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Partial Cover Reveal – A First Third?

Dear Readers,

Here then is the sneak preview of the cover. Tempest The Cat you can’t help spotting (as ever) and the wand is a clue to Amanda’s whereabouts. However, whose, you may ask, is the shoe on the left? Yes, for the first time there is a third (live) person on the cover. Who could it be? Who would you like it to be?

Back soon to reveal all of the cover for Amanda Cadabra and The Strange Case of Lucy Penlowr.

Happy reading,

Holly


PS If you want to start the series now:
Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

Available on Amazon
Paperback and Kindle

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Title Reveal of New Cozy Mystery – Amanda Cadabra 5

Dear Readers,

Amanda Cadabra Returns

After a long and winding road this year, I was reunited with my first love and what readers want most from me: writing books. Hence the recent dearth of blogging, tweeting and Facebooking. With everything else on the back burner, Amanda Cadabra Book 5 burst into life and is almost ready to emerge into the light of day. Beginning with — drum roll, please — the title:

And it is …

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidden Depths - in black text on dark teal satin ribbon

 

What if you’re new to the series?

Amanda Cadabra Book 5 at the meeting of two rainbowsThis is the fifth in the British humorous cozy paranormal mystery series. Do you need to have read the first four books? No. It has its very own murder mystery, as does each of the novels. However, you’ll enjoy the story even more if you’ve read the preceding volumes. Why? Because there is an overarching story arc that comes to its conclusion in Amanda Cadabra and The Hidden Depths. However, the new tale is also the jumping-off point for a new thread that will flow through books to come, so it’s also an excellent place to join the joy-ride.

There are a couple of spoilers in order to do a catch-up for new readers, and as a reminder. That’s just in case it’s been a while since you read book 4, Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley. By the way, in case you’re thinking of diving into the series, all of the books, 1- 4 are available in paperback as well as on Kindle.

What’s the series about?

Amanda Cadabra is an asthmatic furniture restorer and covert witch from the age of six. Her abode is the quaint English village of Sunken Madley, full of endearing eccentrics. Brought up by her loving magical grandparents, Amanda knows she must keep her unusual gifts a secret. Among them is a strange connection with her familiar, the irascible feline, Tempest. The other, ghastly members of her family met their end at the bottom of a Cornish cliff after a van accident. Or did they? The how and why are the cold case investigated by the personable but intractable Detective Inspector Trelawney throughout the series to date.

Free

ebook in ereader Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth, leaning on a picnic basket with wild flowers on the leftBook 1, Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth, will be free to download from Amazon for a couple of days after Book 5 launches. So you or your friends can try it on for size, and see if Amanda and Sunken Madley draw you in.

Book Launch Line-up

What then can you expect in terms of the book arriving on your screen or doormat? There will shortly be a cover reveal (our illustrator Daniel has been busily conjuring it), a trailer video and, at the end of the month, the first chapter will be free for you to read in a special edition of the International Dublin Writers Festival magazine. This coming weekend look out for the launch of Kindle version of Amanda Cadabra and The Hidden Depths. The paperback will follow as soon as my fingers can format it.

Where we’re at

Right now, the manuscript has come back from our star of an editor, Flora, and most of the sensational beta readers of the VIP Readers Group. The feedback so far has been everything any author could wish for.

Back soon with more news and hopefully, the unveiling of the new cover.

Happy reading,

Holly


PS If you want to start the series:
Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

Available on Amazon
Paperback and Kindle

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Thank you, Apology, and Ivy

Dear Readers,

First of all, before I tell you about new features, I would like to say thank you. That extends to  everyone one supported the launch of the paperback edition of AmandaFlowers in a pumpkin mug and text: thank you Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley, together with the free days of Book 2, Amanda Cadabra and The Cellar of Secrets on Amazon. Even just by reading this blog, you help.

The Results

The sales were at a record level, and the downloads almost matched those of Book 1 a few weeks ago: 1,000! The highest sales have come from the latest book, so your throng is gathering force (encouraging me to get on with writing Book 5). To all new consumers of Sunken Madley mysteries, welcome, and I hope that you are enjoying the journey.

