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Grimalkins Don't Purr is now pre-ordering!

Book 4 of the Valkyrie Bestiary is coming September 23, 2021! In Grimalkins Don't Purr, Kyra Greene is out of this world—literally. Jacoby, her fire dervish, has been lost in the Nether for weeks. Only Kyra can save him, but not without help from her estranged father. The problem is, Daddy's dead. His spirit now rests in a Life Tree whose roots pierce the veil between worlds. 

Join Kyra on a new adventure with her band of misfit creatures. Only this time, to save Jacoby, she won’t be dealing with ghosts from Mason’s past. She'll have to face the distant dryad branch of her family and maybe a few of her own ghosts.

Pre-order Grimalkins Don't Purr now.

Win a Valkyrie Bestiary Hardcover Prize Pack

July is my birthday month. I won’t tell you how old I am (ahem) but let’s just say, it’s a milestone year. So to celebrate, I’m giving away a Valkyrie Bestiary hardcover collection prize pack! There are several ways to enter to win.

First Prize:

Valkyrie Bestiary hardcover collection pack that includes: 
•    Valkyrie Bestiary books 1-3 (signed hardcovers)
•    Dragons Don’t Eat Meat tote bag
•    2 fiber art critters, handmade by the author (Ollie, the baby dragon and Hunter, the pygmy kraken)
•    A green enamel dragon ring 
•    Valkyrie Bestiary keychain and decal

Pictures of the prize pack are available here:

3 runners-up will win:

An audiobook download of Dragons Don’t Eat Meat, Book 1 of the Valkyrie Bestiary (includes prequel, Three Half Goats Gruff).
Prize is open to international readers.

Contest runs from July 5-29, 2021. Winners will be chosen at random from all entries on July 30, 2021. Winners will be notified by email.

Enter here: https://kingsumo.com/g/l2xiwy/win-a-valkyrie-bestiary-hardcover-prize-pack

Kim McDougall

Sunshine, daisies & bubble wrap

A couple of weeks ago, I was walking Maggie, the hell-hound-in-training, when I tripped and busted up my knee pretty badly. Couldn't walk on it for over a week. You can see a really cute video of Maggie running through the daisies by clicking on the image below (note: this will link to a public page on Facebook).

This video was shot about 5 minutes before I took my tumble.

Usually, walking Maggie is my daydreaming time. It's when I let my mind roam and make those story connections that elude me. But maybe, I need to keep my eyes open when I daydream. Or someone should just wrap me in bubble wrap.

In case you missed it, I officially announced the title for book 4 of the Valkyrie Bestiary Series in the last newsletter. Grimalkins Don't Purr will be out in September.

What I didn't mention last time, was that writing book 4 wasn't going well for a while there. Sometimes writing is just plain hard! It's not all fairy muses and sunshine. It can be a slog. But I've been doing this long enough to know it will eventually come together. So I kept plugging away and believing.

And then one afternoon after my knee healed, I was out walking Maggie again (trying to pay attention this time), and it happened. I got that flash of insight that made the whole story come together. It worked! The plot fell into place. I finally understood what the characters had been telling me for weeks, and their stories took a different direction. The elusive theme emerged. Rays of sunshine for everyone!

It was a good day.

Never stop believing.

How was your day?

Don't forget that The Girl Who Cried Banshee is now available.

Don’t whistle into the wind. Don’t stir your tea widdershins, and never fall in love with a customer, especially a homesteader. Lessons to be learned by Kyra Green as she takes on her first pest control job outside the city’s protective ward and meets the banshee who will become her roommate. The Girl Who Cried Banshee takes place 10 years before Dragons Don't Eat Meat. Visit the Valkyrie Bestiary Page for more info.

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