S & S P Publishing

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Steve and Sue met at a dance in 1970. Both came from a working class background, lived in the Leicester area and worked in different departments of the Civil Service. With so much in common it was easy to get on, and they married three years later in 1973. They now have a grown up family of two sons, a daughter-in-law and two young granddaughters.

They both love reading a good book, especially crime novels, and enjoy days out which often involve visiting a steam railway. It is only since Sue’s retirement that they have been publishing Steve’s recently written short stories. Steve is the brains behind the stories with their interesting plot-lines but Sue’s admin experience means she has the job of typing up hand-written script and preparing it and the front cover for entering onto the Smashwords website.

Having successfully published Steve’s first four tales, when a friend asked if they could help with publishing his own much longer story, they were happy to agree. They have gone on to publish a variety of books including poetry and children’s stories, with more of Steve’s short stories coming soon.
Gratefully Dead
Series: A Chief Inspector Robert Casey Short Story. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,890. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2020 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Gratefully Dead sees Robert Casey finally coming face to face with the serial killer he was so desperately seeking. The shocking climax will test whether Casey's beliefs and morals are more important to him than his own survival. This is a Chief Inspector Robert Casey short story - 4th in the series.
The Sound of Silence
Series: A Chief Inspector Robert Casey Short Story. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,540. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2019 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Ex-Chief Inspector Robert Casey looks back at the first murder investigation he worked on to try to identify the sender of the package which so intrigued him and upset his equilibrium in the previous story. How would his unofficial investigations affect his retirement plans, his relationship with his ex-colleagues and more importantly, with his wife? Would they lead him down a dangerous path?
Early Memories - Poems of Childhood
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,600. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2017 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Poetry » Biography
The poet of Richard III and Lost World now recounts his early memories with a linking narrative and many original photographs. Read of a magical trip to Cowdray Park; of life in an east Manchester manse; a schoolboy’s view of Jim Laker’s cricket Test; of his great uncle lost in no man’s land; and of other family members who died too young.
MisHits of the Sixties Volume 4 - Instrumentals
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,320. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » General
Here is another of my personal Top 20’s of singles that never reached a UK chart position higher than No 20. This volume, fourth in the series, deals with instrumentals which I think should have charted or reached a higher position than they did. As in the previous volumes, facts about these selections are given as well as personal experiences and observations.
Romantic Rocks - Poetry of a wandering geologist
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,270. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2016 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Poetry » Biography, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Places
Rocks and local people form a romantic backdrop to Martin's poems set in various remote parts of the world. Read of schoolboy inspiration in "Coffee Smoke"; being alone in Scotland with "That Russian Spy"; the discovery of "The Earliest Animal". Go around the world in "Places I know best" and hear of his near-death encounters in "Nine Lives" before he returns home to meet the Queen in "OBE Poem".
MisHits of the Sixties Volume 3 - The 'B' Sides
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,830. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2016 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal, Nonfiction » Music » Rock music
This volume, third in the series, deals with ‘B’ sides which I think could easily have been released as ‘A’ sides. As in the two previous volumes, facts about these selections are given as well as personal experiences and observations. Among the tracks featured are some that are instantly recognisable, but others which may appear somewhat obscure. Give them a listen and see what YOU think.
The Moment Trilogy - Finding Atahualpa's Treasure, Moment in the Minster, Millennium Moment
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,870. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2015 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Three short stories about life-changing moments in the lives of three fairly flawed, unheroic characters: Steve, who lacks self-esteem but finds Atahualpa’s Treasure in the Andes of Ecuador; sex-bomb Freda with her Damascene moment in York Minster; and finally, self-centred Mike who meets his destiny at the Millennium Hour in the Bear at Bisley. Read how these moments changed their lives for ever.
My Name is Eve; Black is my Face - Poems of religion, evolution and humanity
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2015 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual
The black Eve is the real Eve: the mitochondrial Eve: she who is the mother of us all, no matter our race or creed. Apart from paying homage to her, these poems manifest other paradoxes of religion, evolution and humanity. They reflect the modern thinking person who, whilst having read all the evidence against traditional religion, would still ‘like to see his Mum again.’
MisHits of the 60's Volume 2 - American Artists
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,480. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal, Nonfiction » Music » Rock music
The second volume of MisHits of the 60’s, this selection deals exclusively with American artists, and is my Top 20 personal choice of singles that never reached a UK chart position higher than No 20. As in the first volume, in my opinion these singles deserved a far higher placing. Some facts and some of my personal opinions are included.
Inca Treasure - Poems from the Andes of Ecuador
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Poetry » Biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
The legend of lost treasure of the last Inca king, Atahualpa, is guarded by remote, mist-veiled mountains in central Ecuador. Martin Litherland was summoned to explore this region and these poems, linking narrative and photos tell the story, as he and his companions tackle this essentially unexplored and uninhabited mountain range. Read about the treasure, gold fever, and the man with one hand.
Communication Breakdown
