The Locations of ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’

My comedy fantasy novella has been out for a few weeks, and the competition to win a copy is over. So I thought I would give you some more information about the book incase you missed the first couple of weeks of marketing. This blog post will tell you a bit about some of the key locations in the book.  The book is set in a moustache so I cannot really show exact images of what locations look like. However, I have been on pixabay and gathered some images that give a good idea of what the locations would look like. Before I start, I want to give a massive thank you to Ari Meghlen who gave me the idea to do this post, you can check out her website here, it has lots of great writing tips on it.


Right, so here are the five main locations in ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’…

Folical VillageFolical Village – (name based on a hair follicle) A small village of wooden shacks where the main protagonists come from; Wignut and Barnabas. The villagers believe in the one true God and are very religious. Well, all except Wignut, who thinks religion is a load of rubbish. He and Barnabas are sent out from the village to find some sticky stuff to glue the houses down after the village elder, Melstone, prophesies the coming apocalypse.

SpoticuleRed Spoticule Volcano – (name based on a spot) A large volcano with steep sides that is a blot on the landscape. Barren and lifeless yet tall and overbearing, our adventurers know that it is quicker to go over it than round it. But is it worth the risk? Especially as it could erupt at any point.


White FangsThe White Fangs – (name based on white hair being in moustaches i.e. it is patch of white hair) A mythical place that has become part of legend. It is eerie and scary so no-one enters there. It is a patch of pure white trees. Legend says the Wanderers patrol it, lifeless humans who have had their souls sucked out. They now wander The White Fangs looking for other people to take the souls from.

Philtral ValleyPhitral Valley – (name based on Philtrum, the divot in the face that leads from the lips to the nose) A beautiful valley that leads from The White Fangs to the Caves of Nosterak, known for bandits. It is lush with rich foliage and a babbling brook running through it. Has steep sides, but once within the valley it is a paradise.




Caves of NosterakCaves of Nosterak – (name based on nostrils) Two large caves next to each other. No-one has travelled inside as it is said that the Boogelas live there. Horrible creatures from your worst nightmare that lure you in then eat you alive. There are many other stories about what the Boogelas look like and what they do to people, but no-one has actually seen them so they may just be a myth. Best not to enter the caves, but Wignut and Barnabas need the sticky liquid inside.

So there we have it, some of the locations in ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ along with images I have gathered off of pixabay. Not all the locations are what they seem though, some have surprises within them. If you want to know what there are you can find out by reading ‘A Close Shave with Destiny.’ You can get it from Amazon using the links below…

Kindle UK

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Kindle US

Print US

Oh, and if you do buy it, please leave a review. Thank you.


Islands of Hope update – 10/11/2018

Back at work this week, that means hardly any time for writing. So it’s only a small update of around one thousand two hundred words this week….wait….what? How have I written more this week then in total during the two weeks when I was off? Yeah I have been promoting ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ but that is crazy. Actually there are two reasons; firstly I have not been sleeping well so have gone to bed late every night, and secondly I knew exactly what I wanted to write to finish Chapter 30 so hammered through it. So yeah, this week’s update completes Chapter 30, even better is that I feel back in the story after a few weeks of wanting to do other things. Also, we meet a new main character that was never intended to be a main character, well actually we have met her before but she shouted at me till I let her be a main character (metaphorically speaking!). So yeah, you can read Kira’s escape from the village on wattpad here, or start from the beginning here.

Islands of Hope Update – 03/11/2018

With half term days out, Halloween, fireworks and a horrid cold, it has been a hectic week. That means only a short update to Islands of Hope this week. I know exactly what I want to write but have not found the time to put it down. For now you will have to live with a bit more of Chapter 30 where the archer who brought Kira into the village attempts to free her. Sorry, but that is all for now. Oh yeah, you have until midnight tonight to enter the A Close Shave with Destiny competition, just click here. If you want to read Islands of Hope you can get to Chapter 30 on wattpad here, or start from the beginning here.

