Microscopes and Magic

The second novella in my Windflower series is out today. You can grab it on Kindle here!

Some magical problems take spells and potions to solve… but others can only be understood through the lenses of a microscope.

Marigold Nightfield’s life changed when she absorbed the magic stored in a family heirloom. Now, she’s part of a growing network of magic-working scientists who are trying to change the world for the better, and has a girlfriend from a sprawling, powerful, witchy family.

Things should be coming together perfectly for her… but her magic has a time limit. It’s not hers for keeps and one day, she’ll lose it for good.

When her girlfriend’s work is destroyed by possible sabotage, and strange things start appearing in Wellington’s green belt, Marigold’s amazing new life starts to unravel. With unknown motives and dubious players at work, she faces a destructive force spreading through the city and beyond. She'll have to not only draw on her scientific background and magical abilities, but make new connections and grow in confidence to face this new threat.

Mine isn’t the only witchy book out today - also check out Anna Kirtlan’s cat-filled Raven’s Haven for Women of Magic and Sam Schenk’s spooky A Gap in the Veil.

I’ve been reading some amazing books lately. Among them are Chloe Gong’s These Violent Delights - a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920’s Shanghai. It has a wonderful aesthetic, great characters (including several queer characters), and really plays on a history of colonialism and complex jurisdictional issues in a way I found fascinating. I also loved Jordan Ifueko’s Raybearer - it’s West-African inspired YA fantasy with some incredible worldbuilding and nuanced exploration of loyalty, friendships, and love.

(Disclaimer: I borrowed TVD from a friend and Raybearer from my local public library who got it for me from another library. I’ve received no payment for writing about these.)