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Green Snakes, Quarantine, & a Melee of Mages

In which I read you a short story that explains how Green Snake got his name. His real one, that is …

So, look, I know it’s book chat day. And I am going to talk about a book. Well, a bit.

Mostly, though, I’m going to talk about green snakes and the naming of them, but that totally relates to books. And not just because Green Snake is a character in the Gobbelino London books. No, there’s more to it than that. Which you’ll discover if you watch the video (see what I did there? That was a flawless segue into the video, right? Maybe? Eh).

I do, of course, have other books to chat about, since the trip home to NZ always necessitates the reading (and sometimes DNF-ing) of many books. But it’s really hard to focus on them when A Melee of Mages is out this Friday, and I’m immensely excited to be sharing the newest adventures of Gobs and Callum (and Green Snake) with you.

This Friday. This Friday. At which point I will also be out of the quarantine hotel and able to go and celebrate with a nice chai latte on oat milk, at an actual cafe. Maybe even in the sun, if the weather cooperates. And likely with cake. In fact, almost certainly.

This is how I party, people.

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I am okay with this.

Now, you don’t have to listen to this short story. If you’re a newsletter subscriber you may have already read it anyway, and if you pick up a copy of A Melee of Mages you’ll find a link in the back so you can pop over and read it from there. But then you’ll miss out on me mispronouncing the names of my own books and not being able to find the start of the story, so it’s just not the same, is it?

And now I will get out of the way and let you get on with a little video watching (or listening). And I apologise for the blinding whiteness of the room. It really doesn’t seem that bright in real life, but now I’m looking at in the video I seem to be sitting in some sort of spa? Which I wasn’t. The quarantine hotel is nice enough, but a spa it is not. Despite the fact that it’s in Rotorua and I can smell the hot springs the whole time …

Watch on, lovely people!

And, of course, if you’d like to read the first two chapters of A Melee of Mages, you can do that – chapter one is right here, and a link to chapter two is at the bottom of the page.

Or you can go right ahead and nab your pre-order in ebook or paperback here. And then you’ll have the tale of Green Snake too. Which did start life as a newsletter-exclusive short story, of which there will be more – irregularly, admittedly, but they will keep coming! So you may want to get yourself on the newsletter if you haven’t already – jump across to sign up here, and you’ll get a collection of feline-themed short stories, plus more free stories sent through over the next few weeks.

Now, over to you, lovely people – would you ever consider having a resident snake? Have you ever had a resident snake? Or it that a hard, hard no for you? Let me know your snake-related thoughts below!

(And, as mentioned in the vid, if you’ve not started the Gobbelino series yet, here’s the link to book one – enjoy!)


“We’ll do it,” Callum said.

“Of course we will,” I said. “Why would we not stalk the scary magician who might be trying to raise his son from the dead? For free?”

Like it or not, when a sorcerer asks you to track a magician, you track a magician. It’s that or spend life as a hamster. So we did.

But, turns out, the scary magician is the least of our worries. Between raging squirrel mobs, My Little Ravenous sewer monsters, and bungalow-dwelling necromancers with a good line in attack dogs, it’s all we can do to keep ourselves the right side of dead.

And that’s before we stumble onto something far more sinister. Something that makes one dead son look like small carrots. Something that’s going to raise an ancient almost-god and bring the world to its knees.

Unless G&C London, Yorkshire’s premier magical PIs – well, only magical PIs – can stop it first.

We definitely should’ve charged for this one…

Get your copy now!

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  1. Carolyn says:

    Yes, I think I like snakes. We don’t have much to do with them in the UK but I had some interesting encounters living in Maryland. On one occasion I had a copperhead sunning itself on my front path (step around carefully) which my French-Canadian neighbour kindly picked up and put in the wood. We sometimes saw rattlers and I was warned to stay away from the pool in front of the apartment as it was full of water moccasins. I didn’t bother them and they didn’t bother me. Thank you for reading the story – it’s delightful and we are glad we helped.

