English – the confusing language
Take the word ‘lead’ as an example of major confusion in my native language. 
In one form, lead is the name given to a heavy bluish soft ductile metal. But in numerous other forms it has a completely different meaning. Here are just a few for you to consider:
To lead – the act of leading someone or an animal, or, and here comes yet another confusion, he ‘led’ them – lead minus the ‘a’. 
Then you have ‘to lead someone on’, in other words to take advantage, to deceive.  
Next comes ‘lead to’, a route or a means of access to a particular place. 
How about ‘lead someone to’, the act of motivating someone into an action or belief.
Or finally how about ‘to lead off’, to be in charge of, or to begin a report.
Is it any wonder that non English speakers have so much trouble with our hybrid language?
And as for the other versions of the English language across the world and their own local ways of spelling and colloquial meanings, don’t even go there…

Knorrasky: The Deception by R.A. Knowlton

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Price: $2.99 – $4.00

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing
Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble (Nook)

KnorraSky the Deception, is an exciting story of courage and heartbreak amidst a medieval setting. The opening pages describe a confident king, Noman, who leads his people without hesitation. Soon things changes when during an epic battle a Deception occurs and Noman is forced to confront his worst fears. KnorraSky the Deception covers 3000 miles and five years as King Noman tries desperately to regain what he has lost.

KnorraSky The Deception Special addition has more to offer. In this special edition published exclusively on Kindle you will also see character artwork by Author R.A. Knowlton.

What they’re saying about it:

“This is an enjoyable story that has it all. Action, romance, humor, twists and turns and struggles between good and evil. Full of emotion, strong and well-developed characters and well researched details like sword and knife making. A great start to the series.”–Amazon Reviewer

“I’m impressed. This book kept my attention! I put the book down, to sleep or work and found myself wondering what was going to happen next and how the current situations (several are going on throughout) could possibly work out. I can’t wait for the next in this series. The new creations were a fantasy dream! Keep them coming! This is a 5 STAR, hands down!”–Amazon Reviewer

Circle of Seven by MF Burbaugh

Type: Novella

Genre: Science Fantasy

Price: $2.99 US

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing
Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble (Nook)

After being kidnapped by pirates, a young earth girl, Myra, finds herself on a strange planet full of magic, hate, and ancient prophesies. Befriended by a Dwarf Princess, she struggles to understand her environment or die.

War looms on the horizon as Elves, Dwarfs, Dragons, and others face the reality of an ancient judgment to come.

This is the story of pirates, death, war, magic, and ancient prophesies.

Myra may hold the key to their planet’s destiny in her tiny hands as she struggles to fulfill the ancient writings and stay alive.

What they’re saying about it:

“Imagine Tolkien’s characters in space and you have the basis for M.F Burbaugh’s novella.”–Amazon Reviewer

“I was privileged to read this before publication. This is truly a fun, fun, fun novel/novella. It has everything, and it has a unique take on the stereotype fantasy creatures we are all used to, and exposed frequently to.

It is a short novel – around 47k, but it moves fluidly and full of action, intrigue and wonder.

I heartily recommend this wonder to you.”–Amazon Reviewer

SQ Magazine Edition 1 by various artists (IFWG Publishing)

Type: Magazine

Genre: Multiple genres

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing
Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK

Short stories including the winning story and finalists from the annual Story Quest contest.

SQ Magazine gathers together the work of new and established writers to the reading public. Through short fiction, essays, articles and illustration, we want to showcase writers from among IFWG Publishing’s ranks of authors, visiting talent, and the winner and finalists in our Story Quest annual competition. While leaning toward speculative fiction, this edition is not confined by genre, or intended age-groups. Our objective is to delight the reader, and encourage growth for all authors. 54 print page equivalent of short stories and articles. In this issue. Story Quest Contest Winner and Finalists. An interview with Jack Eason Writing Spec/Fic Parts one and 2 And much more!

What they’re saying about it:

“I read this a while back and I can say that all the stories in this magazine are of top quality. It has a large collection of speculative fiction (dystopian scifi – several, classic and non-classic fantasy, and even a great historical fantasy), but it also has a few left-fielders – including a very humorous story about a dog. All in all I would recommend this to readers, particularly specfic readers.”–Amazon Reviewer

Arn – The Knight Templar
An excellent film with a stellar cast including Stellan Skarsgard, Simon Callow, Bibi Andersson and Joakim Nätterqvist in the starring role as Arn Magnusson.
 Arn – Knight Templar Is a tale of abiding love, set in a time of religious intolerance, deep hatred and bloody holy war.
 Arn is driven away in punishment from all he knows to join the ranks of the Knights Templar during the crusades after making many enemies by humiliating and defeating the King’s champion in a fight to preserve family honour and by falling in love with the defeated man’s daughter.
This is the type and quality of film that Hollywood sadly seems incapable of making today. Thank goodness that countries other than the US have the foresight to produce new films, not merely remakes…
My rating – five stars

Guardian of the Sky Realms by Gerry Huntman


Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fantasy

Price: $5.00

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing
Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble

Maree Webster is an ‘almost-emo’ from the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. She hates school and only has a few friends. She has an infatuation with Angels and Fallen Angel stories. Life was boring until she one day decided to steal a famous painting of angels from a small art gallery.

Her life will never be boring again. She meets a stranger at the gallery who seems to know her. She stumbles into a world where cities float in the sky, and daemons roam the barren, magma-spewing crags of the land below.

But not all is well. Maree is turning into something she loves but at the same time, fears. Most fearful of all is the prospect of losing her identity, what makes her Maree, and more importantly, human. She has ties to the human world that she can’t bear to sever.

