Love Potion #999
Love Potion #999
by C.S. Edwards
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Did you hear what happened when a witch doctor met a witchologist in a bar? Well, mayhem ensued! What else did you expect? It's all because everyone had too many Gnome Island Iced Teas, not to mention the cloud of intoxicating glitter that put everyone under the table even if they didn't drink a drop. But the real punch line in that fateful tale were the two potion-filled arrow toting cupids. For one witch, after that night, stuff got real.
You see, the witch doctor was none other than the famous apothecary and alchemist, Betsy Babington. She's a celebrity! Famous, successful, single, and... bored. Before she walked into that bar, Betsy was itching to change things up. So, she enlisted her coven of misfits and two mischievous cherubs to make a rogue love potion recipe — destined to be the next big thing in her famous potions brand. She never once thought about making Love Potion#999 for herself! Definitely not! Well, maybe she did, just a little...
For the whole truth, you'll have to read the story. All I can really say is some magical historians have said Betsy Babington's tangle with the trouble of Love Potion #999 was like opening Pandora's box. Now that was a little extreme. For the folks who were there, it was more like a weekend in Vegas.
She was tired of the same ole same ole. The truth was, Betsy Babington was tired of a lot of things in her life. She was tired of working so hard. She was tired of being famous. Some days, she was tired of being a witch doctor. But most everyday Betsy was tired of being alone. Of course, she had her coven, Ron, Lola, April and Jessica—which she loved. Charles, her ogre bodyguard, was truly like family. Her baby boy cherubs were total stinkers, but she totally adored them. But that one true special someone in her life was missing. She was 135, and single. That fact, coupled with the news of her younger sister falling for a hunky, mysterious, mystic angel, made Betsy jealous. Jealously was not an emotion she was used to having or liked. She’d never been jealous of either of her siblings. Bart and Betty Babington were awesome witch doctors, in their own right. But she had the life to be jealous of—that’s what she used to think. Lately, Betsy Babington felt green with envy at the mention of Betty and Gates, or any couple, and that icky feeling was stuck in her crawl.
A red blush crept across her face — brought on by envy and jealousy. She rubbed her cheek, desperate to temper the color before any member of her coven caught a glimpse of it. Ron, Lola, April and Jessica never noticed. They were oblivious, busy arguing about measurements.
“Not too much honey, that’s the key.” Ron measured the thick gooey liquid in a beaker.
“And just a drop of artemisia. We wouldn’t want to poison anyone.” April fussed. “It’s only for the silver color, anyway.”
Betsy strolled across the room to join her team as she gently folded the loose-leaf paper and tucked it in her lab coat pocket. “April’s right. Artemisia can be dangerous. But not the way we use it to tint the potion. Just a drop and a quarter should be all you need to make the Mirror Me potion sparkle.”
About the Author:
I was born in Ashland, Kentucky, the youngest of three children, and grew up in the small Eastern Kentucky town of Inez. I moved to Lexington to finish high school. Attending Transylvania University for two years, before graduating from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia - with a degree in Economics - go figure! After a stint in New York City, I moved back home to Kentucky and have since built my life around family.
Living just outside of Cincinnati with my husband, Sean, and our five amazing kids, and a precious goldendoodle, I work hard to find time to balance family, work, and writing.
My first passion is weaving mysteries and I'm working on several new fiction projects now. This past year, I also found great joy in creating useful journals, trackers, and planners. I have big plans for publishing more of these creative notebooks in the future! As always, I cannot wait to share my next novel with you. I hope you enjoy, and welcome hearing from you!
Q&A With the Author
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Honestly, my favorite parts of Love Potion #999 are all the scenes with Betsy’s crew: Ron, April, Jessica, and Lola. They are hysterical and misguided. Lola’s dialogue is the best – and said with an attitude and accent that is unmatched by any other character I’ve ever written! Think Anna Delvey’s accent but much more broken! These characters made me laugh out loud, and bubbled up so many memories of my best friends from college. It was a pleasure to watch them develop on the page. This series is as much about friendship is it is about anything! Because without my best friend, I might not have told these tales! Last year when my best friend and fellow author Robyn Peterman asked me to write in her universe, I was thrilled and immediately said yes! She is the mastermind behind the Magic and Mayhem Universe that connects this story and series to so many other amazing tales of paranormal romance. Thus, this Witch Doctors series always has a strong theme of friendship and how important friends are in the lives of each of the main characters!
Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?
I’m working on the third book in the Witch Doctors Series – This one is focuses on the brother, Bart! It’s going to be another crazy, fun adventure – just this time from a male perspective. Writing from the viewpoint of the opposite sex is tricky. But I do live in a house with 5 guys (1 husband and 4 sons) – where the girls (1 daughter, myself and Ginger the Goldendoodle) are seriously outnumbered! So, let’s just say I know a thing or two about how men think, act, feel, and talk. I’m having a ton of fun stepping into the mind of a man! This book is bound to be wilder, sexier, and definitely funnier – if you like guy humor. Of course, Bart – the Witch Doctor Cosmetic Surgeon – loves his work more than anything and is happily wedded to his bachelor lifestyle; until he finds the perfect witch that turns everything upside down!!
Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?
I’ve got big plans of winning the lottery to write full-time! LOL. But until that happens… I’m plodding along trying to capture all the silly, smart, and sexy ideas for future books that pop into my brain. Right now, I’ve got a cozy mystery rambling around upstairs that just won’t leave me alone. It’s about a twenty-something, fresh out of med school, psychiatrist, who’s pals around with a local detective. Both stuck in a small town where they think their careers are on a road to nowhere, until… yep, someone ends up dead. And that’s the beginning of their brilliant relationship, maybe even their romance! More to come on that one!
How long have you been writing?
I first started writing in grade school. I wrote everything -- poems, songs, stories! I was also one of those kids who played dress up every day and had imaginary friends and pets. However, I first voiced my desire to be an author at the age of twenty-seven, that’s when I got serious. After I put my secret author desires out into the universe – I had no excuse but to make it happen!
Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I’m a reader too – as are all authors. And I appreciate your support. I know how a good story transports me; out of my life and into another. It’s a gift to read and to write. Thank you to all the authors, and the readers. Though we may never meet, I consider myself lucky to spend time with you through words on the page!
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