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Jeff Slade announced as a ‘Chillers from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to introduce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be making their debut in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock collection: Jeff Slade!

A St. John’s native currently residing in Salmon Cove, Slade is an avid reader who enjoys both making and hearing puns, playing the guitar, and cats. Slade makes his publishing debut in Chillers from the Rock with his chilling tale: The Culling.


Seven other authors will be joining Dale Jarvis, Teresita E. Dziadura, Paul Carberry, Anastacia Hopkins, Jon Dobbin, Bronwynn Erskine, Peter Foote, Chelsea Bee, Sam Bauer, Ali House, Shannon Green, Michelle Churchill, and Jeff Slade for the 2018 Chillers on the Rock collection, to be launched March 28 2018! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


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Returning Rocker: Peter J. Foote announced as returning for ‘Chillers from the Rock’!

Fantasy from the Rock, coverEngen Books is proud to announce the triumphant return of author Peter J. Foote to this year’s From the Rock collection, Chillers from the Rock.

Foote is the first of our announced authors to have performed a ‘hat trick,’ with his submissions gaining entry into each of the three modern From the Rock volumes. His story ‘The Silence Between Moons’ appeared in 2016’s Sci-Fi from the Rock and ‘A Troll by Any Other Name…’ in 2017’s Fantasy from the Rock. Foote has proven himself to be a renaissance man of genre fiction, capable of rising to the occasion of any challenge thrown his way. As competition over placement in the From the Rock series has improved, so has Foote steadily grown in his authorial abilities. His newest story in titled ‘A Friend in Shadow.’ Continue reading Returning Rocker: Peter J. Foote announced as returning for ‘Chillers from the Rock’!

“What is Dystopia?” | Dystopia from the Rock

This week, Engen Books announced its 2019 call for submissions and focused in on Dystopia as the genre of choice for their anthology collection. As Dystopia is slightly separate from the ‘Big Three’ genres we’ve explored to far (Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror), we thought it would be appropriate to ask the question: “What is Dystopia?”

The word Dystopia comes from Greek heritage, where it means a society or community that is undesirable or frightening. Directly translated it means ‘not a good place’ and is used as an opposite for Utopia. In fact, many successful Dystopian stories use elements of both Utopia and Dystopia, in which a seemingly-Utopian society is revealed to be Dystopian for those of a lesser class. For a great example of this, see the 2005 Micheal Bay film, The Island description.

Dystopian stories are often allegorical. They have a hard time not being so, as depicting what we imagine to be a troubled future cannot help but have some reflection on how the author — and the reader — views the present. Dystopian novels seem to often start with the goal of answering the question: “If we continue down X path, how bad could things get?” A common hallmark of dystopian stories is that often enough time has passed that the protagonists cannot directly remember what the world was like before or were not present for the changed, making a society so different from our own that it may as well be alien.

Continue reading for some great examples to read to prep for writing your own Dystopian epic!

Continue reading “What is Dystopia?” | Dystopia from the Rock

Looking Ahead to 2018 | Engen Books

2017 was a crazy, nonstop roller-coaster ride of a tenth anniversary year here at Engen Books, but if anyone thought that we were going to shift down a gear in 2018 they guessed wrong! 2018 is looking like it’s going to to be the biggest year yet for Engen Books, with new titles, new authors, and new entire divisions of our company starting to peak over the horizon!

We can’t say much about some of these deals until the contracts are finalized and the ink is dry, but here’s a brief look at what we can tell you is in store from Engen Books in 2018: Continue reading Looking Ahead to 2018 | Engen Books

NaNoWriMo Engen Books / The Tutoring Center Events: All November long!

Kickoff NaNoWriMo 2017 with Engen Books and T.H.E. Tutoring Center! Come state your personal writing goals and mingle with other authors!

There will be snacks and beverages, and a quiet room available for those who want to actually take this time to kickoff writing! ♥

We’re going to be having events every Friday in November! Come write, discuss, and stay on track! ♥

Join the Facebook event and learn extra details here. 🙂

Supernatural Causes becomes a #1 Occult Bestseller on Amazon!

Supernatural Causes, Going Viral, Amanda Labonte, coverGoing Viral, the inaugural episode of Amanda Labonté’s medical thriller Supernatural Causes, hit #1 on the Amazon.ca in the ‘Occult’ category. The novella hit Bestseller status at 11:45PM Newfoundland Standard time on September 26, 2017, peaking at #129 on the overall Amazon.ca charts.

The novella has been steadily climbing for the past few days in anticipation grows for the fourth — and final — book in the serial’s first series: Code Blue. The series explores a medical student who takes a job as an intern at a hospital that caters to vampires, and the consequences that follow.

When asked for comment about the accomplishment, Labonté texted forty-two exclamation marks in a row, then expressed the need to celebrate with Pumpkin Spiced Lattes.

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.

Engen Books would like to congratulate Labonté on this achievement, and thank her fans and peers who helps make this possible.

Victoria Barbour to release Sixth Novel in her Heart’s Ease series at Irish Loop Book Market!

21291810_10159321708420192_1241600823_nUSA Today Bestselling author Victoria Barbour is set to release the sixth book in The Heart’s Ease series at the Irish Loop Book Market in Bay Bulls, October 7th 2017!

The event will take place at the Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre from 11am-5pm. The market will be your opportunity to pick up the latest and greatest literary works by Newfoundland’s best and brightest authors, who will be on hand.

Barbour lives on the island of Newfoundland, and is fiercely proud of her home. She can imagine no better setting for her works, and hopes that her readers will one day come to witness Newfoundland and Labrador’s rustic beauty for themselves.

She was born in St. John’s, and raised above her family’s fish and chips restaurant. She has traveled and lived in other parts of Canada, but chose to make her home where her heart has long resided. Victoria has a degree in History from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a minor in Newfoundland Studies. The only thing that stands between her and a Master’s degree in History from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia is her thesis. She has a background in broadcast journalism, advertising, and marketing. She is a proud member of several writing organizations including the Romance Writers of America (RWA) their affiliate chapter, Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada (RWAC), and the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL). She’s also thrilled to be considered a Scribe Wench, and a part of Romance Writers Weekly.