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Great Literary Fiction from Evolved Publishing

Strong writing is one of our greatest assets.

We at EP believe in the power of words, and that great writing, whatever the genre, is always a good thing. Indeed, we often lean toward the “literary,” as a matter of style, and many of our books can be classified as literary fiction, even if they cross over into other genres.

The following are just such books. Whatever other genres they occupy, we often think of them simply as literary fiction. You’ll find here great writing, exquisitely-drawn characters, deep inter-personal relationships – all the things great books have long offered to avid readers. We think you deserve the best, and while we think each and every one of our books stand up to any others within their genre, with quality always our first priority, the following books tend to fall more into a classical style of writing. We hope you enjoy them.

Just click on the cover or the title to go to the book’s main page, where you’ll find full descriptions, book details, retail links, and more.

Hannahs_Voice_300dpi_200x300Hannah’s Voice by Robb Grindstaff
Average Rating at Amazon = 4.7 Stars

When six-year-old Hannah’s brutal honesty is mistaken for lying, she stops speaking. Her family, her community, and eventually, the entire nation struggle to find meaning in her silence. Hannah stands at the intersection of anarchists and fundamentalists, between power politics and an FBI investigation. All she wants is to find her momma, a little peace and quiet, and maybe some pancakes.

Carry_Me_Away_300dpi_200x300Carry Me Away by Robb Grindstaff
Average Rating at Amazon = 4.7 Stars

Carrie Destin, a biracial military brat, learns the injuries she sustained in a car accident will prove fatal before she reaches adulthood. Facing an abbreviated life with a brash attitude and a biting, sometimes morbid sense of humor, Carrie races to experience life before it ends, but spirals out of control, leading to a physical and emotional collapse.

Desert_Rice_300dpi_200x300Desert Rice by Angela Scott
Average Rating at Amazon = 4.7 Stars

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. But Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.
 
Desert_Flower_300dpi_200x300Desert Flower by Angela Scott
Average Rating at Amazon = 4.8 Stars

Sam’s now a young woman of nineteen, trying to put the pieces of her life together, but the naked man in the desert spirals her world out of control, resurrecting past hurts and revealing old secrets. [Sequel to Desert Rice]
 
 
FMA_v3_300_DPI_200x300Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond
Average Rating at Amazon = 4.6 Stars

…Now mortality, as it did seventeen years ago, lingers above me like the hangman’s noose. Yet it looms more ominous than ever, as if it will drop down around my neck at any moment. After all, I know the true Mitchell Norton. And whom shall I fear if not the devil, the grim torturer who conquered my aspirations and left me without a recognizable world of my own?….

Jellicle_Girl_300dpi_200x300Jellicle Girl by Stevie Mikayne
Average Rating at Amazon = 4.5 Stars

A young foster child with a wicked sense of humour and a devastating past reminds Beth that secrets seem powerful, but can destroy the person who holds them too close. Jellicle Girl is a powerful coming-of-age story about redemption, identity, and learning to let go of secrets that scar.
 
 
Weight_of_Earth_300dpi_200x300Weight of Earth by Stevie Mikayne
Average Rating at Amazon = 4.7 Stars

Ella’s mother refuses to talk about what happened—a secret Lydia also keeps tightly guarded, for reasons Ella doesn’t understand. A compelling story of how family loyalty entwines with personal secrecy, and what it means to be exceptional.
 
 
Torn_Together_v2_300dpi_200x300Torn Together by Emlyn Chand
Average Rating at Amazon = 4.3 Stars

Emlyn Chand’s first sojourn into Literary/New Adult fiction weaves a tale of friendship, dreams, and a lingering loss, while illustrating how our similarities often drive us apart.
 
 
 
White_Chalk_300dpi_200x300White Chalk by Pavarti K. Tyler
Average Rating at Amazon = 4.7 Stars

When Troy Christiansen walks into Chelle’s life, she’s desperate to believe his arrival will be her salvation. So much so, she forgets to save herself. Follow Chelle’s twisted tale of modern adolescence, as she travels down the rabbit hole into a reality none of us wants to admit actually exists.

The_Lone_Wolf_300dpi_200x298The Lone Wolf by E.D. Martin
Average Rating at Amazon = 4.6 Stars

After her husband’s infidelities are revealed, Kasey Sanford just wants to rediscover who she is. After an abusive childhood and years as a career soldier, Andrew Adams just wants someone to tell him that he’s doing the right thing with his life. When their paths cross, Kasey and Andrew embark on a tumultuous journey that demonstrates just what they’re willing to do to save the ones they love.

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Each of these books is bound to leave you with lasting images, and with characters you may not soon forget.

