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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



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

Book Haul Delivered

12 Mar

New books!Look what got delivered this afternoon. Oh goody. You know as convenient as my Kindle is I get to miss paperbacks. I just love the feel and the smell of them. I like to gaze at the covers adoringly. It’s just not the same on a screen. Actually¬† I¬†¬†only got my ereaders because I don’t really have room for more paperbacks. Don’t get me wrong though, I can’t fault ereaders for supplying me with large quantities of FREE classic fiction. Free because it’s out of copyright. Oh yeah, there’s a lot to be said for classic fiction. Still a paperback doesn’t go flat when you’re getting to the good bit. On balance¬† think I have room n my life for both.

I say I don’t have room for more paperbacks but I’ve just entered¬†a Waterstones card holder competition to win 80 books. 80 book!!! Imagine if I won where would I put them all? What a nice problem that would be.



Book Haul

8 Mar

Hello all! Following on from yesterday’s post I thought I’d start off by sharing my book haul with you, which frankly is bigger than I intended (oops). Any how, I’ve just noticed,¬†rather appropriately it being international women’s day and all, that barring¬† Neil Gaiman and¬† Dan Brown all the other books on the list are by women!


So what did I buy? I decided to get Akarnae¬† by fellow blogger Lynette Noni who’s journey many wordpress bloggers have been following. I treated myself to a couple of Susan Hill books for the spook factor, Printer’s Devil Court and The Small Hand. Then I got Inferno by Dan Brown, even though I haven’t read The Lost Symbol yet. I got The Shakespeare Curse by J.L Carrell, which is a sequel to The Shakespeare¬†Secret which I read ages ago, about a serial killer who bases¬†their murders on Shakespeare plays.¬†I need to re read that before I read the sequel to jog my memory! Then came Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.¬†¬†(It’s got Library in the title, so yeah). I have also got a couple of unread paperbacks still knocking around and some epubs on my Sony ereader that I haven’t read yet so looks like I’ll be busy. Hopefully I’ll get around to reviewing some or all of them in due course. ūüôā



When It Comes To Books, Is Bigger Better?

30 May

When I first decided I wanted to publish my work I was going to publish it just as an eBook. With this as my aim I decided on three short stories to make up my book. Then I decided it was going to be a paperback and that meant it needed to be longer. In paperback format it would be more of a pamphlet than a book if it only had three stories. Since then I have been working to get enough stories to make a respectably sized book.

At the moment I’m working on story number six. It doesn’t sound like many for the amount of time it’s taken ,but I’ve never been a quick writer and I’ve had a lot to contend with. I had intended to do more, but I’m starting to feel that I want to move on from this project. I don’t want to keep ploughing on with the same project until I lose interest, it’ll only come across in my work. Besides I’m really testing the water with this project; there’s no point forcing myself to continue writing something for the sake of making the book bigger when I don’t know yet how people will feel about my stories. I can always do another collection later if I feel this one is received well enough.

I’m hoping once this latest story is completed the book will come out at around 130-140 pages; at least, that’s what I’m hoping for. I might change my mind and get to seven stories, as I have a few half formed ideas and drafts floating around. But unless I get a more fully formed plot for them they probably wont make this collection.

How do you feel about the size of books? Does the size matter less when it’s a collection of short stories than it does in a novella/novel?

I suppose I could just make the font larger ūüėõ

The Literary Anti-Climax

5 Feb

Don’t you hate it when you’re within site of the end of a book, you rush¬†to finish, to find the big explanation¬†you’ve been waiting¬†for….. And then the book’s over and you are still non the¬†wiser? I mean it’s one step up from ¬†‘and then I woke up’ but it’s still pretty Frustrating.

I’ve just finished a book (I might review it later ūüėŹ) and there are loose ends¬†flapping¬†in the breeze like bunting. Don’t spend an entire book going: ‘This is important. Take note of this.’ Then at the end of the book say ‘yeah I decided not to tell you about that.’ Don’t leave orphaned plot points.

Don’t get me wrong; a bit of mystery and ambiguity is good. Leaving enough subtle hints for the reader to draw their own conclusions is fine. Completely unexplained phenomena are just disappointing.

What To Read In 2014

21 Jan

I’m hoping to keep track of what I’ve read again this year but first I’ve been making a list of some of the books I’ve got and haven’t read yet. These will probably make up my 2014 reading list but it’s subject to change. Here’s my to read list so far:

  1. House Of Echoes by Barbara Erskine
  2. The Chemickal Marriage by G.W Dahlquist
  3. The Man In The Picture by Susan Hill
  4. The Mist In The Mirror by Susan Hill
  5. The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell
  6. The Ninth Circle by Alex Bell
  7. The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
  8. The House By The Church-Yard by J.S Le Fanu
  9. The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
  10. The Woman In White By Wilkie Collins
  11. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  12. The Uninhabited House by Charlotte Riddell (J.H Riddell)
  13. Ghostly Tales Volume 3 by J.S Le Fanu
  14. Ghostly Tales Volume 4 by J.S Le Fanu
  15. Ghostly Tales Volume 5 by J.S Le Fanu
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