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Drew Hill

DECEMBER 3, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I grew up in a small town in the Ozarks, playing baseball, riding bikes, mowing yards, and reading comic books, the youngest of eight children. Norman Rockwell could have moved in down the street and felt right at home. These days I live and write in Arlington, Virginia, with my understanding wife and a cat named Truman. Our three kids are grown, and we are begging for grandchildren.

After nearly a lifetime of writing nonfiction – essays and articles, lectures and lessons – I was rescued from my tedium and set free, liberated to explore life and faith in the realm of fiction. Unwittingly, I seem to have acquired an expansive cast of characters along the way, some begging to enter the story, others hiding in the background, hoping to go unnoticed, but I see them all. So many stories to tell.

I am, as Parker J. Palmer put it, “one who loves to watch life become words and words become life.”

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WATCH FOR CROSSING THE TRACKS TO RELEASE IN APRIL 2021.

While dramatic history unfolds from Greensboro to Selma to Memphis, one man makes his own stand for justice and inclusion.

Crossing the Tracks is set in the railroad yards and union halls of Kansas City during the Civil Rights Movement. It’s the surprising story of a white, working class family man confronting racism and bigotry on the railroad, in the neighborhood, and in his church.

AND WATCH FOR IT CAME EVEN TO ME TO RELEASE IN APRIL 2022.

A Southern Baptist pastor is forced through a series of personal and family crises to reconsider his long-held views about homosexuality.

Set in small town Georgia in the present, it paints a picture of the best and worst in us, grace and forgiveness doing battle with hatred and intolerance. This story is especially poignant and helpful to families who are divided over homosexuality on religious grounds.

Ty Spencer Vossler

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AUGUST 3, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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Ty Spencer Vossler (MFA) currently lives in Pacific Grove, California with his BMW (beautiful Mexican wife) and their daughter. A prolific author, Vossler has published over seventy works in the past three years, including novels, novellas, short stories, poems and essays.

Ty’s work has appeared on four continents. His most recent published book-length work includes: The Eye of Espinoza (World Castle Publishing), Adobe Walls (Unsolicited Press), Mocha Dreams (Shalla Publishing), and Seedlings (World Castle Publishing). His next book, Deep Mud, is coming from Evolved Publishing in late 2019.

Until recently, he was a professor at the prestigious Polytechnic University of Tlaxcala, in Mexico. Professor Vossler attributes his originality to the fact that he shot his television over two decades ago.

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Watch for Deep Mud, a literary fiction/magical realism novel, to release in late 2019 or early 2020.

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Julia Camp

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APRIL 30, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I’m currently (as of 30 April 2019) a law student at the University of Texas in Austin. Prior to law school, I taught creative writing at John Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth program, and worked as an editor for 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction. I’m a graduate of Trinity University, where I majored in English and minored in creative writing. I’ve always had a passion for writing literary fiction, and after continuously reading and rereading my two favorite novels, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, I decided to write my own story about a soldier’s return home from Afghanistan.

My novel Indivisible is about the way that time itself both heals and scars us, how time pushes us to points where we must choose between breaking or making peace with senselessness and tragedy. It’s a novel about strength and, at times, the absence of it.

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Watch for Indivisible, a literary novel, to release on 7 October 2019.

Charlie returns home from Afghanistan to discover that his battles are just beginning.

Ever since the death of his best friend, Charlie can hardly look in the mirror. He feels alienated from himself, and suddenly, things that used to feel simple seem unexplainably complicated. The weight of his past presses heavily on his soul. He wonders if everything that he did—letting his best friend enlist, deciding to enlist with him, being unable to talk about the war after they got home—all somehow led to his best friend’s suicide.

While trying to handle his own sense of guilt, he knows that he can’t freeze, that the people around him still need him to try to move on. His longtime girlfriend, Sarah, wants to know if they’re going to make it, if they’ll be okay despite the fact that he can hardly kiss her anymore. His family wants to know if he’s going to college now that he’s home from Afghanistan. His boss at the auto shop wants to know why he misses so many days of work.

Charlie keeps one foot in the past and one in the present, and feels himself getting stretched thinner and thinner. The weight on him only piles up, and whatever clarity he has about his life seems only to get more and more foggy. Why did his best friend, who once seemed so happy, decide to die? Charlie tries to solve the puzzle like a mystery, piecing together parts of his friend’s past, seeking a simple answer that’ll make everything seem rational. Then, maybe he’ll be okay. Then, maybe he’ll be able to move on. Maybe.

J.F. Collen

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FEBRUARY 21, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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Jane Frances Collen has spent the last umpteen years practicing as a lawyer – but don’t hold that against her! She has made a career of protecting Intellectual Property, but at heart always wanted to be writing novels instead of legal briefs. She has written award-winning children’s books, “The Enjella® Adventure Series,” using fantasy as a vehicle for discussing the real world problems of children. She has tried to use her talent for storytelling for good instead of evil.

