An Interview with author Carole Parkes

Check out this interview with author Carole Parkes by Doug Lafuze.


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 happy one.

Carole 1Question: What is your impression of your childhood?

I had a happy childhood. When I reflect on it now, I know that was mostly due to having a really loving father. I never realized it when I was a child, but my mum suffered depression which led to often repeated bouts of crying. It was my dad who we went to whenever we needed anything. He put plasters on our cuts and grazes, rocked us on his knee while he sang a lullaby, and gave us a donkey ride up the stairs to bed. It was only in later years I began to ask why mum never cuddled us or took us to bed. Now I’m…

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#Read about Guest #Author Doug Lafuze

Check this out! Great job, Doug.

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Doug LafuzeIt’s hard to figure out how to start a piece on one of my least favorite subjects to discuss, myself! Do I start with where I was born, or when I first wanted to be a writer, or how about when I first started really writing? This is to promote myself as an author after all since my first book is now on Amazon so I could just start with what started me writing, but I feel like I should go back to the beginning.

I’m the first of three kids born into a farm family. My sister I were born in Oxford Ohio, but my parents moved to a small farm north of Williamsburg Indiana when I was nine. My brother joined the family there a few years later. I grew up working on the farm with Dad and raising Landrace hogs with my sister for 4-H. When I…

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What do you get a writer for Christmas?

The best gift you can give a writer (or any creative artist or small business owner) is SUPPORT so they can keep on doing what they love.

There are several things you can do:

  1. Buy their book(s).
  2. Read their book(s).
  3. Write a review for their book(s).
  4. SHARE on social media, tell your friends and family.
  5. Encourage them to continue pursuing their dreams.

Here are a couple of books you can check out and help support some of my favorite writers this Christmas.


American serial killer

Raymond Thomas Lang Junior

Last seen in the county of Lancashire, England

Believed to be the main fictional character in the new thriller/suspense novel


Widespread rumours claim Raymond Lang is currently hiding in an eBook of that name, located in the Amazon Book store. 


Congratulations on the release of your novel, Doug and Carole!

“The War of Scars is over. Our war has only just begun.”

At seventeen years of age, Adria Idonea has already seen both sides of war. Once princess in a citadel tower, she followed the ghosts of her childhood to become a Hunter, a healer, and a visionary among the enemy in the Wilding forests of Heiland.

But now Adria has come of age, and a promise she made in haste has bound her to return to her home after long exile. She doesn’t know what she will find… but they don’t know who she has become.


The first in an action-packed fantasy series by Jacob Falling.


Support your local artists and dreamers this Christmas season.
Make a difference.

Updated Cover Reveal for ‘TISSUE OF LIES’

Read a preview and then buy Carole’s first book before her newest is released tomorrow!

Author -Carole Parkes

Updated Cover

To coincide with my new collaborated book’s launch tomorrow, 23rd December, I’ve updated the cover on my first book ‘Tissue of Lies’.

Tissue of Lies cover 2


I have made it clear it’s a new cover. See the blurb on the Amazon purchase page. For those who haven’t read it, I’m including the ‘look inside’ pages.

Chapter 1

It was Tuesday, March 29th. The gusty winds, howling and roaring through the trees, showed no signs of abating. Oblivious to the gale force winds blowing outside the house, Julie Simpson sat inside her home shocked to her core.

Drowning beneath a torrent of disjointed and unspeakable thoughts, she felt lost. Only fragmented words or phrases broke through as she fought desperately to block them out. It was a futile effort.

Tears engulfed her as she lost the battle, and finally breaking down, she wept uncontrollably as the enormity of her discovery hit home….

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Bloggers Meet & Greet

A Momma's View

It’s mid October, Canadian Thanksgiving has passed and the American is approaching fast (well, yes it is kind of…). Down here in Australia we’ve been blessed with some amazing weather once more and in a true Aussie spirit it’s time to crank up the Barbie and put some shrimps on it!

