Emma Kathryn

Emma is rather tiny and slightly mad. She welcomes you to her blog...

Saturday, 8 December 2012

The Glitter and The Trauma Update.

It's been an odd year.  This time last December, I was doodling ideas about a superhero story with a girl fighting shadowy creatures in a nightclub.  Now I'm typing up the script for issue 2 of the comic book series about the same superhero.  It's a strange feeling.
It's been a while since I've posted on here about TGATT, so I think an update is long overdue.

The script for issue #1 is complete and artist, Pablo Ventura, is working his way through pencilling out the pages.  Digital artist, Adam Turner, is also at work on colours and lettering.  All in all, issue #1 is coming along great and hopefully we should have something complete to show off soon.  As a little teaser, Pablo leaked page 1 of issue 1 on his twitter last week:

I think you'll agree that it looks freaking awesome and this is going to be a damn fine comic.  We've got a great team and it's only a matter of time before we have a finished issue #1 in our hands.

Once the first story arc is completed (first 3 or 4 issues), we've got some ridiculously exciting stuff planned.  This is not a short series and there are BIG plans for "The Glitter and The Trauma" and the universe it inhabits.  Keep checking back for updates and keep following on Twitter for more up to date gossip and news.


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

To the GeekMobile!

In a rather exciting turn of events, I am now writing for Comic Booked.  It's crazy awesome!  If you pop along there, you can catch all the reviews and articles I've done so far.  As well as that, you can keep up to date with all of the latest comic book, gaming and movie news.

See, I told you it was exciting...

Here are some links to my most recent articles:

Happy reading folks!  Be sure to share these when you're on each page.  Each one can be Tweeted, Liked and Google +.

NaNoWriMo word count: 40,796

Friday, 9 November 2012

NaNoWriMo: The Sticking Place

Day 9.

I always feel that the second week of NaNoWriMo is the hardest.  And I've bloody well hit that point today.

Week 1 is great fun because everything is all new and exciting and you're setting the stage for something wonderful.  Week 3 is probably the easiest as you're right into the thick of the plot and world almost feels real - well to you anyway since it's 100% your creation - and the characters begin to feel like people you've known all your life.  As for Week 4, well it's pure adrenaline that gets you through that one.

And Week-bloody-2...

That cruel mistress is a temptress and a tease.  She hangs ideas in front of your nose, but never long enough for you to get them onto paper.  She whispers the sweetest lines in your ear, only to whisper them low enough for you to only catch snippets and hints of phrases.  She beckons you close but never lets you achieve anything worthy of feeling proud of.  All in all, week 2 is a bitch.

In case you haven't guessed, I'm severely procrastinating with this post.  Such is the way of Week 2.  I have been on the laptop for over an hour tonight and have only written 500 words.  See what I mean?  The rest of it has been arsing around on Twitter, putting up this post and cleaning out my iTunes.  Oh and watching Amanda Palmer music videos.

Going to have one last attempt at tearing myself away from the internet and attempt another 1,000 words.  Week 2 draws me closer with the promise of success, but I'm almost sure she's a liar as well as a tease.  Anyway...once more into the breech.

17, 552 words

Sunday, 4 November 2012

I'm Such a Tease...

Since NaNoWriMo is now well under way, I thought I'd just toy with you all a little by posting my novel's prologue. The character featured in this has undergone a major overhaul since I created her in 2004.  Now she is hard, tough and more than just a little damaged.  I freaking love her.  Anyway, enjoy.

And I wish all NaNo participants the best in their monthly write-a-thon.

5,051 words.

Somewhere in the Southern Realms…

A sign, nailed to a wall outside a tavern of very questionable reputation:


For murder, resisting arrest, assault on royal guards, high treason and witchcraft!

Short in height, slender in build.  Long, black hair, unruly in appearance.  Distinguishing features: black eyes and a prominent scar on upper lip.  Often seen dressed in men’s attire.

Here could be seen an artist’s impression of the bust and head of the criminal.  Wild, dark hair floated around a thin face; high cheekbones; furrowed brows over black orbs for eyes; and a wicked, almost malicious, smile split down the left with a ragged and hideous scar.

This woman is highly dangerous and no attempt should be made to restrain her by members of the public.  She has killed before and has harmed several royal guards.  Instead, all sightings and incidents should be reported to Queen Layith of Theorosana, or to the head of her personal guard, Lady Falienne.

Co-operation will be rewarded handsomely.

By royal order of the King and Queen of Theorosana.

Friday, 2 November 2012

NaNoWriMo Day #1

306 words...not cool.

Hoping it was just first day jitters.  Getting my head down for day 2 now.  Stay tuned.

Friday, 26 October 2012

A Change of Heart

NaNoWriMo is less than 1 week away and after weeks of me saying, tweeting and even doing an interview on the fact that my NaNo project will be a "Glitter and Trauma" spin-off, I'm having a change of heart.

