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Atlanticon Paranormal & Fantasy writing event! 11AM Saturday, Sept 16, Corner Brook!

Meet authors Amanda Labonté (Call of the Sea, Supernatural Causes) and Heather Reilly (Binding of the Almatraek) September 16 at Atlanticon!

Learn the tricks and tropes of the trade from two of the province’s leaders in paranormal and fantasy YA writing!

Special Panel for Aspiring Authors 11AM Saturday!
Brought to you by Engen Books, Reilly Books, and Atlanticon! Not to be missed!

Top 5 Suspension-of-Disbelief-Shattering Moments from the Engen Universe

No novel or franchise is without sin — that’s the thesis statement behind popular channels such as CinemaSins and Red Letter Media, who have made careers out of lovingly and painstakingly point out the contradictions and gaffs in their favorite forms of media… so why should the Engen Universe be any different? 🙂

Over the years we’ve gotten tons of comments from fans, reviewers, and professionals of varying fields who have read our books and cared enough — been invested enough — to point out some of the senses-shattering plot holes that Engen Universe titles have to offer. What with all the positive spin we’ve been pumping out preparing for Fantasy from the Rock and the Black Womb 10th Anniversary Edition, we thought it would be good to show the flip-side of promotion an unveil our Top 5 Suspension-of-Disbelief-Shattering Moments from the Engen Universe! 🙂
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Exodus of Angels

Exodus of Angels by Ellen Curtis & Matthew LeDrew

n this contemporary superhero thriller, Theo – the psychic member of the Infinity team – must travel back to Black Springs, the hospital that held him for years as a young man, to save a young woman with powers held captive there.

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As Theo fights to unravel a conspiracy of genetic engineering and danger, on another floor of the hospital Victor and Jean-Claude Maximus are struggling to help a young man with the power to heal cling to life. Will both sets of heroes come together to help each other win the day… or will Black Springs rise to become a rival to become a player against the sinister companies that the Infinity team has slowly become aware of?
Download this amazing new novel by Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis today!


Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1926903286
Release Date: April 2016
Purchase: Amazon.com
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Price (CAD): Print $25 / EBook: $2.99
Page Count: 244

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Cover revealed: Exodus of Angels!

1926903285In all the hype leading up to 2016’s hotly anticipated collection Sci-Fi from the Rock and its many authors, it’s easy to overlook the other great titles being released in April: such as Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew’s Exodus of Angels.

After 3 and a half years, readers will finally be able to check back in with Victor, Jaycee, Theo and Leigh this April with a story that will touch the hearts and minds of anyone who reads it — as well stoke the fire of anyone who believes there to be a common thread running through all of the Engen Universe titles, including the Black Womb, Xander Drew, and Benedict Forecasts series.

Led by series creator and show-runner Ellen Curtis, the novel will delve into Theo’s troubled past first glimpsed in the short story “The Theogony” and introduce startling new characters within the walls of the Black Springs Psychiatric Ward.

Pick up your copy on April 1, and if you haven’t tried out the Infinity series by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew yet, the e-books are on sale now with links below!

InfinityInfinity by Ellen Louise Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #1

The Pitch: Faced with a destiny he’s uncertain of, the enigmatic Victor must bring together four unique people with very special abilities… or face the tasks ahead alone. Guaranteed to excite!

 


The Tourniquet ReprisalThe Tourniquet Reprisal by Ellen Louise Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #2

The Pitch: There is a man living in Atlanta Georgia that people don’t talk about, but everyone knows he’s there. He arrived a year ago and turned a gaggle of uneducated and uninterested youth into a force to be reckoned with; something to fear more than any demon or violent act: something new.

Big Halloween Sale!

October is a big deal for Engen Books! Our first novel, Black Womb, debuted in October 2007 to tie its scary-theme into the scariest of all months (excluding of course whatever month taxes get filed in *shudders*).

This year to celebrate, we’re making it easier than ever to try out the Infinity series as an eBook in preparation for the third book in the series, Exodus of Angels, due out April 1 2016!

During the Halloween weekend (October 29-31 2015) both Compendium (the Infinity prequel) and Infinity (the first full novel in the series will be available as eBook for only 99 cents! Follow the links below for each for more information and to purchase!


