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3 hot air balloons in blue sky. White text: Free BookDay, Paperback Launch, Trailer Launch (of Amanda Cadabra and The Hidden Depths)

New Book Trailer, Paperback Launch, and Final Free Day

Dear Readers,

Goodies aplenty have been in the making here at Heypressto.

Launched!

First, I was going to do a paperback cover reveal of Amanda Cadabra and The Hidden Depths. However, instead, I have something even better. The book, number 5 in the cozy paranormal mystery series, is now available in both formats: the one you can download and read electronically and the one you can hold in your hand. If, like me, you are one who prefers the printed page, you can find it here on Amazon where it was published just hours ago. (Click if you’d like to see the little video.)

The Artist Against The Odds

This is an excellent opportunity to pay tribute to the sterling work and creativity of our cover illustrator Daniel Becerril Ureña. While thousands of miles away from home, pursuing further studies in his chosen artistic field abroad, during a pandemic and, in the midst of moving cities, Daniel pulled it out of the hat. He produced what is, in my opinion, the best cover yet of the Amanda Cadabra series.

If you’d like to see more of Daniel’s work, you can find some of his portfolio here: The art of Daniel. He is an artist well worth watching as he goes from strength to strength.

So, whether in ebook or paperback, what is Amanda Cadabra and The Hidden Depths about? To answer that, here is the second item in the party bag:

The Brand New Trailer

Image link to trailer video for Amanda Cadabra and The Hidden Depths - Vintage magnifying glass in front of antique books. Text inside lens in white: Can you judge a book by its cover?

Free Chapter 1 of the New ReleaseDublin Interntional Writers Festival Magazine Cover with Chapter 1 of new Amanda Cadabra Book 5

The final surprise is in celebration of another landmark. Chapter 1 of Amanda Cadabra and The Hidden Depths is now published in the International Dublin Writers’ Festival Magazine. You can read it on page 126.

One More Goody

We are having one last day of the season when Book 1, Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth, will be free to download from Amazon. That will be on Saturday, 12th September when the Festival will be in full swing. And here is a little video for your entertainment.

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hold Truth in e-reader on sofa with cream cusions and text: Start the journey free today - free download from Amazon 12 September 2020

How Come?

Why don’t you do more free days for people who want to start the series, you may ask. Excellent question. It is because Amazon allows just 5 free days per Kindle book for every 90-day period. That’s how long each contract with them for exclusive retail rights lasts. Or as it is called KDP select. There are many benefits from being a part of this for both cozy mystery readers and authors. I like to save up the free days for special occasions, like this one.

In the Pipeline …

Book 6 is coming to me thick and fast and so there just one more fun project which will finish up all of the treats for Amanda Cadabra and The Hidden Depths: a YouTube of me reading chapter 1 for your pleasure.

Back soon with news of that. Meanwhile,

Happy viewing and reading,

Holly


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

Available on Amazon
Paperback and Kindle

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

Available

on

Amazon

video link for Holly Bell reads Chapter 1 of Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan

Chapter 1 of Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan

Dear Readers,

With the book trailer for Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan now out and about here on the site and on social media, it is now time for the new venture to be revealed, a video: Chapter One of the new book read by me. It’s about 12 minutes long.

Link to video of Amanda Cadabra Book 3 Chapter 1 read by Holly Bell

If you prefer to read the text or read it along with the audio, you’ll find it here, below this blog. Please let me know what you think of the YouTube, by leaving even one word on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the comments below, or email. Is this something you would like for all of the books?

Tomorrow: the competition. This will involve something old and something new, the village of Sunken Madley and the forthcoming paperback.

I hope that you enjoy Chapter 1 of Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan.

Happy reading,

Holly

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

Available

on

Amazon

 

 

Chapter 1

Crypt and Cellar

Amanda found her lying on the floor of the crypt. Her head was up against a medieval stone coffin where it must have struck. One arm was hidden beneath the long raised form of the sarcophagus.

She hurried down the stone steps, her soft soles silent as the grave.

‘Please, no, not another body, oh please no,’ she murmured, gazing in dismay at the sight of her friend’s black cassock-clad body.

