I just released a new short story, a bit of literary horror called Well-Suited Sentry.
It’s just a short thing—a quick and easy read. I hope you enjoy it.
Do you enjoy a great read? Do you love getting lost in a different world? How about getting four fantastic tales for the price of one?
To celebrate the launch of the riveting YA paranormal thriller/romance “Forbidden Mind,” by Kimberly Kinrade, Evolved Publishing is offering an extra-special deal. If you buy a copy of “Forbidden Mind” from any online vendor, you will get three short stories for free! That’s right, FREE! And these are good, folks.
I should know. I wrote two of them. 🙂
All you have to do is email EP at Marketing@EvolvedPub.com with your purchase receipt for “Forbidden Mind,” and they’ll send you Smashwords coupons for the three short stories.
Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade
“Do not make any plans on the day you begin, as once you start, you will not be able to put it down.” – L.M. Stull
“…hooked me in from the beginning.” – L.E. Manning
“This book was fantastic!” – P. Larsen
“Forbidden Mind is beautifully written and worth your reading time.” – BookWormSans “Definite must read. For once you start, you simply can’t stop. 5 out of 5 stars!” – H. Badgwell
Summary Sam thinks she’s months away from freedom. After spending her life in a secret school, rented out to the rich and powerful as a paranormal spy, she is ready to head to college like any normal eighteen-year-old.
Only Sam isn’t normal. She reads minds. And just before her big going-away party, she links to the mind of a young man who changes everything.
Drake wasn’t raised as a ‘Rent-A-Kid.’ He was kidnapped and taken there by force. But his exceptional physical strength and powers of mind control make him very dangerous, especially to Sam.
When they meet, Sam is forced to face the truth of her situation, and to acknowledge that not all is as it seems in her picture-perfect world. For what awaits her on her eighteenth birthday isn’t a trip to college, but an unexpected nightmare from which she may not be able to escape.
To survive, they must work together.
But will their powers be enough to save them before it’s too late?
“This is a fun read. You will laugh at several points. This story is something you can finish on your lunch break without issue. It’s good for a day you are in need of a laugh.” – M.J. Kaufmann
“Fun read.” – N. Mazoni
“It reminded my of a Coen Brothers film in that it is very humorous, featuring bumbling characters caught up in something far beyond their comprehension. The Sword of Oops provides good solid laughs!” – J.R. Evans
“I’ve finally found someone in Lane Diamond who can actually write – no mistakes, perfect grammar and structure – a breath of fresh air. Lane Diamond weaves a logical thread through “Devane’s Reality,” until revealing an ending that, while not completely surprising, is both clever and satisfying. He offers a nice mix: funny, poignant, sad, intriguing – and I love the diary mechanism.” – Steve Z.
“This haunting short story by talented author Lane Diamond explores the fragility of the mind, and shows that there is more than one kind of loneliness. I highly recommend this well-written short.” – K. Kinrade
“The story is a well-crafted character study about a doctor facing an interesting choice in his life. How he handles it and the perspective he maintains the entire time is what really makes this little gem glow!” – J.R. Evans
“I first discovered Lane Diamond through his short story “Devane’s Reality.” What can I say? I’m hooked on this guy. He just knows how to write. “Wind Tunnel” is, as a previous reviewer stated, a feel-good story. It’s character-driven, and I enjoyed each of the two primary characters. The ending leaves the reader with some minor contemplation, which I actually enjoyed. Once again, I’m happy to recommend Lane Diamond.” – Steve Z.
A recent online article by C. Hope Clark, Are we speaking for free, too?, prompted me to dust off a piece I wrote long ago at www.Writing.com. I’ve decided to reprise it here, since I have a primarily new audience.
What’s a writer?
I once installed a new kitchen sink and garbage disposal in my condo. That doesn’t make me a plumber. I once built some shelves for my closet. That doesn’t make me a carpenter. I once watched a meteor shower streak through the night sky. That doesn’t make me an astronomer.
Writers are professionals. Professionals are paid for their work. Hence, writers are paid for their work.
Everyone else is an “aspiring writer,” or a hobbyist.
As an example, if you write short fiction and you’ve looked around at print markets for your work, you’ve no doubt discovered that more outlets don’t pay than dopay. Sure, they may offer “2 free contributor copies.” Oh goodie! Now I can eat something besides PB&J sandwiches and macaroni & cheese. Oh wait! Never mind.
Just in case that’s not bad enough, you might subsequently have this conversation:
MAGAZINE EDITOR: I discovered that you posted your story on a website where people have access to it.
ME: That’s right. It’s an interactive writer’s site. We review each other’s material and offer some constructive feedback, perhaps a little encouragement. We can all use more of that.
EDITOR: Sure, but people can read your story there.
ME: Yes, this story has had 138 views as of this morning, primarily by other writers, no doubt. EDITOR: See, that’s what we consider “previously published,” and we expect “First-Time” rights. ME: But it’s 138 people.
EDITOR: That doesn’t matter.
ME: 138. That’s 138 people in the whole world. How many of those do you suppose are part of your 1,200 subscribers?
EDITOR: That’s not the point. We pay for first-time rights.
ME: Really? What do you pay?
EDITOR: We pay 2 free contributor copies.
ME: Oh goodie! Now I can pay the rent this month!
Imagine calling a plumber to install your new water heater:
YOU: I’d like you to remove the old water heater, install my new one in the same spot, and dispose of the old one.
PLUMBER: Okay, that will require three hours of labor, which costs $180. Additionally, there’s a $20 fee for disposing of your old water heater.
YOU: Well, I don’t actually offer money for plumbing services, but I will pay “2 free written references.” Man, that’s gonna look good on your resume!
Yeah, how’s that new water heater working out?
It’s amazing how many magazine editors think we writers should feel “honored” that they want to publish our material… absolutely free. Yep, we should be thrilled that their 1,200 readers (Oh joy!), or 800 readers (How wonderful!), or 300 readers (Are you kidding me?) are going to read our story.
Let’s close out that first conversation:
EDITOR: You know, this would be a good job if it weren’t for you damned writers!
Yeah, it’s so nice to be loved and respected.
I’ll give you a little hint, Dear Writer: You create this problem for yourself… every time you agree to work for free. The sooner we all stop doing that, the sooner we’ll get paid for our work. You have the power. We have the power, and it’s time for a little peaceful revolution.
‘Til next time, and as always, remember: To write well, you must work hard. To succeed in this tough gig, you mustn’t be lazy (or discouraged).