This was originally going to be a series of posts — every day of Sci-Fi on the Rock 11 was it’s own mini-event that deserved chronicling. However, as the title implies, I’ve been a little under the weather. As of today it’s been a week since the con started, and I really don’t want to wait any longer. So I’m going to try and get it all on record. 🙂
So, as a bit of preamble, I’m kind of known among my friends for my immune system. When my friends have children that are sick, I get the call: because I won’t catch it. I’m not sure why that is, but I’ve always reveled in it with the utmost glee… that is, until I met Heather Reilly’s youngest daughter, an adorable red-head with a perpetually runny nose. I was sitting for them the week before the con, and caught something that resulted in a 103-degree fever for about 48 un-fun hours.
That was Wave One. Wave Two was that, while recovering and my immune system was down, I apparently caught something else — I believe from the same Reilly child, we’re not sure. In any event, this most recent biological attack on us from Reilly Books resulting in an extreme cold and laryngitis… that started attacking my voice on April 27. You know, the day of our book launch for Fantasy from the Rock, the event we’ve been planning for a year to celebrate 10 years of Engen Books. Continue reading Confessions of Patient Zero | My Sci-Fi on the Rock 11 Story→
The Writer’s Circle event hosted by the AC Hunter Public Library tonight was a great success!
Hosted as a part of the ‘Love Our Local Authors’ month going on all through February at the AC Hunter Public Library, the Writer’s Circle was a round table discussion with four of the indie writing community’s top talents: the person in charge of taking your submissions (Ellen Curtis), the author of Call of the Sea (Amanda Labonté ), the author of more than 15 novels (Matthew LeDrew) and Erin Vance, the author of Song of the Mockingjay and the revolutionary editor behind Sci-Fi from the Rock and Fantasy from the Rock!
The Writer’s Circle aimed to answer any questions about the writing and publishing process, from professionals with a combined 25 years experience in the competitive small-press market.
Engen Books would like to that the AC Hunter Public Library for hosting the event, as well as Amanda Labonté, Erin Vance, and Ellen Curtis for taking part!
“Set in the extreme heat of a Los Angeles summer, Cinders fairly sizzles with mystery and crime drama. With great attention to detail, Matthew LeDrew tells a tale that deals not only with good and evil, but also the gray area in between. Weaving through multiple perspectives, the story culminates in a satisfying conclusion that leaves the reader wanting more from these characters. A great addition to any thriller library.”
Amanda 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. 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.
In just 7 days at the Arts and Culture Center, local St. John’s author Matthew LeDrew will be co-hosting the first Engen Writer’s Circle of 2017!
Hosted as a part of the ‘Love Our Local Authors’ month going on all through February at the AC Hunter Public Library, the Writer’s Circle is a round table discussion with four of the indie writing community’s top talents: the people in charge of taking your submissions (Ellen Curtis), the author of Call of the Sea (Amanda Labonté ), the author of more than 15 novels (Matthew LeDrew) and of course Erin Vance, the author of Song of the Mockingjay and the revolutionary editor behind Sci-Fi from the Rock and Fantasy from the Rock! The #LOLAnl event has already featuring amazing local Newfoundland talent, such as Glenn Deir, Victoria Barbour, Heather Reilly, and Kevin Major! The Writer’s Circle aims to answer any question you might have about the writing and publishing process, not matter what stage of the process you’re at, from professionals with a combined 25 years experience in the competitive small-press market.
Come and get answers to your questions, meet the authors of some of the province’s most thrilling genre fiction, gets books signed and learn the different avenues to success with writing! Admittance is free, although Arts & Culture encourages calling ahead to reserve seats at: 709-737-3950. The event will be 6:30pm-8pm on Feb 22 2017 at the Arts and Culture Center, 95 Allandale Rd, St. John’s, NL A1B 3A3. To join the Facebook event and get more information, click here.
This year Newfoundland — which Engen Books calls home — became the first province in Canada to put a tax on books, adding 10% to what consumers pay at the register for all literature, bringing the total up to 15%. This is the latest in a long line of attacks on literacy by the new government, from grant reductions to attempts to close over a third of the province’s libraries.
Engen Books is not a venue for political digressions — I try to keep my own personal politics out of this forum, at least as much as one can. I could speak to the ignorant ethnocentrism that leads to an administration to tax literacy, a move that will make education more expensive for those both learning for their own benefit and those learning in post-secondary education. There’s a lot I can say, but I’ll leave it for another venue at another time.
