Author David Litwack Wins the Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence

The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky is a winner!

Awesome Indies Seal of Excelllence_216x212The good folks at Awesome Indies have recognized this… well… awesome book by awarding it their Seal of Excellence in their fantasy category.

While we think of The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky as more of a literary saga, it does contain some fantasy elements.

This follows on the heels of some fantastic reviews. Kirkus Reviews calls it “…a fully imagined, gripping read….” This book has been available for less than a month, having released on May 19th, but it’s averaging 4.8 stars in its first 13 reviews at Amazon.

See for yourself why critics are singing the praises of this wonderful literary journey.

The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky – David Litwack

3D-TheDaughterOfTheSeaAndTheSkyAfter centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light—two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.

Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena’s plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena’s home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself “The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.” A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever… and perhaps their world as well.

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In the News for Evolved Publishing, May 22, 2014

Three Evolved Publishing Authors in the Spotlight

3D-JellicleGirlFirst, under the ongoing heading of “We Love Awards,” author Stevie Mikayne has been honored by the good folks at the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. They’ve named her debut novel, Jellicle Girl, a Finalist: Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Fiction. We think this is a richly-deserved award, and we thank the folks at the Indie Excellence Awards for recognizing the true quality of this excellent book.

National Indie Excellence Book Awards - 2014

You can get your copy online at any of the retailers linked below:

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3D-NZMammothTroubleSecond, author D. Robert Pease continues to earn high praise for his multiple award-winning Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble. This middle grade sci-fi adventure has captured the imagination of readers young and old alike. It’s true that its intended audience is kids 9-13 years old, with characters they can relate to and empathize with – yet adults are loving it too.

See what author and book reviewer SW Lothian has to say about this wonderful book at Seriously Awesome Adventures.

And of course, be sure to check out the full Noah Zarc series.


For more information on this series, and on all of D. Robert Pease’s books, including links to the online retailer of your choice, please visit

3D-TheDollMakerThird, author Majanka Verstraete sits down for an interview with The Writer’s Life eMagazine. She talks about the writing and publishing process, and what inspired her to write the Weirdville lower grade series of spooky adventures – chapter books for kids 6-10 years old. With three books already available, and three more coming in 2014, this is the perfect series for young kids who like a spooky tale – scary, but not too scary; in other words, fun scary.


Be sure to check out the full Weirdville series at the book pages linked below:
The Doll Maker
House of Horrors
Fright Train

We hope you enjoy these wonderful books for readers of all ages, and as always… thank you.

Evolved Publishing Earns New Honors and Awards in May 2014

And the awards just keep on coming….

We speak often of our commitment to quality, and awards are a sure way to bolster that claim. We understand that awards are both highly subjective and incredibly competitive, which makes receiving them a real challenge. Indeed, we believe some of our books have been extremely deserving of awards for which they were nominated, and yet they came up short in the voting. After all, judges are people, too, and they have their own preferences.

Nonetheless, we’re always pleased when our hard work is recognized by others in the industry. Most recently, we’ve added a few more awards to our shelf.

Publisher Award

Awesome Indies-ApprovedFirst, we have to thank the good folks at Awesome Indies for making Evolved Publishing their first outside publisher to receive the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval. As they explain on their website, Awesome Indies has some tough, uncompromising criteria for the awarding of their seal of approval, as explained here. We are pleased to have met their criteria on a consistent basis, thus earning their trust – and their seal of approval – as a publisher. When looking for books that will stand up to your own high standards, you would do well to trust Awesome Indies as a source of recommendations. We’re gratified to be one of those recommendations.

Book Awards

In the past few weeks, a number of our books have achieved special recognition.

Hot_Sinatra_v2_300dpi_200x300 ArthurEllisAwardsFinalistOn April 24th, the big news for us from our neighbors up north was that the Crime Writers of Canada selected Hot Sinatra by Axel Howerton as one of five finalists for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Hot Sinatra was chosen with 4 other books from a large field, and whether it ultimately wins the award or not (to be announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards gala dinner on Thursday, June 5, at the Arts & Letters Club in downtown Toronto), we are honored that Mr. Howerton’s book has made the cut.
NZ_Mammoth_Trouble_v2_300dpi_200x300 Eric-Hoffer-Award-Banner_2014 Awesome Indies-ApprovedIt’s been a big couple of weeks for author D. Robert Pease and Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, the first book in this middle grade sci-fi adventure series. First came the news that this wonderful book earned an Honorable Mention from the Eric Hoffer Awards 2014, making it one of their TOP 7 books in this vast Juvenile and Young Adult category. Then came the news that Awesome Indies recognized the book with their seal of approval in the Middle Grade category. Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble had already won several prestigious awards before this, but we’re so pleased to add these to its list of accomplishments.
And then we have the guy hogging up all the awards!

