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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.

Buy a Book for Christmas

A book can bring hours of pleasure for a small amount of money and so makes an ideal gift for someone you love. All my books are FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or cheaper than the paperback on Kindle. If you buy the paperback, you get the kindle version free. I don’t believe you should pay twice. This post is about paperback books that you can wrap for Christmas Presents. For a small outlay, you can give a lot of pleasure. You can view my books here:
USA
UK

truthfinder-promo-small The Truth Finder is a Young Adult novel. It is about a young man who can reads minds and takes place in the fifth millennium. It costs $9.29 in the USA and £6.00 in UK.

cover My poetry books, Nature’s Gold and Autumn Gold are full of varied poetry for you to enjoy. They cost $6.26/$7.06 in the USA and £5.00/£5.50 in the UK

poster-for-childrens-books My children’s chapter books, The Green Book and Tiny Tyrannosaurus are $5.79/$6.53 in the USA and £4.50/£4.99 in the UK. They are suitable for 4 – 11 year olds and are great as bedtime stories.

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Desdemona: The dragon without any friends is a picture book for 3 – 6 year olds. It costs $12.46 in the USA and £8.99 in the UK.

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The Mermaid is a book of gentle short stories for adults. A great gift for your mother or grandmother. It costs $9.29 in the USA and £6.00 in the UK.

So when you buy the paperback version of my books for your friends and family, you can download the book on kindle for yourself for free. The gift that gives twice. This is not applicable to Desdemona: The dragon without any friends, which is not available on Kindle.
Happy Christmas Shopping.

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This is a beautifully written book, with well crafted characters. Beth, the lead police officer, investigates the murder of a young woman, who is found dead in the snow. Beth is not the perfect police officer, but in spite of her flaws, she is persistent in her aim to find the killer. Her friendship with Bebe, a singer and suspect, is not best practice, but from both sides it is rather endearing.
There are only three houses in the hamlet where the murder is committed and they are cut off by heavy falls of snow. Bebe, Dora and Ian and Christine have chosen to live in this isolated hamlet for various reasons.
The reader doesn’t have to deal with gory details of the murder. The key to this book is the puzzle of who was where, when and what could be the possible motive to kill the victim. Alongside the investigation is Bebe’s determination to arrange a comeback for her singing career, in spite of her inefficient manager.
I really enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it highly.

The Truth Finder

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The Truth Finder is a young adult novel about Earth in the fifth millennium. Vrail is a Truth Finder and uses his ability to read minds to track dangerous criminals. Living in a violent and unstable world he gradually finds how to control and use his talents.

I always welcome feedback and reviews for my books, so do contact me or leave a review. I hope you enjoy it.

If you buy a paperback copy then the Amazon Kindle version is free.
If you have Kindle Unlimited the ebook is permanently free.

In the UK the paperback is £6.99 and the Kindle version is £2.35.

In the USA the paperback is $9.15 and the Kindle version is $3.02.

Here is a Review
by 
Lesley Hayes

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This review is from: The Truth Finder (Future Earth Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Knowing this book was primarily aimed at young adults, I wondered how much I would enjoy it, but within a very few pages I was gripped by the narrative. Although the story in this future world is set in the fifth millennium there are fascinating parallels with our modern age. I couldn’t help feeling that Vrail’s gift (which doesn’t always seem such a gift to him, especially when he first recognises its wider impact) is almost a natural extension of the instant connection we have now via social media, where in a sense we do constantly ‘read each other’s minds.’ In this future world there are other unusual talents that have possibly developed from brain experiments conducted in the ruined past: a growing number of ‘visualisers’ can shape-shift and create deceptive illusions for others. Those who have been born with this gift are feared, exploited, and persecuted in a world still not ready to accept the potential transcendent leap. I loved the curious juxtaposition between a reimagined antediluvian civilisation that has grown out of the ashes of a destroyed 21st century world, and a futurist society which has retained many of its technological advantages while functioning within a largely feudal system. Penny Luker manages with great skill to pull this off without too many obvious flaws of logic – or perhaps I was so enthralled by the story that I threw logic to the wind and went with the flow. The character of Vrail is superbly drawn. He grows into adulthood retaining the integrity he has developed as a child, learning at his father’s knee the responsibility that comes with his telepathic powers. I felt for him, having lived my own life as something of a truth finder. Intuition can be a double-edged sword, and Vrail’s talent is in demand by the forces of both the good and the powerful. Seeing into the perverted depths of an evil mind while assisting in the pursuit of a particularly vile criminal takes Vrail to some dangerous edges, both mentally and physically, and these events are well drawn, realistic, and beautifully written. The storyline presents a number of dilemmas for Vrail, which are cleverly resolved by the end. Nevertheless, as a reader there is relief in realising that in some ways his story is only just beginning. This is the first book in what I guess could be as long a series as Penny Luker’s imagination can stretch. I feel certain that any young adult who reads this will be eager to read more. I am impressed, and highly recommend this book.

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The last day of three of my books being free on Amazon Kindle is Monday 10 October. Download a children’s book, a poetry book or a book of short stories for adults. Whatever takes your fancy.
The Green Book
USA

UK

Autumn Gold
USA Autumn Gold

UK Autumn Gold

The Mermaid
USA The Mermaid

UK The Mermaid

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Fox-red rabbit with snowdrop paws
peeping through the sodden grass.
Never-ending munching.
Unaware that black cat ears
are just a whisker away.

A car backfires, shotgun loud.
Hind legs jerk, and rabbit’s gone.
Black cat sits, back straight, searching
reveals his sinister intent.
Whiskers tweak, he stalks away.

The Mermaid on Amazon kindle

The Mermaid on Amazon kindle

The Mermaid, a book of short stories for adults (not adult short stories – there is a difference) is free on Amazon Kindle today and tomorrow 9 – 10 October 2016. It is full of a variety of genre that will help you pass an enjoyable half hour with your coffee. The story, The Mermaid, was a prize winning story. Why not download now and read when you have the time.

All my books are free on Kindle Unlimited all the time and are available in paperback. Your feedback will be welcome and appreciated.

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The Green Book, is a children’s book, suitable for children of 4-11 years. It is a chapter book, which works well for bedtime stories. It is FREE on Amazon Kindle, today and tomorrow, 9-10 October.

My other children’s book, Tiny Tyrannosaurus, is always free on Amazon Kindle Unlimted.

Both books are available to buy in paperback format and if you purchase the paperback, then the kindle version is free, because you shouldn’t have to buy the book twice. (Unfortunately it doesn’t work the other way round.)

Desdemona – The Dragon without any friends, is a new children’s book, for younger children, coming out on Amazon Kindle soon.

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