Cupid’s Arrows – Julia Williams

It’s Julia Williams turn to point Cupid’s bow at an unsuspecting mark and she’s gone for a medical man:

“I can think of several people in real life who deserve a shot from Cupid’s arrow, but I wouldn’t want to embarrass them, so I’ll have to go for a fictional favourite instead.
Having just re-watched  the brilliant Green Wing, and remembered how I love it, Cupid, please, please, please, send an arrow to Dr ‘Mac’ Mcartney from me.
Quite frankly, he had me at hello. And inexplicably, as far as I can tell Julian Rhind Tutt who plays him appears to be single. If ever there was a man in need of help from Cupid… and if you could possibly point him my way afterwards, I promise not to send him away…”
Thanks, Julia, it’s a yes from me!
Julia’s latest book Midsummer Magic, due out very soon!

Recently engaged Josie is visiting her parents in Cornwall with best friend Diane, fiancée Harry and his pal Ant. Josie can’t wait to start wedding planning, if only Harry was more interested, and Diane and Ant weren’t at war with each other.

As the four make amends over a drink in the local pub, they meet Freddie Puck, a well known TV hypnotist and find themselves agreeing to a dare – to stay out all night on the hills by the standing stones.

Local mythology says a young married couple will find true happiness if they can last a whole night there on Midsummer’s Eve. But as night time falls, not everyone seems to have remembered the boundaries of love…

Catch Julia on Twitter at @JCCWilliams or on her website

Cupid’s Arrows – Ilana Fox

My special guest today is Ilana Fox, with a personal request for our man in the clouds:

“I’m currently dating and am having lots of fun tormenting, um, amusing men over dinner and drinks. But if I could persuade Cupid to shoot his arrow at my One True Love (if such a thing exists, I’m not too sure) I’d ask him to aim it at a man with the following characteristics:

A man who is funny (and thinks my friends and I are hilarious rather than offensive or puerile); a man who is kind (but not a pushover or a wet blanket); a man with all the same values as me (or, failing that, someone who would be respectful of any differences we held), and a man who is clever and thoughtful and has some sort of emotional intelligence. He’d have to be able to entertain me (I can more than hold my own, but on some dates I feel as though I’m on the Ilana Show and am being paid with supper), but he’d also be able to go off and entertain himself when I need space. I am a writer; I’m used to spending long periods of time alone.

My ideal man would have his own life and career, but he’d also be able to slip seamlessly into mine with very little trouble. He’d like it that I listen to 80s hair metal bands and he’d understand that underneath all the gloss of my life I like things normal. He’d be hot, of course – but not one of those awful attractive-yet-insecure men who needs female validation all the bloody time. He’d think I was cute too – even first thing in the morning when I’m grumpy and squishy-faced. He’d like London but also like the country, and more than anything else, he won’t mind when my cats scream at him in the middle of the night because they think there’s an intruder in my bed who’s about to kill me.

If Cupid can find me a man like that I’ll be happy. It’s not too much to ask for, is it?”


Thanks, Ilana! Come on, Cupid  – if this doesn’t remind you what love is, nothing will…


Ilana’s most recent book is ALL THAT GLITTERS

Ella Aldridge seems to have it all. Married to Danny Riding, one of the Premiership’s leading goal-scorers, she lives the dream – the mansion, the car, the freebie designer clothes. But Ella and Danny have a secret. Their marriage is not what is seems. Between them, it takes a lot of hard work to fool the press and the nation that they really are Love’s Young Dream, when deep down Danny’s desires lie elsewhere.

With Ella’s star in the ascendant, the world is at her feet – a TV show, a fashion column. But then she meets Johnny Cooper, the bad boy of British television. He’s ruthlessly charming and sexy, and he can see through Ella’s sham of a marriage in a heartbeat. Drawn into a risky, high-octane affair, Ella suddenly realises how much she has to lose and how quickly it can be taken from her?