Sorry!

Before I go any further, I would like to offer an apology for the paperback release date being delayed for a day. The publication process took longer than it has in the past, however now I am forearmed for future releases.

Also as of the time of writing the paperback has yet to be linked to the other books so here is the direct line to it:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amanda-Cadabra-Rise-Sunken-Madley/dp/1699870500

envelope coffe and pen on a table. Envelope text: Lytherow and a red sealMeanwhile, as you may have noticed, I am writing to you more often. To let VIP Readers and subscribers know when I post a new letter to readers, I am setting up a system to send an email to let you know the title of the article and a link so you can catch up if you’d like.

I’m testing it this week to make it look as appealing and useful to you as possible. It will be offered next to VIPs and then if it passes muster with them, to you who have also kindly agreed to keep in touch. This the first time I’ve done something like this, so any feedback would be a boon.

If you’d like to be included just click: keep me in touch, and know that you can unsubscribe at any time.

Extras

A brand new feature that I’m rolling out to give readers and potential readers more avenues to communicate with me is now on the Holly Bell Facebook page. Our illustrious illustrator Daniel Becerril Ureña is creating an image of her.

Her name is Ivy, she is my chat assistant, and she’s a little robot. She’s always there.Two green chat bubbles with ivy above the smaller right hand one However, you can click on a ‘talk to a human’ where you can message me personally. I’m teaching Ivy to work here on amandacadabra.com too, so if you’d like to try her out that would be splendid. Even better, if you could let me know you like like her, how she gets on with assisting you to get to know more about the world of Amanda Cadabra, and the creation process.

There is also a new page on here called The Books, a quicker way of you finding the features about them that you want to read, see or listen to.

Next week I’ll be back, I hope to be featuring an interview with a member of the team, my editor. Have you ever wondered what it takes to go from book worm to beta reader to editor? All will be revealed …

Happy reading,

Holly

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

Available

on

Amazon

Flow, and Flora Interviews Holly

Dear Readers,

Recently had the privilege of being interviewed by reviewer, book blogger, and pro beta reader and editor, Flora. She suggested that I share with you what that felt like and some secrets of my writing process. First the interview:

two cups of tea with red flowers on wooden table with green paint spashesHi Holly and welcome to Flora’s Musings…

Flora: I have been completely captivated by the world that you’ve created for your Amanda Cadabra series and have lost myself to the village of Sunken Madley and it’s residents; I want to go there – despite the murderous happenings. Lol! What story have you lost yourself in, either recently or in the past, that has left a lasting impression on you even now?

Holly: It has to be Lord of the Rings.

When I was reading it, it felt more real than reality. It was all I wanted to think or talk about! More than any other book it taught me about world-building, especially a world with fantasy elements. It plugged into my love of history, and the richness of the context made the whole saga utterly believable. I revel in Tolkien’s use of language in creating characters and regions, and the emotional terrain is vast. It is glorious escapism, full of valuable life-lessons absorbed by osmosis and has been a how-to for me as a writer. It is one of my oldest friends.

Flora: I have to confess that I haven’t actually read any of Tolkien’s work (I’m ashamed to say the length puts me off) but I LOVED the films; they’ve become some of my favourites. As we’re on the subject of favourites, what are your top 5 favourite books?
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So what was that like?

This is the first time I have been interviewed, and I delighted in the chance to talk about the books I love. It made me feel a step closer to JK Rowling too! The contributions of, and connections with, book reviewers and bloggers are highly valued and immensely enjoyable aspects of being a self-published author.

