Author Angela Scott Talks about Her Award-Winning “Zombie West” Series

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As the Zombie West series comes to an end with the upcoming release of Dead Plains, author Angela Scott discusses her journey into a world of zombies in the Wild West.

When people find out that I’m an author, their first question for me is, “What do you write?” It has taken me a while to answer, without embarrassment, that I write about zombies. I never set out to be a zombie writer. In fact, I prefer writing contemporary pieces—no vampires, no werewolves, no aliens, and definitely no undead—but that didn’t stop me from trying something new.

Let me explain: A few years ago, while I was still new to the writing business, I joined a critique group (the best thing I’d ever done), and at one of our get-togethers it was suggested that each group member write a few pages outside of their comfort zone. Pick a different genre and give it a whirl. It would be fun, they said. It would be interesting, they said. It would push us to write something we were unfamiliar with, they said.

So I went along with the idea, since I’m always up for new challenges.

The romance writer in our group was assigned to write a fantasy story, and the children’s writer assigned the task of writing a romance. Because I opened my big mouth and said, “Bring it on! I can write the beginning to any story!” (I said this in jest), they tasked me with writing a zombie western romance. Yep, a zombie western romance. That’s what I get for opening my big mouth.

Not to be outdone, I accepted the challenge, put myself in an Old West frame of mind, and wrote the first chapter. They laughed at the humorous parts and cringed at the gory ones, then they told me to go home and write more.

At this point, I’d just finished writing Desert Rice, a truly emotional journey for me, and I wanted the opportunity to write something fun, something new, something exciting. What would be more fun than writing a zombie western romance novel?

I decided to try a few things I’d never tried before—writing in third person, and writing from a male perspective. Could I write from a dude’s point of view without it sounding too feminine? I was curious to find out.

In 2010, I used NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and wrote every day for the thirty days to create a first draft. I was having a blast, and my critique partners were enjoying it, but partway through, I realized I had several plot issues that wouldn’t easily tie into a nice bow at the end. There was just too much, and it would end up being a huge novel, given the way it was unfolding. I wasn’t sure what to do, and just about gave up. I’d done everything I’d set out to do—write in third person and write from a male perspective—and I was okay with the result.

But my critique partner and good friend, Diana Tracy, wouldn’t let me quit. It wasn’t enough for her. She suggested I turn the Zombie West concept into a series. She actually insisted upon it. I resisted; this wasn’t supposed to be for real. Not really. This was a joke, a writing exercise and nothing more. She kept insisting, and the more I kept writing WANTED: Dead or Undead, the more I realized that she was right. She was always right.

The other thing I realized while writing it was that I really enjoyed my characters and the whole Wild West setting. I think down deep inside I was always meant to be a cowgirl, and this was my outlet. These characters drew me in and made me fall in love with them. I wanted to know the end of the story, to give them their happily ever after, and so quitting while in the middle of their story was just inconceivable.

And that is how a silly writing exercise turned into the Zombie West trilogy, which Evolved Publishing picked up, and which has since won several awards. I’ve embraced my zombie-loving side, and instead of embarrassment, I’m proud. I took on a task unfamiliar to me, and feel as though I’ve succeeded at it fairly well.

Just goes to show that, sometimes, it’s a real good thing to step out of our comfort zone and try something different. We never know where it might lead.

So what is next for me? Who knows? Maybe I’ll tackle witches or aliens. Maybe I’ll write a children’s book or maybe a fantasy. I’m no longer going to limit myself, but remain open to all the various possibilities. I’ll write the story that wants to be written.

For now, I’m thrilled that Dead Plains, the 3rd and final installment in the Zombie West trilogy, is officially releasing on Monday, October 21st, just in time for Halloween! (You can actually get it now, but… sshhhhhhhhh….) 🙂

4 New Books from Evolved Publishing on September 23, 2013

2 books for the kids, and 2 books for adults.

As is our custom, we’re offering here great entertainment for readers of all ages. Just click on the covers below, or the corresponding titles, to navigate to the product page, where you’ll find a tab with all the retail links.

Ricky_the_Runt_300dpi_200x286Ricky the Runt by Emlyn Chand (Illustrated by Noelle Giffin)
[Children’s Picture Book]

Ricky so very badly wants to be scary like his parents and big brothers. There’s just one problem: he’s tiny! Terror birds are supposed to be terrifying—it’s in the name—and even though his dad insists that Ricky’s fine just the way he is, Ricky would give anything to fit in with the rest of his family.

