Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
A few of you have been asking about my next project after The Falconer series, and I’m pleased to share the details for Toil & Trouble, an anthology of witchy feminist stories out from HarlequinTEEN in August 2018:
SCORN THE WITCH. FEAR THE WITCH. BURN THE WITCH.
History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features sixteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure—and to kill.
A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients—and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. In Reconstruction-era Texas, a water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. And in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.
This collection reveals a universal truth: there’s nothing more powerful than a teenage girl who believes in herself.
My story in this anthology is entitled “Why They Watch Us Burn”, and it’s the last sentence in the above description: “in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.” It’s also a story about survival, friendship, and love. A few stories in Toil & Trouble feature wlw (witches loving witches!) f/f romances, and mine is one of them. I can’t wait for you to read it!