Care Bear Crisis

I interrupt what has been mostly self-promotional posts of late, to bring you something completely unrelated to books or writing, but something I feel a desire to share… my Care Bear Crisis.

You see those pictures there? Those are some of the stuffed animals that make up my Care Bear collection (I also have an Eeyore collection. These are things that sometimes surprise people. They are like “So… you collect Care Bears and Eeyores and you write about acid-tongued rats, giant ants and zombies?”). Jo, Dani and I live in a relatively small house and a couple years ago, in order to make more room for books, I boxed up my Care Bears and put them in storage. I wasn’t ready to sell or give them away, but at the same time I needed shelf space, so it seemed like a good compromise. Last month I decide to unbox them and find new homes for them. Well, most of them. I pulled Bedtime Bear and Swift Heart Rabbit out of the collection and tucked them in between Eeyores on that shelf. I couldn’t part with them.

Bedtime Bear is special to me because I have a complicated relationship with sleep. I love it, but for various reasons I tend to do too little or too much of it, and often at the times I’m not supposed to. Some of my worst recurring nightmares have involved falling asleep at work or struggling to stay awake and alert while doing things. Those probably sound like stupid things to have nightmares about but trust me, they suck. So Bedtime Bear had to stay.

So did Swift Heart. When I was a kid in the 80s and Care Bears were all the rage I really, really wanted one. Really. For one birthday my cousin and best friend Clinton gave me a knock-off Swift Heart Rabbit. He was so pleased to be able to give me that bunny and I loved it fiercely. My younger siblings and I shared a toy box and they didn’t love it in the same way I did. Eventually my bunny lost his ears, but I still loved him. Clinton killed himself when we were both sixteen, and that was as crushing as you can imagine and made the bunny even more precious. Unfortunately when I was about nineteen my dog destroyed that poor stuffy. So when I got myself a real Swift Heart Rabbit… well, you can imagine why I can’t bring myself to part with it.

Still, that left a lot of other stuffed animals that I was looking to re-home. The emails poured in. Care Bears from the 80s are pretty highly collectable (not as much as they used to be before they were all re-released, but still). The first one said “I want Tenderheart and Grumpy” and I looked at Tenderheart and I looked at Grumpy and I thought, “I can’t get rid of Grumpy!” so I emailed that person back and said “Grumpy’s not available, but Tenderheart is.” and he was like “No, I need both.” So they stayed.

Then the next email came in, “I’ll take Birthday Bear and Grumpy.” and I was like “Um…”

Long story made short(er) I couldn’t do it. I think I could have sold my collection as a whole but I couldn’t cannibalize it like that. I did sell a couple bears to a girl who wanted to give them to her collector little sister because, well, she didn’t want Grumpy for one thing LOL And for another, she was giving them to someone who would love them, but mostly I ended up putting Grumpy, Bedtime Bear and Swift Heart Rabbit up on the shelf with my Eeyores and tucking the rest back into storage.

My name is Rhonda, and I’m not a hoarder I swear. I just have a bit of a Care Bear problem…

Enchanted Book Promotions


Enchanted Book Promotions

Remember when I announced the Bewitching Book Tour and I said it was the first tour I was doing? This is the second 🙂 Enchanted Book Promotions is also responsible for running a one week tour for Aphanasian Stories. The itinerary looks like this:

May 20th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 21st: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books

May 22nd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

May 23rd: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

May 24th: Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

May 25th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

May 26th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Literary Me

I’ll be sure and let you know how both tours go and do a comparison post of some sort when they are through. in the meantime, I hope you’ll pop by some of the places I’ll be hosted at in the coming week.

Bewitching Book Tour

I wanted to do a virtual book tour for the release of Aphanasian Stories but April was so crazy I knew I wasn’t going to have time to set it up, so instead I booked a couple tours with websites who would do all that stuff for me 🙂 The first is the Bewitching Book tour. I’m going to be all over the interwebz on this one 🙂

Bewitching Book Tour - Aphanasian Stories

May 17 Guest blog
(I talk about time management and efficiency)
Romance on a Budget

May 17 Interview
(Where I talk about the oldest thing in my fridge)
Pembroke Sinclair.