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,810. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This is a trilogy where in each of the short stories, two people have become estranged due to their personal circumstances. In each, years later they receive correspondence which gets them thinking, mulling over past events. They have the opportunity to get back in touch, but will they?
2 Spooky
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,970. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2015 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Two short ghost stories: in The Sins of Others, a man is haunted by a recurring dream on moving into an inherited property. The inheritance appears to be the answer to his prayers but is this the case? Will the dream provide the answer? In A Trip in Time, Thomas seeks answers to a legend connected to his previous work. His journey leads him into another world providing more questions than answer.
Poems From The Lost World - That Fabled Land Discovered By Percy Fawcett And Immortalised By Arthur Conan Doyle
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,200. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2014 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers, Poetry » Biography
Did you know that Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World, really exists? Would you have liked to explore and map this legendary plateau? In 1980–81, Martin Litherland did just that. He tells his story in poems, a linking narrative and stunning photographs, manifesting the emotions as he and his indigenous companions tackle this unexplored and uninhabited tableland.
Look at my Bones - Poems of King Richard III
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
What would Richard III feel about his resting place beneath a car park and his subsequent exhumation? What actually happened to the Princes in the Tower? Was Richard really the dastardly character portrayed by Shakespeare? These issues and more are discussed in these intriguing poems about the life, death and exhumation of King Richard III. Not to be missed by poetry- and history-lovers alike.
MisHits of the Sixties
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music
A must for all lovers of 60’s music. This music made a lasting impression on me and I remember the excitement and anticipation of hearing new releases from both established and unknown artists. Here is my Top 30 personal choice of singles that never reached a UK chart position higher than number 20, but which, I think, deserved a far higher placing. Includes both facts and personal opinions.
Two Tiny Christmas Wishes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,110. Language: British English. Published: November 28, 2013 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Although he didn’t really believe in Santa, Tim’s mum had encouraged him to write a Christmas list. He had only two wishes on his list but would they be too difficult for Santa to carry out? An adventure on the way to school one morning would eventually strengthen Tim’s belief in Santa and lead to his best Christmas ever. A delightful Christmas story for the young.
Christmas Wishes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
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A compilation of short Christmas stories for young and old to enjoy. Each tale tells how Santa and his elves help children's wishes come true. The tales all have happy endings; even if along the way one or two lessons are learned.
Yesterday's Train - An Olympic Record
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Helena has a secret that she shares with her grandparents. Every Tuesday during the school holidays she spends the day with them. When the date of that Tuesday contains a seven, she knows she's in in for a magical time. This is the first in a series of Helena Eaves adventures that will both entrance and educate younger readers.
The Season That Was
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,700. Language: British English. Published: April 22, 2013 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Literature
Plumber Stephen Smith’s life had become tedious. He had slipped into an ever-decreasing spiral of work and beer. He was rapidly getting old before his time. But an unexpected telephone call changed everything. Now Steve Smith could do what he really wanted to do. He could write a story, slag off his old cricketing mates and get paid for the privilege. Stephen Smith was a very happy man indeed.
The News From Spain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,290. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Penny had lost contact with her father in the months following her mother's death. Now, some years later, she had received a letter from him. Why had it taken so long for him to contact her? The letter would take her through her father's voyage of discovery. It would provide some of the answers to their estrangement, but leave her with a life-changing decision to make.
Series: A Chief Inspector Robert Casey Short Story. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,830. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Chief Inspector Robert Casey had been retired only five weeks when the package arrived. The content would change the course of his retirement. This is the second short story in a new series taking the reader through the experiences of a career policeman from his initial investigation as a detective constable to his eventual retirement. However, his investigating days may not yet be over...
The Blackberry Way Murder
Series: A Chief Inspector Robert Casey Short Story. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2012 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Why would Chief Inspector Robert Casey suddenly announce his retirement? He had constantly told his colleagues that too much experience was being wasted in the pursuit of budget cuts. What two events separated by almost thirty years had caused him to arrive at his decision?
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2012 by S & S P Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Jenny receives a letter from her estranged father, the contents of which would lead her to make a potentially life-changing decision. What had happened to make her father contact her again after five years with no word? This short story, previously published in Charnwood Tales (Panda Eyes Publishers Ltd, March 2010), combines romance, mystery and intriguing supernatural overtones.


A Chief Inspector Robert Casey Short Story
Chief Inspector Robert Casey makes a sudden decision to retire from the police force but it seems his investigating days are not yet over. When, during the early weeks of his retirement, a mysterious package arrives giving details of what could be unsolved murders, he begins to look back over his career. Can he solve the riddle and what danger will he put himself and those close to him in? Each title is a story in its own right, but will CI Robert Casey have solved the mystery of the package by the end of the series? And at what cost?
The Blackberry Way Murder
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The Sound of Silence
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Gratefully Dead
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