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Extraordinary Audiobooks for Your Kids!

Having a hard time getting your kids to embrace reading? Maybe you’ll have better luck getting them to “listen.”

We know as well as anyone just how critically important it is to a child’s intellectual development to read, but we also recognize that it can be a challenge these days. After all, kids seem to be lost in an electronic world. Well, maybe eBooks will satisfy them, but perhaps they need something a little different. How about audiobooks?
 
We have some really terrific audiobooks for kids ranging from 7 to 14, so let us just share those with you here.
 

“Weirdville” Series by Majanka Verstraete, with Narration by Miriam Blum [Lower Grade]


This spooky-fun series is ideal for kids 7 to 11 years old. They feature stories that are scary, but in a fun way — not TOO scary. The audiobooks are priced as real bargains, ranging from $3.46 to $6.95. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: THE DOLL MAKER
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BOOK 2: HOUSE OF HORRORS
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BOOK 3: FRIGHT TRAIN
Currently $3.46 at Amazon, and $3.95 at Audible and iTunes:
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“The Balderdash Saga” Series by J.W. Zulauf, with Narration by Peter Reynolds [Lower Grade]


This spooky-fun series is ideal for kids 7 to 11 years old. They feature stories that are scary, but in a fun way — not TOO scary. As the series tagline states: “Not all fairytales are about beautiful princesses and dashing princes. Some are about the corpses living below our very feet….”
 
The audiobooks are priced as real bargains, each currently priced at $5.95 at iTunes, $6.08 at Amazon, and $6.95 at Audible. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: THE UNDERGROUND PRINCESS
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BOOK 2: THE PRINCE’S PLIGHT
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BOOK 3: THE SHAMAN’S SALVATION
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BOOK 4: THE BALDERDASH SAGA SPECIAL EDITION (Features 4 Short Stories)
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“Noah Zarc” Series by D. Robert Pease, with Narration by David Radtke [Middle Grade to Young Adult]


This multiple award-winning series of science fiction time travel adventures is sure to appeal to both boys and girls aged 10 and up. As Publishers Weekly says, “Pease’s strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah’s excited, fast-paced narration.”
 
These are full-length novels, and the audiobooks range from $16.18 to $18.49. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: NOAH ZARC: MAMMOTH TROUBLE
Currently $16.18 at Amazon, and $16.95 at iTunes, and $18.49 at Audible:
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BOOK 2: NOAH ZARC: CATACLYSM
Currently $16.95 at Amazon and iTunes, and $18.49 at Audible:
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BOOK 3: NOAH ZARC: DECLARATION
Currently $17.95 at Amazon, and $16.95 at iTunes, and $18.49 at Audible:
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“Amüli Chronicles: Frendyl Krune” Series by Kira A. McFadden, with Narration by Christopher Franceschi [Middle Grade to Young Adult]


This award-winning series of epic fantasy adventures is sure to appeal to both boys and girls aged 10 and up. As author Jeremy Rodden says, “The extensive worldbuilding in this book is phenomenal. Amüli are connected to humans via the “soulbound” process but are a species all on their own, an “immortal” race of winged humans. That alone is worth the price of admission.”
 
These are full-length novels, and the audiobooks range from $17.46 to $24.95. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: FRENDYL KRUNE AND THE BLOOD OF THE SUN
Currently $17.46 at Amazon, and $17.95 at iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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BOOK 2: FRENDYL KRUNE AND THE SNAKE ACROSS THE SEA
Currently $17.46 at Amazon, and $17.95 at iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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BOOK 3: FRENDYL KRUNE AND THE STONE PRINCESS
Currently $21.83 at Amazon, and $21.95 at iTunes, and $24.95 at Audible:
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“Darla Decker Diaries” Series by Jessica McHugh, with Narration by Robin Jill [Middle Grade to Young Adult]


This critically acclaimed series of young adult coming-of-age adventures is sure to appeal to both boys and girls aged 12 and up. As author C. Clark says, “In Darla, McHugh has created a character that is dynamic and interesting and while I don’t pretend in any way to really know the mindset of a young, pre-teen girl, I read the prose and I feel like I am hearing the voice of a child. Not the perfected cartoonized version of a child, not as simple fodder for the story, but as a genuine, three dimensional, real child. It brought me back to a lot of the young adult books I would read in grade school, living along with the day-to-day exploits of the protagonist as she deals with the dramas of her life and underneath everything, the ultimate and slow transition into adulthood.”
 
