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Preorder Kit Sora: The Artobiography!

Kit Sora: The Artobiography

A stunning, hundred-plus page hardcover collection of over 80 of Kit Sora’s most ambitious photographs, paired with short fiction inspired by the art by Canada’s best authorial talents. Includes stories by USA Today Bestselling Author Kate Sparkes, USA Today Bestselling Author Victoria Barbour, and Bestselling Author Amanda Labonté.


Announcement: The wait is over! You can preorder your copy of Kit Sora: The Artobiography now from Engen Books! Copies of this lovely 8.5×11 volume will be made available at the launch date, which will be mid-to-late October.

When in October? We will be announcing that very soon. Production proofs of the books are on their way, and so long as they meet the artist’s standards we’ll be set to order copies and set the launch date.

Can the book be shipped? Yes! If you’re not in the St. John’s area or can’t make it to the launch event, Engen Books will gladly ship a copy of the book to the address of your choosing. Addresses will be collected and sent for any titles not collected during the launch event.

The book will retail for $75 CAD. Preorder customers will be given the discount price of $60 CAD per copy.

Kit Sora: The Artobiography was edited by Erin Vance, and along with Kit Sora’s tremendous artwork, the collection features accompanying short fiction from some of Canada’s bestselling, award-winning authors. Some include Kate Robbins (Bound to the Highlander), Carolyn R. Parsons (Charley Through Canada), Chelsea Bee (London Calling), Jon Dobbin (The Starving), Candace Osmond (Love & Magic), Michelle Churchill (The Last Tree), Ali House (The Six Elemental), Brad Dunne (After Dark Vapours), Ellen Curtis (Infinity), Matthew LeDrew (Jacobi Street), Kate Sparkes (At Any Cost), JJ King (My Brother’s Keeper), Amanda Labonté (Drawn to the Tides), and USA Today Bestselling author Victoria Barbour (Hard as Ice).

The collection will also feature numerous prize-winning stories, including Frigid by Catherine Rector, Starling by Cristina Ozon, Sweet Sixteen by Nicole Little, Tarnished by Jennifer Combden, Bubbly by Sara Burke, Running by Georgia Atkin, Extinguished by Jeff Slade, and Sea Monkeys by Peter Foote.

The collection will be available in both hardcover print and eBook formats.

Image copyright © 2018 Kit Sora Photography, used with permission. Logo and distinctive ‘oval spike’ design copyright © 2007 Engen Books.


Engen @ Word on the Street Halifax 2018

Engen Books is proud to have been invited to take part in the Word on the Street Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 10-3 on September 15, 2018 at the Halifax Central Library.

Engen founder Matthew LeDrew and Bestselling author Amanda Labonté will be in attendance. Labonté will take part in a ‘Writing Teen Fiction’ Creative Lab at 2pm. Our newest titles will be available.

Come buy books, get them signed, chat with authors, and pitch the publisher on stories you have that you think need to be told!

Details can be found at the Facebook event, here.

“One Up, One Down” by Sara Burke |Short Story Winner

Even, excited.
I looked inside.

I know better now.
Never trust a mysterious door.
Especially in the woods.
I did once.
Never again.
Curiosity is dangerous.
I found something unexplained.
Nothing in front, nor behind.
The door to a giant land.
I couldn’t believe my eyes at first.
I stepped onto a football field sized desk.
Bits of paper and matches scattered about.
A glass of whiskey lay to one side.
My heart pounded with fear and excitement.
Cautiously I crept among the debris.
I picked up a cane sized match.
I swung it around in amazement.
What else could be here?
Buttons the size of plates.
Rope-like thread spools.
Buckets of dust.
And thunder.

Boom, boom, boom.

No, footfalls.

Fear welled inside.
I ran, I hid.
My match friend with me.
The giant entered, and began searching.
He knew I was here.
I had to run.
Now or never.
Heart pounding.

He saw me.
Slamming fists, attempting murder.
To him I’m a pest.

I see the door.
I bolt to the wood frame.
Barrel fingers slam into the closed door.
I slump against the dark wood.
A white knuckled match clinger.
I strike the match.
Flames burst free.
Crackle, crackle.

