Parker Sinclair’s FREE Fantasy Book Giveaway, WIP Sneak Peek, .99 Deals, and more!

Dear Friends & Fans:

It is getting cold, but continuing to stay swampy and wet here in Coastal Virginia. I’d say I’m wishing for snow, but we just end of getting ice and closing down for a week. Virginia Beach doesn’t have, or typically need, snowplows. As a result, we get iced in at least once a year. Fun times until the kids are home for a week and you’re tearing your hair out, hahaha.

Last week was an incredible week of first for my family. My oldest turned 10, double digits, on the 10th and won her first ever cheer competition. I wasn’t a cheerleader myself, but she’s gravitated towards it and came out of the gate with a win. It was an amazing and exhausting experience. We are proud of her and how much dedication she has given to the ( should be) sport.

What was your activity, sport, or hobby when you were a kid? We were a basketball, Louisville native, and running family. Though I love to dance, sing, write (obviously), and draw. I would love to hear your stories!

As for what’s in store for you down below, I have a cool FREE ebook contest going on and a teaser from my new romance novel. I promise to give you a peek at the new Sci-fi/fantasy one at the end of the month. In the meantime, I’ve given you a taste of Forbidden, which will be FREE during my February paperback and gift card giveaway (Feb 11th-15th). I’ll share that contest info soon, as well as a Amazon giveaway link for Trust that I’ll send your way next week. 

As always, I have some cool deals and new releases from my friends as well, so check them out! Oh, and I have some slots open to be part of my review/ARC team, so hop ono my group or fan page, links below, to fill-out the form and join my team!

Thank you for your feedback, kindness, reviews, and support.
Parker 

Update on the Madhouse

We finally took the tree down, Sunday, and the kitty was not pleased. I think we need to get something for her, maybe a nice, hypo-allergic tree next time. I was so sick from the real one. Anyone else?


So this big guy went on a big hike with us and somehow hurt his tail. If you’ve ever had a lab you know how crazy they are with their tails. So we babied him and let him nap on our bed, but as soon as he got better, he didn’t want to leave. BTW, that’s my husband’s side. 


After her team whooped the competition, I taught her shuffleboard wherein she whooped me. Darn her fantastic hand-eye coordination. 

We don’t stay in hotels often, but we knew with some cheer travel that we’d have to, and they love it. I don’t know why I got so teary-eyed, but watching them run down the hall, my youngest with two baby dolls in tow, made me wish they’d stay young forever. Oh, and I’m sorry to the other guest for all the noise, noise, noise (I can’t let go of Christmas!) 

That’s it on my madhouse. I hope your madhouse is doing well! 

Giveaway’s and Contests!

New GIVEAWAY…Win an ebook copy of my epic fantasy novel, Eve of the Exceptionals. All you have to do is share the teaser and link below on facebook, Instagram, twitter, tumblr, mewe, pinterest…
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Forbidden: An Alex Conner Chronicles Novella
(Book 2.5)

Snag your copy for FREE here, from February 11th-15th
as part of the way to enter for a chance to WIN a signed paperback and Amazon gift card.

More details coming soon!

WIP Sneak Peek!


As promised, here’s a new, never-before-seen, teaser for my WIP,
A Protector’s Touch. 

Coming Spring 2019


99 Cent Deals

“Oh, sweet Death, guide my talons to victory and stay for the feast.”

The dragon swears revenge, but the story begins with the woman who rides him.

First year troops Morrigan and her dragon are the Benandanti’s finest. She’s a surgeon with a samurai sword, and who needs a gun when you’ve got a dragon?

When an evil alliance is formed between the witches and the demons, a glimpse into Morrigan’s future could offer the hope that her people needs, but is the price too high for the Dragon Huntress?

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Tired of moving yet again, Cat McLean finds herself in the town of Valleyview when her dad is transferred. And if that wasn’t enough to deal with, shortly after their move, Cat’s involved and in a near-fatal car accident which lands her in the hospital where strange visions plague her recovery. When she wakes to find that she has the ability to see auras and to heal others, she’s horrified to discover an ancient evil that means to destroy her new home.

Cat must join forces with her sister and a new friend in a race to save her new town. Will she learn how to harness her new powers in time?

Or will she succumb to the darkness she fears?h, sweet Death, guide my talons to victory

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Great Deals and New Releases

Her touch is poison.

Verdi is a huntress for Koenigin Corp. She’s augmented. Perfect.

