Saturday, November 9, 2013

Crazy is as Crazy Does

By Carly Hartwell from Heather Blake’s A POTION TO DIE FOR

Everyone has them, right? Crazy family members? Well, it seems as though I’ve been especially blessed with eccentric relatives.

First, my mama refuses to marry my daddy. They’ve been engaged thirty-ish years now, and Daddy, a hopeless romantic, keeps on hoping. He adores her so much he’s even a willing accomplice to her crazy schemes.

Then there are the Odd Ducks, my mama’s older triplet sisters. All three own inns in town that reflect their unique personalities. The Silly Goose. The Crazy Loon, The Old Buzzard. I can help you out with reservations—except at the Buzzard. Aunt Marjie never has a vacancy because she keeps the doors locked and a shotgun handy (long story).

And then there’s my cousin Delia. She’s a black magic witch who makes hexes that’ll cause someone’s teeth to rot out or give a bad case of the boils. Yeah. Delia and I have been rivals since birth but there’s change in the air...

I guess I should include myself on the crazy list. After all, I’m not exactly normal. I’m a white magic witch who uses my abilities to make potions that cure just about anything. But I have issues, too, including a certain ex-fiancĂ© who’s back in my life. We’ve tried walking down the aisle twice now with fiery (literally, the second time) results. Good times.

So, tell me I’m not alone. Surely your mama coerces your daddy into participating in an impromptu neighborhood karaoke party, your aunts fight over brassieres in the middle of the street, your cousin wears a black cape in 95 degree weather, and you clean out your undie drawer just in case the third time’s a charm with your ex, right?


Hmm. Maybe I should be worried.


Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber) is the author of more than a dozen mystery novels and has been twice nominated for an Agatha Award. She's a total homebody who loves to be close to her family, read, watch reality TV (especially cooking competition shows), drink too much coffee, crochet, bake (mostly cookies), and occasionally leave the house to travel to the beautiful mountains in the northeast. Heather grew up in a suburb of Boston, but currently she lives in the Cincinnati area with her family and is hard at work on her next book.

Twitter: @booksbyheather


  1. Everybody's family is different. Maybe not as different as yours...

    1. Thanks, Willow. It's true we're special. Very very special.

  2. I can't wait to read this book. Sounds like an interesting family to be a part of.

  3. It is, Dru Ann. It is. We hope you enjoy our misadventures.

  4. Hi Carly, nice to meet you. I can't wait to read your story soon! But trying with the same man three times? Three times is the charm they say, but perhaps there was a very good reason the first two times went wrong?