About Gerry Huntman

specfic writer, publisher, IT Specialist

Cover Reveal: Wings Above the Burning Earth by David Bowles

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IFWG is pleased to reveal the cover for David Bowles‘ fourth instalment in his Garza Twins 5-part middle grade series, Wings Above the Burning Earth. Yet again, wonderful work by artist and designer, Charlene Bowles, following the pattern of using a dominant colour to represent the setting and themes in each book.

Bowles recently wrote an excellent article describing the genesis (and journey) of the Garza Twins series. It is fascinating reading.

For those who are not familiar with this series, think about acquiring the award-winning and best selling first novel, The Smoking Mirror.

NEWS: IFWG Statement About COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

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Over the past few days, with increasing virus activity throughout the world, and the knock-on effects on people’s livelihoods and the world economy, IFWG has decided on a number of changes to our production, distribution and marketing arrangements for as long as this crisis exists.

When facing something as serious as COVID-19, we can choose to panic, capitulate, exclusively react to events as they play out, or MANAGE our business as logically and proactively as possible. We choose to control our destiny, and work within a manageable business model, and at the same time, do everything we can to support our authors, artists and staff.

Consequently, with effect immediately, the following changes have taken place:

1. We will delay release of every upcoming new title until the marketplace is healthy again, and people are able to purchase our books.

2. However, we intend to work on getting our books print ready as if there was no delay in release. We want to carry on producing these wonderful books and have them waiting in queue for release when the crisis is over. We will announce the completion of each print-ready title as per normal.

3. We were planning on a short story call-out in May, along with a supplementary crowd-funding exercise—the book was scheduled for February 2021. We will still make the callout, and pay authors soon after, but we will move the crowd funding (for enhanced illustrations only) until after the crisis is over.

For those of you who have preordered Silent Sorrow by Russell Kirkpatrick, we will honour the offer and supply the book to you before 1 June 2020.

We know many of you will be disappointed, but we hope, on reflection, you recognise that this move is the best way forward. We refuse to be paralysed at this time… we will manage this through.

Vale Grace Chan

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One of the profound things I find about our time on this planet is the amazing human capacity to withstand trauma and disease and hold on to their lives, and yet there are many others who pass way too early, often suddenly. There’s nothing mysterious about it, but it can help us refocus on how important it is to make the most of the time we have.

It is with immense sadness that I announce the passing of Grace Chan (Elizabeth Lang) today (27th February 2020) in Regina, Saskatchewan, from complications associated with her very long battle with cancer.

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New Release: Return of the Luminous One by Larry Ivkovich

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It is with great pride and satisfaction, that we announce the release of Larry Ivkovich‘s final instalment of his Spirit Winds Quartet series of novels, Return of the Luminous One. “This has been a long journey,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director IFWG, “and Larry was one of our first authors when we published the first of the series, The Sixth Precept. This series grabbed our attention from the start – an urban fantasy with deep roots in Japanese Mythology, action, time-travel, you name it. And a wonderful set of protagonists, centred around Kim Yoshima.”

The final exciting volume in The Spirit Winds Quartet finds Kim Yoshima and her friends, Wayne Brewster, Jenny and Lazo Siboluvich, the sorceress Daiyu, Joe Martin, ArcNight, the shapeshifting felinoid Jaraal, David Amamoto, and the renegade Maghi, Amedio Zaranelli, racing against time to prevent a catastrophe of cosmic proportions.

Same old, same old for Kim.

Except for one thing. The mysterious Void, source of the Spirit Winds, has finally revealed itself, exerting its own numinous influence on the multiverse. It is ancient, profoundly powerful, and frighteningly familiar. But is its purpose for good or for evil?

And what of the Maghi and the demon Orcus? Who is really behind their monstrous evil?

Some will live. Some will die. Some will be forever changed. But, this time, the stakes are much, much higher. For, if Kim and her comrades fail, the multiverse will be irrevocably altered.

Return of the Luminous One is now available in print and ebook format in all good online and print stores.

The first three books in the series:

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Spanish Language Rights Signing: David Bowles’ Garza Twins Series

IFWG Publishing is proud and excited to acquire world-wide Spanish publishing rights for the middle grade fantasy Garza Twins series by David Bowles. “We have had outstanding success with David’s series,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and the five books deserve to be read by Spanish-speaking readers the world over, and those who are students of the language. We are looking forward to Book 1 The Smoking Mirror – an ALA Honor awarded title –  to be released in the first half of 2020.”

