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Book Review: The Drowned Phoenician Sailor by Lesley Hayes

Five Stars.
This is an enjoyable read about Fynn, who finds life quite challenging. She finds it hard to fit in, but has a steady job, a caring relationship with her mother and a quirky cat. During her adult life she sees the ghost of her dead twin, which makes her wonder if she is insane. Going to find the answers from her psycotherapist, Paul, doesn’t provide the answers, but she develops a trusting relationship with him until one day, he also turns up dead.

Fynn now finds herself with two ghosts, and she examines if they are just in her mind, or if they have messages for her. What do they want from her? At times she finds their presence intrusive and irritating, especially when she meets a love interest, Jack.

This is a well written book, character driven and a compelling read. Highly recommended. Enjoy.

It is available here from Amazon in paper back for £9.75 and on Kindle for £2.50

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Book Review: Betrayal: The Consequences by Sharon Brownlie

Five Stars
This is a sequel to the first book called, Betrayal and although it could be read on its own, I would recommend that you read Betrayal first.
In this book, Helen King, a serial killer, is sentenced for her crimes, but she writes a letter to the chief investigating officer to explain why she committed the murders. Can there ever be a justification for murder? You might think not, but you might change your mind.
Betrayal: The Consequences will keep you gripped throughout. You will meet the members of the police team that were responsible for arresting Helen King. They are powerful characters, that make up a strong team. Perhaps they will go on to solve more crimes. I’ve enjoyed both books and hope there will be more in the future.

Betrayal: The Consequences is available on Amazon’s Kindle for £0.99 here.

Book Review: Curious Things: Stories of a Black Cat, Superstition and Strange Events by Joanne Van Leerdam


This is a book of short stories about Friday, a black cat, who lives with Trixie. Each chapter contains another episode in Friday’s life. He has a strong sense of justice and where he goes, justice follows, although I have to say some of the consequences are rather extreme. Kathleen, Trixie’s cousin, comes to stay with her rabbit and later moves into a cottage nearby, with her brother Tom. Friday’s protection extends to include them as well.
This is a lovely book, well written and very entertaining. If you like cats and the paranormal this is the book for you.

On Amazon the paperback is £9.99 and the Kindle version is £2.23. You can visit Amazon here.

Grab a bargain. The Mermaid: Short Stories for Adults

Here’s a link to The Mermaid.

The Mermaid is a book of short stories for adults. It’s usually £1.99 on Amazon but from 4th May – 7th May 2018 it’s reduced to only £0.99. Why not download a copy while the price is so low?

Here’s one of the reviews posted on Amazon.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storytelling
By Mr. T. Benson on 24 October 2014
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
These stories are all crafted with the skill of the practised storyteller. It is a treasure chest of entertainment. There are 20+ stories, several of which are better described as flash fiction rather than short story, but more importantly they feature a wide variety of genre.
As a writer of such tales myself it gives me even more pleasure when I read something that has been crafted to within a useful word. The author demonstrates not only a vivid imagination, but eloquence. She shows here an attention to detail that is sometimes absent in this type of work.
Having already been impressed by Penny’s novel writing and now enjoying this collection, I will make a point of locating more of her work. My original intention was to save these stories to read during breaks, but I read the entire book in one sitting. I recommend this anthology not only to readers, but also to those writers who would like to see how the shorter short story is written. A hugely entertaining read.

I’d love to hear from you about which stories or genre you liked best.

Frank Parker’s interview with Penny Luker

I was so pleased to be invited for a chat with Frank Parker, The author of ‘Summer Day’, which I recently reviewed on this site. You can see the review in a blog post below. He has also written: Honest Hearts, Strongbow’s Wife, Transgression and A Purgatory of Misery.

His chat with me is called, ‘A date with Penny Luker’ and you can read it on Frank Parker’s website here.

If you visit his website you can read his dates with other authors, as well as lots of information about other books and historical themed blog posts. Well worth a visit.

Short Story Bonanza

Do you like short stories? Mine are aimed at adults, but are not ‘adult’ short stories. They’re aimed at people with busy lives, who want to read a complete story as they have a cup of coffee or pass the time on a journey. Both books contain multiple genre, so if you like variety, these books are for you.
This weekend both e-books of short stories, Pebble on a Beach and The Mermaid, are free.

Here’s a link to Amazon UK for Pebble on a Beach. and for The Mermaid.

Here’s the USA link for Pebble on a Beach and for The Mermaid.

This is the last of my freebies for a while, so I hope you download and enjoy. Free 22-24 September 2017.

Just a reminder that all my e-books are free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, all the time and if you purchase the paperback then you can have the ebook for free.

The Truth Finder free today

Just a quick reminder, that The Truth Finder is free today on Amazon Kindle. It’s the last day! (28 Aug 2017)

The Truth Finder is a young adult fantasy novel, about life on Earth in the fifth millennium, where some people have developed special gifts. Those gifts put them in danger of being exploited by those in power. The Earth is mainly contaminated and there are only a few areas that are habitable. It’s a dangerous place to live.

Why not grab a copy!

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