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April 16th 2014
East at Easter
Well not Easter exactly but shortly after so as promised this week you get the next two Gaby chapters here which takes us up to edition 400!
In addition, book 9, More Changes is now available for kindle although my hoped release of the finished book twelve looks like it will be delayed a little - best laid plans and all that. My excuse is the Spreewald trip and more specifically the time i've been spending on the bike in training, 9 hours the last week and i want to squeeze in another ten before departure next Wednesday. Thats just the riding time, when you add in the pre and post ride stuff we are looking at several more precious writing hours eaten away. Thats the bad news, the good is that i hope to have it finished when i get back from Germany so it will only be about a fortnight behind schedule.
Until next time,
April 9th 2014
Where is the year going, it seems to be flying past! Its just a fortnight until i head to Germany again for the Spreewald Marathon, training has stepped up a notch, three hours or so today, more tomorrow and Sunday - the mileage is piling up alongside the saddle time. Just a heads up at this point - due to the trip next week will be the last update until May so look out for extra stuff.
The promised stuff has been released for Kindle and on Lulu, look out next week for more book news!
This week's chapter, 10.38, is now up.
April 2nd 2014
Yes we are already in the second quarter of 2014, where is the time going? Hopefully you'll be able to access the third segment of It's A Swiss! on Lulu now - it will be available for Kindle at the weekend. Also on Kindle this week is the next Gaby book in the series, Changes. It would be nice if any of you reading this could leave some comments / ratings on Amazon in particular, for some reason stuff with comments tends to sell better! I've no idea quite how well my books are doing, no one else seems willing to even give 'ball park' sales numbers even if some claim great sales by category, so i'm clutching at straws really.
Things are getting hectic at Bell acres - its barely four weeks until the Spreewald trip so my training has gone up a notch, last night i was out for nearly three hours and the next three weeks will see me covering @ 1000 kilometres around the climbs of the Peak District! i'm off alcohol and i've several kilos to lose before departure so i'm trying to eat a bit healthier and less - not a diet just more sensible stuff for riding a bike. All this just to claim Golden Gurken number 6 and make a fool of myself in the short time trial the day before!
Of course i've got to fit writing the last bit of Book 12 into the schedule too so think nice thoughts for me!
Oh yes, some reading matter for you, chapter 37 of book 10, Wheels.
March 26th 2014
Its Spring Again
But i promise not to sing again! Writing and riding are keeping me busy but i've squeezed in a few minutes to bring you some new reading material! In other news, I'm officially a writer by trade now - I must be as i earnt more from my scribbles last month than i did grafting at my day job! Thats not to say i made a lot as i barely clear minimum wage (what a joke that is) but it does mean i'm not looking over my shoulder quite so much so thank you to everyone who has supported my scribbles over the years.
Hopefully next week will see the third part of Gaby book 12 released only a few days late then its not too far to the Easter release of the completed book. Next week will also see the next book released on Kindle, book 8 Changes. After Easter and my trip to the Spreewald Marathon i'll concentrate on getting the revised books sorted out as well as hopefully pick up on the next Peaches book.
For now though you want the link to the next bit of book 10, okay here it is.
March 19th 2014
This week has been a little breezy to say the least but i've managed to get my Spreewald training started finally! The writing is coming along, maybe not quite as quickly as i'd like! However the timetable for book 12 is still unchanged, part three should be ready next week and the completed volume will be out in time for Easter.
The Kindle releases are continuing, there should be another Gaby volume ready at the weekend, Dress Up! is the seventh volume in the series.
For your delectation and delight this week is chapter 10.35.
March 12th 2014
Its starting to look more spring like in these here parts although overnight temperatures are closer to frost than is comfortable for the flowers that are poking their heads above the sodden ground. The next Gaby volume, Girls, Girls, Girl? is now available for Kindle - that's half of the main run of the story!
This week you can read a new chapter here while i'm busy scrawling the next bit of Book 12.
March 5th 2014
February 19th 2014
Yep, as i'm taking Gaby away for her Birthday, todays update has a double posting to cover next weeks lack of posting. We are off to Bremen and Niedersachsen for a few days, no bikes, just sightseeing, maybe a shop or two and chilling with some good food and drink! No doubt there will be pictures when we get back so thats something to look forward to!
Over the next couple of weeks i'll be putting up links to all the kindle releases, initially on this page but eventually on a dedicated publishing page, please excuse the slightly untidy appearance in the meantime.
For now though you can read the next two chapters by clicking here and then following the link at the bottom of the first chapter.
February 16th 2014
Well here is the actual update missing from Wednesday, there's a new Gaby chapter and i can announce that not only is the second instalment of Its A Swiss now available from Lulu butr the first part is on Kindle now too. Not only that but by Wednesday Book 4, Once Upon a Time in America will also be available on Kindle - all 500 plus pages complete with the original illustrations!
