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Dystopia from the Rock launch a massive success

img_6397Engen Books held it’s third annual From the Rock launch at AC Hunter Public Library on March 23 2019, for its brand new Bestselling title: Dystopia from the Rock!

A standing-room only crowd of over 75 people listened to readings and talks by Matthew LeDrew, Brad Dunne, Gareth Mitton, and Nicole Little, and stayed afterwards to buy books and get them signed by the 18 authors in attendance!

Dystopia from the Rock hit #1 Bestseller on February 21, 2019 at 8:22 AM Newfoundland Standard Time: a full month before its release, on the strength of its eBook preorders alone. It reached #1 in the category of ‘Science Fiction Short Stories,’ ‘Cyberpunk,’ and ‘Canadian Short Stories.’ It reached #25 in all of Literature & Fiction in Canada and was named a ‘Hot New Release’ by Amazon.

img_6402Dystopia from the Rock features the work of Jed MacKay, Corrine Lewandowski, Katie Little, Sam Bauer, Andrew Pike, Jon Haas, Matthew Daniels, Matthew LeDrew, Lauralana Dunne, Diane Lynn McGyver, David Wright, Erin Vance, Jon Dobbin, Elizabeth Whitten, Peter Foote, Chantal Boudreau, Ellen Curtis, Finnan Beaton, Lisa Daly, Jeff Slade, Michelle Churchill, Ryan Belbin, Nicole Little, Brad Dunne, David Rimmington, Heather Nolan, Gareth Mitton, Shannon Green and Ali House.

Find it on Amazon and wherever fine books are sold!

Livin’ on the Edge: Engen’s Dystopia from the Rock | Jon Dobbin’s Blog

“There’s somethin’ wrong with the world today/ I don’t know what it is” crooned Steven Tyler of Aerosmith in the band’s seminal 90’s hit Livin’ on the Edge. Those opening lines, a cry against the changing and harsh world, are as true today as they were in that almost 30 year gone decade. Turning on the news, reading a Facebook article, or, perhaps, tuning into the Twitterverse will tell you “somethin’ ain’t right.” And while that’s concerning, even downright scary, the art that is produced in these times of hardship is often beautiful, uplifting, and a call-to-action. It tells us to make a change or else. The writers and editors of Engen’s collection of short stories, Dystopia From the Rock, have certainly embodied this movement. Continue reading Livin’ on the Edge: Engen’s Dystopia from the Rock | Jon Dobbin’s Blog

‘Dystopia from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories!

Dystopia from the Rock

Dystopia from the Rock, the fourth volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller on February 21, 2019 at 8:22 AM Newfoundland Standard Time: a full month before its release. It reached #1 in the category of ‘Science Fiction Short Stories,’ and ‘Cyberpunk.’ As of this writing it has reached #1086 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts, #7 in Cyberpunk Science-Fiction, and #10 in Genetic Engineering Science-Fiction.

Dystopia from the Rock features thirty-two short stories written by a diverse mix of some of the best speculative fiction and thriller authors in Canada, including both award-winners, veterans of their craft, and brand new talent. Continue reading ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories!

Cover reveal for ‘Dystopia from the Rock’!

We’re proud to unveil the cover for 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock! This amazing cover was designed by JJ King! JJ King is a bestselling Canadian author writing paranormal and contemporary romance. She is also, as you can see, a talented artist!

Dystopia from the Rock includes the following stories:
“Candles in the Tree” by Michelle Churchill
“The Island Outside the War” by Lisa Daly
“Carry Her Home” by Dianne Lynn McGyver
“Game Plan” by Ali House
“Authentic New Island Experience” by Ali House
“In the Rising Flame” by Sam Bauer
“The Schedule” by Shannon Green
“Blood Red Horizon” by Jon Dobbin
“The Other” by Jon Dobbin
“A Flood of Sorts” by Heather Nolan
“Future Imperfect” by Lauralana Dunne
“Future Tense” by Lauralana Dunne
“The Ninth Wonder” by David Rimmington
“Views” by Matthew LeDrew
“Young Republicans” by Matthew LeDrew
“Watcher” by Gareth Mitton
“Eggshell Revolution” by Matthew Daniels
“Cash Grab” by Chantal Boudreau
“Family Business” by Corinne K. Lewandowski
“The Lost Generation” by David Wright
“Jianghu” by Jed MacKay
“In Dangerous Company” by Christopher P. Walsh
“Trickster Sings the Blues” by Katie Little
“Kaida of the Eastern Shore” by Finnan Beaton
“Escape from Selenous Valley Retreat” by Andrew Pike
“Rudeworld” by John Haas
“Final Edict” by Peter Foote
“Anchored” by Jeff Slade
“The Match” by Ryan Belbin
“The Market” by Nicole Little
“Last One Standing” by Nicole Little

