Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The weekly event is meant to showcase eagerly anticipated upcoming releases…and to spread the word! This week I’m excited about:

20949471Title: The Witches of Echo Park (The Witches of Echo Park #1)

Author: Amber Benson

Publisher: Ace Trade

Anticipated Publication Date: January 6, 2015

From beloved author, director, and actress, Amber Benson…

Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated—and we will all pay if their power falls…

When Elyse MacAllister’s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets—extraordinary secrets—from her.

Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora’s Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt’s place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril—for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last…

Check it out: THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK by Amber Benson! The name Amber Benson may sound familiar – she played Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even though I’m a massive fangirl of the show, I’ve never read any of Benson’s other books. But give me witches and a contemporary setting and I am all over that like peanut butter on jelly!  I can’t recall ever having read a UF novel set in L.A. either, so I’m pretty excited about that.

Now is it just me, or does this have a distinctly Charmed vibe going on? You know, that tv show about the witch sisters who live in an old Victorian in San Francisco? With the family cat? Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who watched that show. Anyway, I loved that show and I’m hoping that I’ll love The Witches of Echo Park.