Today, while chilling in my favourite pub in the world, some metal track blaring over the sound system, I realised something.  I freaking miss writing fantasy.

The day after I turned 16 (yes, I can be that specific), while helping my mum at a craft fair, I started writing a sprawling fantasy epic.  It told the story of a hero, a fair maiden, an angst-ridden youth and an evil queen.  Yes, I know it sounds shite, but it was my shite.  It went on for near 300 pages and was written across 2 years.  I was obsessed with it.  The characters filled my every waking moment, and often my dreams.  They possessed me and haunted me and whispered sweet, beautiful, terrifying things in my ears.  I filled mixed CDs with an "Original Soundtrack" and listening to songs that inspired me, or provided cues for key scenes, or gave my characters a theme to live to.  Fantasy art spilled from my printer before being glued into various scrapbooks and notepads.  All in all, I loved this project.

Until life happened.  University took over, I made friends, I got a new job, I suffered and survived.  My real world dramatically altered and my fantasy world fell away.  Horror took precedent in my reading, writing and cultural pastimes and fantasy...well, it became a dream world that I wasn't keen on going back to for a while.

It reached a point when I couldn't even bring myself to look at the chapters I had written.  The characters seemed flat and stereotypical.  Dialogue seemed clunky and pretentious and bloody stupid.  The playlists got boring.  My prose seemed so juvenile.  The file with the so-called "final draft" was stored away in a folder and left on an old laptop, while the notepads I had once poured over were left at my parents' house while I moved out on my own.

5 years have passed since I last looked at this story and these characters.  I've grown, I've changed, and my world has altered even more.  And now, after being so sure that I wanted to continue down the dark fantasy/horror route, the idea just hit me today that I should go back to my roots.

So, while chomping down on some damn fine Cajun chicken and sipping on a Pepsi, my characters returned.  They whispered in my ears again, promising that they can be better.  I've read a lot more now, my writing skills have been honed over the years, and my iPod is bursting with songs, desperate to inspire me.  This will not be a revisit to old material but, rather, a total rewrite.  No original text.  Just brand new prose with the same characters and general structure.  This is a brand new project with old ideas.  Once again, I am excited.

Therefore, I have decided that this NaNoWriMo, I am going back to the very beginning.  I am awakening the "Heart of the Dragon".

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Noree Cosper: Cover Reveal!

The talented Noree Cosper has decided to post her brand new book cover and blurb for her new novel "A Prescription for Delirium" here!  Enjoy this exciting exclusive and check out Noree's stuff as soon as possible...by that I mean NOW!!!

A Prescription for Delirium

Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise.  She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.

However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession.  Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil's plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.

A Prescription for Delirium is released on December 1st, 2012.


Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.

She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.

Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.

Noree can be found stalking people on Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to check out her website for news on her works and tidbits of information

She also likes to ramble about things magical and supernatural on her blog Trip the Eclipse.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Imagination Will be the Death of You...

So, I think my imagination's gotten a little away from me.  This morning (September Weekend and up nice and bright and early), I curled up with some headphones on, Amanda Palmer's new album blaring, and a glass of OJ to hand, and attempted to plot out all of the ideas that @UnknownMaleDOA and I had come up with so far.

2 hours later, I had enough material for nearly 20 issues of - what has now come to be known as  - "The Glitter and the Trauma".  Holy crap, when did this project get so huge?!  I'm extremely psyched that it's going so well and overwhelmed but just how much we've got to work with.

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to start a wee video blog on here and, hopefully, by the end of the year, I'll have a website up and running for the project.  Until then, please make here and my Twitter Page your first port of call on all Illuminator news.

Issue #1 is well under way and there are a few posters lurking around Twitter, too, so keep an eye out and, for a little sneak peek, here's a wicked poster by Pablo.  Be sure to follow him on Twitter and show your support for the man who gave Sarah and Ellie faces (and, well, other body parts too in the case of his current Twitter background!).


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Mission Accomplished

"Glitter by Gaslight" is now complete.  Check it out under the Glitter and Trauma tab and let me know what you think in the comments box below.

Thanks for this weekend, guys!


Tired Not Lazy

Quick post, guys.

As you will see, only half of "Glitter by Gaslight: Part III" is up on the Glitter and Trauma page.  This is purely because I'm totally shattered.  Sorry folks, but you will just have to wait a couple of hours for the epic, steampunky, Victorian conclusion.

Thank you for all your support this weekend.  Let me know what you think of both the novella and the new short story.

Not long now...


Saturday, 8 September 2012

Been There, Done That, Got the FREAKING AWESOME T-SHIRT

Can't believe how long it's taken me to do this post, but I guess it's appropriate this weekend.  Anyway, exciting announcement...

Thanks to @deadbunneh, you can now get this awesome and exclusive Glitter and Trauma t-shirt!

