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Great Stories, Dynamic Worlds, Compelling Characters: The Making of the Amüli Chronicles

Kira McFaddenIn this interview, author Kira A. McFadden discusses some of what went into her creation of the epic fantasy–and we mean EPIC–The Amüli Chronicles, including the Frendyl Krune series for middle-grade readers, and the Soulbound series for older readers

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Interview with the Author:

What book of yours should we read first? If you have multiple books or series, in what order should they be read?
I’m currently creating a reader’s guide that will be released soon, explaining the multiple ways in which to read The Amüli Chronicles. The reader’s guide will be free and available through Evolved Publishing in a few months, and will list current and upcoming projects.
 
If you enjoy all sorts of fantasy, I suggest reading the Frendyl Krune series first, starting with Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun, and ending with the Frendyl Krune Origins short stories.
 
Should you happen to primarily enjoy epic fantasy for readers over 16, I suggest reading The Soulbound Curse first, Parts 1-3, followed by Soulbound Origins: The Crow Prince. The sequel to those books, The Soulless King, will also be released in 3 eBooks and a single print omnibus. This should be read after Soulbound Origins: The Crow Prince.
 
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Where does your story begin?
As with many epic fantasies, the beginning is dependent on whose story you’re following. In Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun, Frendyl and his cousin return from a flight around the city, only to find that someone has broken into their family’s estate through the Catacombs, the most notorious prison in the Amüli Kingdom. The prison is impenetrable, the only entrance through a passage deep within the Krune estate, so someone getting in from the outside makes Frendyl’s down stand straight on end.
 
In The Soulbound Curse, a necromancer named Eti flees sunlight to reach the amüli capital city to find a savior for the ekra people.
 
The cast of The Amüli Chronicles is sprawling and the overall story arc spans many thousands of years.
 
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Who are your main characters? What do they want? What will get in their way?
This would be an impossible question if I listed all of the main characters in all of the series I have planned under The Amüli Chronicles, so I’ll stick to who the main characters are in my current published works.
 
The Frendyl Krune Series
 
Frendyl Krune is a lad of twelve who wants nothing more than to be a knight, yet when an ancient relic known as the Blood of the Sun binds to his heart, he is forced to learn what it truly means to be righteous.
 
Fourteen-year-old Navyni Yassla is the heir to the lordship of the city Madirakov, yet his cousin has overthrown his father and now controls the city. For Navyni to right his cousin’s wrongs, he must learn how to become a strong and honorable fighter, yet death’s whispers follow him at every turn.
 
Kellyn Wynbre is eight, and has already been betrothed twice. Her first arranged marriage ended in disaster when she picked her nose at her future in-laws’ estate and wiped it on her suitor. The second time she was arranged to marry, Kel ran away with her favorite cousin, Frendyl, and didn’t tell her suitor’s family where she went. Despite her rash decisions, she knows in her heart she doesn’t want to marry until the choice is right for her and her alone. And until then, Kel is determined to become one of the most powerful casters Inrugia has ever seen.
 
The Soulbound Arc
 
Clae Vojtech needs to go to Earth to meet his Soulbound human so that his soul doesn’t break away from the host, killing him. Just before he’s set to leave, the leaders of the Amüli Republic revoke his right to travel, and in terror for his life, Clae flees to Earth without consent.
 
Eti is an ekrim necromancer in search of the Avi, an ekrim who is fabled to have the ability to link with the sliver of a deity’s soul and bring peace to Inrugia. The ekrim’s quest is sidetracked when Eti follows Clae to Earth and is forced to help Clae survive in order to return home.
 
Master of Trade Marik Aneys is about to become a father, and his life seems to be well on-track, yet when his daughter is born Unsouled and joins the ranks of thousands of stillborn infants, he seeks to find out why. The answer lies with his cousin, Clae, and other half human amüli.
 
Where does your setting fit with what we know, and where is it unique?
Part of the setting for The Soulbound Curse is on Earth. While Clae searches for his Soulbound human, he wanders the Thai countryside, witnessing key differences between human cultures and those of the amüli. The rest of the Soulbound arc and all of the Frendyl Krune series take place on Inrugia, which at first sight, seems almost familiar with enormous pine trees and vast mountain ranges, yet as the characters travel farther from their home cities, Inrugia proves how brutal she truly is.
 
What books, movies, etc, might this story be similar to, and in what ways is it unique?
I’ve had a few people comment that my work reminds them a tad of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire because of its heavy political content and dark subject matter. Other than that, I’d say it probably closely resembles some of Brandon Sanderson’s works, yet rather than allowing my characters to die, they instead face Soullessness, which is a sort of comatose limbo.
 
Are more stories planned in this series?
Oh my, yes. Later this year, the fourth book in the Frendyl Krune series and the second of the Soulbound arc will both be released. I have six total books planned for the Frendyl Krune series, along with five accompanying short stories, and eight massive epic fantasies in the Soulbound arc, plus seven short stories. Beyond that, I’ve outlined and (tentatively) titled nearly 70 books in The Amüli Chronicles.
 
Our thanks to Kira A. McFadden for spending a little time with us, and we hope you enjoy her wonderful, far-reaching fantasy series.

