Another year of Surrey International Writers Conference has come and gone. What a wonderful time I had at SIWC2013. If you haven't been to this event, mark your calendar for the 2014 event. I represented MuseItUp Publishing taking author pitches and the quality of the writing was excellent. Kudos to the SIWC Board for a great weekend of inspiration and fun. The theme this year was Heroes and Villians. Here I am as the Evil Editor with my jar of Souls of Anguished Authors. Bwwaaahaaaaaa! Friday night costume event is always fun and big hit.
Corb Lund wrote this song to honour everyone in southern Alberta affected by the floods and to pay tribute to the thousands of volunteers who made sure Calgary Stampede 101 went ahead as planned. Thousands of volunteers have helped clean up mud and debris in Calgary and all across sourthern Alberta. Please donate to the Red Cross to help out. Still a lot of work to do in High River, Bragg Creek and Canmore.
Christmas Storm was a finalist in the International Digital Awards hosted by OKRWA. It finished fourth in its category!
More great news! My short story Heart of the Hawk has won a SILVER MEDAL in the Creative Writing category Alberta +55 Summer Games. I don't have a date for the Medal Ceremony yet but will post pictures once I have my medal in my hot little hands.
Just got this great 5 star review for Laurel's Miracle--http://ladybug-lins-reviews.blogspot.ca/2013/02/laurels-miracle-by-nancy-marie-bell.html?spref=fb Please drop by and leave a comment!
SIWC2012 was a blast. Met some amazing authors and had a great time dressing up as a flapper for Roaring Twenties night. Mark this event on your 2013 October calendar and come join the fun.
A STEP SIDEWAYS was a finalist in the YA LONG category of the OKRWA International Digital Awards. This is A Step Sideways first award and I am very proud of it. A Step Sideways is a story of a young man's search for self and his courage on this incredible journey. You can read an excerpt on the A Step Sideways page.
Five Star Review for Laurel's Miracle on Barnes and Noble Posted by saharad
Cornish myths, legends, and magic make this a lovely coming of age story!
With a myriad of myths, legends and magic, this story of a young girl’s quest to save her mother’s life, is fresh, original, and was a joy to read! Finding herself in a new and unfamiliar place (Cornwall, UK), Laurel must not only solve a series of riddles steeped in Cornish legend, but she must find the courage to face an ancient magic that is quite beyond her imagination. Laurel quickly bonds with an unlikely trio, Coll, Aisling and Gort, and together they work hard to unravel the mystifying clues set before them, while meeting some most interesting characters along the way. Adding a deeper layer to this tale, is the modern day difficulties each of foursome face within their own daily lives, including prejudice, abuse, and bullies. Laurel and her friends slowly discover their inner strengths which will ultimately transcend them beyond each of their fears. Once again Ms. Bell has rendered the imagery of her setting beautifully, and furthermore, I was literally spellbound by the smashing climax and finish! Bravo!
Irish Fireside Tales is available at Amazon.com
Laurel's Miracle was a top ten finisher in the 2011 Preditors and Editors Poll coming in at sixth place!
Watch for my interview on Karen Cote's Chaise Lounge. You could win a Travellling Mabels CD just by leaving a comment. The link will be posted here once the interview is live. Want to hear what I really sound like? You get the chance as I talk about Christmas Storm through my oh so cute avatar created by darling Karen. Don't miss it.
LOOK!!! Below is the cover for Christmas Storm. Cover Artist Charlotte Volnek is amazing! I love it!
The third book in the Cornwall Adventures is a work in progress, the tentative title is Coming Home. Laurel is back in Cornwall and there are some surprises waiting for her.
I am thrilled to present my trailer for Laurel's Miracle produced by the talented Suzannah Safi. Or see it below.
Pop over and cast an eye over Calamity's Corner, a great little ezine and see who is on the front cover.
Come visit me at Karen's Chaise Lounge, Princess Emily is there too. Learn more about me and Laurel's Miracle. Hope to see you there! Isn't the cover beautiful? Thank you to Kaytalin Platt for capturing the essence of the story perfectly.
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THROUGH THIS DOOR is now available for purchase. Price is $10.00 plus $6.00 shipping. Local pickup is available as well.
This volume contains 45 poems by Nancy M Bell. To purchase please email me, contact info is below.
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I still have work to do to complete Arabella's Secret but I have left her in a good place at the moment with her head on Vear Du's lap so I think she will be fine until I can continue her story! I have an adventure for Coll and Laurel simmering on the back burners but they will have to wait until I finish what am working on already.
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