Animaritime, a Fredericton-based Anime and Game convention welcomed Larry Gent, author of the award-winner sci-fi private investigator series Never Been To Mars to be a part of its amazing a kinetic atmosphere at the Fredericton Convention Center!
Animaritime 2015 encompasses a large number of events and demonstrations including a masquerade, karaoke, video games, board games, vendor room, artists’ alley; as well as AMV contests, art contests, and fanfiction contests. If that isn’t enough to get you excited about Animaritime 2015, they also have special guests of honor from the anime and gaming industries excited about joining us this year in addition to the constantly entertaining Larry Gent.
As a family-friendly event, Animaritime draws people of all ages. The average age of people attending Animaritime is 14-27 years old, but they see covention-goers from the ages of 2 to 102.
In honor of the event, Engen Books has made Never Been to Mars available for free on Kindle until June 30, 2015. Any fans meeting Gent for the first time at the con but who, for whatever reason, were unable to purchase his book (the most common reason for this being that they tend to sell out fairly quickly) can get it online for FREE! People picking up the book, either in print or its digital format, are encouraged to rate and share their feelings about it on GoodReads!
As of the publication of this article, Animaritime still has 2 days left! If you’re in the Fredericton area, stop in and say hello!
Smoke and Mirrors, the third novel in Matthew LeDrew’s Black Womb series is finally getting its international release, and with it comes one of the last of the updated covers, pictured left.
Originally published in 2009, Smoke and Mirrors tells the story of the trial of Adam Genblade, which brings closure to the men and women of Coral Beach… until people start showing up dead in the same manor they did when he was at large. Now his victims are forced to keep him alive in order to get their answers… or accept that it may not have been him to begin with.
The re-release of Engen titles produced under Calgary-based printer Blitzprint after the move to Lightning Source began in 2011, with the re-release of Ellen Curtis’s first collection of short fiction, Compendium. As of that time only Transformations in Pain, Smoke and Mirrors, Roulette, and Ghosts of the Past lacked mass-market paperback editions. Since then Transformation in Pain and Ghosts of the Past have been added, the latter at this year’s Sci-Fi on the Rock 9, leaving only the middle two remaining.
“The Kindle-editions really made getting the international editions a priority,” said Black Womb author Matthew LeDrew. “We’re about to expand into being able to reach a whole new audience, and we didn’t want there to be a big hole in the middle of the series narrative that was unavailable to them. That would have been marketing suicide.”
LeDrew went on to state that the international editions of Smoke and Mirrors and Roulette should have been released much sooner, but that the updates on them kept being pushed back in favor of producing new material.
The new cover to Roulette will be revealed soon, and international editions of both titles (and all active Engen titles) will be available internationally and on Kindle before the end of 2015.
Okay, this is weird. We do weird things here at Engen Books: sometimes if our fans do cool things, we’ll post it up here. Highlights have included “Block Womb,” and “Balloon Womb.” And every so often someone will post a review of our books on GoodReads, and we love GoodReads. GoodReads gives us just instant access to what we’re doing right and what people think about our books: as well as the books of our rivals, which is also nice ;).
But this week, a reader named Kelly who picked up the Black Womb series at Sci-Fi on the Rock 9 reviewed each of the books in kind, which we’ve (possibly strangely) decided to repost here as “The Black Womb Series: the Kelly edit.”
“Very interesting. All joking aside, it was a really enjoyable book to get into and I honestly couldn’t put the book down until I finished it. Matthew has a way of drawing you in and keeping you engaged to the point where you don’t realize how long you’ve been reading until the book is finished.”
“Had to deal with a lot of strong emotions while reading this book. Matthew really knows how to create not only villains that you hate with a passion but also main characters that you feel so much for their plight that you can’t help but envision them as real people. Was thinking about this book and all the things that occurred in it for quite some time after I finished reading it.
Enjoyed it from beginning to end, well besides the burning hatred I felt for the bad guys.”
“The trial of Genblade. This book was a roller coaster of a story with plenty of twists and turns that keep you wondering how things are going to change and surprise you next. With fresh murders to keep you guessing who’s the cause of it all and the high emotions of the trial, it’s the kind of book that keeps you on the edge and makes you wonder if you actually know what’s going on, or if you’re falling prey to the tricks of a psychopath.”
