Steve Evans


Steve Evans has been a gold prospector, a bartender, mushroom farmer, gardener, labourer, social worker, librarian and journalist. He has written seven novels for Smashwords and other ebook retailers: The Russian Idea, Demented, Evilheart, The Kleiber Monster, and Savonarola's Bones.

He lives in New Zealand.


The Living End
Price: Free! Words: 52,010. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: February 24, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
(5.00 from 1 review)
A kidnapped journalist agrees write the story of approaching extinction of the human race, as her captors plan an event to grab the world's attention by the throat.
Price: Free! Words: 78,540. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: June 21, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Tom agreed to check on the neighbours' daughter in Edinburgh. The slippery slope of pleasure turned to mayhem, with a murderess his chief ally.
The Russian Idea
Price: Free! Words: 76,520. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
Russian oligarch Maxim Maximov has big ideas. Daniel thinks he's eccentric but the money is too good to ignore. Nadya is hard to ignore too as together they explore the bizarre philosophy of Nikolai Berdyaev. Then the bodies start to pile up...
Price: Free! Words: 146,940. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Getting stalked by a hitman wasn't what Alex had in mind when he went to the picturesque German village of Sigmaringen to complete his thesis on French writer Louis-Ferdinand Celine.
Savonarola's Bones
Price: Free! Words: 83,570. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
A string of murders clouds Laura White's search for a hidden Renaissance relic in the Swabian Alps – and she is the prime suspect. Meanwhile, neo-Nazis and jihadist terrorists roam the hills...

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  • Ashes of Deceit on July 28, 2012

    Joleene Naylor designs the covers of my own books (also here on Smashwords) which is how I was introduced to her took me a while, snooty man that I am, to lower myself to reading "vampire lit". What a surprise! I read the last two of these in "beta" and they are really good! I think she is improving too, but both this one and its predecessor manage to do the business for what a vampire novel for adults should be like according to the "genre rules", but go past that too. If you are a vampire novel fan, you'll like them; if you're not, keep an open mind and give them a go.
  • Heart of the Raven on April 17, 2013

    The latest in Joleene Naylor's Amaranthine series is to my mind the best yet: the best written and the most thrilling. Those who aren't familiar with the earlier instalments will perhaps not be able to pick up on nuances "between the lines" as well as between the characters, but that is more an incentive to read the others than a turn off for this one. Any reader will still get a lot out of it.
  • Clash of Legends on April 09, 2015

    Joleene Naylor writes adult vampire novels and her series Amaranthine has now reached seven not entirely thin volumes. Vampires are not everyone's cup of blood, but for those those who haven't sampled this literary fare and who are open-minded enough to give this genre a chance to bite their imaginations, Amaranthine is a good place to start. There is more here than a splatter-fest. Yes, there are battles aplenty, and lurid depictions of the horrors vampire wars can unleash. There is vampire sex too and that is not to be passed over lightly. Yet these titillating aspects are set in a context that ultimately makes these novels a kind of easy-reading philosophical treatise on the nature of reality and the imagination. Clash of Legends comes at a turning point in the series that makes it significant in terms of the whole. Readers who have not read the earlier instalments might nonetheless find it worth a go; they can get the rest as flashback if they choose. (reviewed within a week of purchase)