I’m often asked about my ‘writing schedule’. I don’t have one. I go with the flow. When I’m creating the first draft, that’s where the enthusiasm lies, but it can divert into editing what I’ve written. Sometimes the stream is fast-moving, others slower. What it carries me towards varies too. At the moment it’s formatting the paperback of Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley, Book 4 in the British humorous paranormal mystery series, and marketing. When I’m in full-flight, story-composition mode, marketing sits on the back burner. By the time the book is out in ebook and paperback forms, the sequel is in the first stages of coming to the boil, gently warming.

snow leopard in front of laptopThis is how I think of it: like a snow leopard pregnant with a kitten, which is for about 101 days. That’s about how long it takes to produce a book, from the first taps on the keyboard to the launch day. Once the process has begun, it has a life of its own. The leopard queen can’t take time off from it and come back later; this cub is coming, it’s being born, all the mother leopard can do is go with it.

Sometimes the growing new book can keep me awake as the characters wake up and start talking one another, or plot twists and ideas come to me. I might forget to eat or drink or keep wandering to the kitchen to feed what’s forming in my brain.

To me, although, I’ve yet to actually try it, the best analogy is surfing. You can have the board, but you need the wave, a creation of nature, a vital force. Once I’m on it, it will carry me up and onto the beach, to the golden sands of completion and the book that will be in your hands and mine, a real, tangible form, which brings me back to … my kitten. When I see the paperback for the first time, I can’t help but coo and say, awww isn’t it cute!

Yesterday a reader emailed me with a comment and link to his review. It was as though the room had suddenly filled with flowers! What a moment. When someone else likes your fluffy newborn and tells you in one way or another, it’s bliss.

I’ve tried writing in other places like cafe’s and parks, but east, west, at home is best, quietest, easiest to take tea-breaks in. Candles lit, wind sighing in the chimney, herbal infusion before me and a day, today, of formatting and other creative alternatives ahead. Including at least 15 minutes of learning Cornish for fun. That’s this author’s ‘schedule’. This author’s life. And it’s sweet.

News to come of the Hallowe’en event!

Happy Pumpkin Season,

Holly

Village church and trees, text: Chapter 1, Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley by Holly Bell, read by Holly Bell:with youtube play button

Chapter 1 Video – Amanda Cadabra Book 4

Dear Readers,

As promised to you, here is the video with visuals as well as my reading of Chapter 1 of the new Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley. I hope that you enjoy it. Please let me know if you have any thoughts on it. The next is below if you’d like to read it as well.

Village church and trees, text: Chapter 1, Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley by Holly Bell, read by Holly Bell:

Chapter 1

Into the Globe

‘It will all be over very quickly. One way or another,’ said Aunt Amelia. She stared intently into the glass sphere on the round, lace-covered table.

‘Very quickly?’ asked Amanda Cadabra, pushing back her mouse-brown hair and glancing up from following the goldfish. Unlike her aunt, it was pretty much all the ball ever showed her.

‘An hour only, perhaps.’

‘And the villagers? Everyone will see it. If the magical world is supposed to be so secret and the entire Flamgoyne witch-clan descends upon Sunken Madley with fire, brimstone and hurricane, that is going to raise more than a few eyebrows on a whole lot of Normals, assuming that any survive.’

Amelia frowned into the globe ‘The village will empty.’

Amanda looked at her in wonderment. ‘How come?’

Her aunt shook her head, ‘That is not shown to me …. The glass is clouding … I’m sorry, Ammy, that’s all.’

‘I’ll have an hour to somehow repel them — without striking a single blow — but the village will empty?’

‘Yes.’

‘And I will have to defend it alone? — But no, you said I’d have help.’

‘That’s what it showed.’

‘So just me and my … helpers … whoever they will be.’ Amanda pondered, doubtfully.

‘Rrrrrr,’ interjected Tempest, in a marked manner.

‘Principal among whom will be Tempest, of course, ‘she added for the benefit of the thick, grey ball of grumpy cat, curled up in the most comfortable chair in the room.

Amanda’s familiar preened himself.

Not that I’m getting involved, he thought. This is a test for my human. But I’ll lend a paw if absolutely necessary. Dear me. The very idea is exhausting. How tiring this species is.

He shut his eyes and went to sleep.

