From 12noon-12:50 on Saturday August 26, come celebrate the Engen Books 10 year Anniversary with Ali House, Amanda Labonté, Ellen Curtis, Erin Vance, and Matthew LeDrew! We often celebrate the writing and production of our novels, we’re going to take a minute to sit and talk about us, behind the scenes, and reflect on the last 10 years as well as give hints as to what to expect in the next ten years! ❤
Big news today for fans of literature and genre fiction in the province! Avalon Expo is pleased to be bringing a new guest to their Avalon Expo 3 lineup: none other than Ali House, author of The Six Elemental!
The big news for fans of Engen Books is that that this will be the first time that our entire 10th Anniversary cast has been in one place at one time! Saturday August 26 2017 only, you can see Ali House, Paul Carberry (Zombies on the Rock), Ellen Curtis (Infinity), Erin Vance (From the Rock), Amanda Labonté (Supernatural Causes) and Matthew LeDrew (The Xander Drew series) all on one stage at one time! Continue reading HUGE Lineup Changes for Avalon Expo 3!
Got a story to tell? We think everyone does! Especially the talented staff and attendees of Sci-Fi on the Rock! That’s why Engen Books produces the Sci-Fi From the Rock anthologies, highlighting short stories from our region, written by the staff a guests of everyone’s favorite Sci-Fi convention!
Next year is Sci-Fi on the Rock’s 10th Anniversary, and we’re going to ring it in in style with a new anthology celebrating the Con’s decade of history bringing science-fiction to our region…
… but Sci-Fi on the Rock isn’t just made possible by its staff and guests: it’s made possible by you! So between now and December 31st 2015, Engen Books will be accepting submissions for publication in the as-yet untitled 10th Anniversary Sci-Fi From the Rock from anyone who attends the Convention!
Stories published in the Sci-Fi from the Rock anthologies have copyrights retained by the authors to help local authors with stories to tell get their stories out there for people to enjoy! So you, the author, retain all creative control of your work: Engen only has the right to print it in the print and electronic format of this one anthology collection!
Entries should be no longer than 20,000 words in length, but there is no minimum limit. Flash fiction is accepted, short-form stories are accepted (no poetry in this edition, sorry guys!) We also accept in many genres: not just science-fiction! You can write in fantasy, speculative fiction, horror, thriller, hard science-fiction, or anything in between! (Please note: we want a broad range of stories, so please let us know what you might be writing in as soon as you do!)
Entrants will be entered in a draw to win a FREE PASS into the 10th Anniversary Sci-Fi on the Rock in 2016!!!
Send all entries to email@example.com by December 31st, 2015, with the following information: Your Name, the title of your story, the genre of your story, and the length (approximate is fine). Please note: if selected we will need some further information on the author, please provide a reliable e-mail address. J
Or: Fill out below! (print clearly)
Name:____________________________ Approx. Length:___________________________
Story Title:________________________ Genre:___________________________________
Reliable email: _______________________________________________________
If you’re seeing this, welcome to the new-and-improved Engen Books website…. or at least, welcome to the skeleton of it. As you can see, we’re in the middle of updating. We’re in the final stages of a transition we started this time last year, integrating social media like GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter, etc and just making it easier for you to share your opinions: you can comment. You can like. You can do all that stuff you crazy young’uns like to do.
I’ve been trying hard to keep the old website up until this one was 100% complete, especially anticipating traffic from the recent Sci-Fi on the Rock 9 convention, but it’s proving impossible. I’ve reached a point where I’m 95% complete and I need to go live to find the problems.
So please be patient, hopefully this will be done soon, and welcome to the new-and-improved Engen Books dot com 🙂
Popular YouTuber It’s May Again (itsmayagain) has shared her love of all-things Engen via her recurring book review segment : Bookworm.
On July 11th, she reviewed Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis’s Infinity.
“[In the poker scenes], there is so much stress,” said May. “I felt like there was a lot of pressure that didn’t even need to be said. I was weighted down with the unspoken dread of what was going on. It was terribly stressful… but also very good. I enjoyed the card games thoroughly… There’s a little bit of an obstacle for each character in this novel, so it’s not just one major conflict, there’s a bunch. It’s constantly going, and it kept me going through the book, and it was awesome. I think that’s really ambitious.”
Don’t wanna take our word for it? Check out the videos yourself via the links below! Be sure to comment and rate! 🙂
Being members of the “Goodreads Author” program, you can read our blogs, message and interact with us, see what we’re reading and how we rate what we’ve read, and get access to exclusive content!
