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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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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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Coming Soon To: Barnes and Noble.
FOR OUR AUSTRALIAN READERS, GET THE EBOOK HERE:
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Apple iBooks – Australia

 
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.

Evolved Publishing Releases 9 New Books on November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday Early-Bird – All These Books Now Available

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9 New Books from Evolved Publishing –
Great Reading for All Ages

 

We are excited to offer 9 new books from 8 different authors. In this big book launch, we have 2 children’s picture books for kids 3-8 years old, 2 lower grade chapter books for kids 6-11 years old, 2 middle grade books for readers 9-13 years old, 2 novels suitable for readers 13 and older, and 1 book for readers 16 and up. And so… we truly have a little something for every age group.

PLEASE ENJOY!

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS – For Kids 3-8 Years Old

 
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Ninja and Bunny’s Great Adventure by Kara S Tyler, Illustrated by Sarah Pacatti
 
Marian loves playing make-believe, but what if her big sister Ruthie’s fairies have been real all along? What if Princess Isla is truly in trouble and needs their help?
 
Marian and Ruthie must visit Fairyland and transform into Ninja and Bunny! Will they be able to save the princess?
 
Find out in this tale of love, loyalty, and imagination.
 
 
 
 
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Sully P. Snooferpoot’s Amazing New Shadow by Aaron Shaw Ph.D., Illustrated by Aaron Shaw Ph.D. and John Cardinal
 
Sully P. Snooferpoot has finally saved up enough money to buy a new shadow, which he is certain will make him an elementary school star. However, as he soon discovers, he is not the only one with a brand new shadow.
 
In fact, everyone else is so excited about their own new crazy shadows that no one even notices his. Sully grows increasingly upset with each new shadow he sees.
 
Then his best friend arrives and helps him to understand there is something he possesses that is much better than a new shadow.
 

LOWER GRADE CHAPTER BOOKS – For Kids 6-11 Years Old

 
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Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess – A Balderdash Saga Short Story by J.W. Zulauf, Illustrated by Luke Spooner
 
Love and sacrifice are synonymous in this murder-mystery short story.
 
Scarlet wants desperately to save her deathly sick father. To do so she must team up with a mysterious man, who promises to help save her father in return for a specific favor. What will the favor really cost her? Will Scarlet find herself a pawn in this man’s game, or will she really get the chance to save her father from his impending doom?
 
Follow Scarlet, the kindhearted new princess, as she seeks to save those she loves.
 
 
 
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Tyler and the Blabber-Mouth Birds by Emlyn Chand
 
Tyler Irving rules the roost at Monroe Middle School. Not only is he the star player on the winningest basketball team in school history—the ’16 Monroe Falcons—but he’s also managed to get and hang onto the high score for Clucking Zombies, not to mention the starring role in the drama club’s performance of Bye Bye Birdy.
 
So, because life can be funny sometimes, Tyler soon uncovers a fowl mystery of his own when two of the parrots at The Pet Shop Society’s headquarters start squawking warnings his way. He wishes he could just ask the parrots what they mean, but they’re trained to repeat—and what they keep saying over and over just doesn’t make any sense: ‘Look out. They’re coming closer. Danger now. It’s all over.’
 
Can Tyler weave together the clues the birds have given him and solve the mystery before something terrible happens? Join Tyler and the rest of The Pet Shop Society gang as they decode the mystery of the Blabber-Mouth Birds.
 

MIDDLE GRADE – For READERS 9-13 Years Old

 
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Frendyl Krune and the Snake Across the Sea by Kira A. McFadden
 
An escaped amüli convict known as the Snake broke into the Krune family’s estate in search of the Blood of the Sun, and almost tore Frendyl Krune’s family from power. Word has it that the Snake has fled across the ocean to a mysterious new land that Frendyl’s Uncle Melroc calls the Isle of Forfeited Souls. The Snake is a powerful magician, one whose determination may undo everything Frendyl has fought to right.
 
To stop this maniac, Frendyl and Melroc sail across the Eyrgre Ocean. The people of the Isle are excited for their arrival because fused to Frendyl’s heart is the Blood of the Sun, a magical gem that shimmers with a thousand colors. The Snake discovers that Frendyl possesses the stone, and now he’s coming for it.
 
