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About Bettina M. Johnson
Bettina M. Johnson is a prolific author of humorous paranormal mysteries and paranormal romance. Bettina writes the Lily Sweet Mysteries, the Fortune-Telling Twins Mysteries and the Secret Sirens paranormal romance. She lives in the foothills near the North Georgia mountains on a farm, with her loving family, a Cairn Terrier, two black cats, and one evil tuxedo cat.
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Lily Sweet is enchanted by the idea of belonging. So, when she discovers an enigmatic clue to her heritage while settling her mother’s estate, she eagerly sets off on a journey toward her estranged family. But her curiosity quickly turns to chagrin when faced with supernatural forces, a jealous relative, and literal skeletons in the closet.
Freaked by the bizarre powers bubbling out of her, Lily hopes solving the long-forgotten cold case will keep the bats out of her belfry. But when a second body appears and the spells start flying, the inexperienced initiate’s lack of control may place everyone in town in harm’s way. Will Lily fall prey to a killer before she learns to wield her magic?
Home Sweet Witch is the charming first book in the Lily Sweet Briar Witch paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like engaging characters, page-turning puzzles, and plenty of snark, then you’ll love Bettina M. Johnson’s diabolically funny tale. Buy Home Sweet Witch to stir a cauldron of mischief today!
The Lily Sweet Briar Witch Mysteries 1
Circumstances out of her control, has Lily setting out on a dangerous quest at the request of her great-grandmother, Adriana Dolce. She needs to find a passage in a book that may hold the answers which will free her mother and save Wicked, her fearless feline. Only its in the twisted corridors of a library very few are permitted entry. What Lily wasn't counting on was the appearance of one rather formidible vampire named Mortimer, and her Fairy Godfather, Jerry... leaving no doubt how bizarre her once simple life has become!
When helpful ghost Edith points her in the right direction, only one who is exceedingly evil can deceive, sending Lily on a wild goose chase—one that might find her backed into a corner where she has no way of escape!
Will the distractions of an untimely murder that isn't what it seems cause Lily to back away from her task, or can she channel her inner dark witch and settle a score that has been twenty years in the making? Lily will either emerge victoriously or the lives of those closest to her, including one very Wicked cat, might be in jeopardy.
The Lily Sweet: Briar Witch Mysteries, Book 4.
Sweet Briar Georgia's newest dark witch, Lily Sweet thought fixing up her family home was going to be as simple as waving her wand. She was sorely mistaken. Living in a renovation zone notwithstanding, Lily's cat, Wicked, started acting bizarre the first week in, the ghost of a woman began haunting the upstairs landing, and word of her father Charlie and Aunt Adelaide's whereabouts rocked her family to their very foundations.
As if that wasn't enough, to make a stressful situation worse Lily finds out her mother's Scottish relations are coming to pay an impromptu visit to the Witch Council...leaving precious little time to deal with renovation woes.
When one of the construction worker's winds up dead on the job, all fingers point to Lily and her hardworking contractor as the prime suspect. Lily once again finds herself donning her witches' hat and dusting off her sleuthing skills, trying to solve the murder before her centuries-old house crumbles to dust at her feet!
A Lily Sweet: Briar Witch Mystery 3
Being the new dark witch in town isn't what it's cracked up to be for Lily Sweet. Settling into her new life in Sweet Briar, Georgia, fixing up her art studio and trying to stay out of trouble is her only wish. But it looks like trouble finds her anyway in the form of one irate librarian named Edith Plank.
When Lily's great-grandmother passively antagonizes Edith over her draconian rules at the village library, and her bully tactics over her hapless assistant Martha, Lily inadvertently gets drawn into the hullaballoo. Especially when confronted by Edith at the local cafe, even though Lily had never met the woman nor set foot in her library! Things go from bad to worse when Edith winds up dead under the very aged wood boards Lily chose to build shelving in her new studio. Leave it to Lily to find Edith Plank under a board!
Needing to quickly clear her name and Martha's, Lily goes on a sleuthing mission with her cousin Andrea with great-granny, Adriana, in tow. Throw in mysterious happenings at the local watering hole, the appearance of an enigmatic feline, and time trying to decipher a worn map, and Lily has her hands full with more mysteries than she can handle.
Trying to keep her cool as her wonky dark witch abilities seem to be getting her deeper in the very trouble she has been trying to avoid has Lily realizing that sometimes she needs to sink to the bottom to find her way back to the top.
A Lily Sweet: Briar Witch Mystery 2.
Maggie and Ellie Fortune are being haunted by their past. Well, haunted by the specter of the man who turned Ellie into a ghost that is. Despite wanting to hunt him down, duty calls and the team sets up in Knoxville for their next antique show and tell. When Nathara starts acting suspicious it leads Maggie on a wild-goose chase of sorts to figure out what the dark witch has brewing in her cauldron of tricks.
The rest of the team is kept busy by a coven of renegade witches who showed up convinced one of the appraisers stole an item each coven insists belongs to them. An ancient wand metaled down and liquified, its contents poured into two decorative bottles. When tempers flare, fight could break out between the rivals covens, which could turn into a battle of epic proportions! Maggie has her hands full juggling her appraisal duties, and trying to solve the mysteries behind the mayhem that ensues.
This doesn't leave much time to find the mysterious caller who left a wolf figurine on the steps of her RV....someone who may or may not have the answers behind Ellie's demise and ghostly conundrum. However it does having her pairing up with a certain male witch who may or may not have a secret side...is Tor a halfbreed vampire or not?
Perhaps Maggie is about to find out! Double the trouble means double the fun!