Amanda knelt beside the fallen rector of Sunken Madley church. There was no blood in the dark brown bobbed hair. Perhaps there was still life. Amanda laid a hand on her shoulder.

‘Rector!’

The body convulsed. The head turned. The alarmed face of the shepherd of St Ursula-without-Barnet looked up with alarm.

‘Good heavens, Amanda! You gave me the shock of my life. You really mustn’t creep up on people like that.’

‘Oh Rector, I am sorry, I just saw you lying there, and I thought …’

‘Of course, dear, after that dreadful affair at … aha!’

The Reverend Jane Waygood withdrew her arm from beneath the sarcophagus and knelt up, looking at Amanda’s feet.

‘Yes. Trainers. I see why you apparently stealthed up. Well, you’re just the person I wanted to see, and even more so at this moment. I believe your arms are slightly longer, not to mention slimmer, than mine or, at least, those craftsperson’s fingers of yours may be more agile.’

‘You were trying to get something out from under there?’ asked Amanda, leaning down.

‘It’s the keys to the church hall. They slipped out of my fingers and slid away into inaccessibility, and I wanted to have them ready to take you down there. I’m hoping that you’ll be involved in my plot,’ said Jane, in mysterious but hopeful accents.

Amanda was mindful that 5th November, Guy Fawkes Night, was soon to be upon them, celebrating the attempt, or possibly failure, of a group of 15th-century activists to put paid to the Houses of Parliament by the use of then state-of-the-art explosives.

‘If you’re planning to blow it up, don’t you think we should visit it under cover of night?’ suggested Jane’s parishioner helpfully.

‘Oh, if only we could,’ sighed the rector wistfully. ‘Claim on the insurance and rebuild the wretched thing from scratch. Unfortunately, my calling prevents me from engaging in such deception even if it wasn’t a listed building. Meanwhile, do you think you could be a dear and get those keys out from under there?’

Amanda looked at the floor with concern.

‘It’s as clean as a whistle in here,’ Jane assured her. ‘You don’t need to worry about dust setting off your asthma. Mrs Scripps cleans down here regularly. You could eat your dinner off those flagstones. Not that anyone else comes down here but there’s always hope of a rare visitor.’

‘Then of course,’ Amanda replied cheerfully and lowered herself onto her stomach. She reached between the coffin’s carved bears’ feet.

‘Here,’ said Jane holding her phone with the torch app on shining a light into the narrow space.

‘I see them! Thank you, Rector.’ Amanda slid her arm in the direction of the glint. ‘Yes … oh, there’s something else … it’s small … I can reach both … ah! … got them!’

Amanda pulled out her arm and stood up. She opened her hand, passed the keys to the rector and frowned down at the remaining ite m sitting on her palm. ‘Whatever do you suppose …?’

‘Bless my soul. It looks like a tiny little gold … cup or something. It’s quite thick, and look at all of these close-set wavy marks. Do you think it’s something to do with the sea? A fitting on an instrument that maybe was used on one of the old ships? An ornamental screw cover on a … sextant or something?’

‘Well, whatever it is, it’s the property of the church,’ said Amanda holding it out.

‘No,’ Jane replied thoughtfully. ‘No … you keep it. I have a feeling …. I think it’s an apport.’

‘A what?’

‘An apport. Hmmm. Ask your Aunt Amelia. She’ll tell you about them.’

‘Oh. Ok. Well, thank you, Rector.’

‘And now to business. You got word through the grapevine, yes?’

‘Sylvia said you wanted to see me about something.’

‘Well, thank you for popping in, dear. Got your car with you?’ asked Jane, leading the way up out of the artificially lit crypt into the daylight in a corner of the west end of the church.

‘Yes, as it happens.’

‘Good. Go and fetch a dust mask.’

‘Oh?’

‘I’m taking you down into the bowels!’

With the mask secured, they took the path between the mellow stones of the higgledy-piggledy graveyard to the hall at the boundary of the church property. The rector used one of the newly retrieved ornate keys to open the side door.

‘I had no idea that this door existed,’ commented Amanda.

‘I know, we always herd people through the front. But here we are now. Come inside so I can push the door to, and get to this.’ There, at right angles to it, was another one, also locked. The rector opened it, switched on a light and led the way down some wooden stairs into the space below.

