Stephen Patrick

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APRIL 30, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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As a child of Kentucky and Texas, bluegrass and bluebonnets share equal time in my blood, fueling a need for adventure and exploration, and a keen desire to see what is out there.

This is my third evolution as a writer, starting as a young boy inventing adventures for my toys and friends. In school, I wrote to fulfill assignments and map out the world. Now, I write for the same reason I read: I want to know what happens next.

Stories can make us laugh or smile, scream or cry, sometimes at the same time. In the best stories, we let the pages tell us what we need to see inside ourselves.

My fiction ranges from horror to historical, and I placed in a short story contest when one of my first stories found a home in Evolution: Vol 1, published by Evolved Publishing. Outside of the Lone Star state, I won the Arkansas Writer’s Conference Special Award (2009) and the Creme De La Creme Award (2014) from the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. for best overall story.

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Stephen Patrick

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Watch for The Holocaust Engine, a horror/dystopian/post-apocalyptic adventure co-authored with David Rike, to release on 7 October 2019.

The armies of hell are loosed upon paradise, and nothing can stand in their path.

It begins with disease.

A brain-rotting virus, which leaves its victims disoriented and hyperviolent, rages out of Cuba into the Florida Keys. The bewildered government destroys the mainland bridge in response, and places the islands under quarantine. Inside this cordon, the population descends into chaos as rival factions battle over dwindling resources. Buildings become fortresses, boats lash together as defensible islands, and whole neighborhoods wall off into armed camps. As order slips beyond any chance of recovery, hopelessness reigns.

But not everyone accepts this fate.

Extreme prepper Reagan Castaneda emerges into this world of cruelty and paranoia feeling destined to conquer; a group of high schoolers known as the Wharf Rats roam the island under the leadership of the charismatic Hunter Grant; and Police Captain Perry Nelson struggles to keep the formal government functioning, until he is ordered to rescue a Navy SEAL that is trapped on the island, but who is not what he seems.

Isolated and locked away behind a military cordon, Key West has become the beachhead for an invasion. These monsters have have not come to kill, though; they have come to build an army of the doomed, and unless the survivors can destroy them and close the breach into our world, they will dominate all of creation.

David Rike

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APRIL 30, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I didn’t grow up wanting to write. In fact, when I finished college I’d all but stopped reading. Then I took a job at a local police department as a whistle-stop on the way to some great destiny, got hurt early on and, faced with long days of much-needed bed rest, limped into a local book store, and left with an armful of novels.

Two decades later and I’ve served that police department as an officer, supervisor and, now, investigative lieutenant, all the while bleeding the book stores dry. As for the great destiny, I simply offer this: we are never fully human until we find some outlet for our innate creative impulses. My outlet is the novel, particularly the dystopian science fiction and horror stories that resonated with me those years ago. Perhaps, one day, I’ll find that something I’ve written has influenced another, the same as that armful of books once did for me.

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Watch for The Holocaust Engine, a horror/dystopian/post-apocalyptic adventure co-authored with Stephen Patrick, to release on 7 October 2019.

The armies of hell are loosed upon paradise, and nothing can stand in their path.

It begins with disease.

A brain-rotting virus, which leaves its victims disoriented and hyperviolent, rages out of Cuba into the Florida Keys. The bewildered government destroys the mainland bridge in response, and places the islands under quarantine. Inside this cordon, the population descends into chaos as rival factions battle over dwindling resources. Buildings become fortresses, boats lash together as defensible islands, and whole neighborhoods wall off into armed camps. As order slips beyond any chance of recovery, hopelessness reigns.

But not everyone accepts this fate.

Extreme prepper Reagan Castaneda emerges into this world of cruelty and paranoia feeling destined to conquer; a group of high schoolers known as the Wharf Rats roam the island under the leadership of the charismatic Hunter Grant; and Police Captain Perry Nelson struggles to keep the formal government functioning, until he is ordered to rescue a Navy SEAL that is trapped on the island, but who is not what he seems.

Isolated and locked away behind a military cordon, Key West has become the beachhead for an invasion. These monsters have have not come to kill, though; they have come to build an army of the doomed, and unless the survivors can destroy them and close the breach into our world, they will dominate all of creation.

J.F. Collen

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FEBRUARY 21, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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Jane Frances Collen has spent the last umpteen years practicing as a lawyer – but don’t hold that against her! She has made a career of protecting Intellectual Property, but at heart always wanted to be writing novels instead of legal briefs. She has written award-winning children’s books, “The Enjella® Adventure Series,” using fantasy as a vehicle for discussing the real world problems of children. She has tried to use her talent for storytelling for good instead of evil.

But her real love is history. One of her many hobbies is traveling to historical sites around the world and reading the biographies of the people who affected these places. Her books depict modern dilemmas in historical settings, with a touch of humor. Since only one of her parents had a sense of humor, however, Jane feels she is only half as funny as she should be.

Much to her husband’s dismay, they still live in New York.

Her historical fiction trilogy, “The Journey of Cornelia Rose” will be published in late 2019.

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COMING FALL 2019: All 3 books in the “Journey of Cornelia Rose” series of historical/women’s fiction novels: Flirtation on the Hudson (September); Pioneer Passage (October); The Path of Saints and Sinners (December).

 
Shivers of delight raced through Cornelia Rose’s entire body as she thought, Stroll Flirtation Walk with my escort, unchaperoned? How could this be permitted, much less condoned?

Cornelia Rose decides early in life, almost instinctively, not to allow anyone to limit her to the few choices available to women in New York in the 1850s. Marry well and become a proper lady—is that all I can do? She surreptitiously pursues learning ‘not meant for young ladies,’ and begins the journey to become a midwife.