I freaking love this.  It's a fantastic piece by a fantastic artist and I really feel that you should grab this tee while you can.  I've already got mine and wear it so often that it has tried to crawl off me on more than one occasion.  Ewww, that made me sound minging.  The point is that I love my tee and am extremely thankful for such an flattering and brilliant interpretation of my work.

So, here's a wee pic of me wearing it.  I'll warn you, I'm afraid that all the comics behind me are not mine.  I was actually standing in Forbidden Planet...at the Batman section...because I'm that cool.

Anyway, get your tee and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Glitter by Gaslight Part II

Morning Internet!

As you can see from the above tab, the second part of the Glitter and Trauma special is now live.  If you haven't read Part I, make sure you check that out first (duh), but hopefully you'll love this one.

In Part I we saw a Victorian-era Ellie lunching with her best friends and awaiting her upcoming marriage proposal.  However, expect shadowy hi-jinx and chaos as we see our first ever steampunk-style shadow.  This chapter was ridiculously good fun to write and I hope you have as much fun reading, too.

Part II reveals Sarah's life on the shadier side of town.  I don't want to give too much away as I think you'll like what I've done with her.  Anyway, what I can tell you is that in today's chapter, you'll see Sarah, Leech and Patch, with Leech and Patch finally getting to exchange some testosterone fuelled words!  Yay!

Part III will arrive tomorrow and should be a big one.  I'm saying nothing XD

Anyway, happy Saturday folks.  Remember to pick up your free copy of the novella, too.  Links at the top of the posts bar.


Friday, 7 September 2012

Glitter by Gaslight

Welcome to Day 1 of the big Glitter and Trauma event!!!

To celebrate hitting 1,000 followers, I am holding my biggest Glitter and Trauma promotion so far.  Not only is the novella free all weekend (UKUSGermanyItalySpainFrance) but if you click the "Glitter and Trauma" tab up top, you'll find a lovely present, just for you.  Yes... you!

However, there's a twist...

You will only find the first part of the gift tonight.  This is Part 1 of 3.  For part 2, you will have to come back tomorrow.  And on Sunday for part 3.


I'm so evil!  Repeat visits!  Aha!  What a plan!  See you tomorrow, guys.  Enjoy your free story and free copy of G&T.  Happy Friday.


Sunday, 2 September 2012

Glitter and Trauma Event

Hello lovely visitor,

It's highly likely you came by here via my Twitter page.  If you did, thank you very much.  If you didn't, well, hello anyway!

As a huge thank you to all my followers who helped me exceed the beautiful number that is 1,000, this weekend (7th-9th September) I will be holding a totally free Glitter and Trauma event right here on this blog.  This will involve the following:

  • A brand new and exclusive Glitter and Trauma short story - a never-before-seen 3 part tale that will turn the Glitter and Trauma universe, as you know it, on its head.
  • Glitter and Trauma (the original novella) will be listed as free on all Amazon sites for those 3 days.
  • A sneak peak into the art of Glitter and Trauma: the comic.
  • New and exclusive art from the illustrator of Glitter and Trauma: the Comic.
Apologies for being rather secretive about what the new story will be about and the lack of detail on the comics, but stay tuned and be patient.  This weekend is gonnae be AWESOME!!!


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Girl of Gotham's Top 10 Movies

Just a quickie...as part of Ferocious Bloodaxe's #BloodaxeTop10 project, I have compiled my 10 favourite movies of all time.  Watch my list below:

Songs featured are "Vale of Tears" from "Alice: Madness Returns OST" and "Overture"/"Theatre"/"Make a Move" by Icon for Hire.



Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Hero We Deserved: Part One

Some thoughts on "The Dark Knight Rises"...I am going to speak in cryptic Bat-code so that I don't give away any spoilers here but I'd recommend not reading ANYTHING on the film before you see it. Including this.  So go away, those who haven't witnessed the gorgeous DKR yet!

This will be a 2 part reaction.  This week, some build-up, just to make you wait like I did.  I think I should set the scene before I discuss my thoughts on the actual film...

The Dark Knight Rises Response: Part One

Official IMAX poster (from www.imax.com)

Nearly 4 weeks ago, I forced Boyfriend to get up at the crack of dawn to book tickets for this Event (and let's face it, it could only be described as an event, that's how big a deal this was).  The confirmation for which have been stuck to my noticeboard ever since, as a constant reminder that I had such a momentous occasion to work towards.  My job sucks, I'm not going to lie to you about that fact.  I had days where I just feel so crap that the only thing getting me through the day was knowing that I had DKR tickets.  That may sound pathetic to you, but Batman is such a huge deal to me that it honestly helped me get through even the worst days.

