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Light The Blue Touch Paper

Every day is different for the Indie Writer. Write, Re-Write, Edit, Blog, Social Media, Reviews, Cover Design, Panic and several more things. That’s just Monday of course; sometimes other days of the week can be busier.

A list of Top 5 Indie Writers for 2015 included some great names and then I spotted this among the ‘honourable mentions’ and was choked. Someone has noticed. I keep saying I’m making small steps in the right direction. Well now I know I’m right.

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“Ted Tayler has created a character I’ve unabashedly fallen in love with. “The Olympus Project” is book one in “The Phoenix Series”. Colin Bailey is the hottest new hero to come out of fiction in a while. Renamed Phoenix by the secret organization that drafts him into their service, Bailey is the best vigilante I’ve ever salivated over. Obviously there is no lack of characterization in this book. It’s action packed, sexy, unpredictable, and current.”

In fairness to the writers who hit the Top 5 and those who got mentioned like myself here’s the link.

A Sting In The Tale’ is still being serialized on Channillo.com; if you would like to join us then click here

Twitter: It's Not Rocket Science

On the 28th August ‘Twitter:It’s Not Rocket Science’ launched. This little book tells how I got 100k followers on a shoestring, and shows YOU step-by-step how to get as many followers as you feel you need to enhance your business or interest. Whether you’re a corporation, a writer, or a dog-walker just setting up, there are hints and tips that will speed up your actions and increase your connections. It will be FREE to download for THREE days from the 29th August. Just watch out for news of the next FREE promotions. Then grab it!

Here’s the link:

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A Passage To India

It was the new blog link-up for the Indian e-magazine that was the first innovation for this writer’s blog. I began posting items to Readers Door on July 24th.

I introduced myself through an interview format, so that readers knew that I was a real person, not some faceless scribe, hiding behind a fluffy cat or a still life.

The follow-up posts have been about why blogging is important to me as a writer and how I ensure I meet my deadlines without going around the bend! The next one went up today (5th) and was how to make characters believable. The next few will be personal items and I’m hoping to gather a few more followers to the handful that has already signed up for the journey.

I know, people signing up to follow my blog; it’s never happened here, because I don’t have the facility. Should I have invested in that back in 2011? To be honest, I never dreamt I’d need it.

Readers Door appears to have already changed their name to oditty, but you can still find them on Facebook.

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My short story collection ‘A Sting In The Tale’ is being serialized on Channillo.com; if you would like to join us then click here
http://channillo.com/series/a-sting-in-the-tale/

‘Conception’ – the birth of ‘The Phoenix’ which gives new readers a chance to catch up with the story so far is going well. A 430 page blockbuster you can buy for only $1.50 or £0.99. You can check it out for yourself here http://amzn.to/1KaD8UM

This past week or so has been hectic. I have virtually completed my thinking process for ‘Nothing Is Ever Forever’; even I’m surprised at how things are going to turn out. I didn’t see it coming, so I’d be surprised if you did!

As I have a few hours spare (pause for maniacal laughter) I’m going to write THAT book; you know ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’ – How To Get 100k Twitter Followers. It will be about 30 pages long and as cheap as chips. Once you have all the inside knowledge, you’ll be able to do it too. Of course, if you already have a modicum of common sense, you can work it out for yourself.

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My Interview With ‘The Phoenix’

This week I sat down with my main character ‘The Phoenix’ and asked him some of the questions to which I’m sure you are eager to know the answers.

What’s your name? Phoenix

When were you born? I was born Colin Bailey in 1968

Where are you from? A small town in the English West Country, it pretends to be around 10 miles from the Roman city of Bath, maybe fifteen miles from Larcombe Manor, the Olympus Project HQ as the crow flies.

