During my travels through coven territory last year, I learned that there was an academy where all the wealthier residents of Haileyville, New York (and surrounding Tri-County Area) sent their high-school and college-aged kids. It’s like a prep-school and magickal college all in one. With Lisa Spears being sent to the Academy at the end of Cult of Lucifuge, after having received The Mark for disregarding coven law, I thought it would be interesting to find out more about this academy. Enter Jessie Blackwood, the daughter of Thaddeus Blackwood’s estranged, and now deceased, brother (who you find out has passed on at the end of Thirteen Covens: Darkness). Writing Jessie helped me find a place of redemption for Thaddeus. But it also helped me to learn more about this academy and what it’s like to be COVEN BORN. What it’s like to have a destiny, and to grapple with the expectations of those who love you, trying to figure out who you are and what you want, what your place in the world is, all while coming of age and falling in love.
I hope Academy fans come to love the covens as much as I do, and I hope existing Thirteen Covens fans will fall in love with these stories, too. Without further ado – welcome to the Thirteen Covens Academy!
Coven Born: Thirteen Covens Academy
Not being a witch isn’t an option when you’re Coven Born.
I wasn’t raised a witch. I didn’t even know I was coven-born until my parents died, allegedly from a curse. After being uprooted from San Francisco and moved across the country to Upstate New York to live with my uncle, I was thrust into a world of witches and magick. Yeah – real witches and real magick. IKR? Now, my eccentric uncle and other relatives believe I have some kind of rare magick, and the only way to find out is by sending me to the prestigious Thirteen Covens Academy where I will be trained to ‘meet my potential’, whatever that means.
Great – a school full of rich, snooty kids.
I have bigger things to worry about than my alleged rare witch powers. First – there’s Carrie Ambrose – the resident mean girl who calls me ‘charity case’ and keeps trying to get a lock of my hair. Second – the fact that Blaine Adams, the hottest, most popular guy at school asked me out, much to the fury of Carrie and every other popular girl. Third – the rumors that my entire family is cursed and the only reason I’m alive is because the coven is doing spells to protect me.
My only ally (and that’s being generous) is the queen of the outcasts, Lisa Spears, who’s “serving time “at the academy after doing something the coven high council didn’t like. Despite the mark she wears, or the insults from the other students – she has an entourage of cute guys who follow her everywhere, including the awkward, nerdy guy Eric – who’s always flirting with me. And the awkward, goth guy, Gary – who’s always flirting with me. And the awkward metal-head, Josh – who’s always flirting with me.
I’ll be eighteen in a few weeks – old enough to decide if I want to stick with the Academy, and its chaos, until I graduate, or leave my entire family and its legacy behind…
Coming Friday, March 13, 2020
Coven Society: Thirteen Covens Academy
I hate my coven.
Being a girl born into The Watch – you’re not allowed to practice ritual magick. Something about *real* magick being a man’s territory and all that. So why did they send me to this school, with a bunch of classes my father won’t allow me to take?
Gerald Masterson, a guy in my advanced chemistry class believes women are natural magicians and that the men of The Watch are just afraid of our power. He’s agreed to teach me magick in private.
But I have to be careful. Brandon Willis, also born into The Watch, has been keeping an eye on me. He’s constantly staring at me and following me, and giving Gerald dirty looks. No doubt a favor for my father. If he finds out Gerald is teaching me magick and reports back, I honestly don’t know what will happen.
Will I be ostracized? Will I lose my family?
Coming June 13, 2020
Coven Cursed: Thirteen Covens Academy
Book description forthcoming…
Coming September 13, 2020