Witching After Forty follows the misadventures of Ava Harper – a forty-something necromancer with a light witchy side that you wouldn’t expect from someone who can raise the dead. Join Ava as she learns how to start over after losing the love of her life, in this new paranormal women’s fiction series with a touch of cozy mystery, magic, and a whole lot of mayhem.

 

A Ghoulish Midlife (Book One)

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Widow and empty nester, Ava Harper, never dreamed of turning forty without the love of her life. Nor did she know she would bury her favorite aunt, who raised her after the death of her mother, a few years later. Then again, she doesn’t have the power of foresight. No, her powers are much darker. Powers she has kept behind lock and key.

With her only son off to college and her life savings depleted, Ava returns home to Shipton Harbor, Maine. She’s only there to clean out, fix up, and sell the family home. But like everything in her life in the last five years, things change. Plans get canceled.

Arriving in Shipton Harbor is like stepping into another world. Her high school rival is married to her best friend and is set on making up for every devious thing she did when they were teens. The magic in the house reawakens, making it impossible to sell. It doesn’t want new owners, apparently. And to top it all, the sheriff looks like he belongs on the cover of a romance novel.

When an old friend of the family turns up dead, Ava must delve deep into the powers she’s repressed all her adult life to find the killer. Only a necromancer could’ve killed her friend.

Now she must open up to her own wells of dark magic to find the murderer while working with the hottie sheriff she’s sure has his own secrets.

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Cookies for Satan (Book Two)

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Part-time bookstore clerk, part-time author, necromancer in training, and full-time
caretaker of a ghoul are titles that Ava Harper never dreamed of applying to herself.

Even with all the crazy going on around her, she’s determined to make this Christmas
as normal as possible—without raising the dead or some other fiasco.

When her best friend’s wife comes up with the idea to throw a community-wide holiday
party, Ava is all in. After all, the holidays have been a dark time for her ever since her
husband died. This year will be different. She has a new start in life with family and
friends, new and old.

Then someone has the bright idea to conjure the real Saint Nick to surprise the kids. But
the surprise is on Ava when the spell goes wrong and she summons the devil himself.

Christmas in Shipton Harbor will never be the same again.

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I’m With Cupid (Book Three)

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Ava Harper’s life has taken more twists and turns over the last few months than a mountain highway. It started when she arrived back home in Shipton Harbor, Maine. She wears many hats: Part-time bookstore clerk, part-time author, necromancer in training, full-time caretaker of a ghoul, soon to be girlfriend to the town sheriff. She’s still in denial of the latter. Now she has to add neighbor to Lucifer himself to that list.

Fine. Whatever. She can make her peace with living next door to the devil. But then, when she’s finally out on a first date with the hotter-than-sin local sheriff, who shows up to crash the date?

Luci himself. And he has a date of his own.

To add to all the crazy in her life, she answers her door to find an animated skeleton standing on her doorstep, hoping she can help him find his murderer.

What else can go sideways this Valentine’s Day in Shipton Harbor?

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A Cursed Midlife (Book Four)

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Necromancer trainee, book seller, novel writer Ava Harper is settling into her new life with friends and her houseguests. And she definitely isn’t thinking about a certain hunky sheriff who pops in unannounced at every turn. And mostly ignoring her devilish new neighbor, a lingering Christmas present from herself.

She has bigger things to worry about. Like learning her newly woken powers. And convincing her house that she isn’t selling it so it will stop scaring off any visitors. Plus, she’s teaching a ghoul to use a computer. Why shouldn’t he? He can’t talk, he might as well be able to use social media.

Her life gets more complicated when the local coven decides Ava has dodged them for long enough. She doesn’t have any interest in joining the coven. She’s everything they turn their nose up at. A necromancer with a weird ability to heal people.

But they want her.

When a member of the coven is severely injured in a freak accident, the coven calls Ava in to heal her. And the more Ava learns about the so-called accident the more her past haunts her.

When other coven members fall victim to freak accidents, Ava is sure something dark is at play.

Once again, she puts her trust in her friends—and the deliciously mysterious man in charge of the local law enforcement—to get to the bottom of whoever is targeting witches.

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A Girlfriend for Mr. Snoozerton (Book Five)

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Ava doesn’t mind raising the dead. It’s all a part of being a necromancer. And people keep telling he she’s one of the strongest ones to ever live, but she doesn’t believe it.

Except she can also heal people, living or dead, which is unheard of.

And now, her cat, Mr. Snoozerton, has brought home a girlfriend. A dead girlfriend. Snoozer wants Ava to animate the pretty feline, but is that really the right thing to do?

Ava doesn’t have much of a choice. Snoozer isn’t taking no for an answer. And he’s pretty much the boss of the house.

How can Ava say no?

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A Haunting Midlife (Book Six)

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Ava Harper may be a raiser of the dead and a not-so-famous author, but she isn’t a vampire hunter. Not even close.

With the decision made to stay in Shipton Harbor, she returns to the home she shared with her deceased husband in Pennsylvania to put it on the market. But saying goodbye to the memories of the home they raised their son in is a lot harder than it had sounded in her head.

In the months she’s been in Shipton, new neighbors moved in across the street from her Philly home. Now, Ava has nothing against vampires. But when people in the neighborhood start turning up dead, she can’t help but to check into the newbies in the hood.

Since she doesn’t know enough about law enforcement red tape, she calls her best friend to come and help. However, Sam is working a case with a neighboring town and Sheriff Drew takes it upon himself to show up at her door instead.

And now, as if dealing with how the sheriff makes her knees weak isn’t bad enough, her house is haunted.

Just another day in Ava’s life at this point.

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An Animated Midlife (Book Seven)

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Ava Harper’s resume keeps getting updated. It started with witch, then necromancer, author, bookstore clerk, vampire wrangler, and most recent, medium. Yes, you heard that right, she can talk to ghosts.

New powers bring more responsibilities and things to add to the list of magic she needs to learn. Especially when Ava finds out her mother isn’t in a happy place.

What else can she do but try to rescue her mother from the in-between place she’s been suffering all these years?

That doesn’t mean it’ll be easy. She’s going to need the help of all of her team, from her ghoul Alfred to her mischievous cat, Mr. Snoozerton—and his new girlfriend. And Olivia, her best friend, of course. She might even have to call her son home from college for this level of magic.

But Ava’s life wouldn’t be Ava’s life if things didn’t go a bit awry. Luci tries to help, but just infuriates all of them, as usual. Larry (the skeleton) is still hanging around, and he’s lost a finger bone, have you seen it?

It might be a lot of hullabaloo, but Ava is determined to figure it out and bring her mother home. And Drew, the town sheriff and Ava’s boyfriend is at her side every step of the way and almost every waking hour and sometimes sleeping hour. Could the sheriff be plotting something of his own and try to tame the necromancer/witch hybrid?

 

A Killer Midlife (Book Eight)

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The mishaps and crazy adventures for Ava and her menagerie of friends and undead creatures continue in the book 5 of the Witching After Forty series by international bestselling authors, Lia Davis and LA Boruff. (Full blurb coming soon)