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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.

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A Rare Discount On My Books


The Kindle Countdown Deal begins 15th November. Grab your copy at a substantial knock-down price. Although I won’t offer my books free, my books will be discounted for a few days on a Kindle Countdown Deal. It is two years … Continue reading

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Why My Books are Never Free!


Recently, I received a message on social media from a cheeky individual asking me how much I’d pay her to read one of my books. Really? Would this same person approach a shopkeeper and ask him how much he’d pay … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Missing People


Originally posted on The Magic of Stories:
By Karen J Mossman ? Like many people, I enjoy a good mystery. Stories where you need to know what happens next. Tales that pique your curiosity, and keep you turning the page…

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Who Would Want to Teach a Child This Nursery Rhyme?


When my youngest son was two, he could recite every nursery rhyme I knew. So, I visited my local library to find some new ones I could teach him. Although I did find a few more that were suitable, my … Continue reading

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How Observant Are You?


I’m not very observant! How do I know this? It was brought home to me one day, many moons ago, while out shopping on my own. Minding my own business walking to the next shop I wanted to visit in … Continue reading

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Finding the Holy Grail of writing


Originally posted on Ramblings from a Writer's Mind:
Many, if not all authors know writing is never straight forward; I am not talking about the technical aspects or grammar, but about finding the time to write when your mind…

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Will My Determination Pay Off?


As an author, the million dollar question is how do you get more people to read your books without giving them away free. I’ve read about some authors who spend tens of thousands of pounds promoting their book, and I’m … Continue reading

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Guest Post; Grant Leishman


Originally posted on So where's the snow?:
Grant  (here with his wife, Thess)  As an fellow ex-pat, I was interested to hear about his new life. The booky links are at the bottom for his work! Do you miss…

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An actual account of life in Wigan at the time of George Orwell’s study!


ELIZABETH (ALKER) SMITH 1918 – 2012 – AN ORDINARY WOMAN LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES.     During the Great Depression, in the same 1936 year George Orwell was conducting his social study in Wigan, Lancashire,  Elizabeth, just 18, discovered she … Continue reading

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Those Dreaded Words – “You Need to Diet!”


“I’m on a diet”.  How often we hear these words spoken nowadays, yet as a nation we’re all becoming increasingly heavier. Could we be the victims of faulty reasoning? When we hear the word “diet” we automatically think of all … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale – Should Children have more Freedom?


Looking through my family photographs set me thinking about the differences between my childhood, many years ago, and the play experiences of children today.   When I was young, in the 1950s, there was far more freedom for children. Many … Continue reading

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A Great Compliment? No, it’s a Put-down


  We always had great fun with our oldest granddaughter when she was little. Her mum went back to work when she was six months old and we looked after her two days a week from 7.30am until 5.30pm. We … Continue reading

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An Unusual Holiday Souvenir


    Many years ago, when my children were small, I bought a chunk of land. It is land of great historical importance as it’s the land where William the Conqueror’s army first set foot on English soil. I say … Continue reading

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Is Our Obsession With Appearance Ruining Relationships?


Appearance Most of us like to look our best for special occasions, like parties, weddings, and Christmas. We believe our looks dictate how others see us and we’ll sometimes go to extreme lengths to improve our appearance and prevent our … Continue reading

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Is This the End of Free Facebook Book Promotions?


The Facebook changes effective from August 2019 will make most unpaid book promotions less effective. Bots are on the lookout for more post engagement. We already know that book promos which just show buy links and a book related image … Continue reading

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CAN FACEBOOK WORK FOR YOU?


Small businesses and self-employed people like authors, artists, and craft-workers depend on social media for getting the word out about their products. However, if their posts are only seen by a small number of people, they are wasting their time … Continue reading

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The Joy of Reading


The wonderful gift of sight! Use it to read more. For starters: try one of these: ‘Tissue of Lies’ – A psychological thriller. myBook.to/TOL ‘Your Last Breath’ – A chilling thriller. myBook.to/YourLastBreath   You won’t be disappointed!

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Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine June 2019


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Published today, the June issue of Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine, our retro issue! Highlights include: * An exclusive interview with Blue Peter legend Peter Purves * Travel articles about Ireland and Athens *…

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