Category Archives: Amanda Labonté

Call of the Sea: Goodreads Giveaway Closed

Over 1,700 fans entered the Goodreads Giveaway for a copy of Amanda Labonté‘s debut novel, Call of the Sea. Two entrants have won and will be receiving their books soon!

Still more Engen novels are available at this time via the Goodreads Giveaway program, so sign up and rate your favorite Engen classics today. If you haven’t read our novels yet, add them to your “Want to Read” folder and Goodreads will notify you when the book is being given away!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Roulette by Matthew Ledrew

Roulette

by Matthew Ledrew

Giveaway ends April 01, 2017.

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at Goodreads.

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Writing marathons: Don’t take my word for it

I’m pretty excited about hosting a writing marathon in the St. John’s region this coming June. But while this is an easy sell for me, it may seem a little daunting for some. That’s why I decided to do an interview with writer Kaarina Stiff about her experiences with novel writing marathons.

Kaarina is a full-time writer and editor living in Ottawa, ON.  She has participated in three novel writing marathons and was the Young Adult category winner in the Toronto Novel Marathon in both 2015 and 2016. She was gracious enough to answer a couple of questions about the process so that I could share her experiences with potential participants. Continue reading Writing marathons: Don’t take my word for it

Cinders review by Amanda Labonté

Cinders - novel“Set in the extreme heat of a Los Angeles summer, Cinders fairly sizzles with mystery and crime drama. With great attention to detail, Matthew LeDrew tells a tale that deals not only with good and evil, but also the gray area in between. Weaving through multiple perspectives, the story culminates in a satisfying conclusion that leaves the reader wanting more from these characters. A great addition to any thriller library.”


Amanda LabonteAmanda 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. 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.

Amanda Labonté at the #LOLANL Writer’s Circle!

template9_flatIn just 14 days at the Arts and Culture Center, local St. John’s author of Call of the Sea Amanda Labonté will be co-hosting the first Engen Writer’s Circle of 2017!

Hosted as a part of the ‘Love Our Local Authors’ month going on all through February at the AC Hunter Public Library, the Writer’s Circle is a round table discussion with four of the indie writing community’s top talents: the people in charge of taking your submissions (Ellen Curtis), an Editor (Erin Vance), the author of more than 15 novels (Matthew LeDrew) and of course Amanda Labonté, the author of Call of the Sea! Continue reading Amanda Labonté at the #LOLANL Writer’s Circle!

The 48-Hour Novel Writing Marathon

This June, a growing number of participants from the writing and business communities, are working on a novel writing marathon for writers and would-be writers in the St. John’s region!

Two years ago I attended a writing conference in Orillia, Ontario. I really enjoyed attending workshops and networking with other writers, but one of the things that really stuck with me was all the talk about novel writing marathons.

Prior to this conference, I had never heard of a novel writing marathon. Maybe you haven’t either. A novel writing marathon is pretty much what it sounds like. Writers gather under one roof and work on a brand new manuscript for a period of time (in this case 48 hours). The participants can work straight through, take a break and go home, or sleep under a desk. The only rule is that the work submitted at the end must have been completed during the marathon.

Now, other than 48 hours of dedicated writing, what’s in it for the writer? Well, at the end of the marathon, all participants are encouraged to submit their working manuscripts to a team of judges. Not only will you get feedback on your work, the winner will also get a chance to submit their full, completed manuscript to a publisher!

Who is the marathon aimed at? Any writer or potential writer who is looking for an opportunity to get a good start on a manuscript, wanting to network with other writers or looking for a break in the writing industry. The winner will be announced at a special event in August (announcement coming soon!) . All participants will be invited.

The cost for participation in this event is a charitable donation to the event’s chosen not-for-profit (TBA). There is no set minimum, so whatever amount you can get in sponsorship from family and friends will be enough.

Sound interesting? Join the Facebook event for updates and announcements, including when to register. facebook.com/…/amandalabontewrites/events

Hope to see you there!

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