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How do your parents feel about your career choice? They are both deceased. My father Adam died in a fire in 1987; my mother Janet committed suicide in 1990

What is your marital status? I’m in a relationship, but I cannot divulge her name. I married Karen Smith in 1985, we separated in 2001. After our divorce I married Sue Owens

Can you tell us a little about your education, work etc?
I left school at sixteen because my mother needed me to earn my keep. My father had left three years before. My only regular job was with Shaw Park Mines. I worked at night, alone most of the time, which gave me plenty of opportunity to make my plans. After the death of her husband, Sue Owens took control of the business and made me Site Manager

Have you travelled abroad much?
Sue and I lived in The Gambia for almost ten years until she died of cancer in 2011. I returned to the UK on business – unfinished business

Is there a message in your work that you want our readers to grasp?
If you do the crime, you pay the price every time

What book are you reading now?
Observer Book of Hand Guns

What are your current projects?
I could tell you but I would have to kill you

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your work?
Meticulous preparation and attention to detail reduces the challenges to an acceptable level. I guess the short answer is ‘No’

How do you work through self doubts/fears?
My previous answer suggests that this has been unnecessary so far

What is your least favourite quality about yourself?
My inability to truly love someone; I loved my daughter Sharon of course. A father’s love for a daughter is special, but the total lack of love my parents showed me meant that I have never felt able to give myself fully to any woman I’ve met. I always hold something back; ready to leave at a minute’s notice, rather than be hurt if that love is suddenly withdrawn, or taken from me forcibly

Is there one person past or present you would like to meet and why?
My daughter, Sharon; because I miss her, every day

What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything but sport that has plenty of action. I usually watch with the sound muted; if I’m at Larcombe it’s so I can work. On an assignment it’s because I’m listening for trouble

Best friend?
Until I arrived at Larcombe I had never had a male friend. Karen and Sue were the closest I got to true friendship. Therese was an itch to be scratched at first, but she could have been a friend in time. When I met Rusty at Larcombe he helped train me, he taught me more in three months than I’d learned in fifteen years about how to kill someone swiftly without leaving a trace. Yeah, Rusty’s a good mate

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Would you class Rusty as a mentor?
No, not really, the old gentleman at Larcombe is my mentor. We carry out his orders without question because it was him who pulled all these people together in The Olympus Project. The whole project is about preventing the UK from following the downward spiral we were on several years ago. Olympus is focused on stopping us from going to hell in a hand cart

Who is the old gentleman?
Refer back to my earlier comment on ‘current projects’

Favourite Foods?
I have learned to enjoy every meal that is set in front of me. I don’t cook and although I take every precaution, that meal might be my last

Favourite Music?
I rarely listen to anything except Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Iron Maiden and Judas Priest would be my first choice, but it has to be loud. Preferably beyond the threshold of pain

Are there any skeletons in your closet?
Unlikely, but the Pet Cemetery at Larcombe is pretty crowded these days, so we may need to rethink where they all end up

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Will there be any further adventures for ‘The Phoenix’ after ‘Nothing Is Ever Forever’ later this year?
I think this interview is over. I’m the dummy, you’re the ventriloquist; I don’t really have a say in the matter do I?

My compilation of the first two novels ‘Conception’ – the birth of ‘The Phoenix’; which gives new readers a chance to catch up with the story so far is a 430 page blockbuster that you can check out for yourself here

A Positive Spin

A Positive Spin

The life of an indie author is not a bed of roses. It is hard graft, with little financial reward. However, there are sometimes a few grains of gold that shine through as you sift through the detritus in your pan of life.

It is things like these that enable you to keep forging ahead with a smile on your face, putting a positive spin on all the times when your writing ‘journey’ appears to have stalled. If you can’t find that positive spin, then you will fall by the wayside very quickly.

My nuggets this month in book reviews or comments online have included:

“Atmospheric settings, clever twists mixed with reality, plausible and entertaining”

“Immensely more intriguing than conventional spy/vigilante fare”

“A great book that will grab you and test your nerves all the way through”

“A writer who creates dynamic characters and intricate plots”

“Exciting and timely fiction; great characters in a great story”

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“Tayler certainly knows how to hold a reader’s attention. It wouldn’t surprise me if this book found itself in the forefront of a long standing film series with people clambering for a front seat!”

“Colin Bailey makes James Bond look wimpy. Action packed and sexy with a heart”

“Tayler’s writing and creativity are amazing. He’s easily one of the best indie writers around today”

As you will recall from the last blog post my short story collection ‘ A Sting In The Tale’ is being serialized on Channillo.com

If you would like to join us then click here
http://channillo.com/series/a-sting-in-the-tale/

I have also published a compilation of the first two novels ‘Conception’ – the birth of ‘The Phoenix’; which gives new readers a chance to catch up with the story so far. This gives you a 430 page blockbuster that you can buy for only 0.99 or £0.99.

