Tony Spencer


Have published 35 books since 1998, one out of print, 23 available on Smashwords, 6 on Wattpad and 15 on Amazon. I started writing fiction in 2012. 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.

A grandfather of three angels, happily married for 42 years to another angel, living in Hampshire, England, about 35 miles west of London. I had worked for over 40 years as a printer and proofreader but retired in 2015 and hoping to spend more time writing. Also an editor of a community magazine, 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. Proud to be a member of the KCEditions independent publishing house of Canada.

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A Blue Christmas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,870. Language: Australian English. Published: October 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Loner truckie Mark Cornwall's sold his haulage business, gave his drivers the Chrissie hollies off, and takes a load of paper to his ex-wife's newspaper in Darwin, NT. His first isolated truck stop's disturbed by Chrissie Eve partygoers who want to chuck him off his prime pozzy. Then a naked redhead calendar model (a classic "Bluey") appeals for a rescue. Mark's road trip just got complicated.
Jen's Dream Santa
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,820. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jennifer Webster dreams of Santa coming into her bedroom every Christmas for most of her 29 years, not the fat bearded Santa of Christmas cards, but young and handsome, and comforting. But this year is different. Everything is conspiring to make this Christmas a nightmare.
Dream Car
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,490. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
After her father's funeral, Caroline sits in his "Dream Car" a classic wreck. Divorced and disappointed, she dons her father's stetson hat resting on the passenger seat, and finds herself transported to the Wild West, her Stagecoach under attack by a war party of Injuns! Her father's Dream Car is a portal into a fantasy western world of cowboys, injuns and a handsome frontier town marshal....
Love Bites
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 111,130. Language: British English. Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Love bites us all at some time in our lives. And love bites always leave a mark on soft tissue, branding your skin, showing the world that you belong to your lover. Even when that visible mark fades from the skin, they leave indelible scars on our attitudes, our memories, our souls. Even when love has faded or gone, the marks are there for all to see.
The Archer
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,090. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
Share Your Toys, Timothy!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,710. Language: British English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(3.00 from 1 review)
No one has a bad word for family man Timothy Smith. He’s kind, generous, loving as well as successful, loyal, handsome and grounded. He respects all, prefers neat, clean and tidy to chaos and corruption. Only he never learned to share his toys. What was most precious to him has been toyed with and he doesn't like that one bit. A sweet romance above a minefield of mayhem.
It’s All Gosford “Bloody” Tanner’s Fault!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,980. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jim was fine with his new life, having left his family behind almost five years earlier. It wasn’t his fault, he tells himself but he was better off away from them. Now an accident brings his childhood sweetheart back into his life, which will never be the same again.
Price: Free! Words: 17,670. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
When you are alone and hurt, it is comforting to know that someone really cares.
Once Upon A Time ... The End?
Price: Free! Words: 27,630. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Seven short stories on how quickly relationships change from one state to another. To keep the reader on one’s toes there may be the odd exception that proves the rule. Themes include: an allotment blog, a gangster’s moll, relocation, a fisherman's catch, a long separation, a Freudian slip, and finally, actors, typical!
The Telegram
Price: Free! Words: 5,010. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
You set the price! Words: 12,720. Language: British English. Published: March 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Brian loves his satellite navigation computer and would be lost without her. His friends think he's mad.
When it Snows
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,400. Language: British English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Barry is full of barely-repressed anger. Six years after his divorce, he's frozen out from his children and even his pet cat hates him. He lost his business, out of work, in debt, his car has broken down, his library books overdue. A romantic story containing adult themes, a little sex and a lot of gratuitous profanity. A comedy set in an English seaside town.
Shrinking Violet
Price: Free! Words: 7,640. Language: British English. Published: December 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
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?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,600. Language: British English. Published: December 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
FREE ALL THIS WEEK! Mark is unlucky except for love. He finds true love in his wife Ruth, his beautiful daughters mean everything to him. But luck in love runs out and he has no choice but to run out himself for a life alone. Now he is lucky in everything he touches, except the love. Can a change of scene heal his broken heart and find new love? Does he feel lucky? Adult drama.
You set the price! Words: 16,490. Language: British English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(5.00 from 1 review)
Bobby is at the end of his tether, he has lost the love of his life, his job and now even his parents have given up on him. If only he could rewind his life back to when it all started to go wrong and do it all over, only differently, by not making the same mistakes this time. If only it was possible ...
Know-Nothing Nigel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,700. Language: British English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Nigel thought he was happily married until a fire at work sent him home early. He discovered that he appeared to know nothing about what extra-marital games his wife Pat plays while he's out of the way. For Nigel a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Second edition, completely rewritten and new cover.
Triptych of Couples
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,980. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Eve and Adam are starting something naughty; Carol and Rob haven't started anything yet; while Alan and Natalie were finished long ago. Set at a social gathering in England.
Who Shot Father Christmas?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,190. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
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.
The One
Price: Free! Words: 7,330. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
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.
Tea-shop Twinkle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,810. Language: British English. Published: December 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
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
Price: Free! Words: 2,180. Language: British English. Published: December 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.33 from 3 reviews)
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.
Fat Chance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,460. Language: British English. Published: December 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(4.00 from 1 review)
She slimmed, he slimmed; she cheated, so he fattenened her up and sent her to the market. Surely it's all over now bar the shouting?
Fifty-Seven Fifty
Price: Free! Words: 10,050. Language: British English. Published: December 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Tim and Jessie are on their honeymoon but each carries a secret which threatens to destroy their wedded bliss. Will their confessions be deal breakers? Adult themes and language.

