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To Vape or Not To Vape (That is the Question)

Whether or not to vape was a pretty heavy question for me, but that was almost a year ago. August 3rd, 2014 marks the official one year anniversary without so much as one analog (Tobacco) cigarette. I have learned a lot about e-cigs along the way. Like, very few sales people will actually tell you anything unless they think you’re going to buy something and they don’t care what you buy. Buy the wrong device and…bad experience which leads to the return to tobacco, buy the wrong kind of e-liquid and… bad experience which leads to the return to tobacco, have the only battery you own conk out and you find yourself at a convenience store purchasing a pack of smokes.   It’s tough…but it can be done. Over the next few weeks I thought I would share some of the blunders as well as the good fortunes concerning what to buy, how to use it and methodology that helped me quit cigarettes. This is a whole new world for me and I hope that some of the enthusiasm will rub off on others that are struggling with one of the world’s worst addictions available on the free market.

For openers stay away from pen style throw away tanks and clearomizers. Admittedly they’re cheap, but cheap being the operable word. Don’t waste your time and hard earned money on ego style batteries. Their power is limited, inaccurate, and short lived.

My suggestion for a suitable replacement to these would be something on the order of the SVD or MVP by Innokin. Both of these and many others like them are regulated devices that will produce the same results each time you take a puff. My suggestion for a tank would be something like the Kanger Tech Pro Tank 2 or anything similar to it. For those of you out there ready to jump to the next level, I would suggest a rebuildable atomizer like the Kayfun or the Russian 91%.

In regards to liquids…it’s kind of subjective, but some people tolerate Propylene Glycol and vegetable glycerin and some don’t. PG fluids have a thinner base and burn cooler. VG fluids are thicker and burn hotter. If you’re unsure…start off with a fifty-fifty mixture and experiment. The only other substances in the e-liquid are nicotine (optional) and food flavoring.

In the upcoming weeks I’ll start breaking all this stuff down with a brief history of how it affected me. Remember, we’re all different and the results can and will vary. The bottom line is…try to have fun, it’s easier to beat the habit than you think.

Here, There Be Dragons!

The Emerald Dragon by Solitaire Parke

Hello fellow readers and writers!  This is the illusive Solitaire Parke. Yes, I am back from the dead and raring to go!   Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way and I am ashamed to say that my social media has suffered because of it. The Emerald Dragon,” Book One of the Dragomeir Series is finally finished and is now available in various formats at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Lulu, Kobo, Apple i-bookstore, and Smashwords.

I would like to thank all of those who have supported and followed me on this journey and look forward to interacting with you all again. With special thanks to our “Emerald Dragon Character Contest Winners,” Jacob Overton and Joe Russomanno, for their incredible character entries and their patience to receive their signed copies! Gentlemen . . . It’s time to start your engines!

~ The Emerald Dragon – Official Book Launch, Friday, July 25th! ~

In order to make this a successful book launch, however, I could really use your help with spreading the word. From now until our official book launch, I would love to include anyone interested in the following:

  • Blog Tour posts
  • Guest posts
  • Blog swaps
  • Interviews
  • Book Reviews (Free Copy with Honest Review – first 25)
  • Contests

In return for your interest and kindness, please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist and/or support you in your endeavors. For those interested, please email me at cc@solitaireparke.com.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

Stay tuned for a calendar of events to keep you current on what’s happening with the Dragomeir Series!

The Next Big Thing – Authors Tagging Authors!

The Next Big Thing – Authors Tagging Authors!

I am thrilled to take part in The Next Big Thing: Authors Tagging Authors! I was tagged by the fantastic Caron Rider and I’m excited to keep this going! So now I have to answer the questions below, tag a new set of 5 authors, then they answer, tag authors, etc. I’m answering questions about my Urban Fantasy novel, The Emerald Dragon, coming soon!

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What is the working title of your book?
The Emerald Dragon, Book One of the Dragomeir Series

Where did the idea come from for the book?
It came from an incredibly vivid dream that I had.  I thought that it was time for not only books about dragons, but to explain that dragons are actually smarter than we are and interact at the human level.

