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Engen asks: What bookish things would you like left under the tree this year? | Top Ten Tuesday


Whitecoat, Kenneth Tam, Other IndieAli House: A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first novel, The Six Elemental, was released in October 2016. She has also written for the anthology collections Bluenose Paradox and Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Whitecoat: The Champions of 1940 by Kenneth Tam. I read the Prologue in Sci-Fi from the Rock in 2016 & have wanted to read this book since then.”

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Engen asks: What books are you most looking forward to in the first half of 2017? | Top Ten Tuesday


Ali House The Six Elemental authorAli House: A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first novel, The Six Elemental, was released in October 2016.

Fantasy from the Rock, of course. Also, The Wicked + The Divine: Volume 5 by Kieron Gillen.  This series has a terrific concept, & I never know what they’re going to do.


Amanda LabonteAmanda Labonté: 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. Her first novel, Call of the Sea, was published in 2015 with sequels scheduled for 2018 and 2019 through Engen Books.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. The next book in the Dark Artifices series. What can I say? It’s addictive.”


Ellen CurtisEllen Curtis: a writer and web TV personality born and raised in St. Johns, Newfoundland; whose aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began writing short stories, poetry, lyrics and novellas. She writes the Infinity series and edits the From the Rock series for Engen Books.

Fantasy from the Rock. I love working with all these different authors and everything coming together in such a special way. We’ve got some great stuff lined up this year.”


Matthew LeDrewMatthew LeDrew: Matthew holds an Honours Degree in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He has written sixteen novels for Engen Books.

“I’m looking forward to King’s Cage from Victoria Aveyard, the newest in her Red Queen series. The End of Oz by Danielle Paige also looks interesting, and the next volume of The Vision by Tom King. If you aren’t reading Vision, you’re missing out on something really special.”


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Paul Carberry: currently works as a pharmacy assistant and will soon be enrolled in the Reserves with the Canadian Armed Forces. He is currently living in his hometown of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, with his wife, Leah. His first novel, Zombies on the Rock, was released in 2015.

I know they’re not novels but the next 12 Walking Dead comics! The comics are better than the show

That’s okay Paul! Half the Engen Authors picked comics! 🙂

What is Call of the Sea?

Wondering what one of the newest Engen titles, Call of the Sea by Amanda Labonté, is all about, let the wonderful author tell you in her own words!

Advance Praise: “A mysterious figure in the ocean, a suspicious loss in the waves, a riveting treasure hunt, and surprise after surprise, how could anyone not want to read this novel?” ~Alice Kuipers, author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You and Life on the Refrigerator Door.

“Call of the Sea is a vividly imagined novel of folk lore and legends smoothly mixed with realistic, colourful characters of an East Coast village. Amanda Labonte’s paranormal coming of age story effortlessly lifts you along with Alex’s journey to the brink of suspended disbelief…” ~BR Myers, author of Asp of Ascension and Girl on the Run.

Call of the Sea, as well as all Engen titles, are available online or through Broken Books at the same price we charge person-to-person. Check them out today! If we don’t have the title you want on hand, let them know and we’ll be sure to make it available. 🙂

Call of the Sea Bookiversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of the release of Call of the Sea. This is my first novel, so the learning curve was steep but the process was very fulfilling but the journey of getting from my laptop to the store shelves was a long one.

I started writing Call of the Sea about eight years ago and I had no idea what I was doing. It took six years to write and submit to a publisher. Then it took another year for the publisher to get it to print. Then, eight months in, the publisher went out of business.

But everything happens for a reason, and that’s where Engen Books comes in. They not only took over the publication of Call of the Sea, but also the follow up novels in the series (coming out in April of 2018 and 2019).

So while there have been many twists and turns in the road so far, I am thrilled with how things are going right now and I am really excited to be working with all the awesome people at Engen Books.

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Hanging out at my first signing – a wonderful/terrifying experience.

“‘The Six Elemental’: a compelling page-turner!” | Amanda Labonté

“In a grim future where peace can never be taken for granted, we are introduced to Kit Tyler, an ordinary young woman who receives extraordinary powers. As the possibility of war looms with ever increasing certainty, we follow Kit as she questions her new abilities and her role in the coming conflict.

Blending the worlds of science and mythology, The Six Elemental is a compelling page-turner with a heroine we can all relate to.”

Amanda Labonté, author of Call of the Sea.

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.

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