Evolved Publishing Releases 4 New Books June 2, 2014

It’s Launch Day!

It’s another one of those great days, when we bring new books into the world for your reading pleasure. In this case, this is the second of 2 book launches 2 weeks apart, a particularly fun time.

This time around, we have 2 children’s picture books for the tikes 3-8 years old, a young adult novel for readers 13 and older, and an epic fantasy for readers 15 and older. So we offer great stories across multiple genres. Check them out!

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK (3-8 Years Old):

3D-SammyStealsTheShowSammy Steals the Show by
Emlyn Chand (Author) and Noelle Giffin (Illustrator)

EP_Sales_Button_Amazon EP_Sales_Button_AmazonCA EP_Sales_Button_AmazonUK 
EP_Sales_Button_BN EP_Sales_Button_iTunes EP_Sales_Button_Smashwords

Sammy is a talented young cockatiel who loves to sing out of his open apartment window for all of Australia to hear. One day, he watches a reality singing competition with his human friend, Lisa, and knows that if he could just audition, he would surely win.

What follows is a masterful escape, an eventful journey to the Sydney Opera House, and an audition the crew of Sing Your Heart Out will never forget. Will Sammy take home the title of Australia’s next rising star, or will he find something more important along the way?

There’s only one way to find out: join Sammy in his humorous adventure of fame, friendship, and fun, in this edition of the color-illustrated Bird Brain Books series for children.

3D-ValentinaMaskedMummyValentina and the Masked Mummy by
Majanka Verstraete (Author) and Noelle Giffin (Illustrator)

COMING WITHIN A FEW DAYS….

When noises shake Valentina’s bedroom in the middle of the night, and her resident ghost, Jerry, hides under her bed, the little vampire girl tumbles into yet another adventure.

Eager to investigate the source of the uproar, she bumps into her brother Vlad in the hallway. He’s as clueless as she is, but at least he’s not as terrified of the noises as Jerry.

The trio follows the noise to the museum room, where they find an opened sarcophagus, and a mummy wearing a mask….

Valentina and the Masked Mummy is the third in this fun and exciting new series for kids. Be sure to check out Book 1, Valentina and the Haunted Mansion, and Book 2, Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch, both of which are now available.

YOUNG ADULT – COMING OF AGE, GIRLS (13 and Older):

3D-DarlaDeckerHatesToWaitDarla Decker Hates to Wait by
Jessica McHugh

EP_Sales_Button_Amazon EP_Sales_Button_AmazonCA EP_Sales_Button_AmazonUK 
EP_Sales_Button_BN EP_Sales_Button_iTunes EP_Sales_Button_Smashwords

Patience is not Darla Decker’s strong suit. Surviving sixth grade is tough enough with an annoying older brother, a best friend acting distant, and schoolwork. After adding instructive kissing games and the torturous wait for a real date with her biggest crush, Darla is perpetually torn between behaving like an adult and throwing temper tantrums.

Games of flashlight tag, and the crazy cat lady roaming Shiloh Farms in a “demon bus,” serve as distractions during her parents’ quarrels and her anxiety about show choir auditions. Yet the more Darla waits for her adulthood to begin, the more she learns that summoning patience won’t be the hardest part of being eleven.

A frank and funny look at the path to adulthood, Darla Decker Hates to Wait begins a journey of love, loss, and the nitty-gritty of growing up through Darla Decker’s eyes.

Watch for Book 2 in the Darla Decker Diaries series, Darla Decker Takes the Cake, coming in late 2014.

EPIC FANTASY (15 and Older):

3D-ShadowSwarmShadow Swarm by
D. Robert Pease

EP_Sales_Button_Amazon EP_Sales_Button_AmazonCA EP_Sales_Button_AmazonUK 
EP_Sales_Button_BN EP_Sales_Button_iTunes EP_Sales_Button_Smashwords

Aberthol Nauile doesn’t know that he once led legions in a war that had raged since the dawn of time, against an enemy that could not be killed. He doesn’t know that he rode on a dragon with his father, or that his mother died while giving birth to him. He doesn’t know that he once saved his great, great, great grandfather by defeating the black enemy on the slopes of a volcano.

