My Books

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Sting of the Scorpion

Book 3 in the Outlawed Myth Series

***Winner of Second Place 2022 Book Fest Award, Epic & Magic, Myths & Legends Fantasy***

***Winner of Third Place 2022 Book Fest Award, YA Fantasy***

An orphaned girl, powerless and destitute. An Endless War, that threatens to consume everyone in its path. Magic amulets, that hold the promise of victory.

After Damira witnesses the brutal slaughter of nearly her entire clan by a roving warband, she resolves never to feel helpless again. With nowhere to go, she, her brother and a friend surrender to a warlord, resigned to becoming little more than pawns in the Endless War.

But when Wei Fang, a warlord wielding magic amulets threatens to destroy anyone who stands against her, Damira must choose. Will she seek to master the power of the amulets and make a stand against the brutal Wei Fang? Or will the power behind the amulets destroy her first?

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Editorial Reviews:

From Readers’ Favorite:

Evelyn Puerto captures emotional details in a way that is honest about the trauma and loss that Damira has suffered…The plot has a strong basis in Damira’s determination to never be powerless again after a horrific ordeal, which is explored through her anger and grief as she finds her strength and voice. Sting of the Scorpion is a poignant and emotional journey of magic, power, and strength that is vividly and beautifully written.

Flicker of the Flame

Book 2 in the Outlawed Myth Series

An ancient prophecy, now an outlawed myth. Secrets, long kept, that can kill. A young girl who was never meant to be born.

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Undaunted, Tereka seeks to put her shattered life back together. But she soon learns everything she believed about herself, her family and her world was a lie. Between a cryptic prophecy, three magic amulets, and those who seek to murder her, she becomes embroiled in a fight for her life.

As the threats against Tereka mount, she unlocks the mysteries surrounding her birth, she is faced with an impossible choice.

Will she embrace the scandalous truth—and her impossible destiny—before the secrets of her past destroy her?

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Editorial Reviews:

From Readers’ Favorite:

The twists and turns of the story and the struggles of our main character bring a sharp flavor into the book, and I can’t get enough of it! I am constantly in awe at the thought and heart put into this wonderful piece of writing. The narration is evenly paced, and Puerto has seamlessly combined fantasy and action elements, bringing forth this magnificent tale! Flicker of the Flame is a phenomenal fantasy novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in this setting. This book has left its mark on me, and I’m looking forward to more spectacular work by Evelyn Puerto!

Flight of the Spark

Book 1 in the Outlawed Myth Series

***Winner of the 2021 Reader’s Favorite Silver medal for YA Epic Fantasy***

***An IndieB.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree***

She never expected lawbreakers to take away her fear. But she didn’t know the price could be be her life.

Iskra is terrified of breaking the rules. So her world turns upside-down when a supposedly savage outlaw rescues her from a gang of deadly bandits. But as she learns more about the rebellious outsiders’ way of life, the authorities abduct her friend to ensure her silence.

Determined to search forbidden territory for her missing confidant, Iskra finds herself falling for the brave renegade willing to help her cause. But when local leaders catch wind of her whereabouts, they’ll do whatever it takes to stop this rule-breaker from learning the hideous truth.

Will Iskra and her forbidden love escape the clutches of the ruthless leaders determined to silence her?

Flight of the Spark is the thrilling first book in The Outlawed Myth YA fantasy series. If you like dystopian worlds, tenacious heroines, and a splash of romance, then you’ll love this gripping tale.

Editorial Reviews:

From Midwest Review of Books:

An impressively original, deftly crafted and inherently entertaining read from cover to cover, Flight of the Spark is an unreservedly recommended addition to school and community library YA Fiction collections.

From Long and Short Reviews:

Devastatingly beautiful from start to finish, Flight of the Spark left me completely enthralled and praying to the sky-god that my predictions for the sequel would come true!…

Though Flight of the Spark was written for a teen audience, it brought with it so many important lessons that especially in today’s world would be so immeasurably important for audiences of all ages. It took me away to a different world, but saddled itself up parallel to the one we live in now, helping me find perspective in these unsure times.

Don’t pass up the opportunity to enter the world that Evelyn Puerto has so passionately created for us. Flight of the Spark will fill you with a magic you may have thought disappeared a long time ago. I can’t wait for the sequel.

From Readers’ Favorite:

Flight of the Spark is a story that drew me in. Puerto was able to put me in the mind of all the main characters; I could feel their fear, anger, hope and happiness as it happened. The ending was not what I thought it would be and I’m glad this is a series because it hints at more. This is a 5-star book that recommend to anyone who likes an adventurous story of discovery mixed with love, rebellion, and suspense all rolled into one.

From Indies Today:

Evelyn Puerto has laid the groundwork for a fantastic fantasy in this first in the Outlawed Myth series…Flight of the Spark is a wickedly entertaining story for anybody who has ever wanted to break free.

You can purchase Flight of the Spark in most major online retailers, or ask your local bookstore order you a copy.

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Beyond the Rapids

Book cover of Beyond the Rapids

Imagine that you are a believer living in a communist country. You live with the knowledge that at any time you could be imprisoned, tortured or killed simply because you are a Christian.

Beyond the Rapids is the award-winning true story of a Ukrainian pastor, Alexei Brynza, and his wife, Valentina, who endured persecution in a culture that was hostile to their faith as they struggled to raise their four children as believers. Spanning the years from the Great Terror of the 1930s to the time when believing in Christ was no longer a crime, this close-knit Ukrainian family quietly persisted through the years, trusting God for everything. The Brynzas’ four children, forced to choose between God and the communist system, wrestled with temptations of ambition, popularity, love, and wealth.

Beyond the Rapids is a story for all believers everywhere. If you’re concerned about the erosion of religious freedom, if you are discouraged because your children have wandered far from God, if you long to stand firm in your faith, the Brynzas’ testimony of God’s faithfulness will provide hope and inspiration, as they remind us that no matter how our circumstances change, Jesus and His promises never do.

Want to learn more? Read about the Brynza family or watch the Beyond the Rapids Book Trailer.

“More than a book, an incredible experience” is how one reviewer described Beyond the Rapids.  Read the full review and more.

From the Reader’s Favorite Book Contest: “Beyond the Rapids is an incredible story. I was touched by the faith of the Brynzas. Evelyn Puerto brings this story to life. I felt as though I knew the individuals and they were sharing with me.”

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Read Me Before You Write

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Do you have a dream of writing and publishing a book? What you don’t know could cost you countless hours and thousands of dollars. In Read Me Before You Write, I share the lessons about writing, publishing and marketing books I learned the hard way: through trial and error. Which I explain a little in this short video.

Packed into this short book are tips on improving the quality of your writing, increasing your chances of landing a publishing contract, marketing your book and saving money on publishing and marketing.

The last chapter lists helpful resources for learning to write, finding an agent and publishers, setting up websites, using social media more effectively and much more.

Read Me Before You Write gives writers who have not yet tried to publish their work a realistic view of the world of writing and publishing, so they have an idea of what it takes to become a successful author. You don’t have to waste your time and money repeating mistakes others have made. Read Me Before You Write will give you the start you need so you’ll be more likely to succeed.

Now available on in paperback and kindle editions, and on with Kindle, Nook, Kobo and many other electronic formats.