News: Authors for Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not anthology

As previously posted, IFWG Publishing International is very excited to collaborate with IFWG Publishing Australia for the publication of a unique, ‘what if’ anthology in early 2018, titled ‘Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not’. The premise is simple enough; what if Sherlock Holmes had a different offsider than Doctor Watson?

Christopher Sequeira will be editor for this anthology.

Now that contracts have been finalised, we can announce the authors, and the alt-doctors that will feature in their stories:

Leslie S. Klinger                 Foreword: ‘Sherlock Amongst the Doctors’

Behind a cover by Oscar Winner Dave Elsey

Christopher Sequeira      Watson in ‘The Final Prologue’
Dennis O’Neil                    Doc Holliday
Nancy Holder                    Dr John Seward
Will Murray                       Dr Herbert West
Ron Fortier                         Dr Amelia Van Helsing
Rafe McGregor                  Dr Grimesby Roylott
Andrew Salmon                Dr Conan Doyle
I. A. Watson                        Dr John Dee
J. Scherpenhuizen             Dr Heironymus Mabuse
Brad Mengel                      Dr Antonio Nikola
Philip Cornell                    Dr Henry Jekyll
Julie Ditrich                       Dr Theodore Moriarty

Those in the know will recognise may of these great writers.

Again, stay tuned for more news about this unique anthology.

Preview: The Hidden City by David Bowles

David BowlesGarza Twins series is an outstanding set of middle grade novels, set in our world where the mythology of central America is all too real. The protagonists – the shapeshifting twins Carol and Johnny – are Mexican-American, filling a much needed diversity gap in young teen reading. The first book of the series, The Smoking Mirror, won the prestigious ALA Belpré Honor, and is IFWG’s best selling book. Book 2, A Kingdom Beneath the Waves, has also received critical acclaim.

Next year we will be publishing Book 3, The Hidden City. We felt David’s many fans deserve a preview of this novel, so we have Chapter One reproduced below. We will soon reveal the cover.


Chapter One

“Okay, guys, that was my mom.” Carol leaned toward her monitor with a sad smile. “Time for bed, I guess.”

“What?” Jessica demanded from the Skype screen. “Dude, tomorrow is the last day of classes!”

Exacto,” Itza agreed. “Piensa, güey—we’re not going to be at the same school anymore! Can’t she give you a little more time?”

Carol glanced at the little box where Nikki’s face stared out at her. The girl said nothing, but there was sadness all over her features.

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News: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not to be Released Q1 2018

IFWG Publishing International is excited to announce its collaboration with IFWG Publishing Australia for the publication of a unique, ‘what if’ anthology in early 2018, titled ‘Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not’. The premise is simple enough; what if Sherlock Holmes had a different offsider than Doctor Watson?

Christopher Sequeira will be editor for this anthology.

When author contracts are finalised we will announce the TOC, but rest assured, we have international luminaries of the sub-genre offering amazing gaslight stories. As a tantaliser, we can say the cover art will be by Dave Elsey, well known as a cover artist and Academy and Saturn Award winning artist in makeup, special effects and animatronix.

Stay tuned for more detail

New Release: Pedal by Louis K Lowy

A few days ago in our Australian imprint we stated that while we are a specialist children’s and adult speculative fiction publishing company, we can’t ignore work of excellent quality. Especially when the writer is an existing author with us.

We are very pleased indeed to have acquired the rights to publish Louis K. Lowy‘s Pedal, an inspiring literary novel about empowering women, set in the unique world of bicycle racing.

Pedal Front Cover

Fired from her lifelong passion: teaching music.

Stripped of her self-worth.

Can she regain her life through bicycle racing?

Joanne Brick’s thirty years as an elementary school music teacher evaporated into the rising sea of layoffs. A lifetime of dedication gone. At forty-nine, single with an ailing mother and bitter, divorced sister, the future looked bleak. Then one day, while cleaning out the garage for a yard sale, inspiration struck as she dusted off an old, forgotten bicycle. And when she took her first ride she knew it was time to sink or pedal.

Pedal is an inspirational journey. It is a contemporary story that deal not only with family relationships, but with life’s turning points and how ordinary people deal with them.