CompendiumCompendium by Ellen Louise Curtis

The Pitch: Delve deeper into the world of Engen Books than ever before with Compendium, the breakout novel by all-star author Ellen Curtis.
Featuring The Tourniquet Revival, Falling into Fire and At Midnight, The Dawn; plus a new introduction by the author!

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InfinityInfinity by Ellen Louise Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #1

The Pitch: Faced with a destiny he’s uncertain of, the enigmatic Victor must bring together four unique people with very special abilities… or face the tasks ahead alone. Guaranteed to excite!

Click to Purchase


The Tourniquet ReprisalThe Tourniquet Reprisal by Ellen Louise Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #2

The Pitch: There is a man living in Atlanta Georgia that people don’t talk about, but everyone knows he’s there. He arrived a year ago and turned a gaggle of uneducated and uninterested youth into a force to be reckoned with; something to fear more than any demon or violent act: something new.

Click to Purchase


Other Engen Halloween celebrations included out annual pumpkin-carving shenanigans. Check out the antics on YouTube! 🙂

Finished with Life: Open-Source Book Launch October 6!!

Finished with Life But Unable to Die OmnibusAward-winning author Scott Bartlett has released a new book, and to celebrate is having a launch that is part book launch, part open mic, part potluck!

If you’re interested in being a performer, please contact Bartlett by September 30th. Past launches have included poetry and fiction readings, musical performances, and standup comedy. A full list of performances will be available shortly.

If you’ve never attended an open source book launch before, here’s how it works: anyone who wants to contribute/participate in any way is welcome to, so that it becomes a showcase of local talent. Want to show off your cooking skills by bringing a tasty dish? It will be eaten with gusto. Want to help promote? Share this event by liking the Facebook event page.

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To delete, or not to delete

Ellen CurtisSometimes the hardest thing to do is to take your own advice. Part of my job as an author on the convention circuit means I am constantly asked for writing advice. Sometimes, people want help figuring out how to develop characters, how to plot out a novel, or just what my general writing process is like. A lot of times though, people come to writing panels because they’re suffering a bigger problem, such as the dreaded writer’s block.

Some people –cough cough- Matt –cough cough- don’t believe in writer’s block. In fact, Matt’s gone so far as to call it writer’s laze, saying that people just aren’t focusing enough on their work, etc. etc. I don’t buy into this at all.

I’ve struggled with writer’s block in the past in some pretty severe ways. The Tourniquet Reprisal was challenging for me to write, not just because of my busy personal schedule at the time, but because I was struggling with the direction we were taking with the series. Looking back, there are lots of things I would have liked to do differently with my contributions to the novel. That said, this view stems from where I am now, years removed from the project and after having completed a degree that trained me to analyze fiction. The old adage, that you are your own worst critic, holds true for me I think, and it is entirely to Matt’s credit as ‘show runner’ for Reprisal that it turned out so well despite my struggles with it.

The Tourniquet ReprisalGiven the hardships I had with Reprisal, I faced a daunting task heading into Exodus of Angels. I very much wanted to redeem myself for what I viewed as a failure to my partner. I dropped the ball; as I said in the last blog, I wasn’t prioritizing my creative endeavors the way I wanted to due to the workload I was dealing with. Exodus presented me with my turn to be show runner though, which meant I needed bring my A game.

I went into Exodus excited. The plot had mostly been hammered out since Matt and I first sat down to discuss Infinity. I knew what I wanted to do, I felt I had some really strong characters, and I felt that the plot was exciting and hearkened back to some of the aspects of Infinity that were missing in Reprisal. Talking it out with Matt, both of us were pretty excited to start in on writing. Thematically, we were hoping to tackle some pretty big issues that we were really excited to bring to the series.

Cinders (Xander Drew, #1)Matt, as the writing powerhouse he is (you guys have seen how many Black Womb/Xander Drew books he’s got out, right?), hammered out the majority of his portion of the novel fairly quickly. I have to say, it is honestly one of the most emotionally mature pieces I think he has written, and I am so proud of what he accomplished with it. His success with the ‘B’ plot of the novel didn’t translate to my success with the ‘A’ or ‘C’ plots though.

The first few scenes came out easily, but my writer’s block from The Tourniquet Reprisal was sticking around like a stubborn cold. Something wasn’t adding up for me, and I wasn’t sure what it was.

I didn’t think it was my new character. I had been so excited to write her for so long, and my idea of her was so concrete that it felt very natural to translate her experiences. She was a fully formed person in my mind, and seemed to have a life of her own that could carry an interesting story.

