Cupid’s Arrows – Alexandra Brown

It looks like we have a situation here – Alexandra Brown and Sasha Wagstaff are going head-to-head over Tom Hardy! So I’m taking the unprecedented step of posting two Cupid’s Arrows on the same day. Here’s Alexandra’s case for claiming him:

“When Holly asked who I’d shoot with Cupid’s arrow, I knew right away… TOM HARDY of course. Now EVERYONE knows how much I adore him, I even named the drop-dead gorge hot love interest in Cupcakes At Carrington’s after Tom, so imagine my devastation when I found out that my friend (hmmm), Sasha Wagstaff, has her sights set on him too.

SO, please know Sasha, and anyone else who wants to steal him away from me that he’s ALL MINE. And here’s why.

In the acknowledgments for Cupcakes at Carrington’s I confess to falling flat on my face after attempting a running bodyslam at the hottest actor on earth, and well, yes it was TOM HARDY. Cringe. But next time, Tom. Oh yes, next time! I bet he CAN NOT wait …

And did you know that he’s read my book! FAINTS. He even sent me this picture…

Whaaaat? Of course he did, don’t tell me he was fibbing.

Here he is snuggling a puppy… Sweet Jesus, this man is practically perfect.


And in case anybody is in any doubt that he’s… ALL MINE. Did I mention the time he stayed overnight in my actual bed? Oh yes, in my dreams… but that’s a whole other story which I’m not ready to share just yet. I need to savour the memory to myself for just a little while longer. But let me tell you this, it’s true, he’s FIT AS…. and with tatts to die for. Mm-mmm.”

Thanks, Alexandra! Well, I like Sasha…and I like Alexandra…but which one deserves Tom Hardy? There’s only one way to find out…FIGHT!


Alexandra’s latest book is Cupcakes At Carrington’s

Georgie Hart had it all – as a top personal shopper in London, the heady world of Mulberry launch parties and Louis Vuitton goody bags meant she was living the dream. But all that extravagance took its toll on her bank balance and it was time to stop drinking champagne on beer money.
Now Georgie runs the luxury bag concession at Carrington’s Department store in the pretty seaside town of Mulberry Bay and her lavish spending is confined to a red velvet cupcake with butter cream icing in Carrington’s cafe.
But her plans for a quiet life are thwarted when Carrington’s goes into a recession-busting makeover and soon, with the arrival of Maxine, wielding the axe in her immaculately-manicured hands, Georgie is fighting not only for her job, but also for the attentions of her dishy boss, James. And when newcomer Tom arrives, who may or may not be the best thing since sliced bread, Georgie must decide where her loyalties really lie…

Catch up with Alexandra on Twitter at @alexbrownbooks or at her website

Cupid’s Arrows – Sasha Wagstaff

It’s Sasha Wagstaff’s turn to wield Cupid’s arrows today and she’s chosen someone very delicious indeed:

“Wow, you mean I can really pick someone to take a shot from Cupid’s arrow?? Brilliant. It didn’t take me long to choose someone and here he is – the delectable Tom Hardy.

I first noticed Tom Hardy when he played Heathcliff in the 2009 adaptation of Wuthering Heights. I was keen to see this ITV adaptation as Wuthering Heights, with its focus on love, hate, obsession and revenge, is one of my favourite novels. At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked it, to be honest. I liked the fact that it was closer to the original novel in terms of the spotlight being very much placed around Cathy and Heathcliff, but I kept thinking: Who’s that weirdo playing Heathcliff?  He looks odd, not the way I have previously seen the character portrayed, but I was slowly won over.

Tom Hardy made Heathcliff seem dangerous, passionate and thoroughly tortured – maybe helped by the fact that he’d met his future, real-life wife in Charlotte Riley as Cathy – who knows! Since then, I have kept a close eye on everything Tom Hardy might appear in, just, you know…because. An amazing actor and a bit of a hottie to boot. The classic guilty pleasure.

So Cupid – if you’re available, do your thang and send Tom my way. If only for a nice cuppa and a chat about books and stuff.”

Thanks, Sasha! I love his voice – he could incept me any day…

Sasha’s latest book is Recipe For Love

Talented, passionate and notoriously private, Italian chef Rocco Disanti never talks to journalists. So why, when Cassia Blake has just three months to organise her wedding, has he suddenly granted her magazine an exclusive, all-access interview? Against Cassia’s better judgement, she hands the wedding planning over to her frosty mother-in-law, and flies out to Italy to spend time with Rocco. But Rocco isn’t exactly looking forward to Cassia’s arrival. Persuaded to do the interview to help publicise his business, he has enough on his plate with his fiery girlfriend, wedding-obsessed sister and fiercely protective grandmother. And now it seems as if someone is trying to sabotage his restaurants too… Cassia’s summer in Sorrento is shaping up to be a recipe for disaster. But could it also be a recipe for love?

