It's Halloween season so get your spooky on with Today's Sneak Peek, The Accidental Witch by Jessica Penot (paranormal with romantic elements). It's funny, scary, clever, and features a heroine that you will just love to bits.
What it's about:
Michaels is a small town psychologist who is beginning to lose hope.
Two of her patients at the local hospital in Dismal, Alabama have just
killed themselves, she’s still reeling from her divorce and what turned
out to be a disastrous marriage, and her father has died, leaving her
without any notion of who her real mother is.
Just as Phaedra
decides to commit herself to a serious drinking problem and an eating
disorder, or two, a mysterious spell book arrives in the mail. Feeling
desperate, Phaedra uses it to cast spells to save her fading patients.
Suddenly, good things start happening. Phaedra’s patients begin to get
better and she even starts dating the sexy doctor from the hospital.
is so happy she doesn’t notice the small things that start to go wrong
in Dismal, or the dark creatures slithering out of the shadows near her
house. When Phaedra finally realizes her spells have attracted every
card-carrying demon from hell, she has no choice but to accept help from
a slightly nerdy, 500 year-old warlock with a penchant for wearing
super hero T-shirts and a knack for getting under Phaedra’s skin. Now,
if only she could get the hang of this witch thing, she might be able to
save her town.
pulled the twine and the brown paper fell off. Beneath the paper was a
large, leather bound book. It looked like an old journal or recipe book.
It was tied together with a red ribbon and the ribbon held numerous
pieces of paper. I ran my hands over the smooth leather and read the
title of the book. It simply said Spells.
I laughed and
pulled the red ribbon that held the book together. The book fell open.
Inside, it was like a recipe book a mother would pass on to a daughter.
There were old typed pages with handwritten notes in the margins. There
were pages added with handwritten spells on them and drawings.
the hell?” I said as I leafed through the old book. There were potions
and summoning spells and candle spells. In-between pages, there were
pressed flowers and herbs and some of the pages were stained with old
I set the book down and went into the kitchen
and opened the fridge. At least the kitchen was done. It looked like
any other modern kitchen. It had granite counter tops and marble floors.
I’d spared no expense making it look like something that belonged in an
old southern mansion. I wanted the house to be perfect and I had Johnny
Boy’s money to help me achieve that dream. The lights flickered when I
entered. I would have to talk to Lawson about that in the morning. I
took a beer out of the fridge and opened it. I had a sip and grabbed a
roll of cookie dough. Armed with the cookie dough and beer, I returned
to the book. It had fallen off the counter, to the floor, and was opened
to a page. I laughed again. The page it had opened to was love spells.
That was just what I needed.
I sat down and ate and drank
and leafed through the book. I stopped at a page with an interesting
picture on it. The spell was an awakening spell. It awakened you to the
supernatural world. I hesitated and looked at the script around it.
fell upstairs and the lights went out. I fumbled around and found the
nearest flashlight and switched it on just as the lights flickered back
“Lawson, you asshole,” I said as I turned the flashlight off. “The wiring is done in the parlor, my ass.”
sudden wave of fatigue washed over me and I picked up my mess and
carted my sorry butt upstairs. I climbed into bed with my flashlight. I
still had the book of spells. It had been so long since someone had
given me something that I had forgotten what it felt like. I knew the
book was more than weird. It bordered on creepy. A normal woman would
probably burn the damn thing, but I wasn’t a normal woman. I was a
lonely divorcée living in a house known to be haunted, but I loved it
the way most people love their pets. I was the daughter of a man who had
made it clear that he loathed me, with a step-mother who’d bought me
toilet paper for Christmas. The creepy book was wonderful to me. It
meant that someone out there, even if they were a freak, cared about me,
and freak love was better than no love at all.
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