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What to read after reading The Bellamy Bird? Go to The Bellamy Bird page for some ideas...

Thanksgiving Sale!


Writer's Block and The Bellamy Bird are now ON SALE on Amazon! The ebooks are currently $2.99 each down from $3.50! Perfect timing for some Holiday reading for when you are curled up on the couch watching the snow falling outside!  
Another five star review on Amazon for The Bellamy Bird! Carolynfromoz wrote 'This is an excellent children's/YA adventure story also enjoyed by this older reader...heaps of adventure and sleuthing for young and old. Lots of good fun'.

Thanks Carolynfromoz! 
If you have not already posted a review on Amazon for A Bella Street Mystery: The Secret Formula, Doc Gutson's Revenge, The Bellamy Bird or Writer's Block please head over to Amazon now and do so! I am aiming for 100 reviews of each title as it all helps with the mighty Amazon algorithms! THANK YOU so much for your support! If you have not yet read one of my books or are missing one from your collection, please email me at info@BellaStreetMysteries.com and I will gift you an ebook copy of the title of your choice! 
Thanks to my FB friend and authoress extraordinaire Nancy Naigle for alerting me to the fact that you can now add authors to your 'Favorites' list in order to be notified of new releases. Sounds like a good idea! Click here for my Amazon Author page! Don't forget you can also sign up for my monthly newsletter for more in-depth info about each of my series – click here to sign up!


Thank you!


...to the 758 Goodreads members that entered to win one of ten copies of the paperback of The Bellamy Bird, a book that author Julia Jones has said is in the 'School of Ransome'! The winners come from as diverse places as Arizona and Prince Edward Island and I am thrilled to send out the books to you. I hope you enjoy reading The Bellamy Bird as much as I enjoyed writing it! 


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Bellamy Bird by Clare Havens

The Bellamy Bird

by Clare Havens

Giveaway ends November 10, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win
There are ten free paperback copies of The Bellamy Bird up for grabs on Goodreads from midnight Saturday November 8th until midnight Monday November 10th! Good luck!

I am thrilled to announce that the paperback version of The Bellamy Bird is now available on the CreateSpace Store and will be for sale on Amazon in the next couple of days! Many thanks for all the kind reviews! Don't forget to sign up to my monthly newsletter to keep up to date and to find out about free ebooks! 

'A magical book!' Liz, Amazon

I recently joined The Arthur Ransome Society, driven by my love of Swallows and Amazons. In one of their publications I read a book review of The Salt-Stained Book by Julia Jones which is part one of The Strong Winds series of Ransome-inspired adventures set in the modern day. 

I was very excited to come across this series which promised to be a similar genre to my book The Bellamy Bird and I was not disappointed! The Salt-Stained Book is a wonderful adventure story that will thrill fans of Swallows and Amazons but which will also be very popular with children who have never sailed and who have not read any Arthur Ransome books. Of particular delight to me was the fact the the story was set exactly where I grew up, literally the same reservoir where I learned to sail an Optimist (Alton Water) and the River Stour which I could see from my bedroom window and where my siblings and I used to 'mud-skate' and row tiny pontoons! I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an adventurous heart and/or a love of the books of Arthur Ransome and other children's books written in the 1920s and 30s. Read my five star Amazon review here.

Another reason I was so pleased to come across Julia Jones' writing is that she is an expert on the works of crime writer Margery Allingham (one of my all-time favourite authors, along with PG Wodehouse, DL Sayers and Agatha Christie) and her family. I will be reading Julia's Allingham books as soon as I finish The Strong Winds series.

I am hoping to ask Julia to allow me to interview her for this site and I will certainly be doing a Salt-Stained Book giveaway in the coming months!

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    Clare lived for many years on a street in Manhattan just like the street where Bella lives. She now lives on a high cliff next to a lighthouse in Australia but luckily doesn't have to walk too far to buy bagels.

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