Hollywood Lakes Series

by Christina Garner

Awakening the Witch

A paranormal women’s fiction novel with Gen X attitude and a heart of gold. Welcome to Hollywood Lakes, where the water is warm, the coffee is hot, and magic begins at midlife. Shay Atwater is a talent manager in Hollywood with a knack for making dreams come true. But somehow, she’s never quite found her own. At 44, she fears she’s running out of time—especially in Hollywood where women of a certain age become invisible.

She needs a reset, and settling her grandmother’s estate is the perfect opportunity for a getaway to Hollywood Lakes, the idyllic town where she spent summers in childhood. But when her BFF, Avery, shows up begging to use her grandmother’s inn as a movie location, what’s meant to be a vacation turns into anything but.

Exploding lights and ghostly sounds ruin takes until the director threatens to shut down the shoot. Shay must find out what—or who—is wreaking havoc, and she’s betting the ancient spell book in the attic will help. If only she can figure out how to open it, she might just find the calling she’s been seeking and awaken the witch within.

Hollywood Lakes Magical Midlife is a coming-of-middle-age series filled with witchy adventures, ride-or-die friends, and slow-burn romance. (And wine. Lots of wine.)

Colors of the Witch

Welcome to Hollywood Lakes, where the water is warm, the coffee is hot, and magic begins at midlife. Since moving to Hollywood Lakes, Shay’s life has been full of surprises—like the mysterious crow gifts she keeps finding on her porch and her childhood summer camp turning into a getaway for adults.It’s all cocktails and crafts until Color Wars begins, and Shay learns her former nemesis is captain of the opposing team—even meaner now than she was then. Shay’s determined to win…until word witch duty calls.A famous actor—and Shay’s former client—disappears, threatening to derail the camp’s success. Who’s taken him and what do they want? And does it have something to do with the mysterious circle of oak trees at the forest’s edge?Shay’s about to learn that being the word witch isn’t only fun and games because sometimes, midlife comes with faery strife. Hollywood Lakes Magical Midlife is a coming-of-middle-age series filled with witchy adventures, ride-or-die friends, and a slow-burn romance. It’s paranormal women’s fiction with Gen X attitude and a heart of gold.

My Take

They almost lost me with heart of gold and the line (And wine. Lots of wine.) Luckily the books themselves did not engage my gag reflex like the blurbs. I liked the focus on female friendship and like the female characters. Other than the mean girl, who you’re obviously not supposed to like. Even she wasn’t irredeemable. I can see revisiting the series the next time I have access to Kindle Unlimited. Right now I need something a little more meaty.