Come….Walk with the Witches of Haven Harbor!!

Well, its been a while, but I’m finally ready to release a new book!  What, you say?  A new BOOK???  It feels like it’s been ages since Banditas Suz and Nancy and I released Capitol Danger – but wow, between the first Woman Candidate and all the brou-ha-ha, we were hot on the trail of current events with Capitol Danger, weren’t we??

But back to the NEW BOOK!!!  I was supposed to have this cover reveal last week, on my regular day of September 8.  But alas, my hard drive crashed.  **Wince**  I have such a love/hate relationship with computers, don’t you?  Arrrrrgh!!

But I’m back online and rarin’ to show you what I’ve been up to!  I’m so excited, as I said. Here’s the fabulous cover by designer Lyndsey Lewellen!  Don’t you just love it?  It’s so atmospheric and fun.  The story is set in the fictional town of Haven Harbor, Massachusetts…

Here, the blurb tells it better than I could.

thewitcheswalkfinalWelcome to Haven Harbor, Massachusetts!
In 1691, a group of renegade witches fled Salem in the dark of night, escaping the desperate evil that spawned the Witch Trials. They struck out to form their own town, with their own rules. Three hundred years later, their descendants celebrate by retracing those steps, but this year, a new evil stalks the Witches Walk…

It’s Time for The Witches Walk!

She’s got a plan. Burned out, beaten down, and on the brink of a career implosion, event management dynamo Mari Beecham bypasses the contract of a lifetime to take a job in a community known for its strange, spooky happenings. She doesn’t buy into the story line about the witches founding the town, but it’s great publicity. Bottom line? If she can make the annual Witches Walk a top destination event, she’ll save her career and, maybe, find some balance. She’ll do it, too, if “First Son of Haven Harbor” Peregrine Hestworth will stop interfering.

He’s in her way. As Town Council chair, Pere is serious about the safety and welfare of his people. He doesn’t want to like Mari. Even if he didn’t suspect his meddlesome mother of weaving a matchmaking spell, he still would have voted against hiring the petite whirlwind with a spine of steel. His visions of fire and death moving to Haven Harbor along with Mari are too deadly to ignore.

As trouble brews and the event stalls, the attraction between Mari and Pere bubbles like a cauldron. When a woman is attacked, and another disappears, Pere knows his unreliable foresight has hit the mark this time. An old evil is rising, with a new vendetta, and if they can’t work together, the devastation Pere foresees will take his town, along with the woman he’s coming to love.

The Witches Walk
A Haven Harbor Romance, Book 1

I’m so excited about this story.  It was fun to write and all my beta readers have said that I surprised them.  Ifacebook-icon LOVE doing that!!  Here’s a little excerpt from the beginning chapters of the book.  Mari is settling in to the Walk office, and Pere Hestworth stops by to make a little trouble….The current Walk director, Gus Wilkerson is trying to make Mari uncomforatble enough to leave, and he’s furious that she and the Town Council have authorized and audit of the Walk’s books. Carol is the Walk secretary. Ready? Here goes!

“Oh, hey, Ms. Beecham?” Carol hurried over as she came out of the ladies room, anxious to impart her news. “Mr. Gus had to leave. Something about his one of his other businesses, you know, the No Colds Barred Urgent Care Centers? He has a couple, and the U-Store-It and the car wash too. Anyway, he said he’d meet you here tomorrow morning, nine sharp. Um, if that suits you, of course.”
The last had been added for her benefit, Mari was sure. She’d lay odds Gus had said no such thing.
“Thank you Carol, and please, call me Mari. Save the Ms. Beecham for when the sponsors show up. Otherwise, we’re working this together, right? You’ve got a lot to teach me, and I’m ready to learn.”
Carol straightened, and her nervous hand twisting disappeared.
“I thought you’d be mad,” she blurted, then blushed. “That he left.” She blushed even more. “And then he gave Ms. Geneva your office.”
Mari made a snap decision, based on that look in the office. “Power play,” she stated and watched Carol’s eyes widen.
“Really?”
Mari just smiled, letting the young woman work it out. Gus wanted to give her a thimbleful of information, then deny her any more until he was ready to dole it out. Damned if she’d let that stop her.
“Let’s get some lunch,” she suggested. They invited Geneva along, but she demurred, waving at two dusty boxes. “If I can get through these first two years today, I’ll have made progress.”
Still wide-eyed at being invited, Carol walked with her to the nearby deli. They came back to the office to eat. In that short hour, Mari got more information from a bubbling, enthusiastic Carol than she’d gotten in nearly three hours with Gus.
“Time for more meet-n-greet,” Mari said when they finished. She slipped her purse out of her briefcase along with her car keys. “I’ll be back before you leave at five. I’m going to stop at Lydia Webb’s shop, then drive out to Mr. Hestworth’s Micro Mechanics Gaming Company to see the Walk’s end point.”
“I’ll wait till you get back then,” Carol said with a smug look of her own, turning back to her desk, “before I lock up and all.”
“Sound’s good,” Mari said. “I’ve got meetings in Boston tomorrow with Boston Chamber, and with the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce people. Their promotions committee is having a dinner and they invited me.”
Carol looked shocked. “They’ve never asked Mr. Gus to come to Boston.”
“Gus didn’t run an event at the Fogg Museum for four hundred of the country’s top CEO’s. I made some friends in Boston last time I was here.”
“Wow.” Carol’s grin about split her face. “That is majorly awesome.”
“Yeah, it was pretty cool. And on that happy note, I’ll head out.”
Mari turned to the door and ran right into the solid, sexy form of Peregrine Hestworth.

