NewFoundSpecFic launch a success!

nfsf_groupshotNewFoundSpecFic received its official launch last Saturday at the University Center of Memorial University to raves from the student body and beyond.

Authors Jennifer Graham, Ryan Marsh, Ellen Curtis, Breanne Milley, Joshua Quinlan and Devin Drover were all in attendance to meet fans, sign autographs and generally immerse themselves in the experience of the launch.

NewFoundSpecFic has already garnered much media attention and anticipation of its release has been high for weeks. When asked to remark if the successful launch meant a NewFoundSpecFic vol. II, co-author Jennifer Graham remarked that there would.

The stories by Graham originally published in Newfoundspecfic have been reprinted in Sci-Fi from the Rock.

“We’ve been planning a second one before the first came back from the printers,” said Graham.”This project was a lot of fun, and there’s a lot of untapped talent out there.”

“There aren’t a lot of details we can share yet, but one big thing is that we will be opening up submissions to all of Canada!”

On the launch, Engen founder and author Matthew LeDrew commented that the continued success of the title will further guarantee the success of the franchise. “The scope of NewFoundSpecFic is enormous and yet open enough that even a casual reader can enjoy it. That appeals to us on many levels. The next stop for NFSF is the third annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention at the Holiday Inn, where the entire Engen crew will be present as well as many more authors and actors. I look forward to seeing how NFSF does on a larger scale, and suspect it will do well.”

Looking ahead: Smoke and Mirrors

Over the past few weeks we’ve gotten a number of letters with regard to the highly anticipated third book in the Black Womb series, Smoke and Mirrors . Rumor has circulated ranging in topic from the books premise and plot (and of course, who will survive); to more technical questions such as what this title means for the series as a whole and perceived delays in publication.

“This book is very much a ‘third act’ of sorts,” commented Matthew LeDrew, author of the series. “There are plots that have been running through both Black Womb and Transformations in Pain, some of which people are aware of and some of which they aren’t. This book brings many of those plots to a close.”

Online speculation has lead many fans to wonder the fate of the series and its characters after this novel… with more than one post questioning the fate of Black Womb itself.

“The series itself is going strong. We’re nowhere near ready to call it a day yet. As to the fate of the characters, well, you’ll really have to read it to find out. I can tell you that anything can still happen, and that I really don’t think anyone has seen this particular ending coming yet.

“As for the delays with the production of the novel itself, that’s partly to due with me and partly to do with market fluctuation. It’s no secret that the economy in general and the publication economy in specific has been going through a rough patch at the moment, so the novel was delayed slightly to try and ride out that wave as much as possible. The delays that are my fault rest in the editing process. I failed to alert the editors to the fact that this novel was over double the size of the previous two, rendering their estimates for when edits would have been complete inaccurate. The good news is: Smoke and Mirrors is coming soon, and it will be worth the wait.”

Sci-Fi on the Rock II a massive success!

Matthew LeDrew signing
Matthew LeDrew signing

The second annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention, the largest Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror convention in Newfoundland is happened on April 19th-20th (2008) at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s. This years con was a massive success for all involved, including Engen Books’ Matthew LeDrew.

“The convention was great, we really couldn’t have asked for better.” stated LeDrew, author of both Black Womb and Transformations in Pain. “We made a lot of sales, but more importantly we got a lot of interest going in the series. A lot of people were into what we had to say and that’s always fun.”

As part of being a guest of the convention, Matthew LeDrew hosted writing and publishing seminars with fellow authors. He stated that this was especially important to him, as that was how he got started one year previous.

“It’s really important to me to keep that tradition alive, to help new writers get their start. That’s what Engen was created for and it looks like we may get to flex that muscle sooner than we think. I can’t say much right now, but there were a few very promising people in the seminars that may be published through Engen Books in the near future.”

Also in attendance were Brian Downey ( The Lexx, Millennium ), Jeremy Bulloch ( Star Wars, Octopussy ) and Kenneth Tam (Defense Command, His Majesty’s New World ).

“It was a great night, and a great convention as well,” Tam said on the Iceberg Publishing website. “And being able to launch The Grasslands at home was a real treat.”

For more information on Sci-Fi on the Rock II, go to www.scifiontherock.com.

