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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.

The Mermaid is FREE on 12 and 13 August 2017 on kindle

If you’d like a good assortment of short stories for adults, then try The Mermaid, this weekend (12/13 August 2017) on Amazon Kindle. It’s FREE. It’s a book of short stories for adults, recently revised. There are who dunnits, love stories, ghost stories and even a venture into the paranormal.

Normally the book is £1.99 on kindle but for this weekend it’s FREE. Here’s the link.

It’s normally $2.59 on kindle, but FREE this weekend. The link is here.

All my ebooks are free on Kindle unlimited all the time.

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

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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