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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.

And if you love The Amüli Chronicles, you’ll also love:

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Evolved Publishing Releases 4 New Books – April 25, 2016

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4 Great New Books
from 4 Talented Authors

We are excited to offer 4 new books from 4 different authors. In this book launch, we have 2 books for kids 3-8 and 2 books for adults. And so… we truly have a little something for every age group.

PLEASE ENJOY!

LOWER GRADE – For READERS 6-11 Years Old

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The Balderdash Saga – Special Edition by J.W. Zulauf, Illustrations by Luke Spooner
 
This SPECIAL EDITION features all 3 of the short stories released in the LOWER GRADE FAIRYTALE series THE BALDERDASH SAGA SHORTS. It also features an exclusive 4th short story, available only in this special edition. Finally, it includes 12 exclusive illustrations.
 
[Ideal for kids as young as 6 and as old as 11, depending on reading level and parental involvement.]
 
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For all the flowers left on the graves.
 
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Whether you like action, adventure, mystery or love, The Balderdash Saga encompasses them all, and so much more. Author J.W. Zulauf and illustrator Luke Spooner take the reader on an unforgettable journey through the underground kingdom known as Balderdash.
 

MIDDLE GRADE – For READERS 9-13 Years Old

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Frendyl Krune and the Stone Princess by Kira A. McFadden
 
This 3rd book in the Amüli Chronicles: Frendyl Krune series of middle grade fantasies is ideal for readers 9-13 years old (but we know you older folks will love it too).
 
Not long ago, Frendyl Krune joined his Uncle Melroc on a quest to find the fabled magical gem known as the Blood of the Sun. The gem’s power helped Frendyl learn to cast magic—an amazing feat for someone as young as him—but the gift comes with a cost. The stone is fused with Frendyl’s heart, and no matter where he goes, the stone’s dangerous power threatens those he cares for.
 
To make matters worse, the sorcerer who released an imprisoned amüli claiming to be the rightful king gave Frendyl almost no information about his missing family, and the Pretender is chasing Frendyl across the land. All Frendyl wants is to find his father and cousin, and get rid of the Blood of the Sun. No one knows how to remove the gem without ripping his heart out along with it, which means he has little choice but to face the Pretender—at least, until he learns of someone who might have the power to save him.
 
A young princess skilled in delicate magic might be able to help, and Frendyl is determined to find her. Although she lived four hundred years ago, there is hope: legend says an envious witch cast a spell on the princess to make her last the ages.
 
Too bad that spell turned the princess to stone.
 

DARK EPIC FANTASY

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In the Company of the Dead by Ciara Ballintyne
 
This dark epic fantasy is the first book in The Sundered Oath trilogy. Watch for parts 2 and 3 to release in 2017 and 2018.

Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.

Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her murdered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile for striking his prince.

Lyram is the son of a duke and third in line for the throne. Hell bent on drowning his grief for his murdered wife in a whiskey bottle, Lyram is ill-equipped to deal with the arrival of a mysterious army. When the castle comes under siege, he believes his prince is behind it, only to have his fears dismissed as the paranoia of a grief-stricken drunkard by those closest to him. He dare not even voice aloud his suspicions of the prince’s involvement in his wife’s murder.

Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay—a necromancer with a personal interest in using Lyram for his own nefarious purposes.

As the siege lengthens, and with the identity of the necromancer unknown, Lyram finds his faith in those closest to him undermined by treachery and sabotage. Not knowing who he can trust, he turns to the one person whose honesty is unimpeachable – the Left Hand of Death herself.

Caught up in their pursuit of vengeance, and desperately trying to save themselves from both political machinations and clashing gods, Ellaeva and Lyram never realise that the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.
 

SUSPENSE THRILLER / WOMEN’S FICTION

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Red on the Run by K.M. Hodge
 
This crime thriller/women’s fiction is the first book in The Syndicate-Born Trilogy.
 
…Because sometimes all you can do is run.
 
In search of redemption from his sordid past, FBI Special Agent Alex Bailey takes on a new partner, Katherine Mitchel… and a new secret mission.
 
Before being assigned their first joint case, Katherine uncovers damning evidence against a major crime ring known as The Syndicate. The group controls key members of the D.C. Metropolitan Area Police, the U.S. Congress, even the FBI, and they will stop at nothing to protect their interests. With her life on the line, Katherine is forced to put her faith in Alex as she flees from Washington D.C. and enters the Witness Protection Program.
 
Yet there’s no hiding from The Syndicate.
 
In the most dangerous investigation of his career, Alex must decide how far he is willing to go to keep Katherine safe, and to stop The Syndicate.
 

AND SO….

 
We hope you find several of these books to your liking, either for yourself or as gifts for your loved ones. As always, we thank you for your support. As an indie small press, we couldn’t survive without you, our loyal readers. Lastly, please share this great news with your friends.

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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):

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Emlyn Chand (Author) and Noelle Giffin (Illustrator)

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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):

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Jessica McHugh

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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):

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D. Robert Pease

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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.