Monday, February 11, 2013

The Death of Death is FREE on Smashwords

My short novel, The Death of Death, is free on Smashwords for a limited time, so take a look at it if you will. There's nothing better than FREE, is there?

The Death of Death: Smashwords edition

Death guides usually have rather normal names like John, Mary, Harry, and Jessica. And even ones not quite so normal, like Bartholomew or Ambrosia. They also have the most interesting tales behind their deaths. But one particular death guide has a few problems: she cannot remember her name or the details of her demise, and thus has no story of her own. One fateful night, she meets a young girl that may change her death forever.

Inspired by the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gailman, and in the style of Children's tales of old, The Death of Death is a tragic, yet sweet little tale about loss and acceptance.

Suitable for ages 12 and up.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

An excerpt from The Death of Death

Here is an excerpt from The Death of Death.

It's from a character that has been, throughout the years, incorrectly referred to as the one and only Death, and this is the story of how he came to be known.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

"Once upon a lifetime, of whose I will not say, but it may very well be my own,
I did a fair bit of ferrying and I did it all alone.
And one day, I came across a farmer, very old yet still very able,
As he worked with a scythe in his hands on a field of crops of some unknown staple.
And he saw me and welcomed me with open arms and he asked, ‘Is it my time?’
And I answered truthfully, as I always do, ‘Yes, I am afraid it is. You are well past your prime.’
And ready was he, but before he perished wanted to have one last conversation,
So he asked me to listen, and listen I did, without hesitation.
And he told me of his family, the members of which had passed well before him and whom he loved a lot, And he told me of all his dreams and all his nightmares, and which of which came true and which did not.
He told me his beliefs and some were silly and some weren’t quite, But a silly one was one of a dragon he had seen that he thought was an exquisite sight.
We had spoken for hours and with no one around to grieve,
He exclaimed to me that he was now quite ready to leave.
And as he lay down he confessed to me of his dying wish, to die with his trusty scythe at his side, And he folded his arms with a final breath and he closed his eyes and died.
And as per the farmer’s last wish, I picked up his tool,
But before I could lay it down beside him another came and screamed at the sight of me, he screamed like a fool.
And so, with tool in hand, I made a hasty retreat,
And now I am forever known as the terrifying skeleton in a hood with a scythe, and with that, my story is complete."

The Death of Death for the Nook 
The Death of Death for the Kindle 
The Death of Death on Smashwords
The Death of Death on Kobo
The Death of Death for the Kindle UK

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Death of Death finally available for the Nook

Well, it's taken a while (and by while I mean a whole month, wow), but The Death of Death is finally available for the Nook.

Despite its acceptance into's premium catalog, which is suppose to fast track your book into every major retailer of ebooks (except Amazon due to details they are currently working out with one another, supposedly), it never showed up on the Barnes & Noble's site.

So, I finally took liberties and uploaded it directly to Barnes & Noble's site myself and now, it's finally available there.

So, if you own a Nook, have at it. And it's cheap, at 99¢. So what do you have? You know, except a measly 99¢.

If you enjoy the works of Tim Burton and/or Neil Gaiman, this is neither, but it may very well resemble both.

Here are the links:

The Death of Death for the Nook 

The Death of Death for the Kindle 

The Death of Death on Smashwords

The Death of Death on Kobo

The Death of Death for the Kindle UK

It's also available through iBooks if you just do a search for K. N. Parker.