The_Silver_Sphere_v3_300dpi_200x300 National Indie Excellence Book AwardsAuthor Michael Dadich just received his 14th award – that’s right, 14 – for his debut sci-fi/fantasy novel, The Silver Sphere. And why not? This fantasy/science fiction adventure, or sci-fa in the grand Star Wars tradition, has readers and critics alike talking, and once you have 13 awards… well, you naturally want the 14th. 🙂 Well, the folks at the National Indie Excellence Awards have made that happen, recognizing The Silver Sphere as their best in Fantasy for 2014.
We expect to be back soon with more great announcements about honors for our books, but in the meantime, you can keep track of them yourself by stopping in at our Awards Won page from time to time. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy these fun and fantastic books.

“Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble” Honored by the Eric Hoffer Awards

An Honorable Mention for this Multi-Award-Winning Novel

NZ_Mammoth_Trouble_v2_300dpi_200x300This first book in the Noah Zarc science fiction series is ideal for kids as young as 8 and as old as 14, depending on reading level and parental involvement.

Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.

If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure, and love such books as Percy Jackson, The Softwire, Artemis Fowl, or The Search for Wondla, then Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble needs to be your next thrill ride.

Be sure to read the rest of Noah’s adventures through space and time, with Book 2 of the series, Noah Zarc: Cataclysm, and Book 3, Noah Zarc: Declaration.


Eric-Hoffer-Award-Banner_2014 Eric Hoffer Award 2014 – Honorable Mention – Young Adult (Juvenile and YA)

It’s always exciting to win awards, and Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert Pease has won several. The Eric Hoffer Award is just the latest, and frankly, perhaps one of the most difficult to obtain.

First, there’s no telling how many hundreds of entries they had in this category; we can only guess, as they’ve not publicized the number. Second, the category itself – Young Adult – is actually a mix of “juvenile” and “young adult” titles. That makes it tougher for a book like Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, which is really targeted at a younger “middle grade” audience.

Nonetheless, the judges at the Eric Hoffer Awards made this wonderful book one of its Honorable Mentions in this broad category, ultimately making it one of the top 7 books in the category.

We congratulate D. Robert Pease on his continued success. We also hope that if you have kids between the ages of 8 and 14 who love great science fiction adventures (boys or girls, as there are great characters with whom each of them can relate), you’ll check out the full Noah Zarc series, which you can find here: Middle Grade Books.

Noir Detective Mystery “Hot Sinatra” by Axel Howerton an Award Finalist

Announcement from Crime Writers of Canada: April 24, 2014 — Hot Sinatra is one of the five finalists for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

ArthurEllisAwardsFinalist“Quality is Priority #1.” We say that a lot, because we think it’s important to drive that guarantee home for our readers and fans. Of course, winning a prestigious award, or even making the final cut as a finalist within a broad and competitive field, is a great way to support that statement.

Our most recent honoree is the quirky, hardboiled detective, noir mystery Hot Sinatra, by Axel Howerton. We’re pleased that the judges for the Arthur Ellis Awards have recognized the quality of this great book, which offers a character-rich environment that readers are sure to love.

We’re confident you’re going to enjoy this book. If you’re a fan of the likes of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Elmore Leanord, Robert B. Parker, and Mickey Spillane, or just love a well-written, funny, entertaining story, Hot Sinatra is your next must-read.


Hot_Sinatra_v2_300dpi_200x300Moss Cole is a private detective, the kind you thought only existed in old movies and afternoon reruns. He’s smart, talented, sometimes even charming. You’d think he could find a better gig than carrying on his grandfather’s legacy as a ‘Private Dick.’

Cole is out of money, out of ideas, and out of his league. That’s why he’s stuck looking for a stolen Sinatra record… a record that may be just a figment of an old man’s imagination.

Of course, if that were true, Moss wouldn’t have so many people busting down his door.

A vivacious redhead, a foul-mouthed Irish rock star, and a whip-smart little girl only complicate the job, when all Cole wants is a good cup of coffee and some Hot Sinatra.

If only he can stay alive—and in one piece—long enough to find it.


“Axel Howerton is one of the best new crime fiction writers out there—hell, one of the best writers, period. Do yourself a favor and settle into Axel’s groove.” – Scott S. Phillips, Author of “Squirrel Eyes” and “Tales of Misery & Imagination,” and Writer/Director of “Stink of Flesh” and “Gimme Skelter”

“Moss Cole sizzles hotter than bacon.” – Red Tash, Author of “Troll, Or Derby” and “This Brilliant Darkness”

“Howerton manages to breathe new life into the neo-noir/gumshoe genre by not fixing what isn’t broken. The hero, Moss Cole, is tough as nails, fights dirty, is a recovered alcoholic and is a bit of a brooder. However, he feels pangs for not seriously pursuing a career as a professional musician, and makes no effort to conceal his sensitive side. Howerton also gives us some unexpected characters in the form an openly gay couple that work as low level leg breakers for the mob (they’re a real treat, and never do what I expected as a reader). Perhaps Howerton’s greatest triumph is coming up with a fun, wickedly original MacGuffin for a detective novel: The titular ‘Hot Sinatra’, an illegal, one of a kind recording of a Sinatra performance in his prime that avid collectors would kill to get. Snappy dialogue, fun characters and a no frills writing style made this a blast to read.” – Craig, Kew Gardens, NY


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Of course, if you’d like a paperback personally autographed by author Axel Howerton, you can get that RIGHT HERE at our website.