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Pam Laughlin

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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Yup, I was one of those kids. Call me an avid reader or a book nerd, but my head was buried in books as I walked down the halls. The librarian knew me by first name and favorite genre, and I thought the March sisters were way cooler than the girls in school. Things haven’t changed much. I still love the way a great book can transport me to a different place and time, and I continue to bond with imaginary characters and fantastic stories.

I was born and raised in New Jersey but don’t hold that against me. Believe it or not, New Jersey has some beautiful spots and I’m lucky enough to live in one of them with a pack load of males (my husband, 3 sons and 2 Havenese furry boys). I’ve been a writer most of my life, starting in 3rd grade when my short story won the school writing competition. It was about a family that lived in a freckle, so I guess I’ve suffered from FPP (fantasy prone personality) from an early age. Thank God!

I’ve written for over thirty years, mostly non-fiction technical pieces on how to use systems and equipment that most users threw away and opted to figure out on their own. I’ve worked as a staff reporter for my local paper, The Breeze, covering the Bridgewater/ Raritan, NJ area with a specialty in human interest stories. I was also the Creative Editor for the online monthly publication, DoJo Digest, and wrote “From a Mother’s Point of View” and “Hot Tips” columns.

My short story, Combat Paper, was published in Folio Oak Literary Magazine and won the Writer’s Village University short story contest. Other work has appeared in Edify Publications, Blink Ink, City Kidz World Magazine, and blogs galore. The Soul of the Elephant is my first full-length historical novel. I hope to transport readers to a magical and mystical world (even if for just a little while) jampacked with mahouts, spirit animals, wonderworkers, and adventure.

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COMING MAY 2019: The Soul of the Elephant (Hemit, the Gentle Mahout – Book 1): Details of this historical adventure novel are coming soon….

Hope Silver

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I’m a Russian author, born in Siberia. My pen name, Hope Silver, is a translation of my real, very long Russian name, Nadezhda Serebrennikova.

I’ve always loved writing. I worked as a journalist in a few newspapers in St. Petersburg and finished my first novel when we lived in the Czech Republic. When we moved to the US in 2013, I started writing a blog about my life in Berkeley, California, with my husband, son, daughter, and about our love for traveling and adventures.

“Why do you want to move to America?” they asked us during the interview in the US consulate in Moscow, after I won a green card lottery.

My 10-year-old son raised his hand and said, “We are travelers.”

I strongly believe that dreams come true if you want something badly enough. Many of my stories, short or long, for adults or for the kids, are about dreamers who don’t give up, like the main character of my novel, Born – Against All Odds – a child’s soul who stops at nothing on the way to his future mom.

In its Russian original, Born – Against All Odds was selected as ‘Best Book of the Year’ in the fantasy genre, at the International Russian Writers competition in Germany (2015). Its English translation by Krystyna Steiger (Canada) was awarded the second prize at the “Open Eurasia 5th International Writers Competition” in London in 2016.

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COMING APRIL 2019: Born – Against All Odds: Details of this literary/magical realism novel are coming soon….

Reflections on Johnny Appleseed Day by Author Gregg Sapp

A Blast from the Past!

Did you know that September 23rd is Johnny Appleseed Day? (Neither did we.) We’ve learned a lot about this extraordinary real-life character in the last couple of years, thanks to the amazing work of author Gregg Sapp, who drops by here to share some thoughts on this occasion.

It happens to come shortly on the heels of us learning that Fresh News Straight from Heaven was honored with the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Best Novel – Summer 2018 (1 of only 3 honored in that category), making this the truly perfect time to learn about this amazing character (and a great book).
 

Gregg Sapp

People often ask me why I wrote a novel about Johnny Appleseed. In reply, I like to ask them to tell me what they know about him.

Some describe him as a scruffy vagabond horticulturist, part mountain man/ part hippie tree-hugger, skipping barefoot through the forest primeval like a woodland nymph with a bag of apple seeds slung over his shoulder, a song on his lips, and a rotten-toothed grin for everybody he met.