Transformations in Pain

Transformations in PainTransformations in Pain
Matthew LeDrew (Author)
Xander’s newfound paranormal abilities are but to the test when he must help identify and stop the young women of his small town from being victimized by an unknown man. In this disturbing second chapter of the Bestselling Superhero thriller, Xander and his friends must learn that the real monsters plaguing their town don’t have claws.

Download the book that Jay Paulin raves: “moves at breakneck speeds. The dialogue is sharp – a common trait in LeDrew’s novels – and the plot weaves together quite cleverly.”


Title Information:

ISBN: 978-0-9784342-1-2
Release Date: April 2008
Purchase: Amazon.com
Amazon.CA
Amazon.UK
Price (CAD): Print: $20 / EBook: $2.99
Page Count: 209

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Reviews

“When Transformations in Pain focuses on the mystery elements, it moves at breakneck speeds. The dialogue is sharp – a common trait in LeDrew’s novels – and the plot weaves together quite cleverly.”
Jay Paulin, Ink’d Well Comics, May 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

“It is the writing of it’s generation: visual, to-the-point and in-the-moment.”
The Northeast Avalon Times, May 2009

“[The novel] has a Whedon-esque feel to it but is really good. The comedy in it is just right for this horror genre [the author] is working on.”
Steve Lake, Sci-Fi on the Rock TV

Black Womb

Black Womb (Matthew LeDrew)Black Womb
Matthew LeDrew
#1 Superhero Bestseller!
In the style of 80s teen slasher movies comes Black Womb, the story of four Maine teens being stalked by a relentless, shadowy killer. As more and more of their friends are picked off, the killer is revealed to work for a sinister government agency with deep ties to one of the teens and the deep secret they’re hiding.

Download the book The Northeast Avalon Times raves: “is the writing of it’s generation: visual, to-the-point and in-the-moment.”


Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1-926903-13-2
Release Date: October 2007
Purchase: Amazon.com
Amazon.CA
Amazon.UK
Price (CAD): Print: $20 / EBook: $0.99
Page Count: 248

Related Titles

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Reviews

“It is the writing of it’s generation: visual, to-the-point and in-the-moment.”
The Northeast Avalon Times, May 2009

“The story is solidly written… [LeDrew] could have just given us the Breakfast Club, but instead he’s succeeded in creating a cast that’s as every bit [as] unique as they are believable.”
Jon Aylward, June 8 2010

“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

“Evil corporations, faceless villains, people with mysterious identities/pasts… when done right these are powerful archetypes. I love potboiler mysteries, horror and scifi… I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy this series.”
Jay Paulin (Ink’d well Comics), November 2010

“It takes you on a rollercoaster and ends with a bang… I enjoyed every moment of it.”
Milan McKay
A Neon Village, Dec 2, 2010

“Very dirty, very well written. [I] enjoyed the story immensely and would like to see where it goes.”
Steve Lake, Sci-Fi on the Rock TV

“Black Womb  compares very favorably to Personal Demons, I must say — I enjoyed [Black Womb] as much, and it of course has more in the series.”
Kenneth Tam, Iceberg Publishing, July 7, 2007

“The writing in Black Womb is seamless and to the point, without robbing you of the details or over baring you with them either.”
42 Webs, Feb 15, 2012

“Black Womb  was suspenseful and intriguing from beginning to end with breathtaking twists and turns that kept me hooked and guessing until the end!”
Andrea Edwards, “Scarlett” author
Septembers 6, 2012

“Great book with an interesting twist, Matthew (LeDrew) weaves a tale of suspense, horror, and youthful endurance. Definitely a book to check out if you haven’t already!”
Kevin Kendall, Kendallight Studios
September 28, 2012

“Perhaps the best way to dilute the book’s premise down to a single sentence would be to call it “a bizarre fusion of horror film and superhero gimmicks.”
Mark Pellegrini, Adventures in Poor Taste
November 29, 2012

“Black Womb is an exciting horror story full of action and introducing a bunch of interesting characters. The story flows quickly and is a great read for a first-time novelist.”
GoodReads
June 04, 2013

 

Titles by Erin Vance

Erin Vance is an editor for Engen Books on a work-for-hire basis and is currently accepting proposals for more editing work in both copy and content from authors of all backgrounds and skill sets, subject to right-to-refusal and prices to be negotiated based on the amount of time each project is estimated to take. Potential authors wishing to work with Erin should write erinvance@engenbooks.com and allow up to four weeks for a response.

