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A Quick Poll. Please Help Me Name My Next Book!

The sequel to Time To Lie has been written and edited. I have sent it off to the publisher. I have tentatively titled it The Last Locked Door. I’m wondering if that’s a strong enough title to lure readers in. Many a book, movie or other product have been either successful or done poorly based on the choice of name. I want your opinion on the title The Last Locked Door. Vote in the poll !

Thanks everybody! I really appreciate your help. Have a great Sunday! ~Phil

Some Suggestions For Getting Your Kids Away from Their Phones

Denzil Walton , a friend of The Phil Factor, has written a fascinating book. If you’re a parent I’m sure that the title of this blog post caught your attention. How in the world do we get our kids off their phones and interacting with the “real” world? Denzil, a lover of nature, the great outdoors and birds in particular has some great ideas.

Author Denzil Walton

His highly rated book is available for Kindle on Amazon USA, Amazon in the U.K. , and on Kobo . If you’ve got kids who are already spending a little too much time looking at life online instead outdoors I encourage you to check out Denzil’s book! ~Phil

How An April Fool’s Joke Led To a Stalker and Being Published

The year was 2006. #ThePhilFactor was about a year old. I had a small but loyal following. I thought up the prank about two weeks before April Fool’s Day and set it in motion. I first wrote a small post about my response to a fictional overly amorous woman who had gone outside of blog comments and emailed me directly. The prank was that my readers didn’t know the woman was a fictional character.

Over the next two weeks I wrote three or more posts where I asked the woman to stop messaging me through Twitter and email. My readers implored me to ignore her rather than to feed her ego with my public response. Some even suggested that law enforcement might be needed. I openly blogged about stopping The Phil Factor to end the harassment.

Finally, on April Fool’s Day, I revealed that it was all a ruse. Only one of my readers figured it out and had messaged me the day before.

In 2013 my then editor, Cynthia Shepp  and Renee Folsom, who created the covers for The Sneaker Tree and 50 Shades of Phil for me, had posted on Facebook that they were looking for writers to submit short stories, up to 10,000 words, related to the theme of stalkers. I remembered my old prank and wrote it as a story as if the reader was reading my blog posts (with some of the real comments), e-mails and Twitter messages with the stalker. For the story I added a bit of a wicked twist at the finish.

The book, pictured above, includes 17 stories from a bunch of great writers and I am proud that my store was chosen as the closer. Neither myself or any of the writers get a dime from sale of the books, but it was an opportunity for us to get some exposure. It’s gotten great ratings and reviews on Amazon. If you like suspense stories and are looking for a new favorite author, this might be the collection for you. You can find it in paperback or Kindle version HERE on Amazon.

Happy Easter/Passover/April Fool’s Day! ~Phil

An Interview with Me?!!?

AllAuthor.com interviewed me about my background and how I got the ideas for my books. If you’re interested you can find the interview HERE

Have a great Friday! ~Phil

How To Read Amazon Kindle Books on Any Device

Little known Fun Phil Fact. That’s my silhouette. Some people assume that you can’t read Kindle books unless you have a Kindle. Au contraire mon frere! You can enjoy reading less expensive e-books (electronic books) on any device that you can download an app to.

Yes, I know there’s a lot of old school people out there who like to hold a real book or like the smell of pages, but guess what? If you give up bulky paperbacks and their smell, you can save money. Yes, e-books are less expensive than physical books and they’re better for the environment because no one has to harvest the Amazon rain forest to send you a book in gigabyte form.

On a phone, iPad or any other kind of tablet just download the Amazon Kindle app. If you have an Amazon account, you input your info and you can immediately begin downloading books! And there’s lots and lots of free books in the Amazon book store. There’s also far more diversity of choices than you’ll ever find in a real bookstore. I haven’t read a physical book in ten years and I don’t miss them at all. Also, when you finish a book in the Kindle app you can immediately download and start reading the sequel no matter what time of day or night or where you may be. No need to leave the house to go to a bookstore.

This post is completely unrelated to the fact that my new humorous suspense novel Time To Lie will be available on Amazon tomorrow. Have a great night! ~Phil