You can check it out for yourself here http://amzn.to/1KaD8UM

There are always positives, if you look for them. Nothing I have written about today can be termed a major breakthrough; but I see them as steps in the right direction. Small steps perhaps, but remember what Chairman Mao said about The Long March – “It starts with one small step.”

Keep your eyes out for another innovation for this blog soon. Which will come first? Will it be a guest blog post from a new friend, or collaboration with an e-magazine from India? The future’s bright; the future’s orange!

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A Series Of Hope

“Hope springs eternal”

‘Gold, Silver, and Bombs’ the second book in my ‘Phoenix’ trilogy has been on sale for three weeks now. Progress is slow, but as ever there are positives to be drawn.

I have developed a small network of reviewers and over twenty of them have taken a copy so far. Some have posted their findings on Amazon and Goodreads; others are still to come. Twenty would still be twice the number of reviews any of my books have ever received.

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I’m intelligent enough to realise that ‘cherry-picking’ people who automatically like my books would be pointless, so the reviewers I select give potential readers some balance. Most reviews are extremely positive, a few point out my weaknesses. I can learn from both; don’t fix what isn’t broken and try to address the shortcomings.

Where else have I been sourcing reviews? A Story Cartel campaign finishes tomorrow after a 21 day run. I look forward to seeing how many people have downloaded a copy. My Goodreads friends count is up to 535 now and around 10 so far, of the 40 I have asked have agreed to provide a review. All in all this could get me closer and closer to my target of 50.

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As I said in my last blog post, each day I have to learn new tools and techniques, just to stand still! I use Buffer now to schedule my Tweets through the day. There have been some amazing results due to targeting the US at the ‘right’ time, rather than me merely posting when I’ve got a spare minute during the day here in England.

The most exciting development potentially has been an invitation from Channillo a digital publishing platform for writers interested in releasing an ongoing series of work. It’s a subscription site and for a modest monthly amount readers can follow a series of short stories, poems, essays, or novels.

I was targeted as they need a thriller writer. Initially I have uploaded ‘A Sting in the Tale’ my short story collection. In early October the thriller series will follow on and run until early 2016. It should finish just as the third ‘Phoenix’ book hits Amazon’s bookstore.

If you would like to join us on our journey then start here
http://channillo.com/series/a-sting-in-the-tale/

The next few weeks will be crucial in the success or failure of ‘Gold, Silver, and Bombs’. Hope springs eternal and regardless of the outcome every step I take at the moment seems to be in the right direction. As you can see by looking at the covers for ‘The Phoenix’ series – the future’s bright, the future’s orange!

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Gritty and compelling!

Frequent visitors to this blog will know that ‘The Olympus Project’ was the first in a series featuring ‘The Phoenix’ aka Colin Bailey, the main male protagonist from my first two novels.

The second book in the series is ‘Gold, Silver and Bombs’ and ‘The Phoenix’ is once again busy righting wrongs and making sure the ‘bad guys’ don’t escape justice.

If you study the time-line of my first three thrillers, you will see that Colin Bailey grew up in the 1970s, was forced to marry young and buried his beloved daughter in 2001. After ten years, he returned from West Africa to complete some ‘Unfinished Business’. That story ended a few months later with Colin fighting for his life in the River Avon under Bath’s Pulteney Weir.

All the action in ‘The Olympus Project’ took place in a relatively short space of time too and with the London Olympics in 2012 as the main focus for ‘Gold, Silver, and Bombs’ then the story line picks up immediately from where we left it.

However, it would not suit ‘The Phoenix’ to concentrate on the terrorist threat to the Olympics alone; he has other deserving cases to satisfy as well! So you can be happy in the knowledge that the thrills come thick and fast!

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‘Gold, Silver, and Bombs’ is better written, better packaged, and better promoted than any of my previous efforts. Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it; just read it and tell me if you agree. Check out some of the early reviews:-

‘Another fast-paced, riveting Tayler novel with a descriptive and unforgettable cast’

‘Tayler is clever at creating atmospheric settings, clever twists mixed with reality to make his books plausible and entertaining’

‘spinning a tale of fear and violence that could have come from world headlines.’

‘Leaving the reader hungry for more adventure, Tayler has woven a tale that will keep you racing to learn the outcome.’

