For centuries, Cupid has longed to be more than Venus’s arrow boy. When he’s sent to eliminate “Happily Ever After by Amelia”, the matchmaking business threatening Venus’s status as the goddess of love, Cupid decides to steal Amelia’s methods and make his own matches. While spying on Amelia, Cupid accidentally shoots himself with his magical arrow and falls in love with her. But bereaved Amelia doesn’t believe in the existence of Roman gods, and she’s certainly not looking for romance. She’s too busy perfecting the patented personality profile that’s made her Hollywood’s favorite matchmaker. Disguising himself as a mortal financial advisor, Cupid manages to break through Amelia’s guarded exterior. As their passion deepens so does Cupid’s guilt about deceiving Amelia. Cupid’s interference with Amelia’s life causes her business to falter, leads to a sterile spring that threatens the animal kingdom and shatters the longstanding peace between the Roman and Greek gods. With the fate of the natural and under worlds at stake, Cupid must decide whether to reveal his true identity and risk losing the chance to live happily ever after with Amelia.
Inside the ocher palazzo Venus flicked her cream colored scarf over her slender shoulders as she peered through the ultra powerful telescope she had trained on “Happily Ever After by Amelia”.
“You have to do something about that woman or before you know it they’ll be tearing down all those statues of me and calling her the goddess of love.”
Venus turned away from the window and looked at her son. Cupid was sitting on the edge of a pink silk sofa, a thick clutch of papers between his muscular hands.
“If you’d just take a look at these spreadsheets, I think you’ll see I’ve discovered a way to streamline everything. I’ll be able to shoot twice the arrows in half the time if I don’t have to keep backtracking. All you have to do is make your matches in a more geo-centric manner.”
Venus held up her manicured hand.
“When I want your advice I’ll sake for it.”
“Mother, please. I’ve given a lot of thought as to how we can modernize, maybe even….”
Venus stared at her son, who was looking back at her with eyes the color of Lake Como. He opened his mouth again, revealing the slight chip on his front tooth. It was the only flaw on his perfectly proportioned face.
“I don’t want to hear any more of this nonsense. Where are your arrows?”
Cupid shook his head in disgust and tapped his foot impatiently against the floor, whose planks were made of wood imported from Italy.
“Cupid! Where’s your quiver? Now listen to me. I want you to shoot this Amelia with the most powerful arrow you’ve got.”
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Bio: Therese Gilardi is a novelist, poet and essayist obsessed with blue cameos, Irish pub music and the Paris metro. Therese’s poems, essays and short fiction have appeared in “Literary Mama”, “The Mom Egg Review”, “Punchnel’s”, “Onthebus” and numerous other print and online publications. Therese’s paranormal romance, “Matching Wits With Venus” was released by Astraea Press and is available in print, online and audio formats. Therese is huge fan of Instagram (theresegilardimotheroftheband) and on Twitter and Facebook.