08 April 2010

Excerpt Thursday: P.L. Parker

This week on Excerpt Thursday we're featuring an excerpt for P.L. Parker's time travel Oregon Trail romance, AIMEE'S LOCKET. Join us on Sunday when she'll be here to talk about her research and inspiration, as well as give away a copy. Don't miss it! Here's the blurb:

The antique ivory locket was the key!

Exquisite and enchanting, it drew Aimee like a magnet. Though the locket cost every spare penny she had, it was money well spent--or so she thought! Catapulted by the locket to the year 1847, Aimee finds herself alone in St. Louis, Missouri, the jumping off site for the Oregon Trail. The much touted slogan "Go West Young Man" takes on new meaning. Seattle, her home in the present, was a distant dream, and unless she found a suitable male willing to wed, Aimee would be left behind when the emigrant train left for the Oregon Territory. Penniless and without recourse, Aimee's choices were few.

Jake Marshall, scout for the Markham Party, was the perfect, if unwilling, choice. Undaunted by his initial rudeness, Aimee entices him to the alter with the promise of her diamond earrings as payment, thereby securing her passage on the wagon train, and embarking on a chain of events that would ultimately end in the far reaches of the great American West.

"Sure you don't want to take me up on my offer?" Jake's teasing was old.

"You wish!" She huffed and stalked out, forgetting to check the hallway first and banged into a boarder walking by. A lascivious leer devoured her, replacing the boarder's previously blank expression.

"Looking for customers?" He smacked his bulbous lips, reminiscent of an overeager suckerfish. "I just might be interested."

Her shoulders drooped in disgust. "You are soooo sickening." She glared at him. "How about you get out of my face before I ream you a new orifice?"

Startled, the man's mouth flew open as he gaped in surprise.

Jake stepped into the hallway and lowered his voice to sound ominous in the ensuing silence. "The lady was just returning to her room. I suggest you do the same."

The hapless man barely glanced at his threatening stance before he scurried down the hall. Jake's lips twitched. He couldn't blame him. He'd made the same offer more than once today. But, damn, if she wasn't a feisty piece of woman. At least she hadn't threatened to ream him a new orifice--whatever that was.

"Thanks...again! Seems like all I do is thank you for one reason or another." Aimee hesitated, appearing unsure. Her vulnerability stirred deeper feelings in him, making him uncomfortable. "I've had more creepy offers from more creepy men in one day than I've had in my entire lifetime!"

"If you keep running around in your underclothes, it's pretty much what you can expect."

He followed her across the hall. "Stay in there and don't answer the door, and if anyone bothers you--scream. I'll hear it."

She slipped into her room and pivoted, staring up at him. "Why are you helping me?"


Delia DeLeest said...

This sounds great! I love time travels

P.L. Parker said...

Thanks Delia - time travel seems to be my forte. I try to write other things but they always end up being time travels in one way or another.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Patsy,
Sounds like a great story I love anything to do with the Wild West. Apologies for being late.

P.L. Parker said...

Hi Margaret - thanks for stopping by. This was my first attempt at an American West time travel. Most of mine end up waaayyyyy back. Unusual historicals fits me perfectly.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Hi Patsy,

The Wild West and Time Travels are a favorite of mine. I know this one will be a winner, too. I sure enjoyed your other time travel, Heart of a Sorcerer.

Take Care,

Theresa N. said...

I'd love to read this, it seems like ages since I've read a time travel novel.
Theresa N

P.L. Parker said...

Good morning everyone - Karen, Theresa. Thanks, Karen, for the good words. It's Sunday at 8:00 a.m. our time. My eyes aren't open yet and no coffee, but I'm somewhat awake. I've always loved time travel - what could be more exciting than traveling to the past and meeting a gorgeous hunk. In reality, I suspect most of the "hunks" would be "hulks." Things we take for granted these days and view as appealing (bathing, good teeth, nice breath)just wouldn't be found too often way back when. In the 1800's, a woman might wash her hair once a month. My head itches just thinking about it. But be that as it may, the dream is there and while I wouldn't want to live back when, I'd love the opportunity to travel back for awhile and see. Anyway, I'm here and looking forward to visiting.

Judy said...

This sounds like a great read!! I love time travel books, movies, etc., ever since I watched Somewhere in Time!!


P.L. Parker said...

I love Somewhere in Time as well. Actually, I think my first love of time travel came when I saw the original version of The Time Machine back in the late 50's or early 60's - with Yvette Mimieux and Rod Taylor. I was a little girl but I loved that movie.

I am at the moment finishing up a sequel to Riley's Journey. Calling it Into the Savage Dawn.

Barbara said...

Well, I will join the group as I love time travel too, i just want to be able to come home, none of this getting stuck somewhere (unless I want). The old west stories are great, I don't know how they did it. Now if i could time travel and be younger when I do it--wow! Your book sounds great.

P.L. Parker said...

Thanks Barbara. Getting younger is good. I could handle that. Time seems to be slipping by faster and faster all the time.

P.L. Parker said...

The Oregon Trail has long been of interest to me. Living in Idaho, I've grown up with the stories of the pioneers' journey west, their hardships and their triumphs. As 1847 isn't too far back, it was easy to follow the path of the early settlers, ergo, "Aimee's Locket" was conceived. Again, I researched the internet, but I've even taken a tour with a historical guide along the Oregon Trail which borders Idaho and Oregon. Our guide, Percival Wood, us to a spot where a family of emigrants' journey finally ended. This site is located near Huntington, Oregon. These emigrants were part of a small group of families who were first attacked by Indians near what is now American Falls. Losing everything, the family hid in the reeds by the river and then continued on foot. Two young men rode to the nearest fort for help and did survive. The father kept his family together until the Indians struck again just outside Huntington and their suffering ended. The bones were so decalcified due to starvation, it was almost a miracle their gravesite was ever found.

Mary Ricksen said...

Aimee's Locket was a wonderful story in my favorite genre! The imagery, the thrill of the unknown, the excitement of new love, brought us a phenomenal story of courage and heart.

P.L. Parker said...

Thanks Mary - and from one time travel writer to another - that is high praise. Mary's time travel, Tripping Through Time, is another one you all should check out.