Witches&Pagans Book Review

Grovedaughter Witchery by Bree NicGarran

Every once in a while you run into a book and find yourself thinking, “Wow, I wish I’d had this book when I was starting out!” NicGarran’s book is one of those; it’s basic in the best possible way: fundamental, taking nothing for granted, with an emphasis on doing your own research. It’s written very clearly, and the author’s patient and practical tone is very helpful. There’s a strong emphasis on safely dealing with “real world” elements such as fire and dangerous plants.

This is not to say that this book is for beginners only. I really appreciated her discussion of the scarcity and endangered status of some magical plants. The book covers a wide range of spell purposes and formats, with a good balance of “how to” and “recipe” sections. Many of her innovations could expand the toolkit of any experienced spellcrafter. The reference material is useful, too; there are listings of plants by magical use, plus sections for the “go-to” purposes like warding and hexing.

NicGarran’s system is heavily herbalism-based; in that and in many other ways it resembles folk magic systems from a wide variety of cultures, with one major difference: there are no goddesses or gods, no spirits, no prayers. The author views witchcraft as practical spellcraft, and presents her system without any religious elements. She presents a strong framework that doesn’t require religious, spiritual, or astrological/lunar elements.

This is a really impressive work. NicGarran has built it from the ground up and tested every spell and charm that she’s created. I’m not much of a magician (though my spouse is), but I do occasionally need to do some spellwork. I’m going to keep this one on my shelf, as I have a feeling it will end up being very useful.

Review by Hugh Eckert
Witches&Pagans magazine, Issue #35, January 2018

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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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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!

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! 🙂

Book Sales

By the by, if anyone has any pagan festivals coming up, I do offer my books to faire vendors at 60% of MSRP with low-rate shipping anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact me via email at Bree NicGarran@outlook.com. I need to make at least three more direct sales in order to keep the lights on this month.

Thank you for your support!

The Sisters Grimmoire: Spells and Charms for Your Happily Ever After

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The Sisters Grimmoire: Spells and Charms for Your Happily Ever After (2nd Edition)
By Bree NicGarran

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,
Who’s the cleverest witch of them all?

With the spells in this book, it just might be you!

Inspired by the well-known works of The Brothers Grimm, this volume boasts over sixty original spells lovingly crafted from favorite fairy tales, along with helpful spellcrafting instructions and several indices to aid you in your journey. All of this is wrapped up with useful chapter forewords discussing the various themes within the tales, some insight into the creative process, and a bit of discussion on ethics and the usage of magic.

Whether you’re ready to yell “All Heads Off But Mine,” looking to turn your luck around with some Buried Coins, or just wanting to show the world What Big Teeth you have, there is sure to be a spell within these pages that is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

After all, who couldn’t use a bit of Happily Ever After?

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Announcement – The Sisters Grimmoire, 2nd Edition

Good news, everyone!

The Kindle version of The Sisters Grimmoire 2nd Edition is currently in review! I expect to see the listing go live tonight or tomorrow, and I will certainly post links on all my social media.

The print version is not far behind, with just a few technical fixes left until the formal review (I’ve sent it for a prelim just to see), and things are well on track to have both listings up by this weekend.

Stay tuned!