YouTube channel Simple Pleasures an its author, S.S. Yasumi, have provided a wonderful review of the 2010 novel Infinity by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew. Check it out, and don’t forget to like the video and comment with your own opinions on the title! 🙂
That’s right, by popular demand, Engen Books is finally moving into the digital age and has started offering its titles — starting with the popular Infinity by Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis, for download exclusively with Amazon Kindle.
The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers designed and marketed by Amazon.com. Amazon Kindle devices enable users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines and other digital media via wireless networking. The hardware platform, developed by Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126, began as a single device and now comprises a range of devices, including e-readers with E Ink electronic paper displays, and Android-based tablets with color LCD screens. As of February 2015, there are over 3.2 million e-books available in the Kindle Store, of which all the Engen Books will soon be a part.
Don’t have a Kindle? That’s fine. Kindle files are mobi files that can be read on your PC or Mac computer, as well as on any smartphone mobile device or tablet via the Kindle App, which is downloadable for free from Amazon.
The current price for a Kindle-edition of Infinity is $2.99 American and $3.59 Canadian, with all other markets adjusting their prices automatically to suit.
“We’re very excited about this shift,” says Matthew LeDrew, founder of Engen Books and co-author on Infinity. “We’re always going to have our print books I think, but shifting to the ebooks as well allows us to appeal to a larger market that we couldn’t reach before. We can use the Amazon marketplace and GoodReads to find an audience that might have otherwise gone unreached. The literary community is huge, and we’re excited to be more a part of it on a global level.”
To view the Infinity Kindle Edition on Amazon, click here.
Paper Droids — an online magazine dedicated to geeky girls founded in 2011 by a group of publishing students who were dissatisfied by the lack of non-commercial, geeky outlets for women — has posted a very positive review of Ellen Curtis’s first novel Infinity.
“Destiny doesn’t wait for anyone” is the catch phrase for this book: it’s the perfect short description of what this book is all about. Infinity is the start of the story of an enigmatic man, Victor, who brings together four unique people from varying backgrounds after searching for those without limitations and who could truly change the world. The first book of the series follows Abby, Chad and Theo as they work to unravel their pasts. The three plots are separate, but they flow together very well.
To read the entire review, click here. Be sure to check out their other articles too, it is a quality e-zine with few contemporaries.
Curtis read from her novel Infinity, co-authored with fellow Engen staffer Matthew LeDrew.
Students with a wide variety of talents performed at the event, ranging from poets, singers, musicians, and artists of all kinds.
“I had a wonderful time,” remarked Curtis. “I’m glad I could be a part of it. It was a great way to end what has become a Holy Heart tradition.”
Infinity was released on October 28th, 2010 to much positive attention from fans and online commenters, and has since risen to rival Black Womb in terms of both sales and success.
Curtis continues her Infinity tour this April 16-17 at the Holiday Inn in St. Johns during the fifth annual Sci-Fi on the Rock.
Sometimes, all the right things come together. Sometimes fate steps in and you get the right people together at the right location and at the right time and creates something magical, like lightning in a bottle.
From October 29th – October 31st 2010, the Engen Books staff was present for such an event during the first ever Hal-Con.
In a convention so huge and successful that it was covered by Haligonian, Inner Space, The Coast, Eastlink TV and several other news outlets and is being praised as the greatest science-fiction convention Canada has ever seen by those in attendance, Engen Books did its best to make its mark and make it as memorable as possible for those in attendance.
Hal-Con: Author’s Corner
Expertly laid out and organized, Hal-Con featured an entire dealer’s room specifically for authors called the Writer’s Corner. This was a convention-long event where fans and fellow writers could come to talk about their work, buy books, and share stories with peers.
From the Engen booth both Matthew LeDrew (author guest of honour at Hal-Con and author of Black Womb and Infinity ) and Ellen Curtis ( Compendium, Infinity) were in attendance. In addition long-time friend Kenneth Tam ( His Majesty’s New World ) and Jacqui Tam ( Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift ) were in attendance from Iceberg Publishing.
“I enjoyed an excellent weekend in Halifax,” said Kenneth, in a post to the Hal-Con website. “The HAL-CON: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Comic Convention was a tremendous success for everyone involved, and was an event befitting such a great city.”
Other authors included PJ Haarsma, author of the Softwire series, and Nancy Metzger of Third Person Press.
“The Writer’s Corner was awesome,” said Infinity author Ellen Curtis. “It really gave us a chance to interact with people and fans and press on a real person-to-person basis.
Hal-Con: The Guests
The main guests of the evening though were Denise Crosby ( Star Trek The Next Generation, Dexter ) and Walter Koenig ( Star Trek, Babylon 5).
“Walter and Denise are among the funniest, most approachable people I’ve ever met,” said LeDrew. “Denise joked a lot at the group signing… you don’t expect someone like that to be as fun as she is, but she was having fun. I hope to see her again.”
Other guests included celebrity model Drakaina Muse and Kill Shakespeare author Conor McCreery.
“Conor is one of the most fun people I’ve met at any of these things. He doesn’t seem to realize he’s a celebrity. Kill Shakespeare is one of the best, most inventive comic books in years. Everyone should be reading it, and most people are.”
The Con was so big that some talent made their way there not as guests, but just to attend.
