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Stephen Patrick

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APRIL 30, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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As a child of Kentucky and Texas, bluegrass and bluebonnets share equal time in my blood, fueling a need for adventure and exploration, and a keen desire to see what is out there.

This is my third evolution as a writer, starting as a young boy inventing adventures for my toys and friends. In school, I wrote to fulfill assignments and map out the world. Now, I write for the same reason I read: I want to know what happens next.

Stories can make us laugh or smile, scream or cry, sometimes at the same time. In the best stories, we let the pages tell us what we need to see inside ourselves.

My fiction ranges from horror to historical, and I placed in a short story contest when one of my first stories found a home in Evolution: Vol 1, published by Evolved Publishing. Outside of the Lone Star state, I won the Arkansas Writer’s Conference Special Award (2009) and the Creme De La Creme Award (2014) from the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. for best overall story.

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Stephen Patrick

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Watch for The Holocaust Engine, a horror/dystopian/post-apocalyptic adventure co-authored with David Rike, to release on 7 October 2019.

The armies of hell are loosed upon paradise, and nothing can stand in their path.

It begins with disease.

A brain-rotting virus, which leaves its victims disoriented and hyperviolent, rages out of Cuba into the Florida Keys. The bewildered government destroys the mainland bridge in response, and places the islands under quarantine. Inside this cordon, the population descends into chaos as rival factions battle over dwindling resources. Buildings become fortresses, boats lash together as defensible islands, and whole neighborhoods wall off into armed camps. As order slips beyond any chance of recovery, hopelessness reigns.

But not everyone accepts this fate.

Extreme prepper Reagan Castaneda emerges into this world of cruelty and paranoia feeling destined to conquer; a group of high schoolers known as the Wharf Rats roam the island under the leadership of the charismatic Hunter Grant; and Police Captain Perry Nelson struggles to keep the formal government functioning, until he is ordered to rescue a Navy SEAL that is trapped on the island, but who is not what he seems.

Isolated and locked away behind a military cordon, Key West has become the beachhead for an invasion. These monsters have have not come to kill, though; they have come to build an army of the doomed, and unless the survivors can destroy them and close the breach into our world, they will dominate all of creation.

David Rike

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APRIL 30, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I didn’t grow up wanting to write. In fact, when I finished college I’d all but stopped reading. Then I took a job at a local police department as a whistle-stop on the way to some great destiny, got hurt early on and, faced with long days of much-needed bed rest, limped into a local book store, and left with an armful of novels.

Two decades later and I’ve served that police department as an officer, supervisor and, now, investigative lieutenant, all the while bleeding the book stores dry. As for the great destiny, I simply offer this: we are never fully human until we find some outlet for our innate creative impulses. My outlet is the novel, particularly the dystopian science fiction and horror stories that resonated with me those years ago. Perhaps, one day, I’ll find that something I’ve written has influenced another, the same as that armful of books once did for me.

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Watch for The Holocaust Engine, a horror/dystopian/post-apocalyptic adventure co-authored with Stephen Patrick, to release on 7 October 2019.

The armies of hell are loosed upon paradise, and nothing can stand in their path.

It begins with disease.

A brain-rotting virus, which leaves its victims disoriented and hyperviolent, rages out of Cuba into the Florida Keys. The bewildered government destroys the mainland bridge in response, and places the islands under quarantine. Inside this cordon, the population descends into chaos as rival factions battle over dwindling resources. Buildings become fortresses, boats lash together as defensible islands, and whole neighborhoods wall off into armed camps. As order slips beyond any chance of recovery, hopelessness reigns.

But not everyone accepts this fate.

Extreme prepper Reagan Castaneda emerges into this world of cruelty and paranoia feeling destined to conquer; a group of high schoolers known as the Wharf Rats roam the island under the leadership of the charismatic Hunter Grant; and Police Captain Perry Nelson struggles to keep the formal government functioning, until he is ordered to rescue a Navy SEAL that is trapped on the island, but who is not what he seems.

Isolated and locked away behind a military cordon, Key West has become the beachhead for an invasion. These monsters have have not come to kill, though; they have come to build an army of the doomed, and unless the survivors can destroy them and close the breach into our world, they will dominate all of creation.

J.P. Barnett

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AUGUST 1, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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J.P. Barnett grew up in a tiny Texas town where the list of possible vocations failed to include published author. In second grade, he worked harder than any other student to deliver a story about a tiger cub who singlehandedly saved the U.S. Military, earning him a shiny gold star and a lifelong appreciation of telling a good story.

Fast forwarding through decades of schooling and a career as a software engineer, J.P. Barnett stepped away from it all to get back to his first real passion. Years of sitting at a keyboard gifted him with some benefit, though, including blazing fast typing hands and a full tank of creativity.

As a child, J.P. consumed any book he could get his hands on. The likes of Stephen King, Michael Crichton, and Dean Koontz paved the bookshelves of his childhood, providing a plethora of fantastical and terrifying tales that he read way too early in life. Though the effect these books had on his psyche could be called into question, these masters of storytelling managed to warp his mind in just the perfect way to spin a fun yarn or two.

J.P. currently resides in San Antonio with his wife and hellion of a cat, both of whom look at him dubiously with some frequency.

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Watch for Book 3 in the “Lorestalker” series of suspense/horror thrillers, The Witch of Gray’s Point, to release on December 2, 2019.

It hides in the shadows, waits in the desert, ready to pounce on any who enter its domain.

To Miriam Brooks, a solo study trip to an abandoned desert ranch house sounds like the perfect respite from the world, a way to unwind and center herself after a string of unbelievable encounters with terrifying monsters.