 

***

 

Amanda Cadabra stared at the sky. The thunderous swirl of cloud was racing towards her village of Sunken Madley. She stood at its heart, before the green, opposite The Sinner’s Rue, on the old crossroads. She stood, feet planted apart, wand pointing at the ground, ready. Tempest sat by her side.

‘How?’ she wondered. ‘I’m just a furniture restorer. I have asthma and an annoying cat. I should be in my workshop, polishing Mrs Kemp’s aunt’s commode. How in the world did I come to this …?’

 

***

 

It was a recurring dream, but the situation was imminent, and the question was both real and pressing. The answer might have been said, and was by Granny, to be that Amanda had brought it on herself.

‘If only,’ Senara Cadabra had lamented, ‘you had not cast that spell. The very one your Aunt Amelia warned you not to perform, if you didn’t want to bring the Flamgoynes down upon the village.’

On the other hand, Grandpa, in his light Cornish accent, said that she had had no option.

‘When the crunch came, it was a choice between saving herself and the inspector, or sending up a beacon that Sunken Madley was the epicentre of powerful magical activity.’

Former Chief Inspector Hogarth of the Devon and Cornwall police saw it another way: an opportunity to solve a cold case that was over 30 years old.

Aunt Amelia, Amanda’s confidante and would-be divination tutor since she was nine years old, not only refrained from repeating I-told-you-so but was both sympathetic and constructive.

It was January, one of their regular Tuesday dinners together. Leaving the tea brewing in the kitchen, Amelia Reading, in deep red velvet splendour, sailed into her sitting room, her long dress wafting behind her, and seated herself.

‘Let’s see if the crystal will tell us more about the help that will come to you.’ Amanda, sitting opposite, could only see, reflected in the glass surface, Amelia’s bright brown eyes in a face framed by a chestnut bob. Apart from that, all she ever got was goldfish or a plastic Paris in a snowstorm. This had been the case for more than 20 years. Until now.

Suddenly, Amanda was electrified. ‘Wait!’ she cried excitedly.

‘What?’

‘Aunt Amelia. I see something!’

‘What, Ammy? What do you see?’

‘It’s … a big … banjo? …. No! Cello. It’s a big cello … it’s getting smaller … a violin? No. Oh.’ Her enthusiasm deadened. Amanda looked at Amelia questioningly. ‘A viola?’

Her aunt chuckled. ‘Ah, well that does happen in divination if you ask the same question twice or more. You get a joke or gibberish. At least this wasn’t the latter.’

‘The message is the same as the one I got from our conversation about having help to defend the village: find Viola. Except it’s not vee-oh- la, it’s Vie-oh-la.’

‘It shows you’re on the right track, and what a break-through for your divination, sweetie!’

Amanda was cheered.

‘You’re right, Aunt, on both counts. OK. So, what do we know about Viola? She was a friend of Granny’s. They met during the war. She was living here back then and told Granny, or “Juliet”, as you called her in your story, that she and Grandpa, “Romeo”, could have a peaceful life here. Yes? There wasn’t any more than that, was there?’

‘I’m afraid not.’

‘So, at least, the crystal ball confirms that this Viola is still alive. Unless … she’s not a ghost, is she?’

‘Was the cello — viola — clear or transparent?’

‘Perfectly clear,’ answered Amanda.

‘Alive then, I’d say.’

‘She must be old then …. I’ve thought of three people that she could be — Ah, the tea must be brewed by now. Shall I go and get it?’

‘Oh, use magic to bring it in. It’s perfectly all right here,’ Amelia assured her. ‘I’ve got this place as psychically secure as Fort Knox.’

Amanda pulled a certain Ikea pencil out of her orange woollen jacket pocket, flipped up the end and extracted a tiny slim wooden shaft topped with a citrine. She leaned across so that she could see into the kitchen, pointed the wand and said,

Aereval.’ The tea tray, bearing its load of Devon rose-patterned Wedgwood pot, cups, and bowls containing milk and sugar, two silver spoons and a plate of gingernut biscuits, rose from the worktop beside the kettle.

Cumdez,’ instructed Amanda. It glided through the air, along the passage to the sitting room and hovered.

