Wrapping up 2017

Time to wrap up another year and stick a bow on it. As years goes, 2017 hasn’t been too bad. I didn’t release a book as I have done for the past six years, but at the last minute I managed to get a new Christmas novella up for pre-order. One Christmas in Snowdonia will be released on February 4th. It shouldn’t had been released until November but my distributors went out of business, and I had no option but to honour the pre orders I had made. So, yes, it has been a mad dash to get it all completed. Here’s the cover.  It’s available from Amazon.



In other news, a new The Town Halloween Forgot novel is underway. It will be the last in the series, so I’m excited to be working on that and will probably be writing well into 2018. Some things cannot be rushed, like my war novel I started two years ago! But I’m almost done with that and hopefully I will find a new home for it next year.



In film news, 2017 has been every exciting. Major distributors have signed on and finance is sorted. It’s actually a lot bigger than I first anticipated so, yes, my mind has blown with it all. I am very much looking forward to 2018 and seeing the project move even more forward.

So here’s my little round up of my writing life this side of 2017 going into 2018.

I wish you all a Happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Kelly x


New Christmas novella



Finally I have a book up for pre-order! Unfortunately it’s not released until next year, but what the heck! Go and grab a bargain for only 99p/c! Available from most online stores.

It’s a romantic comedy with a hint of magical realism like my other book; The Gift of Christmas – which I thoroughly enjoyed writing.


One Christmas in Snowdonia is set in a fictional village in, you guessed it, Snowdonia. Holly has an article to write for the newspaper but inadvertently gets involved with Ben and his uncle’s farm which he is about to lose. Holly discovers the truth about the sale of the farm that could potentially destroy the entire village and its livelihood if it gets sold. But she also uncovers something remarkable about Ben and his past. Will she be able to let go of her own past so they both can create a future together?

You’ll just have to pre-order to see!



New covers and NaNoWriMo

So the past week I have managed to re-do my book covers. Here’s the three for my vampire series The Rise of the New Bloods.  I think they look good now they’ve got a theme going. Do you think?


available from kobo ibooks amazon barnes & noble

Today I also started National Novel Writing month.  I’m aiming to get the first draft of Hallows 3 down. By far it is the hardest book out of the three to write as I know it’s the last in that series. Even though I have a plan, I can never stick to the plan so it’s taken forever. I’m sure you’ll understand, if you’re a writer.

And lastly, I’ve also got a new cover for my short story, Lumiere. It’s a supernatural story (with humour) and it should be available from all online stores very soon.


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Halloween Origins



October 31st marks the start of the long, dark winter nights and the end of the season of light.

Known to many as Halloween, the season has deeper meanings and is often referred to as Samhain and has Pagan origins.

On the eve of October 31st and the month leading up to the night, the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest. It means that communication with the spirit world is much more possible at this time, hence the honouring of our ancestors in our rituals.

This leads me to the term Trick or Treating. Before Halloween became a modern term originating in America, the act of leaving food out was to feed hungry ghosts who would roam the nights, but more importantly, it was an act for feeding the poor.

So why do we wear costumes? The tradition of wearing scary masks/ costumes was to ward off any visitations from evil spirits. Because the veil between worlds was thin, anything could get through, good or evil, so protection was needed.

Like many Pagan traditions, Christianity had incorporated Halloween/Samhain into the  Christian calendar and so, Halloween or Samhain became All Saints on November 1 and All Souls on November 2 and in Latin America the Day of the Dead.

So what of the pumpkins, you may ask? Well, Irish immigrants in America first started using pumpkin lanterns at Halloween to ward off wandering ghosts and a spirit known as ‘Stingy Jack’ – hence the term ‘Jack O’ Lantern’. Although there were no pumpkins in Ireland, the original Jack lanterns were made from potatoes, turnips and beats.

If you look around at the Halloween products in the shops, you will notice two distinctive colours associated with the season, orange and black. Orange and black are the traditional colours of Halloween because orange represents the colour of the harvest and black the winter nights.

