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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):

3D-SammyStealsTheShowSammy Steals the Show by
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):

3D-DarlaDeckerHatesToWaitDarla Decker Hates to Wait by
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):

3D-ShadowSwarmShadow Swarm by
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.

Zombies Are Taking Over the Wild West

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Author Angela Scott’s Zombie West series is thrilling thousands of readers.

We woke up early this morning to some exciting news, as Ms. Scott’s series set in the Old West has caught fire with readers. Just check out these Amazon rankings:

WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42 **FREE** in Kindle Store
#1 in Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Westerns > Horror
#2 in Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult

SURVIVOR ROUNDUP
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,424 Paid in Kindle Store
#77 in Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Romance > Contemporary

DEAD PLAINS
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,805 Paid in Kindle Store
#43 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Horror

How long will those rankings last? Will they climb higher? Who can say? We only know that this terrific series, which has won multiple awards, is hitting home with readers.

Why are readers swallowing up this series? Well, surely it helps that we’ve given you the opportunity to sample the series FOR FREE! Yep, the eBook for Wanted: Dead or Undead, the first book in the series, is now free most everywhere it’s sold. So really, what do you have to lose? We did this because, frankly, we’re confident you’re going to love it, and that you’ll want to immediately rush back and grab Survivor Roundup and Dead Plains, books 2 and 3 in the series. Or perhaps you’ll want to jump right to The Zombie West Trilogy, a special omnibus edition that includes all 3 books plus some bonus material.

These stories are rich with characters you’ll come to love, a fun setting in the Old West, drama and suspense to keep you turning page after page after page, and of course, zombies. Great stuff.

So take the leap today, but be careful! Those zombies can smell you from miles away.

For more information about Wanted: Dead or Undead, including purchase links for most retailers, CLICK HERE.

For more information about Survivor Roundup, including purchase links for most retailers, CLICK HERE.

For more information about Dead Plains, including purchase links for most retailers, CLICK HERE.

For more information about The Zombie West Trilogy (Special Omnibus Edition), including purchase links for most retailers, CLICK HERE.

Jeff Altabef

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Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the Writing Center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. As an avid Knicks fan, he is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season.
 
Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog on The Patch designed to encourage writing for those that like telling stories.
 

Jeff’s Co-Author on the CHOSEN Series, Erynn Altabef

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Erynn Altabef is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist. When she’s not in High School, she loves Starbucks, performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.
 
Some of her favorite authors are Veronica Roth, Joelle Charbonneau, and her dad! (That would be Jeff Altabef.) She has co-authored with her dad the Chosen series of young adult fantasy thrillers.
 

BOOKS

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Almas Abrasadas
Atrapavientos
Borde del Amanecer

Brink of Dawn

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Brink of Dawn
Brink of Dawn (Italiano)
Covil do Diabo
Devil’s Dance
Devil’s Day
Devil’s Deal
Devil’s Den

Enemies of the State

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Enemies of the State
Fracture Point
L’Antre du Diable
La Danza del Diablo
La Guarida del Diablo
Ponto de Despedaçar
Red Death

Scorched Souls

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Scorched Souls
Second Chances – A “Chosen” Short Story
Shatter Point
Shatter Point (Italiano)
The Ghost King
The Immortals
Wind Catcher
Wind Catcher (Italiano)
 

UP NEXT

Watch for THE IMMORTALS, the third and final book in the “Red Death” series of epic fantasy/dystopian adventures, to release on 7 March 2022. You’ll be able to pre-order the eBook at Amazon by 15 January 2022.

Most believe the Immortals are a myth, a folk story meant to frighten children, but Wilky and Aaliss discover the truth is even more frightening than the myths.

Wilky, once a boy filled with light and a healer, is now the Ghost King, drawn to darkness and violence. As powerful enemies descend on Eden, he must find another, the true child of light, to help him save Eden and keep the world from descending into darkness. Does he have time? Can he still be trusted? Will he instead succumb to power and darkness?

Meanwhile, Aaliss is pushed to the limit to bring justice to Eden, and joins with the most unlikely of allies. In the end, she must accept the magic inside her, or all will be lost. Will she pass her ultimate test?