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Write Place, Wrong Time

I did a dumb thing. In the grand scheme of things it’s not that big of a deal, but I’m still sighing about it.

One of my resolutions* for this year was to get more rejection letters. I say this, because even though I’d much rather get acceptance letters, I tend to prepare myself for the worst. If I try and get accepted then Yay me! If I try and get rejected, then I’m succeeding at my resolution! Yay me!

I don’t care if the glass is half-full or half-empty, but I’d like to know if the liquid inside is poison.

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Ali House, author of The Six Elemental, to write for ‘Chillers from the Rock’

The Six Elemental, cover, Ali HouseAli House, whose first novel The Six Elemental started Engen’s spectacular tenth year anniversary in October 2016, is returning to the From the Rock collection series in Chillers from the Rock with two all-new short stories, “The Taste of Copper” and “The Deal.”

Ali’s 2016 collection entry, “Twenty-One” was heralded as one of the gems of the collection and led to a novel based on the concept and characters later that same year.

Her 2017 book of short fiction, Unexpected Stories (coauthored with Amanda Labonté), is available for free with signup to the Fantasy Files newsletter.

“Some good Young Adult fiction is set up here, with something that pulls at my personal heartstrings. [The Six Elemental] is another book I must pick up when it comes out.” — Sam Bauer, author of ‘The Locket.’

A native Newfoundlander, Ali is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (MUN), and past recipient of the Golden Crescent Wrench Award. She is the author of The Six Elemental, and has had short stories published in Sci-Fi From the RockFantasy from the Rock and Bluenose Paradox. She currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works in arts administration and spends more time than a person should in and around theaters.

Six Elemental Ali House


Ten other authors will be joining Dale Jarvis, Teresita E. Dziadura, Paul Carberry, Anastacia Hopkins, Jon Dobbin, Bronwynn Erskine, Peter Foote, Chelsea Bee, Sam Bauer, and Ali House for the 2018 Chillers on the Rock collection, to be launched March 28 2018! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


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Tips for Writing Different Genres

Last week Engen announced their next anthology – Dystopia From the Rock. This genre isn’t as widely known as their previous anthologies (I know I did a double-take), but don’t fear!  If you’ve never written dystopian before, you’ve got until October 31 to learn how!

Today I’ll be offering some tips on how I write strange-to-me genres. Although I mostly stick to Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Fiction, I’m not against branching out.  If I have an idea for a story, I’ll chase it wherever it’ll take me.

What follows are some of the steps I take to get myself into the mind-set of a new genre (and that I will surely be using when I try to write something dystopian):

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2017 | Year in Review | Engen Books

Well, out 10th Anniversary year has come and gone, and it has been a wild one. We’ve brought on new authors, continued existing blockbuster titles, and reached out to our fans more and more than ever before!

2017 may have been a crazy year in most other forms of news, but in Engen Books news it was all good news. 🙂


Call of the Sea, Amanda Labonte, coverCall of the Sea by Amanda Labonté
Series: Call of the Sea, #1

The first book in Amanda Labonté ‘s Call of the Sea series was relaunched under the Engen banner as a part of our 2017 celebration. The book has been a landmark for Newfoundland fantasy fiction, bringing the sensibilities of literary fiction with the intrigue and excitement of genre fiction. We’re proud to have Amanda on board with us! Since this release the second book in the series has been announced for a March 2018 release, and Labonté has started a second series, Supernatural Causes, which reached Bestseller status on Amazon.

Screenshot-2017-12-4 Supernatural Causes (4 Book Series)


the-six-elemental_fireworksThe Six Elemental by Ali House
Series: The Segment Delta Archives, #1

The first book in Ali House’s Segment Delta Archives was released as well, introducing readers to the culture and mechanics of the world of The Six Elemental. In a world that has become accustomed to natural laws surrounding youths receiving power on their twenty-first birthday, Kit Tyler shatters those conventions by receiving the power of all six Elements. kit struggles to keep the nature of her newfound abilities secret as she tries to uncover the myth — and truth — behind The Six Elemental.


promo_cover7_webFantasy from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, #2017

Both House and Labonté, as well as seventeen other authors, were featured in 2017’s From the Rock entry, Fantasy from the Rock! Twenty-One short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans of their field and some of them new to the craft! Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Nick Morine, Christopher Walsh, Shannon Green, Heather Reilly, Ali House, Amanda Labonté, Paul Carberry & many more!


003Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail by Paul Carberry
Series: Zombies on the Rock, #2

Paul Carberry saw not only the release of his second novel, The Viking Trail, but also the re-release of his first novel, Outbreak, under the Engen Books banner! Both novels have been burning up the Amazon zombie and post-apocalyptic charts!


withawardVacant Chairs by Linda Blagdon
Series: Engen Poetry, #1

Linda Blagdon’s poetry book Vacant Chairs became a #1 Bestseller in Canadian Poetry to the great joy of everyone involved in the project! Blagdon enjoyed weeks of media coverage after the event, with her story and work appearing on sites like Atlantic Books Today and The Telegram.


Dark Tower_Kendall09Questing the Dark Tower by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Engen Academia, #2

We continued our non-fiction line with Questing the Dark Tower, An essay examining the concept of Stephen King’s Dark Tower as it applies to Derrida’s theory of the Pharmakon, and how that then in turn applies to other works of fiction, such as ‘The House on Mango Street,’ ‘Goblin Market,’ ‘Fables,’ and more. The book was LeDrew’s first segue into literary critique.


FaithFaith by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Xander Drew, #3

LeDrew finished the 10th Anniversary year with Faith, a novel that returned some of the demons from Xander’s past in the Black Womb novels to haunt him as an adult: the mix of old and new seemed appropriate to celebrate Engen’s 10th year.

The Pitch: In this thrilling murder-mystery conspiracy novel, Xander’s war with the malevolent mob boss Stephen Fields attracts unwanted attention in the form of Engen, the sinister corporation that gave him his special abilities at birth.

Although Xander has isolated himself from others to keep from being manipulated, Engen pulls in characters from his once dormant past to try and regain control of his life and power. Can Xander overcome some of the most powerful minds on Earth to finally be free of their influence?


webJacobi Street by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Engen Universe

The Pitch: Veteran horror-scribe Matthew LeDrew returns to his suspenseful roots in Jacobi Street, the thrilling new novel that takes readers into the darkest corners of the Engen Universe.

Bob had a normal life, one of many struggling artists vying for critical attention in the competitive district called Jacobi Street, until the day a mysterious unnamed painting showed up at the gallery he worked at. Since that day more and more people have been disappearing, and the captive audience trapped within the painting keeps growing…


Black Womb, Habeas Corpus, coverEngen also participated in a large amount of community outreach this year, offering services via Their Patreon as well as offered classes through THE Tutoring Center. Courses are still available for the upcoming year!

We also released the much anticipated 10th Anniversary collection of Black Womb, Habeas Corpus, in a glorious hardcover collection, started a new YouTube series with the help of our friends at FictionFirst Used Books, and have started making some huge plans for things that are going to be happening in 2018! Stay tuned! 🙂

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“Where do you get your ideas?” | House Blog

For me, the simplest answer is:

My Brain. 

My brain is a very strange little thing, and it comes up with weird ideas all the time.  Some ideas are half-formed and need to be thought about before they become something I can actually work with.  Some are fully-formed scenes that merely need a story.  Some are just an object or one sentence.

I don’t think there’s a wrong way to come up with ideas.  There are probably a vast many different ways that a person can be inspired – and what inspires me might not inspire someone else.

However…

If you’re looking for a longer answer, let’s get into detail:

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NaNoWriMo Round 6!

Over the past 7+ years, I’ve NaNo’d 6 times. Some times I’ve been successful, some times I haven’t, and one time I failed so spectacularly that I’m almost proud.

Below are some observations I’ve made & lessons I’ve learned:

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Year 1 – 2010

Project Type: New Novel

Project Info: A werewolf-type story

Final Word Count: 52,000

For this one, I started a brand new story on November 1. I think I did a rough outline beforehand, but mostly just character sketches and a very loose plot. After 2 weeks I hit the wall hard, but a few days later I managed to push past it. I ended up reaching a conclusion around the 40,000 mark and thought I was going to fail this task, but then I thought of a way to make the story longer and managed to get over 50,000 words. I also wrote a really cool back-story scene that I’m super happy with.

This was my first year, and I consider it my most successful so far. I was working 2 jobs and rehearsing 2 plays, so I have no idea how I managed to do it. (Actually, that’s a lie – I’m editing that story now and there’s a lot of nonsensical rambling that needs to be cut down – but there’s also some great stuff that I got from the aforementioned rambling. Swings and roundabouts, my friends.)

Aside from being super determined to rock my first year, I learned how to push myself and that I could actually finish a story. It taught me that I could write a full-length novel in less than 3 years. As someone who had trouble focusing on one single project, it was a great confidence boost. Continue reading NaNoWriMo Round 6!

FREE eBook – Unexpected Stories by Labonté & House!

Five amazing short stories from the talented minds of both Amanda Labonté and Ali House, featuring daring new YA fantasy fiction, links to The Segment Delta Archives, and the enchanting world of Call of the Sea!

 

Unexpected Stories
Amanda Labonté & Ali House

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Release Date: October 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: EBook
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Page Count: 31

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