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Evolved Publishing Releases 9 New Books on November 30, 2015

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9 New Books from Evolved Publishing –
Great Reading for All Ages

 

We are excited to offer 9 new books from 8 different authors. In this big book launch, we have 2 children’s picture books for kids 3-8 years old, 2 lower grade chapter books for kids 6-11 years old, 2 middle grade books for readers 9-13 years old, 2 novels suitable for readers 13 and older, and 1 book for readers 16 and up. And so… we truly have a little something for every age group.

PLEASE ENJOY!

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS – For Kids 3-8 Years Old

 
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Ninja and Bunny’s Great Adventure by Kara S Tyler, Illustrated by Sarah Pacatti
 
Marian loves playing make-believe, but what if her big sister Ruthie’s fairies have been real all along? What if Princess Isla is truly in trouble and needs their help?
 
Marian and Ruthie must visit Fairyland and transform into Ninja and Bunny! Will they be able to save the princess?
 
Find out in this tale of love, loyalty, and imagination.
 
 
 
 
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Sully P. Snooferpoot’s Amazing New Shadow by Aaron Shaw Ph.D., Illustrated by Aaron Shaw Ph.D. and John Cardinal
 
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.
 

LOWER GRADE CHAPTER BOOKS – For Kids 6-11 Years Old

 
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Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess – A Balderdash Saga Short Story by J.W. Zulauf, Illustrated by Luke Spooner
 
Love and sacrifice are synonymous in this murder-mystery short story.
 
Scarlet wants desperately to save her deathly sick father. To do so she must team up with a mysterious man, who promises to help save her father in return for a specific favor. What will the favor really cost her? Will Scarlet find herself a pawn in this man’s game, or will she really get the chance to save her father from his impending doom?
 
Follow Scarlet, the kindhearted new princess, as she seeks to save those she loves.
 
 
 
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Tyler and the Blabber-Mouth Birds by Emlyn Chand
 
Tyler Irving rules the roost at Monroe Middle School. Not only is he the star player on the winningest basketball team in school history—the ’16 Monroe Falcons—but he’s also managed to get and hang onto the high score for Clucking Zombies, not to mention the starring role in the drama club’s performance of Bye Bye Birdy.
 
So, because life can be funny sometimes, Tyler soon uncovers a fowl mystery of his own when two of the parrots at The Pet Shop Society’s headquarters start squawking warnings his way. He wishes he could just ask the parrots what they mean, but they’re trained to repeat—and what they keep saying over and over just doesn’t make any sense: ‘Look out. They’re coming closer. Danger now. It’s all over.’
 
Can Tyler weave together the clues the birds have given him and solve the mystery before something terrible happens? Join Tyler and the rest of The Pet Shop Society gang as they decode the mystery of the Blabber-Mouth Birds.
 

MIDDLE GRADE – For READERS 9-13 Years Old

 
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Frendyl Krune and the Snake Across the Sea by Kira A. McFadden
 
An escaped amüli convict known as the Snake broke into the Krune family’s estate in search of the Blood of the Sun, and almost tore Frendyl Krune’s family from power. Word has it that the Snake has fled across the ocean to a mysterious new land that Frendyl’s Uncle Melroc calls the Isle of Forfeited Souls. The Snake is a powerful magician, one whose determination may undo everything Frendyl has fought to right.
 
To stop this maniac, Frendyl and Melroc sail across the Eyrgre Ocean. The people of the Isle are excited for their arrival because fused to Frendyl’s heart is the Blood of the Sun, a magical gem that shimmers with a thousand colors. The Snake discovers that Frendyl possesses the stone, and now he’s coming for it.
 
 
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Frendyl Krune Origins: The Ekrim’s Oath by Kira A. McFadden
 
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This story begins immediately after the conclusion of Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun and contains information that may spoil the events of that book. Therefore, you might want to read Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun before continuing forward.
 
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The Blood of the Sun, an ancient gemstone that holds the power of the first amüli king, was lost to Jaecrel when Frendyl retrieved it from the Tomb of the Stone. Now, Jae wanders the icy north of Inrugia, determined to follow Frendyl and steal the gem from him—yet not all goes to plan when a group of ekra necromancers capture her.
 

