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Jo Sisk-Purvis

August 2, 2022: Jo Sisk-Purvis is the newest author to join the Evolved Publishing team.

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Jo Sisk-Purvis is an eclectic, enthusiastic, jump-in-feet-first creator, which means “scattered,” but sounds more impressive. Her STEM-rich childhood led to a sensible three degrees in flute performance, with sides of composition, piano, and conducting. Jo has been a storyteller since she first learned that “Quack Quack knows that he’s in luck, for he’s a very special duck.” For many years, she told her stories through music, but in 2010 decided that maternity leave was the perfect time to start writing novels (and adopt a puppy), and has been hooked ever since (on writing. Also puppies).

Jo’s short stories have been published in Cricket Magazine, and she is excited to share her “The Trekana” series through Evolved Publishing. She teaches music at a wonderful Friends school that not only allows, but encourages, her quirky detours (they call them “diverse talents”). She music-directs for several theatre companies in central North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of pets from Captain the Cockatiel to her two sheep, Phineas and Ferb.





Watch for the next installments in “The Trekana” series of other-world, young adult, sci-fi/fantasy adventures to release as follows:

  • The Knowers [Dec 2023]
  • The Trekana [Dec 2024]


Teenage musician Alesea has become the reluctant leader of the Matan People’s Revolution, as thousands find refuge in the tunnels under Mata City.

Alesea has found her surviving family, but it’s a hollow victory, as the Paav still control Mata, the Islanders are homeless and grieving, and everyone is looking to Alesea as a miracle worker. Everyone, that is, except for Matan-born Yalene, whose mother died to save Alesea.

Yalene knows the Paav won’t be overcome without violence, not after all they’ve done. She throws herself into teaching the refugees the ancient martial art of I’kaan, hoping they’ll be able to defend themselves when Alesea’s nonviolent movement fails.

When the tunnels are breeched, Alesea has to launch her plan before it’s ready, and dozens of refugees are slaughtered. Torn by grief and indecision, she flees the city to find her Knower father, and Yalene leads the evacuation of the tunnels to find a new home—with the Paav hot on their trail.


C.J. Ballintyne

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C.J. Ballintyne grew up on a steady diet of adult epic fantasy from the age of nine, resulting in a rather confused outlook on life – believing the good guys should always win, but knowing they often don’t. C.J. is an oxymoron; an idealistic cynic.

C.J.’s attempts at the craft of writing began in 1992, culminating in the publication of Confronting the Demon, the first book in “The Seven Circles of Hell” series, in 2013. In the Company of the Dead is C.J’s first book published by Evolved Publishing, and the first book in “The Sundered Oath” series.

For fun, C.J. speculates about taking over the world – how hard can it really be? If C.J. could be anything, it would be a dragon, but to be honest, C.J. shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House M.D. – both the good and the bad. C.J. is a browncoat, a saltgunner, a Whedonite, a Sherlockian, a Ringer and a Whovian… OK, most major geek fandoms. C.J. holds degrees in law and accounting and is a practising financial services lawyer.

C.J. lives in Sydney, Australia, with two daughters and a growing menagerie of animals that includes two horses but unfortunately no dragons.



Watch for TO PLAY DEATH’S HAND, the fourth book in C.J. Ballintynes’s dark epic fantasy series, “The Sundered Oath,” to come in 2023.

Details coming soon….