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Six-Sentence Sunday #3 – Forgive Me, Alex

Welcome to Six-Sentence Sunday.

The idea is to give you a small taste (6 consecutive sentences) of one of my pieces, but a compelling one. You can find previous Six-Sentence Sunday excerpts by searching under the Category by that name.

So, is the excerpt below effective? Only you can tell me that.

Six-Sentence Excerpt – Forgive Me, Alex (A Psychological Thriller Novel)

Mitchell Norton, the man I’ve long considered the devil, smiles atop the courthouse steps and waves to the simmering crowd. He tilts his head back to soak in the sunshine and cool breeze of the late spring day, the tranquility of which stands in stark contrast to the circumstances of this event.

The mere sight of him pushes me to the dark edge of my mind, where sanity hangs like… like… like a balloon in a tornado!

I stand in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster’s release. As my face blazes, fists clench and teeth grind, I can easily imagine the onset of a stroke, an aneurism, a pulmonary embolism, a raging scream—

Control yourself, Tony!

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“Forgive Me, Alex” Gets a Great Review, and Is a Semi-Finalist at Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012

Yeah, I had a pretty good day yesterday. First, I started a month-long book tour for Forgive Me, Alex, through Novel Publicity. Stop by and check it out: 3 $50 Prizes are up for grabs.

The first review out of that tour was done by Anne Chaconas. She had many nice things to say, and I hope you’ll drop by and post your own comment.

Excerpt: “Diamond does in Forgive Me, Alex what I wish more contemporary authors would do: He brings me right into the story, forcing me to identify with the characters. I didn’t have a choice–I would feel Tony Hooper’s wrath and need for revenge, I would wallow in Mitchell Norton’s desperate inability to ward off his demons. I would cheer for Diana Gregorio’s unbelievable ballsiness in the face of seemingly unbeatable odds. I would weep, shedding actual tears, for Alex Hooper’s childhood.”

Then, just as I was basking in that good news, I received notification from Kindle Book Reviews that Forgive Me, Alex is a semi-finalist in their Best Indie Books of 2012 – Mystery/Thriller Category.

“Forgive Me, Alex” – Semi-Finalist in the Mystery/Thriller category, Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012

So yeah, I had a pretty good day. ***Me smiling*** I wonder how today will go?


Six-Sentence Sunday #2 – Forgive Me, Alex

Welcome to Six-Sentence Sunday (one day early).

The idea is to give you a small taste (6 consecutive sentences) of one of my pieces, but a compelling one. You can find previous Six-Sentence Sunday excerpts by searching under the Category by that name.

So, is the excerpt below effective? Only you can tell me that.

Six-Sentence Excerpt – Forgive Me, Alex (A Psychological Thriller Novel)

I killed my first man in 1975, at the age of fifteen.

Norton’s actions three years later would push me deeper into my transformation, and aim me toward this place. The life I now lead. The me who isn’t me.

Some things I’ve lost forever. Other things… well, other things I’d like to lose, but can’t.

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Six-Sentence Sunday #1 – Forgive Me, Alex

Okay, so this is a simple but great idea. I must give credit where credit is due: I first saw this on author Alex Laybourne’s website, according to which he first saw it on Darlene Steelman’s website. Maybe Darlene has started something here.

The idea is to give you a small taste (6 consecutive sentences) of one of my pieces, but a compelling one. So, is the excerpt below effective? No clue. Only you can tell me that.

Six-Sentence Excerpt – Forgive Me, Alex (A Psychological Thriller Novel)

Alex’s vacant brown eyes and perpetual frown, his continuous soft sigh and the musty smell of sweat and tears on his Scooby-Doo pajamas, the way his chin rested continually on his chest—these left me utterly heartbroken.

I could only pray that the dark Christmas of 1975 would slip into history as the worst I would ever experience. Surely, Dad, Alex and I would recover our happiness, our optimism, as our futures unfolded according to a new plan, albeit a motherless one.

That little executioner’s waltz I’d performed on the street in front of our house in August would no doubt be my last dance.

Little did I know: more monsters roamed the world than I’d ever imagined.

They weren’t finished with me.

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A Good Week for “Forgive Me, Alex” – a Psychological Thriller

Amazon decided to discount my novel, Forgive Me, Alex, this week, offering $1.00 OFF. I have no idea how long it will last, so you may want to take advantage of it sooner rather than later. (Click on cover below for Amazon link.)

Forgive Me, Alex is now officially nominated for a Global eBook Award in the Thriller Fiction category. Wish me luck!

"Forgive Me, Alex" by Lane Diamond - Thriller Fiction Nominee

Reviews continue to trickle in, and to be strong (4.7-Star Average). It picked up a 4 and two 5s in the last couple weeks. I’m always thrilled to hear readers are enjoying it. Makes it all worthwhile.

If you’re a fan of thrillers, and you’re a book blogger who posts reviews at both Amazon and Goodreads, contact me with your links, and I may provide you a free eBook copy in return for your reviewing consideration.


Podcaster Timothy C. Ward Interviews Lane Diamond and D.T. Conklin of Evolved Publishing – Part 2

This is the second in a 2-part interview series by podcaster and aspiring author Timothy C. Ward, who was kind enough to sit down and talk to us about our business, about our authors and books, about why we do what we do.

I think this one is a little more about me as author and editor, and about my novel, Forgive Me, Alex.

We sure appreciate Tim’s taking the time give us this opportunity, and I hope you’ll stop by and enjoy our conversation.

AudioTim 26: Lane Diamond, Author of Forgive Me, Alex


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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.

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