Friday, 20 January 2017

God Bless America!


Friday, 13 January 2017

I like being a two-novel writer.





Copies of my new Brighton novel arrived today - hurray! Now that I have the actual physical objects, I really feel like it's been published.

Stephen Dearsley, from my first novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer of Love, isn't a bit jealous that he has a new companion - it's a bit like having a baby brother - or maybe not. Anyway, I feel like a new child has been born.

Many thanks to Ward Wood Publishing, and especially to Adele Ward, for producing such a beautiful book. Thanks and admiration to to Kayla Bell who designed the brilliant Modernist cover - I love it.

So folks, it really is out there now -Blue Notes, Still Frames is my second Brighton novel and it moves forward to 1994 - My first Brighton book, Stephen Dearsley's Summer of Love was set in 1967.  Here's the publisher's blurb, if you want to know what it's all about.



You can buy the paperback edition a number of ways. Either directly from the publishers:

http://www.wardwoodpublishing.co.uk/titles-fiction-colin-bell-blue-notes-still-frames.htm

From Book Depository, especially if you are outside the UK:
http://www.bookdepository.com/Blue-Notes--Still-Frames/9781908742629

You can buy it at Amazon too - especially if you want the Kindle edition which is already online:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_24?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=blue+notes+still+frames+by+colin+bell&sprefix=Blue+Notes%2C+Still+Frames%2Caps%2C124&crid=1N88VF8VOJ86O





Or, of course, you can order it from your local independent bookshop. Mine, here in Lewes is the excellent independent bookseller Skylark - the owner, Matt Birch is a champion of Lewes' artist community and for that we are all grateful.




He is stocking both my novels so go and see him at the Needlemakers, West Street, Lewes,  or contact him via his website:

http://www.skylarkshop.com/

Thursday, 12 January 2017

My new Brighton novel is published!





Great news! My new novel has arrived. It's always a thrilling moment to see it in print after the three years of drafts and redrafts. Yes, it really exists - that's my first reaction. It looks great too. So thanks to my publishers, Ward Wood Publishing, and to the cover designer, the hugely talented Kayla Bell.


Blue Notes, Still Frames is my second Brighton novel and it moves forward to 1994 - My first Brighton book, Stephen Dearsley's Summer of Love was set in 1967.  Here's the publisher's blurb, if you want to know what it's all about.



You can buy the paperback edition a number of ways. Either directly from the publishers:

http://www.wardwoodpublishing.co.uk/titles-fiction-colin-bell-blue-notes-still-frames.htm

From Book Depository, especially if you are outside the UK:
http://www.bookdepository.com/Blue-Notes--Still-Frames/9781908742629

You can buy it at Amazon too - especially if you want the Kindle edition which is already online:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_24?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=blue+notes+still+frames+by+colin+bell&sprefix=Blue+Notes%2C+Still+Frames%2Caps%2C124&crid=1N88VF8VOJ86O


Or, of course, you can order it from your local independent bookshop. Mine, here in Lewes is the excellent independent bookseller Skylark and they will be stocking both my novels:

http://www.skylarkshop.com/

I shall be doing my first reading from the new novel tonight, here in Lewes, at the latest Needlewriters event at the lovely Needlemakers centre, in West Street, with my friend, the poet and novelist Kay Syrad and the science fiction writer, Matthew De Abaitua, whom I'm yet to meet. It should be a fun evening so, come along if you can. It would be great to see you there.

Here's the Needlewriters' web link to give you more information about the writers:

http://www.needlewriters.co.uk/#/whats-on/4539813579




P.S. The readings went really well last night at Lewes' Needlewriters' event - I left feeling that new new book is well and truly  'out there'. My thanks to Janet Sutherland and the Needlewriters' committee for their support and for asking me to read. It's a lovely event.