Kim McDougall Author

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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:

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.

Title reveal: Valkyrie Bestiary Book 4 will be...

Book 4 of the Valkyrie Bestiary Series is coming Fall 2021!

As soon as I have cover art, I'll have a more definite date. 

But I can officially release the new title. Ready for it?

(Drum roll...)


And what is a grimalkin, you might ask? Here's a Wikipedia Definition:

A grimalkin (also called a greymalkin) is an archaic term for a cat. The term stems from "grey" (the colour) plus "malkin", an archaic term with several meanings (a low class woman, a weakling, a mop, or a name) derived from a hypocoristic form of the female name Maud. Scottish legend makes reference to the grimalkin as a faery cat that dwells in the highlands.

So basically, a cat. But of course, if it's a creature in Kyra's world it's going to one heck of a cat. 

I'd love to know what you think of the new title. Leave a comment below. 

And visit the GRIMALKIN PAGE for a snippet from my work-in-progress.

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