Ellen Curtis, author of Compendium, Infinity, and The Tourniquet Reprisal, is currently reading JRR Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. “I’ve read it before and are currently re-reading it for a class. I love Tolkien’s work, it’s imagination and evocativeness,” said Curtis.
Steve Lake is currently reading the collection of short stories light|dark and JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. He and his works have a current rating of 4.79.
Jay Paulin work on light|dark from Engen as well as the charity work he does with his creator-owned company Ink’d Well Comics is highlighted, and his work currently holds an impressive average rating of 4.82.
Matthew LeDrew, author of the Black Womb and Infinity series’, is currently reading four books, Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay, Marvel Fanfare, The Essential X-Men volume 4, and JRR Tolkien’s The Return of the King. He’s also involved in a self-imposed “GoodReads Challange” to read 200 books in 2014. “I’m reading Return of the King for class,” said LeDrew, “Though I guess ‘read’ may be fudging a bit. I’ve transitioned to audiobooks when available so that I can enjoy my books while driving, working, or working out. I’m reading Dexter for pleasure, and I’ve insanely decided to read every X-Men comic ever printed for some reason.”
If you’ve ever had interest in Engen Books or want to share your opinion on them with the world or with the authors, head over the www.goodreads.com now and start reading!
Well, that was a little longer of an unintended hiatus to the updating of the website than I had originally foreseen. Take a week off and two months fly by, the nerve of it I swear. But we have still been busy, plugging away at our projects for 2014 over here at Engen Books, and while we’re excited about them all, a new year isn’t just about looking forward, it’s also about looking back on the thing’s we’ve accomplished, with an eye on both nostalgia and towards doing better in the future.
So I’m hoping to start what will be a tradition here at Engen Books.com, the Year-In-Review. Cue British nobility music. Pinkies in the air everyone, we’re not monsters.
Black Womb comes to a close
2013 marked the end of Engen Book’s original title, the Black Womb series. After seven years and ten books, the story of Xander Drew and the rest of the crowd from Coral Beach comes to a close. It happened without much fanfare, as we were in the midst of revamping the website at the time and were not updating content. The ending of the series was a choice that Ellen and I had wrestled with for some time, but it felt right after ten. Will it be the last we see of these characters? Who knows, (Spoilers: me, and definitely not) but what we’re left with are ten books that tell exactly the story I wanted to tell, and that was the whole reason I started Engen Books to begin with. Sometimes the series could be immature and sometimes I felt bad about it, but in those times Ellen would make me look at our library of authors and stable of titles and remind me: this is the house that Black Womb built.
New Engen Authors
2013 saw the addition of six new authors to the aforementioned Engen stable. Six. If you’d asked me seven years ago if we’d have six authors in total by this point, I’d have laughed at you, but that’s what we added this year alone. And I know it’s cliche, but they are all amazing in their own ways. They are: Tara Murphy, Megan Milner, Leanne Chatham-Milo, Ali House, Randi Livingstone, and one other. It was clearly an unintentional year-of-the-woman at the Engen hiring party (Kidding).
These authors produced amazing work for Sci-Fi on the Rock Returns and Bluenose Paradox, and what’s horrible is that several of them didn’t receive proper recognition. Tara Murphy was published during that website hiatus in April, and I had intended to have the site feature a news story of each of the Bluenose Paradox authors…. at which point the website didn’t get updated since November 19th. Great job.
For the record, they’re all amazing and I look forward to reading more of what they offer. That’s the real gift of running Engen Books, you never run out of great stories to tell.
Engen gets Dysfunctional
And yes… we couldn’t not mention this. Steve Lake and I started a show on YouTube called “the most dysfunctional writing podcast EVER,” and it has been. Response to it has been great and I take any opportunity to work with Steve. Anyone who can’t get enough of Steve can also hear him on the Whostorian show as well as every Monday night in the St. John’s area on the Blind Lemon Blues radio show.
The Dysfunctional Podcast will return in 2014. 😉
There’s been lots more, too much to mention. If I had time I’d just mention every fan by name, because you’re the ones who made 2013 great. I’d shout out to Amanda Evans and let her know she doesn’t have to find excuses to come around to the booth next year: just come talk. We don’t mind. I’d tell Travis Whalen and the rest of his crew from Sci-Fi on the Rock to come back and have a chat, and I’d bow to them for their great word-of-mouth campaign to get us known and hope they are keeping it up. I’d thank Ellen, who is always there for me and is currently penning the third Infinity book. I’d thank Jen Lambe for helping us make Bluenose Paradox a reality, and I’d thank Jay Paulin and his wife for making the best little girl in the world who was a wonderful dinner guest of ours one afternoon at Hal-Con.
Here’s to 2014.
Never Look Back
Matthew LeDrew, Engen Books