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Top 5 Suspension-of-Disbelief-Shattering Moments from the Engen Universe

No novel or franchise is without sin — that’s the thesis statement behind popular channels such as CinemaSins and Red Letter Media, who have made careers out of lovingly and painstakingly point out the contradictions and gaffs in their favorite forms of media… so why should the Engen Universe be any different? 🙂

Over the years we’ve gotten tons of comments from fans, reviewers, and professionals of varying fields who have read our books and cared enough — been invested enough — to point out some of the senses-shattering plot holes that Engen Universe titles have to offer. What with all the positive spin we’ve been pumping out preparing for Fantasy from the Rock and the Black Womb 10th Anniversary Edition, we thought it would be good to show the flip-side of promotion an unveil our Top 5 Suspension-of-Disbelief-Shattering Moments from the Engen Universe! 🙂
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5 shocking / weird things about the Engen Universe

The Engen Universe — a shared fictional continuity between three different series of novels and many short stories — is host to some strangeness: monsters, demons, and unbelievable turns of circumstance. But some things about the Universe — and how it came to be — are weirder and more shocking than others! Here are the Top Five weird things about the Engen Universe, we think. [Some spoilers ahead.] Continue reading 5 shocking / weird things about the Engen Universe

Shopping Guide — Buy Local this Holiday Season!

As the Holiday season approaches, you might be in the market for a unique gift for the special people in your life: something unique and pleasantly surprising to them. It’s hard to know what people already have, be they co-workers you’ve been assigned as a Secret Gift-Giver for, parents, siblings, friends, or a significant other. As a solution, we suggest: buying local and buying indie.

Buying local can help ensure your money stays within the local community, ensuring that everyone in your region has the money to properly enjoy the holiday season worry-free. Cash remaining within its local infrastructure is the backbone of making sure an economy stays stable and strong. But, on a more fun note, buying indie makes for a greater chance that the item you’re purchasing will be new to the person you’re buying it for! Rather than trying to covertly sneak a peek at their bookshelf or find a way to get information out of family and friends, you can rest assured that locally bought, independently-produced titles will be new and exciting reads to whomever you’re giving them to! 🙂

Below we’ve compiled a list of items best-suited for the different people in your life! 🙂

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Exodus of Angels

Exodus of Angels by Ellen Curtis & Matthew LeDrew

n this contemporary superhero thriller, Theo – the psychic member of the Infinity team – must travel back to Black Springs, the hospital that held him for years as a young man, to save a young woman with powers held captive there.

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As Theo fights to unravel a conspiracy of genetic engineering and danger, on another floor of the hospital Victor and Jean-Claude Maximus are struggling to help a young man with the power to heal cling to life. Will both sets of heroes come together to help each other win the day… or will Black Springs rise to become a rival to become a player against the sinister companies that the Infinity team has slowly become aware of?
Download this amazing new novel by Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis today!


Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1926903286
Release Date: April 2016
Purchase: Amazon.com
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Price (CAD): Print $25 / EBook: $2.99
Page Count: 244

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Cover revealed: Exodus of Angels!

1926903285In all the hype leading up to 2016’s hotly anticipated collection Sci-Fi from the Rock and its many authors, it’s easy to overlook the other great titles being released in April: such as Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew’s Exodus of Angels.

After 3 and a half years, readers will finally be able to check back in with Victor, Jaycee, Theo and Leigh this April with a story that will touch the hearts and minds of anyone who reads it — as well stoke the fire of anyone who believes there to be a common thread running through all of the Engen Universe titles, including the Black Womb, Xander Drew, and Benedict Forecasts series.

Led by series creator and show-runner Ellen Curtis, the novel will delve into Theo’s troubled past first glimpsed in the short story “The Theogony” and introduce startling new characters within the walls of the Black Springs Psychiatric Ward.

Pick up your copy on April 1, and if you haven’t tried out the Infinity series by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew yet, the e-books are on sale now with links below!

InfinityInfinity by Ellen Louise Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #1

The Pitch: Faced with a destiny he’s uncertain of, the enigmatic Victor must bring together four unique people with very special abilities… or face the tasks ahead alone. Guaranteed to excite!

 


The Tourniquet ReprisalThe Tourniquet Reprisal by Ellen Louise Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #2

The Pitch: There is a man living in Atlanta Georgia that people don’t talk about, but everyone knows he’s there. He arrived a year ago and turned a gaggle of uneducated and uninterested youth into a force to be reckoned with; something to fear more than any demon or violent act: something new.

Big Halloween Sale!

October is a big deal for Engen Books! Our first novel, Black Womb, debuted in October 2007 to tie its scary-theme into the scariest of all months (excluding of course whatever month taxes get filed in *shudders*).

This year to celebrate, we’re making it easier than ever to try out the Infinity series as an eBook in preparation for the third book in the series, Exodus of Angels, due out April 1 2016!

During the Halloween weekend (October 29-31 2015) both Compendium (the Infinity prequel) and Infinity (the first full novel in the series will be available as eBook for only 99 cents! Follow the links below for each for more information and to purchase!


CompendiumCompendium by Ellen Louise Curtis

The Pitch: Delve deeper into the world of Engen Books than ever before with Compendium, the breakout novel by all-star author Ellen Curtis.
Featuring The Tourniquet Revival, Falling into Fire and At Midnight, The Dawn; plus a new introduction by the author!

