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Richard Barager

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By day I’m a nephrologist, treating dialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients. By night I write fiction. I believe the two finest callings in life are doctor and writer, one ministering to the human condition, the other illuminating it, and each capable of transforming it.

I earned BA and MD degrees at the University of Minnesota and did my postgraduate training at Emory University in Atlanta and the University of California in San Diego. I live now in Orange County, CA.

I am a champion of the healing power of literature, and sometimes prescribe novels or short stories to patients to help them cope with illness. Fiction explores meaning in a way science cannot. Sometimes only fiction tells the truth.

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Coming June 2018:

Red clay and yellow grass, a battleground and a rock festival… the senseless slaughter of Vietnam and the folly of utopian fantasy.

David Noble is an orphan with a fondness for the novels of Walter Scott; Jackie Lundquist is a child of privilege, partial to J. D. Salinger and the importance of getting real. Their ill-fated college love affair implodes when David enlists to fight a war she opposes.

Angered by his choice—the marines instead of her—Jackie refuses to acknowledge his letters from Vietnam, where David is burrowed into the blood-red clay of Khe Sanh, one of six thousand marines entrapped by an army of North Vietnamese regulars. David survives the brutal siege, but returns home to find Jackie immersed in a counterculture world of drugs and militancy.

The two lovers find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the defining issue of their time, as the New Left and the New Right battle for a generation’s political soul. To Jackie, the faltering war in Vietnam is a failure of national conscience; to David, it’s a failure of national honor. But neither her rise to fame as the antiwar movement’s alluring Radical Queen, nor David’s defiant counter-protest activities in support of the war, can extinguish their passion for one another.

Their conflicted affair—and the Age of Aquarius itself—careen toward the mellow-yellow grass of Altamont Speedway, site of the decade’s last great rock festival: Altamont, the metaphoric Death of the Sixties, where honor and shame collide and tragedy awaits redemption.

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Briefly….

I am a professional writer, as well as a full-time cook, cleaner, chauffeur, and work-at-home single Dad for three amazing teenagers. Born in Texas and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I emigrated to Israel only months before the first Gulf War, following graduation from Indiana University in 1990. In 1996, I was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces, where I served for 12 years as a Reserves Combat Medic. Since 2002, I’ve worked as an independent marketing writer, copywriter and consultant.

More than You Asked for….

I am a writer by nature. It’s always been how I express myself best. I’ve been writing stories, letters, journals, songs, and poems since I could pick up a pencil, but it took me 20-odd years to figure out that I could get paid for it. Call me slow.

After completing my BA at Indiana University – during the course of which I also studied at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Haifa University – I emigrated to Israel only months before the first Gulf War, in August 1990. In 1998, I was married to the wonderful woman who changed my life for the better in so many ways, and in 2001, only a month after the 9/11 attacks, my son was born, followed by my twin daughters in 2004. In late 2017, two weeks before my 50th birthday, my wife passed away after giving cancer one hell of a fight.

Since 2002, I’ve run SDG Communications, a successful marketing consultancy serving clients in Israel and abroad.
 

BOOKS

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David Litwack

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The urge to write first struck David at age sixteen when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the wild night when lightning flashed at sunset, followed by the northern lights rippling after dark, or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean, but he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

David now lives in the Great Northwest and anywhere else that catches his fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day, and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.
 

BOOKS

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David Litwack
A Filha do Mar e do Céu
Along the Watchtower
A Luz da Razão
Die Kinder von Dunkelheit
El Polvo de las Estrellas
Feitos de Estrela
I Figli dell’Oscurità
La Figlia del Cielo e del Mare
La Fille de la Mer et du Ciel
La Hija del Mar y el Cielo
La Luz de la Razón
La Materia di cui sono Fatte le Stelle
Los Hijos de la Oscuridad
Os Filhos da Escuridão
The Children of Darkness
The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky
The Light of Reason
The Stuff of Stars
The Time That’s Given
 

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Lane Diamond

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I write fiction, long and short. My writings cross over many genres and focus on diverse subjects, ranging from the mysteries of the human mind, with its fragile psychological and emotional states, to the everyday joy and anguish of life on Earth.

I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, and started writing at the age of 12. I love a good story, of course, a compelling plot and satisfying conclusion. Yet as a reader, I’ve always been drawn to great characters. The characters bring me back to an author time and time again. This shows in my writing, where I attempt to create authentic, complex, real characters you can come to love, and in whose company you feel at home. Or maybe you’ll despise a character and want to stick a fork in his eye. Hey, bad guys are fun too!

I did my tour in the real world, serving in the U.S. Air Force, then working as everything from a forklift operator to a bartender in my youth, before settling in as Business Services and Project Manager for a large manufacturing and distribution concern. Now, at long last (Man! Why did I wait so long?), I’m putting pedal to the metal in pursuit of the author’s life.