Catch Ilana on Twitter @ilana or on her website:


Cupid’s Arrows – Electra Shepherd

I am extremely happy (and a little bit scared) to welcome Electra Shepherd to the blog today, with a task that might be too much even for Cupid…

“I hope Cupid has sharpened up his armour-piercing nuclear-powered arrows, because I’ve got a challenge for him.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you: the T-800. Otherwise known as The Terminator.
Personally, I prefer him naked, without his Arnie shell. So cute!
Why do I want Cupid to shoot The Terminator? Besides the potential for prolonged and exciting action scenes while Cupid tries to do it?
Because the T-800 is incredibly strong, incredibly durable, incredibly resourceful and incredibly built. But more than that: the T-800 is DETERMINED. If this machine came back from 45 years in the future to kill one woman, can you imagine what he would be like if he LOVED a woman instead? 
And in Terminator 2, the T-800 is more than determined; he’s loyal. He protects Sarah and John Connor and then he melts himself down so that his technology cannot be used for evil. Can you say: Awwwwwww, sweet?
He’s handy with his hands, he has skills unknown to humankind, he has a really long battery life and most importantly, he is always saying, ‘I’ll be back.’ (As Holly’s blog is PG rated I won’t explain the exact steamy connotations of that phrase, but you can imagine, I’m sure.) 
So Cupid, please take aim and shoot the T-800. Because I need a robot with stamina.”
Thanks, Electra! I’ll never watch The Terminator in quite the same way again…
Electra’s latest book is Man or Machine
Geek-girl Ilsa Morgenstern has had enough heartbreak to last a lifetime, so she builds Dallas—a smart, sexy male robot—to keep her satisfied without requiring any pesky emotions. She’s not expecting Hal, her computer genius ex-boyfriend, to break into her home in an attempt to steal her family’s tech secrets. And she’s certainly not expecting that Dallas will want Hal and Ilsa to increase his knowledge of human relationships both separately and together.
As the robot/human encounters get closer—and even hotter—Ilsa’s feelings for Hal threaten to resurface. She’s determined to avoid heartbreak again, but sometimes a girl has to accept that the man—er, robot—you think you want is only seventy-four percent of the man you need.

Catch up with Electra on Twitter at @ElectraShepherd or her website:

Cupid’s Arrows – Poppy Dolan

I’m delighted to welcome Poppy Dolan to the blog today. She’s going back – way back – for her request for Cupid:

“I’m going to use my arrow to right a great wrong. An injustice of the ages that needs putting right. The open wound in the heart of any right-minded woman aged 28 to 33; I am going to shoot Angela Chase as she looks askance at Brian Krakow. I will make her fall for him, as she so rightly should have done all those years ago.

If you’ve just thought, ‘Who?’ then I’m afraid we’re not going to be mates. No hard feelings, but let’s just draw a polite line under this and all go back to our respective worlds – you to your flat, grey existence without My So Called Life, and me back into the world of red hair dye, jumper sleeves that you pull down over your wrists and really ugly crying.

My So Called Life taught me about crushes. I don’t think I’d ever had a real one until I saw Jordan Catalano, in fact. He’s the kind of hot, troubled, monosyllabic teenage boy that can floor a girl at ten paces with just a plaid shirt and a careless shrug. But then you keep watching and, OK, he doesn’t get any less hot but you start to see that’s pretty much all he is: pretty. There’s not much going on underneath, when you’ve done a whole lot of snogging and then finally surface for some interesting conversation. (Which in no way should be read as a criticism of snogging hot boys who have no good chat. It’s … um … an important life lesson, in its own way.) 

When I rewatched My So Called Life the other month in a nostalgic kind of mood, baggy sleeves at the ready to be pulled, I realised that now I’m a bit older, now I’ve had my fair share of crushes and relationships and heartbreak, that this classic 90s series actually teaches you about love, proper love. And it’s not Angela and Jordan. It’s Angela and Brian.

OK, so he has bad hair and bad jumpers and always says the wrong thing at the wrong time. I get that! But he’s never far away, he’s always there to help Angela at a moment’s notice, he’ll take the blame for her, he’ll never turn his back even if she rejects him a million times. Damn it, he’d walk the wire for her, yeah, he’d die for heeeeeerrr. You know it’s true, everything Brian does, he does it for her.

It’s a purely selfless love. And the most heartbreaking thing ever captured on film is the letter Brian writes to Angela, putting his heart way out there, writing the most beautiful sweep-you-off-your-feet letter. And he signs it ‘Jordan Catalano’. Because he just wants Angela to have the things she wants, even when it’s not him. If that’s not the real thing, then I’m Philip Schofield’s love child. 

