The Wiccan Way Book 1
by Nicole Coverdale
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Josslyn, Jade, and Julie Morgan never imagined magic was real. That is until they visited their grandmother’s grave. Now a journal their deceased mother left for them, a symbol they all know too well, and an earthquake in Minnesota has them all believing in the impossible…
They’re witches. Good witches, destined to keep the human world safe from the demonic forces that plague mankind, and now they have powers. Magical powers. Josslyn can freeze time, Jade can control electrical forces, and Julie can see the future. But, another surprise awaits them. Jasmine Nichols, a young woman who looks the spitting image of their mother. She’s their sister, and she can move things with her mind.
Adjusting to their new life as witches, coming to grips with the fact they have another sister, and to control their newfound powers the sisters find themselves on a trip to the past to get answers. But as they search for answers… an even greater threat is coming. The demonic world now knows about them, and they want one thing. Their powers.
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“Yeah. Like a loud boom!” Julie cried, racing into the kitchen. “Where is she?”
“Ahh… I think I might know,” Jade said, pointing to the book on the counter. “I think she cast the time travel spell.”
“What! Why would she do that?”
“Because I gave her the idea.”
Josslyn and Julie swung toward Jade.
“Why the hell would you do that?” Julie shouted.
“Who knows where she went!” Josslyn added. “Jade, we know nothing about this book, about these spells, or even our powers for that matter! We’re all in unchartered territory!”
“Which is exactly why we have to stick together,” Jade said.
“Look, here’s the spell. We can follow her.”
“By our blood,” Jade said. “Our blood is what links us, and if we add our blood to the potion, maybe it will bring us to her.”
“Maybe?” Julie shook her head. “No way! Maybe is not good enough. We don’t even know how to get back. There’s no spell to bring us back!”
“That’s just a risk we’re going to have to take,” Josslyn said. “I may not be too eager to go face demonic creatures who want to kill us, but I do know that she’s our sister. We only just found her, we can’t lose her now.”
“Agreed.” Jade handed them each a knife. “On the count of three?”
“One… two… three.”
Once Upon a Hallow's Eve
The Wiccan Way Book 2
Life has been anything but easy for Josslyn, Jade, Julie, and Jasmine ever since they found out they were witches. After an epic showdown with Satan four months ago, things are finally slowing down. Jade has gotten her bar and restaurant up and running. Both Julie and Jasmine have gone back to school. Josslyn… she’s still struggling with what she wants to do with her life. But as Halloween rolls up, they all know one thing. They want to have a good time!
Little do they know an evil witch is threatening to ruin their four-month hiatus from the demonic world. Sucking them each into a different fairytale. Fairytales, whose endings have been altered. Now it’s up to Josslyn, Jade, Julie, and Jasmine to right the fairytales before happy endings cease to exist.
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Josslyn turned from where she was still standing in the doorway. Eyeing the man in front of her, his face hidden by a white and red colored mask. She shrugged. “What the hell? It is a party after all.” She laid her hand in his, and they headed toward the dance floor.
“You do look beautiful,” the man said, as they swayed to the music. He placed his hands on her hips, and Josslyn sighed, staring up at him. I’ve missed this, she thought, wrapping her fingers around his strong shoulders. Being free. Having fun. Being wild. Ever since Tyler had left, she’d felt nothing like herself. That was going to change.
“Thank you,” she said, as he spun her in a circle. She laughed, twirling back to him. “And thank you for the dance. It was quite nice of you.”
“What can I say? I needed a dance with the ice queen before she disappears forever.”
“Wait. What?” Josslyn stumbled back, jerking free from the man’s grip. “Who are you?”
The man just smiled. “Oh, I think you know.”
“Demon.” Josslyn narrowed her eyes, lifting her hands and freezing the room.
“What the…” Jade, Julie, Sky, and Jasmine all jerked toward her. “Josslyn, what the hell?”
“Demon!” Josslyn shouted, whipping her mask off and pointing to the man standing in front of her.
“Well, well, well, if it isn’t the four lovely sisters, and their lovely angel.” The demon drew his mask off, his pale, white face glimmering under the low light as his small, yellow eyes leered at them. “It’s nice to see you all, the ones who took out Satan. Not that he was much of a challenge. He was dying, after all.”
“Are you always this rude to your superiors?” Jade asked, crossing her arms in front of her chest. “Satan might have been dying, but he was still powerful. More powerful than you, I’m guessing. Who are you?”
“Just the messenger… that’s going to send you on a lovely trip.”
“A trip?” Jade lifted her hand, a ball of energy appearing in her palm. “I think the only one going anywhere, is you.” She threw the energy ball toward him.
