Ariella Moon

Can two people forge a future when their secret pasts collide?

New school. New friends. New reputation. High school sophomore Ainslie Avalon-Bennett works hard to hide her Crazy Girl past. But as long as her best friend’s disappearance remains unsolved, she can’t shake the depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder that once landed her in a mental ward. Ainslie’s tenuous control over her life shatters when her warring parents ditch her at Christmas. While they take a cruise to “work things out,” Ainslie must spend the holiday in Palm Springs with her aunt and uncle, owners of a struggling Mystery School and occult store. Plunged into the world of fire fortunes, dragons, entity eaters, and an ailing spell book, Ainslie is well beyond her comfort zone. Then she meets a boy who spikes her pulse and calms her OCD. But will she lose him once he discovers her past? Or will his deadly secret, hidden in plain view, be their undoing?

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About Ariella Moon

Ariella Moon writes about magic, friendship, secrets, and love in Spell Check, Spell Struck, and Spell Fire, the first three books in The Teen Wytche Saga from Astraea Press. After a childhood spent searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia, Ariella grew up to become a Reiki Master, author and shaman.Extreme math anxiety and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post marred Ariella’s youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She now lives a nearly normal life with her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and an enormous dragon.

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The Teen Wytche Saga by Ariella Moon
Spell Check
Spell Struck
Spell Fire


An Interview with Ariella Moon
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Ariella, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Spell Fire and is the third in your Teen Wytche Saga. First, what can you tell us about this amazing series?

AM: It is such a pleasure to be here! The Teen Wytche Saga is about teens with secret struggles whose lives take extraordinary turns when they come in contact with an ancient grimoire.

HH: What can you tell us about the first two stories?

AM: In Spell Check, Evie O’Reilly’s father has died in Afghanistan. She’ll soon lose her estranged childhood friend and secret crush, Jordan, if she can’t stop her best friend Parvani from casting a binding love spell on him. Evie enlists the help of Goth outcast, Salem. But time is running out, Parvani possesses the spell book, and serious karmic consequences are about to ripple through Jefferson High. In Spell Struck, Salem’s last hope to save her sister may be a contained within the damaged grimoire Evie gave her. But a spell Salem cast brought a new boy, Aidan, to Jefferson High. Aidan falls in love with Salem. But when he discovers she possesses the grimoire his kidnappers have been searching for, he knows he must destroy it -- even if Salem hasn’t discovered a Get Well spell.

HH: How will Spell Fire continue the series?

AM: Spell Fire introduces new characters, a new school, and new drama. But two favorite characters from the first two books, and the grimoire, return.

HH: What do you like best about Ainslie and why will readers identify with her?

AM: I love Ainslie’s vulnerability. On the surface, she has all the advantages of wealth, including attending a private high school. But she’s an emotional mess. She developed severe depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder after her best friend’s disappearance back in middle school. Her parents’ inability to cope with her mental health issues has brought them to the brink of divorce. Readers will identify with Ainslie’s quixotic goal to hold her family together. Ainslie’s parents ditch her over Christmas to “work things out,” and dump her on relatives who are dragon shamans. Readers will feel for Ainslie as she struggles to maintain control in a world of entity eaters, fire fortunes, dragons, and an ailing spell book.

HH: Is there more to come in this series?

AM: Yes! Spell Fire acts as a bridge between the first two books and the next two books. Expect new alliances to form as the series moves forward. A minor character from Spell Struck will play a prominent role in the next two books. And at least one character from Spell Fire will take a dark turn.

HH: How do you feel your own personal experiences influence your writing?

AM: I’m a shaman, so magic is woven into every aspect of my life and it informs my writing. My shamanic training required me to face down a lot of fears in order to travel between realms and hold my own against dark forces. I think that is why I write about ordinary teens that become empowered not by magic, but by confronting it. By fighting for someone they love, they discover their own strengths. Real magic comes from within.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

AM: I am currently revising what will become the first book in a middle grade fantasy trilogy. Then I’ll delve into the fourth book in the Teen Wytche Saga. I’m researching it now, because it involves a type of magic I’ve never worked with.

HH: What are you reading at the moment?

AM: I’m currently reading Shelley Adina’s steampunk adventure novel, Lady of Devices (Magnificent Devices #1).

HH: What do you like best about this time of year?

AM: Now that I’ve moved to the desert, I love seeing snow on the mountains. I grew up on a Christmas tree farm, and I miss the smell of freshly cut trees and boughs. There are no Christmas tree lots in the desert. But there is no fog either, so it is a great place for stargazing and celebrating the Winter Solstice.

HH: Where can readers find you online?

AM: I love connecting with readers! Here’s where they can find me:

HH: Thank you!


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