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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 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.

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)