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24 Jul

It has been a bit quite on my social media throughout winter/spring and I am now emerging wondering if anyone still remembers me. Back in October, I began the final module for my Open University degree. With the classification of my degree riding on this last year I decided I needed to focus my effort primarily on finishing my degree to the best of my ability.

My first novella, written over the summer and awaiting further edits, was put to one side. I took off my writer’s hat and fastened on my student’s hat.

Fast forward to last week and the degree results are in and my new book is ready to face the world. I am now the proud recipient of a BA Honours in Humanities (Creative Writing) 2:1 with a new novella waiting to be published!

2.1 is what I was aiming for so I was delighted when the results came in. While I was waiting for the results of my end of module assessment I had managed to half convince myself that I had failed it, that I had written the worst essay the examiners would ever have seen, that they would be shaking their heads at how I had the nerve to submit something so disastrous. Imagine in my relief when I got my results back and I’d scored the equivalent of an A and secured my 2:1 classification.

In regards to the novella, I am currently waiting for word from Feedaread that my book is ready to print and go live. In the meantime, the eBook is now available for pre-order with a release date of 18th August.

Below are the details for the new book. I’d be thrilled if you checked it out. ūüėÄ

“It was to be a summer of storms.”

A dark supernatural tale of love, obsession and power.

At the haunted auctions of Thornhill and Swift, where artefacts of the ghostly and the macabre are bought and sold, we learn of the statue entitled: ‚ÄėThe Girl with the Roses‚Äô.


Charlotte Salt has always dreamt of marrying for love but when she receives a proposal she realises that romance isn’t always the deciding factor in the Victorian marriage market.

Married to the eligible but secretive George Avery, she finds herself cut off from her family and friends when her husband takes her to live in his isolated Derbyshire home.

Trapped in a loveless marriage, she finds her thoughts turning towards her brother‚Äôs newly returned friend, the handsome Charles Jameson. In failing health and increasingly troubled by strange sights and sounds, she cannot help recalling Jameson’s mysterious warning: “be on your guard.” What danger did he foresee?

As dark forces surround her, she contemplates the fate of her predecessor. What happened to the first Mrs Avery?

In a summer of storms, can anyone save her from the shadows?

A Gothic horror novella from the author of A Spirited Evening and Other Stories and The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories.

Read A Review Of –The Girl With The Roses: A Tale From The Haunted Auctions.

Where to Buy:

Amazon US

Amazon UK



What’s on the Horizon

25 Aug


Hello, all. Things have been a little quiet, empty and forlorn over here since I moved most of my reviews over to my other blog. I had intended to use this blog for the more free and relaxed life orientated posts. However, it turns out not a lot actually happens in my life *insert pity here*.

Seriously though, what is happening at the moment? This summer I finished studying my penultimate course towards my Open University degree. World U214 Worlds of English. Not my favourite course and there were others I would have preferred to take but circumstances dictated. It’s over and done with ad I’m looking toward my next course, my final module for my Humanities (Creative Writing pathway) BA.

The last course is one I’m quite excited about: A330 Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds.

course books

My Set Texts for A330 Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Excuse the out of focus shot. I took it in poor light on my mobile.

I have always loved mythology so this is one I’ve been looking forward to. I confess, though, that I am really nervous about getting the grade of pass that I want. If I don’t get the grade of pass I want I wont get the degree classification I want. Unfortunately, there have been a couple of my courses, and one in particular, that didn’t go brilliantly. so I have to do that bit better this time to make up for it. These are goals I’ve set myself, for my own sense of achievement, but as we all know we can be our own harshest critics.

The course doesn’t start until 1st October but they are sending the course material in about 2 weeks time. You know, because they like to give you plenty of time to get into a really good panic before the course begins ;). It’s actually quite handy because you can get a head start on the reading.


What else is new? Well, the horror anthology project I am part of has just gone on sale for pre-orders of the hardback. I’m also due to have a story featured early in the new season of The Wicked Library. (In September I think.)

In November I’m also making my debut in The Lift podcast. My story is episode 1 of season 2, the first one after the Halloween special. For those who don’t know The Lift is a podcast about a strange building that calls to people who need to make a choice. Inside they are met by Victoria a little Victorian girl with a music box who guides them on their journey in her lift.

So, all in all, it’s shaping up to be an active autumn/winter season. ūüôā

The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories – Cover Reveal

14 Aug

Here it is the brand new cover of The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories

Drumroll please


Ta Da!

Book Cover

Across the Finish Line

13 Aug

Well folks it’s been a hell of a year; ups and downs and merry-go-rounds. But finally I’ve done it. I’ve finished writing my second book. I’ve still got to give¬†two of the stories a¬†thorough proofreading etc. but the worst/best bit is over. Admittedly some of the stories were published earlier in a smaller volume but they never really sold so I’m not counting them :p

I am disappointed to not be able to release¬†a paperback this time¬†or a second edition paperback for my first book so I’ve decided on a compromise.¬†Book two will come out only on Kindle for now but I have decided, all being well, that I will release the combined volume made up of both books as a paperback only. That way all the stories are available on Kindle and in paperback but I only have to worry about the cost of one paperback.

