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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!

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

Latest Writing Update

So, I mentioned a while ago that we’d be getting some Engen Bytes up soon, and I’d be dropping some more details on upcoming projects soon. Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, we had to postpone filming and have not gotten a chance to set up time since. Busy-busy as always over here.

Anyway, I figured I should give you all a teaser of my upcoming contribution to the Engen Universe Anthology of Short Stories in lieu of Engen Bytes. The working title is “Oliver”.

Pretty fuzzy, but just a representation of where the word count was earlier. It’s much further along now 😉

Back to the Books

Ellen Curtis
Ellen Curtis

This week at Engen Books saw myself and Matthew back to school for the fall semester. Now don’t get me wrong, I love school, but there are things I’d rather be doing. Say, working on the tentative international re-release of Compendium for November. Or the upcoming Engen Universe book of short stories. Or the TR project.

What you can definitely expect in the coming weeks will be some brand new Engen Bytes, which we will be filming next Wednesday. As always, we’re trying to keep people informed about some of the new things we’re working toward.

Basically, I’m just going to be brief today. The early rise for school and the late nights of sick-Matthew (apparently the boss isn’t impervious to the common cold) mumbling and coughing are catching up to me, and quite frankly I need some time to relax! So, until next time, and until we get some Engen Bytes online, I’ll take off!

Happy reading!

The Taskmaster

Ellen Curtis
Ellen Curtis

People often ask me what it is like to write with another person, especially since that person is my partner. The truth of the matter is, it is at once the most stressful and most rewarding experience that I have had as an author. Matthew is one of my favorite people, and we are alike in many ways, so when we work well together, we work very well. When we clash, however, the fights can be extreme.

I refer to Matt as ‘The Taskmaster’ because he often is on my case about writing. We both lead busy lives, juggling the business, post secondary, our day jobs and day-to-day life. Sometimes, it is too much to come home after such a full day and sit down for three hours at my desk and write a few thousand words. Matt, on the other hand escapes to his computer after a long day. As such, we often do not produce the same amount of work in the run of a month, which admittedly must be quite frustrating for him when we’re operating under the system of writing particular sections of a novel, and I’m a fair few chapters behind where he is.

This stress aside, there is the added stress of agreeing on what exactly we will be writing ahead of time. All of our joint endeavors are meticulously planned chapter by chapter, so the planning portion of the novel can often be more labor intensive than actually writing it. Many times we will viciously fight over which character should play which part, what their motivations are for their actions, and ultimately if we should pursue a storyline based on conflicts with existing or planned material. In the end, it rests on how devoted each of us is to our ideas, and through these challenges we have learned how to better compromise as a couple. Our conflicts in writing remind us to not take criticisms personally, and to not make criticisms personal.

There are many upsides to writing with Matthew, if anything I have said leads one to believe otherwise. We feed off each others ideas, and through this interaction we are both challenged to deliver more and be more creative. Each work is more complex, more intriguing, because we each add our own layers to the story.