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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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The Shadows of Love

Grandpa
He didn’t care about the election,
nor if the EU felt rejection.
He didn’t long for leafy lanes
or cottages with lead window frames.

He loved uneven cobbled streets
and factories’ grey smoke and heat.
He loved his comfy, battered hat,
and his black wellies, more than that.

But most of all he loved his grandson,
of which he had no more than one.
He made him laugh with many jokes,
and smiled each time the dear child spoke.

He was a plain, no nonsense man;
a strictly stout and meat pie fan.
But most of all he loved this boy,
who brought to his life, untold joy.

This poem is from my new book of poetry, The Shadows of Love.
All my books are free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. It’s £1.99 on Kindle UK and $2.56 on Kindle US. The paperback is £4.50 +P+P from Lulu and will be available from other bookstores very soon.

Here’s a review of the book.
Sarah Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars – A joy to read – a book to treasure!
27 September 2018
Verified Purchase
The title poem seized my attention. It’s misleadingly simple but deep and, sure enough, A Large Feathered Hat demonstrates the flip side of love: hate.

A Mother’s Love has an ending that shocks with its truth – Christmas with Mother is hilarious; we’ve all met this lady whether she was our mother or not!

Swallows is a one-sentence poem. I read it twice, and it really is, demonstrating Ms Luker’s incredible talent for expressing love in so many diverse styles, not just another slant on the subject or in different words. The mix of focus surprises from page to page – love of books, flowers, a coffee flask, pills – mixed views on those!

My absolute favourite is Godmother, which opens with this line. “Shall I compare thee to a winter’s night?” Unexpected – once again, tails to love’s winning heads.

I hope you enjoyed the poem, Grandpa.

The Shadows of Love

If you enjoy poetry, why not pick up this little volume of poetry that explores the different forms of love. It’s not about mushy love poems. Here’s a handy link.

If you like my poetry you can grab more here. My other two books are anthologies of a variety of subjects.

Nature’s Gold

Autumn Gold

The Shadows of Love

A remembered kiss;
the touch of your hands,
through the distance of time,
in faraway lands.

The songs that you sang,
of love everlasting,
now are poignant, untrue
as our feelings are passing.

And all that we knew
of a love that was strong,
we threw to the sky.
Now I think we were wrong,

to pass by a friendship,
and a passion like fire;
then I remember betrayal
and that you are a liar.

Yet sometimes I wander
through the winter of time
with the shadows of love
and still wish you were mine.

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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