Determined to earn her dear president’s favor and finally have her voice heard, Verdi agrees to target Maria Snow, the favored candidate of the Society for Natural Progression, in an acid attack.

After all, once Maria is no longer so lovely, surely she’ll accept the nanite-based technology that can remove her scar—thus branding her as a traitor to her cause.

But when Maria Snow refuses treatment and Verdi catches her secretly meeting with an enhanced, sapient bird, she realizes Snow might be the one woman who can forge an alliance between the technology-loving corporations and the nature-oriented Progressionists.

Forced to choose between loyalty to the corporation who raised her, and falling in love with the woman who could finally unite the two factions, Verdi’s decision will change the face of the city.

Will Verdi choose loyalty or love?
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What better way to save a patient, than by biting them.
The aloof methods of Dr. Roman Bellevue are less than conventional, but there’s a dark secret beneath his medical miracles. Isabella DeVaughn, fresh out of nursing school, struggles to save her dying patients while vying for the attentions of a doctor who is too hot to handle. Will Isabella fall for the charm of this hard-body physician with a kind smile and infamous reputation?

Can anything stop the double-edged virus as it courses through the small hospital in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana?

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Jillian Johnson, known as the mighty Battlecry, was born into a superhero cult. She craves a life of freedom, far away from her violent and abusive team leader, Patrick. With no education, no money, and no future to speak of, she’s stuck in the dangerous life…until she meets the mysterious and compelling Benjamin, a civilian with superpowers. When Patrick confronts her, she fights back–and then runs for her life.

One by one, her ex-teammates join her until a new team has formed. But Patrick will not let his upstart teammates get away so easily. Humiliated and hellbent on vengeance, he waits for his chance to strike back and kill the new team, and he is happy to murder superheroes and civilians alike. On top of that, Benjamin has joined Jillian and her comrades, angering his own lethal family. Jillian’s enemies begin to close in from all sides.

Desperate and in hiding, Jillian must shed everything she thinks she knows about what it means to lead. Can she rise up to the challenge of defeating Patrick? Can she save Benjamin from his family? Or will she die like every other superhero who’s dared to challenge the cult?

If you like the gritty, understated superheroes in Netflix’s Jessica Jones and the raw urban fantasy of Veronica Roth, you’ll get sucked into Emerald Dodge’s Battlecry!

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We’ve recorded our 2nd podcast! Check it out when you have some time on any of these channels.

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Thank you for all of your support, encouragement, and the lovely reviews from you all. I love hearing from you, so keep the emails coming.

Have a wonderful week,
Parker

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A Trip Without the Kiddos: A writer’s first couple’s vacation far away & a babysitting adventure for the in-laws Part 1!

My husband and I have been away two times, a total of 3 nights, since our first daughter was born in 2009. I mention this not to complain or whine about the lack of time away from our girls; no, I am merely highlighting it for each reader to somewhat understand why I was such a basket case leading up to our trip out of the country.

This one trip will be longer than the two trips combined in the last eight years. Yes, I’ve flown across the country to Cali and Las Vegas, and my husband has taken work trips, but this time we were leaving together and enlisted the aid of two amazing grandparents. Was I excited when my hubby surprised me with a trip to the Bahamas? Um, yeah! But when the week started to close in, and we realized how unprepared we were to leave the girls for this amount of time and distance, the mental hang-ups took over.

Here’s a little more background. Our first trip away was for two nights, one night the girls were already asleep when we snuck away, and we were only an hour away. The second trip was two hours away (oh boy) and only for one night. So, we are way out of practice, and we don’t have family close by to whisk away on a whim. We also have a little 5-year old teeny tyrant, which made for quite a bit of stress and worry about how she’d behave for her grandparents.

I like to travel, my husband hates to fly, and we love to explore around Coastal VA since there’s so much to do nearby and neither of us is from the area. Our other little trips had been perfect. This time, we were actually “getting away.” Yes, our trip was super quick (about 3 hours each way), it’s not as if we crossed the pond or took a day to fly to Australia, but it was a big deal for us. Even packing became daunting. All I could think about was how far I was going to be away from the girls, that my husband wouldn’t be home either, and what about the crazy farm we have with a huge labradoodle, our 13-year-old rescue, and mini-panther cat that will cling to my in-laws window screen begging to be let in. I mean it’s crazy enough when we’re all there, and now we were taking ourselves out of the picture.

