Neely Powell is the pseudonym for co-writers and friends Leigh Neely and Jan Hamilton Powell. They met while working at a rock 'n roll radio in Chattanooga, Tenn., where Leigh was a DJ and Jan was creative director and both yearned to be published writers. When they discovered their husbands were good friends in high school, it seemed fated they become friends. They tried writing fiction together, but life intervened before they found publication. Writing as Celeste Hamilton, Jan went on to publish 24 romance novels before leaving fiction for corporate communications. Leigh became a successful nonfiction writer and editor, though she was still interested in fiction. Something clicked for Leigh when she focused her talents on the paranormal. Her short story "A Vampire in Brooklyn" was published in the anthology, MURDER NEW YORK STYLE: FRESH SLICES. Her second short story, "My Brother's Keeper," is in MURDER NEW YORK STYLE: FAMILY MATTERS. The friends collaborated on a paranormal mystery. The result was TRUE NATURE, novel about a shape shifting attorney and a dysfunctional psychic PI who are partners and best friends.
Fiona Burns, a witch who sees dead people, meets Hollywood producer Bailey Powers, who sees her as the next cable star—and a fake. Even so, she’s tempted by the dynamic producer in more ways than one. But she has a big distraction—a vicious curse on her family coven.
The ghosts of New Mourne warn of the return of the Woman in White, a vengeful spirit who claims the life of a Connelly witch from every generation. During the battle, Fiona unwittingly fuels the demonic forces, and black magic brings death and heartbreak to her family.
Initially a skeptic, Bailey is soon caught up in her supernatural battle with forces of evil. He’s also beginning to think Fiona can help him escape his haunting past.
With magic and mayhem at war and survival on the line, the Witches of New Mourne face a new challenge from their ancient foe. They discover that not all dark deeds are borne of the Woman but a demon who is bent on gaining the Woman’s powers for his own. Will another generation fall? Or does the curse end here?
An enchanted town. A vengeful spirit. A powerful coven under siege.
For generations the Connelly witches made a great sacrifice to protect their town. In exchange, New Mourne remained a refuge for humans and supernatural beings to live in peace. Now Brenna Burns, or another chosen female of this generation, is next in line to die—unless Brenna can find a way to end the curse of the malevolent Woman in White.
With coven protections breached, Sheriff Jake Tyler joins the battle. The witch and the shapeshifter search for answers to break the curse, becoming closer every day. Passion overrules reluctance as their romance intensifies. But how can love grow when murder and violence threaten their world?
The time for sacrifice draws near. The powers of the Connelly witches may not be enough to defeat the dark magic that holds New Mourne. As the demonic influence drains the small town of its peace, the coven struggles to break its deadly bargain with the Woman in White.