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Gearing Up for Cyber Monday – These Books Now Available for Pre-Order

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4 New Books Coming Soon from Evolved Publishing

 
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK – For Kids 3-8 Years Old
 
Sully_Cover1.inddSully P. Snooferpoot’s Amazing New Shadow by Aaron Shaw Ph.D. (Author and Illustrator) and John Cardinal (Co-Illustrator)
 
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Sully P. Snooferpoot has finally saved up enough money to buy a new shadow, which he is certain will make him an elementary school star. However, as he soon discovers, he is not the only one with a brand new shadow.
 
In fact, everyone else is so excited about their own new crazy shadows that no one even notices his. Sully grows increasingly upset with each new shadow he sees.
 
Then his best friend arrives and helps him to understand there is something he possesses that is much better than a new shadow.
 
YOUNG ADULT FANTASY THRILLER – For Readers 13 and Older
 
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Brink of Dawn (Chosen – Book 2) by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
 
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They walk among us as if they are gods.
Only the Chosen know what they are.
Only the Chosen know to fear them.
And only the Chosen can defeat them.
 
Juliet Wildfire Stone and her best friend, Troy Buckhorn, barely escaped their sleepy Arizona town alive. Now they’re speeding to New York City to find the three other Chosen. The Chosen must band together to face an ancient foe that threatens all humanity.
 
Yet Juliet doesn’t know whom to trust, and strange things are happening in the City.
 
The Chosen will be tested, their resolve questioned, and their flaws exposed. Each must decide whether he or she will fulfill their destiny—or run. To defeat the enemy, they must stop battling among themselves and overcome their own struggles.
 
Only one can lead them. Will Juliet embrace her powers in time?
 
DYSTOPIAN SCIENCE FICTION – For Readers 13 and Older
 
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The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers – Book 2) by David Litwack
 
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“But what are we without dreams?”
 
Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.
 
Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.
 
The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. But if they fail this time, they risk not a stoning but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.
 
PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE THRILLER – For Readers 17 and Older
 
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Kill or Be Killed: Under Cover (Book 1) by Linda Kay Silva
 
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Billie MacAvoy is part Dexter, part Tony Soprano, part Kerry Matheson… but all CIA operative, a member of the seldom discussed Clandestine Ops that few know of, and even fewer believe exists.

Billie’s job is to take out the garbage even the regular CIA won’t touch, like rogue heads of state, or other “wandering assets.” She’s one of this country’s greatest and scariest weapons—a highly skilled assassin… and a sociopath.

When one of her assets goes missing, Billie sets out on a path even darker than Clan Ops, one full of unexpected twists and turns. In between Russian agents, Middle Eastern hitmen, and fellow CIA operatives gone bad, Billie must learn how to balance the life she leads in the light of day with the all-consuming darkness she experiences as an agent—and a killer.

It isn’t enough to maintain a cover. In the world of clan ops, there is just one rule: Kill or Be Killed.

Evolved Publishing Releases 5 New Books on September 28, 2015

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5 New Books for Young Readers from Evolved Publishing

 
We love all literature that gives us great stories, compelling characters, and a fun, entertaining escape from the grind. Yet we have a special place in our hearts for books for kids. Reading is just so important to our kids–to their mental development, the psychological well-being, and their future for which we hold so much hope. Thus, it is with great pleasure that we announce the release of these 5 new books.

Just click on the covers or titles to go to the book pages, where you’ll find all the information on these books, as well as links to the books at your favorite online retailers.

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS FOR KIDS 3-8 YEARS OLD

Emlyn and the Gremlin and the Seaside Mishap by Steff F. Kneff (Illustrations by Luke Spooner)
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“Gremlin, oh no! What to do?” Emlyn yelled.
“Those waves are tremendous, and look at that swell!
Moose, we must help her. I know she can’t swim.
What a fine mess little Gremlin is in!”

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Emlyn invites Gremlin for a trip to the ocean, but mishaps abound on the seaside.

And Gremlin seems to have landed in deeper trouble than usual on this trip.

Join Emlyn, Gremlin and Moose for an unforgettable family vacation.

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The Emlyn and the Gremlin series is a collection of beautifully illustrated, kid-centered books, each containing a fun rhyme scheme and humor for both kids and adults. These gorgeous books introduce the concept of a two-mum family in a natural and subtle way—the perfect books to add diversity to any home, library or store!

