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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! 🙂

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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.

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.