P.L. Parker

P.L. Parker

Saturday, December 16, 2017

'Twas Eight Days Before Christmas...

'Twas eight days before Christmas.... The gong of doom sounds! Cookies are made. The banana bread's baked! All should be good - except I haven't finished my shopping!  What happened?  In a normal year, I'd be feeling smug, enjoying the lull after the storm! But not this year! I'll have to venture out in the cold, amongst the hordes of crazy shoppers and pray that I can find those few amazing items still to complete my shopping list.  

I don't know about you, but I can only take shopping for about two hours and then I'm done! I find it hard to keep in the holiday spirit with so many insane people are out and about. I was actually standing by my shopping cart the other day when a young woman talking on her cell phone ran into me and knocked me out of the way! Did she even notice? No! Or if she did, she didn't care!

If I want that fat little man in the red suit to visit my house, guess I'd better get on the sleigh. So with nothing left to me, I will venture out, place myself in harm's way and finish what I started!  Next year though....

P.L. Parker

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Cat's Out of the Bag - So to Speak

I've always had a thing about giving out the name of a work in progress until I've submitted it to my prospective publisher.  For the first time, due to a tag on Facebook, I've actually given out the title.  This is the third book in what I like to call my "Star Brides" series.  

Title: Abaddon Rising.  You might remember Joss from Breeder Slave who is seen battling on Ausenseleut in the warrior pits.  This is her story.

Little bit to whet your interest:

Revelations 9:11
They had as a king over them the Angel of the Abyss
whose name ... is Abaddon ... (that is Destroyer)

Get up!” Joss screamed over and over as she pounded her fists against the high retaining wall. “Anashe! Get up! Get up!”
Anashe, the stunning Shona woman from Zimbabwe, knelt in the chalky dust of the pit. A bloody network of cuts and purple bruises marked her smooth cocoa skin, interwoven with rivers of crimson dripping to the churned-up ground below. Her left arm hung at her side, crushed by the force of the massive war club wielded by Muugoa, a nightmarish creature brought in by a rival Deg’Nara clan as their champion. Though slow and lumbering, the horrific beast was nonetheless stronger by far than the courageous human female.
Joss stifled a sob as Anashe parried yet another brutal blow with the battered shield but without the means to strike back, she was defenseless and too weak, too worn out to withstand the fury of Muugoa. This was Anashe’s sixth match over the past several rotations but this one was without doubt the most formidable. The Shona woman had fought well, dancing in and striking before retreating but time and stamina were on Muugoa’s side and she was no match for the huge Santovaran. As she weakened and faltered, he’d pressed the attack even harder, knocking the three-pronged spear from her hand and then dealt a paralyzing blow to her arm. She’d tripped and then stayed down.
Sensing victory, the monster brayed like a donkey, displaying a mouthful of rotted stumps and decaying teeth as he rained blow after blow on the stricken female. Anashe fell back on the blood-soaked ground.

“Stop him!” Joss screamed to the crowd. “Stop him! Stop him! He’s won! He’s won! She doesn’t have to die!”

Submitting this to publisher soon!  Wish me luck!


Friday, November 24, 2017

Deals Everyday - Not Just Black Friday!!!!

While I have to give thumbs up for those brave souls who venture out in the middle of the night just to get the best deals.  As I age, I realize, I'm not such a one! I can't conceive giving up my nice warm bed to fight crowds (which I hate anyway) just for the chance I'll find that one great deal.  

Anyway, I digress!  How about those deals that are available every day - like my time travel and scifi stories for the lowly price of $.99!  

Like ancient history - Cro-Magnon, Neanderthals, cave bears, saber toothed cats?  You might like my Riley's Journey Trilogy: Riley's Journey, Into the Savage Dawn and Beyond Tomorrow.  No one said anything about forever.  

Or perhaps you would be more interested in the unusual, like Celtic mummies over 3,000 years old found in the Taklamakan Desert of Northern China.  Fiona!

And what about science fiction romance?  She flees from the most feared assassin of all.  Will o' the Wisp.  

