fiction and other writing


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.

Free Poetry Books

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If you enjoy poetry these books are free on amazon kindle for the rest of today, 11 January.

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The Truth Finder is free on Amazon Kindle for a few more hours (10 January 2016) . Grab a copy. It’s a young adult novel about Earth in the fifth millennium, where some humans have special powers. Most people might think that a blessing, but being different isn’t always a good thing.

… Grace called his name.
‘Vrail, how are you doing? No don’t answer that. It’s a silly question. Look I need your help.’ She walked up to him. ‘You know I never travel to Mebsuta anymore, well they need a powerful Truth Finder. Now I know you’re grieving but you could be being useful. Do you think you’re up to travelling on your own?’
‘I may be up to the travelling, but I’m sure I can’t be an official Truth Finder, besides they have their own Truth Finders there don’t they?’
‘They have a lot of frauds and people who pass judgements on others by doing what the High Order wants, but what they need is someone who can really read minds. There’s an evil man who’s …

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The Truth Finder is free on Amazon Kindle Sat 9th and Sun 10th January.
This Young Adult Novel, set in the fifth millennium, is about a young man who has the gift of mind reading. Life is full of pitfalls and there are authorities with too much power.
The Truth Finder link.

This is one of the reviews on Amazon Kindle. (Thank you Molly Flanderson.)

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read

By Molly Flanderson 22 June 2015

Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase

A wonderful young adult story set in the future. Truthfinders are mind readers and with that come a few perks and a lot of responsibilities. The author has created great characters here but also delves deep into the psychology of mind-reading. Through the futuristic world setting and reflection of our current time as history the author brings a lot of depth into this inspired and entertaining novel. Highly recommended.

Happy 2016

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year. I hope you have a good one, full of love and laughter and of course lots of reading.

My new poetry book, Autumn Gold, is  now live on kindle. To celebrate I’m giving all my other books away free for 23 and 24 December 2015. If you fancy reading any of them then download them for free and read at your leisure.

My new poetry book contains some rhyming and non-rhyming poems, in all sorts of formats. I hope the poems make you smile, cry and laugh.

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It will cost $2.99 or £2.01, but it will be free on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My first book of poetry, Nature’s Gold, is free on 23 and 24 December 2015.

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Pick up my books for free from Amazon Kindle on 23 and 24 December 2015.

My books are always free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited or if you buy the paperback versions you can download them on kindle for free at any time. I hope you find something to enjoy and remember you can download them now and read over the holidays.

The Green Book and Tiny Tyrannosaurus are children’s books for primary aged children from 4-11 years. The Truth Finder is a young adult novel for young people fifteen and over. The Mermaid is a book of short stories for adults.

Happy Christmas

I wanted to share a couple of my poems as a way to wish a Happy Christmas to visitors of this site. If you are not celebrating Christmas then I hope you will have a Happy Holiday. The first poem has a bit of a message and the second one is for writer friends.

Second Sacrifice

Lines of trees are felled
from the nearby hills,
for winter harvest.

Many homes are graced
with tall green beauty,
that enchants briefly.

Sparkling lights shed
their intermittent light,
beneath angel wings.

A second kind of death –
life drains from branches
and needles pattern floor.

Each year Norway Spruce
give their lives for us,
like the first sacrifice.

Christmas Wishes

If I were the Christmas Fairy
high up on the Christmas Tree
I’d hand out loads of gifts
to would-be poets just like me.

I’d give us the gift of rhyme or not,
A chance to try out our words
In all the different formats
and audiences like flocks of birds.

I’d give us thoughtful friends
Who’d comment on what we write,
I’d let this gift of wishes last
until we became poets with deep insight.

I’d give us the art of the sonnet
and Shakespeare’s thoughts to make us think,
but all I have to offer are
good wishes and a Christmas drink.

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