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Six Good Reasons Why You Should Buy This Book

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1. ‘The Olympus Project’ is the first book in a brand new series of thrillers featuring ‘The Phoenix’ and is on sale exclusively on Amazon NOW! There’s nothing worse than missing the first episode in a series.

2. ‘The Olympus Project’ is the best book I’ve written so far and ‘The Phoenix’ is a character that despite his many foibles has attributes that all of us would like to possess. He wants the world to be a better place; what sets him apart is that he acts to make that happen, while for the most part we sit on our hands and talk about what we think should be done.

3. ‘The Olympus Project’ is a darned good read, with plenty of action packed pages, interlaced with a sprinkling of romance. There are several brand new characters that will be with ‘The Phoenix’ throughout the series, so we discover their backgrounds and learn why they too share the same dreams.

4. Priced in the UK at around the price of a pint of beer then sitting down to read a few chapters of ‘The Olympus Project’ rather than going down the pub is good for your health. If you decide to eat a chocolate bar while you’re reading then okay just hunker down, make your self comfortable and escape into the pages of the book. If you aren’t that worried about your alcohol intake then I suggest a large glass of chilled Chardonnay would be an excellent companion or a generous helping of a single malt.

5. Christmas is almost upon us and there’s never anything good to watch on TV unless you enjoy repeats, so ‘The Olympus Project’ gives you the chance to enjoy a brand new story. Perhaps it should have its own catchphrase? ‘It’s a Winner after Xmas Dinner!’

6. If we have an early White Christmas and you get snowed in with no hope of getting outdoors to buy that last minute present for a loved one, then if you’ve downloaded ‘The Olympus Project’ everything won’t be lost! At least you’ll know they have something to take their mind off the chilly blast of winter and to warm those fingers and toes as they turn the pages and read about good triumphing over evil.

(7. A bonus good point for me: – the sooner hundreds of you buy the book and tell all your friends about it, then I’ll have a nice warm feeling too. Perhaps I’ll make an extra effort and write TWO books in the series for you in 2015; one for your summer holidays and another for next Christmas? )

Well what are you waiting for? Get on over to Amazon and click on the link!

A Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you all! Happy reading!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-Project-Phoenix-Book-ebook/dp/B00QU9FZTG

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One Free Copy For A Review Offer

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I will send you a free copy in either .pdf or kindle format in return for a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Please leave your details & your preferred file format on my ‘Contact’ page which you’ll find at the top of the page, extreme right.

There are 100 copies ONLY available in this offer. Once these are claimed there will be no additional ‘giveaways.’

All I ask in return is that you get your review posted by 31st JANUARY 2015 (Good, Bad or Indifferent I leave entirely up to you!)

Just one final thing…

HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

The Olympus Project

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THE OLYMPUS PROJECT

This is the first book in a brand new series featuring ‘The Phoenix’ and is ON SALE on Amazon from the 11th of December. I know it’s the best book I’ve written so far and I have high hopes that as the series progresses Colin Bailey will become a much more widely known character. I hope you will agree with me when you read the book.

After I had completed ‘Unfinished Business’ last March, I took a few weeks away from writing as I needed time to reflect. Perhaps it was because for a little while I felt as if I was drifting aimlessly without that daily target of fifteen hundred words to get done. Also an old friend from my days in the band had died suddenly in February and it made me sit down and think about my priorities.

Of course, there was the self doubt as well; was it worth bothering to write any more? I guess a lot of authors get that feeling. Even those who are selling far more books than I do! In the end I resolved to keep putting stories out there for people to read for as long as I’m able. My love of writing outweighed the bits of the process I don’t like – chasing reviews, promoting etc.

‘The Olympus Project’ is about a man headhunted by a secret organisation based on the outskirts of Bath; the five shadowy figures who head this group are introduced to us in detail in this first book. Their anonymity is protected by the code names they have adopted from Greek myth.

The group sends its agents across the world removing anyone who poses a threat to political or economic stability and taking ‘direct action’ against criminals who have somehow evaded justice and thereby ensuring they receive the punishment they deserve.

This fast paced thriller follows ‘The Phoenix’ as he works alone hunting down his prey in the style that brought him to the group’s attention in the first place; and also facing his greatest challenge so far, learning to work together with his new colleagues as part of a team.