The adventure takes off this March, with preorders going live soon!  Stay tuned to Engen Books for more information!

 

Prize-Winner Corinne Lewandowski announced as a ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Corinne Lewandowski is an award-winning author and poet from Halifax Nova Scotia, whom we are proud to announce as a contributor to Dystopia from the Rock. She is a recipient of The Joyce Marshall Hsia Memorial Poetry Prize. Her previous work includes poetry and radio dramas.

She brings with her ‘Family Business,’ her first published prose story. Continue reading Prize-Winner Corinne Lewandowski announced as a ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Katie Little revealed as the latest ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to announce the return of Katie Little to the From the Rock series in Dystopia from the Rock!

Katie Little is a writer and artist from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her first published work was in 2017’s Fantasy from the Rock with her acclaimed short story, ‘Sage and Salt.’ Katie has been a guest reader at various literary events in the area over the past several years; she also sells her artwork at local conventions and festivals as part of the art group Wormwood Tuesday. Continue reading Katie Little revealed as the latest ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Introducing Andrew Pike, author in Dystopia from the Rock!

Engen Books is proud to introduce Andrew Pike, one of the new authors to be featured in Dystopia from the Rock!

Pike holds a degree in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as diplomas in Journalism and Music from College of the North Atlantic. He has been more and more involved in the Newfoundland genre-writing scene in the last few months, including numerous impressive submissions to the Kit Sora Flash Photography Fiction contest. Continue reading Introducing Andrew Pike, author in Dystopia from the Rock!

Award-Winning Short Story Master Jon Haas revealed as included in ‘Dystopia from the Rock!’

Engen Books is proud to announce the inclusion of award-winner short story author Jon Haas in its 2019 Dystopia from the Rock collection!

With over a dozen short stories and two novels under his belt, Haas already has credit as an amazing author. In addition to this he has taken First Place in the Capital Crime Writers Annual Contest (The Audreys) (2012), as well as placed or received Honorable Mention in several other competitions.

One story he received Honorable Mention for in the 2014 Writer’s of the Future awards was the story we grratefully accepted to Dystopia from the Rock, ‘Rudeworld,’ a tale that sees censorship gone awry and taken to extreme.



Six other authors will be joining Jon Haas, Matthew Daniels, Matthew LeDrew, Lauralana Dunne, Diane Lynn McGyver, David Wright, Erin Vance, Jon Dobbin, Elizabeth Whitten, Peter Foote, Chantal Boudreau, Ellen Curtis, Finnan Beaton, Christopher Walsh, Lisa Daly, Jeff Slade, Michelle Churchill, Ryan Belbin, Nicole Little, Brad Dunne, David Rimmington, Heather Nolan, Gareth Mitton, Shannon Green and Ali House for the 2019 Dystopia on the Rock collection! We still have award-winning and prolific authors in the genre to announce! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!

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Returning Rocker: Matthew Daniels revealed as a Dystopia from the Rock author!

Engen Books is proud to announce the triumphant return of author Matthew Daniels to this year’s From the Rock collection, Dystopia 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, and ‘Grow Gold Together’ in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock. His flash fiction also appeared in Kit Sora: The Artobiography under the title ‘Epilogue?’. Daniels has proven himself to be a renaissance man of genre fiction, capable of rising to the occasion of any challenge thrown his way. As competition over placement in the From the Rock series has improved, so has Daniels steadily grown in his authorial abilities. His newest story is titled ‘Eggshell Revolution.’ Continue reading Returning Rocker: Matthew Daniels revealed as a Dystopia from the Rock author!