P.L. Parker

P.L. Parker

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Over the first hurdle - Cover Art Contest at All Authors

The cover art for Into the Savage Dawn made it into the second level at All Authors.  Now for the really passionate voting! I'm running a little bit behind and would appreciate your vote if you have the time and inclination! Thanks so much.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Cover of the Month Contest - Into the Savage Dawn

Cover art for Into the Savage Dawn is up for Cover of the Month at All Authors' website.  I'd appreciate your vote if you are so inclined.

Link:  https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/175/

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Off the Beaten Path

Okay, so I come from a family that takes great interest in the unlikely or bizarre.  We've always been interested in the possibility of aliens, little green men, or as is common folklore, little grey men, and creatures of the woods, namely, Bigfoot.

At times I am a firm believer!  Years ago when my oldest son was 4 (he is now 43), the family was camping below Elk Meadows in the John Day, Oregon, area.  It was after dark, we were all sitting around the campfire just relaxing after a day of fishing when we heard the elk go crazy whistling in alarm and then the sound of them stampeding.  Almost simultaneously, we heard this long, drawn-out roar, the like
of which none of us has ever heard before. We all froze, startled and scared. My father who was an avid outdoorsman and hunter and had been all his life, said "What the f___ was that?"  None of us could even give a reasonable opinion.  It wasn't a bear.  We know what an enraged bear sounds like! It wasn't a mountain lion, or anything else we had heard in the wilds before.  

I got up and went into the camper.  If something was attacking, I didn't want to see it.  My oldest sister's daughter, April, and my son, Jared (both 4 at the time time) were sitting up in bed, their eyes as round as plates.  Jared said "Mommy, what was that noise?"  I had no answer then.

Today, I truly believe if Bigfoot does exist, that was what we heard that night.  Call me crazy or impressionable, but that's what I believe.

What is your crazy belief?

P. L. Parker

Step into Sci-Fi Romance - The Chalice and sequel, Breeder Slave.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blogging at Unusual Historicals

Blogging today at Unusual Historicals. Leave a comment for a chance to win e-copies of my Riley's Journey Trilogy: Riley's Journey, Into the Savage Dawn and Beyond Tomorrow.


See you there!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bride Kidnapping Revisited

“Bride Kidnapping” is the basis for my sexy steamy novels, The Chalice and Breeder Slave.  

In secret dreams, women imagine being taken by handsome, dashing warriors (mostly Scottish Highlanders) who whisk them away to a life of passion and overwhelming love.  They marry and live happily ever after!  Or do they?  In reality, being kidnapped by a desperate male isn't what romance authors make it up to be.  

From a historical standpoint, women were considered highly valuable. They brought with them their tribe/clan's customs and new blood to add strength to the tribe.

“Bride kidnapping, also known as marriage by
abduction or marriage by capture, is a practice throughout history and around the world in which a man abducts the woman he wishes to marry."

The practice of kidnapping children, teenagers and women from neighboring tribes and adopting them into the new tribe was common among Native Americans and throughout the Americas. The kidnappings were a way of introducing new blood into the group. Although the practice was considered normal by Native Americans, European settlers were horrified by it. 

History is replete with tales of kidnapped women, their tribulations and quite often sad endings.  Laws were enacted to protect women from such a fate, but even today, bride kidnapping is alive and well in many countries throughout the world.  

In The Chalice and Breeder Slave, 1,000 human females are kidnapped by 1,000 alien virgin males and when the two sides meet, the battle begins.  



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

...And Wearing of the Green - St. Patrick's Day

March 17 - Wearing of the green? Corned beef and cabbage? Green beer? 

My family has a lttle bit of Irish in us.  Comes down from my grandfather, George Lyon, who was part English, part Irish. 

Interesting Trivia:

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Dublin but in New York City, in 1762. 

Irish immigrants to America lived alongside other “undesirable” European ethnic groups that often faced discrimination in their new home, including Jews and Italians. Members of the Irish working class in New York City frequented Jewish delis and lunch carts, and it was there that they first tasted corned beef. Cured and cooked much like Irish bacon, it was seen as a tasty and cheaper alternative to pork. And while potatoes were certainly available in the United States, cabbage offered a more cost-effective alternative to cash-strapped Irish families.

The shamrock, which was also called the “seamroy” by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. 

From ancient days of the Celts, music has always been an important part of Irish life. The Celts had an oral culture, where religion, legend and history were passed from one generation to the next by way of stories and songs. After being conquered by the English, and forbidden to speak their own language, the Irish, like other oppressed peoples, turned to music to help them remember important events and hold on to their heritage and history. As it often stirred emotion and helped to galvanize people, music was outlawed by the English. During her reign, Queen Elizabeth I even decreed that all artists and pipers were to be arrested and hanged on the spot.

Ireland was never home to any snakes. The “banishing of the snakes” was really a metaphor for the eradication of pagan ideology from Ireland and the triumph of Christianity. Within 200 years of Patrick’s arrival, Ireland was completely Christianized.

5 pounds corned brisket of beef
6 peppercorns, or packaged pickling spices
3 carrots, peeled and quartered
3 onions, peeled and quartered
1 medium-sized green cabbage, quartered or cut in wedges Melted butter (about 4 tablespoons)
Place the corned beef in water to cover with the peppercorns or mixed pickling spices (in supermarkets, these often come packaged with the corned beef). Cover the pot or kettle, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 hours or until tender, skimming occasionally. During the last hour, add the carrots and onions and cover again. During the last 15 minutes, add the cabbage. Transfer meat and vegetables to a platter and brush the vegetables with the melted butter. Serve with boiled parsley potatoes, cooked separately. (The stock can be saved to add to a pot roast or stew instead of other liquid.)

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