HERE IS THE AMAZON LINK!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-Project-Phoenix-Book-ebook/dp/B00QU9FZTG

Everyone enjoys a good read over the holidays! Happy Christmas to all of you & I’ll be back before the New Year with another gentle reminder of where to get your copy!

If you have ninety seconds to spare then check out the Video Book Trailer for ‘The Olympus Project’ at http://youtu.be/cH2jpNMPhCM

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A Sting In The Tale Revealed

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There’s a lot to get through for this collection of twelve short stories; so buckle up and get ready for a rough ride! There are twists and turns throughout; just when you think you know the ending there’s a final twist!

The stories in ‘A Sting in the Tale’ deal with love, death, revenge and mystery. You can find a ghost story or two and for good measure several of the stories are laced with a touch of comedy. So there’s something for everybody.

In Voice is a love story about an elderly bookshop owner with an unusual talent and his summer of love with a young schoolteacher.

Daylight Robbery tells the story of an audacious jewel thief.

Affair of the Heart is set in Bath; will she leave her one true love to run away with a married man?

Traveller’s Rest is a ghost story; or is it? You decide.

What’s in a Name? This is what used to be called a ‘shaggy dog’ story; my apologies to the Canine Defence League if that’s not appropriate. There are no dogs in the story.

Dobson’s Choice is based in my home town and is another love story; as in Hobson’s Choice, young Laura Dobson is left with no choice at all.

A Merciful Release tells of Christine Amor’s passion for boy bands; not unusual for a young girl, but when the lady concerned is middle aged, her actions are a little extreme.

A Crack Shot will give some young wives ideas how about how to deal with a cheating husband, but could they dream up such an ingenious method of creating a ‘win win situation’?

Come To Rest is a story of revenge set in Weston Super Mare. Jane Collingwood is a genteel spinster with a romantic past.

Bang to Rights sees Dave Abbott have to deal with a tearful woman in what proves to be an explosive day with twists and red herrings in his job as concierge at a luxurious office block.

The Class of ’64 is loosely located in Trowbridge, where I myself went to school. There the similarity ends. In this story a group of bullies get their comeuppance.

The Last Bus is a ghost story set just four miles from my home town. This bus journey was one I took with my parents & my brother on numerous occasions, but we never knowingly had the same experience as my narrator.

All of the stories are based in the UK. This is simply because that’s where I live and therefore they are the places I know best. Some locations are really close to home like ‘The Class of ‘64’, ‘Dobson’s Choice’ and ‘The Last Bus’, while ‘Traveller’s Rest’ is based on a real incident from my days in the band.

We were travelling back from a gig somewhere south of London and heading towards Andover, Devizes and a warm bed. Through a thick stand of pine trees Nick our saxophone player spotted a dim light. We stopped and reversed back to thread our way via a cinder track through the trees into a clearing. It was a truck stop that had seen better days and we were the only vehicle in the truck park. The proprietor looked after the eight of us with a cooked breakfast, hot drinks and a selection of corny jokes and riddles that amused us during our stay. We left him as the sun was coming up with a cheery wave. Although we travelled that way a dozen times over the next few years, we never found that truck stop again. No matter how we strained our eyes at the passing rows of trees we never saw a dim light, no cinder track and we certainly never sensed any smell of sausage, bacon and egg wafting through the early morning. Spooky!

Why did I write this book? Why a collection of short stories, rather than another novel? As you will have read elsewhere, I stumbled into writing fiction and after I’d completed ‘The Final Straw’ I was at a loose end. It was up for grabs on Amazon and doing the rounds on a virtual book tour for the summer (2013); the reviews were scheduled for September/October perhaps and I searched for some local reviewers to get things moving. I discovered a writers group in my home town and I thought I’d get some help there. As part of my induction process and in an attempt to ingratiate myself with this motley crew I offered a couple of poems and a short story or two for their opinions. My offerings went down well, but there was no sign of a book review anytime soon. I tried my hand at a couple more short stories & when ‘The Final Straw’ was picking up my first award, I had about seven or eight completed. I thought that twelve was a good number and cracked on in the week or two before we were off on holiday in late September. The holiday was for rest & recuperation for both of us but my wife wanted me to be ready to start the sequel to ‘The Final Straw’ as soon as we returned home.

I published ‘A Sting In The Tale’ in October and started writing ‘Unfinished Business’. Four months later, I thought I’d better think about promoting BOTH books. That’s my downfall; I love writing but can’t get to grips with the marketing side of things.

