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Michael Ringering

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When he was in the third grade at East Alton Elementary School, East Alton, IL, Michael Ringering selected Miriam E. Mason’s Broomtail for a class-assigned book report, and from that moment on, set his sights on wanting to write short stories and other works of fiction.

He published his first novel, Six Bits, in December 2011, earning finalist designation in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards for Fiction. Since then, he has published four short stories: Willy the Whale (2017), A Face on a Train (2017), A Calico Tale (2018), and The 9:15 to Grand Central (2019). Michael’s second novel, A Debt of War, is in post-production. In December 2017, he started his third novel, a trilogy concept based on a childhood memory, and continues to work on several shorts. All these older works are being revised and will re-release with Evolved Publishing in the second half of 2021.

Michael was born in Alton, IL, and raised in nearby East Alton, where he graduated from East Alton-Wood River High School in 1984. He is a 1989 graduate of Murray State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Following a 14-year career working in media relations and communications in Major League Baseball, he entered the healthcare industry where he serves as a surgical specialty administrator.

Michael and his fiancée, Jackie, reside in Southern Illinois, with their own menagerie of animals including dogs, goats, horses, and chickens.

Author Photo Credit: Juliana Barnerd
 

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Watch for the re-release of the novel Six Bits to come in the spring of 2022.

With only a mysterious telegram, improbable email, and antique newspaper as his guides, Jack London Clarke is thrust into an epic, unsuspecting journey of redemption and self-discovery.

Three days before Christmas, Jack issues a stunning ultimatum to his wife following a damaging confrontation over his suspected infidelity. As he prepares to flee his suburban Chicago home, a knock upon the front door delivers a most unlikely character, one who sets Jack’s personal life spinning out of control.

Consumed by entitlement, excess and temptation, Jack has grown ignorant to his own moral decay and hardened heart, which have alienated the three women who love him most. When his family turns up missing, he must face the reality of his ways and the realization that the life he once had—but never knew—may be lost forever.

While searching through a world not known to modern man, he stumbles upon welcoming strangers who reintroduce him to those things most important in life. Only when he confronts the skeletons of his past and empties his soul of the scars of a debauched childhood can he dream of ever seeing his family again.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a metaphysical time-travel adventure that just might cause each of us to look inward in self-examination.
 
 

And watch for the continuing re-release of the 4 short stories mentioned in Michael’s bio, with 2 more to come early in 2022.

 
RELEASE DATE: Early 2022

A young boy’s life is changed forever by a rock, a cat, and a second chance.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a quick short story that, at just about 5,200 words, is a perfect distraction from your busy day. You’ll also find at the end a special sneak preview of this author’s novel, Six Bits.
 
 
 
 
 
 
RELEASE DATE: Spring 2022

A man waiting for his train to depart meets an elderly woman waiting for hers to arrive. These two strangers share an impossible moment in time—a blessing—one the young man will never forget.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a quick short story that, at just about 5,500 words, is a perfect distraction from your busy day. You’ll also find at the end a special sneak preview of this author’s novel, Six Bits.
 
 
 
 

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 23 September 2021: 175 Books)

128 Titles Still Active:

Along the Watchtower
by
David Litwack

And Then It Rained
by
Megan Morrison

The Awakening of David Rose
by Daryl Rothman

The Announcement
by
Edwin Peng

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 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

Dead Plains
by
Angela Scott

Deep Mud
by
Ty Spencer Vossler

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

Emlyn and the Gremlin
by
Steff F. Kneff

Emlyn and the Gremlin and the BBQ Disaster
by Steff F. Kneff

Emlyn and the Gremlin and the Mean Old Cat
by Steff F. Kneff

Emlyn and the Gremlin and the Seaside Mishap
by Steff F. Kneff

Emlyn and the Gremlin and the Teenage Sitter
by Steff F. Kneff

Enemies of the State
by
Jeff Altabef

Enfold Me
by
Steven Greenberg

Evolution: Vol. 1
Editors: Lane Diamond
& D.T. Conklin

Evolution: Vol. 2
Editors: Lane Diamond
& D.T. Conklin

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

Girl Enlightened
by
Megan Morrison

Godsknife: Lineage
by
Timothy C. Ward

Godsknife: Revolt
by
Timothy C. Ward

The Green-Eyed Monster
by
Mike Robinson

Hear No More
by
Melsa Manton

Her Twisted Pleasures
by
Amelia James

His Twisted Choice
by
Amelia James

The Holocaust Engine
by David Rike
& Stephen Patrick

Hot Sinatra
by
Axel Howerton

Hurlock the Warrior King
by
J.W. Zulauf

Imperium Heirs
by
A.K. Kuykendall

Indivisible
by
Julia Camp

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

The Meeting
by
Edwin Peng

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

Panicles
by
Richard Robbins

Patron Saint
of Wrong
by William LJ Galaini

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

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

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

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

Star City
by
Edwin Peng

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.

Survivor Roundup
by
Angela Scott

Tall Dark Heart
by
Chris Krupa

The Temptation
of Destiny
by D.M. Earley

The Test
by
Edwin Peng

Their Twisted Love
by
Amelia James

Thomas and the
Tiger-Turtle
by Jonathan Gould

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

The Twisted Mosaic
(Omnibus Paperback)
by Amelia James

Two Moons of Sera
by
P.K. Tyler

The Underground
Princess
by J.W. Zulauf

Waking Gods
by
Mike Robinson

Wanted:
Dead or Undead
by Angela Scott

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

The Zombie West Trilogy
(Omnibus Edition)
by Angela Scott

 

47 Titles Inactive (or Rights Returned to Author):

Bella World – Kimberly Kinrade
The Clumsy Magician – Majanka Verstraete
Courtney Saves Christmas – Emlyn Chand
Davey the Detective – Emlyn Chand
Desert Flower – Angela Scott
Desert Rice – Angela Scott
The Doll Maker – Majanka Verstraete
Drowning in Fear – Majanka Verstraete
Eulogy – D.T. Conklin
Farsighted – Emlyn Chand
Forbidden Fire – Karpov Kinrade
Forbidden Life – Karpov Kinrade
Forbidden Mind – Karpov Kinrade
The Forbidden Trilogy – Karpov Kinrade
Fright Train – Majanka Verstraete
Grave Error – Majanka Verstraete
Honey the Hero – Emlyn Chand
House of Horrors – Majanka Verstraete
I’d Rather Be Riding My Bike – Eric Pinder
Izzy the Inventor – Emlyn Chand
Larry the Lonely – Emlyn Chand
The Last Meridian – Joe Hefferon
Lexie World – Kimberly Kinrade
Maddie and the Purrfect Crime – Emlyn Chand
Maddie World – Kimberly Kinrade
Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle – Emlyn Chand
Open Heart – Emlyn Chand
The Pet Shop Society – 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
The Sword of Oops – D.T. Conklin
Tell Me You Want Me – Amelia James
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
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
Weight of Earth – Stevie Mikayne

Up Next

UP NEXT from Lane Diamond


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.