‘Compendium’ a smash hit at Chapters!

Ellen Curtis signing at Chapters
Ellen Curtis signing at Chapters

This Saturday saw a major Engen event right at home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

After a busy 2009 touring schedule, the Engen team comes home for Ellen Curtis’ first solo book signing at Chapters (70 Kenmount Road) to promote her new book, Compendium.

“I was astounded at the success,” said Curtis. “We sold out so quickly, and the overwhelming amount of people who where interested in what Engen had to offer was amazing. I’m so glad we got to meet and talk to so many great people.”

Compendium sold out their stock at Chapters within minutes, prompting the popular chain to double their order of the collection. It’s currently in stock again and available for the rock-bottom price of $5.99.

Compendium was released in October by Engen Books and features three of Curtis’ short stories, including The Tourniquet Revival and At Midnight, the Dawn.

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Infinity authors revealed!

Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis
Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis

The author of the upcoming Engen novel Infinity was released today on the internet-broadcast television show Sci-Fi on the Rock TV.

Matthew LeDrew was interviewed as a part of their episode dedicated to the guests and staff of Newfoundland’s West Coast Con.

Host Steve Lake was commenting on having enjoyed the latest Engen release, Compendium by Ellen Curtis; to which LeDrew responded:

“We’re definitely going to see more from Ellen. Because, well… uh… well, now’s as good a time as any. We were so impressed with how well Compendium did that we’ve decided to launch the first book in the Infinity series which will be co-author by both myself and Ellen Curtis.”

When asked for further details about the project, LeDrew mentioned that it’s being looked at as the flagship series for Engen, containing work by both its main authors; as well that it would “remain in the same ‘universe’ as Black Womb, while not being tied to it.”

When asked for comment, Ellen Curtis herself said that: “Infinity is shaping up to be Engen’s most epic story yet. Working with Matt has been an amazing experience so far, and one I look forward to continuing”

Special Report : Newfoundland West Coast Con

Even the Empire likes Compendium
Even the Empire likes Compendium

Engen Books was present for a historical event that took place on October 24th and 25th in Corner Brook: the very first Newfoundland West Coast Con.

Engen was out in full force the entire weekend, signing books and leading seminars along with actor Paul Weston (Return of the Jedi, Space 1999) and film producer Darren Hann (Star Wars: Inner Demons, Stargate: Replication).

“It was an amazing weekend,” said LeDrew. “Every time we do a convention it’s a lot of fun, but I find when you do a inaugural one there’s a lot of energy and a lot of comradery. It really was a great weekend.”

Book Launch: Compendium

Engen pulled out all the stops and did a double book launch on Saturday, October 24th. Emcee’d by Sci-Fi on the Rock founder and all-around science fiction guru Darren Hann; the event was the perfect place to launch Ellen Curtis’ debut novel, Compendium.

Engen fans old and new arrived to purchase the new title, excited about the new author. Curtis read from her short story The Tourniquet Revival to enthralled listeners and stayed afterward to sign copies.

Compendium resulted in almost half our sales for the entire weekend,” gushed Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “We’re really excited about what this means for Compendium and for Ellen’s future with Engen Books.”

“I had a lot of fun,” said Curtis. “Darren was a great host and people seemed to like my work. It was my first convention, and I had a blast.”

Book Launch: Roulette

matt readsThe second half of Saturday’s book launch consisted of the fourth book in the Black Womb series, Roulette.

The novel features the continuing adventures of Xander Drew, Mike Harris and Cathy Kennessy as they meet new horrors both at home and abroad, taking their show on the road to L.A.

“This book is a big stepping stone in Black Womb history,” says LeDrew. “I think people will respond well to it. People have been responding well to it, so far.”

Writing Seminars

As with every convention, there are loads of writing seminars designed to help potential authors that Engen loves to participate in. NWCC was no different, holding versions of the popular Writer’s Toolkit, Get Published! and Writer’s Circle workshops that have made previous conventions so successful in locating fresh talent.

Ellen Curtis led a new addition to our seminar lineup, entitled The Art of the Short Story; chronicling how she puts so much story into a smaller page count in the breakthrough novel, Compendium.

New Engen Vendor

Also at the con, BuddyToad comics, one of the provinces leaders in the comic shop / science fiction market, became an official vendor of Engen Books.

BuddyToad’s main office is located in Gander, but they are at the Avalon Mall in St. John’s every Sunday and are available there to purchase copies of all five Engen titles! More on this in the weeks to come!

Ellen Curtis and Paul Weston
Ellen Curtis and Paul Weston

All said, NWCC was one of our most successful conventions yet, with an average of 1 in 5 attendees purchasing an Engen Book! We hope to be back next year with more titles, more authors and more action!

Never Look Back!

Compendium by Ellen Curtis

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!

