Wednesday, August 24, 2022

NBTM Virtual Tour and Giveaway: Love Potion #999 (The Witch Doctors #2) by C.S. Edwards

Welcome to my stop on the NBTM virtual tour for Love Potion #999 by C.S. Lewis. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author about her favorite romance tropes. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Love Potion #999
Series: The Witch Doctors #2
Author: C.S. Edwards
Publication Date: June 20th 2022
Print Length: 118 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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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.

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EXCERPT:
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.”
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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!

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GUEST POST:
Well, everyone loves a little romance in every kind of story. It’s hard to tell a tale without the tension of love somewhere in the foreground or background. Romance tropes are all kinds of tricky, because you don’t want to end up being too cliché. That being said tropes exist by their very nature – they work, and readers love them. I do too!

So, my fav romance trope, especially for The Witch Doctors Series is “destined to be together.” For me that’s the very essence of romance. The destiny of two lovers draws their paths together and the passion is both magnetic and magic! Like the stuff of famed real love stories. But… and there is always a but, something or someone inevitably fs things up for the fated couple. This is where an author can really have a lot of fun with the pivotal plot points. Why can’t they be together? What tore them apart? How are they going to fix it? And the breath-holder, will they end up together? Yes, of course they do – this is a romance!

So, if you like this type of “destined to be together” romance trope, try out The Witch Doctors Series! You’re bound to get all the feels.
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GIVEAWAY:
C.S. Edwards will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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200 comments:

  1. Love the cover and the title - draws me right in.

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  2. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. great cover, this sounds like an interesting book

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  4. Great guest post and I enjoyed the excerpt, Love Potion #999 sounds like my kind of book and I can't wait to read it!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a woinderful day!

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  5. I could use a love potion. Great cover!

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  6. I think it sounds like a good story.

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  7. Cute premise and I wonder what could go wrong with a Love Potion.

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  8. I love anything to do with witches. This book sounds so interesting and humorous. I'm definitely very intrigued.

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  9. David HollingsworthAugust 24, 2022 at 5:53 PM

    This book sounds interesting.

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  10. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, Love Potion #999 sounds like a fun read and I am looking forward to it

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  11. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  12. The book sounds interesting> email> r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  13. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  14. this sounds like a very interesting book, thanks

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  15. Is anyone in your immediate family an author?

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  16. The book details sound fun, and the cover is really cute.

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  17. David HollingsworthAugust 25, 2022 at 5:35 PM

    Happy Thursday!

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  18. How do you think the world will end?

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  19. another week gone quickly, happy writing

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  20. David HollingsworthAugust 26, 2022 at 6:06 PM

    Hope you're next book is also successful.

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  21. What is the name of your sweet goldendoodle and how old is your pet?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  22. The book sounds intriguing. Great cover!

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  23. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  24. Do you have characters living in your head?

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  25. I hope you have had a great weekend.

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  26. David HollingsworthAugust 28, 2022 at 6:28 PM

    How was your weekend?

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  27. I enjoy reading "About the Author"

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  28. I think it is interesting that you are creating useful journals, trackers, and planners!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  29. David HollingsworthAugust 29, 2022 at 8:19 PM

    Congrats on the book!

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  30. I truly believe in the destined to be together stuff! Met the love of my life in 2008, we were young and broke up. Met again in 2017 and we’ve been together ever since!

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  31. thanks for this great giveaway

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  32. David HollingsworthAugust 31, 2022 at 4:01 AM

    Happy Wednesday!

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  33. The cover of the book is so fun and colorful. It draws you right in!

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  34. sounds like a wonderful book, thanks

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  35. What is your plan for children's literacy rates increasing?

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  36. Will you write more now that Fall is here?

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  37. Thank you for the opportunity

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  38. start of a new month, happy writing

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  39. What kind of pet would you have, if you could any pet?

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  40. does the hot weather affect your writing

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  41. David HollingsworthSeptember 2, 2022 at 9:28 PM

    Are you looking forward to Fall?

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  42. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

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  43. Do you have plans for Labor Day weekend?

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  44. What is your favorite movie of all time?

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  45. When was the most exhilarating moment of your life?

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  46. have you always wanted to be a writer

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  47. How do you come up with ideas for books?

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  48. Have a safe weekend!

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  49. Have a good Labor Day weekend.

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  50. Who inspired you when you first began to write?

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  51. I hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend!

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  52. what are you looking forward to this Fall

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  53. Paranormal Romance is a genre that I have not read widely.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  54. David HollingsworthSeptember 6, 2022 at 6:40 PM

    Hope your weekend was good.

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  55. I wonder how many people have spent money on “love potion” since the beginning of time

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  56. David HollingsworthSeptember 7, 2022 at 6:41 PM

    Do you listen to podcasts?

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  57. do you have any other books started

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  58. how old were you when you starting writing

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  59. I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend

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  60. If you could run a store selling anything, what would it be?

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  61. What author do you most admire?

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  62. Do you ever read your own books?

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  63. How many book do you write each year?

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  64. What projects are you currently working on?

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  65. thanks again hope the book tour is going well

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  66. Do you ever read your own books?

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  67. This has such a cute cover and one I would love to read.
    heather

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  68. What is your favourite season to write?

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  69. Happy Tuesday!

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  70. What was your favourite comic strip?

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  71. How do you handle writer's block, if you have it?

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  72. How do you wind down at the end of a long day?

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  73. congrats on the tour hope all is going well

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  74. What kind of book are you writing right now?

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  75. Happy Wednesday!

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  76. I hope you are having a good day.

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  77. Do you like pop tarts or toaster strudel?

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  78. Do you ever wake up in middle of night with new and wonderful ideas for your book(s) ?

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  79. What is your favourite unsolved mystery?

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  80. Do you like working with your editor?

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  81. is there a time of the year you tend to write more

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  82. I hope you have a nice weekend.

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  83. Do you like bread?

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  84. What book to you like to re-read?

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  85. Do you like poetry?

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  86. is there any author that inspires you

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  87. This sounds like a most unusual and unique book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  88. What inspires you to write books?

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  89. Who's your favorite author?

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  90. is there a quiet place you go to write

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  91. I'm hearing crickets. Do you have crickets where you live?

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  92. do you write more in the fall or winter

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  93. The colorful design of this book cover really stands out.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  94. Ready for Fall?

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  95. do you have a favorite author or book

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  96. Congrats on the book!

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  97. Do you keep writing notes on you phone?

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  98. another week gone by, happy writing

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  99. if you could meet a famous person who would it be

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  100. What is your favorite book that has been turned into a movie(s)?

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  101. Great giveaway!

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  102. What's your favourite genre of books?

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  103. was it hard choosing the title for the book

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  104. Where is your favourite place to shop?

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  105. this sounds like a wonderful book

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  106. Who is your favorite author?

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  107. Do you find it hard to write on sunny days?

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  108. thanks again for the giveaway, best wishes on the book tour

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  109. Have you ever been to a GLBT+ pride parade?

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  110. I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday.

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  111. What's the worst weather you've ever been in?

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  112. I like all the clip art you used in your book cover. Did you use Canva to make it?

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  113. I hope you have a productive week.

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  114. What will you dress up as for Halloween?

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  115. another nice week weather is nice here how is it where you live

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  116. Sounds like a quick, fun read!

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  117. have a wonderful weekof writing

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  118. I can't wait to read about Love Potion #999!

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  119. this book sounds really good, thanks

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  120. looks like a fun one

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  121. I will have to check out Love Potion #999-it looks fun!

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  122. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  123. The book sounds like a fun one to read. Thanks for the introduction.

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  124. What is your favorite holiday of the year?

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