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Mary Rowen

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DECEMBER 9, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I’m drawn to stories about women facing and overcoming challenges at various stages of life, so I love reading and writing women’s fiction. Music, musicians, and music fans tend to find their way into my work too.

Other interests include feminism, body image issues, parenting, and current events. I blog about that stuff and more whenever I can. My essays have been featured on numerous sites and blogs, including Mutha Magazine, Feminine Collective, and Huffington Post.

A graduate of Providence College, I was raised in the Massachusetts Merrimack Valley, and live in the Boston area with my family and pets.

Books

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COMING MAY 2019: Leaving the Beach: Details of this literary/women’s fiction novel are coming soon….

COMING SEPTEBER 2019: Living by Ear: Details of this literary/women’s fiction novel are coming soon….

COMING December 2019: It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way: Details of this literary/women’s fiction novel are coming soon….

Hope Silver

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I’m a Russian author, born in Siberia. My pen name, Hope Silver, is a translation of my real, very long Russian name, Nadezhda Serebrennikova.

I’ve always loved writing. I worked as a journalist in a few newspapers in St. Petersburg and finished my first novel when we lived in the Czech Republic. When we moved to the US in 2013, I started writing a blog about my life in Berkeley, California, with my husband, son, daughter, and about our love for traveling and adventures.

“Why do you want to move to America?” they asked us during the interview in the US consulate in Moscow, after I won a green card lottery.

My 10-year-old son raised his hand and said, “We are travelers.”

I strongly believe that dreams come true if you want something badly enough. Many of my stories, short or long, for adults or for the kids, are about dreamers who don’t give up, like the main character of my novel, Born – Against All Odds – a child’s soul who stops at nothing on the way to his future mom.

In its Russian original, Born – Against All Odds was selected as ‘Best Book of the Year’ in the fantasy genre, at the International Russian Writers competition in Germany (2015). Its English translation by Krystyna Steiger (Canada) was awarded the second prize at the “Open Eurasia 5th International Writers Competition” in London in 2016.

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COMING APRIL 2019: Born – Against All Odds: Details of this literary/magical realism novel are coming soon….

Reflections on Johnny Appleseed Day by Author Gregg Sapp

A Blast from the Past!

Did you know that September 23rd is Johnny Appleseed Day? (Neither did we.) We’ve learned a lot about this extraordinary real-life character in the last couple of years, thanks to the amazing work of author Gregg Sapp, who drops by here to share some thoughts on this occasion.

It happens to come shortly on the heels of us learning that Fresh News Straight from Heaven was honored with the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Best Novel – Summer 2018 (1 of only 3 honored in that category), making this the truly perfect time to learn about this amazing character (and a great book).
 

Gregg Sapp

People often ask me why I wrote a novel about Johnny Appleseed. In reply, I like to ask them to tell me what they know about him.

Some describe him as a scruffy vagabond horticulturist, part mountain man/ part hippie tree-hugger, skipping barefoot through the forest primeval like a woodland nymph with a bag of apple seeds slung over his shoulder, a song on his lips, and a rotten-toothed grin for everybody he met.

Others think of him as a howling, wide eyed lunatic who spat venom preaching an obscure and bizarre brand of evangelical Christianity to everybody within earshot, the kind of person that you’d cross the street to avoid if you saw him approaching on the sidewalk.

Still others recall him fondly from images perpetuated in the many children’s books written about him. They describe him as an unkempt but saintly oddball who was sweet to animals and little children, and spread peace, love, and good neighborly understanding wherever he went, kind of like a hobo Mister Rogers.

All are true, and yet there’s much more to this complex, enigmatic, and downright weird historical person.

My interest in Johnny Appleseed began when I was growing up in central Ohio. There, I was close to many of the places where his legend was born. I liked to imagine that he’d passed through the fields and woods near my home. In seventh grade, for a history assignment to write a short biography of some famous Ohioan, while everybody else wrote about presidents, inventors, entertainers, war heroes, etc., I chose to write about Johnny Appleseed.