Maddie’s Monsters by Jonathan Gould (Illustrations by Daiki Sasaki)
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Strange things are happening in Maddie’s house. Objects keep disappearing, and Maddie’s family can’t imagine where they’ve gone. Only Maddie knows that her monsters have taken them. Can she get her family to believe her? And can she get her monsters to give everything back?

Jonathan Gould tells a warm and funny story about respect and responsibility, with sparkling illustrations from Daiki Sasaki that bring the colourful world of a child to life.
 
 
 
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LOWER GRADE CHAPTER BOOKS FOR KIDS 6-11 YEARS OLD

Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle by Emlyn Chand
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Mike Adams has always been a pretty average kid. He hates homework, love sports, and spends a lot of his day bugging his twin sister Maddie—because, after all, she deserves it.

But one day, everything changes. Nic Chang’s dog goes missing.

Mike, his sister and their two best friends join forces to search for the truth and, with it, the missing pet. Will Mike and Maddie find a way to put their differences aside and save the day? And just where did that dog-gone labradoodle go?

Put your thinking caps on and prepare to find the answers in the premier installment of The Pet Shop Society, a brand new mystery series for readers aged 7-11.
 
 
 
 
The Shaman’s Salvation by J.W. Zulauf (Illustrations by Luke Spooner)
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Not all fairytales take place in rolling hills or along sparkling beaches. Some happen right below our very feet like the corpses they are….

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The very existence of Balderdash is hanging by a thread. The kingdom is under attack by vicious creatures called Mana Beasts, and someone is after the shaman.

Will Balderdash fall because of the shaman’s past actions? Will she lose it all, or will she sacrifice herself to save her people?

Join us in this coffin tale to find out the fate of Balderdash.
 
 
 

YOUNG ADULT FANTASY THRILLER FOR READERS 13 AND OLDER

Second Chances – A “Chosen” Short Story by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
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Precious and rare, second chances must be earned, but has Ayden done enough to win his?

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One night changes everything.
One chance meeting forces a young man to make a choice.
Will he do what’s right?
Or what’s easy?

Ayden is forced to remember old secrets he’d rather not reveal when his daughter returns home with questions about his shadowy past and dangerous legacy. Will she understand when he tells her about the night mysterious strangers came to his sleepy Arizona town looking for a local medicine man?

As his tale unfolds, Ayden pieces together the mystery that connected a recent murder, the strangers, and the medicine man’s bizarre behavior.

Will he allow old demons to rule him, or will he get a second chance?

AND SO….

We hope you’ll take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to spread the joy and power of reading to the younger set in your life. And as always, we thank you so much for your support.

#IAmWhiteChalk – Suicide and Today’s Teenagers

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#IAmWhiteChalk – Suicide and Today’s Teenagers — by Pavarti K. Tyler

Being a teenager is hard. It’s full of contradictory messages and constant confusion. To be a child and an adult in a single body was, as I remember it, a peculiar kind of hell. Compounding the normal difficulties is a culture obsessed with sexuality. It’s not surprising that so many teens mistake sex with power and confidence.

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week in the US. In White Chalk the main character, Chelle, exhibits so many of the risk factors, it can be frustrating to read her story. Why aren’t the adults paying more attention? Why isn’t anyone there for her? But the answer isn’t as easy as it seems. Chelle has resources and people who care for her, she just doesn’t know how to ask for help and consistently makes the worst choices.

Many people email me and ask if Chelle could have been saved. What actually happens at the end of the book? The answer is, Chelle could have been any of us. She could be any teen you know. Do you know what to look for?

Signs of Suicide Risk Include:

• Self-Harm (Cutting or Other Dangerous Activities)
• Substance Use (Alcohol or Drug)
• Feeling Purposelessness or Hopelessness
• Anxiety, Agitation
• Sleep Issues: Insomnia or Sleeping All of the Time
• Withdrawal from Friends, Family and Society
• Rage, Uncontrolled Anger, Seeking Revenge
• Acting Reckless or Engaging in Risky Activities, Seemingly without Thinking
• Increased or Risky Sexuality
• Dramatic Mood Changes

Watch the ones you love. Speak up. And never, ever be afraid to ask for help.

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Author Jessica McHugh Discusses the Making of YA Coming-of-Age Series “Darla Decker Diaries”

This 3-part (for now) series will soon move to Round 2.

