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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. 😀


“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: ‘The Girl with the Roses’.

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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’s 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

Kobo

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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. 🙂

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

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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.

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 😀 * Then just follow the link here or click on the picture below. Any and all downloads/reblogs/reviews gratefully received. Thank you. 🙂

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

Lifting the Veil:
An Algernon Hunter Story

On the Evolution of Stories

13 Jan

Today I’ve been working on trying to finish the short story I had to put on hold a while back. I had the idea in my head I knew where it was heading but I just couldn’t seem to get it down op paper/screen. Or at least I did know where it was going. I started to write one laborious line after another making slow progress, but progress nonetheless. Then I started Continue reading

Blurb – Possibly

25 Jul

This week I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking, planning and arranging things to do with the book and of course that means the dreaded blurb. I know other bloggers have been battling this one lately too. I wrote mine the other day but I haven’t decided if I want to make any changes yet. So, I’ve decided to put it on here to gather some opinions. What do you think?

“What is the source of the strange music that haunts an old manor house each night? What dark secrets lie between the pages of a mysterious book? and who, or what, is responsible for the late night knocking at the door of a country inn?

A homage to the classic ghost story; this collection of six Victorian inspired tales, is filled to the brim with vengeful spirits, mysterious maladies and wondrous happenings.”

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