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!

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WINNER(s) of the 48 Hour Writing Marathon: Kelley Power & Jon Dobbin!

DJZ3NuwW4AAJaFY.jpg largeThe 48-Hour Writing Marathon, which happened from June 23-25 2017 at the T.H.E. Tutoring Center, was a well-fought competition between peers to see who could get the closest to writing a full novel in 48 Hours of near non-stop authorship! It was difficult: there was little sleep, much junk food, any many distractions. f over twenty participants, only six went on to enter their work to be judged by a panel of three judges in a double-blind process to be crowned the first 48-Hour Writing Marathon Winner!

Via an alternate-vote process, the top two authors were so close in their scores (with a difference of only one point!) that we decided to make them both eligible for the prize! The first place winner was currently-serving WANL Secretary Kelley Power, whose submission (currently titled Milestones) blew the judges away with its intricate character dynamics and atmosphere. The runner-up, Jon Dobbin, penned an amazing (and yet Untitled) epic Western, giving the genre much-needed attention and an update for modern storytellers. We can’t wait to see what both do with their amazing starts! Continue reading WINNER(s) of the 48 Hour Writing Marathon: Kelley Power & Jon Dobbin!

The Good, The Bad and The Zombie # 2

Thanks for tuning into the second edition of The Good, The Bad and The Zombie.

The Good

We are only one week away from Atlanti-Con 6. In just seven days at the Corner Brook Civic center at 5 pm the doors will open. Then the opening ceremonies will take place at 5:30 and that’s just the beginning of a great weekend. It’s going to be a wonderful con so make sure you get out and take part in the fun. We have JG Hertzler and D.C. Douglas attending this year along with fan favorites Fat Apollo and Kevin St. Pierre returning. The vendors room will be bigger and better than ever with more tables to visit. The wide range of fun and exciting panels will offer something for everyone so make sure you take the time to enjoy the ones you want to see. Make sure you bring water with you because it can be a long day and with all those people it tends to get a little warm at any convention, especially if you decide to wear your favorite cosplay. So remember come on down to the Civic Center next Friday for Atlanti-Con. Remember to have fun and respect all those around you. Cosplay does not mean consent. Continue reading The Good, The Bad and The Zombie # 2

The Good, The Bad and The Zombie #1

Hello fellow zombie fans and welcome to my weekly blog about the good, the bad and of course, the zombie. Every Friday I plan to share my thoughts on something good, something bad and something that has come back to life.

The Good

The Con community has grown into something much larger than a science fiction convention. The first Con I attended was Atlanti-Con 2 and the reason I went was to see the guests and to buy some super cool, geeky merchandise. After attending several more of these conventions I still look forward to seeing all the awesome stuff available from all my favorite vendors but that isn’t the reason I go any more. The con weekends are about so much more. For three days it becomes an escape from the hectic work weeks and an escape into a fantastical world where I go to see all my friends that I only get to see during these conventions. It is almost like getting the family together for Christmas. You get to catch up with everyone and learn about what they’ve been up too in the real world. I spend most of my day wandering from table to table talking to everyone, sharing a laugh or learning about what everyone’s been up to since the last convention. So I would like to share my good experience at Avalon Expo 3 with you all just in case you couldn’t make it. Matthew Ledrew’s newest release, Jacobi Street launched this past Friday and I can tell you it could be his darkest work yet. I was lucky enough to read it before it was released (Thanks Matt) and I can still feel  the chill running up my spine. It’s a hard book to put down and I will soon post my full review. I was excited to see a new book on Charles O’Keefe’s table. A collection of short stories called The Chaos Stories: Tales of Magic, Terror, Passion and Blood. I can’t wait to pick up my very own copy. As always Scott Bartlett was hard at work and I am currently reading Supercarrier: The Ixan Prophecies Trilogy Book 1 so stay tuned for my views about his latest military sci fi adventure. Unfortunately Heather Reilly was under the weather so I had to avoid her like the plague but I know shes working on something great so I look forward to Atlanti-Con in two weeks. Starting to freak out because ATLANTIC CON 6 IS IN 2 WEEKS. I absolutely can not wait for my home town convention and, in my biased opinion, the best Con in Atlantic Canada! Continue reading The Good, The Bad and The Zombie #1

Top Ten Movies of All Time | Distractions

It’s my birthday, and so I’m going to let myself do something I rarely do: I’m going to make a purely self-interested post. I don’t typically, in fact the “Distracted” series has waned a bit because I often second-guess myself as to whether or not a post is too self-indulgent, but today on August 19th I’ll let it go. I’m not discussing books or comics or anything close to my medium that could be considered remotely relevant to my position here at Engen Books: these are my top 10 favorite movies of all time. 🙂

I love film. If I could have done it DIY like I did with writing novels, I would have pursued it. I love every part of film, and I feel like I spend a great deal of my time unconsciously trying to turn novels into film, from a writing standpoint.

