Call for Dystopian Submissions!

Over the last three years, the From the Rock series has become one of the preeminent anthology series’ in Atlantic Canada. We have been home to some amazing established talent and helped some new authors break through that have gone on to dominate their fields, becoming genre bestsellers in their own right. From the Rock is a title readers consistently ask for, review well, and a great way for avid readers to get introduced to indie talent they might find interesting.

And this year, we’re doing it again! Continue reading Call for Dystopian Submissions!

How to Blackmail Yourself into Finishing Your Writing | House Blog

Maybe you’re one of those writers who has no problem sitting down and writing a story from start to finish, or maybe you’re more like me and you get side-tracked multiple times before you can get to the end.

Although it’s romantic to think of yourself as a tortured writer who’s utterly desperate to finish that one big novel you have inside of you – which is so eager to come out, but can’t because you’re too weighed down by the massive ennui you feel just by existing – it’s much more practical to actually finish your darn projects.

Here are few problems that I’ve encountered while trying to finish a story/novel, and what I do to try to keep myself motivated*.

Continue reading How to Blackmail Yourself into Finishing Your Writing | House Blog

Chillers from the Rock | Anthology

Chillers from the RockChillers From the Rock
Ellen Curtis & Erin Vance (Editors)
Twenty-five short stories written by a diverse mix of some of the best suspense and horror authors in Atlantic Canada, including both award-winners, veterans of their craft, and brand new talent. Edited by Erin Vance and accomplished genre author Ellen Curtis, this collection features the thrilling, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent, imagination, and prestige that Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Paul Carberry (Zombies on the Rock), Kelley Power, Matthew LeDrew  & much more!


Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1-926903-74-3
Release Date: March 2018
Purchase:

 

Amazon.com
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Price (CAD): Print: $20 / EBook: $2.99
Page Count: 220

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Reviews

“Loved it,” – Peter Breau, author, It Came from the Public Domain.

 

Winner: “Tarnished” by Jennifer Combden | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the May 30 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Jennifer Combden with her story, Tarnished!

Jennifer Combden is a meteorologist living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is a sponge for knowledge, and her love of learning is second only to her love of sharing that knowledge. Jennifer prefers to write science fiction, with a strong emphasis on the science, as a medium by which to explain complex ideas. When not explaining quantum physics to 12 year olds she can be found living on the (PG) Nerdcrafteria minecraft server where she volunteers, writing forecasts at work, and getting lost on Wikipedia. Combden’s work will be recognized by longtime short fiction readers for her stories ‘Sunny Days’ and ‘Immune’ in Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016).

We received over twenty submissions for this month’s image, all of them interesting in their own right. To find the winner we used a double-blind alternate-vote method, in which no judge knew the name of the person who had written any story. Each judge then compiled a list of their own personal Top Ten picks, and each entry was assigned a point title. The lowest entries were whittled down every round until only one remained! Continue reading Winner: “Tarnished” by Jennifer Combden | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

Flash Fiction/Photography Contest | Deadline June 15! |Engen Books | Kit Sora Photography!

Engen Books is proud to team with the imaginative and creative people of Kit Sora Photography to bring you the “Flash Fiction Photography Contest”!

Every month we’re going to upload one of the photos from the amazingly talented Kit Sora, a local Newfoundland artist known for her stunning work with props, lighting, and imaginative designs. Kit uses her art in a variety of fantastical settings, so we’re tasking the authors and creative minds of the Atlantic Provinces to write short fiction based on the subjects! Continue reading Flash Fiction/Photography Contest | Deadline June 15! |Engen Books | Kit Sora Photography!

Patreon Update: Support Engen Books! | How you can help

Matthew LeDrewHey everyone, Matthew LeDrew here, founder and partner at Engen Books. I just wanted to thank all our amazing fans for a spectacular year thus far in 2018. In only five short months we’re doubled our output and page views, made Amazon bestsellers of multiple titles, and made strides toward bringing you even more amazing books in the coming months, starting next month with Amanda Labonté’s anticipated sequel to Call of the Sea, Drawn to the Tides.

All that said, we’re always looking for ways to expand and one of the efforts we started in 2018 was the Engen Books Patreon. Patreon is a platform for artists, authors, and other creatives to get income for their work and for users, dubbed Patrons, to get extra content such as free books, discounts when purchasing books and eBooks, input and behind the scenes information. We didn’t set a “monetary goal” when we started: we want to build a network, and our goal is to reach 100 Patrons, even if it’s only at the $1.00 a month level!

We use this money to fund community-building projects like the Kit Sora Flash Photography Challenge, as well as explore new and untested authors, produce more of our popular short-story collections, and continue to grow the Newfoundland and Labrador genre community as best we can! Becoming a Patron also gives you a voice in what we do and how we use those dollars.

If you have even $1 a month to spare, we promise we will put it to good use ❤

Our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user/memberships?u=3000324

If you don’t, other ways to help local authors include reviewing their work on Amazon and Goodreads, or locally on your blog and sharing it on our platforms. Reviews are the lifeblood of this industry, and are a part of what allows new readers to find our products.

However you help, either by donating, reviewing, or just remaining a loyal reader: we want to say: THANK YOU from the entire Engen Books team!

Special thanks to our existing Patrons, FictionFirst Bookstore, author Carolyn Parsons, Liz LeDrew Photography, author Jeff Slade, and Monolithic Studios!

Winner: “Bubbly” by Sara Burke | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the May 15 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Sara Burke with her story, Bubbly!

We received over twenty submissions for this month’s image, all of them interesting in their own right. To find the winner we used a double-blind alternate-vote method, in which no judge knew the name of the person who had written any story. Each judge then compiled a list of their own personal Top Ten picks, and each entry was assigned a point title. The lowest entries were whittled down every round until only one remained!

There were three judges for this month of the contest:

Candace-Osmond-300x300Bestselling Author and freelance writer/editor, Candace Osmond was born in North York, ON. She published her first book by the age of 25, the first installment in a Paranormal Romance trilogy to which two others were published with it; The Iron World Series. Now residing in a small town in Newfoundland with her husband and two kids, Candace writes full time developing articles for just about every niche, more novels, and a hoard of short stories. All of Candace’s titles are available wherever books and eBooks are sold! Continue reading Winner: “Bubbly” by Sara Burke | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

12 Hours | House Blog

On Wednesday at 1pm, I sat down in front of my computer, opened up the latest draft of the novel I’m working on*, and got to work. Other than getting up to refill my water glass, grab a snack, etc, I only took one actual break – around 8pm I took a half-hour to go get Taiyaki.

When I was finished, it was 1am. Over the past 12 hours, I had gone through the entire novel – almost 60,000 words.

Continue reading 12 Hours | House Blog