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Book Magic Mysteries


What happens when two great friends put their imaginations together?   You get magic ...


From best-selling authors Melissa Bourbon and Wendy Lyn Watson come the Book Magic Mysteries … the stories of cousins Cora Lane and Pippen Lane Hawthorne, who use the family gift of bibliomancy to solve murders on opposite coasts.  Join Cora and Pippen as they learn about their family’s tragic past, confront the mysteries of the present, and find answers to all their questions on the pages of their best-loved books. 


I am so excited about this collaboration with my dear friend Melissa Bourbon.  Back when she was my neighbor, Melissa and I became fantastic friends, critique partners, and walking buddies.  I shared the idea for a mystery about a bibliomancer with her years ago, but despite her support I just never got around to writing it.  Turns out, the idea was waiting for just the right time!  When we started talking about the idea more recently, we quickly decided to write the books together, and in a flurry of texts and e-mails the world of Cora, Pippen, and the rest of the Lane family came alive. 


Melissa is authoring the first book of the series—Murder in Devil’s Cove—featuring Pippen, and I am writing the second book—Death at Cape Misery—with Cora.  Both books are available for preorder NOW!

Every book tells two stories—one written on the pages with pen and ink, and one woven into the paper, a story of the soul. The Lane women have the gift of bibliomancy. They can read them both.

Murder in Devil's Cove

Lake House Press (September 22, 2020)


Almost everyone in the Lane family line dies young. The gift of bibliomancy tells their story before the deaths happen. But Cassie Lane doesn’t see it as a gift. For her, it is a curse. As soon as she’s able, she leaves Laurel Point, Oregon, running from her past and her fate, ending up in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There she meets Leo Hawthorne and lives a perfect life with him in an old Sea Captain’s house. 

Perfect, that is, until Leo vanishes at sea.

After an old copy of Moby Dick foretells Leo’s death, Cassie forbids all books from the lives of her children with Leo. But when twins Pippin and Gray discover a secret room where their father hid away books that were special to him, long forgotten secrets surface, an old crime comes to light, and everything Pippin thought she knew is turned upside down. 

Now twenty-five years later, Pippin must learn how to be a bibliomancer if she is to figure out what happened to her father and stop another murder from happening in Devil’s Cove.

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Death at Cape Misery

Cat Eye Press (December 1, 2020)

The Lane family "gift" has always been Cora Lane's curse. As a bibliomancer, she delved into the lives of the people around her, culling through their secrets and revealing the lies they preferred to keep hidden. As a child, the habit left her on the outside of life looking in. When Cora was 17 years old, her twin sister Lily disappeared from their home town on Oregon's coast. Cora should have known what had been going on with her sister, but she had been so lost in the pages of other people's stories that she had failed to notice Lily's troubles. Her neighbors didn't trust her claim of ignorance. They thought the girl who knew everyone's secrets was keeping one of her own.

When Cora turned eighteen, she escaped the whispers and sidelong glances, leaving behind her beloved Aunt Rose, the family business, Books by Bequest, and the books that haunted her.

Now, fifteen years later, Aunt Rose has summoned her home. Lily's high school boyfriend, now a best-selling author, has returned to write an exposé on Lily's disappearance, churning up the past like a storm-ravaged ocean. On top of that, developers are trying to force Rose to sell the family's lighthouse on Cape Misery. Cora is prepared to do anything to defend her family's past, but nothing can prepare her for the danger lurking in the sleepy coastal town of Laurel Point. Only the family gift--Cora's book magic--can save her and unmask a killer.

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