Take a look at these shorts with a twist why don’t you? There’s a lot of variety there for very little money!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Sting-In-The-Tale-ebook/dp/B00GCH4HVI

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Unfinished Business Revealed

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Welcome back! I’m sure you’ve already read the story behind my first novel ‘The Final Straw Revealed’ which precedes this new chapter?

‘Unfinished Business’ is the sequel to ‘The Final Straw’ and continues Colin Bailey’s quest for revenge. The key themes of this sequel are death, revenge and music. “Hang on! Did you say music?”

Absolutely! Colin Bailey is a meticulous planner and in ‘The Final Straw’ he and his wife Karen were regular visitors to their local pub for their Friday night ‘music fix’. Hard rock and heavy metal music were what got Colin’s juices flowing. He spent many hours planning how to dispose of the people on his list listening to tracks by Iron Maiden and Judas Priest on his Walkman while he was working underground at Leigh Park Mines.

Using the name Colin Owens to stay under the radar of Border Control, he becomes a roadie with a Canadian Iron Maiden tribute band touring the UK and Europe. He goes deeper under cover by adopting the name Owen Collins while on the road. The band begins the tour in Scotland and moves down the eastern coast of England, crossing over to Liverpool and Manchester before eventually heading south to London.

This was all familiar territory for me; in a previous life I sang with bands that played various types of music; the last band I was in were very much a hard rock outfit. We covered tracks by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Cream and Rory Gallagher (all new names on the scene back then!). These were all mixed up with our own material and we were LOUD! We travelled in our Transit van with our roadies, unlike Maiden’s Hair in the book; there was no tour bus for us!

Travelling across the country, unloading our kit & getting set up for a gig, playing our set, then breaking the kit down & getting away to the next stop on our own musical mystery tour was part & parcel of our everyday lives for almost a decade. ‘Unfinished Business’ allowed me to make a sentimental return to the good old days in fiction at least; but back to the dark world of Colin Bailey and his quest!

Colin had seen that the band’s itinerary meant he could tick a few names off his list as he travelled across the country. Everything fitted! His plan was complete; he was scheduled for one last task at the end of the UK leg of the tour; this was when the band moved across to Europe and Colin could deal with the policeman whose continual harrying and frustrating might prove to deflect him from his mission – Phil Hounsell.

Colin hadn’t missed a trick; by keeping an eye on the local news from that quiet West Country town where he had been brought up, he knew that Phil was married with two young children and was now living on the outskirts of the city of Bath. He knew too that Phil had been promoted and had moved on to work in London as part of what proved to be the short lived Serious Organised Crime Agency.

As each name on Colin’s list is ruthlessly eliminated Phil Hounsell teams up with several of his former West Country colleagues as they hunt down the stone cold killer. Other characters that play a significant role in the story are:

Erica Hounsell, Phil’s long suffering wife, who finds herself in danger when Colin wants to be left alone to continue with his task.

Frankie & Billy, the roadies that work alongside Owen Collins, totally unaware of what he is up to.

Therese Slater, a Manchester barmaid who falls for Colin and gives up everything to follow him wherever he may end up. Does Colin have feelings for her? The final scenes on the towpath by the Pulteney weir in Bath leave you with as many questions as answers!

This novel was intended to tie up the loose ends that remained on the final page of ‘The Final Straw’; however, after consultation with my wife (she spoke – I listened) there are new threads beginning at the end of ‘Unfinished Business’! Sorry, if you want to know where all these threads will lead you’ll have to read the book, and then the NEXT novel will make sense!

I deal in facts not fantasy; the reality is that the world is a nasty place and although Colin Bailey may have an extreme way of improving it, sooner or later the streets will have to be cleaned. If this book helps to get that message across then it will have served a purpose.

Does it sound like the book for you?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unfinished-Business-Ted-Tayler-ebook/dp/B00J9V1DJI

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The Final Straw Revealed

THE FINAL STRAW REVEALED

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This chapter will give new readers a chance to discover what ‘The Final Straw’, my first novel, was all about and hopefully persuade you there’s a good read just a click away!
For those of you who haven’t been with me on ‘The Long Hard Road’ from the beginning, it might just convince you to take a look.

The key themes of the book are family drama, tragedy, death and revenge. The main characters are the Bailey family and the story centres on their seemingly inevitable journey to disaster.