Sedaasig.’ The tray lowered itself gently onto the table beside them. Amanda would not usually have bothered with a wand, but there was hot liquid involved, so extra control was needed. Hopeless though she was at divination, this was her special, and exceedingly rare, magical talent: a Cadabra family trait inherited from her grandfather. It enabled her, in spite of asthma that was all too easily agitated by physical exertion, to carry on the family business of furniture restoration, with all of its strenuous activity. Of course, any spell-working had to be conducted out of sight of Normals.

‘You were saying, dear,’ Amelia reminded her, adding sugar lumps to the teacups. ‘Three possibles.’

‘Yes,’ replied Amanda. ‘Mecsge,’ she added. The spoons began stirring. ‘There’s Mrs Uberhausfest, who distinctly told me that she and Granny had been friends for over 50 years — and you know how fond Granny is of her, invoking her whenever she talks of how, “we both did our bit in the War”.’ And with her line of work, if anyone could organise a Home Guard, she could!’

‘And the other two?’ enquired Amelia.

Sessiblin,’ said Amanda. The spoons stopped stirring. ‘The ladies who live at The Grange. Miss Armstrong-Witworth — the one who worked as a field agent for the government many years ago, I told you? But I gather she always operated alone, so not an organiser, I’d say — well, she and Granny never seemed very close at all, so, out of the two of them, I’d plump for Miss de Havillande. Both she and Granny are strong-minded, outspoken, definitely organisers, and with Views on every subject. In fact, I’d often thought they could have been two peas in a pod!’

Amelia laughed. ‘I know what you mean.’

‘Although,’ remarked Amanda suddenly, then stopped to think.

‘Yes?’ encouraged her aunt.

‘Well, what if … Viola isn’t a woman, at all?’

‘I think I see where you’re going with this, but carry on.’

‘Well. Viola isn’t from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is she? She’s from Twelfth Night. She’s the sister, cast up on an enemy shore, who, believing her brother to be drowned, takes on the disguise of man and gets a job working for the local count. So what if Viola is a sort of code name, but for a man?’

‘Or a woman pretending to be a man?’ Amelia hazarded.

‘Possibly, but I don’t think you could live in Sunken Madley and carry off a disguise like that for the better part of a century.’

‘True. What men would be eligible for the role of Viola, then?’

‘Well … old Mr Jackson, but he retired to Eastbourne to live with his son, so I don’t think it can be him.’

‘Someone at Pipkin Acres Residential Home?’ suggested Amelia.

‘Possibly …. But … well … what about Moffat?’

‘The Grange ladies’ butler?’

‘He’s far more than the butler,’ Amanda pointed out. ‘He’s pretty much run the house and estate for them all these years, and no one knows how old he is.’

‘That gives you four candidates then: Mrs Uberhausfest, Cynthia de Havillande, Gwendolen Armstrong-Witworth and, er — does anyone know his first name? — Moffat.’

‘Yes. And, I gather, Viola will be the means of assembling the rest of the people who will help on the day that the Flamgoynes attack.’

‘What’s your next move then, Ammy?’

‘Well … what I need is a reason to visit Irma Uberhausfest. And soon.’

Fortunately, thanks to stilettos, a spanner and a piano, one was in the making.

 

I hope that you enjoyed Chapter 1.

Looking forward to bringing you news of the paperback launch, and a suggestion for Hallowe’en.

Happy reading,

Holly

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

Available

on

Amazon

Audience, stage with cover of Amanda Cadbar and The Rise of Sunken Madley. Amanda with wand in hand, pointing at the ground, stands with her cat beside her in a ring of salt. It is a stormy afternoon, she holds her witch's hat with her left hand. The village is in the background and at either side

Full Cover Reveal – And Goodies Coming Up

Dear Readers,

Hot off the virtual press in its final incarnation comes the full cover of Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley, fourth in the British cosy paranormal mystery series.

It’s all thanks to our new illustrator Daniel Becerril Ureña who has been labouring tirelessly to get it to you today. Feedback so far has been 100 per cent positive. The cover is as the book will appear on Amazon shortly.

