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Kent Swarts

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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Kent Swarts was an aerospace engineer for 46 years, and is now an astronomer. He has edited the Central Texas Astronomical Society’s newsletter for 15 years. He’s published in six sci-fi and dystopian anthologies. Now retired, he finds retirement more demanding than any job he’s had. He lives in Waco, Texas with his wife and dog, and when not writing, he reads or goes golfing. Engineering has influenced his writing, particularly pertaining to characters and to penning sci-fi.

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Watch for the first 3 books in the “Denny McConnell PI” series of private detective/murder mystery novels to release in late summer or early fall of 2020: A Family Feud Texas Style; A Savvy Way to Kill; and The Texas Medicine Murders.

 
 
Valuable land, oil, and murder make strange bedfellows.
 
Denny McConnell, Private Investigator, is hired to research the deeds, land swaps, and old lawsuits regarding Texas ranchland and oil, the rights to which are now disputed by Wendy Axtell Shearer. Obstacles develop, in part, because of Wendy’s charming but flawed character.
 
Denny puts to good use his engineering skills, and becomes entangled in the bitter family feud that includes murder, mayhem, and lies. Now, he just has to stay alive long enough to untangle this deadly mess.
 
 
Has technology been used as a weapon in the murder of two victims? Denny McConnell, PI, is on the case.
 
Denny is hired by Amber Fagerstrom’s law firm to help prove her innocent of the murder of Bad Boy Philip McDuggle. When another murder takes place in Ft. Worth, allegedly by the wife of the man for whom Denny provided expert testimony, Denny suspects the two cases are connected. Each of the two victims was involved in a coal venture, and Amber happens to have consulted for Philip McDuggle’s company.
 
 
A cure for cancer is stolen in Dallas, Texas, and now people are being killed. Denny McConnell, PI, is on the case.
 
When the young woman who, with four others, stole the promising cancer medicine is knifed in the gut, Denny is hired by her mother to find the killer. Soon after, Denny is kidnapped and mistaken for a man who stole a plutonium purification process, and he becomes enmeshed in an increasingly deadly affair. A week later, the young woman’s best friend is shot along a freeway.
 
Intrigue builds and bodies continue to drop in a seemingly endless string of crimes. Finally, an assassin working for the woman who instigated the medicine theft comes for Denny, and more bizarre twists follow.

W. Town Andrews

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AUGUST 23, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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A native Pennsylvanian, Town Andrews has lived and worked in several western states and the Philippines. He speaks multiple languages, including fluent Spanish and Visayan. Working, reading, parenting, linguistics, history, music composition and performance, and travel have all influenced his storytelling. His career has involved the building trades, agriculture, marine sciences, developmental distilling, theater musicianship, and marketing functional fluids to manufacturers and engineers.

“I love my work. But for fun, I write these stories.”

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Watch for Memoirs of a Transferable Soul, a literary medical thriller, to release on May 6, 2019.

Death is his lifeline, but is this any way to live? He’s an ordinary man, but he tells an extraordinary tale.

An unexpected combination of experimental medication and meandering contemplation opens a door through which his disembodied soul wanders, temporarily taking residence where other souls have departed. Upon his return ‘home’ each time, his terminal mystery illness wanes, while his transcendent abilities increase.

Yet the price is steep, and harrowing, as the treatments wear off quickly and the agonizing symptoms return. For continuing survival, and to maintain his revived health and newfound strength, he must continually find, cultivate, and court new terminal partners for his reluctant dance with death. Secrecy becomes imperative, for this special talent is one danse macabre that civilized society would abhor.

NOTE FROM EDITOR: This memoir is a work of fiction. Character names have been changed to respect and honor the dead. The narrator’s name has been withheld to protect the living. As to how much of the story is true, or embellished, that is for the reader to decide.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS the story of a defeated, dying man who discovers a secret, shocking talent that may help him survive, restore hope, find love, and even get tantalizing glimpses into the mysteries beyond.

Scott Shinberg

AUGUST 23, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.

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Scott Shinberg has served in leadership positions across the US Government and industry for over twenty-five years. He has worked in and with the US Air Force, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and most “Three-Letter Agencies.” While in government service, he served as an Air Force Intelligence Operations Officer and a Special Agent with the FBI. He lives in Virginia with his wife and sons.

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COMING FALL 2020: Fly by Night
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The rescue of a kidnapped CIA officer takes an unimaginable turn for the worse.

