P.L. Parker

P.L. Parker

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.


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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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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Out with February - A Wild Ride

I have to admit, the month of February was a wild ride for me.  Not only was Breeder Slave released, but I self-published Into the Savage Dawn, Beyond Tomorrow and Will o' the Wisp, the last three for $ .99 each.  Between editing the self-published books and promoting Breeder Slave, I had little time to actually write, but we are back on schedule and my WIP is a sequel to Breeder Slave.  I'm liking the new sequel and it is going along well.  Hope your March is a great one!

Monday, February 20, 2017

WE DID IT - Riley's Journey, Into the Savage Dawn, Beyond Tomorrow - $.99 for each

Finally, the self-publishing of the Riley's Journey Trilogy is complete.  Available now for $ .99 for each book:  Riley's Journey, Into the Savage Dawn and Beyond Tomorrow! Step back 40,000 years.  Could modern man survive?  Find out!




5 Star Review for Breeder Slave

5 Star Review on Amazon from "Off the Grid...and Loving It":

"...This book is full of humor which pops out at the most unexpected moments. Specifically, the banter between Moira and Leah is priceless. Her Irish brogue is 'spot on' as far as I am concerned. Toss in the breeder slave, Sulas for some added entertainment and the reader is off on a journey like no other. One welcome addition for me was Zozzi! Amazing what this 'fugly' could do in a pinch.

All in all, just an outstanding read for me. A galactic war is on and predators are approaching from all sides. Buckle up your seat belts and hang on for the surprise at the end.

Most highly recommended."