Aberthol doesn’t know that he beheld the creation of the world, as his grandfather eight generations before took the planet, ravaged by a war of the gods, and began anew.

All he knows is that he awoke in a coffin deep within a tomb, and now the whole world thinks he is their savior. All he really wants to know is his name, and why he keeps hearing voices in his head.

Be sure to check out D. Robert Pease’s Noah Zarc series of middle grade sci-fi adventures.

Evolved Publishing Releases 4 New Books May 19, 2014

It’s Launch Day!

We really love these days, when we bring new books into the world for your reading pleasure. In this case, this is just the first of 2 book launches 2 weeks apart, so it’s a fun time.

This time around, we have a children’s picture book for the tikes 3-6 years old, a literary saga for readers 13 and older, and a pair of erotic romances for the adult crowd. So you parents can find 2 great books for your kids, and 2 great books for yourselves.

So gear up! We have many hours of relaxing escape from the daily grind now available.

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK (3-6 Years Old):

Gould_TTT_300dpi_200x286Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle by
Jonathan Gould (Author) and John Cardinal (Illustrator)

EP_Sales_Button_Amazon EP_Sales_Button_AmazonCA EP_Sales_Button_AmazonUK
EP_Sales_Button_BN EP_Sales_Button_iTunes EP_Sales_Button_Smashwords

When Thomas finds a talking turtle in his yard, he’s amazed and surprised—especially when the turtle insists, “I’m not a turtle. I’m a tiger!” After a visit to the zoo and a fun chase, the turtle—or is it a tiger?—discovers an important truth and makes a fast friend.

Storyteller Jonathan Gould crafts a humorous and heartwarming tale about friendship, acceptance and self-esteem, colorfully illustrated by John Cardinal.

LITERARY SAGA (13 and Older):

Litwack_DSS_v2_300dpi_200x300The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack

EP_Sales_Button_Amazon EP_Sales_Button_AmazonCA EP_Sales_Button_AmazonUK
EP_Sales_Button_BN EP_Sales_Button_iTunes EP_Sales_Button_Smashwords

After centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light—two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.

Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena’s plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena’s home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself “The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.” A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever… and perhaps their world as well.

CONTEMPORARY EROTIC ROMANCE (Adults Only):

HomeIsWhereTheHeatIs_300dpi_200x300Home Is Where the Heat Is by Amelia James

EP_Sales_Button_Amazon EP_Sales_Button_AmazonCA EP_Sales_Button_AmazonUK
EP_Sales_Button_BN EP_Sales_Button_iTunes EP_Sales_Button_Smashwords

The Twisted Mosaic readers’ favorite, Claire, has some twisted fun of her own.

Dependable paralegal Claire O’Connor knows the man of her dreams is out there waiting for her, and she’s ready for him. Imagine her surprise—and delight—when she discovers not one but two men who lust for her. One adores her; the other challenges her. One makes sense; the other is a gamble.

Despite the family tragedy that shaped his past, JT Luck has only known success professionally. His personal life, however, is a failure. He doesn’t want a relationship, and while his ‘let it ride’ attitude keeps most women at a distance, Claire is eager to roll with him.

But when she finds out Kurt Langston, the office’s resident computer geek, harbors a secret crush on her, she wonders if he’s the safer bet. Kurt doesn’t get close to people, and his feelings for Claire make no sense in his carefully ordered life. His unexpected bond with JT pushes him to take chances he never imagined.

Go all-in or go home? Either way, the heat could be more than they can handle.

