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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.

autumn gold front 2 These are the latest covers of my poetry books. Amazon have said they’ve been updated although they’re not showing on their website yet. Both e-books are full of poems to enjoy and are free today Friday 15 April 2016 until and including Sunday 17 April 2016. The paperbacks are only around £5, and then the e-book is free at anytime. Why not pick up your copy now.

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Nature’s Gold UK link

Autumn Gold UK link

Nature’s Gold USA link

Autumn Gold USA link

Both Nature’s Gold and Autumn Gold are free this weekend, 15 – 17 April 2016 on Amazon (Kindle versions).
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This poetry covers a wide range of topics and styles. These poems are written to stir thoughts, but mostly for fun. Here’s one of the poems.

Life

Rise
And fall.
Dark and light.
Good and evil.
Achievement and shame.
Happiness and despair.
These are life’s great challenges.
Enjoy each opportunity.
Savour both hope and disappointment.
Open your heart to all the future holds.

(An etheree)

All my books are permanently free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and if you pay for a paperback copy of any of my books, then the ebook is free.

If anyone would like to leave a review that would be lovely. I hope you enjoy the poetry.

Tom Benson is an author I read and I enjoy his writing.

Tom Benson - Creative

A Time for Courage - 2Now available!

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I’m delighted to report the publication of my fourth anthology of short stories. The primary theme is of course military, but as suggested in the title, ‘courage’ is the underlying feature of this collection.

In some cases how the character deals with adversity is fairly obvious, but in other tales the conflict and solution is more subtle.

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Here I have created 12 stories using a wide spectrum of scenarios. Military experiences can be funny, heart-breaking and, everything in between.

This anthology is a blend of my personal experience and knowledge, together with specially created pieces to highlight the peaks and troughs of service life.

These tales can be enjoyed equally by those who have served and, those who have never donned a uniform.

Humour, fact, fiction, and fantasy are used to portray service in theatres as varied as Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Ancient Briton, the Persian Gulf…

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Hidden

Gerald couldn’t believe his eyes. The skeleton he’d unearthed was like none he’d ever seen. In fact it was incredible. Carefully e removed the red earth to expose more of the whitened bones. The lower half of the skeleton was particularly delicate.

At regular intervals he poked his head up and checked no-one was watching. This find would make him rich. His friends, if you could call them that, would stop laughing at his ‘little hobby’. He’d be world famous. Gerald Farthing, architect extraordinaire; finder of the unique skeleton. He could see himself being invited to universities to explain why he’d decided to dig there.

He was so engrossed with his musings that he failed to register the delicate Gaelic music seeping into his head. The music was exquisite, hypnotic, even spiritual.

Gently he started to caress the smooth bones. They felt like silk to his roughened hands. The music drew him down and he curled his body around the skeleton.

Suddenly he was drowning in a sea of earth, which piled deeper and deeper over him.

Gerald had held his dream fleetingly for a moment but no-one ever knew that he’d discovered the bones of a mermaid.

Abandoned

The floor board creaked
but no-one was there.
I heard a foot step
on the winding stair.

The fierce wind whistled
through the broken pane,
and a tree branch tapped
on the weather vane.

He said he’d meet me,
but I stood alone.
A spirit loomed.
Blank eyes met my own.

Why were we meeting
in a lonely place?
I saw a shadow
of a twisted face.

I ran to exit
through the open door,
aware my one love
wanted me no more.

In this blog by Ian D Moore, he talks about fellow author Silas Payton. They sound like books that should go on my reading list.

The Quill Pen Writes

Humour me awhile. I’ll tell you a story of ‘Imaginary Friends’ and in particular, one such friend – Silas Payton. That is what Silas himself would refer to us, the members of the IASD Facebook group, as. Now, it’s fair to say that I never knew Silas personally BUT, and here’s the crux of it, within our group I believe it is very possible to ‘feel’ each individual after a period of time, simply by how and what they write. We live in a virtual world, almost literally these days, a world governed by high speed this and super-fast that where everything needs to be done yesterday or for some odd reason, it is too late. So where does Silas and imaginary friends fit into my ramblings? Well, it’s like this you see… Silas Payton is a brilliant writer, he has a talent for stories and as a person…

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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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