With difficult progress and in insufficient light, they passed between old rolls of carpet and backdrops, cardboard and wooden installations, trunks, suitcases, boxes, crates, a basket of stage swords, a golf bag of spears, and a large vase of Japanese parasols, as well as all manner of paraphernalia that it was hard to identify.

It was unexpectedly high-ceilinged for a cellar, and roomier than the hall because there was no stage or anterooms as there were above. Eventually, they came to an area that was even more challenging to traverse. A group of upright posts of wood were set at intervals, piled around with crates and cases that barred the way.

‘Right,’ Jane began briskly, ‘look up there. See those joists?’

‘Yes.’

‘They’re rotten. Not too bad for most of it, but along this section here, they’re as weak as water. That’s why the hall has been closed for as long as it has. It’s all a bit unsolid, but here it was dangerous.’

‘I see,’ said Amanda.

‘Well, I’ve been wanting to repair and reopen this hall for years, but, of course, the church roof had to come first, and now it has … and, well, I didn’t want to ask the kind benefactors to put their hands in their pockets again, especially so soon, without some effort on my own part and contributions from the community, towards restoring this lovely old hall. Except … no one was interested.’

‘I suppose the church with its medieval pedigree and the famous St Ursula stained glass window —’

‘— and the bell tower, yes,’ concurred Jane. ‘That was comparatively easy to attract donations to. Well, I said, “If you want this church to still be here for your enjoyment in 100 years, or even 50, you have to be willing to support it,” and so they were. But this hall. You see, it’s only late 1800s or even later and that’s no great shakes, is it?’

‘Not really,’ agreed Amanda.

‘So, what would make people realise the worth of the hall?’

‘Using it?’

‘Yes, but what’s the most exciting thing people can do on a floor?’ asked the rector blithely.

‘Erm.’ Amanda was unprepared for the question, and her mind boggled.

‘Dance!’ uttered Jane enthusiastically.

‘Ah.’

‘But no one could dance on a dangerous floor. So … I had it repaired! See, these wooden posts are supporting that group of floorboards above? Taking over from where the joists are rotten.’

Amanda squinted into the gloom. ‘I think I need a better light. Let me go up to the car and get a torch.’

‘No, no, you stay there,’ Jane insisted. ‘I’ll get one.’

The rector hurriedly picked her way across the stored goods and up the stairs. Amanda stood alone in the dusty silence, her breath contained and amplified by her mask. She felt a little dizzy, her vision fuzzed. Suddenly it was as if something shot down through the ceiling of floorboards above and would have hit her if she had not dodged back, tripping over a wooden case and stack of props. She got to her feet. But there was nothing there. Nothing above or below that had not been there before.

But now there was the faint sound of music. Maybe someone had a car radio on loudly nearby. And yet … there was singing too …. It was a waltz … an old song … Grandpa used to sing it … yes, to Granny … ‘Roses are shining in Picardy … in the hush of the silver dew’, and there was thumping above — no, not thumping exactly — feet … walking — no, they must be dancing … waltzing across the boards above her head, and people singing their hearts out. It wasn’t frightening … there was something wonderful and free and heartbreaking about it all at once. She wanted to be up there with them ….

‘Here we are, dear!’ came the rector’s voice, and, at once, it stopped. The music, the singing, the waltzing feet. As if it had never been.

 

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Thank you for reading. You may enjoy watching the trailer New book cover with text Available on Amazon

Book 3 on cozy red blanket with YouTube play button

Trailer Release of Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan

Dear Readers,

With only three days to go until the launch of Book 3 Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan, here is the long-awaited book trailer. It is also viewable on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and my author pages at Amazon, so if you are a fan of one of those and think your friends might enjoy it, please do share. It’s only about a minute long.

Book 3 Trailer youtube link

The book is now up on Amazon for pre-order at the special discount price of $2.99 until Sunday when it will be $4.99. Remember that Book 1, Amanda Cadabra and the Hidey-Hole Truth will be free on Sunday, so please take full advantage of the affordable opportunity to get on board the series if the Amanda Cadabra adventure is one you have yet to enjoy.

