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The Mermaid on Amazon kindle

The Mermaid on Amazon kindle

The Mermaid, a book of short stories for adults (not adult short stories – there is a difference) is free on Amazon Kindle today and tomorrow 9 – 10 October 2016. It is full of a variety of genre that will help you pass an enjoyable half hour with your coffee. The story, The Mermaid, was a prize winning story. Why not download now and read when you have the time.

All my books are free on Kindle Unlimited all the time and are available in paperback. Your feedback will be welcome and appreciated.


The Green Book, is a children’s book, suitable for children of 4-11 years. It is a chapter book, which works well for bedtime stories. It is FREE on Amazon Kindle, today and tomorrow, 9-10 October.

My other children’s book, Tiny Tyrannosaurus, is always free on Amazon Kindle Unlimted.

Both books are available to buy in paperback format and if you purchase the paperback, then the kindle version is free, because you shouldn’t have to buy the book twice. (Unfortunately it doesn’t work the other way round.)

Desdemona – The Dragon without any friends, is a new children’s book, for younger children, coming out on Amazon Kindle soon.

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Autumn Gold, is a poetry book, full of variety and forms of poetry. It is FREE on Amazon Kindle, today and tomorrow, 9-10 October. My main aim when writing poetry is that the reader will find some to enjoy.

My other poetry book, Nature’s Gold, is always free on Amazon Kindle Unlimted.

Both books are available to buy in paperback format and if you purchase the paperback, then the kindle version is free, because you shouldn’t have to buy the book twice.

I’d love to hear your views on my poetry and hope you enjoy it.

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.


My first book of poetry, Nature’s Gold, is free on Amazon Kindle on 6 and 7 October 2016. Autumn Gold, the second book is free from 6-10 of October. Why not download a copy of both books?

All of my books are permanently free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and hard copies are available from Lulu and Amazon.

The Mermaid, a book of short stories, is free on Amazon Kindle from 6 – 10 October 2016. The book is multi-genre and great to read with a cup of coffee or on a train. I hope you enjoy it.


All my books are permanently free on Kindle Unlimited, but if you don’t have that, Tiny Tyrannosaurus will be free on Thursday 6 October to Saturday 8 October.

These books are suitable for children from 4 – 11 years. They are magic chapter books, which build into a novel.

Here’s an extract from The Green Book

Secret Spells

Alana loved the long light days of summer. There was endless time to play with friends and freedom to explore the countryside as long as they all stayed in a group. She knew that Adam, Kirsty and Kurt would be playing football at the Rec this morning, so she felt particularly cross when her father sent her to tidy up her bedroom.
‘And don’t just shove everything behind the bed,’ Dad shouted. ‘I shall be up to check.’
Alana liked her room the way it was. She slumped down on the bed. ‘Why were parents so hung up about keeping the house tidy? It’d only get messy again,’ she thought, and it was then she noticed a small dark green book on the floor. ‘Strange, have Nana and Papa been to the boot fair again?’ They were always buying lovely presents for her and her brother Isaac. On the front of the book the title was lettered in gold: Secret Spell Book for Ten Year Olds.
‘I must remember to say thank you when they come over,’ she thought and bent and picked it up.
It made a Brrr sound, shook a little and flipped open to a page entitled, ‘How to Tidy Your Bedroom in a Minute’.
Alana read the page carefully. It said you had to say this awfully long word and your bedroom would tidy itself. Of course being a very bright girl she didn’t believe a word of it, but just in case she thought she’d have a go. She broke the word down into small parts and said each part carefully.
All of a sudden, her toys and clothes lifted themselves off the floor. She watched in amazement, but then everything started flying around her head. Books whizzed up to the bookcase and then jiggled themselves upright and popped into place. Clothes folded themselves and jumped into drawers. Dolls found spare limbs and made themselves whole again. Her collection of rocks zoomed into the correct compartments of their display box. Alana had to put her arms round her head to stop herself being hit by anything.
Then all was quiet. She looked round her room and it was immaculate. Alana smiled.
‘That was so much fun,’ she thought, so she went into the next room where Isaac was playing with his dinosaurs.
‘I’ve got a secret Isaac,’ she said. ‘Come and sit over here in the corner with me and watch.’ She didn’t want him hurt, when the toys started flying.
Still holding the book she read out:
‘What are we doing?’ said Isaac.
‘Just watch,’ said Alana and as she spoke all the dinosaurs rose from the floor. They seemed to become alive. She was sure one of them blinked. They flew round the room and landed in their box. Cars rolled into their garage. Books emerged from all sorts of hidden places and zapped themselves into the bookcase. Alana and Isaac watched engrossed in the scene before them.
Five minutes later when Dad came to check her room, she was just sliding the spell book under her pillow. She didn’t want to lose it.
‘Oh you have worked hard Alana. Thank you. I’ll walk you up to the Rec so you can play football with your friends. Isaac do you want to come with us?’
‘No Dad. Alana magicked all my dinosaurs away and I want to get them out again. I’ll stay with Mum.’
Dad gave an indulgent smile, ‘That brother of yours has such an imagination!’
Alana raised her eyebrows but she couldn’t help grinning.


We are where we are!

I am not a political animal, just an ordinary citizen of Britain and the EU. This article is my opinion and therefore naturally biased. I feel part of the EU and I live in Europe. Nevertheless by a democratic process Britain decided to leave the EU on 23 June 2016. I was shocked and saddened by this decision but there is nothing to be done about it.

As an ordinary member of the public I am bound to say that I was disgusted by the campaign on both sides. The leave side lied and misled us with statistics which were untrue. Some parts of the leave campaign stoked up racial hatred by implying that leave would bring us control of our borders, which in my opinion is unlikely to happen. The remain campaign bullied us with threats of austerity (which may happen) and spoke down to us as if we were unintelligent children.

What we needed were facts. Where facts were not possible we needed predictions that were clear as predictions. We needed reasoned argument and not the hysterical shouting that was forced upon us.

To the EU, when Cameron came to try and get a better deal for Britain, you gave him virtually nothing. He had nothing to put on the table to persuade Britain that we should remain. As a net contributor to the EU budget it would have been better to give him something than to lose us. We know that this will be a messy divorce but you should also take some responsibility.

In the name of democracy, which most of us believe in, the British people must now leave the EU.

To the EU, you can make an example of us, so that you persuade other countries not to leave. I ask you not to do this. We are still your allies. We will still stand beside you if there is war. We are fighting the same battle to save our environment. Our people include talented scientists, who want to collaborate with your scientists.

To the British Government, don’t rubbish what the EU has achieved for Britain over the last decades. It has been a leader in human rights and protector of the environment. We are a better country for having worked within Europe. Europe is our neighbour. Even out of the EU we need it to be a success. It is true that we can trade elsewhere but we want to trade with Europe. We are a multi-cultural nation so let’s continue to welcome our fellow Europeans who come here to work and hope they will reciprocate.

To the people of Britain, we must actively show that the immigrants who have chosen to live and work in our country are welcome. We must stand against racism in all its forms. We are all humans together, trying to do the best for our families.

It is in our interest for the EU to remain successful. It is in their interest that we are. Let us all work together to bring peace and prosperity to the continent of Europe.

We are where we are. Let’s not make it a disaster.

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