After many years as a Freelance Editor, with several clients published or aspiring to be so, I co-founded Evolved Publishing, where I wear many hats. As an author, I started with a few short stories, and released my debut novel, the psychological thriller Forgive Me, Alex, in December 2011. The sequel, The Devil’s Bane, is under way and due some time before The Apocalypse, I hope–if my publisher’s and editor’s duties ever allow me time.

My wife Maria and I currently split our time between Las Vegas and Transylvania, with an eye toward settling down in sunny Belize, and bringing over some kids and grandkids from Transylvania.

Editor

Words can leave us breathless, sentences can stir hearts, paragraphs can spark the mind, and stories can enrich the soul. It all starts not with words, but with the right words.

I’ve learned this after reading and editing dozens of aspiring or self-published authors: the world offers a modest number of decent storytellers, but precious few writers who can stir one’s soul. The art and craft of writing requires dedication, a commitment to continual learning, an acceptance that quality and professionalism are a must, and an understanding that none of us can make it to the top without a little help.

I would not even dream of publishing a piece without my editor first taking a swipe at it.

Those who succeed at and make a living in this game have embraced those truths with gusto. The rest are, dare I say it, still languishing as amateurs. I say this not to discourage anyone; the last thing I want to do is dash anyone’s dreams on the rocks. I say it to encourage writers to do the right things. Success comes not to those who merely dream, but to those who weave perspiration into their aspirations.

I repeat: It all starts with the right words.

If you’re not there yet, fear not. That’s why we’re here. Let us help each other to achieve those great dreams.

Publisher

As a publisher, I rely first and foremost on our outstanding team of editors to help us identify the works that will fit with our primary goal of building a quality catalog. Our team of editors are skilled in the literary arts, to be sure. However, it’s not really that simple, is it?

There’s a certain subjective element in any analysis of art. It is, after all, art – not so simple as 1 + 1 = 2. What moves one editor may not move another, just as what moves one reader may not move another. Thus, we try to ensure that we’re not passing on an excellent piece simply because it didn’t fit into the “preference zone” of a single editor. We’re trying to publish pieces that fit into that preference zone for a wide audience of readers, not just for one editor. Does that mean we don’t occasionally reject a piece that might do well out there in the world? No, of course not. Sometimes, we just don’t have the time for all the quality work that’s submitted.

Still, we hope to build our team of authors with this goal in mind: build a quality catalog around a quality team. We’re pretty demanding, it’s true – not just because we can be, but because we must be. We owe it to our entire team, given our business model, never to compromise on quality. More than that, however, we owe it to our readers, for that is our covenant with them.

So, if your book is not a first draft, but something over which you’ve poured out your heart and soul; if your book has passed muster with your beta readers; if your book has at least a modicum of editing already done; then you should consider submitting with us. If all of the preceding are not true… well, enter at your own risk. Furthermore, if you don’t already have a strong online presence, working to build your author brand, you’re already late! Get started… now.

Books

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Books Edited

Edited or Co-Edited by Lane Diamond
(Updated 25 October 2022: 184 Books)

