Have published 22 books since 1998, one out of print, 20 available on Smashwords and 1 on Amazon. I have a fourth novel half-finished in the pipeline, due to publish in 2014. I hope to have another volume of short stories ready for next Spring.
A grandfather of two angels, happily married for 38 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. 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 occaisional novellas and novels.
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Set in the English Middle Ages, Will the longbow maker and fletcher sells his wares in the shire market towns, taking part in the archery competitions to publicise his craft. At the last early spring fair he sees an ancient bow which reminds him of his long-lost bride.
When you are alone and hurt, it is comforting to know that someone really cares.
The telegram brings good news for Doctor Beth, which reminds her of another telegram that her guardian aunt received on her behalf twenty years earlier. Ever since, Beth has waited in vain, fearing the worst, but not knowing the answers.
Brian loves his satellite navigation computer and would be lost without her. His friends think he's mad.
Shy Violet has been overweight for years. Then she signs up for a structured diet plan and rapidly turns into a butterfly. Now she is gorgeous and has renewed confidence but has she taken this thing too far and lost everything?
Who Shot Father Christmas?
The magic of Christmas is at stake and drastic measures are called for. The cause and solution so obvious, dear reader, but will the interested parties sort out their mess in time? Disclaimer: no Father Christmases were harmed during the weaving of this festive tale.
Alan Palmer sits in a coffee bar of a swanky hotel contemplating the loss of his relationship when the last person he ever wanted to see again pops up to compound his misery. Set in England.
Harry's a creature of habit and an observer rather than one who interacts, until an attractive woman introduces a little sparkle into his loneliness.
Lane 1 Closure
When the hard-bitten Police Sarge in Traffic Control hears about a broken down vehicle on the motorway from a rookie patrolman and his partner, are they pulling his leg? A whimisical tale set just before dawn on Christmas morning.
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Smashwords book reviews by Tony Spencer
- Coming Home
on Dec. 13, 2012
I enjoyed this book. It was well-written with both sweet romantic episodes contrasting with heart-wrenching drama, covering all the difficult issues within the story. The characters are superbly drawn with enough complexity to maintain interest, and involve the allow the reader to speculate on the causes behind the events as they unfold. There are enough layers to the story to keep the story interesting through to the conclusion. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for future novellas by this promising young author.
- Free for the Wedding
on Jan. 10, 2013
Entertaining and amusing story, well told and resolved. The characters were interesting and well-drawn and developed as the story unfolded. Neat interlocking of multiple threads and events which brought the characters alive. Loved the cover design the scene of which was only realised in the very last chapter.
A few literals, some annoying like the the heroine being either Valarie or Valerie, but I did guffaw at the reference to the "Super Bowel ad into a movie", imagining who would be interested in a bowel movement of monumental proportions.
- Northern Bites, a.k.a. Canada Sucks: A Very Short Vampire Story
on March 31, 2013
Very amusing, short and succinct but simply brutal and funny with it. I enjoyed it enormously. Not sure it could have been improved on quite frankly, so 5 stars it is.
- The Hoodsman - Killing Kings
on April 30, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the first in a saga based on the legend of Robin Hood, transposed to exactly 100 years prior to the birth of King John. I suppose if the legend of King Arthur can migrate half a millennium from the supposed age of chivalry to the generation after the flight of Rome from the shores of Albion, surely setting Hood into the frenzied genocidal displacement of the old Anglo-Danish hegemony during the Norman conquest and subjugation of these islands is not such a stretch of the imagination. In both cases the cap fits, or the hood in the later case. I'm sure King John would declare "About bloody time!" or something similar. I loved the twin threads of storyline with the youthful hero in one and as a relatedly old man in the other. Although the device gives away the fact that he survives the earlier trials and tribulations in order to experience the later adventures, doesn't detract from the enjoyment at all (we knew he would survive folks didn't we?), but the close mirroring of events demonstrates that history keeps repeating itself despite his best efforts to the contrary. To paraphrase The Who, welcome in the new king, same as the old king. I also enjoyed the disguised reappearance of the traditional Hood supporting cast, mixed in with historic figures from that time. There are tantalising hints that maintain interest, such as is the wedded Mar, who has a somewhat ambiguous relationship with two men in her life, the same younger Maid of legend who is only obliquely referred to in the primary timeline? I thoroughly recommend this book, loved it throughout and look forward to getting stuck into the remaining volumes.
- The Hoodsman - Hunting Kings
on May 16, 2013
The story continues, still with twin threads a generation apart, running at a slower pace than the first book, but still very enjoyable and engaging. The drawing of the old and new characters is excellent, the scene-setting and descriptions giving an earthy flavour of the period. Lots of annoying little literals, however, like "leaches" for "leeches", "site" for "sight" and lots of "the" instead of "they" which are distracting and should have been avoided. Thoroughly recommend the series as a very good read, though.