    1. Kim Watt says:

      That may be a little too much snakiness for me! The carpet python over the door was close enough quarters, and I’d have been very disappointed not to be able to swim because the snakes had taken over … But I think that’s the best way forward, isn’t it – they don’t bother you, you don’t bother them. I think we could go a long way in life with that philosophy. 😉 And even if no one else around him manages to understand Green Snake’s new name, he will be Sidney Percival Snakespeare (the third) to me. I love it!

  2. MARIE CORDALIS says:

    So glad you’re out and about and almost free 🙂 Have so much fun while you’re there!
    I’ve actually had exposure to snakes everywhere I’ve lived and I love them. Yes there are dangerous ones but I feel like if you respect them and their boundaries ( and believe me, they make them known) then it’s live and let live.
    No matter how hard I try I can’t think of Green Snake by any other name. So to me, I think he’ll always be Green Snake and I really loved seeing more of his personality in “Melee of Mages).
    As always, the second I finish a book of yours I start anxiously waiting for the next. No Pressure 😉
    Love the newsletters! They help tide me over til the next book.

    1. Kim Watt says:

      I think that’s the thing with so much wildlife – we’re encroaching on them, so it’s only fair that we should give them the space they require. Although, I may have felt differently had that carpet python actually turned up with a Little Furry Muse-sized lump in his belly… (And keeping Layla away was no mean feat. I had thought she’d instinctively stay clear of a two metre+ snake, but no. Her response was “I WILL DESTROY YOU!”)

      And everyone around Green Snake is very resistant to learning his name. I fear he may remain Green Snake for the foreseeable future… And thank you so much, both on the waiting for books and the newsletter! That’s wonderful to hear, and very encouraging. I’ll be back at the keyboard after the weekend (or before) – I’m currently sitting in my hotel room waiting impatiently for the army (!) to come and say I can leave. Much excitement!

  3. JoAnn Abbott says:

    I love his new name! I have also loved snakes since I was a girl, and was the only one is Girl Scouts willing to hold a snake we were being shown at Girl Scout camp. My grandson has a snake, a Ball Python, very pretty, who lives in my basement where my daughter and her family live.
    Did you ever get the dragon scales I sent?

    1. Kim says:

      It was such a perfect name (I can’t remember if I mentioned in the video that two readers came up with it – I was so taken with it)! I just wish I could get my characters to start using it. Maybe in the next book …

      And how lovely that you have a resident snake! That must be very cool – I always find them such fascinating creatures.

      The dragon scales are in the UK! I did email to say thank you so much – I hope that didn’t go awol. Thank you again anyway! I’m just waiting to either get someone to ship another box out, or to go back and sort all my belongings out, or some other plan before I can get hold of them. I can’t wait to see them!

      1. JoAnn Abbott says:

        Arrrrrgh! How COULD you! Nice authors don’t put out! (Only half a story that is). No spoilers but I got to the end the Worry and found a LOT more worries! Like where is the rest of the story, eh? I have a dozen questions but they might spoil things for others.

        Better be a LOT of fresh fish, SOON for poor Gobs. Hmph 0342 just finished the book and I can’t even slam the covers of an ebook *leaves muttering*

        1. Kim says:

          Hi JoAnn – I’m so sorry the book disappointed you! That’s no good at all. My intention wasn’t to create a cliffhanger, but to answer the central question of the story (find the dentist) while strengthening the ongoing threads leading into the following books. As things get tighter for Gobs and Callum these story threads definitely get tougher for them to ignore or evade, and are too big to be tied up in one book. I’ll absolutely understand if you decide to return the book. I hate to think you didn’t enjoy it!

          1. Carolyn+Saunders says:

            I was delighted to have a cliffhanger as there are too many unanswered questions for one book. As somebody famous said “Leave ’em wanting more”

          2. Kim says:

            Thanks Carolyn! I’m glad you liked it 😁

          3. JoAnn Abbott says:

            Of course I’m not gonna return it, that would be silly.

            Just gonna bug you every month for the next one…

          4. Kim says:

            Well, that’s okay then …

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