Against the Grain

by Melanie Harding-Shaw

A puriri moth landed on a moon which illuminates a woodland path

It’s bad enough when your own body tries to attack you, but when dark powers want to as well, running is the only option. Until you can’t.

After another casual fling goes horribly wrong, coeliac witch Trinity moves down the country to start over, yet again, in the bush-clad suburb of Karori. On the surface, it seems like the perfect place: from the local bistro below her flat with its gluten-free baking (and its handsome owner) to the mountain bike trails she can escape to.

But her fresh start takes a dark turn when she discovers something is trapping her familiar, Saifa, in the suburb. He might take the shape of a pūriri moth as a passive-aggressive joke, but whatever power can hold the ancient demon captive is no laughing matter. If Trinity can’t find and break the anchors of his invisible cage, she could lose everything—her power, her freedom, and her only friend in the world.

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Release date: 07/06/2021

Tags: Wellington, M/F, Standalone, familiar, coeliac, cronuts, mountain biking

Boundless Magic

by Kim Jackways

Cover of Boundless Magic - Rune Tokens placed in a triangle with two magic wands casting red magic into the background

Hazel’s mind reading powers are back and stronger than ever. She can’t wait to use them. And first on the list is getting to know her neighbor a little better. Even if he has something against the paranormal.

But along with greater magic goes greater responsibility to the coven. When Hazel’s aunt offers her an opportunity she (literally) can’t refuse, she has to lay low.

She’s an adult, right? No-one can stop her digging around a bit. She has to find out if Kirsten was really just looking after the environment or if some more sinister plans are afoot.

Kirsten and the others are circling closer. Hazel can feel it. And sitting on her hands just isn’t her style.

The delightfully enchanting sequel to Brand of Magic!

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Release date: 26/04/2021

Series: Redferne Witches

Tags: Dunedin, M/F, Redferne, empath, anxiety

Brand of Magic

by Kim Jackways

For the last few years, Hazel has put magic and men out of her mind. A break-up meant her own thoughts were bad enough, without sensing everyone else’s emotions too. The ghost in the attic and her sarcastic dog familiar would be way too much to explain to any partner.

Instead, Hazel put all her energy into her job promoting the city she loves – Dunedin, New Zealand. And she is pretty good at it, too. When her neighbour, Joel, needs her expertise to save his woodworking business and stop the sale of his family land, she can’t resist getting involved. But the more time they spend together, the more stubbornly locked away his thoughts are.

Then her powerful aunt is attacked, and Hazel has to find a way to get through to her and discover who or what is behind it. It seems as if her psychic powers are the key to everything.

Can she bear to let magic – and love – back in?

A contemporary witchy fiction story – with a dash of romance!

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Release date: 21/09/2020

Series: Redferne Witches

Tags: Dunedin, M/F, Redferne, familiar, empath, anxiety, boy next door

Familiars & Foes

by Helen Vivienne Fletcher

An old crush. A long-lost family member. A magical Labrador and a whole load of ghosts… At least Adeline can’t say life is boring!

Adeline yearns for family, but for years, the closest she’s gotten is her assistance dog, Coco.

When a frightening encounter with a ghost brings an old friend back into her life, it seems like Adeline’s about to find the companionship she’s been missing.

But her crush might have to wait. As the ghost’s smoky presence increases around Wellington, Adeline feels its hold on those around her tightening dangerously.

Will Adeline figure out the source of the ghostly smoke, or will her chance at happiness go up in flames?

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Release date: 23/11/2020

Tags: Wellington, M/F, Standalone, familiar, ghost, anxiety, disability, found family, best friends to lovers

Hexes & Vexes

by Nova Blake

Old wounds are hard to close; especially when someone pries them open.

Small towns are full of gossip, and Mia is pretty sure that no one in her hometown of Okato has ever stopped talking about her. Cast off by her best friend, blamed for a local tragedy – Mia had no choice but to run away.

Now, ten years later, she’s being dragged back.

Something’s wrong with her big sister, Camilla, and her younger sister, Poppy, is panicking. At first, Mia just wants to check in and get out of town again as soon as possible. But when strange occurrences start to pile up, she realizes that there is something more than her perpetual bad luck at play; and the traces of magic she finds in her childhood home suggests that whatever is going on with Camilla could be caused by hexes, too.

Mia is determined to find out what’s going on. If she can stop getting distracted by the hunky painter renovating her childhood bedroom, that is.

Screw running away again.

It’s time to bury the past once and for all.

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Release date: 21/09/2020

Tags: Taranaki, M/F, Standalone, tarot, hex, curse

Jingle Spells

by Helen Vivienne Fletcher, Karen Healey, Rem Wigmore, Andi C. Buchanan, Jamie Sands, Janna Ruth, Kim Jackways

The Cover of Jingle Spells - Two starfish in green and red witch's hats around a cauldron on the beach

A mysterious child is spotted swimming far from the beach. A woman searches for a ghost in a blacked out hospital. One witch introduces her lover to her family, while another takes care of a magicaholic baby dolphin in her boyfriend’s absence. A young man bonds with his pet eel, and yarnbombers accidentally summon something otherworldly.

Jingle Spells is a collection of fun, quirky, and witchily magical Christmas stories. If you like weird and wonderful supernatural scenarios, cozy mysteries and a dash of sweet romance, you’ll love this Christmas short story collection.

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Release date: 01/12/2020

Tags: Akaroa, Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Oamaru, Papamoa, Wellington, M/M, M/F, F/F, Christmas, holidays, summer

Raven’s Haven for Women of Magic

by Anna Kirtlan

A collection of cats, some with magical eyes, seated in front of a closed gate

Cassandra Frost has zero interest in fortune-telling or brewing foul-smelling things in cauldrons, and much prefers the company of non-magical folk. She does her best to keep her powers under wraps to protect the secrecy of the Wellington witching community.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done when your grandmother lives in Raven’s Haven for Women of Magic. Magical fireworks, mobility broom races and irresponsible use of cat litter spells are all part of the game for the witching retirement village residents. But when Cassandra’s forced to cast a spell in the open to save Adrian, a geeky graphic designer with secrets of his own, her two worlds spectacularly collide, and she learns the haven is much more than meets the eye.

Will Cassandra listen to her heart and learn to embrace her powers? Will the non-magical world be put at risk? Find out in this Contemporary Witchy Fiction novella featuring powerful witches, troublesome crones and an unseemly amount of cats.

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Release date: 01/03/2021

Tags: Wellington, M/F, Frost Witches, familiar, cats, auras, humour, humor, goblins

Witching with Dolphins

by Janna Ruth

Cover of Witching with Dolphins.  A Dolphin made of water leaps out of the sea under a full moon.

Harper’s best friend Valerie is everything she is not: beautiful, confident, and the most powerful witch on Banks Peninsula. Together, they run the coffee shop »La Petite Sorcière« and keep the balance between magic, people, and the environment. It’s an honour for Harper to be Valerie’s sidekick, if only they weren’t in love with the same man: dolphin whisperer Ethan.

Friends before magic (or boys) has always been their prerogative, but their determination to hold onto it is tested when a local scientist finds out about their secret and makes Valerie a tempting offer. Harper’s envy and feelings of inferiority lead to a massive fall-out between the two friends that might put both their lives at risk. Yet, when push comes to shove, Harper is willing to give up everything for her friend: Ethan, her life, or even the little magic she has.

Set in Akaroa Harbour, this witchy novella takes you on a magical trip of swimming with the dolphins. It is a story about love, the ocean, and most importantly, friendship.

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Release date: 12/10/2020

Tags: Akaroa, M/F, Standalone, science, friendship, familiar