I’m not going to harken back to the ‘good old days’ as many my age would at this point. I’m a fifth generation witch and a retired school teacher – I thought I’d seen it all!
That was until a new sea witch came to my hometown, Wilmington, North Carolina. Water witches are especially powerful here because we are situated between the Cape Fear River (home of Blackbeard and other pirates) and the Atlantic Ocean. To make a long story short, she thought she could just come in and waltz away with my good friend, and almost coven mate, Brian Fuller.
Brian is a very powerful air witch but he can’t help himself. The magic is too strong that she’s woven around him.
Now my friend of many years, Molly Renard, is also a water witch. I’m hoping between us and our new friend, Dorothy Dunst (an earth witch in training), that we’ll be able to keep Brian away from the sea hag. We have a few other friends – a cream horn eating mermaid and a surly Selkie. Together, we should be able to save Brian.
Did I mention that the sea witch stays with her mate only until he dies from her passions?
Now you understand why we have to find a way to help him. We also have to keep the sassy sea witch from killing again when she’s done with him. We can’t depend on Molly’s husband, who is a homicide detective, to take care of the matter. He barely knows about magic at all.
And wouldn’t it be a pity if Brian died before he and Dorothy knew for sure that they were in love?
It’s a mess, friends, but I’m sure we’ll figure something to do about it. We have right on our side – now if we can just decide on the right spell!
You can read more about Elsie in Looking for Mr. Good Witch, the second book in the “Retired Witches” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Spell Booked.
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About the author
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery and urban fantasy fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. Their first mystery novel, Last Dance, won the Master’s Choice Award for best first mystery novel in 1999. Their romance, Flowers in the Night, was nominated for the Frankfurt Book Award in 2000.
They have written and published more than 70 novels that are sold worldwide for Harlequin, Penguin, Amazon, and Simon and Schuster. They have also published hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in Midland, North Carolina with their family and their rescue pets—Rudi, Stan Lee, and Quincy.