“Jade, Jade, Jade. You really are a spitfire, aren’t you?” The demon asked, disappearing in a flash, and reappearing behind her. He wrapped his hand around her throat, leaning in close. “I may not be as powerful as Satan, Jade, but I know all about you four. What makes you tick. Nah uh.” He lifted his hand, freezing Josslyn, Julie, Jasmine and Sky in place as they started to run toward them.
“H-how did you do that?” Jade gasped out, wincing as his fingers dug into her throat.
“I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve,” the demon said, laughing. “I’m a trickster, Jade, and Halloween is my favorite time of year. Plus, my master has been studying you four, for months now. You threaten her, and she wants you gone so that she can control the underworld.” He smiled. “Have a nice ride, ladies and gentleman.” He snapped his fingers, the ground giving away underneath them. “Where happy endings cease to exist.”
The Wiccan Way Book 3
In the wake of the tragedy that struck on Halloween night, Josslyn, Jade, Julie, and Jasmine are shocked to learn the truth about Sky. He has no heart—someone stole it and now they are bound to get it back. When Jade, Jasmine, and Sky embark on a trip to the heavens to find his heart, they realize things are not as they seem. Black angels have taken over the heavens and they want one thing—Jasmine and Sky dead.
But the heavens have a silver lining. A psychic, who is tasked with helping Jade find the answers to the questions she seeks by taking her on a journey to her past, present, and future. What she sees changes everything, but time is running out. For she can only focus on one thing… the threat to the future.
For down on earth, something has gone terribly wrong. For the underworld has risen to the surface and one sister has turned to the dark side.
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“What do we do?”
“There’s only one thing we can do,” Sky said, lifting the heart from the box. “And it’s not going to be easy.” He slammed the heart into his chest, and he gasped. He clenched his fist, as the pain in his chest intensified, his entire body feeling as if it were on fire, and a moment later the pain subsided. He sighed, relief washing over him, and he smiled, his eyes locking with Jasmine’s. “Man! That feels wonderful!”
“How do you feel?” Jasmine asked, staring up at him, worry filling her. What if it didn’t work? What if his heart rejected him? What if he died?
“Like I can actually breathe again.”
“Sky! Jasmine! Watch out!”
Sky and Jasmine jerked around at Josslyn’s shout, watching as Vargus’s body seeped toward them in a stream of bright, orange goo.
“Uh… Sky. What’s going on?”
“Jasmine, watch out!” Sky shouted, shoving her out of the way just as bright, orange fingers appeared from the depths of hell. They reached toward him, wrapping around his waist, and pulled him toward the opening in the floor.
“Sky! No!” Jasmine lunged forward, wrapping her fingers around his arm. “Don’t leave me!” she cried. “I can’t lose you!”
“You’ll never lose me,” Sky said, softly, staring up into her eyes. “I love you too much.” He glanced down below him, his heart lurching at the sight of the lava rolling far below him. Gasping, as the grasp around his waist tightened. “Jasmine, there’s not a lot of time left,” he whispered, staring up at her. “But don’t be sad. I promise. You will see me again,” he said, his fingers sliding free from hers as he fell downward into the fiery depths below.
With several books already mapped out, Nicole spends most of her days on the computer, letting the words flow, but when she's not writing she loves to shop, binge on Netflix or Hulu, cook, bake, and in the fall loves nothing more than a good football game. Go Pack Go!
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Pet peeves… I guess mild annoyances that get me is first and foremost, men not putting the toilet seat down! Another is manners, and just common decency. If you treat people with respect, it really does go a long way. Another thing, on social media today there are so many people out there just putting people down for their own opinion. Everyone is different, everyone has an opinion, and everyone should respect those opinions. It’s a free country, and it’s great that we can all express us all in a unique way!
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in October of 1986. Lived there for a few years until my parents decided they wanted to raise horses, so they built a house in Hudson, Wisconsin where we lived until my parents divorced years later. After that, I lived with my Mom, still in Hudson, with my other two sisters until I graduated from high school. From there, I lived in Green Bay for a few years, came back to Hudson for a few, and then most recently moved to Rochester, MN four years ago where I plan on staying for quite a while.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I would want to hang out with as much people as possible. My friends, my family, and go to somewhere exotic. Some place I’d never been. I’d love to spend my last day, doing something fun, and being surrounded by the people that I love.
Who is your hero and why?