These are full-length novels, and the audiobooks range from $17.46 to $19.95. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: DARLA DECKER HATES TO WAIT
Currently $17.95 at Amazon and iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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BOOK 2: DARLA DECKER TAKES THE CAKE
Currently $17.46 at Amazon, $17.95 iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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BOOK 3: DARLA DECKER SHAKES THE STATE
Currently $17.46 at Amazon, $17.95 at iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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Happy listening!

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Evolved Publishing Releases 4 New Books June 2, 2014

It’s Launch Day!

It’s another one of those great days, when we bring new books into the world for your reading pleasure. In this case, this is the second of 2 book launches 2 weeks apart, a particularly fun time.

This time around, we have 2 children’s picture books for the tikes 3-8 years old, a young adult novel for readers 13 and older, and an epic fantasy for readers 15 and older. So we offer great stories across multiple genres. Check them out!

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK (3-8 Years Old):

3D-SammyStealsTheShowSammy Steals the Show by
Emlyn Chand (Author) and Noelle Giffin (Illustrator)

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Sammy is a talented young cockatiel who loves to sing out of his open apartment window for all of Australia to hear. One day, he watches a reality singing competition with his human friend, Lisa, and knows that if he could just audition, he would surely win.

What follows is a masterful escape, an eventful journey to the Sydney Opera House, and an audition the crew of Sing Your Heart Out will never forget. Will Sammy take home the title of Australia’s next rising star, or will he find something more important along the way?

There’s only one way to find out: join Sammy in his humorous adventure of fame, friendship, and fun, in this edition of the color-illustrated Bird Brain Books series for children.

3D-ValentinaMaskedMummyValentina and the Masked Mummy by
Majanka Verstraete (Author) and Noelle Giffin (Illustrator)

COMING WITHIN A FEW DAYS….

When noises shake Valentina’s bedroom in the middle of the night, and her resident ghost, Jerry, hides under her bed, the little vampire girl tumbles into yet another adventure.

Eager to investigate the source of the uproar, she bumps into her brother Vlad in the hallway. He’s as clueless as she is, but at least he’s not as terrified of the noises as Jerry.

The trio follows the noise to the museum room, where they find an opened sarcophagus, and a mummy wearing a mask….

Valentina and the Masked Mummy is the third in this fun and exciting new series for kids. Be sure to check out Book 1, Valentina and the Haunted Mansion, and Book 2, Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch, both of which are now available.

YOUNG ADULT – COMING OF AGE, GIRLS (13 and Older):

3D-DarlaDeckerHatesToWaitDarla Decker Hates to Wait by
Jessica McHugh

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Patience is not Darla Decker’s strong suit. Surviving sixth grade is tough enough with an annoying older brother, a best friend acting distant, and schoolwork. After adding instructive kissing games and the torturous wait for a real date with her biggest crush, Darla is perpetually torn between behaving like an adult and throwing temper tantrums.

Games of flashlight tag, and the crazy cat lady roaming Shiloh Farms in a “demon bus,” serve as distractions during her parents’ quarrels and her anxiety about show choir auditions. Yet the more Darla waits for her adulthood to begin, the more she learns that summoning patience won’t be the hardest part of being eleven.

A frank and funny look at the path to adulthood, Darla Decker Hates to Wait begins a journey of love, loss, and the nitty-gritty of growing up through Darla Decker’s eyes.

Watch for Book 2 in the Darla Decker Diaries series, Darla Decker Takes the Cake, coming in late 2014.

EPIC FANTASY (15 and Older):

3D-ShadowSwarmShadow Swarm by
D. Robert Pease

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Aberthol Nauile doesn’t know that he once led legions in a war that had raged since the dawn of time, against an enemy that could not be killed. He doesn’t know that he rode on a dragon with his father, or that his mother died while giving birth to him. He doesn’t know that he once saved his great, great, great grandfather by defeating the black enemy on the slopes of a volcano.

