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Thanks for visiting this site. I hope you enjoy the writing here. There are stories, poems and reviews.

What you’ll find on this website are often first drafts and I’d be happy to receive your comments. One of the pages contains the first chapter of my children’s book, The Green Book. You can get a hard copy from Amazon (including kindle) or Lulu. I have revised the cover because I wasn’t quite happy with it, so if you’ve already bought it, I haven’t changed the content. The story is suitable for children from about 4 – 11. It’s about a magic book that helps Alana through the trials of everyday life. You get to know her family and friends. There are twelve short stories that make up the novel and it’s suitable to ‘share read’ with reluctant readers. The next in the series, ‘Tiny Tyrannosaurus‘ is now published and is available from Amazon (inc Kindle) and Lulu. Again the first chapter is included in one of my pages.

If you’re interested in poetry I’ve just published, ‘Nature’s Gold‘. Many of the poems celebrate the beauty of our world, but there is also a mixture of humorous and serious (but not heavy) poetry. It’s written to be accessible to everyone. I hope you enjoy it. Poetry is a particular passion of mine.

The Mermaid is also available from good bookshops and the above online retailers. It’s a book of short stories, which I hope you enjoy.

It doesn’t seem fair that if you’ve bought the book you should have to pay to read it on your kindle, so I’ve made my books free on kindle if you’ve purchased the paperback book.

Do get in contact with your feedback. I’d love to hear from you.

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TF CoverJust a reminder that all my ebooks are free on Kindle Unlimited. If you’re buying then the children’s books are 99pence and the adult ones are £2 or £1.99. There are paperback versions available. Take a look here. The Truth Finder is a YA novel about Earth in the fifth millennium and a young man called Vrail, who can read minds.

Nature’s Gold is a book of poetry about many subjects, in a variety of forms. Some poems are tongue in cheek, while others are more serious. All of them are written to be enjoyed.

The Green Book is the first book in a series of children’s books about magic. It can be read as individual chapters or as an entire book. The Green Book Cover Kindle Tiny Tyrannosaurus is the second children’s book about magic and the every day life of Isaac. TT cover kindle

Joshua's IslandJoshua’s Island by Patrick Hodges
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Joshua Harper lives in a happy family with both parents and an older sister. Not the sort of child that would be a victim of bullies, you might think, but he is slightly small for his age and his parents are working long hours. Rhonda the most popular girl in the school takes a dislike to him as she likes to show her power to the rest of the school. She sets her little gang against Joshua and makes the whole school treat him as an outcast. To say the least the head of the school is ineffectual, if not grossly incompetent.
Like many children who are bullied, Joshua feels ashamed and doesn’t enlist the help of his parents. He just has to survive one more year and then he will move school. In science class Joshua is partnered with Eve, one of Rhonda’s group. She won’t talk to Joshua because of everything she’s heard about him, but eventually she realizes that they are all lies and that Joshua is being beaten up on a regular basis.
This is the story of Joshua, with Eve’s help, trying to reach safety within a school environment. It is beautifully written and I believe it should be in every secondary school library (suitable for children eleven and over).
It is written in the first person, which makes the events more immediate as you feel the emotions. It is also written in two points of view, so there is a chapter by Joshua and then one by Eve. This works well, because within each chapter the author sticks strictly to one point of view.
I recommend this book to everyone over the age of eleven. Joshua and Eve are thirteen and there are some excellent younger characters. Obviously this book is aimed at an audience of young people and not at my age group but even so I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

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All my books are free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and ebook versions are only 99p – £2.00 in the UK. Take a look here.

In the US my books are priced from only $1.40-$2.99. You can find them here.

I’d love it if you could take a look and see if you’d like to try any of them. There’s a YA novel, two children’s books, a poetry book and a book of short stories.

I’ll be tidying up this blog in the near future and may change the layout. Don’t go away though because there’s lots more stories coming up.
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Not What You Thought? and other surprisesNot What You Thought? and other surprises by P. A. Ruddock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is worth buying because it is raising money for the Forget-Me-Not charity, which helps homeless ex-soldiers. It’s also worth buying as it’s very good value for money with thirty four stories. Some of the stories are short or even flash fiction but all are expertly crafted.
As well as Paul Ruddock’s excellent work there are contributions from five other writers: John M.W.Smith, Tom Benson, Matthew Williams, Lesley Hayes and Peter Nena. This adds a variety of style.
One of my favourite stories was ‘Cold Callers’. It was about a writer who wanted to get on with his work but people kept interrupting. Great storytelling. ‘The Spectre’ is a beautiful account I read some time ago on the author’s blog. It is a sensitive description of a natural phenomenon and I remembered it long after I read it. The variety in the book will keep you turning the page.
I won’t go through all the stories but they’re all worth reading. ‘The Car Clampers’ stood out for me as we’ve all met some of these unreasonable people and I didn’t expect the ending that was written for ‘Put to Death’. Photographic Memory I’ve read before but it was just as exciting this time round.
If you buy this book you’ll be helping a worthy cause and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the stories.

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Originally posted on Kayla Howarth:

So I never noticed when I became one of those people. You know the kind: someone who hasn’t been following technology or updating their skills, suddenly making them total technophobes.

I never thought I’d have the need for a blog, or a Twitter account. I definitely didn’t think I would need my very own website. I was Facebook able and that’s all that mattered in my world.

Now that I have written a novel, became an indie author, and have been subjected to this brand new world of marketing, I realise that I need to do all of these things.

So… Twitter. Turns out, it’s not just a platform to stalk Hollywood movie stars’ lunches. Who’d have thunk it!! #imstillnotusedtohastagging

Blogging. After taking two hours to set my blog up on my computer, I don’t even know if it I’m doing it right. Can people see this? Why can’t I…

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Blood Brothers: Escape to CreeporiaBlood Brothers: Escape to Creeporia by Dean C. Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the story of Jared and Clay. Both are killing machines, trained since they were young boys They don’t know they are brothers until they are given the task to kill each other. Rydell, their father has decided they must die because their powers have become too advanced.
Gradually they realize they must join forces to fight their powerful father. They are joined by their wives and Clay’s children. All have their own magical powers and there are animals with special powers too.
I won’t give any more of the plot away, except to say that this book was written with gusto. There is so much action, including dragons fighting on both sides, you won’t be disappointed.
What I particularly liked about the book was that it was written with a dry sense of humour. It is so difficult to write a story that makes the reader laugh. This is not a funny story but the dialogue of Rydell and the brothers creased me up at times. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it.

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Wacky Stories with Twist Endings Vol 3Wacky Stories with Twist Endings Vol 3 by John M.W. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read the whole of this book in an evening and a very enjoyable evening it was too.
Each story leads you up the garden path, so you don’t see the end coming.
My favourite ones were, ‘Having a baby’ and ‘Give it a Whirl’. The first one because I really didn’t see the twist and the second one because we’ve all met that man.
The author has a strong voice so the stories are easy to read. There are some quirky style points, such as the mention of a filler cap being left off in ‘Shona’s Shyness’ and in the next one, ‘Give it a Whirl’. Indeed certain names cropped up in more than one story.
This is the third book in the series and I’ll certainly be reading more of them.

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