Novel Reaction is very excited to welcome Cupid 2-14 of Love Potion No.2-14 by Pepper O’Neal here to talk about the biggest day of his year, Valentine’s Day! You can read my review of the novel here.
Valentine’s Day is coming up and I have been asked to share how I feel about the holiday. Well, I hate it, absolutely hate it! Not that I don’t love romance and all the things Valentine’s Day stands for. I do. Really, I do. But you can’t imagine the hours we have to put in building up to the busiest day of the year for Cupids. You think the Easter Bunny has it bad? Hah! His holiday is a walk in the park compared to ours.
And why is it they always run short on arrows just when the push is on leading up to the big day? Some of these Cupid Cadets must be really bad shots. Me? I’m a big believer in the old Earth military rule, “One shot, one kill.” Not that I mean that literally, of course. But I do think if you shoot at something, you should hit it on the first try. Either that or the Powers That Be should do the math and order a larger stock of arrows. Nah, that would make our job too easy.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my work. I get a real kick out of making people fall in love. But it’s tough working twenty-plus hours a day for the two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. Sleet or snow, sun or rain—and believe me, a rain soaked diaper is the pits. At least the two weeks after February fourteenth, we do get our annual vacation, so I can sit on a tropical beach and drink Mai Tais—hey, I may wear a diaper for a uniform, but I’m a lot older than I look.
Now you may have heard about the story featuring my exploits as a Cupid in Love Potion No. 2-14? I am taking part – with four other Cupids, in the 2011 Cupid Challenge to match the most unlikely couple. Well the story has been leaked, why I get to be here today telling you about the real job we Cupids do. Now, some of the other Cupids criticized me for matching a witch with a cop for the Challenge, but I think my selection showed smarts. And terrific aim.
Sure, I know the witch could have cheated and used a spell or a potion on the cop. But she didn’t. No, she’s an honorable witch. Wouldn’t want to force her will on another. No matter that she loved the jerk. But lucky for her, I don’t have that problem. Nope, absolutely no honor among Cupids. After all, haven’t you heard? All’s fair in love and war. Well, love and war are pretty much the same thing in my experience, but so long as it only takes one arrow, I’m good with it.
The other Cupids are running around the internet and throwing accusations at each other, heck there is a hash tag to follow us on twitter! – #cgw11 – I am there under pepperoneal
Since this is a Challenge and there has to be a winner you can go and vote as a reader. There is even a chance to WIN a Kindle at the eTreasures Publishing Blog. So take a gander at my story, Love Potion No. 2-14 and see if you don’t agree that my choice was perfect for the Valentine’s Day Challenge. Then you can go and vote for me. Oh and if you want to read ALL of the stories then check out the anthology. I will be giving a copy of MY story away here though. Leave a comment and enter to win.
But do me a favor and don’t tell anyone I had a little help from the cat. I’d never live it down!
– Cupid 2-14
CUPID GONE WILD ANTHOLOGY
Love Transposed by Pepper O’Neal and Chelsy Day
Available as a free read on ARe
One arrow straight through two chests was all it took for carpenter/painter Dan, and trust fund baby Jane to go from making each other crazy, to being crazy about each other. The match that won Cupid X the Challenge in 1981…
Love Potion 2-14 by Pepper O’Neal
White witch Kole Trillion has a successful business, customers who swear by her potions and spells. Unfortunately, she also has the bad luck to fall in love with a man who doesn’t believe in magic, Police Detective Gage Corwin.
The Bachelor by Heather Hiestand
Abbie Harper didn’t mean to buy the date, but one look at Jake Cordalys and she’s ready for red-hot romance. Jake is not looking for something complicated, but when Cupid is involved, all plans go out the window and romance flies in.
The Boss Wore Red by Delle Jacobs and SamMarie Ashe
Alexandria Bergstrom was chosen because she desperately needed to alter the course of her life. Clint Riordan doesn’t know what will make him completely happy until he meets Alexandria. By giving Alexandria this opportunity to discover her true past, the pairing of Alexandria and Clint will repair past mistakes and produce a new brighter future.
The Wrong Target by Sherry Gloag
Headmistress, Tina Blackberry and businessman Ryan Thomas can’t control events after Ryan’s daughter steals his coveted golden arrow and takes it to school, But put Cupid on the job and nothing can go wrong, or can it?
The Hollywood Hookup by Chelsy Day
Actor Casey Jones and stunt woman Sandra Benson have a history. Can Cupid get them past the animosity and prove that true love in Hollywood is NOT impossible?
Thanks so much Cupid for stopping by and telling us about your biggest day of the year. Want to win your own copy of Love Potion No. 2-14? Comment here to win, the contest ends Feb. 13th. Also, don’t forget to go vote for Cupid 2-14 so he wins!