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Glenn A. Bruce

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Author Glenn A. Bruce, MFA, is an award-winning writer-director who began his career in Hollywood, where he wrote the hit movie Kickboxer as well as episodes of Walker: Texas Ranger, Baywatch, plus many more. He’s had over fifty short stories and essays published internationally, and recently completed his 25th novel. Glenn taught screenwriting at Appalachian State University for over a dozen years, and recently returned to his home state to once again be a Florida Man.
 

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Watch for the newly revised second edition of the crime thriller, THE MAN, to release in the fall of 2021.

He thought he was free to leave his old life behind, but The Man receives a clear message that his old “friends” have found him and will do anything to get revenge—even kidnap his daughter or murder his wife.

He left it all behind, tied it up “neat and clean”—or at least he thought he had—but The Man’s family is torn apart by a violent past that has finally caught up to him. Someone has decoded what went wrong ten years ago, and they seek retribution of the worst kind.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a Mob story with more twists and turns than a Coney Island rollercoaster, taking us deep inside the workings of a New York family, two generations of cold killers who seek vengeance on anyone who crosses them—even if it takes a lifetime.

Praise is Piling Up for the “Essence of Ohr” Series

We felt pretty strongly after the release of Warden’s Reign by Parris Sheets that we might have a real winner on our hands. Well, with the release of Children of the Volcano, the second book in the “Essence of Ohr” series, we know it without doubt. The praise and recognition for this series is simply amazing. Let’s take a look at just a few of the remarkable reviews. (By the way, if you click on the cover, you’ll go to that book’s page here at EP, where you will find many easy purchase links.)

 

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Winter 2020 – Best Young Adult Fantasy
WINNER: Readers’ Favorite Book Awards 2020 – Bronze Medal – Young Adult Fiction-Epic Fantasy

“The world-building is intricate, strange but compelling, drawing fantasy elements into its own cohesive and engaging lore. Secrets of the past become the key to the tyranny of the enemies. The moving trees, or the ramblers, and the gods of the realm known as the Souls add a mythical and fantastical charm to the story. The plot is well-developed, full of dark thrills, adrenaline-pumping moments, and heavy emotions of the characters who have been through so much but courageously strive to survive and win. Kole doesn’t remember his family or his past, giving the young protagonist a fascinating sense of mystery. A flawed, sometimes impatient but determined fighter, it’s easy to empathize with Kole as his guilt is a great burden to him. The antagonist, the Kayetan called Idris, is a frightening and manipulating creature. His dialogue alone is enough to project his malicious nature and the dark desire of his masters. With twists, loss, revenge, and a quest for peace and freedom, Warden’s Reign hits all the right notes not just for YA readers but older fantasy fans as well.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Lit Amri (5 STARS)

“Parris Sheets’ YA epic fantasy, Warden’s Reign, kicks off the ‘Essence of Ohr’ series by drawing readers into a richly imagined world of walking trees, imprisoned gods, and the corruption of dark magic. Kole has a complicated relationship with his mentor, Russé, and camp leader, Goren, which is further aggravated by the discovery that they’ve been keeping secrets from him. These frictions add intrigue while Kole’s proud determination to prove himself introduces an element of excitement as the kayetan stalks the refugees through Solpate Forest. A layered world mythology folds into the gripping plot, and disaster forces the refugees to make a decision that will decide their future. Unique, imaginative, and well-crafted world-building and a plot rife with danger and startling discoveries make for addictive reading.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Caitlin Lyle Farley (5 STARS)

Warden’s Reign is an exciting beginning to what promises to be an action-packed fantasy series. I was reminded a little of The Lord of the Rings story with the forces of good trying to hold back the forces of evil, even though the good guys seem to be greatly outmatched. It’s also set in a world that reminded me of Middle-Earth. There are no hobbits or elves in Parris Sheets’s story, but there are peace-loving humans with vast cultural differences joining together to do battle. On the other side is an evil human playing with the powers of the gods and using them for destructive purposes. Despite my comparison to LOTR, Warden’s Reign is actually very original and extremely imaginative. My favorite element of the story was the giant walking trees called Ramblers. Fans of fast-paced fantasy adventures will enjoy reading Warden’s Reign and the rest of the ‘Essence of Ohr’ series.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Scott Cahan (5 STARS)

 
 

WINNER: (Submitted and pending, but we are rightly confident!)