 
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Frendyl Krune Origins: The Ekrim’s Oath by Kira A. McFadden
 
AUTHOR’S NOTE:
This story begins immediately after the conclusion of Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun and contains information that may spoil the events of that book. Therefore, you might want to read Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun before continuing forward.
 
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The Blood of the Sun, an ancient gemstone that holds the power of the first amüli king, was lost to Jaecrel when Frendyl retrieved it from the Tomb of the Stone. Now, Jae wanders the icy north of Inrugia, determined to follow Frendyl and steal the gem from him—yet not all goes to plan when a group of ekra necromancers capture her.
 

YOUNG ADULT – For READERS 13 and Older

 
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Brink of Dawn (Chosen – Book 2) by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
 
They walk among us as if they are gods.
Only the Chosen know what they are.
Only the Chosen know to fear them.
And only the Chosen can defeat them.
 
Juliet Wildfire Stone and her best friend, Troy Buckhorn, barely escaped their sleepy Arizona town alive. Now they’re speeding to New York City to find the three other Chosen. The Chosen must band together to face an ancient foe that threatens all humanity.
 
Yet Juliet doesn’t know whom to trust, and strange things are happening in the City.
 
The Chosen will be tested, their resolve questioned, and their flaws exposed. Each must decide whether he or she will fulfill their destiny—or run. To defeat the enemy, they must stop battling among themselves and overcome their own struggles.
 
Only one can lead them. Will Juliet embrace her powers in time?
 

SCIENCE FICTION-DYSTOPIAN – For READERS 13 and Older

 
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The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers – Book 2) by David Litwack
 
“But what are we without dreams?”
 
Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.
 
Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.
 
The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. But if they fail this time, they risk not a stoning but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.
 

THRILLER/SUSPENSE-ESPIONAGE – For READERS 16 and Older

 
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Kill or Be Killed: Under Cover by Linda Kay Silva
 
Billie MacAvoy is part Dexter, part Tony Soprano, part Kerry Matheson… but all CIA operative, a member of the seldom discussed Clandestine Ops that few know of, and even fewer believe exists.
 
Billie’s job is to take out the garbage even the regular CIA won’t touch, like rogue heads of state, or other “wandering assets.” She’s one of this country’s greatest and scariest weapons—a highly skilled assassin… and a sociopath.
 
When one of her assets goes missing, Billie sets out on a path even darker than Clan Ops, one full of unexpected twists and turns. In between Russian agents, Middle Eastern hitmen, and fellow CIA operatives gone bad, Billie must learn how to balance the life she leads in the light of day with the all-consuming darkness she experiences as an agent—and a killer.
 
It isn’t enough to maintain a cover. In the world of clan ops, there is just one rule: Kill or Be Killed.
 

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.

Evolved Publishing Releases 5 New Books on September 28, 2015

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5 New Books for Young Readers from Evolved Publishing

 
We love all literature that gives us great stories, compelling characters, and a fun, entertaining escape from the grind. Yet we have a special place in our hearts for books for kids. Reading is just so important to our kids–to their mental development, the psychological well-being, and their future for which we hold so much hope. Thus, it is with great pleasure that we announce the release of these 5 new books.

Just click on the covers or titles to go to the book pages, where you’ll find all the information on these books, as well as links to the books at your favorite online retailers.

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS FOR KIDS 3-8 YEARS OLD

Emlyn and the Gremlin and the Seaside Mishap by Steff F. Kneff (Illustrations by Luke Spooner)
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“Gremlin, oh no! What to do?” Emlyn yelled.
“Those waves are tremendous, and look at that swell!
Moose, we must help her. I know she can’t swim.
What a fine mess little Gremlin is in!”

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Emlyn invites Gremlin for a trip to the ocean, but mishaps abound on the seaside.

And Gremlin seems to have landed in deeper trouble than usual on this trip.

Join Emlyn, Gremlin and Moose for an unforgettable family vacation.

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The Emlyn and the Gremlin series is a collection of beautifully illustrated, kid-centered books, each containing a fun rhyme scheme and humor for both kids and adults. These gorgeous books introduce the concept of a two-mum family in a natural and subtle way—the perfect books to add diversity to any home, library or store!

Maddie’s Monsters by Jonathan Gould (Illustrations by Daiki Sasaki)
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Strange things are happening in Maddie’s house. Objects keep disappearing, and Maddie’s family can’t imagine where they’ve gone. Only Maddie knows that her monsters have taken them. Can she get her family to believe her? And can she get her monsters to give everything back?

