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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
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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.

A Time for Courage: and other military stories

Tom Benson is an author I read and I enjoy his writing.

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A Time for Courage - 2Now available!

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I’m delighted to report the publication of my fourth anthology of short stories. The primary theme is of course military, but as suggested in the title, ‘courage’ is the underlying feature of this collection.

In some cases how the character deals with adversity is fairly obvious, but in other tales the conflict and solution is more subtle.

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Here I have created 12 stories using a wide spectrum of scenarios. Military experiences can be funny, heart-breaking and, everything in between.

This anthology is a blend of my personal experience and knowledge, together with specially created pieces to highlight the peaks and troughs of service life.

These tales can be enjoyed equally by those who have served and, those who have never donned a uniform.

Humour, fact, fiction, and fantasy are used to portray service in theatres as varied as Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Ancient Briton, the Persian Gulf…

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Imaginary Friends – Silas Payton

In this blog by Ian D Moore, he talks about fellow author Silas Payton. They sound like books that should go on my reading list.

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Humour me awhile. I’ll tell you a story of ‘Imaginary Friends’ and in particular, one such friend – Silas Payton. That is what Silas himself would refer to us, the members of the IASD Facebook group, as. Now, it’s fair to say that I never knew Silas personally BUT, and here’s the crux of it, within our group I believe it is very possible to ‘feel’ each individual after a period of time, simply by how and what they write. We live in a virtual world, almost literally these days, a world governed by high speed this and super-fast that where everything needs to be done yesterday or for some odd reason, it is too late. So where does Silas and imaginary friends fit into my ramblings? Well, it’s like this you see… Silas Payton is a brilliant writer, he has a talent for stories and as a person…

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Free Poetry Books

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If you enjoy poetry these books are free on amazon kindle for the rest of today, 11 January.

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