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Fun Facts About Dragons !


Did You Know?

Wyvern Dragons -

  • Have hollow bones
  • Have several gas bags in their chests helping them to fly
  • Have a bilateral hinge on their jaws allowing sideways movement
  • Can laugh mentally, and others will hear bells
  • Cannot land moving faster than they can run
  • Can create fire only because of certain minerals in their diet

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Aguiva Dragons -

  • Cannot see forward, only to the sides
  • Have to perform vertical takeoffs since they have no front legs
  • Although considered dragons, have more attributes like birds
  • Create plasma due to an inability to process certain chemicals
  • Are a direct descendant from the Pterosaurs

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Greetings from Mt. Drago!

 

A lot of questions have been asked already about the ending of “The Emerald Dragon” and the second book in the Dragomeir Series, “Flight of the Aguiva”. It does my heart good to know that interest in these novels is growing. Thank you so much! At the end of Emerald, a young Aguiva dragon is missing (That’s pronounced Ah-Geeva).   The first part of the story involves the disposition of said youngster. You’ll remember him from Emerald as Bullba, dragon to the rider, Analise.

A second Crystal Key is located, new species are discovered and Tanis gets to fly Demi on another planet. We get to learn more about Queen Mother and some of her kids (I didn’t say that out loud). I’ve had so much fun with these books and I hope you do too.

I wanted to reveal more on the impressions with book two; you know, how dragons find their riders and how the system works for everyone. Sometimes things are not what they seem and life gets tough. Tanis learns that the impressions don’t always work the way he thought they were supposed to. Especially with Aguivas. There’s lots of action, with a great deal of fighting and plenty of dragon fire. I’ll keep you posted on when the first few chapters will go online. So stay tuned to see what’s coming next!

The Vaping Saga – Episode 3

It took three months to get to a point where I could put the cigarettes down and walk away, so I didn’t start counting until then. I mean fair’s fair right? Every three months or so I would drop the amount of nicotine by about half. Every time I did, I vaped more for awhile, but I think that’s pretty normal. It eventually tapers off and goes back the more predictable amount. I started off vaping 24mg of nicotine and one year later I’m down to 3mg. I’d say that was progress. My endgame, my personal goal is to vape nicotine free.

Okay, so my device was pretty much top notch, and it occurred to me that the tank was and had been dropping the ball. The flavor I was supposed to be enjoying ceased after the first few minutes on a fresh refill. According to everyone on Youtube, it wasn’t the way it was supposed to work.

I tried just about every clearomizer there was, and admittedly some were better than others, but still could not be confused with the vaping version of the Holy Grail.

That was when I found the KayFun and the Russian 91%. These tanks feature rebuildable filter coils and cotton filtration. That means kanthall wire and cotton balls. High quality stuff at bargain basement prices, and I was elated. I could build my own coils the way I thought they should be built and they would work longer, better and every time. Check the image below.

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Vaping took on a whole new wrinkle and it changed how I do things again. Stay tuned and next week I’ll show you what that means. To see the KayFun in action check out this link -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIAlr5dRohI

The Vaping Saga – Episode 2

Well, now armed to the teeth with information gleaned from my research, I set out to upgrade my vaping setup. I had been using a very weak Ego style battery and a pen tank. Miserable to say the least, and let me hasten to add, miserable only in that it wouldn’t hold up to chain vaping which is what I had begun doing. I might as well have had it surgically implanted to my face. Doing without cigarettes was hard! For a bird’s eye view of round one and two from other peoples point of view, click here.

At my local neighborhood vape shop I spotted what I thought was the end all – do all and was mortified by the price. Back to the house and two hours later I had managed to find the little beauty online for half the amount. This device is called the Innokin SVD (Superior Vaping Device) Clever huh?

It took two weeks to get to my house and when it did I put the battery in, the battery I also found online for an extra charge, and it rocked my vaping world and it still does to this day. It is an excellent device, well built and sturdy. For an up close look at this device click here.

For those who do not wish to travel at the moment, just look below.

Innokin SVD DeviceOnce you make the plunge understand that for awhile it’s like grabbing a tiger by the tail. Devices like these need batteries and a charger… so it’s not just buying one thing, but several things. It turned out to be the best purchase I had made to date. Well worth it! Below you will also find images of the batteries and the charger.