‘A compelling, intense page-turning all night read’

‘It’s a surprisingly fast read and several notches above other books in its genre’

‘Using brilliant details and plans Tayler creates missions that are both exciting and believable.’

‘It wouldn’t surprise me if this book found itself in the forefront of a long standing film series with people clambering for a front seat!’

As usual I have a Video Book Trailer to go with the book and you can view it here

Authors always appreciate some feedback, so tell me what you think of the book and the video. Keep an eye out for more posts, some will be about ‘Gold, Silver, and Bombs’, some about new titles, every now and then I hope to be joined by friends who will feature in a guest post.

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A Leap of Faith

If you have visited this blog for any length of time, you will have noticed the title – The Long Hard Road.

I had no idea where that road was taking me when I started out in September 2011. I had written a book and had sold most of the paperbacks I had had printed. I was advised to set up a website in order to sell the remainder and use the blog and Twitter to generate sales of the kindle version. This exercise cost me an initial layout of around £300 or perhaps a little less than $500, if you are from the other side of the pond.

Almost four years later, I am about to publish my sixth book.

“Gold, Silver and Bombs’ will be the second title in my ‘Phoenix’ trilogy.
“Nothing Is Ever Forever” the final book will be written in the autumn/fall and will appear over the holiday period, as we enter 2016.

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What have I learned in almost four years? There are undoubtedly a lot of positives. In the first year I amassed a lot of Twitter followers. I learned that some of them were to become good friends, some were only looking to make money out of me, and some were a**holes.

Using that knowledge, I embarked on a new project. I wrote my first piece of fiction. The followers increased, I made more friends, a different breed of vulture arrived on my doorstep, but I didn’t let them stay long, and the percentage of a**holes decreased.

The writing has improved. That has been a positive. As the project has progressed, each successive book has been a better piece of work.

As I learned to spot the ‘good guys’ among the people who really wanted to help, rather than just screw me for as much as I was prepared to part with, I found that the ‘quantity’ and ‘quality’ of my followers improved.

One thing that never seemed to improve in those first three years though was the number of books I actually sold. Clearly I was doing something wrong.

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This past year has been a year of constant change. I started working with BooksGoSocial last June and nearly everything I had been doing previously has either been thrown out, or amended to the point where it’s unrecognisable from my initial digital footprint four years ago.

New initiatives were installed. The blog was overhauled. Every element of my Author Page and Title Pages on Amazon was analysed and amended. I received hundreds of retweets every month, which increased my reach on Twitter from 100k to 500k. The way I tweeted, when I tweeted and how I targeted those tweets with hash tags; anything and everything that might stimulate interest in my books was given a fresh coat of paint.

This blog chapter HAS to be about the books, no homely fireside chats any longer. I was invited to join sites like Instagram, Pinterest, SoundCloud, and several more. All of them could be potential conduits to direct readers to my books. The only thing holding me back from pursuing these is TIME, but I will try at least a couple of them out.

One year into the association and an awful lot has changed. The blog gets five times the visitors it did. The followers are still over 100k and the proportion of writers/reviewers/readers is far healthier. My friends are still with me and their numbers are growing. The a**holes are in retreat.

The reviews of my own books are still not as numerous as I would wish, even if they’re still mostly very good, but my reviews of other people’s books are being well received and proving helpful. They are another element that gets my name out there and more visible. My Goodreads friend count is almost 500 compared to 65 a year ago.

This long hard road might not have a happy ending. Despite all my best efforts, and those of BooksGoSocial, those sales are still not improving.

I cannot and will not throw money at the problem. My plan for the next twelve months is to complete the trilogy, continue with the reviews, pursue as many of the initiatives that BooksGoSocial offer, that I can afford and let the fates decide.

As The Phoenix is the driving force behind everything I’m working on, then I have revised the cover for ‘The Olympus Project’. In time you will see the next 2 books appear and the covers will feature the same image, with only the title and the number in the series altered. It’s a bold move, but if it establishes The Phoenix in the reader’s mind, then it may pay off.

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It’s a Leap of Faith.

I’ll be back in two weeks, with the latest news on ‘Gold, Silver and Bombs”
I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

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The Phoenix – A necessary evil?

Last week I was on holiday in Ibiza. I took about a dozen books to read on my kindle. I’ve posted reviews on the eight I managed to finish on Amazon & Goodreads (as Father Ted). A mixed bag of genres and a mixed set of results; par for the course I guess.