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Big Engen Books News!

Ellen CurtisHey all, Ellen here! It’s been a looooong time since I’ve blogged or been super present in online Engen activities. That is about to change though! Put on the kettle, and let’s settle down with a cuppa and catch up!

I was blessed to begin my publishing career at a very young age; Infinity was published when I was 16. Getting a formal education to prepare me for a career in writing was still important to me despite this success, and so I pursued a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Pursuing my education has been, at times, very frustrating. There have been many moments over the past four years where I have felt that my education has been a detriment to my attempts at pursuing my writing career. The sheer amount of time consumed by my studies left me with very few hours in the day to write fiction, and when I was able to write I often felt that I was ignoring other priorities in my life.

School was my first priority, and to support that I needed a day job, which had to be my second priority. Sheer exhaustion prevented me from focusing on much else, including my health. There are only so many times you can spend sleepless nights researching and studying, say “screw the gym” when you’re too tired to go the next day, and pick up a bag of chips and a chocolate bar on the way home as ‘fuel’ before heading to work and repeating the cycle before all of it catches up with you. I’m goal oriented to a fault; in my pursuit of my education I let the rest of my life fall to the wayside.

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Engen rocks Sci-Fi on the Rock 8!

The Long RoadWell, this was a long time coming.

On May 23rd, 24th, and 25th 2014, the Engen-crew of authors once again embarked on their yearly trip to St. John’s Newfoundland for the Eighth Annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention. Every Sci-Fi on the Rock is a special event to the City of St. John’s: what started 8 years ago as a small cult following of fans lead by Darren Hann has become the ultimate in Geek Chic for the province, a three-day celebration of what it is to be a Newfoundland Nerd.

The convention consists of near-round the clock movies, trivia contests, gaming tournaments, lectures, fan-expos, and cos-playing. The event isn’t all fun-and-games though, and has become the go-to place in the province to make connections on collaborative works such as indie comics as with Ariel Marsh of Super-Galactic Space Explorers, meet and learn from professional authors such as Paradise native Scott Bartlett, or attend stunning and thought-provoking lectures by experts in their field, like Dr. Chistopher Lockett’s lecture on all things Tolkien.

As they have been for the last seven years, Engen Books was out in full force with four of its authors in attendance; including Matthew LeDrew ( the Black Womb series & The Long Road), Ellen Curtis (the Infinity series and Compendium), Jay Paulin (light|dark) and Steve Lake (the Full Moon series).

The weekend saw the released of Matthew LeDrew’s latest book, The Long Road, which bridges the Black Womb series (which ended with its tenth book, Chains, released at last years Sci-Fi on the Rock) and its sequel series The Xander Drew series, which is tentatively slated to begin publication in the fall. The Long Road is a book of short stories, in which each story is a different point along the road as Xander Drew makes a life-altering trek from small-town Maine to the big city of Los Angeles, California.

“It’s time for Xander to get out of Coral Beach and interact with the larger Engen Universe as a whole,” said series-creator Matthew LeDrew. “To grow up and stop being stuck in the same thought patterns that small towns can foster. He needs new challenges and new risks in order to remain fresh and interesting, and to grow as a character.”

What this means for the rest of the cast of the previous series is currently unclear, and is not fully explained at the start of the collection. LeDrew was heard explaining to one fan that the new series will be “sans a supporting cast.” When asked to elaborate, LeDrew claimed that in the new series Xander would be alone, and that that would make him “more dangerous” than he’s ever been before.

Also premiering to the excitement of Black Womb fans this weekend was the new international edition of Transformations in Pain, easily the most controversial and polarizing Engen book thus far. This novel follows the international release of Black Womb in October 2012. The next book set for re-release is Ghosts of the Past, with the remaining two Black Womb books to follow soon-after.

Also returning was the Most Dysfunctional Writing Panel Ever, consisting this time of Ellen Curtis, Jay Paulin, and Matthew LeDrew. The four answered questions for a packed room, ranging from topics a varied as dealing with writer’s block to how to prepare a manuscript for publication. Plans had been made to film the panel discussion as the season premiere of the second season of the popular YouTube program, but conflicts between it and Steve Lake’s popular Geek Survivor made filming impossible. New episodes are to begin filming soon.