Frustrated and impatient, he departs from his nest and embarks on a quest to scare at least one animal, and prove himself as a Terror Bird. Does he really have to frighten somebody to fit in, or will Ricky discover another way to belong?

There’s only one way to find out: join Ricky in his prehistoric adventure in this edition of the color-illustrated Bird Brain Books series for children 4-8 years old.

 

Weirdville_Doll_Maker_300dpi_200x320The Doll Maker (A Weirdville Book) by Majanka Verstraete
[Lower Grade Chapter Book]

Derek’s little sister wants one of those creepy-looking dolls staring at him from the strange new doll shop in town, and what his sister wants, she gets. Now they’re stuck with a doll that looks so human, it gives Derek the creeps.

When Derek tells his friends, Martin and Jamie, about the new shop with creepy human-like dolls, they want to see for themselves. That has “bad idea” written all over it, but he takes his friends there anyway.

They meet the mysterious doll maker, who reminds Derek of Dr. Frankenstein, and who brainwashes Martin into buying one of those scary dolls. Derek and Jamie push and pull Martin out of the shop, but something isn’t right with their friend. He’s shivering all over, and he has no memory of what happened in the shop.

Martin’s condition worsens every day, and Derek’s sister grows more and more obsessed with her new doll. Derek and Jamie have to find out what’s going on, and fast, because….

…the doll maker seems linked to a bunch of mysterious disappearances, and the last thing Derek wants is his sister, or his friend, being next on the doll maker’s list.

Carry_Me_Away_300dpi_200x300Carry Me Away by Robb Grindstaff
[Literary Fiction / Coming of Age / Women’s Fiction]

Carrie Destin, a biracial military brat, learns the injuries she sustained in a car accident will prove fatal before she reaches adulthood. She accelerates her life and sets aggressive goals: college, connecting with her Japanese roots, and the all-consuming desire to find her soul mate. A kid from nowhere, she travels the world with her Marine father and Japanese mother.

Facing an abbreviated life with a brash attitude and a biting, sometimes morbid sense of humor, Carrie races to graduate high school at age fifteen. College is her marker of adulthood, when she can smoke in public and order dessert before dinner. She tosses out her adolescent wedding scrapbook for a funeral plan. A teenage crush on Paul, a family friend and a widower seventeen years her senior, develops into a fantasy that takes on a life of its own.

As she outlives the original prognosis into her early twenties, her life goals evolve—always short-term. The longing for love stays constant, yet she walls herself off from others. Relationships end in betrayal, abandonment and violence. When love reveals itself, she pulls away, fearing that an early meeting with Death is on the horizon.

Carrie’s frantic desire to experience life before it ends spirals out of control, leading to a physical and emotional collapse. Her grandmother’s wisdom points her toward acceptance, but first she must break through her walls before she can give the gift of ‘til-death-do-us-part.

The_Twisted_Mosaic_Omnibus_300dpi_200x300The Twisted Mosaic – Special Omnibus Edition by Amelia James
[Erotica]

All three Twisted Mosaic books (Her Twisted Pleasures, Their Twisted Love, and His Twisted Choice) in one volume, plus a deleted scene, and three exclusive bonus stories!

Dirty little secrets.

Talia indulges her sexual pleasures, turning her life into a twisted mess. Sleeping with Alex is dangerous and reckless, and she craves that excitement. Loving Will is comforting and safe, and she needs that stability. Why can’t she get everything she wants from one man?

All the wrong reasons.

Alex has everything he wants. He loves the power that comes with his job, and fooling around with his boss provides the illicit kink he needs. He’s in charge and trusts no one.

When Alex’s case forces them back together, Talia discovers she still craves both her former lovers. Can only one love her enough to satisfy her twisted desires and provide the stability she needs?

Love takes an unexpected twist.

Will loves Talia, and he’s willing to give up everything to be with her. Their future hinges on her answer to one simple question. But when he leaves his life behind to pursue her, he’s confronted with choices he didn’t expect.

No more secrets. No more lies. Old love? New love? Or do they have a third option?

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These new books are sure to bring you or your loved ones many hours of reading pleasure. Please enjoy!

Evolved Publishing Launches First Foreign Language Versions – en Espanol!

Evolved Publishing marks the beginning of its foray into foreign translations.

This post is written in Spanish.

Cuando los directores de Evolved Publishing me ofrecieron la oportunidad de formar parte del equipo, creando el departamento de traducciones, no me imaginaba la increíble satisfacción de ver los resultados de esta colaboración. Unos meses después, tengo el privilegio de presentarles nuestras primeras versiones en español, las cuales tuve el honor de traducir yo misma.