Yet the desert isn’t devoid of life. Something lurks outside her window, changing its form to suit its mysterious needs. She’s familiar with the stories, but legend becomes reality when she stands face-to-face with a soulless copy of herself.

Another day, another monster… but before she can act, Miriam is unexpectedly flanked by the father she’s been trying to avoid, along with two cocky assistants who don’t understand the threat they face. She’s equipped to battle the shape-shifting terror hiding in the darkness, but being forced to finally confront her father might just kill her.

Jason LaVelle

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Jason LaVelle is an author and photographer from West Michigan. When he’s not spending time with his beautiful wife and four children, LaVelle works at a veterinary clinic, helping animals of all kinds. With his two pugs, Dragon and Mr. Sparkles, his Chihuahua, Mari, and his annoying dachshund, Lady, he pretty much lives in a zoo.

After he’s done playing with the pugs and tucking the kids into bed, he ventures down into the basement, where his umbrella cockatoo, Bella, whispers in his ear like a demonic muse, forcing him to explore the paranormal world inside his mind.

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Watch for this Dark Paranormal Suspense/Thriller, the third book in the “A Dark Night Thriller” series, to release on 5 November 2018.

Emma Gilbert never imagined she’d have to battle an ancient evil, one whose powers and rage have been building for centuries.

Rabid Reader says, “Once again Jason LaVelle has written an intricate, creepy and yet thought provoking story that keeps you on the edge of your seat… The storyline captures your imagination and sends shivers down your spine….”

More than twenty years have passed since Karen Gilbert was stalked by a demon child intent on her death. Still, she can’t escape from dark forces in this world. As her life draws near its end, her body ravaged by the same cancer that took her mother and grandmother before her, she’s restricted to a hospital bed. With time running out, she must warn her daughter of the dark forces in the world, those she could never talk about before.

Emma Gilbert is as beautiful and headstrong as her mother, and she’s just learned that she’s about to be called into battle against an unimaginable evil that has stalked the earth for a millennium. She flounders under the weight of her newfound knowledge, and what it might mean for her life, but she cannot ignore her destiny. Forced into a supernatural confrontation, she discovers the daunting stakes should she fail—much more than her own life.

Jane Straugh says, “The minute I started reading this I was hooked and could not stop reading it. There was excitement from start to finish, lots of twists and turns….”

A.K. Kuykendall

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A.K. KUYKENDALL was born in Albany, Georgia, but grew up as a military brat on the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), and later at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is married to Magdiel Kuykendall (the love of his life) and, together, they are the proud parents of three sons—Felix, Kal-El, and Jor-El—two of whom are legally named after the Kryptonian House of El due to the author’s affinity for the story of Superman. He’s a corporate executive chef by trade, but his true passion in life is writing thought-provoking novels that blend the concepts of fact and fiction.

His writing career has been heavily inspired and influenced by Rod Serling and his classic ‘60s television series, The Twilight Zone, and by The Mercury Theatre’s October 30, 1938 broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio. He was then and still is wholly enthralled with the way these two examples showcased ordinary people in extraordinary situations. He especially loved the remarkable plot twists common to The Twilight Zone stories, and the fright manifested by H.G. Wells.

When he’s not writing, he finds comfort in heading out to the golf course with his son and golf partner, Jor-El, where they altogether embarrass themselves on the fairway. He both creates and resides in Ruskin, Florida.

To view his complete biography, please visit his website, where “truth reads through fiction.”

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Watch for The Possession (Writer’s Block: Book 1), a classical horror novel, to release on 9 September 2019.

 
A famed horror author is on the verge of his magnum opus—a labyrinthine cryptogram that details the end of days.

When Gregory Stillingsworth buys an antique doll in India, the bestselling horror novelist doesn’t haggle over the steep price. He simply has to have the beautiful, enchanting doll. Only months later, when it is far too late, will he realize that he is merely the latest in a long line of victims to become possessed by Christie, a pernicious tool of Satan.

What follows is a battle for Gregory’s soul, as well as his sanity, and the casualties are legion. Chief among them is Jamie Stillingsworth, Gregory’s devoted wife, who finds not only her love for her husband but her courage tested as well. Can she deliver his baby and cherish it as though it were their own, not the offspring of something monstrous? As the battle lines between the angels of light and darkness are drawn, Gregory and Jamie become trapped in an ancient war that has no beginning and no end, a conflict that turns time inside out and reason on its head. What is real? Who can be trusted? When is the end truly the end?

The Possession is the first book in the “Writer’s Block” trilogy, exploring the age-old War of Angels.

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And watch for Imperium Heirs (Conspirator’s Odyssey: Book 1), a conspiracy thriller/sci-fi novel, to come in the winter of 2019/2020.

 
When German fighter pilot Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen shot a UFO out of the sky over western France in 1917, intergalactic turmoil ensued.

In 1939, while on official business in Washington, Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Eisenhower was exposed to alien life–four gray alien beings in glass tubes of formaldehyde–in the sub-basement of the U.S. Capital building. He accepted an extremely sensitive mission ordered by both Secretary of State Cordell Hull and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His mission: broker an iron-clad treaty between the human race and the Cel’jul, which we inadvertently fractured by concealing that we had in our possession two prominent members of the galactic royal family–which just happened to be this species’ Queen and King, the very occupants of the craft downed in 1917.

Unbeknownst to Major Kalista Flaker of the United States Army, she stands at the heart of it all. Born human and raised in the tiny town of Macon, Mississippi, she discovers that she not only hails from the planet Yattrha–a star system ruled by the Cel’jul–but that she was a royal seedling of the sovereign family in 1917–a forsaken Princess, a future Queen.

Imperium Heirs is the first book in the “Conspirator’s Odyssey” series, exploring many of those historical incidents about which we have found no satisfactory explanation.