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Last day of FREE short stories TODAY

Today, 24 September 2017, is the last day of my ebooks, ‘The Mermaid’ and ‘Pebble on a Beach’ being free on Amazon. These are collections of short stories that explore the courage and depravity of human nature. They both contain a wide variety of genre, such as ghost stories, crime stories, tales of hope in the face of tragedy and lots more. Grab your copies and read when you have the time.

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Free on Kindle Unlimited

All my ebooks are permanently free on Amazon Kindle. There is a YA fantasy novel called The Truth Finder; two books of short stories for adults, Pebble on a Beach and The Mermaid; two poetry books, Nature’s Gold and Autumn Gold, and two children’s chapter books about magic, The Green Book and Tiny Tyrannosaurus.

Paperback versions cost: YA fantasy novel – The Truth Finder £6.99; Short stories for adults, Pebble on a Beach – paperback coming soon and The Mermaid £7.00; Poetry books, Nature’s Gold £5.00 and Autumn Gold £5.50, and two children’s chapter books, The Green Book £4.50 and Tiny Tyrannosaurus £4.99. There’s also a children’s picture book, Desdemona; The Dragon without any friends £8.99.

Hope you find something to enjoy.

Book Review: A Crazy Act in Uganda by John M.W. Smith

This is written as a story told by Dr Callum MacKenzie about his time in Uganda. He has been paid a lot of money to eradicate a smallpox epidemic, but all is not as it seems. There are plots and counterplots. It is not a safe place to be and more than one person has a love of killing.

The book is written in a compelling way so that you don’t want to put it down.
I highly recommend this book. Enjoy.

A Crazy Act in Uganda costs £7.33 in paperback from Amazon or in Kindle format 99p. The link is here.

Book Review: Lucy Evans InstaExplorer Dragon’s Rock by Millie Slavidou

Lucy is sent to Wales to visit her artistic cousin Bethan. She accidently comes across a clue to a kidnapping and from then on starts to investigate. There is a good sense of place in this book and the characters are engaging, with Lucy being addicted to her smart phone and Bethan having a knowledge of art and her part of Wales.
This is a short book, with a fast pace and a good plot and meant for young teenagers. I thoroughly recommend this book as a great read.
It’s available from Amazon for £3.90 or £1.99 kindle edition.

Llandeilo Book Fair

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I shall be at the Llandeilo Book Fair this weekend (29 and 30 April), so if you’re nearby, pop into the Civic Hall and come and say hello. I’d love to see you there. The book fair is part of the Hwyl Llandeilo Lit Fest, with lots of activities, readings and competitions. Check out the link to find out more.

The Mermaid

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The Mermaid is a book of short stories for adults. I’ve revised the cover and used one of my pictures. I think it’s an improvement on the previous cover and hope you do as well, but if you have suggestions to improve it further, let me know. I’ve also re-edited the book and changed the size of the book to a standard one.

The story, The Mermaid, won third prize in The Chudleigh Phoenix competition in 2011. Sadly that competition is not running at the moment.

I have a new book of short stories in progress. The Mermaid is a mixture of a variety of genre. I’m now debating with myself, unless someone else joins in, whether to stick to one genre for the next book. What do you think?

You can see my books here. This new edition is £7.00 for the paperback and £1.90 for the kindle e-book edition. Happy reading.

The Truth Finder

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The Truth Finder is a young adult novel about Earth in the fifth millennium. Vrail is a Truth Finder and uses his ability to read minds to track dangerous criminals. Living in a violent and unstable world he gradually finds how to control and use his talents.

I always welcome feedback and reviews for my books, so do contact me or leave a review. I hope you enjoy it.

If you buy a paperback copy then the Amazon Kindle version is free.
If you have Kindle Unlimited the ebook is permanently free.

In the UK the paperback is £6.99 and the Kindle version is £2.35.

In the USA the paperback is $9.15 and the Kindle version is $3.02.

Here is a Review
by 
Lesley Hayes

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This review is from: The Truth Finder (Future Earth Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Knowing this book was primarily aimed at young adults, I wondered how much I would enjoy it, but within a very few pages I was gripped by the narrative. Although the story in this future world is set in the fifth millennium there are fascinating parallels with our modern age. I couldn’t help feeling that Vrail’s gift (which doesn’t always seem such a gift to him, especially when he first recognises its wider impact) is almost a natural extension of the instant connection we have now via social media, where in a sense we do constantly ‘read each other’s minds.’ In this future world there are other unusual talents that have possibly developed from brain experiments conducted in the ruined past: a growing number of ‘visualisers’ can shape-shift and create deceptive illusions for others. Those who have been born with this gift are feared, exploited, and persecuted in a world still not ready to accept the potential transcendent leap. I loved the curious juxtaposition between a reimagined antediluvian civilisation that has grown out of the ashes of a destroyed 21st century world, and a futurist society which has retained many of its technological advantages while functioning within a largely feudal system. Penny Luker manages with great skill to pull this off without too many obvious flaws of logic – or perhaps I was so enthralled by the story that I threw logic to the wind and went with the flow. The character of Vrail is superbly drawn. He grows into adulthood retaining the integrity he has developed as a child, learning at his father’s knee the responsibility that comes with his telepathic powers. I felt for him, having lived my own life as something of a truth finder. Intuition can be a double-edged sword, and Vrail’s talent is in demand by the forces of both the good and the powerful. Seeing into the perverted depths of an evil mind while assisting in the pursuit of a particularly vile criminal takes Vrail to some dangerous edges, both mentally and physically, and these events are well drawn, realistic, and beautifully written. The storyline presents a number of dilemmas for Vrail, which are cleverly resolved by the end. Nevertheless, as a reader there is relief in realising that in some ways his story is only just beginning. This is the first book in what I guess could be as long a series as Penny Luker’s imagination can stretch. I feel certain that any young adult who reads this will be eager to read more. I am impressed, and highly recommend this book.

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