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"This is a wonderful two story treasure.  Its perfect for the holidays but really any time of the year.   Pick up it and revel in the lovely writing and romances of Charlie Cochrane."

Read more at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.

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It's been a while since I've done a release day happy dance but today I'm shaking the old aging parts to celebrate Wild Bells being available.

And it's got a corking review over at The Novel Approach.

Fans of Charlie Cochrane should be elated by Wild Bells, I know I was, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to her long-time readers or to the first time reader of the author’s work.

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The significant day this weekend isn't Black Friday but Advent Sunday! So here's an advent related snippet from one of the stories in Wild Bells.

The bells of St. Archibald’s rang out wildly again – in two days it would be the last Sunday in Advent and St Matthew’s gospel would be being proclaimed, the age old story told once more for anyone who had ears to listen. For those with the wit to look behind the altercations about who had which pew and who set the flowers on the altar for Christmas Day, to the real message that the Christ child brought, then Christmas truly was a season of joy. William pulled the bell rope with renewed vigour, a great smile splitting his face and heart dancing with sheer joie de vivre. He had woken knowing what he had to do and once the peal had finished serenading the icy fields and the barren trees he would be away to do it.
The last change sounded with a booming cascade and the bells fell silent at last. Hawthorne the verger produced a keg of beer, seemingly out of thin air, and all the ringers drank deep. “We’ll not sound the peal again until we’re welcoming the New Year then?”
“Aye,” William took a welcome swig of ale, “the canon likes the bells but he’d prefer Christmas week to be silent. Mr. Newington feels it’s more reflective and I have to agree with him. Advent’s a good time for thinking.”

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More excerpts at the Rainbow Snippets group.
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Wild Bells - two 1800s novellas that I've got the rights back for and am re-publishing - is available for pre-order. Here's a bit from The Shade on a Fine Day.

Benjamin nodded. “I wanted to enquire whether I had in some way offended you.” He kept his eyes fixed on the graves. A robin sang from the yew hedge, the faint sound of organ music came from the church, and the answer seemed to take forever to come.
“Mr. Swann, if I have in any way given you that impression, then I apologise unreservedly. I’m racking my brains to think of what I could have done…”
“My father’s walking stick. I was in Harmington yesterday, visiting a friend near the almshouses by St. Benedict’s. One of the residents was out in the lane, using that stick. It is quite unmistakable.”
William took a long appraisal of the man beside him. Benjamin had a fine profile, featuring an elegant nose which was clearly a family trait. On his sister it looked too forceful—on him it gave an air of gravitas. “I didn’t realise it was your father’s. If I’d been aware of what it meant I wouldn’t have been so insensitive. I’m sorry if your sister was offended.”
“My sister? I’m not sure she even knows it’s gone.”
“But she gave it to me, last Saturday, or I thought she did.” William ran his hands through his fair hair, leaving a trail of little, green leaf fragments. “I’ve made an awful mistake somewhere, but I can’t work out what.”

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More excerpts at Rainbow Snippet group.
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Have just taken my first teeny step into self publishing two regency era stories I've got back the rights for. If I've not mucked this up entirely, Wild Bells (The Shade on a Fine Day and The Angel in the Window) should soon be available to pre-order for a release date of December 1st. It'll initially be available exclusively on Kindle with a view to being on more sites in the spring.

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And an 'out of left field' contestant for one of the best Christmas adverts of the year comes from Amazon Prime of all people!

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