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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.


Some Big News


First of all, you can get (just through Friday, August 30th) the eBook of Forgive Me, Alex (English version) at Amazon for JUST $0.99. Grab it quick! 🙂

Now for the big news: my work is coming available in Spanish language editions, translated by the talented Ana Popielnicki of Evolved Publishing. Forgive Me, Alex and Paradox – A Short Story are both available now in Spanish Editions at Amazon and at Smashwords. They will soon be available at Apple iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Sony, and most major eBook retailers. So if you’re a Spanish speaker/reader, please enjoy! Or if you have friends who would enjoy these Spanish editions, please spread the word.

FMA_v3_ES_300_DPI_2x3Available now at Amazon and Smashwords.

Evolved Publishing nos lleva en un recorrido íntimo dentro de la mente de un asesino, y del hombre decidido a acabar con ese asesino, en esta historia de justicia y venganza, del mal y la redención, de terror y valentía, de amor y pérdida.

Dos personalidades, dos estilos, dos objetivos, dos métodos – una sola oscuridad.


ParadoxV2_ES_300dpi_2x3Available now at Amazon and Smashwords.

Evolved Publishing nos presenta un corto y rápido viaje al espacio con “Paradoja” de Lane Diamond. Con menos de 2,700 palabras, es la distracción breve perfecta para escapar del trajín diario.

Ted se ofreció de voluntario para la misión porque, después de todo, era no más que un viaje de rutina a Marte. ¿Qué podía salir mal?

En lo más profundo, lo más oscuro del espacio, es preciso llenar el vacío, la soledad, la nada. ¿Tenemos los seres humanos la “capacidad psicológica” para embarcarnos en largos viajes espaciales? Si no, es posible que terminemos como Ted.


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.


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.


These eBooks by Lane Diamond are now available to Amazon Prime members.

I’ve decided to participate in the Amazon KDP Select program, making my following titles available to Amazon Prime members through their lending library.

Psychological thriller novel, Forgive Me, Alex.

Psychological adventure short story, Devane’s Reality.

Feel-good South American adventure short story, Wind Tunnel.

I think this offers a terrific opportunity to my readers. I hope you’ll agree, and that you’ll take advantage, and that you’ll tell the world, and we’ll have peace on Earth, rainbows on the moon and—-

Err… okay, got a little carried away there.


Dear Readers, Have you posted your reviews online?

One of the tools that authors have always relied on, indeed that many have lived or died on (metaphorically speaking), is the priceless Reader Review.

In this new eBook environment we live in, this is easier than ever, and arguably more important than ever. Let’s face it, when you go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords, what’s one of the key indicators to help you decide if a book is worth your hard-earned entertainment dollar?

Yes, you can sample the book online, reading the first several pages, or even chapters, of the book. I always do this now. Indeed, I wouldn’t think of buying a book from an unknown author without doing so. The next thing I look at are the reviews. If there are only a couple of them, I assume—fairly or not—that those are from the author’s brother, or girlfriend, or husband, or favored pet. If there are several of them, I read them and get a better sense of whether I want to try the book.

And so, if you purchase (or pick up free) an indie author’s eBook, and you don’t leave a review, you’re making it harder for that author to succeed. Why should you care? Well, Dear Reader, if you like the author’s work, but that author fails and decides to just stick with the day job, you’ll lose a source of pleasant entertainment.

Thus, if you’d like to help out this poor starving author, or any other, please take a moment to post ratings and/or reviews. In my case, you can do so at:

For Forgive Me, Alex: Amazon ; Barnes and Noble ; Smashwords ; Goodreads.

For Paradox: Amazon ; Barnes and Noble ; Smashwords ; Goodreads.

For Devane’s Reality: Amazon ; Barnes and Noble ; Smashwords ; Goodreads.

For Wind Tunnel: Amazon ; Barnes and Noble ; Smashwords ; Goodreads.

For Well-Suited Sentry: Amazon ; Barnes and Noble ; Smashwords ; Goodreads.

For Evolution: Vol. 1: Amazon ; Barnes and Noble ; Smashwords ; Goodreads.

For Evolution: Vol. 2: Amazon ; Barnes and Noble ; Smashwords ; Goodreads.

So rate and review to your heart’s desire, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you.


New Anthology Available from Evolved Publishing – Evolution: Vol. 1 (A Short Story Collection)

Evolved Publishing has put out an anthology resulting from its first-ever Short Story Contest. This collection consists of 10 great stories from 10 talented authors, ranging from fantasy and science fiction, to thrillers, to action/adventure, to mainstream literary.

This collection offers something for everyone, and I, with the help of co-editor D.T. Conklin, have edited the stories, polishing them to a fine sheen.

I absolutely love some of these stories. Come check ’em out.

Available as an eBook at: Amazon ; Smashwords ; BookieJar ; and coming soon to Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Diesel.


Wind Tunnel – A Short Story

My second short story, Wind Tunnel, is more of a feel-good affair than my first one, Devane’s Reality.  It is now available through AmazonSmashwords and BookieJar.

Set first in Chicago and later in Argentina, it serves as a reminder that it pays to do good.  Call it karma, call it paying-it-forward, call it what you will—sometimes, all is right with the universe.

Thanks to D.T. Conklin for his exacting edit, and to Josh Evans for the vibrant cover.

‘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).


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