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Erin Vance & Sam Bauer signing, August 14th in Mount Pearl!

Erin Vance - Author / Editor
Erin Vance – Author / Editor

Ever wonder what Engen editor Erin Vance and newest author Sam Bauer are like without those pesky bosses around? What to ask them what it’s really like to work for Engen Books, without getting the stink-eye from the Engen founders? Your chance is here! On Sunday, August 14th at the Glacier in Mount Pearl, Erin Vance and Sam Bauer will have a table at the August Summer Fun Festival!

Bauer and Vance will be selling copies of all current Engen titles, including the complete Black Womb series, the Xander Drew series, and the Infinity series. They will also be signing copies of their April 2016 smash hit anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock, which Vance edited and both Vance and Bauer contributed short stories for!

Looking to get started as an author? Vance and Bauer will have information on the forthcoming Fantasy from the Rock collection and how you can get published in it, as well as information on getting published in both short story and novel formats though the local Newfoundland publisher.

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Samuel Bauer, reading at the University of Waterloo from “The Locket”

Sam Bauer is Engen’s youngest writer, from St. John’s Newfoundland. He states his inspiration as stemming from eating too much sugar-laden food, reading the works of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe until 4 am, and transcribing the ensuing nightmares.His first short story, The Locket, has been met with universal acclaim and he is currently hard at work on additional stories for future anthologies, as well as an upcoming novel.

Erin Vance is an editor, author, and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program. She has edited multiple novels and anthology collections for a variety of publishers, and has penned the short story Cast, Clutter, Pack, Murder as well as the soon-to-be-released publication of her Honor’s Thesis, Song of the Mockingjay, exploring the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series.

The August Summer Fun Festival  will run from 10am – 5pm on August 14th at The Glacier arena, 45 Olympic Dr, Mount Pearl.


Sci-Fi from the Rock!

Nineteen short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best science-fiction and fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans and some of them new to the craft for the first time. Edited by English Honours Graduate and Professional Editor 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 Kenneth Tam, Scott Bartlett, Jay Paulin, Alison House, & many more!

Sci-Fi From the Rock (Paperback)
Ellen Curtis & Erin Vance (Editors)

Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

Purchase:

Canada:
Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.ca)
Sci-Fi from the Rock (chapters.ca)

US:
Sci-Fi from the Rock(amazon.com)
Sci-Fi from the Rock (Barnes&Noble)

Kindle EBook: Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.ca)
Kindle EBook: Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.com)

Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1926903293
Release Date: April 01, 2016
Status: Available
Book Type: Paperback (5 x 8 in)
Price (CAD): Buy Local: $20 / EBook: $3.89
Page Count: 280

 Related Titles

Whitecoat Light-Dark Super Galactic Space Explorers - Volume 2

Chris Walsh wins the nobel prize: Dream Journal

Oscar Wilde once wrote: ” A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave,” and I firmly believe that to be true. My mind misbehaves. My mind puts thing together in weird, creative, terminally-f’ed-up ways that make people look at me with their heads tilted and their eyebrows raised: especially when I say those thoughts out loud, which I often do, and which often makes me “that guy” at the party. But this is normal for an author: see people like new things in their fiction, and when we make new fiction we get positive reinforcement in the form of money and recognition: so our brain learns to do that messed up thing it did. It’s like Pavlov’s Dog meets Cards Vs Humanity: just a very bad positive feedback loop.

I say all this to prepare you for what may be an ongoing segment: Matt’s Dream Journal. We all have messed-up dreams, that’s true of us all. Dreams are our mind misbehaving, finding connections where there were none before… for someone who has taught their mind to be this way 24/7, this takes on some new meaning. You were warned

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Sam Bauer reading Rocks Waterloo!

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Samuel Bauer, reading at the University of Waterloo from “The Locket”

Samuel Bauer performed a reading of his short story, The Locket, to a full house of participants of the Lloyd Auckland Invitational Mathematics Workshop at the University of Waterloo on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016. The young author read his short, which appeared in the 2016 anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock, to a reaction of “stunned silence and applause,” one attendee stated.

The Auckland Workshop is a week of mathematical stimulation for young intellectuals from all over Canada and across the globe. It features various activities, trips, lectures and problem solving workshops. Students are invited based off their performance on the CEMC’s Cayley and Fermat contest, further proving Samuel Bauer’s unique status as a mind in science fiction: the sort of intellectual-creative double-threat mixtures that created the liked of Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick.

The University of Waterloo has already produced some of the best modern voices in Canadian fiction, such as Kenneth Tam (His Majesty’s New World, Defense Command) and Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), and continues this trend by continuing to foster young smart-creatives like Sam Bauer.

