B*Witch | Guest Post by Nancy Ohlin and Paige McKenzie

Posted July 2, 2020 by Kaity in Guest Post, Promo Post / 2 Comments

Happy Thursday! Today I am so excited to have a guest post by Nancy Ohlin and Paige McKenzie, authors of B*Witch, to share with you!


B*Witch | Guest Post by Nancy Ohlin and Paige McKenzieB*WITCH by Paige McKenzie, Nancy Ohlin
Published on July 7, 2020 by Brown Books for Young Readers, Little
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Queer
Pages: 336
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A lone witch has powers. A coven has a multitude more.

New girl and secret witch Iris just wants to get through her first day of school without a panic attack. The last thing she expects is to be taken in by a coven of three witches-soft-spoken Greta, thoughtful and musical Ridley, and fiery and spirited Binx. They may be the first witches Iris has met IRL, but their coven is not alone in their small northwestern town.

The Triad is the other coven at their school. When the Triad's not using spells to punish their exes or break up happy couples for fun, they practice dark magic. The two covens have a rivalry stretching all the way back to junior high.
When tragedy strikes and one of their own is murdered, the rival covens must band together to find out who is responsible before it's too late. Someone's anti-witch ideology has turned deadly . . . and one of them is next.


What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from B*Witch?

We have so many quotes, scenes, and moments that we love. Are we allowed to mention three here? Okay, we will mention three (in no particular order of preference):

  1. The scene where Greta and Iris first meet. There is so much going in this scene. Iris is being harassed by three drunk jerks, and Greta comes to her rescue in the funniest way (we won’t spoil that little detail for our readers, though!). Greta suspects that Iris is a witch, but because magic is illegal, she can’t ask Iris directly or reveal that she herself is a witch. And so they sit on a bench and pet a stray kitty and do this conversational dance, trying to suss each other out. The moment when Iris finally admits to Greta that she is a witch is really adorable.
  2. The scene where Ridley and Penelope go to Starbucks for pumpkin spice lattes. It’s similar to the Iris-Greta scene in that Ridley suspects Penelope is a witch but can’t ask her outright or reveal her own witch-ness to Penelope. The other layer is that Ridley has a crush on Penelope, so she’s really happy to be sitting there spending time with her, getting to know her. At one point, Ridley reveals a tragic family secret that she hasn’t really shared with anyone because it’s so hard for her to talk about; there’s something about Penelope, though, that makes her want to share this part of her. That revelation then results in Penelope sharing a secret, too, and Ridley sharing yet another secret. The two girls bond in a very beautiful way, and whenever we re-read that scene, we get weepy.
  3. The scene(s) where Binx meets and interacts with the puppy that eventually becomes her familiar. Binx is independent to a fault and also proudly un-sentimental and doesn’t believe in emotional attachments. And so when this little dirt-covered stray shows up in her yard, she is annoyed and tries to send it back to wherever it came from … but then she misses it … and then she really misses it. Affection is a journey for Binx, and this particular journey is really sweet.

The common theme in all these scenes is letting someone (or something) into your life, lowering your walls, being vulnerable. Our witches live in a tough and scary world (as do real-life teens), and we loved watching them be brave and take risks in order to make connections with each other.


Nancy Ohlin

NANCY OHLIN was born in Tokyo and moved to the United States when she was nine. She has written, ghostwritten, or collaborated on over one hundred fiction and nonfiction books for children, teens, and adults, including her YA novels Consent, Beauty, and Always, Forever (Simon & Schuster). Most recently, she collaborated with Paige on The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl (Hachette Books), Quvenzhané Wallis on the Shai and Emmie chapter book series (Simon & Schuster), and Chloé Lukasiak on her forthcoming memoir Girl on Pointe: Chloe’s Guide to Taking on the World (Bloomsbury). Learn more at nancyohlin.com and on Twitter (@nancyohlin). Nancy lives in Ithaca, NY.

Paige McKenzie

PAIGE MCKENZIE is a millennial hyphenate: a New York Times best-selling author, YouTuber, actor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is a division of Hachette Book Group, a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre (a Lagardère company), the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG is made up of seven publishing groups: Little, Brown and Company; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Grand Central Publishing; Perseus Books; Orbit; Hachette Nashville; and Hachette Audio. For more information, visit hbgusa.com. influencer, creator, artist, producer. Her first book series, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, was on the New York Times Best Seller list for over a month. Paige is constantly creating. Her Etsy shop the Homebody Guild is full of her art and designs, and she is always updating it with new creations. Paige also interacts daily with her Sunshiners across a variety of media including YouTube (where she has over half a million subscribers), Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Paige is a founding member of Coat Tail Productions, with three projects in active development. Paige lives in Portland, Oregon, with the love of her life: a seven-pound Chihuahua named Pongo.

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Are you as excited as I am to read this book?!? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!

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