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Penny 7 I’m writing this blog to share some of my writing. You’ll find stories, poems, reviews and updates on my books. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Do leave comments and I’ll try and reply.

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This is the second book in the Richard and Maria series. It follows, Three Against the World: A waif, a stray, and a romance? I’d enjoyed the first book, so couldn’t wait to read the second and I wasn’t disappointed. Maria becomes eighteen and she and Richard are free to follow their romance, but someone is trying to prevent a ‘happy ever after’.
Sarah Stuart weaves a story, with likeable main characters, and a loveable dog, Ben, but who is trying to break up the couple by the most devious and cruel means? I won’t tell you if that person is successful, but it will hold your interest to the end. Add to that scenario that Richard and Maria are both fragile and lacking in confidence from being let down in the past.
I thoroughly recommend this book.

It costs £1.99 on Kindle, UK.

It’s $2.54 on Kindle, USA.

When I saw David Attenborough’s programme, I was overwhelmed by the damage we’ve done to our planet, and couldn’t think what we could do to help, especially in the light of governments that only seem to make decisions based on money.

But I decided I would make changes! I thought I’d do it step be step and try and limit the amount of single use plastic I use.

When I was a child we survived without wet wipes. They hadn’t been invented. Until recently I used wipes to take off my make up everyday. They were quick and convenient. I went out and bought a bottle of make-up remover, which comes in a recyclable bottle and some basic cotton pads, which comes in a recyclable plastic bag. It is not quite as convenient and probably takes me about thirty seconds longer per day!

The next thing I tackled was wrapping sandwiches. I take sandwiches to two or three classes a week and used a plastic bag to wrap them. I swapped to wrapping in grease-proof paper. Just as good.

I used to buy oranges in a plastic netting. It troubled me that an animal could get caught in it, so I chopped it up, but then it could be mistaken for something edible. I now buy my oranges in a box (which I recycle). You can get smaller boxes than the one pictured above.

I took a mug to an event I attended last week, which saved using disposable mugs. I’m going to pack my mug for future events. Washing up a mug really isn’t a great effort and paper cups are often lined with plastic, which is difficult to separate.

If I think I’ll want a drink of water I try to remember to take a re-useable water bottle.

This year we are wrapping Christmas presents in non-metallic paper, so it can be recycled.

This post is not meant to be a rant. There’s much more I can do and I will. Bit by bit, I will add to the changes I’m making. None of them are causing me any hardship. If you have any simple ideas, please feel free to add them. Let’s try to make a difference.

Here’s my five star review of ‘Christmas Crafting with Lacey’.
This is a short craft book, packed with lots of ideas for Christmas crafts. All the ideas are worth trying and give professional looking products. The author rightly points out, that children doing these crafts should be supervised, as she uses, for example, scissors and glue guns for some of the crafts. In some ways the book is like a recipe book; you get the ingredients you will need for each craft and then the instructions. It is clear, well set out and illustrated with beautiful coloured pictures. So if you are looking to personalize your Christmas, this is the book for you.

You can purchase this book on Amazon’s Kindle for £1.99 in the UK here.
In the US you can purchase it for $2.55, here.

via Penny Luker

The Truth Finder

Thank you so much Sarah. I’ve reblogged.

Sarah Stuart - Romantic Suspense

It’s very easy to identify with people living on Earth in the fifth millennium, made so by the clever use of recognisable everyday items upgraded, and how matter-of-fact people were. Rooms could be made smaller or larger depending on whether you needed space to entertain friends or to sleep in the bedroom. “Of course, we have to be careful not to drop things or the mechanism jams.” Also, the geography of what remains of inhabitable Earth is clear, and it is frighteningly believable that man would have polluted most of the planet.

Okay, so there I am “magicked” forward – and I do need a magic carpet; most sci-fi/fantasy leaves me cold. I fascinated by Vrail and his struggle to control his gift to read people’s minds and become a truth finder who can trace criminals, save lives, and stay sane! He’s an ordinary young man, no better or worse…

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The Truth Finder is free this weekend on Amazon’s Kindle. Ususally it’s £1.99 but always free on KU. The paperback is £6.99. You can download it here.

The Truth Finder is the story of Vrail, who can read minds and talk into people’s heads, but his gift can put him in great danger from people who want to control and exploit him. In the fifth millennium, those with gifts have to take extra care. The Earth is struggling to survive after it has been polluted and damaged by wars that have made most of the planet unihabitable.

Here’s my latest review – thank you Sarah Stuart
Sarah Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about Truth Finder – it’s a five-star story
4 October 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
It’s very easy to identify with people living on Earth in the fifth millennium, made so by the clever use of recognisable everyday items upgraded, and how matter-of-fact people were. Rooms could be made smaller or larger depending on whether you needed space to entertain friends or to sleep in the bedroom. “Of course, we have to be careful not to drop things or the mechanism jams.” Also, the geography of what remains of inhabitable Earth is clear, and it is frighteningly believable that man would have polluted most of the planet.

Okay, so there I am “magicked” forward – and I do need a magic carpet; most sci-fi/fantasy leaves me cold. I fascinated by Vrail and his struggle to control his gift to read people’s minds and become a truth finder who can trace criminals, save lives, and stay sane! He’s an ordinary young man, no better or worse than the average youngster, battered by voices in his head, and the thoughts of others he’d rather not know.

That’s a simple introduction to a very detailed story. Many previous reviewers refer to it as YA, and it would certainly appeal to the teenagers I know, but I neglected all sorts of things I should have been doing to read it and it was a sad moment when I realised all I had left to do was write a review.

Coming soon – The Visualizer (sequel to The Truth Finder).

This is a charming tale about a little girl who would love to have a pet. She makes friends with a bee. Throughout the story she finds similarities between herself and the little bee. The book is well written and beautifully illustrated. An added bonus is some factual information at the end of the book about how to care for an injured bee and what flowers and plants they like. I’d definitely recommend this book for little ones. You can buy the book here or in the US here.

It costs £1.99 on Kindle and £4.00 in paperback. In the U.S. It’s $2.56 on Kindle and $6.50 in paperback.
It would make a great Christmas gift.

Other children’s books by Sylva Fae are:
Rainbow Monsters
Mindful Monsters
Yoga Fox
Children’s Christmas Collection – written with Kate Robinson, Paul Ian Cross and Suzanne Downes

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