Innokin SVD Batteries & ChargerNext week I’ll explain why it wasn’t enough and what I did next. Geez, I’ve turned into such a Geek! Hehehe

A Fantastic Day at Barnes and Noble!

Solitaire Parke and Shonna Slayton

Saturday was the BIG day! I just came away from the Science-Fiction/Fantasy Book signing event at Barnes & Noble (Phoenix, Arizona) and man oh man, was that an experience or what?

Eleven authors, myself included, participated with our books being featured during the Marvel and Science Fiction/Fantasy day. Hundreds of people in costume, some of which looked like they just walked off a movie set. They were actually that good! My sales went well and I got to meet a lot of interesting, and sometimes very odd people. It was noisy, boisterous and amazingly fun! I’ve got to give the staff at Barnes & Noble credit because the entire event was coordinated and extremely well managed from start to finish. They made us all feel welcome and treated us like super stars. I personally can’t wait to go back. It was suggested for me to wear a costume so I chose to go as Van Helsing and I’ve got to admit that I had a great time! Be sure to visit my Website and Facebook page for more photos of the day’s event!

 

The Vaping Saga – Episode 01

My family and I found ourselves in a vape lounge one year ago with little to no knowledge of E-Cigs other than what we had heard from friends. The staff there was about as helpful as tits on a boar hog, and worse, I hadn’t really done any research at that point so I didn’t even know what questions to ask. Through a whirlwind transaction, we had two E-Cigarettes, enough liquid for, the guy there said two weeks, but in reality for two people it was about three days, with an enormous bill to pay before leaving. Shown below is one of the units we purchased that day.

e-cigarette

I had no idea about the fluid except that the guy there said I needed it. He did however allow me to pick the flavor. Wasn’t that nice of him? Turns out it was a 60/40 blend with Propylene Glycol on the high side and Vegetable Glycerin on the low. My Nicotine level was at 18 mg. and it was supposed to simulate a Marlboro cigarette.

One week later it failed, and I took a trip down to the vape store where I was informed about the filter coil needing to be replaced. They hadn’t said a word about that when I purchased it. I was okay with buying them periodically, but I wasn’t okay with only hearing about it after the unit failed. Needless to say, I went on an all out campaign to learn everything about my new endeavor, and kicked myself in the butt for not doing it sooner. I knew better . . . well I thought I did.

What I’ve learned from all of this…

This kind of e-cig was a newbie money pit that was probably okay for the occasional smoker, but not for a person who was trying to depend on it for the total cessation of analog cigarettes. The battery which is listed in milliamp hours (MAH) on this unit was 450, or in the real world about 2 hours and will need a charge. The filter coil as it turns out was a big deal. It’s the “doojigger” that heats the liquid and causes the vapor that you breathe in. It didn’t take too much longer to realize I needed to purchase better equipment, and that the first round of hardware was what I thought I wanted, but was definitely not what I needed.

Join me next week for round two of this vaping saga as I explain where my excitement took me after I became a bit more knowledgeable. In the meantime, I encourage you to comment below and share your experiences and what you’ve learned about e-cigarettes!

BOOK SIGNING AT BARNES & NOBLE!!!

Book Signing @ Barnes & Noble

Hello All! I am having a book signing on Saturday, August 2nd, from 11:00 to 4:00 at the Barnes & Noble near Metro Center Mall in Phoenix, Arizona. This Barnes & Noble location is not in the mall, but a stand-alone store. The address and directions can be found HERE.

I will have physical copies of my new book, The Emerald Dragon available for purchase. I would love to personally sign it for you. If you purchase a physical copy of the book, you will also get a free t-shirt (while supplies last), and a bookmark will be included in each book.   I will also have available, cards that can be used to purchase the e-book version right there in the store. You can read the first 5 chapters of the book online HERE, if you would like a preview.

I will also have my mystery novel, Vengeance of the Wolf, along with my book of poetry called Tapestry available for sale. E-books can be purchased for these as well.

It is Sci-Fi Fantasy Day at the store on August 2nd, so feel free to dress up as well! It will be a fun day, come on by to say hello and enjoy yourself!

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, August 1st! ~

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!

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