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Neil’s eyes are drawn to the king-size bed, immaculately dressed with plumped up pillows and a frilly valance…

Friends,

I hope that you’re having the ride of your life..?  And if not why not join my fantastical roller coaster of a mid-life crisis?

Is it merely fantasy? Or real life..?  I’ll let you decide.

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Extracted, with pleasure, from Chapter 4 – It’s plenty big enough.

…“Matthew sleeps on the left,” she gestures like a theatrical actress, “…always has done.”

Neil’s eyes are drawn to the king-size bed, immaculately dressed with plumped up pillows and a frilly valance and Matthew’s personal belongings perfectly placed on the pine bedside-table: a ship-builder’s manual, glasses case and a red and white envelope torn apart with match tickets spilling out.  Each item carefully placed just like a shrine but the ejected, ransacked drawers tell a very different story…

Over the other side of the bed, ‘Fifty Shades’ in paperback, age-defying eye-cream, half a glass of water and a fallen bottle of ‘Diazepam’ with just a few pills remaining, scattered like little golf balls around her wedding ring.  Out of sight, in the ottoman at the bottom of bed, beneath discarded copies of fashion and home-style magazines, is evidence of a tantrum having taken place; torn up credit-card receipts, a clear plastic bag (the type you use in the airport) of Matthew’s personal effects handed to her at the police station along with his mobile phone – it survived the impact but not Annabelle’s inquisition, now smashed up like a jigsaw puzzle into a million pieces…

Faithful is available for download on Amazon Kindle, dig deep into my blog for some very good reviews and why not purchase a copy for yourself?  It’s enlightening and entertaining.

Fidelity, my second adventure in the series, will be coming soon!

‘Lifetime Rhyme’ my book of poetic verse and rhyme – full of inspirational poetry – is available soon.

Steve X

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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Faithful extract

 

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Sensually gesturing me into the squeaky tight gap with her flirtatious enunciation

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Do you know men who are having a mid-life crisis? Maybe you are yourself?

Is he living a life of fantasy? Is he really staying late to finish a report? Do you really know his secretary? How do they behave at the Christmas party – is this too familiar?

Extracted, with pleasure, from Chapter 2: Vigorous vibrations.

As I exhale a perfect smoke ring, it’s attracted, like a powerful magnet, towards number sixty-nine with curtains drawn and radiating such pure desolation. The picture postcard property appears well maintained, but is looking so forlorn; emanating such deep sorrow with its red roof tiles frowning and yellow bricks and mortar presenting an upturned smile. Pretty ‘Rose Cottage’ seems unloved and unkempt, with the contents of a fallen wheelie bin: plastic bottles and discarded envelopes scattered across the drive.  The uncut lawn is full of daisies and dandelions swaying in the gentle breeze while unclaimed cartons of semi-skimmed milk and fruit juice are souring beside the porch in the fresh morning sun.

As I pull up alongside a potential parking space, opposite number sixty nine, Rebecca my feisty red-headed parking assistant takes over, sensually gesturing me into the squeaky tight gap with her flirtatious enunciation.  I’m filled with desire, watching her in my rear view mirror, as she sprawls out across the back seat – bleep! That’s close enough and with a sharp tug on my handbrake, I re-check the precision timepiece prised, with such skill, into the walnut-veneer – Fifteen minutes to nine – It’s too early! I know from bitter experience not to rush clients: ruffled hair, sleepy dust and bad breath can be so unpleasant…

Faithful is available for download on Amazon Kindle, dig deep into my blog for some very good reviews and why not purchase a copy for yourself?  It’s enlightening and entertaining.

Fidelity, my second adventure in the series, will be coming soon!

Steve X

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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Faithful extract

 

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A few words – often so hard to say…

A few words – often so hard to say…

I was thinking about how fast life passes us by – maybe it’s my age? – but it really does. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the mundane: going to work, getting the kids off to school, shopping etc etc. And not to stop and say as few important words…

Hi, Hello, single words – so easily roll off the tongue.

Thank you; one word or two? Make no sense unless joined together and should be so easy to say?

We take each other for granted: dinner on the table, dirty washing returned washed, ironed and folded back in the drawer. A hard day at work, money in the bank – the mortgage paid!

Saying thank you is a bit like saying sorry; another word that all too often gets stuck in the throat…”No! they should say sorry first!”… maybe sorry and stubborn should go together like thank-you?

I love you…Now we’re moving on to three words! Again neither word makes any sense on its own, or indeed as a pair. They need to roll off the tongue I-love-you, but sadly they rarely do.

Everyday we should remember to smile and say. “Thank you (for all you do) Sorry (If I’ve upset you) and most importantly I really do love you!”

Steve X

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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Thoughts

 

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Excellent read and a very good companion during my spare time :)

Lucie said, “Excellent read and a very good companion during my spare time.”

I guarantee you’ll be hooked.

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Reviews

 

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It’s a drug…

Up most of last night (no sadly!) couldn’t sleep! Full of anticipation and excitement or maybe it was the two large lattes late that afternoon?

But anyway real life has once again been truly inspirational for me; I’ve met the characters and laid the intriguing plots (or could it be the other way round?) already for books 2 & 3 in the series of ‘A mid-life crisis.’

And you thought ‘Faithful’ [http://tinyurl.com/cxro7n2] was saucy, well as they say ‘…you write for the ear,’ I’m writing for the whole body experience!

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Thoughts

 

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