“Things take quite the interesting turn here. Despite terrible things happening, for once a lot of it seems to be in the background and hint at things to come later rather then throwing the main characters for a loop time and time again. You get a better feeling for the people who have been struggling all this time and a new appreciation for the strength that some of them possess. It has a feel as though it’s the calm before the storm. ”
“Like how Matthew says in the From the Author section, this book goes to such an incredibly dark place. This is the storm that was hinted at coming in the last book and it doesn’t disappoint. It is not a long book, but the timeline that is given keeps you turning pages and devouring the story to try and figure out how things end up the way they do before you get to the ending that is briefly viewed at the beginning of the book. Parts of it make you want to weep for the loss of innocence, but then there is at least one major part that keeps you crying out for blood as the climax reaches an amazing high. I feel it leaves you with a need to find out how things go from here and I have to admit I was left with tons of questions that require reading on in the series to find the answers for.”
“In a way this book encompasses a lot of things I was expecting, but then introduces more elements that I had no idea were on their way. Xander goes on to enjoy what he has and then ruins it for himself, that was expected, but then what I wasn’t expecting was for other things to work out so smoothly. I don’t want to go into detail as it is the kind of thing that is more fun to read for oneself rather then hear it from someone else.
Really interested in seeing what happens with the new element that was added and honestly curious as to how it fits into the overall story. Also, the very end of the book hinted that I may be right in a few assumptions I had, but still didn’t give enough to confirm anything. Can’t help but continue with the series now that I’m well and truly hooked. Over halfway through and still unable to put the books down.”
“Finally some answers to questions that have been bugging me for a couple books now. Though for how pleased I am to have been proven right in some of the assumptions I had, how this book plays out made me incredibly sad. It was painful to see what happens to some people who honestly do not deserve it, but then in a way this ending was coming for a while now and it cuts into Xander far more then someone just reading his story.
I feel for the characters here so much that I actually found myself tearing up as I finished the last page. This book has a lot of powerful emotions tied into it, so be careful how much of your heart you put into all the present characters as you read on in the Black Womb series.”
“Even though I’ve been spacing my reading out so as to read one novel a week, after the last book in this series I couldn’t help but keep going right away. Matthew signed this book for me and wrote “And here Black Womb gets even weirder” and when I first read that I did not realize how true a statement it was. The universe of Black Womb has given hints that there is a lot more to it then just the events happening to the main characters and this book dives into that. It begs the question of how do you deal with danger when it is not the usual story of people having chosen to kill and commit crimes without caring how they hurt people, but rather something outside of humanity?
Then there’s Xander. Someone who wants to be a hero but keeps losing that which he cares about the most the more he tries to do the right thing. Watching Xander struggle with loss in the form of addressing someone who is no longer around is an interesting take on his character and in a few cases made me smile through the sadness I felt after the last book.”
“This book was a trip. Trying to figure out exactly what is happening and who is behind it all before anything could be revealed by the end of the book was difficult and I found myself surprised by the truth regardless. Although this book did make me start to consider that perhaps Mike could easily make a main character in his own way. Mind you he seems like he would fit better into a detective novel rather then a horror one.
In any case I’m not going to say too much about this one as I feel I would risk ruining it for anyone who wants to work on figuring things out for themselves as they read it.”
“At last everything draws to a close. This novel contains more then any other book in this series and ends in a way that may seem disappointing to some, but I couldn’t help but love how appropriate it is. Flowing from one event to the next, it keeps you tense as you try to find the hints of what is about to happen before it can surprise you. I found myself on the edge of my seat and unable to put the book down as I devoured the story.
In a way I don’t feel as though anything I could say about Chains would do it justice. So I will leave it at this: If you’ve enjoyed the story thus far then this book will bring you a lot of enjoyment as you draw closer to the end of Black Womb.”
One of the most enigmatic and divisive characters in the current Engen- Universe roster is Leigh Draco, otherwise known as Blackheart. One very important reason for this is her status as one of the only characters to legitimately be a mainstay of both of the longest-running Engen- Universe series: Black Womb and Infinity.
Publication schedule-wise, Blackheart first appeared in 2009’s Roulette: but this doesn’t mark her first chronological appearance. As seen in the 2012 short story Revving Engen by Matthew LeDrew, the titles Black Womb and Infinity occur at roughly the same time, meaning that while the murders that would mark Coral Beach were taking place, the young thief known as Leigh Blackheart was meeting Theo Flaherty on the streets of Los Angeles.
There is always a feeling that flows through me before I start a new project. It’s part wonder and excitement, it’s part me fleeing from the daunting task that stood before me and its part relief know that I’ll finally get to introduce someone, someone I know deeply and very personally, to this world.
I’d like to introduce — oh wait, it’s not that easy.
