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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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I took a bit of a break from newsletters and social media in July to finish the manuscript for Valkyrie Bestiary Book 8. And, of course, July flew by but not without some important updates. The cover is finally here!   Unicorns Don't Cry ebook is now available for pre-order. Be sure to snap it...

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My experiment of working in my little forest office has been a success! If you missed the newsletter where I talk about that, you can see it HERE. The calm and distraction-free forest has let me nearly double my daily word count, and I should have a rough draft of Valkyrie Bestiary Book 8 complet...

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Never stop learning

Since a lot of my stories come from my own experiences, I like to top up my well once in a while by learning new things. Experiences are fiction fodder or brain food, and they just make life interesting. In the past 2 weeks, I took a foraging class, visited a composting facility, and spent the da...

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Today, I have some fun and some not-so-fun pictures to share.   As I write this, an area of forest the size of Belgium is burning only a few hours north of me. Please don’t worry about me. We are all safe. There have been a few local fires, but they were put out quickly. Our only suffering is in ...

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It's been almost 2 weeks since the release of Devil's Don't Lie. I want to thank everyone who purchased it or downloaded it. And thank you for the reviews! There were 162 reviews by last count. That's fabulous! And they are all favorable. I'm so glad that readers are enjoying this book. It was em...

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  Today is the day! If you pre-ordered Devils Don't Lie, it should be in your Kindle library now. Isn't that fun, waking up to a new book?    Also now available is the free eBook, Tales from the Inbetween. This book contains 6 outtakes from the Valkyrie Bestiary world, plus one original short s...

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  There's so much going on this month! I'm just going to get right to it. May 13: I will be at the street fair in Shawville, Quebec from 10am to 2pm May 16: Launch day for Devil's Don't Lie. Paperbacks are already available at Amazon. Other stores will follow soon. Pre-orders at a reduced p...

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Launch day is coming soon for Devils Don't Lie! It drops on May 16th. That's a Tuesday and not my usual newsletter day, but I'll be sending a special note that day because I have a gift for all members of the Reader's Group to celebrate!  Tales from the Inbetween contains 6 deleted scenes and...

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Spring is finally here! Woohoo! I don't think I've ever been happier to see grass. It was a long haul winter this year. Last week we had a terrible ice storm. That's right, the second week of April it was raining slush from the sky. By the afternoon on Wednesday, everything--sheds, deck, trees, p...

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It's done. I just finished the final edits on Valkyrie Bestiary Book 7 – Devils Don't Lie.  Whew! That was a month-long marathon of edits. Next it goes to my amazing editor, Elaine Jackson, then back to me for a final proofread before it goes live on May 16, 2023! But you can pre-order it right ...

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I'll keep it short today. I'm deep into edits for Valkyrie Bestiary Book 7 but I came up for air and to tell you that I finally have a title to reveal! Are you ready? Drumroll please.... Devils Don't Lie That's Valkyrie Bestiary Book 7. And who is the devil? You'll have to wait and see. I hope t...

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Some readers have asked about my experiences in animal rescue because it is a big inspiration for Kyra and her critter wrangling. As I set up my farm in the hopes of accepting some new rescues in the near future, I've been reminiscing about some of the amazing times I had caring for animals. Here...

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The snow just came crashing off our roof. It sounds like a freight train hit the house. Koko and Tobie, my feline housemates, have not one bejesus left between them. They may never come out from under the bed. At least the melting snow means that spring can't be too far away. Yes, excitement seem...

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I saw the sun today. It felt strange, I'm not going to lie. >>What is that big ball of light in the sky? Dear God, my eyes! It burns! We've been hammered by one snow storm after another. I don't remember the last time I saw blue sky. So I took advantage of it and went snowshoeing with Whi...

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So this happened. I'm in the middle of republishing my children's books after my publisher went out of business during Covid. I ordered a proof copy of Once Twice Thrice and this is what I got. This is the cover of my book. So far so good. But look inside, and...oops! That's not my book. Ye...

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New Year, New Business

Happy New Year! It’s a clean slate. Outside my window, the snow covered fields make me feel like I’m looking at a fresh page, not a bad metaphor for a writer with many stories still to tell.  I thought I’d take this opportunity to let you know my writing/publishing plans for the coming year. Her...

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Happy Holidays, whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa or just enjoying the winter solstice. We're over the hump here in Quebec. The days are starting to get longer again. Whew! Even at noon, it feels like the day is almost over. We got a load of snow dumped on us last week...

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