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The Children of Darkness by David Litwack Wins Feathered Quill Book Award


Multiple Award-Winner The Children of Darkness
(The Seekers – Book 1)
— by David Litwack
Adds to Its Impressive List of Achievements

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We are so pleased to announce that author David Litwack has added to his growing list of literary awards. His latest achievement is receiving the Feathered Quill Book Award – Gold Medal: Science Fiction/Fantasy for the first book in his dystopian sci-fi series, The Seekers.
The Children of Darkness has previously won such prestigious awards as the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, and has been recognized by Awesome Indies with their Seal of Excellence. Additionally, it’s a 5-Star gem at Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews. Indeed, we wouldn’t be surprised if there were more such awards in this fantastic book’s future.

The second book in The Seekers series is also available: The Stuff of Stars. And watch for The Light of Reason, the third and final book in the series, to launch in late November of 2016.


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The Children of Darkness
The Stuff of Stars

In closing, we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize the full team that helped make this great book what it ultimately became. While David Litwack obviously did the heaviest lifting, here are the other talented folks who lent their skills to this project:
John Anthony Allen – Editor
Lane Diamond – Senior Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist & Interior Designer

Congratulations, team, and good work!

Al Galasso, Executive Director of NABE, Endorses Evolved Publishing

AlPortrait“Publishing your book is a very important time for authors. Choosing from the many options available today can be quite a difficult chore. There is a new firm out now that has the author’s best interests in mind. They produce quality books, well edited, with eye-catching covers. It is called Evolved Publishing. They offer a variety of services that authors can use and provide some of the largest royalties in the business. Before you decide on a publishing house to work with you on your new book, give Evolved Publishing a call and get some valuable information from their website at http://www.evolvedpub.com. You will be glad you did.” ~ Al Galasso, September 19, 2015

Al Galasso Endorses Evolved Publishing

It’s always pleasing for us when someone outside our organization recognizes the quality of our work, and even more so when they are willing to tell the world about it. Such is the case for Al Galasso, Executive Director of NABE (National Association of Book Entrepreneurs), www.BookMarketingProfits.com. As Director at NABE for over 33 years, Al is a respected industry pro. That makes his words above all the more pleasing to us.

Al’s organization contributes to the industry in a number of ways, including through the highly regarded Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. We’ve been blessed to win the PBAA on 34 occasions to date (updated 11 September 2018):
1) Fall 2013: Fantasy — The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich
2) Summer 2014: Fiction — Hannah’s Voice by Robb Grindstaff
3) Summer 2014: Thriller — Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond
4) Fall 2014: Fantasy — The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack
5) Fall 2014: Thriller — Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef
6) Summer 2015: Science Fiction — The Children of Darkness by David Litwack
7) Fall 2015: Children’s Picture Books — Larry the Lonely by Emlyn Chand (Rights Returned to Author)
8) Fall 2015: Historical Fiction — Circles by Ruby Standing Deer
9) Fall 2015: Fiction — Carry Me Away by Robb Grindstaff
10) Fall 2015: Fiction — Galerie by Steven Greenberg
11) Fall 2015: New Age Fiction — Weight of Earth by Stevie Mikayne (Rights Returned to Author)
12) Fall 2015: Paranormal Suspense — Whispers of the Dead by C.L. Roberts-Huth
13) Fall 2015: Thriller — Broometime Serenade by Barry Metcalf
14) Fall 2015: Young Adult — Dream Warriors by D. Robert Pease
15) Winter 2016: Juvenile Fiction — Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle by Emlyn Chand (Rights Returned to Author)
16) Summer 2016: Science Fiction — The Stuff of Stars by David Litwack
17) Fall 2016: Fantasy — In the Company of the Dead by Ciara Ballintyne
18) Fall 2016: Juvenile Fiction — Frendyl Krune and The Blood of the Sun by Kira A. McFadden
19) Fall 2016: Paranormal Suspense — Whispers of the Serpent by C.L. Roberts-Huth
20) Fall 2016: Science Fiction — Red Death by Jeff Altabef
21) Fall 2016: Thriller — Red on the Run by K.M. Hodge
22) Winter 2017: Science Fiction — The Light of Reason by David Litwack
23) Summer 2017: Crime Fiction — The Last Meridian by Joe Hefferon (Rights Returned to Author)
24) Summer 2017: Fantasy — The Soulbound Curse by Kira A. McFadden
25) Summer 2017: Literary Fiction — The Atheist and the Parrotfish by Richard Barager
26) Summer 2017: Memoir — Girl Enlightened by Megan Morrison
27) Summer 2018: Adventure — The Colonel and the Bee by Patrick Canning
29, 30, 31) Summer 2018: Fantasy — Grims’s Truth — Books 1-3 of Series by Isu Yin & Fae Yang
32) Summer 2018: Thriller — Devil’s Den by Jeff Altabef
33) Summer 2018: Women’s Fiction — All the Tomorrows by Nillu Nasser
34) Summer 2018: Young Adult — Star City by Edwin Peng

Those multiple awards are, frankly, the reason Al has been kind enough to endorse Evolved Publishing. The Pinnacle Book Achievement Award is offered seasonally, and each category typically carries only one or two winners — they’re not so easy to win. Thus, we are quite proud of the project teams who helped bring the above books to market.