Aberthol doesn’t know that he beheld the creation of the world, as his grandfather eight generations before took the planet, ravaged by a war of the gods, and began anew.

All he knows is that he awoke in a coffin deep within a tomb, and now the whole world thinks he is their savior. All he really wants to know is his name, and why he keeps hearing voices in his head.

Be sure to check out D. Robert Pease’s Noah Zarc series of middle grade sci-fi adventures.

In the News for Evolved Publishing, May 22, 2014

Three Evolved Publishing Authors in the Spotlight

3D-JellicleGirlFirst, under the ongoing heading of “We Love Awards,” author Stevie Mikayne has been honored by the good folks at the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. They’ve named her debut novel, Jellicle Girl, a Finalist: Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Fiction. We think this is a richly-deserved award, and we thank the folks at the Indie Excellence Awards for recognizing the true quality of this excellent book.

National Indie Excellence Book Awards - 2014

You can get your copy online at any of the retailers linked below:

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3D-NZMammothTroubleSecond, author D. Robert Pease continues to earn high praise for his multiple award-winning Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble. This middle grade sci-fi adventure has captured the imagination of readers young and old alike. It’s true that its intended audience is kids 9-13 years old, with characters they can relate to and empathize with – yet adults are loving it too.

See what author and book reviewer SW Lothian has to say about this wonderful book at Seriously Awesome Adventures.

And of course, be sure to check out the full Noah Zarc series.

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For more information on this series, and on all of D. Robert Pease’s books, including links to the online retailer of your choice, please visit www.EvolvedPub.com/DRPeaseBooks/.

3D-TheDollMakerThird, author Majanka Verstraete sits down for an interview with The Writer’s Life eMagazine. She talks about the writing and publishing process, and what inspired her to write the Weirdville lower grade series of spooky adventures – chapter books for kids 6-10 years old. With three books already available, and three more coming in 2014, this is the perfect series for young kids who like a spooky tale – scary, but not too scary; in other words, fun scary.

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Be sure to check out the full Weirdville series at the book pages linked below:
The Doll Maker
House of Horrors
Fright Train

We hope you enjoy these wonderful books for readers of all ages, and as always… thank you.

Evolved Publishing Named “Publisher of the Year 2013” by Library at the End of the Universe

We had 3 of 4 authors in the Junior category (young adults, teens, and children), and 4 of 22 authors in the Adult and New Adult category.

Publisher of the YearIn the Junior category (click HERE), our winners were Michael Dadich, Emlyn Chand, and Majanka Verstraete. As each of these authors’ books includes illustrations, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention our talented artists: Mallory Rock, Sarah Shaw, and Noelle Giffin.

In the Adult and New Adult category (click HERE), our winners were Angela Scott, Robb Grindstaff, Stevie Mikayne, and Pavarti K. Tyler.

(To find all these talented individuals, please search the “Our Team” tab at the top of the page.)

And of course, we’re so pleased to have been named their Publisher of the Year for 2013. Thank you, Library at the End of the Universe!

5 New Books from Evolved Publishing on December 9, 2013

2 books for the adults, and 3 books for the young at heart.

As is our custom, we’re offering here great entertainment for readers of all ages. Just click on the covers below, or the corresponding titles, to navigate to the product page, where you’ll find a tab with all the retail links.

The_Zombie_West_Trilogy_300dpi_200x300The Zombie West Trilogy by Angela Scott
[Young Adult / Horror / Romance / Western]

The Wild West is hard enough to survive with its native territory, wanted outlaws, and harsh terrain, but with a plague turning civilized people into brain-eating monsters, survival becomes nearly impossible.

Red has lost everything to the fast-spreading disease: her family, her trust in mankind, and her hope for a better tomorrow. When she meets Trace, a smooth-talking gambling man who’s more city boy than cowboy, she’s forced down a path she’d been avoiding for years. Until his arrival, she’d lived by a certain set of rules—don’t ask names, keep to yourself, don’t let anyone too close—but the jackass of a man won’t let her be, and he has an uncanny knack for appearing at all the wrong times and in all the wrong places.