Flirtatious and sexy, Cornelia attracts suitors everywhere she goes. Flooded with invitations after her ‘unofficial’ debut, her courtships take a dramatic turn when invited to the West Point Military Academy as the guest of a cadet. Will her romantic escapades compromise her choices? Who will decide her future?
 
 
 
 
Pack up and leave her home? Never see the broad Hudson River, which flows both ways past her sitting room window, again? Eschew the glories of New York City and the wonders of the 1850s modern technology, and head out to unknown territory in the Wild West?

Heeding the call to “Go West Young Man,” Cornelia Rose’s husband accepts a position as Circuit Judge in the new Utah Territory, and persuades her that it’s an exciting opportunity for them all. She thinks leaving the modern comforts of their home in Sing-Sing, New York, and saying goodbye to her family, will be the hardest challenge she’ll ever have to face.

Life on the Oregon Trail is full of more deprivations than Cornelia ever imagined, in spite of her research, and preparation of their Conestoga wagon, for the rough road ahead. She summons all her resourcefulness to combat the hardships leading them to the greatest unknown: what would be waiting for them in the Great Salt Lake City?
 
 
THE PATH OF SAINTS AND SINNERS
When silent Mister Clayton resurfaces, he opens Cornelia’s eyes to the passion she unknowingly craves. Despite keeping her expectations realistic, she finds the challenges of living outside the civilization of the United States onerous in ways she never anticipated.

In the Wild West, the conventions of civilization seem twisted for an intelligent pioneer woman, as Cornelia braves farther westward in Utah Territory. Her efforts to create a home are derailed in the greater struggle of maintaining her beliefs and her family amid the conflicting mores of several cultures. Living in the Mormon community under the thumb of Brigham Young, she’s constantly challenged to use her wits, midwife skills, and heart to keep her family together, while at the same time finding her independence.

More complicated than a mere love triangle, Cornelia becomes embroiled in conflicting passions as she searches for her identity and discovers her true love.

Mary Rowen

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DECEMBER 9, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I’m drawn to stories about women facing and overcoming challenges at various stages of life, so I love reading and writing women’s fiction. Music, musicians, and music fans tend to find their way into my work too.

Other interests include feminism, body image issues, parenting, and current events. I blog about that stuff and more whenever I can. My essays have been featured on numerous sites and blogs, including Mutha Magazine, Feminine Collective, and Huffington Post.

A graduate of Providence College, I was raised in the Massachusetts Merrimack Valley, and live in the Boston area with my family and pets.

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COMING 3 JUNE 2019: Leaving the Beach:
 
 
Erin Reardon gets her first kiss from Jim Morrison, and loses her virginity to David Bowie. When she flunks out of college, Bruce Springsteen comforts her, and Elvis Costello breaks her heart in Europe. So what happens when she finally meets a rock star in the flesh?

Erin’s a lonely misfit with an eating disorder and a wild imagination. She believes she was born to save—and love—at least one tortured musician, and is willing to risk almost everything to fulfill that destiny.
 
 
 
 
COMING 9 SEPTEMBER 2019: Living by Ear:

Singer-songwriter Christine Daley hit the streets of Boston and became a minor celebrity—with a local radio hit—in the 90s, but a “brief” career break to marry and start a family changed all that. Now, sixteen years later, she’s a frustrated suburban housewife, struggling to reestablish her sense of identity.

After filing for divorce, forty-six-year-old Chris quickly learns that the challenges she faces are even greater than anticipated. Her two teenage children suddenly seem to need their mom more than ever, and neither of them is thrilled about her getting back on the music scene. Meanwhile, her soon-to-be-ex-husband is throwing every possible obstacle in her way.

Adding to the stress is technological progress, which has radically changed both the music industry and the dating world. Is there room in this new mix for Chris?

COMING 2 DECEMBER 2019: It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way:

Molly Dolan, an insecure twenty-something woman, spends most days ricocheting between hope and despair.

Molly keeps rushing into relationships with the wrong men, brought about by a violent incident during her teen years, which skewed her judgment. Now she’s drinking too much, taking foolish risks, and allowing a predatory male to sexually harass her at work.

A chance encounter with Fred Flaherty, her 72-year-old divorced neighbor, leads to a tentative friendship. Fred, a Cold War veteran and ham radio operator, has suffered considerably over the decades, but also dreams of a better future. As summer becomes autumn, the two neighbors share stories of personal loss, bond over their passion for Jim Croce’s music, and develop trust and mutual respect.

This is fortunate, because winter is about to bring on challenges neither could have predicted.

Adam Miller

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NOVEMBER 16, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I was born in quite possibly the greatest sports city in the country: Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks to my uncle, I became fascinated with superheroes and villains at a young age. I spent the majority of my youth reading comic books and watching superhero cartoons like “Batman: The Animated Series.”

As I grew up, I never lost my love for superheroes, but did lose my love for snow. After graduating from college, I decided to leave the cold weather and move down to southwest Florida. Now I spend most of my free time traveling with my fiancé and complaining about the Florida heat.

I never gave to much thought about writing, as I was not an avid book reader – more of a “wait until the movie comes out” type. However, I got the idea to create my own superhero universe, sat down, and started writing. After about a year, I’d been able to blend biblical, ancient, and modern history into a captivating superhero universe. Now I’m ready to share it with the rest of world.

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COMING JUNE 2019: Blood or Loyalty (The Wayward Sons of
the Empyrean – Book 1):

Details of this religious fantasy/mythology novel are coming soon, but in the meantime….