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Buried Magic: White Haven Witches Book 1 (Paperback)

Buried Magic: White Haven Witches Book 1 (Paperback)

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Witchcraft, dark secrets, and demons. No one is safe in White Haven.

Avery, one of the five White Haven witches, practices her magic alone and spends her days working in her bookshop, refusing to join the coven.

However, days away from Litha, the summer solstice, a deceased customer bequeaths her a rune covered box and an intriguing letter that reveals the witches are missing a vital part of their history. The news shatters her organised life completely.

Five ancient family grimoires are hidden in the town, and within their pages lies a secret.

Unable to resist a mystery, Avery is determined to find them. However, the tarot cards predict danger, and when another witch—the sexy, but annoying Alex Bonneville—shares the same premonition, they know that an unknown enemy is determined to stop them using any means necessary.

Avery never backs down from a fight, and Alex refuses to let her fight alone.

When White Haven turns into a battleground of magic and demons, the witches’ lives will never be the same again.

Buried Magic is perfect for fans of paranormal mysteries who love authentic witchcraft and magic, a slow-burn romance, English humour, a gorgeous Cornish setting with lots of myths, and plenty of action. Join the coven and buy Buried Magic now!

***This story completes in book 2, Magic Unbound. All subsequent stories are complete.

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Chapter One

Avery always liked to read the tarot cards on a full moon, outside if the weather allowed, and today it did. It was mid-June and hot. The earth smelled rich, and the scent of lavender drifted towards her.
She sat at her garden table. The brick-paved patio area was flooded with silvery light and the garden beyond was full of plants, lost in the shadows despite the full moon. The only things visible were the white roses that nodded from the depths of the borders, and the gravel paths that snaked around them.
Earlier that day she had sensed a shift in the normal path of her life; a premonition that required further investigation. Out of long practice she sat calmly, shuffling the cards and then placing them out in the cross before her, turning them one by one. She shuddered. Change was coming, and with it, danger. The cards revealed it and she could feel it. And it would happen soon.
Avery leaned back, perplexed, and then jumped slightly as she heard the click of the gate. Alex, another witch. She recognised his scent and sound. Her worry over the reading was replaced by curiosity.
He stepped into view, his expression invisible with the moon behind him, casting her in shadow. He was tall, with broad shoulders and a lean, muscular build. It was like a wall had stepped between her and the moon.
“What do you want, Alex?”
“What a lovely greeting, Avery,” he said, his voice smooth. He pulled a chair out and sat opposite her, looking down at the cards. “So you sense it, too.”
“Sense what?”
“You know what.” He sounded impatient. “That something is coming. Don’t you think we should work together?”
“No.”
He leaned back, shifting slightly so that the moon lit his face, showing his day-old stubble and his long dark hair that fell just below his shoulders. His brown eyes looked black in the light. “This is ridiculous. You have no reason to distrust me.”
She refused to be drawn. “I have no reason to trust you, either. You disappeared for years, and now you’re back. I have no idea who you even are anymore.”
“I’m the same witch I always was. People travel, you know. That’s life!”
Even now Alex could make her blood boil with his infuriating superiority. She wanted to throw something at him, like a lightning bolt. “Why are you here?”
They stared at each other across the table, Avery only able to see a glint of moonlight in his eyes, until he said with forced patience, “There are five witches now in White Haven, five of us who wield the old magic. We should meet. Pool our resources. I can’t believe you haven’t already.”
“We’ve had no need to form a coven, and I like working alone.” She inwardly chastised herself. Why did she have to sound so defensive? It was okay to work alone.
“I’ve been talking to Elspeth. She’d like to form one.”
Avery rolled her eyes. “Of course she would.”
“There’s nothing wrong with that! We can share ideas, share our strengths.”
“We’re all witches! What do we need to share?”
“Oh, let me see,” he said with a sigh. “El can work metal, brilliantly, metal and gems, in fact. Far better than any of us can. Have you seen what she’s been producing lately?”
“No.”
“You should. And of particular use for us, she can weave magic into an Athame, and other useful objects we use in our rituals.”
“I can do that, too,” she said impatiently, “we all can. We’re witches.”
“Not as good as she can,” he persisted. “And Briar is excellent at using herbs and healing. Better than all of us,” he said, cutting her off before she could protest. “Gil is particularly good at using water magic. And then there’s you.” He stopped and just looked at her, his expression unfathomable. He was making her uncomfortable.
“What about me?” She was annoyed with him for being so very logical, and she felt the wind stirring around her as her annoyance increased.
He laughed, the white of his teeth bright against his shadowed face. He looked around and the breeze made strands of his hair float around his face. “Am I making you cross? I’m sure you’re causing that wind.”
She frowned and cut it off, the wind dying instantly.
“Air. You manipulate it so easily. And new spells, your intuitiveness—those are your strengths.”
She was so unnerved at his knowledge of her that she responded with sarcasm. “And what about you, Alex? What can you bring?”
“My ability to scry, to prophecise, my astral abilities. And fire.” He glanced at the candle that sat on the side of the table, unlit, and it suddenly flared to life, the flame shooting a foot into the air before it settled down to a small, orange flame. The light illuminated his grin. “I burn hot, Avery. Nice on cold nights.”
“How lovely,” she said, trying to dispel the images that rushed into her head. She put the flame out as quickly as he had lit it, the smoke eddying between them.
He leaned forward. “I’m calling a meeting. The others should know that we’ve sensed something. We need to be on our guard. My place, tonight at ten.” He stood, once again blocking the moon briefly before he headed to the gate, his gait long. “By the way, your defences on the house need strengthening. See you later, Avery.”
Alex was 29, a year older than her, and they’d been to the same schools and shared the same powers, and yet he infuriated her. She watched him go, then looked up at the moon and wanted to scream, but the moon counselled silence, so she swept the cards up, shuffled, and dealt again.

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