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Order a SIGNED copy of ASHES by Lauralana Dunne!

‘Ashes,’ the debut novel from Lauralana Dunne, is available for digital preorder now! Signed physical copies can be preordered using the  link below! Signed copies will be sent directly to Dunne following social distancing rules, signed, and then delivered either by hand (again, following distancing rules and only in the St. John’s metro area) or via mail.

ASHES – Signed Edition

Get your copy of Ashes, signed at personalized by the author, Lauralana Dunne! Shipping & delivery included.



When fifteen-year-old Phoenix loses her caregiver, everyone that she has ever known inexplicably turn their backs on her. Given the impossible burden of repaying an unknown debt, Phoenix sets out on her own with her trusty donkey, Muler, as her only companion.

However, the roads are not safe, and Phoenix finds herself navigating the unfamiliar terrain of the Darkened Wood, scrambling to escape the unseen creatures that have designated her as their prey. A chance encounter with Malcourt, a mysterious traveller, not only saves her life, but sets it on a trajectory that she would have never thought possible.

Buoyed by the support of her newfound friends, she settles into life at Castle Angor and attempts to carve a place for herself. The unexpected discovery of Rorin, a gargoyle spy, has her agreeing to the incredible task of protecting King Benedict, and keeping the kingdom of Angoria safe. As suspicions grow within the castle walls, so do Phoenix’s mysterious gifts, and so does her resolve. In a race against time, Phoenix must learn to control her Power and stop a deadly threat, or risk losing everything – and everyone – she has come to hold dear.

“Dunne breathes life into a world of magic and lore that will draw the reader in right up to the epic conclusion. Ashes is a heroic tale not to be missed.”
Amanda Labonté, bestselling author of Call of the Sea

“Lauralana Dunne weaves magic in her debut novel. A tale of adversity and finding one’s place in the world, Dunne is pitch perfect in her first novel.”
Jon Dobbin, author of The Broken Spire

“Lauralana Dunne astonishes in what is possibly the greatest debut novel of the past decade. An amazingly intricate world blended seamlessly with character, heart, and theme.”
Matthew LeDrew, author of Coral Beach Casefiles

Looking Ahead: Engen 2020

2019 was an amazing year with a plethora of new titles from Newfoundland’s fastest growing publisher, culminating in the release of our first Young Readers book, The Last Tree. It’s been an incredible year, but we’re here to let you know: 2020 is going to be even crazier.

We have a metric ton of titles coming out, a great deal of which we can’t even tell you about yet. But there are 15 that we can tell you about, and they’re gonna be nuts.

Sarah Thompson The Love of SummerFor the Love of Summer
Author: Sarah Thompson
Genre: LGBTQ+ Romance
Our first book of 2020 is a bold new romance from Sarah Thompson, following Summer and her journey through young adulthood to find herself, and realize that the person she’s been searching for has been her best friend all along. Available January 2020! Continue reading Looking Ahead: Engen 2020

Engen to release novel from Lauralana Dunne!

Engen Books is proud to announce the upcoming release of Lauralana Dunne’s first novel, a YA Fantasy story titled Ashes.

“We are exceptionally proud to have Lauralana on board,” says Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “Her story is amazing and she’s put a lot of thought and care into it. I think there could be a real upset in fantasy writing in the next year or so, and Dunne is a huge part of it.” Continue reading Engen to release novel from Lauralana Dunne!

Lauralana Dunne announced as a Dystopia from the Rock author!

Engen Books is proud to announce the inclusion of Lauralana Dunne of St. John’s Newfoundland as one of the authors to be featured in the 2019 anthology collection, Dystopia from the Rock!

Dunne has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with in Canadian writing circles over the course of the last year. In December 2018 her short story, ‘Venus Flytrap,’ was featured in the astonishing collection Kit Sora: The Artobiography, which paired talented authors with the artist known as Kit Sora to achieve spectacular combinations of story and photography. She joined that 2018-2019 Board of Directors of the Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland in October 2018, an organization which contributes to a supportive environment for writing in the province and fosters public recognition of Newfoundland & Labrador writers. Continue reading Lauralana Dunne announced as a Dystopia from the Rock author!