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Fifty Shades of…

I am absolutely outraged! Just because I’m a small time author, some big movie company thinks they can steal my title, change a word and pretend it’s their idea. My Fifty Shades of Phil book came out in June 2013, before all the Fifty Shades movies, so obviously I had the idea first. I’m considering legal action.

Because of this weeks movie opening of Fifty Shades Freed I thought I’d capitalize on all the people searching the web for info using the phrase #FiftyShades by putting my book on sale Many people may visit my site here from their smartphones and never see the link in the sidebar for my book Fifty Shades of Phil. I could tell you about the book that contains the best 50 humor essays from the first 8 years of #ThePhilFactor, but I won’t. I’ll let the reviewers do it for me:

Hilariously Funny! ~Narly Nuts Book Lovers: Phil takes us on a HILARIOUS ride of HUMOR and TRUTH! He says all the things we know to be true, but most of us likely don’t say out loud. We think it and know how we feel about the different topics. Yes, some of it is ego-centric and down right blunt, but what fun would it be if Phil wasn’t putting his spin on it.
All in all, this is a book I will recommend for laughs, wit and Phil’s oh so subtle charm. When Phil is elected President, or Sexiest Man Alive, I WILL VOTE PHIL, whichever comes first.:)

Author Sean Smithson (How to Lose a Girl in 10 Ways): “Perfect read for any commute. …snappy and entertaining reading. Perfect for a very recent and uncomfortable long haul flight. Definitely do not regret picking this up.”

Now for contrast, here is an excerpt of a review of Fifty Shades Darker from USA Today: There are a lot of negative things to be said about Fifty Shades. But it does impress in one sense: The erotica lite sequel somehow manages to be worse than the stupefyingly bad Fifty Shades of Grey.”

To celebrate the movie #FiftyShadesFreed this week, I’ve put my book on sale for just $2.99 for Kindle, Nook, or in the iTunes bookstore.  I’m not sure what it is in Euro’s or GBP but you can still find it in the Amazon bookstore in every country in the world and they’ll tell you how much it is.  What? You don’t have a Kindle or Nook? You don’t need one! You can download the free Kindle or Nook app to your iPad or smartphone and then download Fifty Shades of Phil. For $2.99 you can’t go wrong. If you can read the entire thing without laughing I’ll refund your money. If you go to Fifty Shades Freed and you hate it, I doubt they’ll give you the same offer.

Have a great Friday! ~Phil

#PHIL2020

A New Review For Time To Lie

Thank you to Jackie Paulson of The Nutty Book Blogger for the great review of my book Time To Lie. You can find the review and the rest of her site HERE. Have a great Friday evening! ~Phil

A Guest Post and a New Book by Allie Potts!

THE TOP 5 DANGERS OF BEING A WRITER by Allie Potts

1. Government Watch Lists: The Watch & Wand is set in a post-apocalyptic world where all but the most basic technology is outlawed. As a result, my search history includes all sorts of doomsday prepper supplies and survivalist techniques. Combined with the fact that I also write mysteries which require me to research various ways to kill people off while making it appear as a natural occurrence, it is a wonder I haven’t already had a visit by a government agent.

2. Split Personalities: Before I started writing I would nervously cross the street if I heard someone engaging in a two sided conversation with no one else present. Now, after catching myself trading barbs with myself out loud, I have to wonder if those other people simply were trying to work out the dialogue of a problematic scene.

3. Stunted Growth: This was not a concern of mine as I stopped growing upward sometime in the sixth grade, but for others you have to seriously wonder how much taller they might have been had it not been for the volume of caffeine the typical writer consumes.

4. Other Addictions: Look to most any writer’s bookshelf. A sandwich dressed by both mayonnaise and mustard might be considered an extravagant expense some weeks on a writer’s income, and yet an e-reader’s memories are filled and shelves sag as more books get added to the ever growing To Be Read list, rationalized as ‘research.’

5. Uncontrollable lies: Speaking of that To Be Read list, let’s go to the numbers. The average person reads at a speed of 200 words per minute. A book is considering a novel at 50,000, but some genre’s go far longer. Epic fantasy for example is often between 100,000 and 200,000. So let’s use then 80,000 words as a reference. This means that reading a book from end to end should take a typical reader 400 minutes or 6.67 hours.

As pesky things like sleep, family, and other jobs tend to get in the way of quality reading time the size of the To Be Read list rapidly outgrows available time and yet we can’t help ourselves from adding to it.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are other lies we tell ourselves:

  • We’ll never be good enough
  • We’re the best writer out there
  • No one will read it
  • It will be an instant best-seller
  • The one negative review among the twenty positive ones was the only honest review
  • the one negative review offering constructive criticism was written by a troll who obviously knows nothing as we are perfect

Choosing to be a writer is a dangerous path, but one I’ve never regretted taking.

Allie Potts is the author of The Fair & Foul and The Watch & Wand, books one and two of the Project Gene Assist series. Set in a not too distant future, the books take place at a time when science meets magic and biology merges with technology, while tackling what it means to be human.

Additionally, she is the author of An Uncertain Faith, a Rocky Row Novel, a cozy mystery/women’s literature story written for those who find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place.

When not finding ways to squeeze in 72 hours into a 24 day or chasing after children determined to turn her hair gray before its time, Allie enjoys stories of all kinds. Her favorites, whether they are novels, film, or simply shared aloud with friends, are usually accompanied with a glass of wine or cup of coffee in hand.

