West Coast Con: Take 2

Ignorance is Bliss
Ignorance is Bliss

October 23rd – 24th marked the second year in a row for Newfoundland’s West Coast Con (NWCC), and Engen Books returned with more titles, more authors and more announcements!

“The convention was really great.” said Infinity author Ellen Curtis. “It’s really like a vacation for us. Out of all the cons on our circuit, this one’s the most relaxed. We had fun.”

In addition to just having a good time, Curtis and co-author Matthew LeDrew took part in several seminars, panels and groups on writing, publishing and science-fiction in general.

“I like doing regular panels as well, not just writing-related ones,” said LeDrew. “I took part in Buffy related panels both here and at Polaris this year, and they’re always fun. I loved that show, and just about anything Whedon puts out. It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests and, sometimes, get them interested in what we do.”

LeDrew’s sixth novel Ignorance is Bliss launched at NWCC, bringing Womb fans old and new in to check out the newest book in the Black Womb series: and fans were surprised with the changes.

“It’s out first book with our new distributor, Lightning Source,” explained LeDrew. “They’re a little larger, getting away from the pocket paperback size we’ve been using. They look wonderful.”

Physical changes weren’t the only difference, as fan’s got a chance to delve deeper into the mindset of Xander Drew. Tired of the beatings he’s been taking over the course of five books, Xander takes some much-needed time off… but crime in Coral Beach doesn’t go on vacation, and things quickly get out of hand.

“This is different for us in that the conflict isn’t internal, it’s external,” commented LeDrew. “It’s a good piece and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope people enjoy it.”

Also at the con were new Engen authors Melanie Collins, Steve Lake and Darren Hann with their book of short stories Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Engen takes the World

Ignorance is Bliss
Ignorance is Bliss

It’s October, and that means big news for Engen Books!

Not only is it our third anniversary, but we’re celebrating with two new books and the long-awaited international release of all Engen titles!

Starting on October 23, 2010 with the release of Ignorance is Bliss at Newfoundland’s West Coast Con in Corner Brook, Engen titles will be available internationally in Chapters, Barnes and Noble, Coles and more. They will also be available on amazon.com, amazon.ca, and chapters.indigo.ca.

“It’s amazing,” said Engen founder and author Matthew LeDrew. “If you’d told me three years ago we’d be here already, I would have called you crazy. It’s truly incredible. We’re excited about Ignorance is Bliss… its the sixth novel in the Black Womb series, and we’re really gearing up for some good solid stories in the next few novels. I’m really happy with this one.”

West Coast Con will feature all five Engen authors as guests, including Darren Hann, Ellen Curtis, Steve Lake and Melanie Collins.

There’s no time to celebrate though, as the very next week (October 29-31, 2010) in Halifax, Engen will launch Infinity, the first book in a new title of the same name, penned by LeDrew and fellow Engen author Ellen Curtis (Compendium).

“I’m very proud of Infinity,” Curtis said. “I think it’s the best work either of us have done. We’re preparing an exciting launch at Hal-Con. I’m hoping people will be impressed.”

To watch the trailer for Ignorance is Bliss on YouTube, click here, compliments of Justin Foley Entertainment.

Stay tuned to Engen.com for more updates and interviews.

Polaris 24: Engen at Large

Infinity (Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew)
Infinity (Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew)

Engen authors Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis were present at the 24th annual Polaris convention from July 16th-18th 2010.

The convention was a huge success, bringing together such acclaimed actors as Alaina Huffman (Stargate Universe), Mark Sheppard (Firefly), Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman) and Kai Own (Torchwood).

“I had a really great time,” commented Infinity co-author Ellen Curtis. “The convention was huge and had a lot to offer. I can’t wait to go back.”

There were also over twenty authors on site, including Nikki Stafford (Finding Lost), Julie E. Czerneda (Rift in the Sky) and, of course, Kenneth Tam (Defense Command).

“It’s always a delight to see Ken,” said LeDrew. “He’s got some new books in both the Defense Command and New World series’ that are calling from my bookcase even now. I also had a lot of fun doing a signing with Violette Malan, who has an amazing fantasy series I can’t wait to sink my teeth into.”

The Engen team did more than just sell books with this convention though, taking the opportunity to network and meet other creative-minded people.

One such group was the cast and crew of Mind’s Eye, a Synn Studios production starting this November and airing in weekly six-minute episodes online.

“They had one of the most amazing presentations I’ve ever seen,” said LeDrew. “I can’t wait to see what these guys have coming up in the future. It’s going to be huge.”

Special Report: Sci-Fi on the Rock IV

Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis at Sci-Fi on the Rock
Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis at Sci-Fi on the Rock

The convention season started with a bang April 17-18th 2010 with Sci-Fi on the Rock IV, the biggest and best for both the convention organizers and for Engen Books!

Sci-Fi fans flocked in droves to the beloved convention, with attendance reaching an estimated staggering 1500 this year, the greatest of any year yet. And it showed. With often standing room only in the dealer and show rooms, Engen writers and staff had a unique opportunity to make a real impression.

Ghosts of the Past launch

Ghosts of the Past, the fifth novel in the Black Womb series by Matthew LeDrew, launched to rave results at the height of the madness Saturday afternoon.

The launch was attended by a packed crowd, including fellow Engen authors Ellen Curtis and Melanie Collins, as well as local radio personalities Sarah Thompson and Cara Browne. LeDrew spoke to the gathered crowd, read an excerpt from his newest novel, and answered questions fielded from the audience in what he called his best launch yet.