To rescue a kidnapped CIA officer, the Agency sends elite tactical operator Michelle Reagan—codename Eden—into action. With the life of the kidnapped woman in the hands of a terrorist, Eden uncovers a sinister plot against America. She leads an elite team in a heart-pounding race against time to uncover the truth about a terrorist plot and unmask a possible mole in the CIA.

In a life-and-death fight against an enemy willing to die for its cause, Michelle struggles to accept the personal consequences of what she must do to stop the dramatic attack. Will she have to sacrifice the life of a friend in order to save the lives of thousands of innocent Americans?
 
 
 
COMING 2021: Sargon the Third
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Terrorist leader Sargon the Third is poised to succeed where ISIS failed. He hides his Caliphate’s soldiers and spies among throngs of refugees spreading across the world.

After ISIS’s dramatic failure, shadowy terrorist leader Sargon the Third has learned how to succeed from those who went before him. To identify the anonymous terrorist leader and kill him, CIA covert action operator Michelle Reagan—codename Eden—goes undercover.

From prostitutes in bikinis to interrogations at a CIA black site, Eden stops at nothing to find the terrorist by following the money trail across the Mediteranean. As she crisscrosses Europe, Eden lies, steals, and cheats her way to Sargon’s front door. Even with her team at her back, she could never be prepared for what waits inside… and may be the death of her.

J.P. Barnett

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J.P. Barnett grew up in a tiny Texas town where the list of possible vocations failed to include published author. In second grade, he worked harder than any other student to deliver a story about a tiger cub who singlehandedly saved the U.S. Military, earning him a shiny gold star and a lifelong appreciation of telling a good story.

Fast forwarding through decades of schooling and a career as a software engineer, J.P. Barnett stepped away from it all to get back to his first real passion. Years of sitting at a keyboard gifted him with some benefit, though, including blazing fast typing hands and a full tank of creativity.

As a child, J.P. consumed any book he could get his hands on. The likes of Stephen King, Michael Crichton, and Dean Koontz paved the bookshelves of his childhood, providing a plethora of fantastical and terrifying tales that he read way too early in life. Though the effect these books had on his psyche could be called into question, these masters of storytelling managed to warp his mind in just the perfect way to spin a fun yarn or two.

J.P. currently resides in San Antonio with his wife and hellion of a cat, both of whom look at him dubiously with some frequency.
 

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Watch for Book 4 in the “Lorestalker” series of suspense/horror thrillers, The Haunt at Hogg Run, to release on September 14, 2020.

Mysterious screams and terrifying shadows haunt the woods of East Texas—horrors born of deadly secrets.

It’s not awkward at all when you’re forced on a family vacation with your new stepmother and her young daughter. Reluctantly, Macy Donner agrees to it to please her father. But camping? Even worse.

Beset by ominous weather, power outages, and hulking shadows heralded by terrifying screams from the darkness, Macy realizes that she’s their only hope for survival—a thin hope, at best. Although she’s learned a thing or two from her monster-hunting friends, she’s not equipped for the horrors of the nearby, abandoned haunted house, or for its long-buried secrets—secrets that want to kill her.
 

And watch for Book 5 in the “Lorestalker” series of suspense/horror thrillers, The Devil of Misty Lake, to release in 2021.

Swimmers beware—a mysterious creature lurks just beneath the serene waters of Misty Lake.

After a number of run-ins with the terrifying monsters near her home, Miriam Brooks finally leaves Texas to hunt the legendary devil of Misty Lake. Eager to prove herself, she packs her bags and heads to the Pacific Northwest. Though known for its stories of Bigfoot, this lake holds something else entirely.

The devil’s been tormenting campers and swimmers for decades, and Miriam quickly learns that she’s not the only one after this monster. A ruthless hunter skirts the periphery, with a far more sinister plan. Forced to stay one step ahead of the competition, Miriam engages in a deadly game of cat and mouse… but there’s something much more dangerous waiting just below the surface.

Author K.M Hodge Talks about Writing and a Current Promotion

We’re pleased to welcome to the blog today one of our thriller authors, K.M. Hodge, creator of the 4-book series “The Syndicate-Born Trilogy.” Yes, yes, we know… a trilogy doesn’t have 4 books. Well, we had originally planned to to stop this series after 3 books, and thus the trilogy, but when K.M. Hodge said, “Hey, I have an idea for a prequel that I think will be a lot of fun,” we said, “Let’s do it.” The trilogy then grew to 4 books.

