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!

How (NOT) To Write A Blog Post

Step 1)  Think of a topic and start writing.

Step 2)  Realize half-way through that you don’t like this topic as much as you thought you did.

Step 3)  Think of new topic and start writing.

Step 4)  Wonder if maybe the first topic was better and consider returning to it.

Step 5)  Wonder if maybe there’s a third topic out there that’s even better than the previous two*. Continue reading How (NOT) To Write A Blog Post

Supernatural Causes | Critical Condition

How can a virus be attacking both vampires and werewolves in the same way?
It’s the mystery Liesel Andrews must solve. A mortal human with a knack for healing creatures her own kind can’t even see, Liesel needs to find the source of the outbreak before it’s too late. Working with the inscrutable vampire lieutenant, Jax Halloran, the pair are about to uncover secrets that are far more dangerous than either of them could imagine.
At the same time, all her evenings spent moonlighting in the underworld are having consequences for normal life as a student and for her relationship with her human boyfriend.
What she really could use is some time to figure things out. But time is the one thing Liesel doesn’t have.

Supernatural Causes: Condition Critical (eBook)
Amanda Labonté

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Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1926903569
Release Date: June 15, 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: Electronic
Price (CAD): $0.99
Page Count: 53

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Reviews

Book Review “Supernatural Causes, Episode One: Going Viral”

Great review of “Supernatural Causes” episode one by ‘Kinetic’ author AJ Ryan!

Music and Fiction

Supernatural Causes, Episode One: Going Viral

Published and distributed by Engen Books, St. John’s, NL.

Digital Release: April 2017

Copyright 2017 Amanda Labonté

banner2In the serial novel “Supernatural Causes, Episode One: Going Viral,” author Amanda Labonté welcomes readers to New Port, ground zero for the war on drugs. Actually, that doesn’t matter as much as Liesel Andrews would have her friends and family believe. No, this is the landing place of vampires, witches, and werewolves after they fled from Europe long ago. Liesel is a pre-med student who discovers that she may also be living in ground zero for a new Superbug, one that affects the supernatural residents who have always been immune to common illness.

While I am not the most avid vampire/werewolf fantasy reader, I found myself impressed with Labonté’s take on these creatures of the night. First of all, allow me to also preface this review by…

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Jacobi Street cover revealed!

Jacobi StreetOn May 31 we let it slip that we would be releasing a novel on August 25 at Avalon Expo 3, and now there’s finally a cover image to go along with the newest novel from Matthew LeDrew, Jacobi Street.

LeDrew returns to his horror roots with this supernatural thriller stand-alone novel that sheds light on the most dangerous and disturbing corners of the Engen Universe, one only lightly touched on until now in works such as Inner Child, At Midnight The Dawn, and Scarlett.

The novel will be the last to take place during ‘Black September,’ the loose collection of events that span Black Womb, Infinity, Transformations in Pain and the short story Revving Engen. Continue reading Jacobi Street cover revealed!

Rejected Covers | Ignorance is Bliss

Rejected CoverI thought it might be fun to shed some light on the creative process here at Engen Books by showing the things that didn’t make it to the production floor. It’s a truism that you can learn as much about people by what they don’t say as what they do, and I don’t think we’re any exception.

Ignorance is Bliss was the first Engen title to receive international distribution. The seven titles published before it were only available directly through us, back in the early days of small-press publishing when acquiring a distributor was difficult.  As such, the cover was a turning point for the Black Womb series: we could stay with the black & white ‘horizontal window’ look we’d been using all along because of the limitations of our first printer, or we could shift to a new design.

Those who know we I’m slow to change on such matters, so it should surprise no one that my initial impulse was to stay the course. Thus was born the cover above: which remained black & white despite our new printer being capable of color, and retained the design scheme of the first five Black Womb novels, albeit with a slightly bigger size. Continue reading Rejected Covers | Ignorance is Bliss

Q & A with Call of the Sea author, Amanda Labonté

Canadian superstar Paul Butler interview Amanda Labonté!

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The discipline of writing fantasy and supernatural fiction has always fascinated me. An author in these genres has to convince a reader of events, characters, and situations that the reader knows cannot be real.

This seems like an extraordinary challenge. It’s far from straightforward to convince a reader to believe in events that can and do occur, let alone those that don’t. Adding known impossibilities to the burden of literary proof takes a great deal of guts and imagination. I admire the ambition, the focus, and the steadfastness of writers who work in the fantasy genre.

One particularly fine example is Amanda Labonté, whose recent novel, Call of the Sea, was published by Engen Books.

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When I first read Amanda’s fiction, I was struck by how well she had interwoven timeless-seeming folklore and legend into thoroughly modern settings. Her protagonist is Alex who comes under suspicion when his…

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