“When people complain about sequels (whether it be in response to movies or books), those complaints are usually correct. But… stop the presses! Children of the Volcano is one of the very few that deserves absolute praise and not a hint of complaint. Yes, we are talking about a writer who has put together a tremendously well-written, action-packed sequel. (Go figure, right?)
…..“As a reader, it’s quite easy to say that the author writes with a passion that is equal to the creator of Potter and other YA series’ that inflame the imagination. It’s no surprise why Parris Sheets has won awards for this series already, and there’s no doubt she will win many more. Her ability to write about things like restoring life to a cursed, embattled horse to the journeys and emotions of vivid characters like Felix, Aterus, Vienna, and so many more, is phenomenal. You not only can ‘feel’ every step that’s taken in this book, you can visualize every moment. Throughout the entirety of the two books written thus far, you feel like you’re watching them play out on the big screen. All that’s left to say is, hopefully, the ‘big screen’ is where the ‘Essence of Ohr’ series ends up. (Are you hearing me, Hollywood?)
…..“It has been stated that Book 3 of this series, Beyond the Flame, will be released in 2022. That’s the good news. Bad news is having to wait until then to once again dive into a YA masterpiece that provides over-the-top, fantastical characters, plots and scenes from beginning to end.” ~ Feathered Quill Book Reviews, Amy Lignor (BRAVO!)

This novel is well-plotted and written in clear and beautiful prose. It is crisp and very descriptive, with images of a world that seems to abide by its unique magical rules and that features all kinds of creatures, including the gods, sorcerers, and beasts. Parris Sheets writes a plot that is labyrinthine and twisty, with surprises stacked along the rollicking adventure. The complexity in character development is one of the traits that kept my eyes focused on the pages. The dialogues are well-crafted and they constitute a powerful ingredient that moves the plot forward. Children of the Volcano is filled with mystery and a beguilingly rich magic system, a dark allure that keeps the narrative tense, and a masterly example of the elements of epic fantasy. ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Jose Cornelio (5 STARS)

I love a good, fast-paced, action-driven plot. Parris Sheets starts Children of the Volcano with a bang, creates action from the first chapter, and hooks for more. The companionship and the partnership between Russé and Kole is the driving force of the story. The two of them work together; they support each other and respect each other. Kole looks up to Russé as a god and mentor, while Russé is exceptionally proud of Kole’s leadership and intelligence. The actual plot is brilliant. The chase to release gods, find them, unite them and save the world is a trope that we have read quite often, but not like this. There is a cinematic quality to the narrative and the way this story is written. It is perfect and incredibly entertaining. I cannot wait to read the next novel in the series. ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Rabia Tanveer (5 STARS)

Coming-of-age in fantasyland can’t be executed any better. This story is well-imagined, cleverly plotted, and written to perfection. I was pulled in by the descriptive opening and from the moment I opened the book, I knew that this author has a unique gift for strong imagery and I was not wrong. Parris Sheets creates strong images in the reader’s mind, from the detailed elements of the setting to well-crafted scenes that are packed with action and enriched by exciting dialogues. The characters are well-developed and fully drawn, and readers will want to follow them through every one of their adventures and predicaments — Leo and his pet, Piper, Felix, Mikal, and others. Children of the Volcano is brimming with action and it is a tale with conflict that is deftly handled. It was hypnotic for me. ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Ruffina Oserio (5 STARS)

 
 

And are we excited about the release of Book 3 in the spring of 2022? Yeah… that is a rhetorical question, of course. 🙂 Here’s what you can look forward to:

When old scars open—wounds that never truly healed—can Kole find the courage to stand against the deepest fear he’s ever known?

In Kole’s quest to reunite all six gods, he’s led to a distant city where magic and technology have merged and proven as a combatant against the spread of the Black Wall. Yet the god he seeks lies beyond the border of the black wall of fire encroaching on the continent.

Kole plans to use this new-found technology to aid in his search, but when equipment begins to mysteriously malfunction, he suspects foul play. He must uncover and eliminate the perpetrator if he hopes to save Ohr, but a part of him wants it broken, or he’ll have to face the very entity which left him maimed.

