Marshal finally ends up in his dream job of working in a bookstore. There he meets local businessman Hardinge, who is back in the dating game, following a painful breakup. Despite initially hitting it off, for some reason, they can’t seem to get it together.
Meantime, Marshal meets Barry, recently dumped, forlorn yet hopeful of finding Mr Right. They forge a strong connection straightaway and Marshal expels thoughts of Hardinge and what could have been, for good.
Then a chance discovery leads Marshal down a path which he never expected to tread ...
Reading and Writing is the third instalment of The Tales of the Unexpected, a series of short unrelated stories with surprising endings.
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About the Author
I'm English by birth, from the Isle of Wight, living in Newport, spending part of the year in France, in the stunningly beautiful department of Haute-Saône in the Franche Comté region. It is heavily forested and very tranquil but the winters are pretty harsh and my home is 820 metres above sea level so I get plenty of snow. I am also spending increasing amounts of time in the USA, co-managing The Carter Seagrove Project LLC - an independent publishing house, incorporated in the State of Indiana. I will be 50 years old in 2015. I only started writing in 2009, proving, I suppose, that it is never too late. I didn't think about self-publishing until late 2012, now, more than two years later, I'm even more energized by the process than ever before. I'm a qualified English teacher, specializing in teaching English as a second language (TEFL), though I don't do much of that now. In the distant past, I taught software skills. In the very distant past, I was a project manager on big IT projects and at the very beginning of my career, I was an Internal Auditor. I have degrees in "Internal Auditing", "Computer Auditing" and "Project Management". I'm studying for my degree in Sustainable Development at the moment. Renewable energy is what really interests me and I generate my own power at home via a solar panel. I'm a member of The Society of Authors, The Society for Editors and Proofreaders, and The Independent Author Network. I grow some of my own food, and from Easter to the end of October, I'm outside for the largest part of the day, tending the garden. I write in the evening and during the winter when there is very little else to do. I have no great philosophy except "energy follows intention" and "honour your gifts". These two principles keep me sane, very happy and exceedingly busy! I am always very happy to receive your feedback. If you wish to contact me directly, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website, alpmortal.weebly.com, for updates on the next gay romantic story or crime thriller which I am working on. Together with Chambers Mars, I am half of Carter Seagrove, author of Dust Jacket and The Inspector Fenchurch Mysteries. Me (Alp Mortal), Chambers Mars and Shannon M. Kirkland are The Carter Seagrove Project LLC - an independent book publisher. Find us at www.carterseagrove.weebly.com, on Twitter @carterseagrove and on Facebook www.facebook.com/thecarterseagroveproject.