In The Lap Of The Gods

In the lap ofIf you enjoyed Ted Tayler’s first three books in the Phoenix series, then you’ll certainly enjoy In The Lap Of The Gods. Taylor’s remarkable sequel is full of tension and suspense, similar in nature to its forerunners. Having received an ARC for an honest review, it wasn’t difficult to view so many scenes through a scope and capture a cast of remarkable characters in the crosshairs. The relationship between the cool, meticulous Phoenix and the sophisticated, discerning Athena is one I thoroughly enjoyed. There was a hominess to it, but at the same time it took on a professional and practical quality when required. The Olympus Committee includes a sparkling mixture of names taken from ancient Greek mythology. Each have flamboyant personalities and skills to fit them.

On the other side of the coin, Tayler has uniquely illustrated the criminal network of a well-established eastern European mob whose army of foot-soldiers is hell-bent on terrorizing the population. But it is the brutality of these migrant recruits and their reckless MO that strikes a chord and a leader who may be the most manipulative psychopath yet. Weaved in between the lines are the police who try to clean up the carnage while hunting down thugs intent on keeping the country on high alert.

There are plenty of fascinating surprises woven through the chapters and high powered action to keep you entertained. With all the bloody scuffles and internal mob affiliations threatening to undermine the inner core, I am reminded that this book would make an excellent movie.

Full Five Star Amazon review here

Book Description

This is the fourth book in the series so far, and it takes the stories featuring the Olympus Project in a new and exciting direction. From Larcombe Manor, Phoenix and Athena have battles to win against vicious gangsters on home soil and urgently need to identify factions within the organization plotting to take it in a different, far more sinister direction.

The opening scenes at Glastonbury 2013 to the closing chapter cover little more than a month in time. Yet in that short month, the landscape surrounding the Project is altered forever. The action is non-stop as it switches from the West Country to Windsor, then from England to the Mediterranean.

Take a deep breath; once you start you’ll want to keep turning pages until the end.
vigilante justice, secret organization, crime thriller, action adventure, closure, revenge, suspense

Endorsements:

‘the development of the characters and their relationships is beautifully handled’
‘taut and well plotted’
‘fast, thrilling and engaging’
‘a fascinating array of characters and consistent tension’

Meet the Author

TedTed Tayler was born in Corsham, Wiltshire in 1945. When he was five years old his family moved five miles up the road to Melksham. He’s lived there ever since. He attended Trowbridge Boys High School and left at 18 with a clutch of O and A Levels. He joined a bank initially but moved to a local tyre company because it fitted in better with his musical ambitions. He semi-retired in 2000; Ted’s been married to Lynne since 1971. They have 3 children in their mid-thirties and 4 grandchildren. Let Ted take up the story:-

“I grew up with reading and writing all around me. My mother loved books and I had 2 aunts who taught English. There was no escape. I just put it all on hold from school because of my music and work, until I wrote my book of memories from my life in bands in 2008; it was eventually published in 2011. At the end of 2012, I wondered if I could write fiction! Those are the when’s. I’m beginning to wonder why!

I think of myself as a storyteller; I hope that with each successive book I get better at it. What I’ve been told is that the reader feels as if we’re sat across the table from one another over a drink, and I’m just chatting with them.

As for the thriller series featuring The Phoenix; well life is all about balance isn’t it? Good and evil, love and loss, laughter and tears. The Phoenix believes that criminals should pay for their crimes; the system often fails to deliver the correct punishment. The Olympus agents can help him redress the balance. There are stories left to tell.”

More Books by Ted Tayler

The collection so far:-

We’d Like To Do A Number Now (2011)
The Final Straw (2013)
A Sting In The Tale (2013)
Unfinished Business (2014)
The Olympus Project (2014) Phoenix #1
Gold, Silver, and Bombs (2015) Phoenix #2
Conception (2015)
Nothing Is Ever Forever (2015) Phoenix #3
In The Lap Of The Gods (2016) Phoenix #4

Author Links

For more books by Ted Tayler, visit his website here

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New Mexico Bucket List

If you find yourself traveling to New Mexico, a truly enchanted place, you’ll want to explore everything from breathtaking sunsets to fabulous local cuisine. If you enjoy food, then you’ll enjoy a taste of these deliciously unique travel books and their illustrations. With the words Bucket List in the title – suggesting 100 things to do before you die – they are hard to pass up.

There are four books listed here available on Amazon and all your favorite bookstores.

Review:

Bucket listPatricia Hodapp’s Bucket List of 100 great things to do in Santa Fe is a highly recommended guide for those wishing to explore northern New Mexico’s culture. Once in Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe country, these rare illustrations such as the Plaza and a burst of clouds above the Sangre de Cristo Mountains correctly depict the unique flavor exclusive to the southwest.

The book recommends tours, bike and hikes, local cuisine, Spanish Market, the Loretto Chapel, Botanical Gardens, where to do art classes and not-to-be missed lectures. One of my favorites is the Natilla desert (must try this!) and catching a Pow Wow or two. Definitely a book to buy for those wanting that extra special dose of New Mexico which can’t be found anywhere else.

