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.
Dying for a copy of Call of the Sea, the newest novel from Engen Books? Wait no longer! Amanda Labonté has listed the book on Goodreads as a Giveaway! Two lucky readers will win physical copies on March 13, 2017! Follow the link above to make sure you’re in the running for one of them! ❤
Amanda Labonté has proven herself to be one of the driving forces behind-the-scenes of Engen’s 10-year Anniversary celebration: focused and unyielding, making sure the unique vision of her fiction stays in print and is continued. Her powerful story of intrigue and mystery, set against the backdrop of the Newfoundland coast, has gotten the attention of industry critics and readers alike as a part of a new breed of maritime YA novels — ones that perfectly mix the setting of the Atlantic provinces with the modern storytelling methods she employs, making something fresh, new, and exhilarating.
After a heated fight at sea between twins Ben and Alex, Ben vanishes from their boat without a sound or even a ripple in the water. Unwavering in his dedication to find his brother, Alex begins the adventure of a lifetime armed only with the help of a local girl named Meg and his own mysterious musical abilities… the key to which, and to the mysteries that surround him, may be tied to the alluring song of the dangerous girl he finds among the ocean’s frothing waves.
Includes a sneak preview of the upcoming book “Return to the Sea” by Amanda Labonté
“A mysterious figure in the ocean, a suspicious loss in the waves, a riveting treasure hunt, and surprise after surprise, how could anyone not want to read this novel?”
~Alice Kuipers, author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You and Life on the Refrigerator Door.
“Call of the Sea is a vividly imagined novel of folk lore and legends smoothly mixed with realistic, colourful characters of an East Coast village. Amanda Labonte’s paranormal coming of age story effortlessly lifts you along with Alex’s journey to the brink of suspended disbelief…”
~BR Myers, author of Asp of Ascension and Girl on the Run.
“It’s been a while since I’ve read an entire book in one day, but Amanda Labonte’s Call of the Sea had a hold on me that I couldn’t shake. Whenever I tried to put it down, it would call out to me, luring me back like a siren’s song.– An intriguing story about family, secrets, and doing what needs to be done. I was drawn in by the familiar small-town setting and likeable characters, and held fast by the underlying mythology.”
— Ali House, author of The Six Elemental
“Set in a seaside Newfoundland village, this book captures the rhythms of daily life in this small town and the role of family and community… Readers who succumb to the lure of mermaid lore will be drawn to this tale.”
— Lisa Doucet, Atlantic Books Today, Issue 80 (Winter 2015)
“When I first read Amanda’s fiction, I was struck by how well she had interwoven timeless-seeming folklore and legend into thoroughly modern settings. Her protagonist is Alex who comes under suspicion when his twin brother disappears over the side of their fishing boat. His search for his brother, combined with his need to clear his name, sees him plunge into a world of magic and mermen lore.”
— Paul Butler, critically acclaimed author of 1892 and The Widow’s Fire
Wondering what one of the newest Engen titles, Call of the Sea by Amanda Labonté, is all about, let the wonderful author tell you in her own words!
Advance Praise: “A mysterious figure in the ocean, a suspicious loss in the waves, a riveting treasure hunt, and surprise after surprise, how could anyone not want to read this novel?” ~Alice Kuipers, author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You and Life on the Refrigerator Door.
“Call of the Sea is a vividly imagined novel of folk lore and legends smoothly mixed with realistic, colourful characters of an East Coast village. Amanda Labonte’s paranormal coming of age story effortlessly lifts you along with Alex’s journey to the brink of suspended disbelief…” ~BR Myers, author of Asp of Ascension and Girl on the Run.
Call of the Sea, as well as all Engen titles, are available online or through Broken Books at the same price we charge person-to-person. Check them out today! If we don’t have the title you want on hand, let them know and we’ll be sure to make it available. 🙂
Today marks the one year anniversary of the release of Call of the Sea. This is my first novel, so the learning curve was steep but the process was very fulfilling but the journey of getting from my laptop to the store shelves was a long one.
I started writing Call of the Sea about eight years ago and I had no idea what I was doing. It took six years to write and submit to a publisher. Then it took another year for the publisher to get it to print. Then, eight months in, the publisher went out of business.
But everything happens for a reason, and that’s where Engen Books comes in. They not only took over the publication of Call of the Sea, but also the follow up novels in the series (coming out in April of 2018 and 2019).
So while there have been many twists and turns in the road so far, I am thrilled with how things are going right now and I am really excited to be working with all the awesome people at Engen Books.