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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

“A Roller Coaster Ride of Fun” and like Back To The Future?

Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers’ Favorite

Time To Lie: Landon Bridges’ Story Book 1 by Phil Taylor is what I would call a YA thriller/sci fi/comedy that is somewhat reminiscent of Back to the Future, but without the DeLorean going 88 miles per hour in order to travel to a different time. Landon’s in a much different situation, and time travel is not exactly like he expected it to be. His knowledge about his future begins at zero (as you might imagine), but ramps up steadily throughout the book. Without giving too many spoilers away, our hero Landon learns that some big changes are coming and he’s a big part of them. Little by little, he learns the extent of his responsibility in the whole mix.

This was an excellent story, with believable characters, plenty of twists and turns, mysterious people coming and going, and events unfolding, all the while adding a generous dose of self-deprecating humor to the mix. The story was tightly written and worked well to keep me in my seat. It was hard to put it down. I liked the part where the author showed how going back and forth in time can mess things up, instead of only always telling how things will change for the worse. The only downside I saw in Time to Lie, Landon Bridges’ Story Book 1 was the use of profanity throughout that might turn some readers off. However, overall, Phil Taylor delivers a roller-coaster ride of fun. Fortunately for us readers, this is only the first book. Highly recommended.

Thank you Bruce and Readers Favorite! If you haven’t tried my humorous suspense time travel novel, why not? It’s available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. Have a great Friday! ~Phil

The Perfect Weekend Beach Read

With summer upon us many of you are going to the beach or just relaxing outside. In case you only access The Phil Factor from your phone, I know you’d hate to miss all the spectacular content in my sidebars. One piece of this incredible sidebar content is my books. Yes, some of you may not even be aware that I’ve written a few books. Nothing serious, just some fun, suspenseful weekend beach read type books that are available as e-books or in paperback.

A group of friends with a penchant for goofy nicknames return to their hometown for a funeral and what had been a pleasant, albeit melancholy, reunion quickly escalates into a fight for their lives with an enemy they didn’t know they had. Putting up with each others quirks with good humor they must unravel a mystery that may have started thirty years ago. They unwittingly stumble and fumble their way into a life or death showdown that could kill them all. The question is not whether they will survive the bad guys, but will they survive each other? One reader likened the characters to “the kids from Stephen King’s classic ‘Stand By Me’ but grown up and on crack.” (No one does drugs in the story. I think she was referring to the humor in the novel)

The e-book is only $2.99 and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and all the other e-book outlets. It’s also available in paperback for $8.23 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Have a great Friday! ~Phil

Wordless Wednesday! ‘Time To Lie’ cover

Cover design by Jason Parrott. Coming soon! Have a great Wednesday! ~Phil