EROTICA / EROTIC ROMANCE (Adults Only):

Protecting_Portia_300dpi_200x300Protecting Portia by Pavarti K. Tyler

EP_Sales_Button_Amazon EP_Sales_Button_AmazonCA EP_Sales_Button_AmazonUK
EP_Sales_Button_BN EP_Sales_Button_iTunes EP_Sales_Button_Smashwords

This is the second of the erotic romance series of Sugar House Novellas.

Jackson Grady met the love of his life. Unfortunately, he was running drugs for a pimp named Sasha at the time, who asked him to keep an eye on their new acquisition from Russia, the bedraggled beauty named Portia. She touched his heart and forced him to confront the kind of man he’d become.

Now, Portia and Jackson both work at The Sugar House. He continuously looks out for her, and longs for her with his every breath, but knows he is unworthy of such an angel. What will Portia do to win not only the heart, but also the body, of the man she loves?

Welcome to the world of The Sugar House, and the men and women who will fulfill your every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own?

Be sure to check out the other Sugar House Novellas, starting with Sugar & Salt, already available, and ending with Dual Domination, coming in December 2014.

Author Jonathan Gould Discusses the Making of “Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle”

This book launches in 2 days, on May 19th!

Gould_TTT_300dpi_200x286This children’s picture book is ideal for kids 3-7 years old.

When Thomas finds a talking turtle in his yard, he’s amazed and surprised—especially when the turtle insists, “I’m not a turtle. I’m a tiger!” After a visit to the zoo and a fun chase, the turtle—or is it a tiger?—discovers an important truth and makes a fast friend.

Storyteller Jonathan Gould crafts a humorous and heartwarming tale about friendship, acceptance and self-esteem, colorfully illustrated by John Cardinal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GUEST POST
Bio_Pic-Jonathan_Gould_300dpi_760x790Author Jonathan Gould has dropped by to talk a little bit about his writing of Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle. This is the first of what we hope will be many children’s picture books by Jonathan, providing a fun lesson for kids about the importance of friendship and self-esteem. Anyway, we’ll let Jonathan tell you how this entertaining book came to be.
 
 
 
~~~~~~~~~~

Turning a Turtle into a Tiger – or Vice Versa

I’m really excited to be writing this post today. The release of my first picture book is a special occasion for me, and I’d like to send a huge thank you to everyone on the Evolved Publishing team for making it possible.

What was my inspiration for Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle? Where did the idea come from? Was it possibly modelled from life? Did I actually walk out the back door one day to discover a spectacularly colourful turtle nibbling at the grass in my yard?

The truth is, the story isn’t quite a reflection on real-life occurrences (although I do at times see spectacularly colourful creatures when I walk out the door—but that’s another story). The idea actually emerged from a little story idea game I like to play.

Generating story ideas is always a bit of a challenge. How do you come up with that brilliant idea that nobody else has ever thought of before? Especially in such a crowded field as picture books? That’s where my game can be really handy.

It’s a very simple game. All you need to do is write down a title—any title. You don’t have to have the slightest idea what the story is about. You just think of a combination of words that seem to fit nicely together, that catches in your mind and rolls off the tongue. I tend to go for alliteration, but that’s a personal preference. Once I get rolling, I can usually reel them out quite quickly, often doing ten or twenty at a time.

Once I’ve written down a bunch of prospective titles, I like to put them away for a while and come back to them later. I usually find that most of them are just random collections of words and nothing more. But every so often, there’s one that will catch my eye, and I’ll think I can do something with it. Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle was definitely one of these.

The next stage is to try to figure out how the title can be converted into a story. I’ll look closely at the words I’ve chosen, particularly those that pertain to character. What on earth is a Tiger-Turtle? What does it look like? What does it want to do, or to be? And who is Thomas, and how is he involved? Gradually, as these questions spin around in my mind, a story begins to emerge. A turtle that is convinced it’s a tiger, and a little boy who is convinced it’s his mission to make the turtle realise its true identity—now there’s a story.

Seeing the characters come to life under the brush of an illustrator has been just as much fun. I’m not a particularly visual person—I’m much more focussed on the word side of things. So seeing Thomas and his friend the turtle appear on the page has been an amazing experience. I’m really indebted to John Cardinal for his lovely, colourful illustrations.

So that, in a nutshell (Or should I say turtle-shell?) is how Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle came to be. I hope you enjoy it, and if you should ever see a turtle with a brightly-coloured shell, think about what you say to it. Turtle feelings are important too.

Author Amelia James Discusses the Making of “Home Is Where the Heat Is”

This book launches four days from today, on May 19th!

HomeIsWhereTheheatIs_300dpi_200x300The Twisted Mosaic readers’ favorite, Claire, has some twisted fun of her own.

Dependable paralegal Claire O’Connor knows the man of her dreams is out there waiting for her, and she’s ready for him. Imagine her surprise—and delight—when she discovers not one but two men who lust for her. One adores her; the other challenges her. One makes sense; the other is a gamble.

Despite the family tragedy that shaped his past, JT Luck has only known success professionally. His personal life, however, is a failure. He doesn’t want a relationship, and while his ‘let it ride’ attitude keeps most women at a distance, Claire is eager to roll with him.

But when she finds out Kurt Langston, the office’s resident computer geek, harbors a secret crush on her, she wonders if he’s the safer bet. Kurt doesn’t get close to people, and his feelings for Claire make no sense in his carefully ordered life. His unexpected bond with JT pushes him to take chances he never imagined.

Go all-in or go home? Either way, the heat could be more than they can handle.
 
GUEST POST
Bio_Pic-Amelia_James_300dpi_760x790Author Amelia James has dropped by to talk a little bit about her writing of Home Is Where the Heat Is. This is the third contemporary romance (with a steamy, erotic bent) by Amelia, following on the heels of such hits as Amazon bestseller Tell Me You Want Me and Secret Storm, yet it features characters from her The Twisted Mosaic erotica series. Anyway, we’ll let Amelia tell you how this HOT book came to be.
 
 
~~~~~~~~~~

