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Pssst… You Want a Couple of FREE Short Stories?

Evolved Publishing has graciously allowed me to share this bit of good news with folks who visit my website, so….

It so happens that for just the next few days (expires November 30th), you can get two of my short stories FREE through Smashwords. All you have to do is click on the appropriate link below, and enter the 5-character coupon code listed. Nice and easy. And don’t worry if you don’t have a Smashwords account, as it’s easy – and free – to set one up.

So here are those links and codes:

Devane’s Reality at Smashwords (Use this Code: NE37A)

Paradox at Smashwords (Use this Code: UY53K)

These stories are similar in theme, if different in basic genre. They each explore the fragility of the human mind. I sure hope you like them, and that you’ll take a moment to post your heartfelt reviews at Smashwords after reading them.


I Give My Highest Recommendation To “Hannah’s Voice”


I’ll start with this quick note to followers of my blog: Since I write, when I actually manage to find the time, for both readers and writers, I’ll start each post as I do above, with an indication of who its intended audience is. And now… on to the post.


Like all authors, I started out, and was driven to the craft, as a reader. I so loved books that I wanted to be one of those who provided them to others. Well, I now do so in two ways: 1) I’m an author, and; 2) I’m a publisher (Evolved Publishing). I shall speak now as the second.

Occasionally, I’ve been fortunate to “discover” some great works by some truly talented authors. Well, in fairness, the authors discovered Evolved Publishing (EP), and I was simply lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to bring them onto the team. I’ll probably be blogging about some of those specific authors, and their works, in coming weeks. For now, I want to speak about one particular book, because you can now get it while it’s on sale.

Hannah’s Voice by Robb Grindstaff

[This portion is re-posted from the EP blog.]

It’s no wonder Mr. Grindstaff’s book has garnered an average rating at Amazon of 4.9 Stars (30 5-star, 4 4-star, and nothing lower). Simply put, Hannah’s Voice is one of those stories, featuring an extraordinary character in Hannah Cross, that will likely remain with you long after you’ve finished it. Indeed, like me, you may be itching to read it again not long after completing it the first time.

When Robb first submitted his manuscript to us, I was buried under so much work that I was a bit burned out, and the submissions were a big part of what were wearing me down. I’d recently rejected about 49 out of 50 submissions, and I was becoming disheartened. I waded into Hannah’s Voice frustrated and jaded, thinking, ‘Let’s see how long it takes me to reject this one.’ Imagine my delight as I read page after page without even realizing that I was already 25 pages in before thinking, ‘Holy cats, this is fantastic!’

And I’d barely scratched the surface, for Hannah’s Voice did what every great book does: it started out strong, and got better with each page… right up to the end. When I finished it, my first thought when seeking to describe it was, ‘You know what? This reminds me quite a bit of A Prayer for Owen Meany.’ That great book by John Irving has long been one of my favorites, and Hannah’s Voice stands right alongside it. The stories share certain thematic qualities, and they both feature characters that are uniquely intriguing (and of course, solid writing).

Having not yet lost my mind, I moved quickly to bring Robb onto the Evolved Publishing team, and to get Hannah’s Voice into our catalog. And I’m so happy to share with readers this great book, about which I am (obviously) unabashedly enthusiastic. I simply can’t recommend it strongly enough. You will love it; of that, I have no doubt.

Hannah’s Voice is on sale for 3 days only!

You can pick up your eBook copy of this amazing story for just $0.99 (SAVE $3.00), but only through Wednesday, August 28th. If ever you were going to try a new author, this is the time.

HannahsVoiceSale price available only at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.


“Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble” by D. Robert Pease is Perfect for Your Pre-Teens


Yes, if your kids love the Percy Jackson adventure “The Lightning Thief,” they’re sure to love the adventure “Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble.”

Noah is a space ship pilot, a voyager to distant worlds, a time traveler, and at twelve years old, quite possibly the last, best hope for Earth.

There’s a reason this book has won multiple awards:


Critics love it —-
“Pease’s strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah’s excited, fast-paced narration.” – Publishers Weekly
—- and so will your kids. And to make it even better, it’s on sale for the next few days only, at just $0.99 at both Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

I had the great pleasure of editing this series, and I know your kids are going to love it.


Free Short Story eBooks from Author Lane Diamond

What’s that? You want a little sample, and you want it for free?

Well, all-righty then….

You can now get 3 of my short stories for FREE as eBooks at most online retailers.

PARADOX – A Short Science Fiction Adventure

Paradox_500x800FREE at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo, and everywhere eBooks are sold.

DESCRIPTION: Ted volunteered for the mission because, after all, it was just a routine trip to Mars. What could possibly go wrong?

In the deepest, darkest reaches of space, one must fill the vacuum, the void, the emptiness. Yet do we humans have the “psychological stuff” for deep space travel? If not, we may end up like Ted.

DEVANE’S REALITY – A Short Psychological Thriller

Devanes_Reality_800x500FREE at Barnes and Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, and most places eBooks are sold (still $0.99 at Amazon, though I hope it will be free there soon).

