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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Rowena Evans

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.

New Release: Olivia Stone and the Trouble with Trixies

IFWG Publishing Australia is extremely pleased to announce the release of Olivia Stone and the Trouble with Trixies (Book 1 of The Guardians of St. Giles series). Jeffery E Doherty has penned an enchanting, unique story for the 9 to 13 age group, action packed in a world where dark creatures can cross over.

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Can a broken young girl help a guilt-ridden grotesque stop the monsters?

An unprotected city.

The Grotesques have been taken down from the roof of St. Giles Old Priory School. With the Guardians statue-trapped, there is no one left to protect Haven from the monsters.

Unexpected Heroes

Despite crippling injuries from a falling grotesque statue, twelve-year-old Olivia Stone finds herself on the front lines in the battle between Good and Evil. Olivia needs to rescue Yip, the smallest living grotesque and the cause of her accident, discover the hidden power locked within her, and find a way to outwit the trixies. But trixies know every trick in the book, and while they may look sweet and childlike, something nasty is drawing these solitary pests together and their pranks are turning deadly.

This title will be available in all good print bookstores very soon, but right now it can be purchased by direct order through IFWG Publishing Australia. The ebook will be out soon.

Sneak Preview: Brave’s Journey by Jan Goldie

In the next few weeks we will be releasing our latest title: Brave’s Journey, by our first New Zealand author, Jan Goldie. This is a young adult fantasy novel, rich with world building.

We are particularly pleased to publish a New Zealander, as we have had strong connections with the Land of the Long White Cloud as our ezine, SQ Mag, has had some wonderful authors contribute to its fiction. This is a sweet fulfilment of our commitment to representing New Zealand.

The fine cover design and artwork is by Elizabeth Lang, of EL Designs.

Stay tuned for the release announcement.

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A boy. A weird tattoo. A silver necklace showing four elements: ‘Earth. Air. Fire. Water.’

When Brave woke up that first, life-changing day, he had no idea that pretty soon he’d be controlling the weather, talking to royalty and journeying to another world. Let alone riding a camel. Life in the mysterious world of Arvalonia, where magic springs from the nature around you, couldn’t be more different to his ordinary existence back home. Especially when he meets True…bossy, rich, driven teenager True who’s out to make his life a misery.

Brave and True venture deep into enemy territory; facing a month without a bath, nipping stinkbuggies, evil ruler Mallevia’s ruthless green guards and eventually a battle with the vile queen herself.

Discover a place where the nature of power is within the power of nature.

Escape the ordinary.