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

“Awesome, incredible reads!” – Fan Mail


 

Scott books

“Both books [“Blachart” and “Demonspawn“] were awesome and incredible reads. I couldn’t put them down. They were fantastic and I was able to get vivid mental images of the scenes as I was reading them. That’s the sign of a great author. Congratulations Christina. Your writing truly ROCKS!” – Scott M. Darrah (April 10, 2016)

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)

“Demonspawn” by Christina Engela


Demonspawn DraftDemonspawn” – Book Two in the Galaxii Series by Christina Engela – available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

Something’s waiting in the dark…

“Engela proves she is the newest, best voice in sci-fi with this second volume in her Galaxii series set in the furthest reaches of deep space.

On an Imperial ship, damaged in a battle with corsairs and now floating adrift, tensions begin to rise as the crew slowly begin to realize that they are all about to die. The captain, unable to accept that the current situation they find themselves in is all his fault, sits in his cabin getting drunk when he is confronted by a killer. More

“Dead Beckoning”: Galaxii 3 Coming Soon!


Dead Beckoning coming soon 2

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.

Starting “High Steaks”: Galaxii Series #8


High Steaks by Christina Engela

New book, new story… New characters… Nothing more intimidating than starting a new book and staring at the first horribly blank page… and the cursor blinks… blinks… blinks… This could turn out to be a horror novel 😛

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