To me, the reality of John Chapman (his real name) is much less interesting than the folklore about Johnny Appleseed. The real person was of no particular significance. He didn’t do anything that changed history. But he did represent something important to Americans. Johnny stood apart, a character unlike anybody else, who at the same time appealed to something universal.

Other beloved characters in American history are probably better representatives of some of the qualities attributed to Johnny – his honesty, his pacifism, his faith. But no other beloved characters in American history is weirder. Johnny’s oddities are iconic. The mush pot on the head, the coat made of a potato sack, the sack of seeds on his back: Johnny’s image is a celebration of American eccentricity. He is the American Don Quixote.
That’s why his birthday, September 26th, is nationally recognized as Johnny Appleseed Day.

We need more oddballs, misfits, cranks, crackpots and hare brains like Johnny Appleseed. We admire these people because even though they violate social norms, they are entirely true to themselves. You can’t fake weird.

By writing my novel, “Fresh News Straight from Heaven,” I like to think that I’m keeping that tradition alive. We can all use a little Johnny Appleseed in our lives. It would be appropriate to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day by giving yourself permission to be a little weird.
 

 
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Taya DeVere

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JULY 27, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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Taya is a mix of a bubbly and stubborn personality trapped in an old, sad soul. She believes there’s something extraordinary in each being, that no one is too small or insignificant to deserve a second chance in life.

Her chaotic identity took a hit when her father suddenly died. Clawing her way up from the murky hole his death created forced her to face the facts of being tangled in toxic relationships, and depression that had a violent hold on her muddled mind.

She wanted to be whole again. Her restless feet and burning passion for animals led to leaving her home in Finland, and to accepting a working student job at a horse farm in Hereford, England. Long hours, hard physical labor, and countless nasty bunions ruined her body—but was Xanax for her soul.

To further her career in dressage, Taya moved to America, and lived in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and California. Each mile traveled, she felt healthier, more independent, stronger.

She didn’t need another person to make things happen for her, to heal. She needed only to live free. And just then, when she least wanted it, she found a being whose heart loved the same way as hers did.

For years, she and her little menagerie traveled. Struggle was no stranger in their lives, but not a day went by without laughter and a new experience from which to grow and learn.

After living through 1001 bizarre tales, Taya returned to Finland to take a breather from her shenanigans, and to finish her first novel in the “Borderline” series.

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COMING 5 November 2018: Between Two Doors, Book 1 of the “Borderline” series (Inspired by Actual Events)

One door promises freedom, the other safety. Which one would you choose?

Depressed and abandoned after my father dies, I’m sent to a therapy center where I must decide between two doors.

Behind one door awaits life in my home country where I will continue to scramble through a tangle of mistakes and a poisonous relationship, but old and new friendships alike may be my salvation.

Escape lies behind the second door, where I can run away to an unknown country far away where demanding physical labor will push aside my inner demons. This door could be a fresh start.

The “Borderline” series tells two tales, of two parallel realities, based on one true story.
 
 
 
COMING 2019: Down Two Paths, Book 2 of the “Borderline” series (Inspired by Actual Events)

One path threatens suffocation, the other exhaustion. Which offers a chance of salvation?

The two paths continue to push Dee deeper into her survival journey.

Her reality in an unknown country takes her to California, where her new beginning, complete with its challenges, pushes aside the past—and the trauma she once ran away from. Life under the California sun is filled with choices between right and wrong, dealing with thorny personalities, and the laughter and love of Dee’s new family.

Her reality in her home country lulls her into a feeling of safety and the most important task of her lifetime—taking care of her baby. Her new, unconventional family of four is the center of Dee’s being, but despite their immeasurable love for her and her child, she still questions whether they would all be better off without her.

This is the second book in the “Borderline” series, which tells two tales, of two parallel realities, based on one true story.