A self-professed science geek and book nerd, Allie writes everyday style stories, flash fiction, tips and tricks, and the occasional not-a-review review at www.alliepottswrites.com

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Allie’s new book, The Watch & Wand launches Tuesday but is already available for pre-order on Amazon. Go check it out! Have a great Sunday! ~Phil

 

New Books and FREE Books from Amber Cove Pub!

To celebrate today’s new releases of Villains Pride by M.K. Gibson and Esoterrorism by C.T. Phipps, Amber Cove Publishing is offering a bunch of Kindle books for free, today through Sunday!

If you’ve got a Kindle and want to load up on a bunch a great books for free, today is your day! My publisher, Amber Cove Publishing has all the books below for free. Grab a few and try them out. You just might find your new favorite author.

Time to Lie by Phil Taylor: Yes, it’s my book. It’s a humorous, time travel coming of age story. The reviews have been great so far! Get it free on your Kindle today!

Villains Rule by M.K. Gibson: Villains Rule is a fantasy action comedy about Jackson Blackwell, the Shadow Master and top villain adviser. Sadly, even the top villain occasionally gets double-crossed. Trapped in one of the fantasy realms, Jackson uses his skill and wits to exploit rules, undermine godly authority, and win the day. Get this for free today and then grab the sequel Villains Pride!

The Eighth Day by Michael O’Neal: Jay is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Kathy and the rest of their friends seem to be the only ones who believe in his innocence. Risking her future, she sets out to clear him at any cost. She rapidly discovers that cost might be their lives. As they dig deeper, they uncover the shocking truth about the sudden explosion of violence and paranoia around their sleepy little town, and the strange light that streaked across the night sky…

To Beat The Devil by M.K. Gibson: Cyberpunk at it’s best! I read this one and loved it. You can read my interview with the author HERE

Prime Suspects by Jim Bernheimer: A Clone Detective Mystery by Jim Bernheimer – A science fiction police mystery in the vein of Blade Runner!

Horror, Humor, and Heroes Vol. 4 by Jim Bernheimer: If you enjoy Jim’s D-List Universe, here’s your opportunity to get the new Hillbilly Bobby novella!

Have a great Friday and a great weekend! ~Phil

If You Haven’t Voted Yet, I Need Your Help!

My book cover for Time To Lie has been nominated for Cover of The Month on the website AllAuthor.com. There is weekly voting. My book has made it into the top ten in voting so far, but I’m still about 200 votes behind the leader and need to qualify for the next round.  If you haven’t voted yet, I’d love your support. It’s the quickest, easiest online voting thing I’ve ever seen. You don’t have to sign up for the website or login to Facebook, or give away your e-mail address. None of that. Just click THIS LINK and below the picture of my cover just click the orange VOTE bar.

What’s in it for you? 1) You can download three free sample chapters to see if you’d really like my book before buying. 2) You discover a new website with thousands of books you’ve never heard of that just might be your next favorite read. 3) My eternal gratitude and more of my idiotic comments on your blog posts. 4) If you want to go quid pro quo, I’d be happy to have you as a guest blogger, promote your book or re-blog a particular post that you want more exposure for.

What’s in it for me? If I win I get a membership to the website. If I finish 2nd or 3rd, my book will be featured on the website for a month. If you’re feeling like you’ve got 10 seconds to spare today, just CLICK THIS LINK and vote. Thank you so much!

Don’t worry, I’m not going into “every blog post promotes my book” mode, I just want to win this contest. Tomorrow I promise to write something possibly funny. Have a great Friday! ~Phil

Another Great Review for Time To Lie!

This is a review on Goodreads.com from a complete stranger who listened to the audiobook that somehow he got for free from a website that I’ve never heard of.

I am so glad I got the chance to listen to this one. A cheeky mix of a coming of age story for a young man, a guide to time travel and college parties. A very cool listen. If you are like me and loved Karate Kid then this story will make you laugh and definitely keep your attention for a few hours. The characters are very likable and you learn to like them more and more as the story goes on. There are so many pop culture and science fiction references/ shout outs sprinkled throughout this book that it gives it a kind of authenticity. With all the different timelines intermingled it lends a sort of confusion that is not confusing at all but gives this time travel tale a little something different. The main character’s sarcasm is so cheeky and fun that you cannot help but laugh at him, in a geeky way. If you are anything like me then you will love listening to the main character geek out in the college dorms and navigate his way through his freshman year. The narrator does a phenomenal job with this entire story, but especially the sarcasm. Each character has their own unique sound it gives them personality. There were scenes that you could really hear the urgency and tension in the narrator’s voice. What a great listen and I cannot wait for this series to be continued. I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for a honest review via Audiobook Boom. This is no way affected my opinion of this work.

There you have it. That’s a pretty great summary and endorsement. On Goodreads my book now has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5.0. If you want a fun read, give it a try (here on Amazon)  and if you really want to make my day today, go vote for my books cover in the AllAuthor.com book cover contest. I’m currently in 13th place and desperately need votes. You can vote without logging in or giving your e-mail! Have a great afternoon! ~Phil

Wordless Wednesday! Sunset on The Gulf and a Thanks To You

This is where I was for four days last week and I came home to cold and light snow.

Also, thanks to everyone’s generosity in voting for my book cover in the AllAuthor.com book cover contest, I have moved on to the second round of voting! Yes, it’s not done yet, and I’m in 13th place, about 200 votes behind the leader. If you have a moment, would you mind clicking this link and voting for my cover? Thanks so much. Have a great Wednesday! ~Phil