Compendium (Paperback)
Ellen Curtis

Compendium (Ellen Curtis)Purchase (eBook):
Apple iBooks
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Scribd
Kobo
Smashwords
Kindle

 

 

 

Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1-926903-05-7
Release Date: October 23, 2009
Status: Available
Book Type: Pocket Paperback (4 x 6.5 in)
Cover Price: US $7.99 / CAN $7.89 / UK £5.99
Page Count: 69

Related Titles

Reviews

“When a writer can consistanty take the feelings and experiences of everyday life and translate them into an imaginary world, we have great fantasy .”
The Northeast Avalon Times, January 2010

“The usage of descriptions 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 that after a few paragraphs I had been whisked away to [other] worlds.”
Jay Paulin (Ink’d Well Comics), November 2010

“[At Midnight the Dawn] held me from beginning to ending. In fact, it reminds me of Maurice Level’s horror
fiction.'”

John Robert Colombo, Colombo & Company, July 2010

“Better than Black Womb.”
Steve Lake, Sci-Fi on the Rock TV, October 2009

“If her short stories (and they are very short) are this enjoyable, then I can’t wait to see what a full-length novel will bring.”
GoodReads
February 13, 2013

“3/5 stars.”

Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver
October 29, 2012

“[Speaking about Falling into Fire] This was my favourite of the three stories because of the idea and how it began… The pacing and tone are much more suiting of a short story and the action kept me turning the pages.”
Jenna Harve, Paper Droids, December 1, 2013

Compendium

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!

Compendium (Paperback)
Ellen Curtis

Compendium (Ellen Curtis)

Purchase:

United States:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Canada
Amazon
Chapters

Kindle
Amazon.ca
Amazon.com


Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1-926903-05-7
Release Date: October 23, 2009
Status: Available
Book Type: Pocket Paperback (4 x 6.5 in)
Cover Price: Buy Local: $20 / EBook: $1.22
Page Count: 69

Related Titles

Infinity The Tourniquet Reprisal Exodus of Angels

 

Reviews

“When a writer can consistanty take the feelings and experiences of everyday life and translate them into an imaginary world, we have great fantasy .”
The Northeast Avalon Times, January 2010

“The usage of descriptions 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 that after a few paragraphs I had been whisked away to [other] worlds.”
Jay Paulin (Ink’d Well Comics), November 2010

“[At Midnight the Dawn] held me from beginning to ending. In fact, it reminds me of Maurice Level’s horror
fiction.'”

John Robert Colombo, Colombo & Company, July 2010

“Better than Black Womb.”
Steve Lake, Sci-Fi on the Rock TV, October 2009

“If her short stories (and they are very short) are this enjoyable, then I can’t wait to see what a full-length novel will bring.”
GoodReads
February 13, 2013

“3/5 stars.”

Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver
October 29, 2012

“[Speaking about Falling into Fire] This was my favourite of the three stories because of the idea and how it began… The pacing and tone are much more suiting of a short story and the action kept me turning the pages.”
Jenna Harve, Paper Droids, December 1, 2013

Roulette

As the teen suicide rate in Coral Beach starts to climb astronomically fast, Xander travels to Los Angeles to fight his most terrifying adversary yet… and learns that the only thing worse than looking for release… is finding it.

Roulette (Paperback)
Matthew LeDrew

Roulette (black Womb series, 4)

Purchase (eBook):
Apple iBooks
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Scribd
Kobo
Smashwords
Kindle

Purchase (Physical):
Available only through Buy Local Program!

 

ISBN: 978-0-9784342-6-7
Release Date: October 20, 2009
Status: Available
Book Type: Pocket Paperback (4 x 6.5 in)
Cover Price: Buy Local: $20 / EBook: $7.99
Page Count: 273

Related Titles

Ghosts of the Past (Black Womb, # 5) Ignorance Is Bliss (Black Womb, # 6) Becoming

Reviews

“LeDrew provides his typical pro-level pacing: a few early scenes involving the then-unnamed threat were pitch-perfect. Never a one-note novel, we are treated to moments of sadness and elation, fear and relief. Engen Books always explore a wider range than their base classification would suggest.”
Jay Paulin, Ink’d Well Comics, October 2011

“LeDrew’s work is horror that emerges from the urban fantasy tradition — the introduction of a fantastical element into a true-to-life, modern setting.”
The Telegram, Aug 13, 2010

“I’m getting to be very fond of these books .”
The Northeast Avalon Times, January 2010

Newfoundland West-Coast Con is almost here!

Ellen Curtis
Ellen Curtis

This weekend at the Greenwood Inn in Corner Brook, Engen Books will be launching its latest novel: Compendium!

Penned by local up-and-coming author Ellen Curtis, Compendium will feature three short stories by Curtis that further explore the Engen Universe; and shed new light on the mysteries surrounding the events of all the Engen novels.

The title will be launching at 2pm on Saturday, October 24th as part of the Newfoundland West Coast Con; along with the newest title in the Black Womb series, Roulette.

Anyone not in the Corner Brook area can come to the Kenmount Road Chapters on November 14th from 1-3pm, where Curtis will be signing books and meeting with fans.