Kim McDougall
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 winner and use it as an excuse to throw a party and give out some prizes.
You are invited! The fun will start next Friday (August 25) and every Friday for the next 30 weeks or so on the Valkyrie Bestiary Facebook discussion group. Note :the posts will stay active for a week, with the fight winner decided the following Friday. See a sample fight below.


Welcome to Valkyrie Bestiary Cage Fights

Here's a sample of a first round cage-fight.
Gita vs Angus
The fight is on! Banshee vs Greenman! She's got the scream to end all screams, but don't discount the gargoyle with green magic at his fingertips! You pick the winner, but you've got to tell me why. Who would win in a battle between Gita and Angus? You can reply right in the comments below.
Winners of each pairing will go on to round 2. If you need a refresher on these characters, check out Kyra’s blog article about banshees or Angus's character sheet.
As I mentioned, this is all just in good fun. We'll even have a battle to determine the cutest critter in the Valkyrie Bestiary world. So be sure to join the FB discussion group to see all the match-ups. We're a pretty laid back group anyway. You get to chat with other VB readers and post your favorite critters from real life and mythology. 
When we decide the ultimate Valkyrie Bestiary Beast, we'll throw a party with some free books and other prizes. I hope you'll hop over to join us!

Book News

Unicorns Don't Cry now pre-ordering. In case you missed the last newsletter, Valkyrie Bestiary Book 8 is now up for pre-order. Check out the beautiful new cover and secure your ebook at special pre-release prices HERE. Release date is October 19, 2023. As always, I will have the paperback up a few days ahead of time so everyone can enjoy the new release at the same time.
Audiobook news and a call for ARC listeners. Ghouls Don't Scamper, VB Book 6 will be available in audio in the next few weeks. Book 7 & 8 will be going into production this Oct/Jan. I'm looking for avid audiobook listeners who would like to get a free audiobook code to hear book 6 in return for an honest review. The only criteria would be that you need a Spotify account (a free account is fine) and you need to have read/listened to the first 5 books. If you would be interested in being ad advance reviewer, please use the CONTACT page to get in touch. 

What's Kim Reading?

Shadow Hunter
Rosie O’Grady’s Paranormal Bar and Grill, Book 1
BR Kingsolver

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while and when I saw that the audiobook is part of Kobo Plus, I snapped it up. It did not disappoint. The MC has a fascinating back story that she’s running from. It’s the reason for her kick-a$$ abilities but it also influences the way she thinks and views the world. I particularly found that part very well written and thoughtful.
Add to that some great action, a found family and a bar that caters to the paranormal and this series is quickly becoming a favorite. I just wish for once, I could walk through a ward and find a bar like Rosie O’Grady’s!
I listened to this on Kobo Plus. The narrator was excellent and was able to create unique voices for each character that added to enjoyment of the story.
Visit BR KINGSOLVER'S website

Book Fairs & Events

You'll notice that I listened to BR Kingsolver's book on Kobo Plus, and one of the book fairs below is devoted to Kobo Plus too. If you're not familiar with it, this is a subscription service, sort of like Amazon's Kindle Unlimited and Audible combined. One reasonable monthly fee lets you choose from a huge selection of ebooks and audiobooks. Authors like it because Kobo doesn't demand exclusivity, so it's a win-win for all. Check out the Kobo Plus fair below. Links to Kobo will be included. 
There are more awesome deals and info about in-person book signing on the Book Fairs page.


Spotlight Books

Shooting Star
Charli B Rose

Once upon a time, I was a djinn princess betrothed to a man I wasn't in love with. So I stole the proverbial magic lamp & ran away. For many years, I bounced through time & space, floating through life. It wasn't ideal, but at least I was free. Then I met Nox & found a reason to stay in one place. Everything was perfect until we visited a psychic at the local carnival. Now my past was threatening my future, & Nox just might learn that I was a liar. Too bad genies weren't allowed to make wishes.


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