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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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Title Reveal – Amanda Cadabra Book 3

Dear Readers,

With only days to go now until the launch of Book 3 in the Amanda Cadabra series, I can now announce the title of the new book:

Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan. Gold lettering on dark green background on gold plaque

The cover is completed, and there will be a partial reveal here in 2 or 3 days time. I have personally messaged each of my precious subscribers to give you the initial sneak peek of the title, and you will get the first glimpse of the new cover. If you would like to be privy to the latest updates then just click on get in touch. It always makes my day when I hear from one of my readers.

The book cover illustration is by the talented Erik Patricio Lúa who is now finishing off the two new maps that will appear at the front of the book.

If you have yet to begin reading the Amanda Cadabra series, or you know someone who would enjoy it, I am planning a free day for Book 1, Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth, most likely on the same day as the launch of Book 3, Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan. I will soon be announcing the date for both here.

Looking forward to telling you more in a couple of days.

Meanwhile, Happy May Days!

Holly

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

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Cat peeping over bottom border. Text A Sneaky peek at Amanda Cadabra Book 3 and The Feel-better Collections

Amanda Cadabra Book 3, and The Feel-better Collections

Dear Readers,

As I write the opening chapter of Amanda Cadabra Book 3, Heypressto releases 3 non-fiction books. The Feel-better Collections by Chartreuse are now becoming available beginning with Book 1.

Girl reading in park and sunlightIs there a link between these and the Sunken Madley chronicles? Yes. Cozy mysteries are feel-better novels, gentle, distracting, humorous and with happy endings. They are stories that leave you feeling that the world is a kinder, safer, softer, more joyful, friendlier yet exciting place than you may have felt it was before you were reading. And if it the case, as I believe, that you get what you focus on then the reader may actually begin to experience a better feeling environment.

So what are they about?

The first is 50 Feel-better Films.

‘Why not feel-good? Because at the bottom of the emotional staircase you can’t just ‘cheer up’. But you can feel better. Even if it’s just a little. Film from this collection drawn from 8 decades, about people dealing with the top 9 life crises, have helped others. They may help you or someone you care about.

Some of the movies are famous, some obscure. The main characters are from all kinds of backgrounds. The cinematic art quality ranges from Oscar winner to chick-flick, from great work to critical flop, from UK, US, Australia, France and India, from animation to restored black and white, from Random Harvest made in 1942 to Wonder, released on DVD in 2018.

3 Feel-better Collections Books on blue blanketThere are no tales of fixes of what is broken, only new and improved. There are no deaths of subsidiary characters we have grown attached to, there is no wistful sadness; there is only hope, fulfilment and happiness at the ending of each of these stories.

You may not be ready even for the inspirational and motivational and so, although these films are also those things, this list is designed simply to include something that may soothe, comfort or encourage you into a better feeling emotional place.

50 Feel-better Songs from Film and TV was a natural progression from Book 1. Each song is about coming from a bad situation into a better feeling place, even if that isn’t yet a physical one that you can see. From 11 decades and 8 genres pop, pop-rock, jazz, reggae, RnB, soul, musicals and classical, some are slow, some upbeat. Each song has links to lyrics, Youtube where you can see the clip where it was sung live or in a movie, and to Amazon where you can listen and download.

Every song in this list, inspired by Abraham Hicks’ emotional scale, has soothed or comforted or inspired someone somewhere, in however small a way, to feel better.

Finally, 25 Feel-better Free Downloads was inspired by a desire to let people on a tight budget know what free examples of this kind of entertainments are available: 5 films, 5 songs, 5 five poems, 5 wallpapers and 5 books.’

Two more collections are on the table at the moment. Book 1, films, and Book 3, downloads, are now available from Amazon Kindlebooks with book 2, songs about to follow.

Map of Sunken Madley on a scrollMeanwhile, what of Sunken Madley? What tidbits can I let fall about the sequel to Amanda Cadabra and The Cellar of Secrets? Well, there will be 4 new characters. The village is about to receive new residents. There is a project afoot. The past will once again become entangled with the present.

All of the old favourites return: Amanda Cadabra, Granny and Grandpa, Detective Inspector Trelawney, his former boss the retired Chief Inspector Hogarth, and, of course, the star of the show, in his opinion, Tempest, Amanda’s irascible feline familiar. Plus the local Festival of the Feast of the St Ursula of the Orchard. Will Trelawney finally get his tour?