To read the second and third place entries and for more contests and opportunities, please subscribe to the Fantasy Files Newsletter.

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Words © 2018 Sara Burke. Image © 2018 Kit Sora.

Kit Sora Mystery Challenge! |Flash Fiction/Photography Contest |Engen Books | Kit Sora Photography!

First of all, thank you everyone for making the Kit Sora Flash Fiction/ Photography Contest one of the most prolific and popular in Atlantic Canada: we’re so excited and couldn’t e more grateful! Last month’s entry, Unicorn, marked the last entry for our current program: but fear not! The adventure continues, and to show our thanks we’re doing some exclusive fan-appreciation entries this September!

On September 1, 2018 an image and contest rules will be sent ONLY to followers of the Fantasy Files Newsletter! Click to join the Fantasy Files newsletter if you haven’t already! Only those subscribed will be eligible to win this month’s contest and see the image they’ll be penning the story for!

On September 30, an image and contest rules will be uploaded to the Engen Books Patreon! Only Patrons (of any amount, even $1!) will be eligible to participate!

Thanks to all those who have submitted to us for the last few months! We’ll be back to normal next month with a whole new selection of images from the amazingly talented Kit Sora, and updates as to what’s happening with the entries we have so far are coming soon. 😉

Zombies on the Rock: Outbreak becomes #1 Bestseller on Amazon!

Zombies on the Rock, Paul Carberry

Outbreak, the inaugural novel in Paul Carberry’s post-apocalypse thriller series Zombies on the Rock, hit #1 on the Amazon.ca in the ‘Zombies’ category. The novel hit Bestseller status at 3:55PM Newfoundland Standard time on August 18, 2018, peaking at #599 on the overall Amazon.ca charts.

Carberry has enjoyed steady success with his Newfoundland-based Zombie series since bringing it to Engen Books in December of 2017, including a high volume of sales in the United States and abroad. The sequel, Viking Trail, currently sits at #16 on the Zombie Bestsellers list. Carberry is currently hard at work on a third entry in the series, which is set to be published in 2019.

When asked for comment about the accomplishment, Carberry said: “I never thought I’d be able to say I’m the most popular zombie author in all of Canada but thanks to all of my awesome fans we did it. We devoured the competition and shambled our way to the top.”

Paul Carberry works for the Canadian Armed Forces and is a proud member the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. He is a huge proponent of the horror genre and its place in literature. He has two children, daughter Dana and son Rick, with his wife Leah.

Paul has published two novels with Engen Books: Zombies on the Rock: Outbreak, and its sequel Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail. He has also had numerous short stories featured in publication, including The Light of Cabot Tower, Into the Forest, and Halloween Mummers.

He resides in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Engen Books would like to congratulate Carberry on this achievement, and thank his fans and peers who helps make this possible.

Flash Fiction/Photography Contest | Deadline August 18! |Engen Books | Kit Sora Photography!

27Engen Books is proud to team with the imaginative and creative people of Kit Sora Photography to bring you the “Flash Fiction Photography Contest”!

Every month we’re going to upload one of the photos from the amazingly talented Kit Sora, a local Newfoundland artist known for her stunning work with props, lighting, and imaginative designs. Kit uses her art in a variety of fantastical settings, so we’re tasking the authors and creative minds of the Atlantic Provinces to write short fiction based on the subjects!

The catch: these entries must be short: a maximum of 250 words! (Except this month, we’re giving everyone up to 400 words!) Thus we have the Flash Fiction/ Flash Photography Prize from Engen Books and Kit Sora Photography. Every month Engen and Sora will select a winner from eligible entrants. Continue reading Flash Fiction/Photography Contest | Deadline August 18! |Engen Books | Kit Sora Photography!

“Frigid” by Catherine Rector | Short Story Winner

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

I threw my fist against the ice again, willing it to crack underneath my bloodied knuckles. How could anything be so thick? She was right there. I had to reach her. Then I could save her. I could tell her.

But the ice didn’t budge.

I screamed, falling to my elbows above her. She hadn’t moved in so long. Her lips were nearly violet. Her eyes, which had always been alight with life, were nothing but barren mirrors, reflecting my grief back at me. Continue reading “Frigid” by Catherine Rector | Short Story Winner