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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 Mermaid – Free 9 – 10 October

The Mermaid on Amazon kindle

The Mermaid on Amazon kindle

The Mermaid, a book of short stories for adults (not adult short stories – there is a difference) is free on Amazon Kindle today and tomorrow 9 – 10 October 2016. It is full of a variety of genre that will help you pass an enjoyable half hour with your coffee. The story, The Mermaid, was a prize winning story. Why not download now and read when you have the time.

All my books are free on Kindle Unlimited all the time and are available in paperback. Your feedback will be welcome and appreciated.

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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

My books

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All my books are free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and ebook versions are only 99p – £2.00 in the UK. Take a look here.

In the US my books are priced from only $1.40-$2.99. You can find them here.

I’d love it if you could take a look and see if you’d like to try any of them. There’s a YA novel, two children’s books, a poetry book and a book of short stories.

I’ll be tidying up this blog in the near future and may change the layout. Don’t go away though because there’s lots more stories coming up.
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Book Review: Not What You Thought? and other surprises by P.A. Ruddock

Not What You Thought? and other surprisesNot What You Thought? and other surprises by P. A. Ruddock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is worth buying because it is raising money for the Forget-Me-Not charity, which helps homeless ex-soldiers. It’s also worth buying as it’s very good value for money with thirty four stories. Some of the stories are short or even flash fiction but all are expertly crafted.
As well as Paul Ruddock’s excellent work there are contributions from five other writers: John M.W.Smith, Tom Benson, Matthew Williams, Lesley Hayes and Peter Nena. This adds a variety of style.
One of my favourite stories was ‘Cold Callers’. It was about a writer who wanted to get on with his work but people kept interrupting. Great storytelling. ‘The Spectre’ is a beautiful account I read some time ago on the author’s blog. It is a sensitive description of a natural phenomenon and I remembered it long after I read it. The variety in the book will keep you turning the page.
I won’t go through all the stories but they’re all worth reading. ‘The Car Clampers’ stood out for me as we’ve all met some of these unreasonable people and I didn’t expect the ending that was written for ‘Put to Death’. Photographic Memory I’ve read before but it was just as exciting this time round.
If you buy this book you’ll be helping a worthy cause and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the stories.

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Book Review: Oxford Marmalade by Lesley Hayes

Oxford MarmaladeOxford Marmalade by Lesley Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a beautifully crafted book of short stories, but it is unusual in that one or more of the characters you meet in one story, crop up in the next.
All the stories are character led and set in and around Oxford. The tales cover marriage, betrayal, love and communication – or lack of it.
It is a short book, well-written and presented. I would have loved to have known what happened to a number of characters, e.g. Piers, who was a reserved perfect gentleman, but had an underlying and unspent passionate side. The fact that the author has left this reader wanting more is a credit to her excellent storytelling skills.

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Book Review: Smoke and Mirrors -Tom Benson

Smoke and Mirrors and other stories is a small book of a dozen stories. Each story takes you to a different time and place, which is a strength of the collection. The stories have strong, diverse characters and many of the plots have an interesting twist.

Product DetailsI’m not going to go through each story; enough to say there are many different genres from thriller, chick lit, sci fi, and more. Each genre is written skillfully and some of the stories have been previously published in anthologies or won a prize.

If I have any criticism of the book it is that perhaps the first story should have been a novel, but it still makes a cracking good short story.

I won’t spoil the book by giving away too much, just to say I think it would appeal to both men and women and all ages. Quite a few of the characters are young, which leads to lots of action.

My favourite story was Mary had a little gun. I think I identified with the protagonist in so far that… but I can’t tell you or it would ruin it.

Smoke and Mirrors is well written and presented and can be bought from Amazon kindle for £1.83. I’ve added a link here. Anyway if you read it, let me know what you think. Tom Benson has published several novels and a number of poetry books. Titles of novels include: Amsterdam Calling; Beyond the Law and Ten Days in Panama. You can find out more about this author here.

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