Book Tours: Starter Day Party Katrin’s Chronicles


I’m happy to host a starter day party today for “Katrin’s Chronicles: The Canon of Jacqueléne Dyanne, Vol. 1”. The book sounds like an interesting read, and I’ll be reviewing it on my blog on October 17th.

Tour Schedule

October 7th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 8th: Book Excerpt @ Endazzled Reading

October 10th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

October 11th: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

October 13th: Book Excerpt @ Sylv Jenkins’ Blog

October 15th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene

October 17th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

October 18th: Book Review @ Inside the Mind of a Bibliophile

October 19th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

October 20th: Book Excerpt @ Serenity’s Lovely Reads

October 21st: Guest Post @ Brenda McCreight’s Blog

Katrin’s Chronicles

18331524Title: Katrin’s Chronicles: The Canon of Jacquelene Dyanne, Vol. 1

Author: Valerie C. Woods

Genre: Psychic Girl Detectives, Middle Grade

On the verge of entering high school, precociously eloquent 13 -year-old Katrin DuBois feels it’s never too soon to start an autobiography. She decides to set the record straight about the outrageous rumors concerning certain adventures that began when she was in sixth grade. That’s when her elder sister, 8th grader J. Dyanne, began exhibiting extraordinary detecting skills, and emerging psychic abilities.

Set during the latter half of 1968, these African-American tweens live in a working class neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. They manage to thrive in a world of social change with multi-generational family support, creative quick-thinking and fearless inquisitiveness. The dog days of August find them prohibited by their parents from visiting the Central Library downtown because of the riots during the Democratic Convention. However, there’s plenty of adventure in their own neighborhood as they become swept up in family mysteries, neighborhood political schemes and the discovery of a surprising legacy of psychic, even supernatural, talent.

Katrin’s Chronicles: The Canon of Jacqueléne Dyanne, expands the girl detective genre to include these smart, sister sleuths.

Author Bio

An avid reader while growing up on Chicago’s South Side, Ms. Woods began writing when, as a struggling actress in New York, she couldn’t find suitable audition material for women of color. This led her to write a book of audition monologues, Something for Everyone (50 Original Monologues). The book was initially self-published and is now published by renowned theatrical play publisher, Samuel French, Inc. (

After adapting an average play into a better screenplay, Ms. Woods was awarded a Walt Disney Screenwriting Fellowship and followed that up with writing and producing on network and cable drama series such as Under One Roof, Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, Any Day Now and Soul Food.

But fiction, her first love, compelled her to enter the world of prose. She had always written bits of fiction, short stories and a little poetry here and there.

In November 2012, Ms. Woods founded a micro -press: BooksEndependent, LLC (www.BooksEndependent .com) to support her work and the work of other new, independent authors of fiction and non-fiction.

The first title was Ms. Woods’ novella, I Believe … A Ghost Story for the Holidays . ( Then, what began as a gift became her secondpublication.

Several years ago, needing a birthday present for her sister Ms. Woods wrote a short story about a girl detective — a highly fictionalized autobiography of the adventures she and her sister experienced in childhood. Another story was written for Christmas, then one for Mother’s Day. That’s when Ms. Woods realized she was writing the kind of novel she and her sister would have loved to read as children, but which didn’t exist – the adventures of African-American Girl Detectives!

The result, Katrin’s Chronicles: The Canon of Jacqueléne Dyanne, Vol. 1 is now available in paperback and Kindle edition at


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