Other characters in the book that play pivotal roles in the story line are:

Phil Hounsell, a Midlands born policeman who transfers into the West Country town and seems destined to be chasing Colin Bailey for most of his career.

Sue Owens, the wife of Colin’s employer at Leigh Park Mines, who is a woman knows exactly what she wants and isn’t shy about getting it!

Neil Cartwright, a six foot eight, eighteen stone, tattooed biker who is Colin’s only male friend. Of course, Colin’s naivety regarding relationships doesn’t augur well for the future of that friendship!

The book is set in the West Country where I have lived all my life. There are worked out mines within five miles of my house that have been used in wartime for military purposes, in the cold war on standby as an underground bunker for Prime Ministers and Cabinet members to be housed. In peace time all sorts of businesses have used the facilities to store items which benefit from the underground conditions. Leigh Park Mines don’t exist but they are typical of the companies operating in the area.

As for the town itself, this is entirely fictitious; in fact it’s unnamed in the book. It represents a typical West Wiltshire town with its shops, official buildings and housing estates and sadly nowadays they increasingly share the gang culture, drugs and the crime that the book portrays. Times have changed significantly since I was growing up!

‘The Final Straw’ is fairly dark and the themes it deals with don’t generally have roses around the door and happy endings, so romance and mystery are thin on the ground. Life is pretty bleak in this quiet fictional town and my chosen style of writing means you get the facts warts and all!

Most reviews have been favourable and a quick read through on my website will tell you it’s an easy read. ‘The Final Straw’ was voted ‘Best Book Ever’ (Quality Reads UK Book Club) in September 2013. My ambition is to write books people enjoy reading; nothing more, nothing less.

Now I’ve whetted your appetite why not take the next step?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Final-Straw-Ted-Tayler-ebook/dp/B00D6HYWG2

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Let’s Twist Again! (the story of ‘A Sting In The Tale’)

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LET’S TWIST AGAIN!

This review from Tina Stanciu for Reader’s Favorite probably sums up ‘A Sting In The Tale’ pretty well!

“This is a collection of short stories that introduces the reader to a world that has a little something for everyone: love, ghost stories, revenge tales, books and libraries, and a touch of humor that perfectly binds them all together.”

“The first story, which was also my favorite, is about a bookstore owner who finds a little sparkle of joy and excitement in his monotonous life in the shape of a beautiful and interesting young lady. But as the cleverly chosen title says, there is a sting in every tale, and we, the readers, are dared to find it, which makes the reading experience even more entertaining and makes you want to read them all at once.”

“Short stories have a harder role to play than novels. They need to get the reader to love the characters and be hooked by the plot line sooner than in the case of novels, and also, we need to be able to move from one character to another without losing the feeling of excitement that we expect to have.”

“ This is a superbly written collection of short stories; the author’s style is truthful, fresh, and the touch of humor adds the finishing touches to an already beautiful reading experience.”

“Ted Tayler’s stories made me feel like I was part of the action; the plot twists made me want more and the vivid descriptions put the scenes in my mind as if I was watching a movie. I saw the library; I saw the park; and I felt the emotions that the characters felt as their stories were revealed before my eyes.”

Take a look at these shorts with a twist why don’t you? There’s a lot of variety there for very little money!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Sting-In-The-Tale-ebook/dp/B00GCH4HVI

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Musical Mystery Tour (the story of ‘Unfinished Business’)

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MUSICAL MYSTERY TOUR

‘Unfinished Business’ is the sequel to ‘The Final Straw’ and continues Colin Bailey’s quest for revenge. After a decade in West Africa, out of reach of the long arm of the law, he has waited impatiently for the news of whether Neil Cartwright, his former friend, has managed to get parole.

Colin Bailey is now in his early forties and alone. He has watched his homeland sink further into a morass of crime, drugs, sexual exploitation and domestic slavery with increasing anger; he despairs of the efforts of the police and the legal system to do what’s needed to remove the cancer killing the country he loves. He sees himself as the only person with the will and cold blooded efficiency to clean the streets of these criminals.

The key themes of this sequel are death, revenge and music. Hard rock and heavy metal got Colin’s juices flowing. He spent many hours planning how to dispose of the people on his list listening to his Walkman while working underground at Leigh Park Mines.