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Evolved Publishing Named “Publisher of the Year 2013” by Library at the End of the Universe

We had 3 of 4 authors in the Junior category (young adults, teens, and children), and 4 of 22 authors in the Adult and New Adult category.

Publisher of the YearIn the Junior category (click HERE), our winners were Michael Dadich, Emlyn Chand, and Majanka Verstraete. As each of these authors’ books includes illustrations, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention our talented artists: Mallory Rock, Sarah Shaw, and Noelle Giffin.

In the Adult and New Adult category (click HERE), our winners were Angela Scott, Robb Grindstaff, Stevie Mikayne, and Pavarti K. Tyler.

(To find all these talented individuals, please search the “Our Team” tab at the top of the page.)

And of course, we’re so pleased to have been named their Publisher of the Year for 2013. Thank you, Library at the End of the Universe!

7 New Books from Evolved Publishing on December 2, 2013

2 books for the adults, and 5 books for the young at heart.

As is our custom, we’re offering here great entertainment for readers of all ages. Just click on the covers below, or the corresponding titles, to navigate to the product page, where you’ll find a tab with all the retail links.

Sugar_And_Salt_300dpi_200x300Sugar & Salt by Pavarti K. Tyler
[Erotica / Erotic Romance]

This is the first of the erotic romance series of Sugar House Novellas.

After over a decade working in the sex industry, Janice Cane retains no illusions about the nature of relationships. Everyone lies and everyone wants something. Still, a part of her longs for a connection.

Speed-dating becomes her addiction, a place to find a man for the night when she needs a quick fix, and her last hope that true love may still be waiting around the next corner. When a mysterious man entices both her intellect and her lust, she becomes entangled in an affair more complicated than she’d expected.

Enter the world of The Sugar House. Here you’ll meet the illustrious Madam Janice Cane and her brood of men and women who will fulfill your every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own?

The_Lone_Wolf_300dpi_200x298The Lone Wolf by E.D. Martin
[Literary / Women’s Fiction]

When her husband David’s infidelities are revealed, shattering the perfect life Kasey Sanford thought they’d created together, it’s a wake-up call that she’s lost herself along the way. She demands that David move with her to a new town, to a fresh start for their life together.

Kasey loves the freedom of reinventing herself, including her new friendship with police officer and soldier Andrew Adams. Andrew is handsome and charming, and his interest in Kasey awakens feelings she’d rather have for her husband, who pushes her further away with each of his alcohol-fueled outbursts. Intent on preserving her marriage for the sake of her young daughter, and with no one else to confide in, Kasey turns to Andrew for support.

But Andrew’s own life is falling apart as he’s put on standby for another deployment, triggering painful memories he’d rather ignore. He’ll do anything to forget the soldiers who didn’t return home with him, his stillborn son, and all those he’s disappointed, including God.

As their relationship grows, Kasey must decide if she will repair her marriage and remain with the man she’s always loved, or if she will give up everything she holds dear to save the soul of a man she barely knows, a man who fights her at every step, a man desperate to regain his faith in God, in humanity, and in himself.

The_Cistern_Mission_300dpi_200x300The Cistern Mission by Michael Dadich
[Young Adult / Sci-Fi & Fantasy]

Short Story: Available as an eBook Only (AND IT’S **FREE** AT MOST RETAILERS).

Captain Rostand knows the importance of his undercover mission. The families of Azimuth’s proud officers have just been slaughtered as a statement by the evil dictator Hideux. But how did Hideux know where Azimuth’s forces were hidden? How could his Nightlander army be one step ahead of the powerful Azimuth Alliance at every turn?

The hard truths he discovers on his quest for justice may mark the incendiary beginning of the war of all wars. Will Azimuth survive the great onslaught?

This short story is a prequel to the multiple award-winning novel The Silver Sphere. See what all the buzz is about.

NZ_Declaration_300dpi_200x300Noah Zarc: Declaration by D. Robert Pease
[Middle Grade / Sci-Fi]

This third book in the Noah Zarc science fiction series is ideal for kids as young as 9 and as old as 14, depending on reading level and parental involvement.

As battles rage across the solar system, Noah must work to join together a rag-tag bunch of miners, farmers, and scientists who would rather just live in peace. With only a time-traveling ship full of animals and a general from the history books, the Zarc family has to stand against the full might of the Poligarchy. Will the truth about what really happened a thousand years in the past be enough to stop total war, or will Noah and his friends need to find another way to bring down a dictator?

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 the Noah Zarc series needs to be your next thrill ride.