The Fortune-Telling Twins novella - Book 2
Tarni Vanderzee shuns conformity. Refusing her family’s demands she have her vocal chords magically altered, the young siren instead flees to Las Vegas and its dark clubs. But her search for enough power to take down her father's ugly dynasty takes an unplanned detour when she runs headlong into a wild rockstar’s arms…
Logan MacDuff lives and breathes sex, drugs, and Rock ’n’ Roll. With his rocket-like ascent to celebrity status bringing him the hedonistic lifestyle he craves, he refuses to bow to anyone else’s moral code. But when a striking woman blindsides him, the high-flying musician would exchange every drop of adulation for a future with the stunning seductress.
Reunited in Los Angeles, as Tarni succumbs to her charismatic lover’s charms, she’s determined not to reveal the truth behind her long-lived existence. But Logan has skeletons of his own, ones that put him in the direct path to Tarni's happiness, and he fears as the only person he longs to share them with she is the one who could destroy him…
Will their souls sing in harmony for eternity, or will they explode in a blaze of fleeting glory?
Siren Rise is the smoking-hot first book in the captivating Secret Sirens steamy paranormal romantic mystery series. If you like powerful magic, strong heroines, and brooding heroes, then you’ll adore Bettina M. Johnson’s plunge into sensual danger.
Buy Siren Rise to surrender to desire’s call today!
All is not well for Lily Sweet in this delightful short that is every part of the main story line! Did you ever dream of skipping school? Maybe you were one of the brave rebels who did and managed to get away with it. Not Lily. She is trying her best to learn all things witchy from her new instructors; the over-the-top Winters Sisters, the formidable Tanaquil Alessi, and Adriana, her dark and demented great-grandmother.
But Lily is quickly finding out getting an education in Sweet Briar, Georgia is not all it's cracked up to be! The only one who is oncerned when a mystery involving enigmatic notes popping up all over town, making the townsfolk go on a chaotic scavenger hunt, has Lily pulling out her hair and looking behind every bush and tree for possible baddies. When tracking the culprit pits Lily against her Granny, you have all the makings of another hilarious peek into Lily's magical and wacky world.
Lily might have started out a novice witch, but by the time Christmas rolls around, her super-dark powers manifest and she has the potential to become the witch she was always meant to be, and sets off to nab a trickster...or burn down the town trying!
A Lily Sweet Short. Part of A Lily Sweet: Briar Witch Mystery Book 2.5
Lily Sweet thought her days having to travail the lower levels of the Forbidden Library were over. Imagine her horror, however, when she discovers she not only has to make a return journey but this time she'll be confronting an unknown in the form of an ancient witch who'd been meddling in her family's affairs for centuries.
With Adelaide and Wicked by her side, it's time for Lily to stand up to the woman whose evil machinations have forever altered the Dolce and Croy families, hopefully not losing her way in the process. When one wrong answer to the riddles which are her ticket to freedom could mean the end of the flame-haired Adelaide, Lily has to put her faith in an imposing vampire and her skills with a twisted and lethal-looking obsidian dagger.
Will Lily hold the victory cup? Or will the revenge in her heart leave shattered pieces at her feet?
A Lily Sweet: Briar Witch Mysteries, Book 5.
Something isn't sitting right with Lily. Everything is back to normal...or so it seems on the surface, despite the continued mayhem of having her magic run amok, with disastrous results! But something is causing Lily to suspect this is only the calm before the storm.
Lily's concern is proven right. Especially when another body turns up...and this one has ties to the life she'd left behind in New York State. Desperately trying to solve this murder in time to welcome her parents home has Lily calling in the usual suspects to aid her on this quest...only things seems to be strained between her and Lorcan. Considering she found him yet again running to aid the wretched Deputy Tiffany Clarkson who'd like nothing more than to break up the pair of lovebirds.
When Lily's parents return home a day early, Lily once again has cause for alarm. For isn't that darkness coiling around inside her father and peeking out through his eyes? What's that about?
As things come to a head, and Lily gets closer to solving another murder, it looks like decisions will have to be made in a hurry so the evil an be contained and someone she loves doesn't fall to dark magic...or an errant bullet! Will Lily save the day once more?
Find out in Book 8 of The Lily Sweet Briar Witch Mysteries
Maggie and Ellie Fortune are part of a private organization of monster-hunters that seeks out evil in the places they visit, eradicating the baddies before they can harm the populace at large…while still handling the family business as antique appraisers. The secret group comprised of psychics, witches, vampires, werewolves, and other intriguing paranormal beings are all hell-bent on saving the world from maleficent forces...or at least managing to control the evil from destroying their small corner of it.
A series of mysterious happenings always seem to get in the way of the appraisals duties, whether its strange old ladies trying to exorcise the ghost of their sister from a lamp, rival witch covens threatening war over stolen goods or an ancient vampire causing mayhem and murder with earth-shattering consequences. But the team is ready and willing to fight any baddies who come their way...sometimes with hilarious results!
The first three novellas in the series:
Book 1 - A Tale of Two Sisters
Book 2 - Double Toil and Trouble
Book 3 - Fire and Earth, Sisters at Birth
Lily Sweet was already preparing to take on the witch coven who has her father imprisoned, but when some of the town folk wind up missing, the realization that the enemy might be among them has her family and friends going into battle mode.
Trying to fight an enemy who hasn't made her appearance known would be difficult under normal circumstances, but Lily has the crossroads demon, Pandora, on her side who has a score to settle and a few tricks up her sleeve.
Will Lily and her friends prevail, or is the evil Deanna Fredricks too powerful and cunning a foe and it will be the end of Sweet Briar as we know it? Lily isn't going down without a fight to end all fights...and this time she has a secret weapon of her own to evil the playing field. Will it work? Can she bring her father Charlie home? Or will her magic lead her to ruin?
Lily Sweet: Briar Witch Mysteries, Book 7