Look out for another update midweek - there won't be one on the 26th so i'll put up a bonus for you!
February 12th 2014
Bit of a Rush
Sorry but there isn't a new chapter today but if you head over to Lulu i have finished the second part of the new book, Its A Swiss! Proper update at the weekend
February 5th 2014
Yup, we will soon be celebrating the Wunderkinds birthday again. To celebrate i'm taking Modom to Bremen in Lower Saxony for a few days of sightseeing and no doubt shopping! So this is advanced warning that there won't be an update that week, ie February 26th as we'll be travelling home. Of course there will be updates in the weeks between now and then.
You will notice some new additions to this page in the form of some links to Amazon pages. As the Kindle platform seems quite popular and there are a few of my scribbles in that format i thought some direct links to those pages would be a good idea. There may well be some further links to stuff referred to in Gaby releases, have a look if you are interested.
Now to the scribbles - with a little luck, by this time next week the second part of the new Gaby book will be completed so look out for It's A Swiss! part 2.
For this week you'll have to make do with the next chapter from Book 10.
January 29th 2014
Back to Normal
So things are getting back to normal, i've now got hot water and heat for the first time since i moved into the flat nearly 25 years ago! its very strange coming indoors to find it not freezing cold inside too - i could get used to these mod cons. Of course back to normal means you should get regular updates once more - subject to me being around to do them!
The first chunk of Gaby - Its A Swiss is now available through Lulu so if you prefer your Gaby in bite size pieces you can get your copy now illustrated with photographs that i took myself last summer. The next chunk is moving along, by the time you read this i will be working on part 13, the words have been flowing pretty well so far but i'd rather take a break than force it so sometimes a chapter might take a few days to put together.
Of course you get a new chapter this week from book 10, so here it is 10.28.
January 22nd 2014
Once again i must apologise for missing last weeks update but i was somewhat distracted! My landlord started the job of installing central heating and a miriad other jobs 8 years ago! Before Christmas i pretty much had to empty my abode so they could actually do the job, however they failed to complete leaving me sans heat and hot water over the xmas/new year period. They arranged to finish the job last Wednesday so once again i moved half my posessions but guess what - the workmen turned up without the required hardware so nothing got done. Put everything away again grrr. So today we try again, its not even a long job, fit a couple of radiators (already plumbed), connect to the gas and commision. Then the chippies have a couple of shelves to put in and job done. Of course i then need to move my stuff back into some semblance of order so thats today pretty much written off !
As recompense for missing last week you do get two Gaby chapters this week so fasten your seatbelts and hold onto your hats as the saga continues.
Some of you will have picked up on the release via Kindle of some of my titles. I'd like to thank everyone who has supported this project, after a slow start things have started to pick up and its looking like Kindle sales will outstrip my Lulu performance by a factor of 3:1! So thank you all for purchasing, it would be nice however if there were one or two reviews / ratings - please if you do buy one of my titles pop back and rate it. Thank you.
If you haven't looked at the releases yet you can search under author 'Madeline Bell' or publisher 'Scaramouch' in any Amazon region.
I've been beavering away at the new Gaby book - I started chapter 11 last night so you know what that means - for those who can't wait there should be the first instalment of book 12 available in rough form through Lulu. So pop along on Sunday and be one of the first to read the new scribbles, I only intend doing a digital version but i'll add a print copy if anyone wants it.
January 8th 2014
The first week of 2014 has been testing for a lot of us so firstly i hope that you all are well, warm and safe.
So, the news. Well first there's an update at the Gluhwein Museum if you like that sort of thing, scroll down to the bottom for a late addition from Austria.
To more serious things now, I've started writing Gaby Book 12 and there are already three chapters in the can, i'm aiming to have it completed in about 8 weeks and to have the first instalment ready for you in about a fortnight - watch this space. On the subject of books, by this time next week i hope to have the next Gaby book available for Kindle, its ready i just need to do the fiddly bits!
That of course brings us to this weeks update, Chapter 385 of the Saga - enjoy!
January 1st 2014
Happy New Year!
The first proper update of 2014 won't be until next week but i did promise a seasonal Gaby special and its time to unveil the few scratched lines i managed to put together. It's called Gabymas and is set several years after the current thread of the story so if you don't like spoilers DON'T read this! Nothing is set in concrete, the saga does have a life of its own so its not 100% certain that everything in Gabymas will actually occur but i fancied the idea of looking into the crystal ball to see what might happen to the Wunderkind. There are some pictures that me an' Gabs took last month - on location!
My editing team report tears and laughter after reading it so i'm confident readers will enjoy this short interlude. So if you are brave, have a sense of adventure and have a few minutes to spare click on Gabs now! Please let me know what you think, whilst I write as much for me as anyone I do like to know what you think - use the email link on bottom of the story page to tell me.
For the rest of you, normal service will resume next week and i'll be starting book 12 as soon as, so until next week,
Happy New Year!
Maddy & Gabs
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