Forthcoming Release: The Blacksmith by Barbara Howe

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IFWG is pleased to reveal the cover of Barbara Howe‘s third book in her Young Adult Reforging series, The Blacksmith. It will be released on 1 August in Australia/UK/New Zealand, and 23 September in North America. The ebook in Australia and New Zealand is out now. The wonderful cover art is by Catherine Archer-Wills.

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…

Preorder/Cover Reveal: Switch by Rowena Evans

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Rowena Evans‘ mid-teen science fiction thriller, Switch, will be 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.

PREORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED

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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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Cover Reveal: Engine of Lies by Barbara Howe

Book 2 of New Zealand writer Barbara Howe‘s Reforging series, Engine of Lies, is locked in for release in Australia, New Zealand, UK and North America on 16th July. In the meantime, here is the cover (art and design by Catherine Archer-Wills), which instills the young adult book’s characters and setting perfectly.

Engine of Lies front cover

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.

For those who haven’t read the magic of Book 1 of the series, The Locksmith, it can be found in all good bricks and mortar and online stores.

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Book Signing: Switch by Rowena Evans

IFWG is delighted to announce the book signing of the MG/YA novel, Switch, by Rowena Evans, which is a sequel to her wonderful Drums and Power Lines. We have had a long association with Rowena, beginning with her work as a fine artist (best represented by her other novel with our press, Sealskin Coast), but she certainly has a love – and talent – for writing great speculative fiction for the young set. We are honoured to publish this third book – which will be released in October 2018.

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We heartily recommend you read Drums and Power Lines, and guarantee that you will want to buy Switch in October.

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New Release: The Locksmith by Barbara Howe

As foreshadowed in recent posts, IFWG Publishing is pleased to announce the release tomorrow of our third New Zealand title, the young adult fantasy novel, The Locksmith, by Barbara Howe. This is the first in a  five part series, ‘Reforging’, and for those of you who will read Book 1, you will definitely be impatient for future instalments.

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The Locksmith will be officially launched at Lexicon, Lake Taupo NZ on 4 June – not only will Barbara and Ali (The Rejects) will be there for their launches, but Gerry Huntman (Managing Director IFWG Publishing Australia) will be MC at the event, and Kaaron Warren will also be there.

In a world where membership in one of the four magic guilds guarantees respect and wealth, it is strange that Lucinda Guillierre is terrified of being exposed as a witch. The Fire Warlock finds her attitude puzzling, but does not give her his full attention until a long-buried secret comes to light.

She has good reasons to be afraid.

As war looms and dangerous romance beckons, who will have the best chance to kill her? Her enemies, her friends, or Lucinda herself?

From tomorrow The Locksmith will be available in all good print and ebook online bookstore, and will soon be available at all quality bricks and mortar bookstores. You can also opt to purchase direct from the publisher right now: Print and ebook.