Each author has its own approach, apparently we are each very different people, and so with that in mind I can only speak to my own approach. So keep that in mind as you read forth.
Before I can introduce a character to the world I have to get to know them first. I have to figure out what they believe and how they react to X or Y. I have to know what they do in the audience of others and what they do when they’re alone. I have to know them better then I know myself.
God, does this sound a pretentious as it does to me? My guess is yes.
So after hours, or in some case days (in others frantic minutes), and several inspirational trips to the washroom (don’t ask) I have the answers to all these questions. What happens then? Well then I need the flow.
Okay, I’m about to sound pretentious again.
Everybody has a flow about them. Flow is a weird word but I can’t find another one that better suits the need. What other word can describe the combination of how a man walks, how he talks, how he moves and how he vibes with the universe. I’m going with flow.
So how do I find the flow of a character? I use music.
I use music for a crap load of writing. When I want to write a certain character I need to get into his mindset, I need to feel what he’s feeling. I do that by music. A happy song has the power to energize me, a sad one to turn my mood foul and a raunchy song will…..well you see where I am going with this.
Sex. I was talking about sex.
I also use it to get the flow of a character. I use it to feel how a character will react, to feel how a character will gamble, fight and screw (sometimes all at once.). I use it to feel how that character lives. I listen to the music and I feel. I feel that character. Man, what’s with all the feeling. What am I, a woman?
And yes — I do a sing along. And no — you do not want to here it.
So without further ado, I cannot wait to introduce you (you being — everybody) to Captain Eli Daas. And now, her flow.
This post was originally posted on October 31, 2014 on the 42webs blog, please click to visit 42webs to see more great posts. :)
Nerdcon 2014 was my first time ever having a solo booth. An author booth dedicated solely to moi, Larry Gent. It was a new experience and it was a blast! I met lots of new people, had a great time talking to them, sold some book and hopefully made some new fans. So this year I’m excited to return.
This year, on top of having my own booth in which I will be selling my book Never Been to Mars, I will be participating in Geeks Versus Nerds as well as hosting my own panel entitled Fanfiction to Novel.
Fanfiction to Novel:
How to move from fun to professional: Fanfiction is a great starting tool for many writers but how do you take the next step and move into professional writing? What skills do you bring with you and what habits do you leave behind?
No writing is wasted writing and we help show you how you can put all those years of writing experience you have and step up to the next level.
In 2014 I had a great time. I learned many things about myself there, none more surprising then the fact that I WAS WORTHY. Who saw that coming? No me, that’s for damn sure.
“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”
How has my life changed since picking up the mystical hammer? In several ways. Morning traffic is easier when I can fly, my hydro bills are cheaper when I can summon electricity and ever since gaining the sexual charisma of Chris Hemsworth my movie career has skyrocketed.
AND I OWE IT ALL TO NERDCON.
Also I got a shout out from a galactic hero. I got Sheppard to say that my booth was his favourite!!
AND I OWE IT ALL TO NERDCON.
So if that was last year, I really wonder what this year will bring! Join me and find out! SEE YOU THERE!!
Welcome to Reality Check-In, in which the lovely and talented Dr. Heidi Paulin dismisses the medical plot-holes created by common writing tropes in movies, books, and television that have affected various levels of the Engen Universe!
This episode’s question: In “Becoming,” a character gets a sword slashed through half of their neck. Can you tell us the plausible health benefits to having a sword sliced half way through ones neck? And also any health risks, should they be possible.
Well now, that would depend on what part of the neck has been sliced! Is it the front (anterior), the rear (posterior) or lateral neck? Ah the lovely lateral neck? Well, a superficial slice may only give you a rad scar, and then you can walk around like a badass. A bit deeper, and you’ll injure or sever the sternocleidomastoid muscle, which allows you to flex your neck and turn your head to the opposite site. An injury to this, of course, gives you a valid medical excuse to avoid turning your head to check your blindspot while driving. Thus, you’re free to drive with abandon!
But you asked about a sword halfway through the neck. Well, a cut that deep and you’ll nick or sever the jugular vein and carotid artery. In the brief time before you bleed out (assuming no medical assistance is available), you can wow onlookers and imitate Jackson Pollack with your spurting blood (a better effect is achieved with only a nick of the carotid. Severing reduces the pressure of the blood spray). If you’re really talented you can maneuver you neck to aim your blood spray at the eyes of your attacker. An injury to the lateral neck will avoid the trachea and larynx, leaving you ability to scream intact (at least theoretically!). Now, some might argue these aren’t really health benefits, but that’s about the most positive spin I can put on such an incident.