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The lineup is chosen | Fantasy from the Rock

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Eighteen authors bringing a total of twenty stories and nearly 100,000 words making this our largest collection ever have been chosen for inclusion in 2017’s epic fantasy anthology, Fantasy from the Rock. They include an award-winning fantasy author, novelists, returning short story authors, and new talent whose works are reaching the public for the first time.

Behind each of those blanked-out spaces is the name of one of our authors, and as the contracts roll out and return and bios are written, we’ll be peeling back the curtain on them one by one. Let the speculation begin! 🙂

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Call for Scary submissions!

After the colossal success of Sci-Fi from the Rock and the sheer amount of amazing submissions we got for Fantasy from the Rock, Engen Books has decided to continue the From The Rock line with Chillers from the Rock, to be available in Spring 2018 at the 12th annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention. Continue reading Call for Scary submissions!

Get to know Paul Carberry, author.

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Paul Carberry, with daughter.

There have been several new faces around Engen Books lately, as we’ve been signing on new talent prepping for our 10 year anniversary celebratory year. You may have also noticed the return of creepy, unsettling imagery to the mastheads of the Engen Press websites, something largely unseen since the Black Womb series ended several years ago. Both these things have one thing in common: Engen Books signing on Paul Carberry, iconic Newfoundland thriller author of the Zombies on the Rock series.

Carberry started his series in 2015, but by the end of 2016 had moved it to the Engen Books publishing company, which allows him freedom to write and get him book to a more diverse area of the province and country.

But who is Paul Carberry? Get to know him in his first Engen Interview!

Continue reading Get to know Paul Carberry, author.

Flight or Fight by Scott Bartlett | Other Indie

Written by Sam Bauer, special to Other Indie.

The end of our world fascinates us. From Ragnarok, the end of the world in Norse mythology, to the groundbreaking 1984 by George Orwell, to the more modern Hunger Games and Maze Runner, not to mention countless disaster movies, TV shows and video games. It is enough to make one sick of dystopia, groan at zombies, and run screaming from a nuclear or biological holocaust. (Though I must admit, I do the last one on basic principle.) Indeed, it is rare for me to find a dystopic or apocalyptic novel that I enjoy.

But, as the more astute of you have already guessed, I have found a rarity. Its name is Flight or Fight, a 2016 cyberpunk satire written by Scott Bartlett and published by Mirth Publishing.

Continue reading Flight or Fight by Scott Bartlett | Other Indie

Engen rockets into its 10 year anniversary starting tomorrow

On October 31, 2006 the first (and now extremely rare) ashcan edition of Black Womb hit the Newfoundland independent publishing scene with just 500 copies. The publishing company, Engen Books, saw its full release in 2007 with the release of Transformations in Pain at the second annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention.

In the 10 years since, Engen Books has become a force to be reckoned with in the indie publishing market. It has produced over thirty titles in that time and brought over two dozen Atlantic Canadian authors  to print. The original Black Womb series completed its 10 book run, as intended, as spun off into the Xander Drew series. The Infinity series was launched, as well as the broader Engen Universe with light|dark, and the From the Rock series, which highlights local upcoming and established talent side by side.

And we’re just getting started.

Continue reading Engen rockets into its 10 year anniversary starting tomorrow

Amanda Labonté

Amanda LabonteAmanda 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.

Her first novel, Call of the Sea, won critical acclaim in her home province of Newfoundland. The first book in her Supernatural Causes series gained Bestseller status on Amazon in September 2017.

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.


019Drawn to the Tides by Amanda Labonté
Series: Call of the Sea, #2

The Pitch: With the start of senior year approaching, Alex and Lia struggle to find their place in an ever-changing reality.
As Lia develops a new appreciation for human culture and norms, Alex learns more about what it means to be a human in the merrow colony. But integrating into a new world is not without its pitfalls. In his search to understand his place, Alex will come face to face with hidden truths about his past that could drastically affect his future.


