Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – Cover Reveal!

SpecFicNZ are delighted to reveal the fabulous cover of our inaugural showcase speculative fiction anthology Te Kōrero Ahi Kā –  To Speak of the Home Fires Burning, designed for us by Hawkes Bay artist, member Evelyn Doyle.

Eve is many things: INTJ. Multipotentialite. Graphic Designer. Reader. Writer. Lover of coffee and parataxis. At base, she’s a biological system that turns coffee into blog posts, stories, and visual designs…when she’s not homeschooling her two boys, or thinking about the philosophical complexities of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She lives in Hawke’s Bay with her husband, two small boys, one canary, and a partridge in a pear tree. | Read More...

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Author Events: E.G. Wilson

E.G. Wilson at the launch of her second book, Expression (Voiceless Duology #2).

It’s been a busy few months. My debut novel Voiceless (publisher: Atthis Arts, USA) launched back in July. The sequel and second half of the duology, Expression, released in October. The paperbacks only arrived the day before the launch — cutting it tight! But we made it. Had a great turn out and some fabulous weather, and sold a fair few books, too.

Among other projects and besides the day job, I’ve started writing a new series. Using Camp NaNo and November NaNoWriMo for extra momentum, I’ve written the drafts of two 100k+ books and a novella since July, and I’m on track to finish the third book by mid-December. I have twelve books minimum planned in the series, so we’ll see where that ends up. I’ve never written this much this fast, it’s amazing. And a bit scary. Mostly amazing. | Read More...

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Book Launches Featured Work Kiwi Writers 

Wise Phuul

Wise Phuul by Daniel Stride

Genre: Steampunk-flavoured Dark Fantasy

Walking corpses and black-market liquor: the quiet life.

Teltö Phuul, Necromancer and Library Clerk, likes his days safe and predictable.  Not for him the intrigues of the Viiminian Empire, a gothic monstrosity held together by sheer force of will.

Until the Empire’s dreaded secret police come knocking. Caught in a web of schemes in the diseased heart of Kuolinako, the underground Imperial capital, Teltö can trust no-one. Not the Northern theocrats who abhor Necromancy, and certainly not the Grand Chancellor, whose iron-fisted rule has kept the old order alive that little bit longer.

When one false step means torture and disappearance, this journey will change our Necromancer forever.

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Book Launches Featured Work In the News 

LIGHT IN MY DARK

TWO BOYS LOVE HER.

TWO WORLDS NEED HER.

ONLY SHE CAN SAVE THEM BOTH.

LIGHT IN MY DARK

by Jean Gilbert & William Dresden

Series: Beyond the Wall book one

Genre: YA Fantasy

Stuck in the mountain town of Glen Eden, Harper Deveraux has longed for an adventure ever since the death of her mother. Even her mother’s journal full of incredible stories of a make-believe world called Non wasn’t enough to placate her restless spirit.

Jack Everett is content with life as it is, except for one thing- his ‘best friend’ status with Harper. With the Moon Dance coming up, it is his chance to make a move and ask her out as a date, a real date, if he can get up the nerve. | Read More...

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Release day for Daughter of Night by Helen Lowe

It’s release day for Helen Lowe’s Daughter Of Blood — not just here  NZ but in the US, UK, and Australia as well — and of course she is celebrating in style with a virtual party on her blog. To join in, just click on

Let’s Welcome Daughter Of Blood

There’ll be more happening soon with interviews, guest posts, including a Reddit Fantasy AMA, a number of interviews around the world and guest features coming up on the week on SF Signal, TOR.com and more. Keep checking Helen’s blog for details! | Read More...

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Book Launches E-books 

Changels Genesis

Probably New Zealand’s largest novel is out now!

Changels Genesis, the 666,212-word, 6-part epic, has been relaunched on Amazon in a 3rd edition after extensive revision. This is accompanied by a stunning new website at changels.info.

Changels Genesis is a detective story with supernatural and science fiction elements aimed at the young adult market. It’s a little bit Artemis Fowl meets the The X-Files, with an action-packed plot and diverse characters.

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New Release: Lost in the Museum

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A new Te Papa anthology of wacky fun from Phoenix Writers, a group that includes many SpecFicNZ members…Get lost in the museum where past, present and future collide. What does Weta’s giant mechanical baby do after hours? Who is altering the time space continuum? Where or when has James gone? And what secrets is Tui Merriweather hiding?

