Girl reading in bed, grey book hides her face as she reads. In foreground is a pile of red books and on one spine is the word Love.

An 11-Year-Old Falls in Love – my early book affairs

Dear Readers,

The Big Change

It’s massive now. It wasn’t then. Oh dear, can it be cured, I hear you ask. I do hope not. What I am describing is the collection of books written for teenagers, middle grade and young adult.

Only in recent years have these sections of the library blossomed into a wealth of literature that offers entertainment, reassurance, understanding and insight to young people.

Camel eating greenery in the desertOases in the Desert?

From 11-14 were crucial formative reading years for me. But in the comparative desert of books for that age, how did I find the authors that would one day contribute to the creation of Amanda Cadabra and her cozy paranormal mystery world?

The answers lie a click away. Short story author and poet

has just generously treated me to a guest blog post space on her splendid book review website,

. If you love books, do check out her YouTube

. It is simply one of the most beautiful and moving videos I have ever seen.

And now to revelations of my love affair and subsequent teenage dreams … Just click the image and …

Image link to Nicole Pyles website for guest post by Holly Bell on the books that inspired her from 11-14 years of age. Blue background with white text: The World of My Imagination

Back soon with news of the paperback version (it’s now available on Kindle) of

, now very close to publication. Plus one more free day for Book 1.

Happy reading,

Holly


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

Available on Amazon
Paperback and Kindle

About the Author Holly Bell

Cat adorer and chocolate lover, Holly Bell is a photographer and video maker when not writing. Holly lives in the UK and is a mixture of English, Scottish, Cornish and Welsh, among other ingredients. ​Her favourite cat is called Bobby. He is black. Like the hat in her cupboard. Purely coincidental.

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