Colin becomes a roadie with a Canadian Iron Maiden tribute band. Their tour begins in Scotland and moves down the eastern coast of England, crossing over to Liverpool and Manchester before eventually heading south to London.

The band’s itinerary meant he could tick a few names off his list as he travelled across the country. Everything fitted! His plan was complete; he had one last task at the end of the UK leg of the tour; Colin could deal with the policeman whose continual harrying and frustrating might prove to deflect him from his mission – Phil Hounsell.

As each name on Colin’s list is being ruthlessly eliminated Phil Hounsell is teamed up with several of his former West Country colleagues as they hunt down the stone cold killer. He also meets Zara ‘Mouse’ Wheeler; she’s just over five feet tall, seven stones wringing wet, as sharp as a tack as regards police work but an innocent in the ways of the world.

Is there romance? Time will tell; certainly Zara finds her new boss attractive and thrown together in difficult situations in far flung corners of the UK, who knows what could happen?

Reviews for ‘Unfinished Business’ say it is: ‘a thriller in every sense of the word’; ‘a gripper’; ‘difficult to put down once you’ve started’.

Sounds like just the book to pick up doesn’t it?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unfinished-Business-Ted-Tayler-ebook/dp/B00J9V1DJI

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Deaths In The Family (the story of ‘The Final Straw’)

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DEATHS IN THE FAMILY

This chapter will give new readers a chance to discover what ‘The Final Straw’, my first novel, was all about and hopefully persuade you there’s a good read just a click away!

The key themes of the book are family drama, tragedy, death and revenge. The main character Colin Bailey has a dysfunctional family. His parents Adam and Jennifer virtually ignored him as he was growing up; he was clearly a ‘mistake’. Their own lives were complicated enough without the encumbrance of a child.

Adam left his wife and son to live with another woman – without a backward glance. Jennifer had always played the field; let’s just say she ‘liked her bread buttered on both sides’.

Colin was unloved, unwanted and a loner; he was bullied at school by the members of two local gangs; their leaders Leroy Ambrose and Scott Hall, headed up the young thugs that terrorised the quiet West Country town where Colin lived.

Colin somehow stumbled into a relationship with Karen Smith; she was plain & chubby but willing and Colin was completely unaware of her many previous partners. They were forced to marry and had a daughter Sharron. This little mite was the first person Colin had ever loved in his life and who of course loved him unreservedly in return.

As Colin grew from a young boy into a young man, his hatred for his parents and those thugs that have tormented him led him to write down a list of people that he would like to dispose of. As the drama unfolds we follow him righting the wrongs he perceives have been done to him.

Whether you like Colin or not as a character it’s hard not to sympathise with him as he creates a safe haven for him, Karen and young Sharron, only for their happiness to be tragically torn apart. This was ‘The Final Straw’ that saw Colin embark on a path from which there was no turning back.

Now I’ve whetted your appetite why not take the next step?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Final-Straw-Ted-Tayler-ebook/dp/B00D6HYWG2

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THE NEVER ENDING SEARCH

THE NEVER ENDING SEARCH

Sorry I’ve been away so long! Okay, there have been a couple of writing related posts to keep you amused but it’s been ages since I let you know what’s actually been going on.

Towards the end of August Lynne & I joined up with our daughter Kim, husband Malcolm and dog Bailey, for a holiday in West Wales. Our accommodation was a converted barn on the outskirts of Newcastle Emlyn. This was perfect as a base camp to explore the area from Tenby in the south towards Aberystwyth in the north; we didn’t venture too far from the coast though as the walks and the views were spectacular.

I won’t bore you with all the details; if you’ve been you know the places we visited anyway & if you haven’t then I suggest you get down there as soon as you can. It’s well worth a visit! A brief summary of our thoroughly enjoyable week included:-

A boat trip to Caldey Island with dolphins swimming a hundred yards from the boat on the way out and long nature walks that sharpened the appetite for the chocolate factory shop’s delights!

There were visits to Aberaeron, New Quay and Aberporth which all left a lasting impression; plus a trip to St David’s on a very warm afternoon which kept us all amused. We enjoyed/endured long bracing walks during the daytime (on Poppit Sands to name but one); evenings were spent drinking & playing cards while keeping an eye out for the massive spiders that crept inside. Where did we eat? Two places warrant a mention, Yasmin’s the Indian restaurant in the village was superb value for money, while the Bunch of Grapes (also in the main street) served excellent food. We couldn’t tell you what their starters or desserts were like though as the main courses were more than sufficient to satisfy our taste buds!