 

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And if we may, let us not just sing the praises of author Parris Sheets, but also of cover illustrator Sam Keiser, whose talent is on display in these remarkable covers. And of course, let us not leave out of the discussion the work of editor Darren Todd, who has helped Parris hone these stories to a fine sheen. This has truly been a team effort, and the end result is a great, great YA Fantasy series for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Kris Norris

23 April 2021: The Evolved Publishing Team welcomes its newest cover artist/designer.
 

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I’m just a small town girl, living in a lonely world. I took the midnight train… Oops, sorry, got off-track. Artist, hobbit, and crazy lady running in the woods, I’m either madly creating graphic masterpieces in my dungeon or out chasing bears with my dogs.

Author by trade, I made the move into graphic art as an extension of my writing, and I have a passion for creating snapshots of an author’s work with the intention of bringing their stories to life. A firm believer in the old adage that we only get one chance to create a first impression, I believe a cover is the doorway to the author’s inner sanctum.

I see myself as unapologetically Canadian and love all things maple syrup.
 

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Banana Republic
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Race!
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William E. Noland

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William E. Noland has worked in the fields of human resources and finance. He enjoys music—playing in three different rock bands—international travel, and reading. His writing combines a lifelong love of speculative fiction with a passion for history, sociology, and psychology. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two cats.
 

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Watch for Book 2 of the “Uncommon Bonds” series, Hammer to Fall, to release in the summer/fall of 2022.

A grainy photograph and a cry for help begin a new descent into terror for long-separated friends Lotte Schwarz and Eric Schneider.

Years after high school, when they discovered an otherworldly portal and the terrifying creature called forth by that doorway, Lotte shows up unexpectedly and again throws Eric’s fragile equilibrium into chaos.

Beguiling as ever, she draws him, however grudgingly, back into her irresistible orbit. Another ancient threat, one even more menacing than before, beckons the unlikely pair to again confront the incomprehensible.
 

Watch for Book 3 of the “Uncommon Bonds” series, From the Beginning, to release in the fall/winter of 2022/2023.

A devastating flood and a chance encounter trigger a rapid-fire series of events that again pit Lotte Schwarz and Eric Schneider against challenges both mortal and supernatural.

After a fortuitous meeting, Lotte discovers yet another otherworldly portal, but others are also hot on the trail of this artifact.

When Lotte disappears, Eric must walk a tightrope to find her, all the while safeguarding their terrible secrets. As the danger escalates, humankind’s destiny may well hang in the balance.
 

Watch for Book 4 of the “Uncommon Bonds” series, Day of Judgment, to release in the spring of 2023.

Be careful what you wish for, as notorious success may lead to unintended scrutiny and even more otherworldly dangers.

After a spectacular archaeological discovery, Lotte Schwarz and Eric Schneider bask in the accolades… until they’re drawn into another dangerous supernatural mystery. Who is watching them, and what do they want?

This time, the answers lie as much in the ancient past as they do in a troubled present. Yet are Lotte and Eric still bound inextricably together, or has Lotte found a different path for her life?

Michael Ringering

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When he was in the third grade at East Alton Elementary School, East Alton, IL, Michael Ringering selected Miriam E. Mason’s Broomtail for a class-assigned book report, and from that moment on, set his sights on wanting to write short stories and other works of fiction.

He published his first novel, Six Bits, in December 2011, earning finalist designation in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards for Fiction. Since then, he has published four short stories: Willy the Whale (2017), A Face on a Train (2017), A Calico Tale (2018), and The 9:15 to Grand Central (2019). Michael’s second novel, A Debt of War, is in post-production. In December 2017, he started his third novel, a trilogy concept based on a childhood memory, and continues to work on several shorts. All these older works are being revised and will re-release with Evolved Publishing in the second half of 2021.

Michael was born in Alton, IL, and raised in nearby East Alton, where he graduated from East Alton-Wood River High School in 1984. He is a 1989 graduate of Murray State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Following a 14-year career working in media relations and communications in Major League Baseball, he entered the healthcare industry where he serves as a surgical specialty administrator.

Michael and his fiancée, Jackie, reside in Southern Illinois, with their own menagerie of animals including dogs, goats, horses, and chickens.

Author Photo Credit: Juliana Barnerd
 

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Watch for the release of the novel Where Butterflies Go to Die to come in the fall of 2022.

More details coming soon…