Be sure and support Bauer as well as sixteen other Canadian authors by picking up Sci-Fi from the Rock, available now. 🙂

Sci-Fi From the Rock (Paperback)
Ellen Curtis & Erin Vance (Editors)

Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

Purchase:

Canada:
Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.ca)
Sci-Fi from the Rock (chapters.ca)

US:
Sci-Fi from the Rock(amazon.com)
Sci-Fi from the Rock (Barnes&Noble)

Kindle EBook: Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.ca)
Kindle EBook: Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.com)

Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1926903293
Release Date: April 01, 2016
Status: Available
Book Type: Paperback (5 x 8 in)
Price (CAD): Buy Local: $20 / EBook: $3.89
Page Count: 280

 Related Titles

Whitecoat Light-Dark Super Galactic Space Explorers - Volume 2

The Guantlet is Thrown! – Fantasy from the Rock

The deadline for submitting to 2017’s anthology collection Fantasy from the Rock is still seven months away, but authors experienced and new are already preparing to wow us with what residents of The Rock can accomplish with the tools and tricks of the fantasy genre.

As Fierce as Steel author Christopher Walsh has already expressed interest in returning his fantasy series, The Gold and Steel Saga to the collection, possibly with more than one story! “[Engen Books] has created a place, at least locally, that helps local writers get a foothold in that world and gives the advice and encouragement needed to convince them to try at all,” said Walsh. “If not for Engen, I’m willing to bet there’s a lot of young writers telling stories outside of the local publishers scope that would not have any platform at all to try or would have given up entirely already.”

Editors Erin Vance and Ellen Curtis are scheduled to return to edit the project, to-be-released April 28th, 2017 at Sci-Fi on the Rock 11!

In addition to this established talent, new authors have begun to metaphorically throw down the gauntlet as they prepare their entries in to the world of High Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Swords and Sorcery Fantasy, Modern Fantasy, Fae Stories, and more. One such hopeful is Stephanie Spurrell, host of the YouTube channel SimplePleasures, on which she chronicles via vLog her journey to become a published author, covering topics from motivation, her bookshelf, and whether she is a ‘pantser’ or a ‘planner.’

In her latest post today,  Spurrell announced her intention to have a short-story prequel to her Urban-Fantasy tale submitted early, beating the late-December rush and pitching what sounds like a thrilling fantasy story at the same time! Watch the entire video below:

And yes, the title of the book will be Fantasy from the Rock! We look forward to your submission and all others! Good luck! 🙂

If you’re interested too, click here for the full list of submission guidelines! And to check out ways to buy the 2016 hit that started it all Sci-Fi from the Rock, click here!

Never Look Back!

Sam Bauer on Sci-Fi from the Rock

sammyYoung 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.”

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)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.”

Continue reading Sam Bauer on Sci-Fi from the Rock

Author Peter J Foote to appear at East Coast Comic Expo May 20-21

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Peter J Foote, author of the short story The Silence Between Moons from the 2016 Sci-Fi From The Rock anthology will be appearing with and signing copies of the collection at the East Coast Comic Expo in Moncton May 20-21st 2016.

Other guest include Canadian comics legend Sandy Carruthers, whose greatest success was illustrating The Men in Black, the comic which later became, Men in Black. Carruthers also worked on Captain Canuck,  was the Editorial Cartoonist for the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper, and published a book of editorial cartoons entitled Sh-It Happened.

Foote will be appearing not only to promote his work on “The Silence Between Moons” but also to promote his bookstore, FictionFirst.

Fictionfirst Used Books specializes is previously enjoyed Sci-fi & Fantasy Novels, Roleplaying Manuals and Graphic Novels. The store is run out of Foote’s home in the Annapolis Valley and open by appointment only, though they ship Canada wide. At over 5000 titles strong, interested parties are encouraged to request a copy of their inventory via his Facebook page.

 

Just read ‘Stealing Back Freedom’ by Chris Walsh… now what?

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)So you just read Stealing Back Freedom, the first short story set in the new Gold and Steel book series, from Sci-Fi from the Rock and you’re wondering, as well you should be: what happens next? What happens to Orangecloak? Where does the story go from here?

“Stealing Back Freedom” is merely prelude to a lengthy, astonishing adventure that fantasy fans have been waiting years for. The first novel in the Gold and Steel series, As Fierce as Steel, is available now! Anyone who enjoyed “Stealing Back Freedom” should check it out, and then come right back to Engen Books next year for Fantasy from the Rock for the next chapter in Chris Walsh’s epic fantasy saga!


 

As Fierce as SteelAs Fierce as Steel by Christopher P. Walsh

As Fierce as Steel is the inaugural entry into the world of Gold & Steel, a new fantasy series from Canadian author, Christopher Walsh. It is centered around the lives of two women, those of the Lady Orangecloak and Lady Marigold Tullivan. One is the leader of a brave group of young men and women in open rebellion of their government. The other was born into that patriarchal world and destined for greatness, as a trophy wife, a fate she will do anything to alter.