Saturday, July 30, 2011


By: Darcy Merriweather
From: Heather Blake's It Takes a Witch (coming January 2012)

What do you do when life gives you a giant do-over?

You grab onto it, is what. Both hands. Tight. Death grip tight.

At least that what my sister Harper and I did. One day we were living in Ohio, with me divorced and unemployed, and Harper trying to stay out of jail (long story), and the next we find out we’re witches and on our way to our new home in the Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts.

No looking back. No regrets.

At least on my part.

Harper still isn’t sure about the whole witch thing (it’s a big adjustment), but at least she can put her (somewhat) criminal past behind her and start over with a clean slate.

Except...she can’t, quite yet. Not with a pickpocket on the loose in the village. Keeping Harper’s arrest for misdemeanor larceny a secret from the villagers is a top priority for me. I don’t want people blaming her for these current crimes just because she has a criminal record. And I really don’t want people judging her badly—especially since they don’t know the story behind the theft... The story that explains why we have a Schnoodle named Miss Demeanor.

Maybe it would be good for all if people knew the whole truth about Harper, but I don’t think it’s (too) wrong to lie by omission to protect someone you give them that chance to start over, fresh and new with a shiny clean slate. Do you?


  1. No, but you should tell the truth before the real story gets twisted and re-spun into untruths.

  2. Dru, unfortunately I have the feeling the truth will come out...

  3. Owning up to mistakes, and bearing the consequences, are necessary for your sister's growth. Is it your sister's shame or your embarrassment leading to lies?

  4. Darcy,

    It's natural to want to protect your sister, but speaking as a psychologist, it usually isn't what she needs. Natural consequences are always best.

    Skye Denison

  5. Ah, Liz, you're hitting close to home! Gotta read the story to find out for sure. :)

  6. Hi Skye, trust me, I find out exactly what Harper needs. She's not one to keep quiet. LOL. Do you hire out, btw?

  7. I can understand why you're trying to keep her past a secret, Darcy, but lies and even omissions have a way of creeping up on you when you least expect it. It takes an awful lot of effort to keep things straight. Good luck! Looking forward to reading all about it.

  8. I'm not sure how to offer advice to a pair of witches. You may have skills that I lack (but am willing to learn--can't wait to read the books.)

  9. Thanks, Erica. I know you're right, but sometimes doing the right thing is just so hard.

    Janet, I'm still learning my way around the whole witch thing, but yeah, it's pretty neat.

  10. Oh no! What a way to start off in a new community. How interesting that you're witches. I'm very eager to learn more about you!

    ~ Krista

  11. Thanks, Krista! Nothing is as it seems in this little village...