Each, with a secret of their own, will need to learn that only by working together do they have any chance of surviving The Zombie West.

That is, if they don’t kill each other first.

FEATURES ALL 3 BOOKS OF THE AWARD-WINNING ZOMBIE WEST SERIES IN 1 SPECIAL EDITION:
Book 1 – Wanted: Dead or Undead
Book 2 – Survivor Roundup
Book 3 – Dead Plains

This special edition also includes 2 exclusive short stories, along with additional bonus content available only in this omnibus edition.

WhispersOfTheDead_300dpi_200x300Whispers of the Dead by C.L. Roberts-Huth
[Thriller / Paranormal]

Murder was never something Zoe Delante enjoyed, but solving the cases…. She does that rather well, and has the track record to prove it. Yet when she’s called in on a new case with the Baltimore PD as their go-to clairvoyant, she’s unprepared for the heinous nature of the crimes.

The hunt for the murderer unfolds, dropping Zoe right in the middle of a power struggle between a nightmare of a coven, and a serial killer leaving bodies in ceremonial circles in the rural parts of Baltimore’s city limits.

Will she discover the identity of the maniac behind the gruesome beheadings, or will she lose someone close to her first? A race against celestial bodies and the trail of earthbound body parts keeps our intrepid clairvoyant running right until the very end.
 
 
House_of_Horrors_300dpi_200x320House of Horrors by Majanka Verstraete
[Lower Grade Chapter Book / Horror]

This chapter book, the second in the Weirdville series, is ideal for kids as young as 6 and as old as 11, depending on reading level and parental involvement.

When her parents allow her to go to the fair, Jacky is over the moon. The fair is most famous for its haunted mansion, the House of Horrors, and her friend Ben can’t wait to try it out. Her best friend, Cass, is a little more reluctant, but then again, Cass has always been a chicken when it comes to getting scared.

Jacky and Cass are determined to act tough, so when Ben suggests they try out the House of Horrors, the girls tag along, even though the place gives them the chills.

As soon as the three of them enter the spooky monstrosity, the ride comes to a screeching halt, and the horror begins.

The lights fade, and a hooded figure appears and tells them they’re stuck in a twisted game of cat and mouse. He will show them their worst fears, and if the kids manage to face down those fears, they’ll have a chance of getting out of the House of Horrors alive. If they don’t, well….

Thirty minutes to go. Thirty minutes to face their nightmares… and the clock is ticking.

Fright_Train_300dpi_200x320Fright Train by Majanka Verstraete
[Lower Grade Chapter Book / Horror]

This chapter book, the third in the Weirdville series, is ideal for kids as young as 6 and as old as 11, depending on reading level and parental involvement.

Charlie’s parents drop him off at the train station so he can visit his grandma in Weirdville. It’s a cold winter evening, so when his usual train is cancelled at the last second, Charlie wishes he’d stayed home.

An hour later, shivering from the cold, he climbs onboard the next train to Weirdville, even though he’d rather not. It looks like something straight out of the nineteenth century, as if it used a time machine to arrive at the station.

His shivering doesn’t stop, for soon after Charlie boards, he realizes just how right he was to be wary of this strange train. Something is seriously wrong with all the people onboard. If only he could figure out what was going on. If only he could get off the train.

Valentina_Whackadoodle_Witch_300dpi_200x286Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch by Majanka Verstraete
[Children’s Picture Book]

This hybrid picture/chapter book is ideal for kids as young as 4 and as old as 9, depending on reading level and parental involvement.

It’s not every day that a witch gets stuck in your chimney, dangling upside down.

When Valentina and her newfound friend Jerry play dress-up in the attic, the Whackadoodle Witch comes crashing down the chimney. She claims to be one of the most powerful witches of all time, but even she can’t free herself without a spell book.

Just one problem: that spell book was snatched by Meanie Muggers, invisible thieves who steal valuable objects and hide them where you’d least expect.

If Valentina and Jerry want to help the witch, they’ll have to search the house from top to bottom. Not an easy task in a house crawling with monsters in all shapes and sizes.

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These new books are sure to bring you or your loved ones many hours of reading pleasure. Please enjoy!