Buy Links: Riley's Journey:  https://www.amazon.com/Rileys-Journey-P-L-Parker-ebook/dp/B005SV26KS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511554304&sr=8-1&keywords=riley%27s+journey+by+p.l.+parker

Into the Savage Dawn:  https://www.amazon.com/Into-Savage-Dawn-Rileys-Journey-ebook/dp/B06VY5Y4T6/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=4KDK3RC810E4R27EQY73

Beyond Tomorrow:  https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Tomorrow-Rileys-Journey-Book-ebook/dp/B06X94YGPD/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CV3SSQSJY9AX658TB7PY

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

Will o' the Wisp: https://www.amazon.com/Will-Wisp-P-L-Parker-ebook/dp/B06WGTW482/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Time Travel and Writing the Novel

Of course most of you who know me know that I started out as a time travel novelist and then added in some paranormal and then science fiction romances.  

I've always been an avid reader of time travel and watch every movie I can about the same.  An old favorite was the first Time Machine when I was young, although the later version certainly had its interesting points.  

Time travel is so compelling! Who wouldn't want to step back in time if nothing more than to just confirm what our history lessons have told us.  I don't consider myself religious though I believe, but if I had the chance, I would travel back to meet Jesus.  Just a personal "would do."  Even traveling into the future has its interest. View what man has done or not done!  My favorite haunt for finding time travel ideas is the History Channel which is where I found my ideas for Fiona and Riley's Journey.

My very first book, Fiona, is a time travel story and based on the discovery of the Urumchi Mummies in the Taklamakan Desert in Northern China, to be precise, the mummy of a young woman thought to be a sacrificial victim.  I always felt she should have had a better ending that what was given her, so Fiona came into being.

My second novel, also time travel, was based on
the discovery of the frozen mummy Otzi in the Alps.  Why was he there? What happened to him. Riley's Journey was conceived, although in the writing, I sent her back a lot farther in time than poor Otzi. Because of the continued interest in my subject matter, I want on to write two sequels to Riley's Journey - Into the Savage Dawn  and Beyond Tomorrow.

My third time travel novel, Aimee's Locket, came
about because my husband thought I should write a western, so Aimee's Locket was written for him.  I've always been interested in the Oregon Trail so wasn't hard to decide to put Aimee on the long journey.

I'm off to find my next time travel book/movie and disappear into the past - or the future as the case may be. 


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween - How about a Minion Halloween?

I have to say I love 
Halloween decorations though I'm not particularly inclined to put them up myself.  When the kids left, so did some of the decorating.  But over the years I've developed a fondness for Minions, they make me laugh! So why not Minion Halloween?  

In any event -

 OOOPS - these aren't minions, but love them just the same!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halloween - Beware the Vampire who seeks Absolution.

Vampires have existed in the lore of many cultures for centuries. Tales of blood-drinking spirits are considered to be the precursors of modern day vampires.  Almost every ancient culture had its own bloodsucker, notably the goddess Sekhmet of Egypt.  

The Persians were the first to have tales of such creatures left on shards of pottery. The biblical figure of Lilith was considered a blood drinker, subsisting on the blood of babies. In ancient Greece, Empusa was the daughter of the goddess Hecate and transformed herself into a beautiful young woman and feasted on the blood of her lovers. Tales of blood drinkers are found in the ancient transcripts of India as well as appearing in old Jewish stories. And of course the most famous in history, Vlad the Impaler, and Countess Bathory (most prolific female murderer).

Vampire sightings in Transylvania caused a frenzy among the populace with stakings and grave diggings to identify the culprits.

Vampires in modern lore encompass both the good and the bad. Good vampires hunting the bad and bad vampires virtually feasting on any and all. 

Most of us are captured by the lore of the vampire. Creatures who fly in the night, drink the blood of the unsuspecting and, if things go bad, end up in the same ungodly fix!  

So beware!  All you who venture out on All Hallows Eve! The creatures of the night are circling.

Okay, so let's have a little contest.  Leave a comment and be entered to win an e-copy of Absolution.  While this is a horror story, I can't seen to write a book that doesn't have humor in it. Take a moment to watch the trailer!  I think you'll enjoy it. Contest ends November 1!

Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU0EHWSz054&t=11s

Buy Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Absolution-P-L-Parker-ebook/dp/B004QGYCA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508430100&sr=8-1&keywords=absolution+by+p.l.+parker

Friday, October 13, 2017

The (extra) ordinary animals of Pets in Space 2 - Cara Bristol

It is my pleasure to host Cara Bristol at my blog and Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.  

The (extra) ordinary animals of Pets in Space 2
By Cara Bristol

As a sci-fi author, I’m write about imaginative characters. In Rescued by the Cyborg, my novella in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, I match a cyborg hero, a human enhanced with mechanical and computer parts, with a winged alien heroine. Add to that, some panther-like alien villains. So, with the pet sidekick, I went conventional. “Mittzi” is an “ordinary” little gray kitten with white feet.
Some of my fellow authors went nontraditional with their story pets. They tinkered with genetics to create hybrids and bioengineered animals. Here are some of the more unique creatures you’ll encounter in Pets in Space 2.

