2019 DEBUT MONTH – Day 2 – Isabel Sterling

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Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly By Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.

But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire.

Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.

While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.

Isabel Sterling’s delightful, suspenseful debut is equal parts sweet romance and thrilling mystery. With everything she loves on the line, Hannah must confront this murderous villain before her coven–and any chance she has with the new girl–is destroyed.

Available from:

Barnes and Nobel

Three Facts about Isabel Sterling that No One Knows

  1. I didn’t start writing until I was 23. In college, all my creative efforts went into my music composition degree, but when I left music to pursue a masters in student affairs, I needed a new outlet. In my second year, I stumbled upon National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and never looked back.

  2. When I was a junior in high school, I played Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. We used a real dog for a few of the scenes, and the poor little guy fell off the stage during one of our final rehearsals. (He was fine! But it was very scary for everyone involved.)

  3. Growing up, my favorite movie was Practical Magic. We had a copy on VHS that I watched at least once a week all throughout middle school. Between that and Hocus Pocus, my love for witchy stories was woven into the very fibre of my being.

These Witches Don’t Burn, an f/f YA fantasy about teen witches in modern day Salem, comes out summer 2019 from Razorbill.

Isabel Sterling_Photo 1.jpgIsabel Sterling was born and raised in Central NY, surrounded by cornfields. When she wasn’t mixing potions in her backyard, she was lost in a book. Isabel lives with her wife and their furry children, still searching for magic around every corner. These Witches Don’t Burn is her debut novel. You can find her via her Website Twitter

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