116 Titles Still Active:

Along the Watchtower
by
David Litwack

Atacama
by
Burt Clinchandhill

The Awakening of David Rose
by Daryl Rothman

The Balderdash Saga – Special Edition
by J.W. Zulauf

Bella and the Blue Genie
by
Jonathan Gould

Black and White Truth
by
K.M. Hodge

Born – Against All Odds
by
Hope Silver

Brink of Dawn
by Jeff Altabef
& Erynn Altabef

Broken Path
by
Ruby Standing Deer

Cass and Keith
by
Cagey Magee

Cass and Logan
by
Mr. Cagey Magee

Cass and Nat
by
Mr. Cagey Magee

Cass and Wat
by
Mr. Cagey Magee

Chaos Theory
by
Isu Yin & Fae Yang

The Children of Darkness
by
David Litwack

A Chink in the Armor
by
D. Robert Pease

The Christmas Donut Revolution
by Gregg Sapp

Circles
by
Ruby Standing Deer

The Cistern Mission
by
Michael Dadich

The Confessional
by
A.K. Kuykendall

Conundrum
by
Isu Yin & Fae Yang

Darla Decker
Hates to Wait
by Jessica McHugh

Darla Decker
Shakes the State
by Jessica McHugh

Darla Decker
Takes the Cake
by Jessica McHugh

The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky
by David Litwack

David Rose and the
Forbidden Tournament
by Daryl Rothman

Devil’s Day
by
Jeff Altabef

Devil’s Deal
by
Jeff Altabef

Diary of a Traveling
Hedgehog
by Hope Silver

Dream Warriors
by
D. Robert Pease

Dual Domination
by
Pavarti K. Tyler

Enemies of the State
by
Jeff Altabef

Enfold Me
by
Steven Greenberg

Evolution
Volumes I and II
by Lane Diamond

Fracture Point
by
Jeff Altabef

Fresh News Straight
from Heaven
by Gregg Sapp

The Futility of
Loving a Soldier
by E.D. Martin

Galerie
by
Steven Greenberg

The Ghost King
by
Jeff Altabef

Godsknife: Lineage
by
Timothy C. Ward

Godsknife: Revolt
by
Timothy C. Ward

The Green-Eyed Monster
by
Mike Robinson

Hannah’s Voice
by
Robb Grindstaff

Hear No More
by
Melsa Manton

The Holocaust Engine
by David Rike
& Stephen Patrick

Hurlock the Warrior King
by
J.W. Zulauf

The Immortals
by
Jeff Altabef

Inlet Boys
by
Chris Krupa

Invisible by Day
by
Teri Fink

Kubrick’s Game
by
Derek Taylor Kent

The Light of Reason
by
David Litwack

Love, Loss, and
Lagniappe
by Richard Robbins

Maddie’s Monsters
by
Jonathan Gould

Memoirs of a
Transferable Soul
by W. Town Andrews

Moon Path
by
Steven Greenberg

Negative Space
by
Mike Robinson

Ninja and Bunny’s
Great Adventure
by Kara S. Tyler

Noah Zarc: Cataclysm
by
D. Robert Pease

Noah Zarc: Declaration
by
D. Robert Pease

Noah Zarc:
Mammoth Trouble
by D. Robert Pease

Noah Zarc: Omnibus
(Boxed Set)
by D. Robert Pease

Noah Zarc:
Roswell Incident
by D. Robert Pease

On the Outside Chance
by
Michael J. Mason Ph.D.

Panicles
by
Richard Robbins

Patron Saint
of Wrong
by William LJ Galaini

Playing with Fire
by
William E. Noland

The Possession
by
A.K. Kuykendall

The Prince’s Plight
by
J.W. Zulauf

Prince of Shadows
by
Isu Yin & Fae Yang

Protecting Portia
by
Pavarti K. Tyler

The Pyres
of Destiny
by D.M. Earley

Red Clay, Yellow Grass
by
Richard Barager

Red Death
by
Jeff Altabef

Red on the Run
by
K.M. Hodge

Roland the Pirate
Knight
by J.W. Zulauf

Scarlet the Kindhearted
Princess
by J.W. Zulauf

Scorched Souls
by Jeff Altabef
& Erynn Altabef

Second Chances
by Jeff Altabef
& Erynn Altabef

The Shadow
over Lone Oak
by C.J. Sears

Shadow Swarm
by
D. Robert Pease

The Shaman’s Salvation
by
J.W. Zulauf

Shatter Point
by
Jeff Altabef

Shroud of Eden
by
Marlin Desault

The Silver Sphere
by
Michael Dadich

The Smiling Man
Conspiracy
by C.J. Sears

The Sons of
Darkness
by C.J. Sears

Soul of a Doll
by
Isu Yin & Fae Yang

Sparks from a
Cruel Grindstone
by William LJ Galaini

The Spinner’s Web
by
Isu Yin & Fae Yang

Spirals
by
Ruby Standing Deer

Stones
by
Ruby Standing Deer

The Stuff of Stars
by
David Litwack

Sugar & Salt
by
Pavarti K. Tyler

The Sugar House
Novellas (Omnibus)
by Pavarti K. Tyler

Sully P. Snooferpoot’s
Amazing New Christmas
Pot by Aaron Shaw Ph.D.

Sully P. Snooferpoot’s
Amazing N- Dayswitcher
by Aaron Shaw Ph.D.

Sully P. Snooferpoot’s
Amazing New Forcefield
by Aaron Shaw Ph.D.

Sully P. Snooferpoot’s
Amazing New Shadow
by Aaron Shaw Ph.D.

Tall Dark Heart
by
Chris Krupa

The Temptation
of Destiny
by D.M. Earley

The Time That’s Given
by
David Litwack

The Tormenting
Beauty of Empathy
by Richard Robbins

Trampling in the Land
of Woe
by William LJ Galaini

True Blue Son
by
K.M. Hodge

Two Moons of Sera
by
P.K. Tyler

The Underground
Princess
by J.W. Zulauf

Waking Gods
by
Mike Robinson

We Do What We Must
by
Richard Robbins

Whispers of the Dead
by
C.L. Roberts-Huth

Whispers of the Serpent
by
C.L. Roberts-Huth

White Chalk
by
P.K. Tyler

Wind Catcher
by Jeff Altabef
& Erynn Altabef

Wiser
by
Isu Yin & Fae Yang

Yours to Keep or
Throw Aside
by E.D. Martin

Zoë Delante Thriller –
Boxed Set 1-3
by C.L. Roberts-Huth

 

