Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?
An introduction to The Witch’s Kiss
Guest Post by by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr
“Once upon a time – because that’s how all the best stories start, even the ones that lead to death and darkness and unhappy ever after – there was a kingdom…”
At its heart, The Witch’s Kiss is a fairy tale. It’s got a lot of the classic fairy tale ingredients: witches, wizards, princes, hidden towers, oaths and curses. But it’s also a modern fairy tale. No princesses waiting around to be rescued here…
Instead, our hero, Merry, is powerful. Her main worry is her own magic – and what she’s supposed to do with it – rather than finding a handsome prince to marry (and when she does find one, he’s not quite the Prince Charming she would expect). Merry can’t figure out whether she really wants to be a witch, but – as what she thought was just a fairy tale starts to turn into a nightmarish reality – she realises that she may not actually have a choice.
“The fear Merry had felt when she realised what she’d done – that terrifying sense of her own potential for evil – rose up inside her again as strong as ever. What if she really was dangerous?”
Leo, Merry’s brother, is the person she is closest to. Not that she actually tells him everything that’s going on in her head; she cares too much about what he thinks of her for that. But when she’s not worrying about herself, she spends a lot of time worrying about him and his love life. Or lack thereof. For his part, Leo is the sensitive, protective older brother that we both wish we’d had.
“Leo was fiddling with a ten-pence piece one of them had left on the table. ‘The witchcraft – you are being careful, aren’t you, Merry? I mean, you’re not actually summoning psychotic blond boys from the netherworld?’”
And then there’s Jack. Jack is our Sleeping Beauty. An Anglo-Saxon prince, he was cursed by a wizard in a horrifying act of revenge. Because the curse wasn’t that Jack would get to eighteen and die. Instead, Jack was cursed to get to eighteen and then turn, gradually, into a monster. A handsome, heartless, murdering monster…
“The curse is already taking hold, flowing through your veins, seeping into your bones. You will never be king at Helmswick. Instead, you will become my servant, and the King of Hearts…”
In our favourite fairy tale tradition, three witches put Jack into an enchanted sleep. Fifteen hundred years came and went. But now, the enchantment is wearing off, and Merry has inherited the unfinished (and rather difficult) business of breaking the curse. She might be about to lose her heart – will she also lose her life? Or might true love’s kiss save the day?
Katharine and Elizabeth are sisters living near to each other in Surrey. They’ve both written on and off since childhood. Both read history at university (Cambridge and Warwick) and both worked as professionals in London (accountancy and law). Then they stopped working to raise families, not realising that children are far more demanding than clients or bosses. When they both decided to write novels – fictional people being much easier to deal with than real ones – it was obvious they should do it together.
When Katharine’s not writing, she likes playing the harp, learning dead languages and embracing her inner nerd. When Elizabeth’s not writing, she likes sketching, dancing round the kitchen and plotting for more time free of children and cats. They can sometimes be found in one of their local coffee shops, arguing over which character to kill off next.
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