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Thanks for visiting this site. I hope you enjoy the writing here. There are stories, poems and reviews.

What you’ll find on this website are often first drafts and I’d be happy to receive your comments. One of the pages contains the first chapter of my children’s book, The Green Book. You can get a hard copy from Amazon (including kindle) or Lulu. I have revised the cover because I wasn’t quite happy with it, so if you’ve already bought it, I haven’t changed the content. The story is suitable for children from about 4 – 11. It’s about a magic book that helps Alana through the trials of everyday life. You get to know her family and friends. There are twelve short stories that make up the novel and it’s suitable to ‘share read’ with reluctant readers. The next in the series, ‘Tiny Tyrannosaurus‘ is now published and is available from Amazon (inc Kindle) and Lulu. Again the first chapter is included in one of my pages.

If you’re interested in poetry I’ve just published, ‘Nature’s Gold‘. Many of the poems celebrate the beauty of our world, but there is also a mixture of humorous and serious (but not heavy) poetry. It’s written to be accessible to everyone. I hope you enjoy it. Poetry is a particular passion of mine.

The Mermaid is also available from good bookshops and the above online retailers. It’s a book of short stories, which I hope you enjoy.

It doesn’t seem fair that if you’ve bought the book you should have to pay to read it on your kindle, so I’ve made my books free on kindle if you’ve purchased the paperback book.

Do get in contact with your feedback. I’d love to hear from you.

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Blood Brothers: Escape to CreeporiaBlood Brothers: Escape to Creeporia by Dean C. Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the story of Jared and Clay. Both are killing machines, trained since they were young boys They don’t know they are brothers until they are given the task to kill each other. Rydell, their father has decided they must die because their powers have become too advanced.
Gradually they realize they must join forces to fight their powerful father. They are joined by their wives and Clay’s children. All have their own magical powers and there are animals with special powers too.
I won’t give any more of the plot away, except to say that this book was written with gusto. There is so much action, including dragons fighting on both sides, you won’t be disappointed.
What I particularly liked about the book was that it was written with a dry sense of humour. It is so difficult to write a story that makes the reader laugh. This is not a funny story but the dialogue of Rydell and the brothers creased me up at times. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it.

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Wacky Stories with Twist Endings Vol 3Wacky Stories with Twist Endings Vol 3 by John M.W. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read the whole of this book in an evening and a very enjoyable evening it was too.
Each story leads you up the garden path, so you don’t see the end coming.
My favourite ones were, ‘Having a baby’ and ‘Give it a Whirl’. The first one because I really didn’t see the twist and the second one because we’ve all met that man.
The author has a strong voice so the stories are easy to read. There are some quirky style points, such as the mention of a filler cap being left off in ‘Shona’s Shyness’ and in the next one, ‘Give it a Whirl’. Indeed certain names cropped up in more than one story.
This is the third book in the series and I’ll certainly be reading more of them.

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Gagged and Bound: A book of puns, one-liners and dad jokesGagged and Bound: A book of puns, one-liners and dad jokes by Nick Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I dipped into this book and read ten to twenty jokes at a time. I was quite dubious about reading a joke book to start with as I thought I’d read the same old jokes – not so. There are a lot of original jokes and anecdotes within the book. The quality of the illustrations is good and suits the book.
I enjoy having this book on my kindle and have even shared one or two of the jokes with my friends. Very enjoyable!

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How Bridge McCoy Learned To Say I Love YouHow Bridge McCoy Learned To Say I Love You by Robert K. Swisher Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you like straight, politically correct writing, then this is not the book for you.
The author uses his vivid imagination to portray a writer with an off-beat imagination. Bridge moves to Lost City after his wife leaves him. There he lives his life amongst artists and people who are a little different. Bridge McCoy and the other quirky characters grow to understand themselves better and find self acceptance.
This is a humorous book that will keep you engaged. It addresses many topics in an irreverent way, but with a gentleness that is enjoyable.
A strength of the book is the original style used by the author and his sharp witty dialogue. So if you’re looking for something a bit different, that will make you laugh, then try this book.

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TF CoverThe Truth Finder is a fantasy story for young adults. It is the story set in the fifth millennium, of Vrail, a young man who has to learn to live with the difficulties and joys of being able to read people’s minds.