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009Song of the Mockingjay by Erin Vance
Series: Engen Academia, #1

The Pitch: An essay examining the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. Considering the current state of global affairs, and the increasing numbers of conflicts, readers of The Hunger Games will likely have to confront oppressive regimes, whether in their own country or in another. Therefore, the fact that The Hunger Games does not glorify war and condemns government oppression demands further critical analysis and recognition.

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Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Sci-Fi from the Rock by Erin Vance
Series: From the Rock, #2016

The Pitch: Nineteen short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best science-fiction and fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans and some of them new to the craft for the first time. Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Kenneth Tam, Scott Bartlett, Jay Paulin, Alison House, & many more!

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promo_cover7_webFantasy from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, #2017

The Pitch: Twenty-One short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans of their field and some of them new to the craft! Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Nick Morine, Christopher Walsh, Shannon Green, Heather Reilly, Ali House, Amanda Labonté, Paul Carberry & many more!

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Smoke And MirrorsSmoke And Mirrors by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #2

The Pitch: The approaching execution of Adam Genblade brings closure to the men and women of Coral Beach… until people start showing up dead in the same manner they did when he was at large. Now his victims are forced to keep him alive in order to get their answers… or accept that it may not have been him to begin with.

Note: Erin edited the 2015 international edition of Smoke and Mirrors only.

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Cinders (Xander Drew, #1)Cinders by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Xander Drew, #1

The Pitch: Thomas Horton is a good cop. Focused and unyielding, he has one of the highest solved-case rates in Los Angeles, a city with the highest unsolved murder rate in the whole of the United States. Despite his record, his resolve is questioned by the appearance of a young man named Xander Drew: a man equally as focused and determined, but who refuses to operate within the confines of the rigid California legal system.

When the egos and obsessions of both men collide, Horton enters a violent and dangerous world he didn’t know existed beneath the veneer of order and structure that he has based his entire deductive method around, forcing both men to question everything they knew… until they are both threatened to be dragged down to a place where everything burns, until all that are left, are Cinders.

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Sinister Intent (Xander Drew, #2)Sinister Intent by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Xander Drew, #2

The Pitch: Thomas Horton was a good cop. Faced with early retirement as a result of his affiliation with the secretive and sometimes violent vigilante named Xander Drew, he tries to settle into civilian life: but there remain three unsolved cases from when he was on active duty. The facts of these three unsolved cases still keep him up at night.

Now in the short time since he left his position, one of the killers he could not catch has resurfaced: a serial killer who flaunts his sinister intent in front of the Los Angeles Police Department for all to see, making it so that no one is safe. Unable to convince the rest of the LAPD of the connections between the two cases, Horton must again ally himself with Xander Drew, entering in a game of quid-pro quo in exchange for information about a dangerous gang-lord. Without the badge to shield him, can Horton’s moral certainty survive another encounter with Xander?

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Exodus of AngelsExodus of Angels by Ellen Louise Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #3

The Pitch: Theo returns to the mental institution called Black Springs to help a young girl who has been trapped there while at the same time hunting for a cure for the beleaguered Leigh Blackheart. At the same time, Victor and Jaycee Victor and Jaycee venture to a palliative care unit in Los Angeles which holds a dark secret. Exploring themes of responsibility, the bounds of friendship, and assisted suicide, this installment is not be be missed.

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Erin Vance

Erin Vance, Editor
Erin Vance, Editor

Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program.

Erin wrote her Honors thesis paper, Song of the Mockingjay on exploring the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. She is creative, spiritual, and loves reading, writing, and anything to do with words.

Erin is the co-editor of the From the Rock anthology series, which highlights Newfoundland talent in genre writing.

Erin is the editor-in-chief for Engen Books and is currently accepting proposals from more editing work in both copy and content from authors of all backgrounds and skill sets, subject to right-to-refusal and prices to be negotiated based on the amount of time each project is estimated to take. Potential authors wishing to work with Erin should write erinvance@engenbooks.com and allow up to four weeks for a response.