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Evolved Publishing Grabs 5 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards – Fall 2016

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AWARD WINNERS

We are so pleased that once again, the good folks at Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards have honored Evolved Publishing by recognizing the excellence of 5 of our books, by 5 different authors and across 5 different genres.
 
And the winners are….
 
JUVENILE FICTION
Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun by Kira A. McFadden
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This is the 1st book in the Amüli Chronicles: Frendyl Krune series of middle grade/young adult fantasies, ideal for readers 10-16 years old (but we know you older folks will love it too).

Frendyl Krune wants to be a knight, to serve his family and his people and never fear what may come for him. His goal, however, slips from his grasp when rumors spread that his father possesses a rare and powerful gem. It doesn’t take long for someone to break into his family’s estate, determined to steal the gem.

As Frendyl winds through the Catacombs in search of the would-be thief, he discovers the intruder broke down the magical barrier of the prison and used magic to sneak in and out of the Krune estate without being seen.

To make matters worse, Frendyl learns his father’s control over the city is failing. Talk of revolt scurries through the streets like vermin. If nothing is done, Frendyl’s father will be ousted from power.

To save his family and unite his people, Frendyl joins his Uncle Melroc’s quest for the long-lost gem—the Blood of the Sun. The stone has powerful magical properties, and Frendyl’s father needs it to track down an escaped convict—or so he claims. But, Frendyl’s father isn’t the only one who desires the gem. Others, including a thief on Frendyl’s voyage, will do anything to get their hands on the Blood of the Sun. Anything—including locking Frendyl in a vault of solid rock.
 
FANTASY
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.
 
PARANORMAL SUSPENSE
Whispers of the Serpent by C.L. Roberts-Huth

This second book in the Zoë Delante thrillers is perfect for paranormal fans 16 and older.

No rest for the Wiccan.

One year has passed since Zoë Delante’s last big case, and everyone’s favorite Wiccan has managed to carve a normal-ish life for herself and her boyfriends, Jacob and Daniel. Then she gets the call that someone has discarded dead babies like empty soda cans off I-295 in the Baltimore/D.C. area, leaving strange scales all over the crime scenes. Another serial killer?

Zoë dives into the case when her one-year-old niece comes up missing, and she discovers that the guy running the Church of Holy Light knows magick and lies about it. Is he the one behind the mind control? Did he send the guys to drop magick all over her sister’s house?

And what the hell is up with her magick?

The visions are getting stronger, and weirder, and Zoë can’t remember the last time she slept. No matter. She has bad guys to catch and innocents to save. She’ll sleep when she’s dead….

…Or when the killer is.
 
SCIENCE FICTION (DYSTOPIAN)
Red Death by Jeff Altabef
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What happens when everything you believed turns out to be a lie?
 
Every child of Eden fears the Red Death. All those afflicted with the plague die young, their souls stripped away as punishment for ancient sins long forgotten. For centuries, Guardians have protected Eden from the Red Death by killing outsiders who stray too close.

Seventeen-year-old Aaliss is a highly-trained Guardian, but when her rather odd thirteen-year-old brother, Wilky, discovers a cure to the plague, her world turns upside down. Branded as traitors by the corrupt High Priest, Aaliss and Wilky are forced to seek refuge in the last place Aaliss thought she’d ever go—beyond the boundaries of Eden and into the land of the Soulless. Here they must navigate a medieval world filled with witches, magic, and warrior kingdoms run by Elders only a few years older than her.

Aaliss yearns to return home, but when her heart tugs her deeper into the world of the Soulless, she questions everything she once believed. Has her soul been taken? Will she and Wilky fall victim to the Red Death, or might they die sooner in the center of a battle that threatens to tear apart the Soulless world? Or… might Aaliss finally find, against all odds, what her heart has yearned for all along?
 
THRILLER (CRIME, SUSPENSE, WOMEN’S)
Red on the Run by K.M. Hodge
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This crime thriller/women’s fiction is the first book in The Syndicate-Born Trilogy.

It begins with Red. Run, Red. 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.

Adelaide Thorne

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After my stick figure comic series “The Adventures of The Unstoppable” failed to garner any fans, I accepted that drawing would never be my superpower. I also accepted that I was not, after all, The Unstoppable. Twelve-year-old me never forgot the thrill of adventure, however, and the mystery of heroes, powers, and a bad guy who maybe is only bad because he feels stuck. Or maybe he’s just bad, and that’s interesting, too.

