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

Holloway Witches

by Isa Pearl Ritchie

Ursula escapes to Holloway Rd, leaving her former life in tatters, following a bad break-up.

She’s looking forward to a quiet respite in a cozy cottage with a lush garden and lots of bookshelves, but instead she can’t shake the eerie feeling she’s being followed. The tomato plants are growing back out of season, and she’s seeing unusual visions of a purple-haired woman who’s a lot more intriguing than Ursula would expect.

Then there’s gorgeous Rowan with his quirky house truck; she barely knows him yet, but he seems to know more about the weird things going on than Ursula does and she can’t deny she’s drawn to him as well…

When a creepy and bewitching stranger appears, Ursula has to learn more about magic, her family history, and herself, if she wants to protect the people who are most important to her.

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Release date: 31/10/2020

Tags: Wellington, F/F/M, Standalone, plants, tea and biscuits, magic ring, herbalism, bread baking, fireplace, bookshelves

Riverwitch

by Rem Wigmore

A bowl of crystals in an underwater current, sparkling with golden magic

Ashley Robinson, self-taught witch, considers it her duty to protect her hometown of Hamilton. She spends her time on community work and picking up litter by the Waikato River.

But something is badly wrong with the river, a sickness deeper than mere pollution can explain. Magic must be the cause, but is it a curse or something else entirely? Ash has to get to the bottom of it, armed with nothing more than the support of her best friend Mikaere and a pocketful of crystals.

Then there’s Bryony Manu, the town’s only other witch. A charismatic practitioner of dark magic, Bryony is infuriating … and captivating. Ash needs their help to track down the source of the spell draining life from the river. Can she balance her work with her attraction to Bryony, and master her magic along the way?

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Release date: 29/12/2020

Tags: Hamilton, F/NB, Standalone, friendship, enemies to lovers, crystals

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