Graphic with film reelSo what’s next? Tomorrow sees the release of the trailer! Where can you see it? Here, on YouTube (on my new channel), Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, if all goes according to plan. Please let me know what you think of it so that I can build them better and better for your future viewing pleasure. 

sparkles rising form open book on green background with text: Releasing 29th September & Free Book 1 WeekendMeanwhile, the manuscript for Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley is now complete, bright and shiny, thanks to the endeavours of my superb editor, Flora Gatehouse, and the valuable contributions and suggestions offered by the VIP advance readers. There are still spaces remaining in this limited numbers group if you’d like to join for Book 5. Alternatively, you can simply keep up to date by adding yourself on the keep-in-touch page.

At the end of the week, there will be the release of the audio-video of Chapter 1 of the new book. The text will be on here so you can read, or read along, but the feedback on the visuals that go with the reading has been enthusiastic so far!

Until tomorrow …

Oll an gwella, (Cornish for ‘all the best’. Yes, still learning, by candlelight late at night.)

Holly

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

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Title Reveal of Amanda Cadabra Book 4

Dear Readers,

With just over two weeks before the launch of Book 4, (and at least one free Kindlebook day of Book 1) to go, we begin the revelations. Between now and then, will be a partial cover reveal by our new illustrator, Daniel. Next, a full cover reveal. And of course, the trailer video. I have begun work on that. However, today here is the title of the new book.

Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley
The manuscript has been completed and is now with my superb editor, Flora Gatehouse. The VIP advance readers have already begun sending in their feedback, and those notes are being added in. This is all part of the polishing process, to make the finished product as perfect as possible for you.

blue prints iwth yellow pencil with red rubber top and rulerThe new book will have a floor plan of one of the notable establishments of the so very English Sunken Madley. There is also a small improvement to the map of the village, with a better version of that particular house. See if you can spot it. As always, there is a British English – American English Glossary at the back of the book for any terms that may be unfamiliar.

Here is a taste of the story coming your way in Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley:

The Corner Shop is abuzz with news. There are no fewer than three new people in the village, and two of them may be Significant. This is the last thing on Amanda’s mind, though. The frightfully unpleasant witch-clan, the Flamgoynes — who may or may not have been responsible for the despatch of Granny’s equally odious family over a cliff in Cornwall — are coming. Thanks to some unavoidable spell-casting my the village’s beloved asthmatic furniture restorer and covert witch, Amanda Cadabra, Sunken Madley has flagged up a rival centre of maVillage of Sunken Madley, medieval English village church surrounded by treesgical power. Now she must find some means of defending it. So far, alone. Apart from her grumpy cat, Tempest, that is.

However, another body with a new pressing puzzle is about to add to Amanda’s problems. The presentable but dogged Inspector Trelawney may be on hand. But that won’t change the lack of an alibi.
The date for the Flamgoyne’s attack becomes set. The clock is ticking. Will this be the end of the village? Or will we see … The Rise of Sunken Madley?

More news to appear here, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, (or keep in touch with email updates) so please feel free to follow me on any of those. It would be a pleasure to have you along on the Amanda Cadabra ride.

Soon, dear readers … soon.

 

Holly

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

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on

Amazon

Amanda Cadabra Book 4 Release – September Surprise

Dear Readers,

Just two months after the release of the paperback version of Book 3, Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan, I am delighted to announce the expected publication of the new sequel in the Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Series, Book 4, this month. It is now in the editing stages. We will have a cover design by our talented new illustrator, Daniel Becerril Ureña, who has just completed an updated jacket for Book 1, soon to be aired on Amazon. The feedback so far has been excellent.

Over the coming days and weeks leading up to Book 4 Launch Day, you will see here, a taste of the plot, the title reveal, a partial cover reveal, a full cover reveal, the date of the free day for Book 1, the pre-release video, notification of when the book goes on pre-order and the timing of the launch itself. Members of the Amanda Cadabra Latest News Group get all of this first by personal email, so if you’d like to join them, you’d be most welcome.

