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Cagey Magee

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Author, editor, teacher, virtuoso, Mr. Cagey Magee, graduated from modestly bookish, obnoxious kid to obsessive young-adult reader at around the age of eleven. He lived not far from an excellent library filled with novels that led him to faraway universes and fascinating people. He devoured them—the novels, not the people—and soon became obsessed with writing his own horror, young adult, mystery-thriller, and coming-of-age stories.

Cagey’s first novel came in at the size of two long books. He quickly learned the error of his ways when he needed to print the thing out and carry it. His current novels are more compact but still a little offbeat. He inevitably falls in love with his characters and really hates to kill them. For Cage, the near future holds infinite marvels. No one is all good or all bad. He loves them for who they are and where they go next, and hopes his readers will hang in there for the bumpy ride.
 

 
 

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Watch for CASS AND WAT, the first book in the “Northwatch” series of YA mystery/thrillers to release in November 2019.

Cass discovers an intricate pattern of betrayal as she protects her family and her father’s presidential campaign.

Cass, thirteen, seeks to escape her captors, protect her little brother, and assist her presidential-candidate father, Glen “Wat” Watson. Oddly, Cass finds herself confined to a luxurious suite in NorthWatch Castle—the Watsons own the castle and the Maine Coastal Island it dominates. How can Cass’s family not be behind this?
 
 
 
 
Watch for CASS AND LOGAN, the second book in the “Northwatch” series of YA mystery/thrillers to release in December 2019.

Cass is counting down to her father’s inauguration when she realizes that Mac Beverly may be alive. Her 2036 kidnapping now seems a lovely vacation.

Cass Watson tries to put her kidnapping last year behind her as her father’s inauguration approaches. On her first day of school, though, the WatTechPrep parking lot explodes outside her window. More incidents follow. When her father vanishes on the eve of his inauguration, Cass becomes certain that her kidnapper, Mac Beverly, has returned.

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:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Be sure to follow her at:
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Finally, sign up for her mailing list & Get a Free Gift at:
www.kmhodge.com/subscribe

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.

As always, thank you so much for your continuing support. We couldn’t do it without you. And to make sure you never miss one of our blog posts, please sign up for our automatic feed by clicking on the image below.

Chris Krupa

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NOVEMBER 13, 2017: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I’m a freelance writer and filmmaker, born in 1975 in The Gong, who now lives in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia with my wife and two sons.

I used to make my own mystery books in the fourth grade by typing them out on an old Olivetti, and I drew my first five-fingered human being when I was four years old.

In 2004, I pitched a comic series to Image Comics, and I contributed cartoons and designed a cover for the Litmus Journal of Melbourne in 2007.

I worked with the Victims of Crime department in Sydney, rubbing shoulders with ex-cons and stand over men, and sought restitution for their victims.

In 2014, I founded a production company, Glitchfilms, alongside my producing partner. In 2015, I wrote and directed an independent horror film, The Lights, which was released in selected cinemas. I self-published the tie-in, behind-the-scenes eBook, Dark Light: How to Get Your Horror Film into Cinemas.

I write every day and try to put some of myself into my writing. My passion is crime fiction, and my favourite authors include Karin Slaughter and Michael Robotham. I also love graphic novels by Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison.

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COMING OCTOBER 2019: Tall Dark Heart (PI Kowalski – Book 2)

PI Kowalski investigates the seedy side of the high life in a case of murder, sex, and devastating lies.

Jeff Lyons, wealthy businessman and CEO of Lyons Media, hires PI Kowalski on unlimited expenses to find his missing daughter, Tamsin. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are ominous: her roommate has been murdered and a man has threatened Tamsin’s life.

Nothing is at it seems – Kowalski finds himself in a race against time with a killer, as other players threaten to take Kowalski out of the game.

The trail takes him from the Sydney sex trade to the tropics of North Queensland in a terrifying confrontation with a mad man as the danger to himself, and Tamsin, increases.

