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Chillers from the Rock becomes an Amazon Canadian Bestseller in 4 categories: Vampire, Werewolf/Shifter, Vigilante Justice, & Hot New Thriller Releases!

Chillers from the RockChillers from the Rock, the third volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller in 4 different categories on March 18, 2018: a full 10 days before its release. The categories include Vampire Thrillers, Werewolves & Shifters, Vigilante Justice, and Hot New Releases – Thrillers. As of this writing it has reached #116 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts.

Chillers from the Rock features twenty-five short stories written by a diverse mix of some of the best suspense and horror authors in Atlantic Canada, including both award-winners, veterans of their craft, and brand new talent.

Edited by Erin Vance and accomplished genre author Ellen Curtis, this collection features the thrilling, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent, imagination, and prestige that Atlantic Canada has to offer.

Featuring the work of Paul Carberry (Zombies on the Rock), Kelley Power (Winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters competition), Matthew LeDrew (Coral Beach Casefiles, Infinity, Xander Drew), Ali House (The Six-Elemental), an introduction by Dale Gilbert Jarvis, & much more!

Engen Books would like to congratulate editors Curtis & Vance on this achievement, and thank her fans and peers who helps make this possible. We also extend gratitude an congratulations to authors and contributors: Kit Sora, Drew Power, Peter Foote, Teresita E. Dziadura, Dale Jarvis, Eryn Heidel, Sam Bauer, Maggie Carroll, Matthew Daniels, Kelley Power, Lynn Reicker, Paul Carberry, Michelle Churchill, Jon Dobbin, Chantal Boudreau, Jeff Slade, Ali House, Bronwynn Erskine, Chelsea Bee, Anastacia Hopkins, & Shannon Green!

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Matthew LeDrew announced as a ‘Chillers from the Rock’ author!

FaithEngen Books is happy to announce that one of the established authors joining the 2018 From the Rock team will be none other than Engen Books’ founder, Matthew LeDrew!

A native Newfoundlander, LeDrew 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 worked with Transcontinental Publishing as well as student-youth magazine The Troubadour.

He has written over a dozen books in the ‘Chillers’ genre, including the bestselling Black Womb series of ten books, Reptilia, and the ever-popular The Tourniquet Reprisal. Continue reading Matthew LeDrew announced as a ‘Chillers from the Rock’ author!

2017 | Year in Review | Engen Books

Well, out 10th Anniversary year has come and gone, and it has been a wild one. We’ve brought on new authors, continued existing blockbuster titles, and reached out to our fans more and more than ever before!

2017 may have been a crazy year in most other forms of news, but in Engen Books news it was all good news. 🙂


Call of the Sea, Amanda Labonte, coverCall of the Sea by Amanda Labonté
Series: Call of the Sea, #1

The first book in Amanda Labonté ‘s Call of the Sea series was relaunched under the Engen banner as a part of our 2017 celebration. The book has been a landmark for Newfoundland fantasy fiction, bringing the sensibilities of literary fiction with the intrigue and excitement of genre fiction. We’re proud to have Amanda on board with us! Since this release the second book in the series has been announced for a March 2018 release, and Labonté has started a second series, Supernatural Causes, which reached Bestseller status on Amazon.

Screenshot-2017-12-4 Supernatural Causes (4 Book Series)


the-six-elemental_fireworksThe Six Elemental by Ali House
Series: The Segment Delta Archives, #1

The first book in Ali House’s Segment Delta Archives was released as well, introducing readers to the culture and mechanics of the world of The Six Elemental. In a world that has become accustomed to natural laws surrounding youths receiving power on their twenty-first birthday, Kit Tyler shatters those conventions by receiving the power of all six Elements. kit struggles to keep the nature of her newfound abilities secret as she tries to uncover the myth — and truth — behind The Six Elemental.


promo_cover7_webFantasy from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, #2017

Both House and Labonté, as well as seventeen other authors, were featured in 2017’s From the Rock entry, Fantasy from the Rock! 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. Featuring the work of Nick Morine, Christopher Walsh, Shannon Green, Heather Reilly, Ali House, Amanda Labonté, Paul Carberry & many more!


003Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail by Paul Carberry
Series: Zombies on the Rock, #2

Paul Carberry saw not only the release of his second novel, The Viking Trail, but also the re-release of his first novel, Outbreak, under the Engen Books banner! Both novels have been burning up the Amazon zombie and post-apocalyptic charts!


withawardVacant Chairs by Linda Blagdon
Series: Engen Poetry, #1

Linda Blagdon’s poetry book Vacant Chairs became a #1 Bestseller in Canadian Poetry to the great joy of everyone involved in the project! Blagdon enjoyed weeks of media coverage after the event, with her story and work appearing on sites like Atlantic Books Today and The Telegram.


Dark Tower_Kendall09Questing the Dark Tower by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Engen Academia, #2

We continued our non-fiction line with Questing the Dark Tower, An essay examining the concept of Stephen King’s Dark Tower as it applies to Derrida’s theory of the Pharmakon, and how that then in turn applies to other works of fiction, such as ‘The House on Mango Street,’ ‘Goblin Market,’ ‘Fables,’ and more. The book was LeDrew’s first segue into literary critique.


FaithFaith by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Xander Drew, #3

LeDrew finished the 10th Anniversary year with Faith, a novel that returned some of the demons from Xander’s past in the Black Womb novels to haunt him as an adult: the mix of old and new seemed appropriate to celebrate Engen’s 10th year.