We hope those won’t be the last Evolved Publishing books to be called Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winners, but whatever happens in the future, we will be forever grateful to Al Galasso for taking a few moments to offer his endorsement of our efforts.

Evolved Publishing Storms into 2015

LaneDiamond102_760xManaging publisher/editor and author Lane Diamond discusses the past, present, and future of Evolved Publishing.

Growth breeds success; success breeds growth–2015 will be a good year.

Thank you!

We thought it was important to start with that, because were it not for you, our loyal fans and readers, we would not be where we are today. It all happens because you buy and read our books, and post reviews, and tell friends about us, and spread the good word about Evolved Publishing. We appreciate you more than we can say, so we’ll keep it simple: thank you.

We wanted to share with you some of our good news to date, as well as some of our plans for the future. Why? Because we want you to trust Evolved Publishing to be your consistent source for great books, a place you can come back to time and time again to pick up that next great escape from your daily grind. Whatever your genre preferences, there’s a good chance we have multiple selections that are right up your alley. So without further ado, let us tell you a little about our business, and about why we should be your preferred publisher of fine books.

With recent additions, here’s how our current/active team now looks:
Authors: 32
Editors: 12
Artists: 9
Translators: 7
Those numbers will continue to grow, of course, as talented people continue to express an interest in EP.

With our upcoming releases on March 23rd, here’s how our current/active catalog now looks:
Awards Won: Over 70
Novels: 43
Novellas: 3
Chapter Books: 9
Children’s Picture Books: 20
Anthologies: 4
Box Sets & Omnibus Editions: 5
Memoirs: 1
Short Stories: 11
Foreign Language Translations: 13
Audiobooks: 26
These numbers grow with each month’s new releases. Additionally, we published 15 titles for which we have now returned the rights to the authors.

When we started a little over 3 years ago, we never expected to grow so quickly. Our first major book launch was actually in March of 2012, and we’ve come a long way since then. As a new small press, we began with authors who, like us, were just getting started. That continues to be the case for the vast majority of our new authors now. However, we now have some established authors who are really hitting their stride, and who are either enjoying real success now, or will be soon.

Let us spotlight 3 of those authors for you here:

Bio_Pic-Amelia_James_300dpi_760x790Amelia James: Later in 2015, she’ll be releasing Destined for Genius, a contemporary romance. At that point, Amelia will have 5 books in the romance genre, 5 books in the erotica genre, and one paranormal romance short story. She has enjoyed intermittent success with her first romance, Tell Me You Want Me, which has been on the bestseller list a couple times, and with her books that have been translated into French, which spent several weeks atop the charts at Amazon.FR.

Amelia’s romances offer what far too many (in our humble opinion) romances don’t: strong plots, memorable characters, and solid, well-crafted prose. Oh yeah… and the sex is pretty darned steamy too! Although Amelia has enjoyed some remarkable spurts of success, we think 2015 might be the year the world truly discovers her and launches her career. She has already sold over 30,000 copies of her books, and had over 70,000 free downloads, but that is only the beginning.

Bio_Pic-Ruby_Standing_Deer_300dpi_760x790Ruby Standing Deer: None of our authors has been a greater example of the power of word-of-mouth than Ruby. Her books have captured the imagination of readers who have been happy to spread the word of their experience. Her characters and the culture of which she writes have touched the hearts of almost 17,000 readers, and they’ve wanted to share that joy.

Her readers have also been remarkably loyal. Now that her 3rd book is out, readers who’ve read her 1st book are returning to read her 2nd and 3rd books, keeping them rock steady. I fell in love with these characters early on, and I’m so pleased that readers have reacted in the same way. To date, Ruby’s 3 books have sold over 12,000 copies, and another 8,000 copies were downloaded during a free promotion.

Bio_Pic-Angela_Scott_v2_300dpi_760x790Angela Scott: With the release of her 7th book, Anyone?, in December, Angela has shot up the charts at Amazon. She’s won multiple awards for different books, and to date has sold over 9,000 books, and had another 60,000 downloads of her books while on free promotion. Her The Zombie West series is beloved of readers, and her The Desert series is an emotional powerhouse that leaves readers thinking about them long after they’ve finished reading. We think Angela sits on the cusp of stardom. Watch for Zia the Teenage Zombie and the Undead Diaries, coming in September 2015.

Although Anyone? has been the big star as of late, I must say that Desert Rice and Desert Flower, long among my personal favorites, are finally being discovered by readers. It’s long overdue, but we’re pleased to see folks discovering these wonderful books.

The Long Slow Grind

As everyone trying their hand at this business knows, this is a difficult business in which to achieve success. Actually, everyone defines success a little differently, but if we narrow it to the number of books sold to readers, it’s a long road indeed. It’s not uncommon for authors to have to publish 3, 4, 5 or more books, before the sales numbers start to really move. This isn’t anything new in the business, as authors have long joked about their “overnight success” after publishing their 4th or 5th book. However, it might be more difficult today than ever before, simply because of the sheer volume of new authors entering the field and competing for those readers. Most authors sell less than 1,000 copies of their first book (at regular price), a significant percentage sell less than 500, and an alarming number sell less than 200.

