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Monday, 15 July 2013

5-Star Review of Louis K. Lowy's Die Laughing

The following paragraphs are taken from a great review of Louis K Lowy's Die Laughing by Bex'n'Books.

Die Laughing is a dark comedy sci-fi story set in Las Vegas in 50s America and centres around a stand up comedian called Sam. E Lakeside. Sam has just got the break he's been waiting for, a chance to leave the seedy bars and comedy clubs behind for a booking on the Steve Allen Show. Finally, he's going make it big; that is until a mobster puts a contract out on him for messing with his girlfriend. Just as Sam is digging his own shallow grave in the Nevada desert with a gun aimed at him, the unimaginable happens. Sam, and the would be assassin, Francis, and his tough sexy girlfriend, Cricket, are all abducted by aliens...
Die Laughing is not normally the type of story I go for, but I'm so glad I did. The plot is very well written as are the characters. Each of them very individual and each with their own inner demons. The story moves at a fast pace and has many jokes and quips peppered all the way through it. There are many references to 50s American TV some of which I wasn't familiar with, but that aside, this was a very enjoyable book with underlying messages scattered throughout. Its not often that I comment on book covers, but this one is brilliant! Bright, eye catching and retro, it demands attention; it's one you cannot ignore.
I would definitely recommend Die Laughing; it's fresh and different and a fantastic change to my normal reading list. I was pleasantly surprised with it, and I look forward to reading more from Mr Lowy. I give Die Laughing 5 fantastic Bexstars! A job well done.

The eBook can be bought via our consolidated list of available ebook formats

The print version can be bought  via Amazon or Barnes and Noble (or many other online book stores).

Monday, 8 July 2013

Letter From The Editor (taken from the July 2013 Newsletter)

Another short and sweet editorial for this month, readers.

IFWG Publishing is pleased to announce, with effect immediately, the creation of an Australian imprint of IFWG Publishing. This doesn't really change much on the surface, for readers and authors, but there are a lot of good things that come out of this.

The reasons why we are doing this, and the benefits, can be outlined below:

  1. For non-US authors, sending shipments of books from the US to the country of destination places a large amount of overhead on the author and publisher (in terms of time and money). This new arrangement has printing and distribution centered in Australia for Australian books, but with the flexibility of printing and distributing overseas (same infrastructure company is used - Ingram/Lightning Source).
  2. A sizeable portion of our authors are Australian, and the majority of works are Australian in content. We really need to capture the local market as a priority, and see later if we want to 'internationalise' it. This means we want Australian printed books written in Australian English, for Australian audiences. This makes a lot of sense to us.
So in the coming months, we will carry out the following, in rough order of priority:

  • Publish Kings of Under-Castle in the Australian imprint, instead of the International (and convert to Australian English). The ebook is already published, but an Australian English version will also be published.
  • Publish Paper Magic in the Australian Imprint, instead of the International.
  • Publish the third Brumbies novel in the Australian imprint.
  • Adjust printer and distribution locations for the first two Brumbies books.
  • Re-publish A Magpie Called Will in Australian English in the Australian Imprint.
  • Publish Sealskin Coast in the Australian Imprint.
  • Publish The Adventures of Teddy and Karl in the Australian Imprint.
No doubt there will be more, but this is plenty of work for our new imprint.

Gerry Huntman
Chief Editor
IFWG Publishing