Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What Madness Is This?

It would take a very brave soul to put me on a LIVE blog talk radio show, huh? Madness, you say??? Well, hold on to your bloomers, kids! CL Parker is going to be live on the Malliard Report March 26th at 9 PM EST**

This will be my third appearance on the show. Why do I keep going back? Because I keep getting invited. I think I keep getting invited because the host, Jim "Duckboy" Malliard (yes, I gave him that name - Duckboy, not Jim), secretly likes it when I make him blush. I agree to the repeat visits because I like to see if I can outdo myself. You know, raise the bar a little higher until Duckboy just can't take it anymore. Takes him months to recuperate. Bless him . . . 

Besides, he wouldn't dare muzzle me for fear I'd bite his freaking hand off and he'd get a raging case of rabies. See what I did there? Muzzle + bite + raging + rabies? Because animals who get rabies bite and are supposed to be all mean and stuff?

.......... cricket, cricket, cricket ..........

Hello? *taps microphone* Is this thing on? I just called myself a female dog and no one got that? Shut it, Duckboy!

So, um anyway . . . I suppose we should do this thing:

**Warning/Disclaimer: CL Parker is likely to say anything and no question is off limits. She has no shame. You should know this by now. Ergo, sensitive ears might want to skip this one. She's naughty, this one.

There you have it! I'd LOVE to fill up the chat room on this one. Won't you help me overwhelm the Duckboy?


Saturday, February 2, 2013


I’ve just sat here for quite a while, trying to come up with a title and opening to this blog that’s adequate enough to capture the epicness of the announcement I’m about to make. And then I finally realized none of the above exists, so I’m just going to say it.

The following was announced in The Publisher's Marketplace on Thursday:

C.L. Parker's fan fiction success THE MILLION DOLLAR DUET, pitched as a modern-day erotic PRETTY WOMAN, to Shauna Summers at Ballantine, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Alexandra Machinist at Janklow & Nesbit (NA).

Most of you know that I started writing Twilight fan fiction as a way to hone my writing skills before I eventually published the Supernova Saga. Well, while writing the first book, Supernova, I needed a smut outlet. Million Dollar Baby was that. (the published title is still to be determined)

Originally, I’d had no intention of publishing M$B, but lately, I’ve hit a bit of writer’s block on my new series. Real life issues made my mojo go a bit limp (personal problem, I know). Publishing M$B was supposed to be my Viagra of sorts. I figured the time was right, and loads of readers had been flooding my inbox, asking me to publish it in light of all the other fanfics that have been hitting the shelves.

Why not? So, I set about the process of self-publishing.

It was during a chat with my gal pal, Darynda Jones (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Charley Davidson series) that something much bigger came about. I’d told her about my new adventure and she’d stopped me dead in my tracks, asking me to hold off on self-publishing. Darynda can be quite convincing when she wants, the vixen.

Next thing I knew, THE Alexandra Machinist (VP literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates) was ringing my phone and overnighting me a contract. Less than two weeks later, a super sweet deal was on the table for THE MILLION DOLLAR DUET, the above announcement was made, and THE Shauna Summers (senior editor at Ballantine, Random House Publishing Group) was chatting me up.


Y’all, I have the same editor as Suzanne Brockmann, Lara Adrian, and Karen Marie Moning!!!! Aaaannnnd, I have the same agent as Darynda Jones!!!! 

I knoooooowwwwww!!!! It's got me doing this . . . 

Won't you join me?