Catch up with Sasha on Twitter at @sashawagstaff or on her website


Cupid’s Arrows – Jan Jones

Jan Jones is getting all hot under the collar for a certain LOTR star. I must say, she’s got impeccable taste. And also, he’s mine…

“Oh, Viggo Mortenson, please, if Cupid would be so kind. Because he’s gorgeous, and intelligent, and he gets into the skin of the roles he plays, just as I do with the characters I write. And he’s gorgeous, and he was the hero of my first book (Stage by Stage). And I still have posters of him as Aragorn scattered about my home and throughout my computer to give me inspiration. and did I mention that he’s gorgeous?”

Thanks, Jan! Any excuse for another photo of Aragorn.

Jan is mostly working on serials at the moment so keep an eye out for those. You can catch Jan on Twitter at @janjonesauthor or at her website

Cupid’s Arrows – Katy Regan

Katy Regan is asking Cupid for a favour today and she’s fallen for her own hero too:

“CLEARLY I put all my matchmaking skills into my writing, because although Mr Right has so far failed to materialise in my real life, every guy I write into my novels seems to be the fictional equivalent! I dream him up!  If I could fire Cupid’s arrow at anyone, therefore, it would have to be Fraser Morgan, main male character in my most recent novel HOW WE MET. Fraser is my perfect man: slightly shabby around the edges, brooding, emotional, tendency to sit on his bed and write melancholic lyrics. PLUS he’s funny (if I dare say so myself) and doesn’t know how good looking he is. Also, he invited the girl he was in love with over, and got so drunk with nerves he totally screwed up the moussaka he was supposed to be making. She snogged his face off anyway.  MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART!”

Thanks, Katy! Fraser sounds divine, and he cooks – I’m a bit in love with him myself…


Katy’s latest book is How We Met

There are some people you can’t imagine life without.

What, at the end of it all, is really important?

Liv and her friends can’t imagine a life different from now: freedom, lifelong friendships, and dreams that are still within their reach.

Then, Liv dies.

For those left behind – Mia, Fraser, Anna, Norm and Melody – everything stops. Their lives and dreams are frozen in time.

In the years that follow, they decide to meet on Liv’s birthday to raise a toast and celebrate her life, even though none of them are living their own – not really. Time marches inexorably on, and yet without Liv, the lynchpin of the group, they are all flailing. Mia and Fraser are quietly falling apart because of the secret they share and, as truths are unearthed and their friendships are tested to the limit, they have to ask themselves – is it time to get on with the business of actually living?

Catch Katy on Twitter at @katyreganwrites or on her website

Cupid’s Arrows – Stella Knightley

It’s Stella Knightley’s turn to pick a target for our friend with the big bow today and she’s gone for someone I suspect more than a few people will agree with. Watch out, Stella, you’ve got competition for this one:

“I’d ask Cupid to shoot his arrow back in time and bag Javier Bardem before he married Penelope Cruz. The first film I saw him in was ‘No country for all men’ and even in that awful wig, I could tell he was something special. On paper, it just shouldn’t work. He definitely doesn’t have the perfect symmetry of the average Hollywood heart-throb but he has an animal magnetism that the likes of Tom Cruise can only dream of. It’s so potent that no amount of bad hair can disguise it. Even in Skyfall, wearing a blond hair-piece made out of dead ferret, Javier Bardem stole the show.

Of course, it was ‘Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona’ that brought the possibility of Bardem as a top class crush to a wider audience. How could any girl refuse to join his character, louche artist Juan Antonio, on a jaunt? The accent is a big part of his appeal. He could read out a shopping list and I would hear it as poetry. He also has a sensuality that suggests he won’t be jumping out of bed and going to the gym to get his exercise on a Sunday morning.

But I shouldn’t be thinking like this. Alas, Javier is already spoken for and Cupid will have to look elsewhere on my behalf. At least I can console myself that his gorgeous wife truly is the perfect match for his brooding beauty. Tom Cruise or Javier Bardem? There’s no doubt in my mind that Penelope made the right choice.”

Thanks, Stella! I’m off to watch Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona


Stella’s latest book is The Girl Behind The Mask

Leaving the heartache of sexual betrayal behind her in London, historian Sarah Thomson intends to make the most of her research trip to Venice. But she soon finds her attention consumed by mysterious millionaire Marco Donato. Despite their deepening relationship, however, the handsome playboy persists in playing a secretive game. What exactly is Marco hiding? The subject of Sarah’s research is eighteenth-century Venetian Luciana Giordano. At a time when debauchery is the city’s favourite pastime, virginal Luciana is kept out of trouble by a zealous chaperone – until she meets a man who promises to help her escape her restraints. But just what does the worldly stranger want to teach her in return?

