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.

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.

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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.

New Release: Port Buxaca by Warren Goodwin

We have waited 2 years for the sequel to Buxacan Spicerunner, and now we have the final instalment of the great pirate fantasy adventure series. And Warren Goodwin delivers in spades with Port Buxaca. Thanks to Jeffery E Doherty for a great scene from the book depicted on the front cover, matching marvellously the first title.

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Sako Pizi has been very busy. He’s fought off or eluded every warship he’s encountered, and taken or looted every cargo runner he’s seen. He took a company slaverunner from Chains and Clavvish Enterprises, and neither crew nor cargo have been seen since. He looted the Northern Trading Company’s colony of Stafa and burned it to the ground. He held Sevulian Lord Arvin’s children for ransom, and did the same to Falero, the nephew of the  Jono Queen. He’s currently sailing in an Alarfaji vessel, and he killed one of their princes to get it.

The authorities in Sevulia and the Republic of Agresia want to see him hang. The Tayan Navy wants his head.  A noble in Jonos wants to remove another part of his anatomy. And the Alarfaji are on the way south, looking for answers concerning their prince.

A cautious sailor of enterprise might just sail for parts unknown to wait for the heat to die down. But Sako has never been cautious…

Port Buxaca is now available through all good online print stores (for example, Amazon), including great deals through the publisher. Ebooks will be available soon.