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Something About Me and My Book:
Michael is a classically trained artist who has been painting for over 25 years. By combining his creative talents with a passion for art and antiquities he conceived the fictional world of the East London Adventurers Club, home to The Ernie Bisquets Mystery Series. Michael has completed 2 books in the series and is finalizing the third. He has plans for at least five additional books following the adventurers of this remarkable group of London irregulars.

His short story “Oranges and Lemons” was recently published in Suspense Magazine, January 2011. Michael is a proud member of the Crime Writer’s Association.

My New Mystery Release.

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Second book in the Ernie Bisquets Mystery Series.



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Author: R. Michael Phillips
Publisher: Asylett Press
ISBN; 1-934337-62-5 Print
ISBN: 1-934337-61-7 eBook
Publication date: July 2009
Genre: Mystery

Amazon link: Along Came A Fifer

eBook available on Fictionwise

Description: Ernie Bisquets is a London pickpocket, who put his hand in a pocket and pulled out a murder.

Praise for "Along Came A Fifer"-
Phillips, a Pennsylvania resident, does a fine job with his first mystery novel. The characters are relatable and dynamic. The novel has everything a mystery needs — humor, deception, unrequited love and, well, a good old-fashioned mystery.
Larissa Boyer - Carlisle Sentinel

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A View Of Kensington Gardens

"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it." - J.M. Barrie, from his novel The Little Minister (1891)

When I think of growing up, the characters and imaginary places in the works of James M. Barrie are never far from my thoughts. I've stood in front of his house looking… Continue

Posted on December 22, 2009 at 1:23pm

A tip of the hat from Sherlock Holmes

Some of my earliest memories of reading center on the excitement I found in the pages of the Sherlock Holmes stories. I was just a lad, so I was forever looking up those huge words Sir Athur Conan Doyle used in his narratives with Holmes and Watson. I couldn't pronounce most of them, and I was quite sure they would never come up in conversations with my school mates, but I was determined to understand every aspect of the stories. Doyle made quite an impression on me, and that excitement has… Continue

Posted on December 8, 2009 at 4:59pm

Have You Hugged An Editor Lately?

It takes talent, patience and a skilled editor to make a good book great. This is a friendly reminder in an age of POD and the “you can’t get it out there fast enough” attitude. Don’t let the enthusiasm to see your name in print allow you to sidestep these three elements. Getting it out there fast might satisfy your ego, but the last time I checked, egos don’t buy books.

Here you are, two years of your life spent compiling the pages of your first novel. Think about all the research… Continue

Posted on December 5, 2009 at 12:38pm

The Story Behind The Art

I'm an artist by trade and the urge to write came quite by surprise. I've dabbled in it a bit before but nothing as monumental as writing a mystery novel. Writing, I found, and very much to my surprise, was just painting with words. With a brush I can gently stroke indigo blue or vermilion onto a canvas to shadow a face in remorse. The same can be… Continue

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 6:15pm — 2 Comments

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At 4:46pm on March 24, 2010, Kate L gave R. Michael Phillips a gift
I can't wait to hear from you, when you contact me, please direct your message to my e-mail, Thanks!
At 3:42pm on March 24, 2010, Kate L gave R. Michael Phillips a gift
I just wanted to introduce myself and my blog, The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People. Check it out at
At 9:06am on February 23, 2010, Author Collective said…
Authors, Writers and Novelists,

Would you like more exposure for your book? Do you want to go to those always "Talked About" tradeshows but know you just cannot afford them? Are you aware of how much networking can help boost your sales?

What would you pay to attend the following events?

South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia S.C. $375
American Library Association Convention in Washington D.C. $2,200
Book Expo America in New York City $4,500
Texas Book Festival in Houston SOLD OUT
Baltimore Book Festival in Maryland $450
Miami Book Festival in Sunny Florida $600
Printers Row in Chicago $750
National Association of Public Schools Administrators $4,000
Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Tradeshows $1,100

How about $375 for all of these plus twenty-four more. The Author Collective is here to help you sell your work. We exhibit at these shows and others with one goal in mind... SELL BOOKS! Joining the Author Collective allows you access to these events for just the cost of your yearly *membership. We also offer our members no cost access to discounted literary services like, editing and proofreading, graphics and design, isbn's and copyrighting, video services and more. We provide our members invaluable information to self-publish and get deep discounts on book printing too. Saving money is the first step in making money!

The Author Collective is here to help the unknown, little known and soon to be well known self-published author put their writings in the faces of the people who buy in quantity. Call today and ask to become a member...

Michael Williams

*Yearly membership provides member admission to the convention floor and access to our exhibit booth. Member's transportation, costs of meals and lodging fees are not included.
At 12:33pm on December 5, 2009, R. Michael Phillips said…
Thanks very much for the kind words. It's what I love to do. I downloaded the marketing files from your site and have already put them to use. Great, great info. I'll give you an update later if you'd like. Have a safe and happy holiday.
At 12:22pm on December 5, 2009, Michelle Dunn said…
Nice artwork Michael!
At 6:16am on December 4, 2009, R. Michael Phillips said…
Hi Natalie,
I would be honored to be considered your friend. I'm certain your faith, strength and determination will see you through this.
At 4:55pm on November 3, 2009, Victoria Simcox said…
Thanks for your encouragement ")
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