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A Short Story Involving Cats, Ghosts, Wardrobes, & Housekeeping

A Gobbelino London PI short story, set in Whitby just before the events of A Menace of Mermaids, and just after a Worry of Weres.

Lovely people, are you ready for me to demonstrate why I should never be an audiobook artist? And also prove that I’ve never had to say ‘voluminous’ out loud and therefore have no idea how it’s actually pronounced?

Yes? Then good! I have just the thing for you …

We’re into launch week for Gobbelino London & a Menace of Mermaids – only two days until things start getting a bit salty and piratical around here! I mean, not that they haven’t already – you can read the first two chapters here (chapter one) and here (chapter two) if you fancy a sneak peek and/or aren’t too sure about this whole mermaid thing. (But be warned – my mermaids, rather like my unicorns, are not … typical …)

But you came here for a short story, didn’t you?

Then we should get right down to it. Grab a cuppa – and possibly a broom – and make yourself comfortable. It’s time for a little …

Housekeeping – a Gobbelino London short story

I don’t know why I’ve got a ‘get your hands up’ pose in the still, but I promise I’m not going to dance. No one needs to see that.

Lovely people, I hope so much that you enjoyed my weird little tale. As mentioned, you can get your own copy via the link in the back of Gobbelino London & Menace of Mermaids, and then you don’t have to listen to me trip over words and fail miserably at voices.

Not pre-ordered your copy yet? Still want mermaids splashing into your ereader first thing Friday? No problems!

Get your copy from Amazon

Get your copy at other retailers

You should also see via those links that the paperbacks are now available to order at Amazon, and should be showing up very soon at other retailers if they haven’t already. Or, of course, you can ask your friendly local bookshop to order a copy in for you. And if you don’t have a friendly local bookshop but would like to support indie bookshops generally, is a great option for buying print books.

And one final thing! As I also mentioned in the vid, I’m going to do a little Q&A in the Facebook group on Friday. I’ll share the vid to the page once we’re done, but if you’d like to join the group before then the link is here. Obviously we have lots of time differences going on, but I’ll be doing the chat at 6pm local time (Paris time – you should be able to find the local time for you at this link). If you have any questions you’d like me to cover, please pop them below, or let me know via the pinned post in the group.

Really, please ask me questions. It’s going to be very embarrassing if I have to make them up myself …

Until then – happy reading, lovely people!

books, Gobbelino, Gobbelino London, reading, reading aloud, short stories, videos, writing

  1. Kathy says:

    That was fun! Thank you for venturing into unknown territory and reading to us!

    1. Kim says:

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 😁

  2. Pat says:

    Delightful! Thx!

    1. Kim says:

      Thanks so much Pat – I’m so glad you liked it!

  3. JoAnn Abbott says:

    I just finished the Menace of Mermaids and popped over here to listen to the short story. Both were delightful. When I read “No baby goats” I had to stop for a coup0le of minutes to smile and remember how very much I loved Gobbelinos fun turns of phrase from the past books. Then I ran into him saying “No fuzzy nudibranch legs” and….I am stumped. What does it mean?

    1. Kim says:

      Hi JoAnn – sorry for the delay, but I only just found your comment now! I’m so glad you enjoyed both Mermaids and the short story – that’s wonderful to hear. And thank you for taking the time to let me know!

      As far as “No fuzzy nudibranch legs” … I have to admit that my mind often comes out with things that make sense to me while writing, but that I have no logical explanation for. Basically it was a marine twist on “no baby goats”, and as goats have fluffy legs and nudibranchs often look gloriously fluffy, my subconscious evidently felt it was a reasonable connection. One that I really should have looked at more closely in rewrites!

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