First, let’s tell you about the author:

Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling author, K.M. Hodge grew up in Detroit, where she spent most of her free time weaving wild tales to spook her friends and family. These days, she lives in Texas with her husband and two energetic boys, and once again enjoys writing tales of suspense and intrigue that keep her readers up all night. Her stories, which focus on women’s issues, friendship, addiction, regrets and second chances, will stay with you long after you finish them. When she isn’t writing or being an agent of social change she watches old X-files episodes, does yoga, streams Detroit Tigers games, and binges on Netflix with her husband. K.M. Hodge truly enjoys hearing from her readers, so don’t be shy about dropping her an email or say hit on social media.

Find her online here:
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Finally, sign up for her mailing list & Get a Free Gift at:
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Second, let’s tell you about the promotion:

SALE/PROMOTION: $0.99 eBook at Amazon (All of June and July)
BOOK: Red on the Run
SERIES: The Syndicate-Born Trilogy – Book 1
GENRES: Crime Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Women’s Fiction
 
ABOUT THE BOOK:
You can’t hide from The Syndicate. Run, Red. Run!

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Fall 2016 – Best Thriller

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.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“Ms. Hodge is adept at keeping the reader engaged and on the edge of their seats.” ~ LAS Book Reviews

“Move over Baldacci. Prepare for competition from this new author! Spellbinding – hard to put down.” ~ Patrisha Ehlert

“This adrenaline-fueled thriller captivates from the first chapter until it hurtles to the dramatic finale.” ~ RandomBadger

Third, let’s talk a little with K.M. Hodge:

QUESTION: When did you know you wanted to write a book?
Twenty years ago, I took on the challenge to write a novel. I got about a fourth of the way through writing the story, Red on the Run, before life happened and I stopped writing. I got married, worked full-time, and became a mom to two beautiful boys. Then, in October 2014, a friend challenged me to finish the novel during the National Write a Novel in a Month (NanoWriMo). I accepted her challenge and finished the novel at last! Another friend inspired me to self-publish the book, and in March 2015, I took the plunge. In August of that year, I signed the series with Evolved Publishing, which published the second edition in Fall 2016. In winter of 2016, I received the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Thrillers. “The Syndicate-Born Trilogy” series currently has three additional books: Black and White Truth, True Blue Son, and The Sally Ride Chronicle.

QUESTION: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Oh so much! I did everything wrong the first time. I didn’t outline, the cover sucked, I didn’t have it professionally edited, and I rushed publication. It’s almost a “write” of passage for most authors to go through this when they’re first starting off. Three years later, I feel as though I am finally settling into my skin and writing to industry standards. I try and look at it all with a beginner’s mindset, because there will always be things to learn and improve upon.

QUESTION: What are your top five favorite books?
1. The Stand by Stephen King — I loved the characterization and suspenseful storytelling.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen — …for its strong female characters.
3. Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver — I loved its varying points of view, and how each character had such a distinct voice.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott — …for its exposition and characterizations.
5. Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood — I love everything Atwood has written. She’s clever and witty, and employs snappy dialogue. I enjoyed this book most of all for its story within a story. She also finds ways to bring environmental and women’s issues to the forefront in truly creative ways.

QUESTION: What are your future projects, if any?
I’m working on a 1970’s romantic thriller that will come out at the end of the year in the “Love Under Fire” boxed set. I’m also working on a flash fiction piece for a literary magazine, about one of my “The Syndicate-Born Trilogy” characters, Sally Ride.

QUESTION: Since you write thrillers, what are the Top 10 internet searches you’ve done for book research?
1. Gunshot complications that kill you weeks after being shot.
2. Treatment of sex addiction
3. Where to stab someone so they don’t die
4. What kind of gun and bullets to use to limit forensic evidence
5. Body farms
6. Kidney transplants with 3D printed organs and stem cells
7. Sex trafficking in the US
8. The history of FBI profiling
9. Culture and linguistics of the 70’s
10. Video footage of 9/11

In closing:

Hmmm… some of those searches sound interesting. Well, we hope you enjoyed discovering this talented author and her work, and that you’ll take advantage of the $0.99 eBook Sale on Red on the Run, which lasts the full months of June and July. If you’re a KindleUnlimited subscriber, you can download all 4 books in this series free.

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