Katie MacAlister

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Yack and Chat!

Guys, with all the toxic content on Facebook and other social media, I really want to try to transition my discussion groups over to Discord. Before anyone gets all panicky, know this is NOT a forced removal of folks from my FB discussion group. I’m just trying to be aware of the problems inherent with popular social media, and would like to move to an environment that isn’t so prone to being influenced by others.

So. If you haven’t used Discord before, it is a platform that allows people to do what we do here–post memes and articles, chat at one another (like a discussion form), and even do voice chats if you have a microphone/speakers.

It’s free to use, and I personally love it. If you have not yet joined my discord group, I highly urge you to do so. You can join here: https://discord.gg/SfwSRDF

I’m going to start hanging out there every day, and in a blatant show of bribery, think I will run a few giveaways there, just to reward the folks who are brave enough to venture into the new territory.

I hope to see you all there!

New Non-Fiction Books!

You may have noticed two new covers appear in my website banner!

My long-time friend L.K. Glover and I recently gave in to our deep and abiding love for all things journals, planners, and medieval-esque wood prints, as well as a healthy appreciation for a snarky attitude toward life, and created a couple of books intended to help people through this trying time.

The first book, LOVE IN THE TIME OF THE PLAGUE is a survival journal and keepsake that offers fun coloring pages, lots and lots of journal space, and even a couple of organizational pages so you don’t lose track of the important stuff.

The second book in the series is geared toward parents with kids who are facing either virtual, in person, or hybrid classes. SCHOOL IN THE TIME OF THE PLAGUE gives parents resources to keep track of their children’s classes, appointments, class attendance (virtual and otherwise), and much, much more. It works for parents who homeschool, as well. Since we are passionate about children’s education, we are donating a portion of the proceeds of sales for SCHOOL IN THE TIME OF THE PLAGUE to an education-related charity. Currently, that charity is Shielding Our Defenders. You can read more about the charities we support at the Bee & Moon website.

STEAMED gets a new cover!

Steamed has received (at long last) a new cover. Why? The second book in the series will be out this autumn, and I thought it was the perfect time to update Steamed’s cover as well. If you’d like a signed print version with the new cover, hie thee over to my Etsy store listing.

 

Dmitri is finally ready to be fondled!

 

For those of you who have been waiting patiently for the print version of A TALE OF TWO COUSINS–thank you! Because of the pandemic, book production has taken much longer than normal, and after six weeks, I finally got in a case of books ready to be signed and sent off to readers. You can find the first batch of books up on my Etsy shop.

Dmitri lives!

I’m tickled three different shades of pink to announce that the third book in the Papaioannou series, A TALE OF TWO COUSINS, is now live in most ebook stores (Google is being a bit slow, but I’m hoping it will be listed shortly). Since I’m using a temporary cover while my cover artist makes the real deal, the print version will not be available for a few weeks. Hopefully, we’ll have a deal soon with the audio and foreign publishers as well. Stay tuned for further info about all of those.

In the mean time, to celebrate the release, I’ve dropped the price on the first book in the series, IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME to $0.99 for a few weeks, so if you haven’t dived into the series, you can do so with minimum expense.

An Update!

Dragons. Let’s talk about ’em.
One of the things I want to do this year is produce at least one newsletter each month. Since I don’t have a super interesting life that would captivate anyone reading about it–at least not to the point of enduring it once a month–I’ve decided that what I *can* do is offer unique content to each newsletter.
 
While mulling that over, I realized that I’ve never written the novella of exactly what went down between the end of Sparks Fly, and the beginning of Dragon Fall. Lots of people have been confused by those events (even though they are dribbled throughout Dragon Fall) so I thought hey, that’s the perfect thing to do for the newsletter.
 
So. Here’s what’s going to happen. Each month, I will send out one (or possibly more) newsletters with small chunks of the “THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED THAT YOU GUYS HAVE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT” novella. It will be serialized, with each “episode” continuing from the previous one.
 
This content will ONLY be available via the newsletter (possibly via a link to hidden pages on my website, or in the newsletter itself). You won’t get to read it unless you subscribe, and yes, I know, I’m a meanie-head. I will NOT be doing big promotion posts in the newsletter–it’s not about BUY BUY BUY. It’s me giving my subscribers a reward for following me and enjoying my books.
 
Once the novella serialization is finished via the newsletter, then I will release it for sale in ebook format (and possibly print format stuffed in with another novella). So if you are vehemently opposed to subscribing to the newsletter, but still want the story, you can get it that way.
 
Since I’ve just plotted the novella–and yes, EVERYONE will be in it, including points of view for Jim, Aisling, May, Ysolde, and a few other people as well–I’m super excited about it. I hope you will be, too. And if you haven’t subscribed to the newsletter, you can do so here: https://www.subscribepage.com/katiemac
 
The first 2020 newsletter (with the first episode) will go out later this month.

Shop update!

I still have a few more to list, but I’m putting up all those many journals and albums that have consumed me all summer and autumn. You can browse them at the shop, but each is best viewed via the video linked in the description.
And yes, I have arthritis gloves on in the video. They keep my fingers happy. 🙂

What? It’s still September!

Got my writing done today (and a hot Bastian was enjoyed by my muse), and in addition, filmed a Christmas journal I made. One of these days I’m going to list all the albums and journals. I’ll probably warn everyone in advance, but until then, enjoy my romp through Christmas papers. And my dogs barking.

Remember a bit ago when I showed you some altered composition books that I’ve been making during down time? Well, I tossed 30 of them onto my Etsy shop, everything from Alice to Halloween, Christmas, and gardening stuffs. More are coming, but this is the first batch.

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