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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 ...

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Whew!

Dodged a bullet & Emil: Cover Reveal In my last newsletter, I asked you fill out a poll about Emil’s novella. This is a planned companion story to Book 9, Worlds Don’t Collide. VB Readers’ Group and newsletter subscribers will get it FREE. The poll was about how the novella would be delive...

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CLICK HERE TO VOTE IN THE POLL 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...

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April 5th

I'm deep into edits of Worlds Don't Collide and really excited that I'll be bringing this series conclusion to you June 6th! It's a bittersweet story for me as I get to play with my favorite characters one more time. That quote above is one of my favorites that I pulled out this week. I like i...

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That's a little snippet I found while editing Worlds Don't Collide today. I'm deep in the edits now and it's all coming together nicely. I can't wait to show it off!  Pre-order the eBook now! In the mean time, the big news is about the Valkyrie Bestiary Cage Fights. For the past 30 weeks we...

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Yesterday, I officially finished the first draft of Worlds Don't Collide, the final book in the Valkyrie Bestiary Series. The writing of this one started of at top speed. I wrote the first half in record time. But the second half has been like opening a vein and writing in my own blood. The words...

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I'm super excited to reveal the new cover for Valkyrie Bestiary Book 9! Isn't it beautiful! The artist, Kayla Schweisberger, really outdid herself this time.    With the cover ready, that means pre-orders are up! Release date is June 6, 2024. Here's a little blurb:   Kyra has been charged wit...

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Book Dragon is tired

**squeeee** I'm doing a happy dance because I just saw the mockups for the cover of Worlds Don’t Collide, Valkyrie Bestiary Book 9, and Kayla Schweisberger has outdone herself! I can’t wait to show it to you, hopefully in the next newsletter. Such a tease, I know.   Other than that excitement, th...

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I often get asked questions such as “Do you still get paid if I read your books on Kindle Unlimited (or from the library or ‘insert other format here’).” In general, my answer is, “If you read my books, I’m ecstatic however you got them. Thank you.” There are two caveats to that. The first is boo...

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January Book Bonanza!

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fun and safe holiday season. I traveled a bit to see family, snuggled with the grand babies and had some girl time with both my mother and my daughter. It was a perfect holiday, until I came home sick. Not Covid, luckily, but a bad head cold. It's the price you pa...

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It's been a bitter-sweet month so far. Winter settled on us early. I've already had the snowshoes out. And while I enjoy the forest in winter, I can't help feeling this is going to be a long one.   And then we had a Booker emergency. If you've been following this newsletter for a while, you'll re...

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I have a surprise for you.  Okay, deep breath. For the past year, in between writing Valkyrie Bestiary books, I've been building a new world for a new series. That's right. I have a whole new series in the works. My first one in over 5 years. Yikes! It's very scary stuff for me. More details be...

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With every new release, this readers' group gets a big influx of new members. In fact, there have been over 300 new subscribers since Unicorns Don't Cry launched last month. So I thought this would be a good time to do a little recap for new readers, those who might have missed some newsletters a...

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Unicorns Don't Cry, (Valkyrie Bestiary Book 8) brought a whole new menagerie of critters for Kyra. There's the conies, feisty little rabbits; Ludger the Puckwudgie, who is more than he seems; Chug, the abused unicorn who wants to feel pretty again; and the little whatsis sunflower. Which one ...

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First reviews are in!

Unicorns Don't Cry released last week and the first reviews are very positive! This one made me chuckle:     Who knew that getting your soul crushed could be so much fun? And I love this one too.    It was a hard book. Hard to write too. I wanted the depth of Kyra’s emotion to come across on t...

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That's right, Valkyrie Bestiary Book 8 is finally here! If you pre-ordered an eBook, it should be in your Kindle library. If you've been waiting to grab it with Kindle Unlimited, you can do that now! Paperbacks and hardcovers are also available. I know you're eager to get right into reading, ...

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Meet the new critters

The results are in from last newsletter's poll. The overwhelming majority want to see more farmyard tales, despite the liquids that were spewed after reading about Booker's teeth and sheath day. If you missed that story, you can still catch it on last week's Blog.    There's a lot of news thi...

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Teeth & Sheath Day

Here’s an amusing horsey story for you. It’s not for the faint of heart, so read on with caution. Seriously, if you don’t want to know about the grittier parts of animals husbandry, this post is not for you.   Still with me? Ok. Here goes. A couple of years ago, we bought a hobby farm and mov...

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A scene 8 books in the making

Whew It's done. Today I sent Unicorns Don't Cry off to my wonderful editor, Elaine Jackson for a final proofread. This one took a lot out of me but in a good ways and sad ways. The final scene in this book is one that I envisioned way back in 2018 when I first started sketching out a story arc...

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For the next few months I'll be organizing a just-for-fun tournament between Valkyrie Bestiary creatures and characters. Who is the toughest of the lot? You get to decide.    I have 16 first round contenders lined-up. Winners from those bouts will go onto round to. Eventually, we'll pick one winn...

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