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Favorite Christmas Children’s Books | Ellen’s Blog

Ellen Curtis, author of the Infinity series of novels and Compendium, brings you her favourite Christmas books!

While we’re a bit too busy finishing up the last of several new releases to participate in daily vlogmas, we did want to get into the holiday spirit!

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New short from Compendium author!

light|dark
light|dark

Compendium author Ellen Curtis was again a featured Engen author last month, this time in a collection of short stories titled light|dark.

Like Compendium, light|dark takes place in the grander scheme of the Engen Universe, featuring stories that range from woven between the pages of Black Womb and Infinity to tales that take place well outside the previously- tread ground the authors normally cover.

Unlike Compendium, this time Curtis isn’t alone. She’s working with five other authors, many of them new to the Engen Universe, including Andrea Edwards, Jay Paulin and Sarah Thompson.

“It’s really great to work on shorts again,” said Curtis. “I love writing Infinity and would never stop, but there’s a freedom to shorts that you just can’t duplicate. It’s wonderful.”

Curtis pens the story Omega, which follows the thematic threads of Compendium and serves, in many ways, as a love-note to her fans and to all fans of science-fiction thrillers.

light|dark is available for purchase now, which options for digital download coming soon.

Another last minute update for Sci-Fi on the Rock

The first few hundred people to purchase day or weekend passes for this weekend’s Sci-Fi on the Rock will be receiving some of Engen’s anthologies, as well as coupons for the Engen booth. First edition prints of Compendium and Sci-Fi from the Rock will be included at the time of registration for the convention along with a coupon for $1.00 off any purchase of books at the Engen Books booth. Hope to see everyone there!

Pre-Covention Update: Sci-Fi on the Rock

Alright, so this weekend, from Friday, April 20th, to Sunday, April 22nd, myself and Matthew LeDrew will be doing our usual guest bit down at the Sci-Fi on the Rock convention. Regular readers will know that Matt and I operate out of the Engen Books booth with the Black Womb series, Infinity, Compendium and Sci-Fi from the Rock anthologies and our new Engen Universe anthology light|dark (launching this weekend!) for a fraction of the price they sell online for, and without the tacked on cost of shipping. It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in the books to stop on down and pick them up without having to wait for them to arrive before reading them, and it saves a few dollars in between! Friday we will be set up from 4pm-10pm, Saturday from 9am-6pm, and Sunday from 9am-5pm. Both myself and Matt will be signing books free of charge for those interested, and our other collaborators will be floating around the convention as well, able to sign books. Jay Paulin, who authored a short in light|dark, will be at the Ink’d Well Comics booth throughout the weekend, and Sarah Thompson, author of another short in Light|Dark, will be joining myself and Matt at the Engen table. Authors from Sci-Fi from the Rock and More Sci-Fi from the Rock should also be floating around the convention, but as many of them are involved with the intricate little details of running the con, it may be a little harder to catch up with them for their signatures or a quick chat about their writing!

Also following our usual routine, I’ll be joining Matt for a panel on writing called Writing Wreck: What to do when you’re blocked at 11:00am on Saturday in the Lucas Room. We will be discussing methods for dealing with writer’s block and other general writing topics, as well as answering questions from the audience. This is one of the highlights of conventions for me, as it gives us a great opportunity to help young authors grow, and panels with Matt were how I started working with Engen Books.

I hope I’ll see a lot of people at the convention this year. Anyone who would like to come by the table and chat about writing is more than welcome to. We love hearing from our fans!

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Making faces during an old Sci-Fi on the Rock. Always a fun time 🙂

Compendium goes international

Compendium (Ellen Curtis)Engen Books continues it’s winning streak with it’s international titles by re-releasing it’s most international collection, Compendium.

First released in 2009 at the first West Coast Con, Ellen Curtis’ breakout title Compendium broke Engen sales records for both Chapters and in-person sales in it’s first week, records that remained in place until the release of Ellen’s debut novel, Infinity.

Compendium features three stories by Curtis: The Tourniquet Revival, At Midnight the Dawn and Falling into Fire, and features Engen’s most international cast, with characters from Europe, America, and beyond.

The usage of descriptions [in Compendium] really pulled me into the settings. I think atmospheric would be an appropriate adjective. All well written stories trigger the senses, but sometimes it takes a few pages or even chapters before the brain is able to create a world based around the information provided… In Compendium I found after a few paragraphs I had been whisked away to [other] worlds. – Jay Paulin

Reedited and redesigned, Compendium is ready for it’s upcoming re-release. It will be available on Amazon in early November, but entertains it’s official launch at Hal Con 2, November 13 and 14, 2011.

Compendium Goes International

This post first appeared on http://engenbooks.wordpress.com/ on October 3, 2011. 

Engen Books continues it’s winning streak with it’s international titles by re-releasing it’s most international collection,Compendium.

First released in 2009 at the first West Coast Con, Ellen Curtis’ breakout titleCompendium broke Engen sales records for both Chapters and in-person sales in it’s first week, records that remained in place until the release of Ellen’s debut novel, Infinity.

Compendium features three stories by Curtis: The Tourniquet Revival, At Midnight the Dawn and Falling into Fire, and features Engen’s most international cast, with characters from Europe, America, and beyond.

The usage of descriptions [in Compendium] really pulled me into the settings. I think atmospheric would be an appropriate adjective. All well written stories trigger the senses, but sometimes it takes a few pages or even chapters before the brain is able to create a world based around the information provided… In Compendium I found after a few paragraphs I had been whisked away to [other] worlds.” – Jay Paulin

Reedited and redesigned, Compendium is ready for it’s upcoming re-release. It will be available on Amazon in early November, but entertains it’s official launch at Hal Con 2, November 13 and 14, 2011.

2012 Anthology series information leaks

2012 Anthology series information leaks
(09/04/2011, official Engen Books Webpage)
Engen Books plans the next leg of it’s in-Universe publishing schedule to be released this April, with the publication of an as-yet unnamed anthology collection with stories taking place within the Engen Universe of stories containing the Black Womb series,Infintiy, and Compendium.

The anthology will feature many stories taking place throughout the Engen Universe, both with established characters and new ones.

Engen author Matthew LeDrew commented on his blog on September 2nd that he will be writing at least three stories for the collection, and that writing the shorts has opened up some new doors for him.

” Sometimes when I’m writing a short it’s less about story and more about atmosphere, which isn’t the way I normally approach things,” said LeDrew. “I’m usually of the mind that character, above all else, comes first; then plot, and then wherever the chips may fall. But as I write more and more short fiction I’m learning that these rules are often very different between the two.”

In addition to LeDrew, fellow Engen author Ellen Curtis is said to be contributing a tale of her own, as well as Ink’d Well Comics creator Jay Paulin. Other authors are pending, with both newcomers and established authors being rumored to be attached to the project.

“Until the ink is dry, I’m not saying anything,” said LeDrew. “But I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The next Engen-Universe release is Inner Child, the eighth book in the Black Womb series, to be released this November at the second-annual Hal-Con.

 

SOURCE: http://www.engenbooks.com/09042011.htm