What genre does your book fall under?
Urban Fantasy

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Main character – Tanis:  Viggo Mortenson
Queen Mother : Morena Baccarin
Demi – human form: Dakota Fanning
Basiliskos – human form: Ving Rhames
Invectum – human form:  Chris Hemsworth
Dragons – in dragon form: Themselves

And for the authors I have tagged:

Eden Baylee, Author of Spring Into Summer
Kay Glass, Author of Just One Bite
Michelle Muto, Author of Don’t Fear the Reaper
Alex Laybourne, Author of Highway To Hell
J.A.  Schneider, Author of Embryo

Many thanks to my friend and fellow Indie Author Caron Rider for tagging me! I hope you’ll keep it going…there are so many talented authors out there!

Watch Out For the Peanut Butter!

Peanut Butter Recall

Tanis and Demi contacted me with what I thought was a joke.  Okay, so I’m not laughing now, but anyway…several people at Mt. Drago have recently gotten sick, and I mean really sick.  Turns out it’s the peanut butter.  Not every brand, and there are some that don’t have Salmonella.  Yeah, you heard me.  Nearly all of the food that gets eaten by the people at the mountain comes from the outside world.  From the same manufacturers as the ones you buy for your family.  This is a wake-up call to all of our friends and their friends.  Contact your local food stores and inquire.  Get on-line and do some research.  I’m going to give as much information as I’ve found, but I need you guys to spread the word.  Little kids aren’t supposed to die from peanut butter.

The manufacturer that seems to have the highest number of recalls is Sunland, but it doesn’t stop there, oh no not by a long shot.  Okay, let’s take this one step at a time.  The first thing you need is a web address to prove to yourself the severity of which I speak.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/MajorProductRecalls/SunlandNutSeedProductRecalls/default.htm

The above address will show you the number of products that have been recalled and a lot of other pertinent information.  This is not restricted to just Sunland, it has become more widespread with multiple companies such as: Justin’s and General Mills among others.  Please check your recently purchased food to make sure you don’t have one of the recalled items.  Thank you for listening to Tanis, Demi, and of course…me.

Emerald Dragon Update

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Hello everyone! Yes, it is the elusive Solitaire Parke! The Emerald Dragon is taking a tad longer than I had expected, so I thought I would drop you a note and let all the people that have supported this project know that we’re still working very very hard at completing it.  In the last week, I have finished inserting the two new characters created by the contest winners, Jacob and Joe.  The new personalities have enhanced the book beyond my wildest expectations!  The new characters, Hellop and Sergei, managed to insert themselves within the story in a seamless fashion, which pleased me very much.  Both of them have taken up life in Mt. Drago and get along with Tanis and Queen Mother as well.  Even Demi got in on the act and has reminded me several times to make sure that these two gentlemen receive Holders of Things.  Now that we’re down to the last chapter, the enthusiasm in my house has reached epic proportions and I am working feverishly to get to the last line.  After that, as everyone knows, there are several waves of editing and potential rewrites.  When it gets to this last phase I will try to keep you apprised of an ETA as well as up and coming contests and free giveaways.  Once again, a huge thank you goes out to all that have supported this project.  Keep checking back because there are a lot of fun things coming!!!

Tanis vs. Ironman…So You Wanna Know Who Won, Huh?

So I’m sure you’ve been wondering what the outcome would’ve been between Tanis and Tony Stark aka Ironman. Well, I received word from Tanis just yesterday that he and Tony decided to go ahead and duke it out! I’ll let Tanis tell you all about it…
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Tanis vs. Ironman

It seemed kinda silly to me, and Demi advised me not to do it…but there’s each man’s honor at stake here.  After reading the comments on Solitaire’s blog, Tony wasn’t too pleased to hear that so many thought the Emerald Warrior could take him. I must admit that I was honored and surprised to hear it myself.  So, when Tony suggested we lay this one to rest, I said yes to the challenge! The Emerald Warrior vs. Iron Man…has a nice ring to it, I think, and after talking with Tony about the proposed battle, he agreed too.  He was a bit more animated about it, but hey, that’s Tony, right?

                So, we interviewed a variety of different locations, all of which were away from civilization.  We didn’t want anyone to get hurt, except maybe each other, and Tony thought how apropos it would be for me to lose in my own desert.  Pretty nice of him really, and I don’t mind the home court advantage.

                We set up shop one hundred miles away from Mt. Drago, while Queen Mother and Pepper watched from a remote location with equipment that both Tony and I contributed toward their convenience.  Safer too.

