PL Parker joins the PFS

Posted by Mary Ricksen | 12:00 AM | 24 comments »

Today we welcome the talented author PL Parker. Is her new release, The Chalice, your secret dream?

“Bride Kidnapping” is the basis for my latest release, The Chalice.

In secret dreams, women imagine being taken by a handsome, dashing warrior who whisks them away to a life of passion and overwhelming love.  But in reality, being kidnapped by a desperate male isn't what romance authors make it up to be.  From a historical standpoint, women were considered highly valuable. They brought with them their tribe/clan's customs and new blood to add strength to the tribe.

“Bride kidnapping, also known as marriage by abduction or marriage by capture, is a practice throughout history and around the world in which a man abducts the woman he wishes to marry."

History is replete with tales of kidnapped women, their tribulations and quite often sad endings.  Laws were enacted to protect women from such a fate, but even today, bride kidnapping is alive and well in many countries throughout the world.  

The Chalice 


Decimated by the savage Deg’Nara and teetering on the brink of extinction, the last surviving males of the once great Chiagan-Se embark on a quest to salvage what is left of their civilization. They send their remaining seeker ships into the void, searching for genetically compatible females. Time is running out, but in the far reaches of the universe, on an obscure and primitive planet, a match is discovered.
One thousand panic-stricken women awaken two hundred years in the future, captives aboard an unmanned alien spacecraft bound for parts unknown! How had they gotten there and why?
The males thought they came willingly. The females believed they’d been kidnapped. Full of hopeful expectation, the Chiagan-Se prepare for the arrival of their new mates. Terrified and furious at the inexplicable abduction, the women prepare for combat! And when the two sides meet, the battle commences. 

Tegan’s breath hitched.  The door to the women’s quarters slid open, revealing a line of human females. Tense and uncertain, their very stance exuded uneasy wariness. Crowded together for protection, they stepped forward with studied caution and entered the communal area. As before, his Chalice appeared to lead the group, flanked by the giantess and the childlike female. Slightly behind, the dark one scowled with fierce determination, while beside her the calm one’s eyes searched the room, missing nothing. He nodded approval. Though nervous, they were nonetheless alert.
His Chalice bent down, patting the prone female’s shoulder, her soft voice murmuring unintelligible sounds rife with comfort. Long pale hair concealed her delicate features from his perusal stimulating his imagination to contrive her expressive eyes and sculpted lips. The female on the floor jerked upright and threw herself on his Chalice, her hysterical wails shattering the quiet.
“Should we go out there?” Shagal pranced from foot to foot, face alight with anticipation.
“Not yet. They need time to adjust to our presence—understand we’re not the enemy.”
“Why would they think that?” Shagal’s brow furrowed. “They were invited and they came. We’ve shown only kindness and welcome.” His silvery eyes flashed. “Unless you did something when you talked to them,” he added, lips drawn down.
“I did nothing.” His own excitement was hard to contain. He wanted nothing more than to enter the communal room and attempt to converse with his Chalice but now was not the time. He wished he knew more of their language, enough to tell her how pleased he was and how he hoped he could make her happy. Strange how he’d never worried about that in the past. In the before time, his Chalice would have been selected from the available females and they would have commenced their commitment to each other. If the Gods willed it, children would have blessed the union. He would have become regent with all the duties that title entailed and his Chalice would have ruled at his side. Now all he had to offer was his honor and his protection. Poor exchange for the life she could have had.
“She is too small,” Mordaq grumbled. “I told you she was.” The Warrior stared at the screen, gaze focused on the tiny Chalice. “Kormak did me no service.” His face changed, softened, avid interest flashed across his features. “Now there is a woman” he muttered.
In the center of the image screen, the giantess bent down and picked up a tray, strode to a table and sat down, seeming oblivious to anything or anyone. Tall and robust, tawny hair swept to the tips of her broad shoulders framing a strong but feminine face. His lips curved, a secret smile twisting his lips. The huge nourishment glands rose and fell with each inhalation. She picked up a utensil and began eating, strong white teeth peeking through her generous lips. Though she would not be his choice, Tegan could understand Mordaq’s attraction.
“Perhaps you could convince her breeder to trade.”
Mordaq whirled, astonished. “I would not treat either Chalice so unfairly,” he sputtered. “The tiny one was chosen for me. I could not dishonor her.”
“Perhaps she wasn’t made aware of that fact.” Vaux dropped down through an overhead escape hatch, landing with a soft thud. “I don’t think any of them were.”
Tegan studied the tech, noting the lines of concern webbing his drawn features. His heart skipped a beat. “What do you mean?”
The tech scratched his cheek, looking glum. “I’ve been going through more of Kormak’s logs, specifically the most recent, and I found something you need to see.”

