Repetition now at Smashwords and B&N

Repetition is now available to read on your non-Kindle devices.  Nook owners can head over to Barnes & Noble to pick up a copy.  Everybody else (including the Kindle and Nook people) can get the format they need at Smashwords.  Still just 99 cents!

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Repetition

Repetition is available now in ebook.  Launch price is 99 cents.  As with Derrick the Dog, this will be exclusive to Amazon for 90 days.  Unlike Derrick the Dog, this will be ebook only.  Paper lovers can expect it to show up in a collection in paper later on (sorry, at roughly 46 pages, it’s just too short to justify a stand-alone paper copy).
To sample, buy, or borrow (for Prime members) click the cover below.
Repetition
Thanks to Victoria for helping me get the words right, Karri for designing an awesome cover, and Miranda, my #1 beta reader.

Of Christmases Past

This was the first piece of flash fiction I ever wrote.  It was written for the Lascaux Review’s first Lascaux Flash Fiction Contest and had a hard limit of 250 words.  I actually thought that would be more difficult than it was, but I kept that in mind while I was writing it, and the first draft only overshot that limit by about a dozen words.  Given the limitation, I was still fairly pleased with the way this turned out.


Of Christmases Past
Christmas lights 2010

Christmas lights 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by D Lee Warren

Colored lights twinkled through the window, striking its delicate cracks, creating prisms in the girl’s eyes. Outside, she could hear the sounds of people hurrying by, no doubt laden with their holiday shopping. Christmas had always been her favorite. Even now, she could almost smell the familiar scents of her mother’s cooking. The cinnamony sweet smell of pies and cookies and the rich aroma of the roasting turkey. Her mother smiling as the family gathered around the table. But the best had always been the colorful Christmas trees. Oh, how many times she’d lain under them, looking up through their branches at the dangling decorations and thick garland, the lights reflecting off it in golden hues.

A bead of condensation ran down the inside of the window. She reached up, shivering delightedly at the chill of the cold glass against her fingertips, and ran her fingers through the moisture. Then, she smiled, a sweet smile, closed her eyes, and drifted away.

They found her the next morning during a sweep of the abandoned buildings in their district, frozen, a needle still dangling from one arm. One of the policemen looked at the window. The Christmas lights from the homeless shelter, dim now with the daylight, backlit shaky letters that had been left in the grime of the glass. “I love you, Mom,” they read. He looked back down at the girl, barely out of childhood, and thought of his own children. That night, he hugged them and wept over them.

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Another Blog

Do I really need another blog?  I think maybe yes. 

I have my main site/blog.  There, I talk about all the work I'm doing, plus writing, art, publishing, etc.  It's very generalized.

Then, I have my kid-specific blog.  I only talk about the children's books there.  No links to social media or sales info.  And at some point, I plan to add more content there, like coloring pages, etc..  If only there were more hours in the day.  Sigh.

So, do I need a horror-specific blog?  I think so, and here's why:
  • It gives me a place I can write about horror and put in writing excerpts that are maybe NSFW.
  • It gives me a place I can link to from the horror books that is just about D. Lee Warren.
  • It provides one more degree of separation from the kids site to the scary stuff.
  • This way I can keep the really gruesome stuff off the main site.
  • I can feed the RSS to my D. Lee Warren Facebook page and future GoodReads page, thus automating content to them like I do for the B. D. Crowell ones.
So, that's that.  I hope you enjoy it.