To help while away the weeks between now and the release of Book 3, I am working on some quizzes for you to have fun with. Please do drop me a line, or comment on Facebook or below if this is something you would enjoy.

Happy weekend,

Holly

 

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth

 

Available from Amazon

on Kindle ebook 

and paperback

Amanda Cadabra Book 1 and 2 with a little gold book in front of each, on a cozy dark red woolen background

New Year – New Editions

Dear Readers,

Happy New Year! And to celebrate, today I have published new editions of both Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth and Amanda Cadabra and The Cellar of Secrets in both ebook and paperback.

So what’s new about them? Well, three or four readers, in their reviews (and thank you for taking the time to post them), had issues with the unfamiliar British spelling. So, the new editions each include book a note about British English spelling and a glossary at the end showing British English and American English spelling with a guide to the accents included in the stories.

Scone topped with a fresh strawberry and small containers of strawberry jam and creamAn alert for those on post-Christmas diets: the glossary for Book 2, Amanda Cadabra and The Cellar of Secrets, is laden with explanations of British food, especially our beloved puddings! Even if you are familiar with British English spelling, there may be things on the menu that are new to you.

Just in case you have bought the paperbacks without the glossaries, they are reproduced here on the website for your enjoyment, the second is hot off the keyboard today. (Book 1 glossary here, and Book 2 glossary here) If you see anything missing or a definition that could be improved, please do let me know. I would love to hear from you.

Over the next few days, Heypressto, publisher of the Amanda Cadabra books, will be producing two or maybe three new non-fiction books from the feel-better entertainment project. More on that to follow.

The actual penning (typing) of Book 3 begins shortly. If you would like to be among the VIP Readers who receive an advance copy in order to give feedback within 7-10 days before the book is made into its final form for publication. If you would like to be involved and would be able to set aside the time, please visit the foyer of the VIP room.

Meanwhile, happy new year, and happy reading!

Holly

 

 

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

 

 

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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.

Free on Amazon Kindle Tomorrow, 28th October

Dear Readers,

Tomorrow, Sunday, 28th October 2018, is the big Halloween offer day. Amanda Cadabra and the Hidey-Hole Truth will be available to download on Amazon Kindle free for 24 hours. Have you been waiting for this moment to read it before the sequel comes out?  Do you know someone who would enjoy an entertaining new cozy paranormal mystery for Halloween or for some curl-up-on-the-sofa time? Then please do take this opportunity, and also share the love. Just click the link below for your country’s Amazon to go straight to the page.

This is the third of the limited KDP free promotion days. This time Books Go Social, Fussy Librarian and Awesomegang will be spreading the word, covering thousands of their subscribers of eager cozy mystery readers so tomorrow will be an exciting day. As before, I am looking forward to sharing the results with you.

To any authors out there, I would highly recommend Books Go Social to you, not just for their book promotional services centred on Twitter but for their highly valuable tailor-made advice, second to none that I have so far come across offering this service.

For example, thanks to Books Go Social I have realised that although there are various email services for you to sign up to for your areas of particular interest: Sunken Madley Inspiration, Tempest, VIP Readers Group, there wasn’t one for those of you who would just like to keep in touch and get general news. So here it now is, in all its glory. Do come on in and join us.

Remember, Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth is also available in paperback if you’re looking for a last minute spooky Halloween present, complete with the mysteries of wtiches, ghosts, a body and secret tunnels.

In the next post, I expect to have some tantalising news about the sequel!

Meanwhile, I wish you a happy weekend.

Back to Book 2 …!

Holly x

 

 

 

 

Free – Ripe for Picking Tomorrow, Sunday 23rd September

While the audiobook is cooking, here is something to feast on if you have yet to get a copy of the ebook or know someone who would relish it. With the weather in the UK turning to hurricanes and downpours, cosy reading days are lining up, so now is a good time to stock up with engaging stories of exciting moments comforting interludes, puzzles and surprises, and to get Amanda Cadabra and the Hidey-Hole Truth on your virtual shelf, free, before Book 2 comes out.

Tomorrow, Sunday 23rd September, is the second of the limited KDP free promotion days. This will be my first outing with Freebooksy who have a broad reach of subscribers who are keen readers so it will be an exciting day. I am looking forward to sharing the results with you.

Meanwhile, Amanda Cadabra Book 2 is pattering out of the keyboard onto the computer. There is now a working title and a theoretical design for the cover, so far approved of by the talented illustrator.

Happy weekend!

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