It’s here! Doorways to the Past is published today

We’re thrilled at Ocelot Press that publication day for Doorways to the Past has arrived. It’s come upon us incredibly quickly. It seems like only yesterday that we were discussing and planning our collection of short stories, character interviews and diary entries featuring characters from our novels.

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Doorways to the Past: Step into History with Ocelot Press

We’re absolutely thrilled here at Ocelot Press to announce our first collaborative venture – a collection of historical short stories and character interviews by five Ocelot Press authors!

Doorways to the Past takes you on a journey through time, starting in Roman Britain, and hopping between Britain, Corsica, France and Italy up to the present day. You’ll meet a range of characters from servants to monarchs and read about their hopes, fears, joys and setbacks in often perilous or strange situations.

All of these characters appear in, or are mentioned in, our novels, but they have been so vociferous behind the scenes that we had to let them have their own stories and interviews!

Participating authors are:

Sue Barnard

Vanessa Couchman

Cathie Dunn

Nancy Jardine

Jennifer C. Wilson

And our newest Ocelot, Yvonne Marjot, whose Walking on Wild Air was published in June under the Ocelot Press imprint, has written the foreword.

Doorways to the Past is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle for publication on 30th July at 99p/99c. If you pre-order now, there is nothing to pay until the book pops onto your Kindle or e-reader on publication day.  

So you can have a taste of the past without having to move from your own favourite reading spot.

We hope you’ll enjoy Doorways to the Past. We certainly had fun putting it together and getting to know our characters.

Watch this space for more news about our planned Facebook launch party.

The Story Behind the Story: the Corsican Widow

This week, Vanessa Couchman takes over the blog to tell us about the story behind her second Corsica novel, The Corsican Widow.

I am a self-confessed history nut. I’m lucky, then, to live in Southwest France, which is absolutely steeped in history. Some of my novels and short stories are set in the area where I live.

But I have also been captivated by the savagely beautiful island of Corsica in the Mediterranean. I can’t get back there often enough, although this year, sadly, I suspect we won’t have the chance.

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Augustine is Released Today

We’re excited to announce that Vanessa Couchman’s novella, Augustine, is released today on Amazon Kindle under the Ocelot Press imprint.

Augustine is a prequel to her Alouette trilogy, and it’s set against the rolling hills and perched villages of Southwest France in the late 19th-century. Vanessa lives in southern France, not far from where the action takes place, and there’s plenty of period detail woven into the story, drawn from her researches and knowledge of the area. The backdrop is a way of life that lasted for centuries but has now disappeared forever.

In the book, you’ll meet Augustine Bousquet and Joseph Vernhes, who appear again in Overture, Book 1 of the Alouette trilogy. Augustine can be read as a standalone or before Overture.

Chapter 1 of Augustine

Have a sneak peak at Chapter 1 of Vanessa Couchman’s Augustine, coming soon!

Vanessa Couchman

Augustine is a bitter-sweet romance set against the rolling landscape and hilltop villages of southern France in the late 19th century. This novella is a prequel to the Alouette Trilogy and is currently on pre-order on Amazon Kindle for publication on 30th April 2020. Read Chapter 1 below.

Belcastel, one of the beautiful villages of Southwest France

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