YOUNG ADULT – For READERS 13 and Older

 
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Brink of Dawn (Chosen – Book 2) by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
 
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?
 

SCIENCE FICTION-DYSTOPIAN – For READERS 13 and Older

 
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The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers – Book 2) by David Litwack
 
“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.
 

THRILLER/SUSPENSE-ESPIONAGE – For READERS 16 and Older

 
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Kill or Be Killed: Under Cover by Linda Kay Silva
 
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.
 

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We hope you find several of these books to your liking, either for yourself or as gifts for your loved ones. As always, we thank you for your support. As an indie small press, we couldn’t survive without you, our loyal readers. Lastly, please share this great news with your friends.

Evolved Publishing Releases 3 New Books on October 26, 2015

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3 New Books Evolved Publishing –
1 for Kids Aged 7-11, 2 for Adults

 
For our October book launch event, we’re following up with the second book in the new fun mystery series for lower grade readers (1st grade to 5th grade, depending on reading level), The Pet Shop Society, from long-etsbalished writer of kids’ books, Emlyn Chand. Emlyn has been writing the Bird Brain Books series of children’s picture books for a couple of years, and is now branching out into lower grade chapter books. Her Bird Brain Books stories revolved around birds, often featuring many of their animal friends. Well, Emlyn continues to offer fun stories for the kids that involve animals, and we’re thrilled to bring you the second book in The Pet Shop Society.
 
We’re also offering the first book (sort of) from a great new voice from Israel (and the U.S.), Steven Greenberg, with the release of Galerie. Steven had previously published a book called Enfold Me, a post-Israel thriller, but he has pulled it in order to revise it and re-publish it with us (coming March 2016). Thus, Galerie becomes something like his first book… again. 🙂
 
Third, we’re releasing the first book from author Ellen Joyce with Shadow Side, a paranormal thriller. This one contains more adult themes and is sure to appeal to fans of paranormal suspense.
 
And now, a little more about all 3 books. Just click on the covers or titles to go to the book pages, where you’ll find all the information on these books, as well as links to the books at your favorite online retailers. Enjoy!
 

LOWER GRADE CHAPTER BOOKS FOR KIDS 6-11 YEARS OLD

Maddie and the Purrfect Crime by Emlyn Chand
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Maddie Adams isn’t your typical middle schooler. She’d much rather read about Amelia Earhart or Madame Curie than yet another fairytale princess finding her happily-ever-after with a dreamy prince. Yuck! She knows she’ll change the world one day, just like her real-life heroes, so why not let that day be today?
 
When a series of unexplained phenomenon start to take place around her home, Maddie turns to The Pet Shop Society for help. While her twin brother Mike is certain they’re dealing with a ghost, Maddie is equally certain that there’s a plausible—perhaps even scientific—explanation for the rash of missing objects, flickering lights, and other household mischief.
 
With the boys too chicken to jump on the case, it looks like the girls will be handling this one. Join Maddie, Bree, and Nic for a sleepover gone very, very wrong, as they attempt to unravel the mystery of the Purrfect Crime.
 
 

HISTORICAL THRILLER

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Every family holds to secrets, but some are far darker, reach deeper, and touch a rawer nerve than others.
 
Vanesa Neuman is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and her childhood in the cramped intimacy of south Tel Aviv is shadowed by her parents’ unspoken wartime experiences. The past for her was a closed book… until her father passes away and that book falls literally open. Vanesa must now unravel the mystery of the diary she has received—and the strange symbol within—at all costs.
 
Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation and the Jewish Museum of Prague—Adolf Eichmann’s “Museum of an Extinct Race”—Galerie is fast-paced historical fiction in the tradition of Tatiana De Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key. From Jerusalem’s Yad V’Shem Holocaust research center, to the backstreets of Prague, and into the former “paradise ghetto” of Theresienstadt, Vanesa’s journey of understanding will reveal a darker family past than she ever imagined—a secret kept alive for over half a century.
 