Erotic Romance: It’s Not What You Think

Everyone knows how romance writers live, right?

What everyone thinks I do: Lounge on my bed in lingerie and stilettos with a pen and notebook in hand, writing lascivious words while sipping wine and listening to Barry White and peering over my sexy librarian glasses at the hot cover model in my bed.

What I really do: Park butt on the couch in my sweats and blanket with a laptop, trying to type words—any words—while chugging my morning juice and listening to the dog snore and peering over my sexy librarian bifocals at the hot cover model on my screen.

Sexy, isn’t it? Erotic romance is so much more than its critics think. For me, the characters are everything. Most of my books are inspired by men, but my new upcoming release, Home is Where the Heat Is, started with a woman. Claire first appeared in Their Twisted Love and grew in His Twisted Choice. My readers bonded with her and before I finished The Twisted Mosaic, I knew I needed to write a book for her to make up for screwing up her life.

By the time I started writing Home Is Where the Heat Is, I knew Claire pretty well. I just needed to figure out what kind of man she wanted. I had the perfect, yet flawed, guy all picked out: JT Luck, Claire’s rule-breaking troublemaker. Then in the early morning on a family camping trip, she told me she wanted two men. Apparently, I’d let her hang around Talia too much. So I brainstormed perfectly flawed guy #2.

I’d been dying to write a nerd ever since my husband went back to school for IT and started speaking geek to me. He grew up on Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and every other sci-fi series ever aired, but he’s got a naughty boy charm underneath his ‘adorkable’ exterior. Yeah, I definitely needed to work with that. A vision formed and a name popped into my head: Kurt Langston, Claire’s yummy IT guy.

Awesome! I had my characters, their conflicts, and loads of ideas for kinky fun. Writing had commenced. But it all came to a grinding halt somewhere in the first third of the book, and I sent it to a writer friend for help. I told her what I thought the trouble was, and before I got her feedback, she said something that clicked, “They need something to bond over, something drawing them together and keeping them there when they encounter obstacles or conflict.”

