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Evolved Publishing Releases 4 New Books – April 25, 2016

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4 Great New Books
from 4 Talented Authors

We are excited to offer 4 new books from 4 different authors. In this book launch, we have 2 books for kids 3-8 and 2 books for adults. And so… we truly have a little something for every age group.

PLEASE ENJOY!

LOWER GRADE – For READERS 6-11 Years Old

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Coming Soon To: Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble.
 
The Balderdash Saga – Special Edition by J.W. Zulauf, Illustrations by Luke Spooner
 
This SPECIAL EDITION features all 3 of the short stories released in the LOWER GRADE FAIRYTALE series THE BALDERDASH SAGA SHORTS. It also features an exclusive 4th short story, available only in this special edition. Finally, it includes 12 exclusive illustrations.
 
[Ideal for kids as young as 6 and as old as 11, depending on reading level and parental involvement.]
 
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For all the flowers left on the graves.
 
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Whether you like action, adventure, mystery or love, The Balderdash Saga encompasses them all, and so much more. Author J.W. Zulauf and illustrator Luke Spooner take the reader on an unforgettable journey through the underground kingdom known as Balderdash.
 

MIDDLE GRADE – For READERS 9-13 Years Old

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Coming Soon To: Barnes and Noble.
 
Frendyl Krune and the Stone Princess by Kira A. McFadden
 
This 3rd book in the Amüli Chronicles: Frendyl Krune series of middle grade fantasies is ideal for readers 9-13 years old (but we know you older folks will love it too).
 
Not long ago, Frendyl Krune joined his Uncle Melroc on a quest to find the fabled magical gem known as the Blood of the Sun. The gem’s power helped Frendyl learn to cast magic—an amazing feat for someone as young as him—but the gift comes with a cost. The stone is fused with Frendyl’s heart, and no matter where he goes, the stone’s dangerous power threatens those he cares for.
 
To make matters worse, the sorcerer who released an imprisoned amüli claiming to be the rightful king gave Frendyl almost no information about his missing family, and the Pretender is chasing Frendyl across the land. All Frendyl wants is to find his father and cousin, and get rid of the Blood of the Sun. No one knows how to remove the gem without ripping his heart out along with it, which means he has little choice but to face the Pretender—at least, until he learns of someone who might have the power to save him.
 
A young princess skilled in delicate magic might be able to help, and Frendyl is determined to find her. Although she lived four hundred years ago, there is hope: legend says an envious witch cast a spell on the princess to make her last the ages.
 
Too bad that spell turned the princess to stone.
 

DARK EPIC FANTASY

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Coming Soon To: Barnes and Noble.
FOR OUR AUSTRALIAN READERS, GET THE EBOOK HERE:
Amazon – Australia
Apple iBooks – Australia

 
In the Company of the Dead by Ciara Ballintyne
 
This dark epic fantasy is the first book in The Sundered Oath trilogy. Watch for parts 2 and 3 to release in 2017 and 2018.

Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.

Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her murdered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile for striking his prince.

Lyram is the son of a duke and third in line for the throne. Hell bent on drowning his grief for his murdered wife in a whiskey bottle, Lyram is ill-equipped to deal with the arrival of a mysterious army. When the castle comes under siege, he believes his prince is behind it, only to have his fears dismissed as the paranoia of a grief-stricken drunkard by those closest to him. He dare not even voice aloud his suspicions of the prince’s involvement in his wife’s murder.

Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay—a necromancer with a personal interest in using Lyram for his own nefarious purposes.

As the siege lengthens, and with the identity of the necromancer unknown, Lyram finds his faith in those closest to him undermined by treachery and sabotage. Not knowing who he can trust, he turns to the one person whose honesty is unimpeachable – the Left Hand of Death herself.

Caught up in their pursuit of vengeance, and desperately trying to save themselves from both political machinations and clashing gods, Ellaeva and Lyram never realise that the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.
 

SUSPENSE THRILLER / WOMEN’S FICTION

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Red on the Run by K.M. Hodge
 
This crime thriller/women’s fiction is the first book in The Syndicate-Born Trilogy.
 
…Because sometimes all you can do is run.
 
In search of redemption from his sordid past, FBI Special Agent Alex Bailey takes on a new partner, Katherine Mitchel… and a new secret mission.
 
Before being assigned their first joint case, Katherine uncovers damning evidence against a major crime ring known as The Syndicate. The group controls key members of the D.C. Metropolitan Area Police, the U.S. Congress, even the FBI, and they will stop at nothing to protect their interests. With her life on the line, Katherine is forced to put her faith in Alex as she flees from Washington D.C. and enters the Witness Protection Program.
 
