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My Christmas Present to you

Four of my ebooks are still free on Amazon kindle until 21 December 2016. They are: The Mermaid – a book of short stories for adults (multi genre) ; The Truth Finder – a young adult novel about the fifth millennium (fantasy/sci-fi) ; Tiny Tyrannosaurus – a children’s novel/chapter book about magic and a toy tyrannosaurus and Nature’s Gold -a poetry book full of poems to enjoy.

Here’s the link to my Amazon page
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If you want to give me a present, please share and tweet this post and of course anyone with the time to write a short review would make my day.

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The Green Book – Free – Last two days

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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.

Free children’s book 6 to 8 October

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All my books are permanently free on Kindle Unlimited, but if you don’t have that, Tiny Tyrannosaurus will be free on Thursday 6 October to Saturday 8 October.

These books are suitable for children from 4 – 11 years. They are magic chapter books, which build into a novel.

Here’s an extract from The Green Book

Secret Spells

Alana loved the long light days of summer. There was endless time to play with friends and freedom to explore the countryside as long as they all stayed in a group. She knew that Adam, Kirsty and Kurt would be playing football at the Rec this morning, so she felt particularly cross when her father sent her to tidy up her bedroom.
‘And don’t just shove everything behind the bed,’ Dad shouted. ‘I shall be up to check.’
Alana liked her room the way it was. She slumped down on the bed. ‘Why were parents so hung up about keeping the house tidy? It’d only get messy again,’ she thought, and it was then she noticed a small dark green book on the floor. ‘Strange, have Nana and Papa been to the boot fair again?’ They were always buying lovely presents for her and her brother Isaac. On the front of the book the title was lettered in gold: Secret Spell Book for Ten Year Olds.
‘I must remember to say thank you when they come over,’ she thought and bent and picked it up.
It made a Brrr sound, shook a little and flipped open to a page entitled, ‘How to Tidy Your Bedroom in a Minute’.
Alana read the page carefully. It said you had to say this awfully long word and your bedroom would tidy itself. Of course being a very bright girl she didn’t believe a word of it, but just in case she thought she’d have a go. She broke the word down into small parts and said each part carefully.
‘Bedrooma/a/cleario/uppa/messio/ka.’
All of a sudden, her toys and clothes lifted themselves off the floor. She watched in amazement, but then everything started flying around her head. Books whizzed up to the bookcase and then jiggled themselves upright and popped into place. Clothes folded themselves and jumped into drawers. Dolls found spare limbs and made themselves whole again. Her collection of rocks zoomed into the correct compartments of their display box. Alana had to put her arms round her head to stop herself being hit by anything.
Then all was quiet. She looked round her room and it was immaculate. Alana smiled.
‘That was so much fun,’ she thought, so she went into the next room where Isaac was playing with his dinosaurs.
‘I’ve got a secret Isaac,’ she said. ‘Come and sit over here in the corner with me and watch.’ She didn’t want him hurt, when the toys started flying.
Still holding the book she read out:
‘Bedroomaacleariouppamessioka.’
‘What are we doing?’ said Isaac.
‘Just watch,’ said Alana and as she spoke all the dinosaurs rose from the floor. They seemed to become alive. She was sure one of them blinked. They flew round the room and landed in their box. Cars rolled into their garage. Books emerged from all sorts of hidden places and zapped themselves into the bookcase. Alana and Isaac watched engrossed in the scene before them.
Five minutes later when Dad came to check her room, she was just sliding the spell book under her pillow. She didn’t want to lose it.
‘Oh you have worked hard Alana. Thank you. I’ll walk you up to the Rec so you can play football with your friends. Isaac do you want to come with us?’
‘No Dad. Alana magicked all my dinosaurs away and I want to get them out again. I’ll stay with Mum.’
Dad gave an indulgent smile, ‘That brother of yours has such an imagination!’
Alana raised her eyebrows but she couldn’t help grinning.

Last few hours FREE #IASD

51lOMDj1yeL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_ There’s a few more hours of my children’s books being free on Amazon kindle. You can download The Green Book here .

41lXtm+NfQL._AA160_The link for Tiny Tyrannosaurus is here .

Each book is just under £5 if you’d prefer a paperback.

Free children’s books 6-8 Nov 2015 #IAREG

51lOMDj1yeL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_ My books are always free on Kindle Unlimited but from Friday to Sunday 6-8 November, they are also free on Amazon’s Kindle. You can download The Green Book here .

41lXtm+NfQL._AA160_The link for Tiny Tyrannosaurus is here .

Each book is less than £5 if you’d prefer a paperback. These books are laced with magic, easy to read and make great bedtime stories.

#iareg A touch of magic for children.

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I’ve been asked the question, why write books for children? Is it because it’s easier than writing for adults? Well I wouldn’t have said so, but it’s a good question.

I’ve always like to pretend that there’s a bit of magic in the world. As a teacher I found that children felt the same way. When I read stories that contained magic, children listened. They listened to lots of other things besides, but magic was one of the favourite themes. Of course adults also have magic in their literature in the fantasy or sci-fi genres, so why write for children?

Some years ago something magical happened in my life. My son and his wife had their first baby and I became a Granny and soon I had a second grandchild. After a few years I decided that I wanted to give them a present that they would remember, but not something that was bought. I wanted to show them how much I loved them. It was natural to write for my grandchildren and I had a lot of expereince teaching at primary school level, so I had a good understanding of the right level of language for the age group. The important thing, I felt, was to write as they would speak. I need to stress that the books were for my grandchildren and not about them.

The Green Book and Tiny Tyrannosaurus are chapter books which are suitable for a bedtime reading session. They are suitable for 4-11 year olds.

I wrote the stories about an ordinary family, doing everyday things 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, 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.

Since then my daughter and husband have had two children and so there’ll be two more books over the next two to three years. I’ve already started writing the next book. I hope to post the first draft of the next book by the end of July, so watch this space and do feel free to comment.

Recently my grandson read one of the books to me. It was such a treat. I can’t tell you how that made me feel.

My books #IARE

TF CoverJust a reminder that all my ebooks are free on Kindle Unlimited. If you’re buying then the children’s books are 99pence and the adult ones are £2 or £1.99. There are paperback versions available. Take a look here. The Truth Finder is a YA novel about Earth in the fifth millennium and a young man called Vrail, who can read minds.

Nature’s Gold is a book of poetry about many subjects, in a variety of forms. Some poems are tongue in cheek, while others are more serious. All of them are written to be enjoyed.

The Green Book is the first book in a series of children’s books about magic. It can be read as individual chapters or as an entire book. The Green Book Cover Kindle Tiny Tyrannosaurus is the second children’s book about magic and the every day life of Isaac. TT cover kindle

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