“It was truly amazing,” commented LeDrew. “It’s been over two years, but its really starting to pay off, and you can see it in the launches. Our fanbase and readership are growing, to the point where launches are becoming the events that they’re supposed to be.”

Also featured at the launch was a tremendous cake, decorated into an exact replica of the Ghosts of the Past cover.

Matthew LeDrew reading
Matthew LeDrew reading

“The cake was astonishing, everyone loved it,” beamed LeDrew.

Sci-Fi from the Rock launch

Ghosts of the Past cake
Ghosts of the Past cake

Not to be outdone, Sci-Fi from the Rock countered on Sunday afternoon with their own book launch, featuring appearances from all three authors and a reading by Melanie Collins. (Recorded by Ellen Curtis, video available soon.)

Sci-Fi from the Rock has become a massive success for Engen, selling over half it’s initial print run in pre-orders alone, making it Sunday’s biggest seller.

“We’re genuinely impressed with the work of Darren Hann, Steve Lake and Melanie Collins,” said LeDrew. “We’re already in talks with Lake and Hann to produce novels all their own, and Melanie knows the door is always open.”

Curtis has book signing at Sci-Fi Con

Continuing Engen success stories, Ellen Curtis was present again promoting her first novel, Compendium. Continuing the tour she began in ’09 with NWCC and Chapters, Curtis was welcomed for the first time as a guest of Sci-Fi on the Rock.

“It was an amazing experience,” says Curtis. “The con gets bigger every year, and I was very happy to be attending as an Engen author this year. My only regret was not getting to see the Replication movie… but apparently it’ll be available online soon, so I’ll see it then.”

Sci-Fi from the Rock

A daring collection of short stories from three names synonymous with science-fiction in Newfoundland.

Featuring stories taking place outside the main Engen canon, Sci-Fi from the Rock promises to take readers anywhere they can imagine and more!

Sci-Fi from the Rock (Pocket Paperback)
Hann, Lake & Collins

Sci-Fi from the Rock
Sci-Fi from the Rock



Physical copies of Sci-Fi from the Rock have all sold out, but fret not! You can still get all the action you need: digitally! Just choose any of the digital download options below:

You can choose to either download Legacy of the Full Moon, Woven by the Thief, both made available for free from Engen Books!

Title Information:

ISBN: 978-0-9784342-9-8
Release Date: April 23, 2010
Status: Available
Book Type: Pocket Paperback (4 x 6.5 in)
Cover Price: US $5.99 / CAN $5.99 / UK £5.99
Page Count: 70

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“Melanie Collins was the last book to read and I wasn’t disappointed. Melanie Collins has a wonderful way with words. Reading the stories makes me want to write again.”
Jeremy Bulloch, Boba Fett, April 2010

“Darren Hann can really write and he has an active imagination… he is inclined to include everything but the kitchen sink. I will definitely watch out for his prose in the future.”
John Robert Colombo, Colombo & Company, July 2010

“[Steve Lake’s] visit to the age-old conflict between vampires and werewolves is a good one, but too brief. I hope [he] will take this tale and develop it, hone it and publish a larger work with this story as an integral part.”
The Telegram, May 8, 2010

“Melanie Collins’ Woven by the Thief is flowery, delicate – yet layered – fantasy that depicts the nighttime relationship between dreamer and dream-taker.”
Jay Paulin, Ink’d Well Comics; June 2011

Each story has its own merits, but Hann’s interested me the most. Titled “The Time Diamond,” it felt inspired by works like Temple of Doom, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and even Newfoundland’s own Captain Canada comics. This tale envisions a twisted sense of Canadiana that I found refreshing.”
David Reynolds, author of Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths; April 29, 2015

Legacy of the Full Moon

A daring short story from a name synonymous with science-fiction in Newfoundland, Steve Lake!

Experience the first story in Steve Lake’s epic Full Moon saga!

Legacy of the Full Moon
Steve Lake

Legacy of the Full Moon

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Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1-926903-09-5
Release Date: April 23, 2010
Status: Available
Book Type: Digital Download
Cover Price: PDF $0.99/ EPUB $0.99/ MOBI $0.99
Page Count: 19


“[Steve Lake’s] visit to the age-old conflict between vampires and werewolves is a good one, but too brief. I hope [he] will take this tale and develop it, hone it and publish a larger work with this story as an integral part.”
The Telegram, May 8, 2010

“Lake has the makings of a winning formula in the palm of his hand.”
Jay Paulin, Ink’d Well Comics

May the Fourth be with you

Sci-Fi on the RockIt’s mid April, and that means three things in St. Johns. Snowfall. Junos. And SCI-FI ON THE ROCK!

That’s right, Newfoundland’s first and biggest science-fiction convention is back, and Engen authors will be out if force this 17th and 18th.

Ellen Curtis will be signing copies of her newest book Compendium, while hosting writing seminars for new and upcoming authors.

Engen newcomers Steve Lake, Melanie Collins and Darren Hann will be on hand not only as organizers of the renowned convention, but also as authors of the newest Engen anthology, Sci-Fi from the Rock, launching at the con.

Lastly, Engen author and founder Matthew LeDrew will be there to lead seminars and launch the newest book in the acclaimed Black Womb series, Ghosts of the Past.

For a full list of convention Engen activities, see below:

3:00 pm – BOOK LAUNCH — Ghosts of the Past

5:00 pm – Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror writing with Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew.

10:00am – Writer’s Toolkit — Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis discusses the tools needed to be an author with a competitive edge in this day and age.

2:00pm – BOOK LAUNCH — Sci-Fi from the Rock.