- Unexpected Love
on May 25, 2013
Charming story, well told through a slow build up, which enabled development of the alternating elation and doubts present in a budding (or at times faltering?) romance between the two main characters. Excellent characterisation of the main and supporting cast while the suspense elements of the external threat were well-handled, leading to a satisfactory conclusion. An enjoyable read, admittedly in need of some editing, the story does indicate a writer with a high degree of promise.
- Up in Flames
on June 24, 2013
Free erotic short story. Wow! This was as hot as the title, blurb and cover graphic promised and there was nothing at all disappointing about the content. Rachel is a smouldering hothouse exotic disguised as a wallflower, for the sake of holding down her job, while suppressing the hots she has for wealthy boss James, who barely gives her the time of day while he unloads passed-over pussy with parting posies. Now, late on Friday, she is trapped in an elevator alone with James between floors ... suffering from claustrophobia. Great scenario, nicely drawn and sympathetic characters, excellent dialogue between the two participants, along with Rachel's thoughts and conflicts. The story was very well written, paced perfectly and surprised me in two ways, firstly that it was upliftingly romantic and secondly ... did I tell you it was hot?
- Gift of Continence
on June 30, 2013
This delightful book is not a gold nugget, it's a mother load of mirth. I had a smile on my face all the way through and every few pages I would involuntarily laugh out loud at the antics of Fiona MacDougall, her family, friend and associated critters. There were times when I felt in dire need of "The Gift" itself! It starts early on the narrator Fiona's wedding day with her obsession with long lazy hot baths, her OCD mother wanting to speak to her rather late in the day about her ... wifely duties (not that Fi ever listens to any of mum's homilies), and her unique relationship with her cat. This delightful book tastefully avoids the honeymoon and concentrates the reader on the maniacally mad Fiona as she fails to cope with the first few weeks of married life. Reminiscent of a Tom Sharpe novel, the moronic actions which ensue are perfectly logical when viewed from Fi's skewed perspective, and the laughs just keep on coming. I loved the little touches, the quotes from the marriage ceremony which aptly introduce each chapter, Grannie's little proverbs, Fi's short attention span where she misses so much of what's going on. The supporting cast of brother, 14 going on 30, best-friend Gloria and her string of oaths (which reminds me that the rife profanity throughout is condimentary to the dish), Grannie, her dog (what wrinkly calls their dog Euthanasia? I crease up every time). Written in Dingo Lingo (Aussie English), I just had to read it in the style of the Dick Van Dyke school of accents. Try it, it definitely works. The intensity never drops off, this novel is simply brilliant. If you have a funny bone, you just have to tickle it with this. Don't be put off by the cover pic and hints this is woman's fiction or chick lit, don't let the ladies keep this to themselves; I'm a bloke and I absolutely loved it! In fact, I am going to read it again, now, just need to empty my bladder first....
- Rachel's Penance
on Nov. 08, 2013
This little story is an absolute delight: sweet, sensitive, delicious; written in a gentle even pace to draw out the narrator's feelings, the underlying passion exquisitely revealed. It is a little naughty, in a classy, sophisticated, very British gentlemanly way and wickedly funny, leaving the reader with as warm a glow as ... well, you really need to read this to find out, don't you? Superbly written, I know there is more to savour from tje author after this splendid debut.
- Astara Disrobed
on Nov. 23, 2013
Beautifully woven tale about a fading village and its disappointed custodian, powerless to prevent extinction unless fertility is restored. A story which is sweet, funny, sexy and simply magical.
Both CP Calvert's stories to date are absolute gems and well worth a read.
on Dec. 19, 2013
I loved Tracy's opening book in this Detective Series "Unexpected Love" and this one is, if anything, even better. It is a romance story but it is very much an unwanted one at first for Kyra, a waitress, who finds herself attracted at first sight to the tall detective Ben, who visits her diner right there on page 1. But Kyra wants nothing to do with cops, even though her late father was chief of police and she had once had ambitions to be a detective herself. That's one mystery for us to deal with. Outside the diner she realises that despite herself she even admires the cop's taste in old muscle cars; later we learn that Ben loves her inherited classic that she currently refuses to drive. Her brother therefore collects Kyra from the diner and they drive home; then the real drama starts as her brother starts to open up about something bothering him. Outside their home, Kyra is distracted by a note on the door to urgently visit a neighbour, then she hears a revving vehicle and before either can react her brother is gunned down in a hail of bullets in a drive-by. Another bullet, intended for Kyra hits the cop, Ben, who is on scene before she arrived and goes straight into protection mode as he sees the speeding car. Thereafter Kyra's life is in constant danger and, despite herself and her feelings, she needs the cops for protection as the mystery surrounding her brother's involvement with a local crime boss unravels.
This is an exciting story, with strong characters and their complicated interwoven lives and relationships leading to past, present and future violent events, which are revealed as Kyra can't help involving herself in sleuthing herself, despite further attempts by the crime boss to shut her up. She may be a girl in need of protection, but she is no shrinking wallflower, and Ben has his secrets, too. If you like strong heroines, this one pursued by a handsome hero and an evil villain, this read is right up your street, especially as it is FREE on Smashwords. Can't wait for the third in the series, and after you've read the first two, you will too.