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From Tweens through Gold to Adult

Author Cagey Magee, creator of the newly released Cass and Wat (NorthWatch – Book 1), offers some insights into what inspired him to write these wonderful books. NOTE: The second book in the series, Cass and Logan, is currently in the final editing stage, and will release on December 16, 2019. Indeed, it’s already available for pre-order.

We’ll have easy purchase links for the debut novel below, but first, we turn this over to Mr. Cagey Magee.

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Once upon a time, my wise and wonderful partner and wife, Dot, and I were walking through a regrettably now extinct Borders Bookstore when she pointed to a huge hardback book. “Kids are wild for that,” she said. “They are actually reading again, even Jeffrey, who once stuck a book to the ceiling of my library.” As a librarian, researcher, editor, and writer, Dot knew who-read-what in the greater New York City area. Like the other books of Ms. Rowling’s estimable series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire created devoted readers of all ages as well as a devoted group of notably insignificant detractors.

A few days after Dot’s and my Borders visit, I was leaving work and noticed an eleven-year-old girl, the child of a staff member, waiting for her mother and reading Goblet. I asked if she enjoyed reading such long books. “Oh, this is my third trip through. I love it. Every time I read it, I see something new.”

A few weeks ago, with all of the initial four-volumes of my “NorthWatch” series in existence in one form or another, I asked an English teacher from a prestigious upstate school what tweens and teens were reading these days. “They aren’t,” he said, “unless they care about making a decent grade, and that’s a far from universal pursuit.”

“NorthWatch” contains no magic wands, but it’s fun, just the same. I wrote the series because the tale and the world it predicts intrigue me, because I believe that an immense core of visionary tween and teen readers still exists, and because I find it great fun to consider the young adults of the future and what they will likely do. Even now, they’re influencing the world.

Fourteen-year-old Cassie Watson and her HeEm don’t play by the same rules in 2037 as they would today; neither will others of their age and time. That’s a good thing despite those parental curmudgeons who refuse to believe that adolescence is one of the most golden times of life, to be enjoyed by parents and anticipated by tweens.

Many prominent folks in every life pathway from Confucius to Disney to Prince embraced the necessity of always moving forward. Prince said, “Young folks are the ones with the ideas and constantly moving forward.”

I wish I had said that. Oh, perhaps I did—there’s more than one way to draw a hero, especially if it’s Cassie Watson.

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The eBook is now available at most major retailers, and the paperback is up at Amazon and in the works at Barnes and Noble.

 

 

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

“The relationships and intrigue come out brilliantly. The young protagonist is a fascinating character with a unique perspective on life, one that helps to deepen the use of humor in the story. The reader will want to unravel the mystery, to identify the mind behind Cass’s predicament and to find out if she can live up to her goal. This novel is hilarious, highly engaging, and entertaining.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Christian Sia (5 STARS)

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?

“Cagey Magee brings new meaning to coming of age thrillers in Cass and Wat. …brings his characters alive with vivid personalities and redeemable qualities. …overall, I was spellbound. I was impressed with the ending and look forward to more novels from this author.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Peggy Jo Wipf (5 STARS)

 

And to pre-order the second book, just visit the book page HERE, where you’ll find the appropriate links.

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.

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 NAT, the third book in the “Northwatch” series of YA mystery/thrillers, to release in May 2020.

After basking momentarily in her father’s inauguration and midnight marriage, Cass must race to Boston Children’s Hospital to save Little Mac. She’s beginning to suspect that she can no longer feast without at least two disasters for dessert. When Little Mac’s wheelchair explodes, she’s certain.

Cass Watson’s father, Glen Watson, is now President. In past months, she has acquired twin brothers, Lep and Little Mac. She loves her new siblings as much as her almost-boyfriend, Keith, but during their first White House visit, her life becomes even more complicated.

The International Academy for Excellent Youth in Washington is dying. Most of the highly and often secretly protected resident children of diplomats and of America’s top 0.5 percent have left because of the change in the National Administration. After Cass introduces her entire family at a White House news conference, they greet the press and visitors in the White House East Room. Near the end of the reception, the executive director of the Academy, with the permission of Cass’s pa, drops off two nine-year-olds, Patricia and Lemuel Bok.

Cass has always wanted a little sister, and befriends the Bok twins despite what they admit.

Parris Sheets

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 

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Parris lives in Mesa, Arizona with her husband and two golden retrievers. She discovered her love for reading when a middle school reading assignment led her to the fantasy section of the library. This passion sparked stories of her own imagination, yet she never put pen to paper until after college. When she’s not consumed in her writing, she enjoys Olympic weightlifting, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and coaching color guard.
 

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Watch for Children of the Volcano, the second book in the “Essence of Ohr” series of Young Adult Fantasy adventures, to release in March 2021.