Our youngest (see tiny tyrant mentioned above) is the wild card. She finds danger, a hint of trouble, and she doesn’t do well with change, or restaurants really. She’s what you call a “strong-willed” child, and the will is strong with that one. My other daughter is a pleaser, she loves to help, and we had no worries about her, or about my in-laws. It was the teensy emergency room heat-seeking missile I concerned about, and yes, that is all my issue for sure! So, as every sane mother would do, I begged her not to sniff out and find trouble, to not touch, climb on, or do this or that. My oldest insisted she’d watch over her as well, but that made me feel even guiltier. I struggled; I may have needed a Xanax, to be honest. I couldn’t even show my husband how thankful and excited I was because I was terrified about the what if’s while we were gone.

One night my husband brought two brandy glasses with a small amount of whiskey in them for us to drink down after dealing with my panicking nature for a couple of days. Yes it helped, for that day, and then the other days came, and we have to review our wills, leaving emergency medical consent, get friends as a back-up, and on and on. At one point the hubby said, “this is the last time I’ll plan something like this.” That just made me sad, and I want to smack myself out of it like the lady freaking the hell out in Airplane. This was a couples vacation, a chance to explore a new place I’ve never experienced before. It’s going to be an adventure for us as a couple, and a retreat for me as a writer. I was thrilled to reconnect with him, to be inspired for my writing, to research for my new books and this very blog. Little did I know my first blog would be all about the panicky mother who feared flying away from her kids to the Bahamas, alongside her awesome husband who is terrified of flying period, what is wrong with us!?!

End of Part 1.

Coming soon, Part 2: We make it to paradise, but what’s happening at home?

Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear your similar stories or comments!

Parker

 

Parker Sinclair
Founder, Owner & Author
Rawlings Books, LLC
http://www.RawlingsBooks.com
Author of Trust: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book One, Truth: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book Two,  Forbidden: An Alex Conner Chronicle Novella (Book 2.5), & Only: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book Three adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels, and the YA Epic Fantasy/HEA Romance novel: Eve of the Exceptionals. Check out samples on Amazon, Smashwords, BN, Kobo, & iBooks.

 

Yes, it’s dark inside

Yes, it’s dark inside

I’m perfectly well aware that many of my Alex Conner stories have grit, darkness, and sadness within their pages. But, I also know I have made them heroic, full of humor, and for some of the characters and readers, life changing. Alex’s backstory was something I struggled with. As with most central characters, I wanted, no needed, her to have overcome incredible odds and intense circumstances. One night in 2000, after hours of dancing with friends in San Diego, one of my closest friends opened up to me about what a man did to her when she was a child. I was so completely heartbroken for her as I lay there watching her always smiling face fall into sadness, but then it came to me that I can share her story and give to her a powerful ending to that nightmare within my story. She was gracious in allowing me to merge parts of her into the Alex character, and I hope the ending of Trust gave her something in return, something for all who have been abused. She is a survivor and someone I truly look up to every day.

What I didn’t count on was the transformation I would have now two years later. Yes, I put pieces of myself, my experiences, and piece of the people I’ve met in my life into each part of the first book, but I wasn’t fully aware that I was also healing from my own past. Parts of Alex took on characteristics of a young me trying to claw my way out of toxic and abusive relationship that lasted over two years. These relationships, they don’t start out that way. It’s a slow process where love, or what feels like love, comes first. Then the first violent act is one disguised as protection or jealousy, and a young girl mistakes that for unbridled love- a prince charming fighting for her honor. For me, the ugly side of him reared its head most often in conjunction with his drinking. As we became closer, it was revealed that he was a victim of his own abuser, a continuation of a cycle he was dragged into, seemingly without a choice, a way out, or even understanding of what was happening to him, to us, and to our future relationships.

No one would understand, as even my friends and family could not fathom why I was with this boy. Even my grandfather was taken aback when he wore a hat to meet him for the first time. Maybe an insignificant thing to a teenage girl raised in a different time, but looking back I can now clearly see the disrespect that my grandfather immediately saw and felt. And yes, I stayed even though there were multiple times I was scared of him, when a blade danced along my back, when I was pushed so hard I fell down a flight of stairs, when he attacked my friends verbally and at one time physically, we he lied, cheated, swore, threw things, hit his own friends, and even fought his own abuser, his father, amongst delicately wrapped Christmas presents while his mother wailed in the background, her tears reflecting a rainbow of color amid the twinkling lights.

