Cover Reveal! Michelle and Cale's love story continues. Storm is back along with Crazy Puppy and Doc and Mary. More info on book page in this site.
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Nice Review for A Step Beyond! The second book in the Cornwall Adventures YA series has received a Five Star review from Readers' Favorite Reviews.
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite
A Step Beyond by Nancy M Bell is the story of what happens when Gort finds himself as another version of himself inside the legendary world of King Arthur. This happens when, in current real life, his abusive Uncle Daniel attacks him and Gort slides into unconsciousness. In this other world, he is brave and adventurous Knight Gawain and his war horse is Ailim. Ailim and the other horses have the ability to mind speak to each other and to certain humans, and this gift proves useful when Gawain sets off to help King Arthur rescue his Queen and the Lady Nuina from the wicked King March. The adventure takes place in the ancient Land of Lyonnesse which, according to legend, was in place of the sea between the coast of Cornwall in England and the Isles of Scilly. Gawain’s race across country involves mystery, danger, sword fights, and romance as he discovers the connection between this mythical world and the real world.
What a brilliant idea for a story. I loved the link to the King Arthur legends and the idea of past lives where different versions of our real selves play out their lives in different ways. Gort’s present life as a victim of abuse needing safety in order to heal is in great contrast to his earlier existence as a courageous Knight of King Arthur. But knowing friends from previous times are still present as different people in his current life gives him the courage to face the pain and move forward.
Bell’s A Step Beyond is a well written imaginative story that will appeal to teenage readers who like a mixture of legend and fantasy. The plot unfolds intriguingly with much time devoted to the journeying from one location to another. Gort (or Gawain) is a likeable character who matures and grows through the adventure until he fulfills his mission. I like the idea of telepathy as a means of communication between the horses and their owners, and thought it was a lovely development on the way animals can often sense their owners’ states of minds. The story comes to a satisfying end with the sense that life will unfold in a better way for Gort.
On Sunday July 12, 2015 I was privileged to read some of my poetry at Stephan Stephansson House an Alberta Historical Site. It was wonderful fun and what a lovely venue.
Have a listen to my interview with John Fioravanti for Rave Waves Blog Talk Radio. I'm talking about the Cornwall Adventures series and the stories behind the stories.
Look what Laurel's Quest was awarded! *happy dance* Read the review here.
Trailer for No Absolution created by VLM Noir Films.
Go Gently, The third book in The Cornwall Adventures has a cover! Michelle Lee has produced another perfect cover. In the background is the magical Nanjizal Bay.
Storm's Refuge, Book One in the Longview Romance series has a new cover by Michelle Lee as well. The new and improved version of this story is published by Books We Love and available now!
Marvelous New cover by Michelle Lee for A Step Beyond The second book in the Cornwall Adventures is available from Books We Love.
Welcome to my webpage! They say a change is as good as a rest. As of July 4, 2014 I have left MuseItUp Publishing. My books will be re-released in the fall of 2014 from Books We Love Inc. They will have new cover art and slightly different titles as well as some updated information. I am looking forward to this new venture. I am also working on a new book in the Cornwall Adventures series called Go Gently. For those fans of horror keep an eye out for No Absolution, a Jack the Ripper tale with a definite twist.
Because of my departure from MuseItUp Publishing I will be taking down all the current covers of my books so please keep an eye out for the new ones!
Preditor and Editor Poll Results are In!
I'm happy to announce that I placed in the top 5 in the Editors category of the 2013 Preditors and Editors Poll. Thanks to all who voted for me, what a wonderful tribute from my authors. MuseItup Publishing was also voted #1 in the Book Store category.
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.
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.
Come and explore and read excerpts from my new novel Laurel's Miracle. Discover more about the mysterious ley lines, the legends of Glastonbury and the stone megaliths and how they influenced the story. Explore the hidden meanings of Laurel, Coll, Gort and Aisling's names. Read the legends that inspired Vear Du, Gwin Scawen and Morgawr.
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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.
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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Parallel Community is a group that started in Cornwall UK and has spread to all corners of the world. For more information see thier website.
Our mission is to set in motion a parallel community of souls around the world - a network that spreads wherever it is needed.
Together through mutual help and support, we will generate the energy to make significant changes.