Overture is Released Today!

We’re excited to announce that Ocelot author Vanessa Couchman’s Overture, Book 1 in L’Alouette Trilogy, is released today in Kindle ebook format. A paperback version is available, too.

To celebrate publication, the Kindle price of Overture will remain at £0.99 (or equivalent in other currencies) for a few days, so hurry to get your copy at this special price before it increases. In all Amazon stores.

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.  

Copyright © Ocelot Press, 2019. All rights reserved.

‘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.

Copyright © Ocelot Press 2019. All rights reserved.

Historical Fiction or Historical Saga?

Book 1“…combines a very human and personal story with a very believable vision of Late Iron Age society in Northern Britain.”

Ocelot Press author Nancy Jardine’s Celtic Fervour Series, set in 1st-century Roman Britain, has also been called a historical saga by some reviewers. Across the 4-book series, you can read of the adventures of Brigante warriors from the Hillfort of Garrigill. The clan members sometimes take centre stage in one novel or become background characters in another and allow new clan members to shine. As the series progresses, Ancient Roman characters also take up prime slots.

Continue reading “Historical Fiction or Historical Saga?”

Ocelot Press featured in Writing Magazine

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Here at Ocelot Press, we were excited to be featured in this month’s Writing Magazine.

And, since we sent in the photo, we have an expanded stable of Ocelot titles – we’re now up to 15 published titles, with another two coming from Cathie Dunn this year – A Highland Captive (3rd March) and Love Lost in Time. Vanessa Couchman will release the first in a historical fiction trilogy, Overture, in the late spring.

The other Ocelot authors are writing feverishly as we speak! So keep coming back to find out the latest on our ever-expanding list of titles.

See our published and forthcoming books on our Books page.

Copyright © Ocelot Press 2019, all rights reserved.

And then there were 10! A New Addition to Nancy Jardine’s Celtic Fervour series

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We’re thrilled to announce that the fourth title in Nancy Jardine’s exciting Celtic Fervour series will be published under the Ocelot Press imprint on 15th November and is currently on pre-order on Amazon. This brings the number of Ocelot Press published titles up to 10 in only a few months since we launched. Continue reading “And then there were 10! A New Addition to Nancy Jardine’s Celtic Fervour series”

Two Ocelot Press Titles Shortlisted for Book of the Month

We’re delighted, and very excited, to announce that the Discovering Diamonds review site has shortlisted not one, but two, Ocelot Press titles for its October Book of the Month: The Last Plantagenet? by Jennifer C. Wilson and The Ghostly Father, by Sue Barnard.  Continue reading “Two Ocelot Press Titles Shortlisted for Book of the Month”

The Last Plantagenet? Joins Ocelot Press

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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. 

Ocelot Press author Jennifer C. Wilson writes: The Last Plantagenet? is moving home, and joining Ocelot Press in time to celebrate its first birthday!

The ebook was my first foray into self-publishing, released on 2nd October 2017, to celebrate the birthday of my leading man, Richard III. It was an interesting six months or so before that, getting the manuscript in order, choosing the cover-art, and tackling Amazon, and it’s been an even more interesting year since. Learning the ropes of self-publishing has been fascinating, and I’ve had support from some wonderful people.

And now I’m excited to be bringing The Last Plantagenet? to the new house of Ocelot Press.

In The Last Plantagenet?, we meet Kate, a modern, history-loving girl, who finds herself thrown back in time to 1485 during a thunderstorm at a historical re-enactment. Once in the historical Nottingham Castle, she finds herself dealing with the challenges of the medieval court, and wondering whether she’ll ever find her way back home again.

The skeleton of the story, in terms of the historical background, is based on where we know King Richard was in the final hundred days of his reign, so having that to work with made the process of plotting easier in a way, even though I somehow failed at counting the number of mornings days should have, with one key day having Kate wake up far too many times… Once that was sorted though, I really enjoyed working on the project, both in terms of the content and the format, the short novella, of ~20,000 words.

Selected reviews

‘Absolutely fabulous escapism for every girl who dreamed of meeting her prince.’  Michelle Ryles, book blogger.

‘A well-written touch of forbidden romance – and a great ending.’ Being Anne, book blogger

Find out more about Jennifer and her books on our Authors page.

Copyright © Ocelot Press, Jennifer C. Wilson 2018. All rights reserved.