DESCRIPTION: We humans do not suffer solitude well. I long for contact—any contact. I yearn to meet a one-legged, one-armed, one-eyed, elderly gypsy woman who spends every waking minute singing show tunes with a voice like a howler monkey undergoing torture.

How does one cope with complete and utter loneliness? Imagine living in a world occupied by one – not another living creature. How could such a thing be possible? Doesn’t matter. What matters is how Lawrence Steven Devane reacts when plunged into precisely this situation.

WELL-SUITED SENTRY – A Short Horror Story

well_suited_sentry_500x800FREE at Barnes and Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, and most places eBooks are sold (still $0.99 at Amazon, though I hope it will be free there soon).

DESCRIPTION: The prison rose out of the cornfields, a concrete and steel monstrosity about as likely in this serene setting as an elephant in an igloo. The sentry couldn’t help but smile at the thought. With no one else to amuse him, to distract him, to help push his days contentedly forward, he often amused himself in such ways.

‘I’ve done my work too well,’ he thought. ‘Opportunities to spill blood are so rare these days.’

This prison sentry is unlike any other. You don’t want to cross him. Better that you should remain in your cell, follow the rules, and never get on his bad side. Transgression comes at far too high a price.


PLEASE ENJOY! (And please leave an honest review wherever you picked up your copy. Thank you.


Guest Post by Angela Scott, Author of DESERT RICE

Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming author Angela Scott, award-winning author of WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD, DESERT RICE, and SURVIVOR ROUNDUP, for a guest post I think you’ll find interesting. This is part of a blog hop running at Evolved Publishing this week, in which you can not only discover new authors, but win some cool prizes, too.

How do you balance your religious beliefs but stay true to the story you need to write?

I’m not a religious fanatic, but I do have a moral compass and “rules” for myself that I try my best to live by. But here’s the thing…I belong to a religious affiliation who have even more rules that I should be living by, and the kinds of stories I find myself writing tend to break a lot of those rules. I’m a good person, but my characters make a lot of mistakes–some pretty big ones. These are the stories that come to me, the voices that whisper in my ear. Personally, I think I would be HORRIBLE at writing religious fiction type books, so knowing that, I don’t even try.

So why does any of this matter? I guess because I worry someone might mistake my stories as my own personal belief system. What I write about rarely matches up to what I believe to be true. Do I believe kids should be having sex at fifteen-years-old? Heck no. Do I believe it’s okay for kids to drink? Never. The list goes on.

Desert Rice deals with some pretty tough topics. I don’t go into details, but there is enough there for a reader to paint their own sordid picture. This is a book that I know might offend several people of my church. I guess, even after all this time, I still worry about what people think of me. Sad, I know.

So then why write the stories I do? Why write about zombies or child abuse? Why not just stick to my moral compass and do the right thing? Because rarely do I pick the story or its characters–they come to me. That sounds crazy, but it’s true. So I write what I write, and I will let the chips fall where they may. I don’t think what I write about pushes any major envelopes–there are MANY books out there with topics and word choices I would NEVER do–but to be a member of a religion that preaches building up the kingdom God, I’m pretty sure my books aren’t doing any of that.

Take Stephanie Meyer for instance (I know, I know. We really don’t want to talk about her, right?) but her fourth book got some members of her religious group in an uproar. They didn’t agree with what she wrote. They attacked her and questioned her standing in her church. Besides her writing not being up to par, she didn’t write anything completely offensive or downright evil, but she suffered some backlash for it, regardless.

So how can I be who I am, believe what I do, but write books that contradict some of those beliefs? Am I a hypocrite? Maybe. I don’t know. There are certain lines I have drawn, certain “things” and word choices I would never use, but I have made some “creative choices” (for lack of a better term) that some in my religious community would say is wrong–I should be sticking to my standards, so they would say.

What do I do? How do I walk that fine line? How do I explain myself…or not?

What do you think? How do you balance it? Do you draw lines in the sand or do you write the story that needs to be written…no matter what? I’d love to know.

Click HERE to learn more about Angela Scott.

About DESERT RICE: Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl, but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. 15-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place–their mother.

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”–who smells an awful lot like a horse–in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.

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12 eBooks To Entertain You for Hours – A 3-Day Event from Evolved Publishing!

Evolved Publishing is making is easier for you to enjoy their eBooks. Get 12 of them, each with fantastic reviews, some awards, and legions of fans… for just $2.99 each (SAVINGS of $1-2 EACH). But hurry! This special event lasts for 3 DAYS ONLY – May 22-24.

