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Two of Evolved Publishing’s Titles Win the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Fall 2014

Two Big Winners: The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky and Shatter Point.

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We’re always thrilled when one of our books receives special recognition, but even more thrilled when it’s two books! And from a prestigious group like Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards!

Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards – Fall 2014

We believed from the beginning that these two books deserved to be discovered by readers, and now that they’re racking up the individual awards, including this latest one, we hope more readers will discover these wonderful works. They’re very different works, one a literary saga (and light fantasy) and one a suspense thriller, but both are spectacular stories by talented authors.

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The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack

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After centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light—two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.

Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena’s plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena’s home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself “The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.” A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever… and perhaps their world as well.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ENTIRE TEAM:
David Litwack – Author
Lane Diamond – Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist & Interior Designer

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Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef

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Maggie met Cooper at a young age, but even then she sensed something was wrong with him. His charm, good looks, and wealth could not hide the danger that burned in his sapphire eyes.

Some nightmares don’t go away. He’d been haunting her from a distance for as long as she could remember.

Now things have changed.

When her sons Jack and Tom discover she’s been taken, they set out to rescue her and uncover nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders along the way. Only their colorful great aunt and a covert resistance group can help them navigate the dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare.

All the while, Maggie struggles to outwit her tormentor in a life and death psychological battle of tense desperation. Will Jack and Tom arrive before Cooper reaches his shatter point?

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ENTIRE TEAM:
Jeff Altabef – Author
Megan Harris – Editor
Lane Diamond – Senior Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist & Interior Design

Evolved Publishing Releases 4 New Books May 19, 2014

It’s Launch Day!

We really love these days, when we bring new books into the world for your reading pleasure. In this case, this is just the first of 2 book launches 2 weeks apart, so it’s a fun time.

This time around, we have a children’s picture book for the tikes 3-6 years old, a literary saga for readers 13 and older, and a pair of erotic romances for the adult crowd. So you parents can find 2 great books for your kids, and 2 great books for yourselves.

So gear up! We have many hours of relaxing escape from the daily grind now available.

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK (3-6 Years Old):

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Jonathan Gould (Author) and John Cardinal (Illustrator)

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When Thomas finds a talking turtle in his yard, he’s amazed and surprised—especially when the turtle insists, “I’m not a turtle. I’m a tiger!” After a visit to the zoo and a fun chase, the turtle—or is it a tiger?—discovers an important truth and makes a fast friend.

Storyteller Jonathan Gould crafts a humorous and heartwarming tale about friendship, acceptance and self-esteem, colorfully illustrated by John Cardinal.

LITERARY SAGA (13 and Older):

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After centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light—two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.

Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena’s plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena’s home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself “The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.” A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever… and perhaps their world as well.

CONTEMPORARY EROTIC ROMANCE (Adults Only):

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The Twisted Mosaic readers’ favorite, Claire, has some twisted fun of her own.

Dependable paralegal Claire O’Connor knows the man of her dreams is out there waiting for her, and she’s ready for him. Imagine her surprise—and delight—when she discovers not one but two men who lust for her. One adores her; the other challenges her. One makes sense; the other is a gamble.

Despite the family tragedy that shaped his past, JT Luck has only known success professionally. His personal life, however, is a failure. He doesn’t want a relationship, and while his ‘let it ride’ attitude keeps most women at a distance, Claire is eager to roll with him.

But when she finds out Kurt Langston, the office’s resident computer geek, harbors a secret crush on her, she wonders if he’s the safer bet. Kurt doesn’t get close to people, and his feelings for Claire make no sense in his carefully ordered life. His unexpected bond with JT pushes him to take chances he never imagined.

Go all-in or go home? Either way, the heat could be more than they can handle.

EROTICA / EROTIC ROMANCE (Adults Only):

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This is the second of the erotic romance series of Sugar House Novellas.

Jackson Grady met the love of his life. Unfortunately, he was running drugs for a pimp named Sasha at the time, who asked him to keep an eye on their new acquisition from Russia, the bedraggled beauty named Portia. She touched his heart and forced him to confront the kind of man he’d become.

Now, Portia and Jackson both work at The Sugar House. He continuously looks out for her, and longs for her with his every breath, but knows he is unworthy of such an angel. What will Portia do to win not only the heart, but also the body, of the man she loves?

Welcome to the world of The Sugar House, and the men and women who will fulfill your every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own?

Be sure to check out the other Sugar House Novellas, starting with Sugar & Salt, already available, and ending with Dual Domination, coming in December 2014.

Author David Litwack Discusses the Making of “The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky”

This book launches one week from today, on May 19th!

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Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena’s plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena’s home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself “The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.” A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever… and perhaps their world as well.

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Bio_Pic-David_LitwackAuthor David Litwack has dropped by to talk a little bit about his writing of The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky. This is one of those books that’s hard for us to categorize: part literary, part saga, part speculative, maybe even a little religion or fantasy – but all great literature! And now, we’ll let David tell you how this great book came to be.
 
 
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The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky started with a single image—a troubled couple on the shore watching a small boat crash on the rocks, its sole passenger a little girl with golden hair and striking blue eyes.

Getting from that initial image to publication would take four more years.

The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky was the second novel I wrote (following There Comes a Prophet). I began working on it at a time of family turmoil. In the span of two years, my father, mother, and sister had all fallen seriously ill. I wrote the first several drafts while doing my best to help them during their slow decline.

How did my personal circumstances influence the book? I’m a logical person (math major in college and software engineer for most of my career), but I found no logic in coping with tragedy. A number of the themes of The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky came from that experience.

But personal experience alone does not make a novel. I finished the book and went through a number of edit cycles, but never submitted it. I believe that every story needs a core focus. Though I’d created a number of good characters and a unique premise, I was struggling to find the novel’s core. I set it aside while I wrote and subsequently published Along the Watchtower.

After the death of my three family members, I had time to reflect. As a result, I revisited The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky with a newfound clarity. Each character in the story—whether the faithful from the Blessed Lands, or secularists from the Republic—was dealing with personal trauma.

But this wasn’t their story. I realized the little girl, Kailani, had to be the focus.

The book is not about how the other characters change (and they all do), but how they change as a direct result of their encountering Kailani. Each of them sees her through their own lens as the solution to their problems. As they re-create her based on their needs, she helps them heal.

Yet no one sees the truth about her. Is she a mystical priestess from the Blessed Lands with the power to save the soul-sick, or a troubled child suffering from trauma of her own?

I rewrote the book to be Kailani’s journey. Through her, all the others, regardless of their beliefs, discover how much we share the human condition. Beliefs become less important than relationships, and the clash between reason and faith matters less than the power of hope and love.