As a response to the horror and stress of 2020, through various shutdowns and other fears, a group of Kiwi authors, including myself, banded together to create a shared universe where the stories are kind and cosy, where you can escape for a moment into a place where all endings are happy.
Journey to New Zealand and follow the lives of witches around the country, from the heart of Wellington City to the foot of snow-capped Mount Taranaki, from Dunedin’s historic streets to the coastal settlement of Akaroa. Join our witches as they discover who they are, protect the local rivers and wildlife, untangle mysteries, or find out a little more about the monster under the floor. Accompanied by familiars with claws and feathers and fins, they discover new powers, concoct new ways to support their families and find themselves on the path to love.
The first three books are out now!
~*~*~Brand of Magic by K M Jackways~*~*~
An empath witch should be able to keep everyone happy, right?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?
~*~*~Succulents & Spells by Andi Buchanan~*~*~
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.
~*~*~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.
… and stay tuned for more books, more authors, and my own contribution to the project. It’s called Overdues and Occultism and it’s on preorder now.