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“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

Music Monday! Would I Lie To You?

Would I lie to you? No, I would not. My new humorous suspense time travel novel Time to Lie is available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats!

Have a great Monday! ~Phil

The Walk

This weekend I’m getting together with my life-long childhood friends, known as The Golden Boys. I made them into fictional characters for my two novels, in which not all of the stories are fictional. They’re those old friends who always fit like your favorite old pair of jeans. Even though we live in different cities, when we get together, it’s as if a day hasn’t passed. Whenever we’re together it usually results in a good story or two that we will laugh about for the rest of our lives. This picture of us may be a couple years old.

The Walk

Our most sacred and enduring ritual is The Walk. We grew up in suburbia. Everytown, USA. Identical houses and identical yards as far as the eye could see. A corner store we could walk to. Four guys in four consecutive houses. All about the same age from average, middle-class families. Our ritual, when the weather was willing, and sometimes when it wasn’t, was The Walk. The “walk around the block.” In the beginning it was rarely spoken or suggested, it just sort of happened. Any time of day or night it could happen. After we finished swimming or building a fort, or when we got older, after a night out on the town. We would just walk and talk. Some days we would try to fathom the mysteries of our world and some days we just laughed at each other for reasons we wouldn’t remember the next day. We knew every foot of that walk like the back of our hands. We knew who lived in every house, all 56 of them. 58 after they added the two down at the end. It was the best neighborhood in the world as far as we knew, and we felt like we were the kings of it.

The Walk is still our ritual, but it’s changed. None of us lives in the old neighborhood anymore and our reasons for visiting it are almost gone. In our eyes though, the old neighborhood is unchanged. A time capsule of our childhood. As adult men now, we still go back to the neighborhood and take The Walk. We walk down the middle of the street at night and we point to every house and talk about the memory of a childhood friend, or the time it caught fire, or what tragedy befell the old folks, who weren’t so old when we rang their doorbell and ran. For three of the four of us, the neighborhood doesn’t belong to us anymore. Our parents have passed away or divorced and sold our childhood homes. But still we walk. This year when one of our parents passed away, three of us returned to the neighborhood after calling hours and took The Walk. We still try to get together once a year. Again this year, we still drove to the old neighborhood, parked the car at the corner store and walked by our childhood, wondering where it went. Someday when the first of us passes away, I imagine the others will take The Walk, carrying our friend’s casket around the block, for one last walk.

Indie Author Friday: Aloada Bobbins (Haylee Alexandra)

Most of you know her as Aloada Bobbins, but her real name is Haylee Alexandra and in case you missed it, she published her first book Tiny Tales and (very) short stories: A collection of Six Word Fiction last July.

It’s a cute and whimsical collection of six word stores that spring from one word prompts with waggish illustrations intended for a young or young at heart audience. Being one that is challenged by word or character limits I certainly appreciate Haylee’s brilliant gift of brevity. Also go follow her blog. You can find her book on Amazon. It’s her birthday this week, go give Haylee some comments and book purchases!

Have a great Friday! ~Phil

Indie Author Dr. Meg Sorick!

Dr. Meg Sorick is also an author. Or is it that Author Meg Sorick is also a doctor? When she’s not straightening out her characters lives on the pages of her books, she’s straightening out spines in her office. When she’s not doing either of those things, she’s commenting on my blog. Over the past year and a half, since she and I started following each other, I don’t think I’ve written a blog post she hasn’t commented on. Because of that, I am far overdue in featuring her here on my blog.

Here’a synopsis or her Buck’s County series: What DO I write about? Ordinary people with families, people who fall in love and sometimes find themselves in outrageous circumstances. Add some suspense, humor, family dynamics and good conversation and voila! These ideas have coalesced into a series of romantic suspense novels set in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where I live. The first four are currently available here on Amazon and a fifth is on the way. Stay tuned!

In addition to writing books, Meg is also an accomplished poetess and artist. Her blog is always an interesting read because you never know what you’re going to get. One day it’s photographs, another poems, the next some great pencil drawings and after that there might be beautiful poetry, or a preview of her next book.

What I like about her books is that each is focused on a different character, but since they all live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the characters cross paths in each others stories sometimes. For me, I always love when an author can weave a web like that, and Meg does it well.

I’ve shown her books in order here, but you’d better hurry up and read them because she’s got book no. 5 in the Bucks County series, Breaking Bread, coming out soon! Go check out her blog and her books. You won’t be disappointed! Have a great Friday! ~Phil

 

Wordless Wednesday!

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So I can park here but there’s a chance a helicopter will land on my car?

Have a great Wednesday! ~Phil

Top Ten Tuesday! Ten Quotes: Darth Vader or Donald Trump?

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Before anybody gets their knickers in a twist, I’m not trying to say anything political here. I’m just making jokes and I’d make them regardless of who the President is. I’m a registered independent. Here are ten quotes. In the comments tell me which ones belong to Darth Vader and which are from Donald Trump. Don’t be fooled by the italics either.

10. “I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new empire.”

9. “In the end you’re not measured by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.”

8. “Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken.”

7. “I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”

6. “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”

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5. “Now release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me.”

4. “I actually don’t have a bad hairline.” 

3. “Be careful not to choke on your convictions.”

2. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

1. ” I believe they like making me out to be something more sinister than I really am.” 

So can you guess which 5 quotes are Darth Vader and which 5 are from Trump? Show me how smart you are in the comments. Also, the quotes in italics are from both. I just alternated lines to break up the monotony.

Have a great Tuesday! ~Phil