Tinderbox Publishing Ltd

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Tinderbox Publishing was set-up in 2010 and began publishing both print and e-books. Tinderbox is dedicated to independent publishing of diverse and unusual authors who write about life's vivid truths.

Tinderbox plans to publish in most genres, but currently is focussed upon travel, adventure, parent - teenage relationships, mild erotica, humour and short stories. Not all our books or authors are published on Smashwords, although all are available on Amazon. This will change as time progresses.

At Tinderbox, we do not bemoan the rise of e-books. We believe this will encourage more people to read - especially more young people. There will always be bookshops. Readers will always enjoy buying their favourite books as hard copies. We agree about smell and feel. But we believe the convenience of e-books, for the writer, the seller and the reader, will see them come to dominate sales figures. We can see the sense in that and will be happy to supply that growing market.

Remember, neither the escalator nor the elevator brought about the death of the staircase as many feared they would.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
AN INTERVIEW WITH TINDERBOX AUTHOR MARK SWAIN

My desk is busy but I make some attempt at order. It depends on the day you look at it. Today is fairly junk-free.

On my desk at the moment is:
1. A road atlas of the UK
2. A Filofax open at the diary. I use this as a portable desk diary. I'm trying to use my i-Phone but it's a struggle
3. Mug of Japanese green tea (Chinese is not the same) with a coaster under (1960's Spanish flamenco dancer)
4. A notebook where I write down to do lists and ideas for stories etc
5. Glasses case with cleaning cloth (Ray Ban)
6. i-Pad which I use for reading e-books and managing other Twitter profiles
7. Bills etc - currently a statement for power generated from my solar panels
8. A paperback book - The Tokyo-Montana Express by Richard Brautigan.
9. i-Phone 5
10. A MacBook Pro with a Logitec ergonomic mouse (yes I still use one)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over the world. Born in Singapore (father an aviation engineer in the RAF) then returned to UK (Kent). Moved to Hampshire, then Malaysia aged 6 (father now Army avionics engineer), then back to Singapore, then back to Hampshire age 11. Boarding school in Winchester, then to West Germany, then back to UK (Lichfield), then Hastings aged 16 (Sussex). I went to 10 different schools and caused a lot of trouble.
Read more of this interview.