SeasonOneThe Complete First Season by Amanda Labonté
Series: Supernatural Causes Season One

The Pitch: College freshmen Liesel Andrews spends her days studying pre-med and her nights stitching up werewolf bites. As a human who has the rare capacity to see the vampires, werewolves and witches who live in the shadows, Liesel pays her tuition by moonlighting as a medical intern at St. Benedict’s Hospital for the Underworld. She figures she’s doing a decent job of balancing her two lives until Jax Halloran walks into the ER. Not only is he tall, dark and obnoxious, he’s also a high-ranking vampire who needs her help. A virus is threatening the vampire community and Liesel may be their only hope at finding a cure.


acceptanceUnexpected Stories by Ali House & Amanda Labonté
Series: Call of the Sea #0.5, The Segment Delta Archives, #0.5

The Pitch: 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!


ep4Code Blue by Amanda Labonté
Series: Supernatural Causes Season One, #4

The Pitch: 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?


EP3abonte, Supernatural Causes, System Failure, Vampire, Cover, MedicalSystem Failure by Amanda Labonté
Series: Supernatural Causes Season One, #3

The Pitch: With a mysterious virus still sweeping through the underworld, it’s a race against time. Liesel is using all her medical knowledge as an intern at St. Benedict’s Hospital for the the Underworld to try to find a cure, but she and Jax have been interrupted from their work by a deadly and unpredictable new force threatening the entire underworld.


Supernatural Causes 02: Critical ConditionCritical Condition by Amanda Labonté
Series: Supernatural Causes Season One, #2

The Pitch: How can a virus be attacking both vampires and werewolves in the same way? It’s the mystery Liesel Andrews must solve. A mortal human with a knack for healing creatures her own kind can’t even see, Liesel needs to find the source of the outbreak before it’s too late. Working with the inscrutable vampire lieutenant, Jax Halloran, the pair are about to uncover secrets that are far more dangerous than either of them could imagine.


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

The Pitch: 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.


020Going Viral by Amanda Labonté
Series: Supernatural Causes Season One, #1

The Pitch: College freshmen Liesel Andrews spends her days studying pre-med and her nights stitching up werewolf bites. As a human who has the rare capacity to see the vampires, werewolves and witches who live in the shadows, Liesel pays her tuition by moonlighting as a medical intern at St. Benedict’s Hospital for the Underworld. She figures she’s doing a decent job of balancing her two lives until Jax Halloran walks into the ER. Not only is he tall, dark and obnoxious, he’s also a high-ranking vampire who needs her help. A virus is threatening the vampire community and Liesel may be their only hope at finding a cure.


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

The Pitch: After a heated fight at sea between twins Ben and Alex, Ben vanishes from their boat without a sound or even a ripple in the water. Unwavering in his dedication to find his brother, Alex begins the adventure of a lifetime armed only with the help of a local girl named Meg and his own mysterious musical abilities… the key to which, and to the mysteries that surround him, may be tied to the alluring song of the dangerous girl he finds among the ocean’s frothing waves.

Information on Engen Books

Engen Books is an independent publishing company based out of Newfoundland, Canada. It was started in 2007 by Matthew LeDrew and is currently run by LeDrew and partner Ellen Curtis.

Our mission is to promote literary expression and the medium of literature, regardless of genre, setting, or style. We believe that when you limit an author by geography or genre you are also limiting that author’s imagination, and thus limiting what you believe that author is capable of imagining. We believe that independent authors from Atlantic Canada and the world over offer some of the best, most imaginative, most exciting, and transcendent fiction available on the market.

As one of the few publishers in the region not limited by genre, our library currently is largely made up of titles and genres that are not available anywhere else: adventure, thriller, science-fiction, and fantasy. Despite this, we are dedicated to publishing good fiction from any genre.

We are committed to encouraging other authors in the independent market  to express themselves via their art, and promote other authors via both our Other Indie series of book reviews and the From the Rock series, a yearly anthology series featuring the best of independent fiction in a specific genre. The next edition, focusing on the fantasy genre, will be available April 28 2017 and the deadline for entrants closes December 31, 2016. For full entry criteria, click here.