El proceso de colaboración con el autor es inmensamente enriquecedor, ¡y además súper entretenido! Tuve la suerte de que mis primeras traducciones son dos libros de Lane Diamond, que disfruté leyendo y después doblemente al replicar la voz del escritor en la versión hispana.

Hemos empezado con español, pero próximamente tendremos varias versiones de diferentes géneros de literatura en francés e italiano, además de español. Manténgase en sintonía para saber más sobre nuestras próximas publicaciones.

Por ahora, quiero invitarlos a acompañarnos en nuestro viaje internacional, con los siguientes libros:

Perdóname, Alex de Lane Diamond [Novela de Suspenso Psicológico]

Disponible en Amazon MX y otros distribuidores (haga clic en el título anterior).

Evolved Publishing nos lleva en un recorrido íntimo dentro de la mente de un asesino, y del hombre decidido a acabar con ese asesino, en esta historia de justicia y venganza, del mal y la redención, de terror y valentía, de amor y pérdida.

Dos personalidades, dos estilos, dos objetivos, dos métodos – una sola oscuridad.

Tony Hooper está parado en las sombras al otro lado de la calle, uno entre muchos en la multitud de curiosos que se han congregado para ser testigos de la puesta en libertad de un monstruo. Diecisiete años después que Mitchell Norton, el diablo, aterrorizó al pueblo de Algonquin, Illinois con una serie de secuestros, tortura y asesinatos, las autoridades han soltado al carnicero de su prisión psiquiátrica.

Tony anhela cruzar la calle para destruir a Norton – sin remordimientos – como si estuviera aplastando una cucaracha. Sólo una pura fuerza de voluntad le impide hacerlo.

El diablo anda por el mundo una vez más. ¿Qué hará Tony al respecto? Sí, qué, ciertamente.

Después de todo, esto es lo que hace Tony. Es lo que él es. El diablo mismo es quien hace mucho tiempo convirtió a Tony en este cazador de monstruos. Qué dulce ironía del destino que, al fin, tal vez pueda hacer justicia.

¿Podrá la Agente Especial del FBI Linda Monroe detenerlo? Ella le debe la vida, así que ¿cómo podría ella siquiera intentar terminar con la vida de él?

Dos hombres están inexorablemente enlazados en una estela de destrucción, arrancados del cómodo mundo que conocen y lanzados a un tenebroso lugar previamente inconcebible. Uno persigue el mal, un universo donde el sufrimiento y el dolor insoportables son las reglas del reino, donde la mirada de la muerte está fija en todos aquellos que practican la malvada artesanía, y lo hace con una sonrisa de gozo. El otro camina en un sendero gris, donde busca simplemente destruir tal maldad incomprensible, hacer lo que la ley no siempre es capaz de hacer, desterrar del mundo a aquellos hombres que se convierten en monstruos.

Paradoja – Un Cuento Corto de Lane Diamond

Disponible en Amazon MX y otros distribuidores (haga clic en el título anterior).

Evolved Publishing nos presenta un corto y rápido viaje al espacio con “Paradoja” de Lane Diamond. Con menos de 2,700 palabras, es la distracción breve perfecta para escapar del trajín diario.

Cuando al fin me siento capaz de dejar a un lado el terror y al darme cuenta del horrible apuro en que me encuentro, tengo tantas preguntas. ¿Por qué el Comando Espacial no abortó el viaje y detuvo la nave remotamente? ¿Es que no se dieron cuenta de que algo andaba mal? Seguro que sí, puesto que la telemetría para control remoto era uno de sus preciosos dispositivos de seguridad. ¿Es que falló eso también? Al parecer tenemos una verdadera comedia de errores, aunque no me lo encuentro ni remotamente gracioso. Pudiera ser peor, me supongo; pudiera estar muerto.

“Piénsalo, Ted.” Empiezo a hablar conmigo mismo, ya que no hay nada más que hacer. “¿Qué piensas que va a suceder ahora?”

Ted se ofreció de voluntario para la misión porque, después de todo, era no más que un viaje de rutina a Marte. ¿Qué podía salir mal?

En lo más profundo, lo más oscuro del espacio, es preciso llenar el vacío, la soledad, la nada. ¿Tenemos los seres humanos la “capacidad psicológica” para embarcarnos en largos viajes espaciales? Si no, es posible que terminemos como Ted.

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El equipo de Evolved Publishing, y en especial el departamento de traducciones, agradece su interés – ¡esperamos que disfruten su lectura! Estas versiones en español ya están disponibles en su distribuidor de libros electrónicos favorito. Si desea obtener su copia, puede hacer “click” en las portadas de cada libro para acceder a los enlaces de los varios distribuidores.

