It’s always an exciting moment when I see my next book cover for the first time, and I’m very lucky because lovely Berni Stevens never lets me down. This time around, she sent me three options for the sequel to Belle, Book and Christmas Candle, each similar in style to my first Witches of Castle Clair book, but it was this one that really caught my eye and won my heart. Luckily, Berni thought the same, so here it is!
As you can see, the new book is called My Favourite Witch, and it takes up the story of the St Clair siblings who are perfectly ordinary people, with family and jobs and complicated love lives. They just happen to be witches …
This time the story focuses on the eldest St Clair sister, Star. Here’s the blurb:
The world is full of magic, if you know where to look.
It hasn’t been an easy time for Star St Clair. Her father has heaped disgrace on the family, and the man she loves rejected her when he discovered the truth about her powers. But the St Clair family’s magical heritage goes back centuries, and no one could be prouder of that than Star. Neither her father, nor Benedict Greenwood, will be forgiven.
Fate, however, has a shock in store for her. Not only is her errant father back in town, along with his new fiancée, but her ex has arrived home with a new girlfriend in tow. Maths teacher Elsie is everything Benedict seems to want – bright, steady, normal. How can Star possibly compete with her? Not that she intends to, of course. She is a St Clair, after all, and Benedict won’t get a second chance.
Benedict is an anxious man. Bad enough to discover your girlfriend is, in fact, a witch, but running out on her was probably a big mistake. Who knows what she’s plotting in revenge? Taking Elsie home to meet his grandmother is a test of nerve, and Star’s behaviour doesn’t exactly bring him peace of mind. Just what is she up to?
Star couldn’t be sweeter to Elsie, and even presents her with a bouquet of flowers to welcome her to Castle Clair, but Benedict isn’t fooled. Star is plotting something, and when Elsie suffers from a mysterious ailment, he is convinced that it’s all down to his ex-girlfriend. After all, everyone knows witches can’t be trusted.
But events are about to unfold that will challenge both Star and Benedict, and everything they believe to be true. In an attic room in North Yorkshire and a village hall in Ireland, unpalatable truths must be told, secrets must unfold, and life-changing decisions must be made.
Is forgiveness truly impossible? Are witches really that scary? And can a solution be reached before time, patience, and all the bourbon biscuits run out?
A story of pride, prejudice, and a whole lot of magic …
I hope you like the sound of it. I really enjoyed writing this one and I’m having a lot of fun with my witches!
I’ll let you know publication date as soon as I can, so look out for news.
Have a great week!