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.
For 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. Check it out in January 2020! Continue reading Looking Ahead: Engen 2020
2019 has been a roller-coaster so far for Engen, but we’re in no way through yet! We’ve got huge new titles, sequels to some of your all-time favorites, and shocking new reveals coming your way!
First, as many of you already know and have preordered, Zombies on the Rock: The Republic of Newfoundland will be released on September 6 to eBook and print platforms. This astonishing third entry in Paul Carberry’s Zombies on the Rock series brings Eric and Dana closer to the destruction of the community they’re established than ever before! Who will live — and who won’t — in this third volume? Read to find out! Continue reading Amazing Fall releases from Engen Books!
This past near has been interesting for me, nostalgia-wise, as Engen Books has been re-releasing my original 10-part urban thriller series as Coral Beach Casefiles with some wonderful covers by Kit Sora. As such I’ve been taking the time to go back and tweak and adjust some goofs in the original texts.
There’s some things you can only write when you’re young I think, and last month and this month were a very anxious time for me because they saw the release of Ghosts of the Past and Ignorance is Bliss… both of which have plots which revolve chiefly around children in peril, and one in which said child meets a (spoilers) very bad end.
This is the type of thing I would rarely do today, and even looking back on it I find it… squeamish. Have I lost my edge? I went back a re-read these books with a kind of half-grimace, because all I remember are the outcomes… but then I remembered, these were actually half decent books. I actually started to like the writing again and get back into the mindset.
All this begged the question for me: why was this plot necessary for young me? Why do kids die in fiction? Continue reading Why we kill [CENSORED] in fiction | Writing and Publishing advice from Engen Founder Matthew LeDrew
They are, collectively, the only people who will ever be able to say they’ve been featured in every From the Rock collection: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Chillers, Dystopia, and now Flights from the Rock.
Over the last five years, the From the Rock series has become one that is routinely among the bestselling anthologies in Canada. It has become a series that makes authors bestsellers. With that success has come increased competition: the first volume, Sci-Fi from the Rock, featured many reprints from previous defunct Engen volumes, as we only received a dozen or so submissions. Now we routinely receive over a hundred, typically 300,000 words worth of submissions.
To put it bluntly, the competition has gotten fierce.
Which makes it all the more impressive that there are three authors who have made it into every, single, collection: Ali House, Peter J Foote, & Matthew Daniels. Continue reading What do these three writers have in common? | LeDrew’s Blog
It’s been a long time since I wrote an ongoing series of articles on this, or any other, website. That’s weighed on me. Since graduating I miss the exercise of penning essays. I’ve even encouraged my fellow Engen authors to write ongoing writing blogs (namely Ali House, Brad Dunne, Kit Sora, and Jon Dobbin, all of whom you should check out). But I never have myself. Writing advice is one thing, all our authors can offer that… but publishing advice? Marketing advice? Social Media advice… that comes with a different set of expectations, and a lot of hurt feelings.
Part of my anxiety around this has become the subject of today’s piece, because I want to address the evident hypocrisy in it right off the bat.
Today’s advice is: don’t post negative reviews, especially of authors at (or near) your current level of notoriety. Continue reading Watch Your Reviews | Writing & Publishing Advice with Engen Founder Matthew LeDrew
Dystopia from the Rock, the fourth volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller on February 21, 2019 at 8:22 AM Newfoundland Standard Time: a full month before its release. It reached #1 in the category of ‘Science Fiction Short Stories,’ and ‘Cyberpunk.’ As of this writing it has reached #1086 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts, #7 in Cyberpunk Science-Fiction, and #10 in Genetic Engineering Science-Fiction.
Dystopia from the Rock features thirty-two short stories written by a diverse mix of some of the best speculative fiction and thriller authors in Canada, including both award-winners, veterans of their craft, and brand new talent. Continue reading ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories!
We’re proud to unveil the cover for 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock! This amazing cover was designed by JJ King! JJ King is a bestselling Canadian author writing paranormal and contemporary romance. She is also, as you can see, a talented artist!
Dystopia from the Rock includes the following stories:
“Candles in the Tree” by Michelle Churchill
“The Island Outside the War” by Lisa Daly
“Carry Her Home” by Dianne Lynn McGyver
“Game Plan” by Ali House
“Authentic New Island Experience” by Ali House
“In the Rising Flame” by Sam Bauer
“The Schedule” by Shannon Green
“Blood Red Horizon” by Jon Dobbin
“The Other” by Jon Dobbin
“A Flood of Sorts” by Heather Nolan
“Future Imperfect” by Lauralana Dunne
“Future Tense” by Lauralana Dunne
“The Ninth Wonder” by David Rimmington
“Views” by Matthew LeDrew
“Young Republicans” by Matthew LeDrew
“Watcher” by Gareth Mitton
“Eggshell Revolution” by Matthew Daniels
“Cash Grab” by Chantal Boudreau
“Family Business” by Corinne K. Lewandowski
“The Lost Generation” by David Wright
“Jianghu” by Jed MacKay
“In Dangerous Company” by Christopher P. Walsh
“Trickster Sings the Blues” by Katie Little
“Kaida of the Eastern Shore” by Finnan Beaton
“Escape from Selenous Valley Retreat” by Andrew Pike
“Rudeworld” by John Haas
“Final Edict” by Peter Foote
“Anchored” by Jeff Slade
“The Match” by Ryan Belbin
“The Market” by Nicole Little
“Last One Standing” by Nicole Little
The adventure takes off this March, with preorders going live soon! Stay tuned to Engen Books for more information!