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Jessica McHughAuthor Jessica McHugh has dropped by to talk a little bit about her writing of Darla Decker Hates to Wait, the first book in the new young adult coming-of-age series called the Darla Decker Diairies. Early reviews are nothing short of stellar, so if you’ve not yet discovered this edgy new series, with Book 1 out and Book 2 coming soon, now is the perfect time. And now, we’ll let Ms. McHugh tell you how this entertaining series came to be.
 
 
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Breathing Real Life into a Fictional Young Girl

It began on April 12, 1989 with blue markers and heart stickers. Like a lot of girls, I kept a diary while growing up. Seven, actually. I spilled my heart and soul on those pages from the time I was seven years old until sixteen or so—about boys I “loved,” classes I hated, girls who annoyed me, punishments I received, and my great concern over discovering my brothers were (GASP) smoking cigarettes! Despite being afraid my family would sneak a peek at my diary, I was pretty honest with the pages—if you can’t be honest with your diary, who can you be honest with?

As I organized my Writing Hut one day, I stumbled upon those childhood diaries. Browsing through the silly entries and outlandish illustrations, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be neat to base a series of YA books off of these? And to be as honest as these entries?”

Of course, I couldn’t do that. In late 2010, I was already slaving away on revisions for my Tales of Dominhydor series, editing my historical fiction Verses of Villainy, writing my novel PINS, and getting ready to oversee the production of my play Fools Call it Fate. Plus, after Dominhydor, I swore I’d never write a series again.

But once the title Darla Decker Hates to Wait popped into my head, I was doomed—or blessed, depending on the day. I was a huge Ramona Quimby fan when I was younger (I even have a Ramona Quimby diary!), but I wanted to raise the age and the edginess a bit. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t banish the idea to write a Judy Blume-esque series focusing on the frank nitty-gritty of growing up. That meant talking about French kissing, smoking, shoplifting, divorce, death, masturbation, and more, from the time Darla is eleven to when she graduates high school.

I tried to talk myself out of it, but Darla Decker quickly forced her way into my heart. In February 2011, I surrendered, and announced that I would write the series.

I’m afraid I’ll spoil you if I talk about too much, but rest assured, there’s lots of life on the horizon for Darla and her friends. I know basically where this series will go (and end), but if anything, these books have taught me to expect the unexpected. The first instance of that involved creating Darla’s circle of friends. I’d plotted out Darla Decker Hates to Wait to the fifth chapter before I began writing, believing a character named Nate Young would be Darla’s nemesis. Yet as I continued to weave the world of Shiloh Farms and Fairmount Middle School, Darla and Nate convinced me that they were meant to be friends. Best friends, even. That unexpected development led to one of the most enjoyable duos I’ve had the pleasure to write. Since I’m currently editing the third book Darla Decker Shakes the State, and writing the first chapter of the fourth, Darla Decker Plays it Straight, I can assure you that Darla and Nate only get more entertaining as the books go on.

Using my diaries and personal experiences, I’ve created an honest world in which Darla dwells. Not only are her thoughts and fears evident, an entire community functions in the background, from parents and teachers to classmates and neighbors. Writing a series as quickly as I’ve written the Darla Decker Diaries allowed me to immerse myself in this universe, in the hearts and minds of every character, no matter how small. I’ve felt their joys and sorrows, and honestly, it makes me wish I’d paid more attention to those background folks when I was Darla’s age. It’s a little painful, actually, because I have to be her age again as I write these books, and she doesn’t notice them any more than I did.

Ignorance is bliss—until it isn’t, and Darla will have her rude awakening, like most of us do as we grow up. Still, as protective as I am of my little Darla-ing, I must admit I’m also excited to run her through the pubescent wringer.

Darla Decker Hates to Wait by Jessica McHugh

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3D-DarlaDeckerHatesToWaitPatience is not Darla Decker’s strong suit. Surviving sixth grade is tough enough with an annoying older brother, a best friend acting distant, and schoolwork. After adding instructive kissing games and the torturous wait for a real date with her biggest crush, Darla is perpetually torn between behaving like an adult and throwing temper tantrums.

Games of flashlight tag, and the crazy cat lady roaming Shiloh Farms in a “demon bus,” serve as distractions during her parents’ quarrels and her anxiety about show choir auditions. Yet the more Darla waits for her adulthood to begin, the more she learns that summoning patience won’t be the hardest part of being eleven.

A frank and funny look at the path to adulthood, Darla Decker Hates to Wait begins a journey of love, loss, and the nitty-gritty of growing up through Darla Decker’s eyes.
 
