Cupid’s Arrows – Allie Spencer

It’s Allie Spencer’s turn to aim Cupid’s bow today and she has chosen someone I freely admit to having a major soft spot for:

“Whoosh! Cupid’s arrow whizzes back through the time vortex to a darkened cinema in Plymouth, 1985. Somewhere near the front of the auditorium, munching packets of Revels (remember them?) are a group of fourteen-year-old girls. The terrible adverts for local car dealerships are finished and the film proper begins – Back to the Future. About a minute later, and I am in love with a man who is still a hero to me twenty eight years later – no, not Marty Mcfly (not quite anyway) but Michael J Fox, the hottest comedy talent in 1980s Hollywood.
We were a perfect match: he was a superb comic actor, this was my dream too (mixed in with a bit of writing for good measure); we were both on the short side, he’s 5ft 4 and a half, whereas I don’t quite make 5ft 1; and, most importantly, he was gorgeous – the fourteen year-old me with spots and a brace perhaps not so – but hey, this is my teenage fantasy. From where I was sitting, in my faux-velvet cinema seat, it was destined to be.
I instantly hit adolescent-borderline-obsessive-mode: there were posters of MJF, breath-bated viewings of his sit-com Family Ties and as many trips to see Back to the Future as I could wangle. Gradually, though,the obsession loosened its grip: there were other guys – ones who didn’t live in Hollywood and have careers as international movie stars – and, tragically, Michael himself began to slip from the spotlight following his shock diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease.
He will always have a place in my heart – not just for his looks and his move-star sheen – but for his courage, his talent and the simple fact he seems like a really, really nice guy. I’ve just found out he has a new sit com coming out in the Autumn where he plays a former news anchor with Parkinson’s. I’m sure it will be brilliant and, yes, I have to confess that when I watched the trailer my heart started beating a little bit faster. So thank you, MJF, for brightening up my adolescence and making me laugh – and I hope you continue to do so for many years to come.”
Thanks, Allie! Isn’t he a dream?
Allie’s latest book is Save The Date – out later this month.
Family weddings can be hell…
…and, marooned in Italy for her cousin’s nuptials, Ailsa can be forgiven for thinking that this one is worse than most. With the bride and groom at loggerheads and the guests in uproar, it’s a million miles away from the rest and relaxation she’d been hoping for. Then suddenly, in the middle of the mayhem, she comes face-to-face with Nick, the man she walked out on just a few months earlier.
How can Ailsa help get the wedding back on track when she and Nick can’t stop arguing? But if they do, she might remember why she fell in love with him in the first place – and then there really would be trouble.
Catch Allie on Twitter at @Allie1Spencer or at her website is

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