City of Time and Magic

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The Witch’s Daughter

This New York Times Bestseller is an enthralling tale of modern witch Bess Hawksmith, a fiercely independent woman desperate to escape her cursed history who must confront the evil which has haunted her for centuries. My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and…

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The Little Shop of Found Things

An antique shop haunted by a ghost.A silver belt chain with an injustice in its story. An adventure to the past she’ll never forget. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come…

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The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish

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Paula Brackston

Welcome to my website! Grab a cuppa, pull up a chair, make yourself at home. I hope you will visit often and enjoy finding out about my books and how I write them.


After nine years of submissions, learning my craft, selling short stories, and taking a Masters Degree in Creative Writing, I found a publisher for my first novel. ‘Book of Shadows’ (as it then was) was taken up by Snowbooks, a wonderful, small press who had a rare open submissions policy. A year later, the US rights were bought, we reworked the story, and it became ‘The Witch’s Daughter’. When my little book made the New York Times bestseller list, St Martin’s Press became my main publisher. Since then I have published seventeen novels and hope to write many more.

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Click here to see my projects in development! I have two feature film screenplays currently with a producer, and several other adaptations and original stories at various stages.

Also, you can view my short film, The River, which we filmed during lockdown in 2020. This historical drama was made for a micro budget of £1,000 and filmed entirely on my iPhone on location in Hereford.

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Reading Guides

Here’s where you’ll find the reading guides for most of my books, with background information about the stories, and questions to hopefully spark lots of debate among Book Groups!


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Percolate – As we were sat having our morning coffee and discussing ideas and future projects. Mum […]



Nomenclature –  This word is used in Hecate Book 1 when Edward is describing the tiny bones […]


Nettlecombe Hatchet: Final Instalment!

  When Neville returned to the lab and found Fliss gone he was at a loss to […]