So now you know a little more about the true origins of the traditional Halloween and what it still means for me.



NaNoWriMo 2017

Two years ago I took part in the national novel writing month (hosted every November) and completed 17k words in a weekend. Unfortunately I never made the 50k words required to “win” the contest, but I did however have the first draft of what would be my Christmas novella, The Gift of Christmas.

I decided to give it another go this year and work on another Christmas novella I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks. You don’t actually win anything by completing the 50k words, but it’s gives me the motivation to actually get a project finished.

This time, I’m looking to achieve at least 20k words, and I’ll spend the next couple of months editing and revising before sending it off to an editor with a 2018 release.

Comment below if you’re also taking part. I have my pen poised ready to begin…


The Gift of Christmas is now on offer at Amazon, Kobo, Ibooks, and Barnes and Noble for 90p.


Lisa is not the most enthusiastic person when it comes to Christmas but she has her reasons. When she inherits her grandfather’s farm in New York, she takes off from London to work at her dream job in a publishing firm. But little does she know how quickly her life will turn around when weird, synchronistic events and a guy she meets on Twitter steer her towards her life’s true purpose. Will Lisa find her love for Christmas in more ways than one?





Who is Danny Hallows?



When I started writing The Town Halloween Forgot, I never intended for it to become a series.  I just wanted to write a stand alone novel based around the Halloween theme. So when the idea for Aurora came to me, I decided I’d go with it and see how the first draft looked before making a decision to carry on writing with the intent to publish.

In the second novel I wanted to take Danny on an adventure that would enable him to use all his supernatural gifts. For once in his 16 years he is alone on a dangerous mission to retrieve the Stones of Aurora before the evil king Vortigen claims them to control the population of Aecleti.  (For those who are not familiar with the first book, the Aurora stones contain the purest of magic.)

In this book, Danny is still getting used to the idea of being part wolf (from his grandfather’s side) and being, as the witches and warlocks of the world, Aecleti call him, “the boy who was written in the stars.” 

His life was mapped out before birth, as the boy who would help free Aecleti, but even the most powerful wizard, Ambrosius could not have foretold that his mission is only just beginning. And we will find out what this entails in book 3.

Excerpt from chapter two, The Stones of Aurora


December 24th


The cool night air whipped against the skeletal branches of the old, mangled oak at the bottom of the garden. Since Hallowe’en, the ghastly overgrown state, which the garden had succumbed to, had been de-cluttered and preened. Although, to any passing traffic, it still retained its menacing Gothic, feel. Not that many passed the black, crooked house on top of the Willow Creek hill anyway, as most of the time the passers-by would take a detour down Farmer Jenkins’ lane just to avoid it. Now, even with a thin layer of snow, and strings of multi-coloured Christmas lights covering the least attractive features, the building wasn’t done much justice.

A lone brown owl, perched on a branch of the old oak, flicked its inquisitive yellow eyes down at the block of artificial light from the arch-shaped door. A young boy, tall, with shaggy dark hair stood by the doorway; his shadow stretched across the wooden porch. He took a sip of his hot chocolate from a red ceramic mug and leaned against the doorframe, slipping his other hand into the back pocket of his denims. The sweet, mint-flavoured smell rose to his nostrils, encasing his face in hot, thick, chocolaty air, as he stood listening to the other members of the household arguing over what was for dinner.

‘I want pizza,’ Molly, the youngest member of the household yelled, ‘with cheese and sausages on top!’

‘Oh no, not again,’ Danny grumbled to himself, as he picked up his acoustic guitar that was propped against the garden bench. He walked across the porch and leaned over the wooden fence overlooking the garden and the town of Willow below it.

‘Not again, no. I’m making spaghetti, madam!’ Fran yelled back.

‘Wait for it; Molly will change her mind,’ he murmured to himself, amused by the whole conversation.

‘But … but that’s all you cook, Mum. And it is Christmas Eve.’

