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Holiday Short Story for Free

In my most recent newsletter, I updated my subscribers about my audiobook news, some releases in Magic, New Mexico, and included a free holiday short story! To encourage more folks to sign up for the newsletter, I will include the first page of the story here and then the sign up link. So if you sign up — let me know and I’ll make sure you get the whole story! I love having subscribers — it’s like I have friends I email every month, ha. (Please note that I email my friends a lot, too, and in fact they get real sick of texts about cat vomit and why am I so tired.)

New Year’s Magic, by Jody Wallace

At precisely 12:00 am on New Year’s Day, when he came at her for a celebratory kiss, Ana’s date turned into a pumpkin.

“Crap!” Ana snatched up the large gourd before any of her fellow revelers smashed it. The residual effects of the spell should prevent bystanders from noticing the transmogrification, but the spell to change Jimmy back into the human he’d been ten seconds ago wouldn’t work on pumpkin pulp.

a crochet cat butt on a pumpkin
A pumpkin…and a cat butt!

She was going to kill that damn cat. This time, she was really going to do it.

Leading with the pumpkin, she pushed free of the throng. Confetti and balloons drifted from the ceiling as the crowd broke into a drunken rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Her stilettos pinched her toes with every stomp.

Not that the date had been going fabulously—it was hard for a sorceress to relax with a normie, even one as cute as Jimmy—but she’d been dateless for too long. The last man who’d truly interested her… Well, the less said about him the better.

Except she’d be saying a lot of things to him here in about twenty minutes. Threatening things.

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Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

Talking to Cats

Did you ever wish you could talk to your cats, find out why they are stalking around the house at 3 am and howling? Or staring at the wall with an eerie, fixed concentration? Today’s writer prompt brings that fantasy to life. Sort of. How do you imagine this scene would go? What would happen next?

We’d love to see what you come up with!

A picture of a cat upside down and cute. The prompt is that you realize you are talking to cats.

We’d love to see what you come up with in regards to talking to cats! Drop me an email and we can share your efforts with everyone else in the newsletter!



The cover for blue guard by jody wallace on a fancy blended blue background

Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

New Home Who Dis?

Many of us have the experience of moving into a new house, apartment, condo, or what have you and finding unexpected difficulties or bonuses about the new place. But what if your cat is the one who finds the bonus? And is it really a bonus? Can you tell me what’s going on here?

The cat finds a hole in the basement of your new house that leads to a secret room. catty writer prompt
Whither dost this tunnel lead?

You can check out my Twitter feed for a new catty writer prompt every Wednesday! https://twitter.com/jodywallace or check out the feed of them on the blog at https://www.jodywallace.com/category/catty-writer-prompts/


Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

Your Choice, Our Books

How’d you like to get 30 something fantastic books in exchange for something you might want to do anyway? SILVER BOUND and SILVER UNLEASHED by me and my writing partner DB Sieders are part of the Romance for Roe anthology where you get your choice, our books.

The cover for the Romance for Roe anthology

The anthology includes our two paranormal romances plus so much more! You can find all the instructions for the very simple exchange here: https://romanceforroe.com/

This anthology is only available for a limited time! As are, possibly, freedom of choice and the right to decide whether you want to bear a child. Obviously the second is more important than the first, but the first will help out with the second in a small way.


The cover for blue guard by jody wallace on a fancy blended blue background

Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

What’s That Meow?

An exciting development in my publishing career! A couple of months ago, I contracted with Scribd / Bryant Street Pub to develop audio versions of some of my stories. They have started with the Cat Ship series, and today Catalyst is now available as an audiobook! You can listen to the Catalyst audiobook here:

The cover of Catalyst by Jody Wallace

Are you an audiobook afficionado? Our family tends to partake of audiobooks as a group on trips or just quietly during the after-dinner hours. With Scribd, to listen to their vast catalog of offerings, they function like an online library. You subscribe for 9.99 a month (can cancel at any time) and you can go wild with whatever ebooks and audiobooks they have available, which is a lot. You can also get your first free month for free and maybe listen to Catalyst and see what you think.

Would be amazing to hear your impressions, if anyone has had a chance to listen! What’s that meow sound like?


The cover for blue guard by jody wallace on a fancy blended blue background

Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

Are You Grompy and Chonky?

I bet you are. I sure am. In fact, I am so grompy and so chonky and so completely enthralled with KITTIES that I have commissioned a very special item from an artist who is local to my real-world location. I would like to offer you…

The best T-shirt in the world!

two t-shirts with a fat mad cat drawn on them and the words 'grompy and chonky'
You too can advertise the truth about your soul….

I make zero dollars from this shirt, zero kickback, only the JOY of knowing that more people in this world are wearing this shirt. The artist, Panda Ink Designs, so perfectly captured what was in my head when all I did was babble some nonsense. The shirt is a soft cotton a little on the thin side (but in a good way), and I’d say it runs a tiny bit small compared to other shirts I own, most of which I get at the thrift store so they’ve already been washed…a bit. Haha.

Here are the colors:

colors available for the grompy and chonky shirt

I got a bright pink that I hope does well at hiding stains, since I… Well. I have never met a garment I couldn’t stain just by wearing it. Food or no food. It’s a skill.

Recommend getting the white print on the darker colored shirts. Please, please help yourself! And let me know how fantastic it is to walk through the day letting everyone know you are straight up grompy and chonky. Click either of the photos to be taken to the order form! Or here.


The cover for blue guard by jody wallace on a fancy blended blue background

Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

Nobody Loves You, Baby

Or no cats, anyway.

Here’s your writer prompt for this week! It’s a contrast to last week’s prompt, so those stories might make a fun parallel.

Everytime you go to the cat cafe, the cats hiss at you and run away

So what is it about you that makes this happen? It surely isn’t as simple as “you smell like dog” because cats are more discerning than that…


Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

These Kittens Look Familiar

Sharing another catty writer prompt today, and I think you’ll agree these kittens look familiar. How do you suppose THIS happened?

A basket of kittens, these kittens look familiar
You open your shirt drawer. Inside it, a cat you don’t recognize has had kittens. The kittens look JUST like your tomcat.

One possibility. Your tomcat let his girlfriend in through the cat door. Another possibility. Your tomcat and his girlfriend are shapeshifters. Another possibility. Grey tabbies are really common and your tomcat had nothing to do with this. Another possibility. They aren’t actually cats but instead are sentient alien beings.

What’s your possibility?


The cover for blue guard by jody wallace on a fancy blended blue background

Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

Whose Diary Is That?

You probably shouldn’t pick the lock on secret books. Bad things can happen when you unearth a secret cat diary.

You find a locked book. When you unlock it, you realize it's a secret cat diary.

You shouldn’t be invading people’s privacy this way! But since you did…fill us in. What’s kitty been up to? How much danger are you in? Is kitty saving the world or destroying it? You can get a catty writer prompt every Wednesday at my Twitter page or my Facebook page or other places!


The cover for 1000 kisses, a paranormal romance in which a cat plays a significant role (though not as one of the people in the romance)

Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com