Visions of smoke, fire and blood assaulted him the minute Marisol Beecham’s hands hit his chest. Off balance and startled, her attempt to back away warred with the forward motion of her pivot, leaving them both stumbling, and with her nearly helpless in his arms.
He smelled expensive perfume and lush, powerful woman. It reinforced the echo of the vision’s smoky warning.
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The hint of foresight passed as quickly as it had come, as they all did, leaving him breathless and hyperaware of the woman in his arms. She was a tidy package of femininity and force. Fairly petite, she’d emphasized her gorgeous legs with stylish heels and a slim skirt. He didn’t know what the fashion was called, but it made the most of every curve.
His body’s instant reaction to her shape, and scent could be chalked up to recent celibacy, he was sure. Still, she was attractive with a wealth of dark hair and snapping dark eyes.
“I beg your pardon, Mr. Hestworth,” she said, untangling herself and pushing away. It wasn’t a shove, but it was a sure warning that she stood on her own two feet.
“No, I should be begging yours, Ms. Beecham,” he replied, and enjoyed the confusion that washed over her mobile features. “I brought you these,” he dangled a ring of keys, shiny and newly cut, between them.
“And these are?”
“Oh!” Carol, who had come to the door when she saw them collide, interrupted, pointing at the keys. “The office, the four temporary storage spaces over at the U-Store-it, the supply closet, and,” she frowned and came forward to tap the last brass key on the ring. “What’s this one? Is that to the big closet in Mr. Gus’s office?”
“It is,” Pere confirmed, resisting the urge to ruffle Carol’s hair as he had when she was younger. She’d hate him for treating her like a kid so he smiled, and nodded his approval. “Keen eye, Carol. Ms. Beecham, you had asked to look at all the financial records, as well as the list of vendors from the past couple of years. Has Gus gotten you those?”
“Yes and no. While I did see the modified version that was used for the Request for Proposal, I’d like to see the final you actually used.” It surprised him that she turned to Carol with the explanation. “Looking at the financials will tell me where we can maximize profits, looking at vendor lists can tell me who’s come before that we might entice back.”
He caught the undercurrent of excitement from Carol. Marisol Beecham had somehow managed to see what few others had, that Carol was brilliant, but it was overshadowed by her need to please and her nervous fear of doing the wrong thing. Pere had tried to hire her at MicroMechanics, thinking some of his staff could encourage her, but Carol had stubbornly clung to her position at the Walk office.
“Ah, that seems…logical.” Carol said the last bit almost as a question.
“I think it will prove to be, if the records are good.”pumpkin-carvings
“I’ve asked Gus to be sure you have them before the end of the week.” Pere approved her proposed methodology. “The records are a good place to start. How was your morning? Did you find everything you needed?”
Puzzled by the almost fearful look Carol shot Marisol’s way, he frowned. “Office not to your liking?”
“The auditor is using the second office at this point. She’s in there now with the first two years of the Walk’s records, so I’ll take them next. Is that the office you meant?” Marisol inquired with a tilt of her dark head. He could see something in her eyes, but whether it was temper or amusement, he couldn’t tell.
“She’s using your office?” he said, going around her to open the door to the office behind them after a brief knock.