But her real love is history. One of her many hobbies is traveling to historical sites around the world and reading the biographies of the people who affected these places. Her books depict modern dilemmas in historical settings, with a touch of humor. Since only one of her parents had a sense of humor, however, Jane feels she is only half as funny as she should be.

Much to her husband’s dismay, they still live in New York.

Her historical fiction trilogy, “The Journey of Cornelia Rose” will be published in late 2019.

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COMING FALL 2019: All 3 books in the “Journey of Cornelia Rose” series of historical/women’s fiction novels: Flirtation on the Hudson (September); Pioneer Passage (October); The Path of Saints and Sinners (December).

 
Shivers of delight raced through Cornelia Rose’s entire body as she thought, Stroll Flirtation Walk with my escort, unchaperoned? How could this be permitted, much less condoned?

Cornelia Rose decides early in life, almost instinctively, not to allow anyone to limit her to the few choices available to women in New York in the 1850s. Marry well and become a proper lady—is that all I can do? She surreptitiously pursues learning ‘not meant for young ladies,’ and begins the journey to become a midwife.

Flirtatious and sexy, Cornelia attracts suitors everywhere she goes. Flooded with invitations after her ‘unofficial’ debut, her courtships take a dramatic turn when invited to the West Point Military Academy as the guest of a cadet. Will her romantic escapades compromise her choices? Who will decide her future?
 
 
 
 
Pack up and leave her home? Never see the broad Hudson River, which flows both ways past her sitting room window, again? Eschew the glories of New York City and the wonders of the 1850s modern technology, and head out to unknown territory in the Wild West?

Heeding the call to “Go West Young Man,” Cornelia Rose’s husband accepts a position as Circuit Judge in the new Utah Territory, and persuades her that it’s an exciting opportunity for them all. She thinks leaving the modern comforts of their home in Sing-Sing, New York, and saying goodbye to her family, will be the hardest challenge she’ll ever have to face.

Life on the Oregon Trail is full of more deprivations than Cornelia ever imagined, in spite of her research, and preparation of their Conestoga wagon, for the rough road ahead. She summons all her resourcefulness to combat the hardships leading them to the greatest unknown: what would be waiting for them in the Great Salt Lake City?
 
 
THE PATH OF SAINTS AND SINNERS
When silent Mister Clayton resurfaces, he opens Cornelia’s eyes to the passion she unknowingly craves. Despite keeping her expectations realistic, she finds the challenges of living outside the civilization of the United States onerous in ways she never anticipated.

In the Wild West, the conventions of civilization seem twisted for an intelligent pioneer woman, as Cornelia braves farther westward in Utah Territory. Her efforts to create a home are derailed in the greater struggle of maintaining her beliefs and her family amid the conflicting mores of several cultures. Living in the Mormon community under the thumb of Brigham Young, she’s constantly challenged to use her wits, midwife skills, and heart to keep her family together, while at the same time finding her independence.

More complicated than a mere love triangle, Cornelia becomes embroiled in conflicting passions as she searches for her identity and discovers her true love.

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.

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COMING 4 NOVEMBER 2019: Living by Ear:

Singer-songwriter Christine Daley hit the streets of Boston and became a minor celebrity—with a local radio hit—in the 90s, but a “brief” career break to marry and start a family changed all that. Now, sixteen years later, she’s a frustrated suburban housewife, struggling to reestablish her sense of identity.

After filing for divorce, forty-six-year-old Chris quickly learns that the challenges she faces are even greater than anticipated. Her two teenage children suddenly seem to need their mom more than ever, and neither of them is thrilled about her getting back on the music scene. Meanwhile, her soon-to-be-ex-husband is throwing every possible obstacle in her way.

Adding to the stress is technological progress, which has radically changed both the music industry and the dating world. Is there room in this new mix for Chris?
 
 
 
COMING 4 APRIL 2020: It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way:

Molly Dolan, an insecure twenty-something woman, spends most days ricocheting between hope and despair.

Molly keeps rushing into relationships with the wrong men, brought about by a violent incident during her teen years, which skewed her judgment. Now she’s drinking too much, taking foolish risks, and allowing a predatory male to sexually harass her at work.

A chance encounter with Fred Flaherty, her 72-year-old divorced neighbor, leads to a tentative friendship. Fred, a Cold War veteran and ham radio operator, has suffered considerably over the decades, but also dreams of a better future. As summer becomes autumn, the two neighbors share stories of personal loss, bond over their passion for Jim Croce’s music, and develop trust and mutual respect.

This is fortunate, because winter is about to bring on challenges neither could have predicted.