The Pitch: In this thrilling murder-mystery conspiracy novel, Xander’s war with the malevolent mob boss Stephen Fields attracts unwanted attention in the form of Engen, the sinister corporation that gave him his special abilities at birth.

Although Xander has isolated himself from others to keep from being manipulated, Engen pulls in characters from his once dormant past to try and regain control of his life and power. Can Xander overcome some of the most powerful minds on Earth to finally be free of their influence?


webJacobi Street by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Engen Universe

The Pitch: Veteran horror-scribe Matthew LeDrew returns to his suspenseful roots in Jacobi Street, the thrilling new novel that takes readers into the darkest corners of the Engen Universe.

Bob had a normal life, one of many struggling artists vying for critical attention in the competitive district called Jacobi Street, until the day a mysterious unnamed painting showed up at the gallery he worked at. Since that day more and more people have been disappearing, and the captive audience trapped within the painting keeps growing…


Black Womb, Habeas Corpus, coverEngen also participated in a large amount of community outreach this year, offering services via Their Patreon as well as offered classes through THE Tutoring Center. Courses are still available for the upcoming year!

We also released the much anticipated 10th Anniversary collection of Black Womb, Habeas Corpus, in a glorious hardcover collection, started a new YouTube series with the help of our friends at FictionFirst Used Books, and have started making some huge plans for things that are going to be happening in 2018! Stay tuned! 🙂

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Faith | The Xander Drew Series

In this thrilling murder-mystery conspiracy novel, Xander’s war with the malevolent mob boss Stephen Fields attracts unwanted attention in the form of Engen, the sinister corporation that gave him his special abilities at birth.

Although Xander has isolated himself from others to keep from being manipulated, Engen pulls in characters from his once dormant past to try and regain control of his life and power. Can Xander overcome some of the most powerful minds on Earth to finally be free of their influence?

 

Faith (Paperback)
Matthew LeDrew

Faith

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Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1-926903-69-9 
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: Paperback (5 x 8 in) / EBook
Cover Price: Buy Local: $20 / EBook: $0.99
Page Count: 302

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THE ULTIMATE EXERCISE IN WORLD BUILDING | Patreon Blog

Matthew LeDrewFor the last few years I have been using the term ‘World Building’ incorrectly. I always took it to mean the Tolkien-like appendixes and appendices that some authors chose to but in the front and backs of their books, often with maps and diagrams and schematics and character histories that had little to nothing to do with the story at hand, and which I often found exhausting.

However, my fellow author JJ King has recently educated me that this is not the case: World Building can simply be the slow process of letting the reader know what can and cannot happen in your world, a set of rules that you write by and provide information on on an as-needed basis, ideally.

I say that I used the term ‘World Building’ incorrectly because I only associated it with the sort of pedantic info-dumps I try to never do, but apparently this is just bad or expositive World Building. Good World Building can happen organically an naturally, giving small snippets of the larger world in book after book… much like I did with the Engen Universe. I was embarrassed to learn that such a pivotal term had escaped my vernacular, but such is life, we all have our knowledge gaps.

Since then I have spent months ruminating on all the wrong-answers I have given regarding World Building in my previous Writing Panel experiences. After some serious thought, I think I’ve come up with the ideal World Building scenario for those who have an exhaustive world and cast of characters in their heads without knowing where to start – and it works for any genre!

The rest of this post can be viewed for as little as $1 for any of our Patreon subscribers! Click here to go to this post’s page on the Engen Books Patreon!

FREE eBook – Reptilia by Matthew LeDrew

Bestselling author Matthew LeDrew returns to his horror roots in the terrifying new novella, Reptilia. When an aggressive new virus breaks out at a small town hospital, its up to a small team of doctors to try and figure out the source of the contagion before it’s too late!

 

Reptilia
Matthew LeDrew

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Release Date: October 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: EBook
Cover Price: FREE with Mailing List Signup!
Page Count: 63

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Going Full-Time | Distractions | Matthew LeDrew’s Blog

This might have to be my final post under the ‘Distractions’ banner, if only because I will, very soon, not be able to abide distractions anymore. That is to say, as of January 1 2018, I will be going Full-Time writing and publishing through Engen Books.

This is a massive step forward for me personally and for the company as a whole. We’ve made great strides in the last ten years helping to build ourselves as Atlantic Canada’s premier small-press, indie, and genre publisher. We’ve taken on a massive amount of new projects and new authors which has helped expand our library exponentially. This is going to give me the time to  really pour gasoline on that process. We’re going to be expanding into new areas and taking on new authors, as well as making sure our existing stable of amazing talent like Ali House, Ellen Curtis, Amanda Labonté, and Paul Carberry remain focused and driven to succeed.

It isn’t, however, without risk. While we’ve had an amazing year in 2017 and this was a part of a 5-year plan for us, this wasn’t a strategically-planned and calculated move. This came out of necessity because of some upheavals in my person life that I’ll disclose as I become able. Suffice to say, we’re viewing this as a positive and bravely making this leap forward. 🙂

As a part of this building though, we’re going to be needing the support and patience of our fans more than ever. There are going to be some changes. First and foremost will be an increased focus on Kindle and other eBook formats, as there is very little overhead to producing fiction in those methods. We have a dedicated print fan base we know, and our most popular titles (like the ‘From the Rock’ anthology series) will still be available in print day-of release, but some titles may see a digital-only release for short periods of time so that we can bring our work to those who want it. Continue reading Going Full-Time | Distractions | Matthew LeDrew’s Blog