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About caroleparkes

My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 52 years, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother, I'm also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needlecrafts, and occasional poet. Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age.

Diary of a Serial Killer


This is not an excerpt from ‘Your Last Breath’. It’s more a snapshot of the thoughts and feelings our serial killer, Ray Lang, had in his earlier life. What influenced his later decision to kill? Was it the negative reactions … Continue reading

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Do Murder Thrillers Encourage Some People to Kill


The horrifying news about Jemma Lilley, originally from Lincolnshire, UK, killing autistic boy, Aaron Pajich, at her home in Perth because she wanted to feel euphoric, appalls me. http://ind.pn/2lWh91Z I’m beginning to worry what effect books like my dark thriller … Continue reading

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Different Doesn’t Mean Inferior


  It’s natural to see things from our own viewpoint. Sometimes, it’s from a physical perspective. For instance, a tall person cleaning may see a gathering of dust on an upper shelf while a short person, unable to see that … Continue reading

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MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY MOMENT – 08.28.17


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A Question of Perception


      What Do You Think About Caravans? It has always fascinated me how people from different nations and cultures view caravans, or rather mobile homes as they are more commonly known here now. This difference seems more noticeable … Continue reading

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Lancashire Humour -Wet, Wet, Wet


We walked out of the chippy unable to speak, we had tears in our eyes. It was not the price or an Atlantic Cod shortage causing this emotional moment, we had just said goodbye to Mr Chow, proprietor of Chow’s … Continue reading

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Wish I was an expert!


Apart from being a master at nothing, the worst thing about being an all-rounder is there is so much you want to do and not enough time to do it in. Wish there were more hours in the day! I … Continue reading

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Winter Cave Poems: Diary of a Caving and Creative Writing Project


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Best Way Yet to Make Sure Your Posts Are Reblogged


  Co-operative Reblogging How many of us have spent precious time perfecting a post for our website only to have it seen once, and then sink neglected in the blog graveyard? Few people may have actually seen the post, and … Continue reading

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Middle-Age Musings


The years described as ‘middle age’ are arbitrary, but commonly believed to occur later now than one hundred years ago. The middle years occupy about one-third of our life cycle, and can last between twenty and thirty years. For the … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Memories Die


As an avid family historian, I’m a great believer in memoirs and autobiographies. If your aged family members are capable, encourage them to give you a written piece on  their life experiences. If that would be too difficult, encourage them … Continue reading

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Author’s Dilemma


Author’s Dilemma In Appreciation of My Blogging Friends Oh! What am I doing? I swore I never would Broadcast my whole life in sight of every hood. “You’ll be taking a risk,” So everybody said. “They’ll know about you,” They’re … Continue reading

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Christmas is Even More Complicated When You Have a Secret.


Christmas is even more complicated when you have a secret. Only £1.99 from Amazon – Buy Here Read the first few chapters free – See Inside Free with Kindle Unlimited – Here Save

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Has it really been a year?


Originally posted on Doug's Scribbles and Ramblings:
I was scrolling through old Facebook messenger conversations yesterday and I came across some I had with a few of our advanced readers at this time last year! I can’t believe it’s…

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Genuine Black Friday Sale


Get Both Gripping Thrillers for only $1.98 Genuine Black Friday Sale Two suspenseful thrillers for less than the normal  price of one. Both 5 star reads $0.99 each instead of the usual price of $2.99 Be quick! Grab yours now. … Continue reading

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Something to Whet Your appetite for Halloween!


Halloween is a mere few days away.  Here’s an excerpt from ‘Your Last Breath’ to put you in a scary mood. Note – American serial-killer, Raymond Lang , has fled to England to avoid capture. The mix of British English … Continue reading

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FINALLY, IN ENGLAND…


Finally, in England I’m delighted, over the moon, excited beyond belief, and chuffed to bits as we say in good old Blighty.  My second book has received its first review on the Amazon United Kingdom site. (sigh of relief) I … Continue reading

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


Do you remember this phrase as the first words when Frosty the Snowman first came to life from wearing the magician’s hat? Frosty was in awe and wonder at the world around him. Well, that was exact… Source: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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“Your Last Breath” by Carole Parkes and Doug Lafuze


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?   I was attracted to this book because the blurb said it’s about an author who takes extreme steps to write the perfect suspenseful thriller. Battling writer’s block he finds the only way…

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What Will You Have When It Is Over? ‹ Reader — WordPress.com


This is so true. Take notice, folks!   Source: What Will You Have When It Is Over? ‹ Reader — WordPress.com  

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