No… not like that! More like this:

And while they are sizzling along I thought we can have a nice catch up! So let’s party blog style!

The rules are easy:

  • Comment on this post and introduce your blog in a short sentence
  • Put the link to your blog in your comment so people can check it out
  • Put a link to a post in the comment that especially touched you (can be one of your posts but can also be a post of another blogger)
  • Check out at least 3 of the other bloggers that have left a…

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My first award!

295c6-liebster-award1Thank you Keepin’ Up Appearances for nominating me for the Liebster Award.

This is a first for Izzyasabee – so let’s see if I get this right . . .

This is a great getting-to-know-you activity for bloggers, so let’s have some fun!

First . . . the rules:


Here are the questions asked of me that I need to answer:

  1. What is your favorite cartoon ever?
    missswitchI’m probably showing my age here – but one of my favorite TV cartoons was “The Trouble with Miss Switch”.  Anyone else remember that?
  2. If you had to choose, What is the one thing that defines who you are?
    I don’t know that it is possible to come up with ONE thing that defines who I am.  Ancestry, Heritage, Communication, Music . . . I can’t pick just one!!!
  3. What is your favorite memory of an adventure you’ve had with your very best friend?
    There are so many!  We’ve been best friends since birth, pretty much.  I will say that a recent adventure was when she rode with me to take my kiddos to a visit with their Dad.  After dropping the kids off, there was a lot of laughing, singing, Long John Silvers’ hats, and Moonshine.  And that’s all you get to know about that!
  4. What is your pets name and why?
    10903801_10205011340935974_7185941510708418395_oI have 3 shih-tzus and a tuxedo cat who is mostly outdoors because he loves to keep our house rodent-free.  The oldest doggy is Daisy, that was her name when I adopted her – and she is my soulmate.  The next one is Riley and he was 1461157_10202003141612871_475126852_nnamed after James Whitcomb Riley, my oldest child claims Riley as her own.  The next is Rory after the Gilmore Girls and she is my youngest daughter’s baby.  Our cat is Socks (because it looks like he is wearing them) and he belongs to my son.
  5. What decade would you rather live in?
    The 60s.  I have always been drawn to tie-dye, peace signs, and the music of the era.  It hasn’t changed in 40 years.
  6. If you had visitors from out of town, where is the first place you would take them?
    Clara’s Pizza King to sit in the bus and then, if it was this season, on a drive through the country to see the beautiful autumn trees.
  7. What is your favorite music to listen to live?
    All of it.
  8. What is your go-to item of clothing?
    Tie-dye t-shirt and jeans.
  9. What language would you like to learn?
    Spanish and Latin.
  10. What movie makes you cry every time?
    Lately?  All of them.  But Lord of the Rings:  Return of the King always gets me with the line “My friends, you bow to no one.”
  11. What makes you happy?
    Being creative with other members of the Island of Misfit Toys.  They know me there.

Here are the 11 bloggers that I nominate for this award:

  1. Doug at Gardens, Combines, and Memories (yes, you have to do it.)
  2. Scott at Teller of Tales
  3. Michael at Michael’s Origins
  4. Danny at Dream Big, Dream Often
  5. Kate at Kate’s Keepers
  6. Blissfully Informed Hippie Chick
  7. Thoughts, Musings, and Storytelling
  8. Askyermom
  9. Rookie Scribbles
  10. The Feathered Sleep
  11. SusieShy45

Here are the 11 questions that you need to answer:

  1. How long have you been writing?
  2. Why did you decide to start a blog?
  3. What kind of things do you enjoy reading?
  4. What is your biggest writing dream?
  5. What is an item on your bucket list?
  6. Tell us something unique about yourself.  (okay – so it isn’t a question.)
  7. Favorite method of transportation?
  8. Are you addicted to social media?
  9. Can you tell us a “where I was when . . .” a significant moment in history happened story?
  10. What is your favorite season and why?
  11. Did you enjoy answering these questions or did it frustrate you to be asked to do it?  (Be honest.)

Have fun!!