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The Blanchard Witches Series

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"I have never been a big fan of witches, but Micah House did such a good job of normalizing and humanizing the Blanchard family, that I really got a kick out of reading THE BLANCHARD WITCHES."

  ~Lisa Alther, The New York Times bestselling author

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Welcome to Daihmler

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Probably the biggest thrill for me since starting this journey was on Dec. 20th 2023 when The NYC Book Awards ran my name and book across the Times Square Billboard every hour for my 1st Place win!

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And I am excited to announce that STITCHES IN TIME also won another award from BookFest!

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A Little About the Blanchards

For generations, the Blanchard family have lived in Daihmler, Alabama.  The people of Daihmler adore the Blanchards, even if some do whisper about them in private.  People say they are witches. 

 

Olympia Blanchard has lived here all her life and has always been a friend to anyone in need.  Her daughters, Artemis and Demitra, have helped more than a few Daihmlerians through ailments and turmoil with special potions they brew.  Dr. Beryl Blanchard is a renowned physician who almost never loses a patient.  Fable Blanchard is the town's most trusted Veterinarian.  Some say the animals even speak to her.  And if you notice how the weather is always pleasant around Blanchard House, that may be because Seth Blanchard can control the skies.

 

But not everything runs smoothly for this tightly knit southern family.  There are things in the world normal people do not know about and the Blanchards are doing their best to protect the natural order of the world, anyway they can.  As if that weren't enough, they also have to live their own regular lives with all of its victories and losses.

Through the course of the five current Blanchard novels, ten years will span and you will be there with them.  You will feel comforted by their love.  You will endure along with them through their struggles.  You will laugh at their antics.  You will gasp at the shocks. And you will weep in their heartbreaks.  Blanchards will be born.  Blanchards will die.  Life always move forward, even for witches.

It's not easy being a Blanchard.

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The Blanchards Won More Awards!

I am so excited to announce that the 3rd novel in The Blanchard Witches series,

Stitches in Time won TWO 2023 BookFest Awards!  It won 1st Place for Supernatural Fantasy and 3rd Place for Overall Best Cover!

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Coming Fall 2024

Becoming Olympia

The Prequel to The Blanchard Witches series

The Blanchard family have been through a lot over the years and saved humanity more than once.  But how did it all begin?

 

Answering fan requests to know more about Olympia Blanchard's younger days, and the early adventures she merely hints at with her grandchildren, comes the prequel novel you asked for.

 

How did Olympia meet her lifelong best friend, Zelda?  Was Olympia's father as great as she always claimed him to be?  Who were The Rain People?  Did Zelda really meet her husband while beheading a werewolf?  What were Olympia's three marriages like? 

 

Find out the answers to these questions as you follow Olympia, Pastoria, and Zelda while they grow up in rural Alabama to become the powerful women you know.  It is never easy being a Blanchard.  It was even harder...BECOMING OLYMPIA.

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About
Micah House (author)
Who I am as a writer

Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I grew up in a large southern family full of loving grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. In fact, many characteristics of my relative’s eclectic personalities are fondly reflected in members of the Blanchard family.  I now live in Birmingham, Alabama with my husband, our son, five dogs and one cat.  It is a noisy household to write in, but I manage.

My favorite authors are Richard Matheson, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and Jeffrey Deaver.  From Matheson I learned how to create a setting readers can understand even if it is out of the normal realm of experience.  When the story takes a surprising twist towards the impossible, you never feel lost because you comprehend the world you've been placed within.  With Alice Walker's ability to pull her characters off the written page and make them tangible human beings to us, she taught me how to create relatable figures in my stories by shaping them into people who either resemble our own selves or people we know in life.  From Toni Morrison I saw how even the most deeply flawed characters can still pull you to their side because we understand what life did to them to make them that way.  Lastly, Jeffrey Deaver showed me how to build adequate tension, but retain a slight sense of humor, however warped, to hold readers to a steady escalation until you smack them with an edge of your seat climax. 

I do not pretend to claim my writing matches those great writers, but I do embrace my own personal style of storytelling because it is a reflection of me.  I write the way i think.  I am impatient and I prefer authors who get to the point.  I do not need extraneous paragraphs to describe the tapestry in the hallway.  It's a tapestry!  We get it.  We've seen them before.  What I want to know is what happens to the character after they walk past that tapestry.  Don't misunderstand, I do like to create a sense of familiarity with my setting, but my focus is well fleshed out characters my readers connect to on emotional levels.  I see every chapter as a scene on film.  Very rarely does a film pause to explore the piece of furniture the main character walks by.  I lose interest quickly when I read if the writer isn't focused on holding me to the page.  So, as I said before, I write the way I think.  I write for people who love a good, fast paced, but deeply engaging story.  I rarely run out of storyline to tell so I'm not going to waste your time taking too long to tell something that could have been wrapped up 30 pages ago.   If my book runs long, it is only because there is A LOT to tell.  Because I do see my stories as a movie in my head, my books tend to have many chapters (scenes).  My chapters can range from 10 pages to 1 1/2, depending on what the scene required.  Sometimes the best chapters come at you fast and stop suddenly, leaving you catching your breath.    

 

THE BLANCHARD WITCHES is a perfect vehicle for my writing style.  I keep the story moving forward, yet I give you time to fall in love with this family.  I love this family.  I find myself laughing out loud sometimes at what I just typed out on the computer screen, or I find myself crying my eyes out because i just did something terrible to a character I love like a family member. There will be a day soon when I have told all I have to tell regarding the fictional Blanchards and I will move on to a new story.  But I don't think I will ever shed them from my thoughts.  The Blanchards and I have gone through a lot together and many aspects of the tragedies and triumphs of my own life play out on the page.  

