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The Truth Finder and The Visualizer -FREE

The Truth Finder is a story about Earth in the fifth millennium and a young man, left on his own in a dangerous world, but he has a gift. He can read people’s minds. His gift is both a blessing and a curse as it can help him out of trouble but also put him in danger.

The ebook of The Truth Finder is free from 2 to 6 September. Why not download your copy here?

The Visualizer is a story about Earth in the fifth millennium and a young woman who is searching for her family and place in the world. She has a gift which others want to exploit, so she must keep it hidden from all, except those she can trust? But who can she trust?

The ebook of The Visualizer is free from 2 to 6 September. Why not download your copy here?

The third novel in this series is The Healer. It should be available early next year.

Why not check out some of my other books? I’d love to know what you think.
Here’s my author page. All my books are free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and many are also available in paperback.

Today and tomorrow 21 and 22 March 2020

All my books are always free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited but if you don’t have that The Truth Finder and the sequel, The Visualizer, are free as e-books today and tomorrow.

The Truth Finder is the story of Vrail, who has a wonderful gift; the ability to read minds. But his gift is a double edged sword and puts him at risk of exploitation in an unstable world. Earth in the fifth millennium is recovering from wars that made large parts of it uninhabitable. With few people to help him, he must learn who are his friends quickly.

Alien Town Between Mountains

The Visualizer tells of Seek’s journey from exploitation to freedom and finding her way in a troubled world, where war is on the horizon. She too has a gift; the ability to change her form and her surroundings. Can she help her family and Vrail survive?

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FREE BOOKS – Last few hours

The Truthfinder and The Visualizer are free for a few more hours. If you haven’t read these books, why not downoad them now.

As ever, all my books are free on Kindle Unlimited. I hope you can find something to enjoy.

Award for The Truth Finder


The Truth Finder was nominated for awards run by Connections eMagazine in June. I am over the moon that it has won the gold award for the Young Adult category. I’ve just added the award to the front cover.
This is the story of Vrail in the fifth Millennium. Vrail can read minds, which is a gift and a curse. Those with natural gifts are vulnerable to exploitation in a violent and unstable world.
You can buy The Truth Finder here It costs £1.99 in the UK and $2.99 in US. It’s also available in paperback for £6.99 in UK and $10.16 in US.

All my books will be back on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited in a few days. I’m just doing some updates.

The connections emagazine is a quality magazine run by author Melanie Smith. I’ve added a link here. It’s free and well worth a browse.

The Visualizer

Te Visualizer is reduced in price to £0.99 or $1.29 until 23 APril 2019. You can download it here.

The Visualizer is a new release and the sequel to The Truth Finder. Seek has been living in the city of Mebsuta, hiding her gift of being a visualizer. She can change herself into other forms and change her surroundings. Such a wonderful gift, but in Mebsuta, Visualizers are incarcarated in the Three Towers and forced to work for the city. She escapes, but is life any safer out of the city? More perils await.

If you enjoyed The Truth Finder, I’m sure you’ll enjoy The Visualizer. Why not download it now?

If you prefer a paperback it is available for £6.29 here. (plus p+p) from Lulu.com.

New Release – The Visualizer

My new book, The Visualizer, has just been released as an ebook. It continues the story of Earth in the fifth millennium. It is the story of Seek, a visualizer, who can change her appearance and the appearance of the world around her. But all gifted people are vulnerable to exploitation by those in power. She is the grandaughter of the Ruler Grettison, who has been deposed from the city of Mizair. Grettison is planning war to regain his position, by attacking the people there now. Can Seek prevent the war?
This book is the sequel to The Truth Finder (Vrail) who is a friend of Seek’s family, so you get to find out what Vrail is up to.
The ebook is £1.99 in the UK and is $2.60 in the US

The Visualizer is now available in paperback. £6.62 or $8.56 here.

The Truth Finder is available here.

 

The Visualizer will be available soon.

By next week The Visualizer should be available on Amazon’s Kindle. The Visualizer, is the story of Seek, who has escaped from Mebsuta. She reunites with her parents and Vrail, the truth finder, and tries to stop the war that’s brewing in the city of Mizair. Her special gift gives her powers, but also makes her vulnerable. This story continues the story of Earth in the fifth millennium and is a YA novel, but will also be enjoyed by adults.

In case you haven’t read the first book in the series, The Truth Finder is free today and tomorrow 5 and 6 April 2019.You can download it here.

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: 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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The Truth Finder – 5 Stars by Lesley Hayes

TF CoverToday I woke up to find this fabulous review of my young adult novel, The Truth Finder.

5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling read, 21 Feb. 2015
By
Lesley Hayes (Oxford, UK) – See all my reviews
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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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I’ve read one of Lesley Hayes books called Oxford Marmalade. There’s a link to that book here. You can find my review on this blog. I was so impressed with the writing, the characters and the stories and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. It’s great when you find a new author, whose writing you love. Do check out all her books on Amazon. I’ve added a few more links below.
The Drowned Phoenician Sailor
Round Robin
Without a Safety Net

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