In a perfect world, Cupid would bring the Angelas and Brians of the universe together in a big violins and fountains and rose petals finale. But somehow, in reality, those hot boys and bad jumpers keep getting in the way…”
Thanks, Poppy – oh, the memories!

Poppy is the author of The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp, currently just £1.00!
Molly loves her little brother Sam, but it seems other women just don’t feel the same… Sam’s average relationship lasts seven weeks. And that’s when he really tries.

So Molly decides to give Sam a woman’s point of view in the complicated game of dating. And when a freshly made-over Sam quickly meets – and keeps − the love of life, all his single friends are soon lining up to experience the Bad Boyfriends’ Bootcamp. For Molly, it presents a brilliant business opportunity. She’s providing a valuable service to these witless blokes, after all. Together with best friend and local fashionista Rachael and the gorgeous but deadly gym instructor Josie, Molly is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to reforming bad boyfriends.

Fixing other people’s problems also provides Molly with a handy distraction from her own. Namely, an over-achieving mother, a non-existent love life and a very sorry-looking overdraft. Add into the mix Sam’s best friend Patrick, who seems oddly immune to Molly’s makeover techniques but determined to hang around nonetheless, and it soon becomes one problem too many…

Catch her on Twitter @poppydwriter and Facebook/PoppyDolanBooks.

Cupid’s Arrows – Liz Fenwick

Liz Fenwick is up today and she wants Cupid to give love a bad name.


“I have spent a happy few hours debating who I would have Cupid shoot with an arrow of love for me. It took hours because, well, I have loads of crushes. And as a novelist I spend a great deal of time with my heroes. And I have to fall in love with them all. It is such a hardship to pore over the internet looking at photos of the actors who I use as the ‘physical’ key for my heroes. For example, in The Cornish House, Mark is based on Hugh Jackman. You can see the sacrifice involved in this work. For A Cornish Affair, which is out this month, Tristan is based on Matthew McFadyen in Pride and Prejudice. I had to repeatedly watch the film to imprint him onto my subconscious. I am currently working on my next book, A Cornish Stranger, and my hero, Fin, is based on Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock. Research is such a hard job.

So when Holly asked me who I would have Cupid shoot for me, of course I thought of my husband. But that would be boring, then I remembered someone I have declared openly I would chuck my own beloved husband out of bed for…Jon Bon Jovi. And if I could pick the moment….it’s here in this video of  Make A Memory

So, Cupid, I’d like to make a memory with Jon Bon Jovi!”

Thanks, Liz! All that research does sound like a killer…


Liz’s latest book is A Cornish Affair

Running out on your wedding day never goes down well. When the pressure of her forthcoming marriage becomes too much, Jude bolts from the church, leaving a good man at the altar, her mother in a fury, and the guests with enough gossip to last a year.

Guilty and ashamed, Jude flees to Pengarrock, a crumbling cliff-top mansion in Cornwall, where she takes a job cataloguing the Trevillion family’s extensive library. The house is a welcome escape for Jude, full of history and secrets, but when its new owner arrives, it’s clear that Pengarrock is not beloved by everyone.

As Jude falls under the spell of the house, she learns of a family riddle stemming from a terrible tragedy centuries before, hinting at a lost treasure. And when Pengarrock is put up for sale, it seems that time is running out for the house and for Jude.

Following on from her bestselling debut, THE CORNISH HOUSE, Liz Fenwick’s A CORNISH AFFAIR is touched with intrigue and romance, a bewitching, escapist read that is certain to delight readers.

Catch Liz on Twitter at @Liz_Fenwick or on her website

Cupid’s Arrows – Julie Cohen

Today’s task for Cupid is set by Julie Cohen and she’s taking no prisoners (unless they’re a certain Mr Downey Jnr…)

“I would like Cupid to shoot Robert Downey Jr please, when I am standing directly in front of him, within grabbing and kissing distance.
 And I would like him to look like this when he gets hit by the arrow.
Thank you.”
Julie’s latest book is Dear Thing

Dear Thing,

Once upon a time, when we still believed in wishes, there lived a prince and a princess. The prince was handsome and clever, and the princess was beautiful and good, and they were deeply in love.