So how do authors like Amelia James, Ruby Standing Deer, and Angela Scott do it? Simple: they stick to it. They keep the quality books coming, continuing to build their catalogs even in the face of the inevitable frustration spawned by this industry. It ain’t easy! Yet all things are possible when one is determined to produce quality work.

Ah yes, quality–we talk about that a lot here at Evolved Publishing. We think the three authors we’ve highlighted have gotten to this point by producing one quality work after another–written well, professionally edited, great covers, professional formatting and presentation.

And we think that’s why several more of our authors, each of whom are in earlier stages of their career, will achieve that success over the next year or two. We have three authors who’ve sold over 2,000 copies of their 1st book, as an example, which is pretty good for having only one book out. The sooner they get their 2nd book out, and then their 3rd, the sooner they will reach their professional goals as an author.

This brings us full circle to you. Thank you! You are the reason our authors are gradually making their dreams come true. We hope you will continue to find the books you love here at Evolved Publishing, and that you’ll tell your friends about us. Those of us in this business do what we do for any number of reasons, but reason number one remains simple: we love reading good books. Now, we love bringing you those good books.

We think 2015 will mark another step forward for our team of dedicated professionals–not just our authors, but the committed editors, artists, and translators who support their efforts. We have some exciting books coming in 2015 and 2016, and we’re thrilled about the new authors who’ve joined our team in recent months. The future looks bright, promising some truly entertaining and fun books, some provocative reading, some stories that will stretch the mind, tug at the heart, or just make you laugh or cry or yearn or experience a full range of emotions. We love reading! And we love you for your support.

And speaking of great books coming, these new offerings are now available for pre-order, and will officially launch on March 23rd. Just click on the covers for more info at Amazon.

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Two of Evolved Publishing’s Titles Win the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Fall 2014

Two Big Winners: The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky and Shatter Point.


We’re always thrilled when one of our books receives special recognition, but even more thrilled when it’s two books! And from a prestigious group like Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards!

Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards – Fall 2014

We believed from the beginning that these two books deserved to be discovered by readers, and now that they’re racking up the individual awards, including this latest one, we hope more readers will discover these wonderful works. They’re very different works, one a literary saga (and light fantasy) and one a suspense thriller, but both are spectacular stories by talented authors.


The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack

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After 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.

David Litwack – Author
Lane Diamond – Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist & Interior Designer


Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef

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Maggie met Cooper at a young age, but even then she sensed something was wrong with him. His charm, good looks, and wealth could not hide the danger that burned in his sapphire eyes.

Some nightmares don’t go away. He’d been haunting her from a distance for as long as she could remember.

Now things have changed.

When her sons Jack and Tom discover she’s been taken, they set out to rescue her and uncover nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders along the way. Only their colorful great aunt and a covert resistance group can help them navigate the dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare.

All the while, Maggie struggles to outwit her tormentor in a life and death psychological battle of tense desperation. Will Jack and Tom arrive before Cooper reaches his shatter point?

Jeff Altabef – Author
Megan Harris – Editor
Lane Diamond – Senior Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist & Interior Design

“Desert Rice” Audiobook Narrator, Hillary Hawkins, Nominated for Voice Arts Award

Hillary Hawkins has been nominated for her work on Desert Rice by Angela Scott.

We’re excited to be a part of an award nomination in the audiobook category for the first time here at Evolved Publishing. The multi-talented actor and voice artist Hillary Hawkins did the heaviest lifting on this particular audiobook project, of course, but as with every project at EP, it was a team effort.

Outstanding Audio Book Narration – Teens (1 of 3 Nominees – Winner Pending)

Angela Scott – Author
Megan Harris – Editor
Lane Diamond – Senior Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist
Hillary Hawkins – Audio Book Producer/Narrator

Congratulations, Hillary, and good luck on the final vote!


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Desert Rice by Angela Scott

Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place—their mother.

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”—who smells an awful lot like a horse—in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.

Hillary Hawkins also narrated the sequel, Desert Flower by Angela Scott.


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Desert Flower by Angela Scott

Bodies have a canny way of finding Samantha Jean Haggert—the first, the dead body of her mama; the second, a naked man in the middle of the Arizona desert. For Sam, dealing with one dead body in her lifetime was more than unfair. Two is downright cruel.

Seven years after running from West Virginia, Sam’s now a young woman of nineteen, trying to put the pieces of her life together with the help of her family—Jacob, Boone, and Laura. But the naked man in the desert spirals her world out of control, resurrecting past hurts and revealing old secrets. It also pits against one another the two men who vie for her heart: Carson, her friend, her first kiss, and the one man who knows everything about her past and loves her despite it; and Turner, the stranger who knows nothing, but who excites and frustrates her all at once.

When bad choices made as a child lead to more bad choices as a young adult, Sam finds herself at a crossroads, forced to face her demons head-on if she plans to have any future at all—with Carson, with Turner, or with anyone. But fixing the wrongs of the past takes time, and learning to forgive one’s self is damn near impossible.