Fast forward to the night of July 19th.  Imagine a small kid on Christmas Eve.  Or, better still, remember that Disneyworld advert where the parents give the kids into trouble for staying up all night talking about Disney? The boy replies "But I'm too excited!" and when the parent heads back to bed, spouse is still awake and says "Aren't you asleep?" and the reply was "I'm too excited." You remember that, right?
Well, that was me on Thursday night.
I had less than 4 hours of sleep because my head felt like there was a fire raging inside.  Excitement had its hold on me like a desperate whore and sleep was simply keeping me from thinking about this film and anticipating how one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time would end.  I even kept Boyfriend up until 2, quizzing him on what part any new actors would play and if any fan-favourites would appear.  Once he had eventually drifted off, I spent the rest of the night staring at my "New 52" poster, dreaming up possibilities for the coming day.

The good thing about not sleeping is that you're up early enough to beat Boyfriend into the shower and text Wee Bro to harass him about getting into town on time.  By the time I sent Boyfriend downstairs into the shower, I had eaten, dressed and was sitting with my feet up, watching the guilty pleasure that is Jeremy Kyle.  Let me tell you something, being completely ready at 9:25am when your showing is at noon is a loooong wait.

Chapter skip to arriving at the IMAX.  This was my first IMAX feature and what a film to lose your IMAX virginity to.  Being there at 11, we still somehow ended up at the end of a pretty damn long, queue.  At the head of the queue, my chum Cinephile text us from his lofty vantage point.  He had been at the Grosvenor's Batman allnighter and had beaten us to the punch.  The only way of communicating with him was through text message, on threat of losing a place in the queue. On being asked if it had been worth the weight, his reply was enigmatic.  "I'm saying nothing."
The 45 minute wait brought a few visual novelties.  An absolutely stunning young lady passed us, dressed as the Joker's beau, Harley Quinn.  I made eye contact and smiled at her, wondering if there was any chance she could have noticed my red and purple Harley converses.  I doubt it.  Boyfriend and Wee Bro then had a discussion on how a girl like that could wind up with the most boring looking boyfriend imaginable.  I stopped listening and checked the time again...and again...and again.  5 minutes before entering, a rather menacing looking Bane costumed hulked past us.  He made me nervous and Boyfriend gripped my hand tighter.

Finally, the queue started moving and a cheer rippled through the crowd.  Weaving past red velvet ropes tied my stomach in knots.  I'm sure they arrange cinema queues like this on purpose - to increase excitement and make you wait just that little bit longer for the film you've already waited 4 years for.  When I saw The Dark Knight, it was at a preview event similar.  As I entered the IMAX screen the film was showing in, that day back in 2008 suddenly paled in comparison.  Finding a seat and staring up at the imposing screen, a feeling of sickness came over me.  Don't let me down now, Mr Nolan.  The Harley double sat a couple of seats down from me and the Bane-a-like took centre in the front row, elbowing his friends with what I can only assume was a grin under his mask.  The room filled up fast and Wee Bro gave me a smile.  Boyfriend squeezed my hand.

Nearly there.

Exhilaration took me when the lights finally dimmed and refused to let go for the next 2 hours and 44 minutes.  The roller coaster ride of emotions this film took me on compared to none.  I trembled and cheered, felt loss and despair, laughed and gasped, experienced joy and sorrow, and by the time it was over, I was shaking.  

As the credits rolled, so too did the tears.  I realised that this reign of my hero and seeing Batman up on screen with a sense of dignity was over.  The posters had not lied.  The legend that was Nolan's Batman was over and it was all finished.  I've already said that I would not lie to you, readers, and I plan to keep to that deal.  As the black screen displayed the names of the people who had created this for me, I wept.  Big, heaving, sobs.  Boyfriend turned to me and asked what was wrong.  My answer was to simple grin and point to the screen.

Expectations met.  Expectations exceeded.

Congratulations, Mr Nolan.

Get that man his freaking Best Picture award already!


Part Two Coming Soon...

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Chick-Lit Tuesday (on a Wednesday)

I come bearing gifts.  First up, "Puppets and Dolls" is free today!  Yay!  Lots of links at the top of the page and on my Twitter.  Enjoy!  It's doing pretty damn well around the world.  In America, it's sitting at number 54 in the horror chart and in Germany, it's number 24.  Extremely exciting.  Thank you, readers of the world!

In other news...I have decided that clearly, I'm doing the wrong thing.  I should be writing cheap, nasty erotica disguised as chick-lit.  So I am starting a nice new tab at the top there *points*.  Welcome to Chick Flick Tuesday.  Every Tuesday (or near enough), I'm going to write an instalment of my own piece of silly rom-com chick-lit silliness.  At the moment, it's called "Bookend the Rain", purely because it's a whimsical phrase I used today.  Title may change, but let's see how it goes.

Anyway, I'll keep my Twitter up to date on any little changes but I'll update the actual story here.  It'll all be online and free.  The way cheaply written crap should be.  :)

As always, I'm a big fan of writing to music, so I'll add wee playlists and the like to help you enjoy the fluffy nonsense a little bit more.