Amazon Book link can be found here

Complete Amazon Review here

Book description:

The Complete Santa Fe Bucket List Book is the fifth in the series of Bucket List books by Rio Grande Books. Patricia C. Hodapp, Director of the Santa Fe Library, lists all of the Santa Fe events, places, and distinctive fun that makes The City Different one of the greatest tourist locations in the U.S. There are 100 things that she thinks are noteworthy including: green and red chile; El Rancho de las Golondrinas; sunsets; blue skies; art of Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglos; museums; Canyon Road; and the Plaza.

What Other People Are Saying About This Book . . .

Pat Hodapp’s Santa Fe Bucket List makes me smile and reminds me of many of the reasons I love Santa Fe. Hodapp combines a librarian’s obsession for getting things right with her passionate, on-going love affair with her adopted home town.

This gem of a book offers unique and valuable suggestions for visitors and locals, things to see and do for all ages, in all price ranges, throughout our fascinating ancient city. Her recommendations include places to eat – one of my personal favorite ways to explore any city. Written with witty prose and honest personal insights, this useful little guide combines fun and facts in a delightful way. I highly recommend it. – Anne Hillerman

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Barbe Awalt’s The Basic New Mexico Bucket List is so much more than chile or the Balloon Fiesta. It is art, Hispanic traditions, turquoise, Native American history, cowboys, museums, and adventure. This is one person’s bucket list.

It is a place to start on your own bucket list in New Mexico. Because this is a hi-tech world, many of the items have a website to get more information for your own adventure. You can even fill out your own 100 places to see in New Mexico. Enjoy New Mexico! It is like coming to another world.

Buying links here

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The Ultimate Green Chile Cheeseburger Bucket List is the sixth book in the series of Bucket List books from Rio Grande Books. New Mexico didn’t invent the cheeseburger, but it did invent the green chile cheeseburger and is famous for it. When you visit New Mexico you need to eat a green chile cheeseburger.

The book documents green chile cheeseburgers all over New Mexico with the epicenters in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. There are even green chile pizza, lamb cheeseburgers, vegetarian, make your own, and with every kind of topping known to man. The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, voted the Best Food Trail by USA Today, is included as a must download. A blank bucket list is included to write your favorites. Contact information on each restaurant is also included. Eat up!

To find out more about these great books why not visit Rio Grande Books

Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts started LPD Press in 1984. In 1996 they began Tradición Revista magazine, which focuses on the Hispanic art and culture of the American Southwest, and have published almost three dozen books on Hispanic art and culture. They have also curated an exhibit on New Mexican santos – “Our Saints Among Us” – that travelled to museums and arts centers throughout the country for about six years. Their art collection is on frequent loan to museums and art centers throughout the United States.

They launched a new imprint in 2006 called Rio Grande Books to provide an avenue for books of a more regional nature covering the entire Southwest.

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Why not check out Barbe Awalt’s books here

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Night Eyes ~ Book 2

Book 2 of the Detective Temeke Series is finally finished and making its rounds on the editing circuit. This is probably the most important part of the process. But there are a few more points to consider before I can think of kicking back and catching up on the last season of Luther in a single sitting.2013-10-06-13_44_08

1. Feedback
Approaching readers from my target audience has been the best way to get honest feedback. I have four/five readers who always make valuable suggestions based on their expertise. They have been able to get into the thick of the manuscript, not just because some are editors and writers, but because they ‘get’ the characters and plot. Its important for me to take any suggestions/critiques on the chin and make changes where necessary.

2. Self-edit
This is the hard part. Having the patience to wait a good few weeks before attempting any self-edits. I need fresh eyes for this. I might be aiming too high if I say I want no grammar mistakes or typos. But aiming high is healthy. In a market saturated with independently published books, ours must rise above the rest. Editing is the key.

In a market saturated with independently published books, ours must rise above the rest. Editing is the key.

3. Choose a title
For my first crime book, The 9th Hour wasn’t an issue. The number 9 signified a large chunk of Norse legend necessary to the plot.  The second book, Night Eyes, was punchy and went well with the story. As for the third, I have two possibilities but the jury is still out on both.  five star 9th

4. Imagine your cover
If a book cover and title catches my eye, do I make an impulsive decision to use the ‘look inside’ feature on Amazon?  Absolutely.  If I want my cover to stand out in a crowd, it needs to convey the right mood – so giving the book designer a detailed brief is extremely important.  We all judge a book by its cover. No good pretending we don’t. If the format, layout, font and photo is great – so much the better. If not, a bad cover can destroy the chances of a well written book in less than three seconds.

We all judge a book by its cover. No good pretending we don’t.

Chasing Pharaohs Final full cover.png5. Blurb
Writing a compelling blurb is  a challenge and needs to rouse a buyer’s curiosity . Having sent my book description to 4/5 professional authors, it is now in the final stages.

6. Publishing 
Whether we resubmit to an existing publisher, send to a new publisher or self-publish, one of the most important things to organize is a launch party on Facebook to celebrate all that hard work!

Finally, I want to thank all those who have read, commented, made suggestions on Night Eyes. I couldn’t have done it without you!

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