PARANORMAL THRILLER

Shadow Side by Ellen Joyce
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This suspenseful thriller is perfect for paranormal fans 16 and older.
 
Bryar Bowden is a reformed hillbilly hell-raiser, tamed down to a mundane husband for a soulless wife.
 
Chloe James is a functional sex addict, running from a lover who challenged her compulsive need for control.
 
Partnered as state investigators for a corrupt governor, they cover up an incestuous love triangle that hides a metaphysical jail break. When it changes everything they know about being human, their only hope to survive is to trigger each other’s shadow side.
 
 
 
 

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We hope you’ll enjoy these wonderful new books, and that you’ll spread the joy and power of reading to your friends and family by sharing this good news. And as always, we thank you so much for your support.

Evolved Publishing Releases 5 New Books on September 28, 2015

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5 New Books for Young Readers from Evolved Publishing

 
We love all literature that gives us great stories, compelling characters, and a fun, entertaining escape from the grind. Yet we have a special place in our hearts for books for kids. Reading is just so important to our kids–to their mental development, the psychological well-being, and their future for which we hold so much hope. Thus, it is with great pleasure that we announce the release of these 5 new books.

Just click on the covers or titles to go to the book pages, where you’ll find all the information on these books, as well as links to the books at your favorite online retailers.

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS FOR KIDS 3-8 YEARS OLD

Emlyn and the Gremlin and the Seaside Mishap by Steff F. Kneff (Illustrations by Luke Spooner)
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“Gremlin, oh no! What to do?” Emlyn yelled.
“Those waves are tremendous, and look at that swell!
Moose, we must help her. I know she can’t swim.
What a fine mess little Gremlin is in!”

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Emlyn invites Gremlin for a trip to the ocean, but mishaps abound on the seaside.

And Gremlin seems to have landed in deeper trouble than usual on this trip.

Join Emlyn, Gremlin and Moose for an unforgettable family vacation.

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The Emlyn and the Gremlin series is a collection of beautifully illustrated, kid-centered books, each containing a fun rhyme scheme and humor for both kids and adults. These gorgeous books introduce the concept of a two-mum family in a natural and subtle way—the perfect books to add diversity to any home, library or store!

Maddie’s Monsters by Jonathan Gould (Illustrations by Daiki Sasaki)
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Strange things are happening in Maddie’s house. Objects keep disappearing, and Maddie’s family can’t imagine where they’ve gone. Only Maddie knows that her monsters have taken them. Can she get her family to believe her? And can she get her monsters to give everything back?

Jonathan Gould tells a warm and funny story about respect and responsibility, with sparkling illustrations from Daiki Sasaki that bring the colourful world of a child to life.
 
 
 
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LOWER GRADE CHAPTER BOOKS FOR KIDS 6-11 YEARS OLD

Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle by Emlyn Chand
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Mike Adams has always been a pretty average kid. He hates homework, love sports, and spends a lot of his day bugging his twin sister Maddie—because, after all, she deserves it.

But one day, everything changes. Nic Chang’s dog goes missing.

Mike, his sister and their two best friends join forces to search for the truth and, with it, the missing pet. Will Mike and Maddie find a way to put their differences aside and save the day? And just where did that dog-gone labradoodle go?

Put your thinking caps on and prepare to find the answers in the premier installment of The Pet Shop Society, a brand new mystery series for readers aged 7-11.
 
 
 
 
The Shaman’s Salvation by J.W. Zulauf (Illustrations by Luke Spooner)
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Not all fairytales take place in rolling hills or along sparkling beaches. Some happen right below our very feet like the corpses they are….

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The very existence of Balderdash is hanging by a thread. The kingdom is under attack by vicious creatures called Mana Beasts, and someone is after the shaman.

Will Balderdash fall because of the shaman’s past actions? Will she lose it all, or will she sacrifice herself to save her people?

Join us in this coffin tale to find out the fate of Balderdash.
 
 
 

YOUNG ADULT FANTASY THRILLER FOR READERS 13 AND OLDER

Second Chances – A “Chosen” Short Story by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
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Precious and rare, second chances must be earned, but has Ayden done enough to win his?

