After the colossal success of Sci-Fi from the Rock and the sheer amount of amazing submissions we got for Fantasy from the Rock, Engen Books has decided to continue the From The Rock line with Chillers from the Rock, to be available in Spring 2018 at the 12th annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention. Continue reading Call for Scary submissions!
Kenneth Tam’s The Grasslands (Iceberg Publishing, 2008) is the first in the prolific author’s Her Majesty’s New World series. Known more for science fiction (The Defense Command and Equations series), Tam ventures into alternate historical fiction but eventually embraces his comfort zone – and that’s where this phenomenal book stumbles.
The book’s back cover informs us that in 1881, gateways to a new world have been discovered in both the American and British Empire’s sides of the Rocky Mountains. The two have partnered to settle the remarkably – and curiously – Earth-like world.
The story moves forward to 1919 where the renowned Royal Newfoundland Regiment (RNR) are brought out west and given their mission: escort three women into the untamed grasslands of the new world. Sounds easy for such an accomplished outfit, no? Well, unfortunately for Major Thomas ‘Tom’ Waller, Lieutenant James ‘Jimmy’ Devlin and the b’ys, the new world has a dangerous threat: the savages. Continue reading The Grasslands by Kenneth Tam | Other Indie
The next Writer’s Block course we’d like to announce as happening during Avalon Expo is ‘Female Characters in Sci-fi and Fantasy,’ which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday August 26th from 1-1:50PM.
This panel will be essential to anyone looking to make sure they craft strong, reliable, and realistically-portrayed female characters into their genre fiction, a must in today’s market! It can be daunting — for writers of any gender — to get this delicate balance correct, partially because many of the traditions of genre writing are rooted in gender-norms that aren’t always reflective of today’s societies. How does one navigate the challenges of writing for today while respecting the greats that paved the way before you? The author-editor team behind As Fierce as Steel Christopher Walsh (the Gold & Steel Saga) and Erin Vance (editor of the From the Rock series) will help guide you through this path as an author… with a third special guest panelist yet-to-be-announced! Continue reading Female Characters in Sci-fi and Fantasy | The Writer’s Block
The first Writer’s Block course we’d like to announce as happening during Avalon Expo is Fairies, Mermaids, Vampires, and Zombies, OH MY!, which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday August 26th from 4-4:50PM!
This panel will be a fun and informative look at the staples of genre fiction — tried and true literary trends like fairies, mermaids, vampire, and zombies, some of whom have been with us since the oral tradition of storytelling. This panel discussion, aimed at authors, interested parties, and fans of genre stories, will be headed by an all-star cast of authors who have taken these pillars of fantasy and horror and used them in fun, exciting, and innovative ways! The panel will include: Ellen Curtis (editor of Fantasy from the Rock and author of the Infinity series), Charles O’Keefe (the spellbinding author of The Newfoundland Vampire and its sequels), Paul Carberry (author of the Zombies on the Rock series), and Amanda Labonté (author of the mermaid-inspired Call of the Sea series and the Vampire-Werewolf medical drama Supernatural Causes). Continue reading Fairies, Mermaids, Vampires, and Zombies, OH MY! | The Writer’s Block
Well, today’s the start of it all: the Canada 150 tour that will be sweeping the province starting today and ending just before Avalon Expo. It’s going to be a busy month!
First stop is at the Kindale Public Library on July 12th at 5pm for the launch of the Canada 150 Literary Tour NL! Join local authors Carolyn R. Parsons, Janice Godin, Paul Carberry (Zombies on the Rock, Fantasy from the Rock), Darlene Barry, Stewart Payne and John Sheppard for an evening of readings and Q & A. Please note this event is free of charge! From more information, visit the facebook event.
Sixty-Eight poems from native Newfoundlander Linda Blagdon that highlight both the struggles and joys of growing up in Newfoundland. These poems reflect on the nature of family and friends, based on Blagdon’s own experience or stories passed down via the Newfoundland oral tradition.
Ranging from humorous to tragic, and from inspirational to personal, ‘Vacant Chairs’ provides a window into the depth of one woman’s experience of Newfoundland culture, tradition, and faith.
Poetry by Linda Blagdon
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The Governor’s Daughter is a 2017 period detective thriller from newcomer Sambath Meas. It was published by Red Empress Publishing, a full-service publisher that began in early 2017 offering traditional and new services for our authors to help them succeed and stand out in an ever-changing market. This is the first novel in a planned series by Meas, called The Mysteries of Colonial Cambodia.
This book is part Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes and part Jane Austen, and for those who aren’t sure if that’s high praise or not: it is very, very high praise. The book takes the conventions (and the tropes) of the ‘female-lead period-piece’ sub genre and turns it on its head by putting the protagonist, Anjali Chinak, in a traditionally male role (for the time period) as private investigator. Continue reading The Governor’s Daughter by Sambath Meas | Other Indie