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Cover Reveal for Women of Kern: Book Two

I’m so excited to share the cover for my next short story collection, Women of Kern: Book Two,  which I’ll be releasing this summer. These eight new short stories and novellas set in the lush fantasy world of Kern follow the adventures of …

  • A magician whose way of life is disappearing.
  • A hostage with a dangerous secret.
  • A warrior who doesn’t want to be queen.
  • A healer with a talent for politics.
  • A mother willing to kill as many humans as needed to protect her nest.
  • A blind spymaster who can’t stop a war without destroying her family.
  • A replacement bride who falls for the wrong prince.
  • An only child who inherits her father’s feuds as well as his tribe.

This cover is inspired by Kielia, the blind spymaster who can’t stop a war without destroying her family. She’s one of my favorite characters I’ve ever written and I’m so excited to feature her on this cover.

Women of Kern: Book Two can be enjoyed as a stand-alone volume or alongside the previous book in this series, Women of Kern: Book One. You don’t have to read them in order and every story can stand on it’s own, but some of the stories do tie-in with each other.

Praise for Women of Kern: Book One:

“Each story follows … a strong female character (legitimately, diversely strong, not the kind of “strong female character” you get in most YA fiction) ” – R.M. Archer (read full review here)

“Romance and adventure. Loved the strong and courageous characters.” — 5-Star Goodreads review

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Writing Tips and Prompts

How The Captain Would Kill Him – Writing Wednesday Prompt

You ever type out a writing prompt, stare at it, and wonder, “What the heck is going on there?” And of course you’re a writer so you have the power to answer that question in the next story you write, but instead of doing that you just sit there and wonder.

This. This was how the captain would kill him.New writing prompt every Wednesday on MarisMcKay.com #writingprompts

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Writing Tips and Prompts

Write Emotion – Writing Wednesday Prompt

My favorite writing book just got updated! A second edition of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi came out yesterday. I pre-ordered it weeks ago because the first edition is such an incredibly helpful resource. In honor of this new book release, here’s a prompt that The Emotion Thesaurus could help you with:

Write about a character experiencing a strong emotion (e.g. rage, adoration, terror, etc.) without naming that emotion.

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Writing Tips and Prompts

“Perhaps you will be of use yet” – Writing Wednesday Prompt

I have a dialog prompt for you today pulled from the pages of a random book on the shelf beside me. It’s rather generic, but sometimes I find the vague prompts kindle more creative ideas for me than ones that are more specific.

“Perhaps you will be of use yet.”

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Alchemy – Writing Wednesday Prompt

If you write something from today’s prompt (or any of my other prompts), I’d love to read it. Please drop a link in the comments if you decide to post it online somewhere!

Alchemy is like keeping a scorpion as a pet, knowing someday it might sting and kill you. Even so, abandoning it is not something I plan to do.

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