Obviously her look had been suppressed temper, because his own temper flared in an instant at the sight of the box-filled room and the startled looking woman who sat at the desk now covered with stacks of paper in manila file folders.
“Good afternoon,” he said, modulating his irritation to a smile. No need to antagonize the woman just because he was pissed with Gus.
“Well hello,” she said, with a surprised note in her voice. “You must be Mr. Hestworth.”
They exchanged introductions and pleasantries, with her assessing him the whole time. Everyone expected him to be older, or weirder, given that he ran a gaming company. It irked him, but he let it pass. He’d had a full plate of that throughout his morning meetings regarding a buyout. He’d escaped as fast as he could, using the keys and the Walk as an excuse.
“I’ll let you get back to it then, Geneva,” he said, using the given name she’d encouraged him to use. “Thank you for being here.”
“Of course, I’m happy to help,” she said, smiling as she sat back down. She might be surprised at his age or his lack of gamer-vibe, but she was serious about her own work. He was pretty sure she’d already forgotten his presence before the door shut.
“Damn it,” he growled as he turned to the two women watching him. “Carol, where’s Gus?”
“Uh, he’s gone, Mr. Hestworth, had something at No Colds that needed his attention he said.”
“He left while I was in the ladies room,” Marisol added, that same tilt to her head, that same watching gaze. Now, he realized, she was waiting to see if he was on her side, or on Gus’s team, since he hadn’t voted for her.
“Idiot,” he murmured, turning away from the door. He shot a look Carol’s way. “Don’t repeat that, Carol.”
Mutely, she shook her head, shifting her nervous gaze from him to Marisol and back again.
“This is ridiculous.” He tapped a finger on his chin, then stopped when he recognized the habit again, one he’d adopted from his father. A solution occurred to him, and he snapped his fingers, making Carol jump. “Perfect. Carol, get Truett Powers on the phone, please.”
“The space next door?” Carol said, going on alert. He nodded, appreciating her quick jump to understanding what he’s decided on the spur of the moment.
“Exactly. Then, call Marcus.” When Carol looked puzzled, he added, “Tell him he’s got a job waiting over here, and to call me for confirmation.”
Carol cocked her head to one side for a moment, an imitation of Marisol’s waiting pose. It was such an obvious hero-worship move that he had to repress a grin. True to form, Carol got his plan within seconds.
“Oh,” she said, glee echoing in her voice. “I get it. Mr. Powers to rent, Marcus to renovate. Should I call your main office or mobile?”
“Mobile. Thanks. Now,” he said, turning to Marisol. “I heard you say you say you were headed out to MicroMechanics after visiting Lydia’s place. Mind reversing the order? I’ll get you back before Lydia closes.”
“That would be fine.” He could practically see her running possible scenarios in her mind. But all she said was, “Where is Mr. Power’s space?”
Before he answered, Carol piped up. “Over on that side, back of the conference room. It’ll make a great office for you for now, and storage, and a second conference room, and then, uh, maybe for an assistant next year.” The last bit came out in a rush and Pere caught a glimpse of Carol’s ambition. Gus would never have considered an assistant, or given a thought to Carol as a candidate.
Interesting.
“Ah, I see,” was all Mari Beecham allowed. He was pretty sure she did see, both the politics and Carol’s hopes. He hoped Mari took his immediate action to solve the problem as him being on her side.
He was. Sort of.

