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Publication Order of Don't Tell the Groom Books

Don't Tell the Groom (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Tell the Boss (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Tell the Brides-to-Be (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Millie Books

as Annabel Scott
Millie and the American Wedding (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Millie and the American University (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Millie and the American Proposal (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good Girlfriend's Guide to Getting Even (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
It Started With A Tweet (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
If We're Not Married by Thirty (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Just Clicked (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man I Didn’t Marry (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Note to Self (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Leap Year (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Don't Tell Penny (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Anna Bell is a romance and chick-lit author who is best known for the novel “Millie and the American Wedding” and the “Don’t Tell the Groom” series. She has said that she is a hopeless romantic and loves nothing more than a happily ever after story. After she unsuccessfully interviewed for “The Apprentice,” she drunkenly told her husband that she would one day publish a novel. Her husband never let her forget and urged her on. Her debut novel was the bestselling “Millie and the American Wedding” that went on to sell more than 35,000 copies and topped the humor and womens’ fiction categories on Amazon. After publishing three books and writing for five years, she decided to quit her museum curator job and become a full-time author. Eight years after she began her journey, she had self-published four under the pseudonym Annabell Scott, and published six the traditional way with Hardman & Swainson. Her novels have been published in audiobook, paperback and ebook formats and have been translated into more than ten languages. Apart from her novels, she also writes “The Secret Dreamworld of an Aspiring Author,” a weekly column for the site

While it does seem as if Anna Bell came out of nowhere, she had quite the writing journey. She started writing romantic comedies when she was still a military museum curator. After trying in vain to get a publisher, she self-published her first novel and when she got a few sales she self-published two more. Her third got the attention of a publisher and an agent and she was off to the races. Now a full-time author, she lives with her husband that she met while mountaineering in Nepal in the true chick-lit style that she writes about. Together they have two children who often try their best to distract her from writing. They currently live in South West France in a tiny village where she does not have to deal with all the distractions of city life. Whenever she has the time, she loves to take her Labrador out for a walk and it is during these walks that she gets over writers’ block, sorts out plot holes, and plans her novels. When she is not writing novels she is looking after her children and watching “How to Get Away with Murder” and “The Americans.” Since she lives in the country, she also has a veggie patch and a kitchen run. She also loves to listen to an eclectic mix of rock and cheese, particularly anything by the “Killers and the Foo Fighters.”

“Don’t Tell the Groom” the first novel of the “Don’t Tell” series by Anna Bell is the story of Penny and her boyfriend Mark. Penny wants to get married but Mark’s life plans are not at that stage yet. While she is waiting for Mark to propose, she decides to beef up her savings for the wedding but in the meantime also gets into online gambling. When Mark finally proposes, Penny finds the wedding fund is looking pretty lean since she has been gambling a lot and is now addicted. In an attempt to save her wedding let alone the decency of the most important occasion in her life, she decides to do something radical. She convinces Mark to let her plan the wedding in a reality TV format in which it would mostly be a surprise. In the process, she learns about how to budget and the true cost of her wedding which expands the scope of the experiment. It is no longer only about marrying Mark but also about a potential wedding planning business. Will she be able to design the perfect wedding despite the financial constraints?

Anna Bell’s “Don’t Tell the Boss “is the sequel to “Don’t Tell the Groom” the first novel of the “Don’t Tell” series. Penny had planned a successful wedding with a constrained budget and in the process learned that she could be a great wedding planner. During the planning, she had started the blog “Princess on a Shoestring” that had become so popular that a ton of brides were now asking her to plan their weddings for a fee. Luckily her zeal for organizing weddings is still strong and she decides to become an organizer just like many of her followers want her to be. It is not long before she has to organize a wedding concurrent with an outing for the staff at the office concurrently. But her new boss and the bride she just took on are proving to be Godzilla and bridezilla respectively. She now has to balance her new wedding business, her career and her new marriage. To make things even more complicated Penny has a new mentee who needs help with a gambling addiction that she had managed to kick. The mentee is a teenager who has so far refused to quit gambling as she does not believe it is a big deal. The novel makes for interesting reading as Penny tries to manage her mentee, her marriage, her boss, and the bride.

“Don’t Tell the Brides-to-Be” the third novel in the “Don’t Tell” series by Anna Bell. Penny’s wedding business “Princess on a Shoestring” is booming that she is getting more bookings than she could handle. Things are going very well in her marriage as Mark is thrilled for her and her marriage seems like it is back on track from the shenanigans of the second novel. But then she meets a rival wedding planner when she attends a wedding fair. Penny learns that in the world of business anything is fair game and her rival is not going to be nice. The rival learns all she can about Penny and then starts targeting her clients seeking to take them for herself. She needs to toughen up if she is to stay in business. But just as Penny is getting used to the competition, things get even more complicated as she gets some news that may just destroy everything she has built. But she is not going to let anything come between her and her business and marriage but this is going to be harder than she had ever imagined.

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