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What Inspired ‘The Olympus Project’?

To answer that question I would need to take you back to December 2012 and the day I started my first novel ‘The Final Straw’. The idea of writing a piece of fiction at all had come to me late in life; the plot line for a book that might materialise from that piece was still sketchy.

The premise of the story was that Colin Bailey was a loner, unloved and unwanted by his parents, bullied at school and with no friends whatsoever. This was the complete opposite of my own childhood; and I hope my three children would say the same! So I was not writing from experience.

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Colin Bailey would grow into the sort of young man that we hear about all too often in the media, someone who lashes out against society after what they see as being dealt a losing hand. Colin lashes out against his parents and his tormentors from his school days and plans to deal similarly with all the others who have had a negative impact on his life through his teenage years and into adulthood.

‘The Final Straw’ told of Colin’s dysfunctional family and the effect his actions had on his later life. All the characters he came across were people we hear about every day. They included drug dealers, young thugs, and paedophiles on one side, with police officers struggling against a tide of ever-rising crime and an ineffective justice system on the other.

The list goes on; if you need to add to it just pick up a newspaper or turn on your television.

The sequel to that first novel came in ‘Unfinished Business’ which continued with the same theme; one man’s fight to mete out justice to those who either had never been caught and punished, or had got off far too lightly.

When I decided Colin Bailey was too interesting a character to leave at the bottom of the River Avon in Bath and that ‘The Phoenix’ should return in ‘The Olympus Project’ it was because the number of stories that such a character could be involved in was virtually endless!

The first book in a brand new series featuring 'The Phoenix'

The first book in a brand new series featuring ‘The Phoenix’

There is certainly a fertile field for new plot lines! How many stories have you read in the past months regarding corrupt politicians, bonus greedy bankers, corrupt police officers and lawyers; terrorists of various persuasions. The good old-fashioned straightforward murder or bank robbery from the days of my youth has been relegated from the front pages these days!

In fact, every story line within my books is based on a REAL headline, a TRUE story. The character names have changed and the location has switched; the crucial difference from the real event is that in my books the criminals pay the FULL price.

Colin Bailey ‘The Phoenix’ is only a fictional character of course; perhaps the world would be a safer place if there really was an Olympus Project and agents like ‘The Phoenix’ removing the ‘bad guys’?

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Who Is Colin Bailey?

Colin Bailey was the main protagonist in my first two action thrillers; his story began in ‘The Final Straw’ where the events took place which led him on a seemingly endless campaign of revenge and his quest for justice.

His character was set in stone the moment I wrote the first four words of that first novel.
“Colin Bailey was invisible.”

I had no idea when I wrote that sentence, that it would change my life completely.

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In the book we learn of his early family life; the lack of love, the neglect, the bullying he suffered at school from the boys who would inevitably become leaders of the rival gangs on the lawless council estates in the town where Colin lived. Colin vowed to get his revenge and to right the wrongs carried out against him. He planned what to do right down to the smallest detail; nothing was left to chance. Many of us have probably felt badly treated or wronged and thought how we might go about putting things right.

Colin Bailey is different: he actually DOES it! For those of you who have not yet read ‘The Final Straw’ I won’t reveal the tragic event that turns Colin’s life upside down and unleashes a killing spree to rival any book you’ve ever read. Let’s just say that things were never the same again in that quiet West Country town where he was brought up.

There were several loose ends to be tidied up and in the sequel ‘Unfinished Business’ Colin did exactly that! He also added a few more villains to his list of victims; people he had identified while he was living abroad, watching his homeland slip further into the hands of organised crime, drug barons and sexual predators.

Colin Bailey has a clearly defined set of values regarding what is right and what is wrong. He believes that if they are guilty then the criminals must pay the price. There are no soft sentences, no community orders or getting off on a ‘technicality’, not in Colin’s world!

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This new series features Colin Bailey as ‘The Phoenix’, a man who has cheated death and is now being used by a secret organisation to continue their own fight against crime. It seemed the perfect home for Colin! I wasn’t sure what to do with his character after two novels. In the end I was persuaded to give him a new direction. I think there are many more adventures ahead for Colin. I certainly hope so! It’s so much fun writing about good triumphing over evil, especially when the character bringing that triumph about is Colin Bailey; evil personified.

For the first book in the series go to:

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

All my other titles are listed on Amazon also. Why not catch up on Colin Bailey’s stories so far?

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Why Should I Read Your Books; What Makes You Different?

Ever since my first novel ‘The Final Straw’ was published I have used this message to greet you as you visit my website.

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Are you searching for real characters and original story lines? Do you want an easy read from a book you just can’t put down? This award winning author will provide what you’re looking for.

There’s nothing pretentious about that; quite simply it’s what I aim for every time I sit down to write. I remember the reaction from a friend of mine who bought a copy of my ‘book of memories’ in 2011; the book which started me on this ‘long hard road’. He was taking his copy on holiday with him to read; on his return I asked him if he’d enjoyed it.

“I couldn’t read it without hearing your voice” he replied “it was as if you were on the beach beside me, just talking to me!”

Nothing has changed; only last week, a reviewer wrote pretty much the same thing:-
“From the moment the tale began, I felt like I was sitting across the table from Ted Tayler as he regaled a yarn or two”

So there it is. If you invite me in, I’ll tell you a story. It will be as if we are sat in a bar with a drink having a chat; or lying on a beach, enjoying the sun with me telling you what’s been happening since I last saw you.

