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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):

Gould_TTT_300dpi_200x286Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle by
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):

Litwack_DSS_v2_300dpi_200x300The 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.

CONTEMPORARY EROTIC ROMANCE (Adults Only):

HomeIsWhereTheHeatIs_300dpi_200x300Home Is Where the Heat Is by Amelia James

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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):

Protecting_Portia_300dpi_200x300Protecting Portia by Pavarti K. Tyler

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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 Jonathan Gould Discusses the Making of “Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle”

This book launches in 2 days, on May 19th!

Gould_TTT_300dpi_200x286This children’s picture book is ideal for kids 3-7 years old.

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bio_Pic-Jonathan_Gould_300dpi_760x790Author Jonathan Gould has dropped by to talk a little bit about his writing of Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle. This is the first of what we hope will be many children’s picture books by Jonathan, providing a fun lesson for kids about the importance of friendship and self-esteem. Anyway, we’ll let Jonathan tell you how this entertaining book came to be.
 
 
 
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Turning a Turtle into a Tiger – or Vice Versa

I’m really excited to be writing this post today. The release of my first picture book is a special occasion for me, and I’d like to send a huge thank you to everyone on the Evolved Publishing team for making it possible.

What was my inspiration for Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle? Where did the idea come from? Was it possibly modelled from life? Did I actually walk out the back door one day to discover a spectacularly colourful turtle nibbling at the grass in my yard?

The truth is, the story isn’t quite a reflection on real-life occurrences (although I do at times see spectacularly colourful creatures when I walk out the door—but that’s another story). The idea actually emerged from a little story idea game I like to play.

Generating story ideas is always a bit of a challenge. How do you come up with that brilliant idea that nobody else has ever thought of before? Especially in such a crowded field as picture books? That’s where my game can be really handy.

It’s a very simple game. All you need to do is write down a title—any title. You don’t have to have the slightest idea what the story is about. You just think of a combination of words that seem to fit nicely together, that catches in your mind and rolls off the tongue. I tend to go for alliteration, but that’s a personal preference. Once I get rolling, I can usually reel them out quite quickly, often doing ten or twenty at a time.

Once I’ve written down a bunch of prospective titles, I like to put them away for a while and come back to them later. I usually find that most of them are just random collections of words and nothing more. But every so often, there’s one that will catch my eye, and I’ll think I can do something with it. Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle was definitely one of these.

The next stage is to try to figure out how the title can be converted into a story. I’ll look closely at the words I’ve chosen, particularly those that pertain to character. What on earth is a Tiger-Turtle? What does it look like? What does it want to do, or to be? And who is Thomas, and how is he involved? Gradually, as these questions spin around in my mind, a story begins to emerge. A turtle that is convinced it’s a tiger, and a little boy who is convinced it’s his mission to make the turtle realise its true identity—now there’s a story.

Seeing the characters come to life under the brush of an illustrator has been just as much fun. I’m not a particularly visual person—I’m much more focussed on the word side of things. So seeing Thomas and his friend the turtle appear on the page has been an amazing experience. I’m really indebted to John Cardinal for his lovely, colourful illustrations.

So that, in a nutshell (Or should I say turtle-shell?) is how Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle came to be. I hope you enjoy it, and if you should ever see a turtle with a brightly-coloured shell, think about what you say to it. Turtle feelings are important too.