Alison R Reed (also writing as Marianna Bell and Michael N Allison)


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A Key for Hannah (Marianna Bell)

Posted by alisonreed on July 6, 2015 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It's taken, I don't know quite how many years, but at long last 'A Key for Hannah' is now available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats! There are 324 pages of Regency adventure (with some romance thrown in too) that cover Hannah's quest to recover her memory as she travels around Wales and the Black Country.

It's available at £7.99 for the paperback and £3.15 for the ebook - so please, sit back and...

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Posted by alisonreed on January 9, 2015 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, that was an incredible year!

As Secretary of Walsall Writers' Circle, I oversaw the conception through to final publication of the second anthology of work from members of the Circle. 'Winter Festivals' is an attractive looking book with many excellent stories, memoirs, articles and poems and is certainly worth picking up from Amazon. At a very manageable £4....

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May 2013

Posted by alisonreed on May 6, 2013 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, at least some of my wishes have come true!

The Barcroft book was out in time for Christmas; the book for Walsall Writers' Circle ('Satchells, Inkwells and Milk Monitors') was also out for Christmas and received a good review from Mike Pearson of The Blackcountryman; however, sales of my ebook of short stories are not very good, but then I haven't really advertisied it so perhaps that's my own fault!  If you're interested it's called 'Winter Shorts' and is published by Lulu.

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October 2012

Posted by alisonreed on October 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Here's an update on my writing.  Leslie and Ischi, the diary book that I've been working on for several years, has been published in paperback, unfortunately it is at a prohibitively expensive price so I'm keeping it mainly for family and friends.  For it to be a viable venture I'm considering turning it into a novel-type format, so that's going to take a bit longer to complete!

I've issued my first proper ebook - Winter Shorts, a small book of short ...

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17th February 2012 - addendum

Posted by alisonreed on February 17, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello again

It's been a busy day today.  Several more pages have been added, including excerpts from Sutton Coldfield, A History and Celebration (which has been re-issued) and also from the Leslie and Ischi book that I've been working on for several years.

You will find some more photos in the photo gallery, they're from our trip round Europe in summer 2011.



February 2012

Posted by alisonreed on February 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Oh dear!  I didn't realise that I hadn't updated my website for a year.  Where does the time go?

Anyway, I am correcting that omission now.  A new section has been added - NANW - which shows some of the articles that I've written for the Neighbourhood Watch magazine.  

An update on my writing.  I mentioned sometime ago that I was putting together a book about my parents using the letters that they wrote just after WW2.  Well, at long last I have uploa...

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December 2010

Posted by alisonreed on December 15, 2010 at 5:49 PM Comments comments (0)


I'm shocked!  I realised that I hadn't blogged for a while - but six months...  Anyway, lots of things have been happening, I've left one temporary job, completed another, and am now juggling two placements at the same time.  We've had a wonderful weekend in London, been to a ballet (first one!), and I'm really chuffed to say that I've had a few acceptances, including letter of the month in the prestigious Linux Format (under a pen-name).


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29 June 2010

Posted by alisonreed on June 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello again

Well, the wedding was a great success!  The Pasha of Taff and I turned up in costume for the medieval banquet accompanied by the Pasha's bodyguard and our serving wench!  The weather in Somerset was glorious which was all the more surprising because the week before had not been very good at all.  The bride, groom and best man wore costume for the ceremony in the Tenants' Hall of Dunster Castle and being champion archers, they exited under an arch o...

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28 May 2010

Posted by alisonreed on May 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM Comments comments (0)

Well!  I had two acceptances yesterday - one in the new Barnardos book, 'Things Kids Say' and the second was on with a version of 'A Rocky Adventure'.   I must admit I was as chuffed as could be!  It's been a while since I've had an acceptance, and the reason for that is because I haven't sent off much recently so I shouldn't be very surprised, should I?  The thing is, I'm concentrating on a few other things at the moment, one of which is putting toget...

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28 April 2010

Posted by alisonreed on April 28, 2010 at 5:23 PM Comments comments (0)

If you're new to my website, welcome!  I hope you enjoy reading my stories and articles.  There's not a lot here yet, but they're coming - albeit slowly!

I have finished the photos for Turkey and I can honestly say it was a fabulous place to visit.  It's on my very short list of places to go to for a second time.  Usually if I've been somewhere I'm not particularly fussed in going back but Turkey is so big that I could happily go back several times and st...

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