My writing has taken me around the worlds of my brain, and also around a lot of restaurants. After years of being the pickiest eater in the south, I somehow got a stint as a city blogger and food columnist, which taught me that people are too obsessed with queso and not excited enough about chicken noodle soup. I’ve since said goodbye to journalistic writing and hello to creative writing, which, after all, is what I’ve always done.

I currently live in Florida, where I complain about the humidity but never make any plans to move. My husband and I have two cats (only two), who are excellent sounding boards for ideas.

Books

Coming Soon….

Up Next

Watch for The Trace, the first book in the YA Sci-Fi series “Whitewashed,” to come in the spring of 2017.

 
Nobody’s secrets are safe.

At first, it was the voices outside her window. “She is one of them….”

Second came the hallucinations: an unfamiliar symbol, floating on the precipice of her thoughts. And the letters: “E-N” dance around in her head, more annoying than unsettling.

Third came the abilities: speed, dexterity, insane reflexes. All her life she’d been clumsy, but no more.

Fourth came the Academy: covert government operation, physically advanced soldiers raised apart from society for a single purpose, telekinesis, telepathic hive-minded clones.

Last came the Grifters, but they weren’t really last–they’d been there since the very beginning of 18-year-old Ella Keppler’s life.

It isn’t unusual that Grifters are stalking Ella. What’s unusual is how clever these creatures are becoming. The Academy won’t admit it… until a completely innocent, perfectly normal civilian–Ella’s best friend–is kidnapped by the supposedly unintelligent Grifters.

A.K. Kuykendall

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I was born in Albany, Georgia, but grew up as a military brat on the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), and later at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I’m married to Magdiel Kuykendall and I’m the proud father three sons: Felix, Kal-El, and Jor-El. I’m a corporate executive chef by trade. My true passion in life, however, is writing thought-provoking novels that blend the concepts of fact and fiction.

Influenced by the emotional and social strength of my mother, I have an infectious love of bringing women to the surface of my literature. My love and respect for women inspires me to write stories featuring strong female protagonists. To keep my literary skills sharp, I’m also a poet and an extremely passionate economic, political, and social blogger.

To view my complete biography, please visit my website, where “truth reads through fiction.”

Books

Coming Soon….

Up Next

Watch for The Possession (Writer’s Block: Book 1), a classical horror novel, to come in the spring of 2017.

 
A famed horror author is on the verge of his magnum opus—a labyrinthine cryptogram that details the end of days.

When Gregory Stillingsworth buys an antique doll in India, the bestselling horror novelist doesn’t haggle over the steep price. He simply has to have the beautiful, enchanting doll. Only months later, when it is far too late, will he realize that he is merely the latest in a long line of victims to become possessed by Christie, a pernicious tool of Satan.

What follows is a battle for Gregory’s soul, as well as his sanity, and the casualties are legion. Chief among them is Jamie Stillingsworth, Gregory’s devoted wife, who finds not only her love for her husband but her courage tested as well. Can she deliver his baby and cherish it as though it were their own, not the offspring of something monstrous? As the battle lines between the angels of light and darkness are drawn, Gregory and Jamie become trapped in an ancient war that has no beginning and no end, a conflict that turns time inside out and reason on its head. What is real? Who can be trusted? When is the end truly the end?

The Possession is the first book in the “Writer’s Block” trilogy, exploring the age-old War of Angels.

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And watch for Imperium Heirs (Conspirator’s Odyssey: Book 1), a conspiracy thriller/sci-fi novel, to come in the summer of 2017.

 
When German fighter pilot Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen shot a UFO out of the sky over western France in 1917, intergalactic turmoil ensued.

In 1939, while on official business in Washington, Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Eisenhower was exposed to alien life–four gray alien beings in glass tubes of formaldehyde–in the sub-basement of the U.S. Capital building. He accepted an extremely sensitive mission ordered by both Secretary of State Cordell Hull and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His mission: broker an iron-clad treaty between the human race and the Cel’jul, which we inadvertently fractured by concealing that we had in our possession two prominent members of the galactic royal family–which just happened to be this species’ Queen and King, the very occupants of the craft downed in 1917.

Unbeknownst to Major Kalista Flaker of the United States Army, she stands at the heart of it all. Born human and raised in the tiny town of Macon, Mississippi, she discovers that she not only hails from the planet Yattrha–a star system ruled by the Cel’jul–but that she was a royal seedling of the sovereign family in 1917–a forsaken Princess, a future Queen.

Imperium Heirs is the first book in the “Conspirator’s Odyssey” series, exploring many of those historical incidents about which we have found no satisfactory explanation.

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!

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.