Call for Scary submissions!

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!

As Fierce as Steel by Christopher Walsh | Other Indie

An imaginative and eclectic mix of , JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin and… Baz Luhrmann???

I’ll admit I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up my digital copy of As Fierce as Steel by first-time author Christopher P. Walsh. I knew it was a fantasy genre from Walsh’s stellar campaigning over the last year, and I saw with a quick flip through the pages that the chapter breaks were similar in style to RR Martin (in that, each chapter switches the point-of-view and the character-in-questions name is the default ‘chapter title’). I read all five of the A Song of Ice and Fire books this past year so that slight visual cue alone gave me what I thought was a reasonable expectation of what lay within. Continue reading As Fierce as Steel by Christopher Walsh | Other Indie

Fantasy from the Rock launch party next week!

promo_cover7_webSo apparently Sci-Fi on the Rock 11 and the Fantasy from the Rock launch party at A.C. Hunter Library (Arts and Culture Building) is only a week away? Time flies! Plans have been in place for months but a year’s worth of planning is really starting to take shape now.  It’s going to be a great night on its own, and a great way to kick-off a great weekend celebrating the fantasy genre and writing in Newfoundland. 🙂

Join us in the Community Room at the A.C. Hunter Library to help celebrate the launch of Engen Book’s latest anthology. Fantasy from the Rock features 21 magical stories written by 18 spellbinding authors.

The event will feature selected readings from the collection and presentations by contributors, followed by a book signing, meet and greet, photo opportunities (with Blueberry, the fairy!).

Entrance to the book launch is free, and copies of Fantasy from the Rock will be on hand for $20.Join the event on Facebook here for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/595011487364644/?active_tab=about

Writing Rituals, or the lack thereof…

Here’s a great article from The Silence Between Moons and A Troll By Any Other Name… author Peter J. Foote about writing and writing rituals. 🙂 Check out his new blog for more! 🙂

Peter J. Foote

I just read a very interesting article (many thanks sherrydramsey.com) about writing rituals and how they can affect writers both amateur and professional, and that got me to thinking: “Do I have any?”

The article pointed out three main points: environment, time, and behavior. I think I see my problem…

Environment: I “try” to write at two different locations, home and work. At home, I set up my laptop at the kitchen table, and after I make a nest for my cat on the chair beside me, I can usually get a bit of writing done. But I can’t leave my laptop there, and the act of moving it really disrupts my mental processes. My RL job is shift work, so on nights I can usually type away, though my brain isn’t always at its best. I have gotten a lot of story ideas while on sleep deprived night…

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Meet Your Fantasy from the Rock team: Melanie Collins

promo_cover7_webWe spent most of January announcing our Fantasy from the Rock all-star lineup, but without actually reading the stories (and you can’t, not until April 27th!) it’s hard to get to know the authors that are helping make up this epic collection. With that in mind, here’s a little bit about Melanie Collins, who first penned for Sci-Fi from the Rock and has proven herself a formidable force in the indie short fiction scene.  She returns this year with her short story: A Letter to the Seekers.

Melanie Collins is an award-winning author. The award she won wasn’t for writing. That doesn’t make the statement any less true. She was born eons ago in the city of St. John’s, Newfoundland, on a late-July day in the way-back year of 1987. An animal lover and guilt-laden product of a Christian upbringing, her non-writing time is filled with her work as an Animal Groomer and volunteering as a member of the Board of Directors with the non-profit organization Sandbox Gaming. Wishing there were more hours in the day for writing, Melanie likes to sit down and hammer out short stories with the help of brute force and stubbornness. Her favourite food is cheese. Every cheese. Continue reading Meet Your Fantasy from the Rock team: Melanie Collins

Meet your Fantasy from the Rock team: Peter J. Foote

promo_cover7_webWe spent most of January announcing our Fantasy from the Rock all-star lineup, but without actually reading the stories (and you can’t, not until April 27th!) it’s hard to get to know the authors that are helping make up this epic collection. With that in mind, here’s our interview with Peter J Foote, owner of FictionFirst Bookstore and the author of The Silence Between Moons and A Troll By Any Other Name!

1. What is your favorite word?
Peter: Tremendous. Store clerks never know if you’re sincere or sarcastic when they ask you “How are you doing today?”

2. What is your least favorite word?
Peter: Very. It’s a lazy word. Continue reading Meet your Fantasy from the Rock team: Peter J. Foote

April Fools | George RR & JRR team up for Fantasy from the Rock

We made the bulk of our Fantasy from the Rock announcements back in January, announcing veteran fantasy scribes like Christopher Walsh and Heather Reilly as part of the team, but we kept our largest announcement until the month-of-release!

Engen Books is proud to announce that it has worked out a deal with the estate of JRR Tolkien to bring one of his famed “Unfinished Tales” to life in this new volume that celebrates the fantasy genre. Even better, the tale has received a posthumous conclusion supplied by epic fantasy author George RR Martin!

“We’re so excited,” says Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “To be working with George is incredible, and to bring one of the Unfinished Tales to life is the fantasy holy grail.”

When pressed for plot details, RR Martin said that: “All the characters you loved in The Lord of the Rings die. The hobbits are revealed to be a race whose slight stature have arisen from generational incest spanning multiple families beginning with the royal Brandybuch twins. The entire race is wiped out when a pie is poisoned and all the hobbits eat it anyway, and I spend thirty-two pages describing one meal.”

When asked what drew him to the project and Engen Books, Martin said: “It was either this or finish my sixth novel, and we both know that’s not happening.”

The short, titled “Curse of the Double R,” will feature in Fantasy from the Rock, released April 27 2017.

Meet your Fantasy from the Rock team: Matthew Daniels

promo_cover7_webWe spent most of January announcing our Fantasy from the Rock all-star lineup, but without actually reading the stories (and you can’t, not until April 27th!) it’s hard to get to know the authors that are helping make up this epic collection. With that in mind, here’s a little bit about Matthew Daniels, who first penned for Sci-Fi from the Rock and has proven himself a formidable force in the indie short fiction scene.  He returns this year with his short story: Living and Learning…

1. What is your favorite word?
Matthew:
Defenestrate. I love the fact that there’s a word for throwing someone/ something out of a window.

2. What is your least favorite word?
Matthew:
All of that hogwash like “on fleek” and “fam.” Continue reading Meet your Fantasy from the Rock team: Matthew Daniels