                Walter and I never take first blood, and after having said that, Tony shot me with one of those energy bolts that emits from his hands.  So much for how this was going to get started.  He had to have known those things weren’t going to do much damage, if any.  Walter negated Tony’s electromagnetic shield and I fired our Disruptor.  It slammed into Iron Man’s stomach and flipped him end over end until he hit an outcropping.  His rocket boosters activated and he was up off the ground in a heartbeat.  Seems that his shield was a bit quicker than we thought.

                A moment later all I could see was a wall of flame as it engulfed my suit.  Well, it engulfed itself around my suit; you see my proactive transmutational shield deflects almost everything.  Things could take all day at this rate, so I unleashed the sonic resonator and collapsed the ground underneath him.  One second he was there, and the next… Walter fired a rocket to cave the newly formed hole in, and presto bingo, no more Iron Man and no more hole in the ground.

                A rumbling started pretty much where I was standing, and I had a bad feeling, so we went airborne to wait.  Sure enough, a few seconds later I could see the top of his red and gold helmet rising up from the cavern we’d sunk him into.  Just from his actions you could tell he was angry, not that I blamed him, but energy started waving off of him like invisible underwater currents.  They pummeled me backward, and before we could alter our weight, we went down and he was all over me like a cheap tuxedo.  Screens popped up inside my helmet telling me how much impact force was being exuded against me, and it was way more than I was comfortable with.  I tried to punch in return, but it’s hard to do when you’re on your back.  The faders that started off green and in the normal range, suddenly turned red telling me we were in trouble.

                Neither one of us could see the other’s face so I had no idea how much rage he was experiencing, but if the sounds coming from his helmet were any indication, then he was really pissed.  That was when the idea hit me.  I told Walter to make it look as if we had overheated, and vent all of the internal atmosphere.  The minute he did, Tony pulled back sensing his victory, and we chose that moment to reverse our electromagnetic polarity.  Walter fired a Disruptor immediately into the Arc Reactor on Tony’s chest and he flew backwards, hitting the ground hard.  He attempted to get up, but I could tell he was having more problems than he could overcome.

                I walked over to him and wrenched his helmet off, knowing that without that piece, he couldn’t talk to Jarvis.  Tony’s onboard computer co-pilot may only be a computer program, but it’s a damn good one, and I didn’t want it to come up with some hair brained method to damage me.

                A long story short…victory goes to me, Tanis…the Emerald Warrior.  Sorry to all the Iron Man fans out there, but this ain’t no movie, or as I recently saw on YouTube; Reality hits you hard bro! ;)

~ Tanis Theatra aka The Emerald Warrior

Tanis Vs. Ironman – Who Do You Think Would Win??

Hello again!  I have been having an enormous amount of fun with “The Emerald Dragon”.  The contests, giveaways and new characters that some of the readers conjured up for me.  It should have come as no surprise to me that comparisons would happen in regard to Tanis’ suit and the legendary Ironman.  So in the spirit of fair play, and even more fun than we’ve had so far, I have agreed to a match between the two behemoths to determine which warrior is the greater of the two.  That’s right, a battle of the titans of technology!  Green and Silver vs. Red and Gold.  Oh, don’t worry, no one’s going to get hurt, but we’ll finally know which is the greater of the two.

Tanis Vs. Ironman
So, here’s how it works…Examine the arsenal for Tanis (The Emerald Warrior) and Ironman; what do they bring to bear? You might even find that the two are not as similar as you think. Now let’s pit the two together in combat! Crank up the lists, set up the arena and may the best man win!

Tanis Theatra…The Emerald Warrior

His weapon system has also changed over the years, but the basics of Tanis’ arsenal are all based on Transmutational energy. The armor itself is powered by microscopic transmuters that control the plates comprising the Advanced Encounter Suit (A.E.S.). In the de-reticulated configuration, all the plates move into the disc that resides on Tanis’ chest. The onboard Artificial Intelligence, “Walter”, resides in the center of the disc and controls what the suit does when Tanis is too occupied to run in the manual mode. Each microscopic plate moves in a preprogrammed sequence until the suit hermetically seals. Because of this, the suit can withstand space or submergence in water. The environment inside the suit is also controlled by the Artificial Intelligence. His weapons are listed below:
Tony Stark…The Ironman