Catch Stella on Twitter @stellaknightley or ‘like’ her page on Facebook.

Cupid’s Arrows – Jon Rance

Jon Rance has stopped by and he’s had a near miss or two with Cupid before:

“Cupid, oh, cupid. Imagine having the power to choose who the little cherub would shoot just for you. 

Let’s go back to 1988 and it would have been Kylie Minogue. I had a huge crush on her. I even had a Kylie calendar on my wall. I thought we’d end up together, but in the words of the great lady herself, I should be so lucky. Fast forward a few years and it would have been the lovely Jennifer Aniston in Friends. The hair, the face, the nipple shirts and her up and down relationship with Ross. She was every young man’s dream, but she was unfortunately shot with the Brad Pitt arrow before I had my chance – seriously, I had a shot. Then it was the Noughties and along came my wife. She wasn’t Kylie or Jennifer, but more importantly, as it turned out, she was my true love.


So who would it be? Who would I shoot with cupid’s arrow? It depends who you ask. Fourteen year old me would have gone with Kylie. Twenty year old me for Jen, but thirtysomething me? My wife every time – just to remind her why we fell in love in the first place. And it doesn’t hurt to be reminded once in a while. Of course, my wife might choose Justin Timberlake or Josh Duhamel, and then if forced, I might go for Zooey Deschanel or Mila Kunis – just saying.”

Thanks, Jon! I have the teensiest girly crush on Jennifer Aniston myself.
Jon’s latest book is This Thirtysomething Life
A romantic comedy for anyone who is, has been or is ever likely to be a grown up.Being a thirtysomething man isn’t easy (especially when you still yearn to be a twentysomething man). Meet Harry Spencer. History teacher, lover of snack food and terrified of growing up. However, when his wife Emily drops the P-Bomb, Harry is suddenly thrust into the role of expectant father. When he’s tempted by the greener grass of an ex-girlfriend past, Harry has to make the most important decision of his life. Does he have what it takes to become a man, or will he succumb to the lure of adolescent fantasy?

This is a love story about what happens after we’ve fallen in love, when we’ve swapped frolicking in the bed for cigarettes in the shed and Match of the Day for Mothercare. Brutally honest, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-warming, this is a diary about one man’s bumbling journey on the road to adulthood.

Catch Jon on Twitter at @JRance75 or on his website

Cupid’s Arrows – Kate Johnson

Here’s Kate Johnson with her pick for Cupid’s attentions. I’ve got a mild sense of déjà-vu…

“Okay, Cupid. This one might need a bit of extra work, because first of all we need to bring him to life. No, not in a Frankenstein way, in a Pygmalion way. You see, I’ve fallen in love with my own creation. When I created Will Harker he was so incredibly heroic I had to create an entire world to fit him into. And I might have got a teensy bit obsessed along the way. Especially when I pretend he looks just like Richard Armitage. Which he does, because I created him and I say so. He’s all broad-shouldered and stubbled and scarred and hard and muscular and…

Sorry, getting a bit carried away there. Look, I’ve made you a special arrow with his name on it. Carved into it, in fact. With a Stanley knife. Cut my finger doing that. I mean, you can’t say I don’t suffer for love, Cupid. Yes, I know he’s holding a big gun, but don’t worry, he probably won’t shoot you. Just don’t let him see your bow, because he has Views on people who aim weapons at him. And…what? No, he’s not in a particularly bad mood, he always scowls like that. It’s sexy. No, it is.

Look, just fire the arrow, would you? I need someone to kiss this finger better.”

Thanks, Kate! Harker sounds like my kind of hero.

Kate’s next book is called Impossible Things and will be out in 2014 from Choc Lit. Its hero is almost as manly as Harker, too.

You can catch her on Twitter at @K8JohnsonAuthor or on her website

Cupid’s Arrows – Cally Taylor

It’s Cally Taylor’s turn to direct Cupid’s bow today and she’s aiming it towards a certain dancing superstar…

