WELCOME POST: The Witch Hunt

Hello friends. We’re thrilled to be bringing you the schedule for another exciting tour: The Witch Hunt! Be sure to read this entire post for a few fun surprises!

The Witch Hunt cover

The Witch Hunt (The Witch Haven #2)
by Sasha Peyton Smith
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Releasing on October 11, 2022 
YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Witches

The lush and pulse-pounding sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Witch Haven follows Frances and her fellow witches to the streets of Paris where family secrets, lost loves, and dangerous magic await.

Months after the devastating battle between the Sons of St. Druon and the witches of Haxahaven, Frances has built a quiet, safe life for herself, teaching young witches and tending the garden within the walls of Haxahaven Academy. But one thing nags; her magic has begun to act strangely. When an opportunity to visit Paris arises, Frances jumps at the chance to go, longing for adventure and seeking answers about her own power.

Once she and her classmates Maxine and Lena reach the vibrant streets of France, Frances learns that the spell she used to speak to her dead brother has had terrible consequences—the veil between the living and the dead has been torn by her recklessness, and a group of magicians are using the rift for their own gain at a horrifying cost.

To right this wrong, and save lives and her own magical powers, Frances must hunt down answers in the parlors of Parisian secret societies, the halls of the Louvre, and the tunnels of the catacombs. Her only choice is to team up with the person she swore she’d never trust again, risking further betrayal and her own life in the process.

CONTENT WARNINGS (mild spoilers below): The Witch Haven (book 1) dealt heavily in themes of grief, as much of the story centers around the main character, Frances, trying to solve the murder of her brother. Some of those themed do carry over into this book as it follows immediately after the events of book 1.

Additionally, this book features descriptions of blood, gun-violence, a fade-to-black sex scene and others. For a full list of potential warnings, please visit the author’s website, linked here.

Stacia, one of the organizers here at TTPT, had the opportunity to conduct a virtual interview with Sasha, read below to see what they talked about (and to see what T. Swift songs are Sasha’s faves)!

TTPT: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me! I’m quite excited to see what sort of fun Frances gets up to in this book, so let’s get right into it!

Turn the Page Tours: The Witch Haven duo follows a reluctant witch…she doesn’t believe in her magic at first. Do you have any personal experience with not believing in yourself? How did you overcome it?
Sasha Peyton Smith: I think becoming a professional writer is a constant exercise in self-doubt. The ability to edit hinges on the ability to look at your work critically, but it’s difficult to keep that inner critic productive and not something cruel that causes you to spiral completely. When I can feel myself spiraling, I find it helpful to reach out to friends. I’ll sometimes ask them to read what I’m working on and tell me what IS working. It’s also necessary to know when to take a step back, remind myself that everyone feels this way sometimes, buy myself a fun little beverage, and go on a walk. Highly recommend a fun little beverage walk!

TTPT: If you could describe The Witch Hunt in just one word, what would it be?
SPS: Consequences.

TTPT: What’s one of your favorite interests, besides writing, of course!
SPS: I’m a classically trained ballerina and I still try to find time to take classes! I love the rules of ballet. It’s the closest I’ve ever been able to come to meditation.

TTPT: I hear you’re a Taylor Swift fan…what are your top three songs from her? (If you’re wondering, mine are “false god”, “exile”, and “no body, no crime”).
SPS: Always love a Taylor Swift question! Yours are excellent choices! I’m a very weepy Pisces [so is your interviewer!] so it’s probably not shocking that mine are “All Too Well” (10 min version…obviously), “Champagne Problems” and “Daylight” (which was the first dance song at my wedding!)

TTPT: Where can readers go to keep up with your upcoming adventures?
SPS: Come hang out with me over on TikTok (@sashapsmith) and Instagram (@sashapeytonsmith) I’ll post about what I’m up to, writing, and pictures of my friends’ dogs!

Thank you again to Simon & Schuster and Sasha for sitting down with me to talk about her book! If you wanna read more from this Swiftie, follow her online, and enter our giveaway below!


Sasha Peyton Smith grew up in the mountains of Utah surrounded by siblings, books, and one very old cat. She attended the University of Utah and the George Washington University where she studied biology and public health. She is not a witch, though she does own a lot of crystals and always knows what phase the moon is in. She currently lives in Washington D.C. with her partner and collection of porcelain hands. THE WITCH HUNT is the sequel to the THE WITCH HAVEN, which was released in Fall 2021 with Simon and Schuster. You can find Sasha online at sashapsmith.com



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To go along with this tour, we have a giveaway for FIVE (5) finished copies of THE WITCH HUNT up for grabs, courtesy of the publishers, Simon & Schuster. Click this link to enter! This giveaway is open to US entrants only. The publisher, unfortunately, is unable to ship to PO boxes.


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