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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.

Author Interview: Michael Bronte


Originally posted on Kati’s Creative Corner:
Michael Bronte is the author of nine crime fiction thrillers – all available to buy here. His protagonists are everyday heroes and his stories could happen to anyone; exploring how these ordinary people…

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November Electric Press is now live…


Originally posted on Electric Press:
The November 2020 edition of Electric Press – Literary Insights magazine is now online. Read for FREE, by clicking on the cover image. We welcome contributions and submissions for the next edition of Electric Press…

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A Tea Break with Mrs B: Ellen Read


Originally posted on Mrs B's Book Reviews:
It is a pleasure to warmly welcome Ellen Read to my blog, Mrs B’s Book Reviews for A Tea Break with Mrs B, a short form author interview series. To help celebrate the release of The…

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Love Ever After, Crossing Serbia by Karen J. Mossman


Originally posted on The Magic of Stories:
Amazon & kindle unlimited As I am reviewing all the stories in this anthology, I can’t review mine, so instead, I will tell you little bit about it, and where it came from.…

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Quirky Front Doors


Originally posted on inpursuitofadream.com:
I’ve had a ‘thing’ for pretty front doors for a long time. It all started when I realised that we had actually been living in the house of my dreams for a few years and…

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Long Forgotten Songs and VE Celebrations


VE Day Celebrations  With today’s problems, people are celebrating in a quiet way.  How about playing some wartime songs to get you in the mood for celebrating this momentous event. Do you know what your parents’ favourite wartime song was? … Continue reading

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A Rewrite of the Lyrics ‘From a Distance’


  Self-isolating, I was moved to rewrite the words to the song ‘From a Distance’.

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Beat Isolation Boredom With the Wildlife Trust’s Live Cams


Although I’m self isolating and have been since 10th March, I’m lucky enough to have both a front and a back garden. They are only small, but they give my husband and I the opportunity to take in some fresh … Continue reading

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Thrifty Tips Go Viral


In these troubled times where incomes are not guaranteed, most of us need to start considering how we’re going to eke out what we already have. It’s certainly a time to start thinking how we can cut back, especially if … Continue reading

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A Valentine’s Day Poem


Today is Valentine’s Day so here’s a little poem to celebrate it. Not everybody is naturally romantic. Yet, relationships can be loving and fulfilling regardless of that fact. Don’t confuse romance with real love. Despite not being particularly romantic in … Continue reading

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See what youngsters in my local community get up to. I’m proud of you!


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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


Karen J Mossman writes an interesting article about missing people and how their stories have inspired her to write fiction based on the same theme.

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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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