L. E. White
I am a computer programmer and father who has finally gotten motivated and started writing.
I live on the family farm with one wife, four kids and more animals than can be listed in a reasonable amount of space.
I have just finished my first novella and am starting on the second. Hopefully, I can remember to update this Bio every time those change
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The First Door
by L. E. White
Published: October 1, 2011.
Lilly just wanted to fit in with everyone else but her family history had always excluded her. It looked like things were finally changing after graduation but there were things in the shadows that would leave this young woman confused and scared. Things that could cost her everything she held dear. Things that might even cost her her life.
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Smashwords book reviews by L. E. White
- Locked In (Zombie Bedtime Stories, #1)
on Jan. 27, 2012
Today I would like to review Locked In, the first book in Thea Gregory’s horror series, The Zombie Bedtime Stories. You can find her book on Smashwords as well as all of the major E-Book retailers.
This short story offers a fairly typical zombie apocalypse setting and begins at the first signs of infection. The main character is a new paramedic who then suffers through the disease. The story describes the onset of symptoms through to the death of the character in detail.
The beginning of the story did a pretty good job of grabbing your attention with an ambulance ride and a physical struggle. However, I didn’t feel the description of the diseases onset moved the story along with the same speed. I think the reader is quickly rewarded though when the character discovers their condition. The description of the rest of the story from inside the zombie’s point of view is fantastic.
I feel this story needed to be a little bit longer. It went too quickly by leaving out the mental anguish that was available but it is hard to say that it wouldn’t have actually slowed the action down too much. This is a judgment call that I would have probably made in the other direction. Besides this, I felt it was a very enjoyable read and would recommend that you give it a try.
One note, I have downloaded it in both a rich text format and the kindle mobi format. The RTF is full of formatting errors that do not exist in the other files.
- Locked Out (Zombie Bedtime Stories, #2)
on March 23, 2012
In the second story, Thea takes on the story as the director for a local lab that is being commandeered to run testing on samples from the outbreak. Of course, typical zombie hi-jinks ensue as a staff member has been infected. The internal attack occurs as well as the inevitable overrun of the facility. The only thing these medical researchers manage to do is get evacuated. Anything else would be a spoiler so I will stop there.
Now, I felt the story itself stayed in the well traveled plane of modern zombie fiction. Nothing in the plot lines stood out but everything was well done so it remained enjoyable. One thing that did happen was a couple of looks at the main character. There was what appeared to be a hinting of sexual tension that wasn’t given time to mature. I personally think it could have been explored but that would have required the group to remain in-tact and in location so I can see why this didn’t happen. The rate of infection really suggested that this should have been ignored.
The other look I could have done without. There was time spent on the more mundane elements of the facility director’s job. In the beginning of a zombie apocalypse I realize that many people would continue to attempt to handle business as usual but I just don’t want to read about it. This is a small complaint since it was also a small element of the story.
So, how would I rate the book? It might surprise you but the answer is better than the first. While “Locked In” had a better overall plot and a fresher take on the genre than “Locked Out” did there is a noticeable difference in the quality of the writing between the first and second. You get a feeling of the author’s style having matured that was impressive. I still have the third book to read and review but I am hoping to see this trend continue.
A good read. You should give this four out of five star work a try. If you aren’t a fan of zombies, The Zombie Bedtime Stories just might convert you.