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Have published 22 books since 1998, one out of print, 20 available on Smashwords and 1 on Amazon. I started writing fiction in 2013. I brought out a glut of little books as soon as I realised self publishing was an option, but now I am settling down to produce one novel and a collection of other stories each year.
I have a fourth novel half-finished in the pipeline, due to publish in 2015. I hope to have another volume of short stories ready for this Spring.
A grandfather of three angels, happily married for 39 years to another, living in Hampshire, England, about 35 miles west of London. I had worked for over 40 years as a printer and proofreader but currently occupied on road maintenance, and writing in my spare time. I am retiring in July and hoping to spend more time writing. Also an editor of football programmes and have written weekly sports reports now for almost 20 years in local newspapers. Now concentrating on romantic fiction, mostly short stories, with occasional novellas and novels.
on March 10, 2015 :
The revenge of a betrayed spouse is a terrible thing, and in Fat Chance it is more terrible than most. What made this book really special to me is that, while most 'revenge' books deal with evil revenge, fantasies such as hiding prawns in the curtain pelmets and sugar in the petrol tank, Spencer's hero brings about his revenge by using the qualities that made him a first class husband - his skill in the kitchen, his skill at home repairs, his kindness, generosity and friendliness. They are the skills of a good man rather than the fantasies of an evil one, and the punishment of his erring wife is effective, complete and dreadful, even including remediation of the other marriages she has damaged with her infidelity, although a twist at the end leaves the reader wondering if he is not about to be taken down with the sinking ship.
The narrative style is rather flat, but this works well with the first-person voice of the betrayed man - he's a plain-spoken man, not over-educated but thoughtful, and his voice comes through clearly and authentically, making the book work in a way that otherwise it might not have.
(reviewed the day of purchase)