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Engen Books is an independant publishing company that began operation in October 2007 and has since gone on to publish fan-favorite titles such as Black Womb, Infinity, Compendium, and Sci-Fi from the Rock. Click the navigation bar on the left to see information on Engen, our titles, and our authors. At the top of the page are links to the specific sub-sites for each title or series. Directly below are links to the various social-media sites Engen has pages on.

Engen asks: What bookish things would you like left under the tree this year? | Top Ten Tuesday

Whitecoat, Kenneth Tam, Other IndieAli House: A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first novel, The Six Elemental, was released in October 2016. She has also written for the anthology collections Bluenose Paradox and Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Whitecoat: The Champions of 1940 by Kenneth Tam. I read the Prologue in Sci-Fi from the Rock in 2016 & have wanted to read this book since then.”

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Engen asks: What books are you most looking forward to in the first half of 2017? | Top Ten Tuesday

Ali House The Six Elemental authorAli House: A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first novel, The Six Elemental, was released in October 2016.

Fantasy from the Rock, of course. Also, The Wicked + The Divine: Volume 5 by Kieron Gillen.  This series has a terrific concept, & I never know what they’re going to do.

Amanda LabonteAmanda Labonté: As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations. Her first novel, Call of the Sea, was published in 2015 with sequels scheduled for 2018 and 2019 through Engen Books.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. The next book in the Dark Artifices series. What can I say? It’s addictive.”

Ellen CurtisEllen Curtis: a writer and web TV personality born and raised in St. Johns, Newfoundland; whose aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began writing short stories, poetry, lyrics and novellas. She writes the Infinity series and edits the From the Rock series for Engen Books.

Fantasy from the Rock. I love working with all these different authors and everything coming together in such a special way. We’ve got some great stuff lined up this year.”

Matthew LeDrewMatthew LeDrew: Matthew holds an Honours Degree in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He has written sixteen novels for Engen Books.

“I’m looking forward to King’s Cage from Victoria Aveyard, the newest in her Red Queen series. The End of Oz by Danielle Paige also looks interesting, and the next volume of The Vision by Tom King. If you aren’t reading Vision, you’re missing out on something really special.”


Paul Carberry: currently works as a pharmacy assistant and will soon be enrolled in the Reserves with the Canadian Armed Forces. He is currently living in his hometown of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, with his wife, Leah. His first novel, Zombies on the Rock, was released in 2015.

I know they’re not novels but the next 12 Walking Dead comics! The comics are better than the show

That’s okay Paul! Half the Engen Authors picked comics! 🙂

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!

Get to know Paul Carberry, author.

Paul Carberry, with daughter.

There have been several new faces around Engen Books lately, as we’ve been signing on new talent prepping for our 10 year anniversary celebratory year. You may have also noticed the return of creepy, unsettling imagery to the mastheads of the Engen Press websites, something largely unseen since the Black Womb series ended several years ago. Both these things have one thing in common: Engen Books signing on Paul Carberry, iconic Newfoundland thriller author of the Zombies on the Rock series.

Carberry started his series in 2015, but by the end of 2016 had moved it to the Engen Books publishing company, which allows him freedom to write and get him book to a more diverse area of the province and country.

But who is Paul Carberry? Get to know him in his first Engen Interview!

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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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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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NGX 2016 – Day 1

Day One of the 2016 NGX (Newfoundland Gaming Expo is complete, and despite not being a gaming-based entertainment platform, Engen Books was there in style around with several other prominent authors, including award-winning talents like Scott Bartlett.

“The gaming community and the community that enjoys and understands our fiction has a lot in common,” said Matthew LeDrew. “NGX is a great and welcoming convention. It’s leans towards gaming but is very all-inclusive, and we’ve seen a lot of our old friends and Engeneers from other conventions today. It’s a wonderful convention and I’m very grateful to Sandbox Gaming for arranging it.”

Engen shares some of its writing staff with the Sanbox Gaming team, including Melanie Collins (author of Woven by the Thief) and Matthew Daniels (author of Healer’s Hoards), both of which were featured in the April 2016 anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Also in attendance were Ellen Curtis (author of the Infinity series) and freelance editor Erin Vance, who in addition to helming the aforementioned Sci-Fi from the Rock anthology has also done work on Cinders, Exodus of Angels and several non-Engen titles.

