Stray Witch – Eva Alton

Alba, a mother of two, is going through a rough divorce. Her life seems to change for the best when she meets Clarence, vampire and scout for the vampire queen of Emberbury, but things might not be what they seem, and soon Alba is torn between her feelings and her fears. And a desperate need for money. Clarence is an old school vampire on a redemption path, while Alba is a woman who has lost herself. She's a stray, both as a witch and as a person: no close family, no real friends. While she's not looking for her tribe, it's pretty clear she needs one. Her arc is one many women can relate with, and this is the reason why empathizing with her is so easy. In fact, I found myself rooting for her and her two daughters from the very beginning, especially given the situation they are running away from.

Some Girls Bite – Chloe Neill.

When I lived with my parents, our next door neighbor was a middle aged woman with straw-colored hair. She was an avid smoker, so her apartment smelled of whatever food she was cooking along with an omnipresent, everlasting stench of stale cigarette smoke. Even the air on the landing our apartments had in common stank. Her cigarettes of choice were named Merit.