Monthly Archives: July 2014

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!

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