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.

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

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IFWG is very pleased to announce Louis K Lowy‘s upcoming novel, The Second Life of Eddie Coyne. “Louis is a prolific, skilled and talented writer,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and this is his fourth novel with our publishing house. He is also a versatile writer, covering two sub-genres of Science Fiction (Die Laughing and To Dream), a wonderful uplifting literary piece (Pedal), and now an insightful, dark contemporary/urban fantasy.”

Cover art by Catherine Archer-Wills, design by EL Designs (Elizabeth Lang).

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.

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The Second Life of Eddie Coyne will first be published in paperback and ebook format forms in North America in May 27. Stay tuned for details.

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: 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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Limited Time Offer: Special Price for Numen Yeye Trilogy (US readers only)

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For a limited time only, we are selling at a high discount Biola Olatunde’s Numen Yeye trilogy, in celebration of the release of the last of the series, Numen!. This is a series totally unique to speculative fiction, combining contemporary fantasy, spiritualism, and deep insightfulness on Nigerian culture – both traditional and new. It is written with a strong, respectful nod to the English spoken in Nigeria.

Click the cover images to read more about each of the titles.

Click here to purchase the entire series for US$29.95. (US purchasers only)