That’s something you might ask about one day, when you’re older. What is love? Some people think it’s magic. Some people think it’s biology. In this case, the prince and his princess seemed meant for each other.

I wish you’d been there to see it. In a way, you were there; the princess and the prince had certainly thought of you. They already wanted you. A perfect child, who would make their love complete.

But the years went by, and they went by, and you never appeared.

It’s not much of a fairy tale, is it?


This is the story of Claire and Ben, who are perfectly in love – in fact, who are seemingly perfect in almost every way. Except one. They can’t have a baby.

It’s also the story of Ben’s best friend Romily, who after years of watching Ben and Claire suffer, offers to have a baby for them.

But being pregnant stirs up all kinds of feelings in Romily – feelings she’d rather keep buried, but can’t. Now there are two mothers – and one baby who belongs to both of them, and which only one of them can keep.

Thought-provoking, heart-rending but ultimately uplifting, Dear Thing is a book you won’t be able to put down, until you pass it on to your best friends.

Catch Julie on Twitter at @julie_cohen or on her website:

Cupid’s Arrows – Chrissie Manby

Today, it’s Chrissie Manby’s turn to get Cupid busy with the bow:

“Cupid has already been very kind to me, but if I had to pick a target, I’d choose Arg from TOWIE (@RealJamesArgent).  The ITV website calls him ‘loveable yet inappropriate’ and I think that just about sums him up.  He’s done and said some awful things throughout all the TOWIE series, but there’s something about his naughty boy smile that makes you forgive all his gaffs.  I do wish he’d ended up with Gemma though, so perhaps Cupid could send a golden arrow of love in her direction too, while he’s at it.  She deserves someone nice.”

Thanks, Chrissie! There’s certainly a lot of him to love…

Chrissie’s latest book is What I Did On My Holidays

Sophie Sturgeon can’t wait for her annual summer holiday. Not only will it be a week away from work, it will be a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Callum. So this upcoming trip to Majorca is a big deal. Sophie’s spent a lot of time getting ready. She’s bought a new wardrobe. She’s been waxed to within an inch of her life. She’s determined she and Callum will have the best time ever. Then Callum dumps her, the night before they’re due to leave. In a show of bravery and independence, Sophie says she’ll go to Majorca alone – but in fact, she hides in her London flat. But when her friends, family, and even Callum seem so surprised and delighted at her single girl courage, Sophie decides to go all out and recreate the ultimate ‘fake break’ . . . with hilarious results.

‘Nothing short of brilliant’ (Marie Claire )

Catch Chrissie on Twitter at @chrissiemanby or at her website

Cupid’s Arrow – Rowan Coleman

Today, it’s Rowan Coleman, proving that love conquers all (eventually). Take the day off, Cupid, your work here is done.


“When I was twelve years old and starting a new school, I met the love of my life. I was sitting behind this boy in assembly, and he had longish hair that curled behind his ears. That was me in love. You might think that it was a passing crush, something that would be gone by the time I was thirteen, but no such luck. The crush persisted, and persisted. For the first two years, yes, that’s right years, I didn’t actually speak to him, because I had a fringe that covered my eyes and very thick NHS spectacles. And then, when I was 14, my mum let me get contacts. It seems crazy now, because glassed are so cool, but back then they were social suicide. I grew my fringe out and we started to talk a little in class, and gradually bit by bit, we became friends. I became his official ‘Girl who is my friend and who I talk to about girls that I fancy’ friend. It was torture. And we went on like that for about another year, and still I was in love with him. And then at around about fifteen I did that full on high school movie make over thing. I didn’t see him for a whole summer, but when I came back to school I felt like actually I was pretty attractive, I was a little bit more confident. In a high school movie that would have been when he fell for me, and it would have been happy ever after, but obviously it didn’t happen that way. It happened this way, while I was having a secret crush on him, and not telling him, he was having a secret crush on me and never telling me. Finally when I was just 16 the moment came, we’d been on coffee duty together at a parent’s evening, and he walked me back afterwards. We kissed. And that was probably the moment that Cupid shot us both through the heart and we fell in love. But that’s not where the story ended. It’s a long and complicated story that took another twenty-five years to play out, years of being together and splitting up, being angry and hurt and confused. Cupid kept missing his aim. And then a long, long time later we found each other again. And this time Cupid’s aim was true. And now we are married, and have three children together. So when I was twelve years old I hoped that Cupid would aim for my husband and make him fall for me, and it took a long time to get it right, but finally he got his act together, and we did get our happy ending. About time too. “
Aw – see? Romcom plots do really happen, they do, they do! Thanks, Rowan!