Others think of him as a howling, wide eyed lunatic who spat venom preaching an obscure and bizarre brand of evangelical Christianity to everybody within earshot, the kind of person that you’d cross the street to avoid if you saw him approaching on the sidewalk.

Still others recall him fondly from images perpetuated in the many children’s books written about him. They describe him as an unkempt but saintly oddball who was sweet to animals and little children, and spread peace, love, and good neighborly understanding wherever he went, kind of like a hobo Mister Rogers.

All are true, and yet there’s much more to this complex, enigmatic, and downright weird historical person.

My interest in Johnny Appleseed began when I was growing up in central Ohio. There, I was close to many of the places where his legend was born. I liked to imagine that he’d passed through the fields and woods near my home. In seventh grade, for a history assignment to write a short biography of some famous Ohioan, while everybody else wrote about presidents, inventors, entertainers, war heroes, etc., I chose to write about Johnny Appleseed.

To me, the reality of John Chapman (his real name) is much less interesting than the folklore about Johnny Appleseed. The real person was of no particular significance. He didn’t do anything that changed history. But he did represent something important to Americans. Johnny stood apart, a character unlike anybody else, who at the same time appealed to something universal.

Other beloved characters in American history are probably better representatives of some of the qualities attributed to Johnny – his honesty, his pacifism, his faith. But no other beloved characters in American history is weirder. Johnny’s oddities are iconic. The mush pot on the head, the coat made of a potato sack, the sack of seeds on his back: Johnny’s image is a celebration of American eccentricity. He is the American Don Quixote.
That’s why his birthday, September 26th, is nationally recognized as Johnny Appleseed Day.

We need more oddballs, misfits, cranks, crackpots and hare brains like Johnny Appleseed. We admire these people because even though they violate social norms, they are entirely true to themselves. You can’t fake weird.

By writing my novel, “Fresh News Straight from Heaven,” I like to think that I’m keeping that tradition alive. We can all use a little Johnny Appleseed in our lives. It would be appropriate to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day by giving yourself permission to be a little weird.
 

 
As always, thank you so much for your support. Without you, there would be no us. Feel free to contact us anytime at Admin@EvolvedPub.com.

Extraordinary Audiobooks for Your Kids!

Having a hard time getting your kids to embrace reading? Maybe you’ll have better luck getting them to “listen.”

We know as well as anyone just how critically important it is to a child’s intellectual development to read, but we also recognize that it can be a challenge these days. After all, kids seem to be lost in an electronic world. Well, maybe eBooks will satisfy them, but perhaps they need something a little different. How about audiobooks?
 
We have some really terrific audiobooks for kids ranging from 7 to 14, so let us just share those with you here.
 

“Weirdville” Series by Majanka Verstraete, with Narration by Miriam Blum [Lower Grade]


This spooky-fun series is ideal for kids 7 to 11 years old. They feature stories that are scary, but in a fun way — not TOO scary. The audiobooks are priced as real bargains, ranging from $3.46 to $6.95. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: THE DOLL MAKER
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BOOK 2: HOUSE OF HORRORS
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BOOK 3: FRIGHT TRAIN
Currently $3.46 at Amazon, and $3.95 at Audible and iTunes:
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“The Balderdash Saga” Series by J.W. Zulauf, with Narration by Peter Reynolds [Lower Grade]


This spooky-fun series is ideal for kids 7 to 11 years old. They feature stories that are scary, but in a fun way — not TOO scary. As the series tagline states: “Not all fairytales are about beautiful princesses and dashing princes. Some are about the corpses living below our very feet….”
 
The audiobooks are priced as real bargains, each currently priced at $5.95 at iTunes, $6.08 at Amazon, and $6.95 at Audible. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: THE UNDERGROUND PRINCESS
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BOOK 2: THE PRINCE’S PLIGHT
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BOOK 3: THE SHAMAN’S SALVATION
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BOOK 4: THE BALDERDASH SAGA SPECIAL EDITION (Features 4 Short Stories)
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“Noah Zarc” Series by D. Robert Pease, with Narration by David Radtke [Middle Grade to Young Adult]


This multiple award-winning series of science fiction time travel adventures is sure to appeal to both boys and girls aged 10 and up. As Publishers Weekly says, “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.”
 