A.K. Kuykendall

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A.K. KUYKENDALL was born in Albany, Georgia, but grew up as a military brat on the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), and later at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is married to Magdiel Kuykendall (the love of his life) and, together, they are the proud parents of three sons—Felix, Kal-El, and Jor-El—two of whom are legally named after the Kryptonian House of El due to the author’s affinity for the story of Superman. He’s a corporate executive chef by trade, but his true passion in life is writing thought-provoking novels that blend the concepts of fact and fiction.

His writing career has been heavily inspired and influenced by Rod Serling and his classic ‘60s television series, The Twilight Zone, and by The Mercury Theatre’s October 30, 1938 broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio. He was then and still is wholly enthralled with the way these two examples showcased ordinary people in extraordinary situations. He especially loved the remarkable plot twists common to The Twilight Zone stories, and the fright manifested by H.G. Wells.

When he’s not writing, he finds comfort in heading out to the golf course with his son and golf partner, Jor-El, where they altogether embarrass themselves on the fairway. He both creates and resides in Ruskin, Florida.

To view his complete biography, please visit his website, where “truth reads through fiction.”

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Watch for The Possession (Writer’s Block: Book 1), a classical horror novel, to release on 9 September 2019.

 
A famed horror author is on the verge of his magnum opus—a labyrinthine cryptogram that details the end of days.

When Gregory Stillingsworth buys an antique doll in India, the bestselling horror novelist doesn’t haggle over the steep price. He simply has to have the beautiful, enchanting doll. Only months later, when it is far too late, will he realize that he is merely the latest in a long line of victims to become possessed by Christie, a pernicious tool of Satan.

What follows is a battle for Gregory’s soul, as well as his sanity, and the casualties are legion. Chief among them is Jamie Stillingsworth, Gregory’s devoted wife, who finds not only her love for her husband but her courage tested as well. Can she deliver his baby and cherish it as though it were their own, not the offspring of something monstrous? As the battle lines between the angels of light and darkness are drawn, Gregory and Jamie become trapped in an ancient war that has no beginning and no end, a conflict that turns time inside out and reason on its head. What is real? Who can be trusted? When is the end truly the end?

The Possession is the first book in the “Writer’s Block” trilogy, exploring the age-old War of Angels.

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And watch for Imperium Heirs (Conspirator’s Odyssey: Book 1), a conspiracy thriller/sci-fi novel, to come in the winter of 2019/2020.

 
When German fighter pilot Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen shot a UFO out of the sky over western France in 1917, intergalactic turmoil ensued.

In 1939, while on official business in Washington, Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Eisenhower was exposed to alien life–four gray alien beings in glass tubes of formaldehyde–in the sub-basement of the U.S. Capital building. He accepted an extremely sensitive mission ordered by both Secretary of State Cordell Hull and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His mission: broker an iron-clad treaty between the human race and the Cel’jul, which we inadvertently fractured by concealing that we had in our possession two prominent members of the galactic royal family–which just happened to be this species’ Queen and King, the very occupants of the craft downed in 1917.

Unbeknownst to Major Kalista Flaker of the United States Army, she stands at the heart of it all. Born human and raised in the tiny town of Macon, Mississippi, she discovers that she not only hails from the planet Yattrha–a star system ruled by the Cel’jul–but that she was a royal seedling of the sovereign family in 1917–a forsaken Princess, a future Queen.

Imperium Heirs is the first book in the “Conspirator’s Odyssey” series, exploring many of those historical incidents about which we have found no satisfactory explanation.

C.L. Roberts-Huth

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Born in 1975, I’m the product of star-crossed lovers who took separate paths shortly after my arrival. Now a three-time mother, twice married woman, and eclectic person, I reside in the sunny biosphere that is Sierra Vista, Arizona, with my wonderful partner in crime, Peter, and three brilliant geeklings: Michael, Cami and Desmond. Oh, and a mop… er… Shih Tzu named Sir Lancelot the Brave.

Writing came to me naturally, and the dark clouds of childhood and adolescent angst gave birth to a myriad of story threads that reflected my inner struggle to find a place in this world. I haven’t quite discovered it yet, but I’ve fallen in love with the journey and all the stories unfolding in front of me. I’m a lover of many genres and a writer of a small handful, and rather content with that lot.

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Watch for Whispers of the Sidhe, the third in her Zoe Delante series of paranormal thrillers, coming in early 2019.

Details coming soon….