New Release: African Assignment by Theo Engela


Another re-release – a collection of short stories by my father, Theo Engela, edited by me. Previously published by myself (2007), then by J. Ellington Ashton (2015), and later by LightBearer Publishing (2016), the fifth edition is now available via Lulu.com.

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“Theo Engela’s short stories were written during the 1950’s and 60’s, and set in the South African bushveld and society of the day, providing a fresh look at a world now long vanished. Using imagery and place names unfamiliar to folk living in the 21st century, the author shows us a simpler, less complicated world filled with wonder and mystery, where crime could still be perfect and the world lived fearfully under the ever-present threat of the Cold War. Mesmerizing African folklore and almost-vanished cultures stand side by side. Rounded off in his own unique style, he displays a biting sense of humor and irony in his work, which would probably not seem out of place in a Hitchcock serial or even in the Twilight Zone.” More

Year-End Message 2016


christina-engela-2Hello fans!

December 2016. This is the end of a very busy year for all of us I’m sure – and for me it meant recovering from the blow of losing a publisher, and going back to indie publishing… reformatting, editing and republishing my own books – RECOVERING – and becoming determined to never again put my writing freedom in the hands of someone else! As a writer it’s been an exceptionally difficult year – not just in terms of recovering to the point where I was before August 2014 when I signed on to that publisher, but to be far better!

It was also a rewarding one in terms of what I have learned and how I have grown! In the time during which my book’s fates were in the hands of others, I learned more about the publishing industry, formatting, cover design and marketing than I knew before. I also gained the irreplaceable friendship and loyal support of a few – most prominently Wendy K. Gloss – whose personal support and her efforts to market my work have proved decisive! In fact, she is probably the only reason you know about my writing, or about me.

That said, this difficult and complicated year is now, finally, at an end. More

African Assignment – Coming Soon!


I’m happy to say the release date for this will be SOON! “African Assignment” will be released on Amazon in paperback form by LightBearer Publishing hopefully within the next week! The Kindle version should follow soon after that!

Something’s stirring in Africa. Something primal. A stirring that pulls at the hearts and minds of Men and infects them with darkness and treachery.

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August Update


You may have been wondering what I have been up to lately… and as usual, the answer is ‘up to no good’! Since my former publisher and I parted ways in May, I have re-released all of my previously published works, including three titles in the Galaxii Series and over the past few weeks, four in the Quantum Series. I am currently busy finalizing the cover artwork and illustrations for “Innocent Minds”, a rather unusual little story that falls somewhere between sci-fi, humor and children’s stories… because it is a children’s story for adults!

What is a ‘children’s story for adults’? Well, it’s a pseud0-children’s story with some more mature content  and humor aimed at adults… with illustrations.

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Catch Them While You Can


Good morning, friends 🙂
 
Those of you who have been following current events in my life and writing career will know that my publisher (JEA) has downsized and cut out all non-horror writers and titles from their listing, meaning that I will be seeking a new home for the three Galaxii Series novels already with them, as well as my dad’s short story anthology “African Assignment“.
 
In the meantime, you may also remember that “Bugspray” (my book about VW Beetles) was published a few months ago by LightBearer Publishing, based in Midrand. You may also recall that I recently announced splitting my Galaxii series into two new series (the Galaxii Series and the Quantum Series) in order to make adding more titles easier for me. LightBearer has been busy editing and formatting “Black Sunrise” – the first title in the Quantum Series – for a while, and that should be released soon. Meanwhile, I am negotiating with them about taking on the Galaxii Series as well, once I have received all the work files from JEA.
 
The items published through JEA are still available on Amazon.com (although I don’t know for how long) so if you’re looking for what is sure to be a ‘limited edition collector’s item’ in future, you know where to look! (On my Amazon page).
 

Sad News


My dear fans,

As you know by now, I’m a writer living in South Africa. For over twenty years I’ve been struggling to get a foot in the door as a writer, having worked the self-publishing route for thirteen of those years. I write a peculiar blend of sci-fi/fantasy/horror, sometimes using vampire characters in sci-fi situations. I also write some LGBT characters since I am part of that community as well. As I’m sure you also know, getting published while writing material of that nature in today’s world is not as simple or easy as people may think.

In 2014 I was lucky enough to sign with a new traditional publisher based in Texas, who agreed to re-release all of my completed works under their label. The publisher was new and popular and grew quickly – too quickly perhaps, to be able to handle the workload. Some of you may have noticed over the past year, the output from that press seemed to diminish – as a result of the staff becoming swamped with work. Something had to give, and apparently, something finally did.

This past week I received news from the publisher that they are downsizing, narrowing their focus to publish pure horror material only. They are letting all their non-horror writers go, including me, giving releases for all our contracted works. This morning, I returned the signed release form for “Blachart”, “Demonspawn”, “Dead Beckoning” and my dad’s anthology “African Assignment”.

What this means is that my books will be taken down from Amazon.com while I negotiate with another publisher to take me on. They are still up for now, and I have no idea when they will come down and the master material forwarded to me. However, once this is wrapped up, the new publisher will put the books back up on Amazon. Of course, this means that none of the purchasing links on my posts or other ads will be valid anymore, since they will be effectively ‘unpublished’ until this process is finalized. As you can imagine, having to make alterations to each cover and each manuscript to reflect a change in publishers and editions etc, takes a little time.

Like those of you (however few you may be) who follow my postings and are truly interested and supportive of my writing and my writing career, I will be waiting impatiently to get everything up on Amazon again in order to get back in the game.

Thank you to J.Ellington Ashton Press for the opportunity you gave me, and for the experience – and the friendships I gained that I would not have otherwise had.

I apologize to those who enjoy my writing, for the inconvenience and for the disappointment – believe me, I am disappointed as well! This isn’t over – this is just a slight set back. I will keep you all informed of progress in this matter.

All the best!

Christina Engela

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