Local comic writer Jay Paulin of Ink’d Well Comics was present in the main dealer’s room and selling copies of he and artist Julie Heffernan’s amazing underground series Messiah.
” Messiah is one of those comics you have to read to believe,” said LeDrew. “Jay Paulin is an amazing writer who pours his soul into this series, and it shows. He and his wife were there, and they’re both so humble about what they do. I’m a comic fan from way back, and to have he and Conor around was just heaven for me.”
Hal-Con: The Panels
Ken, Matt and Ellen taught their standard panels ( Get Published, Writer’s Toolkit and Writer’s Circle ) to uncommon results.
“We always get some attendance, but this was incredible,” said LeDrew.
“There was standing room only,” elaborated Curtis. “Every chair was filled and people were standing besides, all just to listen to us and ask us about writing. It was an amazing experience.”
Kill Shakespeare writer Conor McCreery even stepped in half-way through Writer’s Circle to join the discussion.
“That’s what these things are all about, connecting with writer’s,” said Curtis.
Hal-Con: Infinity Launch
After two days of build, Infinity launched on Sunday, October 31st. (That’s Halloween, folks!) to much applause.
The launch featured a reading by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew to the convention hall, followed by a packed reception including comic writer / journalist Mika McKay ( Freaks with Feelings ) author Nina Munteanu and (there’s that name again) comic author Conor McCreery.
“The reception and launch was just a great joy for me,” said LeDrew. “About twenty minutes in it changed from polite conversation to an odd game of tag, and it was wonderful. Just people getting together to have fun and celebrate Infinity. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
Hal-Con: The Awesome
R-L: Conor McCreeny, Walter Koenig, Kenneth Tam, Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew, PJ Haarsma, Drakaina Muse.
There simply isn’t enough space to tell all the wonderful stories and things that happened at Hal-Con. There isn’t even enough space to tell the ones that just happened to our authors.
Robert S. LePine made a giant replica of Hal’s ship from 2010: A Space Odyssey that spun in the entrance to the con to the awe of all.
Engen Books very nearly sold out of every title they had in stock after bringing twice what they normally do to similar conventions.
Kenneth Tam battled for the fate of Geekdom in Geeks vs. Nerds celebrity edition… including a surprise phone call from Nathan Fillion himself!
Hal-Con surpassed all attendance expectations to the point where one could almost not move in the main suite and reception area.
Dr. Who fed Optimus Prime french fries.
And most importantly, Jennifer Lambe, Jen Johnston and Amanda Schreiber put off what was not only the greatest event in recent memory, but also the biggest weekend for Engen Books in its brief history.
“This is a weekend we won’t forget for a long time. Words can’t describe it. This article doesn’t do it justice… nothing can. You’d just have to be there. Come next year,” said LeDrew. “We will be back next year.”
It’s October, and that means big news for Engen Books!
Not only is it our third anniversary, but we’re celebrating with two new books and the long-awaited international release of all Engen titles!
Starting on October 23, 2010 with the release of Ignorance is Bliss at Newfoundland’s West Coast Con in Corner Brook, Engen titles will be available internationally in Chapters, Barnes and Noble, Coles and more. They will also be available on amazon.com, amazon.ca, and chapters.indigo.ca.
“It’s amazing,” said Engen founder and author Matthew LeDrew. “If you’d told me three years ago we’d be here already, I would have called you crazy. It’s truly incredible. We’re excited about Ignorance is Bliss… its the sixth novel in the Black Womb series, and we’re really gearing up for some good solid stories in the next few novels. I’m really happy with this one.”
West Coast Con will feature all five Engen authors as guests, including Darren Hann, Ellen Curtis, Steve Lake and Melanie Collins.
There’s no time to celebrate though, as the very next week (October 29-31, 2010) in Halifax, Engen will launch Infinity, the first book in a new title of the same name, penned by LeDrew and fellow Engen author Ellen Curtis (Compendium).
“I’m very proud of Infinity,” Curtis said. “I think it’s the best work either of us have done. We’re preparing an exciting launch at Hal-Con. I’m hoping people will be impressed.”
To watch the trailer for Ignorance is Bliss on YouTube, click here, compliments of Justin Foley Entertainment.
Stay tuned to Engen.com for more updates and interviews.
The author of the upcoming Engen novel Infinity was released today on the internet-broadcast television show Sci-Fi on the Rock TV.
Matthew LeDrew was interviewed as a part of their episode dedicated to the guests and staff of Newfoundland’s West Coast Con.
Host Steve Lake was commenting on having enjoyed the latest Engen release, Compendium by Ellen Curtis; to which LeDrew responded:
“We’re definitely going to see more from Ellen. Because, well… uh… well, now’s as good a time as any. We were so impressed with how well Compendium did that we’ve decided to launch the first book in the Infinity series which will be co-author by both myself and Ellen Curtis.”
When asked for further details about the project, LeDrew mentioned that it’s being looked at as the flagship series for Engen, containing work by both its main authors; as well that it would “remain in the same ‘universe’ as Black Womb, while not being tied to it.”
When asked for comment, Ellen Curtis herself said that: “Infinity is shaping up to be Engen’s most epic story yet. Working with Matt has been an amazing experience so far, and one I look forward to continuing”