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The Mermaid is FREE

The Mermaid is free from 7 to 11 April on Amazon Kindle. This is a book of short stories for adults, recently revised. If you’d like some reading material for your coffee break, that will transport you to different places and situations, this is the book for you. Why not download it now and read it when you have some time?

Here’s one of the reviews from Amazon.

5.0 out of 5 stars A box of nibbles of human goodness

By Felipe Adan Lermaon 29 January 2015
Format: Kindle Edition

The Mermaid is a wide ranging diverse group of well written shorts with two things in common.

One, each story, whether essentially flash fiction or a fully fleshed tale, is about relationships. How essential our desires for or our involvement in relationship are. Whether as a man to a woman, a woman to a man, a child to an adult, or even from an animal to a person. This short book is dense with the possibilities.

Second, directly or indirectly, each story carries the weight of the belief in human kindness and good.

Sometimes that weight is is heavily unearthed by caring inspectors catching a serial killer. Other times the separation is but gauze glittering between two searching hearts. Always, its reminder for me was, human goodness exists, and manifests more often than sometimes thought possible.

The varied stories can be read in one sitting. Or sipped and gulped, like I did, like essential nutrition for my soul.

Lovely work.

Not a term I easily or normally use. But totally accurate of my reading experience of almost all these stories by Ms. Luker. Recommend without reservation.

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.

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas everyone.

To celebrate Christmas or this lovely time of year, I am giving some of my ebooks away for free. The Mermaid, The Truth Finder, Tiny Tyrannosaurus and Nature’s Gold are free from 17 – 21 December 2016 and The Green Book is free on 17-18 Dec. Information and links about these books are shown below.

You can view my books here:
USA
UK

Do you fancy giving paperback books as presents? Here’s some information and links to my paperback books. Take a look.
truthfinder-promo-small The Truth Finder is a Young Adult novel. It is about a young man who can reads minds and takes place in the fifth millennium. It costs $9.29 in the USA and £6.00 in UK.

cover My poetry books, Nature’s Gold and Autumn Gold are full of varied poetry for you to enjoy. They cost $6.26/$7.06 in the USA and £5.00/£5.50 in the UK

poster-for-childrens-books My children’s chapter books, The Green Book and Tiny Tyrannosaurus are $5.79/$6.53 in the USA and £4.50/£4.99 in the UK. They are suitable for 4 – 11 year olds and are great as bedtime stories.

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Desdemona: The dragon without any friends is a picture book for 3 – 6 year olds. It costs $12.46 in the USA and £8.99 in the UK.

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The Mermaid is a book of gentle short stories for adults. A great gift for your mother or grandmother. It costs $9.29 in the USA and £6.00 in the UK.

If you buy a paperback version of my books for your friends and family, you can download the book on kindle for yourself for free. (This is not applicable to Desdemona: The dragon without any friends, which is not available on Kindle.)

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas

Buy a Book for Christmas

A book can bring hours of pleasure for a small amount of money and so makes an ideal gift for someone you love. All my books are FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or cheaper than the paperback on Kindle. If you buy the paperback, you get the kindle version free. I don’t believe you should pay twice. This post is about paperback books that you can wrap for Christmas Presents. For a small outlay, you can give a lot of pleasure. You can view my books here:
USA
UK

truthfinder-promo-small The Truth Finder is a Young Adult novel. It is about a young man who can reads minds and takes place in the fifth millennium. It costs $9.29 in the USA and £6.00 in UK.

cover My poetry books, Nature’s Gold and Autumn Gold are full of varied poetry for you to enjoy. They cost $6.26/$7.06 in the USA and £5.00/£5.50 in the UK

poster-for-childrens-books My children’s chapter books, The Green Book and Tiny Tyrannosaurus are $5.79/$6.53 in the USA and £4.50/£4.99 in the UK. They are suitable for 4 – 11 year olds and are great as bedtime stories.

des-square-cover-fin

Desdemona: The dragon without any friends is a picture book for 3 – 6 year olds. It costs $12.46 in the USA and £8.99 in the UK.

the-mermaid-cover

The Mermaid is a book of gentle short stories for adults. A great gift for your mother or grandmother. It costs $9.29 in the USA and £6.00 in the UK.

So when you buy the paperback version of my books for your friends and family, you can download the book on kindle for yourself for free. The gift that gives twice. This is not applicable to Desdemona: The dragon without any friends, which is not available on Kindle.
Happy Christmas Shopping.

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.

Last day of free books – Monday 10 October 2016

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The last day of three of my books being free on Amazon Kindle is Monday 10 October. Download a children’s book, a poetry book or a book of short stories for adults. Whatever takes your fancy.
The Green Book
USA

UK

Autumn Gold
USA Autumn Gold

UK Autumn Gold

The Mermaid
USA The Mermaid

UK The Mermaid

The Green Book is free from 8 – 10 October

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My children’s book, The Green Book is free from 8 – 10 October on Amazon Kindle. Tiny Tyrannosaurus is also free on Saturday. Please download these books for your children/grandchildren. They are good bedtime stories.
You can buy them in pareback form. Each book is under £5.00.

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