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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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It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect – #NaNoWriMo Motivational Monday quote

Today’s NaNo motivation quote comes from the Writer’s Relief article “Setting The Record Straight: 5 Misconceptions About NaNoWriMo.” Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to produce a great manuscript by the end of NaNoWriMo — the important thing right now is to get words on the page and have fun.

“While some writers might expect to have a finished book in thirty days, most writers understand that their NaNoWriMo efforts will result in the finished raw material of a book—not a polished, publisher-ready book. NaNo is just the beginning.” – Writer’s Relief

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There’s Always A Way Out – #NaNoWriMo Motivational Monday quote

Today’s NaNo motivation quote comes from author Sarah Ockler’s article “10 Prompts to Get You Out of a NaNoWriRut.” Writing a brand new novel is hard, so don’t get discouraged if is seems like things aren’t going perfectly this month. Keep writing!

“Don’t stress, storytellers. You’re inventing people and conflict and worlds out of thin air—a few speed bumps are to be expected. … The good news? There’s always a way out.” – Sarah Ockler

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Edit! – #NaNoWriMo Motivational Monday quote

Today’s NaNo motivation quote comes from Justin McLachlan’s article “5 NaNoWriMo Tips.”

“The desire to stop and edit what you’ve written will be strong. Don’t! You have to push that desire aside if you want to finish. 50,000 words over 30 days is 1,667 words a day [is] a lot … But it’s not impossible, especially if you save the editing for when you have a first draft.” – Justin McLachlan

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Remember Why You Love Writing – #NaNoWriMo Motivational Monday quote

Today’s NaNo motivation quote comes from Savannah Gilbo’s article “12 Reasons Why Every Writer Should Participate in NaNoWriMo.”

“Writing a novel in 30 days is … going to be challenging and you may even doubt yourself from time to time, but don’t forget – it supposed to be fun too! … Allow the NaNoWriMo experience to remind you why you love writing. The world needs your story!” – Savannah Gilbo

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