19 December, 2023.

Dear Readers,

Starting With a 75% Discount

https://amandacadabra.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/AC3-for-Facebook-carousel-600.jpg" alt="Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan by Holly Bell on a wooden table with two burning candles. Mysterious atmostphere. Click to go to 99c offerAs promised, I can now reveal the title of the special offer book. It’s just 99c (99p) for three days from 20-22nd December. That’s this Wednesday to Friday. And the title is … Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan, which takes place over the holiday season. You can watch the trailer here.

Want to know a little more? Get ready for a deadly dance, an accident waiting to happen. A body, a spy, a saboteur, an uncooperative ghost, and multiple puzzles. And Amanda is top of the suspect list. If only she could trust the attractive but determined Inspector Trelawney who is on Granny’s trail. Can Amanda and her moody magical cat unravel their most complicated case yet before a second murder and her arrest? Findo out when you cozy up with Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan.

Valuable Vowels – The Current Series Finale

This week wraps up the Spelling It Out – Your Character’s Accent video series, featuring reader insights and author tips. You can expect a compilation in the coming days.

Click to go to video. Holly Bell in black witch's hat in front of her library. Text: Spelling It Out - Your Character's Accent. Part 4: Valuable Vowels


You’ll be hearing from me just as often, if not more, in The Bell Tower Readers Group on The Holly Bell Facebook page, but a bit less here. Why? I’m scaling back on the blogging and videoing to concentrate on … the new sequel, Book 9 in the Amanda Cadabra series. There’ll still be puzzles, and there’ll still be videos, just presented differently. You’ll see.

And now for the new

Christmas Puzzle!

You need only have read the first in the series, Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth, to have an excellent chance at identifying what and where this is. You can check up after you’ve put in the last piece on Character Biographies.


The Bell Tower?

A beautiful old bell tower with a lard brass bell in the middle. Sun shining through windows on all side. Click to go to the new Facebook group for readersYes, speaking of the thriving only 2-week-old Bell Tower Readers Group over on Facebook, thank you to all 70 of you who have already joined and especially those who have given your answers to the opinion polls so far. More to come. And I hope you enjoyed The Bell Tower exclusive puzzle too. If you’re not yet a member, do come and join us. We’d love to have you, and your thoughts and views too.

Sequel News

Update this week: I wrote more of Book 9 but also a little of Book 11!

Yes, something just came to me. But more important than the additional word count for the sequel is that, for the first time, I felt I’d ‘got’ the book. I have the story; I can feel it hanging together. So, I hope that next week, I will be moving on with the magic circle, perhaps even completing it. And I’ll show you a photo if I do! And if you’re wondering what this circle is all about, you can find out here.

Cozy Mystery Giveaway - Garden Witch. Click to find out how to enterReminder of Cozy Giveaway

It’s free to enter, first of all. Check out the list of prizes in the link here. It’s a win-win situation because even if you don’t get a prize you’ll still get the chance of an introduction to some twenty cozy authors whose books you might not otherwise have come across and which could be your next reading treats.


Coming Up

In the new year, the plan is to bring you a new feature and a new look website, where it’s easier for you to find what piques your curiosity, as well as all the fun and games and maps and videos. In fact, I have a whole raft of delights up my sleeve, but first and foremost, Book 9.

Bouquet of red rosesFinally

Thank you to all of you who have joined me here since last Christmas, and thank you to those loyal readers who have seen in one or more Christmases with me. I wish you who are reading this the happiness over the holidays that you give and have given me with your encouragement in all its forms.

Merry Yuletide, dear friends!



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

Available on Amazon

Paperback, Kindle
and Large Print

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Cat adorer and chocolate lover. Holly Bell's life changed in a day. A best-selling author friend telephoned and convinced her, that after years of penning non-fiction, she could write cozy paranormal mysteries. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Holly lives in the UK and is a photographer and video maker when not writing. Her favourite cat is called Bobby. He is black. Like her favourite hat. Purely coincidental.