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InfinityInfinity by Ellen Louise Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #1

The Pitch: Faced with a destiny he’s uncertain of, the enigmatic Victor must bring together four unique people with very special abilities… or face the tasks ahead alone. Guaranteed to excite!

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The Tourniquet ReprisalThe Tourniquet Reprisal by Ellen Louise Curtis and Matthew LeDrew
Series: Infinity, #2

The Pitch: There is a man living in Atlanta Georgia that people don’t talk about, but everyone knows he’s there. He arrived a year ago and turned a gaggle of uneducated and uninterested youth into a force to be reckoned with; something to fear more than any demon or violent act: something new.

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Other Engen Halloween celebrations included out annual pumpkin-carving shenanigans. Check out the antics on YouTube! 🙂

Open-Source Book Launch is the way to play

scott_ellenSo the Infinity writing team of myself and Ellen Curtis was at our first-ever open-source book launch on October 6, which celebrated the release of Scott Bartlett’s new science-fiction opus, Finished with Life: But Unable to Die. It was held at The Ship Pub, which is this amazingly homey bar nestled between two streets in Downtown St. Johns that has become a staple of the arts community over the last decade or so.

The concept behind an open-source book launch is that anyone can come and participate: it’s not some dry excersize in promoting one author’s work, which even at the best of times can become tedious. it becomes a celebration of art in general, and there were several forms of art involved: fiction, music, comedy, and physical artistry.

There were some amazing readers at the event, as you can see from the photo above. Now, hold on to your socks, because Ellen Curtis and Scott Bartlett were never actually on stage together. Photoshop is an amazing thing, no?

There were ten performers in total, including the man-of-the-hour himself, Scott Bartlett, who read from selected portions of his new novel. For my feelings of excitement regarding an author with the literary chops of Scott taking on science-fiction, you can go here to read me ranting about it like it’s the second coming. The sections he read were interesting and insightful with pieces of drama and comedy that point to a larger landscape and an expansive timeline, a hallmark of great science-fiction such as Speaker for the Dead and The Forever War. Here’s hoping I get a chance to sit down and really read it soon.

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Finished with Life: Open-Source Book Launch October 6!!

Finished with Life But Unable to Die OmnibusAward-winning author Scott Bartlett has released a new book, and to celebrate is having a launch that is part book launch, part open mic, part potluck!

If you’re interested in being a performer, please contact Bartlett by September 30th. Past launches have included poetry and fiction readings, musical performances, and standup comedy. A full list of performances will be available shortly.

If you’ve never attended an open source book launch before, here’s how it works: anyone who wants to contribute/participate in any way is welcome to, so that it becomes a showcase of local talent. Want to show off your cooking skills by bringing a tasty dish? It will be eaten with gusto. Want to help promote? Share this event by liking the Facebook event page.

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To delete, or not to delete

Ellen CurtisSometimes the hardest thing to do is to take your own advice. Part of my job as an author on the convention circuit means I am constantly asked for writing advice. Sometimes, people want help figuring out how to develop characters, how to plot out a novel, or just what my general writing process is like. A lot of times though, people come to writing panels because they’re suffering a bigger problem, such as the dreaded writer’s block.

Some people –cough cough- Matt –cough cough- don’t believe in writer’s block. In fact, Matt’s gone so far as to call it writer’s laze, saying that people just aren’t focusing enough on their work, etc. etc. I don’t buy into this at all.

I’ve struggled with writer’s block in the past in some pretty severe ways. The Tourniquet Reprisal was challenging for me to write, not just because of my busy personal schedule at the time, but because I was struggling with the direction we were taking with the series. Looking back, there are lots of things I would have liked to do differently with my contributions to the novel. That said, this view stems from where I am now, years removed from the project and after having completed a degree that trained me to analyze fiction. The old adage, that you are your own worst critic, holds true for me I think, and it is entirely to Matt’s credit as ‘show runner’ for Reprisal that it turned out so well despite my struggles with it.

The Tourniquet ReprisalGiven the hardships I had with Reprisal, I faced a daunting task heading into Exodus of Angels. I very much wanted to redeem myself for what I viewed as a failure to my partner. I dropped the ball; as I said in the last blog, I wasn’t prioritizing my creative endeavors the way I wanted to due to the workload I was dealing with. Exodus presented me with my turn to be show runner though, which meant I needed bring my A game.

I went into Exodus excited. The plot had mostly been hammered out since Matt and I first sat down to discuss Infinity. I knew what I wanted to do, I felt I had some really strong characters, and I felt that the plot was exciting and hearkened back to some of the aspects of Infinity that were missing in Reprisal. Talking it out with Matt, both of us were pretty excited to start in on writing. Thematically, we were hoping to tackle some pretty big issues that we were really excited to bring to the series.

Cinders (Xander Drew, #1)Matt, as the writing powerhouse he is (you guys have seen how many Black Womb/Xander Drew books he’s got out, right?), hammered out the majority of his portion of the novel fairly quickly. I have to say, it is honestly one of the most emotionally mature pieces I think he has written, and I am so proud of what he accomplished with it. His success with the ‘B’ plot of the novel didn’t translate to my success with the ‘A’ or ‘C’ plots though.

The first few scenes came out easily, but my writer’s block from The Tourniquet Reprisal was sticking around like a stubborn cold. Something wasn’t adding up for me, and I wasn’t sure what it was.

I didn’t think it was my new character. I had been so excited to write her for so long, and my idea of her was so concrete that it felt very natural to translate her experiences. She was a fully formed person in my mind, and seemed to have a life of her own that could carry an interesting story.

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