These are full-length novels, and the audiobooks range from $16.18 to $18.49. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: NOAH ZARC: MAMMOTH TROUBLE
Currently $16.18 at Amazon, and $16.95 at iTunes, and $18.49 at Audible:
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BOOK 2: NOAH ZARC: CATACLYSM
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BOOK 3: NOAH ZARC: DECLARATION
Currently $17.95 at Amazon, and $16.95 at iTunes, and $18.49 at Audible:
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“Amüli Chronicles: Frendyl Krune” Series by Kira A. McFadden, with Narration by Christopher Franceschi [Middle Grade to Young Adult]


This award-winning series of epic fantasy adventures is sure to appeal to both boys and girls aged 10 and up. As author Jeremy Rodden says, “The extensive worldbuilding in this book is phenomenal. Amüli are connected to humans via the “soulbound” process but are a species all on their own, an “immortal” race of winged humans. That alone is worth the price of admission.”
 
These are full-length novels, and the audiobooks range from $17.46 to $24.95. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: FRENDYL KRUNE AND THE BLOOD OF THE SUN
Currently $17.46 at Amazon, and $17.95 at iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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BOOK 2: FRENDYL KRUNE AND THE SNAKE ACROSS THE SEA
Currently $17.46 at Amazon, and $17.95 at iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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BOOK 3: FRENDYL KRUNE AND THE STONE PRINCESS
Currently $21.83 at Amazon, and $21.95 at iTunes, and $24.95 at Audible:
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“Darla Decker Diaries” Series by Jessica McHugh, with Narration by Robin Jill [Middle Grade to Young Adult]


This critically acclaimed series of young adult coming-of-age adventures is sure to appeal to both boys and girls aged 12 and up. As author C. Clark says, “In Darla, McHugh has created a character that is dynamic and interesting and while I don’t pretend in any way to really know the mindset of a young, pre-teen girl, I read the prose and I feel like I am hearing the voice of a child. Not the perfected cartoonized version of a child, not as simple fodder for the story, but as a genuine, three dimensional, real child. It brought me back to a lot of the young adult books I would read in grade school, living along with the day-to-day exploits of the protagonist as she deals with the dramas of her life and underneath everything, the ultimate and slow transition into adulthood.”
 
These are full-length novels, and the audiobooks range from $17.46 to $19.95. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: DARLA DECKER HATES TO WAIT
Currently $17.95 at Amazon and iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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BOOK 2: DARLA DECKER TAKES THE CAKE
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BOOK 3: DARLA DECKER SHAKES THE STATE
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Happy listening!

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As always, thank you so much for your support. Without you, there would be no us. Feel free to contact us anytime at Admin@EvolvedPub.com.

Vicki Johnston

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AUGUST 24, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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In seventh grade, Mrs. Trader inspired me both as a writer and a teacher. In her class, I learned I loved to write and that my classmates liked to hear my stories. Her spirited students engaged in dramatic performances, hands-on projects, and lively discussions—nothing like the poor subdued souls across the hall, managed by the teacher with long green eyes. So Mrs. Trader was my model when I started a school and set aside my writing—that is, until it dawned on me that tribes of children have loved learning by listening to stories for thousands of years. So I wrote about a million words that speak to head and heart, which I am still reading to my child listeners. But now I’m writing stories, my second million words, to speak to the heads and hearts of adult readers and listeners, and hoping my classmates will like them.

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COMING APRIL 2019: The Augur’s View (The New Earth Chronicles – 1):

Concerns are growing over dark agendas behind chemtrails, black budgets, social engineering, and transhumanism. After an apocalyptic solar flash, a self-serving elite reasserts its power. As humanity struggles to regain its footing, subtle nudges urge an awakening to sources of transcending empowerment buried in our DNA and the depths of the human heart.