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.

A Little about the Evolved Publishing Website

Navigating the Website:

Because we keep adding content to the website, and because we now have a lot to look at – and by people who might be visiting for different reasons – we thought this would be a good time to give the grand tour.


Naturally, the first place people usually start when visiting us is the HOME page. we want that to be visually appealing, and so we offer the “slide show” of 4-6 slides featuring our products, services, news, etc. Directly below that you’ll find 3 separate links: 1) Our latest blog post; 2) Our current featured post, and; 3) One of our team members’ pages (this rotates around on a random basis). Below that we offer 4 “Featured Books,” which we mix up regularly, and then our 12 most recent “New Releases.”

If you scroll all the way down to the bottom right corner of the page, you’ll find links to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our blog.

Across the top of the page, our main menu links are listed. Of these, the ABOUT menu is clickable at the main level, as well as via the various sub-menus.

First, if you click on the ABOUT main menu, you’ll get ABOUT EP – PART 1. The information there is self-explanatory, but be sure to scroll all the way down and check out all our book covers “At-a-Glance.” Click any cover to go to that book’s page on the website.

On the ABOUT sub-menus, we offer 6 different pages as of April 2014. Check them all out, but especially if you’re a reader, please sign up for our NEWSLETTER, and be sure to join THE STREET TEAM on Facebook, as you’ll get special offers exclusively at one or both of those locations.

For those who wish to join the EP team of professional authors, artists, editors, and translators, of course, there’s the SUBMISSIONS sub-menu. Please start on the “Introduction” tab, and then move on to the tab that applies to your specific profession. For writers, we also offer the RESOURCES FOR WRITERS sub-menu, so be sure to take advantage of that opportunity.

Evolved-Publishing-HomeOUR TEAM
If you hover your mouse over the OUR TEAM menu, you’ll see the dropdown options, each of which is self-explanatory. Within each sub-menu, the individuals are listed alphabetically by last name. This is not only where you can learn about all of the EP professionals, but it’s also where you’ll find links to connect with those individuals via social media. So please get to know our fantastic team.

When you click on the SHOP menu, all of our products will come up in alphabetical order on the left, and the categories into which these products are broken down will appear in the right column. When you click on any product, you’re taken to that product’s unique page on the website.

When you click over to a PRODUCT PAGE, you’ll default to the “Description” tab of that product. It is right here where you can purchase (for most of our books) directly from EP copies personally autographed by the author or illustrator. Additionally, there will be several additional tabs for each product, each of which are self-explanatory. Perhaps most important among these for book buyers is the “Retail Links” tab, where you can click over to the retailer of your choice to purchase our books. Of course, if you’re a fan of audio books, be sure to click on the “Audio” tab. And… if you’ve read one of our books and would like to post your review right here at our website, you’ll be able to do so if you’ve signed up at our site. Previous reviews are found under the “Reviews” tab.

For schools, libraries, and retailers (wholesale customers), the “For Booksellers” tab on any book’s page will provide the key details you’ll need to purchase that book from either Ingram or Baker & Taylor.

These are some books we’re featuring at the moment, and they change regularly.

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So take the grand tour, and if there’s something more YOU would like to see at our website, be sure to let us know by emailing us HERE.

Evolved Publishing Re-Opens to Author Submissions

We’re back!

We were closed to submissions for 2-1/2 months in order to get our house in order and catch up on tons of work. Well, the big day has arrived.

Yep, we’re open to author submissions again.

We hope you’ve taken this time to polish your manuscript to a fine sheen, so that your story makes us sit up and say, “Wow, this is great!” Indeed, if we may offer a word of caution: we are extremely selective. When we first opened up our doors, we were determined not to be that publisher (or agent) – the one that rejected 99.5% of submissions, often going on nothing more than a 1-page query letter. In fact, we set up our submission guidelines to include the first three chapters of your book because we’ve always believed that the actual writing mattered above all else. Well, that and the person behind the writing – you! Still, we’ve rejected something in the neighborhood of 98% of submissions.

We say this not to discourage you; we want to see your submission. We say it in the hopes that you will do all you can to improve your manuscript before sending it to us. Our commitment to our customers, and to each and every member of our team, is simple enough: Quality is Priority #1. As we’ve said many times, that is not just a slogan; it’s practically our religion. We have an excellent editorial team, several talented cover artists and illustrators, and a highly supportive and ever-expanding team, because we’re determined to make every book we publish the best it can be. We just added two new editors, and will likely add another shortly, in large part to be prepared for all the great submissions we’re anticipating. 😀

So please send us your best work. Just go to our submissions page linked below. Start with the Introduction tab, then move on to the Authors tab. Good luck!
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Evolved Publishing Author/Illustrator Team Win Another Prestigious Award

Author Chantal Fournier and illustrator Nicolas Lajeunesse win the Mom’s Choice Gold Medal in the Children’s Picture Books category.

Silent Words is stunning story in both words and pictures, and the good folks at the Mom’s Choice Awards recently honored it with their Gold Medal:

Mom’s Choice Awards – Gold Label – Children’s Picture Books

While this book is an absolute must for all parents with young readers, it’s particularly poignant for parents and their children who are dealing with a recent, difficult loss. The story in words will move young readers and inform them at the same time. Tragic losses are horrible, of course, but we survive and move on. Zelda shows the way in Silent Words. The story in pictures will stun and delight young readers. Here are just a few of the remarkable illustrations that fill this book:

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This extraordinary book is available at the following retailers: Amazon US, Barnes and Nobleicon, Diesel, Kobo, Smashwords, Sony, Amazon CA, Amazon UK


Zelda loves to talk. She always asks a million questions, and her head is full of words like apple, bunny, cartwheel and dwizzledoodle. But when a sudden storm turns Zelda’s world upside down, all her words go silent. Zelda must embark on a quest across mountains, forests and oceans to find her parents—and her voice.

This moving tale about loss and hope will tug at your heartstrings. Author Chantal Fournier’s poetic storytelling style and illustrator Nicolas Lajeunesse’s evocative artwork combine to create a poignant story in which a child discovers comfort in the power of words.

The hardcover (case laminate) version of this book has been produced in high-end premium color & finish, giving it a distinctive quality.

Congratulations to the entire project team for Silent Words:
Chantal Fournier (Author) and Nicolas Lajeunesse (Illustrator)
Eric Pinder (Editor)
John Cardinal (Artistic Coordinator)

Evolved Publishing Needs Qualified Editors

We need at least one, and probably two, new editors.

If you’re a freelance editor who’s looking to add to your portfolio, we may have a great opportunity for you. This is not a full-time salaried position, but an opportunity to supplement your freelance work. As we look to bring on new authors and projects, given that our current editorial team is pretty well booked, we’ll need new editors to help bring those projects to publication.

If you think we might be a good fit, you should peruse a few pages here at our website, and then submit your application per our guidelines (the last link below). Take them in this order:
1) About Evolved Publishing – Part 1
2) About Evolved Publishing – Part 2
3) Submissions (the “Introduction” tab)
4) Submissions (the “Editors” tab)

Of course, feel free to look over the entire site, and get a good feel for us before submitting.

If you submit, we’ll ask you to take a little editing test that we provide, so we can get a sense of your approach to the craft. However, feel free to provide references, and links to published books that you edited. And, as is the case with all of our team members, we’d be interested in knowing all the places you’re engaged online: website, blog, social media, etc.

We look forward to hearing from you, and good luck!