The weapons systems of the suit have evolved over the years, but Ironman’s suit has always been powered by an Arc Reactor (Uni-beam Projector) located in Tony’s chest. The onboard Artificial Intelligence, “Jarvis”, was initially what ran the internal systems of Stark’s home, but was later uploaded into his armor (or at least according to the 2008 movie). Jarvis also controls the Heads Up Display (H.U.D.). The suit utilizes hard rocket propellant to achieve flight and has an internalized air tight environment which can withstand space or submergence in water. His weapons are listed below:
  • Tipped darts (Causing unconsciousness for fifteen minutes) (Fired from the top of the gauntlets)
  • Repulsors (Fired from the top of the gauntlets) (Generates a controlled waveform and can be used as a shield)
  • Disruptors (Fired from the gloves)
  • Rockets (Fired from shoulder launchers)
  • Sonic Resonator (Fired from the chest)
  • Light Spectrum Enhancer (L.S.E.) (A strong burst of light)
  • Rocket Thrusters for flight (R.B.13) (Located in the gloves and boots)
  • Mobile Transmitter (Line of Sight Matter Transference)
  • Controlled Gravity (Up to 50,000 lbs. or down to negative gravity)
  • Repulsors (Hand Units used for propulsion and steering)
  • Kinetic Energy Beam
  • E.M.P (Electromagnetic Pulse) Generator
  • Ultra Freon (Freeze Beam)
  • Magnetic Field (Creates and controls)
  • Sonic Blaster
  • Holographic Generator (To Create Decoys)
  • Missile Launcher
  • Multi-Targeting Ballistic Weapon
  • Lasers (Fired from his chest)
  • Energy Field
  • Rocket Boost for flight

Now that you have examined each…Which has the better arsenal? Who would beat who? Who do you believe would win and why! I look forward to reading your comments! :)

Congratulations to the Winners of the “Holder Of Things” Giveaway!

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Thank you to all that participated in the giveaway! Congrats to Wulfie and Sherry, they have won their choice of either a coffee mug or 16×20 poster featuring the one and only “Demi” from the up and coming first Dragomeir novel“The Emerald Dragon”!

Stay tuned for more “Holder Of Things” giveaways as well as some exciting posts featuring many other characters from “The Emerald Dragon”!

Wishing you all a fun and safe weekend! :)

Don’t Miss Your Chance To Win!

Holder Of Things Giveaway
Holder Of Things Giveaway

Don’t miss your chance to win some exciting swag featuring the one and only “Demi” from the up and coming first Dragomeir novel“The Emerald Dragon”! Two lucky winners will have a chance to win either a coffee mug or a 16×20 poster! The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, 9/7/12! Just leave a comment with your email address and the answers to the three questions below!

  1. What are the most common items found in a “Holder Of Things”?
  2. Who typically gives a dragon their special “Holder of Things”?
  3. “Holders Of Things” are usually found where?

The winners will be announced Saturday, 9/8/12!
Oh, and please, don’t be shy! Demi just loves to hear from her friends online! :)

 

Can You Tell Me What a “Holder Of Things” Is?

I think it’s about time I give you an update on what’s happening with the Dragomeir Series!

  • Moving right along with “The Emerald Dragon”…the contest winners’ characters have been an absolute blast to write into the story!
  • The first draft of  “The Emerald Dragon” should be done in about a month – currently at page 350! Woohoo!
  • Lots of exciting blog posts in the works and some killer giveaways! Speaking of giveaways…

Demi tells me that I have waited long enough to post the first giveaway! :) She tells me that two lucky winners will have a chance to win either a coffee mug or a 16×20 poster featuring the prettiest emerald dragon in Mt. Drago…well, the only emerald dragon in Mt. Drago…still stumped?? Demi of course! :)

Holder Of Things Giveaway

For your chance to win, leave a comment with the answers to these three questions:  (If you need some help, you can find the answers in the second chapter of “The Emerald Dragon”)

  1. What are the most common items found in a “Holder Of Things”?
  2. Who typically gives a dragon their special “Holder of Things”?
  3. “Holders Of Things” are usually found where?

Please be sure to leave your email address in your comment! This giveaway will end Friday,  9/7/12.

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