Kim McDougall

1, 231,498 words

The countdown is on! There’s less than 3 weeks left until the Valkyrie Bestiary Series finale drops! I have some fun stuff planned for the release (see more on that below). 
As I finalize the text for Worlds Don’t Collide and format it for release, I find myself feeling very nostalgic. I started writing this series over 10 years ago. I wrote 4 complete manuscripts before I found the story that became Dragon’s Don’t Eat Meat. Those first iterations barely resemble the final product. Characters came and went. Settings changed. Plots grew, branched and died. Only a few things remained consistent: Kyra, Mason and the idea that critters were central to the story.
Now, I’ve heard from some of you that you wish Kyra’s story could keep going. I do too, but I always planned 9 books. From the very beginning I had three story arcs of three books each. I’ve seen some series go on long past their expiry date and start to stink a bit. I never wanted that for Kyra. Besides, after all the crap I put her through, she deserves some peaceful down time with her family.

During these reflections, I took a look at my Scrivener file’s stats. Scrivener is the very powerful word-processing program that I use to write. If you want to see what a 9-book series with all the research looks like from a data standpoint, you can watch the short video below.

But just looking at the screenshot below, you can see that I wrote over 1.2 million words for this series. And created 1,277 documents.

That includes rough drafts for 9 novels and 6 novellas/collections. It also includes character details, settings, world building and lots of research. Looking over all that work feels sort of like going through a well ordered trinket box of memories. It’s very satisfying and brings up a whole lot of feels. 

And now I’m creating new Scrivener files, with new worlds and characters to explore. I find the creation process exciting and I hope you’ll stick around for these new journeys. I’ll have a lot more info on the new books (2 series!) in the next few weeks.

But for now, I’m concentrating on the launch of Worlds Don’t Collide. You can pre-order it HERE.

Worlds Don’t Collide Launch Party

Launch Day is June 6th! I have a couple of contests planned, including a VB launch party and trivia night on June 8th with a great prize pack for one Valkyrie Bestiary super fan. This will take place on The Inbetween Facebook Discussion Group, but I recognize that not everyone wants to be on FB, so I will also post it on my website and send a reminder email when the contest begins. I will also be taking over at several author discussion groups with some games and prizes. Details of those dates will be in the next email. 

I am still planning to give-away (only to subscribers) Emil’s companion novella, Thorn of Vioska. I don’t have a date pinned down for that yet, but as soon as I do, you’ll find it here. 

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