Competition – win a copy of A Close Shave with Destiny

cover-blogA Close Shave with Destiny has been out for nearly a week, so I thought it time to do a giveaway, or competition if you like. I have two copies of the book to giveaway, one in print and one on Kindle. If you would like a chance to win, just fill in the form below giving your name, email address, prefered version of the book and tell me what your favourite type of moustache is. I will then pick two winners based on my favourite responses. Please be aware that I will only use data for this competition and not keep any after the competition is over. Entering does not mean you have signed up for a newsletter (I don’t even have one!) or will be emailed offers or news (I don’t do that). Basically, I will be following the GDPR rules. If you want to find out more about the book before entering, you can check out this blog post.



Islands of Hope Update – 27/10/2018

What, a blog post that is not about A Close Shave with Destiny? Yep, it has been a crazy few days recently promoting my novella, if you have missed all that then take a look at this post, it will give you some information. Anyway, back to my serial novel. Not a massive update this week as I have been marketing my aforementioned new release, but you still get a little over four hundred and fifty words. This week we are back with Kira, can she escape the village that appears to not believe her (well it is the people in the village, not the village itself, they can’t think, because that would be silly!)? You won’t find out fully this week but there is a plan afoot! You can read the start of Chapter 30 on wattpad here, or start from the beginning here.

New Vlog: A Close Shave with Destiny

As marketing of my latest release, ‘A Close Shave with Destiny,’ continues, I have decided my newest vlog should be about the novella. So take a look below, it includes a reading of part of the book…

If you enjoy the sound of the book you can find out more by clicking here. Alternative you can buy the novella on Amazon by going following to the links below…

Kindle UK

Print UK

Kindle US

Print US

A Close Shave out, so what next?

It is amazing that I have actually finished a project, I seem to start so many but never get over the finishing line. So, with ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ now out (if you haven’t got your copy you can get it on Kindle in the UK here or US here, it’s even free if you have Kindle Unlimited!) the real question is, what now?

Well, as I said I have a few projects on the go at one time, so here is what I’ll be doing…

Marketing – I will carry on promoting ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ with numerous tweets. I will be popping up a new vlog about the story and generally badgering everyone to buy it. I have put feelers out about a blog tour and reviews of the book but am still awaiting responses, so I will carry on with that too. I’m sure if I keep annoying everyone they will give in soon!

Islands of Hope – my sci-fi serial novel will continue to get updated weekly on a Saturday. It is currently over 40,000 words long. If you have not started reading it you can access it on wattpad by going here, infact you can access it there even if you have started reading it.

Flash fiction – before I limited the number of projects I worked on at one time I stared a project called ‘The First Flash of Hope.’ It is a book on wattpad that will be composed of twenty sci-fi flash fiction stories, I had intended to update it regularly but it has fallen by the wayside. So, one of my first ports of call will be to write another flash fiction piece for the book. If you want to read what is there already you can do by clicking here.

Super Lizard – if you have followed this blog for a while you will know of Super Lizard, if not, he is a Nigerian fat-tailed Gekko who lives in North Yorkshire. He got covered in toxic waste and turned into a mild-mannered super hero (got the plot from a random plot generator!). I have written two Super Lizard ebooks, the first one is a short story, the second a collection of four short stories. Again, before limiting projects, I was part way through the first story in a new collection. After my flash fiction story, I will complete this and pop it on wattpad. If you want to read the other Super Lizard stories you can on Smashwords, just click here.

Another project – I have two other projects to look at after this, firstly is finishing editing of ‘The Fifth Coin,’ a YA novel I started for NaNoWriMo back in 2016. I need to run it through ProWritingAid and then check a paper copy, before sending it out to query. I also have ideas for a younger children’s chapter book. I may start writing that as well.

RPG – during the time I was limiting projects, I started a space based RPG. I will also continue this on and off to slowly get it finished. I have even considering doing something through Kickstarter with it.

So, plenty to keep me going. Oh, did I say I had just released ‘A Close Shave with Destiny?’ You can get a print version from the UK here, or US here. Nothing like ending a blog post with a shameless plug. Oh look, here’s a picture of some of the print copies of the book looking beautiful…