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The Chalice by @plparker is a Toasty Reads pick #scifiromance #sciencefiction #romance #giveaway

Title: The Chalice

Author: P.L. Parker

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

Book Blurb:

Decimated by the savage Deg’Nara and teetering on the brink of extinction, the last surviving males of the once great Chiagan-Se embark on a quest to salvage what is left of their civilization. They send their remaining seeker ships into the void, searching for genetically compatible females. Time is running out, but in the far reaches of the universe, a match is discovered.

One thousand panic-stricken women awaken years in the future, aboard an unmanned alien spacecraft bound for parts unknown.

The males thought they came willingly. The females believed they’d been kidnapped. Full of hopeful expectation, the males prepare for the arrival of their new mates. Terrified and furious, the women prepare for combat and when the two sides meet, the battle commences.


Consciousness roared to the surface. Panic-stricken, her eyes popped open. A scream lodged in her throat, silenced by the device embedded in her larynx. Heart rate accelerated, thumping at near-stroke levels. Breathing came in constricted gasps, blunted by the apparatus covering her face. Floating in a cage of opaque gelatinous liquid, she thrashed helpless, flailing at the tubes and wires encasing her in this nightmarish hell. Frenzied, uncontrollable, her hands impacted a solid wall of glass or clear plastic. Fingers clawed at the seamless shell. In slow motion, she pounded against the barrier, scratching at the oily partition. She was trapped—a captive! But why? How?

Beyond the walls of her prison, bizarre images wavered, dreamlike and indeterminate. Alien. Fantastic. Terrifying!

Her fear level rose to new heights. A pressing band of pain squeezed her chest. Heart attack! She was having a heart attack! She was going to die, locked forever in this surreal coffin.

A muffled rumble, much like the sound of a flushing toilet, reverberated through the walls of the pod. A hole in the floor materialized, draining the fluid in a loud whoosh. The air tube was wrenched from her throat. The cage popped open and she was thrown to the floor, landing face down in a freezing puddle of slimy goo. Naked and defenseless, she huddled in a knot of mindless misery.

Her stomach lurched. Bile rose in her throat and she retched, gagging at the foul taste. She wiped her lips with the back of her hand, suppressing the urge to scream hysterically. Around her on all sides, other naked forms were likewise expelled, the bodies flopping to the ground with loud, juicy smacks like so many netted fish. Female voices wailed or cursed, adding impetus to her unrestrained terror. Curling into a ball, she wept.

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Giveaway –

Enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card:

Open Internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon Canada account to win. Runs February 3 – February 13, 2023. Winner will be drawn on February 14, 2023.

Author Biography:

P.L. Parker was born and raised in Idaho where she lives with her three sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. She is an amateur Squatcher and can be found at times in the wilds of Idaho with her oldest son looking for the elusive creature.

Ms. Parker writes stories with alpha males and strong, determined women. Science fiction and time travel are her genres of choice but she has tried her hands at paranormal. Besides her stand-alone novels, she has three series: The Chimeras and The Star Brides, science fiction romances, and Time Warriors, time travel romances.

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Feb 07, 2023

My fave cozy warm book is Driven by K. Bromberg!


P.L. Parker
P.L. Parker
Feb 03, 2023

So happy to be here and have The Chalice included in this event! Thank you Mrs. N.


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N. N. Light
Feb 03, 2023

Thank you, P.L., for sharing your book in our Toasty Reads Bookish Event!

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