One book in particular grabbed my attention. It was ‘Closure’ written by Randall Wood. ‘Closure’ was book #1 in his Jack Randall novels and was published in late December 2009. Even though my review would be lost among the hundreds that the story has received in the intervening period, I needed to record my thoughts and the impression that the book made on me.

There was a lot to like in the way the story was written; the descriptive passages were superbly handled for sure, but it was a little ‘quirk’ at the start of each chapter that encouraged me to write this piece for my blog.

Before moving on to chapter two, I knew there were a minimum of fifty chapters. Of course, I could have looked at the index, but Randall Wood had posted a big clue to save me the bother.

He had researched the figures for the prison population by State. In addition, he knew the proportion of recidivists by State too. In time, I discovered the overall number of prisoners. I also knew that between sixty and seventy percent of them were repeat offenders.

This was in 2009.

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‘Closure’ concerned an ex-sniper who had lost his family in a car crash. I won’t give any other details of the story in case you haven’t read the book. Safe to say, Randall Wood exploited the facts of the vast numbers of prisoners, many of whom were in and out of jail all their lives. The prisons were no more than training grounds for the inmates, turning them into more efficient criminals rather than reformed citizens.

Killers languished on Death Row, lodging appeal after appeal; lawyers found all sorts of loopholes to ensure their clients didn’t serve time. Politicians defended the ‘right to bear arms’ despite all the evidence that the easy availability of firearms has led to thousands of unnecessary deaths.

It is now 2015.

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Are we any further forward? My new series ‘The Phoenix’ which was launched with the publication of ‘The Olympus Project’ in December 2014 deals with a stone cold killer, Colin Bailey.

In ‘The Final Straw’ the death of his daughter at the hands of a sexual predator tipped him over the edge. Already hell bent on righting the wrongs he perceived had been done to him by his parents; he lashed out in a killing spree that eliminated two gangs of thugs and drug dealers. Ten years later in the sequel ‘Unfinished Business’ he set about removing several more sets of criminals – drug dealers; people traffickers; his daughter’s killer. To Colin Bailey every death seemed righteous.

In the new series he works for a secret organisation ‘The Olympus Project’. The ideals and methods they follow echo those of the terrorist in ‘Closure’.

He targeted people who had used every trick in the book to avoid paying the price for their crimes. He gave their victims ‘closure’ and sought it for himself, to make some sense of his family’s deaths.

How many people like ‘The Phoenix’ are there out there? Will they increasingly take responsibility for righting wrongs, giving closure, while the ‘system’ continues to fail us? Is a man like Colin Bailey ‘The Phoenix’ a necessary evil?

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

1. I joined my local church choir when I was 8. I left to sing a different type of music when I was 18. When my treble voice was in its prime I sang with the choir at evensong in Salisbury Cathedral.

2. In the mid 60s I worked for the Kray family. This will send a shiver down the spine of a lot of people who either experienced the family first hand or have read about their ‘reign of terror’ in London at that time. Charles was related to the infamous brothers, and was a director of an entertainment agency who booked us to play at pubs and clubs across London.

3. In the early 70s I appeared on several editions of a sports quiz programme on the radio. British readers of a certain age will remember the celebrity team captains, Brian Johnston and Ted Moult. The quiz master was Peter Jones, a broadcasting legend. It was an unbelievable experience.

4. I started playing snooker when I was 16. The local League provided me with many happy years of competition and after 25 years of playing I decided to give something back. In 1991 I became League Secretary and my son Steve takes over from me in May. I’ve operated a ‘benevolent dictatorship’ and it has seemed to work without too many problems! I plan on playing long after my term of office is over!

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5. We played at The Granary Club in Bristol supporting Genesis on February 22nd 1971. It was a regular venue for us and we had backed several big names there. The gig was voted the best night in the history of the Club (1969 -1988). Happy days! The full story is in my first book.

6. My wife Lynne and I ran a quiz night at a local social club for almost twelve years. I hosted over five hundred quizzes, all of which I prepared myself. Lynne was my glamorous assistant. The last quiz we ran was on 21st December 2012; seven days after I had started to write my first novel ‘The Final Straw’.