NZ_Omnibus_300dpi_200x288Noah Zarc: Omnibus by D. Robert Pease
[Middle Grade / Sci-Fi]

This Special Omnibus Edition of the Noah Zarc science fiction series features not only all 3 books of the series, but also includes 22 black & white illustrations by the author. It’s ideal for kids as young as 9 and as old as 14, depending on reading level and parental involvement.

In a future where Earth has been wiped clean of all life, and humanity has moved on to other worlds, twelve-year-old Noah Zarc and his family have embarked on a quest, in a time-traveling spaceship called the ARC, to retrieve two of every animal and repopulate a dead world.

The 3 Individual Books:
Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble
Noah Zarc: Cataclysm
Noah Zarc: Declaration

Silent_Words_300dpi_200x286Silent Words by Chantal Fournier (Author) & Nicolas Lajeunesse (Illustrator)
[Children’s Picture Book]

This hybrid picture/chapter book is ideal for kids as young as 3 and as old as 8, depending on reading level and parental involvement.

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.
 
 
Larry_the_Lonely_300dpi_200x286Larry the Lonely (A Bird Brain Book) by Emlyn Chand (Author) & Noelle Giffin (Illustrator)
[Children’s Picture Book]

This hybrid picture/chapter book is ideal for kids as young as 3 and as old as 9, depending on reading level and parental involvement.

Larry lives on the beautiful island of Mauritius, but he is not happy. He’s never met another dodo bird—not in his entire life—and feels very lonely.

One day, he decides to stop moping around and embark on a journey across the island to find a friend like himself. Along the way, he meets several other animals who take an interest in his mission and offer to help.

Is Larry the very last dodo bird, or might he finally find a friend? There’s only one way to find out: join Larry in his tropical adventure in this edition of the color-illustrated Bird Brain Books series for children.

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These new books are sure to bring you or your loved ones many hours of reading pleasure. Please enjoy!

4 New Books from Evolved Publishing on September 23, 2013

2 books for the kids, and 2 books for adults.

As is our custom, we’re offering here great entertainment for readers of all ages. Just click on the covers below, or the corresponding titles, to navigate to the product page, where you’ll find a tab with all the retail links.

Ricky_the_Runt_300dpi_200x286Ricky the Runt by Emlyn Chand (Illustrated by Noelle Giffin)
[Children’s Picture Book]

Ricky so very badly wants to be scary like his parents and big brothers. There’s just one problem: he’s tiny! Terror birds are supposed to be terrifying—it’s in the name—and even though his dad insists that Ricky’s fine just the way he is, Ricky would give anything to fit in with the rest of his family.

Frustrated and impatient, he departs from his nest and embarks on a quest to scare at least one animal, and prove himself as a Terror Bird. Does he really have to frighten somebody to fit in, or will Ricky discover another way to belong?

There’s only one way to find out: join Ricky in his prehistoric adventure in this edition of the color-illustrated Bird Brain Books series for children 4-8 years old.

 

Weirdville_Doll_Maker_300dpi_200x320The Doll Maker (A Weirdville Book) by Majanka Verstraete
[Lower Grade Chapter Book]

Derek’s little sister wants one of those creepy-looking dolls staring at him from the strange new doll shop in town, and what his sister wants, she gets. Now they’re stuck with a doll that looks so human, it gives Derek the creeps.

When Derek tells his friends, Martin and Jamie, about the new shop with creepy human-like dolls, they want to see for themselves. That has “bad idea” written all over it, but he takes his friends there anyway.

They meet the mysterious doll maker, who reminds Derek of Dr. Frankenstein, and who brainwashes Martin into buying one of those scary dolls. Derek and Jamie push and pull Martin out of the shop, but something isn’t right with their friend. He’s shivering all over, and he has no memory of what happened in the shop.

Martin’s condition worsens every day, and Derek’s sister grows more and more obsessed with her new doll. Derek and Jamie have to find out what’s going on, and fast, because….

…the doll maker seems linked to a bunch of mysterious disappearances, and the last thing Derek wants is his sister, or his friend, being next on the doll maker’s list.

Carry_Me_Away_300dpi_200x300Carry Me Away by Robb Grindstaff
[Literary Fiction / Coming of Age / Women’s Fiction]

Carrie Destin, a biracial military brat, learns the injuries she sustained in a car accident will prove fatal before she reaches adulthood. She accelerates her life and sets aggressive goals: college, connecting with her Japanese roots, and the all-consuming desire to find her soul mate. A kid from nowhere, she travels the world with her Marine father and Japanese mother.

