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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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Two-eBook Bundle: Psi Wars! series by Vincent L. Scarsella

Kindle book buyers will now see Vincent L Scarsella‘s Psi Wars! series bundle on Amazon sites at a special price for the first two books. IFWG Publishing Australia will release the third, much-anticipated instalment in 2017. For young teenagers, or those who are young at heart, you will not be disappointed in this science fiction/fantasy adventure series!
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Escape from the Psi Academy
From the first day of his arrival at school in a wheelchair two weeks into the semester, Henry Greenberg suspects that Sebastian Drake has special powers that foils the cruel antics of the 9th grade bully, Frankie Nytz.

Henry soon befriends Sebastian and is thrilled when they are both selected to attend the Psi Academy, a special school in an underground base set up by the military to enhance the psychic powers of young teens for possible use in a war against evil psi warriors for world control.

While at the Psi Academy, Sebastian and Henry and their fellow 28 cadets are taught by its eccentric faculty how to develop their diverse innate psychic powers such as mind reading, tele-influencing, bending objects, walking through walls, remote viewing, fortune telling, conjuring wraiths, and even summoning the dead. These powers are also enhanced during the playing of competitive video games known as ‘Mind Games’.

But several weeks into the grueling curriculum, Sebastian and Henry suspect that the Psi Academy may be hiding a deep, dark secret and that the good guys running it may not be good after all and the bad guys not bad.

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It’s not magic, it’s real…

The war between good and evil psi warriors gets into high gear in this second installment of the Psi Wars! series with our teen heroes, Henry Greenberg and Sebastian Drake, involved in more thrilling psychic hijinks.

Having escaped The Psi Academy, Sebastian and Captain Fabian come looking for Henry to help them rescue Sebastian’s father, Colonel Peter Drake, and the others being held captive by the evil Kinsman z-Prime on Level 13 of the Psi Cave. But after teleporting inside, Henry and Sebastian are met by the unexpected and find that who they thought was bad may not be bad after all.

Their adventure takes them to The Realm Beyond The Realm—the place beyond space and time—a necessary step to enable them return the Psi Academy for a face off against the baddest of psi warriors in the most important battle of the Psi War.

Amazing psychic powers are on display—telekinesis, telepathy, tele-influencing and more—in this rip-roaring adventure where the magic of flying vans, dragon wraiths, and wolfboars become reality in a battle for the minds of ordinary men. And lurking beneath all this is Henry’s struggle over who is truly good and who is truly bad.

AMAZON BUNDLE LINK

Book Release: Return to the Psi Academy by Vincent L Scarsella

It is with very great pleasure that we announce the title release, Return to the Psi Academy by Vincent L Scarsella, book 2 in the middle grade futuristic fantasy series, Psi Wars!

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This book has been a while coming, but we know that the many fans of the series will be wringing their hands and purchasing a copy.

It’s not magic, it’s real… 
 
The war between good and evil psi warriors gets into high gear in this second installment of the Psi Wars! series with our teen heroes, Henry Greenberg and Sebastian Drake, involved in more thrilling psychic hijinks.  
 
Having escaped The Psi Academy, Sebastian and Captain Fabian come looking for Henry to help them rescue Sebastian’s father, Colonel Peter Drake, and the others being held captive by the evil Kinsman z-Prime on Level 13 of the Psi Cave. But after teleporting inside, Henry and Sebastian are met by the unexpected and find that who they thought was bad may not be bad after all.  
 
Their adventure takes them to The Realm Beyond The Realm—the place beyond space and time—a necessary step to enable them return the Psi Academy for a face off against the baddest of psi warriors in the most important battle of the Psi War.  
 
Amazing psychic powers are on display—telekinesis, telepathy, tele-influencing and more—in this rip-roaring adventure where the magic of flying vans, dragon wraiths, and wolfboars become reality in a battle for the minds of ordinary men. And lurking beneath all this is Henry’s struggle over who is truly good and who is truly bad.

Return to the Psi Academy is now available direct from IFWG Publishing, or through Amazon, and will soon be available from all good online stores. The eBook will be available in a few days through Kindle only.

Preview: Final Cover Designs for To Dream by Louis K Lowy

We are pleased to reveal the full cover wrap designs for the hardcover and trade paperback versions of To Dream (Anatomy of a Humachine Book 1), a thought-provoking science fiction novel by Louis K Lowy. The artwork and design is by the amazing Dean Samed.

The hardcover (grey clothbound with sleeve) will be released early January, followed soon thereafter by the trade paperback version. Preorders will be available late this year.

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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.

Cover Reveal: Earthbound and Down by Shaun Meeks

IFWG has had a long association with the artist, Steve Santiago, and we were chuffed with his commission for the cover and design for The Gate at Lake Drive by Shaun Meeks, the first book in the Dillon the Monster Dick Series (noir, horror). We are doubly chuffed with the atmospheric piece Steve has done for the second book in the series, Earthbound and Down. Steve, we love you!

Here’s the final front cover:

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New Roles in IFWG Publishing

We have recently created a number of new roles in our company and it is timely to give everybody an idea of who’s who.

Firstly, in terms of structure, IFWG Publishing is divided into two geographic imprints:

  1. IFWG Publishing Australia (Australian, UK and New Zealand reach)
  2. IFWG Publishing (International) (North America and other countries not previously covered)

IFWG Publishing Australia is also the publisher of SQ Mag, our international, free speculative ezine, and also is the publisher of the elite Dark Phases sub-imprint.

The following roles are at play in IFWG Publishing (both imprints):

  • Managing Director and Chief Editor: Gerry Huntman (Australia)
  • Marketing Director: Stephen McCracken (Australia)
  • Publicist: Grace Chan (Canada – new position)
  • Submissions and Content Editors (content editing roles are new):
    • Esme Carpenter (UK – soon, USA)
    • Warren Goodwin (USA)
  • Copy Editors:
    • Sophie Yorkston (Australia)
    • Louise Zedda-Sampson (Australia)
  • SQ Mag Editor in Chief: Sophie Yorkston (Australia)

We also have proofreaders, SQ Mag slush readers, designers and artists, and regular contributors to SQ Mag – all of whom we are grateful for their work.

We are also currently in the process of acquiring an international distributor to handle international print and ebook distribution for select titles, with the view to better outlet penetration (online, library, academic institution,  and bricks and mortar retailers). More on this in coming months.