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What is Call of the Sea?

Wondering what one of the newest Engen titles, Call of the Sea by Amanda Labonté, is all about, let the wonderful author tell you in her own words!

Advance Praise: “A mysterious figure in the ocean, a suspicious loss in the waves, a riveting treasure hunt, and surprise after surprise, how could anyone not want to read this novel?” ~Alice Kuipers, author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You and Life on the Refrigerator Door.

“Call of the Sea is a vividly imagined novel of folk lore and legends smoothly mixed with realistic, colourful characters of an East Coast village. Amanda Labonte’s paranormal coming of age story effortlessly lifts you along with Alex’s journey to the brink of suspended disbelief…” ~BR Myers, author of Asp of Ascension and Girl on the Run.

Call of the Sea, as well as all Engen titles, are available online or through Broken Books at the same price we charge person-to-person. Check them out today! If we don’t have the title you want on hand, let them know and we’ll be sure to make it available. 🙂


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!

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