¡Muchas gracias!

Two of Evolved Publishing’s Books Win Readers’ Favorite Gold Medals

Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest
has honored two of Evolved Publishing’s books.

Desert Rice by Angela Scott and The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich have come away with Gold Medals!

Desert_Rice_300dpi_200x300Readers’ Favorite Category: Young Adult – Coming of Age
Winner: Gold Medal

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Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place—their mother.

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”—who smells an awful lot like a horse—in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.

The_Silver_Sphere_v2_300dpi_200x300Readers’ Favorite Category: Young Adult – Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Winner: Gold Medal

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Shelby Pardow never imagined she could kill someone. All she wants to do is hide from her troubled father… when she is teleported to awaiting soldiers on the planet Azimuth. Here she is not a child, but Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members whom Malefic Cacoethes has drugged and imprisoned. He seeks to become dictator of this world (and then Earth by proxy).

His father, Biskara, is an evil celestial entity, tracked by the Assembly with an armillary device, The Silver Sphere. With the Assembly now deposed, Biskara directs Malefic and the Nightlanders to their strategic targets. Unless….

Can Shelby find the other Kin, and develop courage and combat skills? Can the Kin reassemble in time to release or replace the Assembly, overthrowing Malefic and restraining Biskara?

Both Desert Rice (49 Reviews) and The Silver Sphere (91 Reviews) have a 4.7-Star average rating at Amazon. Find out what all the buzz is about, and pick up your copies of these two amazing books today!

Evolved Publishing Launches 4 New Books on July 22nd!

Enjoy 4 New Books from 3 Different Authors – 2 for Adults, and 2 for Kids

Once again we’re at that exciting time when we launch a series of new books. We have 4 new choices for you this time around, and we’re certain that if you’re a fan of these genres, you’re going to love them all.

FOR THE ADULTS

White_Chalk_300dpi_200x300Award-winning author Paverti K. Tyler’s first novel with Evolved Publishing, White Chalk, packs the kind of raw emotional power that is sure to leave you thinking about this book, discussing it with friends, long after you’ve finished reading it.

Teenage life is difficult for the best of us, but for some, it’s a constant examination of the meaning and promise of life. This is certainly the case for Chelle, the lead character in White Chalk. You’ll want to talk some sense into her, or hug her tightly and not let go. Sometimes, promises are not kept. Sometimes, the meaning remains lost in a whirlwind of pain and dashed dreams.

His_Twisted_Choice_300dpi_200x300Author Amelia James’ sixth book, and the third in The Twisted Mosaic series, will leave you breathless and overheated. With His Twisted Choice, she follows up the hits Her Twisted Pleasures and Their Twisted Love with another scorching story of the love triangle that is Talia, Alex, and Will.

Talia loves Alex… and Will. One man pushes her sexual boundaries and indulges her fantasies, while the other understands her twisted desires and keeps her secure in his heart. How can she possibly choose between them? No more secrets. No more lies. Old love? New love? Or do they have a third option? Sometimes, love takes an unexpected twist.

FOR THE KIDS

Okay, parents, now that you’ve had your fun, it’s time to spread the joy of reading to your middle-grade kids.

NZ_Mammoth_Trouble_v2_300dpi_200x300 NZ_Cataclysm_300dpi_200x300Author D. Robert Pease brings his highly rated Noah Zarc series to Evolved Publishing, which are revised and re-launched as second editions. These science fiction adventures are perfect for kids 8-13 years old.

In the first book, Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.

Noah’s adventures continue in the second book, Noah Zarc: Cataclysm. While searching for answers to secrets no one wants to talk about, even those that have remained hidden for over a thousand years, Noah becomes embroiled in a mission that could cause the greatest cataclysm in the history of the solar system. Will his name, Noah Zarc, be forever linked to the most devastating crime in humanity’s existence, all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time?

If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure, and love such books as Percy Jackson, The Softwire, Artemis Fowl, or The Search for Wondla, then the Noah Zarc series needs to be your next thrill ride.

“Pease’s strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah’s excited, fast-paced narration.” – Publishers Weekly

As always….

These books are available (or will be soon) wherever eBooks are sold. They’re also available in print as paperbacks. If you click on the book’s title above, it will take you to that book’s product page. There you can purchase print copies directly from us, personally signed by the author, or you’ll find a tab called “Other Retailers” with links to several places the book is sold.

We hope you enjoy each of these wonderful new books, and we thank you so much.