April 2012 sees the release of two new publications from Engen Books, both of them to be launched and available for the first time at the sixth annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention, April 20th, 21st and 22nd.
The first is light|dark, an anthology of short stories all taking place within the canon of the Engen Universe. Following the lead of Ellen Curtis’s 2009 collection Compendium , light|dark will feature stories from a variety of authors making their mark on the greater world of Engen Books.
According to Matthew LeDrew’s blog, the collection will include: “me [Matthew LeDrew], Jay Paulin, Andrea Edwards, Ellen Curtis, and Sarah Thompson all in the same book.”
“Avoiding spoilers, the story is a day in the life of a sister and brother,” commented Jay Paulin. “[ Gristle While You Work is] more humorous than scary (the title should make that very obvious) and could probably be defined as slapstick-light.”
Both LeDrew and the rest of the Engen staff are keeping tight-lipped as to the content of the stories, but has said that it will be both accessible to new readers as well as containing links to the Black Womb and Infinity series.
The book will also be available internationally on April 20th, as well as on Amazon and Indigo.
The second release is Gang War, the ninth book in LeDrew’s Black Womb series of novels.
The book sees an escalation in the ongoing war between Xander and the villainous Tee gang, as well as the return of a old threat from Xander’s past.
“We’re really going to start seeing the way the series is going to pan out in this story, I think,” LeDrew said. “I think readers will be surprised. I’m looking forward to feedback and reactions.”
LeDrew also hinted at choices being made regarding the Black Womb series at the quarterly Engen conference this month that will affect the future of the series drastically, but would not elaborate as to how.
Gang War also goes on sale April 20, 2012, everywhere.