Dive into mayhem at a well-known Wellington waterfront destination. Going to the museum will never be the same again.

Stories are set in Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. | Read More...

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Book launch: Engines of Empathy by Paul Mannering

Until this morning, Charlotte Pudding was almost happy with her life. Apart from her homicidal toaster, dead parents, and general ennui.

Well, maybe not that happy.

Either way, now that she’s on the run from a shadowy corporation, seeking the secrets of her own family history and tolerating the inanities of a retired god, things are looking a bit more interesting.

Paul Mannering and Paper Road Press would like to invite all Wellington-based and Wellington-visiting members of SpecFicNZ to the launch of Engines of Empathy, Paul’s new comic thriller and the first in a new trilogy. | Read More...

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December News Round Up

Member News

Awards

Congratulations to SpecFicNZ members Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts, who have taken out 1st and 3rd place respectively in the 2013 SQ magazine Story Quest Short Story Contest.

new book release

Hope and the Clever Man, the second book in Mike Reeves-McMillan‘s steampunk-fantasy series The Gryphon Clerks, is now available from Amazon. From the blurb:

An act of powerful magic in a moment of rage almost destroys Hope’s magical career before it starts, leaving her even more determined to prove her worth. Her chance comes when she’s assigned to work for the eccentric inventor known as the Clever Man. The magical technology they create together could change the course of a war and help an oppressed people plan their revolution, but wealthy and powerful interests will fight to put it down any way they can. | Read More...

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Free SF e-book from SpecFicNZ Member!

The e-book of Simon Petrie’s recent SF/mystery novella, ‘Flight 404‘, a tale of deep space, detection, and deception, is currently available for free download from the Kindle store.

Described by the Bookonaut as “a serious and compelling tale”, this is a tightly wound piece of semi-hard SF, and well worth your time.

The offer expires on Tuesday 5th of March, at around 9 pm (NZ time), so don’t delay!

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The Royal Wedding From Hell

SpecFicNZ member Richard Barnes is pleased to invite everyone to “The Royal Wedding from Hell”.

Relive the Royal Wedding of Kate and Wills, but this time, with demons, swordfights and car chases. Join Kate, Wills, Harry and Pippa as they take on ancient forces of darkness, hordes of monsters and a plethora of possessed celebrities.

All of the romance, all of the pageantry, all of the flesh hungry beasts of the abyss.
It’s the Royal Wedding from Hell!

And it’s available from Smashwords for all eBook formats (ePub, .mobi etc) for a mere US$1.99. | Read More...

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Cover Reveal!

The bag is OFF, thanks to SpecFicNZ member Cassie Hart and all the other amazing backers who have pledged to Ripley Patton’s Ghost Hand Kickstarter project.

Ripley finally unveiled the amazing cover of her new YA paranormal thriller this morning and you can see it HERE.

Ripley is offering a special of FREE SHIPPING this weekend (August 3-5) to all overseas backers, so be sure to take advantage of that.

The beautiful moody cover of Ghost Hand was designed by Kura Carpenter of Kura Carpenter Design, the same New Zealand-based designer who could do a cover for you for if you win the SpecFicNZ “A Cover’s Worth a Thousand Words” contest. Grand prize is a full cover design package plus $30 US worth of photo purchases for the project. | Read More...

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Free Shipping on Ghost Hand

Thanks to the amazing generosity of my New Zealand Backer base and the offer of free formatting for Ghost Hand to print and e-book form, I find myself able to offer free shipping of Ghost Hand to overseas backers of my Kickstarter Project for a limited time.

So, this weekend (July 27-29) anyone who backs from overseas gets FREE SHIPPING. 

If you have already backed and want to take advantage of this, you can bump your backing to a higher reward level and get FREE SHIPPING for it.

And be sure to spread the word to your overseas friends so we can get that beautiful cover out of the brown bag. | Read More...

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Mansfield with Monsters Launch a Roaring Success

Mansfield with Monsters, the second release from local publisher Steam Press, was launched into the world on Saturday at a festive event at Kapiti Coffee House.

Fuelled by Mansfield Molotovs (Drip-filtered, chilli-infused coffee) and delicious cakes and slices, publisher Stephen Minchin and authors Matt and Debbie Cowens spoke of their appreciation for their silent partner Katherine Mansfield, of the hard work and fun that had gone into the creation of the book, and of the considerable contribution of the academic Marcus Walker to the project. | Read More...

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