Pedal is now available in all ebook formats from all good electronic book stores. The print version will be available in all good online stores in coming days, but can be purchased now from the publisher.

Expansion in Africa

We recently announced our partnership with a printer in New Zealand (via our IFWG Publishing Australia site) to allow us to effectively distribute our titles there. With great pleasure we can now reveal that we have arrangements in Nigeria to print and distribute Biola Olatunde‘s extensive catalogue of IFWG novels locally.

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Biola has a very good reputation in her homeland, particularly in the fields of poetry and script writing. For some years now she has published four novels through IFWG Publishing International, as well as a chap-ebook of short fiction. We have recognised her storytelling and social commentary skills years ago, and appreciate her narrative that resonates with Nigerian English idiom and style, but we strongly believe in supporting authors in their homelands/locale – without local printing arrangements, this is impossible.

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Biola’s first novel, Blood Contract, is now printed and warehoused in Nigeria and will be distributed to local bookstores. We are over the moon with this very important step forward. Her contemporary African fantasy trilogy, Numen Eye, will be printed in coming weeks. Following this, her chapbook, Sunset Tales, will also be available locally in print form.

Picture of Blood Contract first run

Portion of first run of Blood Contract printing

Book Launch: To Dream, by Louis K Lowy

Louis K. Lowy’s Jan. 28 book launch of To Dream, book one of his science fiction thriller Anatomy of a Humachine drew a packed crowd to South Florida’s iconic Books and Books.

He was introduced by noted author, John Dufresne.

Lowy familiarized the attendees to the novel’s most prominent characters through short readings from the book. Two question and answer sessions were held. The audience was very receptive and asked an array of questions ranging from writing habits to plot structure and character development. Afterward, Lowy signed books and greeted those who attended.

To Dream can be purchased direct from the publisher – print and ebook, or through all good print and ebook online stores.

Here are a few photographs taken of the event:

Book Release: Numen! by Biola Olatunde

We have been waiting quite a while, and now we are proud to announce the release of the last of the Numen Yeye series, Numen!, by Biola Olatunde. The first book, Numen Yeye, was published in 2013, and the second book, Rose of Numen, in 2015. Now the series is complete and we cannot be happier.

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Biola is one of our first batch of authors when we started as a much smaller concern, and we were particularly chuffed to be able to publish an African author. Her first book, Blood Contract, while not part of our speculative fiction range, is a powerful novel that delves deeply into Nigerian culture, warts and all. Her Numen Yeye trilogy does the same, but this time it is intertwined with the spiritualism and religion of ancient Nigeria, and is best labelled as contemporary African fantasy. Inward analysis is what Biola is best at, and we are excited to be her publisher.

This is what the reader’s synopsis says of Numen!:

Ife is now married, and in the material world her status is elevated by Babatunde, her husband, now Kabiyesi, the Lion of his people. 
 
Ife’s life and spiritual journey is still in a state of flux and uncertain. More than ever before she witnesses the corruption and vice of society, particularly among those who are supposed to represent the people. This complicates matters further. She is fully reconciled with being the incarnation of Numen, the ancient spirit entity, but Ife/Numen now needs to find purpose in this Nigerian landscape. 
 
There are also entities from the spirit realm who wish to undermine her… 
 
Enter the last chapter in this spiritual fantasy, interlaced with Biola Olatunde’s unique idiom tied so closely to her beloved homeland. 
 
Numen! is a fitting end story to the trilogy and shows love and bonding, and most importantly, reveals much of Nigeria’s internal challenges – with a ray of hope.

Numen! will soon be available for purchase through all good online print stores, and in ebook format in about a week. You can purchase it now through our store. 

For those US readers who haven’t read the first two titles, we have a very special discount offer to purchase all three by clicking here.

Thanks to Elizabeth Lang for a worthy cover design, in style with the whole trilogy.

Congratulations to Biola Olatunde for the completion of her magnificent trilogy.

New Release: To Dream by Louis K Lowy

It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of To Dream, Louis K Lowy‘s first of his Anatomy of a Humachine science fiction series. We have already had the pleasure of publishing his 1950s historical-scifi novel, Die Laughing, and this time Louis has come up with a masterpiece.