Engen Books will be absorbing the extra tax. We will not raise the price per-book for our customers and readers. The vast majority (currently all) of our books are $20.00 CAD tax included, and will remain as such — this just means that the portion the government takes of that “tax in” part will be more than it has been.
We were going to keep it secret, but Ellen Curtis spilled the beans to a local YouTuber at a recent show, so it seems like we should maybe get out ahead of this one. 😉
At Sci-Fi on the Rock 11, to help celebrate our 10th anniversary, Engen Books will be releasing the first of 3 Black Womb hardcover Ultimate Collection editions.
These massive hardcovers will collect entire Black Womb storyarcs, with the first edition collecting Black Womb, Transformations in Pain, and Smoke and Mirrors, forming the pivotal events of Xander Drew’s origins and introducing Engen, Adam Genblade, and Julie Peterson.
The collections will be available only direct through Engen Books and the author and limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, each with certificates of authenticity.
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Young author Sam Bauer, who debuted in 2016’s stellar anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock has taken the time to share his thoughts and feelings about his neighboring stories in the collection.
Whitecoat by Kenneth Tam:
“After reading this, I definitely need to pick up a copy of the novel itself. Set in an alternate Newfoundland, with a somewhat nebulous difference from our own, the quality of this story promises great things from the novel.”
Sunny Days by Jennifer Combden:
“I love a good hard sci-fi piece. With this dealing with our own sun destroying us, it certainly fulfills the author’s purpose of informing people with literature.”
The Shoe by Matthew LeDrew:
“A brilliant story. This piece reminds us about how we may be viewed many years from now with other than human eyes.”
Immune by Jennifer Combden:
“Perspective plays a big role in literature, and the perspective chosen for this piece is excellent. The perspective of a child in a disaster is not one I often see, and it was used phenomenally in this piece.”
Hag Ridden by Tara Murphy:
“I love horror, as can be discerned from the fact I wrote a bit of horror in this anthology. This one is frightening because what happens in it could happen to anyone, without you being able to stop it. Brilliantly done!”
Invasion by Matthew LeDrew:
“Another chilling story by Engen’s resident horror writer. One of two horror stories by Matthew in this anthology, its unnerving tone and final reveal sent shivers down my spine.”
n this contemporary superhero thriller, Theo – the psychic member of the Infinity team – must travel back to Black Springs, the hospital that held him for years as a young man, to save a young woman with powers held captive there.
As Theo fights to unravel a conspiracy of genetic engineering and danger, on another floor of the hospital Victor and Jean-Claude Maximus are struggling to help a young man with the power to heal cling to life. Will both sets of heroes come together to help each other win the day… or will Black Springs rise to become a rival to become a player against the sinister companies that the Infinity team has slowly become aware of? Download this amazing new novel by Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis today!
In all the hype leading up to 2016’s hotly anticipated collection Sci-Fi from the Rock and its many authors, it’s easy to overlook the other great titles being released in April: such as Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew’s Exodus of Angels.
After 3 and a half years, readers will finally be able to check back in with Victor, Jaycee, Theo and Leigh this April with a story that will touch the hearts and minds of anyone who reads it — as well stoke the fire of anyone who believes there to be a common thread running through all of the Engen Universe titles, including the Black Womb, Xander Drew, and Benedict Forecasts series.
Led by series creator and show-runner Ellen Curtis, the novel will delve into Theo’s troubled past first glimpsed in the short story “The Theogony” and introduce startling new characters within the walls of the Black Springs Psychiatric Ward.
Pick up your copy on April 1, and if you haven’t tried out the Infinity series by Ellen Curtis and Matthew LeDrew yet, the e-books are on sale now with links below!
The Pitch: There is a man living in Atlanta Georgia that people don’t talk about, but everyone knows he’s there. He arrived a year ago and turned a gaggle of uneducated and uninterested youth into a force to be reckoned with; something to fear more than any demon or violent act: something new.
I’m giving myself a Holiday present, and that present is a non-Engen characters related post. While there’s no specific rule against this (we’ve all seen Erin Vance’s terrific travel blog) I still tend to limit myself to posts revolving around the site, the novels, and the characters of Engen Books. But everyone deserves to indulge themselves this time of year a little, and this is my indulgence.
(Also it fits the theme of this blog: pondering the future of comic-book movies takes up far, far too much of my time and creative energy. Maybe writing this post can excise some of those thoughts and let me move on to more creative endeavors.)
So, these are my ideas for 5 major (or minor, in many cases) comic book movies, tv shows and original series that will – probably – never happen. But hey: you never know.