A Gap in the Veil

by Sam Schenk

A tombstone on fallen leaves with magical lightning splitting through it and across space

As a mechanic, Greg can fix just about anything—except his broken heart.  He finds solace in witchcraft, solving problems for ghosts instead of looking closer to home. 

When a visiting musician dials up the charm after a gig in town, Greg’s life looks to be taking a turn for the better.  But his plans to keep things simple between them are complicated by the awakening of an ominous spirit.  Greg must make choices between appearing distant and bringing his new friend into the fight, all the while saving Wellington from a past it had almost forgotten.

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Release date: 01/03/2021

Tags: Wellington, M/M, Standalone, bisexual, ghost, history

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

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

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

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

Microscopes and Magic

by Andi C. Buchanan

cover of Microscopes and Magic depicts an old fashioned telescope

Some magical problems take spells and potions to solve… but others can only be understood through the lenses of a microscope.

Marigold Nightfield’s life changed when she absorbed the magic stored in a family heirloom. Now, she’s part of a growing network of magic-working scientists who are trying to change the world for the better, and has a girlfriend from a sprawling, powerful, witchy family.

Things should be coming together perfectly for her… but her magic has a time limit. It’s not hers for keeps and one day, she’ll lose it for good.

When her girlfriend’s work is destroyed by possible sabotage, and strange things start appearing in Wellington’s green belt, Marigold’s amazing new life starts to unravel. With unknown motives and dubious players at work, she faces a destructive force spreading through the city and beyond. She’ll have to not only draw on her scientific background and magical abilities, but make new connections and grow in confidence to face this new threat.

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Release date: 01/03/2021

Series: Windflower

Tags: Wellington, F/F, Windflower, plants, science, disability

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

Succulents and Spells

by Andi C. Buchanan

cover of Succulents and Spells shows succulents on a green background with yellow magicky sparkles

Laurel Windflower is a witch from a family of magic workers – but her own life is going nowhere. Living in the damp, sunless side of Aro Valley, she works in a café, unable to produce anything more powerful than the most basic herbal potions. Until, one winter morning, Marigold Nightfield knocks on her door.

Marigold is a scientist, but she knows plenty about magic. There are strange things happening in her house, and her future discoveries require careful negotiation with monsters.

Laurel can’t walk away from a mystery – and she can’t walk away from Marigold either. But what lies ahead could reveal all of her shortcomings to the woman she’s trying to impress… or uncover the true nature of her power.

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Release date: 21/09/2020

Series: Windflower

Tags: Wellington, F/F, Windflower, plants, science, familiar, disability