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One night changes everything.
One chance meeting forces a young man to make a choice.
Will he do what’s right?
Or what’s easy?

Ayden is forced to remember old secrets he’d rather not reveal when his daughter returns home with questions about his shadowy past and dangerous legacy. Will she understand when he tells her about the night mysterious strangers came to his sleepy Arizona town looking for a local medicine man?

As his tale unfolds, Ayden pieces together the mystery that connected a recent murder, the strangers, and the medicine man’s bizarre behavior.

Will he allow old demons to rule him, or will he get a second chance?

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We hope you’ll take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to spread the joy and power of reading to the younger set in your life. And as always, we thank you so much for your support.

J.W. Zulauf

Author

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I would love to say that from the second I could use my fingers, I began to write, but I can’t. Sure there were times through my life when writing surfaced and fell away, but the truth is, I couldn’t even read all that well through most of my teens. Then one day, my father gave me a copy of The Stand by Stephen King, and even though it took me a year to finish, I did it.

This experience changed my life.

From that point, I strove to become the best reader and writer I could be. I was driven by an unbelievable passion to become a writer, and here I am. I truly started from the bottom and worked hard to become who I am now. I am a believer in the words. Reading saved my life.

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Up Next

Watch for the second book in the Kingdom in Chains series of young adult fantasy adventures, coming in 2018.

Details coming soon….

Author Majanka Verstraete Discusses Why She Writes Kids’ Books

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“Why I Write Kids’ Books” – A Post by Author Majanka Verstraete

I’ve been asked on numerous occasions, by my friends and family, even by complete strangers, why I write kids’ books. People seem to think it’s an easy question for me to answer, but it isn’t.

I started out writing young adult novels. When I started writing these novels, I’d barely grown out of the young adult stage of life myself, so it was easy to relate to the characters and to describe their day-to-day world. But the more I wrote in this particular genre, the more I wanted to expand my horizons.

The day I came up with the story for Valentina and the Haunted Mansion was a dreary, rainy afternoon. I should’ve been studying for an important test for university, but instead I thought about this book. The idea was simple: a vampire girl moves into a mansion and finds a ghost, aimed at kids—the picture book I would’ve died to read back when I was a kid.

I hesitated though, because it had been years since I’d even touched a picture book. But I figured, since picture books are short, why not give it a shot. A few revision rounds later, I submitted the manuscript, and here we are.

After finding a home for Valentina and the Haunted Mansion with Evolved Publishing, I was inspired to keep writing for kids. I came up with the idea for the Weirdville lower grade chapter book series, starting with The Doll Maker, not long after signing the contract for the Valentina series.

In the Valentina series, it’s all about how even monsters can be scared of other monsters. It’s about showing kids that they shouldn’t be afraid of imaginary monsters.

I wanted to bring some of that magic to an older audience in the Weirdville series. The books’ protagonists are all kids, and they’re struggling with something dark and evil. Through their courage, intelligence and determination, they fight this evil—and they may or may not win.

When I was a kid, I loved scary books—the scarier, the better. There aren’t enough scary books out there for kids—preferably the kind that gives them a slight scare, but doesn’t keep them up all night—and the books that are there, like the Goosebumps series and Christopher Pike’s series of kids’ books, all date back from the 1990s. Kids want something new, something fresh, with protagonists who have cell phones and know how to use the internet. I wanted to fill that gap with the Weirdville series.

Like I said, it’s not an easy question to answer. On the one hand, I feel like there aren’t enough kids’ books out there in the genre I want to cover—speculative fiction, horror in particular—and on the other hand, I want to show kids that you’re never too young to overcome your fears, and to fight evil, in any shape or form.

One thing is for sure, though: I love writing kids’ books. It allows me to use my creativity in a way I never thought possible. For young adults, you have to explain stuff, like why there would be a monster under the bed. Kids don’t need explaining—they already know the monster is there, they just have to figure out if they’ll be afraid of it, or if they’ll befriend it.

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Majanka Verstraete’s series are expanding in December, with the addition of Valentina and the Whackaddole Witch, House of Horrors, and Fright Train, all releasing on December 9th.

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