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I think that’s something different; I hope you will agree it makes me different from many other authors out there. Not better; just different. There’s one way to find out for sure; take a look at one of my titles.

Just to give you a few ideas of what to expect I’ll leave you with a few quotes from those readers who have honoured me with their comments on my books in the past eighteen months:-

You never knew what was going to happen on the next page.

The story is original, the characters unique and the writing is absolutely moving.

The characters are vivid and it was well-written, both ingredients for a fantastic read.

Colin Bailey as a main character was extremely interesting and his lack of emotion was so well depicted to the point that it makes your skin crawl.

Each scene flowed to the next in a cohesive manner and it was easy to understand.

Each character’s voice is significantly different from the other and the tone of the story changes as they each make an appearance.

This tale grips you and refuses to let go.

Told in a way which pulls the reader into the story, you get the feeling that you are part of the drama, action and suspense.

The characters are well-developed and the plot is simply fascinating.

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.

A thriller in every sense of the word; a real gripper, once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down again until it was over.

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 firmly into the story and holds on tight, not letting go, even at the end.

For my latest book go to:

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

All my other titles are listed on Amazon also. Happy reading!

Come back in a couple of weeks for my next chapter, where I’ll tell you about what inspired me to write ‘The Olympus Project’!

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Why Didn’t I Aim To Be A World Class Skier!

The first book in a brand new series featuring 'The Phoenix'

The first book in a brand new series featuring ‘The Phoenix’

I love the act of writing. I immerse myself in the lives of half a dozen characters for around six weeks. My aim is the same now as when I wrote my first novel; to produce a page-turner, a book that gets people saying ‘I just had to keep reading; I needed to know what happened.’

On this the last day of 2014 I cast my mind back to how this year began. I was chasing reviews for ‘A Sting in the Tale’ which had been out since late October; the first few had been very encouraging but they had dried up.

‘Unfinished Business’ was complete and needed a front cover and a final polish. Things were on hold however as my cover designer wasn’t accepting new commissions and my ‘go to’ book formatter was mega busy.

The sequel to ‘The Final Straw’ was finally published at the end of February. Once again it was back to the treadmill; chasing reviews, using Twitter and Facebook to spread the word and praying, lots of praying.

I’d done a fair bit of groundwork and was primed to record two video book trailers and then set off on another summer of virtual book tours involving all three of my fictional titles. Everything was ready!

In the middle of April, something strange happened; I fell ill. This lasted six weeks. I must be the luckiest guy alive; because I had reached the not insignificant age of sixty nine without ever having anything other than the odd cold!

In early June, the trailers, the tours and the hard graft of reviews, promotion and all the social media madness were back in full swing. It was about then that I heard from BooksGoSocial. They offered me a great deal for promotion of my two novels and the short story collection. I grabbed the lifeline! It was the best days’ work I did in 2014.

Despite all their best efforts, plus my own, reviews and sales were awfully hard to come by. When my wife and I went on holiday at the end of September, it was to re-charge the batteries and then I was ordered to write ‘The Olympus Project’ when we got home.

The book tours had finished; either at the end of May, July or September depending on which book was featured. ‘The Olympus Project’ was written by the end of November and my master plan should then have swung into action!

I had hoped for between forty and sixty reviews of the 2013/14 titles to be flooding onto Amazon and Goodreads; perfectly in sync with the launch of the first book in a new series. I’m still waiting for the first review; the organisers keep promising they’ll be posted ‘soon’. Sixty percent of my annual marketing budget potentially wasted.

I pressed ahead with the new book and managed to get it up on Amazon for the 100th anniversary of my father’s birth – December 10th, 2014. He never lived to know that his son was to become a writer; it was a poignant moment.

The past three weeks have seen a tremendous amount of activity. Dozens of review requests were sent out; a new video trailer was produced; and I have had sterling support from BooksGoSocial and others on Twitter.

Story Cartel is twelve days into a twenty one day search for reviewers. Book Tribe popped back after a small break and I had another avenue to try to source reviewers and readers. My Goodreads advert is clicking over so fast I may need to beg for an advance on my 2015 funds!

My Twitter following has increased by many hundreds and they have been almost exclusively writers, reviewers, bloggers and avid readers. Thank you for your support! Thank you too to those who have joined me on Facebook.

What lies ahead in 2015?

Another raft of potential reviewers from an exercise starting at the end of January.
Six weeks writing for ‘Gold, Silver and Bombs’, the second book in ‘The Phoenix’ series. Perhaps a third book in the autumn?
There will be many hours of work on the treadmill to make that digital presence as effective as possible too.

Will there be a large number of sales of the book(s) for all the effort we’ve all put in?

Who knows? When I decided to try my hand at writing fiction I had no idea how difficult it would be to get what I’d written in front of someone who wanted to read it! Why didn’t I do something simple like take up skiing and set myself a target of the 2018 Winter Olympics Downhill?

A Happy New Year to you all! Happy reading!

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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. The kids are back at school, so you have some free time. What better way to spend it than snuggled up in your onesie with a good book?

6. If you get snowed in with no hope of getting outdoors to get to the gym to shed those pounds you put on over Christmas, then if you’ve downloaded ‘The Olympus Project’ everything’s fine! At least you’ll have something to take yout 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!

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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. 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

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!

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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?

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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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