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Have a great week!

Solitaire

http://www.solitaireparke.com

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

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Since 1949, the month of May has been designated throughout the nation as mental health month. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) joins the national movement to raise awareness. Their site provides support for those who deal with this everyday, along with their families.

I found a blog on LULU Books called Mental Health for Writers that applies not only to writers like myself, but has some great links for mental health in general.

After the last two years of pandemic living, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, job loss, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being. To help slow the spread of coronavirus, many schools and childcare centers across the U.S. closed and transitioned to virtual instruction for at least some time. With these closures, children and their parents were experiencing ongoing disruption and changes to their daily routines. Throughout the pandemic, anxiety, depression, sleep disruptions, and thoughts of suicide have increased for many young adults. It has hit just about everyone in some form or fashion.

Personality may also influence how we manage in difficult times. How we endure uncertainty and our ability to tolerate distress are related behaviors that appear to make a difference. Some people are less comfortable with struggle or the unknown than others.  Feeling afraid, depressed, or anxiety ridden has seemed to hit an all time high in our world right now.

We can’t always self-improve our way out of pain and difficulty. Facing it is the only answer, and there are ways that we can get help and help ourselves. This is one of those times when life really is harder by a little bit or a lot, depending on your situation. We need to work to feel better, stay connected, and help others however we can.

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

Have You Watched These 10 Movies About Time Travel?  

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Time travel is described as the concept in which people are able to move backwards into the past or forwards into the future. This subject is one of my favorites, and I have written a few science fiction/fantasy books which focus on time travel in my Dragomeir Series.  You can check them out at my website – www.solitaireparke.com

What is it about time travel that keeps us coming back for more? First of all, is it even possible? Yes, and you’re doing it right now – moving forward into the future at the rate of one second per second. But this isn’t the kind of time travel that has made science fiction writers so prolific, or movie makers so fascinated that Wikipedia lists over 400 titles in the category “Movies about Time Travel.” Traveling by way of a time machine or by using some other means into the past or future is what is really intriguing.  If you are one of the many who find time travel to be incredible, you might want to check out the following ten movies.

  1. The Adam Project – “After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future.
  2. The Tomorrow War – A family man is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront the past.
  3. Tenet – Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.
  4. Palm Springs – Stuck in a time loop, two wedding guests develop a budding romance while living the same day over and over again.
  5. Boss Level – Trapped in a time loop that constantly repeats the day of his murder, a former special forces agent must unlock the mystery behind his untimely demise.
  6. 12 Monkeys – In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
  7. Looper – In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits – someone like Joe – who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.
  8. Avengers: Endgame – After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos’ actions and restore balance to the universe.
  9. Time Machine – Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.
  10. Donnie Darko – After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

To all the Travelers out there – Be Safe!

Solitaire

Annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Sale!

March 6 – March 12, 2022

Smashwords – Ebook Week Sale!

Hello Readers!  This is the 13th annual Smashwords read an Ebook week sale and you are invited to check it out on the Smashwords Ebook site at this location – 

Thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers will offer readers exclusive discounts on their ebooks. It’s a great opportunity to fill your cart with the books from favorite authors and future favorites. Ebooks will be offered at 25% off, 50% off, 75% off, or for FREE.

If you love stories about dragons, otherworldly creatures, lots of adventure, and other sci-fi/fantasy topics then check out my site at Smashwords here –

SOLITAIRE PARKE – AUTHOR.

You can also learn more about me and my books at my website –

http://www.solitaireparke.com

If you love to read, here is your chance to stock up for the Spring and Summer with ebooks of every genre. You won’t want to miss it!

Solitaire

SMASHWORDS – End of Year SALE!

The fourth annual Smashwords End of Year Sale kicks off December 18th and runs through January 1, 2021. The sale is beginning a week earlier this year so you can take advantage of the Smashwords Store’s ebook gifting feature.  You can find books at 25%-off, 50%-off, 75%-off and 100%-off (free).  What a great time to stock up on the books you would love to read or give the gift of reading to someone you love or a friend.  Visitors to the Smashwords Store will find the sale prominently featured at the top of the Smashwords home page starting December 18th.  So, encourage your friends to visit the website and check out this amazing sale!

https://www.smashwords.com/

Have a wonderful Holiday – Merry Christmas to everyone!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/solitaireparke

SMASHWORDS July Summer/Winter ebook Sale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Readers!

Welcome to the
Smashwords author discounts on their ebooks.

Why is it called “Summer/Winter?” Here in the Northern hemisphere, it’s mid-summer. Readers are loading their e-reading devices for summer beach reading and vacations in the age of COVID-19 – staycations.   South of the equator, readers are now in the middle of winter. They’re ready to curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a great read too!

So, check it out and stock up on your favorite genres of books at great discounts!

You’ll find my Dragomeir Series, which includes the new fourth book, Back from Oblivion, as well as the Daughter of the Dark Lord Series (Prequel to Dragomeir), and others. Also listed at my website along with other extras. (Only ebooks at Smashwords are discounted)

Have a safe and happy summer.

Solitaire

WWW.SOLITAIREPARKE.COM

 

AUTHORS GIVE BACK SALE – EXTENDED TO MAY 31ST – FREE AND DISCOUNTED BOOKS!

 

Smashwords authors are reaching out to do their part by using the power of their books to help minimize the emotional and economic hardships we all face in every country.  Many of us are faced with having to stay at home and stay isolated from others in order to contain this global pandemic.  So we, as authors, want to do our part by offering LARGE DISCOUNTS of 30%, 60%, or even FREE on select ebooks. We are continuing our sale through May 31st.  So please browse Smashwords’ many selections and enjoy reading!