The book was inspired by my wondering how the human race will develop, considering how much we have developed so far and taking account of the way we humans seem to almost self-destruct by fighting each other. It also looks at how we try to improve life.

The Truth Finder can be purchased from Amazon here
It’s free on Amazon kindle for 3 & 4 April 2015 and £6.99 in paperback. The brilliant cover was painted by my artist brother-in-law Graham Luker.

The Green Book Cover KindleTT cover kindleI have written two children’s books: The Green Book and Tiny Tyrannosaurus are chapter books that I originally wrote for my grandchildren. They are suitable for 4-11 year olds.
They love tales of magic, so I wrote the stories about an ordinary family but then added the magic. Each week I published a chapter on my blog and when I’d done about twelve, I looked to see if they would make a book. At that point I revised and rewrote chapters. Each chapter stands alone as a story so they are good books to read at night to children, but they do all build up to a longer story.
I’ve had lots of feedback while I was writing and many more people started to follow my writing blog. Now that they are published I’ve only left the first chapter of each book free to read because Amazon doesn’t allow you to publish anywhere cheaper than you have with them.
You can buy the books from Amazon. The Green Book is available here
It’s free on Amazon Kindle for 3, 4 &5 April and £4.50 for the paperback.

Tiny Tyrannosaurus is £4.99 for the paperback and free on Amazon Kindle for 3,4,& 5 April and is available here.

The Mermaid on Amazon kindle[/caption]The Mermaid is a book of short stories for adults. The inspiration for each story was different. The first story in the book I wrote for the Chudleigh Phoenix short stort writing competition and I won third prize. That was so special.
Many of the other stories were inspired by attending a writing group. The Winsford Writers started off as a group of writers doing a creative writing course at Mid-Cheshire College. Sadly the course was cancelled but we decided we would carry on. We meet up once a week and take it in turns to lead the session, by bringing in something to write about. The great thing about the group is the feedback from the other writers and reading the rest of the group’s work. Each member of the group has different interests, so we are learning about lots of different genres and forms of writing. When we get together there’s always a lot of laughter and quite a bit of eating.
The Mermaid is available from Amazon. Click on the picture.

It costs £6 for the paperback and is free on 3, 4 & 5 April for the Kindle edition.

Nature’s Gold is a book of 65 poems, many of which are about nature and the beauty in the world, which is why I chose the title. Some of the poems are humorous observations about life and some more serious.
I love writing poetry. I like reading all the different forms and I like reading contemporary poems as well as traditional ones.
Nature’s Gold is £5.00 for a paperback version and free for the Kindle version on 3,4 and 5th April. It’s available from Amazon. Click on the picture.

Bells On Her ToesBells On Her Toes by Diana J. Febry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a murder mystery set in the country in the context of horse racing. The atmosphere is believable and draws you in. D.C.I. Peter Hatherall and D.I. Fiona Williams are called to the scene of a body in a burned out barn. The murder is on the Earl’s estate and so they have to tread carefully.

Peter and Fiona are both well drawn characters, with sad back stories, hanging over them as they investigate.

There are many twists and turns to the plot, which I will not attempt to unravel here as that might spoil your read, suffice to say the author touches on a number of issues. These included corruption, countryside issues, depression, alcohol and drug related characters, fracking, eating disorders…

I could imagine this book being done as a Midsomer Murder on TV. Yes there are more bodies, but it’s not over gruesome.

There were a lot of characters to keep up with and some just seemed to pop their heads in and were gone, like Fiona’s friend, who has just become engaged.

The author has managed to keep on top of a complex tale, which is told in an engaging way. I’ll certainly be reading more of her work and can highly recommend this book.

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CollideCollide by J.C. Hannigan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the story of Harlow Jones, a vulnerable but mentally strong young girl. She has been abused and gang raped in the past. Her best friend Lauren has been killed in a car crash caused by Harlow’s then boyfriend.
Recovering from Lauren’s death in a new town, she has a relationship with her English teacher, whilst she is still seventeen and under age. There is a good back story and the novel is well-written.
I wasn’t keen on Harlow taking marijuana and it being treated as a minor misdemeanour. I also wasn’t keen that the English Teacher betrayed his position of trust and did so without much of a fight.
In spite of these issues I liked the writing style of the author. The main characters were well drawn and the pace of the book was good and held my interest.
I look forward to reading more of this author’s work.

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