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The Widdershins sisters are back in their fourth frosty adventure, A Storm of Sisters. The beautiful cover is illustrated by Melissa Castrillón and it will be published in the UK on February 2022.

Here’s the blurb:

When the Widdershins sisters and Granny are called away in deepest winter to look after cousin Clarissa, it doesn’t take long for adventure – or trouble – to find them. Far away Wilderness has plenty to explore with its frozen lake and winter market, as well as the ghostly legend of a doomed highwayman and his servant sweetheart.

But the haunting tale is closer than the girls know, and seeing a phantom figure one night, the girls fear that Granny is in terrible danger. As an icy storm rages, the sisters must summon all their bravery to save a life…


Waterstones will be stocking an exclusive special edition with blue sprayed edges, you can pre-order your copy here. Be quick – once they’re gone, they’re gone!


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Waterstones (unsprayed edges)



I’m thrilled to be revealing the lovely new cover for One Wish, the prequel to the 13 Treasures series! Illustrated by Melissa Castrillon, this stunning edition will publish on June 10th in the UK and looks beautiful alongside Melissa’s other book covers.


If you haven’t already read it, here’s the blurb:

Tanya’s life has never been easy – she can see fairies and it keeps getting her into trouble. Nothing like the ones in books, they don’t grant wishes, are extremely grumpy and cast spells if Tanya steps out of line.

When Tanya meets Ratty, she finally discovers someone who can also see fairies and he’s friends with one too. But when Ratty goes missing, the search shows Tanya a dangerous and extraordinary magic that could destroy them both . . .

Here is the beautiful new cover for Mirror Mischief, the second book in the Midnight Magic series for young readers. Illustrated by Elissa Elwick and published by Little Tiger UK, Midnight and Trixie’s second adventure will be flying by broomstick into bookstores on September 30th!

Who says that two magical cats are better than one?

When Trixie is at school one day, Midnight gets up to some mischief with the bathroom mirror and brings her reflection to life! The mirror-Midnight causes all sorts of chaos – safely on the other side of the glass. That is, until Twiggy the broomstick accidentally smashes the mirror, setting the destructive double free!

As Trixie, Dad and Nan get tangled up in the turmoil, can they work together and send the badly behaved magical cat back to where it came from before it’s too late?




Jumping jackdaws! I am SO excited to reveal the incredible cover for the third book in the Widdershins Adventures: A Tangle of Spells, illustrated by the phenomenal Melissa Castrillòn.

Everyone knows that magic and trouble go hand in hand…

A dangerous spell cast over an unsuspecting village.
An enchanted painting locked in a hidden room.
A desperate race against time to break the spell before it’s too late…

It should have been a fresh start for the Widdershins. Finally free from the misty gloom of Crowstone and beginning a new life. But all is not as it seems in their postcard-pretty village. Their neighbours are acting strangely, and why do they flinch at the mere mention of magic?

The Widdershins sisters have their own secret: a set of enchanted nesting dolls with the power to render their user invisible. The sisters must use their wits – and their magic – if they’re to break the dark hold over the village, and save one of their own . . . but have they met their match this time?


























Published by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd. Out 4th February 2020.

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A Pinch of Magic was released in the US three weeks ago, so it’s now time to unveil the beautiful cover for the Widdershins’ second adventure: A Sprinkle of Sorcery. I think this is even more stunning and magical than the US cover of Pinch.
Cover art © Celine Kim.
Publishing 17 August 2021 by HMH Children’s Books.
This sequel to A Pinch of Magic is another sisterly adventure, this time with a haunted shipwreck, a fierce pirate, and, of course, a little magic…

The family curse has been lifted, and the Widdershins sisters—Betty, Fliss, and Charlie—are free to leave the misty prison isle of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at their inn accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp, it seems another adventure has landed on their doorstep. The stranger, named Willow, is an escaped prisoner desperate to clear her father’s name before he’s executed for a crime he didn’t commit.

When Charlie is kidnapped Betty, Fliss, and Willow pile into their trusty boat and embark on another incredible adventure, one that involves ghosts, fierce pirates, and a journey to a mythic island that exists only in legends. Can they save their sister—and themselves—once more?

Here’s the beautiful cover for my next book, A Sprinkle of Sorcery, illustrated by Melissa Castrillon. I think it’s absolutely stunning, a perfect ‘sister’ to A Pinch of Magic! I’m still working on the edits against a CRAZY schedule to bring it to you for 6th February 2020 (UK). Here’s what it’s all about:

From the bestselling author of A PINCH OF MAGIC comes another spellbinding adventure that will take your breath away and make you believe in magic.

A missing sister, a secret island and … a sprinkle of sorcery.

The family curse has been lifted and the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie are free to leave the misty prison isle of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at the Poacher’s Pocket with a hag stone in her pocket and accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp, it seems another adventure has landed on their doorstep. And when Charlie goes missing, it’s up to Betty and Fliss to journey through misty marshes, into the world of wisp catchers and on to an island that doesn’t exist on any map…

Available to pre-order now.

One of my favourite things about my job is seeing the finished cover art for my stories. I’ve been fortunate to have had some wonderful illustrators for my books, including Christopher Gibbs, Zdenko Basic, and most recently, Melissa Castrillon. Melissa has very kindly agreed to let me post some never-seen-before early sketches and a colour rough for A Pinch of Magic to show you the process a book cover goes through before it reaches the version you find on the shelves.

Stage one is a rough sketch which is delivered to the publisher after the design department briefs the chosen artist. This is a chance for everyone to see how the artist has responded to the description of the book, and to see how it looks laid out. In the past, I’ve only ever seen one rough sketch. Having worked on the other side of publishing and attending cover meetings I know from experience that publishers can be rather selective about what they show to authors, but this is quite normal! However, in this instance I was delighted to see not one, but FOUR possible cover designs (below).

From this, my editor informed me that Simon & Schuster favoured the bottom left design of the angular mermaid mirror. I really liked all four designs, but the one that both my agent and I felt was strongest was the top right, showing the tower and swirling mist. We went back to my editor, asking if the cover could take this direction, and I suggested that perhaps the mermaid could appear on the back with the blurb inside. I didn’t for a moment expect this to happen as, quite often, the author has very different ideas about what they want on the cover to what an experienced sales team knows will sell. But they agreed!

The next image I was shown was this beautiful colour rough from Melissa, which I was thrilled to bits with. You can see here that the layout is virtually on par with the final version, but that the colour ways have changed a little. From here, Melissa would have delivered final colour artwork which was then subjected to some experimentation with colours by the very clever Jenny Richards in Design. Following this, the cream background was selected, and all those fine details are honed carefully in Melissa’s style to produce the final cover. Voila!

Many thanks to Melissa and the Design team at S&S for allowing me to share these images (all of which are the copyright of Melissa Castrillon).