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The Devil’s Bane – “Come on, Diamond, get it done already!”

THIS POST IS FOR READERS:

I’ve heard that phrase more than once in recent times: “Come on, Diamond, get it done already!” They’re talking about my second suspense thriller featuring Tony Hooper, and the sequel to Forgive Me, Alex. Often included in that adminition is advice on how I might manage my time such that I’ll actually get it done. They mean well but…. I am at peace.

You see, it’s just not as simple as they think. So when will The Devil’s Bane be completed? Good question. I’ve made a few excuses, and I’ve experienced the crisis of faith that often accompanies a long delay in producing the next book, but the simple truth is that my other duties outweigh my goals as a writer.

I do make a little progress on occasion, but it’s a slow go. As managing publisher/editor at Evolved Publishing, I have more work than I seem able to complete. Don’t believe me? Just ask any of the 50+ EP team members waiting on something from me.

However, I don’t want to give the wrong impression: I’m not complaining. Really… I’m not! 🙂

In fact, I have finally come to peace with the circumstances. I am a publisher first, an editor second, and a writer third. And you know what? That’s okay. It has taken me a while to come to that conclusion, but I’m breathing a little easier now that I have.

And so what about The Devil’s Bane? Fear not, for it will be done. Someday. 🙂 Seriously, though: don’t give up on it, or on me. It’s just going to take a little longer. I’ve really released myself from self-imposed deadlines on this, given the job requirements at EP. It’s quite liberating, but it also leaves a bit of a question mark. So I shall just drop back in from time to time to report on progress.

And for those of you who have been waiting patiently, THANK YOU!

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March Madness! Author Lane Diamond is giving away signed copies and other prizes!

Well, I’m a big fan of March Madness for the college basketball season, the arrival of spring (my birthday is the first full day of spring, the 21st), and the optimism that naturally comes from better weather. Plus, I’ll be able to hop on my bicycle and start riding again soon!

So I decided to offer up some goodies in honor of all these things.

What can you win?

1) Signed Hardcover of Forgive Me, Alex, my debut psychological thriller

2) Advance Reading Copy (electronic ARC, when it’s ready) of The Devil’s Bane, my upcoming sequel (you can even provide feedback prior to publication if you would like)

3) Have a character named for you in The Devil’s Bane, described similarly to you, sharing whatever history and traits you care to share, etc. It will be YOU… almost.

And there will be TWO WINNERS!

Participation is easy: just follow the simple instructions in the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Thank you for your participation.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

As I prepare to wrap up the year, I look forward to a more engaged 2013.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a very Happy New Year!

All in all, I’d have to say that 2012 has been an exciting year. It’s certainly been a busy one. Whew!

Those of you who follow my blog (Thank you!) know all too well that I’ve given it short shrift in recent months. I’m not the kind of person who thinks I should be sending you a new blog post every day. Bluch! Who has time to read them? Especially of you’re like me, and subscribe to about 200 of them. So I try to pick my spots, and provide 3 or 4 decent posts a month. Usually. Yeah, the last few months haven’t been so good.

My only real excuse is that I’ve been working insane hours trying to keep up with an insane editing schedule for all those insane authors at Evolved Publishing. (Just kidding! They’re terrific.) Seriously, though, the pace of things at EP this year far exceeded our expectations, which, I must say, certainly beats the alternative. 😀

My business partner D.T. Conklin and I had hoped to have 10 good authors and 20 quality books in EP by the end of 2012. Well, we ended up with 14 and 35, respectively. It’s been a grind, and we experienced a few growing pains — which, in retrospect, seems perfectly natural — yet even with those few challenges, it was just plain exciting! And 2013 promises to be a good year, as we continue to build our catalog of quality authors and books.

2013 will also be exciting for me because we’re making some changes to our management team, which will free up some time for me not only to do all I must do as a publisher, but to write my own books, too. Man, I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back into the writing routine! To say it’s been driving me bonkers that I haven’t been writing would be one of the year’s great understatements.

As part of that, I expect to be more engaged at this here sad excuse for a blog. 🙁 I doubt it will happen in January, but by February, I should be well settled into my new routine. If not, I’m gonna… I’m gonna… well, I’m gonna go truly bonkers.

Next up is the sequel to Forgive Me, Alex (BTW, it’s on sale this week. Save $2.), which I’m calling The Devil’s Bane. Some of my favorite characters (and I hope yours) will be making a return appearance: Tony Hooper, Frank Willow, Diana Gregario, Linda Monroe, Ben Komura, and yes… that despicable Mitchell Norton. Mwoohaha! My hope — nay, my intention — is to publish it on May 21st. A lot will have to go right for that to happen, but I am an eternal optimist. (After all, I’m the guy who assumed my girlfriend quit smoking cigarettes when I started finding cigar butts lying around the house. 😛 )

Will it all happen according to plan? I sure hope so. I mean… err… ahem… yes, it will happen!

In the new year, be happy, be healthy, be safe. Thanks again.

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The Man Who Hunts the World’s Human Monsters

Have you met the hunter of monsters, the destroyer of serial killers? No? Well… here’s your chance.

Meet Tony Hooper

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The First 3 Chapters of “The Devil’s Bane” by Lane Diamond

You can now preview the first 3 chapters of what will be, when I finish early next year with the whole writing/revising/editing process, the sequel to Forgive Me, Alex.

To sample this psychological thriller, and visit once more Tony Hooper and Mitchell Norton, just click on the title: The Devil’s Bane.

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Cover Reveal for “The Devil’s Bane” – The Sequel to “Forgive Me, Alex”

I’m excited to share the cover for my upcoming psychological thriller, The Devil’s Bane, which is a sequel to Forgive Me, Alex. The cover was created by Sam Keiser, an artist with Evolved Publishing.

Yep, Tony Hooper and Mitchell Norton are each making a return appearance, along with some of the supporting characters from FMA. Naturally, The Devil’s Bane will be introducing some new characters as well, as the cover may hint at.

I’d love to know what you think about the cover (my fellow EP-ers needn’t weigh in here.)

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