P.L. Parker

P.L. Parker

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Latest Manuscript - Newest Review - Breeder Slave

It is always such a treat to wake up and find a new, positive review on Amazon from a reader.  Really makes my day.  Most recent review for my novel Breeder Slave from Liza O'Connor:

"So if you like a gritty, dark sci-fi with romance in the moments between near deaths, consider this an 5 star!"

To read the entire review:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R17FSZWWX8HFJB/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01N7YXDW9

Patsy
P.L. Parker
www.plparker.com

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Oldest Book - Newest Review - Fiona

It is always a treat to receive 5 stars and a positive comment on Amazon, especially for the first book I ever attempted.  "Fiona" was the very first book I've ever written and it remains one of my favorites. I researched the time frame as thoroughly as I could and at times I got lost in the research, it was so very compelling.  "Fiona" is based on the discovery of the Urumchi Mummies in the Taklamakan Desert of northern China.  The mummies appear to be of Celtic origin but much is still unsolved as to why this group existed. If you have some time, do a little research yourself on this subject. I'm sure you will find it fascinating! 

Comment from Joy's Best: "If you enjoy time travel romances, this story will not disappoint you! This book is filled with mystery, romance, and at times, will bring you to tears. One of the BEST time travel books ever!"

Purchase Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Fiona-P-L-Parker-ebook/dp/B005SV2838/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_pdt_img_top?ie=UTF8

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Today at Cara Bristol's Blacklist to the Future

Hey, busy week, but am at Cara Bristol's blog, Backlist to the Future, today (Aug. 24) talking about my novel, Breeder Slave.  Stop by for a chance to win a copy.  Thanks my friends.




http://carabristol.com/2017/08/backlist-to-the-future-a-second-look-at-breeder-slave-by-p-l-parker-scifirom-b2f/

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hearts Through Time Giveaway

Take a chance, enter to win an e-copy of my time travel trilogy: Riley's Journey, Into the Savage Dawn and Beyond Tomorrow. Contest is today, at Hearts Through Time: https://www.facebook.com/groups/heartsthroughtime/ 

The time travelers stepped through the portal and traveled back 40,000 years, to a time of Neanderthals and the predatory Cro-Magnon.  Can modern man survive in the perilous environment?



Leave a comment on the Facebook page to be entered in the giveaway.

Patsy
PL. Parker
www.plparker.com

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Oregon Trail - Where Would I Be on August 15

I've always had a fascination with the history surrounding the Oregon Trail.  Emigrants gathered at Independence and formed trains, leaving around mid-April to May and if they were lucky, made it to Oregon City before winter set in.  How long was the Oregon Trail? Approximately 2,000 miles. Travelers were lucky if they could make 10 to 20 miles per day, taking into consideration, the weather, the condition of the trail and a hundred other factors that could affect their travel.  Today, August 15, I made some general calculations based on information I found, and where I imagined the emigrants would be today based on those general calculations.  If the travelers left on April 15 and made 15 miles per day, I calculated they would be at the top of the Blue Mountains in Oregon, part of the Oregon Trial.  Interestingly, Wikipedia says: In the mid-1800s, the Blue Mountains were a formidable obstacle to settlers traveling on the Oregon Trail and were often the last mountain range the emigrants crossed before passing down the Columbia River Gorge to the end of the Oregon Trail Oregon City.

Between 1840 and 1860, from 300,000 to 400,000 travelers used the 2,000-mile overland route to reach Oregon City, Puget Sound, Utah, and California destinations. The journey took up to six months, with wagons making between ten and twenty miles per day of travel. See: https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/oregon_trail/#.WZNAQLpFyUk

Life on the wagon trains was harsh. There were many hardships and challenges along the way on the Oregon Trail. Some hardships of the journey were death of relatives due to accidents, Indian attacks, supply shortages, weather, drowning, disease, terrain, and even medicine.  A challenge faced by most travelers was to steady their usage of money along the Oregon Trail.  These hardships were fatal, but not as much as  the problem of reaching and passing the mountains before winter begins. Some of these problems were not as harsh as others, but each posed a dangerous threat to them finishing their journey.http://oregontrailrus.weebly.com/hardships.html


Overlanders on the Oregon Trail, in contrast, quickly learned that Conestoga wagons were too big for their needs: the huge, heavy wagons killed even the sturdiest oxen before the journey was two-thirds complete. Their answer to the problem was dubbed the “Prairie Schooner,” a half-sized version of the Conestoga that typically measured 4′ wide and 10′ to 12′ in length. With its tongue and neck yoke attached, its length doubled to about 23 feet. With the bonnet, a Prairie Schooner stood about 10′ tall, and its wheelbase was over 5′ wide. It weighed around 1300 pounds empty and could be easily dismantled for repairs en route. Teams of 4 to 6 oxen or 6 to 10 mules were sufficient to get the sturdy little wagons to Oregon. Manufactured by the Studebaker brothers or any of a dozen other wainwrights specializing in building wagons for the overland emigrants, a Prairie Schooner in good repair offered shelter almost as good as a house. https://www.historicoregoncity.org/2016/11/28/wagons-prairie-schooners/

My time travel novel, Aimee's Locket, takes place on one of these emigrant trains to Oregon City. A modern young woman faces the trials and tribulations of the long journey.  Coming soon in audio book form.





Buy Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Aimees-Locket-P-L-Parker-ebook/dp/B002TG4NJC/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502825016&sr=8-1&keywords=aimee%27s+locket+by+p.l.+parker









Monday, August 7, 2017

Solar Eclipse or Do Girls Just Want to Have Fun?

August 21 - the total eclipse of the sun and Idaho is in the moon's umbral shadow. What does this mean for me?   The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. As luck would have it, Idaho seems to be smack dab in the middle of the path.

I've purchased my protective eyewear and made plans to specifically be outside, gear on and ready.  Although...

Years ago, in 1984, I watched a movie entitled "Night of the Comet," a story about how the populace planned parties, stood outside and watched and by the next day, either were turned to ashes or those who survived turned to zombies, except for a few choice souls who managed to avoid exposure to the comet's rays. Sort of makes you wonder... Do I need to add zombie protective gear to my ensemble?

But then again - girls just want to have fun!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91xWXTIwTwM














Friday, July 28, 2017

Freebie Friday

I have two short, short stories as free reads at The Wild Rose Press.  

The first is about a young woman forced into marriage for the benefit of the tribe.  

Prophecy's Bride


The portents named her the future queen and prophetess - a divination Jessamin fervently resists. Forced to wed a man she’s never seen, Jessamin’s prospects appear bleak and without hope. Can Tabor’s presence at the altar transform her grim imaginings?

Link:  https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/2215-prophecyas-bride.html

The second free read is about a young woman escaping her past.

Songbird


She'd run, fleeing from a past too painful to bear, in search of a new beginning. What he offered wasn't what she wanted – or was it?

Link:  https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/2548-songbird.html