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Great Stories, Dynamic Worlds, Compelling Characters: The Making of Cassia by Lanette Kauten

Lanette KautenIn this interview, author Lanette Kauten discusses some of what went into her creation of Cassia, a literary exploration of the art scene, perfect for fans of literary or women’s fiction: a lesbian “Anna Karenina” set in an art district at the end of the Cold War.

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Interview with the Author:

CassiaWhere does your story begin?
Cassia begins at a baseball game in the year 2010. My main character, Tanya, is there with her husband and a married couple he knows professionally. The woman peppers Tanya with questions about Cassia, insinuating she knows too much about Tanya’s past.
 
The next chapter starts twenty years in the past and details Tanya’s torrid relationship with the enigmatic Cassia.
 
Who are your main characters? What do they want? What will get in their way?
As a reporter living in Deep Ellum, all Tanya Falgoust wants is to be accepted as part of the underground arts district. But living among free thinkers and musicians doesn’t make her one of them. Then she meets the sensual, rebellious Cassia, a performance artist who struts onto the stage and into Tanya’s bed.
 
No one knows who Cassia is, but her beauty and talents as an actress and dancer captivate the local scene. Tanya is mesmerized, and they quickly form a relationship. A close friend warns Tanya about Cassia, but she brushes him off. But when Cassia refuses to divulge anything about herself, where she lives, or even her real name, Tanya starts to realize her friend was right. And the secrets her lover is hiding are deeper and more damaging than Tanya could imagine.
 
As the pull of their relationship deepens and becomes more volatile, Tanya must decide whether to break from her desire before she loses the one thing she wants most—connection to the musicians who have accepted her into their community.
 
Where does your setting fit with what we know, and where is it unique?
Cassia is set in an arts/bar district just east of downtown Dallas, which in itself makes the setting both familiar and unique. A lot of cities have a section that’s pretty much reserved for the boho lifestyle—East Village in New York, 6th Street in Austin, and pretty much all of Portland, to name a few. Dallas has such an area as well, called Deep Ellum.
 
The neighborhood started as a Freedman’s town and was a Blues and Jazz hotspot at one time. For decades, it sat nearly empty except for the few businesses that never moved from the area. In the 80s, a handful of people saw tremendous opportunity to make it into a place for local musicians and artists.
 
What books, movies, etc, might this story be similar to, and in what ways is it unique?
The first book to come to mind is Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, because of its structure, and because the main character is a woman looking back on a particular year of her life and how the events of that year changed the direction of the rest of her life. But 1939 New York (Rules of Civility) is very different from 1990 Dallas (Cassia).
 
A generational tie exists with the book Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel, as both her book and mine deal with the struggles of a young crop of Gen-Xers. Outside of Wurtzel’s book being a memoir and mine being a work of fiction, there is a difference in writing style and focus. While Prozac Nation deals with depression in young adults, Cassia focuses on the postmodern view of art and sexuality.
 
Are more stories planned in this series?
I don’t write book series, but I am working on a new novel with Cassia as the protagonist. Tanya won’t even appear as a cameo in this new book.
 
Our thanks to Lanette Kauten for spending a little time with us, and we hope you enjoy her wonderful book, Cassia.

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Big News in the Spring of 2016 for Evolved Publishing

We have some pretty exciting things happening in the continuing growth of EP, and we’re thrilled to share the good news with all of you.

2 New Editors; 5 New Authors; Many New Books

At the heart of EP’s success and continuing growth is our team of talented individuals. We recently added 2 new editors to help us handle our expansion:
Brandon Sanford
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Becky Stephens
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With that done, and with the rest of our editorial team gearing up, we were able to bring on 5 new authors!
Lex Allen
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James W. Hughes
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Derek Taylor Kent
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Kevin Killiany
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Karissa Laurel
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And then, of course, there are the new books in our ever-expanding catalog. Included here are those released the last couple of months. Just click on the covers for more information on those books.

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS FOR KIDS 3-8

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LOWER GRADE (FOR KIDS 6-11)
and MIDDLE GRADE (FOR KIDS 9-13)

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YOUNG ADULT and ADULT (MULTIPLE GENRES)

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The Children of Darkness by David Litwack Wins Feathered Quill Book Award

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Multiple Award-Winner The Children of Darkness
(The Seekers – Book 1)
— by David Litwack
Adds to Its Impressive List of Achievements

 
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We are so pleased to announce that author David Litwack has added to his growing list of literary awards. His latest achievement is receiving the Feathered Quill Book Award – Gold Medal: Science Fiction/Fantasy for the first book in his dystopian sci-fi series, The Seekers.
 
The Children of Darkness has previously won such prestigious awards as the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, and has been recognized by Awesome Indies with their Seal of Excellence. Additionally, it’s a 5-Star gem at Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews. Indeed, we wouldn’t be surprised if there were more such awards in this fantastic book’s future.

 
The second book in The Seekers series is also available: The Stuff of Stars. And watch for The Light of Reason, the third and final book in the series, to launch in late November of 2016.

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The Stuff of Stars

In closing, we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize the full team that helped make this great book what it ultimately became. While David Litwack obviously did the heaviest lifting, here are the other talented folks who lent their skills to this project:
John Anthony Allen – Editor
Lane Diamond – Senior Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist & Interior Designer

Congratulations, team, and good work!

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