Shopping Guide — Buy Local this Holiday Season!

As the Holiday season approaches, you might be in the market for a unique gift for the special people in your life: something unique and pleasantly surprising to them. It’s hard to know what people already have, be they co-workers you’ve been assigned as a Secret Gift-Giver for, parents, siblings, friends, or a significant other. As a solution, we suggest: buying local and buying indie.

Buying local can help ensure your money stays within the local community, ensuring that everyone in your region has the money to properly enjoy the holiday season worry-free. Cash remaining within its local infrastructure is the backbone of making sure an economy stays stable and strong. But, on a more fun note, buying indie makes for a greater chance that the item you’re purchasing will be new to the person you’re buying it for! Rather than trying to covertly sneak a peek at their bookshelf or find a way to get information out of family and friends, you can rest assured that locally bought, independently-produced titles will be new and exciting reads to whomever you’re giving them to!🙂

Below we’ve compiled a list of items best-suited for the different people in your life!🙂

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Call for Fantasy submissions!

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)After the colossal success of Sci-Fi from the Rock this past 10th Anniversary weekend, Engen Books has decided to continue the line with Fantasy from the Rock, to be available in Spring 2017 at the eleventh annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention.

“The response from fans was enormous and overwhelming,” said Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “We we able to publish a number of first-time authors alongside established pillars in the Newfoundland science-fiction community like Kenneth Tam and Scott Bartlett, of Iceberg Publishing and Mirth Publishing, respectfully. Engen Books has always been a fan of placing new talent alongside established talent, giving those new voices a chance to shine in a way they may have have otherwise.”

While the inaugural volume was titled Sci-Fi from the Rock, it in fact told PG-rated stories from the fantasy, science-fiction, and thriller genres. This new collection will focus more heavily on genre-specific stories, with each successive volume then showcasing different talent within the Canadian writing scene.

Editors Ellen Curtis and Erin Vance are scheduled to return to helm the project.

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Amanda Labonté named WANL Treasurer

Amanda LabonteEngen Books would like to congratulate one of our newest authors,  Amanda Labonté, on being named to the Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Board as Treasurer!

Amanda’s premier novel, Call of the Sea, will soon be available through Engen Books, with sequels planned for 2018 and 2019.

She divides her time between writing, co-running a thriving business, raising two wonderful children with her husband, and now her WANL duties.

Congratulations Amanda!

Standing Tall, A Daughter’s Gift by Jacqui Tam | Other Indie

A Daughter’s Gift is a 2010/12 (depending on the edition) IPPY Award-winning memoir written by the acclaimed and accomplished Jacqui Tam. It chronicles the life of her father, Richard Joseph Barron, and his struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as she and her family’s coming to terms with it. It is unique in that it can be read as a memoir from two points of view: both as Tam’s account of her father’s illness and as a posthumous memoir of the man himself, preserving the memories of this great man in a way his illness, sadly, prevented him from doing.

Tam writes: Richard Joseph Barron had sailed the world over, fought in war, and returned home to Newfoundland to raise three children with his beloved wife. His life had been full of adventure, and he shared his stories without malice or ego, whenever he was asked. Until they were stolen from his memory. When ‘Dick’ Barron fought Alzheimer’s, awareness of the disease was still limited. He knew that he was forgetting, but not why. His family knew that he was disappearing, but not how. Yet beneath the shadow of that slow tragedy, the spirit of his life was not lost. Emerging from the darkness, his daughter learned an important truth: what the mind forgets, the soul remembers.

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Kevin Kendall appearance today! | Black Womb artist

Join Kevin Kendall, artist on the amazing international cover for Black Womb by Matthew LeDrew and Song of the Mockingjay by Erin Vance, in Stephenville today from 11 am to 4 pm at the Kindale Library.

“Set up in the Library Boardroom – just to your right when you enter the Kindale Library,” reminds Kendall via Facebook.
Local artists from Bay St George Artists’ Association will be displaying original art for sale at fabulous prices — from small to large in size and just in time for the Christmas season.

There will be over 75 creative pieces of original art for sale, representing all mediums: oil , acrylic , watercolor , photography and mixed mediums .

“We look forward to seeing you there!” — Kendall.

WorldBuilding Step #1: Destroy the World!

It was early in the year 2000, and I was standing in my aunt’s kitchen, trying to destroy the world. No, I wasn’t having a premonition about all the terrible things that would happen in 2016, I was trying to come up with a new world to write about.

See, I had friends who were writers, and they were writing about these crazy, complicated futures, with technology and people with amazing powers. Meanwhile, I was writing about assassins in present day. As much as I liked the story I was writing, I also wanted to write about people with cool powers, so I decided to push myself to come up with an interesting new world.  Not an alien world, but an Earth that was different from the one we had now.

For some reason (I forget why), I wanted to avoid big cities. If I was destroying the world, maybe I could do it in a way that smashed the land into bits, and the biggest pieces left over were the size of small cities. Then these islands could be grouped together based on proximity, and joined by overseas highways, and people could travel between them!

But it would be difficult to build up all these new cities if the entire world had been smashed to pieces, so maybe I should keep one large bit intact. Then, once the remaining people had recovered from the huge war that had decimated their world, they would have the resources to go out and build up the islands for habitation.

Yes… this could work…

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Call of the Sea Bookiversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of the release of Call of the Sea. This is my first novel, so the learning curve was steep but the process was very fulfilling but the journey of getting from my laptop to the store shelves was a long one.

I started writing Call of the Sea about eight years ago and I had no idea what I was doing. It took six years to write and submit to a publisher. Then it took another year for the publisher to get it to print. Then, eight months in, the publisher went out of business.

But everything happens for a reason, and that’s where Engen Books comes in. They not only took over the publication of Call of the Sea, but also the follow up novels in the series (coming out in April of 2018 and 2019).

So while there have been many twists and turns in the road so far, I am thrilled with how things are going right now and I am really excited to be working with all the awesome people at Engen Books.

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Hanging out at my first signing – a wonderful/terrifying experience.

Just read ‘Flight from Dodge’… now what?

Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016
Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

So you’re reading Sci-Fi from the Rock you just read Flight from Dodge, the preview to the first book in the cyberpunk satire series Out of Dodge by Scott Bartlett, and you’re wondering: what happens to Carl next? Where does the story go from here? Where can I get the rest of the series?

Fear not, “Flight from Dodge” was merely the first small snippet of a multi-volume work that will keep you interested for the foreseeable future. The first two novels in the series, Flight or Fight and Craven New World, are both available now, with more on the way!

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Flight or Fight by Scott Bartlett | Other Indie

Written by Sam Bauer, special to Other Indie.

The end of our world fascinates us. From Ragnarok, the end of the world in Norse mythology, to the groundbreaking 1984 by George Orwell, to the more modern Hunger Games and Maze Runner, not to mention countless disaster movies, TV shows and video games. It is enough to make one sick of dystopia, groan at zombies, and run screaming from a nuclear or biological holocaust. (Though I must admit, I do the last one on basic principle.) Indeed, it is rare for me to find a dystopic or apocalyptic novel that I enjoy.

But, as the more astute of you have already guessed, I have found a rarity. Its name is Flight or Fight, a 2016 cyberpunk satire written by Scott Bartlett and published by Mirth Publishing.

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