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In case you haven't heard, my fabulous cover for THE WITCHES OF BONE HILL has been revealed via Instagram on the drop dead gorgeous account of @gwendalyn_books_ ! Scurry over to like and comment. And please consider following me on IG (@avamorgyn), my publisher (@stmartinspress), and tagging any friends in the post who you think might be into this gothic fall release.

Now, let's talk cover art, the process of putting a face on a book, and how we arrived at this incredible design.

Contrary to popular belief, authors do not typically have control over the design of their book. If we are lucky, our contract might dictate that the publisher has to consult us about the cover art, or at least show it to us before it's finalized. But they don't really need our approval. In my experience, however, most publishers are generous about bringing an author in on the process, showing us sketches early on and asking for our input. The final product ends up being a collaboration between the author, editor, artist, and even agent. Though the artists deserve all the credit for bringing these incredible visions to life.

When we began the process for THE WITCHES OF BONE HILL, I truly did not know what to expect. It was my first adult book and therefore my first adult cover. I had no solid ideas or expectations for it, and wasn't quite sure what my editor and team were thinking. It can be a little nerve-racking to nurture something through every detail for years, only to suddenly have to trust someone else with its public image. But from the moment I got the initial sketches, I knew I was in good hands. Olya Kirilyuk, the artist responsible for this beauty, did an outstanding job. And when the final image hit my inbox, I was delighted by how bold and vibrant it was, by how many details from the story fed into the design, and how dark and magical it looked while still communicating fun.

I think this cover is supremely eye-catching, and I hope that you find it even more irresistible than I do!

In addition to the official cover, there are a few more items of note to list:

  • Release date is set for October 3, 2023.

  • Preorders are available now! Check out the buy links on my book page or down below to preorder your copy from any of the major online retailers.

  • THE WITCHES OF BONE HILL has a page on Goodreads! Click to add it to your to-read shelf.

  • We have an amazing new blurb in from Paige Crutcher, author of THE ORPHAN WITCH and THE LOST WITCH: "Wickedly wonderful, THE WITCHES OF BONE HILL is a delicious concoction of darkness, magic, and sisterhood. Ava Morgyn imbues her story with haunting sorcery all her own, making this compulsively readable new dynasty of powerful witches impossible to put down."

  • I made a graphic! Actually, I've made a lot of them already. (It's kind of a problem. Prepare yourselves.) Please share!


Cordelia Bone's meticulously crafted life and career in Dallas are crashing down around her thanks to a philandering husband with criminal debts. When her older, carefree sister, Eustace—a cannabis grower in Boulder—calls to inform her the great aunt they never met has finally died and they must travel to a small town in Connecticut to deal with the estate, she sees an opportunity to unload the house and save herself. But once there, the sisters learn they are getting much more than they bargained for. The Victorian mansion they stand to inherit is bound in a dynasty trust controlled by their late aunt's aging attorney who insists they inhabit the house and retain it but keeps them in the dark about the peculiar rituals of their ancestors. Not to mention a sexy, tattooed groundskeeper with a shrouded past who refuses to leave the carriage house and a crypt full of dead relatives looming at the property line. As both women grapple with their current predicament, they come face to face with a haunting family secret, the truth of what happened to their mother, and the enemy that's been stalking them from the shadows for generations. In a twisting torrent of terror and blood, the sisters must uncover the power within them to heal their fractured relationship, reverse their mysteriously declining health, and claim the lineage they wanted to escape but now must embrace if they are to survive at Bone Hill.

"Ava Morgyn is a powerful new voice in magical realism." –Constance Sayers, Bestselling author of A WITCH IN TIME

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