When you love someone, and see their own tortured past, would any of you stay and try to save them, as I did? Many of you would have walked away long before I did. I tried, many times. Our relationship was tumultuous. Broken off and pieced back together more times than I can count. A staff member saw an interaction he and I had in the hallway, how he was talking to me and the way I was holding myself. Soon after I was called into the guidance office. While speaking with my counselor for the first time someone used the words “abusive relationship”. Yes, friends and family warned me away from him, but those words were powerful coming from someone outside of my life. When she called him in so we could talk, and I have seen him furious, but I have never seen him talk to an adult aside from his father in that manner. I could almost see steam rising off his body; his eyes bore into mine only once, telling me I betrayed him that this should have been our life, our secret to bear. How dare I tell this stranger a thing? And yes, we broke up, again, but we did get back together, even trying this battered relationship as I went away to college, but my counselor’s words always stayed with me, a warning in the back of my mind. I saw another counselor at college; it felt good to speak to someone who wasn’t close to me, who would listen to my secrets, who would help me listen to myself. So much so that I longed to study the human mind, psychology, and part of me longed to help others like me; however, that didn’t come till much later in life.

I left that abusive relationship behind many years ago. But some of the scars followed me, just as they did Alex. Trust was hard to come by, especially when dating, and some of the ways he treated me impacted my behavior, as if tendrils of the monster he turned into left a mark upon my being. I became jealous easily, was less confident, sometimes quick to anger, but one thing that stuck with me, helping me through it all when I didn’t want anyone to know what I allowed to happen, was my love of writing. Throwing my thoughts on paper led to poem books, many of which reflected my struggles with relationships. A novel was what I really hoped to write, and even though he never came to mind when I cycled through plots and character development, it was there, that darkness that had left a mark inside my heart and mind.

When I finally decided that I really wanted to continue my education, my high school counselor’s memory came back to me. Someone had saved me once, and even though it took time for me to really listen, I finally did. I wanted to be that voice for some other boy or girl who just needed to see and hear the truth. As I went through my master’s program in counseling it really shined a light on my life. There were parts of me I wanted to improve. Since I was going to be a mentor and counselor for young lives, I wanted to make sure I was someone they would look up to as well as someone they could learn from.

When Trust was completed twelve years after I completed my counseling program, I didn’t think of him, or the painful part of my past, at least not consciously. But as the years have gone by since the novel was completed, I have read books and posts about survivors of abuse and something in me stirred. I re-read the passages of how Alex felt when she had no control over her own life—the helplessness. How the abuse she suffered impacted her even when she thought she had gotten rid of her abuser for good. But in the end, he is gone and that part of her life is over. She could move on. She could forgive herself. Trust allowed my psyche to beat back my own lingering demons, to heal from what the relationship had done to me and to stop being so angry at myself for what I thought was weakness so long ago. So yes, this book was for me in more ways then I had realized. It is for all survivors of abusive relationships, for my friend, for anyone who has been a victim, who has felt helpless, and who has suffered at the hands of someone who controlled their body, mind, and soul.

Last year I finally revisited to the place I lived during high school and college summers, the place where this relationship began, where I was reminded that it truly existed. I never wanted to return to the small town in Colorado, I felt a relentless resentment towards this place we had moved to during my seventh grade year and that I never went back to after the Christmas of 2000. This summer I returned to visit family who still remained in the desert town of Western Colorado and I realized I hated who I was during many of the years I was there, but it had nothing to do with the actual place- the beautiful Colorado desert. It was truly a heart opening experience. I had finally allowed myself to love this place and to forgive myself. Yes, the old me had stayed because he had been only a child when he was warped into someone who didn’t know anything other than that type of love-a raw angry, controlling, terrible love. I am thankful that I was strong enough so that my part in that cycle of abuse was forever broken. As I shift away from myself, as it is my nature to be empathic and caring, I hope he has also found the strength to break the cycle. That he has love in his life a, genuine and kind love, one that he didn’t have from someone who was supposed to care for him the most.

Thank you for reading this soul-bearing post, and I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season!

Parker

Parker Sinclair

Founder, Owner & Author

Rawlings Books, LLC

http://www.RawlingsBooks.com

Author of Trust: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book OneTruth: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book Two, & Forbidden: An Alex Conner Chronicle Novella adult contemporary fantasy novels and Eve of the Exceptionals (YA fantasy releasing January 2oth, 2016).

Eve of the Exceptionals

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