Category Archives: Newfoundland

Blog interview on The Kronicles of Korthlundia | Amanda Labonté

I was lucky enough to be featured on writer Jamie Marchant’s blog, The Kronicles of Korthlundia. I got to talk about my inspiration for Call of the Sea and answered some interesting questions about speculative fiction.

Check out the interview at http://jamie-marchant.blogspot.ca/2017/03/guest-author-amanda-labonte.html

Cover Design Unveiled: Fantasy from the Rock!

promo_cover7_webAmid the flurry of announcements regarding the ever-expanding lineup of terrific talent in the April 2017 Fantasy from the Rock, it’s easy to forget that a great collection of authors needs a great cover to unify all those great stories under one banner! Last year we got some stellar mixed-medium work from Kyle Callahan of Kyle Callahan Photography, and this year he’s returned with a piece that emphasizes the Celtic fairy origins of fantasy storytelling in Atlantic Canada.

This beautiful piece combining multiple mediums was crafted by Kyle Callahan of Kyle Callahan Photography. It incorporates stunning photography with stylized computer-generated art to bring the themes of the natural wonder of fantasy into the heart of St. John’s Newfoundland, where the photo was taken. It also features design and sculpture work by Ellen Curtis, who designed the fairy model that was used in the photography. Continue reading Cover Design Unveiled: Fantasy from the Rock!

Why snow days are the best days (for writing)

Amanda LabonteAs a writer, I think there is something magical about a day when you can stay inside and block out the real world – both figuratively and literally if the snow is halfway up your front door.

Before going further, I do have to confess that I am a winter grinch. When the first hint of frost hits the air, I heartily join in the chorus of ‘not yet’. I refuse to pull out my heavy coat and boots until the snow sticks to the ground. I curse when I am already running ten minutes late and I go outside to find the car needs to be scraped. Again.

But then a day comes when everything closes. When the police ask all cars to stay off the roads. When the convenience stores run out of chips. And, if you are a writer like me and not one of those brave souls who has to work in an ER or 24-hour gas station, those days can be creative perfection. Continue reading Why snow days are the best days (for writing)

St. John’s Mayor encourages consumers to “think local”

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Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

After the closure announcements of four different staples to downtown shopping this week, including Ballistic, Biped, Healy’s Deli and Templeton’s, the Mayor of St. John’s spoke out in a rallying cry to consumers this holiday season and beyond.

“It’s very unfortunate that [these] businesses have closed their doors, and in many ways it’s a reaction to the economic slow down that we are going through,” said Mayor O’Keefe.

O’Keefe went on to recognize the growing trend to do shopping online or at big box stores, commenting that shopping at venues such as these has siphoned money from local retailers.

This speaks to a trend that Engen Books has commented on before. Buying local keeps money in our local economy instead of sending it away: $20 spent online only does on person good, whereas $20 spent locally can have a ripple affect that provides for many people, and is part of the reason we have encouraged shoppers to take advantage of more local and non-box store options, such as Boom IT, Mirth Publishing, Midnight Tailors, and yes, Engen Books.

In a further statement, O’Keefe mirrored that ‘think local’ sentiment: “We can lessen that, we can minimize that, all of us together, if we shop more locally… In particular we advocate for the downtown because our downtown is very, very unique, very vibrant. We do what we can as a city and as a council to keep it in a condition where it’s filled with vitality.”

One such location downtown ideally located is Broken Books, a great alternative to big box book buying. It’s right next to the War Memorial and Fixed Coffee, great place to stop and do a little holiday shopping.

Read the full article on CBC here.

 

Get to know Paul Carberry, author.

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Paul Carberry, with daughter.

There have been several new faces around Engen Books lately, as we’ve been signing on new talent prepping for our 10 year anniversary celebratory year. You may have also noticed the return of creepy, unsettling imagery to the mastheads of the Engen Press websites, something largely unseen since the Black Womb series ended several years ago. Both these things have one thing in common: Engen Books signing on Paul Carberry, iconic Newfoundland thriller author of the Zombies on the Rock series.

Carberry started his series in 2015, but by the end of 2016 had moved it to the Engen Books publishing company, which allows him freedom to write and get him book to a more diverse area of the province and country.

But who is Paul Carberry? Get to know him in his first Engen Interview!

Continue reading Get to know Paul Carberry, author.