Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch (Black Depths #1) by J.E. Hunter Genre: YA Paranormal Release Date: April 2014
Death, power, transformation....
When Nessa's dad dies, the last thing she's expecting is to lose everything else too. But when her hair suddenly turns electric red, and her estranged grandma turns up on her doorstep ready to haul her off to an isolated island, that's exactly what happens. In one day, Nessa losses her mother and her friends, and learns that she's a redheaded sea-witch with magical powers. She's one of many Neptunians—magical beings blessed by the sea, including selkies, mermaids, pirates, and sea nymphs. Nessa doesn't want to live on an island, she doesn't want to be a sea-witch, and she certainly doesn't want to be hunted by humans who harvest Neptunians for their magical powers. But if Nessa wants to live, she'll have to accept her new life and everything that comes with it including a witty pirate named Caesar, who just might break her heart.
Challenges arise at home and at school. Nessa struggles with her lessons, her friendships, and her burgeoning romance. She has no idea who she is, where she belongs, or that the danger lurking in the shadows is about to tear apart her world all over again...
Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch is the first book of the Black Depths series. This stunning series of books follow Nessa, a sea-witch. The second and third books, Broken Tide and Dark Shores, are also available on Amazon, as well a Black Depths novella, Windbound, which features the siren, Amynta, from the Black Depths series.
J. E. Hunter lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and began writing at a young age as an excuse to stay indoors during the cold winters. Several trips to the Pacific coast brought the inspiration for the Black Depths series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, book 1, was published in 2014. Book 2, Broken Tide, was released in November 2015. Book 3 will be released in March 2016. J. E. Hunter has spent many years working in the field of environmental engineering and protection, a common theme in her works. When not reading, writing, or working, J. E. Hunter is often planning future adventures or busy living them.
So Why Are Sea-Witches Redheaded, Anyway? by J. E. Hunter
When I first came up with the idea to write about sea-witches, a single girl with bright red hair popped up in my mind. I didn't see the woman so much as the fiery hair--the only hint that someone--or possibly something--was under the water. But Neptunians (creatures gifted by the sea), would know what she was, and what power she possessed. The sea-witch was visible, powerful, and courageous. Anyone who might need the help of the sea-witch would know that she was there. This is how my sea-witches were born.
In the Black Depths Universe, sea-witches are born with hair of any colour, be it brown, blonde, black, red, or somewhere in between. Once a sea-witch comes into her powers, between the ages of five and eight (though occasionally much later), the hair colour and eye colour of thesea-witch changes. The hair, however, doesn't always turn bright red. Some sea-witches will have hair that is only slightly tinged red, while others (like Nessa in Tales of a Redhead Sea-Witch) will end up with hair the colour of a ripe tomato. Others may have reddish black or reddish brown hair, or even a light strawberry blonde. As a sea-witch ages, her hair will turn grey (though it will always maintain a reddish undertone), but the greying of hair isn't likely to happen until the sea-witch is at least one hundred and sixty years old (the advent of old age in the sea-witch universe).
While there's no reason for the differentiation in the red colour of sea-witch hair, some Neptunian scientist posit that it is directly related to the amount of power a sea-witch can channel. They propose that those with more dominantly red haircan channel more power, but this, however, has not been proven.
There is a spell that sea-witches can use to mask the colour of their hair, but the hair cannot be coloured through chemical means. If you want to learn more about this, or about sea-witches in general, you can find out all about them in Tales of Redheaded Sea-Witch.