imaginative and original work to our Young Adult catalogue,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director IFWG, “and she also has the distinction of having added to three of our readership age groups – adult, young adult, and middle grade/young teen. Well done, Paula!”

Kudos to Steve Santiago for his vivid cover art and design.

Equinora, the world where horses live in harmony with people, is in trouble. The six unicorn guardians created by the Goddess have abandoned their roles and vicious bloodwolves rampage across the land, massacring the herds and villagers.

Fleet, a young stallion without a territory, dreams of galloping with other horses and building a herd of his own. But an attack by a bloodwolf leaves him poisoned and alone. Driven by despair and a promise to fulfil his dying dam’s vision, Fleet sets out to discover how to vanquish the bloodwolves. The only help the renegade unicorns provide is to insist Fleet follow a prophecy to confront the villainous Shadow, an equine so powerful that the Goddess imprisoned him to prevent him destroying her realm.

Accompanied by Yuma, a young man desperate to escape his destiny, and Tatuk, a tiny dragon, Fleet seeks Shadow and a cure for the bloodwolf poison. But even as he begins to fear the selfish unicorns have sent him to his death, he discovers a secret that might mean he has a chance to save all horses and people from annihilation.

The Bloodwolf War is now available in ebook and print formats, in all good online and bricks and mortar stores.