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Stories To Tell Your Dog
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,730. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
An illustrated book for dogs, and humans of all ages. The 18 stories are aimed at people engaging with their dogs and are peppered with what could be described as canine trigger-words. Words that most dogs respond to instinctively. Dogs love to be told stories, and fortunately adults and children love the stories as much as the dogs do. Children who are reluctant readers read happily to a dog.
Red Card
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2014 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Media tie-in
Pat Carmichael was a talented Premiership footballer until a crippling injury ended his career at 27. His glamorous lifestyle suddenly ended, Pat hit rock bottom. Soon after, his wife left him. "I was in love with Pat Carmichael the football star, not Pat Carmichael the drunk with sick in his beard," she said as she handed him the keys. Booze and gambling did the rest. But could he bounce back?
English Down The Pub
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,450. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
English Down The Pub is a book written for use by both students of English and teachers of English. It will also be of interest to those wanting to know about modern English culture. What readers will not be anticipating in a book of this type, is comedy. The book could be described as 'tongue in cheek', except that its mission is very serious. Provides interesting information on Beer and Pubs.
The Truth In The Lie
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,460. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A sparkling collection of short stories that entrance us with telling glimpses and powerful insights into people’s lives. In so little precious time we feel we know these characters and what drives them – their secrets, their desires, their fears and their regrets. Real people, caught in the author’s spotlight or under his probing microscope. 'Mesmerising'.
Amanda
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Amanda is a newsreader for a UK TV broadcaster. As a young apprentice she was groomed by her married boss who liked her to play a rag doll and other sexual games. When he leaves her for a younger girl she finds herself unable to risk sex with another partner due to public attention. Hungry, she admits to her therapist resorting to flings with men on beaches abroad, but is worried it will escalate.
Miriam and Lionel
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Price: Free! Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(4.00)
Miriam and Lionel are in their 70's, enjoying a very good sex life into old age. Quite adventurous, Miriam says. However, of late her husband has begun requesting things she is not comfortable with. He is obsessed with a neighbour - an elderly lady they know from church. Pitying her narrow experience he suggests a threesome. Miriam is horrified. Later their therapist uncovers a litany of affairs.
Lavinia
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,800. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Lavinia is the problem daughter of an English lord. The family have wrestled with her disturbed behaviour since her early feral stage. At puberty she developed a voracious appetite for sex. Bizarre practices developed, frightening staff and visitors. She was institutionalised. Now she has been sent to a notable therapist. These transcriptions from tapes of the consultations are quite shocking.
Samantha
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,490. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
One case taken from the book 'The Pimlico Tapes'. Married to a headmaster, Samantha is only able to have sex with strangers in public places. Her husband is understanding but stipulates she does not do it locally or tell anyone. One day she is arrested in a London cinema. She agrees to come to therapy to deal with her problem. This is a transcript of a tape from the consultations.
The Pimlico Tapes
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,340. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
(5.00)
In 2009 the author purchase a building in Pimlico and discovered an old box of audio tapes. The tapes contained recordings of a sex therapist's consultations with his patients. This book is the transcripts of what was on those tapes. Anders says, publishing was a risk, but one he felt might help others plagued by sexual problems. The result is fascinating, arousing and compulsive reading.
Special Treatment - Single Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A small Welsh town. Brenda runs a hair salon and employs her son. Perhaps he's gay, they say? However, after winning a competition and working in London, he returns changed. A wow with the ladies he is seduced by a young mother and begins offering personal services to salon clients. After taking on an apprentice to help with demand Rhys finds himself answering questions for the Police. Humorous.
His Perilous Throne
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Price: Free! Words: 4,710. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A young man is wrongly imprisoned for the manslaughter of his kindly employer. Michael has mild learning difficulties and was raised in a children's home. Unable to explain to the court that the death was an accident, he is incarcerated with a sadistic killer, who forces him to become his butler and becomes progressively deluded that he is a member of the aristocracy. Revenge lurks in the shaddows
Leila's Dowry
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
A traditional Moroccan tale of a widowed baker who cherishes the donkey who was his dead wife's dowry. The donkey, like his master, is despised by his old friends in the village due to hardship and envy. Their one consolation is found in their days at the market in a nearby town, where one day they both find their way to a happier future. A modern parable set in a world that has changed little.
Open This Box!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Jim and Carmen, a couple, taking the Trans-Siberian Express train from China to Germany, meet a tragic German businessman in a Shanghai bar and are warned of the pernicious border guards en-route who confiscate food and valuables. On the train Jim devises a cunning plan to avoid the problem but is humiliated in the process.
Sweet Revenge
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,860. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Two competitive Englishmen go cycling together in France. Each attempts to out-do the other as they pass through rolling countryside and villages. Stopping for water in one village they are helped by an odd woman. One man witnesses a grotesque scene in her cellar but keeps the information from his colleague, hoping to punish him for having 'beasted' him on the last hill. Revenge, then regret.
The Deadly EPOS
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,450. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Bob, an elderly supplier of restaurant tableware is regularly taunted by a spiteful young restaurant manager. Other staff delight in the amusing fracas created, including Thierry, the restaurant owner. One day Bob snaps and causes a scene in front of customers. It is an amusing event for Thierry until he receives a call from Bob's solicitor.
The Poledancers
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,570. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Awakenings - A teenage boy secures a summer job helping a gang of telecoms workers erecting telegraph poles in the wilds of Scotland. Directing traffic by day, he enjoys the banter and antics of the men. By night he sleeps in the site tent. One night he meets a mute woman who lives in an old railway signal hut. The encounter is frightening to him yet he is drawn back to her.
The Six-Fifty
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,510. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Two friends meet regularly in a pub they used to frequent as pupils of a local boarding school. Here the conversation usually centres around old anecdotes which they endlessly repeat and amuse themselves over. Some of these involve the misfortune of others. Sometimes this could even be described as cruelty. On one such visit, their conversation is overheard and an unknown man confronts them.
Topolino
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A victim of a workplace accident, Dave lives alone. His Postlady's daily visit is one of the highlights of an otherwise dull life. One day a woman from an accident claims company call-centre telephones him to offer help making a personal injury claim. Happy for the company, Dave tells her all about his accident. Soon the whole call-centre is listening-in. But all does not end well.
Terry
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,770. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
In therapy, sex addict Terry discovers new levels of sensuality. He is excited when he catches a glimpse of a rather plain woman shaving her legs in her small back yard, and by the sight of his cleaner in her white overall, stretching to polish his grand piano. We see how the therapist skilfully helps him to rediscover a level of innocent intrigue that he has not known since he was a boy.
Virginia
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,630. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
A university lecturer, Virginia is a patient of a well known sex-therapist. Relationships rarely work out. Her rabid desire for sex leads to multiple partners (each day). Her tendency to speak bluntly about sex comes as a shock to the elderly therapist who attempts to help her recapture some of her innocence and learn to appreciate more subtle nuances of sexual relationships.
Call Of The Wild
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
A.K. Anders has an interest in foraging for mushrooms. A well-to-do lady in his village asks to be taken on one of his walks. In the woods they come upon a naked couple frolicking in a river and are unable to resist watching them. Despite her usually conservative behaviour, the lady is overcome with wild passions and is soon squirming in the mud.
Tickets Please!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
An innocent young woman on a sleeper train is awakened when a section of bulkhead falls out. Able to see into the next compartment, she witnesses a half drunk man return and have role play sex with his girlfriend.
See Me After The Lesson
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
Erotic Short Story - with humour. By A.K. Anders Two precocious sixth-form girls chat after returning to boarding school, discussing their adventures during summer holidays. One notices the other has an interest in the young Economics teacher and lures her into the Lacrosse pavilion to tell her of her fantasy about him. The heat rises and the two end by acting out the scene.
On My Way To The Church Hall
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,990. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
An Erotic Short Story by A.K. Anders. Lawrence, a respectable man in his 50's is called upon to assist a young woman who has locked her valuables in the bathroom. She lives at the house of his friends who are away. The Slovakian girl is house-sitting. After climbing in through the window, he stays for a polite cup of tea, but finds himself in pain; unable to resist Saskia in her skimpy outfit.
Not For Training Purposes
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
An Erotic Short Story – With elements of humour. Martin, a university lecturer, receives a phone call from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs one night. He is sure it is yet another prank by the admin girls at his university. Trying to turn the tables, he embarks upon a conversation in the guise of 'phone sex'. The consequences take him further than he expects.
Being Hemingway
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
An Erotic Short Story by A.K. Anders A young student is smitten by an attractive middle aged Columbian Creative Writing professor who tells him he reminds her of a young Ernest Hemingway. At 19 he believes he has no chance, but one evening at the gym things take an unexpected turn.
An Outdoor Girl
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,340. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
(5.00)
Erotic Short Story by A.K. Anders - Some humour. Polly is disturbed by a young farmer while picnicking semi-naked in a remote hilltop field. Unfortunately the farmer's Labrador has a penchant for ladies underwear and runs off with her panties and shorts. Stranded, she is saved by the gentlemanly young farmer.
Twitchers
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(5.00)
An Erotic Short Story - Mildly humorous Howard is a retired grocer & member of a local birdwatching society who take weekly walks. Today, only Winifred turns up. Their relationship is formal. She is a spinster & charity worker, involved in the local Women's Institute. Disturbed by an erotic book in Oxfam, Winifred finds herself considering the idea of trying out sex with Howard while out walking.
Something From Upstairs
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
An Erotic Short Story - With humour Terry opens a second-hand bookshop but is troubled by unruly schoolchildren. One Viola, day a six-form girl, comes in and seduces him. Terry soon becomes involved in a social science experiment organised by Viola and her friends. Finally the project is submitted by the girls and all hell breaks loose. The press find out and Terry is exposed.
Banged Up!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,420. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
(5.00)
Erotic Short Story The Author, A.K. Anders, is forced into hiding after British security forces hound him, over the possible true identity of a character in his book (The Pimlico Tapes). Living for 2 weeks in a tiny cellar room in central London, he begins to hallucinate due to sensory deprivation. One night, Anders is unexpectedly joined by an diminutive Indian woman, Jamini.
Special Treatment & Other Stories
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,830. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Mark Swain describes these 12 short stories as: short excursions into the lives of others. It is the characters we are drawn to: A divorcee hairdresser doting on her son. A resentful victim of a construction-site accident. An elderly man victimised by political activists. A boy’s summer job – lovers; adventurers; workers; travellers; prisoners – they all open their lives to us, their secrets.
Long Road, Hard Lessons
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 136,030. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012 by Tinderbox Publishing Ltd. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Bicycling
(4.00)
A father & teenage son cycle from Ireland to Japan. Physical challenges, border bureaucracy, health scares and traffic hazards were all anticipated. The conflict they faced, spending 24hrs a day together under such arduous conditions was not. On one level, a life-changing travel adventure, this book also takes time to look at the psychological journey made by parents and children. Maps include