Guardian of the Sky Realms takes the reader on a journey through exotic fantasy lands, but also across the globe, from Sydney to Paris, and the Himalayas to Manhattan.

It is about transformation.

What they’re saying about it:
“I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Gerry Huntman’s YA novel “Guardian of the Sky Realms” earlier this month. Gerry is not only my good friend but also my editor at IFWG Publishing. Despite the fact that fantasy is not normally my preferred reading, with the exception of J.R.R Tolkien’s timeless tales, I loved reading this wonderfully crafted tale. Well done my friend and congratulations. Sky Realms has been a long time coming.”–Amazon Reviewer

“This is an excellent story that starts out with a revelation and becomes an adventure. The action and turns never let up.

I enjoyed Maree’s gradual discovery and acceptance of who she is. It was very well done and believable, despite the fantastic circumstances. I enjoyed the intermixing of the two worlds. It gave it a ‘real’ grounding that was important.
The world of the Sky Realms is rich and vividly drawn, and beautifully described. My favourite character was, surprisingly enough, Darius.

An enjoyable tale that was easy to read. Highly recommended.”–Amazon Reviewer

Onet’s Tale by Jack Eason
Genre: Science Fiction

Price: $4.00

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing
Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble

Onet’s Tale is a classic tale of good versus evil, but it is interspersed with unexpected and challenging twists. It is an epic science fiction, spanning eons. It is mythic in scope and theme.

Onet is an ancient being whose sole purpose is to trap and remove the evil he awaits. He is the story teller.

Onet’s tale takes us across the cosmos as our heroes, transformed into magnificent berserker warriors, are caught up in an ancient intergalactic power struggle between the Alliance of Planets, led by a consortium of Human and Nephile nations, and their arch enemy, the Drana Empire, who use Onet’s own kind – the Khaz – to carry out their spying, and expedite their evil intent across countless worlds.

Just when Onet finally believes he has captured his evil foe, the story changes yet again for the worse…

What they’re saying about it:

“…bravo Jack Eason, for penning an ambitious and provocative science fiction epic.” – Paul Goat Allen, reviewer-bloggist for Barnes and Noble.

“Imagine slaving in a mine on a distant planet, where each swing of your pick throws poisonous dust into the air that will kill you in a few months time from breathing it. This is where “Onet’s Tale” opens, but it doesn’t stay there long. This epic sci-fi tale from Jack Eason includes a large cast of characters from various planets, including the human/nephile Akhen and Khan, who is a Drana. Once enemies, the two band together to escape the mine and start a rebellion that eventually leads to a war that spans years and galaxies.

The story itself is narrated by Onet, who happens to be a Khaz. Think little gray alien guy that might land in Area 51. Except Onet is albino and has red eyes. He’s watching all this unfold, waiting for his chance to stop the evil that his own kind started, which spread through a goddess-type being called Shu, and continued through her horrible creations of berserker warriors.

Murder, war, and mayhem reign throughout this book, while the main characters try very hard to live normal lives. Their efforts are always ripped out from under them, and I sympathized with the tortuous events they lived through. On the other hand, I kept wishing for more character depth. I’m really partial to character-driven novels, and this one seems mostly plot-driven. For me, I would have liked to have been inside the characters’ heads more, really feeling what they feel.

If you like sci-fi packed with battles, futuristic weapons and modes of transport, you’ll like “Onet’s Tale”.”–Amazon Reviewer

Skyline – the movie. And they have the nerve to call this gripping Science Fiction?
A reality check for all the superficially shallow among us, this is another pathetic Hollywood remake of an old story, this time bearing a blindingly obvious comparison to H.G. Wells “War of the Worlds”.
Starring nonentity actors drawn from the detritus of the Hollywood pool of available (in this case desperate to be employed) actors, with weak acting and an even weaker storyline, Skyline’s slow start seemingly going nowhere, hardly inspires the mind.
Thank god the aliens arrived to rid the world of these mindless idiots, by harvesting humans for body parts. The trouble is they take ordinary law abiding, hard working and clean living people to!!! Now if only they would appear to rid us of the idiots who conceived Skyline in Hollywood….
While the faces of the actors are vaguely familiar, I can fully understand why no well known actors wanted to be associated with this D grade movie.
The movies only redeeming feature is the CGI effects employed, especially the alien craft as they first appear, and later, the aliens themselves. The rest of the effects are hardly top draw.
I begrudgingly give this movie two stars, both of them for the CGI aliens.
Thank God H.G. Wells is dead. Were he alive today, the Hollywood based film-makers responsible for Skyline would have a major lawsuit to contend with…

The Seventh Age
The Mayan clock stopped predicting events beyond 2012. Why did it not continue beyond that date?
Rebel archaeologist Nick Palmer experiences an almost unnoticed event at Stonehenge during the summer solstice celebration he attends along with hundreds of others, that worries him greatly. 
He is made aware through a blog, of a sinister organization known as the ‘Order’, that are seemingly bent on preventing his every move to discover the reason behind the worrying event. 
During his voyage of discovery, Nick is tracked across the world by an enigmatic entity that has been trapped here on Earth for over twenty-five thousand years, awaiting the discovery of the event by what she refers to as a ‘surface-occupier’.
Together with her and the few people Nick trusts implicitly, they set out to prevent the alarmingly inevitable catastrophic conclusion that will affect not only the Earth, but the whole Solar System’s very existence.
Jack’s latest science fiction novel is a tale told in the present day. 
Beside its topical theme concerning the dire events in 2012 predicted by the Mayan clock, it is also a story full of mystery and adventure in which the unrequited love story of a human and an alien female gradually unfolds.
Want to know more? Then you will have to wait to read the new science fiction mystery “The Seventh Age” by Jack Eason, next year, in 2012, published by IFWG Publishing.