Love Potion #999 by C.S. Edwards released in June in the Paranormal Romance genre.
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.
“It definitely makes a statement. Doesn’t it? The silver color is so regal,” Jessica said.
“Beautiful.” Lola drew the word out in a muddy Central European accent.
“Agreed. I’m super pleased with this one. I think it’s going to do really well.” Betsy sighed.
“That was not convincing at all. What’s up, Betsy? Do you not like the vials? They are the finest crystal we could get.” Ron held a sample size vial up in the air. The sun, streaming in from the bank of floor to ceiling windows in the apartment, hit the silver potion, making it dance like liquid glitter.
“Of course, I do. I think this potion is great. It’s just… well, I wish we could do something really different. Something super cool and interesting. A potion for the ages. You know. One that would change everything.” Betsy raised an eyebrow.
“Like what?” The coven responded in unison.
Betsy paused for a split second before she slid the tattered loose-leaf paper out of her pocket. “Like this.”
The coven stared at the wrinkly, yellow sheet. Its scripted writing danced across the page, captivating them all. No one spoke. No one looked away.
“It’s a love potion. We’re going to make the magical world’s first love potion in 200 years,” Betsy said.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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!
What’s the inspiration for the book?
Last year when, my best friend and fellow author Robyn Peterman – asked me to write in her Magic and Mayhem Universe, I was thrilled and immediately said yes! She is the mastermind behind the Magic and Mayhem Universe that connects this story, Love Potion #999, and The Witch Doctor Series to so many other amazing tales of paranormal romance. Thus, these books always have a strong theme of friendship and how important friends are in the lives of each of the main characters! Because without my best friend, I might not have told these tales!
As with all of my novels, the particulars of Love Potion #999 was inspired by elements in my own life. It’s a fun romp with a sassy cast of characters; a whole lot like my twenties. This is the second book in my Witch Doctor Series that is based on the stories of three siblings, Betty, Betsy, and Bart – just like my own family. Of course, we’re not Witches, but my dad was a dentist – hence the whole Doctor theme.
You see, Betsy Babington hales from a famous witch doctor family, and has risen to the height of success and fame. She’s the brains and name behind the famous Babington’s Best brand of potions, which are more like beauty products than life altering magical mixtures. Together with a circle of misfit friends that are also her co-workers and a couple of troublesome cupids, Betsy seems to be headed for nothing but trouble. The bigger problem is she’s bored, single and lonely. Being a good witch, Betsy has never stepped out of line. She’s followed every recipe in her father’s master potions book to a tee… until she finds a forbidden love potion and can’t resist the thought of adding it to her collection; and testing it out for herself. That my friends, was a bad idea and causes all sorts of mayhem; including not knowing if she is really in love with the hunky witchologist she met in Arnold’s Bar! Thinking her rogue potion has possessed the man she may or may not love, Betsy and her band of wacky tag-a-longs go on a journey to set things straight!
My twenties weren’t exactly like Betsy’s adventure, but the background of this book really took me back to my younger years. I lived in New York City with a bunch of my college buddies and we couldn’t help but get into trouble – even when we weren’t looking for it. Our antics were always like a domino of errors, where everyone tried to pick up the pieces for everyone else, and that effort just kept knocking other things over. We had a lot of fun! Our intentions were mostly always good, and more importantly, we were there for each other through thick and thin. That is the basis for Betsy and her friends’ story.
One of the most important elements of this books is where it takes place! While I lived in NYC during my crazy years, Betsy and her crew live in Cincinnati, Ohio and travel around in Northern Kentucky, ending up in the tiny town of Rabbit Hash. I Iive on the Kentucky side of Cincinnati today; not in Rabbit Hash, but pretty close! These characters live where I live and go places I go. For example, there really is an Arnold’s Bar and Grill in Cincinnati and I love it! Rabbit Hash, Kentucky sits on a famous stretch of road that draws a ton of bikers to the General Store every summer. All of those details in this book, and the Witch Doctor’s Series are real!
Lastly, the premise of this book was inspired by The Searchers 1964 release, Love Potion Number Nine. If you listen to that song, you find all the elements I’ve built into this story. It’s about a bad love potion that causes all sorts of bad behavior. So, once I had that general feel of the story as my backdrop, I could layer in my characters. What they say. What they do. And how they feel, all tie back to that gypsy-like rock tune – it’s catchy, sexy, and makes you want to sing along. So, the dialogue in this book had to be all of those things. It really moves quick and propel the story.
Now, I hope you have a better sense of the background of Love Potion #999, and all the Witch Doctor books in this series. It’s a dream to share my stories with you! Thank you for reading and supporting!
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