My hero. There are so many! If you want to know the person who influenced me the most in life, that would be my Mom. She raised three girls, pretty much being a single parent the majority of my life and has been very supportive in my goals. She’s my biggest fan. But if you want to talk about a celebrity who has influenced me, Bret Michaels, the lead singer of Poison has always been a big influence of mine. His music helped me in some of my hardest, darkest times, and he inspired a lot of people with his own life story. When he was diagnosed with diabetes, but still kept going. Inspiring other to keep going.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
I think the kind of ruler I would be is someone who listens, and then takes action to the best of my ability. I always think it’s best to listen first, understand both sides of the issue at hand, and then come to a conclusion that would benefit everyone.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I spend my days relaxing, usually sitting on the couch binge watching Netflix, or catching a good movie.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
A self-motived, dedicated, strong individual.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The moment I first picked up a pen and started bringing a story to life. That was back in middle school.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Not a favorite, per se. I love movies! The fast and the furious series is one of my favorites, but my favorite chick flick was always, 27 dresses, and I can’t forget about my favorite horror movies! Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and The Final Destination series.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I would love for my wiccan series, The Wiccan Way, to be turned into a movie! Or a TV series, would probably do it more justice. There are so many characters, so many plot lines I have in my head for this series that would really benefit from a TV series.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
An eagle. I feel like it represents me. Soaring high in the air, staring at the world down below him, free. Writing makes me feel free, brave, and it makes me feel like I’m soaring or flying at times.
What inspired you to write this book?
I always loved magic, and I love writing about families. I was always in love with the supernatural, watching shows like Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I wanted to write something that was new, exciting, and fresh to me. Before this story, I had only written thriller/mysteries and I wanted something new. Something challenging, and boy, did I get it!
What can we expect from you in the future?
I currently have a total of 13 books planned for my Wiccan series, and I’m sure more will follow. I have so many ideas! There’s so many characters I have yet to bring to life, that I have tucked in the back of my mind, and I want to touch on some history in them as well. Maybe bring some old legends/folklores to life in my stories.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Aside from what I will cover in the books, no, not at the moment.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Wiccan Way series?
In Destiny Awaits, the first book in my Wiccan series, we meet the Morgan sisters. Josslyn is the oldest. She’s always been the wild child, the unpredictable one. Growing up, she was irresponsible, and after a tragedy that struck the Morgan family, she left home. Only, after being kicked out of her third college did she finally come up with the courage to return home and confront her two sisters, who she’d abandoned. She’s been given the magical power of water manipulation.
Jade is the second oldest, the responsible one. She prides herself on thinking things through, and she’s a worrier! She worried about everyone, everything, and feels responsible for everything that goes wrong in her sister’s lives. She’s been gifted the magical power of being able to control electricity.
Julie is the youngest of the three, and she is the peacemaker. Josslyn and Jade had always butted heads, and Julie was the one who would be stuck in the middle, constantly. After an accident that nearly took her life, she’s just now getting her confidence, and her strength back. She’s been gifted the power to see the future and to control fire.
Finally, Jasmine is the last of the four sisters. The oldest of the four, she was given up just after she was born. Living in one foster home after another, she never got adopted. She put herself through college and has landed an amazing job as an assistant to a lawyer who fights for children in the foster system. Now though, she’s found out that she has three sisters. Confused and angry, she wants nothing more than to shut them out, but that gets thrown out the window when she inherits a magical power. The ability to move things with her mind.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I knew what they looked like, and I knew that I wanted the names to start with a “J” so looked up names that started with the letter, “J” and found ones I liked and that I thought fit.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Everything! The best thing in the world for a writer, is starting with a single sentence, and just letting the words come to you without even thinking about it. Writing about each character, and what made each of them tick. Their fears. Their desires. Their passions. Writing about the magical powers, of course was fun too, and lets not forget about the demons and monsters. Those were fun to write about too!
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
It just seemed to fit. A destiny, none of them knew even existed, until they got their powers. Destiny Awaits seems like a good fit, don’t you?
Who designed your book covers?
I’ve got a couple of designers I use. Kristyn from Drop Dead Designs created the covers for Destiny Awaits and Crossroads. Tara from Fantasia Frog Designs created the cover for Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve. Molly from We Got You Covered Book Designs takes care of the interior formatting for me.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. Not a thing! I absolutely love this book, and hope everyone will love it to.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I always thought that books had to be a certain word-count, a certain page length, but in writing these last couple of books I realize that you can’t really map out the story. You have to let it come to you.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh man! I have thought of this! First, Jade, she’s my favorite character! I would love an actress like Jennifer Garner to play her. I’ve always loved her as an actress! Josslyn… I always thought that Bella Thorne would be a good fit for her. Julie… maybe Lucy Hale? And Jasmine… oh there are so many actresses I would love to play her part! There’s Ashley Benson, Blake Lively, even Hayden Panettiere.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I’ve wanted nothing more than to be able to write. It’s been my passion, my dream for as long as I can remember, and being able to do it is a gift. Being able to share with the world my thoughts, my stories, is beyond anything I can even dare to explain. I write in multiple genres, and if you are a fan of the paranormal, you will love this book series!
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I think my favorite part was when they encounter their first demon. It was really fun, how they interacted with one another, how they reacted to the situation, and of course coming up with the spell to vanquish the demon.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Mostly, they are from my imagination. But every once in a while, I’ll be writing something from one of my character’s point of view and I’ll be like… wait… that sounds familiar! That sounds just like someone I work with!