David Litwack – Compelling Ideas, Great Books, and a Special Deal

A little something from author David Litwack, followed by a little something from Evolved Publishing.

 
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~ Albert Einstein
 
I’m sometimes asked how I come up with new ideas, especially since most of my novels involve alternate worlds and unusual cultures. The short answer: I don’t have a clue. Ideas come to me rather than me seeking them out. They arrive at odd times, usually when I’m least rational. They appear out of thin air during a long walk or a boring drive. But mostly they arrive in my twilight half-awake state, between five-thirty and six AM, when I’ve had enough sleep to be half conscious, but am still too groggy to let my rational side dominate.

Images materialize out of nowhere with only one thing in common. All evoke some strong emotion in me. Then as I come more alert, I find myself trying to make sense of them. Where did they come from? What do they mean? And inevitably—assuming I’ve been writing each day—how can I use this image in my latest story?

Logic follows creativity around like a good scribe, taking notes and organizing thoughts into coherent patterns. But where do the ideas come from? I haven’t a clue.

No wonder the ancients came up with the notion of the muse.

My conclusion: Creativity comes not from finding ideas, but by embracing them as they flit across the palette of a daydreaming mind.

NOTES FROM THE PUBLISHER

First, David followed up that original line of thinking above with some additional posts, which you can find here:
1. IDEAS, IDEAS – THE ROCK FACE
2. IDEAS, IDEAS – THE TEMPLE OF THE DREAMERS

Second, part of what drove us to feature David today is the release of our newest book by him, ALONG THE WATCHTOWER, which we’re really excited about. This is a re-release, revised and re-edited, and is even stronger than its award-winning first edition. If you never discovered the first edition (maybe even if you did), you’ll definitely want to discover this new second edition.
 

A tragic warrior lost in two worlds… Which one will he choose?

WINNER: Readers’ Favorite Book Award – Bronze Medal – Fiction Drama
WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Best Literary Fiction

The war in Iraq ended for Freddie when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered. Once a skilled gamer as well as a capable soldier, he’s now a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate realities.

The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic, which Freddie enters when he sleeps. The lines soon blur for Freddie, not just caught between two worlds, but lost within himself.

Is he Lieutenant Freddie Williams, a leader of men, a proud officer in the US Army who has suffered such egregious injury and loss? Or is he Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde, his only solace the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, whose gentle words calm the storms in his soul.

In the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission to that of the prince—a journey along a dark road, haunted by demons of guilt and memory. Can he let patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart? It may be his only way back from Hell.

“This is a book that deserves to be read. It is both gritty reality and magical fantasy, and filled with both love and beauty, and ugliness and despair, but ultimately it is a story of healing, of burying the past, finding hope and taking control of the future.” ~ Awesome Indies Reviews

AND… A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY

To help celebrate the launch of David Litwack’s new book, we’re placing a fan favorite on sale for ONLY $0.99. The first book in “The Seekers” series, THE CHILDREN OF DARKNESS, has been a huge hit, receiving critical acclaim and winning multiple awards (as have, by the way, all 3 books in this series). Now’s your chance to discover this extraordinary series for only $0.99 for the eBook of Book 1.
 

A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Best Science Fiction

“But what are we without dreams?”

The vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic,” and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.

Childhood friends, Orah, Nathaniel, and Thomas have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When they’re cast into the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy, for a truth from the past awaits that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might once again release the potential of their people.

Yet they would also incur the Temple’s wrath, as it is written: “If there comes among you a prophet saying, ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the Light.”

“The plot unfolds easily, swiftly, and never lets the readers’ attention wane… After reading this one, it will be a real hardship to have to wait to see what happens next.” ~ Feathered Quill Book Reviews (Awarded “The Children of Darkness” the Gold Medal in Science Fiction & Fantasy)

“A tightly executed first fantasy installment that champions the exploratory spirit.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

HAPPY READING!

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