LET’S TWIST AGAIN!
There’s a lot to get through for this collection of twelve short stories; so buckle up and get ready for a rollercoaster ride! There are twists and turns throughout every story; just when you think you know the ending there’s a final twist!
The stories in ‘A Sting in the Tale’ deal with love, death, revenge and mystery. You can find a ghost story or two and for good measure several of the stories are laced with a touch of comedy. So there’s something for everyone.
‘In Voice’ is a love story about an elderly bookshop owner with an unusual talent and his summer of love with a young schoolteacher.
‘Daylight Robbery’ tells the story of an audacious jewel thief.
‘Affair of the Heart’ is set in Bath; will his partner leave him to run away with a married man?
‘Traveller’s Rest’ is a ghost story; or is it? You decide.
‘What’s in a Name?’ This is what used to be called a ‘shaggy dog’ story; my apologies to the Canine Defence League if that’s not appropriate. There are no dogs in the story anyway.
‘Dobson’s Choice’ is based in my home town and is another love story; as in Hobson’s Choice, young Laura Dobson is left with no choice at all.
‘A Merciful Release’ tells of Christine Amor’s passion for boy bands; not unusual for a young girl, but when the lady concerned is middle aged, her actions are a little extreme.
‘A Crack Shot’ will give some young wives ideas how about how to deal with a cheating husband, but could they dream up such an ingenious method of creating a ‘win win situation’?
‘Come To Rest’ is a story of revenge set in Weston Super Mare. Jane Collingwood is a genteel spinster with a romantic past.
‘Bang to Rights’ sees Dave Abbott have to deal with a tearful woman in what proves to be an explosive day with twists and red herrings in his job as concierge at a luxurious office block.
‘The Class of ’64′ is loosely located in Trowbridge, where I myself went to school. There the similarity ends. In this story a group of bullies get their comeuppance.
‘The Last Bus’ is a ghost story set just four miles from my home town. This bus journey was one I took with my parents & my brother on numerous occasions, but we never knowingly had the same experience as my narrator.
All of the stories are based in the UK. This is simply because that’s where I live and therefore they are the places I know best. Some locations are really close to home like ‘The Class of ‘64’, ‘Dobson’s Choice’ and ‘The Last Bus’, while ‘Traveller’s Rest’ is based on a real incident from my days in the band.
We were travelling back from a gig somewhere south of London and heading towards Andover, Devizes and a warm bed. Through a thick stand of pine trees Nick our saxophone player spotted a dim light. We stopped and reversed back to thread our way via a cinder track through the trees into a clearing. It was a truck stop that had seen better days and we were the only vehicle in the truck park. The proprietor looked after the eight of us with a cooked breakfast, hot drinks and a selection of corny jokes and riddles that amused us during our stay. We left him as the sun was coming up with a cheery wave. Although we travelled that way a dozen times over the next few years, we never found that truck stop again. No matter how we strained our eyes at the passing rows of trees we never saw a dim light, no cinder track and we certainly never sensed any smell of sausage, bacon and egg wafting through the early morning. Spooky!
Why did I write this book? Why a collection of short stories, rather than another novel? As you will have read elsewhere, I stumbled into writing fiction and after I’d completed ‘The Final Straw’ I was at a loose end. It was up for grabs on Amazon and doing the rounds on a virtual book tour for the summer (2013); the reviews were scheduled for September/October perhaps and I searched for some local reviewers to get things moving. I discovered a writers group in my home town and I thought I’d get some help there. As part of my induction process and in an attempt to ingratiate myself with this motley crew I offered a couple of poems and a short story or two for their opinions. My offerings went down well, but there was no sign of a book review anytime soon. I tried my hand at a couple more short stories & when ‘The Final Straw’ was picking up my first award, I had about seven or eight completed. I thought that twelve was a good number and cracked on in the week or two before we were off on holiday in late September. The holiday was for rest & recuperation for both of us but my wife wanted me to be ready to start the sequel to ‘The Final Straw’ as soon as we returned home.
I published ‘A Sting In The Tale’ in October and started writing ‘Unfinished Business’. Four months later, I thought I’d better think about promoting BOTH books. That’s my downfall; I love writing but can’t get to grips with the marketing side of things. Everything had to be delayed for a couple of months due to illness, but I’m fighting fit again now and so the past couple of months have seen me reaching out to Laurence O’Bryan (see below) and others for help in getting my books in front of a wider audience.
I’m off on holiday again shortly, you’ve guessed it! I’m destined to be tucked away for several weeks writing the next book as soon as we get home! Happy days!
Take a look at these shorts with a twist why don’t you? There’s a lot of variety there for very little money!
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