Saturday, 16 June 2012


To celebrate the launch of "Puppets and Dolls", it's sister eBook, "Glitter and Trauma" is free!  Yay!  This is the last chance to get it free this weekend , so grab it while you can, lovies!  More than happy to chat on twitter about it to whomever purchases it.  So as soon as your copy is on your Kindle/iPod/android phone, drop me a tweet!

Enjoy your free copy, folks.  You are all awesome!  Welcome and hello to all my new followers and visitors, too.



Friday, 15 June 2012

Puppets and Dolls

Way hey folks.  Big news.  My short story collection, "Puppets and Dolls" is now for sale!  Yaaaay!

Will post a full contents list complete with synopsis tomorrow.

Buy in the US
Buy in the UK



Sunday, 3 June 2012

Even More Illuminator Fun!

To celebrate hitting 550 followers on Twitter (@GirlofGotham) yet another awesome "Glitter and Trauma" tie in story can be found for free under the "G&T" tab up top here.  Or by clicking HERE.  Thank you so much to everyone who follows me and I promise more short stories are to come.  You are all wicked.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Free story is now live!

Behold, a new tab up top here *points up*.  Read some more back story into the Illuminator as Sarah gets an unwelcome visitor during exam time.

Give it a read, folks.  This is an exclusive story that will only appear on this blog.  If you like what you read and want to check out more, Glitter and Trauma is available from Amazon.  US and UK.  Check out this short story for free and give the novella a try.  Open to comments and Tweets.  Let me know what you think and thank you so much to everyone who has bought the book so far, reviewed or helped publicise it.  You guys are my heroes!

Thanks for reading, folks.  Hope you all have a lovely sunny weekend!


Thursday, 24 May 2012

Free Fiction All Round!

Two Awesome things to share.  First up, my new short story "Puddles" has gone up on my Elfwood page, AND it got a Moderator's Choice!  Yay!  Read it for free, here!

And...it gets better...

On Saturday, I will be publishing an exclusive piece of flash fiction set in the "Glitter and Trauma" universe.  Be sure to drop by then and catch some free fiction!  If you haven't read "Glitter and Trauma" yet, catch up here:

US: http://www.amazon.com/Glitter-and-Trauma-ebook/dp/B007UJ6GNE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337881677&sr=8-1

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Glitter-and-Trauma-ebook/dp/B007UJ6GNE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337881642&sr=8-1

See you Saturday!


Sunday, 20 May 2012

Puppets and Dolls

Coming soon...

Collection is currently sitting at 19 stories and 34, 000 words.  Should have it finished by the beginning of June.

For those of you who don't know, "Puppets and Dolls" is a collection of female-fronted short stories.  It will be split into 4 sections: The Beautiful, The Broken, The Wicked and The Wilful.  So, since I am still working on it, this is your chance to have your say.  What kind of women would you like to see appearing in "Puppets and Dolls"? Or which of my previously published characters would you like to reappear?  Leave your ideas below.


Friday, 18 May 2012

Praise for "Glitter and Trauma"

Bragging time folks.  If you're still humming and hawing over whether or not to but "Glitter and Trauma", let me list a few good reasons why you should.

Today is all about some of the good press my new superheroes have had so far.  Reviews are taken from Good Reads.  Kai said:

"There were some genuinely suspenseful parts, such as the flashbacks to Sarah (aka The Illuminator) and what she was like in high school, and the fight during which she discovered her powers as a Light One during her first encounter with a Dark One. 
I also liked the little self-referential bits, such as the joking references Sarah makes to comic book heroes like the X-Men. It showed me that this author has a joking but loving appreciation for the superhero aesthetic that this book is aiming for...If any readers get the opportunity to obtain this book, please do. It is a dark, sometimes funny, and pretty exciting world to inhabit."

Thank you so much to Kai and feel free to click on the above link to read the full review.  This is a shortened version in order to skip spoilers.  In another Good Reads review, Naomi wrote:

"I liked the concept and the story was fast and intriguing. I loved Leech - actually, I'd love to see a story focusing on him. Ellie and Sarah were well-drawn too, and the world of the Shadow Creatures and givers and takers was fascinating. I think there's a lot of potential for more stories in this comic-book style world...Emma Kathryn is going on my to-watch list!"

Thanks to Naomi for an awesome review.  Again, the link is available above for you to read the whole comment.  At Good Reads, the book is currently sitting at a 3 star rating, so it would be great if more people who have read the story to pop along and leave a review.  I'd really appreciate it and will be more than happy to link it on here.

In extremely exciting news...website Upcoming4Me did a wicked review of G & T.  It's a really nice and complimentary review and I really appreciate it.  Thank you Upcoming4me!  What an awesome website.  Here's a sneak peek:

"Ultimately, Glitter and Trauma is fun, quick read and you should definitely give it a try if you like smart paranormal fiction. As for us, we thing there's potential for the series here so we'll definitely keep an eye on the Emma in the future."