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.
  • 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.
  • Protection 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.
  • Professor Tomlinson's Last Experiment on Feb. 07, 2015

    This is a delicious short story about a self-centred professor, completely caught up in the microcosm of his own experimental invention, configuring, mostly in afterthought, every petty detail except his own petard. Nicely painted scenes, easily envisaged, and funny, very funny. Although listed as Sci Fi, this is such a great story it is trans-genre and could be enjoyed by anyone with a funny-bone. Definitely worth reading.
  • Val on March 13, 2015

    VAL is a short story, from a new young writer, that is full of action from start to finish. Set in the near future within a criminal underground organisation, one rotten to the core, posing as a top pharmaceutical conglomerate and what happens following a drug deal that went wrong. The overlords exact their price of failure; with Val, an innocent babe, taking the fall. After eleven years in the slammer the babe replaces innocence with downright mean. The story rips along, with murder and mayhem at every step, so if a roller coaster ride is what you want in a book, and you can make the height restriction, then this is your baby! The text is raw, with a few spelling and grammar errors but that barely takes the gloss off; with a little polish it'll be fine. This story is a free hint to what is to come from this pen. Another promising young author who I am sure will collect that polish in time.
  • The Dragon of Butter on June 17, 2015

    A short fairy story, but a lot of buttery fun, involving a king wishing to offload his dull daughter, a courtier with an inflated ego, an over ambitious artist, a dithering dairyman, a dairymaid and her beau, a ne'er to well dreamer. An enjoyable read which will being a smile to your face, nicely resolved but whatever happened to that nice Prince Lorn?
  • The Cat and the Kitten on Aug. 28, 2018

    Although I was Mr Callaghan's editor on this adult and erotic book, I must declare that I gladly offered to carry out a very light correction of grammar and spelling for free, so while I have a small personal interest in the success or otherwise of this book, I have absolutely no pecuniary interest. All the character development and journey through young Will's journey of sexual delight is all from Mr Callaghan's fertile imagination, so I hope you will consider my review to be as impartial as I can be. Clearly, I was entertained by the storyline from the beginning, hence my offer to tidy up to odd literal. This book is a light, funny, extremely erotic fantasy of a 19-year-old youth who has everything, money, wealthy indulgent father, good job, and excellent prospects. He starts out a little shy, inexperienced and uncertain of reactions to his natural attraction to The Cat (his step-mother, trophy wife of his wealthy businessman father) and The Kitten (his 19-year-old step-sister). The storyline also includes the two females' experiences away from Will, adding even more interest to the saga. Not to give too much away, this book is packed with sex, seduction, sex, humour, great dialogue, more sex, and delightfully guilt-free sex. The character development of the three main and several secondary characters is first class, so you really feel you are included on their journey of discovery, with possibilities, dead end romances, some delightful kinks and fetishes handled lightly and amusingly, friends with benefits, some wistful and unfulfilled moments, and romantic love too, but overall conveys great sense of the fun and the joys of a lot of sexual intercourse. Enjoy this romp because it is a roller coaster ride that will amuse and entertain from start to finish and leave you breathless, wanting to follow even more adventures of Will, the Cat and the Kitten.