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Critter Wrangling Rules

As a pest controller of fae creatures, Kyra Greene loves her critters. And she loves her critter wrangling rules too. In every episode of the Valkyrie Bestiary, she comes up with a few news ones. By popular demand, I’ve collected them all here. Which one is your favorite? Kyra’s crit...

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The Wolf Pack is on the run again with 16 audiobooks that will make you howl, including Hell Hounds Don't Heel, Book 3 of the Valkyrie Bestiary Series. Check out the selection of books and enter to win a free audiobook from one of the participating authors (US residents only, sorry their rules, n...

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As the snow finally melts (longest winter ever!), I have been venturing out into the woods around our new little farm. There is still some snow on the ground and it's amazing to see all the different animal tracks. And I have been shocked by the sheer amount of deer poop! Good thing it wasn't a d...

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What's in a cup, eh?

First I want to thank everyone who grabbed a copy of Kelpies Don’t Fly last week and to those who dropped a review too. You helped to make launch week a big success! If you’ve enjoyed the book but haven’t had a chance to review it yet, I encourage you to do so. Reviews help me g...

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Appreciating the Cold

I’m acquiring a new appreciation for snow, which is a good thing since we’ll be stuck with the white stuff for a while. Despite the cold (-18℃ or about 0 ℉), I have forced myself to walk every day. I come back pink-cheeked and energized. One great thing about sn...

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I have never been a winter person (even though I grew up in Montreal), but I’m determined not to let the cold stop me from enjoying our new farm/forest. Today, it was -6℃ (about 21℉), which isn’t so bad for this area. And there was not a breath of wind. I stood in the mid...

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The New Biggest Little Farm

We have settled on a name for our new farm…drum roll, please…Dragon Run Farm. Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions. The final name actually came from a mish-mash of suggestions.    No, that’s not a picture of me. But I hope to find a dragon tree. ...

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Just in time for the holidays! I’ve been keeping this on the down-low, but there is big news at Valkyrie Bestiary! You can now buy merch with all your favorite Valkyrie Bestiary critters! Everything from stickers to socks, phone cases, pillows…and much, much more. There’s e...

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I Need Your Input

I took a week off to visit with my mother in August and then went camping for a weekend. It was a wonderful relaxing time, but it meant that I had a 3-week marathon of editing to get ready for publishing. It was grueling, but I made it! Grimalkins Don’t Purr is officially off to the proofr...

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What I really like about pre-ordering books is that they miraculously appear on my reader or listening device of choice on launch day. It’s always a little surprise that makes me smile. We all need more of those kinds of surprises these days. So pay yourself forward, and pre-order a lit...

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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 h...

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The Girl Who Cried Banshee, a Valkyrie Bestiary Tale is now available! Kyra Greene is a pest controller, not an exterminator. She has to be clear about that when the pests can be anything from pixies to dragons. But when her fledgling business teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, Kyra takes ...

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I’m getting ready to release The Girl Who Cried Banshee into the world. New releases are always exciting but also nerve-wracking. Beautiful art for covers helps with those nerves. And I love the art created for this new Valkyrie Bestiary tale by Sergey Velikoluzhskiy. It features a new c...

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I’ve had so many readers send me notes asking for more of Kyra’s story. These notes, whether by email, on the blog, or by social media, fill me to overflowing with happiness. So thank you to everyone who asked for more.   And I’m glad to say The Girl Who Cried Banshee...

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Audio Book Give-away

Iiiiiiit’s here! The first Valkyrie Bestiary audio book is now ready! That’s right, you can now experience Dragons Don’t Eat Meat in a whole new way. And bonus, the audio book includes the prequel novelette, Three Half Goats Gruff! Check it out HERE and listen to a sample, narr...

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The first Valkyrie Bestiary audiobook will be launching April 27th! And bonus–it includes not only Book 1, Dragons Don’t Eat Meat, but the prequel novelette, Three Half Goats Gruff, too.  Visit the Valkyrie Bestiary Audiobooks page to hear a sample, narrated by Hollie Jackson ...

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! I hope this lovely spring weekend finds you safe and well. We are about to go into lockdown again, so no Easter festivities for us. But that’s okay. It just means I have more time to write. I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately, asking when the next Valkyrie Bes...

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If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you know that I love animals of all kinds. Furred, feathered, scaled. It doesn’t matter. I even like the slimy ones, like frogs and snails, and the freaky ones like bats and octopuses. I’m betting that a lot of others like critt...

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Ask me anything!

I get asked a lot of questions about writing, reading and my books (both published and works-in-progress). I’ve been in this biz for a long time, and I even mentor other writers through workshops at my local libraries. I love answering questions! So ask away. Is there anything about Kyra&r...

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Who Let the Hounds Out

Hell Hounds Don’t Heel releases today! I’m thrilled to bring you this third book in the Valkyrie Bestiary Series. If you pre-ordered Hell Hounds, it should be waiting for you on your Kindle. Don’t you love getting surprise books? I know I do, and I want to give a heartfelt than...

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