Love Potion #9 was one of four of my books that were published by Berkley in 1998 and 1999, using my pseudonym Claire Cross. All of these books are romantic comedies with paranormal elements. Readers tell me that all of these Berkley titles have become hard to find in print – their requests are the reason for these re-releases. All four books are now available in new digital and print editions.
The other four books I published under my Claire Cross pseudonym are different – they are either contemporary romances or mainstream books with romantic elements, depending who you ask. Those books – the Coxwell Series – will be re-published this year as well. Look for Third Time Lucky, Double Trouble, One More Time and All or Nothing in new digital and print editions, beginning this summer.
Although I like each book that I’ve written, Love Potion #9 has a special place in my heart. It was the first romance I sold which was solidly set in the present day. Previous to this, I had written historical romances, as well as two time travels for Berkley.
It’s also a book that I like because of the structure – about halfway through the writing of this book, I decided to name each chapter after one card in the higher arcana of a tarot deck. This made sense, as Lilith, the heroine, reads tarot cards. But I also wanted the action of each chapter to reflect the meaning of the governing card in order for that structure to make sense. This was a creative challenge, but I was – and am – very proud of the result.
The original edition had a beautiful cover illustration by artist Judy York, showing Lilith surrounded by monarch butterflies, which is evocative of a scene in the book. I was very happy to be able to license that same image from Judy for this re-release and thank her again for that opportunity.
One of the great temptations in revisiting a previously published work is that of revising the book. Of course, authors hone their skills over time and there are things I would do differently if I wrote this story now for the first time. There is still a lot that I would do the same way with this book, though, so other than correcting a few errors, I have not made any revisions. This edition of Love Potion #9 is essentially the same as the original printed edition.
I hope that you enjoy Mitch and Lilith’s story.
Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.
All my best,