It’s only been a few weeks since I moved from Ohio to the Enchanted Village, a themed tourist destination, in Salem, Massachusetts, so it’s still strange to wake up in an unfamiliar room, unfamiliar bed, unfamiliar house.
I’m adjusting more rapidly than my sister Harper and our dog, Miss Demeanor (aka Missy), though. Both of them seem ready to hop the next flight back to Ohio.
I suppose it’s been a big adjustment. Not just the house and the village (“Where Magic Lives”), but to our lives. As witches. We just found out a few weeks ago.
Harper and I are Wishcrafters, witches who can grant wishes using a special spell. Now we work for our aunt Ve (also a Wishcrafter) at her personal concierge service, As You Wish.
As my day starts, I have that burst of unfamiliarity, then it’s off to find coffee, walk Missy, maybe take a jog (I’ve just started this and my muscles aren’t pleased). I examine every face I pass looking for either a thief (there’s a pickpocket in town) or a murderer (there’s been a murder behind Spellbound Bookshop).
Mostly what I find are friendly faces. Tourists having a blast shopping in the quaint village or locals curious about me. It never ceases to amaze me how looks can be deceiving…
Then there’s Nick Sawyer. He’s a local single dad who’s looking into the village crimes. It seems to me he’s keeping some secrets of his own…but maybe I’m imagining that. I don’t want to get to close to him. I’ve sworn off men since my divorce, and Nick is altogether too appealing. Which makes him slightly dangerous.
Throughout the day, when I’m not busy snooping and learning more about the Craft, I’m working. As You Wish promises that no job is too big or too small. My current task is to find a wombat piñata. Not as easy as you might think!
And, of course, there are various wishes to grant throughout the day, but I never dreamed one of those wishes might actually lead to a killer…
You can read more about Darcy in IT TAKES A WITCH, the first book in the new “Wishcraft” mystery series.
Heather Blake grew up in a suburb of Boston, and enjoys going “home” in her novels. As a young mother, she tried her hand at writing novels and hasn’t looked back. Currently, Heather lives in the Cincinnati area with her family, and is currently hard at work on her next novel.
** Thanks to Heather, I have one (1) copy of IT TAKES A WITCH to give away. Contest open to residents of the US only. Contest ends January 9. Leave a valid-email address with your comment. Book will be shipped directly from the author. **
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Heather Blake is the pseudonym of Heather Webber.