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About S.L. Parker
S.L. Parker is the author of the BikiniBooks Series, a selection of short stories, featured on Amazon.com/kindle. The stories are designed for readers who desire a brief encounter with a delicious tale. Featured in the collection are "The Fire in Tallulah's Belly", "Eve's Eden", and "The Selchies of St Martin", and the newly released "Kismet's Curse". She enjoys writing novels, as well; "Lilies in the Bayou" is forthcoming on Kindle Books.
She inherited the art of storytelling at a young age from sitting at the feet of the masters; her flamboyant southern aunts and uncles. From their Kentucky porches she listened as each took turns spinning the most outlandish tales. So storytelling is in her blood. Her middle school students quickly learn that, "Tell us a story, Mrs. Parker", stops most traditional classroom lectures. She is then compelled to teach using her Kentucky Porch Approach; teacher in big comfy chair with students at her feet listening to slices of life.
Her undergraduate work is from Western Kentucky University and she received her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University in Illinois. She resides and teaches in the midwest.
Eve’s Eden: When Eve Abram, an artist, inherits her mother’s wedding trousseau after her mother dies in a horseback riding accident, she discovers a wedding dress, and passports to Lisbon; proof of her mother’s plans to leave her father to run away with Jorge Campino, her horseback-riding trainer. Eve’s search for selfhood, for self-discovery, and for identity flies in the face of her own mother’s struggle with sense of family.
The Selchies of St. Martin : This is the tale of Pinni Roane, a selchie, who reaps the consequences of poor judgment when she convinces her sistren-seals to spend the night moonbathing in human form on a beach. When their seal-furs are stolen, they are fated to become dutiful wives to the fishermen who capture them. Pinni can only hope that her daughter Lucy uses the best of her seal-skills to return happily to the sea. This story is told in folktale fashion and reflects the difficult decisions that mothers make about their daughters.
The Fire in Tallulah’s Belly: Tallulah Dumas and her sister, Labella, were fire and Chenier oak. Mostly Tallulah was the oak, and had lain dormant until her sister, Labella, ignited upon the sleepy gulf town of St. Martin. Tallulah didn’t know it yet, but Labella would taunt Greyling Roane, one of town’s premier residents, like he was a fat pig on a spit fire. It is an action-packed story of the angst and conflict of two Creole sisters; one brown, one white; one rich, and one dangerous. One sister must stop the other as they both use their garden of pretty poisons for financial gain.
Kismet’s Curse: Kismet King hasn’t been sane since the disappearance of her five year old son, Diggory. People don’t know it, but twenty years later she is still screaming his name, silent screams that seep out in little ways. But when she happens upon some mysterious antique jewelry, she gains a chance to be granted her deepest desire. This is a tale of a broken woman’s struggle to overcome the guilt of losing her son and the gut-wrenching decisions she must make to find closure to her past.
The Thief: Once when Sarah Knave wore a pair of exquisite earrings with an aquamarine center to an interview, she landed a job, and a new husband. This is the richly engaging tale of a woman who struggles intensely with the guilt of stealing her husband from another woman. Kryptonic guilt so weighty, that it begins to distort her beautiful features. She becomes desperate, taking a job at a jewelry store, hoping the magical gems stored in the back safe can somehow stir the atmosphere. But somehow she gets involved with a new co-worker, Clive Curse who leads her down a path to destruction. How she overcomes her collision with Clive, and how she deals with her guilt, sets her on the tumultuous road to redemption.
On Craggy’s Cliff: David Curse returns to Orleans’s Parish from Basic Training to bury his father, who he thought was long dead. He discovers that his father faked his own death years before. Only David does not return home alone, he brings his new fiancée, Eve. His plans to introduce his new fiancé to two women backfire during his father’s cliff-side funeral, bringing out the bigotry in one and the jealousy in the other.
The Circle of Motherhood: It is the tale of Dottie Fulton, a woman who takes care of her elderly mother while working full-time. She barely has time to pursue her own dream, which is to enter her paintings into an art show at the cultural center.
The Selchies of St. Martin is told in folktale fashion, and reflects the decisions that mothers make about their daughters; along with the decisions that humans make about the treatment of animals. This story was inspired by an article about the extinction of the Caribbean Monk Seal in the 1940’s.
Set on a beautiful Kentucky horse farm, Eve’s Eden is a contemporary short story. Eve’s search for selfhood, for self-discovery, and identity flies in the face of her own mother’s struggle with sense of family.
Tallulah Dumas and her sister, Labella, were fire and Chenier oak. Mostly Tallulah was the oak, and had lain dormant until after a devastating hurricane hit last month. So when the focus of the locals had been on restoring the beauty of the bayou, her sister, Labella, ignited upon the sleepy gulf town of St. Martinville. Tallulah didn’t know it yet, but Labella would taunt Greyling Roane, one of town’s premier residents, like he was a fat pig on a spit fire.
The Fire in Tallulah’s Belly is a story of the angst and conflict of two Creole sisters; one brown, one white; one rich, and one dangerous. One sister must stop the other as they both use their garden of pretty poisons for financial gain.