We’re hoping for an even bigger turnout tomorrow! If you haven’t stopped by yet, come by the vendor’s room and check us out! Matthew LeDrew and Erin Vance will be there from 9am – 6pm tomorrow selling books, talking about writing, and giving advice on how to get published and entry into the 2017 Fantasy from the Rock collection!

Sandbox Gaming is a registered non-profit organization located in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sandbox Gaming has three objectives: 1) To raise money for children’s charities which promote play and development. 2) To build and sustain a gaming community in Newfoundland. 3) To dispel negative stereotypes about gamers.
The group was founded in November of 2010 by John Michael Bennett, Donald Reid, Scott Whelan and Jeff Smyth. They took their love of video games, and decided to do something great with it! Since then, the group has seen over 80 members come and go–some are still around since the very beginning. SBG has raised over $50,000 for charity. They raised over $5,000 for the Child’s Play Charity Organization, over $1,600 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Playrooms, close to $21,000 for Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador, $8,800 for the St. John’s R.E.A.L. Program, $5200 for the St. John’s Boys and Girls Club and over $7,500 for Rainbow Riders.
Sandbox Gaming was known as Goodwill Gaming until September 2013.

Sam Bauer on Sci-Fi from the Rock

sammyYoung author Sam Bauer, who debuted in 2016’s stellar anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock has taken the time to share his thoughts and feelings about his neighboring stories in the collection.

Whitecoat by Kenneth Tam:
“After reading this, I definitely need to pick up a copy of the novel itself. Set in an alternate Newfoundland, with a somewhat nebulous difference from our own, the quality of this story promises great things from the novel.”

Sunny Days by Jennifer Combden:
“I love a good hard sci-fi piece. With this dealing with our own sun destroying us, it certainly fulfills the author’s purpose of informing people with literature.”

The Shoe by Matthew LeDrew:
“A brilliant story. This piece reminds us about how we may be viewed many years from now with other than human eyes.”

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Immune by Jennifer Combden:
“Perspective plays a big role in literature, and the perspective chosen for this piece is excellent. The perspective of a child in a disaster is not one I often see, and it was used phenomenally in this piece.”

Hag Ridden by Tara Murphy:
“I love horror, as can be discerned from the fact I wrote a bit of horror in this anthology. This one is frightening because what happens in it could happen to anyone, without you being able to stop it. Brilliantly done!”

Invasion by Matthew LeDrew:
“Another chilling story by Engen’s resident horror writer. One of two horror stories by Matthew in this anthology, its unnerving tone and final reveal sent shivers down my spine.”

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Exodus of Angels

Exodus of Angels by Ellen Curtis & Matthew LeDrew

n this contemporary superhero thriller, Theo – the psychic member of the Infinity team – must travel back to Black Springs, the hospital that held him for years as a young man, to save a young woman with powers held captive there.


As Theo fights to unravel a conspiracy of genetic engineering and danger, on another floor of the hospital Victor and Jean-Claude Maximus are struggling to help a young man with the power to heal cling to life. Will both sets of heroes come together to help each other win the day… or will Black Springs rise to become a rival to become a player against the sinister companies that the Infinity team has slowly become aware of?
Download this amazing new novel by Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis today!

Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1926903286
Release Date: April 2016
Price (CAD): Print $25 / EBook: $2.99
Page Count: 244

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Finished with Life: Open-Source Book Launch October 6!!

Finished with Life But Unable to Die OmnibusAward-winning author Scott Bartlett has released a new book, and to celebrate is having a launch that is part book launch, part open mic, part potluck!

If you’re interested in being a performer, please contact Bartlett by September 30th. Past launches have included poetry and fiction readings, musical performances, and standup comedy. A full list of performances will be available shortly.

If you’ve never attended an open source book launch before, here’s how it works: anyone who wants to contribute/participate in any way is welcome to, so that it becomes a showcase of local talent. Want to show off your cooking skills by bringing a tasty dish? It will be eaten with gusto. Want to help promote? Share this event by liking the Facebook event page.

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