Check out what they’re offering:

  1. An Epic Fantasy unlike any you’ve read before, sure to redefine the genre forever
  2. A riveting Psychological Suspense Thriller that delves into the mind of a serial killer, and of the man who hunts such monsters
  3. 2 YA Paranormal Thriller/Romance from the Award-Winning Forbidden series, featuring kids from the notorious Rent-A-Kid school
  4. A YA Paranormal Fantasy featuring Norse Gods and Valkyries
  5. A YA Romantic Adventure featuring Zombies and set in the Old West
  6. A Historical Fiction novel with a rare, uplifting, authentic glimpse into Native American Indian culture
  7. 2 Lower-Grade Chapter Books (Color-Illustrated) with important life lessons for kids 4-9, featuring Unicorns and Garbage Goblins and Dragons, oh my!
  8. A Children’s Picture Book for kids 3-6 years old, with charming illustrations sharing the wayward adventures of an intrepid bird
  9. A Memoir to inspire and motivate teens and young adults
  10. A Short Story Anthology with 10 terrific tales from 10 talented authors

Don’t miss this chance to load-up your Kindle! Click the link below for list of selections:

Evolved Publishing – Current Promotions

And please enjoy!


Big Promotion from Evolved Publishing – 9 eBooks and 3 Short Stories

Wowzer! Do we have a deal for you? How about 9 eBooks and 3 Short Stories, with loads of 5 star reviews, some awards, and legions of fans… all FREE from Evolved Publishing? It’s true. Just stop by on Tuesday, March 27th – 1 DAY ONLY – and download your books from Amazon.





This includes not only my psychological suspense thriller, Forgive Me, Alex, and my short stories, Devane’s Reality and Wind Tunnel, and the short story anthology I edited, Evolution: Vol. 1.

It also includes an epic fantasy that will redefine the genre forever, an award-winning YA paranormal thriller/romance, a YA paranormal fantasy featuring Valkries and Norse gods, a fun and fast-paced YA zombie western, an inspiring memoir, a deeply heartfelt and beautiful Native American historical fiction novel, and a humorous fantasy short story.

Don’t miss this chance to load up your kindle without spending a dime.

For the full list, click here:


PROMOTION – Get “Forgive Me, Alex” and All Other Evolved Publishing Books at a DISCOUNT – 2 DAYS ONLY

First, reviews continue to come in for my psychological thriller, Forgive Me, Alex, and people seem quite… well… thrilled. Here’s what some people have said about my book at Amazon:

5/5 Stars: “I walk away with a deep emotional connection to these characters and their plight. They are like old friends, and any time a book can create that bond with characters, I say well done.” – Tim C. Ward (Podcaster and Book Blogger)

5/5 Stars: “Lane gets you into the head of the characters and you feel this bond with them, urging you to read faster to find out what happens next. You know you are reading a great book when you need to stop reading, but keep telling yourself just one more chapter, then one more leads to half the book.” – Jennifer @ Can’t Put It Down (A Book Review Site)

5/5 Stars: “I could not help but think to myself that the storyline was more real than imagined—I could all too often feel myself being pulled into the minds of the characters, especially Tony.” – JesterDev

5/5 Stars: “This thriller hooked me from the very beginning and I found it near impossible to put it aside. I carried my kindle with me everywhere I went and when snatches of time presented itself, I pulled out the Kindle and read.” – Angela Scott, Author of Wanted, Dead or Undead (March 2012)

5/5 Stars: “Lane Diamond has hit a home run with this brilliant, riveting and deeply engaging psychological thriller. Not only is his writing style flawless, his storytelling skills are unparalleled.” – Kimberly Kinrade, Author of National Forward Literature Award-winning book, Forbidden Mind


I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to see such reviews, and to get emails from people telling me how much they loved my book. What a terrific feeling! I hope you’ll have the same experience.

To encourage you to take that risk, Forgive Me, Alex will be on sale, marked down from its regular price of $6.99 to just $2.99 this Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21-22. Additionally, some of my short stories will be FREE.

Stop over at our Evolved Publishing site, where you can find a list of all the items ON SALE for our group.

Evolved Publishing Special Promotion – 2 DAYS ONLY


The Big Day is HERE! My eBooks are FREE TODAY ONLY at Amazon!

Yowza! Here it is: THE BIG DAY. Yep, you can get each of these items ABSOLUTELY FREE today at Amazon (just click on the covers):

A psychological thriller novel.

Tony Hooper stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster’s release. Seventeen years after Mitchell Norton, “the devil,” terrorized Algonquin, Illinois on a spree of kidnapping, torture and murder, the authorities release the butcher from psychiatric prison.

“The devil” walks the world again. What shall Tony do about it? Aye, what indeed.


A short story anthology featuring 10 terrific stories by 10 talented authors, including my story “One Last Thought.”

These highly polished stories cross many genres, offering a little something for everyone. Enjoy them one at a time as you have a few minutes, or devour the whole book in one sitting.


A psychological adventure short story.

What would you do if you awoke to a world occupied by only one… you? Don’t judge Lawrence Steven Devane too harshly until you’ve walked a few months in his shoes.


A feel-good South American adventure short story.

Doctors Without Borders has just the spot for Doc Sheehan, and Pablo is glad Doc came. The local historian and storyteller believes in paying it forward, even if no one can understand quite how he pulled it off.


Yep, each of these eBooks is FREE for 1 DAY ONLY at Amazon, on Wednesday, January 18th. Don’t miss out, and please enjoy.


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