 
With the people cursed by a god—forever doomed—Kole enters their stronghold to seek the heart of the volcano.

Peace has returned to Kole’s city, yet day by day, the world dies. Only the gods can return balance to Ohr. Kole has already found one, Russé, his mentor. Together they decipher the cryptic map in Kole’s head to locate the others, but they aren’t the only ones searching for the gods.

Tailed by the enemy, the trail leads to a volcano in a forsaken land, with winds of swirling ash, toxic fumes, and creatures of living stone. Kole and Russé will discover why the grounds are rumored to be cursed, why no human has set foot near the volcano in centuries, and just how much grit they’ll need if they hope to reach the god first.
 
 
 
 
 

And watch for Beyond the Flame, the third book in the “Essence of Ohr” series of Young Adult Fantasy adventures, to release in March 2022.

When old scars open—wounds that never truly healed—can Kole find the courage to stand against the deepest fear he’s ever known?

In Kole’s quest to reunite all six gods, he’s led to a distant city where magic and technology have merged and proven as a combatant against the spread of the Black Wall. Yet the god he seeks lies beyond the border of the black wall of fire encroaching on the continent.

Kole plans to use this new-found technology to aid in his search, but when equipment begins to mysteriously malfunction, he suspects foul play. He must uncover and eliminate the perpetrator if he hopes to save Ohr, but a part of him wants it broken, or he’ll have to face the very entity which left him maimed.

Daryl Rothman

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MAY 18, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I’m a writer. From childhood I kindled three dreams: to one day become a father, a writer, and a baseball player.

Two of three ain’t bad. (I shall neither confirm nor deny holding out deluded hope for the third.) Most of what I write is fiction, but not all. I write the occasional article and guest post, and conduct some interviews. I’m an English major, have a masters in social work, and have been an early childhood leader/advocate for many years. I’m sports-obsessed, love animals, and love to share the veritable treasure trove of pithy comments from my kiddos, particularly my little girl, about whom I receive regular requests for more “Rachelisms.”

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COMING FALL 2020: David Rose and the Forbidden Tournament, the second book in the “David Rose” series of YA Fantasy adventures.

It’s one thing to discover a whole new world, but quite another to survive it. David Rose discovers that, on top of everything else, immortality can kill you.

It’s been less than a year since his fateful 15th birthday, but for David Rose, everything has changed. He’s learned of his immortality, discovered a sinister plot centuries in the making, survived an attempt on his life at a medieval castle in England, and through it all, he’s more convinced than ever that his mother is alive.

David has been awakened to a wondrous new world, yet one fraught with peril. Despite all his new powers and potential, David feels more vulnerable than ever. His awakening has served as a beacon to other immortals, some of whom view him as a threat to be dispatched.

Strange things are happening with Rachel, their father has withdrawn again, and David worries they are no closer to finding their mother. Just as he’s learning how to channel the greatest powers of his past lives, he’s abducted by a rogue syndicate bent on exploiting immortals and pitting them against each other in battles to the death.

Edwin Peng

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Edwin Peng lives in beautiful Lincoln, Nebraska with his beloved Pokémon buddy, Eevee. During the day, he indulges in super-villainy by performing high-power laser research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At night, his secret identity is that of a literary superhero fighting to make the Young Adult Science Fiction genre less clichéd and more inclusive.

Edwin is the author of the Star City series, which features badass heroines and space aliens who love blueberry pies. The first novel and companion short stories will be released by Evolved Publishing in autumn 2017.

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Star City

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Watch for the first full-length novel in the Star City series of Young Adult Science Fiction adventures to release on December 4, 2017.

An alien race, the Ba’ren, makes contact with Earth. To jumpstart diplomacy with humans, the Ba’ren offer their advanced medical technology, prompting the United States government to create a joint research project, and to call for the best of the best.

Eighteen-year-old Emma Smith is ready to capitalize on this historic opportunity. She beats thousands of applicants for the position of student ambassador. Emma knows helping the Ba’ren cure osteosarcoma will kick-start her biomedical engineering career, not to mention give her a front-row seat to learn more about the mysterious aliens.

Sepporinen, a young Ba’ren asteroid miner, cares little about meeting humans. He seeks only riches and glory in prospecting the solar system’s asteroids, but the Ba’ren government inexplicably sends him to Earth to assist with the research project, and to work with a young Earth girl.

Emma and Sepporinen draw closer as they work together, and discover far more is at stake than what their respective governments have let on. As political struggles intensify between feuding human and Ba’ren factions, anti-alien sentiment on Earth reaches a lethal pitch. The unlikely pair, determined not to be pawns in this complicated game of life and death, must risk everything to help maintain the fragile peace between their two species.