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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.

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More short stories on Kindle

I published, Pebble on a Beach, back in 2010 in paperback, but I’ve recently revised and re-edited it and it’s now available on Kindle for £0.99 or $0.99. Of course if you have Kindle Unlimited it’s FREE.
In this book of short stories for adults, you’ll find stories of crime, ghost, sci-fi, and much more. Many of the the tales explore human courage and strength while others tackle human frailty. There are more than twenty stories for you to enjoy.

I’m going to revise/tweak this cover in the next month and the new paperback version is on it’s way.

If you read this short book I’d be grateful if you could leave a short review. It really helps authors.

Fantasy, Short Stories, Children’s Books and Poetry

Just a reminder that all my e-books are free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited all the time. If you don’t have K.U. then the ebooks are still reasonable.

The Truth Finder is £2.35 and $3.06. A young adult fantasy novel.
The Mermaid is £1.58 and $2.04. A book of original short stories for adults.
The Green Book is £1.99 and $2.58. A children’s chapter book. Great for bedtimes!
Tiny Tyrannosaurus is £2.01 and $2.06. A children’s chapter book.
Nature’s Gold is £2.00 and $2.59. A poetry book of varied forms of poetry.
Autumn Gold is £2.01 and $2.60. A poetry book. Poetry to enjoy.

All the above books are also avaiable in paperback. Desdemona The Dragon Without any Friends, a children’s picture book, is also available in paperback for £8.99 and $12.46

Why not check out my books? Here’s the link to Amazon. UK and here’s the link for USA

#iareg A touch of magic for children.

The Green Book Cover KindleTT cover kindle

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.

The Mermaid is free!!

The Mermaid on Amazon kindle

The Mermaid on Amazon kindle

My book of short stories, The Mermaid, is free today – Saturday, 7 September 2013, to download from Amazon Kindle. Check it out here. It is free until the end of Monday.

If you haven’t read it yet I hope you enjoy.

Happy New Year

A very happy 2013 to everyone who pops in here from time to time. I have just updated The Green Book, which is published for free on a separate page of this blog.

It’s also available in hard copy from www.Lulu.com for £3.99. In the book there are illustrations and the formatting is different from the blog version. It will soon be available from Amazon.Brrr a

The book is suitable for primary aged children from about five to ten years old. If any young readers read the story I would love to hear from you.

A new short story for older readers will be posted next week which I hope you will enjoy.

Alderley Edge Book Festival 2012

Yesterday David and I spent the day at the Alderley Edge Book Festival. We went there to sell my books, Elizabeth Horrock’s fantasy books and an anthology by Winsford Writers. It was a good day and we met and chatted to lots of interesting people, drank lots of tea and ate cake. Can’t be bad!

Here’s me at Alderley Edge Book Festival with a table of books.

Promoting the anthology from Winsford Writers called Banana Time and looking a little startled!

Here is the bookstall at the festival with the anthology, Elizabeth Horrock’s book and of course mine.

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