“I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I’ve got a toyboy crush on Ashley Banjo (of Diversity dance group fame). My boyfriend knows all about my weak-kneed silliness but it’s fine, he gets to ogle Christina Hendrix on Mad Men while I obsess over ‘Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew’. What IS a secret however – until now anyway – is that a writer friend of mine (who shall remain nameless) sent in an application for five of us to appear on the show! It’s been a while since she applied and I think we can safely say we’re unlikely to appear on a TV channel near you any time soon. Good job too because I’d need Cupid’s arrow – not just so I could sneak a snog with Ashley – but also to ensure he’d be so blinded by love he’d totally overlook the fact I’ve got as much rhythm as a two year old at a pre-school disco. Although everyone at home would still be able to tell what a rubbish dancer I am. So maybe Cupid could shoot them too…”
Thanks, Cally! I would love to see you on TV – Cupid, make it happen!
CALLY TAYLOR’s internationally bestselling romantic comedies have been translated into 14 different languages and her debut, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, was voted ‘Debut Novel of the Year’ by and Cally’s latest novel (as CL Taylor), THE ACCIDENT, is a new direction into dark psychological suspense and will be published by Avon HarperCollins in June 2014.
Catch Cally on Twitter at @callytaylor or on her blog

Cupid’s Arrows – Louise Marley

Louise Marley has an unusual suggestion for Cupid today and I think I approve!


“Whenever I think of Cupid shooting someone with his golden arrow, I think of poor Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when he accidentally consumed a love potion meant for his friend and made a right idiot of himself. Having Cupid do all the matchmaking would certainly be an easy way to get a man to fall in love with you, but it doesn’t sound half as much fun as doing the work yourself.

Not that I’m suggesting you should go out and shoot someone!


The first and last man I ever bothered to chase after was my husband. He rightly surmised that the only way to get my attention would be to ignore me. So I took to hanging around the same places he did – which, unfortunately for me, meant the gym. He finally succumbed, I got very fit and we’ve now been happily married for 20 years. So I would suggest taking the DIY approach – and let Cupid shoot himself with his own damned arrow.”

Thanks, Louise! I wouldn’t mind being around when Cupid shoots himself…for research purposes, you know…


Louise’s latest book is Breathless

Someone in Port Rell has a secret. A secret they would kill to protect.

Nothing ever happens in the seaside village of Port Rell, which is why Lainey Jennings is so keen to leave it. She’s only twenty-four, there’s so much more she wants to do with her life. Crazy and outlandish things; like ice diving in Alaska, explore the underwater caves in Mexico, maybe even search for the lost city of Atlantis. Stay in Port Rell forever? Talk about purgatory!

Since the death of her father, she’s struggled to keep the family diving business from bankruptcy. There’s just one thing that keeps her going. Her dream that one day she’ll discover the lost wreck that her father was so obsessed with, the legendary Mary Eliza – responsible for destroying Port Rell almost four hundred years ago.

When an old, unknown wreck is discovered in the bay, sleepy Port Rell is under siege once more. This time it’s the media, including a team from the Wreck Raiders TV show, led by handsome archaeologist Zac Nelson. The villagers are quick to cash in on their unexpected popularity. But ancient wrecks aren’t the only thing waiting to be discovered in Port Rell.

Because someone in Port Rell has a secret.

Catch Louise on Twitter at @LouiseMarley or her website

Cupid’s Arrows – Valerie-Anne Baglietto

It’s Valerie-Anne Baglietto’s turn to take control of Cupid’s bow today and she’s not taking any chances:

“OK, so I’d ask Cupid to shoot my husband. Before any of my friends reading this start phoning me up to find out what’s wrong, I want to assure them that everything is fine. In fact, it’s great. Which is why I want the love of my life shot, as an insurance policy.

Many moons ago, in a state of newly-wed bliss and with an abundance of early-pregnancy hormones churning around inside me, I announced to a roomful of lovely RNA ladies at the Savoy that I could never write about a more perfect romantic hero than my husband. I seem to remember there was a collective sigh, and my DH went rather red, rather like he does when he’s been out in the sun for longer than fifteen minutes.

Three kids and two guinea pigs later, I still feel the same. I don’t want anything to change, so to make doubly certain that he stays my perfect hero, please could Cupid fire a little arrow in his direction and ta-dah – happily ever after (in spite of the fact that I am a total control freak and even manage to scare myself sometimes)!”

Thanks, Valerie. Can I get an ‘Awwwwww’?


Valerie-Anne’s latest book is Once Upon A Winter

Marrying the man of your dreams might be more literal than you think.

For Nell Jones the dream wasn’t to last, and after struggling for years to bring up her twins on her own, she returns home to her family and the picture-book Welsh village where she grew up.

While Nell’s daughter seems more or less a typical nine-year-old, her son isn’t exactly average. No one can quite say why he is the way he is, until the village ‘psychic’ meets him for the first time. Suddenly, Nell has to question whether the husband who abandoned her seven years earlier was everything he seemed.

Without warning one night, he reappears in her life, throwing everything into disarray again and jeopardising a potential new romance. But whether she wants to or not, and regardless of the consequences, Nell is about to discover just how fine a line it is between fact … and fairytale.

Catch Valerie-Anne on Twitter at @VABaglietto or on her website

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