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Great Stories, Dynamic Worlds, Compelling Characters: The Making of the Amüli Chronicles

Kira McFaddenIn this interview, author Kira A. McFadden discusses some of what went into her creation of the epic fantasy–and we mean EPIC–The Amüli Chronicles, including the Frendyl Krune series for middle-grade readers, and the Soulbound series for older readers

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Interview with the Author:

What book of yours should we read first? If you have multiple books or series, in what order should they be read?
I’m currently creating a reader’s guide that will be released soon, explaining the multiple ways in which to read The Amüli Chronicles. The reader’s guide will be free and available through Evolved Publishing in a few months, and will list current and upcoming projects.
 
If you enjoy all sorts of fantasy, I suggest reading the Frendyl Krune series first, starting with Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun, and ending with the Frendyl Krune Origins short stories.
 
Should you happen to primarily enjoy epic fantasy for readers over 16, I suggest reading The Soulbound Curse first, Parts 1-3, followed by Soulbound Origins: The Crow Prince. The sequel to those books, The Soulless King, will also be released in 3 eBooks and a single print omnibus. This should be read after Soulbound Origins: The Crow Prince.
 
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Where does your story begin?
As with many epic fantasies, the beginning is dependent on whose story you’re following. In Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun, Frendyl and his cousin return from a flight around the city, only to find that someone has broken into their family’s estate through the Catacombs, the most notorious prison in the Amüli Kingdom. The prison is impenetrable, the only entrance through a passage deep within the Krune estate, so someone getting in from the outside makes Frendyl’s down stand straight on end.
 
In The Soulbound Curse, a necromancer named Eti flees sunlight to reach the amüli capital city to find a savior for the ekra people.
 
The cast of The Amüli Chronicles is sprawling and the overall story arc spans many thousands of years.
 
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Who are your main characters? What do they want? What will get in their way?
This would be an impossible question if I listed all of the main characters in all of the series I have planned under The Amüli Chronicles, so I’ll stick to who the main characters are in my current published works.
 
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Frendyl Krune is a lad of twelve who wants nothing more than to be a knight, yet when an ancient relic known as the Blood of the Sun binds to his heart, he is forced to learn what it truly means to be righteous.
 
Fourteen-year-old Navyni Yassla is the heir to the lordship of the city Madirakov, yet his cousin has overthrown his father and now controls the city. For Navyni to right his cousin’s wrongs, he must learn how to become a strong and honorable fighter, yet death’s whispers follow him at every turn.
 
Kellyn Wynbre is eight, and has already been betrothed twice. Her first arranged marriage ended in disaster when she picked her nose at her future in-laws’ estate and wiped it on her suitor. The second time she was arranged to marry, Kel ran away with her favorite cousin, Frendyl, and didn’t tell her suitor’s family where she went. Despite her rash decisions, she knows in her heart she doesn’t want to marry until the choice is right for her and her alone. And until then, Kel is determined to become one of the most powerful casters Inrugia has ever seen.
 
The Soulbound Arc
 
Clae Vojtech needs to go to Earth to meet his Soulbound human so that his soul doesn’t break away from the host, killing him. Just before he’s set to leave, the leaders of the Amüli Republic revoke his right to travel, and in terror for his life, Clae flees to Earth without consent.
 
Eti is an ekrim necromancer in search of the Avi, an ekrim who is fabled to have the ability to link with the sliver of a deity’s soul and bring peace to Inrugia. The ekrim’s quest is sidetracked when Eti follows Clae to Earth and is forced to help Clae survive in order to return home.
 
Master of Trade Marik Aneys is about to become a father, and his life seems to be well on-track, yet when his daughter is born Unsouled and joins the ranks of thousands of stillborn infants, he seeks to find out why. The answer lies with his cousin, Clae, and other half human amüli.
 
Where does your setting fit with what we know, and where is it unique?
Part of the setting for The Soulbound Curse is on Earth. While Clae searches for his Soulbound human, he wanders the Thai countryside, witnessing key differences between human cultures and those of the amüli. The rest of the Soulbound arc and all of the Frendyl Krune series take place on Inrugia, which at first sight, seems almost familiar with enormous pine trees and vast mountain ranges, yet as the characters travel farther from their home cities, Inrugia proves how brutal she truly is.
 
What books, movies, etc, might this story be similar to, and in what ways is it unique?
I’ve had a few people comment that my work reminds them a tad of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire because of its heavy political content and dark subject matter. Other than that, I’d say it probably closely resembles some of Brandon Sanderson’s works, yet rather than allowing my characters to die, they instead face Soullessness, which is a sort of comatose limbo.
 
