The Origami Nun by Lori Olding

Children’s novella The Origami Nun by Lori Olding is now available at Amazon for only 99p!

Seven-year old Ruth can’t speak, but that doesn’t mean she can’t think. She knows her birthday is going to be good as her beloved great-aunt has exciting plans for her. What she doesn’t expect is a magical paper nun, an encounter with a bully who may not be what she seems or a school day to remember. Because, before her special day is over, Ruth is in for some very big surprises.

Reviews:

“What a delightfully written book! This is one I plan to share with my daughter at some point because I think she would like it, too! I love the fact that the author featured a mute heroine, and magic is infused in such a wonderful way. In addition to that, it deals with a subject with which our youth are very familiar – bullying! … I connected with the character, the story, and I enjoyed the magical nature of the story … I hope the author writes several sequels!” [From a 5-star review at My Devotional Thoughts]

“I really enjoyed reading this shorter story. The author portrayed the characters well and had a great story line … This is a terrifically inspirational and uplifting story for children and adults alike.” [From a review at The Cover Books]

“This is the most touching children’s book I have read. I absolutely LOVED it … I highly recommend this book to children in the age range of 8+. However, I think adults would like this book too.” [From a 5-star review at Goodreads]

“There is a wonderful life lesson in the story and I have read it to my own grandchildren with great enthusiasm. They adored it!” [From a 5-star review at Goodreads]

“Magic is in the air. Come see how Ruth and others learn the importance of respect for each other even though they are different and that each person has a different story or reason for being different. I recommend this book for ages 6 and up.” [From a 4.5 star review at Fire and Ice Reviews]

Lori Olding Children’s Author

Free Book Friday: Angels and Apples

Welcome to Free Book Friday! Today’s FREE books at Amazon are as follows:

Angels and Airheads

Ricky has been secretly in love with his best friend Jez forever, but he’s never dared confess his feelings because he thinks Jez is too high-class for him. One evening, while sharing a quiet evening with Jez, a mysterious angel, Madred, appears and tries to persuade Ricky to take a chance on love.

Too bad Ricky doesn’t believe in angels. Madred is forced to take desperate measures in an attempt to show the reluctant Ricky the truth. When the angel leaves, can Ricky find the courage to declare himself to Jez, and what will happen to their friendship if he does?

Download this book for FREE today only!

The Apple Picker’s Daughter

Born in the 1960s on a UK apple farm, Clare Rivers is a girl out of time, living in a family and a world that makes little sense to her. Determined to carve out her place somehow, and with her deep love of her father to see her through, Clare begins a unique journey to discover the reasons for her own existence. If she can. However, accompanied by the oddities of family, school and the strange lyrical life of the apples, can Clare really find a place within herself to call home?

This novel will appeal to lovers of rural life, recent history and a child’s quirky but clear-sighted view of the adult world.

Download this book for FREE until Saturday!

Happy reading!

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Trilogy

Free Book Friday: Apples and Gifts!

Welcome to Free Book Friday! This week, I once again have two free books, as below:

The Apple Picker’s Daughter

Born in the 1960s on a UK apple farm, Clare Rivers is a girl out of time, living in a family and a world that makes little sense to her. Determined to carve out her place somehow, and with her deep love of her father to see her through, Clare begins a unique journey to discover the reasons for her own existence. If she can. However, accompanied by the oddities of family, school and the strange lyrical life of the apples, can Clare really find a place within herself to call home?

This novel will appeal to lovers of rural life, recent history and a child’s quirky but clear-sighted view of the adult world.

Reviews from Amazon:

“A delightful and intriguing tale of a child who feels herself ‘different.'”

“The only way to absorb Anne Brooke’s gift of a child’s perception of the world is to read the book. It is a joy!”

“Because of the way that this book is written it can be enjoyed by both adults and children.”

Download this book for free here!

The Gifting

Simon Hartstongue is a mind-reader, and branded a coward and a murderer. When his overlord and lover Ralph Tregannon turns against him, he is forced to embark on a treacherous journey to the distant and magical land of Gathandria in order to save his country and his own soul. During a series of terrifying trials, Simon must encounter the trickery of the deadly Mind Executioner and the secret dealings of those he ought to trust.

The Gifting is an Awesome Indies novel, and is showcased at the Awesome Indies website.

