Making Family is a 2016 contemporary Newfoundland novel by debut author Jennifer White and self-published via the Smashwords print-on-demand service. It tells the story of Rose, a lonely old woman who comes home one day to find a distraught teenager named Hannah, who claims to be her granddaughter, sitting on her front porch. Set in Newfoundland, this is a story of strong women. Hannah seeks out Rose when the unthinkable happens to her and she needs somewhere to turn. Her mother is unreachable and Hannah really needs a woman to talk to. Rose sets out to help her through a difficult time, but worries that Hannah will want nothing to do with her once she learns about the past – after all, it’s the reason Hannah, her father, and brother never knew that Rose was still alive. Continue reading Making Family by Jennifer White | Other Indie
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!
Opportunities in Atlantic Canada bring out the best in all fields, as one of Newfoundland’s most talented new contemporary fiction authors of 2016, Jennifer White, joins genre staples such as Heather Reilly, Ali House, and Ellen Curtis!
Jennifer White has been writing since elementary school, winning many awards for her fiction. She is currently a school principal in North West River, Newfoundland.
She is married, has three children, and tries not to get too cold in the very long, Labrador winters.
Her debut novel, Making Family, is currently available through iTunes and Kobo.
She brings with her her short story Quiet Cove, which brings fantasy to a small town Newfoundland setting she writes so well.
After co-helming two of Engen’s most successful endeavors in 2016, Sci-Fi from the Rock and Exodus of Angels, Ellen Curtis returns to her short-fiction writing roots with her new story, ‘Winter’s Loch.’
Ellen Curtis is 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 was ‘discovered’ at a Sci-Fi on the Rock II writing panel in 2008, and her first collection of stories, Compendium, was published just over a year later in October 2009. Continue reading Ellen Curtis writes for Fantasy from the Rock!
Returning to the From the Rock team is the incredibly talented Matthew Daniels, whose story Healer’s Hoards was one of the many fantasy entries in last year’s Sci-Fi from the Rock that inspired this year’s volume and alerted Engen Books to the talent for fantasy writing in this province!
“The treatment of the classic “dragon with a horde” is cool, and I enjoyed the writing style thoroughly. I hope to read more by Mr. Daniels in the future.” — Sam Bauer, author of ‘The Locket.’
Matt Daniels first caught the attention of Engen Books at the open-source book launch for Scott Bartlett’s Finished with Life But Unable to Die, where his work was noticed by senior partners Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis for its vivid imagery and exceptional execution. He was asked to pen for the 2016 Sci-Fi from the Rock collection on the spot. Continue reading Matt Daniels returns in Fantasy from the Rock!
Knight’s Surrender is a 2014 YA Fantasy novel by Heather Reilly and published through her own small-press publishing company, Reilly Books. This is the first novel in the Binding of the Almatraek series of a planned five books, three of which are currently available. This is the first in a series a reviews of quality indie fantasy leading up to our Spring 2017 release, Fantasy from the Rock.
From what I’m seeing of the fantasy genre, and I am new to it, the evolution of the genre happens not through innovations in setting or circumstance but through style. More than any other genre I can think of, fantasy reads best if you understand the history from which it came, and the authors that came before and (possibly) inspired the author, either knowingly or unknowlingly.
To that end, I can see the connective tissue linking JRR Tolkien to George RR Martin, and now from George RR Martin to Heather Reilly. With each passing generation of fantasy scribe, elements of the previous are transferred over while adding twists and changes and refinement: that’s how the genre can seem to outwardly the same but so functionally different all these years later.
Engen Books is proud to use the From the Rock series to not only to bring award-winning established talent to the forefront, we also introduce the next generation of amazing talent to the province. In that respect, we are proud to announce the inclusion of Shannon Green and his story, Lower Antaras, to this year’s collection.
Shannon Green is a jack-of-all-trades from St. John’s Newfoundland who studied classics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he specialized on the illustrations soldiers drew on the backs of their shields.
Lower Antaras introduces us to the town of the same name in a world populated by a the denizens of a new world Green has imagined, bringing us a fully-realized fantasy world of drink, religions, and mythology. It is a first-class effort in world-building, and we cannot wait to see what he adds to it in the future. 🙂