Rowan’s latest book is the double award winning Dearest Rose and it’s nominated for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Novel of the Year award.

‘You are a remarkable woman and you deserve all the happiness, contentment and love in the world. I, for one, know that I have never met anyone quite like you.’

When Rose Pritchard turns up on the doorstep of a Cumbrian B&B it is her last resort. She and her seven-year-old daughter Maddie have left everything behind. And they have come to the village of Millthwaite in search of the person who once offered Rose hope.

Almost immediately Rose wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake – if she’s chasing a dream – but she knows in her heart that she cannot go back. She’s been given a second chance – at life, and love – but will she have the courage to take it?

Catch Rowan on Twitter at @rowancoleman or at

Cupid’s Arrow – Claire King

Up today with a request for the delectable Cupid is Claire King. If this doesn’t melt your heart, you are clinically dead.

“Dear Cupid,

I need your help. My big brother is smart, fit, good looking, a great cook, well dressed, solvent, loves his two nieces…and is unbelievably single. 
He would like to find someone lovely to settle down with. Marriage, babies, best friends forever…that kind of thing. The Kingston/London area would be perfect. 
So Cupid, where have you been? What are you waiting for? Please can you shoot your golden arrow ASAP into the heart of a lovely, genuine, unattached woman, who is looking for the same thing? There must be loads, right? 
Chop, chop, please, Cupid. My daughters are impatient to be bridesmaids. 

Love Claire xxx”

Thanks, Claire. Form an orderly queue, ladies…


Claire’s debut novel is The Night Rainbow

During one long, hot summer, five-year-old Pea and her little sister Margot play alone in the meadow behind their house, on the edge of a small village in Southern France. Her mother is too sad to take care of them; she left her happiness in the hospital, along with the baby. Pea’s father has died in an accident and Maman, burdened by her double grief and isolated from the village by her Englishness, has retreated to a place where Pea cannot reach her – although she tries desperately to do so. Then Pea meets Claude, a man who seems to love the meadow as she does and who always has time to play. Pea believes that she and Margot have found a friend, and maybe even a new papa. But why do the villagers view Claude with suspicion? And what secret is he keeping in his strange, empty house? Elegantly written, haunting and gripping, The Night Rainbow is a novel about innocence and experience, grief and compassion and the dangers of an overactive imagination.

Emotional and beautifully written, you’ll be on tenterhooks throughout (Stylist )

An original, beguiling debut about the consequences of an imaginatively lived life (Marie Claire )

Catch Claire on Twitter at @ckingwriter or at her website

Cupid’s Arrows – Margaret James

Today’s Cupid Arrows is brought to us by Margaret James. It gets my vote, for reasons which will soon become VERY apparent:

“It’s long been my ambition to shoot Mr Richard Armitage with a golden arrow.  Or with a tranquilliser dart – that would be just as effective, I’m sure, and would be all I needed to render him insensible. Then I could have him carried off to my den.  Where I would – well, I wouldn’t hurt him, obviously, tie him up or anything, I’m not like that. But anyone who’s seen that episode of The Vicar of Dibley will be able to work out why I shall always be insanely jealous of Dawn French!”

“At present, Mr Armitage is under consideration for the leading role in my novel The Wedding Diary.  All I have to do is get his people speaking to my people, and it’s sorted.”

Thanks, Margaret, I’m going to be good for nothing for the rest of the day…


Margaret’s latest book is The Wedding Diary, which has one of my favourite covers of the year so far.

Where’s a fairy godmother when you need one?

If you won a fairy-tale wedding in a country house hotel, you’d be delighted – right? But what if you didn’t have anyone to marry? Cat Aston did have a fiancé, but now it looks as if her Prince Charming has done a runner. Adam Lawley’s girlfriend turned down his proposal, and he’s made a vow never to fall in love again. When Cat and Adam meet, they shouldn’t even consider romance. But for some reason they can’t stop thinking about each other. So is this their second chance for happiness, or are some things just too good to be true?

Catch up with Margaret here:


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