FAQ’s Answered #10: Who Is Marsha In “Dead Beckoning” to Blachart?


Today in a series of replies to FAQ (frequently asked questions) sent to me by fans (and sometimes not so much), I answer the question:  “Who is Marsha in “Dead Beckoning”, and what part does she she play in relation to the character of Blachart?

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New Release: “Dead Beckoning” Book 3 in the Galaxii Series


A brand new re-release of “Dead Beckoning“, book 3 in the Galaxii Series by Christina Engela is now available!

After nearly two days of fierce fighting, the Battle of Turtle Island left the skies of the Corsair world darkened with their dead. In orbit, the remnants of the once feared Black Fleet drifted, blazing… while below, the Corsair civilization breathed its last. The Terrans had finally defeated the dreaded Corsairs.

Or had they?

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Two Back Up, One To Go!


Hello to all from a cold, windy, wet Friday in Port Elizabeth! 🙂
In case you missed it, yesterday I re-released the first two titles in the Galaxii Series, “Blachart” and “Demonspawn“. They had come down from Amazon after my previous publisher released me from all contracts. They did so because they had decided to focus exclusively on ‘pure horror’ instead of the diverse genres they had built up. Since my works are generally in the sci-fi/fantasy field, with an occasional touch of horror, I found myself stuck without a publisher (again), and decided to return to self-publishing.
Covers by the inimitable Susan Simone.
The Quantum Series, which I had taken down in anticipation of being published by that publisher, went back up via the Lulu.com publishing site in May, and I am happy to add that the Galaxii Series is now up there as well.
I hope to publish title three in the Galaxii Series before Monday. “Dead Beckoning” follows on from “Demonspawn” and includes characters from both previous books in that series. It is an exciting novel about space pirates – the Corsairs!
In the meantime, I wish you all a fantastic weekend – and you can scratch around the Crow Bar’s shop – ‘The Top Shelf’ for something to read! 🙂

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 my publishing career is now essentially lying on the cutting-room floor!
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 LightBearer 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).

Publisher Bails On “Non-pure-horror” Writers


My dear fans,

As you know by now, I’m a writer living in South Africa – and 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 late 2014 I was lucky enough to sign with a small press (traditional publisher) based in Texas, who agreed to re-release all of my completed works under their label. The publisher was fairly 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 – as I have – the output from that press seemed to diminish, perhaps as a result of the staff becoming swamped with work. Something had to give, and apparently, something finally did.

A few days ago, I received news from the publisher that they are downsizing their stable of authors and also the scope of their genres. They plan  on narrowing their focus to publish “pure horror” material only. As a consequence, they are letting all their non-horror writers go, including me!

As part of the termination agreement, they are releasing all our (the writers) contracted works back to us, including use of the covers our works were published under.

This morning, I returned the signed release form for “Blachart“, “Demonspawn“, “Dead Beckoning” and my dad’s anthology “African Assignment“.

What this means for me is… well, it’s pretty devastating really. After all that hard work and all that hopefulness… it’s like having the rug ripped out from under your feet at the top of a tall staircase!

Anyway, as per the agreement, my books as released through JEA will be taken down from Amazon.com soon (meaning they will go ‘out of print’) while I negotiate with another publisher to take me on or look at other alternatives. They are still up for now, and I have no idea when they will come down, or when the master material and cover templates etc. will be forwarded to me.

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. There is also no guarantee I will be able to just find another publisher, albeit a ‘small press’ again easily, or soon.

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

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 setback. I will keep you all informed of progress in this matter.

All the best!

Christina Engela

Galaxii Series Book Trailer Videos!


This is just a note to let all my fans know that I now have book trailer videos for the first three books in the Galaxii Series!

Here they are below:

Blachart” (Book 1)

Demonspawn” (Book 2)

Dead Beckoning” (Book 3)

“Dead Beckoning”: Galaxii 3 Coming Soon!


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Coming soon – “Dead Beckoning” by Christina Engela, book 3 in the Galaxii Series!

Quite simply, Christina Engela is one of the best voices in sci-fi right now and to not read her work would be to miss a treat!

If you like classic space opera with an ultra-modern twist, you should check her out. Having read previews of her forthcoming work, I can guarantee you the best is yet to come…” – Mark Woods, author of ‘Fear of the Dark’ and ‘Time of Tides’

Cover design by Susan Simone, Published through J.Ellington Ashton Press (JEA), other titles available on Amazon in print and paperback.

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