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Payback's a Witch

By: Lana Harper
Narrated by: Jeremy Carlisle Parker
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Publisher's summary

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The L Word in this fresh, sizzling New York Times best-selling rom-com by Lana Harper.

Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one - in part because she hasn't been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoore, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams.

But when a spellcasting tournament that her family serves as arbiters for approaches, it turns out the pull of tradition (or the truly impressive parental guilt trip that comes with it) is strong enough to bring Emmy back. She's determined to do her familial duty; spend some quality time with her best friend, Linden Thorn; and get back to her real life in Chicago.

On her first night home, Emmy runs into Talia Avramov - an all-around badass adept in the darker magical arts - who is fresh off a bad breakup...with Gareth Blackmoore. Talia had let herself be charmed, only to discover that Gareth was also seeing Linden - unbeknownst to either of them. And now she and Linden want revenge. Only one question stands: Is Emmy in?

But most concerning of all: Why can't she stop thinking about the terrifyingly competent, devastatingly gorgeous, wickedly charming Talia Avramov?

©2021 Lana Harper (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Dear Listener,

What was my favorite part about writing this story?
"While so much of Payback’s a Witch came straight from the heart, it was diving into the magical town of Thistle Grove and bringing it to life that brought me the most joy. Thistle Grove is loosely modeled after the infamous Salem, Massachusetts—a charming, witchy tourist trap of a town that I used to visit nearly every weekend back when I lived a stone’s throw away in Marblehead. There, I got to experience things like vampire balls, casting circles, haunted houses, hot chocolate shops, and natural perfume and herbalism stores owned by real witches. The four family demesnes are also based on some of my favorite things. The Blackmoores have Castle Camelot, which is meant to be a cross between a medieval manor and a renaissance faire, but make it massive. The Avramovs have the Arcane Emporium and its adjoining haunted house, which is modeled after immersive theater experiences like Sleep No More in New York City. The Thorns have Honeycake Orchards, which might just be an enchanted version of the Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, Massachusetts. Finally, the Harlows have Tomes & Omens, an indie bookstore specializing in rare and arcane books, which I based on Salem’s many occult bookstores." – Lana Harper, writer of Payback's a Witch

Critic reviews

Payback’s a Witch is the book I’ve been waiting for all my life. A sexy, funny, charming romp of novel that scratches that witchy, autumnal itch just right. I read this story in one breathless, giggling sitting, and at the first fall nip in the air, I know I’ll be reading it again. One of my favorite reads in years.”—Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

Payback's a Witch is like the first Halloween wind through the corn: brisk, breezy, and altogether refreshing. This is a sweet, charming read, absolutely designed to be enjoyed on a crisp fall evening. I want to go to Thistle Grove. My greatest regret about this book is that it isn't a five-season TV show that I can already sit down and just binge.”—Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author

"A sexy, charming, and completely magical romance full of sparkling dialogue and loveable characters. Emmy’s quest to find out where she belongs is so relatable, with some spells and supernatural elements included to spice things up. And Emmy’s hometown, Thistle Grove, is so enchanting that I found myself wishing I could plan a visit! Reading Payback's a Witch is like curling up with a big mug of cider on a perfect autumn day.\"—Kerry Winfrey, author of Very Sincerely Yours