I love a bit of Christmas in July, don’t you? We’re having a heat wave and, right now, snow sounds refreshing!
I’m wrapping up the Once Upon A Witch Mystery Series with this week's release of Hexed Hair Day. It’s both exciting and bittersweet, publishing the last story of the Sherwood sisters and the Enchanted Candle & Soap Company.
The story takes place at Christmas time, and while the shop is brimming with Zelle’s favorite decorations, and her sisters are full of holiday spirit, she’s nursing a broken heart and gritting her teeth to get through it. A thief steals the angel tree topper during the annual downtown walk, and Zelle knows it’s up to her to get the angel back. But who would do such a thing and will bringing the thief to justice ruin someone else’s Christmas?
On top of that, her ex rolls back into town, and seeing him causes Zelle’s magick to backfire. Since it’s directly tied to her hair, her long locks go crazy, alerting everyone (including him), that she’s still in love with him. Untangling her feelings, uncovering the identity of the town thief, and making sure her sisters have the best Christmas ever will take a miracle.
I hope you enjoy the mystery, the holiday spirit, and the conclusion of the Sherwood sisters series. Everyone needs a little small-town magick now and then, and I wish you a merry Christmas in July! Stay cool!
And now… a little more about Poison Apple Potion, the third story in the Once Upon A Witch fairytale mystery series…
A bad apple is about to ruin my Halloween, and my fairytale ending depends on the luck of a homeless black kitten.
A fairytale retelling of Snow White! Black cats, magick, and Halloween!
I may have been named after a fairytale, but life didn’t get the memo. Mine even came with a wicked stepmother who left a lasting impression, scarring my renowned beauty.
As luck would have it, I’ve managed to ditch her and surrounded myself with people who care about me, and the orchard my father left me is thriving. However, there may be a bad apple in the bunch that's rotten to the core.
The trouble started shortly after hiring a new farmhand to help with the Halloween season, one with secrets and a cute black kitten he claims isn’t his. The cat thinks otherwise and his intentions seem pure, but the evidence is adding up against both of them.
If my magick can’t root out a malicious poison in the apples, my sleepy hometown may pay the price for revenge. But is my fairytale ending sure to end with a dose of bad luck?
🐾 GRAB your copy today, my puuurrryyy babies! You're gonna love ALL the stories, and how can you beat the price? You can binge read this set for Halloween!
Cuddles and catnip,
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POISON APPLE POTION, Once Upon A Witch Fairytale Retelling, Book 3
Customers are already pulling into the parking lot, eager to load up on bushels of apples, gallons of cider, and fresh turnovers. I pet Runa's head, nod at Sweet Pea, and face my new farmhand. “Stow your stuff in the barn for now. We'll figure out sleeping arrangements and pay later.”
“Yes, ma' am.” He shifts his backpack higher on his shoulder. “I'm grateful to ye.”
I tilt my chin at the approaching customers. A mother has brought her two kids, both begging to go to Fairytale Land before they pick out pumpkins for jack-o’-lanterns. An elderly couple has their own totes to fill. “Open the gates, keep everyone off Magick Mama, pick up all her apples from the ground and bring them to the press. Your first lesson starts in ten minutes.”
“The enchanted tree.” I point west to the hill where my oldest dwarf apple resides, her branches in their zenith overlooking the farm. The sun lights up her beautiful leaves and reflects off the fruit hanging from her. “She's the secret to our success.”
Curiosity enters his eyes. “Enchanted, huh?”
“Eek!” A cry and a crash ripple across the place. “Heavens, what is that doing here?”
Bramble, my manager and baker, has jumped off the path from the store to the house and dropped a half bushel of apples. They roll everywhere. She shakes a fist at an unseen culprit. “You’ve jinxed my day!”
The black kitten hightails past, heading for the pasture where Sweet Pea and the other rescues have wandered to.
“Snow!” Bramble cries, glancing my way.
“Best to keep your pet away from my manager,” I tell Broden. “She fears black cats.”
Confusion knits his brows. “The wee one? Not be mine, I’m afraid.”
“You sure?” We help Bramble retrieve apples. “It showed up with you.”
Broden shakes his head. “I’ve not seen her before. Thought she was yours.”
One by one, we place the fruit into the basket and Bramble frowns at our new employee. “Either way, she needs to go. No good can come from a black cat being on the premises.”
As she marches away before I can properly introduce them, I shrug at Broden’s quizzical look. “We should get to work,” I say.
Godfrey here to tell you about the new fairytale retelling in the Once Upon A Witch Series. You know why I love this story? Because of the BEAST! Rawr!!!