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  • Lusting While Dusting on Nov. 13, 2013

    Very much enjoyed this little story. It had an air of realism that made me feel the author had been there. Some very nice descriptive language and just the right balance of humour. Gave me a whole new outlook on household chores.
  • Lusting While Dusting on May 09, 2014

    Lusting While Dusting I really enjoyed this story. What a lot of fun it was. I think all us guys have dreamed of having a job calling into people's houses where sexy housewives and single women in their apartments want to use us for hassle-free sex. This story is nicely paced and pushes all the right buttons.
  • Improper Improvisations 1 on May 09, 2014

    Improper Improvisations A lovely collection of raunchy smut. I am especially fond of The Maiden & The Muckraker - perhaps influenced for the musical taste but there is just something about that maiden. The Emos needing impregnating were also a scream. Very much enjoyed these stories and looking forward to more by the same author.
  • Hurt-Proofing Ourselves on May 09, 2014

    Hurt-proofing Ourselves This is an interesting book full of insights about how to prevent others from being able to harm us with words and actions. I think most of us can do with help in this area and this book is certainly a big help. I found that it also shows how many of us can learn to take life a little less seriously, which is no bad thing either. Thanks for providing this book free as a help to others. I look forward to reading more of your work.
  • Inappropriate Behaviour and Other Stories on Nov. 06, 2014

    Loved this book. The stories have a sense of reality about them. I actually came to like a few of the characters. I presume the author has based them on people he knows. Also very humorous in parts. I good read that made me want more.