Reviews:

“The Gifting is a unique fantasy where mental and physical worlds merge in a flight of unrestrained imagination. Unlike much fantasy I’ve read lately, this book soars with hope. It’s a story of redemption gained through a mystical journey through earth, air, fire and water that tests the deepest recesses of a man’s soul.” (Awesome Indies Reviews)

“The Gifting is merely the introduction to the Gathandrian Trilogy; it’s a big world, filled with intrigues and magic, loss and redemption. It’s a fantastical place where almost anything is possible, where a coward can become a hero, where the promise for more excitement and enchantment are guaranteed, and I look forward to seeing where Anne Brooke will take us next, as well as discovering what Simon’s future holds.” (Top2Bottom Reviews)

Download this book for free here!

Happy reading, and have a great Friday!

Anne Brooke Books
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy

Blog 96: New reviews for The Apple Picker’s Daughter!

Much to my surprise and delight, novel of childhood The Apple Picker’s Daughter has picked up its first US reviews at Amazon:

Born in the 1960s on a UK apple farm, Clare Rivers is a girl out of time, living in a family and a world that makes little sense to her. Determined to carve out her place somehow, and with her deep love of her father to see her through, Clare begins a unique journey to discover the reasons for her own existence. If she can. However, accompanied by the oddities of family, school and the strange lyrical life of the apples, can Clare really find a place within herself to call home?

This novel will appeal to lovers of rural life, recent history and a child’s quirky but clear-sighted view of the adult world.

Reviews:

“The only way to absorb Anne Brooke’s gift of a child’s perception of the world is to read the book. It is a joy!” (From a 5-star Amazon US review)

“She [Clare] sees herself as different and she has never felt that she quite fit into the dynamics around her. She embarks on a journey of self discovery that will endear even the most hardened cynic. This book is an absolute joy to read.” (From a 4-star Amazon US review)

So why not pick up a copy and give it a try today? Happy reading!

Anne Brooke Books
The Gathandrian Trilogy
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Blog 82: The Apple Picker’s Daughter – ‘a perfect tale for anyone who ever felt different’

Novel of childhood The Apple Picker’s Daughter has received its first review – a 5-star one at Amazon UK, entitled ‘A perfect tale for anyone who ever felt different.’ So I’m very thrilled about that!

“Such a beautiful, gentle book, telling the story of Clare’s life from birth to adolescence. A delightful and intriguing tale of a child who feels herself ‘different’, who neither fits in nor understands the people around her … I loved it and read it in one sitting.”

You can read the rest of this review here and find out more about the book here.

And as a reminder for you, here’s the blurb:

Born in the 1960s on a UK apple farm, Clare Rivers is a girl out of time, living in a family and a world that makes little sense to her. Determined to carve out her place somehow, and with her deep love of her father to see her through, Clare begins a unique journey to discover the reasons for her own existence. If she can. However, accompanied by the oddities of family, school and the strange lyrical life of the apples, can Clare really find a place within herself to call home?

This novel will appeal to lovers of rural life, recent history and a child’s quirky but clear-sighted view of the adult world.

Happy reading! – and don’t forget that everything that happens in this novel is actually true, as it’s really the story of my own childhood in a fictionalised form. Now, there’s a confession, eh …!
Anne Brooke Books
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy
Gay Reads UK

Blog 54: FREE book – The Apple Picker’s Daughter

For today ONLY, novel of childhood The Apple Picker’s Daughter, is FREE at Amazon!

Born in the 1960s on a UK apple farm, Clare Rivers is a girl out of time, living in a family and a world that makes little sense to her. Determined to carve out her place somehow, and with her deep love of her father to see her through, Clare begins a unique journey to discover the reasons for her own existence. If she can. However, accompanied by the oddities of family, school and the strange lyrical life of the apples, can Clare really find a place within herself to call home?

This novel will appeal to lovers of rural life, recent history and a child’s quirky but clear-sighted view of the adult world.

I hope you enjoy the read, and have a great weekend!

Blog 46: FREE book – The Apple Picker’s Daughter

Childhood novel, The Apple Picker’s Daughter, is FREE today and tomorrow at Amazon, so don’t miss out!

Born in the 1960s on a UK apple farm, Clare Rivers is a girl out of time, living in a family and a world that makes little sense to her. Determined to carve out her place somehow, and with her deep love of her father to see her through, Clare begins a unique journey to discover the reasons for her own existence. If she can. However, accompanied by the oddities of family, school and the strange lyrical life of the apples, can Clare really find a place within herself to call home?

This novel will appeal to lovers of rural life, recent history and a child’s quirky but clear-sighted view of the adult world.

I hope you enjoy the read.