Since we returned home we’ve caught up with our other children, their partners and the grandchildren. This week the little darlings were either returning to school or setting off on their educational adventure. As for Lynne & I, we’ve pottered around in the garden and started looking forward to our next trip abroad. We’re off to Majorca for some sunshine in a week or so, and then I’ve been told that I’m starting on my next novel! The Boss has given me her orders!

In the ‘Fiat Lux’ chapter I told you about getting in touch with some school colleagues from the early 60s. ‘Let There Be Light’ was our school motto and it was on the badge we had to have on our school blazers during our time at Trowbridge Boys High School. We plan to meet up again in October; progress has been slow in tracking down any more lost souls to swell our number.

I got side tracked after I got back from Wales! I was on LinkedIn checking out a few names when I idly requested information on one John Clarke; who hadn’t been at school with us at all! In fact he had worked for a computer whizkid who had introduced a ground breaking forecasting program into the company I worked for. John helped us increase our knowledge at a London computer bureau and subsequently showed us the delights of early personal computers. It was work, but with a large social twist & lunchtimes in London at the MM club and the Goat In Boots became legendary! He’s retired now & has just returned from a holiday in Canada; we’re planning to arrange a good catch up in the future.

I think the reason all this nostalgia business is taking over my spare time is because the book tours, the search for reviews and incessant promotional gimmicks I’ve had to resort to, have left me feeling frustrated. ‘Not for the first time!’ I hear you cry. That’s true enough; I’ve felt like packing it in on several occasions, but then every now & then a little boost comes along & gives you hope.

The ‘Unfinished Business’ review I requested via Reader’s Favorite eventually surfaced; a couple of months ago they had passed on a five star review of ‘A Sting In The Tale’ which was great news. This time it was a five star review for the sequel to ‘The Final Straw’. This is some of what Anne Marie Reynolds had to say:

“This was a thriller in every sense of the word. A real gripper and once I picked it up; I couldn’t put it down again until it was over. Starting slowly ‘Unfinished Business’ picked up pace and each chapter ended in such a way that stopping reading simply wasn’t an option; this was one of those rare books that pull a reader into the story & holds on tight, not letting go not even at the end. A round of applause to Ted Tayler; a brilliant writer & storyteller.”

That was certainly one of the ‘plus’ sides of the past month or so; another has been the feedback from the Review Seeker’s Facebook Page, There were only a couple of ‘takers’ from the adverts I posted for the three books; some of that was possibly my fault, perhaps I wasn’t persuasive enough? I didn’t post very often over the first three months either; I didn’t want to appear pushy! What I did do was ask whether the other writers suffered as I did in spending weeks seeking out potential reviewers. A lively discussion followed which provided some useful links and new contacts. How things progress from here only time will tell, but it’s good to know you’re not alone!

The book tours have been disappointing with the projected dates being all over the place; it was so much better last summer. There are potentially over sixty reviews to come, so maybe some good will be salvaged from the wreckage. I won’t be going down that route again. Pasture’s new next time I feel!

I have a few gripes about some of the bloggers and review sites too! I’ve wasted loads of time checking out possible leads from ‘umbrella’ sites that suggested I check out those offering ‘free promo & reviews’. So many of them have shut down; some aren’t taking any books due to the backlog they have to get through; some only read YA, MG, Fantasy, Dystopian, Steampunk, Romance or Kid’s books; but you only really discover this when you’ve drilled down through the minutiae. Then there are those that won’t touch an ebook or a self published item. How ‘sniffy’ is that in 2014 for heaven’s sake? The world has moved on and reviewers need to move with it.

All I want to do is ask politely for a review, having checked out that the reviewer is available & interested in the genre that my book is written in, then we agree a time frame for them to give my offering the time they need, then they tell me & the public at large whether it’s any good or not. Anything that facilitates that has to be a good thing. I just feel they could help us writers sort out which sites are right for us to approach with a few appropriate symbols on the links to their web pages. This would save us wasting their time and ours. Answers on a post card.

I’ll try to get back to you a little quicker next time; once the holiday is over I’ll be thinking about that next novel & school will be beckoning for some of my time. My last season of snooker as a Secretary will be well underway by then too. Another busy autumn & winter stretches out before us! Happy days!