A foo dog.  This is a smaller version of the mythological Chinse foo lion. (To me, it looks like a cross between a pug and a lion.) It’s mostly a mix of dogs with genetic tinkering. Pet Trade by Carol Van Natta.

StarDog. Don’t be fooled by the name. This vermin-hunting pet is a dog-cat-weasel-mongoose mix. Courting Disaster:StarDog 2 by Laurie A. Green.

A hugwort, an affectionate “plantimal,”  a genetically engineered organism that combines plant and animal genes (there's some cat in there) with alien DNA.  Mascot by Alexis Glynn Latner.

Tibbar, a cross between a rabbit and a hamster, with the personality of a cat. Gib and the Tibbar by Jessica E. Subject.

Artificial intelligence. A com unit becomes sentient and his core is transplanted into an owl’s body. Senate by Sabine Priestley.

What kind of pet would you want to take to space?
Would you go traditional or would you want to design your own?
What kind of hybrid would you produce?

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 description
The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!
10% of the first months profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Buy link for all stores: https://books2read.com/u/3L9aYM

Rescued by the Cyborg (A Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance) by Cara Bristol
A cyborg’s haunted past and a Faria’s clouded future entwine…

Hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders and charges in. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed.

Guy is taken with Solia, but the guilt of a past mistake won’t allow him to plan for a future with the delicate, brave beauty. Life is so uncertain, he can’t even keep Mittzi, the kitten his niece gave him. What he can do is see to it Solia gets the help she needs for a full recovery. But when best intentions place her in greater danger, it’s up to a little kitten to make everything all right again.

Rescued by the Cyborg excerpt

     Something kept poking her. Solia rose to consciousness but buried her face in her wing and squeezed her eyelids even tighter. She didn’t want to see what existed in the light. Monsters were real, and they didn’t just creep in the night. Don’t look. Stay here. Here, wherever that was, with her eyes closed, was warm, pain-free, safe.
Safe from what? What was she forgetting?
     Pat. Pat. Something pawed at her feathers. Then a rumble. Pat. Pat. Poke. Something sharp, like a claw scraped across her face.
     Cage. Death. Her lids sprang open. Two green Ka-Tȇ eyes stared into hers. The creature yawned, revealing a mouthful of small, sharp teeth, and then struck out with its paw.
     Solia shrieked. The creature somersaulted and disappeared.      Dragging her broken, torn wing, Solia stumbled for the door and plowed into a massive chest.
     “What’s happened? What’s wrong?” A man gripped her shoulders. Though he barricaded the way, his presence exuded safety, calmed her panic. More memories flashed. Racing through the jungle. This man carrying her to a pod. Bodies hitting the window, scratching, clawing, trying to crack it open. The man—Guy— had rescued her from Katnia. The floor hummed beneath her feet. She was on a ship now.
     But one of the creatures—“K-K-Ka-Tȇ. Here.”
     “What? Where?” Disbelief knit his brows.
     Solia gulped air and pointed. “Under the berth. It’s little, but I woke up, and it was on me, scratching my face. It had green eyes. Claws.” She patted her cheeks. There didn’t seem to be any injury.
     “Mittzi.” Guy shook his head. He got down on all fours to peer under the bunk.
     “Be careful.”
     He reached under the berth and pulled out a ball of gray fur with white feet. Maybe Ka-Tȇ were born furry but lost their hair as they matured? The creature spoke, emitting an odd little meow noise. Neither language training nor the implant provided a translation. It clung to Guy, showing no sign of savagery, but maybe viciousness developed with time, too.
     “It’s not a Ka-Tȇ, it’s a kitten, a baby cat,” Guy said, his tone gentle. “Don’t you have felines on Faria?”

About Cara Bristol
USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes steamy science fiction romance with an emphasis on the characters and their romance, with a little humor, heat, and danger added for fun. She is the author of three science fiction romance series: sexy cyborg Cy-Ops Scifi Romance series, the dark erotic Breeder series, and the new humorous Alien Mate series. She likes to say that she writes science fiction for readers who don’t like sci-fi.  Cara lives in Missouri with her alpha hero, her husband, and Hannah, her cat, aka her writing supervisor.