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Tom and Vicki meet at university in Liverpool in the Beatles era. When she tricks him into being tested on a lie detector, her questions are intrusive and he loses trust in her, but becomes obsessively in love with this capricious feline.

To escape being distracted from his studies by her, he suspends being with her until he can complete his course of studies. This is satirised as a short trade in a commodity. Dealing in love as a commodity lands him in trouble with her.

The novel Short of Love is a humorous semi-autobiographical troubled romance.

When his studies are completed, he tries to take up with Vicki again. He doesn’t succeed immediately because he is in Canada working as an engineer. He keeps in touch with her and is successful in his job, becoming CEO of the company that exploits a developing country, Vicki opposes him. This is an exciting romance based on true events. Will Vicki and Tom ever trust each other and resolve their differences?

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Short of Love coming mid 2019


Tom Archer falls for university student Vicki Hillstone, who tricks him with a lie detector test and finds out he is bedding town girl Barbara. Tom frames a straddle in the commodity love, going long on Barbara and short on Vicki, to reduce his overall vulnerability and get back together with her later, as he follows a glittering career in the petroleum industry. Tom’s carefully calculated plans fall apart tragically, with Tom and Vicki’s roles changing from the 1960s to 2008. After their traumatic beginning, can they ever become a couple?


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