Kim McDougall

OK, the good news is that Valkyrie Bestiary Book 9. Worlds Don't Collide is done and sent to my wonderful editor, Elaine Jackson. It took me a lot longer to edit than I anticipated. There's a lot riding on a last book. Everyone has a favorite VB character, and I wanted to do justice to them all. The pressure is on! So I took extra time on the edits to squeeze all the feels I could. I think it was worth it, and I'm very happy with this final VB novel. That brings me to my next bit of bad news. I always planned a story about Emil, but I'd hoped to have that written by now. I have a detailed outline for Emil's story, but I haven't started writing it yet. It could be another 3-4 months before I can get this one to print. 

Here's the really good news:

I plan to give Emil's novella away free to you, my newsletter and blog subscribers. The plan was to send it to you as a free download before publication, then put it for sale on Amazon and on Kindle Unlimited. But the fact that I haven't started it yet gives me an opportunity. I could publish a chapter a week as I write it here on the newsletter and on my blog. This means, instead of waiting, you could get Emil's story a lot sooner. I would start putting out free chapters around the same time as Book 9 drops. I wouldn't want to do it sooner than that because it would involve spoilers for Worlds Don't Collide. Once the story was complete, I would take it down from the blog, edit it and publish it, but you would have the first looks via blog and newsletter. 

Full disclosure: this is an experiment for me. And I'm normally a terrible first drafter (hence the reason for extensive edits). However, novellas are easier for me to write. For instance, the Valkyrie Bestiary Holiday Tale, Oh Come All Ye Dragons, fairly poured out of me. I expect much the same for Emil's story, but I can't guarantee the final product won't be very different. 

So, I want your opinion on this idea. Feel free to take the poll anonymously HERE.

To sum up, here are the choices:

1. Get your free Emil story starting in June with all the warts and pimples of a first draft, delivered weekly by email or blog. 
2. Wait 3-4 months to get the fully edited version delivered to you by email. 

Either way, you're getting a free Emil story! I think we can all cheer for that!

And don't forget that Worlds Don't Collide is now pre-ordering!

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