Guilt ridden over the death of her 17-year-old son, Jay, scientist Niyati Bopari heads a team that creates a Humachine (human machine) for mega-corporation Ameri-Inc. Niyati dubs the Humachine J-1 and creates it in Jay’s image. She secretly infuses it with Jay’s DNA. J-1 is the most sophisticated robot ever created and its purpose is to replace human labor. Before J-1 and his blueprints can be transported to Ameri-Inc. headquarters a rogue Ameri-Inc. agent attempts to steal them.

Anatomy of a Humachine is a science fiction tour de force spanning two centuries and crossing two planets. Book I: To Dream centers on J-1, an artificial intelligence struggling to find his humanity; the grieving scientist who created him; the ruthless head of the corporation who owns him; and the iron-willed leader of a rebel force seeking revenge for the death of her family and the destruction of her planet.

To Dream is available in Amazon Kindle stores as well hardcover at all good print stores (e.g. Amazon) on January 2 2017. The softcover will be available at the end of January 2017.

New Release: Trials (Book 2 of the Tower series) by Jesse McMinn

Fans have been waiting a long time, and now we are pleased to announce the release of Jesse McMinn‘s second book in his Tower series, Trials. We were bedazzled by this upcoming Canadian author’s world building – an absolutely unique world, coexisting with Earth in present time, but saturated with magic and physical laws defying our own understanding of reality. Jeffery Doherty continues his beautiful artwork from Book 1, Loria, in this latest release.

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Though little time has passed since Kyle Campbell’s fall into the mysterious world of Loria, its magic has already begun to reshape him. He has flown through the sky in a golden airship, and won a sword from a battle with a goblin chieftain. He is adapting, and his knowledge and power are growing.

However, the danger that shadows him is growing as well. A powerful enemy has learned of his existence, and will stop at nothing to track him down. Kyle needs to find a way home, and quickly. But before he can reach his destination, he is captured by the enigmatic Buors, and brought to their forsaken homeland to await the judgement of their king.

All the while, his relentless pursuers are closing in…

Kyle’s greatest trials are just beginning.

Trials will soon be available in print format from all good online stories, and in ebook format in mid January 2017. Print books can be ordered now direct from the publisher. If you want both books, message us (form at the bottom of this linked page) and we will give you a competitive price.

Two-eBook Bundle: Numen Yeye series by Biola Olatunde

We are happy to announce that Kindle book buyers will now see Biola Olatunde‘s Numen Yeye series bundle on Amazon sites at a special price for the first two books. IFWG Publishing Australia will release the third, much-anticipated last instalment very early in 2017.

Biola is our precious African author, based in Nigeria, and her Numen Yeye novels are a wonderful mix of contemporary African fiction, interlaced with deep tradition and mythology – her own brand of fantasy. Biola doesn’t hold back, providing insightful criticism of Western influence as well as the underbelly of superstition in her culture.

The books are written in the idiom of Nigerian English, with a mild translation for Western English consumption.

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Numen Yeye
Numen Yeye is about two worlds, inextricably interconnected. Numen Yeye is a princess in the Kingdom of Light, and her spirit is channeled through a young girl called Ife, who lives in a Nigerian village. Ife’s awareness of her Light connection grows, but not as quickly as her dismay with the abuse of Nigeria’s religious heritage in dark practices. And yet she recognizes what relevance her heritage has to her peoples’, and her own, personal lives.

Numen Yeye is a story about Ife’s discovery of her meaning in life, and despite her growing, special abilities, it resonates with each and every reader. It is universal in theme. Numen Yeye is also about the spiritual lives of the Nigerian peoples, including their village customs and rites. It is a revelation.

Rose of Numen
Ife is no longer a young girl, but a woman living in the city, practicing medicine. She still carries within her, however, the spirit of Numen Yeye, a princess from the Kingdom of Light.

While Ife’s life is professionally fulfilling, she is suffering from her transitional state – her ties back to her village and her family, the reconciliation between her spiritual and earthly forms, and her very special connection with Babatunde, her soul-mate.

Rose of Numen continues Ife’s journey through the ancient rhythms of traditional Nigerian culture, and the impact of the modern world.

Enter this spiritual fantasy, interlaced with Biola Olatunde’s unique idiom tied so closely to her homeland.

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