Released March 30, 2012

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  1. P.L. Parker // May 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM  

    Good Morning Ladies - and thanks for hosting me. I do love my pink fuzzy slippers. What a great place!

  2. Jackie P // May 3, 2012 at 10:38 AM  

    Good morning! Can't wait to get my hands on the new book :) Sounds like a thrill ride!

  3. P.L. Parker // May 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM  

    Thanks Jackie! I had so much fun writing this book!

  4. Karen // May 3, 2012 at 11:30 AM  

    Sexy! This book looks to be quite the sizzler! I love reading damsel in distress stories and based on the cover of this one, I don't think I'll be dissapointed.

  5. Judy // May 3, 2012 at 12:31 PM  

    Sounds like this book is a the idea of abducted women being strong and in the end conquering in their own way. Good luck with it!

  6. P.L. Parker // May 3, 2012 at 12:40 PM  

    Thanks Karen and Judy! It is "spicy" but not so as to be erotica. Lots of fun stuff as well as adventure in there!

  7. Nightingale // May 3, 2012 at 12:54 PM  

    Loved the excerpt. Sounds like my kind of book.

  8. P.L. Parker // May 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM  

    Thanks Nightingale - what a cool avatar name!

  9. Patrice // May 3, 2012 at 1:34 PM  

    Enjoyed hearing and reading about your new book. Sounds like fun.
    Good wishes to you!

  10. P.L. Parker // May 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM  

    Thanks Patrice!

  11. Beth Trissel // May 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM  

    Hello hello! Welcome to the Fuzzies! This story sounds great. On my TBR.

  12. P.L. Parker // May 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM  

    Thank Beth - wonderful group over here!

  13. Mary Ricksen // May 3, 2012 at 4:44 PM  

    Hi Patsy! I just got my internet back from this morning!! Patsy is an amazing author and I especially love her time travel stories! Go girl!

  14. Mary Ricksen // May 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM  

    Your kinda guy Linda!

  15. P.L. Parker // May 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM  

    Thanks Mary! I've enjoyed visiting here.

  16. Scarlet Pumpernickel // May 3, 2012 at 9:01 PM  

    This excerpt has gottn my attention. I can't wair to read this. Welcome to the pink fuzzies, we're glad you stopped by to visit.

  17. P.L. Parker // May 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM  

    Scarlet - thanks for visiting and leaving a comment! Nice to meet you!

  18. Pamela Varnado // May 3, 2012 at 11:44 PM  

    Wow, this sounds like an awesome book. I love the excerpt and blurb and have added the story to my list of must-reads. Captive females on an alien spaceship. Sexy!!

  19. Rebecca Rose // May 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM  

    I am really looking forward to reading this book - the story is definitely intriguing! Best wishes and continued luck with your career!!

  20. P.L. Parker // May 4, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

    Thank you Pamela and Becky!

  21. Mary Marvella // May 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM  

    Sorry I didn't make it here Thursday! I was on the run!

    I'm so glad Mary R got you here! Very intriguing post!

  22. Author Roast and Toast // May 5, 2012 at 3:47 AM  
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  23. Hywela Lyn // May 5, 2012 at 3:50 AM  

    Apologies from me too, Patsy. As our Mary said, you're an amazing author and 'The Chalice' sounds wonderful, can't wait to read it

  24. Josie // May 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM  

    I'm late commenting (so sorry) but wanted to thank you for stopping by our blog, PL. Great excerpt!