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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.

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The Truth Finder – Free this weekend

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The ebook, The Truth Finder is free until 21 June 2016. Why not download now and read when you have a moment?
USA
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Price for paperback $9.15 or £6.99

Review from Maria (Thank you Maria) on Amazon UK

5.0 out of 5 Truth Finder.
ByMariaon 12 March 2015
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
4.5 rounded to 5.
I really enjoyed this YA fantasy. I thought the tone and writing was perfect for the age group targeted, it was a great story with interesting characters.
I especially liked that although it was set in the future and there had been disastrous wars making areas of earth inhabitable, it was not too bleak with people living as savages, like many other books in this genre. Humanity and civilisation survives. There are schools and employment in the new cities and the farmers work with scientists to increase yields on the land that can still be farmed. There are tyrants but people try to get on with everyday life.
A lot of thought went into creating this “future” world and events appeared logical within it. There were a couple of little touches I particularly liked, especially as they were referred to without over labouring the point –
The ‘visualisers’ were forced by the government to create the illusion that the city was far smarter than it was and to hide the derelict, run down buildings.
Most people thought the ‘life device’ they wore was a good thing as it did things like detect illnesses early on. A few thought they went against civil liberties.
The central character, Vrail was believable and likeable as he struggled with his gift of being a truth finder and works out the best way to use his power for good. He was a loyal,brave and thoughtful character with a supportive group of friends.
The writing is straightforward with clarity. The story is entertaining and complete but also introduces a range of characters, giving the author plenty of scope to make this into a series.
An enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series being released.

The Truth Finder – Free book

All my ebooks are free on Amazon Kindle Unlimited all the time but from 16 – 20 June the ebook version of The Truth Finder will be free to everyone.
The Truth Finder is a young adult novel about the fifth millennium. Vrail can read people’s thoughts, which sounds like fun, but it is a double edged sword.The Truth Finder front kindle

You can buy it here from the UK and here from the USA.

Here’s a review from Amazon that may be of interest.

5.0 out of 5 starsRead minds at your own peril
By Eric Lahti on March 18, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Penny Luker’s The Truth Finder is a YA story about a young man far in the Earth’s future who can read minds and communicate telepathically. In this world there are others with similar gifts such as the ability to create mirages of sorts. Throw in a pinch of political intrigue, a shot of coming-of-age story, and a dash of magical swans and you have a very rich YA story that avoids the traditional pitfalls of talking down to its audience. Our protagonist, Vrail, is not out to save the world from the shadowy forces of danger. He’s not the most powerful person in the world. He’s, arguably, not even the most powerful person in his village. And that right there is a powerful way to tell a story; rather than making the main character so amazing that he becomes a charicature or something to strive for but never attain, Luker tells us a story that we can fit ourselves into. It has a lot of moving parts – coming-of-age, political intrigue, hints of things that started normal but became magical – but Penny pulls it most of the way together.

I say most of the way because there are some dangling threads left at the end. The primary story is told, but bear in mind the subtitle of the book Future Earth Book 1. It simply wouldn’t be proper to finish everything at the end of this. Besides, if the whole story was told there’d be no reason for a sequel and I’d personally like to see more of the story. Here’s to looking forward to Future Earth Book 2.

The Truth Finder is free 9 +10 Jan 2015

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The Truth Finder is free on Amazon Kindle Sat 9th and Sun 10th January.
This Young Adult Novel, set in the fifth millennium, is about a young man who has the gift of mind reading. Life is full of pitfalls and there are authorities with too much power.
The Truth Finder link.

This is one of the reviews on Amazon Kindle. (Thank you Molly Flanderson.)

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read

By Molly Flanderson 22 June 2015

Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase

A wonderful young adult story set in the future. Truthfinders are mind readers and with that come a few perks and a lot of responsibilities. The author has created great characters here but also delves deep into the psychology of mind-reading. Through the futuristic world setting and reflection of our current time as history the author brings a lot of depth into this inspired and entertaining novel. Highly recommended.

The Truth Finder Y.A. Fantasy Novel Free #IASD

Vrail front kindle The Truth Finder is free on Amazon Kindle from Friday 13 November 2015 until Sunday 15 November (inc). You can download it here for the U.K. and here for the U.S.A.
It’s the story of Vrail who can read minds. He is sent out to find the truth when people commit crimes. The story is set in the 5th millennium, but life has not progressed as you might think.
All my books are free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. If you prefer to read a paperback version, The Truth Finder is £6.99 in the U.K. and $9.15 in U.S.A.

Here’s one of the reviews on Amazon and there are a number of others to choose from.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Finder.
By Mariaon 12 March 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
4.5 rounded to 5.
I really enjoyed this YA fantasy. I thought the tone and writing was perfect for the age group targeted, it was a great story with interesting characters.
I especially liked that although it was set in the future and there had been disastrous wars making areas of earth inhabitable, it was not too bleak with people living as savages, like many other books in this genre. Humanity and civilisation survives. There are schools and employment in the new cities and the farmers work with scientists to increase yields on the land that can still be farmed. There are tyrants but people try to get on with everyday life.
A lot of thought went into creating this “future” world and events appeared logical within it. There were a couple of little touches I particularly liked, especially as they were referred to without over labouring the point –
The ‘visualisers’ were forced by the government to create the illusion that the city was far smarter than it was and to hide the derelict, run down buildings.
Most people thought the ‘life device’ they wore was a good thing as it did things like detect illnesses early on. A few thought they went against civil liberties.
The central character, Vrail was believable and likeable as he struggled with his gift of being a truth finder and works out the best way to use his power for good. He was a loyal,brave and thoughtful character with a supportive group of friends.
The writing is straightforward with clarity. The story is entertaining and complete but also introduces a range of characters, giving the author plenty of scope to make this into a series.
An enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series being released.

My books #IARE

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

Book Review: Joshua’s Island by Patrick Hodges

Joshua's IslandJoshua’s Island by Patrick Hodges
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Joshua Harper lives in a happy family with both parents and an older sister. Not the sort of child that would be a victim of bullies, you might think, but he is slightly small for his age and his parents are working long hours. Rhonda the most popular girl in the school takes a dislike to him as she likes to show her power to the rest of the school. She sets her little gang against Joshua and makes the whole school treat him as an outcast. To say the least the head of the school is ineffectual, if not grossly incompetent.
Like many children who are bullied, Joshua feels ashamed and doesn’t enlist the help of his parents. He just has to survive one more year and then he will move school. In science class Joshua is partnered with Eve, one of Rhonda’s group. She won’t talk to Joshua because of everything she’s heard about him, but eventually she realizes that they are all lies and that Joshua is being beaten up on a regular basis.
This is the story of Joshua, with Eve’s help, trying to reach safety within a school environment. It is beautifully written and I believe it should be in every secondary school library (suitable for children eleven and over).
It is written in the first person, which makes the events more immediate as you feel the emotions. It is also written in two points of view, so there is a chapter by Joshua and then one by Eve. This works well, because within each chapter the author sticks strictly to one point of view.
I recommend this book to everyone over the age of eleven. Joshua and Eve are thirteen and there are some excellent younger characters. Obviously this book is aimed at an audience of young people and not at my age group but even so I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

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