We hope that all of you readers might find comfort and enjoyment from them and it might make your day a little brighter.  If you find a favorite book during the sale, please consider reading their other books as well.  There are 140,000 authors that publish at Smashwords from every country around the world.  They are all your friends and neighbors.

You can find all my Smashwords’ books here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/solitaireparke

 

The first book in the Dragmeir Series – The Emerald Dragon – is FREE

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/446935

 

The first book in the Daughter of the Dark Lord Series (prequel books to Dragomeir)

 Daughter of the Dark Lord, The Burning Sky) – FREE

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/707732

Please spread the word, take care and stay safe!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

AUTHORS GIVE BACK SALE – NOW UNDERWAY – FREE BOOKS!

Smashwords authors are reaching out to do their part by using the power of their books to help minimize the emotional and economic hardships we all face in every country.  Many of us are faced with having to stay at home and stay isolated from others in order to contain this global pandemic.  So we, as authors, want to do our part by offering LARGE DISCOUNTS of 30%, 60%, or even FREE on select ebooks, starting now through April 20th.

We hope that all of you readers might find comfort and enjoyment from them and it might make your day a little brighter.  If you find a favorite book during the sale, please consider reading their other books as well.  There are 140,000 authors that publish at Smashwords from every country around the world.  They are all your friends and neighbors.

You can find all my Smashwords’ books here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/solitaireparke

 

The first book in the Dragmeir Series – The Emerald Dragon – is FREE

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/446935

 

The first book in the Daughter of the Dark Lord Series (prequel books to Dragomeir)

 Daughter of the Dark Lord, The Burning Sky) – FREE

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/707732

Please spread the word, take care and stay safe!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

15 Quotes to Celebrate Father’s Day

The third Sunday in June every year is Father’s Day.  A great day to let your Dad know that he is important  and you care, with a card, a gift, or just a hug and a visit.  Fatherhood is rarely a smooth ride, but one that’s full of ups and downs, with both joyful and sometimes tragic experiences.  You learn to find joy in the everyday pleasures and count your blessings, because nothing in life is guaranteed.  So, live simply, don’t take yourself too seriously, live your life intentionally and with a sense of humor.  Cherish each one of life’s moments that you have.

Here are some quotes from a handful of Fathers:

“A Father carries pictures where his money used to be.” – Steve Martin

“One Father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert

“No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.” – Abraham Lincoln

“What you teach your children, you also teach their children.” – The Talmud

“A two year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” – Jerry Seinfeld

“There should be a children’s song:  If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.” – Jim Gaffigan

“It’s on ongoing joy being a Dad. ” – Liam Neeson

“The older I get, the smarter my Father seems to get.” – Tim Russert

“When my Father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” – Linda Poindexter

“A daughter needs a Dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.”  – Gregory E. Lang

“Having a kid is like falling in love for the first time when you’re 12, but every day.” – Mike Myers

“My Father used to say, ‘It’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do.  You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’ ” – Michael Jordan

“A Father doesn’t just tell you he loves you; he shows you.” – Unknown

“My Father taught me not to overthink things, that nothing will be perfect, so just keep moving and do your best.” – Scott Eastwood

“Daddies don’t just love their children now and then.  It’s a love without end.” – George Strait

Happy Father’s Day!

Solitaire

 

 

 

 

 

The Prequel – Tips on Writing a Great One!

 

Hello Readers!

My newest prequel book to the Dragomeir Series is now in the editing process and will be out later this year.  It will be the 4th book in the prequel series – Daughter of the Dark Lordwhich can all be found on my website –www.solitaireparke.com.

When you finish reading the last book in a series – one that you just couldn’t put down – it would often be amazing to find out the stories behind the story.   What were the circumstances in the past that contributed to, or carved out the personalities of the characters we either fell in love with, hated, or never even knew existed?   Generally, a prequel provides the reader with new or expanded information on a story line that was important to the original series but perhaps only touched upon.

Yes, I know that over and over again, prequels have messed things up – especially when you’re talking about movies.  Prequels can be difficult to write since they have to line-up with already established story lines.  But they can be enormously popular as well.  You just have to adhere to some guidelines in order to keep your stories straight.

First of all, be sure that your prequel story has a strong enough scope to merit telling.  It should be able to stand on its own without relying too heavily on the original story, otherwise it will feel like “more of the same.”

Can you expound on the history of a particular place or answer more in-depth questions about your characters or their families, all without compromising the original story line?  There might be an extensive untold backstory that could be important to the original series, that was only previously touched upon.  Focus on telling your audience something unknown.  In the prequel,  you might find pieces of the story or past events that never got a complete or proper explanation, leaving you with questions.

Since the reader knows the outcome of the story, it can be tricky, and you must be careful not to contradict anything said in the original series.  After writing thousands of pages, and spending countless hours editing and revising, an author can easily lose track of their own story.  The prequel’s job is to fill in gaps and flesh out story lines, answer the unanswered questions, and give some important characters background on their motives for later actions, so a reader going back to the prequel can have that “aha” moment. At the same time, the author has to be careful to keep the essential secrets of the original series.

I would suggest that if you decide to write a prequel, do yourself a favor and scan through the original series before starting and as you go along, to refresh your mind on the world and characters you have created.  It might even be wise to compile a database of information from which you can garner information when needed.

Telling a good prequel story is not easy.  But if you decide to take on the challenge, these tips might help you stay on track and craft a story that your readers will love!

Solitaire

What are your ideas about prequels?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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