I would happily have posted that whole review here but I'll let you go read it for yourself.  I'm so happy with it anyway.  And it looks like Upcoming4Me and I are not through yet and there may be more Vampire Bunny exclusives popping up on there!  So keep an eye out!

In similar news, I was interviewed for Shonda Brock's Paranormal Wednesday series this week.  If you want to know more about me or are just plain curious, give it a read.  A huge thank you to Shonda and her team for giving me the opportunity to do this.  It was great fun.

Well that's about it for today folks.  I doubt you've forgotten by now but remember that Glitter and Trauma is available in the US and the UK as well as Spain, France, Germany and Italy.  Give it a try today!


Saturday, 12 May 2012

Operation Spread the Shadows

"Glitter and Trauma" has until the 14th July on KDP Select.  That means that all Amazon Prime customers can read it for free.  On top of that, it's only $2.99 in the USA, £1.95 in the UK and EUR 2,68 in SpainGermanyFrance and Italy.  In order to promote the book a little more, I'm beginning


I want you, faithful vampire bunny followers (and internet passers-by) to help pass on the joys of Glitter and Trauma.  Tweet it, blog it, facebook it or even just email your friends.  I'm looking for: pictures of the book in your kindle, comments on your favourite parts and characters, your favourite tracks from the soundtrack, quotes, and any other random pics or chat you can think of.  Also, if you have read the novella, please post a review on Amazon, Good Reads or any other site you use.  That would be a great help.

So, hop on twitter and Facebook and #spreadtheshadows.  Let's get it trending!  I will arrange some prizes for the top participators!

Feel free to share this post.


Sunday, 6 May 2012

Reader Challenge

We only have a few more hours left of Glitter and Trauma's Free Comic Book Day promotion.  So, for these last few hours, I submit a challenge:

  • Download the book for free (US readers or UK readers - open to readers of any nationality but these are the best links I have)
  • Read it over the next 2 days (by midnight on the 8th May)
  • Throw a review up on Amazon or Good Reads.
I'm afraid that this is not a challenge with a prize.  It's just a review drive with a competitive kick.  I'll acknowledge reviewers on here and it'll all be ridiculously exciting.  Fun times.

Thanks to everyone who has downloaded the book so far.  You rock.  Happy reading!


Glitter and Trauma Original Soundtrack

Thank you so much to everyone who has bought Glitter and Trauma so far.  Remember that it's available FREE on Amazon all this weekend to celebrate yesterday's Free Comic Book Day.  Get it here if you're in the UK and here if you're in the USA.

As a thank you, today I'm going to include the exclusive playlist for Glitter and Trauma.  These are the tracks I wrote the novella to.  Whenever I'm writing, I need music to keep me on track.  When I get an idea for a story, I have to make up a playlist of music that fits in with this idea or inspires me.  Today I'm giving you a peak into the songs that inspired Glitter and Trauma.  Check them out and enjoy:

"Glitter and Trauma" by Biffy Clyro - Sarah preparing for Friday night...

"Starry Eyed" by Ellie Goulding.  Ellie waiting to get into club...

"Omen" by the Prodigy.  Sarah takes on the Shadows...

"Paint it Black" by The Rolling Stones.  All flashback sequences...

"Telephone" by Lady Gaga and Beyonce.  Patch trying to reach Ellie.

"Sarah" by Pythia.  Generally inspired character of Sarah.  Could be listened to at any time...

I'd recommend listening to these as a playlist as you read.  Honest, it will totally enhance your "Glitter and Trauma" experience.  So thank you so much again folks.  Keep downloading and rock on!


Saturday, 5 May 2012

Free Comic Book Day!

To help celebrate Free Comic Book Day, my novella Glitter and Trauma is free on Amazon this weekend! Woohoo.

Behold, some exciting links to help you download it quick and easy:

UK readers, get it here: http://t.co/3vdqfo9X

US readers, click here: http://t.co/UopXnfhj

Would love for people to put up reviews, likes and tags on Amazon and Good Reads once they have read it. I'd really appreciate that folks.

If you're on Twitter or Facebook, feel free to post these links so that we can Spread the Shadows. I'll be starting up discussion threads on Good Reads soon too so it would be great if you, fair reader of this blog, could give Glitter and Trauma a try and tell me what you think.

Happy Free Comic Book Day bunnies! Enjoy whatever heroes you pick up from your local comic book store!


Sunday, 29 April 2012

Revamping the Vampire Bunny Part Two

Have revamped the blog yet again.  This isn't just me being an ass.  I'm afraid it's been because Blogger has had a revamp and mucked a few things up.  Comments and opinions would be greatly appreciated.  Love how this looks on the mobile site.  Very awesome.

Let me know!


