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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.

How Not To Do Book Promotion.


Originally posted on WordyNerdBird:
Every author I know dreams of finding the perfect ‘set and forget’ book promotion.? I’m here with some bad news: it doesn’t exist.? Effective book promotion is about engagement and communication.? It’s letting people know your…

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What’s Cooking?


A powerful new aroma rose drew demons from near and far to the enormous kitchen.? “I smell sea salt,” moaned Festus as he wiped his drool on his sleeve. “Do you really? I smell Vegemite!” exclaimed Provokus. “You’re both wrong.…

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A Change That Is Long Overdue.


Originally posted on WordyNerdBird:
I have reached a new landmark in my journey of self-acceptance and self-care:  I have finally decided to stop saying and thinking horrible things about myself.  When I posted this image last night, a friend responded…

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I have a cunning plan….


Originally posted on Kirsten Nairn:
And this is it….I set my alarm for 5.30 (yes, am) in full knowledge that my family will still be in the realms of deep sleep and nothing bar a full-on emergency will waken them.…

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The life of a secret writer


Originally posted on Kirsten Nairn:
I write in secret! No one, not even family or friends know I write, but the only problem with that is I can’t just close the door and put up a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign,…

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Barnes & Noble 10% off Voucher 2


10% off coupon if you order paperback version of ‘TISSUE OF LIES’ through Barnes & Noble. Order HERE now! A STOLEN BABY, A DARK SECRET, and MORE LIES than anyone can imagine leads to danger. Will Julie discover the truth … Continue reading

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Barnes & Noble 10% off Voucher


10% off coupon if you order the paperback version of ‘Your Last Breath’ through Barnes & Noble. Order your copy HERE now!     5***** REVIEWS ***** “Wow!! Absolutely fantastic book!!! A gripping game of cat and mouse, so much … Continue reading

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Her Secret Family Means a Christmas Dilemma


Julie Simpson is finding out that Christmas invitations are even more complicated when you’re leading a secret double-life. She has two sets of parents; the ones who lovingly raised her and her recently discovered birth parents who informed her she … Continue reading

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Creating a ‘Specific Friends’ List for Facebook Posts


To keep profile posts private from your other ‘friends’ eyes, you can create a ‘Specific Friend’s’ list. Here is how you do it:  

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A Taster


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MEET THE CHARACTERS FROM YOUR LAST BREATH A unique opportunity to meet the characters from the shocking, gripping, and suspenseful thriller ‘Your Last Breath’ Your Last Breath’ is far more than just another who-done-it murder story. From the start you … Continue reading

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Meet the Characters: Almost Fifth Victim, Cindy


YOUR LAST BREATH A virtual stranger in London, serial-killer, Raymond Lang. is delighted when he bumps into someone from his own country. Excerpt Cindy has a pleasant, innocent smile which seems to constantly light up her face, so much so, … Continue reading

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An Interview with author Carole Parkes


Originally posted on Doug's Scribbles and Ramblings:
Interviewing the Author, Carole Parkes I was born in Liverpool, England in 1945, after the war had ended. Seventy years later, I can look back on a life that is mainly a…

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Meet the Characters: Fifth Victim, Annabelle Thompson


YOUR LAST BREATH A SHOCKING, CHILLING THRILLER EXCERPT Annabelle is dressed in a pair of blue denim jeans and a pink cardigan over a snug fitting white top. She’s in her early forties but looks like she’s taken care of … Continue reading

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Meet the Characters: Fourth Victim, Amy Chadwick


YOUR LAST BREATH A SHOCKING GRIPPING THRILLER   Amy and her boyfriend, Robbie Owusu, plan to blackmail the Home Secretary, Cecil Abernathy, using sexual entrapment. Robbie is an illegal immigrant and hopes to persuade the minister to give him legal … Continue reading

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Meet the Characters: Intended Third Victim, Claudia Atkinson


YOUR LAST BREATH Three months into my new life in London, the older couple in the adjoining house next door moved out, and my undoing moved in. Her name was Claudia Atkinson, and she was one of the most stunning … Continue reading

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Meet the Characters: Third Victim, Laura Atkinson


YOUR LAST BREATH A SHOCKING, GRIPPING THRILLER   After fleeing to London, I found myself living next door to Claudia Atkinson. She was stunning and we became firm friends. I wanted more than just friendship, but Claudia started dating Geoffrey. … Continue reading

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Meet the Characters: Tammy Logan, the Second Murder Victim


YOUR LAST BREATH A SHOCKING, GRIPPING THRILLER  Please be aware, explicit sexual language is contained in the following excerpt. The more I refused Tammy’s advances, the more of a challenge I became to her. The last time she came on … Continue reading

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Meet the Characters: First murder Victim, Valerie Holbrook,


‘YOUR LAST BREATH‘ A shocking, gripping thriller. Meet first victim VALERIE, well, not really a victim since she asked Raymond Lang to help her commit suicide. She wanted to be with her beloved husband in heaven, but feared she wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Basic Plots: Quest


Originally posted on Story Empire:
Ciao, SEers. Today we’re going to discuss our fifth of the Seven Basic Plots as defined by Christopher Booker. If you’ve missed the others, you can find them here: Rebirth, Tragedy, Comedy, and Voyage and…

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