Danny shook his head, as he knew Molly had already won.

‘She’s done it again – wrapped Mum round her little finger.’ He snickered into his mug, taking another gulp as his gaze fixed on the snowy peaks of the Mystic Mountains beyond the town. The sky was a bruised blue with streaks of pink; the remainder of what had been a sunny, wintry day.

‘No, I do not cook just spaghetti, young lady. You must have a pizza monster living inside your tummy.’

He turned around to glance through the kitchen window. Molly was sitting on the kitchen worktop, her back turned towards him. And Fran was standing in front, with her hands on her hips, not looking pleased she was being outsmarted by a six-year-old.

The usual routine: Molly went on and on until her mother gave in to her demands. Fran threw her hands up in the air in defeat.

‘OK, OK, I’ll make the pizza. Now stop going on.’

Just as he was about to take another sip, there came a scratching sound from across the garden. He lowered the mug from his lips, sensing something watching him. It wasn’t unusual to see the odd dark shadow lurking in corners.

copyright: K.A. Hambly


Danny Hallows is available from Amazon, B&N, Ibooks, Kobo, Googleplay



Hello October! Film news and writing!

So today is October the 1st, my favourite time of year. I thought by now I would’ve been able to tell you the director’s name but we are waiting on some important people to sign on the dotted line first. Once the ink is dried, we’ll be called to sign and then finally, FINALLY I will be able to reveal who is directing. It’s been incredibly difficult to keep quiet, but I’ve done it!

As we approach the end of the year I’ve also realised that is the first time in 6 years I’ve not published anything. In the 6 years I’ve been writing and publishing I’ve managed to get out at least two novels and countless short stories for anthologies per year, so the slowing down is doing me some good. That doesn’t mean I’ve not been writing, oh no. I have at least two novels on my PC that need finishing. One of which I want to find a decent publisher to take it on. So maybe that will be next year’s goal.  I think it’s so important to set yourself goals. Anything is possible in life. Maybe one day I’ll have a book sitting on Waterstone’s shelf – ya never know! 🙂

Hope you have a fantastic October

Happy Halloween



Halloween Reads!

As most of you reading this will know already, I love Halloween. And since October 31st is only weeks away (crazy, right?)  I thought I’d share some of the work I’ve written with a friend of mine, Kensington Gore.

It wasn’t until this morning when a Facebook memory from 4 years ago appeared in my news feed that I remembered this Halloween collection we did 4 years ago! 4 years! Unbelievable. Hope you will get the chance to give them a read. They are on the humorous side and relatively short. If you have Kindleunlimited, they are free!

Thanks for reading


Halloween Collection


Seasoning of The Witch


Slaying The Dragon

Film Update

Many of you will know, or may have read online for the past two years that I am making a film based off my self-published YA novel, The Town Halloween Forgot.

I can now share with you that the project has funding, a scriptwriter and most importantly a director.  (I may have told you this before)

Things are moving pretty quickly now, and whilst I can’t divulge the name of the director at this very moment, keep your eyes peeled on my social media in the coming few months. You may be surprised. I certainly was.

I will also be blogging about my film journey on here and over on Twitter @celtic_nimueh and if I am able to do so, I will  get you all in on the film action via live feed so you can personally be part of this adventure of mine.

It’s an exciting time for me and I want to thank those who have stuck by me on this and my writing projects over the years (you know who you are)

Remember, dreams can come true (with a bit of hard work, I may add)

Wishing you all love and light





Film Meeting

So I went to Cardiff on Monday to meet the producer and scriptwriter and got the best news ever. An award winning director is directing my movie, The Town Halloween Forgot (movie title may change) If I can name him publicly, I’ll re-edit this post! 🙂

It will go into production sometime next year and will be released in 2019! I can’t wait to be on set or find out who is playing my characters especially Danny, as I named the character after my son. Super exciting. I’ll keep you all up to date with news as I get it.


Kelly x