Monday, 23 April 2012

Get Glitter and Trauma for Free!

Happy World Book Night and Merry Shakespeare Day!

To celebrate both of these fantastic occasions, for one day only, "Glitter and Trauma" is free on Amazon!  Get it while it's hot, bunnies!  Download it in the UK here and the USA here.  At the moment, it's sitting at #36 in the contemporary fantasy chart and #79 in the horror chart.  Freaking awesome if you ask me.

So, have an awesome world book night with a free eBook.  Download Glitter and Trauma now!

Happy Birthday Shakespeare, I'm sure you're getting pissed in the afterlife somewhere and having a great time.


Guest Writer: Silvana Rimabau

As part of my new Guest Writer Series, Argentinian writer Silvana Rimabau graces the rabbit hole with her tale "Soul in My Hands"

I remember being close to the fireplace and stay worshiping the burning flames that tempered my face as bursts of passion. Those orange tongues licking the wood like a wild and helpful lover, while you, across the room and sheltered by the darkness, were serene, resting your arms on your chest.

I walked away from heat, the fire that warmed my frozen body and I saw calm, staring absently into nothingness and sunk into the mists of silence. And I did not know what to do, what to say because my chest contracted the grief in a single rattle, clean and bitter; a simple and savage agony at once; silent and stiff as your lips, so foreign to my tears. I sat next to you and closed my eyes imploring the gods to stop time to sort the words that flowed from my mouth crazy in an orgy of inconsistencies, the reality of nonsense, insults to the truth. I remember I cried and cried. I emptied my conscience releasing those despicable acts accumulated for so long and that smeared our world, our lives.

When at last, my soul felt peace, free from dirt and reproaches, when the noose hanging over my head was gone, I realized that my confessions had been in vain. And tired of trying to express the pain that consumed my heart, since those vile words did not contain the meaning of my sorrows and your face remained unchanged, I stopped. Hours passed and I saw how you fell surrendered to sleep and stepped over me, releasing my hand, my soul and my life ... leaving me lost in the void of oblivion, leaving me full of sadness.. waiting for your awakening and ignorant of mine would never happen.

A huge big thank you to Sil for letting me post this story up.  A gorgeous piece of writing.  Be sure to catch Sil on Twitter @Crue_Girl5.  Looking forward to seeing more fantastic horror writers to fill upcoming spots in the Guest Writer Series.

Thanks Sil.


Sunday, 22 April 2012

Of Fan Fiction and Digital Reading...

First up, Glitter and Trauma is coming along nicely.  Still selling, slowly but still selling.  If you haven't read it yet, be sure to give it a try.  It would be great if anyone who has read it could leave a review.  I'd really appreciate that.

Downloaded a few eBooks on my iPod to support indie writers.  It's damn hard this whole self-publishing thing.  Never realised that until now.  Am going to ensure from now on that I put up reviews of books I read, too.  So over the next week I will be putting up reviews for the variety of Pill Hill and Static Movement books I've read over the past 2 years and never reviewed.  I feel a bit evil now.  Please review the books you read, folks.  The writers, editors and publishers need your support!

In other news, I've started dabbling in fan fiction.  Some Buffy the Vampire Slayer and DC nonsense.  Will try to put some online soon.  Fingers crossed it goes down well!

Better run now.  True Blood marathon!  Yaaaaay!

Friday, 20 April 2012

Blogging on the Bus... Ridiculously Early

I hate that I get up when there are people posting "Off to bed now, night!" on their Twitter feeds. It's crap. But at least I can...oh yes, you guessed it...Blog on the Bus!

"Glitter and Trauma" is doing pretty well on its first week out in the world. 8 copies have now been sold and I'm really pleased with that. Hopefully the weekend will only see that figure rise. I've been pimping it out on Twitter like crazy but it seems to be working. Oops, that's my stop!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Tweet Tweet

So "Glitter and Trauma" has now sold 3 copies.  It's getting there slowly, but there is also a review up on Amazon.co.uk, which is a great start.  On that note, when you visit my UK Author Page, "Glitter and Trauma" turns up as my currently best selling book so squeeee!

Remember that you can catch me on Twitter for more frequent updates and nonsense.  Oh I talk a lot of nonsense there.  But fun nonsense, too.  I am also now on Gothise.com, being the big goth that I am.  Same as Twitter, I'm girlofgotham if you're looking for me there.

Have started writing a new story for submitting to Wicked East Press' "Dark Finds".  Not saying much at the moment, but I'm pleased so far.  Fingers crossed it goes well.

A wee reminder that Carnival, edited by Dorothy Davies and published by Static Movement, is now up on Amazon.com.  So excited to make the lead story on this one.  It's the first time I've been published in an anthology where I've been listed as the main author on Amazon.  Ridiculously awesome and I've been badgering anyone who will listen about it.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Blog on a Bus

I am indeed blogging from a bus. Revolutionary, I know. Maybe I might start a trend. Intriguing.