Midwest Book Review for 

BLANCHARD WITCHES OF DAIHMLER COUNTY

Readers who choose The Blanchard Witches of Daihmler County will find its evolving story of loss, acceptance, change, and conflict features many insights and engrossing moments. 

From potions to intriguing shifts in events that affect the entire family.  It's rare to find a satisfying intersection between supernatural fantasy, intergenerational relationships, and small town special interests woven into a mystery that grips all characters on different levels… Readers will find much to enjoy and will look forward to more.

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PRODIGAL DAUGHTERS

Micah House crafts an excellent story that juxtaposes magic, mystery, and new dangers with evolving family relationships that continue to transform all involved. It's a delicate dance to move between these elements in such a way as to keep the action fast-paced and unpredictable rather than mired in formula genre approaches, but it's a creative impulse that House cultivates to give the story a fresh, original feel. 


Characters are believable and engaging; situations pull on not just the heart but moral and ethical developments against supernatural backdrops; and the saga moves between family members and outsiders with a strong attention to detail, description, and twists which address issues of prejudice and family connections alike.  

The result is another highly recommended story that blends occult fiction and fantasy with a special Southern flavor.

Like a mint julep, it lingers on the tongue and in the mind.  For the reader of Southern fiction and occult suspense stories, you only need a porch rocking chair to complete the atmosphere. 

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Stitches In Time

The Blanchard Witches: Stitches in Time continues the story introduced in Prodigal Daughters, starting where the last story left off—with the disappearance of family member Beryl. This third book in the series expands family relationships and realizations as the witches go on a journey that tests both their paranormal abilities and their survival. 

The current leader of the coven, Artemis, finds her edict to guide the family greatly challenged by forces both within and outside its circle as more members vanish before their eyes and the entire family structure is threatened. Everything is about to change.

Micah House cultivates an undertone of discovery which traverses generational differences and individual abilities alike. Readers may not expect the time travel component which intersects with family lives and experiences, but this adds to the paranormal fantasy to create a vivid timeline of unexpected connections, family secrets, and intrigue solidly rooted in Southern traditions and culture. 

These revelations, in turn, encourage thought-provoking assessments of powers and their underlying influences: "How could she be expected to police thought. A person couldn’t help what thoughts crossed their mind. But she’d been thinking about it lately and had come to the conclusion that the thought itself wasn’t the catalyst, it was her speaking the thought which turned it into a spell." 

As further details about the Blanchard family unfold, prior series readers will especially appreciate the time taken to evolve further inter-generational connection. An attempted rescue via time travel creates a deadly repetitive cycle that traps a would-be savior in a fatal loop of past and present conundrums. The Blanchard family's incarnation through various timelines evolves a delightful foray into possibilities that are affected by choice, motive, and unexpected revelations. 

Readers of paranormal fiction will find this latest addition to the Blanchard family saga a riveting story that's hard to put down and impossible to predict. 

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

The House of Duquesne

Micah House's The Blanchard Witches paranormal fantasy continues with the fourth book in the series, The House Of Duquesne. Newcomers to the series will find it a stand-alone attraction that focuses on the Blanchard family's legacies passed down through the generations in this family of witches.  In this installment, the Blanchards are still processing the secrets that were revealed in the last book which continue to impact them all.

 

As in his previous books, Micah House presents a gripping saga of family connections, uncommon powers, and strong adversity when they move from their Alabama roots to Charleston to confront the D'Angelo family's wicked secrets.  “If I were to tell you everything and I am wrong about what I fear, you can never unknow. The secrets dwelling in the House of Duquesne should remain unknown until there is no other choice.” 

Unlike many paranormal fantasies, House unfolds psychological inspection, paired with riveting action.  As the witches, werewolves, and vampires wage war over life and death, revelations come to light that change everything.

NYC Big Book Award
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Distinguished Favorite Award for Supernatural Thriller

The Blanchard Witches of Daihmler County won the 2022 NYC Big Book Award for Supernatural thriller

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1st Place in Cross Genre

The Blanchard Witches of Daihmler County won the 2022 National Indie Excellence Award for Cross Genre!

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1st Place in Paranormal Fiction

Stitches in Time won 1st Place in Paranormal Fiction at BookFest 2023!

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3rd Place for Best Cover

Stitches in Time won 3rd place in Best Overall Cover in any genre at BookFest 2023!

reader reviews

If you enjoy witches and werewolves, Micah House has created a world of fun for you. These are not the witches of Macbeth, although at one point they do stir up a pot of magic brew. Rather, they are cosmopolitan witches—a loving, tight-knit family struggling with everyday problems and occasional life crises. Some of them also face the struggle of when to use supernatural powers and when using them is inappropriate. The Blanchard family is helpful to their community in Daihmler County. One is a doctor and has the power of healing via touch. Another, a veterinarian who talks to her animal patients and is therefore better able to help them. One of the witches can use her powers to see the events at crime scenes and is on-call for difficult cases. This family includes some non-witches, as well. The love that binds them is strong and wholesome, and they join together frequently to help solve one another’s problems. Even a witch who has been punished by the witches’ council and must spend her life as a shadow gliding around the Blanchard-home’s walls, is accepted and loved. But, when it seems a werewolf or two have appeared in town, the Blanchards must use all their knowledge, instincts, courage, supernatural powers and skills to right the world and save the community from at least one savage serial killer. There are a large number of characters in this novel, but don’t let this intimidate you. The author does a good job of reminding the reader of relationships between his characters, even as the book progresses. This is a sweet, playful book. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

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