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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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It's all about the critters

Did you know that you can visit Kyra's blog in real life? Yup. Click on any blog link in an ebook and you'll find Kyra's real home on the "Ley-net". Or you can visit it at valkyriebestiary.com. My amazing daughter, Genevieve, has been redoing some of the images on the blog. Here's one of my favo...

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As you can see by that lovely headline, my kitties have decided to spend the next 4 months glommed to my side. Yes, we had our first snow. And it's cold. bitterly cold. The first week of November, I was out walking in short sleeves. Now it's well below freezing. Koko, my 6-month old kitten is so...

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It's here! The first Valkyrie Bestiary Holiday book! If you pre-ordered, Oh, Come All Ye Dragons, it's now sitting in your Kindle library like an unwrapped gift. If you haven't pre-ordered, now's the time to snap up your copy. It's available in e-Book and paperback. This is a novella, so the pap...

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The Valkyrie Bestiary Christmas tale comes out in less than two weeks, but since it's three days before Halloween, it seems the perfect time to get our spooky on. We'll put off all things snowy and cheery for another time and enjoy a little creepiness today. So, for subscribers to the Readers' G...

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Today is the day! If you pre-ordered Ghouls Don't Scamper, Book 6 of the Valkyrie Bestiary Series, then it will be in your Kindle library now!  If you didn't pre-order, ebooks, paperbacks and hardcovers are all now available at Amazon. Other paperback/hardcover retailers may take a little longer...

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The audiobook for Kelpies Don't Fly drops today! Listen to a sample or buy from your favorite retailer HERE.    

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The clock is ticking down! Six days to the release of Ghouls Don't Scamper. Pre-orders are now available so you can get a little surprise in your Kindle box on October 13th. Paperbacks will be available a couple of days ahead of release day so book sniffers can enjoy it on the same day as digit...

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I got through two and a half years of the pandemic without getting COVID, but my streak is over. Yep. I live like a hermit in the middle of nowhere. I went out of the house once last week and got COVID. I'm never leaving the house again. And this is a picture of where I'm going to live:   ...

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Summer's end...end of an era

As I write this, I’m watching the coverage of Buckingham Palace and the thousands of people who have thronged to the gates to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. It’s strange to think of a world without her. As a Canadian, Queen Elizabeth has always been part of my past, present...

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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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Valkyrie Bestiary Book 6 is now available for pre-order! Ghouls Don't Scamper will be releasing October 13, 2022! Along with the cover for that, I'm thrilled to announce a second new release for the fall! That's right. The super secret project is no longer secret! Coming this November, treat you...

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Despite a few setbacks, I finished my draft of Valkyrie Bestiary book 6, now titled, Ghouls Don't Scamper. I also made my deadline (more or less) for my super secret project and I can confirm that it will be happening! I've seen the cover mockups for both books. All I can say is, "Wow!" In the n...

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My favorite time of day to walk is after the sun goes down but before it’s fully dark. These days, right after the solstice, that’s about 9pm.  We have about 10 acres of fenced land that was once a pasture. Now it’s mostly weeds. But weeds in June can be glorious. There ar...

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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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Life goals: hedge witch or crazy cat lady? So I did a thing. Really, it's no surprise. I adopted a 4-week old kitten. Meet Kokomo. Here we are bonding over our love of literature. My life goals include becoming a hedge witch and wearing pinecones in my hair or surrounding myself with 100 cats....

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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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