To other folk onboard, like the wee old man to my left and the school kids, it appears as if I am just enjoying an awesome playlist of Marilyn Manson, Apocalyptica and Shinedown but I am secretly blogging away. Ahahahaha. Maniacal laugh.

And now for something completely different...

Fair start for "Glitter and Trauma" on it Kindle launch yesterday. 2 copies sold. Booyah. It hit #12,000 in the Kindle chart too. That may sound a bit pants but if you consider the fact that there are over 1,200,000 Kindle eBooks available, that's kind of impressive. Or so I have convinced myself.

So, let's try to get my ranking a bit higher, bunnies. Jump onto Amazon and download a copy of "Glitter and Trauma" for your Kindle, Windows Live phone, iPhone, iPod or strange tablet-y device.

Guy next to me is blasting some terrible music. Apparently there are down sides to blogging on the bus. Ah well.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Glitter and Trauma is now a Kindle eBook!

At last, Glitter and Trauma is available as a Kindle eBook!  Yaaaaaaay!  Catch it for a meagre $3.09 if you're in the USA, or for £1.95 in the UK, or for a wicked 2,68€ in FranceGermanyItaly or Spain.  Way too exciting seeing it available in all these awesome countries.

If you do download the novella, please be sure to review it and hit the "like" button if you actually enjoyed it (or the "mi piace" button if you're in Italy - how awesome is that?!).  Please feel free to share this blog post on your own blog, Facebook page, or Twitter.  Please, spread the Shadows!

Also, comments are more than welcome on this page too.  So excited!  Catch more frequent updates on my Twitter page @girlofgotham.  I'm fond of following back and I like to chat about short stories, books and upcoming writing projects.

Thank you to all my lovely followers and fellow Vampire Bunnies who have been sticking around since my early days on Elfwood.com.  You are all freaking awesome and this novella is for you...

Yes, you!

Lotsaluv, Em

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Kindle Time?

Trying to work out whether or not I should attempt a Kindle book.  Would be nice to actually receive money for something I've written for a change but I don't know whether it's worth it or not.  Hmmm...?

Thoughts ladies and gents?

Would you buy an Emma Kathryn eBook?  Maybe a novella to start?

Answers on a postcard...

...Or on twitter. @girlofgotham

Sunday, 29 January 2012

I'm Writing Again!

The Other Side is back on track.  Whoop-de-doo and all that jazz.  Got another chapter done and working on more.  Hope to have a full read-through next weekend and sort out some niggles.
I've just change the main character's name so that'll need a bit of fixing.  On top of that, I've got a character with a southern drawl and I want to get that sounding better so dialogue will need a bit of work.
But hey, good intentions, etc, etc.
Have also sent off two new stories to anthologies.  Fingers crossed!
If you haven't read my latest posts, you won't know that I have succumbed to the Twitter tidal wave.  Follow me @GirlofGotham.  It's mostly nonsensical bullshit but kind of quirky.  Check it out if your signed up.
Lotsaluv, Em

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Freebies For All

Just updated the Free Stories page and the Glitter and Trauma page.  Enjoy!  In the Free Stories page you will find "Clowns All Around You", one of my favourite stories.  And in G+T, you will find a free extract.

In other news, the blog will be getting a revamp very soon.  So please keep checking by.

In other awful news...I am about to watch the Wicker Man remake.  Holy shite...

Lotsaluv, Em


I have finally given in and joined the social networking crowd.  Eugh.

Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/GirlofGotham

I know, I couldn't get VampireBunny or anything like it.  So I had to go for my next favourite obsession: Batman.  Hence GirlofGotham.  I also caved and got a phone that does more than make calls, so I should be able to update the twitter account more frequently than the blog.

Apologies for the big gaps in posts.  I've been crazy busy but I'm trying hard to get stories out again.  I'm sending a few away today so fingers crossed.

"The Other Side" is coming along slowing.  Hoping to have more news on it soon...

So bunnies, hop along to twitter and add the GirlofGotham.

Can't believe I did this.

Lotsaluv, Em

Tuesday, 3 January 2012


Wow Glasgow is windy today. I have had absolutely no sleep since it all started at 3.30am. Oh Gods I am so tired. On the up side I am sending Simple Twists of Fate off to another publisher so fingers crossed.

Also going to start tidying up The Other Side. Changing the main character's name is the first step. Don't know if that's a good thing or not.

Anyway, in other news, I am now totally addicted to Monster High. I am a grown woman, what is wrong with me?

Lotsaluv, Em

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy 2012

Way-hay bunnies. Happy 2012. I promise you many great things. The boys have asked me tp rrcommend www.twitter.com/thebloodaxe check it out and you will be onto great things. I promise a book this year bunnies. Peace out bunnies. I love and miss you all

lotsaluv, Em