It's been just a little over two months since To Love a Tea Witch dropped on Amazon and KindleUnlimited, and since then, I have been working on the second novel in the Thistlewood Witches series. It's all about Alexis Cohen, the strange, brooding, gothic coven member who has a deep obsession with demon worlds after a chance encounter in her teenage years.
I've done quite a bit of work on this story since we last talked about it. The first draft has been finished, put to bed, proofread for spelling and grammar errors, then took a trip to my editor. Its back in my hands now. I've done a bit of rewriting, and its been read by my alpha readers (My alphas are the BEST), and now I am taking my time with making adjustments and changing a few things in the line-editing phase.
So far, I am really loving how Alexis's story has played out. When we first met her in Tea Witch, she was a little strange, a little kooky, and WAY obsessed with her mission to reach the Underworld once more. Sydney was put off by her at first, but the more they got to know one another, the closer they grew until Sydney herself brewed Alexis a sleep potion to calm her mind and nerves.
In her story, Alexis has calmed quite a bit, though her obsessions still remain the same. She's a bold woman, with strong intentions and goals and she never wants to waiver from them. And when she meets her match in the form of a demon named Xal'aros, sparks fly all over the place! The novel ends up being a fish out of water story just as much as it is a love story!
Right now, I am right on time to meet my deadlines and have the book out on the Fall Equinox, or September 22nd. Once I finish with this round of line edits, the book will go back to my alphas, then to my betas. And if everything looks great (fingers crossed!), I will be looking for ARC readers! And then when the leaves start to turn, it will be time for Alexis to take center stage!
As August rolls along, I'll be doing more updating on Ko-Fi (link) about this story and other books that will be coming in the Thistlewood Witches series. So, for shorter, sweeter updates, make sure you follow me there.
And on the blog, I'll be posting another update when its time to reveal the new cover!
For now, make sure you are all caught up with To Love a Tea Witch and I will see you all next week!
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The wheel of the year keeps turning, and this time, we are taking a closer look at Lammas, the pagan festival that falls on August 1st.
I love this festival, probably more than most. This is the first of three harvest fstivals, where the first crops of the season are harvested and the community would often get together to celebrate! Grains were the major harvest of this time, so Lammas was often seen as a bread festival. Grapes were traditionally harvested at this time as well, and wines were made and stored away to ferment. Fruits like apples, peaches, and pears were also harvested at this time, and summer squash was picked and stored away for the winter.
I love the warm harvest of August. This is the time of year that features county fairs and long days in fields on tractors. I remember my Mamaw baking fresh bread in her kitchen, and my papaw handing me empty buckets to go collect beans and tomatoes from the garden.
In my own garden, the last of my blueberries are ripening and ready to pick. My tomatoes were late this year, so they still look rather green, but my roses are experiencing a full second bloom. The last of my lavender seedlings from last month are finally starting to sprout, and my very-late sugar pumpkins are flowering!
This year for the holiday, we are keeping it low key. I don't have anything to harvest, beyond a handful of blueberries every day or so. It's fun seeing my late fall veggies start rolling in, though. I think I will spend the day working in fiber arts. I am almost finished with a campfire hoodie for myself and I have the yarn ready to go to make a simple lap blanket for this winter. When fall rolls around, I almost always have a crochet needle in hand!
I hope that you all have a safe, festive, fruitful Lammas, and we will look forward as the wheel of the year rolls around to Mabon in September!
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