Yet there’s no hiding from The Syndicate.
 
In the most dangerous investigation of his career, Alex must decide how far he is willing to go to keep Katherine safe, and to stop The Syndicate.
 

AND SO….

 
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 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.
 
 
 
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: It may be a day or two before the retail links appear. Thanks for your patience.
 
 
 

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?

AND SO….

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.

Illustrator Luke Spooner on “Emlyn and the Gremlin,” a New Children’s Picture Book

New Series of Children’s Picture Books

Bio_Pic-Luke_SpoonerLuke Spooner recently dropped by at Soapbox Press to discuss the soon-to-be-released Emlyn and the Gremlin, the first installment in a new series of children’s picture books illustrated by Luke and written by author Steff F. Kneff.

He offers some interesting insights into the book, his creative process, and more. Please stop by and check out the Soapbox Press article.

While you’re at it, go ahead and grab your copy of Emlyn and the Gremlin today (purchase links below). It doesn’t “officially” launch until Monday, but…. Shhh! It’s available now.
 
 

Luke Spooner

Luke_Spooner_IllustratedLuke Spooner a.k.a. ‘Carrion House’ and ‘Hoodwink House,’ currently lives and works in the South of England. Having recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree, he is now a full time illustrator for just about any project that peaks his interest.

Despite regular forays into children’s books and fairy tales, for which he has won awards for literary and artistic merit, his true love lies in anything macabre, melancholy or dark in nature and essence. He believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility – as well as being something he truly treasures.
 
 
 

Emlyn and the Gremlin — Now Available at:

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3D-EmlynAndTheGremlin“Mummy, that Gremlin snuck through in the night!
She tiptoed inside when we turned out the light!
She opened my jewel box and tried on my hat.
How can you trust such a Gremlin as that?”

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Emlyn is sure a Gremlin sneaks into the house at night. In the morning, she finds her room a mess, with gadgets and glitter strewn everywhere. Moose, her Great Dane, should be guarding the house, but he’s so afraid he hides in his fort!

Emlyn’s mums insist Gremlins aren’t real, but one day, Emlyn overhears the truth… and then she meets Gremlin for herself.

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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!

NOTE ON THE HARDCOVER VERSION OF THIS BOOK:
The hardcover (case laminate) version of this book has been produced in high-end premium color & finish, giving it a distinctive quality.

Be sure to check our the rest of this great series AT THIS LINK.

Steff F. Kneff (aka Stevie Mikayne) Is Coming Out… as a Children’s Book Author!

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This guest post brought to you by author Steff F. Kneff.
 
 
What? Aren’t you a literary fiction author?

Yes! Mostly.

But after my daughter Emlyn was born, my aunt handed me a copy of The Jillian Jiggs Treasury….

I had no idea how impactful this bright, funny, slick-rhyming series of books would be on my pint-sized bundle. When we started reading, she practically took flight. She wiggled. She squirmed. Her arms rotated like propellers on a helicopter. I couldn’t even get a still photograph—her hands were nothing but a blur.

And that’s when I knew that I wanted to write something to make her smile like that.

Celebrating the Diversity!

— In the little blue house with the weathervane loose,
— Emlyn lived with her Mummy, her Mama, and Moose.
— That big old Blue Dane was a chicken at night.
— He hid in his fort when they turned out the light!

Emlyn has two mums (yep, that’s how her family is packaged), and while this is an important part of the story—especially for alternative families looking to see themselves reflected honestly in literature—it’s not the main point.

The story—captivating and original—is the main point.

I think diversity in literature is incredibly important, not only for children growing up in alternative families, but for all members of society. Why? Because diversity is not a politically correct catch-phrase, it’s our reality. Families come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Let’s have that represented on our library shelves.

The most important thing for me, though, was to write a fabulous children’s story—one that spotlighted the focus on the main kid character—her adventures, her quirks, her interests. A classic in the making….

Who’s Going to Love this Book?

Kids! And parents!

Emlyn and the Gremlin is a series with mass audience appeal.

Does your child enjoy fun rhythmic writing? A cast of quirky characters? A giant scaredy-cat dog? A sarcastic little Gremlin who tosses a grappling hook over the window ledge to sneak in and play with forbidden toys?

Then Emlyn and the Gremlin is for your family too.

Children’s picture books aren’t just about the kids— they must appeal to the adults reading aloud every night, too. Parents will enjoy reading Emlyn and the Gremlin as much as the kids. (They might even sneak in a quiet preview on their way home from the bookstore.)

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Happy reading!

I hope to see you all at book signings in July.

<3 Steff F. Kneff

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