2019 has been a roller-coaster so far for Engen, but we’re in no way through yet! We’ve got huge new titles, sequels to some of your all-time favorites, and shocking new reveals coming your way!
First, as many of you already know and have preordered, Zombies on the Rock: The Republic of Newfoundland will be released on September 6 to eBook and print platforms. This astonishing third entry in Paul Carberry’s Zombies on the Rock series brings Eric and Dana closer to the destruction of the community they’re established than ever before! Who will live — and who won’t — in this third volume? Read to find out! Continue reading Amazing Fall releases from Engen Books!→
Engen Books is proud to announce the upcoming release of Lauralana Dunne’s first novel, a YA Fantasy story titled Ashes.
“We are exceptionally proud to have Lauralana on board,” says Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “Her story is amazing and she’s put a lot of thought and care into it. I think there could be a real upset in fantasy writing in the next year or so, and Dunne is a huge part of it.” Continue reading Engen to release novel from Lauralana Dunne!→
Over the last three years, the From the Rock series has become one of the preeminent anthology series’ in Atlantic Canada. We have been home to some amazing established talent and helped some new authors break through that have gone on to dominate their fields, becoming genre bestsellers in their own right. From the Rock is a title readers consistently ask for, review well, and a great way for avid readers to get introduced to indie talent they might find interesting.
Vacant Chairs, the collection of short poem by Linda Blagdon, has gained Amazon #1 Bestseller status on Amazon. Engen Books would like to thank Blagdon for letting us be a part of her journey to this monumental achievement.
On September 12 2017 Linda Blagdon’s poetry collection Vacant Chairs reached #1 on the Amazon Canadian Poetry Bestsellers list and the Amazon eBook Canadian Bestsellers list. The book peaked at #286 on the Amazon Bestseller’s Rank out of all of Amazon’s 1.8 million paid books at 1:33PM Newfoundland time, and was added to Amazon’s Bestseller’s list at 4:51PM.
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!→
After the closure announcements of four different staples to downtown shopping this week, including Ballistic, Biped, Healy’s Deli and Templeton’s, the Mayor of St. John’s spoke out in a rallying cry to consumers this holiday season and beyond.
“It’s very unfortunate that [these] businesses have closed their doors, and in many ways it’s a reaction to the economic slow down that we are going through,” said Mayor O’Keefe.
O’Keefe went on to recognize the growing trend to do shopping online or at big box stores, commenting that shopping at venues such as these has siphoned money from local retailers.
This speaks to a trend that Engen Books has commented on before. Buying local keeps money in our local economy instead of sending it away: $20 spent online only does on person good, whereas $20 spent locally can have a ripple affect that provides for many people, and is part of the reason we have encouraged shoppers to take advantage of more local and non-box store options, such as Boom IT, Mirth Publishing, Midnight Tailors, and yes, Engen Books.
In a further statement, O’Keefe mirrored that ‘think local’ sentiment: “We can lessen that, we can minimize that, all of us together, if we shop more locally… In particular we advocate for the downtown because our downtown is very, very unique, very vibrant. We do what we can as a city and as a council to keep it in a condition where it’s filled with vitality.”
One such location downtown ideally located is Broken Books, a great alternative to big box book buying. It’s right next to the War Memorial and Fixed Coffee, great place to stop and do a little holiday shopping.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:___________________________________
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! 🙂
You can now follow many of the authors from Engen Books on GoodReads, the webs most prominent community of people who love to read!
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.”