Tomorrow will see the release of a new venture for Heypressto, who publishes theOld fashioned grammaphone books, and me. It is a YouTube video, which is an audio recording of me reading chapter 1 of the new book! It has some visuals too, in case you like to watch and listen. The text of the chapter will be here on the website also for those who prefer to read, or read and be read to simultaneously.

Saturday will see the launch of the competition, but more about that tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone who has already bought Amanda Cadabra and the Hidey-Hole Truth and Amanda Cadabra and the Cellar of Secrets. The feedback that I had so far indicates that Book 3 is the best so far. I hope you agree.

Happy reading,

 

Holly Bell

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

Available

on

Amazon

Cover of AC3 Book in front of red curtains

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

Available

on

Amazon

Link image to YouTube launch video with fireworks

Launch Day for Amanda Cadabra and The Cellar of Secrets

Dear Readers,

Just a quick post to celebrate Launch Day of Amanda Cadabra and the Cellar of Secrets with you. Thank you for all of you who pre-ordered, purchased, spread the word and gave support and encouragement even in spirit. Remember that Book 1 is free to download from Amazon on Tuesday, 16th December, so if you want to either catch-up or stock up on your holiday reading, now is your chance.

The proof of the paperback should be arriving on my doorstep on Friday, so as soon as I’ve checked it and made any corrections so that it’s the best that it can be for you, I will click the ‘Publish’ button, and it will be available for you to buy. I will put it on ‘Matchbooks’ so if you buy the paperback then Kindle version will be only $0.99 so there’s a gift for someone and a treat for you in there.

Meanwhile, I am preparing some new Christmas inspiration for Sunken Madley church for you. Looking forward to sharing those with you and news of the paperback.

Happy reading.

Best wishes,

Holly

 

 

Silhouette of audience from behind looking towards large high dark red curtains. They are partially opened to reveal part of the new book cover. An illlustration of a grey can looking at an orange steamer trunk caught in the bright yellow light of a beam off to the right.

Cover and Title Reveal of Amanda Cadabra Sequel

Dear Readers,

It is my great pleasure to open the curtain (just enough) on the cover art by my new illustrator Erik Patricio Lúa who has been working tirelessly, bringing his extraordinary talents to the table to create the image on the jacket.

And now … for the title:

Book title heading: Amanda Cadabra in gold font and The Cellar of Secrets in bright turquoise.

The action continues 10 days after the events of Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth finish. Covert witch and asthmatic furniture restorer Amanda, and her grumpy cat Tempest, are confronted by a suspicious death.

‘Being the person who finds the body never looks good.’ Amanda has no alibi. There’s only one witness, whom the police can’t see. Grandparents Senara and Perran tell her to use her resources. But what to do when they are exhausted? Time is running out. Amanda has asked too many questions. There’s no going back. The answer is in a place only she can go: The Cellar of Secrets.

Readers who enjoy the first book will be pleased to find that Detective Inspector Thomas Trelawney and former Chief Inspector Mike Hogarth return, together with the villagers, including Joan the postlady, Mrs Sharma at the post office, the ladies at The Grange, and Mr Hanley-Page, the demon driver, among others.

There is excitement in Sunken Madley over an event on the edge of the village that is drawing in a number of visitors and a new workforce. But not all are what they seem.

This book has its own stand-alone whodunnit, but you’ll relish it even more if you’ve already met the villagers and the Cornish detectives in Book 1, where the series’ underlying mystery begins.

 4 balloon in shades of gold and orange on a teal backgroundFour more goodies:

  1. The release date can now be announced: Sunday, 16th December, in time for Christmas.
  2. The paperback will be following close on its heels.
  3. Look out for the new trailer release in the next couple of days.
  4. A full cover reveal will follow soon.

If you are enticed by Book 2 and have yet to read Book 1, then a day or so after the launch there will be a free promotional Kindle e-book day to allow fans of Book 2 to catch up and download Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth, saving their cash for the new sequel and the paperback.

Looking forward to entertaining you in the world of Sunken Madley with Amanda Cadabra.

Best wishes,

Holly

If Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth delighted you in any way, there is still time to post a review on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, any social networking site in fact, or Goodreads and Bookbub. I would be overjoyed.

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