Are more stories planned in this series?
Oh my, yes. Later this year, the fourth book in the Frendyl Krune series and the second of the Soulbound arc will both be released. I have six total books planned for the Frendyl Krune series, along with five accompanying short stories, and eight massive epic fantasies in the Soulbound arc, plus seven short stories. Beyond that, I’ve outlined and (tentatively) titled nearly 70 books in The Amüli Chronicles.
 
Our thanks to Kira A. McFadden for spending a little time with us, and we hope you enjoy her wonderful, far-reaching fantasy series.

And if you love The Amüli Chronicles, you’ll also love:

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ENJOY!

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

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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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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!

Gearing Up for Cyber Monday – These Books Now Available for Pre-Order

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4 New Books Coming Soon from Evolved Publishing

 
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK – For Kids 3-8 Years Old
 
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Sully P. Snooferpoot has finally saved up enough money to buy a new shadow, which he is certain will make him an elementary school star. However, as he soon discovers, he is not the only one with a brand new shadow.
 
In fact, everyone else is so excited about their own new crazy shadows that no one even notices his. Sully grows increasingly upset with each new shadow he sees.
 
Then his best friend arrives and helps him to understand there is something he possesses that is much better than a new shadow.
 
YOUNG ADULT FANTASY THRILLER – For Readers 13 and Older
 
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Brink of Dawn (Chosen – Book 2) by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
 
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They walk among us as if they are gods.
Only the Chosen know what they are.
Only the Chosen know to fear them.
And only the Chosen can defeat them.
 
Juliet Wildfire Stone and her best friend, Troy Buckhorn, barely escaped their sleepy Arizona town alive. Now they’re speeding to New York City to find the three other Chosen. The Chosen must band together to face an ancient foe that threatens all humanity.
 
Yet Juliet doesn’t know whom to trust, and strange things are happening in the City.
 
The Chosen will be tested, their resolve questioned, and their flaws exposed. Each must decide whether he or she will fulfill their destiny—or run. To defeat the enemy, they must stop battling among themselves and overcome their own struggles.
 
Only one can lead them. Will Juliet embrace her powers in time?
 
DYSTOPIAN SCIENCE FICTION – For Readers 13 and Older
 
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The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers – Book 2) by David Litwack
 
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“But what are we without dreams?”
 
Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.
 
Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.
 
The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. But if they fail this time, they risk not a stoning but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.
 
PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE THRILLER – For Readers 17 and Older
 
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Kill or Be Killed: Under Cover (Book 1) by Linda Kay Silva
 
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Billie MacAvoy is part Dexter, part Tony Soprano, part Kerry Matheson… but all CIA operative, a member of the seldom discussed Clandestine Ops that few know of, and even fewer believe exists.

Billie’s job is to take out the garbage even the regular CIA won’t touch, like rogue heads of state, or other “wandering assets.” She’s one of this country’s greatest and scariest weapons—a highly skilled assassin… and a sociopath.

When one of her assets goes missing, Billie sets out on a path even darker than Clan Ops, one full of unexpected twists and turns. In between Russian agents, Middle Eastern hitmen, and fellow CIA operatives gone bad, Billie must learn how to balance the life she leads in the light of day with the all-consuming darkness she experiences as an agent—and a killer.

It isn’t enough to maintain a cover. In the world of clan ops, there is just one rule: Kill or Be Killed.

Evolved Publishing Releases 4 New Books June 2, 2014

It’s Launch Day!

It’s another one of those great days, when we bring new books into the world for your reading pleasure. In this case, this is the second of 2 book launches 2 weeks apart, a particularly fun time.

This time around, we have 2 children’s picture books for the tikes 3-8 years old, a young adult novel for readers 13 and older, and an epic fantasy for readers 15 and older. So we offer great stories across multiple genres. Check them out!

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK (3-8 Years Old):

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Emlyn Chand (Author) and Noelle Giffin (Illustrator)

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Sammy is a talented young cockatiel who loves to sing out of his open apartment window for all of Australia to hear. One day, he watches a reality singing competition with his human friend, Lisa, and knows that if he could just audition, he would surely win.

What follows is a masterful escape, an eventful journey to the Sydney Opera House, and an audition the crew of Sing Your Heart Out will never forget. Will Sammy take home the title of Australia’s next rising star, or will he find something more important along the way?

There’s only one way to find out: join Sammy in his humorous adventure of fame, friendship, and fun, in this edition of the color-illustrated Bird Brain Books series for children.

3D-ValentinaMaskedMummyValentina and the Masked Mummy by
Majanka Verstraete (Author) and Noelle Giffin (Illustrator)

COMING WITHIN A FEW DAYS….

