Pestlework – Now Available!

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Pestlework: A Book of Magical Powders & Oils

From the author of Grovedaughter Witchery comes a volume of potions and powders for all occasions, suitable to enhance the craft of any practitioner.

Old standards like Banishing Powder and Blessing Oil meet new classics like Dream Dust and Stargazer Wishing Oil. Need to rid your house of a troublesome spirit? Try a sprinkle of Ghost-Be-Gone Powder. Looking for a way to get your zest back after spellwork? Brim With Vim Vitality Oil might be just the thing. Over 200 original formulae await you within these pages, along with helpful hints, safety tips, and detailed instructions for creating your own magical powders and oils.

Collected for the first time in a single volume, these recipes are the product of twelve years of experience and much experimentation. While magic is never a guarantor of success, the potions within these pages just might give your spells the edge you need.

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Pestlework – It’s Finished!!!

The manuscript is ready and the cover is finished!

Many many thanks to Lulu and Rebecca for all their help with finishing this book. Couldn’t have done it without you, darlings!

Thanks also to everyone who  gave me feedback and participated in the color scheme polls. As you can see, I did go with the purple after all. It looked even nicer with the silver background I’d originally selected for the indigo color scheme, so purple it shall be!

I’ll be spending tonight and tomorrow editing and with any luck, the book will be ready for publication later this week!

Update – Pestlework

The manuscript is nearing completion! With luck and a little elbow grease, I could be finished tonight. My dear Miss Goodnight sent in the completed Foreword earlier today, so I’ve only got two more descriptions to do, and then it’s all editing.

It’s looking like the final price for the book will be $15.95, as promised, and I’m going with a purple and silver color scheme for the cover, with the original image I planned on using. Here’s a sneak preview!

It still needs a bit of tweaking here and there, but that’ll get done before the release. I’m still aiming for a release date later this week or possibly this weekend, depending on how long editing takes.

Stay tuned!

Announcements – The Witches’ Cupboard & Pestlework

Today’s the last day, witchlings! If you haven’t gotten your print or Kindle copy of The Witches’ Cupboard, this is the last day to do it before the Amazon listings are taken down. Some print copies may still be found in shops if you know where to look, but for all intents and purposes, it’s going into the vault at midnight EST tonight.

If you can’t get your hands on a copy just now, don’t despair! My new book Pestlework is set to be published later this month, and it will include all your favorite magical recipes from The Witches’ Cupboard and Grovedaughter Witchery, along with dozens of brand new recipes never seen or published anywhere before.

I’m going to spend this weekend typing like a madwoman to try and get the manuscript finished. I’m bumping the publish date to August 23rd just to give myself a little extra breathing room, but it’s still on target to be out this month.

Stay tuned!

Pestlework and The Witches’ Cupboard

Hello, witchlings!

Well, it’s coming down to the wire now. July is nearly over, the Cupboard is going away, and the Pestlework manuscript is nearing completion.

The Witches’ Cupboard has had a really good run, and I’m a little sad to see it go. I want to thank all the awesome people who have purchased the book and took the time to leave reviews and recommendations and feedback. I also want to thank co-author Anna for all her help with that project and I wish her lots of luck with her future projects. Here’s hoping we’ll see her recipes in a new book someday!

I’m spending this entire weekend, more or less every waking moment, doing my damnedest to get the Pestlework manuscript done. The work hasn’t been going as quickly as I would’ve liked, due to real life taking precedence, but I still want to try and get the book out in mid-August. The original publish date of August 16th might get pushed back a week or so, depending on how things go, but that’s still the rough goal.

At the moment, there is a total of 205 recipes in the book and the page count stands at 150. I’m very pleased that I achieved both of my content goals for Pestlework, and I feel like I’ve put together a book that I can be proud of, and that my readers will enjoy.

I’m doing my best to include plenty of practical advice and small magical suggestions throughout the text. The focus is largely on the powder and oil recipes, and the processes by which the substances are made.

Pestlework my first solo book that’s being written at a Witchcraft 201 level. Like The Sisters Grimmoire, it’s going to be accessible for beginners and suitable for more advanced practitioners. It’s meant for witches with a little bit of experience under their brooms, but beginners should be able to make good use of it too, especially if they’re clever with their kitchen spices.

As I’ve mentioned before, the book contains all of my recipes from The Witches’ Cupboard and Grovedaughter Witchery, but they were just a jumping-off point. There are over 100 brand-new recipes for magical powders and oils that have never been published anywhere before. All of them are original work from my practice; you won’t be getting a volume of all the same stuff you’ve seen in Llewellyn compendiums.

Thanks for all your support thus far! Make sure you get in your orders for The Witches’ Cupboard by Monday if you want a copy, and stay tuned for more updates on Pestlework. Hopefully I’ll have something good to announce this coming week!

Scares That Care 2017

Hello, my freaky darlings! Lulu and I had a great time at the con today. We did our best to stay for a a good while and stroll around and talk to people. We got tons of compliments and photo requests for our Lydia Deetz costumes (if you put us on your Insta, please tag @breenicgarran and @iamlaurengoodnight), and picked up some truly awesome swag in the vendors room.

Annnnd then the fire alarm went off and we decided that was as good a signal as any to call it a day. (Read: We were already sweating to death in our costumes and were not prepared to wait an hour or more for the fire marshall to clear things up, especially if there was an honest-to-goodness fire somewhere in the hotel.)

So we came home to recuperate, and we’ll be spending the evening watching old Beetlejuice cartoons and picking the wig glue out of our….everywhere.

This Year’s Plugs:

Devil Dog Press Publishing Company

Jaime Johnesee Author of the Macabre

Little Shop of Weird – Curious Goods, Antiques & Oddities

Just A Little Hocus Pocus – Year-Round Halloween Store

Wyrd Armouries – Unique Handmade Costume Designs & Props

Occult Cuties – Spooky handmade collectibles and one-of-a-kind creations

Pendle Potions – Custom Reclaimed Glass, Serving Witches Worldwide since 1642

Steampunk Pomegranate – Original Designs by Emrys Figgins (@steampunkpomegranate​ on tumblr)

Horror Show Jack – Customized Fangs and Horror Collectibles (Instagram)

The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Tour – Virginia’s Oldest Ghost Tour

Update – Pestlework

WOO! Back to the grind!

(See what I did there? Ha, witch puns…)

I’m finally back to writing, and I’m spending today working on the manuscript. I’ve got a handful of oil formulae to concoct, several powder descriptions and suggested uses to write, and big swaths of the introduction to finish. It sounds like a lot, but really, it’s very manageable. The manuscript is probably about 85% finished at this point. Plus, my girl Lauren Goodnight ( @thelulusoldier​ ) is writing the foreword, and I’ve already got the cover art finished.

My goal is to have the manuscript completely finished and ready for editing by the end of July, so I can do a few weekends’ worth of editing and hopefully have everything ready to go in short order. The tentative release date right now is August 16th, but don’t hold me to that just yet.

Further updates as events warrant! 🙂