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Honestly, my characters seem to hijack the story. Sometimes I’ll be writing, not even thinking about what I’m writing and the next I’ll be like. Whoa. What? I didn’t mean to write that! Or, that’s not right. That doesn’t make sense, so then I’ll have to go in and fix it. It’s all a process!
What’s special about this book series?
What’s special about this book series, is that I don’t have it mapped out with how many books will be produced. It’s an ongoing book series, with so many elements and surprises waiting. Destiny Awaits, the first book in the series, about four sisters who find out they are witches, and who have inherited magical powers. It tells about their struggles adapting to their new lives, the new world they’ve been introduced to, and learning about the demonic world. Not to mention, the secret that they have another secret.
Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve is the second in the series, taking place on Halloween. I’ve always wanted to write a Halloween book! Taking each of the sisters to a different fairytale, where they must right the wrongs or they’ll never make it back home.
Crossroads is the third, and most recent book in the series, where two of the girls take a trip up to heaven, while leaving the other two down on earth. But as soon as they leave, hell reigns down on earth, connecting the underworld to the real world, and one of the sisters has a choice to make. Good or evil.
This series is a must read for anyone who loves magic, the paranormal, demons, or even a good, comical story.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
No. All my works are published.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Favorite authors, Allison Brennan, Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, Sherilyn Kenyon, Lisa Jackson, Nicholas Sparks, Sara Shepard, Bella Forrest, Stephen King, and Cassandra Clare.
What book do you think everyone should read?
Young adult books, you should definitely read the pretty little liar books from Sara Shepard. Thriller/Mystery, you can’t go wrong with Allison Brennan. She’s brilliant! Romance… Nora Roberts was the first romance I ever read, and I never went back. Want a tear jerker? A heart tugger? Nicholas Sparks is the answer!
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. Doodling stories in dozens of notebooks, letting my thoughts swirl. In a way, it was kind of my therapy, but I never “really” started writing stories to be published until I was well into high school, and even then, it wasn’t ready for the world. So in all honesty, my seriousness for being an author started probably in 2014.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
I usually have them mapped out before I start the book, but sometimes, a new character will pop up when I’m writing.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Just the basics, it’s when I’m in my editing/rewriting phase that I really do my research. I like to focus on the plot/the outline of the book when I’m first writing it.
Do you see writing as a career?
I do. It’s the best career anyone could have! You can be anyone you want. You can be a police officer, a witch, a zombie hunter. Really, it’s limitless, and being able to bring a new world to life is amazing!
What do you think about the current publishing market?
For a new author, it’s really hard to get out there. Most agents these days, already have their list and have no interest in signing up new clients, which is why I went the self-publishing route. This way, I’m in control of the story. I know I won’t lose my voice, my story, and I hold all the rights to it.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I’m partial to thrillers/mysteries, but I love pretty much any genre as long as there’s a good story to go along with it.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Silence! It’s too distracting with noise.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
One at a time, I don’t like to get too ahead of myself. Plus it’s a continuous series, so there’s no sense in doing multiple stories at a time.
Pen or type writer or computer?
Laptop! It’s the one thing I can’t live without! It’s kind of like my baby in a way.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I’ve always wanted to be an author. I’ve always been in awe of those, growing up, who could bring stories to life with just a few words and I wanted to do that! I wanted to build a new world. I wanted to create characters. I wanted to create something, someone could disappear into, and I don’t regret it for a moment!
A day in the life of the author?
A day in the life of an author for me, is usually finding time to write. With another full-time job, it can sometimes be difficult, but there are days where I can just sit and write for hours. Other days, it’s all about the reading, and rewriting. Really, each day is different.
Describe your writing style.
I start with a thought, and just go from there. I don’t outline anything, I just write. Then once the story is complete, I read, re-write, edit, and do my research. Then I set the book aside for about and do the process all over again. Usually, after the third read through I send it off to my editor who usually gets it back to me in about a week.
What makes a good story?
Characters, the plot line, and the emotion. If you can’t feel what the character is feeling, their every emotion, their guilt, their pain, you haven’t done your job as an author.
What are they currently reading?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
When I’m writing a story, I’ll sometimes get idea for the next book in the series and I’ll want to go and start writing that one right way. But I have to remind myself, you have to finish one, before finishing the other.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
When I first started out, writing from a male’s perspective was the hardest thing in the world! But when I started dating my boyfriend, who has two brothers, it got a lot easier after meeting them and getting to interact with them. Perception is everything.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It depends. Sometimes a week or two. Sometimes a month. It depends what’s going on in my life at that point, and the story I’m writing.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I don’t necessarily believe in writer’s block, but I do believe sometimes we hit a snag in our writing, where we don’t know what to write next. When that happens, I take a step back, think about what I’m trying to write, and I try to find a different way to write it. Sometimes, taking a break can be good to.
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