I'm a beast, myself, and I know how it hurts to be misunderstood, just like Leo in this new story by Nyx. He's eccentric, a loner, and he's definitely smitten with Belle Sherwood.
I also love a good read featuring books, and Beastly Book of Spells has LOTS of books in it! In fact, books “talk” to Belle and they tell her plenty of juicy tidbits.
If you enjoyed The Cursed Shoe Fits, you'll be happy to know that Cinder and all the gang are back to help Belle and Leo on their *beastly* adventure, and you'll get to know Belle's Pekingese, Jane Eyre, as well.
🦁🔮 Here's the book description:
I have THE best witchy power ever… Books talk to me.
I’ve been curious about book aficionado Leo Kingsley since we first met, and it’s not only because I want to check out his famous library. My witchy power is aching to see what his books have to tell me.
But things get really interesting when I find a “normal” book. As in mute. As in not speaking to me. This NEVER happens. Needing to know what it has to say, I approach Leo, unknowingly setting off a magickal chain of events that lead to a beast of a secret, and I’m not just referring to the wild animals that begin suddenly attacking the townsfolk.
Can I uncover the mystery of who is controlling them and why? Or will this hairy situation be too much for me to handle?
**Note: While this story is intended for grown-up audiences, this story is clean and shareable with younger readers 13 and up!
I hope you're ready for this fairytale retelling of the beloved classic! Books, magick, and a beastly mystery will create havoc in Belle’s enchanted world!
P.S. Don't miss Poison Apple Potion, the next story in this series, releasing next month in time for Halloween!! It's part of the Black Cat Crossing anthology and you can preorder it NOW! The set releases on October 18th, and will be the perfect binge read for Halloween 🎃
A pair of famous glass slippers, a ball, Prince Charming…and murder! A fairytale retelling
I admit, I have an oddball magickal power—I can step into someone's shoes and know things about them. Things I don’t want to know.
As head of the Sherwood family business, The Enchanted Candle & Soap Company, it’s my job to keep us solvent. My sisters are depending on me, and we need a massive cash inflow if we’re going to stay afloat and expand into a new line of bath and body products.
When an aging actress swirls into town in desperate need of my magickal foot cream, I know this is my chance to get much needed publicity for our shop. I’ll even put up with Finn, the actress's all-too-handsome son, who continuously invites me to a, get this, ball! Fancy clothes and socializing? Please. I’d rather turn him into a toad.
But when a woman turns up dead wearing the actress’s very famous, and very cursed, pair of glass slippers, I discover my power is more important than ever. Everyone is a suspect, and the local police are relying on me to help them investigate. Will stepping into the cursed shoes put me on the trail of a killer, or will I end up dead as well?
“…a witty, witchy tale.” ~ The Avid Reader
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “…a fantastic way to start off a new series.” ~ Whitney, Amazaon reviewer
Once upon a time in a small Georgia town called Story Cove… Four magical sisters with extraordinary witchy powers find themselves in very real, living versions of their favorite fairytales. These stories come with princes and castles, but also murder, mystery, and—let’s not forget—magick. Enchantment abounds as they fight evil, break curses, and navigate the modern dating world, all while searching for their personal happy endings. But can they do it before reaching THE END?
Wow, what a week, kittens! Mercury Retrograde is done, there was a full moon, and it's Friday the 13th this week!
The good news (along with the end of merc retro)? Pumpkins & Poltergeists releases May 1st, and you're the first to see the cover! Isn't it a beauty? One of my favorite felines, a cat with nine lives named Tabitha, stars in Pumpkins & Poltergeists, AND the next two books in the series. She's wicked fun <wink>, and I can't wait for you to meet her.
Preorder links at all retailers are coming soon, so stay tuned to this blog for all the sweet catnip news. Meow!!
Meow, kittens! It’s your favorite black cat enjoying September and the fall weather heading our way!
Have you read Of Potions and Portents yet? Thanks to everyone who participated in the Godfrey giveaway! And to those who purchased the book and reviewed it, me and the sisters REALLY love you…puuuurrr. We hit cat-tastic bestseller lists at Barnes & Noble and several on Amazon as well.
Now without further ado…
The winner of the Godfrey Giveaway is…
Woohoo! Melissa, I have your email and Nyx will be in touch! Congratulations, kitten!!
Thanks again, everyone who participated, and stay tuned for the next exciting giveaway from your favorite black cat, Godfrey! I’m doing an especially purrfect prize pack featuring the love of my life—Snow! You’ll get to meet her in Of Curses and Charms, Sister Witches of Raven Falls, Book 2, releasing Tuesday, September 24th. Preorder now!