Bare in mind, “Favorite” does not mean that I objectively think these are the best films of all time: much smarter and more studious people can debate that. These are my favorite, which I judge based on a simple metric: movies I feel the need to rewatch over and over again, typically at least once a year.

The_Lord_of_the_Rings_The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring_(2001)_theatrical_poster10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: A bit of a cheat, three movies, but I could never decide between them (that’s a lie: Fellowship) and, when I watch them, I tend to watch them all back to back. On the rare times I get catastrophically ill, these movies are usually my comfort viewing: I’ll put the extended editions on back to back and just lay in bed and escape into Peter Jackson’s vision of Tolkien’s world until I feel better. These are perfect films, in my opinion, are this is one of the few entries on this list I’d make a case yes, deserve to be in the ranks of the greatest films of all time (again, Fellowship, everyone loves Return for reasons that allude me).
However: The less said about the Hobbit trilogy, the better. Continue reading Top Ten Movies of All Time | Distractions

Surprise! More Writer’s Block Panel Updates! | Avalon Expo | 48 Hour Writing Marathon

Surprise! We said we were done with the Avalon Expo Writer’s Block announcements, but we had one left! The winner of the 48-Hour Novel-Writing Marathon that took place in late June will be announced a week from today, Friday August 25 2017, during the 6:00pm-8:00pm – Author Social event!

Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew, Stacey Oakley, Katie Little, AJ Ryan, Heather Reilly, Amanda Labonte

Which of our participants will win the first ever 48-Hour Writing Marathon? Someone has to, and we’ll find out who in seven short days! Winners receive: bragging rights! A shiny seal to put on the cover of their book!  fast-tracked manuscript evaluation once their work is complete! Someone has to win, which will it be? 🙂

“We were on a break!”

I’ve been a bit neglectful.

See, I started to panic about the progress of a story I was writing. I was wondering if it was going to be long enough; if I had enough plot; if I was only writing things for the sake of filling up the word-count; if I’d taken the right direction or if I was way off course.

Doubts, man, they can really get in your head sometimes.

So I took a break. I stopped staring blankly at the screen, writing half a sentence and then deleting it. Instead, I worked on a couple short stories. Then a couple more. Then I was chatting with someone who’d read The Six Elemental and that gave me an idea for another short story. Then I got distracted by an old novel I’d written a few years ago and sunk WAY too much time on that (long story short: I decided to move from first person POV to third person, and now I’ve basically got to re-write the entire 50,000 words).

But last week I decided to go back to that first story, and you know what? I started to fall in love with it all over again. I was getting new ideas, fixing problems, making motivations clearer… It was like meeting up with an old friend.

When I’m in between edits, I’ll try to take a break from what I’m working on. It gives me a chance to come back to it anew and see things that I might have missed because my face was jammed so close to it. But there are times that I need to take a step back from a project because something isn’t working, and I need the space to realize what the problem is.

It can be tough to step away. It might feel like you failed your work or your characters, or that now you’ll never get it finished. But the best part is that you can always go back to it. And sometimes, when you come back, you might see that you were actually doing a pretty great job.

 

Supernatural Causes | System Failure

Liesel Andrews and Jax Halloran have been kidnapped!
Liesel’s apprenticeship in the underworld of vampires, werewolves and witches is quickly spiraling out of control and even her alliance with the powerful vampire lieutenant, Jax, can’t save her from this scrape.
With a mysterious virus still sweeping through the underworld, it’s a race against time. Liesel is using all her medical knowledge as an intern at St. Benedict’s Hospital for the the Underworld to try to find a cure, but she and Jax have been interrupted from their work by a deadly and unpredictable new force threatening the entire underworld.
And what of Liesel’s daytime life as a university student in the human world? She’s losing control of her grip on that, too, as she struggles with her increasingly conflicted feelings about Jax.

Supernatural Causes: System Failure (eBook)
Amanda Labonté

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Title Information:

ISBN: 9781926903644
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: Electronic
Price (CAD): $1.99
Page Count: 44

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