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FREE Children’s ebooks for Christmas


Happy Christmas to my younger followers. The following ebooks are free running up to Christmas (21-24 December 2018). I’ve added the links so you can download them easily.

Children’s Chapter Books

The Green Book

Tiny Tyrannosaurus

Pablo the storytelling bear

Children’s Picture Book
Desdemona the dragon without any friends
Please note that this ebook is free from 18-22 Dec 2018

Happy Reading and Happy Christmas.

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FREE e-books Happy Christmas

I’d like to say a big thank you to all the people who loyally follow my blog and as a thank you I’m making a lot of my ebooks free until Christmas (21 Dec to 24 Dec inclusive). I’ve included links to Amazon so you can download any title that interests you, straight away. I hope you find something that interests you and don’t forget I love hearing from you.

Short Stories

The Mermaid

Pebble on a Beach

Poetry

The Shadows of Love

Nature’s Gold

Autumn Gold

Novel – fantasy
The Truth Finder

I’m hoping to have The Visualizer (sequel to The Truth Finder) out early in the new year and another book of short stories soon.
I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

Christmas Gifts: Desdemona the Dragon Without Any Friends FREE

Do you have a child or grandchild, under seven, who loves books? Desdemona the dragon without any friends is the story of a lonely dragon, who learns about friendship, when the people from the town of Wrex are threatened by another dragon. It’s a lovely illustrated book and it’s FREE on Amazon’s Kindle from 18-22 December 2018.

You can download it here.

The paperback version is £8.99 and it’s always free on Kindle Unlimited. You can also buy it from Lulu.com for £8.09 + p+p.

Happy Christmas everyone and Happy Reading.

More gifts are coming in the next few days.

Book Review: Two Face the World: Marry in Haste… by Sarah Stuart

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.

Save the Planet – Just a Litttle Bit

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.

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