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Returning Rocker: Matthew Daniels writes for Flights from the Rock

Engen Books is proud to announce the triumphant return of author Matthew Daniels to this year’s From the Rock collection, Flights from the Rock.

Daniels has been in every From the Rock book thus far. His story ‘Healer’s Hoards’ appeared in 2016’s Sci-Fi from the Rock, ‘Living and Learning’ in 2017’s Fantasy from the Rock, ‘Grow Gold Together’ in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock, and ‘Eggshell Revolution’ in 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock. Continue reading Returning Rocker: Matthew Daniels writes for Flights from the Rock

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Heather Reilly returns to write for Flights from the Rock!

Engen Books is proud to announce the return of superstar author Heather Reilly to the From the Rock series in Flights from the Rock!

Heather Reilly is an author, musician, poet, and teacher currently living in Newfoundland with her husband and three children. She is the author of several publications, including the five-book YA series Binding of the Almatraek, along with many children’s books and songs.

Reilly was a contributing author to Fantasy from the Rock, bringing with her her award-winning tale ‘In the Moonlight.’ In Flights from the Rock she brings with her her short piece, ‘The Fifth Leg.’


Ten other authors will be joining Heather Reilly, Peter Gillet, Amanda Labonté, Paul Moffett, Jennifer Combden, Jeff Slade, Bronwynn Erskine, Peter J. Foote, Lindsay Kitson, Stacey Oakley, Teresita Dziadura, Nicole Little, Carolyn R Parsons, Lisa Daly, Ellen Curtis, & Erin Vance for the 2019 Flights on the Rock collection! They include pilots, award-winning talent, and bestselling novelists! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


For exclusive content and FREE books, be sure and check out the Engen Books Patreon.

Peter Gillet announced as Flights from the Rock author!

Engen Books is proud to reveal the next Flights from the Rock author: acclaimed short fiction author Peter Gillet!

Peter Gillet was born in Oromocto, New Brunswick; and is the author of many celebrated independently published books of short fiction, including Mind Full of Prose and In Dark Corners. Peter was the first author to be listed as non-binary in the New Brunswick library system.

Peter has a long history with flying. “I was an air cadet in my youth, and have flown gliders and small planes with assistance,” Peter said, upon hearing the news of inclusion in Flights from the Rock. “I have been a passenger several times on military helicopters. I love the side seats when the doors are open. I also did a tandem base jump (parachute) in the Swiss Alps.”

Peter is an inspiration to all independent authors, whom Engen Books is proud and delighted to have be a part of this anthology.


Eleven other authors will be joining Peter Gillet, Amanda Labonté, Paul Moffett, Jennifer Combden, Jeff Slade, Bronwynn Erskine, Peter J. Foote, Lindsay Kitson, Stacey Oakley, Teresita Dziadura, Nicole Little, Carolyn R Parsons, Lisa Daly, Ellen Curtis, & Erin Vance for the 2019 Flights on the Rock collection! They include pilots, award-winning talent, and bestselling novelists! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


For exclusive content and FREE books, be sure and check out the Engen Books Patreon.

Amanda Labonté returns for Flights from the Rock!

Engen Books is happy the announce the return of Amanda Labonté to the From the Rock series!

Amanda Labonté lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she gets much of the inspiration for the characters and places about which she writes. Though she knew she wanted to be a writer since the eighth grade, it was many years before she finally walked into a creative writing class and found a new home.

Her first novel, Call of the Sea, won critical acclaim in her home province of Newfoundland. The first book in her Supernatural Causes series gained Bestseller status on Amazon in September 2017. Continue reading Amanda Labonté returns for Flights from the Rock!

Saviour | Kit Sora’s Storytime

STORY TIME! What you don’t know about this photograph!

Often times I’m fairly selective over what I share about the process of an image I create- Sometimes you get to see a sketch, sometimes a silly outtake, maybe a live video, etc. However it’s not often I share exactly what was happening while a shot is in progress!

For example! My darling Drew’s perfect expression- Those shifty eyes; He’s actually carefully watching a group of kids who came onto the beach! Naturally, one would see a mermaid and get super excited about it!.. but I was very topless! As for the rest of his face, he’s literally carrying the weight of what I like to call a manatee- We practiced this carry in our living room while I was wearing the tail! We didn’t however think to factor in the extra weight the water would add to the tail, or how hard it would be to stay steady while standing on rolling sand, with the water to our backs! Continue reading Saviour | Kit Sora’s Storytime

Introducing Paul Moffett, writer on Flights from the Rock!

Engen Books is proud to introduce Paul Moffett, one of the new authors to be featured in Flights from the Rock!

Paul is originally from Ottawa, Ontario and currently lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He holds a PhD in Medieval Literature. He also used to work as a professional clown.

He brings with him his first published fiction, First in Flight.


Thirteen other authors will be joining Paul Moffett, Jennifer Combden, Jeff Slade, Bronwynn Erskine, Peter J. Foote, Lindsay Kitson, Stacey Oakley, Teresita Dziadura, Nicole Little, Carolyn R Parsons, Lisa Daly, Ellen Curtis, & Erin Vance for the 2019 Flights on the Rock collection! They include pilots, award-winning talent, and bestselling novelists! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


For exclusive content and FREE books, be sure and check out the Engen Books Patreon.

Break on Through to the Other Side: Using Batman to fight Editing Hell | Dobbin’s Blog

Okay, so here’s the thing: I’m kinda, sorta stuck in Editing Hell. Yeah, that’s a thing. Crammed somewhere between the Hell of the Upside Down Sinners and the Hell of Being Skinned Alive, I think. You know what hell is like, right? Have you lived in a prison made of your own existential dread? Sure you have. Welp, that’s what Editing Hell is like. And do you want to know the worst part of Editing Hell? It makes you want to quit. Boy, do I ever want to quit. I just want to slam down my laptop cover, douse it in lighter fluid and toss a lit zippo at it and walk away in slow-mo. I’ve also contemplated biting my laptop. Biting it. Yeah, Editing Hell is a real thing. Continue reading Break on Through to the Other Side: Using Batman to fight Editing Hell | Dobbin’s Blog