Facing an abbreviated life with a brash attitude and a biting, sometimes morbid sense of humor, Carrie races to graduate high school at age fifteen. College is her marker of adulthood, when she can smoke in public and order dessert before dinner. She tosses out her adolescent wedding scrapbook for a funeral plan. A teenage crush on Paul, a family friend and a widower seventeen years her senior, develops into a fantasy that takes on a life of its own.

As she outlives the original prognosis into her early twenties, her life goals evolve—always short-term. The longing for love stays constant, yet she walls herself off from others. Relationships end in betrayal, abandonment and violence. When love reveals itself, she pulls away, fearing that an early meeting with Death is on the horizon.

Carrie’s frantic desire to experience life before it ends spirals out of control, leading to a physical and emotional collapse. Her grandmother’s wisdom points her toward acceptance, but first she must break through her walls before she can give the gift of ‘til-death-do-us-part.

The_Twisted_Mosaic_Omnibus_300dpi_200x300The Twisted Mosaic – Special Omnibus Edition by Amelia James
[Erotica]

All three Twisted Mosaic books (Her Twisted Pleasures, Their Twisted Love, and His Twisted Choice) in one volume, plus a deleted scene, and three exclusive bonus stories!

Dirty little secrets.

Talia indulges her sexual pleasures, turning her life into a twisted mess. Sleeping with Alex is dangerous and reckless, and she craves that excitement. Loving Will is comforting and safe, and she needs that stability. Why can’t she get everything she wants from one man?

All the wrong reasons.

Alex has everything he wants. He loves the power that comes with his job, and fooling around with his boss provides the illicit kink he needs. He’s in charge and trusts no one.

When Alex’s case forces them back together, Talia discovers she still craves both her former lovers. Can only one love her enough to satisfy her twisted desires and provide the stability she needs?

Love takes an unexpected twist.

Will loves Talia, and he’s willing to give up everything to be with her. Their future hinges on her answer to one simple question. But when he leaves his life behind to pursue her, he’s confronted with choices he didn’t expect.

No more secrets. No more lies. Old love? New love? Or do they have a third option?

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These new books are sure to bring you or your loved ones many hours of reading pleasure. Please enjoy!

Evolved Publishing’s Wednesday Double Feature – June 5, 2013

Grab some popcorn, pull up a chair, and enjoy Hot Sinatra and Poppy the Proud.

FOR THE ADULTS

Hot Sinatra by Axel Howerton is getting some rave reviews, as well it should. It features a lead character in Moss Cole that is someone we can both root for and worry about. Surrounding Moss is a unique and often hilarious, rag-tag group of characters who help bring this quirky, noir detective story to life. Whether you’re a fan of the old Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett novels, or the slightly newer Mickey Spillane or Robert B. Parker novels, you’re sure to love Hot Sinatra.

DESCRIPTION
Moss 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.

You can get your copy of Hot Sinatra at these fine retailers: Amazon US, Apple iTunes-Books, Barnes and Noble, BookieJar, Diesel, Kobo, Smashwords, Sony, Amazon CA, Amazon UK
 
 
FOR THE KIDS (AND THEIR PARENTS, OF COURSE)

Poppy the Proud by Emlyn Chand has been a favorite among parents, when speaking of books from the Bird Brain Books series. It’s a new twist on an old, but always important, lesson: we mustn’t judge others solely on the basis of what we see on the outside. What lies inside each of us is the truly important thing, a lesson every child must learn. Poppy the Proud gives kids as young as 3 and as old as 8 that opportunity in a fun and visually appealing way, featuring wonderful color images by artist Sarah Shaw.

DESCRIPTION
Poppy is the prettiest peacock in the entire garden, but one day his privileged existence is upset when an all-white peacock is born and promptly named the most beautiful by a smitten flock. Intensely jealous, Poppy no longer knows where he fits in and decides to reclaim his title as the fairest bird in all the land, no matter what it takes.

In a desperate attempt to regain the admiration of his peers, Poppy steals items from the humans that visit his park. He wraps himself in a beautiful silk scarf, wears a series of ornate bangles around his neck, and even tries to dye his feathers with colored dust from a festive Holi celebration. Unfortunately, each of these attempts not only fails to improve his appearance, they actually make it worse. What’s a poor bird to do?

In this compelling tale of self-esteem, pride, and learning what makes each of us special, Poppy the peacock discovers that true beauty lies beneath the feathers.

You can get your copy of Poppy the Proud at these fine retailers: Amazon US, Apple iTunes-Books, Barnes and Noble, BookieJar, Diesel, Kobo, Smashwords, Sony, Amazon CA, Amazon UK

We hope you and yours enjoy this week’s double feature, and we thank you.