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Release day: New Witch on the Block

30 June 2020

Today is the official release of New Witch on the Block by Louisa West (Midlife in Mosswood, book 1) (ebook and paperback, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

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 realises her life will never be simple.

A gang of meddling do-gooders want to run her out of town. Her daughter is being bullied at school. 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 and holds a dangerous secret over Rosie’s head. When her custody of 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.

Louisa dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

Rosie’s story has been rattling around in my brain for well over a year now, and the time was finally right to bring her world to the page. I was captivated by a question: what if a single mother finds out that she’s a witch? From there, the story developed rapidly. Who was this woman? How did she come to be a single mother? Where does she live and what are her circumstances? How does she come to discover she’s a witch? Like most things that happen in my brain, it all snowballed rather quickly. Rosie wasn’t just a single mother—she was a single mother who had escaped an abusive relationship. She runs away with her daughter and takes up residence in a small town—but how is she to make a living? Maybe a tall, sexy Irishman tries to tell her that she’s a witch and she laughs him off. Maybe he’s magical royalty. Maybe she is, too… The result of copious cups of coffee, endless pieces of toast and a love for writing about a woman who continues to prevail in the face of adversity is my debut novel, New Witch on the Block. I was determined to write with humour, poignancy, and my own particular brand of quirkiness, which I hope comes across in the book! If you enjoy reading about women who want to save themselves, love small-town drama, and like your heroes bold with a heap of charm, then you’re going to love New Witch on the Block.

You can find out more about this book at Louisa’s website or buy it from Amazon.

ARRA members are eligible to win one of three exclusive release week prize packs each consisting of a signed paperback copy, and bookmark. Ask a question about the book or series in the comments below to be in the running! (The giveaway is now closed.)

  1. Catherine Evans permalink
    30 June 2020 1:01 pm

    Hi Louisa,
    Congratulations on your debut novel. I love your thought process on how you created this story. There are a heap of YA witch stories where the witch doesn’t know her powers, but an adult witch coming into her glory sounds like a real treat! Do you read YA witch stories?

    I wish you much success.

    Cath xo

    • 1 July 2020 10:03 am

      Thanks so much for your kind wishes, Catherine! My brain is an interesting place, sometimes LOL. I have to confess I don’t read a lot of YA novels, but I would love some recommendations if you know some good ones! I’m always happy to expand my reading pool. Louisa x

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