Paper Droids — an online magazine dedicated to geeky girls founded in 2011 by a group of publishing students who were dissatisfied by the lack of non-commercial, geeky outlets for women — has posted a very positive review of Ellen Curtis’s first novel Infinity.
“Destiny doesn’t wait for anyone” is the catch phrase for this book: it’s the perfect short description of what this book is all about. Infinity is the start of the story of an enigmatic man, Victor, who brings together four unique people from varying backgrounds after searching for those without limitations and who could truly change the world. The first book of the series follows Abby, Chad and Theo as they work to unravel their pasts. The three plots are separate, but they flow together very well.
To read the entire review, click here. Be sure to check out their other articles too, it is a quality e-zine with few contemporaries.
It’s been a year already, somehow, and Hal-Con is back to take the science-fiction world by storm October 26th – 28th at the Halifax World Trade Convention Center!
Engen Books authors will be there for their third year in a row, bringing new novels and merchandise for fans and newcomers to enjoy!
Authors on site include Matthew LeDrew (Black Womb, Gang War) and Ellen Curtis (Compendium, The Tourniquet Reprisal). Also in attendance: Jay Paulin (Gristle while you Work), who will be doubling his efforts as both Engen authors and Ink’d Well Comics creator!
Engen will be hosting and participating in several writing panels throughout the convention, so be sure and make it down to as many as you can if you’re interested in Engen or in writing in general! Panels include:
Writing Good Fiction Workshop
6:15pm – 7:00pm Friday, October 26, 2012
Workshop Room 4
7:00pm – 9:00pm, Friday, October 26, 2012
Young Author Panel
1:15pm – 2:00pm, Saturday, October 27, 2012
Workshop Room 1
The Most Dysfunctional Writing Panel EVER
2:00pm – 2:45pm, Sunday, October 28, 2012
Workshop Room 4
Engen also debuts, for the first time ever, The Tourniquet Reprisal: the sequel to 2010’s smash-hit Infinity. Infinity was released at the first Hal-Con and developed a strong fan-base there, who have been eagerly awaiting the sequel for two years.
Also being released in the new, international edition of Black Womb, revised and expanded throughout, the first of the original five Black womb books to be reinvented as such.
New-to-Halifax includes light|dark, an anthology featuring the work of two Halifax natives; Gang War, the ninth book in the much-beloved Black womb series; and The Man with the Hole in his Head, the first book from the newest Engen-author Kevin Woolridge.
Be sure to keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, and our WordPress to keep track of our up-to-the-minute photos, reports and changes!
Another year gone by already, and another blog-post! Bright and early tomorrow morning we get to escape the rain here in St. John’s and hop across the water to Halifax for Hal-Con. It doesn’t really seem like a year since the last convention because we’ve been so busy! Once again we are down to the wire running errands and packing up shop to make the trek to Atlantic Canada’s biggest science fiction convention.
New this year from Engen Books comes The Tourniquet Reprisal, our follow-up to Infinity. Fans of the first are in for a wild ride, following Victor, Abby, Chad, JayCee, Theo and a few new faces as the face of against an old foe. Likewise, fans of Matthew LeDrew’s Black Womb series will be happy to see Engen’s flagship novel in it’s new international format with a bumped-up word count.
Engen Universe’s Halifax fans will also get a chance to buy light|dark in person for the first time since it launched in April, as well as the latest addition to the Black Womb series, Gang War. The third annual Hal-Con will also be the convention debut of The Man with the Hole in his Head, the work of Engen’s newest author, Kevin Woolridge.
Hal-Con will also be the first venue to offer Engen Books prints. All new Black Womb artwork will be available for sale, including Kevin Kendall’s cover art from the international edition of Black Womb.
Look for Engen Books on the second floor of the World Trade and Convention Centre 12:00 Friday. In the mean time, we’ll be packing (I actually haven’t started my suitcase yet. Oops!) and getting all the little last minuted things done before we take flight early tomorrow morning!
Hey everyone! It’s been a while, mainly because I’ve been working a lot, but I wanted to get this thing back up to date.
Things have been hectic lately. Matt and I finished The Tourniquet Reprisal and are working on getting the final edits out, and I’ve started writing the next Infinites novel. If you’ve ever been to one of our panels, you’ll know that Matt and I talk about our writing process a lot and how we manage co-writing a series. After our first novel together, Infinity, we decided to alternate who would have the main creative control over the novel, similar to how a TV series has a show runner. TTR was Matt’s chance to take the lead, and ever since we brainstormed for the Infinity, I’ve been excited to get to work on Exodus of Angels. I’ve got a good feeling about where it’s going. Exodus is also exciting for me because it’s going to be the end of the first arc in the novels.
Aside from writing, I’ve been doing a lot of day-job stuff and had to start physiotherapy for a back injury. It’s taken up a lot of my time, and the little time I get in between has been divided between family and my friends, dealing with mine and Matt’s apartment, gardening and cooking. A lot of cooking.
I started an edible garden, mainly because summer at my house growing up meant a lot of gardening and I wanted to really make the apartment more home-y, while also giving myself some room to play with my cooking.
I started with my lemon cupcakes. Pretty basic right? Well, I was somewhat in the mood to eat more flowers after having dry lavender soda, so I started looking up edible flowers and was pleasantly surprised to find out that pansies are edible. And not only are they edible, but they’re delicious.
While my sugaring didn’t turn out quite as nice as I had hoped (I couldn’t get my hands on extra-fine granulated, so I had to go with regular granulated), I was pretty pleased with my first shot as this. And the lemon was divine. I only wished my tasters weren’t so fussy, or the icing would have been lavender and not vanilla.
I was on a roll then, making pulled chicken in my slow cooker, whipping out my pancake muffins, making loads of spinach salads and getting loads of fresh corn.
Then our lovely housemates treated us to a nerve-wracking plumbing incident and I got nervous. And when I get nervous I cook. After watching just a titch much of Gordon Ramsay, I decided I’d make a farmer’s pie. And again, I was itching to use my garden so I got some fresh chives on the go.
I’ll clarify now, this is Matt’s favourite food. His roommate in college used to make it for him, so I figured I’d try my hand at it. I used a pound of lean ground pork, mixed with a third cup of pasta sauce and half a fresh tomato (though I would use more if I had it on hand). The next layer was tinned peas and carrots, mixed with fresh corn that I cut off the cob raw. On top I had my mashed potato recipe, made with a small amount of garlic butter, and then topped with those oh-so-good chives. I served this the next day for dinner, I had a quarter of the pie, and served a quarter to Matt. I fully intended it to last to the next day (yum leftovers!), but Matt devoured the last half. He seriously puts food away.
Today of course, I’ve had a little more fun with food. I love Canada day, just for the simple fact that it’s one of two warm paid holidays and I get to spend it with the people I love. I get the day off, so I get to spend that time cooking up all the cute things I’ve been waiting to cook for forever. Today I even used a real live BBQ for the first time ever unsupervised. I didn’t blow anything up, but I did make mean burgers and corn. So good 🙂
Of course, I couldn’t stop with dinner, so I went ahead and made some dessert to go with. I’d seen a few pictures of Fourth of July strawberries dipped in white chocolate and blue sprinkles and figured I’d give it a shot. I kinda felt like pulling out all the stops.
And what are strawberries without virgin strawberry daiquiri and piña colada?
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!
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!
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
(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.
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”.