The series will be translated by Libia Brenda (outstanding writer and Spanish language scholar based in Mexico) and edited by Silvia Brown, Spanish-born author and editor, resident in Australia. A new set of cover art designs will be commissioned for the Spanish-language series, by the same talented artist and designer, Charlene Bowles.

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Upcoming Release: Return of the Luminous One, by Larry Ivkovich

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Over here in IFWG Publishing we’ve been waiting a long time to read Larry Ivkovich‘s final instalment of his ‘The Spirit Winds Quartet’, Return of the Luminous One. What a journey, what a delectable mash of time travelling, fantasy, mythologies, Japanese feudalism, and so much more. All tied together with the amazing protagonist, Kim Yoshima.

Great cover work, continuing from books 1 to 4, by Elizabeth Lang.

We are pleased to announce that Return of the Luminous One will be released on November 15, 2019. Preorder arrangements will be announced soon. Continue reading

New Release: The Second Life of Eddie Coyne by Louis K Lowy

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It is with pleasure to announce that Louis K Lowy‘s latest novel, The Second Life of Eddie Coyne, is now released and available in all good bookstores, bricks and mortar, and online. “Louis has been an amazing partner with IFWG,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of the company, “and we have published a variety of genres and literary titles with him. This is the first fantasy piece – albeit in a contemporary/urban setting – and we can’t be more delighted. This novel is insightful, inventive, and very intense. All lovers of speculative fiction will love it.”

Eddie Coyne loves playing the horses. Loves it so much it’s ruining his relationship with his wife and six-year-old son. In a last ditch effort to prove he’s not a loser in their eyes, Eddie places a seemingly impossible bet on a long shot and hits pay dirt.

But before he can cash in and make amends with his family, he’s thrown down an escalator and left for dead by a greedy hoodlum looking to cash in on Eddie’s winnings. Dying, Eddie wakes up in the presence of the Jesses, a monolithic group of six whose job it is to decide who enters heaven and who enters hell. The Jesses tell Eddie he’s stuck in the middle—not good enough for heaven, not bad enough for hell. They entice him to go in on one final bet to break the dead heat.

If he triumphs, they stamp his ticket to paradise. If he loses, he spends eternity in the netherworld. The bet? Eddie must prevent someone chosen by the Jesses from taking their own life. Thinking it will be a piece of cake, Eddie agrees. He quickly learns the Jesses are more cunning than he’d imagined.

The Second Life of Eddie Coyne is available in print now, and stay tuned for ebook formats in coming days.

New Release: Altered Gate, by Shaun Meeks

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It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce the release of Shaun Meeks‘ latest book in his Lovecraftian/Noir Detective series, Dillon the Monster Dick, Altered Gate. “We are delighted to have another instalment of Shaun’s series released,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and to continue the cover style and design with the amazing Steve Santiago. This is a unique storyline, and mixes so effectively humour with dark, cosmic evil. I think of noir detective stories, of Men in Black, of the masters of Weird fiction… and yet it is none of them at the same time. You’ve got to read the series to understand.”

Everyone’s favorite Monster Dick is back, but the hunt has changed. After a video of Dillon fighting a monster goes viral, the hunter’s world gets turned upside down. He’s become a celebrity of sorts, but he’s also garnered the attention of his higher ups, the Collective.

As his actions are put under a microscope and every move he makes is being watched and judged, Dillon heads to Niagara Falls to help a realtor who claims he’s being haunted by something unearthly. As Dillon looks into the case, questions of reality and madness, truth and lies fly at him from every direction.

Now Dillon isn’t just hunting monsters, but is forced to search for the truth, his own sanity, and an outcome that will allow him to stay on Earth with Rouge Hills.

From the author of The Gate at Lake Drive, Earthbound and Down, Maymon and Dark Reaches comes the third book in the Dillon the Monster Dick series.

The trade paperback version of Altered Gate is available now in North America and worldwide in ebook formats.

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading the series, click the images to catch up:

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New Release: Archsage by Jesse McMinn

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the final book in Jesse McMinn‘s fantasy series, Tower, titled Archsage. “We have followed Jesse’s writing career since his first novel, Loria,” said IFWG General Manager Gerry Huntman, “and his writing just gets better and better. We are proud of Jesse’s body of work and we know all lovers of fantasy, high fantasy, and portal-based fantasy, will lover it.”

Archsage is now available from all good US and Canadian bookstores, online and bricks and mortar, and also available worldwide on Kindle. It is distributed by IPG.

For those who have had the misfortune of missing the first two books, they, too are available as above. Just click the covers:

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