 
 

Darla Decker Takes the Cake by Jessica McHugh

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A week at Camp Wakonda is exactly what Darla Decker needs. Having said goodbye to sixth grade and her best childhood friend, she’s ready to create new memories and meet new people. Unfortunately, entering summer camp on a whopper of a lie and a fight with a fellow camper isn’t the best way to begin.

Aided by her schoolmate Nate, Darla navigates the twists and turns of life at summer camp while pretending to be Wakonda’s only “undercover counselor.” Despite the lies, older guys, bullies, and breakdowns, Darla discovers the truth about friendship through the mayhem and magic of camp.

A frank and funny look at the path to adulthood, “Darla Decker Takes the Cake” continues the journey of love, loss, and the nitty-gritty of growing up through Darla Decker’s eyes.

Evolved Publishing Releases 4 New Books June 2, 2014

It’s Launch Day!

It’s another one of those great days, when we bring new books into the world for your reading pleasure. In this case, this is the second of 2 book launches 2 weeks apart, a particularly fun time.

This time around, we have 2 children’s picture books for the tikes 3-8 years old, a young adult novel for readers 13 and older, and an epic fantasy for readers 15 and older. So we offer great stories across multiple genres. Check them out!

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK (3-8 Years Old):

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Emlyn Chand (Author) and Noelle Giffin (Illustrator)

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Sammy is a talented young cockatiel who loves to sing out of his open apartment window for all of Australia to hear. One day, he watches a reality singing competition with his human friend, Lisa, and knows that if he could just audition, he would surely win.

What follows is a masterful escape, an eventful journey to the Sydney Opera House, and an audition the crew of Sing Your Heart Out will never forget. Will Sammy take home the title of Australia’s next rising star, or will he find something more important along the way?

There’s only one way to find out: join Sammy in his humorous adventure of fame, friendship, and fun, in this edition of the color-illustrated Bird Brain Books series for children.

3D-ValentinaMaskedMummyValentina and the Masked Mummy by
Majanka Verstraete (Author) and Noelle Giffin (Illustrator)

COMING WITHIN A FEW DAYS….

When noises shake Valentina’s bedroom in the middle of the night, and her resident ghost, Jerry, hides under her bed, the little vampire girl tumbles into yet another adventure.

Eager to investigate the source of the uproar, she bumps into her brother Vlad in the hallway. He’s as clueless as she is, but at least he’s not as terrified of the noises as Jerry.

The trio follows the noise to the museum room, where they find an opened sarcophagus, and a mummy wearing a mask….

Valentina and the Masked Mummy is the third in this fun and exciting new series for kids. Be sure to check out Book 1, Valentina and the Haunted Mansion, and Book 2, Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch, both of which are now available.

YOUNG ADULT – COMING OF AGE, GIRLS (13 and Older):

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Jessica McHugh

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Patience is not Darla Decker’s strong suit. Surviving sixth grade is tough enough with an annoying older brother, a best friend acting distant, and schoolwork. After adding instructive kissing games and the torturous wait for a real date with her biggest crush, Darla is perpetually torn between behaving like an adult and throwing temper tantrums.

Games of flashlight tag, and the crazy cat lady roaming Shiloh Farms in a “demon bus,” serve as distractions during her parents’ quarrels and her anxiety about show choir auditions. Yet the more Darla waits for her adulthood to begin, the more she learns that summoning patience won’t be the hardest part of being eleven.

A frank and funny look at the path to adulthood, Darla Decker Hates to Wait begins a journey of love, loss, and the nitty-gritty of growing up through Darla Decker’s eyes.

Watch for Book 2 in the Darla Decker Diaries series, Darla Decker Takes the Cake, coming in late 2014.

EPIC FANTASY (15 and Older):

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D. Robert Pease

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Aberthol Nauile doesn’t know that he once led legions in a war that had raged since the dawn of time, against an enemy that could not be killed. He doesn’t know that he rode on a dragon with his father, or that his mother died while giving birth to him. He doesn’t know that he once saved his great, great, great grandfather by defeating the black enemy on the slopes of a volcano.

Aberthol doesn’t know that he beheld the creation of the world, as his grandfather eight generations before took the planet, ravaged by a war of the gods, and began anew.

All he knows is that he awoke in a coffin deep within a tomb, and now the whole world thinks he is their savior. All he really wants to know is his name, and why he keeps hearing voices in his head.

Be sure to check out D. Robert Pease’s Noah Zarc series of middle grade sci-fi adventures.