Velvet ropes either side of red carpet leading to a book with sunrays coming from behind itPhase 2 of the editing process is now in progress. Phase 4 is when the manuscript is read by my supremely gifted editor, Flora, and my treasured team of VIP advance readers. If you would like to join them inside the velvet rope and receive the book before it is published, in order to give your feedback, there is still time. It is a limited numbers group, but there are some spaces. Phase 5 is the last before the manuscript is loaded onto the Amazon launch pad, ready for lift-off. The countdown has begun!

Meanwhile, during breaks from the intense process of preparing the book, I have been learning Cornish. (AnyMick Paynter Cornish speakers or students out there please, give me a wave on social media or by email. I’d love to hear from you.) It seemed only right, considering the series is so involved with that part of the world. The magical spell-language, Wicc’yeth that is used in Amanda’s world is formed from mixing Cornish and Old English, and there are several Cornish characters. In Book 4, I have the honour of including a Cornish poem kindly written for the book by Cornish Bard Mick Payter

More news to follow shortly.

Oll an gwella (All the best), and happy reading,

Holly

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

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on

Amazon

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Full Cover Reveal of Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan

Dear Readers,

This is the moment: the full cover reveal of Amanda Cadabra and the Flawless Plan, Book 3 in the Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries series. The Kindle version is now about to become available for pre-order at the special pre-order price of $2.99 until Sunday 19th May when it will be released at full price.

 

Gull flying out of sunrise. Text Now available for order at pre-order price as a thank you

On Thursday, you will be able to read the first chapter of the new book here. This is to give you a taste of the action, intrigue and puzzles to come the way of Amanda Cadabra and her grumpy feline familiar, Tempest (a great favourite of many readers!)

Some of you have kindly said how much you are looking forward to returning to the English village of Sunken Madley. Especially for those of you who feel a special attachment to the place, and by extension to the real Sunken Madley, there is an extra treat in store. More about that later.

On Friday, look out for the book trailer here and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Please do let me know what you think of it. Your feedback is highly valued.

Calendar blocks showing 19 MayIf you’re new to the series, Book 1, Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth will be free on Sunday, the same as Book 3 launch day. If you know of someone who would delight in the mysteries and eccentricities of Amanda’s world, please do let them know so they can take advantage of the free download on that day. I would love as many people as possible to have the chance to try our dear Sunken Madley on for size and see how it fits them.

Thanks go out for the cover art of Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan to creative Erik Patricio Lúa, who is now working on the back cover of the paperback version of the book. News of that to follow!

Finally, thank you to everyone reading this for sharing the excitement of this week with me.

Best wishes,

 

Holly

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

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Partial Cover Reveal – Amanda Cadabra Book 3

Dear Readers,

The launch of Book 3 in the Amanda Cadabra series of cozy paranormal mysteries, Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan will be at the weekend of 19th May, and here is a partial cover reveal.

Told compass on parchmenthe action mostly takes place around the church precinct, so a new expanded, detailed map of that will be included at the front of the book, as well as another new map, and an updated version of The Village of Sunken Madley and Lost Madley.

The full cover reveal will take place in 2 or 3 days time. Subscribers will get a personal message and view first. If you would like to join them then just click on here on: Come on in, or drop me a line. Hearing from a reader is always the highlight of my day.

ThTufted titmouse bird looking at text: early bird pre-order pricee next post will announce when the book will be available for pre-order at a discounted early bird price.

I hope you are looking forward to being back in (or entering for the first time) Amanda Cadabra’s world in the English village of Sunken Madley.

The trailer is finished, so do look out for it here in the next few days. Speaking of trailers, in preparation for the one for Book 4, Chartreuse at Heypressto has been gathering new inspiration from some of the picturesque villages in Hertfordshire, near where Sunken Madley is set. You can find the new photographs here on the Real Sunken Madley page.

Back soon!

Holly

The book cover illustration is by talented artist Erik Patricio Lúa

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