When noises shake Valentina’s bedroom in the middle of the night, and her resident ghost, Jerry, hides under her bed, the little vampire girl tumbles into yet another adventure.

Eager to investigate the source of the uproar, she bumps into her brother Vlad in the hallway. He’s as clueless as she is, but at least he’s not as terrified of the noises as Jerry.

The trio follows the noise to the museum room, where they find an opened sarcophagus, and a mummy wearing a mask….

Valentina and the Masked Mummy is the third in this fun and exciting new series for kids. Be sure to check out Book 1, Valentina and the Haunted Mansion, and Book 2, Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch, both of which are now available.

YOUNG ADULT – COMING OF AGE, GIRLS (13 and Older):

3D-DarlaDeckerHatesToWaitDarla Decker Hates to Wait by
Jessica McHugh

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Patience is not Darla Decker’s strong suit. Surviving sixth grade is tough enough with an annoying older brother, a best friend acting distant, and schoolwork. After adding instructive kissing games and the torturous wait for a real date with her biggest crush, Darla is perpetually torn between behaving like an adult and throwing temper tantrums.

Games of flashlight tag, and the crazy cat lady roaming Shiloh Farms in a “demon bus,” serve as distractions during her parents’ quarrels and her anxiety about show choir auditions. Yet the more Darla waits for her adulthood to begin, the more she learns that summoning patience won’t be the hardest part of being eleven.

A frank and funny look at the path to adulthood, Darla Decker Hates to Wait begins a journey of love, loss, and the nitty-gritty of growing up through Darla Decker’s eyes.

Watch for Book 2 in the Darla Decker Diaries series, Darla Decker Takes the Cake, coming in late 2014.

EPIC FANTASY (15 and Older):

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D. Robert Pease

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Aberthol Nauile doesn’t know that he once led legions in a war that had raged since the dawn of time, against an enemy that could not be killed. He doesn’t know that he rode on a dragon with his father, or that his mother died while giving birth to him. He doesn’t know that he once saved his great, great, great grandfather by defeating the black enemy on the slopes of a volcano.

Aberthol doesn’t know that he beheld the creation of the world, as his grandfather eight generations before took the planet, ravaged by a war of the gods, and began anew.

All he knows is that he awoke in a coffin deep within a tomb, and now the whole world thinks he is their savior. All he really wants to know is his name, and why he keeps hearing voices in his head.

Be sure to check out D. Robert Pease’s Noah Zarc series of middle grade sci-fi adventures.

Jeff Altabef

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Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the Writing Center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. As an avid Knicks fan, he is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season.
 
Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog on The Patch designed to encourage writing for those that like telling stories.
 

Jeff’s Co-Author on the CHOSEN Series, Erynn Altabef

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Erynn Altabef is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist. When she’s not in High School, she loves Starbucks, performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.
 
Some of her favorite authors are Veronica Roth, Joelle Charbonneau, and her dad! (That would be Jeff Altabef.) She has co-authored with her dad the Chosen series of young adult fantasy thrillers.
 

BOOKS

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Almas Abrasadas
Atrapavientos
Borde del Amanecer

Brink of Dawn

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Brink of Dawn
Brink of Dawn (Italiano)
Covil do Diabo
Devil’s Dance
Devil’s Day
Devil’s Deal
Devil’s Den

Enemies of the State

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Enemies of the State
Fracture Point
L’Antre du Diable
La Danza del Diablo
La Guarida del Diablo
Ponto de Despedaçar
Red Death

Scorched Souls

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Scorched Souls
Second Chances – A “Chosen” Short Story
Shatter Point
Shatter Point (Italiano)
The Ghost King
The Immortals
Wind Catcher
Wind Catcher (Italiano)
 

UP NEXT

Watch for THE IMMORTALS, the third and final book in the “Red Death” series of epic fantasy/dystopian adventures, to release on 7 March 2022. You’ll be able to pre-order the eBook at Amazon by 15 January 2022.

Most believe the Immortals are a myth, a folk story meant to frighten children, but Wilky and Aaliss discover the truth is even more frightening than the myths.

Wilky, once a boy filled with light and a healer, is now the Ghost King, drawn to darkness and violence. As powerful enemies descend on Eden, he must find another, the true child of light, to help him save Eden and keep the world from descending into darkness. Does he have time? Can he still be trusted? Will he instead succumb to power and darkness?

Meanwhile, Aaliss is pushed to the limit to bring justice to Eden, and joins with the most unlikely of allies. In the end, she must accept the magic inside her, or all will be lost. Will she pass her ultimate test?