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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.

Do Competitions Necessarily Show the Cream of the Book Crop?


Success as an author seems to depend on how much money you can spend on promoting yourself. EVEN ENTRY TO BOOK COMPETITIONS REQUIRES A FEE.   In the first book competition I’ve ever entered, I was given a date for … Continue reading

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The Time of Your Life – A Poem


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Father’s Day Memories of My Dad


What can I say about my lovely caring father? I have nothing but praise for him.  He died aged ninety-seven and was until the very last, the most gentle, kindest, and loving man I know, except maybe for my husband … Continue reading

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This Makes Me Laugh


Eye-say! have you seen Eye-do? My acrylic painting called ‘Eye-see’ always makes me smile, especially when I turn it around and It then becomes ”Eye-do’. It looks like two people in old-fashioned swimming costumes.    

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If You Weren’t Here – Poem


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A Case For Adjectives?


In writing circles experts frown upon using too many adjectives. This is from an English lesson I did many years ago. Oddly enough, I gained a tick for each adjective used. My question is how would this story be without … Continue reading

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INGREDIENTS FOR LASTING LOVE


Ingredients For Lasting Love The one thing in life we all look for is LOVE. Just think of all the songs written about it, like  the Beatles’s song ‘All You Need is Love’ or the thousands of other love songs … Continue reading

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Sprinkling fairy dust


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I still have some current editions of The Second Cup in paperback, so I tagged my books with Book Fairies (links to website) stickers and spent the day wandering round the beach at Herne…

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Excerpt from ‘Your last Breath’


Excerpt When she finally settles back at her computer, I decide it’s time to take action. I still need to pull this off quickly and smoothly. Next to a freshly dug flower bed, a shovel catches my eye and inspires … Continue reading

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Introductory Offer on New Tweeting Service Tweets4u


WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU REACH A WIDER AUDIENCE   Now you’ve written your book, it’s time to let the public see it. Why waste your precious time on social media when you can free yourself to write your next … Continue reading

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Three Brilliant Ways for Authors to Co-Promote


  After a discussion in a Facebook author group in late November, I decided to start a co-promotion group called the Tweeting Co-Promotion Group. Not very original, but it says what we do. We’ve been operating just 2 months and … Continue reading

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Tweeting Co-Promotion

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Today I’m going to introduce you to a group, on Facebook, that I am part of. It’s a recently formed group and we are still finding our feet, but it’s a good group with…

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Ray’s Journal: 6th Entry


        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 … Continue reading

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Swirling Leaves of Autumn’s Wind


Swirling Leaves of Autumn’s Wind Swirling leaves of autumn’s wind Fly and dance in circles, Levitating from the ground They dance around your ankles. Rush indoors, escape the blast Of whipping, churning air. Close the door, ensure it’s fast Time … Continue reading

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Diary of a Serial Killer: 5th Entry


This is not an excerpt from our gripping thriller ‘Your Last Breath’, but rather a snippet from our main character’s life before he became a serial killer. More journal entries from my co-writer, Doug Lafuze, to follow. Please read and … Continue reading

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Diary of a Serial Killer: 4th Entry


  This is not an excerpt from our gripping thriller ‘Your Last Breath’, but rather a snippet from our main character’s life before he became a serial killer. More journal entries from my co-writer, Doug Lafuze, to follow. Please read … Continue reading

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Journal of a Serial Killer: 3rd Entry


Available here at $2.99 This is not an excerpt from our gripping thriller ‘Your Last Breath’, but rather a snippet from our main character’s life before he became a serial killer. More journal entries from my co-writer, Doug Lafuze, to … Continue reading

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Diary of a Serial Killer: 2nd Entry


This is not an excerpt from our gripping thriller ‘Your Last Breath’, but rather a snippet from our main character’s life before he became a serial killer. More journal entries from my co-writer, Doug Lafuze, to follow. Please read and … Continue reading

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Diary of a Serial Killer: 1st Entry


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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