 

So?  What do you think??? 

I finally wrote a Jeanne-Halloween-y story!  Let’s celebrate!  fall-foliage

SVEN!!! Pumpkin punch and pumpkin pie, all around!  You have to taste Sven and Paolo’s special September Cocktail…OMGosh, it’s GOOOD!!

The book will be out September 20th – so come back for the LAUNCH PARTY that day!!

In the meantime, what’s your favorite thing about FALL???

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Comments

22 Comments

  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the upcoming release, Jeanne. My favorite thing about autumn is the weather. Also love apple cider and the fall foliage.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Morning, Jane! Looks like that slippery roving Rooster is coming to roost with you for a few days. With us not blogging as much any more, he’s been roaming the world causing trouble. I’m sure he’ll enjoy resting at your house! Ha!

      Thanks for the good wishes.

      I love the change in the weather and the leaves as well. Mmmmm cider!

  • Amy Conley says:

    This book sounds so awesome. Been a while since I’ve read one like this.
    I don’t know what my favorite part of fall might be since I LOVE summer. I guess it would be our town Fall Fest (just this past weekend), and our annual trip to HOLIDAY WORLD (today).

  • Ki says:

    This is amazing! Congrats on the book release and I’m definitely going to be picking this up. This is the time of year that I indulge in dark mysteries novels and anything spooky and horror-ish.

    And Autumn is my favorite season so there’s lots to love. The weather is definitely party of the love. It has the same elements as Spring wrather but it’s totally different. The cool but wet feeling of the weather with the smell of rain in the air and fallen leaves is pure heaven. Though when it’s cloudy it can be a bit sleepy but when there’s sun light, it’s beautiful.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Yay! Thank you, in advance, Ki!

      I know what you mean about the quality of the air, Ki. There’s a certain quality to the air in the fall, and the sky is so blue!!

      Love me some fall!!

  • Jeanne, congrats on the new release! I think this will be a fabulous series.

    My favorite things about fall are the drops in the temperature and humidity. I enjoy seeing the leaves turn, but the changing weather is the best.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Ohhhh, yes, and sleeping with the windows open….Love that!!

      The changing weather IS the best. Love the clarity of the sky as I was saying to Ki, above.

      • Hey–Swinging back by with more time. That’s a great excerpt, as is the dynamic between the two, and your concept is fabulous. Per the privilege of early reading, am about 1/3 of the way through and loving it! (And have seen how the excerpt fits with the rest)

        Looking forward to the launch…

  • Minna says:

    Congrats on the release!

    Some of my favourite things fall are apples, colours on the trees (we have a name for it here: “ruska””) and no blood sucking bugs.

  • Cassondra Murray says:

    Oh I LOVE the excerpt! Very excited to see this book come out. I fell for the idea when I first heard it.
    As to fall, it used to be my favorite season, but now my favorites are spring and summer, and fall is a bit melancholy because I see winter in the offing. However, I still love pumpkin anything, apples, cider, and Chrysanthemums are still among my top three flowers. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (used to be THE favorite). There’s not much about fall that I don’t like, except….it means the end of summer and the dark coming so early.
    Can’t wait to read this story!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      That, to me, is the only downside of fall – the flowers go away. Other than that? I’m all in. Grins.

      Thanks for your kind words, Cassondra! I love the idea as well and have had such fun writing it!

  • Rae Latte says:

    Jeanne Congrats on the new release. Can’t wait for people to discover Haven Harbor!

    What a beautiful cover too!

    Love the fall and all that goes with it. Already starting to bake with pumpkin, chocolate and the house smells like fall!

    If I had a green thumb I’d plant a few beautiful things but alas…I haven’t had much luck lately.

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Jeanne, this looks fantastic, and that cover is to die for!! I’ll definitely be looking for Witches Walk!

    My favorite things about Fall are making the rounds of all the craft shows in search of early Christmas presents, and heading up to North Georgia to all the apple houses for fresh apples and cider. It’s festival season here in Georgia!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey EC!! Oh, I used to love coming down the mountain from Asheville to go to the festivals in North Georgia and around Greenville/Spartanburg.

      Thanks for your kind words on the cover. I hope you like it when you do read it! :>

  • helensibbritt says:

    Woohoo Jeanne

    Love it I tried to pre-order but I can’t so will have to remember to go and get it when it is released, oh and I do love autumn but of course we are in spring now and the flowers are starting to bloom and the days are getting longer 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Helen! Thanks for trying to pre-order – I’ve not gotten the links up yet. I’ll let you know when the buy links are up for pre-order or live. :>

      They’ll definitely be ready by the time I do the Launch Party on the 20th!

      I know y’all are in Spring, I’ve been seeing your temps start to change. Grins.

  • I am definitely looking forward to this release! I LOVE this concept! And the excerpt is smokin’ ! The thing I love most about this particular fall season is I am able to thoroughly enjoy it! My days of suffering through fall days indoors at Walmart all day are GONE !! This evening I was able to enjoy the approach of a coming storm. Lightning danced in the clouds of the descending dusk. I heard the wind through the trees and smelled the rain on the air. I cannot tell you how long it has been since I have been able to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of a fall evening.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, Louisa, I’m SO FREAKIN’ HAPPY for you that you’re free of that stifling job. :>

      Love watching the storms come in. Such amazing light shows and the smell of rain on hot pavement. Ahhhhh!

      And thank you for your kind words on the book. I hope you like it!!