Photos Taken of Larry Ivkovich’s Launch of Orcus Unchained at Confluence

Larry Ivkovich launched book 3 of his Spirit Winds Quartet, Orcus Unchained, at Confluence Science Fiction Convention in Pittsburgh on August 6 this year. By all reports it was a very successful event.

Cover Reveal: The Hidden City by David Bowles

We know a lot of fans have been waiting for Book 3 of the Garza Twins series by David Bowles, The Hidden City. It will be released in Q2 2018, which may disappoint some, but at the least we can reveal the front cover – yet another fantastic design and artwork by Charlene Bowles.

The Hidden City front-C

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading David’s young teen/middle grade series, click on the earlier book covers to find out more about what it’s all about, and why he won an American Library Association Honor Award for The Smoking Mirror. You way also want to read the first chapter (previously posted). Continue reading

New Release: Orcus Unchained by Larry Ivkovich

Larry Ivkovich has been an author in IFWG’s stable for 6 years, debuting with his urban fantasy novel, The Sixth Precept (Book 1 of the Spirit Winds Quartet). We absolutely fell in love with his book – it ticked so many boxes, such as having exotic locations (notably Japan), drawing from ancient mythologies, time travel, and introducing a kick-ass female protagonist. Over the years we have published Book 2 of the series, Warriors of the Light, and a special chap-ebook that dovetails wonderfully with the quartet – A Concerned Citizen.

We are very pleased indeed to announce the release of the third book of the Spirit Winds Quartet – Orcus Unchained. We think it’s Larry’s best yet.

 

Orcus Unchained Front Cover

As you can see on the cover, Naples features strongly in this instalment, along with feudal Japan and Pittsburgh – exotic indeed! Thanks to Elizabeth Lang from EL Designs for producing evocative, dark covers throughout the series. Continue reading

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.