7. I was made redundant in March 2000 after 34 years with a tyre company. I took the money and ran! In the mid 60s it was a friendly, sociable working environment that made it a pleasure to go to work. By the time I left it had become a soulless money making machine and I haven’t given the place a second thought since I walked through the gates for the final time.

8. It’s not very rock ‘n’ roll but the summer after I finished work I started playing bowls. The vast majority of my colleagues were twenty years older than me, yet the next 8 summers were the happiest sporting times of my life. I was Club Captain in 2008 and maybe I’ll find time to take it up again when I get older!

9. I was an Exam Invigilator at local schools 2002-2015. I looked after children sitting various exams from 11 to 18 years of age. It was rewarding work and I have kept an eye out for how the ‘superstars’ have developed as they left us and went to university and beyond.

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10. In November 2012 I was joined by two of the original members of my last group for a reunion gig. It was to mark the 65th birthday of one our road managers. Almost 40 years after our last gig together we played some of our favourite songs; it was the first time my children and a lot of my friends had heard me sing! We had a great night, but it was just a ‘one-off’. My friends asked me whether I missed how it felt to be on stage singing to an audience that enjoyed what they heard. My reply? ‘Only every day!’

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How do your books relate to the real world?

I am sure you remember my ‘Welcome’ message when you visited this site.

“Are you searching for real characters; realistic story lines?”

I do not have an agenda, political or moral. I write to entertain; however, I soon realised in December 2012 when I first started writing fiction that there were thousands of real life stories available to me that could be fertile ground for my plot lines.

In ‘The Final Straw’ Colin Bailey was a damaged individual who had already started to right the wrongs done against him by his parents when he met Neil Cartwright. Colin was naïve and a loner; he never suspected that Cartwright would tear the only person he truly loved away from him.

Cartwright was a sexual predator who groomed and abused young teenage girls and sold the photos and films of his attacks to a paedophile ring. He raped and murdered Colin Bailey’s daughter and received a laughably short sentence in prison. This ‘Final Straw’ opened the floodgates and Bailey took his revenge on the drug dealers and thugs that had terrorised his local town for over a decade.

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In ‘Unfinished Business’ a gang responsible for flooding a major city with drugs was apprehended; huge amounts of cash, heroin & cocaine were seized. After two days in court, the judge had to throw the case out because the prosecution had failed to disclose a piece of evidence to the defence. Millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money were wasted and the judge accused the police and CPS of gross incompetence.

I also included a case of domestic slavery and one of girls from around the world being trafficked from one end of the UK to another to work in the sex trade.

The whole premise behind ‘The Olympus Project’ my latest book is the notion of a group of wealthy people taking the law into their own hands, because of society’s failure to punish criminals appropriately. The Phoenix is one of their agents; he is tasked with tracking down and eliminating those that have slipped through the net.

None of these plot lines was imaginary; they were widely reported real events. Only recently, Oxford joined Rotherham as a large town/city where the sexual exploitation of young girls has been commonplace.

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March 6th 2015 – today, I opened my newspaper and read the following article:-

“Tens of thousands of serious criminals are being let off with just a slap on the wrist because of lazy police officers, a report claims.”

“Almost one third of crimes is ‘inappropriately’ punished with a police caution or penalty notice, including some that carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, such as rape.”

“Some 86,000 offences that could have gone before a Crown Court were dealt with out of court in the year to June 2014.”

“The Home Affairs Select Committee points to an ‘alarming’ rise of the caution culture – which has damaged public confidence in the justice system.”

“Despite ministers insisting cautions are ‘inappropriate’ for serious offences, almost 15000 sexual and violent offenders received one in the past four years.”

“The committee chairman said: The public deserve to feel reassured that their local police forces are not tackling serious crimes with a slap on the wrist.”

Sadly, there are likely to be many more disclosures to come and we can only hope that reports such as this galvanise the Government, Police, Justice System and other related authorities into genuinely effective action.

With further massive budget cuts looming, I fear our hopes may be misplaced.

I stress once more, that my books do not ‘point the finger’ in order to make a political or moral statement; however, as a human being I want to see the suffering caused by these criminals stopped; by the law, not by a vigilante killer like Bailey.

As a realist with a dash of cynicism gained over many years, I fear that I will still have a fertile field of media reports from which to continue my stories of Colin Bailey (as The Phoenix) and his quest for justice.

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