Jonathan Gould tells a warm and funny story about respect and responsibility, with sparkling illustrations from Daiki Sasaki that bring the colourful world of a child to life.
 
 
 
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: It may be a day or two before the retail links appear. Thanks for your patience.
 
 
 

LOWER GRADE CHAPTER BOOKS FOR KIDS 6-11 YEARS OLD

Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle by Emlyn Chand
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Mike Adams has always been a pretty average kid. He hates homework, love sports, and spends a lot of his day bugging his twin sister Maddie—because, after all, she deserves it.

But one day, everything changes. Nic Chang’s dog goes missing.

Mike, his sister and their two best friends join forces to search for the truth and, with it, the missing pet. Will Mike and Maddie find a way to put their differences aside and save the day? And just where did that dog-gone labradoodle go?

Put your thinking caps on and prepare to find the answers in the premier installment of The Pet Shop Society, a brand new mystery series for readers aged 7-11.
 
 
 
 
The Shaman’s Salvation by J.W. Zulauf (Illustrations by Luke Spooner)
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Not all fairytales take place in rolling hills or along sparkling beaches. Some happen right below our very feet like the corpses they are….

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The very existence of Balderdash is hanging by a thread. The kingdom is under attack by vicious creatures called Mana Beasts, and someone is after the shaman.

Will Balderdash fall because of the shaman’s past actions? Will she lose it all, or will she sacrifice herself to save her people?

Join us in this coffin tale to find out the fate of Balderdash.
 
 
 

YOUNG ADULT FANTASY THRILLER FOR READERS 13 AND OLDER

Second Chances – A “Chosen” Short Story by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
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Precious and rare, second chances must be earned, but has Ayden done enough to win his?

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One night changes everything.
One chance meeting forces a young man to make a choice.
Will he do what’s right?
Or what’s easy?

Ayden is forced to remember old secrets he’d rather not reveal when his daughter returns home with questions about his shadowy past and dangerous legacy. Will she understand when he tells her about the night mysterious strangers came to his sleepy Arizona town looking for a local medicine man?

As his tale unfolds, Ayden pieces together the mystery that connected a recent murder, the strangers, and the medicine man’s bizarre behavior.

Will he allow old demons to rule him, or will he get a second chance?

AND SO….

We hope you’ll take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to spread the joy and power of reading to the younger set in your life. And as always, we thank you so much for your support.

J.W. Zulauf

Author

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I would love to say that from the second I could use my fingers, I began to write, but I can’t. Sure there were times through my life when writing surfaced and fell away, but the truth is, I couldn’t even read all that well through most of my teens. Then one day, my father gave me a copy of The Stand by Stephen King, and even though it took me a year to finish, I did it.

This experience changed my life.

From that point, I strove to become the best reader and writer I could be. I was driven by an unbelievable passion to become a writer, and here I am. I truly started from the bottom and worked hard to become who I am now. I am a believer in the words. Reading saved my life.

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Up Next

Watch for Kingdom in Chains, a young adult dark fantasy, to release in late August of 2017.

The common people have become the currency, outlaws have shifted to mercenaries, and freedom is no more than a thought of the past.

Fear, violence, slavery—throughout his adult life, Barloc has known no other way.

A quarter of a century has passed since King Sclavus decreed slavery legal in the Kingdom of Kuldaire, certain it was the only way to keep the economy strong. He created alliances with the wealthy ruling class, and cast the common folk into chains. A handful of rebellions rose, but fell almost as quickly as they began, and the concepts of freedom and peace became dusty relics of the past, a nearly forgotten dream.

When Barloc is sold to Lord Harbor, his new owner offers queer promises of freedom, promises only King Sclavus can honor after a thirty-day trial. Barloc, as someone who has lost everything, or who never had anything of his own to begin with, is forced to question everything around him as he embarks on this new trial.

Whom can he trust? Why has he been selected and thrown into this strange new setting? What happened to just being a slave? How can life be any different from the only way he’s ever known? What is freedom, and at what cost?

This is Barloc’s chance—perhaps his last chance—to once and for all cast off the chains that bind him. And maybe, just maybe, he can bring others to freedom with him.