May 20 Interview
(Where I answer a question about what I think of the editing in self-pubbed books)
Love in a Book

May 20 Spotlight
The Stuff of Success

May 21 Guest blog
(Where I talk about crafting, hoarding and how it relates to writing)
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

May 22 Guest blog and review
(All about ducks. It relates to writing too, honest)

May 22 Guest blog
(RPGs and writing)
Marsha A Moore’s Blog

May 22 Spotlight
Whatever You Can Still Betray

May 23 Interview
(I share a zombie poem and some writing advice)
Roxanne’s Realm

May 23 Spotlight
Faerie Tale Books

May 24 Interview
(I talk about my favourite books, authors and influences)
Books & Tales

May 24 Spotlight
Share My Destiny

But wait! There’s more! I’ve set up a giveaway that will run tour-wide over the next week. The winner will receive an autographed copy of Aphanasian Stories along with whatever Niteblade goodies I feel like tossing in. That’s likely to include postcards with free download links, magnets, pens–all sorts of things. You can earn entries for the giveaway by following me on Twitter (easy entry right there if you already do LoL), tweeting about the giveaway or leaving a comment on the blog which is hosting me. Perhaps best of all, you can get credit for leaving a comment everyday of the giveaway. Yay!

Please enter. I’ll feel unloved if no one enters and that wouldn’t be fun at all.

Aphanasian Stories Available at: (Physical and ebook) (ebook)
Also available on other Amazon sites, just search for ‘Aphanasian’.
Coming soon on Kobo and other formats.

Aphanasian Stories

Aphanasian Stories by Rhonda ParrishAphanasian Stories.

I’ve bundled up three of the stories I’ve written which were set in Aphanasia into a collection I have cleverly titled Aphanasian Stories, and it’s now available for you 🙂 Including in this collection of re-released stories are Lost and Found, which was originally given away here on this blog, A Love Story, which was originally published by Sam’s Dot Publishing as Shades of Green and Sister Margaret which was originally published by Wild Child Publishing.


A Love Story: Z’thandra, a swamp elf living with the Reptar, discovers a human near the village. When she falls in love with him, she faces the most difficult choice of her life, a decision that will affect the Reptar for generations.

Lost and Found: Xavier, the escaped subject of a madman’s experiments, and Colby, a young lady on a mission to save her brother, must combine their efforts to elude capture and recover the magical artifact that will save Colby’s brother before it’s too late.

Sister Margaret: A vampire hunter and a half-incubus swordsman are hired by a priestess to kill the undead pimp that is extorting, torturing and murdering vulnerable girls.


The physical copies of these books are fan-freaking-tastic, no word of a lie. The original art is the illustration I commissioned from Darek Zabrocki long ago for Lost and Found and Jo (my husband) had turned it into the sort of wrap around cover that dreams are made of (mine anyway). However, if you like to read electronic books I’ve got good news for you. The Kindle version of Aphanasian Stories is available for free for May 15th and 16th.

Enjoy 🙂

Published: Lost Miners

7 x 20 MagazineMy poem, Lost Miners, was published on Seven by Twenty today as a way of commemorating the anniversary of the Westray mining disaster.

Re-reading it now I can see that I made an error. It should be 26 pairs of boots, not 26 boots but it’s too late to change it now.

Sale: The Day After


My poem, The Day After, has been accepted for inclusion at Napalm and Novocain — a webzine which features poetry with a theme of romance’s aftermath. I don’t often write things which would fall into that category but in going through some of my old poems on Monday I discovered one which did.

I’m pleased to know it has found a home outside of my computer. And so quickly too. Talk about a fantastic response time LOL

Zombie Poem (and an exceptionally bad limerick)

I write a lot of zombie poems. In fact, I’m planning to self-publish a collection of zombie poems later this year. I was just going through some of my April Poem a Day poems from last year to see if there were any I hadn’t transcribed but should when I found this one. I’m going to share it here because I like it and thought you might too 🙂

I look at my meds and know
if walkers don’t kill me
lack of pharmaceuticals will

ETA: I found another one! I think I’ve mentioned before that for every publishable poem I write probably five which are not. They serve their purposes though, whether they are personal and cathartic or just straight-up silly and helping me to just get something on the page. I think you can guess which category this one falls into 🙂

There once was an old man named Hugh
who owned a hound dog he called Blue
Blue’s collar was perfumed and florid
to cover his breath which was horrid
because he loved eating cat poo