P.L. Parker

P.L. Parker

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

So the Season is On!

Well, I did my best to avoid the season, but the flu snuck in and attacked me.  I'm one of those holdouts for the flu shots. The only year I had one, I ended up with the worst flu I've ever had so I usually avoid them against all my family members' encouragement and warnings.

But my senior citizen mind might just be changing.  If this session lasts too long, I suspect I just might.

Here's hoping if your flu season happens, it is a short one.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2018 - Time's Passing Faster Each Year

I remember when I was young thinking about how far in the future 2018 was and that I would be an old lady by that time, if I even made it to 2018.  But...here we are!  I don't make New Year's Resolutions. No reason to because I can't seem to follow them in any event. I guess my resolution is just not to make them.  I retired the end of 2016 and had my first full year of not working in over 35 years. 

At times I miss the interaction of my buddies at work, but do not miss the stress of working in a law office.  I have my husband to
keep me company and I meet with friends for lunch from time to time. All in all, I am enjoying the freedom even though I realize I'm here because I've reached the age where I'm considered a senior citizen.  Funny! I don't feel any older than I did when I was in my early 30's but my body reminds me that I can't do what used to be simple for me.  I guess everything does change, but change can be good. I write more, try to exercise more, bake a lot - do things for myself! 

I look forward to 2018 with an open mind, but always hoping that the new year will be better than the last, both for me and the members of my family.  I have things I want to accomplish this year. Becoming an award-winning author would be nice but I suspect I would have to enter a few contests to reach that level. Who knows? 2018 might be the year.

My blessings for a great 2018 to each and every one of you.  May joy and love fill your hearts!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

How About Some Free Reads to End 2017?

The following two short free reads were originally published by The Wild Rose Press.  TWRP has since closed the Free Reads program and returned the authors' rights.  I had two Free Reads with them: Prophecy's Bride and Songbird and have since set them up for easy access. (The covers were my efforts but as you can see, I am not a cover artest.)

Prophecy's Bride is about a young woman forced to wed a prophet from a neighboring tribe, but she prefers a life of freedom.

Link: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/60a3ae5d-7ba7-4d4c-abc6-7e6cbf86a797

Songbird is a western romance about a young woman who flees from a life she finds too hard to bear.

Link for Songbird:  https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/c2d7ea27-3dba-4cd3-8417-23a51774c0cc

I hope you enjoy!

P.L. Parker

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Doing the Happy Dance!!

Found out - on Christmas Day - that my latest manuscript, "Abaddon Rising" - has been accepted for publication by New Concepts Publishing.  Very excited and nice Christmas gift.  Abaddon Rising is the third book in what I like to call my Star Brides Series, a scifi series about 1,000 women kidnapped as brides for an alien race of males, the Chiagan-Se.  Look for it soon!

Books 1 and 2:

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