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Riley’s Journey (Book 1, Riley’s Journey Trilogy) by @PLParker is a Binge-Worthy Book Festival Pick

Title: Riley’s Journey (Book 1, Riley’s Journey Trilogy)

Author: P.L. Parker

Genre: Time Travel Romance

Book Blurb:

The research project was only for an "extended period." No one said anything about forever! Deceived and betrayed, Riley is sent back 40,000 years to be the mate of a man she’d never before met. Her journey will take her into a world fraught with dangers—a world made more treacherous by savage beasts, primitive Neanderthals, and the incursion of the aggressive Cro-Magnon man. Surviving alone for five years in this vast wilderness, Nathan, along with his enormous dog, Demon, carve out a life in the perilous environment. Though thrown together by forces beyond their control, Riley and Nathan nevertheless find love—but can these two lost souls survive against such overwhelming odds?


Nathan took the horse’s reins from Riley, and amazingly, he trotted complacently after Nathan.

“Horse! You are sooo bear bait,” Riley muttered, hurrying to catch up.

By now, it was early afternoon and, as yet, no telltale sign of the newcomers’ expected pursuit surfaced. Nathan slowed the pace somewhat, for which Riley was exceedingly grateful, but kept the group moving. As they descended the range of hills surrounding the valley below, the air grew increasingly warmer, stirred by a slight breeze wafting up from the south. Vegetation thinned, causing Nathan further concern by their inability to stay within the covering tree line as they journeyed down. Once again, Riley was in control, or un-control, of the fractious pony, who continued his outward show of dissatisfaction with Riley’s leadership.

Nathan assumed position at the rear of the small troupe, guarding their backs, increasingly uneasy without the cover of the tree line. He knew the pursuers were close behind, nerve endings twitching in response. Demon stalked beside, watchful and alert, showing signs that he, too, sensed their presence. Nathan palmed a grenade thoughtfully. Observing his action, Riley’s clear green eyes widened in alarm.

Nervously, she licked lips chapped by long hours in the sun. “Did you see something?” she whispered.

“Not yet—but I know they’re close.” Years of combat experience and five years of surviving alone had molded him to this level of awareness. Every fiber pulsed with the realization that something would happen, and very soon! Watching Riley striding determinedly ahead, his heart constricted painfully, knowing without pretense what her unhappy fate would be if he didn’t survive. She was a beautiful woman, but the newcomers didn’t appear to hold women in very high regard, at least from what he observed during their raid on the others’ camp. Perhaps the fact that she was not a Neanderthal would give her some standing in their eyes.

“Don’t leave me alone!” Riley threw the words over her shoulder as if reading his mind. “If it looks like you won’t make it—end it for me, too!”

No response would make it past the huge lump that had mysteriously formed in this throat. Nathan nodded solemnly, not questioning her decision. It was different for him, he was a man. They would simply kill him, maybe some form of torture before, but ultimately he would die. She, however, would not fare so easily. History had not dealt gently with the fate of female captives.

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What’s the first binge-worthy book you read and why was it a must-read?

My first binge-worthy book was The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. If you like historical romance novels about the early conquests of England by the Vikings and the Normans, you like this one. Not all scenes were hearts and flowers, but definitely a satisfying romance.

To me, this book was hard to put down once I started reading it, and I suspect I’ve read it at least ten times since I first did.

What makes this a binge-worthy book?

"This imaginative story captivates with thrills and excitement that spin with every turn of the page. As the storyline with Riley and Nathan unfold, it is an experience that grips the reader as they try every way to find a survival pattern to keep them from any danger. This is a smashing good story with excellent writing." --The Romance Studio


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Author Biography:

I write stories full of romance and adventure where the heroes are alpha males and the women are strong and determined. I am a dreamer, an avid reader of fiction, a sometimes gardener and an inept crafter. I live in Idaho with my husband. I have three wonderful sons, two daughters-in-law, granddaughter and new baby grandson. I love to travel, but always return to my beloved Idaho. For many years, I performed and taught mid-eastern dance but as time passed, I decided to try my hand at a new endeavor - writing. I enjoy life and all its promises.

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