A ROMANTIC tale penned by a Kingswinford author has been included in a collection of short stories.

Roger Noons story Costa Magica, is one of 20 writers from across the globe featured in By My Side.

Since he started writing 10 years ago, Roger has produced more than 500 poems, stories and flash fiction and will soon start work a biographical novel based on the first 70 years of his life.

Although Mr Noons, a member of Stourbridge based Coachhouse Writers, said romance was not his usual writing subject, he said he was "excited and thrilled" to have his story included in the collection.

He added: "It does contain a lot of humour, beginning with the holiday romance of a couple in their late fifties.”

The collection will be available as download and in paperback from Tuesday (June 17) from www.alfiedog.com or Amazon.