Saturday, July 4, 2020

Book Blitz and Giveaway: New Witch on the Block (Midlife in Mosswood #1) by Louisa West

Title: New Witch on the Block
Series: Midlife in Mosswood #1
Author: Louisa West
Publication Date: June 30th 2020

Print Length: 169 pages
Genres: Paranormal

She thought she was running away from her past, not catching up with it.

Rosemary Bell just wants to live a quiet, happy life and raise her daughter as far away from her toxic ex-husband as she can get. But when they move into a decrepit cottage in the woods of Mosswood, Georgia, Rosie realizes her life will never be simple.

A gang of meddling neighborhood do-gooders want to run her out of town. The vicious laundromat machines keep eating her spare change. Not to mention her buff Irish stalker who insists that he’s a Witch King and that it’s her royal destiny to be his Queen.

And to top it all off, strange things keep happening around Rosie when she least expects it…

She could deal with it all, but her ex won’t rest until he tracks her down. When her ability to protect her daughter is threatened, Rosie shows them all that nobody messes with the new witch on the block.

Practical Magic meets Bridget Jones’ Diary in this fun, heart-warming short novel about starting over, putting family first, and finding love when you least expect it.

The recipe said to cast the spell at midnight. Rosie took her charm and the carton of salt and set them down by the front door, preparing herself for the next step. She had half considered ignoring it, but it was supposedly the most important part. She took a deep breath and stripped out of her daily jeans-and-tee combo until she was completely nude. And then she picked up her ingredients and stepped out onto the porch.

The charm was to go in the mailbox, which was at the end of the driveway, so she decided to do that bit last. While it was unlikely that anyone would be driving through the woods in the middle of the night, Rosie needed to build a little confidence first. She began on the porch, tipping the carton of salt so that a thin trickle poured on the ground. She tried to remember the chant, kicking herself for not having written it down.

“Mother Moon, please hear my call
Let your light upon me fall
Shine your shield upon my home
And follow me elsewhere I roam
Charge with power this simple charm
Guard against those who mean harm…”

She continued the incantation, doing a wide circle around the perimeter of her home. She reached the mailbox at last and popped the charm into it.

“By earth and flame and wind and sea As I pray so may it be.”

A gentle breeze sprung up into the tops of the oak trees surrounding the house like a whisper of approval. The Spanish moss drifted in slow-moving waves. Rosie was so distracted by its beauty she forgot she was standing stark naked on the side of the road. And then she heard a branch snap in the brush right across from her.

She froze, not knowing whether to scream or bolt. Everything was silent until a rustling sound, and moving bushes proved that she was not imagining things. Rosie opened her mouth, but her voice caught in the back of her throat. She took a large gulp of air and was about to scream when a creature snuck out of the woods.

Almost entirely white except for its black head and paws, she almost mistook it for a small dog or cat. That was, until the black face and white stripe gave it away for what it really was: a skunk. It peered at her lazily, black eyes full and child-like in the moonlight. She slipped one arm protectively across her boobs to hide them from its inquisitive gaze, her other hand dropping to cover her lady parts, Eve style.

“Shoo!” she called to the creature, but it took no notice of her. It merely waddled forward across her path, until two small kits caught up to her. They all turned to stare at her, mama and her two babes.

“Er—” she began, unsure of the situation. “Um… good skunks? I’ma... erm... just... gah!”

Author by day, Netflix connoisseur by night.

Louisa likes Pina Coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain. Determined to empty her brain of stories, she writes across several genres including fantasy, speculative fiction, contemporary and historical fiction, and romance.

She lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, and drinks more coffee than is good for her. When she’s not writing or researching projects, Louisa enjoys spending time with her family, and Harriet The Great (Dane). Hobbies include playing video games, watching copious amounts of tv, and various craft-related initiatives.

She strongly believes that the truth is still out there.

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  1. I can't enter because it's a King Sumo piece of crap entry form. King Sumo picks and chooses who can enter and you never know if they will let you or not! I hate them and I don't know why anybody would use them. Stick to Rafflecopter!!!

    1. I don't like the King Sumo giveaways either. I prefer Rafflecopter because they usually work.

      Unfortunately, this is a tour wide giveaway, so I'm not responsible for the giveaway. Sorry.