‘Overture’ is Available Now in Paperback

We’re pleased to announce that Overture, Book 1 in Ocelot Press author Vanessa Couchman’s L’Alouette Trilogy, is now available in paperback! The ebook version is on pre-order on Amazon at a special pre-order price of only 99p, or equivalent, and will be released on 28th May.

What if you had a unique talent, but everything conspired against your dreams?

France, 1897. Born to a modest farming family, Marie-Thérèse has a remarkable singing voice and wants to become a professional singer. But too many obstacles, including her parents’ opposition, stand in her way. And, through no fault of her own, she makes a dangerous enemy of the local landlord.

When the family circumstances change suddenly, Marie-Thérèse and her mother must move to Paris to work in her aunt’s restaurant. Her ambitions rekindle, but the road to success is paved with setbacks until a chance meeting gives her a precious opportunity.

She is close to achieving all her dreams, but the ghosts of the past come back to haunt her and threaten Marie-Thérèse’s life as well as her career.

Overture is the first in a trilogy set in France, starting in 1897 and finishing at the end of World War II.  

Read more about the historical background to Overture and the series on Vanessa’s website.

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From Rural France to Paris: Les Bougnats

In a series of posts about the historical background to Overture, to be published on 28th May, Vanessa Couchman looks at the exodus from rural SW France to Paris in the late 19th century.

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Les Monts du Cantal in France’s Massif Central. A region noted for its beauty, but not for agricultural prosperity

The odd-sounding combination of coal merchant and bistro
owner was quite common in Paris during the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. These establishments were usually the métier of immigrants from the Auvergne and northern Aveyron, where
the poor soil made farming a thankless task.

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You can soon listen to, as well as read, The Ghostly Father

Congratulations to Ocelot Press author Sue Barnard, whose wonderful novel, The Ghostly Father, will soon be produced as an audiobook by Spectrum Audiobooks. The Ghostly Father is an alternative version of Shakespeare’s well-loved classic, Romeo and Juliet. We’ll provide more details of the audiobook in due course.

Think you know the world’s most famous love story? Think again. What if the story of Romeo & Juliet really happened – but not quite in the way we’ve all been told?

This part-prequel, part-sequel to the original tale, told from the point of view of the Friar, tells how an ancient Italian manuscript reveals secrets and lies which have remained hidden for hundreds of years, and casts new doubts on the official story of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers. 

If you love the Romeo & Juliet story but are disappointed with the way it ended, this is the book for you.

And if you can’t wait for the audiobook, you can read The Ghostly Father in ebook or paperback formats. Available from Amazon.

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A Special Day for Life on La Lune

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Eglise Saint-Corneille in Puycelsi.. Stark on the outside…

A riot of colour inside

Puycelsi – hilltop fortress town

Today is a rather special day for us. More of that below. It’s been a rather eventful couple of weeks, which explains my erratic blogging record just now. Having taken part in a concert in the hilltop village of Puycelsi in aid of restoring the church, the following day saw the semi-destruction by fire of Notre-Dame de Paris.

A couple of days later our cat, Bella, went missing and didn’t return for 72 hours, when we were starting to give up hope. It’s almost impossible to settle to anything when that happens. Fortunately, she was unscathed, if starving, and has hopefully learned a lesson. In addition, I’ve been getting my latest novel ready for publication and attempting to stop the garden turning into a jungle.

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The Last Plantagenet? – Now available in paperback!

It’s always an exciting thing to announce a new release, and this week, Jennifer C. Wilson’s timeslip romance has made its debut in paperback! And as you can see, the proof copy was even approved by the book’s leading man, Richard III…

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The Last Plantagenet?, available on Amazon here, has already been classed as a ‘Discovered Diamond,’ by the Discovering Diamonds review blog, as well as having been awarded the Coffee Pot Book Club Award, by the Myths, Legends, Books and Coffee Pots blog.

Here’s the blurb, to whet your appetite:

The fireplace hadn’t looked like a time-portal.

All Kate had wanted was a fun, relaxing day out, watching the knights jousting at Nottingham Castle. What she ended up with was something quite different.

Transported in a heartbeat from 2011 to 1485, how will Kate handle life at the Ricardian court? Even more importantly, how will she cope when she catches the eye of the king himself?

Find out in this ‘giddily romantic’ romp, set just prior to the Battle of Bosworth.

If that’s tempted you in, you can read a sample of the book here!

Overture Cover Reveal

Here’s the cover for Vanessa Couchman’s latest, Overture, the first in a trilogy set in France between 1897 and 1945. And it’s now on pre-order on Amazon in Kindle format!

Vanessa Couchman

I’ve reached a very exciting stage in the genesis of my latest novel, Overture. I can now reveal the cover, and the Kindle version is on pre-order on Amazon.

As ever, my designer JD Smith has come up with a great cover design, which I believe really conveys the flavour of the Belle Epoque period in France.


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Historical Fiction Cover Competition April 2019

Ocelot Press author Cathie Dunn’s latest title, A Highland Captive, is the winner in this month’s Historical Fiction Cover Competition. Congratulations, Cathie! It’s a great read, too.

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What draws you to a historical fiction book cover? 

Welcome to my monthly historical fiction cover competition. I hope you find some new books and authors for your ‘must read’ list. If a cover interests you, just click on the link to learn more about the book.

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