The Perils of Potion Making

I’m currently writing book 8 of the P.A.W.S. Saga, AKASH, which is due to be released at the end of 2021.

Latisha and Sandy are making a special potion in Latisha’s townhouse in New Orleans and as is common with most magical potions there are certain challenges that come up. Here’s a little sample that made me smile.


“So what do we need for the recipe?” asked Sandy.

Latisha perused the list. “I think I’ve got most of this stuff here. Just need to gather some bogweed. You can help me with that if you wish.”

“Okay,” said Sandy.

“They left the house and walked to the edge of a muddy pond about two blocks away. The bogweed was purple with green dots and didn’t want to leave its soggy home. Sandy had to pull hard while Latisha reasoned with the weed until it reluctantly allowed them a few dripping leaves. They carried them back to the townhouse and Latisha set to work making the potion.

Sandy was tasked with watching the bogweed to make sure it didn’t get away. She had laughed when Latisha had first said this but quickly learned that Latisha had not been joking. The bogweed was intent on returning to its mother-bush and would start sneaking towards the door whenever Sandy turned her head. One time when she wasn’t fully paying attention, Whiskey caught the weed in her paws and brought it back to the table.

Sandy would have just held the bogweed, but Latisha said that wasn’t a good idea as bogweed that got too dry could fade away completely and then they’d have to go back and get some more. Sandy shook her head. The magical world was strange. She had a vague memory of a special tumbleweed potion that her mother used to make. And that one too she remembered was rather fickle.

“Not really that much different than regular cooking,” said Latisha appearing to read Sandy’s mind. “It’s all chemistry. Every recipe is an experiment. Same with potions like this.”


So what have you been cooking recently? I made a lovely veggie stir-fry the other night. Oodles of veggies, brown and wild rice, chickpeas, almonds and spices. Do you have a favorite recipe (magical or non-magical)?

Remember You can preorder P.A.W.S. 7 – Manus Wu – (out June 2021) today for $2.99

2 thoughts on “The Perils of Potion Making

  1. Your veggie stir fry looks yummy. My husband does a good rice and prawn stir fry.
    Potions, now! Strangely I’ve been researching some healing potions for a book that is due out soon. It’s actually a historical novel, not fantasy, so they had to be real, although as it is set in Viking England, and the Vikings believed in magic, I did do some research on love potions.

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