To celebrate this milestone and being one step nearer to publication I am planning on doing a couple of cover reveals, one tomorrow and one next week. Stay tuned folks.

New Blogs

22 Jul

I haven’t written a blog post for a while but I have a good reason. I’ve been making some changes to my blog lately. I recently signed up for a webwriting course and one of the things they advise is having a blog that acts like¬†a portfolio for you writing; it makes sense. This blog has always been more of a diary type blog. I’ve always done reviews but I’ve also discussed my self publishing journey from a more informal, personal standpoint. Which brings me to the changes I’ve been making.

I’ve¬†decided to separate the more personal stuff from the serious articles and reviews. I’ve exported my various reviews¬†and articles with slight alternations¬†to this blog¬†. I’d appreciate it if you’d follow me there too. I’ll still be blogging here about my self publishing experiences and life and study but I’ll be keeping the more formal posts on my I’ve also started to post my book reviews on a dedicated blog of their own over at the opposition¬†.

I hope I’ll be seeing some of you over at the new blogs soon ūüôā

Free Book Giveaway

13 May

Ladies and gentlemen in honour of this weeks Twitter Fiction Festival I have decided to make my new short story Lifting the Veil Available for free today. So if anyone wants to check it out and even leave me a review *insert winning smile here ūüėÄ * Then just follow the link here¬†or click on the picture below. Any and all downloads/reblogs/reviews gratefully received.¬†Thank you. ūüôā

Lifting the Veil: An Algernon Hunter Story by K.B Goddard

Lifting the Veil:
An Algernon Hunter Story

Proofreading and Editing Your Own Work

1 May

Hello all. Today I though I’d write a follow up to my earlier post in which I confessed to some of the mistakes I made and problems I encountered in my self publishing journey. You can read the post here if you’re interested. This post is part update and part advice. I want to share my experiences and what I’ve learned in the hope other writers in my position will get something out of it; you can learn from my mistakes.

I’ve been looking at my options for future books and deciding if I can afford editing and proofreading. If I was still in my day job I might well¬†have risked the investment this time but unfortunately things didn’t work out that way; as I had already committed to buying two books covers from an old college friend before I¬†had to leave¬†my job it might not be something I can afford to do, no matter how useful it would be. I’m considering my options.

This dilemma got me thinking though. I can’t be the only hopeful writer with a dream and a zero budget. So what can you do if you can’t afford professional services? Below are my tips, things I’ve found useful in my own work. Obviously I am writing from the point of view of a short story writer, which I believe to some extent makes things easier. Novel writers can still benefit from these but because a novel by its nature has more plotlines and characters it may be a more difficult task.

1) Get a good¬†book on basic grammar if your skills are rusty. When I was studying creative writing at the Open University one book they advised us to get was ‘The Student’s Guide to Writing’ by John Peck and Martin Coyle.¬†It has lots of good advice on grammar punctuation, and spelling. It also has sections on commonly misspelled words. It’s accessibly¬†written and¬†doesn’t try to complicate things. I find this one really handy when I get in a muddle and need to check something quickly. Ironically though its advice on quotation marks does contradict what the OU’s creative writing books teach. Incidentally the OU’s first creative writing book has sections on editing, which you may find useful if you can stretch to it.

2) Write your first draft by hand. I don’t mean write the entire book by hand first, just one story or chapter at a time, unless you really want to do it that way in which case go for it! I found this very helpful. In fact this made the biggest difference to me. I did this for ‘Mysterious Tales’¬† and, although I don’t claim it was completely error free first time, it certainly helped. When you’re in the writing mood the chances are your brain is focussing on the words and not the technicalities. It’s easy to catch the wrong key or to use a homophone by mistake.

When you are typing up your work from a handwritten original it’s different. (I don’t know why there’s probably some science behind it.) When you’re¬†copying you’re having to take your time. You’re not caught up¬†in the spontaneity of creating and you’re not staring¬†at a screen full of¬†sentences you’re too familiar with to see the errors in them; instead, you are concentrating on the practical task of copying. It is at this point that the clumsy punctuation or poorly arranged sentences really¬†jump out at you. This method also has the advantage of providing your first edit. Obviously this wont catch everything, especially if you make substantial edits later, but it just might help.

There is of course something else you can try; it’s one of the first things most people usually¬†recommend, to ask friends and family for help. This is¬†ok, but I know it isn’t always an option. In my own experience I found that although there were some people happy to buy the book to support my efforts offers of help in production of the book were less forthcoming. This isn’t a criticism; people are busy with their own lives. Perhaps they don’t want the responsibility.

There is also another factor at work here; if you are completely clueless about grammar and punctuation it’s quite possible your friends will be too. When I was at school they really didn’t teach us about grammar. I even wrote a blog post on the subject. So finding someone with the skills to help isn’t always easy. If you have a friend or family member who is willing to help and has a good grasp of spelling, grammar, and punctuation take advantage of their offer.

Even if they aren’t so good at the technical side they can still tell you if parts of your story aren’t working or don’t make sense. Of course you should remember¬†you can’t guarantee they will be as ¬†brutally honest with you as you need¬† them to be, because after all they don’t want to hurt your feelings.

What are your tips for self editing? Do you find handwriting your first draft helps? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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