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Supernatural Causes | Code Blue

The stunning conclusion to the Bestselling Occult serial Supernatural Causes! Can Jax and Liesel navigate the complex vampire culture they’ve found themselves embroiled in in time to halt the spread of the deadly virus that have been plaguing the supernatural patients of St. Benedict’s Hospital for the Underworld?

Supernatural Causes: Code Blue (eBook)
Amanda Labonté

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ISBN: 978-1-926903-70-5 
Release Date: October 15, 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: Electronic
Price (CAD): $1.99
Page Count: 71

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Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail| Paul Carberry

Zombie hoards created by the evil Pharmakon company have taken over the world, including the one place that always thought it was safe from the calamities of the outside: the quiet, scenic shores of Newfoundland’s west coast. In this horrifying second volume, the island survivors of the zombie massacres believe they are safe, settled away in a cabin far off the grid: but nothing can stop the spread of the undead, as the zombies make their way to the historic Viking Trail, where even more terror awaits….

Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail
Paul Carberry

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ISBN: 978-1-926903-66-8
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: Paperback (5 x 8 in)
Cover Price: Buy Local: $20 / EBook: $6.99
Page Count: 284

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“Paul Carberry is a true master of horror, blending visceral visuals with tense suspense,”
— Matthew LeDrew, Bestselling author of the Black Womb series.

Amanda Labonté, Bestselling author of Supernatural Causes & Call of the Sea, to appear at Irish Loop Book Market

Amanda Labonté, author of Call of the Sea and Supernatural Causes, is set to appear at the Irish Loop Book Market on October 7, 2017.

The event will take place at the Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre from 11am-5pm. The market will be your opportunity to pick up the latest and greatest literary works by Newfoundland’s best and brightest authors, who will be on hand.

Amanda Labonté lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she gets much of the inspiration for the characters and places about which she writes. Though she knew she wanted to be a writer since the eighth grade, it was many years before she finally walked into a creative writing class and found a new home. As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations.

In September 2017 the first book in her serial series, Supernatural Causes, became an Amazon #1 Bestseller in the Occult genre.

 

Supernatural Causes becomes a #1 Occult Bestseller on Amazon!

Supernatural Causes, Going Viral, Amanda Labonte, coverGoing Viral, the inaugural episode of Amanda Labonté’s medical thriller Supernatural Causes, hit #1 on the Amazon.ca in the ‘Occult’ category. The novella hit Bestseller status at 11:45PM Newfoundland Standard time on September 26, 2017, peaking at #129 on the overall Amazon.ca charts.

The novella has been steadily climbing for the past few days in anticipation grows for the fourth — and final — book in the serial’s first series: Code Blue. The series explores a medical student who takes a job as an intern at a hospital that caters to vampires, and the consequences that follow.

When asked for comment about the accomplishment, Labonté texted forty-two exclamation marks in a row, then expressed the need to celebrate with Pumpkin Spiced Lattes.

Amanda Labonté lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she gets much of the inspiration for the characters and places about which she writes. Though she knew she wanted to be a writer since the eighth grade, it was many years before she finally walked into a creative writing class and found a new home. As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations.

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

Black Womb becomes a #1 Superhero Bestseller on Amazon!

Black Womb (Matthew LeDrew)Black Womb, the original novel from Matthew LeDrew, has gained #1 Bestseller status on Amazon, in both the ‘Superhero’ and ‘Coming of Age’ Fantasy categories. The novel peaked at #86 on the Amazon.ca Free Kindle Store ranks. Engen Books would like to congratulate LeDrew on this achievement.

The novel peaked on September 24 2017, less than two weeks after Engen Books’ collection of Linda Blagdon’s poetry became the #1 Bestselling Canadian Poetry book, attracting the attention of both local and national media.

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The End is Near! Sort-Of…

At one of the panels for Avalon Expo, someone asked “How do you know when to end a story?”

I can’t remember exactly what I said, but I’ve had time to think about it and I thought I’d share some of my current musings. This is especially relevant since the big project I’m working on has spun so far out of control that I have no idea how it’s going to end…  Or if

Honestly, this advice is for me as much as you.

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So, how do I know when to end a story?

Short answer: Mostly intuition.

Long answer: There are a few ways…

  1. I’ve written the ending first.

Usually I know the end before I even start writing. Most of my short stories start out with that final moment, and then I just have to figure out what happens to bring me to that point.  It happened with The Gemini ProjectThe Invisible Boy; and the two horror stories I’m currently working on.

There were a few times where, when I got to the end of a longer story, I realized that the original idea no longer fit and it was going towards a new ending. But that’s not a bad thing – stories change, it happens. Sometimes you plan on killing all of your characters but a few of them end up surviving somehow. But then you write the final line (for the new ending) and you think to yourself “Yeah, that’s a fantastic ending line”. And all is right with the world again.

  1. I’ve written a really good end-line.

I love a good ending line as much as I love a good opening line. In fact, if I write a so-so ending line it bothers me to no end, because I know it can be better. It’s like looking at a row of pencils that aren’t quite perfectly in line….

Some examples are: Virginia Wolfe’s To the Lighthouse: “Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision.” And George Orwell’s 1984:He loved Big Brother.” There’s something about those lines that are so final and yet mean so much more.

  1. The story I wanted to tell is over.

Once I wanted a project to have 25 chapters (for symbolic purposes), but when I reached the end of chapter 22 I realized that I was done. My character’s journey had ended. I’d said all I wanted to say about this particular story, and to write any more would do a disservice to the fantastic ending scene I’d just written. Yes, I wanted to continue with these characters, but I knew that it would be best to start a new plot, with new themes and ideas, instead of dragging this one out.

The Hobbit ends when Bilbo returns home; The Fellowship of the Rings ends with the breaking of the fellowship; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ends when Harry’s school term ends.  Even though their stories continue, their current task has ended and it’s time to take a breather before the next adventure.

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Typically, when I plan my ending, I try to resolve matters – either for better or worse. I don’t like leaving huge plot holes or dangling plot threads. It’s fun to have hints and intrigue and something to look forward to, but I’m not happy when the ending to a book is more like the ending to a chapter (yes, there’s a difference – As Fierce As Steel left me wanting more, while Mindspeak made me regret the time I’d spent reading it).

When in doubt, I think of who’s journey this is. Then I try to find a way to bring them to the end point – to let the character finally achieve their goal, or fail horribly, or realize that they need to change their way of thinking.

Originally, I had no idea how to end The Six Elemental. I tried to resolve what I could, while leaving certain things unsaid, but the end just didn’t feel end-y enough.  Finally I thought about Kit’s journey and how she had changed over the course of the story.  I thought about what I was trying to say with this story and made that the ending, so when people close the book that’s the impression they’re left with.

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And with that, I return once more into the void from which I came…

‘Vacant Chairs’ by Linda Blagdon becomes an Amazon #1 Bestseller!

Vacant Chairs Linda BlagdonVacant 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.

“I’m beside myself. I honestly do not know what to think or feel, and I am so grateful,” said Blagdon, when called by her publisher to be told the news. Continue reading ‘Vacant Chairs’ by Linda Blagdon becomes an Amazon #1 Bestseller!