Kim McDougall

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 thanks to everyone who pre-ordered.

If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, you can read a snippet on the Valkyrie Bestiary page. And everyone is invited to check out the deleted scene below from book 3. Sometimes, scenes end up on the cutting room floor. This might be simply because they aren’t relevant to the story as a whole or they negatively affect the pacing of the plot. But they make fun reading, regardless. And so I bring you this deleted scene from Hell Hounds Don’t Heel:

Kyra Discovers a New Species in an old Church

Emil lived in an old Catholic church that had been converted into apartments, not far from where Cyril died last fall. As I pulled to the curb, an older white woman rose from where she’d been crouching in the garden. Silver hair blew around her head in a cloud and she squinted behind oversized glasses.

The spring wind was fierce and I zipped up my jacket as I jumped from my truck. Emil had already parked and was standing next to the woman.

“Kyra, this is my landlady, Maude Bellamy,” he said.

Maude pulled off her garden gloves, but made no move to shake my hand. She was shorter than me by several inches, but her fierce blue eyes made her seem bigger in stature.

“Damn rats dug up nearly all my tulip bulbs. You need to whack ‘em before they get onto the roses.”

I glanced at the garden. Rats didn’t eat tulip bulbs, but when a customer had an idea in their head, it was best to just go along with it until you had proof otherwise. Even then, many of them would look at a trapped, hissing pooka and swear it was a raccoon. It was all about what let them sleep better at night.

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