One thing I dearly love about today’s romance novel market is the ability to push all boundaries and try something new. Mix things up and create the best damn story, no matter the genre or mixture thereof.
I decided to dip my toe in the mash-up pool and combine two of my favorite types of stories – westerns and witches. Not just any western, but an historical western. It was an exciting, different experience and I found myself really enjoying the world building.
There is always some level of world building when you write a book, but this new series, titled appropriately WICKED WITCHES OF THE WEST, had a new and large wrinkle – paranormal. Did I mention they live on a horse ranch in 1870s Texas? The Murphy girls are strong, independent and have unique powers of their own.
I built an entire back story about my witches, triplets named Maeve, Talulla and Rowan, that the reader never sees. However it’s what shapes the women’s powers and their lives, along with their father Gus and their teacher, Bird.
The first book belongs to Rowan, the eldest of the three by a few minutes. None of them are married and they are fast approaching their twenty-first birthday where they will ascend to their full power. In walks Jesse Nelson and their worlds collide.
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A rancher and witch. A down on his luck cowboy. A love foretold for hundreds of years.
People called them the Wicked Witches of the West from the time the Murphy triplets were five and accidentally set their house on fire. Nothing they did disabused the notion they were different from the rest of the children in Saddlebrook, Wyoming. After their mother died giving birth to them, the girls were in the care of their father, big Gus Murphy, who didn’t know a thing about how to raise three little girls.
Much less little witches.
When the Triad Ranch is at its lowest point, and Gus injured, Rowan, the eldest, runs the horse ranch as best she can, but things are desperate. Then Jesse Nelson appears and she recognizes him as the boy and then man of her dreams—her mate. She is drawn to him as her powers strengthen with each passing moment.
Jesse doesn’t know what to make of the crazy ranch, or the oddball characters on it, but he is hungry and alone. Rowan is everything he ever wanted and all that he can’t have. Little does he know what awaits him and Rowan when the world around them explodes with magic, black and white.
When Rowan ascends to her true power with her cowboy at her side, she and her sisters have to use their combined strength to triumph or die in the darkest of magic.