The hard and fast rule of romance is that the story must have a happy ending. It’s not about the destination. Romance is about the journey. I understood how to keep my characters apart, but I forgot how to bring them together. Conflict in romance fiction has two sides: 1) What obstacles do they have to overcome to get/stay together? … and; 2) What bond keeps them together when they encounter those obstacles?

Ah-ha! I jumped back on my couch and burned up the laptop keys with carnal words about Claire and her men. Shortly after that, my computer started giving me the blue screen of death message that the fan wasn’t working and could overheat. No joke. Anyway, Home Is Where the Heat Is isn’t just about threesome kink. It’s about Claire taking a chance and living out her ultimate fantasy: being the center of attention and enjoying excess of every kind—and dealing with the consequences.

Claire’s indulgence meets a need for a level of pleasure she denied herself for too long. She spends her days serving others and now she wants her turn. I believe every woman can relate to that. The journey she shares with JT and Kurt allows her to explore her fantasies and creates a bond between them that’ll last a lifetime.

Think erotic romance is just trash? Think again. Or even better, read and learn.

romcon badge

Author Pavarti K. Tyler Discusses the Making of “Protecting Portia”

This book launches six days from today, on May 19th!

Protecting_Portia_300dpi_200x300Jackson Grady met the love of his life. Unfortunately, he was running drugs for a pimp named Sasha at the time, who asked him to keep an eye on their new acquisition from Russia, the bedraggled beauty named Portia. She touched his heart and forced him to confront the kind of man he’d become.

Now, Portia and Jackson both work at The Sugar House. He continuously looks out for her, and longs for her with his every breath, but knows he is unworthy of such an angel. What will Portia do to win not only the heart, but also the body, of the man she loves?

Welcome to the world of The Sugar House, and the men and women who will fulfill your every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own?

Be sure to check out the other Sugar House Novellas, starting with Sugar & Salt, already available, and ending with Dual Domination, coming in December 2014.
 
 
GUEST POST
Bio_Pic-Pavarti_Tyler_300dpi_760x790Author Pavarti K. Tyler has dropped by to talk a little bit about her writing of Protecting Portia. This is the second in the steamy, romantic, erotic Sugar House Novellas series. These quick tales walk the line between romance and erotica, and will likely appeal to fans of both, which is why we’ve classified them in both categories. And now, we’ll let Pavarti tell you how this great book came to be.
 
 
 
~~~~~~~~~~
Writing Protecting Portia was an exercise in frustration. I wrote it three times before I finally got it right on the fourth pass. The story of Jackson and Portia just had so much going on, so much depth, so much hotness, and so much for the characters to exorcise, I just had to get it right.

Why was it so important? Well, because I tackled some big issues in this one: sex trafficking, PTSD in vets, addiction and our innate desire to be loved, even when we don’t think we deserve it. Perhaps especially then.

Oh, and then there’s the fact that much of the book is written from Jackson’s point of view. He’s a black man raised in New York city, deployed to Afghanistan, who returned home after a major injury and seeing his entire unit die. So I could totally pull from first hand experience on that… or not!

As an author, we pull in our own assumptions as we write, thoughts and feelings for our characters, but the further one digs into the reality of that world, the less we begin to matter. Jackson became very real to me. I could hear him speaking to me, his self doubt and desperation, but also the sweetness buried deep within him and his complete, undying adoration of the woman he loved.

I kept trying to tell him to go for it, tell her how you feel, but he didn’t listen. Ultimately, it was Portia who had to convince him. Of course it was. She was the one who really understood him, and the only one he really trusted.

Protecting Portia was hard fought, but I believe completely worth the effort. Now that it’s been edited (kudos to Melissa Sawatsky and Lane Diamond) and set to print with the amazing cover Mallory Rock designed, I can sit back and watch as Jackson and Portia share their story with you, knowing it finally got right where it needed to be all along.