68 Titles Inactive (or Rights Returned to Author):

And Then It Rained – Megan Morrison
Bella World – Kimberly Kinrade
Courtney Saves Christmas – Emlyn Chand
Davey the Detective – Emlyn Chand
Dead Plains – Angela Scott
Desert Flower – Angela Scott
Desert Rice – Angela Scott
Drowning in Fear – Majanka Verstraete
Emlyn and the Gremlin – Steff F. Kneff
Emlyn and the Gremlin and the Barbeque Disaster – Steff F. Kneff
Emlyn and the Gremlin and the Mean Old Cat – Steff F. Kneff
Emlyn and the Gremlin and the Seaside Mishap – Steff F. Kneff
Emlyn and the Gremlin and the Teenage Sitter – Steff F. Kneff
Eulogy – D.T. Conklin
Farsighted – Emlyn Chand
Forbidden Fire – Karpov Kinrade
Forbidden Life – Karpov Kinrade
Forbidden Mind – Karpov Kinrade
Fright Train – Majanka Verstraete
Girl Enlightened – Megan Morrison
Grave Error – Majanka Verstraete
Her Twisted Pleasures – Amelia James
His Twisted Choice – Amelia James
Honey the Hero – Emlyn Chand
Hot Sinatra – Axel Howerton
House of Horrors – Majanka Verstraete
I’d Rather Be Riding My Bike – Eric Pinder
Izzy the Inventor – Emlyn Chand
Larry the Lonely – Emlyn Chand
Lexie World – Kimberly Kinrade
Maddie and the Purrfect Crime – Emlyn Chand
Maddie World – Kimberly Kinrade
Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle – Emlyn Chand
Not My Thing – E.D. Martin
Open Heart – Emlyn Chand
Polly Wants to be a Pirate – Emlyn Chand
Poppy the Proud – Emlyn Chand
Ricky the Runt – Emlyn Chand
Ruby to the Rescue – Emlyn Chand
Sammy Steals the Show – Emlyn Chand
Secret Storm – Amelia James
Star City – Edwin Peng
Survivor Roundup – Angela Scott
Tell Me You Want Me – Amelia James
The Announcement – Edwin Peng
The Clumsy Magician – Majanka Verstraete
The Doll Maker – Majanka Verstraete
The Forbidden Trilogy – Karpov Kinrade
The Last Meridian – Joe Hefferon
The Meeting – Edwin Peng
The Pet Shop Society – Emlyn Chand
The Sword of Oops – D.T. Conklin
The Test – Edwin Peng
The Three Lost Kids & Cupid’s Capture – Kimberly Kinrade
The Three Lost Kids & The Christmas Curse – Kimberly Kinrade
The Three Lost Kids & The Death of the Sugar Fairy – Kimberly Kinrade
The Twisted Mosaic (Omnibus) – Amelia James
The Zombie West Trilogy – Angela Scott
Their Twisted Love – Amelia James
Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating – Emlyn Chand
Torn Together – Emlyn Chand
Tyler and the Blabber-Mouth Birds – Emlyn Chand
Valentina and the Haunted Mansion – Majanka Verstraete
Valentina and the Masked Mummy – Majanka Verstraete
Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch – Majanka Verstraete
Vicky Finds a Valentine – Emlyn Chand
Wanted: Dead or Undead – Angela Scott
Weight of Earth – Stevie Mikayne

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Watch for The Devil’s Bane, the sequel to Forgive Me, Alex, coming in the not-too-distant future.

A serial killer the media has dubbed “The Blue Suede Killer” plagues southwest Wisconsin, and the authorities are having a hard time tracking him down. Tony Hooper thinks he can help. After all, this is what he does. He’s a hunter of monsters.

Yet this brings Tony back into the shadows where his love interest, FBI Special Agent Linda Monroe, must do her job. It also brings him close to the one woman he always assumed was meant for him, the woman he lost seventeen years earlier. Can he and Diana speak about what happened? Can they finally put it behind them? Will they move on together, or separately once again… and forever? And what will it all mean for Tony and Linda?

All the while, Tony is battling another foe, the man he’s long called ‘the devil’, Mitchell Norton. They’ve waged their personal war for seventeen years, and it’s time for one – at long lost – to declare victory. ‘The devil’ has stolen too much from Tony, and thrown Tony’s life into a whirlwind of remorse, self-doubt, and self-examination.

If Norton has his way, Tony’s losses will mount even further.

Following the critically-acclaimed Forgive Me, Alex, comes the much anticipated sequel, The Devil’s Bane.